Friday Five – The Pre-Thanksgiving Edition

Whew, I feel like I’m overdue for an update! I decided to do a Friday Five to try and keep myself organized.

1. Online Goodies



Guess what I participate in last week? Alohomora over on–the world’s #1 Harry Potter fan site–is recording podcasts for every single chapter of the Harry Potter series, which is basically the most epic read-a-long EVER. (For those of you who don’t know, a podcast is an audio clip that you can download from the internet, kind of like a radio program, but without commercials and with really awesome topics.)

The hosts were nice enough to invite me to be a guest on Episode 110, which covered Chapter 32 of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: “Out of the Fire.” IT WAS AMAZING!!! I got to geek out over this series and its characters to my heart’s content! And I had a lot of fangirling to get out of my system. I’ve loved this series for more than a decade and a half. :-)

If y’all are interested, you can check it on their website (click here), or you can search for “Alohomora Mugglenet” on iTunes to download it there as well.


On the Subject of OE&E Book Descriptions….

Hello, Characters!

I heard from a number of you this weekend about a certain description of The Ever Afters 4: Of Enemies and Endings, which is floating around the internet.

I’m really sorry that it took me so long to respond—today is the first day I haven’t had an event since I arrived in Charlotte on Wednesday, and I’ve been racing around the Carolinas since then.

Anyway, in case you didn’t hear about it, you can click on the MORE button below to read it, but if you do, please know: it contains MAJOR spoilers for Of Enemies and Endings.


The Ever Afters BLOG TOUR

Hey, readers!

I know I’ve been hinting for a while that cool things are afoot, and today, I’m happy to announce the kick-off of The Ever Afters Blog Tour!

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November 3 – Middle Grade Mafioso
November 4 – From the Mixed-Up Files
November 5 – Log Cabin Literary
November 6 – Amanda K. Thompson Blog
November 7 – Novels, News, and Notes
November 8 – Green Bean Teen Queen

All of these posts will feature never-before-seen content related to The Ever Afters series. Today, Middle Grade Mafioso gets the tour off to an awesome start with Lena and Chase’s orientation letters, which include all the Tales that occurred within the last five generations in their family. Check it out here!

In no particular order, the other content–which will go live later this week–will be:

  • FEY FUDGE RECIPES!!!! (as in more than one!)
  • An excerpt from Madame Benne: Genius Inventor or Fey Traitor
  • Playlists that inspired The Ever Afters Characters
  • The Story Behind Fey Fudge, told by Lady Aspenwind
  • A Post for Aspiring Writers: How Fairy Tales Taught Me About Plot
  • A Slightly Singed Page from Madame Benne’s Book

Follow the Blog Tour to see this exclusive content!

ETA: GIVEAWAY ALERT! I just found out my agency is holding a contest for swag and the first three books on Tumblr. If you’re interested, please click here

Giveaway Winners! Plus more info on OF ENEMIES & ENDINGS :-)

First, thank you to everyone who participated in the Cover Reveal giveaway! I picked the winners this morning, and…

**drumroll please**

The winner of The Ever Afters prize pack is…

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Danica H.!




Also, I forgot to update the post, but I decided to throw a third book into the second giveaway–a signed copy of The Theory of Everything, by Kari Luna, which I just finished reading and I thought was funny and delightful. It’s YA, but younger YA (the protagonist is 14, the same age Rory turns in Of Enemies and Endings), and it’s about a girl who sees things other people can’t, including an adorable panda guide named Walt.

Without further ado, the winner of Hook’s Revenge, Flights & Chimes & Mysterious Times, AND The Theory of Everything is….

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Mike R.!!!

Congratulations, Danica H. and Mike R.!!! WOOOHOOOOOOOO!!!!

I shall be emailing you both for your addresses, so please check your inbox.

Of Enemies and Endings Cover

Now, onto some more Of Enemies and Endings business: a few of you have been eager to find out more about the final book in the series, namely when it comes out and what it’ll be about. I had to doublecheck with my editor, but she confirmed this week.

Of Enemies and Endings will come out on June 30, 2015!!!!

I know it’s almost a week later than it came out this year, but considering I turned it in roughly three or four months behind schedule, that pub date is closer than I feared it would be.

