Hooray! The cover for ARU SHAH AND THE END OF TIME is officially here! Many thanks to Entertainment Weekly for hosting the cover reveal along with a fun chapter excerpt. The cover artwork was done by the fabulously talented Abigail Dela Cruz. You can visit her site and learn more about her illustrations here. I could not be happier with this cover, and I am so excited to share this book with you guys when it releases on March 27, 2018! In the meantime, ARU is currently up for pre-order at Barnes & Noble, Amazon and IndieBound. More fun giveaways are heading your way soon. Newsletter subscribers get first dibs, so sign up today!
I recently got back from traveling in Portugal. I had an incredible time, and it was all the more momentous because THIS happened <3 Thanks for all the well wishes! We’re thrilled!
11 years ago, I heard about a boy moving into our neighborhood. He was so built up in my imagination that I thought I knew him before I met him. So when I saw him on the first day of 9th grade, the only thing I could say was this: “HEY! IT’S YOU! I KNOW WHERE YOU LIVE!” Not the most auspicious beginning, but it always felt like a fairytale to me. Today, he took me to a fairytale castle nestled in the hills and full of labyrinthine grottos, figures of myth and gardens suffuse with magic, and asked to start a story together. I couldn’t dream up a better “Once upon a time…”
During yesterday’s ALA conference, the fabulous Rick Riordan introduced and read aloud a snippet of ARU SHAH AND THE END OF TIME. If you’d like to watch the video (about 5 minutes!) you can find it here! We announced ARU awhile ago, but I know there’s been lots of questions. Rick wrote this very detailed post to help answer your questions, including “What’s an imprint?” “What’s his role?” I’m so grateful that Aru’s story will launch this imprint, and I can’t wait to read the other authors’ works! ARU SHAH AND THE END OF TIME releases on April 3, 2018. You can add it on Goodreads here! To get the news first, be sure to sign up for my newsletter 🙂
SOMEHOW…and I really don’t know *how* this happened…but there’s only TWO months left until A CROWN OF WISHES releases! Upload your pre-order receipt by March 14th to receive a 100+ page e-novella that is all about Maya and Amar’s first meeting. Those who pre-order will receive the novella a month early than its slated release date of 5/2/2017. And right now, A Crown of Wishes is ~$11 on lots of retailer sites including Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Can’t wait to share it with you! In the meantime, take a look at the gorgeoussss cover for Death & Night, and the blurb! [Read more…]
So, I think my love for Stephanie Garber’s debut novel is pretty obvious. I shout about CARAVAL constantly because this story is AMAZINGGGG. If you haven’t pre-ordered it already, it’s available on Amazon, B&N and IndieBound! It’s sexy, decadent, and imaginative. It will change your dreams, it’s that good. In honor of her upcoming release (January 31st!!!), I came up with this look 🙂 I think it’s perfect for the holidays. It is a little challenging, but go slowly and it’s worth the effort. For this look, I only used the Anastasia Modern Renaissance palette and the rose gold MAC pigment pot! [Read more…]
I haven’t had this much fun with a makeup look in a lonnnnnnng time. Somehow, we are only SIX months away from the release of A CROWN OF WISHES. It’s absurd. This book demanded so much of me. It’s very different from The Star-Touched Queen because, like siblings — which I think is an accurate description since ACOW is not a sequel, but it’s own standalone — they may have grown up side by side but they wanted different things out of life. [Read more…]
Last week, EW revealed the cover, synopsis and first chapter of A CROWN OF WISHES. If you haven’t seen it yet, you can check it out here! I could not be more humbled by the response the book got, and I am so so so thankful for your enthusiasm! This book is wildly different from THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN. If TSTQ is the book of my heart and homage to my childhood stories, then A CROWN OF WISHES is the book of my dreams. It’s less of a fairytale and more of an adventure. If you want to sneak a peek at some of the things that have inspired me lately, all you have to do is peruse my Pinterest (sorry not sorry that 30% of it is Fawad Khan because omgthatmanisbeautiful). And if you haven’t already, you can add A CROWN OF WISHES on GoodReads right here!
And last, today (June 27) I’m on Reddit participating in an AMA! So if there’s anything you want to know, or if you’d like your future predicted or what have you, please find me there and ask away!
Next week, one of my favorite books of 2016 will be released in the wild! ROSES & ROT by Kat Howard is a delicious story of creativity, sisterhood and artistic sacrifice. You can find my review here! R&R was pitched as THE NIGHT CIRCUS meets THE SECRET HISTORY. Which, I mean, if that doesn’t make you salivate, we will have some words. [Read more…]
At long last, THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN…exists.
I have imagined this day since the time I wrote my first story about a queen ladybug laying waste to a kingdom of aphids (…rather gruesome first tale…). I did my best to write neatly and in straight lines on precious computer paper. I wrote it first in pencil. Then I traced it in pen. Then I stapled the pages together, and handed it to my parents.
They weren’t exactly raptured by my brilliance.
But they were still encouraging! [Read more…]