6.22.2012

YIPPPEEEEE UNRAVEL ME + DESTROY ME COVERS

i told you i'd be back!

i just flew in from Toronto a couple of hours ago, and i'm heading to ALA tonight, so apologies for the delay! i said on twitter and facebook that i'd be sharing the cover for DESTROY ME today, but this was the first chance i had to sit down at my computer for a second.

yesterday, the cover for UNRAVEL ME was revealed exclusively on MTV's Hollywood Crush, which meant i had to wait for the exclusive to expire before i could repost it. so today, i'll be able to share the covers of SHATTER ME, DESTROY ME, and UNRAVEL ME, all in the same post.

first, here is the beauty that is DESTROY ME.

FLAILLLLLLLLL

i just can't even with how much i love this.
i'm actually afraid to comment on this cover for fear of spoiling the book.

SYNOPSIS (spoilers ahead if you haven't read SHATTER ME):

Perfect for the fans of Shatter Me who are desperately awaiting the release of Unravel Me, this novella-length digital original will bridge the gap between these two novels from the perspective of the villain we all love to hate, Warner, the ruthless leader of Sector 45.

In Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me, Juliette escaped from The Reestablishment by seducing Warner—and then putting a bullet in his shoulder. But as she’ll learn in Destroy Me, Warner is not that easy to get rid of. . .

Back at the base and recovering from his near-fatal wound, Warner must do everything in his power to keep his soldiers in check and suppress any mention of a rebellion in the sector. Still as obsessed with Juliette as ever, his first priority is to find her, bring her back, and dispose of Adam and Kenji, the two traitors who helped her escape. But when Warner’s father, The Supreme Commander of The Reestablishment, arrives to correct his son’s mistakes, it’s clear that he has much different plans for Juliette. Plans Warner simply cannot allow.

Set after Shatter Me and before its forthcoming sequel, Unravel Me, Destroy Me is a novella told from the perspective of Warner, the ruthless leader of Sector 45.

DESTROY ME will be out in digital format (wherever ebooks are sold) on October 2, 2012.

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and if you haven't seen it yet, here's the cover for UNRAVEL ME, the second book in the SHATTER ME series, out February 5, 2013.


THE SEASONS HAVE CHANGED! THE BRANCHES ARE SNOWY AND ICY AND THE WATERFALL HAS TURNED INTO AN ICICLE AND THE EYE IS ALL FROZEN AND GAHHHH THE SYMBOLISM 
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and just as a refresher, here's the new cover for SHATTER ME, which will be hitting shelves in paperback on October 2, 2012.

le dreamy sigh
a quick clarifying note to all those who've asked: we've completely redesigned the look for the entire SHATTER ME series, not just the paperbacks. this means all future paperback and hardcovers will follow this new style. i know some people are upset about having unmatching sets -- and this is something i completely understand! -- but i hope you know that a great deal of thought and deliberation went into this decision. ultimately, Harper really felt this new design was the best direction for the series, and i wholeheartedly agree. i'm completely, madly in love with all of these new covers and their significance to the story. and most of all, i'm so thrilled to be able to share them with you.

HEARTS AND HEARTS

more soon!

(by the way: if you're going to be at ALA this weekend, i'll be signing ARCs of UNRAVEL ME on Saturday in the HarperCollins booth from 12:30-1:30! YOU SHOULD TOTALLY COMEEE)

6.05.2012

NEW SHATTER ME COVER AHHHH

hi guys.
hi.
hiiiiiiiii have some very exciting news to share with you today.

SHATTER ME has a brand new cover.

i know a lot of people hate it when covers get redone, but believe it or not, it's always done for a good reason. for us, it was no different. as much as we loved the original cover for SHATTER ME, we felt like it wasn't properly reflecting the book and the feel of the story, especially as we moved forward in the series. so we tried something new.

and this new cover. gah, guys, it's ridiculous how much i love this new cover. because it's so... different.

it's strange. it's weird and beautiful and kind of unexpected and highly metaphorical in its representation. it's basically like the inside of Juliette's head. in fact, everything about it -- every detail -- is significant to the story. this cover feels so right to me. i'm crazy, crazy in love with it, and i really hope you guys like it, too!

this new cover will be hitting shelves in paperback on October 16, 2012 (same release date as DESTROY ME! ee!), so you'll be able to see it in all its shiny printed glory. also, this new style will be reflected in all of the books in the series, and, as DESTROY ME will be out in about four months, and UNRAVEL ME three months after that, i will have two more covers to share with you this month, so i'll be back with more, very soon!

and so, without further ado. here is my new friend:
(click to make it bigger!)

THERE IS A BIRD IN HER EYE, GUYS. A BIRD. i can't even.

BRB OFF TO HUG MY COMPUTER.

also: i'm finishing up the third book right now, but i'm almost done! so i will be back soon. promises.

hearts, you guys.
ALL THE HEARTS.

