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Ain't no party like a Twitter party

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To celebrate the app's release, I'll be having a Twitter party/chat on Thursday, March 8, from 3:30pm-4:30pm Pacific/6:30pm-7:30pm Eastern (use this Time Zone Converter to find out date and time for your location). My Twitter name is pretty easy: RichelleMead. I'll kick things off, but for the rest of the chat, you'll just want to follow and refresh hashtag #VAapp so that you can see who's asking the questions and who I'm answering. Don't worry - it'll make sense at the time.

Here are a few things to keep in mind for the chat:

1. Make sure to mark all your questions and comments with #VAapp. You can address them to @richellemead, but without the hash tag, no one else will be able to find them and read them.

2. If you've been to my past chats, you know I'm never able to answer everyone's questions. Things get crazy! So, if I don't answer yours, please don't be offended! I'll type as fast as I can. Follow the hash tag because if something is asked multiple times, I'll only answer it once. You might find your question was already answered. I also tend not to answer things that give away big book secrets ("Will so-and-so get together?"). :) And sometimes, questions start flooding in so rapidly that I unfortunately lose some of them.

3. If my answers are short, don't be offended either! Remember Twitter is only 140 characters (less with the hash tag). So, I'll have to keep it brief or possibly refer you to my website or FAQ, if there's an answer there.

4. The chat is to celebrate the app, but you can ask other things. If you do have app questions, though, this is a great time to ask because Penguin people will be around and tweeting to help with those.

UPDATED: @PenguinTeen will be around to answer a lot of app questions and also to give away three ARCs of The Golden Lily! They'll explain how to win when the time comes, and it's an international contest.

Also, remember: Click and follow along with hash tag #VAapp. Otherwise, you may not see my comments and other people's questions. Also mark your own tweets with #VAapp.

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App release day!

Little Dhampir
It's here! The World of Richelle Mead is out today. Apple users can head on over to the Apple store and download it for free. Hope you enjoy it!

In concluding the app tour, we've saved one of the best features for last: the chance for you to connect with VA fans around the world.



There are all sorts of ways to participate. The community space has a poll feature where you can cast your vote on all kinds of pressing questions (Team Dimitri or Team Adrian, perhaps?), get the latest news for VA and Bloodlines, and pull up a map that shows you where people are reading the books in the app around the globe! You’ll also find links to some awesome VA and Bloodlines communities on Facebook, Ning and Twitter, and a share function that allows you to send info about the app to your friends.



In closing, here are a few apptastic links to get you going:

-A YouTube trailer for the app
-A Publishers Weekly article about the app
-App FAQ on the Bloodlines Facebook page

Thanks for hanging with me through the tour! I hope those who get it love it and that if it's not available for your device yet, it soon will be.

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App tour: between the pages

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Yesterday's post about the World of Richelle Mead app discussed browsing and buying the books. But what happens then? Once you've purchased a copy of any of the books, or chosen to read a sample of one of them, a pretty copy of the book will open up for you. You can swipe left to turn the page, or jump forwards and backwards using the progress bar at the bottom.



If you look above, you'll see a red seal. Seals like this are placed in the margins throughout each of the books. If you click the seals, you'll gain access to the information hidden behind the page. These can be notes from me, behind-the-scenes information about characters and places mentioned within the text, photos, videos, and any community interactions that have been added to that location in the text. Red "R" seals indicate notes directly from me, purple "i" seals indicate other information, and community seals let you know when someone else has tweeted a particular passage or posted it to Facebook. Here's what it looks like when a seal is opened.



If you love something you've read, you can post about it directly to Facebook or Twitter. The app FAQ explains how and also answers a lot of common questions about availability and whatnot with the app. More questions will be added to their FAQ as time goes on, and the "app" tag below will take you to the rest of the app posts I've done.

One question that comes up a lot is if people who've purchased digital copies of the books in the past will be able to read the app editions. Unfortunately, the answer is no. A helpful way that it was explained to me is that the app is sort of functioning as its own e-reader. So, you can't import other e-copies, any more than you could read a Kindle book inside a Nook. Sorry about that! This goes for past copies from the iTunes store as well. So, if you want to read the enhanced versions of the books, you'll have to buy (or re-buy) them in the app. If you aren't able to buy new copies, you can wait for new books to come out. And remember, you can still use the other features of the apps for free, like the character section, without buying anything.

