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Little Dhampir
The new year is almost upon us, and if you have some belated gifts to give people or just need something for yourself, then I have good news. There is A TON of Vampire Academy stuff about to come out as we get closer to the movie, and I wanted to give you a heads-up on what to look out for. In the US and probably Canada, all of this comes out December 31. For the UK, Australia, and New Zealand, it's a mix. Some comes out 12/31, and some comes out later in January. Check with your local stores. As for non-English speaking countries, I'm afraid (as usual) I don't know specific dates. International publishers don't always inform me of them, and not all countries will get these anyway. But here's what I do know about what's coming:

1. Shadow Kiss Graphic Novel

At last!


Just in case reading this book the first time wasn't hard enough, now you can relive all the agony and ecstasy in beautiful, full-color pages!

ADDENDUM: Check out my latest post, featuring highlights from this graphic novel!


Seriously, this thing is gorgeous, and I plan on doing a post solely about it to show you some of my favorite images. You won't be disappointed. I can read the original novel without shedding a tear (I know, heartless), but this gives me chills.

2. Vampire Academy Book #1, Movie Tie-In Edition


Book 1 of the VA series will be released with this cover and also includes a small fold-out poster inside. This is the only book in the original VA series being released with a movie cover. You'll also still be able to find the first book without this cover, though it's probably going to be one of the redesigns.

3. Vampire Academy Six-Book Boxed Set

This is it, the big one people have been asking about for years. At long last, you can get all six books of the VA series in one handy box. This side shot shows which covers they are: the movie tie-in for book #1 and then redesigns for the other five:


The back of the box features one of my very favorite shots that the movie cast did in a photo shoot this fall:


Note: this boxed set contains paperback copies of the books. There have been erroneous rumors going around that they're hardcover. They aren't.

4. Vampire Academy Ultimate Guide Movie Tie-In

Book #1 isn't the only thing to get a makeover. The Ultimate Guide got one too--inside and out.


Along with this new cover, the guide now also has a full-color inset of pictures of both movie stills and behind-the-scenes shots. Here's one I sloppily scanned in that I love: the filming of a scene where Christian catches Lissa by surprise.


5. Vampire Academy: The Official Illustrated Movie Companion by Brandon T. Snider

Want even MORE behind scenes information about the movie? Well, here's your one-stop source.


Along with a whole mess of pictures, this guide also includes all sorts of stories, bios, and other goodies about what's been happening on the road to production. I actually don't have my own copy yet, but there are a number of resourceful fan sites out there who've posted some shots if you want a taste of what's to come!

If you're ordering these online, it's going to be pretty easy to find the 6-book boxed set, the Shadow Kiss graphic novel, and Vampire Academy: The Official Illustrated Movie Companion, simply based on their names. Because there are older versions out there of Vampire Academy Book #1 and the Ultimate Guide, confusion might set in if you want (or don't want) a movie tie-in version of one of those. Hopefully, the place you're ordering from will show you the covers or say "movie tie-in". If not, these ISBNs will tell you which is which:
-Vampire Academy, Book #1
--Movie Tie-In ISBN #: 978-1595143600
--Non-movie Paperback ISBN #: 978-1595141743 (Note: you won't get a movie cover, but you may get an old or new design depending on who you're buying from)
-Vampire Academy Ultimate Guide
--Movie Tie-In ISBN #: 978-1595147578
--Original Version ISBN #: 978-1595144515

My local University Book Store is once again offering autographed versions of these, but here's the thing. I'm pregnant. Very pregnant. Currently, we are saying that if you place an order for any of these (or my other books) by Thursday, January 2, 2014, I will personalize them for you like you usual, and the store will ship them out within the next week. HOWEVER, if say, I go into labor tomorrow...well, then, I'm probably not going to be signing any orders for them this week. Hopefully my baby will stick to his due date and wait a couple more weeks, but just be advised that any signed orders you make through University Books might be delayed for reasons none of us can control. I don't say that to scare you off--just to keep you up to date! If I do have my baby this week, I probably won't be able to sign anything for the store until the end of January. If you do want to order an autographed copy from them, the information is here, and yes, they ship internationally. Here are quick links in their catalog to all the new stuff:
Vampire Academy #1 Movie Tie-In Edition
VA 6 Book Boxed Set (If you order this from them, specify if you want the box signed too. Usually I just sign the books).
Shadow Kiss Graphic novel
VA Ultimate Guide Movie Tie-In Edition
Vampire Academy: The Official Illustrated Movie Companion.

