Read Masque in October! Especially book clubs!
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd put Masque contest in the subject line that would be marvelous!
A new book! A new book! A new book!
So, I'm officially announcing my next book with Greenwillow. Before I say anything else, let me say that of all the books I've written, I think I love this the most. Disclaimer- I didn't set out to write two books inspired by Poe. The Fall of the House of Usher has always been my favorite Poe story, and when I was researching it, I found the inspiration to write Masque of the Red Death, and I'm so glad I did! Creating Araby and Will and Elliott and their dark world was one of the best experiences of my life. I didn't create Madeline Usher. But after you read my story (if you do, and I hope you do!) you may not see her the same way....
Madeline Usher is doomed.
She has spent her life fighting fate, and she thought she was succeeding. Until she woke up in a coffin.
Ushers die young. Ushers are cursed. Ushers can never leave their house, a house that haunts and is haunted, a house that almost seems to have a mind of its own. Madeline’s life—revealed through short bursts of memory—has hinged around her desperate plan to escape, to save herself and her brother. Her only chance lies in destroying the house.
In the end, can Madeline keep her own sanity and bring the house down? The Fall is a literary psychological thriller, reimagining Edgar Allan Poe’s classic The Fall of the House of Usher.
Look for it- Fall 2014!
Dance is almost here...Masque giveaway in progress...
I cannot believe it. It's just weeks until Dance of the Red Death is released, and the Masque Saga will be complete. Deep breath.
To celebrate my upcoming book release, I'm going to give away a copy of Masque every week for the next 5 sundays!
Everyone who enters will get a Dance of the Red Death bookmark, and I can send signed bookplates with the bookmarks, as well, if you want them.
Here's what you need to do-- in the comments section of this blog post, tell me why you or someone close to you needs a copy of Masque of the Red Death.
I've even given you a list of suggestions.
1. a friend or loved one who has not read Masque yet--convince me that they need this copy to make their life complete.
2. A library, classroom, or student who needs a copy of Masque
3. The reason YOU don't yet own Masque, if entering for yourself.
Please put your email in the comments, that way I can contact you for your address!
If you just want bookmarks, you can contact me through the blog, or you can email me at email@example.com with your address, bookmarks needed, and whether you need any signed bookplates.
Glitter & Doom
On Tuesday, the 50 page e-novella, Glitter & Doom will be available to the public. It's a glimpse into some behind the scenes events that happened during Masque of the Red Death, and...it's more than that, but I'll avoid spoilers.
What I will tell the reader is that this story is dark. Not necessarily darker than Masque, but it certainly doesn't go light on the Doom part of the title.
Here's the opening line.
“Be pretty,” her mother said, rearranging
April’s frilly skirts. “keep your eyes wide and innocent.
it’s the only thing that might protect you.”
Dance pushed back..Just a bit
So, the publication date of Dance of the Red Death has been pushed back a bit. And I'm not freaking out about it. To explain, I seem to freak out/panic (quietly in my head) about a lot of things. Many things. Most people don't know how often I have panic attacks, because they are usually in the middle of the night. And they are usually colossally stupid so I don't mention them.
The reasons I'm not freaking out are as follows
1. It's a good book.
I've never been a really fast or a really slow writer. Just sort of average between my speedy friends and my friends who take longer to put the words to paper. However, writing a sequel proved fairly difficult, and I wanted to get it right. At this time I'm happy with the book. I'll take it a step further to say I'm proud of it.
2. I get to have a kick-ass book release with Katie McGarry
Katie is a good friend whose books are AWESOME, and since we're releasing so close together, we decided we'd combine our events. Multi-author events are always more fun, I think!
3. Summer release- I'll be out of school, which means more time to focus on blogging and tweeting and various other necessary evils...I mean distractions...maybe I really meant evils... :D
So, there you have it. The release of Dance of the Red Death will be June 11th. And I'm really looking forward to it!
Glitter and Doom
I am so, so so excited to officially, for the first time on my blog, introduce you to Glitter & Doom.
A 50-page digital only novella set in the world of Bethany Griffin's dark and haunting retelling of the classic Edgar Allan Poe story Masque of the Red Death. When a rich teenage girl who spends her nights in the most desirable club, and a smart, young inventor meet, they might have more in common than they know.
April, niece to the dying city's cruel dictator, is Araby Worth's glittery and frivolous best friend. But she's more than she appears. And when she disappeared in Masque of the Red Death, where did she go? This short novella answers that question, taking us deep underneath the crumbling city, where April crosses path with Kent, the serious young inventor who is key to rebellion. Glitter & Doom is a story of chilling action, of spies, and of surprising love. Can love be anything but doomed in a city that's burning down around its survivors?
A dark, unnerving story about two of the most fascinating characters from Masque of the Red Death.
Is it bad that when other people write about my stories, they always sound like something I'd like to read?
A little back story about this project--when I was getting in the mindset to write Dance of the Red Death, I wrote out a few sketches, sort of short story scenes in the world of Masque...one was about a girl from one of the farms who always dreams of coming into the city, but once she gets there is aghast at the devastation, death, and decaying beauty of the city. One was about Kent, the inventor of the airship in book 1, friend of both Will and Elliott. And I had some ideas for a story about April. My husband and I discussed this scene he came up with about the last horse in the city, but that one never felt quite write and I didn't ever really do much with it.
But when I was asked to write a short story, I sort of froze up. I had bits and pieces, but how would they come together? I put off writing it for a LONG time, because I was scared, and I put off showing it to anyone for a long time because it's written in third person and past tense, and I've never written anything for publication in third person or past.
I'm so glad I had the opportunity to write this! It turned out to be something that makes me smile when I read it. Revisiting the world of Masque and filling in this side story. I love April, and I love Kent. Some of the other snippets (and these really still are just a few pages long) may show up here on the blog/website at some point.
So, Glitter and Doom! It's available March 26th, the same day as the paperback. To celebrate, I'm going to give away a copy of Masque (including a totally awesome German copy) every week until March 26th, starting next week after I get back from SCBWI in New York.
So excited about completing Araby's story, and sharing April and Kent's story, as well!!!!
Masque Inspired Awesomeness
I've been saving up stuff for this post because...well, really and truly this is why authors write. It's amazing to realize that Masque has inspired people.
For the last few months I've been existing in a state of ongoing exhaustion, just trying to get through all the things required by daily life. Like Bilbo Baggins would say, I've felt like butter spread over too much bread. Trying to be a mom, an author, a teacher. For the most part, I've avoided the internet because we all know what a huge distraction that can be! And I haven't been able to afford distractions with putting the final touches on Dance of the Red Death, finishing Glitter and Doom, and actually sleeping once in awhile!
But finding these gems made my day. If any of these fans w email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, I'll be happy to send you some swag as soon as I get new Dance of the Red Death inspired stuff!
Exhibit 1- A Masque inspired Meme. How cool is that?
Exhibit 2- An Araby Worth Halloween Costume!!!!
Exhibit 3- A Portrait of Araby
Exhibit 4- A Masque Inspired Fantasy Cast on IMDB. Note that this was made by a fan...but it's awesome. I never answer questions about who I think would play my characters. But it's fascinating to see someone else's take. Check it out here http://www.imdb.com/list/_B2nsjRvzu8/