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Anniversary Excerpt #2!

Who'd like another peek at one of the bonus stories from the VA Anniversary edition that's coming out on November 29? Here are a few random entries I pulled out of "From the Journal of Vasilisa Dragomir." If you are one of the few people who haven't read Vampire Academy, I'm warning you now there are SPOILER references to book #1.

January 11
It’s starting to happen more often. Rose tries to hide it from me, but it’s becoming too much, even for her. After school yesterday, I found some old pictures of Andre and me. They broke me. I spent most of the night crying. Hating life. Hating that I’d survived. At breakfast the next day, Rose rushed right over and hugged me. “It’s going to be okay,” she said. “You survived for a reason.” I broke away and demanded to know how she knew what I’d been thinking last night. She claimed she could see it in my face, how sad I was…but I could tell she was lying. She’s in my head somehow. More and more each day. And neither of us likes it.

March 31
We’re starting to believe we might have really pulled off this escape. But we have a new problem: blood. It’s why I’m always so wiped out. I’ve never gone this long without blood, and I’m even starting to dream about it.

May 14
Our housemates have been trying to get us amped up for football, even though it doesn’t start until the fall. I guess it’s kind of a big deal here. I don’t get it, but Rose is hooked. I think she’s in withdrawal from all the punching and hitting of guardian training. One of the guys in the house is so obsessed that he records past games and analyzes them. Rose has started watching with him, and sometimes I’ll hear her yelling at the TV: “What are you doing? He threw it right to you!” I’m glad we’re both starting to find our way here. I think this life is going to be good for us.

August 6
I’ve been practicing the elements in my free time. I keep hoping that Ms. Carmack was right and that it was just the stress of the accident delaying me. But nothing’s changed. I have limited control of all four but nothing extraordinary. When I told Rose that, she said that I was extra, extra extraordinary and that my magic was too lame to even try to catch up.

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Anniversary Excerpt!

Good times today! Here's an exceprt from "The Turn and the Flame," one of the bonus stories included in the Vampire Academy anniversary edition. (See previous post if this is news to you). This story is a prequel about what happened to Christian's parents:

“Natasha, I like you,” Tatiana said, in a tone that expressed exactly the opposite. “And I liked your parents very much. I’d like to see you do well here tonight. I’d like to see you do well in general. As queen, my love extends to all the royal families, not just the Ivashkovs. When my people are happy, I’m happy. Therefore, I’m going to give you some advice that will make both of us happier.”

Tasha, petrified, gave a jerky nod.

Tatiana leaned closer. “You’re only here to look pretty, dear. Not to give your opinions. See that you remember that.”



The Vampire Academy 10th Anniversary Edition

Vampire Acadmey turns ten in 2017, and to celebrate, a special anniversary edition is coming out on November 29, 2016. It's the same VA #1 you love, plus it has A BUNCH of new stories and prequel stuff included at the end. Oh, and it has a snazzy new cover. Here's a rundown of some common questions I'm getting about it:
1. This is NOT a VA spin-off series, VA #7, or anything like that. (Oh, the rumors I've seen! :) )

2. The bonus stuff is LONG. 50% as long as the original book. VA 1 = 79k words. Adding on the bonus stories gives us a 114k book. That's a little longer than Shadow Kiss. Here's what the bonus stories are about.

3. Softcover.

4. Comes out November 29 in the US and English speaking countries.

5. I've got no control over what other countries it'll come out in (sorry!). That is controlled by whoever first translated and published VA #1 in your country. Contact them and express your interest!

6. I haven't heard about ebooks or audiobooks yet but will tell you ASAP when I do! I'd be surprised if there wasn't an e version coming.

7. The stories are meant to go along with book #1, so they're prequels, expanded scenes, etc. No Sydrian stuff, no post-TRC stuff. They aren't available separately either.

8. I don't know if there'll be anniversary editions of #2, #3. Publishing's a business, so it'll depend on interest and sales! My publisher didn't continue the graphic novels or signature editions because the sales weren't there. I will happily expand the other books if this continues. Looking forward to making #3 more agonizing!

9. The anniversary edition is up for pre-order on major book retailers, like Amazon and BN, and will be available at your favorite indies, big box stores (Target, etc.), and more. Wherever you order/buy, make sure you're getting the cover shown above with the pink rose, or you may end up with an old version.

