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: USA only, I’m afraid.

Q: Can I pre-order a signed copy of The Glittering Court?
A: Yes.  Go to this site ( 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:

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.
Korean VA


If someone asked, "Hey Richelle, how would you like The Glittering Court paired with your favorite show in a major magazine?" I'd be like "..."

Korean VA

The Glittering Court Sweepstakes

Want to pre-order The Glittering Court? Have you done it already? Follow this link to submit a copy of your receipt to get some sweet swag and be entered into a crazy amazing sweepstakes* for a prize pack of giftcards and jewelry that's worth $1000. If you win and want to share the Sephora card with me, that's cool. Because we're pals.

*US only. It's the law with sweepstakes, and this is a US publisher running it. Sorry!

Korean VA

The Glittering Court Book Tour

Here's where I'll be this spring! Stop by to meet me, get some questions answered, and of course, get your books signed.

Tuesday, April 5th - 7:00 PM - Washington, DC
Barnes & Noble
7851 Tysons Corner Center
McLean, VA 22102

Wednesday, April 6th - 6:00 PM - New York, NY
Barnes & Noble
97 Warren St.
New York, NY 10007

Thursday, April 7th - 7:00 PM - Boston, MA
An Unlikely Story
111 South Street
Plainville, MA 02762

Friday, April 8th - 6:30 PM - Denver, CO
Douglas County Libraries – Philip S. Miller branch
100 S. Wilcox St.
Castle Rock, CO 80104

Monday, April 11th - 7:00 PM - Anchorage, AK
Barnes & Noble
200 East Northern Lights Blvd
Anchorage, AK 99503

Tuesday, April 12th - 7:00 PM - Portland, OR
3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd.
Beaverton, OR 97005

Wednesday, April 13th - 7:00 PM - Seattle, WA
University Bookstore
4326 University Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105

Saturday, April 16th - Las Vegas, NV
RT Booklovers Convention
The Rio Hotel, Las Vegas, NV
Giant Book Fair Signing - 10:30am-2pm
--This signing is open to the public for $5 admission and includes 600+ authors
--See for more info and Richelle’s Friday/Saturday panels

Saturday, April 30th - Santa Monica, CA
YALLWest Book Festival, Santa Monica High School
An amazing day of authors, panels, signings, and more!
Check for updates, schedule, and guest list

Thursday, May 12th - 7:00 PM - Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN
Red Balloon Bookshop
891 Grand Ave
St Paul, MN 55105

Friday, May 13th - 6:00 PM - Milwaukee, WI
Oak Creek Library
Drexel Town Center
8040 S. 6th Street
Oak Creek, WI 53154

Saturday, May 14th - Chicago, IL
West Building at McCormick Place, Chicago, IL
Signing and panels TBA
Follow for schedule updates and to buy tickets
(FYI - tickets go fast!)

Good to know:
-At bookstore/library events, there’s a limit of three books per person. One will be personalized to you and the others just signed. If you have more, have friends/family carry three books each or hop back in line.
-Buying or pre-ordering The Glittering Court at a participating bookstore will get you a wristband that puts you in the first part of the signing line. Otherwise, you’ll go to the second half of the line. You can bring any of Richelle’s books from home to be signed (or buy other ones you don’t have at the store). Powell’s is the exception - they don’t use wristbands.
-RT will have a limit of three books, and again, you may buy on-site or bring from home.
-BookCon signings specs are still TBD, but they will also have small limits. Stay tuned for updates.
-Photos are done with Richelle if time permits!
-Contact hosting stores for additional questions!

The Glittering Court is Coming!


It's been a while since I posted. Looking back, I see that my last entry was just before the Soundless tour. Recovering from that and then going straight into Thanksgiving and Christmas took a lot out of me. But, I had a great time meeting fans in the South, and thanks to everyone's support, Soundless debuted on The New York Times bestseller list. So, thank you for that! You guys are the best.