If you want to order autographed copies of any of my othor titles, you can! Just look them up in University Book Store's regular catalog, which is linked on my ordering page. And if you have any ordering/sales question, please contact the bookstore, not me. You can email or call (206) 634-3400 and ask for Mail Order.

If autographs don't matter, or you're worried my baby will delay your books, then definitely feel free to buy these new titles (or my old titles) through any of your favorite bookstores. The big online mail order ones (Amazon and B&N) have them, and any of your local bookstores will either carry them or easily be able to order them in a very short time period. These are also going to be showing up in big super stores (like Wal-Mart), so there may be no escaping them!

Friends in other English speaking countries: your big bookstores should be able to hook you up, so check with Indigo, Waterstones, and Dymocks or whatever other place you like to buy books.

Happy Autumn, everyone!

I'm very pleased to announce that The Fiery Heart, Book #4 in the Bloodlines series, will be released in English-speaking countries next Tuesday, November 19! This has turned out to be one of my very favorite books I've written and will lead you on a rollercoaster ride of hot and romantic...and dark and shocking.  I hope you'll check out why Romantic Times Book Reviews calls it "the greatest installment yet" and says, "Readers are left with an ending so huge, the sequel can't come quickly enough."  The book is told from both Sydney and Adrian's points of view, and you can read the first two chapters here.  Also be ready for some visits from favorite characters from the original Vampire Academy series!

If you live in the Pacific Northwest, you can come see me next week to get the book signed in-person.  I'll be signing in Portland, OR on November 19 and Seattle, WA on November 23.  Details are posted here on my website, and if you buy The Fiery Heart at the signing stores during the events or pre-order and pick up at the events, you can get a priority spot in the signing line.

If you live somewhere else and still want an autographed book, my local indie store will be selling and shipping them.  Information on how to order those is also on my website, and they DO ship to other countries.  Read the page for instructions, and contact them with any questions.  Note that the deadline to order a signed copy of The Fiery Heart and have it ship on release day is November 13.  You can still order it (or my other books) afterward, but it will ship later.  Those dates are listed on the selling page.

If autographs don't matter to you, then you'll be able to find The Fiery Heart at big online stores like Amazon and BN, your local independent bookstore, your local big bookstores (like B&N and Books-A-Million), or large retailers like Walmart and Target.  Bookstores that don't have it in stock should be able to order it.  Check out your US buying options: here. In Australia, Dymocks is always a good bet, as is Waterstones in the UK and Chapters in Canada. All of these stores will also do pre-orders to ensure you get a copy on release day! Wherever you buy it from, I hope you love The Fiery Heart!

German VA 1
We have all sorts of Vampire Academy movie things to share with you today, so let's get moving. First up, if you missed the amazing behind-the-scenes story and interviews that Entertainment Weekly did this week, then go check out this link right now. I got to see those stunt scenes being filmed, and they were INCREDIBLE.

MTV also posted their behind-the-scenes visit to the set, showing how much fun the cast had together. You can view those here. You have no idea how thrilled I am that everyone making the movie had such a good time with each other! They worked hard when the cameras rolled and played hard afterward. I love it.

