Thursday, December 1, 2011

John Carter and Other Things I'm Excited About

Let's just get this out of the way. I am pretty darn excited that TEXAS GOTHIC was named one of Kirkus Reviews BEST BOOKS OF 2011. So that's my big news.


But what REALLY motivated me to get off my duff and blog for the first time in weeks is the release of the trailer for John Carter [of Mars]. 


Okay, I have seriously this thing four times this morning. This classic pulp sci-fi series from Edgar Rice Burroughs was one of my first introductions to science fiction and, along with the Tarzan books, one of my dad's very favourites. (My father was dyslexic long before they knew what that was, but he was a dedicated reader. I actually own his complete collection of the 1940s editions, which sold for 10 cents, for real. Bikini clad princesses and all.) 


Anyway. Here's the trailer. The story is about a weary and disaffected Civil War soldier who is mysteriously transported to Mars, where there is a war between two races, and there are martian beasts and flying ships and very large green men and ALL KINDS OF AWESOME. 


If it doesn't embed properly, you can go over to io9 to watch it there, or to IGN to see it in HD





(I totally watched it AGAIN to make sure it embedded right.)


Other things I'm excited about: 

1. That Kirkus Reviews thing. Imaging being included in such a list of wonderful books, like Beauty Queens by Libba Bray and Chime by Franny Billingsley (which I recommended here.)

2. Getting back to blogging.

3. Starting a new book project (or two or three that I will eventually have to decide between).

4. Being in Arizona, which is incredibly beautiful, and hopefully not having any more panic attacks today.

5. Bookanistas Reviews! Follow the links below to the latest, greatest Thursday recommends:

Lisa and Laura Roecker gush about HOW TO SAVE A LIFE
Shannon Messenger raves about CINDER--with an ARC Giveaway!
Megan Miranda spreads the love for UNTRACEABLE
Corrine Jackson falls for UNDER THE NEVER SKY
Stasia Ward Kehoe celebrates MY VERY UNFAIRY TALE LIFE
Debra Driza sings the praises of EVERYBODY SEES THE ANTS
Katy Upperman gets swept away by THE SCORPIO RACES


Thursday, November 10, 2011

Bookanistas Book Review: Wrapped by Jennifer Bradbury


Wrapped
by Jennifer Bradbury 
The back of the book says: Agnes Wilkins is standing in front of an Egyptian mummy, about to make the first cut into the wrappings, about to unlock ancient (and not-so-ancient) history.
Agnes dreams of adventures that reach beyond the garden walls, but reality for a seventeen-year-old debutante in 1815 London does not allow for camels—or dust, even. No, Agnes can only see a mummy when she is wearing a new silk gown and standing on the verdant lawns of Lord Showalter’s estate, with chaperones fussing about and strolling sitar players straining to create an exotic “atmosphere” for the first party of the season. An unwrapping.
This is the start of it all, Agnes’s debut season, the pretty girl parade that offers only ever-shrinking options: home, husband, and high society. It’s also the start of something else, because the mummy Agnes unwraps isn’t just a mummy. It’s a host for a secret that could unravel a new destiny—unleashing mystery, an international intrigue, and possibly a curse in the bargain.
I say: I thoroughly enjoyed this book. One professional review called it a “fizzy, frothy adventure” and I think that’s just the way I would describe it, too. It’s a romp through Regency London, with a heroine who loves Jane Austen and wants more from her life than parties and clothes. There are spies and secrets and even a possible Mummy’s curse. What’s not to love?
Agnes was very enjoyable as a heroine. She’s clever and brave, and active in her own story. The love interest was sweet and also intelligent (a nineteenth century nerd... though a quite handsome one, of course). Clever always wins me over. I can’t help it. Agnes spends some time chaffing at the restrictions of her society, both of gender and of class, mostly as she’s throwing off the traces to go chasing after lost Egyptian artifacts before Napoleon’s spies can get to them. 
Being as I’m VERY familiar with this time period and Napoleonic War history, I was very pleased that plot dovetailed so nicely with actual history. Also, Agnes had a brother in the Royal Navy and the author got those details spot on, too. 

As far as the mystery, and the running around and sneaking into places and dressing as a boy... well, it’s all part of the fun of a caper story.  Don’t expect the realism of a Historical Fiction novel, or the intricate puzzle of a Spy thriller.  But expect a delightful story that’s fun to read. (This title would be appropriate for younger teens, too.)

What else are the Bookanistas reading this week? Click below to see.