Right now, we're ramping up for The Glittering Court, my next new series, which comes out April 5. It has a completely new universe and set of characters, and it's going to become your next addiction. Here's the official synopsis:

A dazzling, romantic new fantasy series set in a mix of Elizabethan and frontier worlds from Richelle Mead, #1 internationally bestselling author of Vampire Academy.

Big and sweeping, spanning the refined palaces of Osfrid to the gold dust and untamed forests of Adoria, The Glittering Court tells the story of Adelaide, an Osfridian countess who poses as her servant to escape an arranged marriage and start a new life in Adoria, the New World. But to do that, she must join the Glittering Court.

Both a school and a business venture, the Glittering Court is designed to transform impoverished girls into upper-class ladies who appear destined for powerful and wealthy marriages in the New World. Adelaide naturally excels in her training and even makes a few friends: the fiery former laundress Tamsin and the beautiful Sirminican refugee Mira. She manages to keep her true identity hidden from all but one: the intriguing Cedric Thorn, son of the wealthy proprietor of the Glittering Court.

When Adelaide discovers that Cedric is hiding a dangerous secret of his own, together, they hatch a scheme to make the best of Adelaide’s deception. Complications soon arise—first, as they cross the treacherous seas from Osfrid to Adoria, and later, when Adelaide catches the attention of a powerful governor.

But no complication will prove quite as daunting as the potent attraction simmering between Adelaide and Cedric. An attraction that, if acted on, would scandalize the Glittering Court and make them both outcasts in wild, vastly uncharted lands. . . .

And if that doesn't tell you enough, good news! The first eleven chapters are online for your reading pleasure. So, go catch up because things are about to get fast and furious over the next few months!

So much going on...I...I can't even...

If you follow me on social media, you know we quickly went from a sleepy summer to a WTF fall. In a really, really good way. But suddenly, there's so much happening that people are getting lost, so I'm going to try to break things down as simply as I can but still give you all the info you need to keep up. Let's dive into all the questions I've been getting:

1. What is your next book?
It's called Soundless. It comes out November 10 (that's less than 2 weeks away!). It's a standalone--so it is NOT part of any series. The first 30 pages are here, and this is its sweet cover:

2. What is Soundless about?
It takes place in a fantasy world inspired by ancient Chinese myth. The heroine, Fei, lives in a remote mountain village where no one has ever been able to hear. One morning, she wakes up with her hearing mysteriously restored and must risk becoming an outcast to save her people from a dark threat. Oh, and she has to do it with her ex. I mean, did you think I'd make it easy for her? It's like you don't know me at all.

3. Are you going on tour for Soundless?
Yes. I will be signing in Seattle, WA; Raleigh, NC; Fairhope, AL; Charleston, SC; Coral Gables, FL; and Santa Monica, CA. Stores, times, and signing policies are here.

4. What's after Soundless?
In April 2016, I have a brand new series coming. It has nothing to do with Soundless or Vampire Academy or anything else I've done. It's called The Glittering Court, and you'll go crazy when you read it. The description is here, and this is its sweet cover:

5. What's the big Soundless pre-order deal that involves The Glittering Court?
If you pre-order Soundless from a select independent bookstore, you will get a limited edition copy of Soundless that's autographed by me and has a fancy translucent cover wrap over it. You'll also get a special sampler that includes the FIRST ELEVEN CHAPTERS of The Glittering Court. The whole deal looks like this:

6. Which stores are doing this? What if none of them are in my city or even in my country?
This deal is ONLY available through the independent bookstores listed in this link. If there's no indie store in your town, it's okay. Most of them let you order online or over the phone, and then they'll ship it to you when it's available. Many of them will ship internationally, but you'll have to contact individual stores for cost and policy.

7. Can I get this deal if I pre-order Soundless from Amazon or Barnes and Noble?
No. You'll get a standard copy of Soundless, which is still cool, but it won't have the fancy cover wrap, autograph, or The Glittering Court chapters. By the way--that is my actual autograph in all those limited edition ones. I signed 10,000 copies this summer.