I hope seeing this behind-the-scenes raw footage of the movie is helping convince you guys of what I, the actors, director, and screenwriter have been saying in countless interviews over the last few months: this movie really is true to the books. There are small changes here and there, but we all know that happens when you switch art forms, and believe me, compared to some other books-to-movies I've seen, the VA changes are minor. Now, I can't help you if an actor doesn't match your imagination, any more than you can change what's in my head. That's the thing with books: they're subjective. We create our own images in our minds. For a non VA example: I adore Woody Harrelson, but he wasn't who I pictured for Haymitch. I still gave Hunger Games a chance and was pleased to see they did the character justice and did a solid (identical? no) adaptation of the book. There were so many other great things going on that I got used to him and forgot my initial misgivings.

Still, some longtime VA fans are skeptics for the movie. They look at the teaser and other promo materials and say, "It makes VA look like Mean Girls! VA's not a comedy! This looks like a high school movie!" First off, I work very hard on some of Rose and Christian's one-liners, so come on--you have to acknowledge there's some humor--especially compared to other more serious supernatural series whose heroines would NEVER put ketchup on tacos or give battle cries. I love my wacky running jokes. :) Remember also that this first book IS in high school, complete with dances and note passing. The C4 and Russian countryside come later. But in all seriousness, for those worried the movie has transformed the book into a parody, I'm telling you flat out: it hasn't. There's exactly the same amount of humor in the movie as the books. There's the same amount of romance. There's the same amount of action. There's the same amount of darkness. There's the same amount of friendship. That balance I strove for in my writing made it to this adaptation.

So if it's all in there, why are the ads showing more of the movie's humor than its other parts? Because not everyone likes vampire stories. Crazy, right? If they did, they'd all be here reading this post. A lot of people do, however, like Mark and Daniel Waters's history with dark humor (as well they should), and so the movie's marketing team is highlighting that part of VA in the advertising. You see, there are people who would never see a vampire movie but will give snarky humor a chance. In some ways, that's why Twilight was the megahit it was. People who'd never read anything paranormal gave it a try because romance lovers were so hooked by the compelling love story that they were like, "Hey, I can live with vampires for the sake of this romance!" Likewise, the VA marketing team's hope is that people who normally say, "Blah, yuck, vampire stories are sappy and boring and overdone" will see some of this quirky, edgy marketing and be like, "Okay, I don't usually do vampires, but I love stories with attitude." And we all know VA has attitude.

Don't believe me about this marketing thing? Read this awesome io9 recap of the VA panel at NYCC today. This journalist wasn't initially sold on another vampire movie...but then changed her mind after seeing some of the movie's funnier clips.

And here's a truth people don't talk about: for VA to be successful and hopefully have sequels, it needs both its current fans and some new ones to come out and see it in the theaters. It's no secret that a lot of recent young adult books-to-movies haven't done well (including ones with MUCH bigger fan bases than VA), and it's because they haven't pulled in the audiences they needed to survive. The VA marketing team is trying to change this by showing new people, "Hey, you think you've seen every kind of vampire story out there? Guess again." And it's actually working. I've had other people tell me they read the books after seeing the teaser trailer and then say, "The books were different from what I expected, but I LOVED them! And now I can't wait for the movie."

That's what we need if we want to see Adrian cast for a Frostbite movie, guys. And we need you--our longtime fans and readers of the series--to have faith and hang in there as the movie team works its marketing magic to make the VA Family bigger. I love you guys for supporting the series for so long--you're what's even made a movie possible. And now I need you around to teach these new people what's what in the VA world!

And on that note, I think I can close with this eye-catching poster just revealed on Yahoo Movies yesterday. See what I'm saying? Does this say ordinary, sappy, vampires-gazing-longingly-at-each-other to you?


Japanese Vampire Academy
I can't believe it's been a little less than a month since I blogged! A mega workload and pregnancy are keeping me off the blog these days, but don't worry, when I do come back here, I more than make up for it with news. So sit back because we've got a lot to cover!