Elana Johnson gushes about THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS
 LiLa Roecker  sings for VIRTUOSITY
Shelli Johannes-Wells praises NEVER ENDING SKY
Rosemary Clement-Moore gets all wrapped up in WRAPPED
Jessi Kirby yearns to start another REVOLUTION
Nikki Katz screams for LEGEND
Katy Upperman sets us all up for BEFORE I FALL




Thursday, November 3, 2011

Bookanista Book Review: The Iron Witch


The Iron Witch
Karen Mahoney

The Back Cover says: When Donna Underwood was seven (ten years ago), a horrific fey attack killed her father and drove her mother mad. Donna's own nearly fatal injuries were fixed by magic—the iron tattoos branding her hands and arms. The child of alchemists, Donna feels cursed by the magical heritage that destroyed her parents and any chance she had for a normal life. The only thing that keeps her sane and grounded is her relationship with her best friend, Navin Sharma.
When the darkest outcasts of Faerie—the vicious wood elves—abduct Navin, Donna finally has to accept her role in the centuries old war between the humans and the fey. Assisted by Xan, a gorgeous half-fey dropout with secrets of his own, Donna races to save her friend—even if it means betraying everything her parents and the alchemist community fought to the death to protect.
I say: I really liked this book. When I went to Goodreads to grab the cover copy, I was really startled by the polarized reviews of it. 
One of the things some of negative reviews slammed was a lack of originality. This irked me (and I’ll tell you why at the end of this review). 
There are plenty of original, interesting things in this book. I love the alchemy angle, and the secret Order of the Dragon, and the iron tattoos that magically knit Donna’s flesh back together after the horrific attack of a magical creature. I found her (platonic) relationship with Navin refreshing (and he was both not-white and also not-token, that is, a real, fleshed out character and not a caricature). I loved that the wood elves were actual monsters, and the hint of politics and more conspiracy to come within the alchemy society. 
There was some really nice writing, turns of phrase I relished, and I found Donna an engaging protagonist. At times the prose was a bit uneven, and now and then the dialogue was a little awkward. And unfortunately, Chapter 1 does have some serious clichés. I was so very glad I kept reading, because from Chapter 2 on, I founds this an enjoyable, smooth read, with narration that pulled me right along in the story. 
Here’s what I really like about it. Not only does stuff happen, but the main character--i.e., the GIRL--is the person who makes it happen, even if it’s in response to the gambit of the bad guys.  Even though this is the first in a series, there is a primary, immediate conflict in this book that is dealt with in a satisfying way, even as it sets up future problems for future novels. Thank you for that!
So, here comes the rant. When people pick insignificant details (like the hero drives a (beat up) Volvo), or big ones that have a narrative and folkloric purpose (like the outsider/orphan protagonist) and immediately go “this author ripped off (insert paranormal romance of your choice)” they’re ignoring so much history of storytelling.
The outcast/orphan hero/ine is a major archetype of folklore. Bella Swan, Meg Murray, Luke Skywalker... They are all outcasts longing for belonging. The hot guy with whom the heroine feels a connection is a long standing trope of the gothic novel (and about a bajillion paranormal romances).  
These tropes are part of the... Furniture of storytelling. A couch is a couch, but you can decorate it all different ways. You can wow me with glossy, slickly fashionable dystopian present tense or you can give me a comfy, familiar couch on which to enjoy an afternoon. 
If you pick up The Iron Witch, give it past the first chapter. I was very glad I did, as I whiled away a very pleasant afternoon with it, and I will definitely pick up books by Mahoney in the future. The Iron Witch is a series, and an author, with a lot of potential.
What else are the Bookanistas talking about this week?
Elana Johnson is crazy about Crossed and Shatter Me
LiLa Roecker swoons for Sirenz
Christine Fonseca  interviews Kids Inventing! author Susan Casey
Shelli Johannes-Wells dishes on Become (Desolation Book #1)
Beth Revis celebrates books for which she’s grateful – with gigantic signed book giveaway
Megan Miranda marvels at How to Save a Life
Veronica Rossi  is amazed by Shatter Me

Thursday, October 27, 2011

So much for resolutions...


So, I was going to post about my post-deadline resolutions, that include blogging regularly, recommending books, going on a diet and exercising. (I always put on 5 pounds at the end of a book, but this time it was more like 10. I usually take them off by stopping with the cake every night and upping my exercise, but I realized I’m actually going to have to DIET or I’m going to have to go buy new clothes, which I normally don’t mind... except for that reason.)
Okay, so I WAS going to blog about that, but I made pumpkin spice cupcakes for a party last night, and I’m having one with my coffee for breakfast this morning. 
Anyway. I’ll keep you posted on the rest. For an ACTUAL blog post, check out YA Outside the Lines from Monday, where I talked about my author photo, and what I ACTUALLY look like when I write. 
And for book recommendations and news, here’s what the Bookanistas are talking about this week!

Elana Johnson REVEALS something awesome!!!
LiLa Roecker  announces a winner - plus a Past Midnight series giveaway
Christine Fonseca  reveals books she cannot wait to read
Beth Revis interviews My Very UnFairytale Life author Anna Staniszewski
Shannon Whitney Messenger interviews Skyship Academy-Pearl Wars author Nick James & agent Jennifer Rofe – with giveaway
Jessi Kirby twirls for Audition
Shana Silver burns for Circle of Fire
Carrie Harris devours Deadly
Stasia Ward Kehoe travels to The Day Before

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Thanks, Steve Jobs. Here's to living a life outside the boundaries of what's been thought by other people. 


“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” 


Steve Jobs, Stanford Commencement Speech, June 2005 

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Upcoming appearances

Here's where I'm going to be in the coming month. I'm adding a "Appearances" tab to this blog to keep this where you can find it easily.