5.20.2012

SHATTER ME FOR FREE


so here's the thing.

i have 120 extra copies of SHATTER ME that i want to give away to libraries/teachers/programs-that-support-reading all across the country. which means i'm looking for 120 librarians/teachers/schools/etc., who are interested in a free copy of SHATTER ME for their readers. i will cover all shipping costs, and will ship anywhere in the US. 

i've had the pleasure and the privilege of meeting a lot of teachers and librarians all around the country, and i know how hard they work to stock their libraries with new books. in fact, most of them have had to pay for these things out of their own pockets. i'd like to help.

if you're interested, or if you know anyone who's interested, please email me at thmafi at gmail dot com (subject line: SHATTER ME FOR FREE) with a little info about you, your school/library/program/etc., and the mailing address i can send it to.


a few notes:
- if you'd like me to personalize your copy, i'm more than happy to do it! please let me know what you'd like it to say.
- this will basically run on a first-come, first-served basis, but i'll definitely do my best to make sure there's equal-opportunity for all states.
- sorry dear international friends! this is US-only.
- there's no deadline for this. it's not a contest. (but we'll have one of those very soon, promise!) all you need to qualify for this is to be a teacher, a librarian, or part of a program that provides free books for children (& otherwise).

i would, however, really appreciate it if you'd help spread the word! i'd love to be able to reach out to as many interested parties as possible.

(and i'll be back soon with a real blog post, i promise!)

HEARTS AND HEARTS

5.08.2012

FUN FUN BOOK NEWS

it has been so long, dearest friends! i owe you a post and an explanation! this will be coming soonish. i have a couple of books to write and deadlines to meet, but those deadlines are coming up very soon, and so, once all has been sent off to my editor i promise i shall be back with a longer blog post than this, the poor man's blog post.

but for any of you who might be interested in my book-related things, here is a super fun announcement about Some Things To Come!! very excited.

hearts forever. i miss you so.


3.22.2012

SPRING TOUR DATES + FREE BOOKS

hello friends!

i have a bunch of spring tour stops coming up, and now that they've all been sort-of-officially-finalized, i wanted to share in case any of you wonderful people happen to be in any of these cities. i'd really love to meet you if you're going to be around! we've actually got a shiny Spring Into the Future 2012 tour facebook page with all the details, and we're currently hosting a series of giveaways (lots and lots of awesome books stuffed into a lovely spring tote bag), so if you'd like to win some free books, you can always check it out! it's super simple to participate; all you have to do is 'Like' the page and you'll automatically be entered to win.

anyhow! without further ado, here's where i'll be in the next couple of months:



A P R I L  2 0 1 2

LOS ANGELES, CA
Thursday, April 12th, 2012
Vroman's Bookstore
695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA
6 o'clock in the evening
(With authors Veronica Rossi, Anna Carey, Cynthia Hand, and Marie Lu)

CHICAGO, IL
Friday, April 13th, 2012
Anderson's Bookshop
123 West Jefferson Avenue
Naperville, IL
7 o'clock in the evening
(With authors Veronica Rossi, Anna Carey, and Cynthia Hand)

WASHINGTON D.C.
Saturday, April 14th, 2012
Hooray For Books!
1555 King Street, Suite 101
Alexandria, VA
3:30 in the afternoon
(With authors Veronica Rossi and Anna Carey)

NEW YORK CITY, NY
Sunday, April 15th, 2012
Books of Wonder
18 West 18th Street
New York City, NY
1 o'clock in the afternoon
(With authors Veronica Rossi, Anna Carey, and Lauren Oliver)

HOUSTON, TX
Wednesday, April 25th, 2012
Blue Willow Bookshop
14532 Memorial Drive
Houston, TX
7 o'clock in the evening
(With author Veronica Rossi)

AUSTIN, TX
Thursday, April 26th, 2012
Book People
603 North Lamar Boulevard
Austin, TX
7 o'clock in the evening
(With author Veronica Rossi)

MIAMI, FL
Saturday, April 28th, 2012
Books and Books
265 Aragon Avenue
Coral Gables, FL
6 o'clock in the evening
(With author Veronica Rossi)

M A Y  2 0 1 2

SAN FRANCISCO, CA
May 3rd, 2012
Copperfield's Books
140 Kentucky Street
Petaluma, CA
7 o'clock in the evening
(With authors Veronica Rossi and Anna Carey)

PORTLAND, OR
May 4th, 2012
Barnes & Noble - Clackamus
12000 Southeast 82nd Avenue
Portland, OR
7 o'clock in the evening
(With authors Veronica Rossi and Anna Carey)

SEATTLE, WA
May 5th, 2012
University Bookstore - Mill Creek Town Center
Teen Brunch
15311 Main Street
Mill Creek, WA 98012
11 o'clock in the morning
(With author Veronica Rossi)

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please let me know you if any of you guys can make it -- i'd love to be able to say hi! :D

i'll also be attending several other events in the coming summer months, and i'll be updating my 'Appearances' tab as much as i can to keep the information accurate and up-to-date.

happy spring, guys! 

xx



3.15.2012

I COULDN'T COME UP WITH A CLEVER TITLE

have you ever had so much to do that you decided to just lie facedown on the floor and mumble British witticisms into the carpet? 