A couple readers have also expressed interest in the flap copy, which we just finalized last week. Here it is:

How will this tale end?

The whole fairy-tale world is on high alert. The Snow Queen and her minions are targeting Characters, and Ever After School is the only safe refuge left. Rory knows a final confrontation is inevitable, and she worries about the safety of her family and friends–particularly Chase, who has been acting very strange lately.

Will Rory be able to count on Chase when she needs him most? Is she strong enough to put an end to the Snow Queen’s terrible reign once and for all? Only one this is certain: it’s time for Rory to find out if her tale ends in happily ever after. 

It is VERY hard to talk about this book without spoilers, so I won’t add much. But I will say that at the beginning of the book, only Rory and the Zipes triplets are still living at home (Rory in San Francisco with her mom and Amy, the triplets in the Texas hill country with their parents). The rest of their grade has moved to EAS, and that’s just ONE of the changes that have taken place since the end of the third book. :-)

TITLE & COVER REVEAL – The Ever Afters 4. plus a Giveaway :-)

Some of you have been asking about when I’ll reveal the title, and a few have been very eager to see the cover. Well, today is THE day for both.

As I have hinted before, a reader came up with this title, not me and not any of my publishing associates.

Some of you regular visitors may remember this, but in January, way before Of Sorcery and Snow came out, some readers decided to come up with possible Book 4 Titles on the first **SPOILER** Board. (In case you’re new to the site, a **SPOILER BOARD** is a page where readers can go and chat about the books as much as they want without ruining the plot for someone else. More details on this post.)

Anyway, these awesome readers didn’t just come up with a couple titles. They came up with DOZENS. A few kids started listing possibilities for every letter in the alphabet. Basically, you readers did my title brainstorming for me. I know I said this at the time, but again, thank you all so much!

I promised to send them on to my editor, Julia, when she asked for Book 4 titles. I sent her a list with some readers’ potential titles and a few I’d come up with as well. The one Julia and her team at S&SBFYR loved the most was created by…

Dun dun DUN!

Rachel S Announcement

As a thank you, Rachel, I’m going to make sure you get an early copy of the book. Unfortunately, since I’m still working on the manuscript, it’ll be a while until I have those. In the meantime, I’ve made you a one-of-a-kind mug. (I’m emailing you for your address, so definitely check it, okay?)

Now, before anyone races to that **SPOILER** Board and combs through Rachel’s comments to guess which title hit the mark, HERE is the final cover for The Ever Afters 4, the final book in the series:

Of Enemies and Endings Cover

SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!! Isn’t it AMAZING?? I love this cover so hard. Cory Loftis (the cover artist) totally nailed the Snow Queen, with her cutting kind of beauty and her smug sort of fierceness. And Rory! She looks a little older than the girl on the cover for Of Sorcery and Snow, which is set only three and a half months earlier, and she has this look like she’s learned what she’s made of and she refuses to back down.

In other words, it’s a cover that promises EPICNESS will go down. (And it will. I just have to finish revising the book first.)

Now, to celebrate all this awesome, I’m going to give away with two prizes:

For those of you who don’t yet own the series (or just want to win signed copies), I’m giving away all three books AND one of the swag packs from this summer!


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I don’t want to leave out the people who already acquired all the books in the series, SO I’m also giving away copies of two more middle grade adventures:


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I’ve read the latter, a steampunk fairy tale which was beautiful and haunting and a little sad but full of hope, but I JUST got my hands on the former. HOOK’S REVENGE–a tale about Captain Hook’s daughter coming to revenge her father in Neverland–has been selling out all over the place, so it took me a while to snag my own copy. I am thrilled to start reading it tonight. (Plus, I’ll make sure Heidi signs HOOK’S REVENGE when I see her at our panel at A Children’s Place on Tuesday. Emma might not get a chance to sign hers.)

I think I’ll allow two whole weeks for the contest! That means, it’ll close at 11:59PM on 10/14. To enter, you just enter your name and email into the Rafflecopter widget(s) above, but extra points go to those people who Like the Ever Afters on Facebook.

Good luck to everyone who enters!!!!
And I hope y’all love the cover as much as I do!!!!!