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The Golden Lily Tour, Day 2: Lexington

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Lexington is one of my favorite places. In fact, it helped inspire some of the Last Sacrifice hijinks that took place in Kentucky. Tonight's signing was at Joseph-Beth Booksellers, an indie store that most everyone in the book business knows. They do great events, and tonight was no exception.



But first, to get to the signing, I had to come down a giant escalator. I hoped nobody would notice, but some friends sold me out when they saw me coming.



I kicked off the event by showing off my "Nobody Puts Baby in a Corner" shirt from Dirty Dancing. I'd told one of my readers I'd wear it, but I ended up getting it hemmed too short--probably because I didn't wash it before giving it to the tailor. Still, I wanted her to know I'd tried, so I brought the shirt along anyway.



Some other cool shirts came out tonight, including this one representing Georgina and her immortal friends' favorite bar, The Cellar.



More Georgina fans soon came to represent with Team Carter and Team Seth shirts.



I also got a fun visist from local Lexington authors, Andrew Shaffer and Tiffany Reisz. Andrew's alter ego, Fanny Merkin, has a Fifty Shades of Grey parody coming out next month, called Fifty Shames of Earl Grey.



One of the biggest surprises of the evening came right at the very end (it was another three hour event): this awesome Belikov-Ivashkov 2012 shirt:



She was even nice enough to make me a complementary Hathaway-Sage one:



All in all, a pretty fun night! I read about Malachi Wolfe again and also talked about Zombie Rose (you're really curious about that now, aren't you?). There was also some speculation about the title of the third Bloodlines book--which will be revealed when the Official Bloodlines Facebook page gets 25,000 likes. They're 500 away, which is crazy since my Facebook page has over 100,000 likes. We can do this, team!

Tomorrow, I'll be heading down to Florida to sign in Fort Lauderdale. There have been some rumors that the event starts at 6, but it's at 7pm--just like the others. The details are here on my website. Thank you, Lexington and Joseph-Beth, for an awesome event!


The Golden Lily Tour, Day 1: Lansing

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For aspiring writers wondering what a "glamorous" author does after a 2.5 hour signing, let me enlighten you. It involves sitting in your hotel room with a glass of Chardonnay and getting misty-eyed while looking at pictures of your baby on Facebook. But here's what happened before that.

I kicked off The Golden Lily Tour in Lansing, Michigan, not far from where I grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Lansing is also the home of one of my alma mater's biggest rivals, but we were all friends tonight. To prove it, I even wore some local colors.



I was at Schuler Books, which is an indie store that hosts some really wonderful events (they'll be hosting the Fierce Reads Tour later this week). We had a really great turn-out tonight, made even better by the fact that some family and friends were there--including my mom!



The event kicked off in the usual way, with me reading one of my very favorite passages in The Golden Lily. That particular passage involves Sydney and Adrian visiting a character you'll soon grow to love, named Malachi Wolfe. I had a hard time keeping a straight face while reading because Malachi is awesome like that.



After some Q&A involving a potential series starring Zombie Rose, it was time for the signing to begin!



As usual, good times ensued. People often think it's hard for me when these signings last a long time (this one went 2.5 hours), but it's actually pretty awesome. I get to hang out there and talk to amazing people the whole time, so I feel pretty lucky. There were both familiar and new faces there, and I had a great time chatting with everyone.







At last, things wrapped up, and it was time for me to head on back to the hotel. See earlier comment about me wistfully looking at baby pictures. Of course, since I'm in my home state, I'd be remiss if I didn't bring my son back some memento from his parents' homeland. Since my husband and I went to rival colleges, I decided to do the fair thing and get the baby gifts representing both sides of his heritage:



Thanks so much, Lansing and Schuler Books, for an awesome start to my first tour in 1.5 years! It's a big adjustment being on the road again, but you guys made everything so wonderful. Tomorrow (June 13), I'll be in Lexington, Kentucky. If you're in the area, I hope you'll come visit!


First Two Chapters of The Golden Lily!

