Tuesday, August 27, 2013

One week till Scorched! Here's what you need to know!

Hey guys!

Can you believe it's ONE WEEK until Scorched release? One week from today!! Eeeeep! Um, yeah, I'm just a LITTLE excited about that.

So here are a couple of things to keep in mind!

1) Barnes and Noble WILL be carrying Scorched. I know that with Blood Coven it was sort of hit or miss whether you'd find copies but they took a nice, healthy order of Scorched and so you should be able to just hit the store and get your copy. If you want to double-check, you can go on BN.com and reserve a copy to pick in store.

2) E-book: Yes, Scorched will be available on all e-book platforms the day of release. If you pre-order it, it will be delivered (at midnight I think) straight to your Kindle/Nook/iPad/whatever.

3) Pre-Order! You're probably sick of me talking about pre-ordering. Well, you've only got one more week to deal with it, haha. But seriously, the reason I talk about pre-ordering so much is two-fold. ONE is because Sourcebooks is giving away awesome jewelry (a dragon pendant!) for those who pre-order the book (ebook or hardcover) and I'm a sucker for free gifts with purchase.

The second is, let's be honest, pre-orders count toward first week sales. And good first week sales can really make or break a book. If Scorched comes ROARING (haha sorry had to go there) out of the gate, then more bookstores are going to get interested in stocking it and Barnes and Noble will pay more attention to the series and hey, if I'm really lucky, it might even land me on a bestseller list. So yeah, it's sooo important to me that people who are going to buy the book anyway, reserve the copy ahead of time. (This goes for any book, any author, just FYI, not just me.) So there you go -- full disclosure and all that! :)

4) First week sales! First week sales have the same importance as pre-orders. (Pre-orders and first week sales get combined into one big sales figure when it comes to bestseller lists, etc.) So if you don't like the whole pre-order thing and would rather just show up at the store and get your copy, that's totally cool, too. :)

5) Libraries! Hopefully lots and lots of libraries placed orders for Scorched. Now's the time to ask yours if they ordered it and if so, if you can be first to read it. If they haven't, you can always request that they order it. Some like getting requests from patrons and will order books that people express interest in.

6) Signed copies! Want an autographed copy? The Book Spot will have those! You can go to their website to order one or just email me and I'll hook you up myself!

7) International copies! You can order (English language) international copies at the Book Depository. They ship pretty much anywhere for free!

That's it for now!! Oh and if you're going to DragonCon, I'll be there, selling them at a booth and during panels, etc. So that's another option!


Tuesday, August 20, 2013

In which I geek out over my book!!

Hey all, 

Check it out! Hot off the presses! The Scorched book (out in 2 weeks!!!) in the flesh. (Paper?) So excited! Especially when I discovered all the crazy extras Sourcebooks put into the production!! 

So watch as I reveal...and totally geek out!! 

Can't wait for you all to see it!!!

Monday, August 19, 2013

My DragonCon schedule

Hey all,

I can't believe DragonCon is a week and a half away!! So excited to go and wear my costumes and help promote Scorched! In fact, those who attend DragonCon will be the FIRST to have a chance to buy the book as it doesn't officially come out until Tuesday, September 3rd.

If you are looking to get a copy, I will have an official signing during the con (11:30am on Saturday) and also will be part of a big author booth in the vendor area where you can purchase a copy and have it signed. Credit cards are accepted!

Booth is: #2205/#2304

In addition I will be on a bunch of panels. Here is my tentative line up. I especially recommend Vampires vs. Werewolves - last year we did Vampire vs. Zombies and it was the rowdiest, most fun panel ever!

