Sunday, September 07, 2014

DragonCon wrap-up


Hey all,

It's hard to believe one week ago I was in the middle of DragonCon, one of the largest sci-fi/fantasy cons in the world. With more than 60,000 people converging on downtown Atlanta for a long weekend of programming, costumes, celebrity guests, vendors, games, etc. etc. DragonCon is INSANE and yet insanely awesome and it's definitely my favorite publicity event I do every year. If I wasn't an author I would totally just go there for fun.

This year I was celebrating the release of Shattered and it went amazingly well. I met so many amazing readers - many who had picked up Scorched last year at DragonCon and were excited to return and get a copy of the sequel. I sold out of the copies that I brought with me and sold tons of copies of Scorched as well. Next year I'll have the third book of the series, Smoked, which will have just been released. It's kind of awesome how the releases of this series tie in so perfectly, time-wise, with DragonCon.

Scorched and Shattered and The Camelot Code on sale at our booth!

I also spoke on eight different panels - on all sorts of topics - including vampires, urban fantasy, anti-heroines in YA fiction, the Twin Peaks TV show (25 years later!), and other writing related topics. I think the Twin Peaks panel was my favorite because I could be a fan-girl instead of just an author. People actually dressed up as Twin Peaks characters in the audience which was awesome, too. I also loved the panel I did with Sherrilyn Kenyon. That woman could read the phone book and be fascinating. :) I adore her.

Twin Peaks panel was packed and such great cosplay!

Another favorite was Princess Alethea's Traveling Sideshow. We were officially part of the YA Track this year and I think we made the most of it! Diana and I wrote and performed a skit called THAWED: A YA Literature Retrospective, as told by the characters of Disney's Frozen. Yeah!

We even dressed up for this one - doing Elsa and Anna "bring back summer!"



Which brings me to the best part -- COSTUMES!

Here's the rundown of mine:

ELSA from Frozen in Beach Wear.






Queen Regent Cersei from Game of Thrones

Jacob was a dashing Jamie Lannister - check out the gold hand!

With Diana Peterfreund aka Zarina the Pirate Fairy. (Which is an awesome cosplay!)

And Babydoll from the film Sucker Punch!



I am ALWAYS going to do costumes with swords from now on!!

Anyway, I could go on and on and may add to this later but my daughter is waking up so I have to go! In all, it was an AMAZING time and I am already planning for next year!!

MARI






Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Happy Book Birthday to me!

Hey all,

Today's the day! The long-awaited release of SHATTERED, book 2 in the Scorched series! I am SO EXCITED to introduce readers to the new adventures of Trinity, Emmy, Connor and Caleb. (And some new characters, too!)

The book is available in hardcover, ebook and audiobook formats. I hope you will check it out!! :) You can find out all you need to know - and get the links to purchase here.

Thank you for all your support!!
xo
MARI

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Getting Shattered!

First copy of SHATTERED - hot off the presses! So what's under the dust jacket this time? I decided to find out for myself!! Take a look! :)



Publish Post

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Scorched now available in PAPERBACK and AUDIOBOOK

Hey guys,

Great news! For those of you who haven't gotten your copy yet - Scorched is now available in a paperback version and an audiobook!

This is the first time I've ever had an audiobook so that's super exciting as you can imagine. There's just something so surreal about listening to your own words read by another person!

The paperback also features a sample chapter from the upcoming SHATTERED which will be released in less than a month. Whoo hoo! And it sports some brand new back cover copy.




The paperback copies should be available starting today at your local bookstore or, of course, you can always find them online. The audio version can be either bought on CD or downloaded on Audible.com. You can also pre-order the Shattered audiobook now.

Thanks all!
MARI

Monday, July 21, 2014

New book trailer for Shattered!

Hey all, 

We're only a little more than a month away from the release of SHATTERED, the second book in the Scorched series. So exciting! And to hold you over, Sourcebooks, the publisher, has created a special little book trailer to pump you up for the new series! 

Check it out!



Wednesday, July 09, 2014

For all the gamers out there!

I'm participating in a cool collection of gamer-themed ebooks with my book Alternity. Check out the Game Masters Bundle of eight gamer-themed books available for a very low price! Check it out. (BTW I've read the Feyland one and it's awesome. And the rest look great, too!)