Entertainment Tonight's behind-the-scenes look at the VA movie!
You heard the rumors over the weekend, and it's true. Tomorrow (October 8 in the US), ET is airing their behind-the-scene footage from when they visited the Vampire Academy movie set in July. They were there at the same time as me, and I know for a fact they saw some AMAZING stuff. So get ready, because this is going to be awesome! ET airs at 7:30pm in most Eastern time zone states. Here in Seattle, it airs at 7pm Pacific Time. This handy guide on their website will help you find your local time and TV channel. If you can't watch it or don't live in the US, no worries at all! ET almost always posts their stories on their websites after they air, so you'll able to watch it online later. (Note: There was a date change, and ET moved it from 10/7 to 10/8).

The Fiery Heart first trailer!
If you're a fan of the Bloodlines series, get ready because the first of six TFH book trailers goes online tonight! Here are a few time zones to help you find it when it'll be up:

If your time zone isn't listed, use this converter to figure it out. And to reiterate what always comes up, these are BOOK TRAILERS that the folks at Penguin Australia put together. There's no movie of the Bloodlines series coming. These are just fun little productions to tease you about what's coming out in the book.

Vampire Academy at New York Comic Con!
If you've got tickets to this Friday at NYCC, good news for you! You can stop by and see some of the VA cast talking about the movie. FINALLY, get those burning questions answered. The panel is at 11am on Friday, and tickets are sold out for that day if you don't have them already, I'm afraid. I don't have a confirmed list of who's on the panel (it won't be me - I'm staying on the West Coast and can't wait to hear how it goes!), but I've heard Zoey Deutch (Rose) will be one of the panelists. Also at NYCC will be the fabulous Emma Vieceli, VA graphic novel artist. She has panels and signings on both Friday and Saturday. Look up her schedule on their website, and stop by and see her! Maybe she'll show you some sneak peeks of Shadow Kiss art!
***ADDENDUM: There are conflicting times going around, one saying that the VA panel is Thursday at NYCC. However, it is DEFINITELY on Friday at 11am.

My Signings
I'll only have two appearances for the The Fiery Heart, both in the Pacific Northwest. If you live near Seattle or Portland, OR, I hope you'll come see me to get books signed and find out the scoop on future books and the movie! Times and stats are here on my calendar. I'd love to visit more places, but I have a feeling those two signings will already be exhausting at seven-months-pregnant, so I'm staying close to home! Don't worry, though. If you still want an autographed copy of The Fiery Heart or of any of my other books, my local store will ship you one, and I'll even make it out to you. The information and deadlines are here on my website, and yes, they ship internationally!

Cover Coverage

Vampire Academy Crop
I've been getting some questions about a VA cover that's shown up on Amazon, so I thought I'd address that and some other relevant info for you guys. Here's the cover I'm talking about, which is what shows up when you view the first book, Vampire Academy:


Here's what's going on. This winter, my American publisher is going to be re-releasing the Vampire Academy series with different covers. Starting around November, new paperback printings of the VA series will have covers like the one you see above. That's the first book. Each of the other books will have a new cover with the same pattern, so Frostbite will be blue with a background image of those two people from the former cover design covered by the VA logo. Now, it's important to note that this will not be happening overnight. It's not like on November 1, all VA books will have these new covers. However, it does mean they will become more and more frequent in stores and online, and these old covers may become harder to find:


Again, it won't be an all or nothing replacement right away. You'll probably find both versions in stores for a while, and it's hard to say what you'll get when you order online as inventories shift.

As you process that, here's something else that'll be happening. At the end of December, another new set of VA books will be coming out with--you guessed it--movie tie-in covers. I don't have any previews of these, but you can assume there'll be some awesome pictures of the cast. These will be out along with the redesigned ones in stores (that's the first pic I posted), but I can't guarantee where you'll get what. So, one store may have redesigns, movie tie-ins, and old ones. One store may only have redesigns. Another may only have movie tie-ins. There'll be lots of options!