September 23-25 - Dallas, TX - FenCon VIII. A literary (book centered) science fiction and fantasy convention in the DFW Area. Many cool guests, including ME.

September 27 - Wylie, TX - Speaking at the Wylie Public Library at 6 pm. It's Banned Books Week! I'll be talking about my favorite banned books and other bookish subjects. (6 - 7 PM)

October 1 - Austin, TX - Austin Teen Book Festival. Many many amazing authors, and the chance to meet them. Join us 10 - 5 pm at the Palmer Events Center in Austin, TX.

October 22 - 23 - Austin, TX - Texas Book Festival. Many many amazing authors of all genres in this downtown Austin event!

October 29 - Irving, TX - Speaking at the Irving Public Library at 4 pm. There will be lots of events: campfire stories and s'mores and awesome. Join us!

November 5 - Birmingham, AL - Southern Magic Readers Luncheon. Have lunch with some of your favorite romance authors!

November 12 - 13 - Charleston, SC - YAllFest 2011 - A YA book festival with 20 amazing YA authors from all over the country.

In all cases, see the link for more details, including participating authors (other than me), time and location details.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Bookanistas Review: Alien Invasion & Other Inconveniences


FINALLY a Thursday book post. Yes, it's been that long since I read a YA book. It was a crazy summer y'all. (Yes, we broke the hottest summer on record for the entire country EVER. That crazy.)

You know what else is crazy? A crazy good read, that is?  

Alien Invasion & Other Inconveniences
by Brian Yansky


Summary: It takes ten seconds for the aliens to take over the world. Most humans simply fall asleep and never wake up. In moments, everyone Jesse knows and loves is gone, and he is now a slave to an inept alien leader. On the bright side, Jesse discovers he’s developing telepathic powers, and he’s not the only one. Soon he’s forging new friendships and thinking the aliens may not be invincible after all. But if Jesse and his friends succeed, is there anywhere left to go if the whole world has been conquered?

What I say: This is a slim book and a rocking good story. I'd actually seen this book when it came out (in October last year), and loved the first line: 

It takes less time for them to conquer the world the tit takes me to brush my teeth. That's pretty disappointing. 

But then I went, eh, present tense, and it went on that permanent 'maybe when I get to it' list. Then I met Brian Yansky in Austin a few weeks ago, and he was funny and nice, and I thought, I should read his book. But I was (am) finishing MY book, so it went on the less-permanent 'definitely when I get to it' list. And THEN I found out I was moderating a panel at the Austin Teen Book Festival one which Brian Yansky (among others) will be a panelist, and I thought... I hope this is a decent book since I'm going to have to read it now. 

It was. I slurped this down like an extra-coffee caramel frappuchino. It's got a little bite, a lot of levity, a sweet character, and it's suitable for kids who don't think they like coffee… er, books. 

Jesse is a great narrator. He's likable and resilient, enough of a smart-mouth to be interesting, but not so much that you want to smack him. He's got a good heart, and apart from the whole "human survival against the alien overlords" thing, I wanted this guy to succeed. Also his narration is spot on--funny and realistic, touching in an understated way. It also keeps things moving a good clip. There's not a lot of detailed descriptions--either of settings or of deeper feelings--but I didn't feel cheated. Yansky describes what needs to be described and zips past extraneous details. 

This is a book that will reward a reluctant reader. By which I mean it's a pretty easy read, full of action and funny dialogue and scary monsters who can kill you with their brains. But it was also a rewarding read for this avid reader, because between the clean simplicity of the storytelling voice, there were real and satisfying emotions. Yansky hits the beats where they count. 

If I have a complaint, it's that I think the ending could have been a smidge longer. That was the only part I felt a little rushed. But maybe that's just because I was enjoying the book so much. 

What else are the Bookanistas talking about today? 

Elana Johnson is in a tizzy over Texas Gothic
LiLa Roecker  celebrates Something Like Hope
Christine Fonseca  is transformed by Shifting
Shannon Whitney Messenger takes a shine to So Silver Bright – with giveaway
Scott Tracey is on board for Starship Academy
Beth Revis shouts about The Name of the Star
Shana Silver loves Lola and the Boy Next Door
Sarah Frances Hardy adores Birdie’s Big Girl Dress
Stasia Ward Kehoe takes a fancy to Fracture
Carolina Valdez Miller goes gaga for Glow and Shifting – with giveaway 

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Austin Teen Book Festival

I'm so excited that I will be at the Austin Teen Book Festival!   I'll have the chance to talk with readers, sign books, and best of all, I'll be moderating a panel of aMAZing authors: Scott Westerfeld, Maureen Johnson, Jonathan Maberry and Brian Yansky. (I seriously jumped up and down and squealed when I learned this. Lost ALL my cool kid cred.) Plus many more will be there for the day!

All the details, including the location, schedule, and what fun things are going on are on the ATBF Website. <--Click Here.

What? Austin Teen Book Festival
When? October 1
What time? 10 am to 5 pm
Where? Palmer Events Center (in Austin, TX)
Cost?  FREE!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

It's been so long since I've been on Blogger, they changed the user interface. It's pretty, but I'll have to seem more--like nested comments!--before I can weigh in.

