A book shout-out: Cuckoo Song

It always makes me sad when I read a book that is really lovely, and notice that not many people seem to be talking about it. So I’m going to try and be both a better blogger and a better book-supporter, and give a shout-out whenever one of those books comes along.

Today I want to encourage you to check out Cuckoo Song by Frances Hardinge:

I’d been meaning to read something by Hardinge for quite a while–I have her Fly By Night in my massive ebook backlog. When a trusted friend highly recced Cuckoo Song, the description caught my interest immediately, and I dove right in.

So glad I did!

Why should you read it? For the beautiful writing, the unique world-building that’s so well-integrated into the real world setting, and for the complexity and depth to all the characters and their changing relationships in the midst of this suspenseful adventure.

Any books you’d like to give a shout-out to this week? :)

Earth & Sky cover reveal + giveaway + new website!

Hurray! It is now time to share with you the beautiful cover for Earth & Sky (first book in my new trilogy, coming October 28, 2014):

I am so pleased with this cover, and so thankful to Skyscape for letting me be involved in the process as it evolved. :)

Want to enter to win a copy of the book? Head on over to the official cover reveal on YA Books Central.

You can also now read the first chapter of the book, listen to the unofficial soundtrack, and take in some behind the scenes photos, at the new Earth & Sky trilogy section of my website.

And if you’d like to ensure you hear about any Earth & Sky trilogy news, join the Earth & Sky mailing list!



I’d love to hear your thoughts about the cover, excerpt, soundtrack, whatever. Can’t wait to share the whole book with you all!

Cover coming soon!

Oh patient readers, I am very excited to tell you that the cover for Earth & Sky, my new novel that’s arriving in just three more months, will be revealed over at YA Books Central this Thursday! And there will be an awesome giveaway to go along with it. So you (and I) have just two more days to wait before I can share it’s loveliness. :)

I’ll make a new post when the reveal and giveaway are live, but if you keep an eye on their blog, you’ll probably spot it first!

I’ll also be revealing the Earth & Sky trilogy section of my website that afternoon, with more info about the book, an excerpt, the unofficial soundtrack, and more. Can’t wait to share this new story with you all.

Writing Process Blog Tour

I’ve been tapped by Vikki VanSickle, a most excellent fellow Torontonian YA author, to participate in the writing process blog tour that’s been making the rounds. I will attempt to make this the start of a more active blog, now that the little guy is not quite so little. ;)

1. What am I working on?

Right now I’m just finishing up the first draft of the third book in my new SF YA trilogy (time travel! space ships! aliens!) and putting together a website for the trilogy so you all can learn more about it.

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?

Well, I’m not arrogant enough to suggest my books are doing something no one else in the world does! Heh. But how I think my work differs from a lot of of YA speculative fiction out thereā€¦ The romances in my books are usually secondary to the main plot, which is something separate from the romance. Not that I don’t enjoy reading or writing romance, I do, I just prefer it as a side dish. :) Related to that, I try to highlight friendships and other non-romantic relationships alongside the romances. It makes me sad to see a strong teen girl protagonist who seems to have no female friends and no significant interaction with anyone who isn’t a potential love interest or an enemy.

3. Why do I write what I do?

I write YA because I think the teen years are a fascinating time in a character’s life to explore, with so many firsts and all that goes into discovering what sort of person you want to be. And also because teens are awesome readers to write for, with their enthusiasm and openness to thinking outside the box.

I write speculative fiction because I find exploring “what if”s related to magic, the supernatural, the future, and so on more engaging than sticking the the boundaries of reality as we know it. And because sometimes it’s easier to examine what’s happening in our reality through metaphor and parallels than looking at it literally.

4. How does my writing process work?

I’ve found my writing process continues to evolve even now that I have several sold books under my belt. The things that have stayed the same since I first started writing novels in my teens: I always outline, scene by scene, from beginning to end, before I start the actual drafting. (The detail of the outlines varies from book to book.) I draft quickly, usually writing 10-20 pages a day. After I finish a draft, I let it sit for at least a month before going back to it. After the first or second draft (depending), I get critique partners to read over the book and let me know what’s working and what’s not. And when I revise, I retype the entire book from beginning to end, even the parts I’m not changing (because even if I don’t think a part needs changing, when I have to write it out again anyway, I often find ways to strengthen it. And also because this helps me stay in the flow of the book).