this is not a rhetorical question, guys. this isn't like the opening of an unfortunately-structured query letter ("Have you ever wondered what would happen if your hands and feet switched places?" "What would you do if your teeth talked back to you?"), or the kind of question i ask when i think i'm being a real charmer. this is, in fact, a fairly accurate depiction of what has happened to my brain.

you might not believe me if i told you i'd forgotten i had a blog.

i was tinkering with my website, trying to update my appearances for 2012 etc etc, and only then did i really notice the hyperlink to my blog. i blinked a little, squinting at my computer screen as i struggled to remember this long ago time when i would actually update this thing every day (EVERY DAY, GUYS! that is so impressive! i am not impressive anymore) and then i don't know what happened, but now i am here. in my absence i have, of course, been preoccupied with the doing of the Things! all manner of things, actually, things like staring at a blinking cursor in an open document for days at a time, and things like sharpie-tatooing PEETA4EVA onto my elbow. also i might've written a couple of books at some point.

the books thing has gotten a little easier since my last post about the weirdness of being published, especially since i've now learned to stop saying things like "PSH, WHAT, YOU DON'T HAVE TO BUY MY BOOK, THAT'S JUST, I MEAN, WHY WOULD YOU EVEN DO SOMETHING LIKE THAT" because only full-time writers who want to live in a box on skid row say things like that. but here is a brand-new thing that is happening! EMAILS! i get a lot of these, but i'm getting a surprising amount from writers seeking writerly advice. and this is surprising for a couple of reasons. first, that i'm certain i'm not qualified to answer these questions, and second, that i have no idea who's reading my blog anymore. (well that's not entirely true, because let's be honest: 95% of my traffic is coming from my mom's house.) but i always thought i had a pretty good grasp on my target audience for this blog. i always thought the other 5% of my readers shared two main qualities: 1) that they were unrelated to me, and 2) that they were aspiring writers tapped into the publishing industry. people who, for the most part, already knew the basic components of publishing, the steps involved, the agony of the query-trenches, etc.

but now i'm getting emails from readers and writers who are completely new to this stuff. they're eager and excited and nervous and have no idea where to start. and they remind me so much of myself when i first entered the crazy scary-seeming world of publishing. i had no clue what i was supposed to do, where to search, how to filter the good info from the bad. i googled and googled and googled until google was all HEYYYY, slow down, we don't even know each other that well, and i harrumphed and probably made an unflattering comment about search engines. but i didn't know about the trials and tribulations of query letters; i never knew the odds or just how many buckets of blood, sweat, and tears it would take.

but now i know. now i know all the numbers and the chances and the craziness and the agony. i know the beauty of the writing community and just how much it helps to have friends to hold your hand through the craziness. but the thing is -- and here's the important part -- being a published writer doesn't actually mean i know anything absolute about writing books; all it really means is that i know what it's like to suffer.

so when i get these emails, i really do understand. i know what it's like to toil along, waking up every day with a hope and a prayer and a world of imaginary people in your head. and it hits me hard, sometimes, those emails. the ones asking for help and guidance. i feel bad that the only thing i really know how to say is "read. and write. and keep doing that over and over again." but the truth is, if i've learned anything at all as i've ventured into this world, it's that i know nothing. there really is no one way to write a book. there is no hard and fast rule to creating a fictional world. i can only ever tell you how i write a book, and that might not even work for you. and if you write differently, that doesn't mean you're doing it wrong. it means you're doing what's right for you.

my point is this: i read so many different things about writing a novel. everyone had a different method, or everyone seemed to agree on a similar system, or there were tons of pro/con stuff on outlining and not-outlining and etc etc etc. but hell, if your book has a plot, you're already ten steps ahead of everyone else. so i think you should do whatever works for you. however! if all of this non-advice has only frustrated you, here is a step by step tutorial on how to write a novel that i wrote a long time ago. i still think it's incredibly relevant to today. 

hee hee.

bottom line: i've written a lot (in the past) about publishing and the steps it takes to get there, but if you're new to this world and are looking for the absolute best place to start learning? i would direct you first and foremost to the amazing Nathan Bransford's blog. his site is a gold mine for aspiring writers.

in other news: i think you are awesome.

happy Thursday, everyone.

HEARTS

3.07.2012

SIX PRIZE PACKS = SIX CONTEST WINNERS!


 ANDDDDD... CONTEST WINNERS! 

::drumroll::
  
PRIZE PACK #1 GOES TO
#1

PRIZE PACK #2 GOES TO
#2

PRIZE PACK #3 GOES TO
#3

PRIZE PACK #4 GOES TO
#4

PRIZE PACK #5 GOES TO
#5

PRIZE PACK #6 GOES TO
#6

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CONGRATULATIONS, GUYS!!

if the winners would please email me at thmafi at gmail dot com
i shall arrange to have these books shipped out to you ASAP!

thanks so much to all of you for playing along! and don't worry - i always host giveaways, so i promise there's more to come soon! in fact, we're gearing up right now for our upcoming Spring Into the Future tour, and our shiny new Facebook page is going to be loaded up with really awesome contests VERY soon. we'll be giving away super coveted ARCs, signed copies of finished books, and lots of cool swag! so if you like, you can always follow along?

if not, never fear! i will always be back.

HEARTS.
xo

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