Let's see. I went to Minnesota, and Houston, and Austin, and now I'm finishing a book.

My BBF (Birmingham Best Friend) went to Israel. (!!) How awesome of her to send me this postcard:


And how awesome of her to pick it because it has this typo:


I tried to find a picture of surfer monks, but I couldn't. I also didn't try that hard, because I'm finishing a book.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Twisted Tour Day Three!

I'm really excited to get to participate in the TWISTED Tour for Gena Showalter's new release! Today is my stop, so welcome to anyone who might be new to this blog!

And if you're new to Gena's YA books, here's…

twisted_cover_small-2011-08-24-10-03.jpgThe 411 on TWISTED: His vampire girlfriend might have brought him back to life, but he's never felt more out of control. There's a darkness within him, something taking over…changing him. Worse, because he was meant to die, death now stalks him at every turn. Any day could be his last.

Once upon a time, the three souls trapped inside his head could have helped him. He could have protected himself. But as the darkness grows stronger, the souls grow weaker—just like his girlfriend. The more vampire Aden becomes, the more human Victoria becomes, until everything they know and love is threatened.

Life couldn't get any worse. Could it?

 







TWISTED Tour Author Quiz: When I Was a Teen…

 1.What did you do during your “Best Night Ever” as a teen?
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My Senior Prom Photo. 
My best night ever? I had a lot of great nights, and the funny thing is, the ones I remember best aren't centered around a big event but just… hanging out with my friends and being silly. Take my Senior Prom, for example. It SHOULD have been the Best. Night. Ever. I had a gorgeous dress, that I'd designed and made with my mom. AND, I was going with my good "friend." By which I mean the guy with whom I was friends despite having a crazy crush on him even though he was totally not interested in me that way. He'd graduated the year before, so he was OMG in college. And on the swim team. But I'd gotten a terrible sunburn the weekend before, and I'd reached the itchy peel stage, just in time for the fancy dress. (Also, did I mention the unrequited crush?)


2. What musical act topped the charts?
I'll tell you what toped MY charts was LOVE SHACK, by the B-52's, and to this day I cannot sit still when it comes on. It's, like, the law or something.

3. What was your favorite outfit to wear then that totally mortifies you now?
All jeans were Mom Jeans: high waisted and unflattering. I went through a torn sweatshirt phase. And the blazer with the pushed up sleeves. Oh, and I had an asymmetrical haircut at one point, too. It was kind of punk rock, though, so not so bad as all that.

4.What was the most overused expression by you and your friends?
"Awesome." It's STILL my most overused word.

5. What did you think you would be when you “grew up?”
A writer! Even though my high school guidance counselor told me that was unrealistic because my spelling was so bad. (She predated spell check. And, you know, ball point pens.)

So, here's the official contest deets:



How do you define the “Best Night Ever?” Does going on a mini shopping spree for a chic new outfit, dinner out with your bestie and seeing your favorite music act live in concert sound like it would do the trick? If so, read on!

To celebrate the release of, TWISTED, the third book in her Intertwined series featuring Aden Stone, Gena Showalter is rocking out with her author buds on The TWISTED Tour. The tour spans almost two weeks and 11 author websites, including this one, from August 22nd through September 2nd. The Grand Prize winner will be awarded all the essentials for a perfect night out, including:

- $250 Ticketmaster Gift Card
- $100 American Eagle Outfitters Gift Card
- $100 Visa Gift Card for Dinner
- Glam Urban Decay Makeup Gift Set

A Second Prize winner will receive an autographed set of Gena’s Intertwined series, including INTERTWINED, UNRAVELED and TWISTED.

HOW TO PLAY: Visit www.knightagency.net/twistedtour.php and check the tour schedule. Visit the sites of each author on their assigned tour date and locate the concert ticket image.

At the end of the tour, fill out the form on the aforementioned TWISTED Tour contest webpage by matching the images you found to the authors’ websites that they were located on before Sunday, September 4th at 11:59pm ET. The winners will be randomly drawn and notified on or around September 9th, 2011.

Good Luck & ROCK ON!

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Monday, August 22, 2011

Movie Monday: 80's Vintage

Okay, so at ArmadilloCon this coming weekend, I'm leading a panel about 80's SF/F movies, which I totally volunteered for, because there are some amazingly awesome (and awesomely awful) science fiction and fantasy movies in the 80's. It was the advent of computer animation, the Sword and Sorcerer epic, and when we first met the Terminator, and Ellen Ripley uttered the immortal words "Get away from her, you bitch!"

For me and my friends, and SOME of my readers, these are also the first science fiction movies we saw. Even if I wasn't old enough to see some of them in the movie theater, because of the VCR and cable TV, I got to see them at home, as long as I didn't tell my mom they were R rated.

So I thought I'd ask you guys, so I can have a list of not just MY favorites. What are YOUR favorite science fiction and fantasy movies from the 80's? How do they hold up? Anything you loved as a kid that makes you howl with laughter now?