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Before we get to the exciting stuff, I want to make sure everyone saw yesterday's post with all the latest news about The Golden Lily: autographed books, my tour, and a whole lot more!

And now...drum roll...we now have the second chapter of The Golden Lily for you! And if you missed the first chapter from earlier this year, it's here too. Enjoy! You might just see a familiar Russian face in the second chapter... :)


The Golden Lily Round-Up

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Oh my gosh! The Golden Lily comes out June 12! I'm so excited. It's sneaked on to a few shelves already, and people are loving it, which makes me so, so happy. I don't want to disappoint you guys! So much is happening right now before the release that I wanted to quickly list everything for you in one handy place--including a new link to the first two chapters!!

You guys, THIS IS GETTING REAL!

What's The Golden Lily?
It's book #2 in the Bloodlines series, which is the spin-off to the Vampire Academy series. It features Adrian, Sydney, and Jill. If I ever decide to write about Rose again, things in the Bloodlines series will come into play. TGL comes out in English-speaking countries on June 12. BONUS: you can learn more and read the first two chapter here.

I'm Touring!
Check my tour schedule to see if I'll be in your town. I hope you'll come see me to get books signed, ask questions, and pose for some pictures. It'll be good times for all.

Ordering Autographed Books
University Bookstore's website is working again *most of the time*. The store apologizes profusely and is working hard to get it all running correctly. The last day to order signed copies of TGL and have them ship on June 12 is tomorrow, June 7. I explain the details about dates and how to search here on my website. (There's also a number to order over the phone there). And if you don't need an autographed copy, just hit up your local store!

Bloodlines #3
It's crazy, but I'm already working on the next book. The Official Bloodlines Facebook page is going to reveal the title of book #3 and its first paragraph if it can reach 25,000 likes. It's almost there! And, as a bonus, some Walmarts will have a special edition of TGL that includes the first chapter of book #3.

The Golden Lily Teaser Trailers
If you missed it, Penguin Australia has made some pretty sweet teasers featuring cool quotes from the book. They recently posted them all in one convenient place.

E-reader Postcards
I know sometimes it's hard for people with e-readers to go to book signings. People who own Kindles, Nooks, etc. are sad because they don't have a pretty book to sign or maybe I've already signed their case. Well, I made up some cool postcards that I'll sign just for you guys! Show me your e-reader at the signing, and I'll hook you up. And if you have "real" books and an e-reader both, that's cool too.

People are Talking...
And have left some awesome early reviews for The Golden Lily: here and here.

Live Feed
If you can't make my signings, my Vancouver one on June 23 will have a live feed of the event, so you can watch what it's like. More info on that as we get closer.

The World of Richelle Mead App
If you have the app for your iPad or iPhone, you'll be able to download an annotated copy of TGL on release day.

My Own Favorite Quotes
And finally, I've been posting my own favorite quotes from The Golden Lily. Here they are:

#1 - "Sydney, this is the kind of shirt that says, ‘You’re never getting in here.’”
#2 - "Sorry, ma'am. I’m already caught up in one epic battle of good vs. evil. I don’t need another."
#3 - "I felt the need to clarify we were there for the self defense class, in case he also taught about dog breeding or riding the high seas."
#4 - "You are the most beautiful creature I have ever seen walking this earth."


Did I mention this is getting real??


The Golden Lily cover
Between supervillains and the writing process, we haven't talked much about my upcoming books in a while. This past weekend marked one month until the release of The Golden Lily, which comes out June 12 in English-speaking countries. I'm really excited by this book and think the ending will leave a lot of people saying, "Whaatttt?" If you haven't read the first chapter yet, it's here.

As usual, I will be autographing copies of The Golden Lily for University Bookstore. If you want an autographed copy, the detailed instructions are here on my website. The bottom line is that you order through their site and then note in the comments who you want the book (or books) made out to. University Bookstore can't ship TGL before its release date of June 12, so if you want a signed copy, you'll have to wait for it to get to you. (If you can't wait and don't need an autograph, pre-order at your local bookstore!). To make sure your book ships on release day, place your orders no later than about four days in advance of release date. The sooner, the better. I'll come in and sign a big ol' bunch of books, and then the store will ship them out!