What does this mean for you? It means plan accordingly! If you like the old cover or need to complete your set, now is the time to get on that and buy them while they're still available. If you like the new redesigned style with the VA logo, hold off until this winter to stock up in November (or ask for them for Christmas!). And if you want movie covers, ask for gift cards for Christmas so that you can then buy the movie ones in late December or in January. Something cool to know is that when the movie versions come out, there'll also be a boxed set of books 1-6 released and a book about the making-of the movie. The Bloodlines series will not be affected by any of this.

For those in other countries, covers are always at the discretion of your publishers, so I can't say for sure what's going on. I'm pretty sure the English-speaking countries (especially Canada, the UK, and Australia) will get movie covers around the same time the US does, but I've heard nothing of redesigns. If you're in a country that doesn't print my books in your language and instead relies on imports of American books, you'll probably be seeing a mix of covers.

So, lots of exciting things are coming! I'll keep you posted and put up images of all the covers as soon as I'm able to (and have seen them myself). And regardless of what covers you see, remember the most important thing of all: the books themselves aren't changing on the inside! The story will stay the same. :)

Little Dhampir
If you weren't avidly watching social media this week, it's possible you might've missed the Vampire Academy teaser trailer. That's right. After years of fanmade trailers on YouTube, I'm happy to finally give you this:

Amazing, huh? That is A LOT packed into only a little over a minute, and we still haven't really seen any full scenes or dialogue. But don't worry--I'm sure those will come! They just have to build us up. If you questions about the trailer, here are some links that might help you out! Over the last couple of days, I've been asked all sorts of things, from what certain scenes in the trailer are to how true it is to the book to--of course--when will we see more?! So watch it a few more times, then check out this great links.

Trailer Interview with Kozlovsky Brazil - In which I talk about all the things this amazing trailer had to do, costumes, my reactions to favorite scenes, and more!

Trailer Interview with Dhampir Life
- In which I talk about some of the darker characters, the desk scene (c'mon guys, freeze it and it should be clear who is--or, rather, ISN'T--in there), and actor chemistry.

Transcript of Today's Twitter Q&A - I took over the Official VA Movie handle and answered lots of fan movie questions about character hair, soundtrack, premiere, and more!

You want some movie stuff, eh?

Well, feast your eyes on this, and get ready for an action-packed ride!

First up, USA Today has the first look at three stills from the Vampire Academy film, as well as an amazing article featuring interviews with director Mark Water and star Zoey Deutch. Very cool stuff!

Second, after a harrowing day on Twitter, Weinstein posted a sneak peek of the teaser trailer right here on Instagram. If that's got your pulse racing, rejoice because the FULL teaser trailer will be put online TOMORROW. I'll let you know the times as soon as I know.

Hope you can handle all this!

German cover of Frostbite
The official VA Facebook page posted a new picture from our set visit last month. Mostly it's a picture of me, though. What am I watching? Fourteen amazing minutes of footage from the movie that they put together for us of all sorts of different scenes:


Insider Tip #1: that university lecture hall I'm in was used as a classroom setting for St. Vladimir's. Insider Tip #2: My smile's a little goofy because I knew I was being photographed but was supposed to pretend I didn't know. My inner smile at the amazing footage I was watching is more like this: :D :D :D ♥ x 1000000

Excited to see some footage yourself? Hang in there, guys. The first trailer debuts NEXT WEEK!

Top Ten Things You May Not Know

German VA 1
Some of you are going to read this, and say, "Richelle, I know all those things!" But I guarantee, there are many who don't know some of these things...because I'm asked about them on a daily basis in email and social media. So, here's a rundown of some major things in the world of Richelle Mead that have slipped through the cracks for some people. Hope it helps!

1. There is a spin-off series to Vampire Academy called Bloodlines
Bloodlines has been out for almost two years, and I still get messages saying, "There are so many questions at the end of Last Sacrifice! How could you end the series? What happens to Sydney, Adrian, Jill, and Eddie?" Yup, there are questions I left on purpose in LS to set up Bloodlines. The Bloodlines series not only follows those four characters but also keeps us in the loop with Rose, Dimitri, Lissa, and Christian--whose roles are getting bigger as the series continues. The events happening in this series are pivotal if I ever do continue the VA series. Future plots are being set up right before your eyes! Book #4, The Fiery Heart, comes out in November, and you guys, it is SMOKIN' HOT. People who've read The Indigo Spell know I'm not messing around. So catch up on your Adrian action now! Series stats and excerpts are here.

