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Posted on 3/28/2012
The City of Lost Souls chapter reveal starts TODAY!
Start reading here.
As well as being able to read the first chapter, if you live in the US, at each chapter stop you can enter to win one of six VERY limited edition SHADOW HUNTER FAMILY RINGS. Just click here and enter your information. (Canadians, follow @SimonPulseCA for you chance to win a SHADOWHUNTER ring. I'm sorry it's only open to US residents, but apparently those are the legalities of this kind of giveaway. The chapter however, can be read by anyone.)
Tomorrow, the hunt continues at www.novelnovice.com
*** You may notice I never, ever, ever update this blog any more. I have moved to
and I update there daily. This livejournal is not going to be updated with any regularity, or possibly again ever, so for those who have been checking, please follow me over at tumblr!
Posted on 1/4/2012
So Tessa is up against Katniss in the second to last round of the YA Heroine Tournament.
You can vote here.
Yeesh. What can I say? Katniss is an awesome heroine, and honestly, I'm proud Tessa has made it this far and is facing down a girl who wins tournaments to the death professionally. :D
I will say this: there are all sorts of ways to be heroic, and just because Tessa works her mojo in a corset doesn't mean she's less of a badass. They're both badass girls. I think they would get along.
Katniss: I like your corset.
Tessa: And I am sure that your flaming jumpsuit is the very last word in fashion!
Katniss: Boy do I hate being in a love triangle.
Tessa: I can only most heartily agree.
If Tessa wins this round, the last round of the Tournament will be Tessa vs. Clary. Which means that whoever wins that round, no matter what, you guys will get a brandnewsspeciallywrittenforyou scene.
Something to think about. *winks*
Posted on 12/5/2011
Clockwork Prince launch party NYC (&Ed Westwick): The Clockwork Prince tour kicks off tomorrow night with a signing in New York City, at the Barnes and Noble on Union Square.
NEW YORK CITY: 7PM
33 East 17th Street, New York, NY 10003, 212-253-0810
There will be swag bags prizes, and other fun stuff, including an appearance by (barring unexpected weirdness having to do with the Gossip Girl filming schedule)
Ed Westwick, who besides being Chuck Bass, is also the co-narrator of Clockwork Prince ( you can hear him read here) and lent his mellifluous voice to the narration of the CP book trailer:
Perhaps he can be convinced to read a few lines from Clockwork Princess aloud? :D
Posted on 11/29/2011
I'm currently participating in an auction to help out a wonderful author and creator, Terri Windling, who is at the moment in a time of financial need. From the Magick for Terri journal":
"Beloved editor, artist and writer Terri Windling is in need, and we are asking for your help in a fundraising auction to assist her. This auction will combine donations from professionals and fans in an online sale to help Terri through a serious financial crisis.
Terri is the creator of groundbreaking fantasy and mythic art and literature over the past several decades, ranging from the influential urban fantasy series Bordertown to the online Journal of Mythic Arts. With co-editor Ellen Datlow, she changed the face of contemporary short fiction with The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror and other award-winning anthologies, including Silver Birch, Blood Moon and The Green Man: Tales from the Mythic Forest. Her remarkable Endicott Studio blog continues to bring music, poetry, art and inspiration to people all over the world.
Terri Windling and her family have been coping with health and legal issues that have drained her financial resources at a critical time. Due to the serious nature of these issues, and privacy concerns for individual family members, we can't be more specific than that, but Terri is in need of our support. As a friend, a colleague and an inspiration, Terri has touched many, many lives over the years. She has been supremely generous in donating her own work and art to support friends and colleagues in crisis. Now, Terri is in need of some serious help from her community. Who better than her colleagues and fans to rise up to make some magick for her?"
My entry is at: http://magick4terri.livejournal.com/5457.html
Basically I'm offering to write a short piece about your favorite TMI or ID character or pairing — canon, non-canon, I don't mind, though nothing too filthy :) and only characters from my own work. I'll handwrite it out and send it to you, framed if you'd like to keep it as a memento. The starting price is $50 — it's for a great cause and there's lots of other awesome stuff up for auction; check it out!
Posted on 10/29/2011
So on November 3rd I'll be appearing at the Odyssey Bookshop with Gavin Grant and Kelly Link.
Thursday • November 3 • 7 pm
The Odyssey Bookshop
9 College St.
S. Hadley, MA 01075
Cassandra Clare, Kelly Link, and Gavin Grant
Steampunk! an Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories
Imagine an alternate universe where romance and technology reign. Where tinkerers and dreamers craft and re-craft a world of automatons, clockworks, calculating machines, and other marvels that never were. Where scientists and schoolgirls, fair folk and Romans, intergalactic bandits, utopian revolutionaries, and intrepid orphans solve crimes, escape from monstrous predicaments, consult oracles, and hover over volcanoes in steam-powered airships.
The anthology is called "Steampunk! An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories."
The story I wrote for it is called "Some Fortunate Future Day." You can read the whole story — in entirety — for free at Lightspeed Magazine and Chasing Ray wrote up a lovely review of it here.
They also have an interview up with me where I witter about steampunk, love and bad choices.