8. I'm going to one of your November book signings! Sweet! It's at a store that's offering the special Soundless pre-order. What should I do?
Pre-order it to make sure they don't run out. Then still come see me the night I sign, and I'll personalize the copy to you. Right now, they just have my signature, but I'll write something like, "To [your name], thanks for being awesome!"

9. Have you forgotten about Age of X #3?
Nope. It's still in the works. And it's pretty cool. But I have to answer to a larger publishing schedule that dictates when and what I write. If it makes you feel better, I think there's going to be a #4. But that probably didn't make you feel better.

10. Why aren't you writing more Vampire Academy stuff?
I can't speak for all authors, but I write because I have more ideas than I can keep inside me. I want to write them all. They keep me up at night. If I'd only ever written the first story idea I ever had, I never would have written VA--or, actually, any of my books that are out. I love the VA gang, and I love that you guys love them too, but I don't plan on writing only VA books for the next sixty years. I would definitely love to revisit those crazy kids one day, but right now, I've got to get some of these other ideas on paper. Trust me: when you start reading TGC next year, you'll be hooked into another series. And who knows? Maybe I haven't even written your favorite book yet. <3
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Adrian's Diary #2

Date: ~November, the year VA takes place

I don’t get why people are so touchy. When I told Dinah Drozdov that I wanted to keep things casual and still date other people, she was fine with that. When I told her sister Aly the same thing, she was fine with that too. But for some reason, when Dinah found out Aly was one of the “other people,” she flipped out. And when Aly found out about Dinah, she really flipped out. I guess there’s some special rule about dating two sisters at the same time. Like that you aren’t supposed to do it. But then things got really bad when their dad found out. He started going off about how I was going to suffer in new and terrible ways I’d never dreamed possible. When Aunt Tatiana found out, things got really, REALLY bad. I guess Lord Drozdov is critical to some motion she’s trying to get passed, and he threatened to pull his support because of me. Aunt Tatiana was pissed, to put it mildly. I still don’t really understand these aura things I keep seeing, but hers was deep red, and that just didn’t seem like a good sign. Neither was her screaming at me. Usually, she lets me get away with anything, but this crossed a line. She told me I couldn’t stick around Court for Christmas, not with Lord Drozdov  there too. She needs to smooth things over, and me sitting next to him at Christmas dinner might throw that off. So now I have to go spend the holidays at some crap ski lodge in Idaho. I hate skiing, but what I hate even worse is finding out my dad is coming along. Two weeks on “vacation” with Nathan Ivashkov? Looks like I really am going to suffer in new and terrible ways.

Soundless Tour!

Soundless Tour

If Richelle isn't coming to your city, click here to find out how to order a limited edition signed copy of Soundless from your local indie bookstore with a super cool embellished cover! (You can also pre-order one from a participating store she's appearing at -- contact them for more information!).

Tuesday, November 10th  at 7:00pm – Seattle, WA
University Bookstore - 206-634-3400
4326 University Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105

Wednesday, November 11th at 7:00pm – Chapel Hill, NC
Flyleaf Books - 919-942-7373
752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Thursday, November 12th at 6:00pm – Fairhope, AL
Page & Palette - 251-928-5295
32 S Section Street
Fairhope, AL 36532

Friday, November 13th & Saturday, November 14th – Charleston, SC
Details forthcoming - please check the YALLFest website for schedule and tickets to Richelle's keynote

Sunday, November 15th at 1:00pm – Miami, FL
Books & Books - 305-442-4408
265 Aragon Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33134

Thursday, November 19th at 7:00pm – Los Angeles, CA
Barnes & Noble Santa Monica - 310-260-9110
1201 3rd St
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Signing Guidelines:
-Richelle will sign three books per person, one will be personalized and the other two will just have signatures (have a friend bring three more books!)
-You may bring books from home
-Pictures will be allowed if time permits
-Many bookstores have perks for buying Soundless from them, like going to the front of the signing line. Check back here or contact your store to find out any other details, such as line policies or tickets.