Title: Not Just For Kids: The Universal Appeal of Young Adult Urban Fantasy
Description: A panel discussion with published young adult authors regarding the cross-generational appeal of the genre.
Time: Fri 05:30 pm Location: International BC - Westin (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Mari Mancusi, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Lucienne Diver, Debbie ViguiĆ©, Leanna Renee Hieber, A. J. Hartley)

Title: Vampires vs. Werewolves
Description: Which is more awesome: vampires or werewolves? Dear reader, you must choose a side in this hilarious debate.
Time: Fri 08:30 pm Location: A707 - Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Lucienne Diver, Mari Mancusi, M. B. Weston, Bonnie Kunzel, Debbie ViguiĆ©, Davey Beauchamp, Clay and Susan Griffith)

Title: Slasher Movies 101
Description: An introduction to the slasher genre
Time: Fri 10:00 pm Location: Roswell 1-2 - Westin (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Mari Mancusi)

Title: YA at Its Finest
Description: YA authors discuss the how-tos and wherefores of writing for the YA market.
Time: Sat 10:00 am Location: Embassy D-F - Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Stephen L. Antczak, Cinda Williams Chima, Kathryn Hinds, Rachel Hartman, Jana Oliver, Mari Mancusi)

Title: Autograph Sessions
Time: Sat 11:30 am Location: International Hall South - Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Leanna Renee Hieber, Lev Grossman, Mari Mancusi)

Title: Blood Light: The Use of Humor in Urban Fantasy
Description: Authors discuss why they choose to use humor in the genre, and what type
Time: Sun 01:00 pm Location: International BC - Westin (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: John G. Hartness, Kevin J. Anderson, Delilah S. Dawson, Samantha Sommersby, Mari Mancusi, Laura Anne Gilman)

Title: Vampires in YA
Description: There are legions of vampires in YA. Let's discuss the diversity of this fang-tastic genre.
Time: Sun 04:00 pm Location: A707 - Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Clay and Susan Griffith, Bonnie Kunzel, Lucienne Diver, Mari Mancusi, )

Title: Hey, Hollywood! Here's My Screenplay
Description: How to get your screenplay, book or story noticed in Hollywood. Or, how to go about producing your own movie.
Time: Sun 08:30 pm Location: Embassy D-F - Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Lloyd Kaufman, Stephen L. Antczak, Brad Linaweaver, Mike Resnick, Mari Mancusi)

Title: Jeepers Creepers--WTF is Lurking Out There?
Description: Vampires, zombies, goblins, werewolves, demons...where are they all coming from? Where are they going? Am I too late to catch that market?
Time: Mon 11:30 am Location: Embassy D-F - Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Chesya Burke, Richard Lee Byers, Elizabeth Donald, Faith Hunter, Jonathan Maberry, Mari Mancusi)

Boys that Bite in Russian?

I have noticed a large increase of Russian visitors to this blog in the past few weeks. I am wondering if this means Boys that Bite has been released in Russia. I know I sold the rights to the Russian translation last year, but I have not heard anything since! (The author is the last to know!) :) 

If you are a Russian reader, can you send me a link to the book in Russian? I would love to see what the cover looks like! 


Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Ready to be Scorched? Book Trailer is here!

Are you ready for some dragon awesomesauce? Check out this new book trailer my publisher had made for SCORCHED! 19 more DAYS!!!!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Adventures in the Midwest!

Hey all,

First up, thanks so much for all your enthusiasm for Sourcebooks free gift offer if you order Scorched! I hope all of you had a chance to take advantage--it's such a cool deal. I kind of want to pre-order a copy of my own book, just so I can get a charm. :)

I'm actually at the airport right now, waiting for my flight back to Austin. I had a fabulous week in the midwest, covering Wisconsin, Chicago, and finally Minneapolis! I thought maybe I'd post a little travelogue and try to catch you up.

First up: Wisconsin!

Diana Peterfreund and I flew up to the Chicago airport to meet up with Chicagoan and fellow author Simone Elkeles who whisked us away for a writer's week at her gorgeous Wisconsin lake house. But first we stopped for breakfast at the most amazing breakfast place on the planet. Seriously, ask Simone what it's called- I can't remember now - but they had an apple pancake to die for! Diana and Simone got some yummy quiche type dishes and we got to hear the scoop on Simone's really cool secret project!

From there, we headed to the lake! Simone's lake house is amazing, people. So secluded and cozy, overlooking a gorgeous lake. 

The moment we got there we were inspired to write and plot and...well, go tubing!!

Now, you may be thinking, how does tubing fit in with a writer's retreat? Well, it may sound crazy, but the second I got on that tube and the boat started up, I started plotting in my head. By the end of the first ride, I had worked out a problem on my WIP that had been completely bugging me for days. Go figure! 