Tomorrow's release day!

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App tour: we've got books and more books

German cover of Frostbite
Onward with the World of Richelle Mead app! The first place you’ll land when you open the app is the bookshelf, which at the moment holds all the books in the Vampire Academy series (Vampire Academy, Frostbite, Shadow Kiss, Blood Promise, Spirit Bound, and Last Sacrifice) as well as Bloodlines. As more books are published in the Bloodlines series (like The Golden Lily), they will be added to the app.



You may notice that all the books have locks on them. A lock means that you haven't purchased a digital copy of that book within this app. This is one of the pay features of the app, but this doesn't mean you still can't peruse some of the books' features. Tapping any of the books will allow you to "pull" it off the shelf. You'll then have the option to buy the book within the app, read an excerpt of the book, or return to the shelf. If you swipe to the left, you can scroll through all of the books on the shelf, and if you tap any of the book covers, it will turn over and reveal the book's synopsis.



Once you've purchased a book within the app, the lock on that book will disappear. So, if you're someone who prefers digital formats, this is a handy way to collect them. These app editions also have some cool features, which is what we'll talk about tomorrow. And as always, more questions and answers are addressed by clicking the "app" tab below, reading Penguin's FAQ, or emailing yrmarketing@us.penguingroup.com.

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Richelle Mead in the Richelle Mead app

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Just a quick glimpse at the app today. Seeing as this is the World of Richelle Mead app, it makes sense that there's a Richelle section. Here you can get one-stop access to my Twitter and Facebook thoughts, as well as bio info, photos, etc. There have been an astonishing amount of videos shot of me since becoming an author (something I never expected in this career!), and a bunch of them are accessible through the app, with me discussing various aspects of the books and characters.



If you haven't seen the other app updates, click on the "app" tag below. And for questions about platforms, costs, availability, or anything else, be sure and check out the FAQ on the Bloodlines Global Facebook page or email yrmarketing@us.penguingroup.com.

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App tour: characters

German Shadow Kiss
So, here we go with more info about the World of Richelle Mead app that's coming at the end of this week. Before I get on to one of the best parts, I wanted to answer a recurring question: right now, the app will only be available for Apple products, like the iPhone and iPad. It may eventually come out for other platforms, but I'm not sure of the when's or if's.

Getting on to our app tour...one of the coolest parts is the characters section. Each of the thirteen main characters of the Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series are featured in a locket, with some pretty awesome pictures. Dimitri and Adrian fans will be pleased. :) (Though note, these are models cast for the app, not any movie!). You can click the locket to read the character's biographical information and quotes, or pull two lockets together until they light up to see the relationships between those two characters! If you try this and the lockets clang apart, don't worry--those characters don’t have a relationship, and you should try again with another pairing.



This is one of the biggest differences between the iPhone version of the app and the iPad version. The lockets would be very tiny on the iPhone, so we've created a more straightforward matching system (see below) for the iPhone version, but all the information is the same.



If you have any questions on the app, remember to refer to the FAQ on the Bloodlines Global Facebook page, or email Penguin at yrmarketing@us.penguingroup.com.

More tomorrow!

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There's an app for me

Korean VA
You may have heard this mentioned in other places, but here it is officially: a World of Richelle Mead app will be launching on March 2, 2012. That's one week from today! What is a World of Richelle Mead app, you ask? Well, that's an excellent question. It’s a one-stop source for everything related to the Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series--and, even better, it’s FREE!

We've loaded up the books with all sorts of enhancements: notes from me, fun facts from behind the scenes of the series, photos, videos, and much more. There's a really cool character section where you can learn everything you ever wanted to know about all the main characters in the Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series. Additionally, the app has a community section where you can get all the latest VA and Bloodlines news, connect with other fans on Facebook and Twitter, and see where people are using the app all around the globe! And, of course, you'll be able to download and read the books in both series. I've heard some people saying they already have the app, but they just have regular e-versions of the book. This isn't out yet, and it's action-packed :)

I'm excited to show you more of the app, and starting on Monday, February 27, I’m going to be telling you a little bit about each part of the app up until release day. You'll also get to see screenshots that'll give you a sense of what it'll be like using the app. In the meantime, you can check the Bloodlines Facebook page for an FAQ that gives you some initial info, like where the app is available and other technical details. In the meantime, stay tuned, and check back Monday to begin our pre-app countdown. :)


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