And next week, we've got something else good: the Frostbite graphic novel comes out on May 24! (It's out in Australia/NZ already). If you've read the regular books, you know Frostbite is when things start to get crazy, so this is a good one. I'll also be autographing these for University Bookstore, and you can order them by following the same link above. To find the graphic novel on their website, do a title search for Frostbite and scroll down until you see the cover, which looks like this:



The Frostbite graphic novel can't ship before its release date of May 24, so it's the same deal. Place your order in advance, I'll sign it, and out it goes on release day. If you order both of these new books together, neither will ship until the later release day (June 12) unless you pay separate shipping. The store carries all of my other titles if you want signed copies of those, and they ship internationally. Direct questions to: ubsmail@u.washington.edu

Phew, that's a lot! I hope it all makes sense. I also want to add that although the store goes out of its way to get new books out on release day, it can't be held responsible for delays that are out of their control. Sometimes they don't get their shipments on time. Or, you know, I could break my hand. Those are unlikely, but I just want you to have the heads up. And of course, this is all only for signed books. You have lots and lots of other options to get my books elsewhere! However you manage it, I hope you enjoy them. This is going to be a good spring. :)


Chapter 1 of The Golden Lily

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Surprise! I never like to give a heads-up that this stuff is coming. I think it's more fun (for me) to just unleash it without warning. :)

Head on over to Entertainment Weekly for Chapter 1 and a Q&A. Enjoy!


The Golden Lily Description

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And here I was, stumped for a topic today! Then lo, the Official Bloodlines page went live with The Golden Lily's description!

Here you go! It has a release date of June 19 in English-speaking countries. Other countries TBA.


Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives.

Sydney would love to go to college, but instead, she’s been sent into hiding at a posh boarding school in Palm Springs, California–tasked with protecting Moroi princess Jill Dragomir from assassins who want to throw the Moroi court into civil war. Formerly in disgrace, Sydney is now praised for her loyalty and obedience, and held up as the model of an exemplary Alchemist.

But the closer she grows to Jill, Eddie, and especially Adrian, the more she finds herself questioning her age–old Alchemist beliefs, her idea of family, and the sense of what it means to truly belong. Her world becomes even more complicated when magical experiments show Sydney may hold the key to prevent becoming Strigoi—the fiercest vampires, the ones who don’t die. But it’s her fear of being just that—special, magical, powerful—that scares her more than anything. Equally daunting is her new romance with Brayden, a cute, brainy guy who seems to be her match in every way. Yet, as perfect as he seems, Sydney finds herself being drawn to someone else—someone forbidden to her.

When a shocking secret threatens to tear the vampire world apart, Sydney’s loyalties are suddenly tested more than ever before. She wonders how she's supposed to strike a balance between the principles and dogmas she's been taught, and what her instincts are now telling her.

Should she trust the Alchemists—or her heart?


Holiday offering, part 2

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Yikes. Christmas in Seattle has brought us a crazy wind and rain storm. Here's hoping my power and/or internet don't go out before I post this!

As promised, here are three out-of-context quotes from The Golden Lily. I like out-of-context stuff because it's fun to try to figure out who's saying it. Well, I think it's fun. You guys are probably like, "Richelle, that's IT???" But we're still a ways out from this book's publication, so you only get teases for now! I'm sure Penguin Australia will give you more when the book's officially finished, and you can expect the first chapter usually a month or two before the publication date.

So, here we go. These are all lines that are spoken and that come from different parts of the book. These would sound ridiculous if they were part of the same conversation!

Quote #1:

"You made your own jean shorts...with a butter knife?"

Quote #2:

"Too bad you got so bogged down in books. You've got the spirit of a warrior."

Quote #3:

"You need me? You yell. You want to leave? We go. I'll get you out of here, no matter what."


Who said them? And to whom? Ahh...the suspense!


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