BTW I had to take the below picture for laughs. People always talk about how YA books have changed from when we were kids. I found the book on the left in a donation bin at the grocery store in NH. It was published back when I was a teen. Now look at Simone's latest masterpiece: Wild Cards! Yeah, baby!

So we wrote, we gossiped, we watched an amazing eighties movie called "Secret Admirer" (how Diana and I have missed this one for so long, I'll never know! Classic, classic eighties rom com!) 

On Thursday we headed to Lake Geneva for lunch. Another gorgeous spot! I'm telling you, I had no idea how beautiful Wisconsin was! 

And the food? Well, we had to have the fried cheese curds. (Which taste a lot yummier than they sound...) 

All in all a fun and successful writer's retreat! Hopefully we can make it an annual event. 


Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Introducing: Scorched Pre-Order campaign

Hey guys, 

I've got some really exciting news! To get everyone psyched for the upcoming release of Scorched, my publisher is giving away a special gift to those who pre-order the book! 

Check it out, above! An adorable dragon charm to add to your favorite necklace or bracelet. It's awesome, right? (I am kind of dying - they'd better send me one!) 

Anyway, how do you score one of your very own? It's actually very simple. Just pre-order Scorched from your favorite retailer. (Whether it be your corner indie or Amazon or Barnes and Noble or whatever) and send the proof of purchase to Sourcebooks. (Take a photo of the receipt, for example, or send the confirmation email.) In turn, they'll send you a charm of your very own. 

Oh and best thing? Ebooks totally count. So, seeing as the Scorched ebook is only $8.49 on Amazon - for less than 9 bucks you get a book AND an awesome piece of jewelry. Total win. 

One catch? You do have to be in the US or Canada. (I know, I know, I'm sorry!) 

BTW if you prefer a personally autographed copy of the book and still want the charm - no problem! Just order from The Book Spot and they'll hook you up with a personally autographed copy (I'll go and sign them at their store) and shipping for pre-orders is only 99 cents. You can order by credit card at my online store on their site. Then they'll send you a receipt which you can send to Sourcebooks so you can get your charm! 

Did I mention I SOOO want a charm???

Anyway, I'm supposed to post the "official" rules and regs below, so here you go! :) I hope you guys will take advantage of this! If you have any questions, post in the comments section! And remember this is a LIMITED offer so do it before they run out! 



From Sourcebooks....

It’s Game of Thrones meets The Terminator in award-winning author Mari Mancusi’s newest, powerful new series, SCORCHED which will be in stores on September 3rd!

We’ve put together a fun campaign to thank readers for pre-ordering: send us your proof of pre-order and we’ll send you this fabulous dragon charm!

A Gift for You, for Pre-Ordering SCORCHED by Mari Mancusi

We have a special offer for U.S. and Canada YA fans for the release of SCORCHED by Mari Mancusi in stores in a little over three weeks! If you pre-order the book, we will send you an exclusive dragon charm—perfect to wear as jewelry or to decorate an accessory. You have until September 2 or until quantities run out.
Here’s how to get your charm:
1. Pre-order the book (print or eBook) through any retailer (Barnes & Noble, Amazon, your local independent bookseller/Indiebound, Books-A-Million, Hastings, etc.)

2. Email your proof of purchase (receipt or picture of the receipt) to teenfire@sourcebooks.com. Put “Scorched Pre-Order” in the subject line. Don’t forget to include your home address (US & Canada only please) so we can send you the dragon charm! If you’ve already pre-ordered this book—not a problem! Send us your receipt!

3. You will get an email back confirming when the items have been sent out. 

4. Enjoy Scorched when it comes out in September!

Optional: take a pic of you and your dragon charm and share it with Mari Mancusi or Sourcebooks Fire on Twitter! You can find Mari @marimancusi and Sourcebooks Fire @sourcebooksfire.

Ready to get started? Here are a few sample BUY links in case you just want to one-click! But you can totally buy it wherever. 

Amazon Hardcover
Amazon Kindle
Barnes and Noble Hardcover
Barnes and Noble Nook
IndieBound Hardcover
Books A Million Hardcover
Hastings Hardcover