I have not been able to tag anyone else, but if you’d like to join in the blog tour and haven’t been invited yet, consider this an open invitation to carry it on!

Toronto Launch Party!

For those of you local, yes, I am having an in person launch party for The Worlds We Make. I’d love to see you there!

When: Saturday March 8th at 3pm (until we decide to wrap up–I’d imagine no earlier than 5pm)

Where: Bakka-Phoenix Books, 84 Harbord St (just west of Spadina), Toronto, ON

What: Books sold and signed, refreshments and swag offered. I’ll be answering any questions you have about the trilogy and am happy to chat about just about anything. :) And there’ll be a special guest appearance by my other recent “project”, The Baby!

If you think you’ll be able to attend, you can RSVP here on Facebook.

The Worlds We Make online launch party!

It’s launch day for The Worlds We Make, and that means it’s time to party! :D

All day, you can post questions or comments about the trilogy here on the blog, on Twitter (to @megancrewe), and over at the Facebook event page. I’ll answer those as I’m able. I’ll also be posting a couple of giveaway questions on the FB page, so keep an eye out!

From 8-9 pm EST, I’ll be hanging out in our very own Chatzy chat room answering questions live and offering various signed books via random draw and trivia questions about the trilogy. Link and password will be posted here and on the FB page shortly before 8pm. Hope you can join me there!

Chat room: http://us11.chatzy.com/85405835280310
password to enter: kaelyn

Remember, if you’re a fan of the trilogy, there’s still time for you to get involved with the Fallen World Street Team, to help spread the word and win some awesome prizes. Details here!

Hope you enjoy the end of the Fallen World trilogy! :) It’s been a pleasure sharing Kaelyn’s story with you.

Online launch party: Mark your calendars!

The votes are in! We had a clear preference for time and a pretty even split on place, so I’m going to keep things a little flexible.

Here’s the plan…

The Worlds We Make Online Launch Party

When: Tuesday, February 11th, all day. Live chat with me from 8pm to 9pm EST.

Where: Ask questions or post your thoughts about the trilogy and The Worlds We Make on the Facebook event page, which I’ll be checking periodically and responding to throughout the day. Keep an eye out — I’ll also be posting at least a couple giveaways there.

Shortly before 8pm, I’ll post a link to a Chatzy chat room here on my blog and on the Facebook event page. Everyone is welcome to join in! I’ll be there for the entire hour, answering your questions and giving away more books. And when the chat is over, I’ll keep the link up for anyone who missed it but wants to read over the conversation later.

For those who prefer Twitter, you’re welcome to ask questions and comment there throughout the day and I’ll be checking there regularly too.

How: If you want to stay in the loop, mark yourself as attending the launch on Facebook so you’ll get notifications when new comments are posted there. Or just keep an eye on that page and this blog. :)

Hope to talk with lots of you then!

Planning the online launch party

As I mentioned yesterday, I will be able to hold an online launch party for The Worlds We Make on its release date, February 11th. To make sure it’s as enjoyable as possible for you all, I’d like to know what would work best for you! So if you want to join in, please take a moment to vote in the polls below.

In the evening of Feb 11th, I’ll devote an hour to chatting with readers about the trilogy, answering any questions you have, and offering a bunch of signed copies of the books in giveaways. What I’d like to know is what time is best for you, and where you’d most like the chat to take place. I’ll try to accommodate as many people as possible! And if you have ideas I haven’t mentioned, just let me know. :)

Online launch party poll
What time is it easiest for you to join in the party on Feb 11?

 

Online launch party poll 2
Where would you prefer the chat/discussion to take place?

 
Looking forward to hanging out with you all (virtually) next Tuesday!

Baby and book launches

It’s been quiet on the blog for the last little while, for good reason. I’ve spent the last two weeks very focused on this handsome gentleman…

Thankfully the little guy has so far been pretty easygoing, as babies go, from what I’ve been given to understand. ;) So I’m going to be able to have launch parties for my other new arrival both online and off!

The online launch for The Worlds We Make will be on the release day, February 11th (next Tuesday). More details and requests for preferences coming tomorrow!

The in person launch will be taking place in early March in Toronto, details coming as they’re available.