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Review Link-a-rama (Bookanistas)

Hey super friends. I'm home from Minnesota (fabulous time, fantastic weather, very long drive). Diving straight into writing, plus I've got a bunch of events still this month. So it's going to be awhile before I can do another Bookanista post, but I'll try and remember to link to the other fantastic recommendations out there.

Plus, if you're a writer, you might want to check out Write On Con. It's an ONLINE (and free) Writer's Conference. I contributed a video last year (that's still archived, I believe) and there are even more fantastic posts and videos about writing, revising, and making your book awesome.

So here you go. Cool stuff for readers and writers (and both). More from me soon.

WE INTERRUPT THIS BOOKANISTA BROADCAST…to celebrate WRITE ON CON!  For some fun writer insights and pep talks, click along to…
Christine Fonseca , Beth Revis , Jessi Kirby and Stasia Ward Kehoe

And, we know you MUST have your Thursday Bookanista reviews so here you go!
Veronica Rossi loves Legend
Shana Silver serves up a Maureen Johnson double feature of The Last Little Blue Envelope & The Name of the Star
Scott Tracey  is awed by Anna Dressed in Blood
Bethany Wiggins howls over How to Take the Ex Out of Ex-Boyfriend
Carrie Harris is in a frenzy over Stupid Fast
Gretchen McNeil  is spellbound by Witch Eyes
Carolina Valdez Miller  and Shelli Johannes-Wells are passionate about Possess
Matt Blackstone blogs From Bedside

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

WUSRCM?

I'm leaving in the morning for a road trip to Minnesota. Yes, another trip. This one is personal (with one side trip to someplace that appears in the next book). Mom and I are heading up to the First Ever Boonaker family reunion. We've got relatives coming from Canada and the Netherlands and everything.

And Mom and I are driving up from Texas. No planes, no trains, just one VW and a lot of snacks.

Here's Mom's contribution to the car snacks:

Zone protein bars, three varieties.
Raw almonds.
Annie's organic graham cracker bunnies.
Green tea, with tea kettle.

Here's my contribution:

Sour Gummi Worms, one package
Twizzlers, one package (even though I vowed it would be a lot time before I ate them again after the HP Movie Marathon)
Gummi Cola Bottles, two bags.
Coke, six pack.
Chex Mix, three bags, three varieties.

Oh, and red pepper hummus and pretzel chips.

If you want to follow the fun, follow my Tweets (@rclementmoore) or Facebook or my Tumblr, which is pretty much just places I go (and apparently things I eat).

And yes, I will be working on my book while on this trip. And nope, I'm not going to tell you which location will be in it, though it will be part of the travel blog.

We've been trying to come up with a name for this trip. So far people have suggested:

Beat the Heat
Operation: Escape the heat
The Reunion Tour

Personally, after I just marked the route on the map, I think I should call it Where in the World is Rosemary Clement-Moore. (Or WWRCM for short.) Though I guess it would be Where in the US is RCM. (WUSRCM?)

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

August EVENTS!

Here's where I'll be in August! Stop by and say "Hi!"

August 6th: Barnes and Noble in Hurst (near the North East Mall). Booksigning from 2 - 4 pm. Stop in and say 'hi'!

August 20: Murder by the Book in Houston. Booksigning starting at 4:30 pm. (Follow that link to email them to order a signed copy, which I'll personalize while I'm there! Cool, huh?)

August 26-28: ArmadilloCon in Austin, TX.

In between I will be working like crazy on my next book. Oh, and I'm going to Minnesota somewhere in there. But that's a family reunion. But you never know where you may spot me on the way!

Not going to be in Texas any time soon? Check out this interview on VOYA's webpage. Thanks to Stacey Heyman for asking me great questions about all my books. If you want the inside scoop, it's there!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Texas Gothic in the Wild

I love it when people send me pictures of my book in the wild, whether it's on a bookstore shelf, their desk, or wherever.  Especially when the picture includes an adorable dog.

@rclementmoore IT IS HERE, IT IS HERE! #papillonnotincluded on Twitpic
(pic from reader @Laurenisaguitar on Twitter)


Here's another one! It's becoming a meme!

(From Kari's IMM post over on A Good Addiction)
It's no secret I love dogs.  Here's one of mine (sans book) to round things out:

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Bookanistas Book Review: Entwined by Heather Dixon

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Entwined
by Heather Dixon

The back of the book says: Azalea and her younger sisters dance in the mysterious silver forest every night, escaping from the sadness of the palace and their father's grief. What they don't understand--although as time passes they begin to get an inkling of the danger they are in--is the that the mysterious and dashing Keeper is tightening his snare with deadly purpose.



RCM says: *happy sigh* I loved this book. It is eminently satisfying and thoroughly enjoyable.

It's a retelling of a fairy tale (The Twelve Dancing Princesses), and manages to capture everything magical that a fairy tale should be. The writing, the characters, and the story itself are flat out charming. The plot stays true to the source material, while bringing a fresh originality to the tale.

Azalea, eldest of the twelve princesses, is delightful, and earns her stripes as an RCM approved fairy tale heroine. She doesn't go swashbuckling, but she has moments of great bravery and emotional strength.

