Friday, June 26, 2009

Lauren Conrad

And here it is - the interview I did with Lauren Conrad of the Hills, talking about her new teen book - LA Candy! No matter what you think of the show, I will tell you, Lauren herself was such a sweetheart to interview!!


Thursday, June 25, 2009

Japanese Blood Coven Covers

Since we've been talking about different covers - here are the Japanese covers of BOYS THAT BITE, STAKE THAT and GIRLS THAT GROWL. As you can see - also very different than the American ones. But I really like the manga treatment! The books also have tons of interior manga artwork which, if I ever get a new camera, I will take photos of and post! :)

Boys that Bite Japanese

stake that jap

gtg japan

Japan hasn't decided yet whether they will buy and publish BAD BLOOD. I hope they do though - just because I love the artwork so much!


Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Bad Blood in German - ALMOST HERE!

For you German readers - BAD BLOOD (otherwise known as Beiß, Jane, beiß!) will be out in July!! (July 12th I think to be exact.) YAY! I hope you guys like it!!

Bite Jane BIte!

As you can see, the covers in Germany are a lot different than those in America! I think the bats are too cute!!

Please remember don't post any spoilers in English. We want the American audience to be surprised when Bad Blood comes out here (in January.)


Friday, June 19, 2009

Lauren Conrad and me

Today I got to go interview Lauren Conrad of The Hills. Well, formerly of The Hills, I guess, seeing as this was her last season.

Lauren Conrad and me

She's just written a teen book called LA Candy which is a fictionalized account of life on a reality TV series. It's the first of three books.

Now I know some authors are annoyed that a famous reality star like Lauren can get a big book deal when they're still struggling to get noticed, but here's my take. If her book can get people who might not normally read to pick up a book, then they might discover they like reading. And then they'll pick up more books - by other authors! So everyone wins!! So this is a good thing, I promise. And honestly, if you write a good book - a really good book - you don't have to be famous to get noticed. I mean, who heard of Stephanie Meyer before Twilight? JK Rowling before Harry Potter?

Plus Lauren was super sweet and nice. Totally down to Earth and not pretentious at all. I really liked chatting with her. She definitely goes in the "celebs who don't suck" category. :)


Thursday, June 18, 2009

Boys that Bite read in German!

Ever wonder what Boys that Bite sounds like in German? Now you can hear for yourself! A reader reads the first chapter of the book!!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Night School - Blood Coven #5 - GERMANY

For you German readers, I have great news! I just sold Book #5 of The Blood Coven Vampire series to my German publisher for a summer 2010 release!! So not only do you get Book #4 first, but you will also definitely get more books! Yay!

As for America, we're working with them to push #5 as we speak. But they have until January to decide. Basically they may wait to see how the re-releases of the first three do as well as Bad Blood. The more popular they are, the more chance we'll have of them wanting to do Book #5. So be sure to keep up the good work spreading the word about the series to friends!!

Book #5's title is NIGHT SCHOOL and it deals with Sunny and Rayne hiding out in an exclusive European vampire boarding school. Can't tell you why - but when you read Book #4 you'll understand!! :) Yes, it ends with a cliffhanger!


Monday, June 08, 2009

Guest Blogger and Book Giveaway! Serena Robar

Hi guys! Today we have a good author friend of mine, Serena Robar, guest blogging about games, guys and her new book - "Giving up the V" - out now from Simon Pulse! You may know Serena from her fabulously funny vampire series "Braced2Bite."

In addition to blogging - Serena's doing a HUGE book giveaway! COMMENT HERE on my blog to win a copy of GIVING UP THE V. And then head over to her site for a chance to win MY book - GAMER GIRL.


So you think you’ve got game?

Hello! My name is Serena Robar and Mari has graciously let me take over her blog today so I can pimp the release of my new book Giving Up the V and talk about one of our favorite subjects. Games. More specifically, what it’s like to be married to a man who makes games for a living. If you think about it, an author and a game designer living under the same roof is a pretty unique combination. I think half our party invitations are for that reason alone. Friends with normal jobs trot us out like show dogs, introducing us as the couple “we were telling you about”. Personally, my stories how I can’t seem to shower when I’m under deadline and wear pajamas half the day aren’t nearly as entertaining as you’d think so thank goodness I have Jason. He is the entertainment part of our dynamic duo. Odds are he created a fun game just for the party we are going to so everyone-gamer and non-gamer alike-have a great time.

Every other week a new box of games arrive at the front door. Most are probably in German (all the best board games are from Germany) and we play them right away. Two years of high school German twenty years later and he can still explain how the game is played (you can usually find the translated rules online, but apparently that’s cheating if you don’t try to figure them out on your own first).

Our kids are gamers as well. They don’t watch television. At all. No, we aren’t those strict, television-is-bad kind of parents. They would rather play games and watch games cut scenes via YouTube than watch television. Our daughter is all about World of Warcraft (gee, who else on this blog is a WoW fan? Hmmm, Mari?) and we all have characters on the same server. When it comes to Rock Bank and Guitar Hero, we are The Robarios. And we tour nightly. At this moment, my husband and son are playing Plants VS. Zombies and my daughter is rereading Mari’s book, Gamer Girl.

I put our love of games in all my books as well. In Giving Up the V, the Crew of friends meet up every weekend for Halo and Guitar Hero. I didn’t grow up in a gaming household so where did I pick it up? Easy, I fell in love with a Gamer Boy and the rest, as they say, is history. Or Round Eleven as our eleven year anniversary is next month. Oh yeah, and because I love random chance games, I am running a huge contest on my site where I am giving away a book a day, every day in June and today you can win Mari’s Gamer Girl. Do head on over and sign up. Don’t forget to comment here as well for you chance to win a copy of Giving Up the V.