1. I really appreciate everyone who buys my books, it's such an odd thing, that people are buying something that I enjoyed writing so much, honestly it can be completely humbling (and then sometimes you get reminded that this is a business and publishers do invest in writers, so if people buy books, one becomes more successful (if I could I'd send a free copy of the Fall to everyone, but that's not possible. Still, I can send some free bookmarks, so I'm going to do that!).
2. If you would like a bookmark; I'd appreciate it if you could comment here on the blog with a favorite passage from the book, or tweet at me with favorite passage from the book. Then send your name and address- to email@example.com If you would like a bookmark for a friend or a set for a book club, please let me know!
3. Don't worry if this takes you awhile, I'm going to be crazy-busy for the next few weeks, so I'll be collecting names, addressing envelopes, and then visiting the post office about once a week. So, if it takes you awhile to read and have a favorite passage, that's okay!
4. International- the prices on international shipping really add up. I'll send out the first 20 who request. After that, I'll see what I can do.
Two Starred Reviews and Book Trailer, oh my!
I almost can't believe it. Tomorrow, October 7, 2014, The Fall, which is in many ways the book of my heart, the book I wasn't sure would ever be read by readers, will be available for purchase.
And I have so many things to celebrate. First, The Fall has received two starred reviews, one from Kirkus, and one from School Library Journal! (see below)
I'd also like to share the book trailer, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dm72wUfIOyc
please watch, comment, share with any readers who you think would enjoy the book!
A girl struggles to fight the haunted family house that binds her to it in this reimagining of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Fall of the House of Usher." Madeline and her brother, Roderick, come from a long line of Ushers cursed to live and die within the haunted walls of the House of Usher. Beloved by the house itself, Madeline can sense its feelings and for a long while trusts it to protect her. However, just like her mother before her, Madeline begins suffering fits. The house will do anything to keep her from leaving. And with her brother away at school and only sinister doctors remaining for company, Madeline must plot to escape before the house has its way with her, keeping her trapped forever. Griffin creates a thick, murky atmosphere within the walls of the House of Usher from the start, layering in chilling details as Madeline's situation becomes ever more dire. Though only appearing intermittently, Roderick and her parents all cast long shadows, and the house is populated with compelling characters among the ghosts of Ushers past. Readers will be swept away immediately by the eerie setting, but it's Madeline's fighting will to survive that will keep them turning pages late into the night. A standout take on the classic haunted-house tale replete with surprises around every shadowy corner. (Fantasy. 14-18)
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—Griffin offers an alternative take on Edgar Allan Poe's "The Fall of the House of Usher." Instead of assuming the viewpoint of an outsider, as in the source material, readers get into the mind of Madeline Usher—the girl buried alive in the original tale. The author uses flashbacks to flesh out the missing details and provide backstory. This is an engrossing, creepy tale of a haunted house and its inhabitants. For those who aren't familiar with Poe's short story, this title will inspire them to run to the shelves to find it and see what happens or what is different. Those who are already familiar with it will enjoy this different point of view and ending. Altogether, the narrative's even pacing and thorough character development will keep teens engaged. The updated, supernatural spin will have savvy and reluctant readers hooked. An interesting addition to the "twisted tales" genre, for librarians looking for back doors to lead teens into the classics. Fans of the author's Masque of the Red Death (HarperCollins, 2012) will especially appreciate this title.—
A heads up that I'll be doing a signing at the B&N on Hurstbourne on October 25 with Katie McGarry, Kellie Creagh and Colette Ballard.
And Next week will begin the blog tour for the Fall
So, here are the Fall of the House of Usher Trivia questions. Will email winners tomorrow!
What sort of body of water (lake, stream, inlet- none of these are the answer, just examples!) stands before the house, creating an illusion that there are two unsettlingly horrible houses as the House of Usher is reflected.
The answer is- A tarn.
The tarn plays a fairly significant part in The Fall, as well…
As the narrator of Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher, enters the house, he meets an unsavory seeming character on the stairs. What is the profession of this cunning fellow?
The answer is- A physician (or doctor)
The doctor(s) are also a large part of The Fall, and a big part of Madeline's life.
What season of year did Poe's The Fall of the House of Usher take place?
The answer is- autumn (or fall :))
To what body part does the narrator of Poe's The Fall of the House of Usher compare the windows at the front of the house?
The answer is - eyes
In Poe's story, what fact does the narrator only learn upon the burial of Madeline Usher?
The answer is- that they were twins.
At the end of Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher, the narrator is reading a story to calm Roderick. What is the name of that story?
The answer is- The Mad Tryst
Show what you know about The Fall of the House of Usher and win awesome Poe prizes! Each of the following blogs has the cover, in all its glory, and an individual trivia question. That's 6 chances to win! Email the answers to me at firstname.lastname@example.org before next Thursday (2/20) for a chance to win a leather-bound Poe anthology and other prizes!
Gearing up for a Cover Reveal
So, in just a few weeks, I'll be able to reveal the cover for the Fall. I hate to say it's my favorite cover of all, I mean, I wouldn't have a baby and say I like him or her better than my previous children, but OMG I am so excited for this book! And the cover is so cool and creepy! I can't wait to present it to the world.
What I would like to do is ask some bloggers to present the cover, along with a Fall of the House of Usher trivia question. (Each blogger will get a different question). Bloggers who are interested should email me at email@example.com I'd like to do the reveal the first week of February, with winners chosen by February 10. ETA I'm not thinking like a zillion bloggers, at this point I only have 5 trivia questions… :)
There will be two prizes- one for the blogger whose question is answered most, and one for a reader who answers correctly and whose name is drawn.
Each prize will include a leather-bound complete works of Poe, and an Edgar Allan Poe travel candle from the Paddywick Library collection- scented with cardamom, absinthe, and sandalwood.
Since this is the US cover, I'm going to go with US and Canadian entries for this round, but when the UK cover is released, I'll definitely consider an international contest!
|Leather-bound Poe compilation including The Fall of the House of Usher |
|Poe travel candle! |
Book club ideas!
Bargain Hunters, fans of Edgar Allan Poe, Post-Apocalyptic fiction lovers, book clubs, plague aficionados, people who just generally like me as a person or as a writer...if you haven't read Masque of the Red Death, October is your time to do so!
Masque is an October Big Deal- which means you can get it for 1.99
And should be available from other e-retailers at that price as well!
If you prefer an actual book in your hand- the paperback is out, and beautiful, and the hardcover can be bought at bargain price
, as well
I've heard from several book clubs who are reading Masque in October- if you are one, be sure to let me know and I'll send you bookmarks! I was thinking of putting together a prize package for a book club, searching for raven cookies, poe cupcakes, then I decided, instead, why not let the book club show me their creativity? so, from now until the end of November, send me a picture firstname.lastname@example.org that shows me your book club is the most awesome book club reading Masque, and I'll send the winning book club up to 10 copies (depending on the amount of readers pictured) of Dance of the Red Death!
To help you out, I've started a Poe themed party ideas
board on pinterest with things like this, though Masque related items would also be cool!
To enter the contest- a group of 3 or more should read Masque together. Take pictures, record discussions, and send to me by the end of November! My email is email@example.com if you'd put Masque contest in the subject line that would be marvelous!