Here's the info:

Curated by Anthea Sharp
Sometimes gaming is the best escape. Until virtual reality gets a little too real...
Welcome to the Game Masters Bundle–eight stories of gamer-themed fiction that explore the intersection of pixels and reality. Each of these tales takes a gamer-centric look at the world, tackling big issues with plenty of fun and geeky goodness along the way.
I scoured the web to find the best indie authors of gamer-set books, and am thrilled to present this StoryBundle selection. Whether you're in the mood for a modern-day coming of age tale packed with humor, or a gritty speculative dystopian future, these bestselling and award-winning authors deliver, with stories that explore the boundaries of immersive gaming.
Join the hackers and heroes adventuring between these pages, but beware! Losing the game has dire consequences – not only for the players, but the entire world. – Anthea Sharp
The initial titles in the bundle (minimum $3 to purchase) are:
  • Spark: Feyguard Book 1 by Anthea Sharp
  • Massively Multiplayer by P. Aaron Potter
  • Pwned by Shannen Crane Camp
  • Dead Man's Resolution, a short story by Thomas K. Carpenter
  • Gamers by Thomas K. Carpenter
If you pay more than the bonus price of just $10, you'll get another three books:
  • Feyland: The First Adventure, a novella by by Anthea Sharp
  • Alternity by Mari Mancusi
  • Level Zero by Jaron Lee Knuth
The bundle is available for a very limited time only, via http://www.storybundle.com. It allows easy reading on computers, smartphones, and tablets as well as Kindle and other ereaders via file transfer, email, and other methods. You get multiple DRM-free formats (.epub, and .mobi) for all books, but after the three weeks are over, the bundle is gone forever!
It's also super easy to give the gift of reading with StoryBundle, thanks to our gift cards – which allow you to send someone a code that they can redeem for any future StoryBundle bundle – and timed delivery, which allows you to control exactly when your recipient will get the gift of StoryBundle.
Why StoryBundle? Here are just a few benefits StoryBundle provides.

  • Get quality reads: We've chosen works from excellent authors to bundle together in one convenient package.
  • Pay what you want (minimum $3): You decide how much five fantastic books are worth to you. If you can only spare a little, that's fine! You'll still get access to five thrilling titles.
  • Support authors who support DRM-free books: StoryBundle is a platform for authors to get exposure for their works, both for the titles featured in the bundle and for the rest of their catalog. Supporting authors who let you read their books on any device you want—restriction free—will show everyone there's nothing wrong with ditching DRM.
  • Give to worthy causes: Bundle buyers have a chance to donate a portion of their proceeds to charity. We're currently featuring Mighty Writers and Girls Write Now.
  • Receive extra books: If you beat our bonus price, you're not just getting five books, you're getting eight!
Ready to get your game on? You can do so here

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

How I Write What I Write



Thank you Annie Oldham for tagging me on this blog hop! Check out her website and see her answers to these questions as well! And check out her books! She writes awesome dystopian/post-apoc YA too! :) And she even has a dragon book! 

What am I working on?

I just published my YA time-travel Arthurian fantasy THE CAMELOT CODE. So I’ve been trying to do some publicity/attention for that title. It’s a younger YA, perfect for readers 10 and up. Or just those who love Arthurian legend and would like to see it turned on its heels. In The Camelot Code King Arthur time travels to the 21st century, Googles himself and learns his destiny—then decides he’d rather play on the football team instead. It’s one of my favorite books I’ve ever written so I’m excited to share it with readers at last.

Available as an e-book or paperback

Also I’m hard at work on the third book in the SCORCHED series, called SMOKED. It’s kind of weird to be writing the third book when the second hasn’t been released yet. Like, I feel like I can’t talk about it too much, cause, spoilers. But I’m very excited at how it’s turning out so far!!

And Shattered (Book 2) comes out in September! 


How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I often add a little (or a lot) of humor to my books. In a day when so much YA is dark and serious, I want to write stories that have not only action/adventure/romance – but also some fun.

Why do I write what I do?

I write what I love to read. I have a passion for dragons and fantasy and love time travel “what-ifs”. I also like fish out of water stories. Putting people into time periods or situations unfamiliar and letting them claw their way out! (Authors are evil like that!)

How does your writing process work?

I write best in the early mornings, sadly, which means a lot of coffee. When I’m polishing my first draft, I read everything out loud, to hear how it sounds, as well as what it looks like on the page. 

But enough about me! I'm going to tag DIANA PETERFREUND for the next stop on this tour. Diana writes amazing classic-story retellings set in dystopian futuristic worlds. She also writes about killer unicorns, which, you know, is obviously awesome. 

 


About Diana:

Diana Peterfreund has published nine novels for adults and teens, including the four-book Secret Society Girl series (Bantam Dell), the “killer unicorn novels” Rampantand Ascendant (Harper Teen), and For Darkness Shows the Stars, a post-apocalyptic retelling of Jane Austen’sPersuasion. Her newest book, Across a Star-Swept Sea, is a companion novel inspired by the classic series The Scarlet Pimpernel. In addition, she’s written several critically acclaimed short stories and a variety of non-fiction essays about  popular children’s literature.  Diana lives in Washington D.C., with her family.