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Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 07:42 am
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Some news: publisher Angry Robot has been sold. This is the publisher who shut down the Strange Chemistry line earlier this year, and published my books Emilie and the Hollow World and Emilie and the Sky World.

I’m very glad Emilie and the Sky World finished off the characters' story and didn't end on a cliffhanger (though not many people ever found out the book was published) since there won't be any more books in the series. As far as public opinion goes, this publisher has pretty much gotten off easy. I got off easy too, as I did get paid and my books were actually published and available, unlike a lot of the other YA authors, especially the debut YA authors. I hope the sale means those YA authors whose questions and requests and pleas for information about the situation were ignored up until this point will now be paid the money they're owed and get the rights to their books back so they can try to salvage something from the mess. I'm not holding my breath, though. At this point, I'll be relieved for them if it happens, but not surprised if it doesn't.

Emilie Day

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014 08:15 am
marthawells: (Zoe)
Emilie and the Sky World is out today!

It's available at:
Barnes and Noble, Powells, Chapters Indigo, Mysterious Galaxy, The Tattered Cover, Book Depository, Book Depository UK, Books-a-Million, Amazon US, Amazon UK, Amazon.ca, Amazon.de, Amazon.fr, or look for it in an independent bookstore in the US through Indiebound.

eBook: Barnes and Noble NookBook, Kobo, iTunes, Books-a-Million ebook, Amazon US, Amazon.ca and DRM-free at The Robot Trading Company.


Chapter One


Emilie took a deep breath and knocked on the door.

Twilight had fallen, and the quiet street smelled strongly of dinner. Karthea's house, like all the others, had a chunky stone facade and wood-framed windows with cheerful curtains and potted flowers on the stoop. The gas lamp on the corner had already been lit, glowing bright in the failing daylight.

There was no answer immediately and Emilie began to wonder if Karthea had closed the school temporarily and gone on some journey. If so, it was less of a disaster than it would have been a fortnight ago. Emilie had money enough for a room at an inn or boarding house, but it would be disappointing not to see her cousin. And wandering through town looking for a suitable place to stay was considerably less daunting than it had been a fortnight ago as well, especially considering that she had company.

"Maybe she didn't get my letter, or the package I sent," Emilie told Daniel, who stood patiently beside her. "Though I'm not arriving when I said I would."

"I think I hear someone inside," Daniel said. "It's nearly time for dinner, maybe she's just busy with--"

The door flung open, and Karthea stood there, wearing an apron and holding a partially peeled beet. "Emilie, you're days late! I was so worried!" Her eyes fell on Daniel, and she frowned in confusion. "Where have you been?"

"Karthea," Emilie said, smiling. "I have had an adventure!"

Karthea's eyes widened, then narrowed. She grabbed Emilie's arm and dragged her inside. To Daniel, she said, "Excuse us, please," and shut the door.

They stood in a dim hall, lit by a gas sconce and from brighter lights in the room at the far end. Emilie could hear the voices of young girls somewhere nearby, and a clatter of dishes. It smelled homey and comfortable, of books, dust, boiling beets from the kitchen. She took a deep breath. She had meant this place to be her refuge; it felt better to be coming to it as a guest.

Karthea still held her arm, and was trying unsuccessfully to look intimidating. Karthea was mostly Southern Menean like Emilie, with warm brown skin and dark eyes. She and Emilie looked a little alike in the face, though Karthea was taller and myopic and always wore eyeglasses. She had inherited their side of the family's somewhat unmanageable hair, and hers was just as frizzy and curling as Emilie's, in the process of escaping from the band she had tried to use to confine it. "Are you eloping?" Karthea demanded.

It was so unexpected, Emilie laughed. "Of course not!"

more )

Weekend and Emilie

Monday, March 3rd, 2014 08:19 am
marthawells: (The Serpent Sea)
My laptop had been acting a little odd for a while, and on Friday it became very obvious there was a heat problem with the battery, even while it was in sleep mode. So I had to bite the bullet and buy a new one. I don't use my laptop for anything but writing, using the internet, and working on my web site, but I use it for that pretty much from 7:00 or so in the morning to about 10:00 at night, six to seven days a week, so they don't tend to last as long as they should. I use Macs, mostly because they preform well for what I need to do with them, and in memory of the one that stayed alive just long enough to clone itself to the new laptop before its hard drive failed, and the one that didn't lose any files even when it suddenly extruded a melted battery.

So knock on wood this one does well too.

We also have a pretty big weekend with friends coming into town, and we went to Sherwood Forest Faire on Saturday. It was a great day for it, overcast and cool, starting out below 70 and warming up to nearly 80 in the late afternoon. Then Sunday mid-morning a cold front came in and we went from 70s to 22 with freezing rain and ice pellets. That's what it's doing now. I want my old climate back. None of my native plants are native anymore, everything's dead. So that's depressing.



Emilie and the Sky World is coming out tomorrow in paperback and ebook, and you can find the first chapter here.