2. There is a short story about Rose and Dimitri after Last Sacrifice
I'm often asked to write about Rose and Dimitri visiting Russia after LS ends. Surprise! It's already out there, in a short story called "Homecoming." You can find this story in an anthology called Foretold, which features other tales by some great authors. And to find out more about Rose and Dimitri after LS, see above and read Bloodlines.

frostbitegnsmall3. There are graphic novels of the VA series
Two, in fact. One for Vampire Academy and one for Frostbite. They're adapted by Leigh Dragoon and drawn by fab artist Emma Vieceli. Shadow Kiss will be out early next year, and future ones will depend on the success of these. So stock up, and tell your friends! You can find them on Amazon and and other big booksellers or order them signed here.

4. There's going to be a Vampire Academy movie
I thought everyone knew by now, but I still get questions on this too. Vampire Academy has just wrapped filming and will be released in the US on February 14, 2014. Other release dates are unknown since those are handled by each individual country's distributors. The VA movie has an amazing cast, is directed by Mark Waters of Mean Girls fame, and is written by Daniel Waters (who penned Heathers). The first trailer will be out this month, and whether or not the other books become movies will depend on this one's success.

VAposter5. You can order signed copies of my books pretty easily
If I'm not having a signing near you (which is likely, since pregnancy will keep me in the Pacific Northwest for the next year or so), fear not! You can order signed books from a local store of mine. They carry all of my current titles (including the graphic novels and Foretold mentioned above) and are even doing pre-orders for The Fiery Heart. There is no extra charge. You just have to pay shipping, and they'll ship internationally. PLEASE don't let someone online take advantage of you and sell you a signed copy of one of my books for some outrageous cost when you can get them at University Books for cover price. Instructions and the store's contact info are here.

6. I have a website
A lot of people don't know this! They go to Facebook and Twitter, wanting release dates and tour schedules, but it's already posted in one handy spot at:

7. I have a mailing list that will tell you when I'm coming to see you
People are sad (so am I) when they find out I just had a book signing in their city the previous week. Don't miss out on this stuff! I only send messages to my mailing list (4-5 times a year) to announce signings and new releases. No one else can post but me, and this way, you'll get notified if I'm signing near you. Join it here. If you want to chat about the books, there's a Yahoo group where lots of people talk.

gameboard1208. I have adult, not Vampire Academy and Bloodlines
These books have more intense language and sex than my YA stuff, and you can learn about them and read excerpts here. They all have paranormal/fantasy elements and have varying degrees of the humor and romance I love to write about.

9. There's an app for me
Yup, if you're an Apple user, search for the World of Richelle Mead app. There's lots of free content, with book and character descriptions, and if you order a book through the app, you'll get an annotated copy with notes from me. Sorry--previous purchases outside the app won't work that way.

10. There's a scene out there written from Dimitri's POV
For helping Dimitri win a recent competition, I rewrote a short scene from the first VA book in Dimitri's point of view. You can read it here. Alas, despite all the requests, I'm afraid there will be no books or series written from his POV. This is as close as we get to his mysterious mind!

The Mind of Dimitri

Vampire Academy Crop
If you've been following me in social media, you know that Dimitri had a pretty tough showdown last week in the annual YA Crush Tournament, but you guys managed to pull off his victory anyway! With Adrian's win last year, this makes Mead Men two for two. Thank you so much!

And as a reward, I'm delivering what I promised: a scene from the first VA book written in Dimitri's point of view. No, I'm not even joking. It's right here.

And if that wasn't enough, the first chapter of The Fiery Heart will go live on Monday, July 29. I'll post the link when that's up.


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