10. If you'd like to pre-order an autographed copy of the anniversary edition or any of my other books, you may do it here via University Book Store. Specify in the comments who'd you like it made out to when you order through their site. Here are answers to other common questions about ordering from them:
A. Domestic (US) shipping is free if you order $20 or more worth of stuff. They ship internationally (for a charge)--look for "foreign" in the state drop-down menu.
    B. They carry all my stuff that's currently out. So if you want to grab another signed book for yourself or one for your friend, etc., search for it and add it to your cart.
    C. The VA anniversary edition isn't out until 11/29. That's the day they'll ship it, so you can't get it before.
    D. U Books is a local indie store that's been nice enough to help me work out this system to get signed books out to people I never get to see. They didn't do this kind of volume before, and they've been amazing at working out a system to meet the demand. But remember, they're small (but very personable!) compared to a gargantuan powerhouse like Amazon. Humans are running this, not robots.
    E. If there's anything else that's not clear, please get in touch with the store directly. Their mail order department is super nice. This is the extent of my knowledge about selling and shipping :) ubsmail@u.washington.edu will help you with the rest. Seriously. They answer all sorts of questions.
    F. And as always, if you're not interested in autographs, just buy the book from one of the many other options out there!
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Midwest Signings

Reminder for Midwesterners! I'm signing tonight (Thursday) at Red Balloon Books in St. Paul, MN at 7pm.

Tomorrow, Friday the 13th!, I'll be in Milwaukee to sign at 6pm at the Oak Creek Public Library.

The week will wrap up in Chicago at BookCon, where I'll be doing panels and signings. See thebookcon.com for schedule and ticket info.

Hope to see you soon!

Your guide to The Glittering Court, my upcoming tour, prizes, and more!

The Glittering Court is almost here, and people are calling it, "Reign meets The Selection." Are YOU up to date on it all? Read below to find out!

Q: How do I get The Glittering Court? What's it about?
A: Here's a great description. TGC comes out April 5 in the US and other English-speaking countries. All you have to do is wait until then and get it from your favorite online or "real" local bookstore. Pre-ordering is even better (see below).

Q: What is this pre-order sweepstakes thing I keep hearing about?
A: If you pre-order The Glittering Court from any retailer, take a pic of your receipt or order confirmation. Upload it to the sweepstakes site, and they’ll send you some swag and enter you for a chance to win $1000 worth of goods. Info here: www.theglitteringcourt.com USA only, I’m afraid.

Q: Can I pre-order a signed copy of The Glittering Court?
A: Yes.  Go to this site (http://richellemead.com/shop) and learn how to order from University Books in Seattle. I’ll autograph your TGC (or any of my other books), and they’ll send it to you when it releases. You can use their pre-order receipt for the sweepstakes.

Q: What if I’m going to one of your tour signings?
A: Then you are awesome! If you want to get in on the free swag and sweepstakes, pre-order from the store I’ll be at, upload your receipt, and pick up the book when you come to see me! Then I’ll sign it for you. If you forget to pre-order, there will be TGC copies on sale at the event. Tour schedule (Washington, DC; New York City; Boston; Denver; Anchorage; Portland, OR; Seattle; Las Vegas; Los Angeles; Minneapolis; Milwaukee; Chicago: http://theglitteringcourt.tumblr.com/post/138560811948/the-glittering-court-tour

Q: Will you sign non-TGC books? Can I bring them from home?
A: Yes and yes. I sign up to 3 books per person, one personalized and two just signed. They can be any combination of old new, whatever. If you want more signed, bring your Mom or bff and make them carry some books.

Q: Do I have to buy a book to go to your signings?
A: No. Lots of stores have perks (like front of line) if you do, though. And if you do need one of my books, it’s great to buy it at the hosting store. They go to a lot of time and expense to have me, so it helps ensure I get to come back.

Q: Can I take a picture with you at one of your signings?
A: Yes, so long as time permits.

Q: Can I take a picture with one of the VA dolls?
A: Maybe.

Q: What happens at one of your signings?
A: Fun times happen. I usually read for about 10 minutes and then spend 20 answering questions from the audience. Then we sign until whenever.

Q: Do the above signing rules apply to YALLWest and BookCon?
A: No. The above only applies to regular signings at bookstores and libraries. Festivals and cons have their own rules. The only thing I can say for sure about them is if you get in my signing line, you’ll get at least one book signed. Bring three if you want to roll the dice. The RT Convention in Las Vegas should have the standard 3-book, any book, rules going on.

Q: Can we dress up in VA t-shirts or gaudy rhinestone jewelry?
A: Please do.

Q: When is The Glittering Court out in non-English speaking countries?
A: I don’t know. Currently, only some countries have bought rights to it, and they’ll need time to translate. You might find stores that import English copies. University Books (above) will ship to other countries, but shipping can be expensive.

Q: Why should I read The Glittering Court?
A: Because you like strong girls who have adventures, romance with lots of banter, and a cool new fantasy world that kind of looks like the colonial US. Also because you think girls should be able to kick ass in ball gowns, not just in leather pants.

Q: Will there be a cliffhanger that makes me cry?


Fun Glittering Court Stuff

My main job is writing the books, so half the time, I don't know what promo stuff is going on behind the scenes. Today I sat down at my desk to find these two challenges waiting for me:

Which Glittering Court Jewel Are You?
The girls in the Glittering Court have pretty distinct personalities! See who you sync up with.

Which Five Friends are in Your Court?
Who'd have your back in an intense boarding school and subsequent adventures in a strange new land? Friends can be real or fictitious, which makes it extra tricky to think of a good list.