The characters are all well-drawn and distinct, quite a feat with such a large cast. I adored Bramble and Clover. (All the girls have plant names, including a Delphinium, which amused me for reasons that readers of Texas Gothic will understand.) Even the youngest of the sisters had a consistent and dimensional personality, as did all the suitors--successful and not.

There's a delightful romance for Azalea (fairy tales need a happily ever after), but by far the most compelling relationship journey in the book was that of Azalea and her father, the King. The story begins with the castle plunging into mourning for the girls' mother, and the themes of grief and healing and family are explored very well. The resolution of this emotional arc was tied up with the external plotline in a most satisfying way. (There may have been a few sniffles. But I'm a daddy's girl, so there's that.)

This is exactly the type of story I enjoy most. Well-written, effortless prose, emotional depth, engaging characters, and an exciting plot. A ripping good tale, as Lord Teddie would say.

Highly recommended.

What else are the Bookanistas talking about this week?

Elana Johnson raves about Blood Red Road
LiLa Roecker  shivers over A Scary Scene in a Scary Movie
Christine Fonseca  is wowed by The Near Witch
Beth Revis loves The Last Little Blue Envelope
Carolina Valdez Miller gushes over The Girl of Fire and Thorns – with arc giveaway
Bethany Wiggins cheers for Chime
Stasia Ward Kehoe applauds The Predicteds
Scott Tracey praises Supernaturally

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Texas Gothic Release Day

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So, Texas Gothic comes out today.

!!!!!!!!!

I'm just a little excited about that. I would like to pretend I'm all blasé about a new book release and ho hum, it's my fifth book so whatever.

But the fact is, I'm all tied up with nerves and hopes and fears and more hopes...

This is the book my dad and I plotted together when I was sixteen. This is the one I started first, the high school boyfriend I left behind when I went to college, but eventually met up with again. The setting is an eyes-open love letter to the place I grew up, not perfect, but beautiful and full of people and things that, good or bad, you won't find anywhere else.

There's so much of me in this book. There's spitfire romance and matinee adventure and family dramady. There's forensic anthropology and paranormal investigation. There's girl power and there's boy crazy. There's Sonic cherry limeade and Dr Pepper and Shiner beer and coffee and chocolate chip cookies. There's nods to Mrs. Radcliffe, Kathy Reichs, and Carolyn Keene. And yes, even to Scooby Doo.

Amy Goodnight is full of neuroses and awesome, who plunges into danger with a sense of righteousness and a bottle of Purell. Is it any wonder I feel so close to this book?

So, for me, book release day isn't just about "will the book perform well," or even about "will people like it." A book is a collaborative effort, in a way. I put all these things in there, and ask you, the reader, to come along to the story. You bring your own experiences, which enhance and nuance the story so it becomes unique to you, too. So the excitement, in a way, is anticipation of what readers will take away from the book, and hope that it's a wonderful shared experience.

Or, they will think I'm a nut. That's okay, too, I guess. As long as they enjoy the read.

You can get Texas Gothic at your local retailer. (Ask for it if they don't have it on the shelf. It may have sold out already and we want them to order more!) It's also available in all e-reader formats and from online booksellers. There's a whole list of online retailer links here.

Or ask for it at your local library! You don't have to buy a book to help an author. Letting your librarian know there's a demand for the book is important!

Here's a list of my upcoming signings and appearances!

Saturday, July 16th at 1pm: Barnes and Noble at the Parks Mall in Arlington, TX.

Saturday, August 6th at 2 pm: Barnes and Noble at the Shops at North East Mall in Hurst, TX.

Saturday, August 20 at 4:30pm: Murder by the Book in Houston, TX.

August 26-28: ArmadilloCon in Austin, TX

September 23-25: FenCon in Dallas, TX

Happy Reading!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Movie Monday: Green Lantern

I have NOT forgotten that Texas Gothic comes out tomorrow! Don't forget there's a giveaway on Goodreads (see post below). And I'm signing the book at the Barnes and Noble at the Parks Mall in south Arlington, TX starting at 1pm on this coming Saturday (7/16).

But first... Green Lantern.

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I was REALLY looking forward to seeing this movie, but the critical press reviews popped the bubble of my enthusiasm. I didn't go see it until this weekend.

And I LOVED it. It's not dark and gritty. It's not a post-modern examination of war profiteering or Cold War isolationism. It's a grand and slightly idealistic movie about the uncomplicated issue of good versus evil.

Eating planets? Bad. Digging deep and finding the willpower to overcome fear and save everybody? Good.

I especially like that the movie lampshades some of the awkwardness of the premise. Green Lantern is, after all, a magical space cop who makes stuff out of green energy. And Hal Jordan? Kind of an ass when the movie begins. Maybe even still a little bit of an ass when the movie ends, but in the best possible "I'm ready to put everything on the line" sort of way.

The bottom line is this: Green Lantern sets out to entertain, and it does. Are there other superhero movies with more undertones and psycho-social commentary? Yes. Superhero movies that go to a more "grown-up" place? Definitely. As my friend A. Lee Martinez pointed out on his blog recently, even Transformers is full of "gritty" robot gore.

