Magical Mayhem, the first YA anthology from Ambush Books, is here just in time for Halloween and the Hallowdays (okay, it’s really the Holidays, but I was feeling creative!)
Magical Mayhem was compiled from a wide assortment of emerging YA talent plus award-winning veteran authors. This anthology truly has something for everyone featuring short tales that will twist your brain and wrap around your soul. From the creepy jumble of Eldritch Black’s “Three Curses for Trixie Moon” to the gorgeous magical realism of Anna-Marie McLemore’s “Lovesick”, Magical Mayhem is the perfect bedtime companion for a cold autumn’s night.
Authors in the anthology include: Douglas Rees (Vampire High), Kait Nolan (Red), Linda Wisdom (50 Ways to Hex Your Lover), Marni Bates (Awkward), Mark London Williams (Danger Boy), Alex Kahler (Martyr), Eldritch Black (The Book of Kindly Deaths), Carol Wolf (Summoning), Pam van Hylckama Vlieg, Cecily White (Angel Academy), Rhonda Helms (Untouched), Laurie McLean (Knight Moves), H. Scott Beazley (Nowhere, Except In Between), Anna-Marie McLemore, Lynda K. Scott, and Catherine Haines.
PLUS 10% OF OUR PROFITS FROM THIS ANTHOLOGY WILL BE DONATED TO THE ELECTRONIC FREEDOM FOUNDATION (WWW.EFF.ORG)!
So pick up an eBook or print edition at Amazon and lots of other online locations. You can also special order it at any neighborhood bookstore.
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Just returned from the annual pilgrimage to New York for Book Expo America, or BEA as it’s known to those in the publishing industry. There booksellers, librarians, publishers, editors, agents and authors meet to network, chat, get free books and learn the latest developments in publishing around the globe.
I sent more than 60 pounds of books and ARCs (advanced reader copies) back to my house! I love to read but I can’t imagine having the time to read every single book I just had to have when faced with a pile of free copies in my favorite publishers’ booths. And this is even after my husband built me three new bookshelves for my birthday.
Yet read I will, because one thing everyone in publishing has in common is a love of books. It’s at the core of why each of us is in the book business. So I plan on reading a few previews of what’s to come this fall as well as some books that have just hit the store shelves.
What are you excited about reading this summer?
It’s Children’s Book Week (May 7-13) and things kicked off with a bang last night at a gala in New York that awarded Jeff Kinney (Diary of a Wimpy Kid-author) and Brian Selznick (Wonderstruck-illustrator) the top honors. Children across the country cast nearly one million votes for their favorite books, author and artist at bookstores, libraries and classrooms and at BookWeekOnline.com. This was more votes than the past five years combined.
Does that mean more children are reading books? Or does it mean that the internet is allowing more children to vote for their favorites? Or something else? What do you think is happening in children’s literature?
Well, I’m a day late, but it’s with much heart and soul that I bid you all HAPPY EARTH DAY! Earth Day started more than 30 years ago on April 22nd, 1970 in my adopted hometown of San Francisco. It has grown into a worldwide phenomenon, which makes sense since it’s celebrating the beauty and wonder of our home planet.
However, Earth Day also carries with it a warning–we’ve only got one planet, so we better treat her right! Living in harmony with the environment is a noble goal. And it has always bugged me that I work in the publishing industry…an industry that uses tons of paper.
In honor of Earth Day, I’m going to give a shout out to one of the most ecological developments in the entire publishing industry: eBooks! Sure, it still costs some energy to create an eBook and view it on a Kindle or Nook. But compared to the amount of paper we use to print libraries of paper books, I’m a big proponent of digital books.
What do you think about books, publishing and ecology? Can you share some tips to conserve and preserve for readers, authors and publishers?
The folks at Amazon made eBooks possible. Sure there were eReaders before Amazon came out with the first Kindle model in 2008. But it was Amazon’s marketing and pricing muscle that made the eBook phenomenon take off in a big way. In 2010, 8% of Americans admitted to reading eBooks. One short year later that number had jumped to 20%. There are eReaders out from Amazon (many Kindles), Barnes & Noble (the Nook) and dozens of other companies. eBooks can also be read on the new tablet computers, such as the iPad from Apple, the Galaxy TAB from Samsung, and oodles more. The fact is that most Americans consume their eBooks on their laptop and desktop computers these days.
But now, back to Amazon. Recently they gave journalists a sneak peek at their new technology and all I can say is, “Let there be light!” Amazon has always touted that its eInk screen makes it possible to read an eBook even in the direct sunlight–such as when you’re at the beach or in your backyard. Now they are moving in the opposite direction and adding LED lighting as a layer of the screen so you can read in the dark. Kind of like the iPad has now.
This development made me ponder. If given a choice, would you rather be able to read your eBooks at the beach or in bed at night under the covers?
“Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale.”
- Hans Christian Andersen (born today in 1805)
Isn’t it amazing how fairy tales are timeless. Hans Christian Andersen wrote 168 fairy tales during his life and many of them are still read and beloved today…
The Emperor’s New Clothes
The Little Mermaid
The Princess and the Pea
The Red Shoes
The Snow Queen
The Ugly Duckling
And these are just a few of his many stories. Which is your favorite Hans Christian Andersen story and why do you think fairy tales have such long-lasting appeal to not only children, but to adults and teens as well?
No, I don’t mean the bologna from Oscar Meyer here folks! I mean the annual Bologna, Italy Children’s Book Fair held last week. That’s where publishing people from around the world flock to each year to see what foreign children’s book publishers are selling and maybe interest them in some American children’s book authors. The word back from Italy says publishers are looking for mysteries, thrillers, science fiction and contemporary books for tween and teen readers. Not paranormal or dystopian. WOWZA! That means you’ll be seeing the results of the deals made last week on bookshelves and eReader screens in late 2013 or 2014.
What do you think? What types of YA and MG books do you wish were on bookstore shelves in your town?
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