Earth & Sky online launch party + giveaway

As promised, there will be an online launch party for Earth & Sky on its release date, October 28th! With just one week to go, I thought I’d share the details… and a special launch giveaway.

Because there’s going to be one BIG launch day prize, to get you warmed up I’m starting the giveaway today! The prize? A Kindle Paperwhite with a custom Earth & Sky cover, preloaded with the book, plus your choice of any three of my books or the books I’ve recommended here (see the first five links under For Readers), in whatever available format you prefer, and an Earth & Sky swag pack including star candies in Win’s favorite Earth flavors, bookmark, magnet, and sticker.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

(books not shown in prize photo}

You can enter any time between now and the end of Oct 28th using the Rafflecopter form below. The giveaway is open internationally. And even after you’ve entered, don’t forget to check back, because I’ll be adding a few more ways to earn entries on the day of the launch!

Online Launch Party details:

The online launch party will take place on the event page on Facebook and here in a new post on my blog. On the event page wall, you’ll be able to ask questions and add comments about the book, and I’ll be holding a few quick giveaways of books and swag throughout the day. Here on the blog, you can ask and comment too, as well as checking out a video reading from the book and heading to the signing “booth” to request a personalized signed bookplate and bookmark. From 8-9pm EST, I’ll be hosting a live chat (link to be posted at that time on both the Facebook page and my blog) during which anyone is welcome to drop in, discuss the book, writing, or whatever else strikes your fancy, and possibly snag another prize.

(Note: Those in the Toronto area can also attend the in-person launch; details here.)

Earth & Sky Canadian blog tour

Razorbill Canada has arranged a tour for Earth & Sky with a bunch of awesome Canadian bloggers over the next couple weeks. The first few posts are already up, and more to come shortly!

Oct 16 – Razorbill blog (interview)
Oct 18 – Me on Books (guest post on plotting the story + review)
Oct 20 – Cherry Blossoms and Maple Syrup (review)
Oct 21 – Read My Breath Away (review)
Oct 22 – Booking it with Hayley G (review and guest post about the importance of science fiction)
Oct 23 – The Book Wars (interview)
Oct 24 – Curling Up by the Fire
Oct 27 – CanLit for Little Canadians
Oct 28 – Esther’s Ever After
Oct 29 – Bookish Notions
Oct 30 – Feisty Little Woman
Oct 31 – Chapter by Chapter
Nov 1 – Cozy Up with a Good Read

The US/international blog tour will be running Nov 4-14: Details to come!

Coveting: Space clothes

I guess it should be obvious from my upcoming trilogy that I am a fan of things space-related. It should also be obvious to anyone who’s talked clothes with me that I am a huge ModCloth devotee. (If you ever compliment me on a dress I’m wearing, there is a 90% chance I cheerfully inform you, “It’s from ModCloth!”) These two loves frequently collide, because ModCloth has a rather large selection of space-themed clothing. I’ve managed to pick up a few items, but my non-self-replenishing wallet and my lack of speediness have left me coveting many others. For example…

I so wanted to wear this Just Be Cosmic dress for the Earth & Sky launch party. Is it not gorgeous? And it is the perfect cut for me. And the stars glow in the dark, people. How awesome is that?

Unfortunately I didn’t come across it until it was already sold out in any size there was any hope of fitting me, and now it appears to be gone forever. *sob* If anyone ever sees a medium for sale somewhere, give me a shout and the link, will you?

I’ve also had my eye on this Aerospace Engineer tunic…

Which has an equally cool print and some spiffy Star Trek-esque styling. And this The Way I Galaxy It dress…

Oooh. It’s lovely too.

Possibly the coolest space clothing still on the site, though — which I would be all over if my feet weren’t so weirdly shaped I have enough trouble finding shoes when I can try them on:

The Aerospace Cadet boot. Excuse me while I drool a little.

What have you been coveting lately?

Picturing Earth & Sky‘s characters

With Earth & Sky‘s release just a few weeks away, I thought I’d introduce you to some of the characters. Or, at least, approximately what I imagine those characters look like.

If you’d rather form your own mental images without interference, this is your cue to stop reading. ;)

Skylar

Earth & Sky‘s main character, Skylar, looks a lot like That 70s Show-era Laura Prepon:

Although Skylar’s hair is not as red — mostly brown, like here:

Win is on the receiving end of looks like this rather a lot early on in the story:

Win

Win was the character I could first picture clearly — I immediately thought of Luke Pasqualino from the UK Skins (with added bonus, he has the correct accent too):

For the most of the book, he does not get to be quite that relaxed. This would be closer to his more frequent emotional state:

Angela

Skylar’s best friend Angela could be portrayed by Devon Seron, and is generally just as cheerful as you see here:

Jeanant

The leader of Win’s rebel group, Jeanant, is a ringer for Sendhil Ramamurthy (in earlier drafts of the book, Skylar had a crush on him, and I’d imagine you can see why):

Kurra

The Enforcer who pursues Skylar and Win through time and around the world is a pretty close match for Tilda Swinton a la the picture below, although Kurra has pale gray eyes (and would be wearing rather different clothing):

Thlo

Jeanant’s second in command and the woman directly in charge of Win’s group, Thlo, has a very similar look to Joan Chen (and this would be a rather typical expression):

Jule

Win’s antagonizing colleague, Jule, who has a more prominent role in the rest of the trilogy, is represented in my files by Lee Thompson Young, who I was sad to discover has recently passed on:

He can be charming when he wants to be:

There you have it! If you’ve read the book, let me know whether my images fit yours, or whether you have alternate ideas (or ideas for characters not currently pictured). :)