But not everything needs to go to a dark, grown up place. Some movies need to speak to the kid in us. The one who can recite the Green Lantern oath without a shred of irony.

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In brightest day, in blackest night
No evil shall escape my sight.
Let those who worship evil's might
Beware my power... Green lantern's light!

(I may have teared up a little just then.)

There's nothing cheesy or simplistic about a movie about a white (or green) knight fighting a dragon to save the village. Choosing good over evil doesn't have to be a complicated decision. Part of me thinks that if more people recited the Green Lantern oath in the mirror every morning, the world might be a nicer place.

Anyway. I really enjoyed this movie. Ryan Reynolds is adorable and cheeky, a likable rogue. Well cast as Hal Jordan, I think. Kinda nice to look at, too.

Terrific fun. Bring your sense of adventure and check your cynicism at the door. (Provided you can find a theatre still showing it! Movies come and go so quickly in the summer!)

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Win a copy of Texas Gothic




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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Bookanistas: Chime by Frannie Billingsley


Oh. My. Gosh. Have y'all been following the Twitter about my trip to NYC?  I've been *relatively* copacetic since I got here, but wow. It really WAS Planes, Trains and Automobiles!  A literal train wreck, a broken plane, a pothole in a runway, a crazy guy on a light pole in Times Square, and my inability to tell down from up where block numbers are concerned has made this the CRAZIEST transportation adventure evah. 
More about that soon. First I have to tell you about this CRAZY great book I read while I was sitting in the airport forever and a day. 
CHIME
by Frannie Billingsley
The back of the book says: Briony has worn her guilt for so long it's become a second skin. She often escapes to the swamp, where she tells stories to the Old Ones, the spirits who haunt the marshes. But only witches can see the Old Ones, and in her village, witches are sentenced to death. Briony lives in fear her secret will be found out, even as she believes she deserves the worst kind of punishment.

Then Eldric comes along with his golden lion eyes and mane of tawny hair. He's as natural as the sun, and treats her as if she's extraordinary. And everything starts to change. As many secrets as Briony has been holding, there are secrets even she doesn't know.
What I say: I loved this book. I loved the voice, and I really loved the main character, Briony. The world is historical (turn of the 20th century) but with magic, only it's a gentle, superstitious sort of magic. No wands or wizards, but folktale creatures and fairy tale witches. 
There is so much more going on here than just the romance (emphasized by the summary). There's a ton of mystery in Briony's life. She blames herself for all her family's hardships, including her sister's mental simplicity, her stepmother's death, a fire and a flood. Early on, her self-loathing and guilt was just a little hard for me, but she had just enough spark of life and humor to make me really root for her, and it was so clear that there was a lot more to this story than Briony was able to see. (She is an unreliable narrator, and Billingsley very skillfully lets you sense that from the get go.) I desperately wanted to read on to see (a) what REALLY happened and (b) to see this girl come into her own. 
It helped that Briony was so witty and clever. Her turns of phrase and creative metaphor are delightful, and her interactions with Eldric sparkle. (LOVED Eldric!)  Frankly, I just loved the way Billingsley told this story and in particular how it spun out. It was like the story Briony believed about herself was an intricate origami that had to unfold little by little as the book when on until we could see the truth. 
There's magic and a genuine sense of mystery and jeopardy, a wonderful and satisfying romance, and an utterly engaging heroine.  
I will say that this is a book for people who don't like everything explained to them up front. The world in particular is not spelled out, and you have to put the pieces together for yourself. I found this really rewarding, and I highly recommend that you at least check out the first few chapters of this book and see if it doesn't grab you, too. 
What else are the Bookanistas talking about this week? Check it out.
Elana Johnson adores A Need So Beautiful
LiLa Roecker is gaga for Are You Going to Kiss Me Now?
Christine Fonseca interviews YA Fiction for Dummies author Deborah Halverson – with giveaway
Beth Revis interviews A Scary Scene in a Scary Movie author Matt Blackstone
Carolina Valdez Miller is wowed by Wildfire – with giveaway
Shana Silver gushes over Hourglass
Jen Hayley delves into Divergent
Rosemary Clement-Moore thinks Chime is divine
Stasia Ward Kehoe has applause for Trauma Queen

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Bookanistas: Jinx by Meg Cabot

Want to talk books in real time? I'm doing a live chat tonight (Thursday, June 23) at 9 pm ET/ 8 pm CT at The Knight Agency website. Click here to go directly to the chat room. Enter any combo of user name and password. 


Now, on to Jinx by Meg Cabot!

What the back cover says: 
Jean Honeychurch hates her boring name (not Jean Marie, or Jeanette, just . . . Jean). What's worse? Her all-too-appropriate nickname, Jinx. Misfortune seems to follow her everywhere she goes even to New York City, where Jinx has moved to get away from the huge mess she caused in her small hometown. Her aunt and uncle welcome her to their Manhattan town house, but her beautiful cousin Tory isn't so thrilled. . . .