When Emilie and Daniel arrive in Silk Harbor, Professor Abindon, an old colleague of the Marlendes, warns them that she's observed something strange and potentially deadly in the sky, a disruption in an upper air aether current. But as the Marlendes investigate further, they realize it's a ship from another aetheric plane. It may be just a friendly explorer, or something far more sinister, but they will have to take an airship into the dangerous air currents to find out. Emilie joins the expedition and finds herself deep in personal entanglements, with an angry uncle, an interfering brother, and an estranged mother to worry about as well as a lost family of explorers, the strange landscapes of the upper air, and the deadly menace that inhabits the sky world.

Still Here

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014 07:42 am
marthawells: (Manly Hug)
I should make a post! Though I don't feel like posting.

links:

* 2013 Nebula Nominees Announced and the Nominees for the Andre Norton Award for YA It's an incredibly strong list with lots of great books and stories.

* Nominations are still being taken for the DetCon1 (NASFiC) award for YA and Middle Grade Speculative Fiction. ANYONE can nominate by email, you don't have to be a member of the convention. Nominations have been extended to March 7 because they want as many nominations as possible from as many different people as possible.

* I'm doing a presentation in College Station, TX, on Saturday March 22 on Writing Speculative Fiction for Kids and Teens as part of a program put on by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

* On Saturday March 29 I will be a guest of honor at LeoCon in Commerce, Texas, at TAMU Commerce.

* And I have a new book coming out next week on Tuesday, March 4: Emilie and the Sky World The first chapter and links to where to buy it are on that page. It's set after Emilie and the Hollow World but I think they both work as standalone novels.

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marthawells: (Miko)
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This is the book I have coming out on March 4, from Angry Robot/Strange Chemistry. It’s YA, steampunkish-fantasy adventure. First chapter is here. The first book in the series is Emilie and the Hollow World, but they’re both standalone stories.
marthawells: (Reading)
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This is the first chapter of Emilie and the Sky World, the sequel to Emilie and the Hollow World. I don’t think it’s all that spoilery for the first book, if you haven’t read it yet. It will be out in March 2014 from Angry Robot/Strange Chemistry. It’s available for preorder in paperback and ebook in a lot of places, some of which you can find here: http://www.marthawells.com/emilie2.htm

Chapter One



Emilie took a deep breath and knocked on the door.

Twilight had fallen, and the quiet street smelled strongly of dinner. Karthea's house, like all the others, had a chunky stone façade and wood-framed windows with cheerful curtains and potted flowers on the stoop. The gas lamp on the corner had already been lit, glowing bright in the failing daylight.

There was no answer immediately and Emilie began to wonder if Karthea had closed the school temporarily and gone on some journey. If so, it was less of a disaster than it would have been a fortnight ago. Emilie had money enough for a room at an inn or boarding house, but it would be disappointing not to see her cousin. And wandering through town looking for a suitable place to stay was considerably less daunting than it had been a fortnight ago as well, especially considering that she had company.

"Maybe she didn't get my letter, or the package I sent," Emilie told Daniel, who stood patiently beside her. "Though I'm not arriving when I said I would."

"I think I hear someone inside," Daniel said. "It's nearly time for dinner, maybe she's just busy with–"

The door flung open, and Karthea stood there, wearing an apron and holding a partially peeled beet. "Emilie, you're days late! I was so worried!" Her eyes fell on Daniel, and she frowned in confusion. "Where have you been?"

"Karthea," Emilie said, smiling. "I have had an adventure!"

Karthea's eyes widened, then narrowed. She grabbed Emilie's arm and dragged her inside. To Daniel, she said, "Excuse us, please," and shut the door.

They stood in a dim hall, lit by a gas sconce and from brighter lights in the room at the far end. Emilie could hear the voices of young girls somewhere nearby, and a clatter of dishes. It smelled homey and comfortable, of books, dust, boiling beets from the kitchen. She took a deep breath. She had meant this place to be her refuge; it felt better to be coming to it as a guest.

Karthea still held her arm, and was trying unsuccessfully to look intimidating. Karthea was mostly Southern Menean like Emilie, with warm brown skin and dark eyes. She and Emilie looked a little alike in the face, though Karthea was taller and myopic and always wore eyeglasses. She had inherited their side of the family's somewhat unmanageable hair, and hers was just as frizzy and curling as Emilie's, in the process of escaping from the band she had tried to use to confine it. "Are you eloping?" Karthea demanded.

It was so unexpected, Emilie laughed. "Of course not!"

more )
marthawells: (Reading)
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The cover reveal for Emilie and the Sky World, the sequel to Emilie and the Hollow World

"When Emilie and Daniel arrive in Silk Harbor, Professor Abindon, an old colleague of the Marlendes, warns them that she's observed something strange and potentially deadly in the sky, a disruption in an upper air aether current. But as the Marlendes investigate further, they realize it's a ship from another aetheric plane. It may be just a friendly explorer, or something far more sinister, but they will have to take an airship into the dangerous air currents to find out. Emilie joins the expedition and finds herself deep in personal entanglements, with an angry uncle, an interfering brother, and an estranged mother to worry about as well as a lost family of explorers, the strange landscapes of the upper air, and the deadly menace that inhabits the sky world."

If I ever write Emilie as an adult and it gets made into a movie, I want Lyndie Greenwood from Sleepy Hollow to star as her.

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