In fact, Tory is hiding a dangerous secret one that could put them all in danger. Soon Jinx realizes it isn't just bad luck she's been running from . . . and that the curse she has lived under since the day she was born may be the only thing that can save her life.
What I say: 
This is a delightful book that has been on my shelf for a long time. Maybe not since it came out but... well, a while. I grabbed it to have something to read while my car was being inspected, and as often happens when I pick up a Cabot book, I spent the afternoon reading “one more page.” (I did come home from the garage first, though.) 
Cabot’s narrative voice sparkles, and her characters are effortlessly realized. Her dialog is always right on the mark. I love how the story and characters evolve through dialog, without sacrificing the zippiness.  I love The Guy in particular. He was just the right contrast to Jean, the narrator and heroine, who’s nickname is Jinx for reasons that are pretty obvious from the jump. Or are they?
Jean, of course, discovers there’s more to the story, and she has to make peace with herself and her specialness (it is, after all paranormal book) as well as solve the problem of her cousin, who has embraced her specialness a little too fervently. 
Unlike Cabot’s more recent books, like Abandon, which I talked about not long ago, this one is considerably lighter in tone and the plot is simpler as well. It suits a standalone book, and didn’t diminish my enjoyment of it. 
It’s a lighter read, like a tasty sorbet, and perfect for a lazy summer afternoon. 


What else are the Bookanista's reading this week?  Click below to find out!




Elana Johnson adores Hourglass
Beth Revis has cover love for Incarnate
Shana Silver swoons over Supernaturally
Rosemary Clement-Moore jumps for Jinx
Stasia Ward Kehoe praises Possession
Gretchen McNeil is giddy about Moonglass
Sarah Frances Hardy brags about The Grandma Book

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Live Chat on Thursday!

Hey guys! You have a chance to chat with me LiVE on Thursday evening on The Knight Agency Website. There will be PRIZES. By which I mean books!

What: Chat with Rosemary Clement-Moore, Author of TEXAS GOTHIC
When: Thursday, June 23rd @ 9:00pm ET
Where: The Knight Agency Chat Room -

http://client1.sigmachat.com/sc.php?id=115545

How to Chat: Enter any combination of username and password. Login. Your computer must be Java enabled to chat.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Planes, Trains & Automobiles 2011

I'm off again, combining business and fun, mooching couch space from friends and seeing parts of the US I haven't seen before. (And some I have.)

The highlights:

Birmingham, AL (Where I'll be speaking at the Homewood library on Saturday, July 25 at 1pm, along with other YA authors, about... well, writing YA, what else.)

Amtrak's Crescent line from Birmingham to NYC. Lot's of time to write!

NYC for the RWA National Convention. (Booksigning with a million authors on Tuesday night!)

Massachusetts, to visit with friends for the Fourth of July. I have never been to New England, and I'm so excited.

And finally flying home. That's the big straight line on the map below.

I'll be testing out Tumblr (which I have had but haven't used) to microblog about the trip. If you want to follow along with me, head on over there and bookmark or follow me. (I'll post some here, too.)

Here's a map of my trip.

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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Bookanistas: Bad Taste in Boys

Bad Taste in Boys
By Carrie Harris
From Delecorte Press, July 12 (The same day as Texas Gothic)
The Back Cover says: Super-smartie Kate Grable gets to play doctor, helping out her high school football team. Not only will the experience look good on her college apps, she gets to be this close to her quarterback crush, Aaron. Then something disturbing happens. Kate finds out that the coach has given the team steroids. Except . . . the vials she finds don’t exactly contain steroids. Whatever’s in them is turning hot gridiron hunks into mindless, flesh-eating . . . zombies.
Unless she finds an antidote, no one is safe. Not Aaron, not Kate’s brother, not her best friend . . . not even Kate . . .
It’s scary. It’s twisted. It’s sick. It’s high school.
What I say: I shouldn’t have even LIKED this book.  
I hate zombies. 
I find them both silly and terrifying, which is a weird combination, I know. It’s terrifying because... contagion and cannibalism. It’s silly because... the walking dead. 
So why did I love BAD TASTE IN BOYS so much? Because Carrie Harris tells a great story. 
I love the narrator, Kate, and her voice. She’s delightfully nerdy, terrifically funny, smart, resourceful, and altogether likable.
Harris makes the zombie thing work. And when I say this book is really funny, I don’t mean to say it’s silly. I think the reason both the premise and the humor work so well is that it strikes the right balance of taking the zombie thing seriously without taking itself too seriously.
The story and the storytelling drew me in so well that I stayed on the treadmill for a whole extra mile, because I didn’t want to stop reading. My thighs were NOT happy this morning. 
But I was, because this was a terrific read. Fast, fun and frightening. If you like Prom Dates from Hell, you’ll probably really enjoy BAD TASTE IN BOYS.
And while you're waiting anxiously for July 12th, check out what the other Bookanistas are talking about this week:
Beth Revis interviews Hourglass author Myra McEntire – with giveaway
Shannon Messenger croons over Uncommon Criminals – with giveaway
Myra McEntire invites Possession author Elana Johnson into the Fort
Shana Silver gushes about Bloodlines – with arc giveaway
Jen Hayley is mesmerized by Imaginary Girls
Stasia Ward Kehoe is stunned by Girl, Stolen