If you get a chance, come by the Odyssey to get your book signed by Kelly, Gavin and I, and we'll happily talk dirigibles and clockwork dancing instructors.
Posted on 10/25/2011
Wednesday, October 26: London (tomorrow!)
Foyle’s 1-3 pm
113-119 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0EB
With Sarah Rees Brennan*
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7437 5660
October 27: Dublin: 6pm
Easons: 40 Lower O’Connell Street
Phone 01 858 3800
With Sarah Rees Brennan*
October 28: Galway: 4:30
33 Shop Street Galway, Ireland
I’ll be signing from 4:30 on.
* Technically these are ticketed events but only the pre-signing presentation is ticketed. You don't need tickets to show up and get your books signed, get the giveaway (signed copy of Magnus' Vow, tote backs, other cool stuff.) So just show up!
Posted on 10/6/2011
October Teaser for Clockwork Prince, for those who missed it when it was posted earlier on Tumblr (where I've moved most of my blogging) .Kindly illustrated for me by Charlotte Mattey, who said she could do it overnight, and did. :D
The voices were quite clearly those of the Lightwood brothers. Tessa recognized Gideon’s lower, rougher tones as he said, “There will be a moment of reckoning, Gabriel. You can depend upon it. What will matter is where we stand when it comes.”
Gabriel replied, his voice tense, “We will stand with Father, of course. Where else?”
“You don’t know everything about him, Gabriel. You don’t know all that he has done.”
There was a silence through which Tessa could almost hear Gabriel sulking. At last he said, “If you despise Father so much, why did you ever come back from Spain?”
Gideon replied, sounding exasperated, “I came back for you —”
Sophie and Tessa had been leaning against the door, ears pressed to the wood; at that moment, the door gave way, and swung open. Both straightened hastily, Tessa hoping that no evidence of their eavesdropping appeared on their faces.
Gabriel and Gideon were standing in a patch of light at the centre of the room, facing off against each other. Tessa noticed something she had not noticed before: Gabriel, despite being the younger brother, was lankily taller than Gideon by some inches. Gideon was more muscular, broader through the shoulders. He swept a hand through his sandy hair, nodding curtly to the girls as they appeared in the doorway. “Good day, Miss Collins, Miss Gray.”
Posted on 10/5/2011
Posted on 9/29/2011
December 6-13 CLOCKWORK PRINCE RELEASE TOUR
Tuesday December 06, 2011
NEW YORK CITY: 7PM
33 East 17th Street, New York, NY 10003, 212-253-0810
THIS IS THE LAUNCH EVENT FOR CLOCKWORK PRINCE. There will be swag bags and prizes and other fun stuff.
WEDNESDAY December 07, 2011
LONG ISLAND 7:00 PM *With Michelle Hodkin!
BARNES & NOBLE
91 Old Country Road
Carle Place, NY
THURSDAY Dec 8: Bethesda, MD/Washington, DC
*With Michelle Hodkin
7400 Arlington Rd
*Books sold by Politics & Prose
FRIDAY Dec 9: Raleigh, NC
QUAIL RIDGE BOOKSTORE
3522 Wade Ave.
SATURDAY Dec 10: Greenville, SC
THE HANGAR AT THE RUNWAY CAFE
21 Airport Rd Ext.
*Books sold by Fiction Addiction Bookstore.* This is the South Carolina event, so prepare to have your books stamped with a special stamp. And prepare for some very silly jokes.
SUNDAY Dec 11: Atlanta, GA
Little Shop of Stories
133A East Court Square
Monday December 12, 2011
MONDAY Dec 12: NASHVILLE, TN: 7:00 PM
BARNES AND NOBLE
1701 Mallory Lane, Brentwood, TN 37027,
*If you have questions about the events, please contact the bookstore where the event will take place! If the event is an offsite, please contact the store selling the books, such as Fiction Addiction, or Politics and Prose. Hope to see you there!
* * For those not sure what to expect from a book signing, the post by "Connie B." on this page is the best, most thorough description of it from the reader's viewpoint I've come across.
Posted on 9/21/2011
"Does Will's letter to Tessa contain anything spoilery for Clockwork Prince? Should I read the letter before, or after, the book?"
I'm guessing you mean the Barnes and Noble special edition that has a letter from Will to Tessa in it.
All print first editions of Clockwork Prince in North America, the UK/Ireland and Australia/NZ are going to come with a letter from Will to his family, that he never sent, in the back. That's *ALL FIRST EDITIONS." So ANY PRINT FIRST EDITION, WHEREVER you buy it, will have the letter. Indie stores, Barnes and Noble, etcetera. (I have asked about kindle/etc versions, but it looks like they won't have it.) You can tell the first edition because it says "collector's edition" on the front.
* If you pre-order or buy within the first week or so, you will almost certainly get a first edition. It doesn't matter where you pre-order from. Beyond that I genuinely don't know how to tell you to ensure that you get one. Check the picture when you're ordering. If the cover says "SPECIAL COLLECTOR'S EDITION" that's a first edition.
As above, BARNES AND NOBLE in the US will be carrying their own special edition. It contains not just the letter from Will to his family, but ALSO an inscription from Will to Tessa in a copy of Tale of Two Cities. The splash sticker on the front says "love letter" and I guess you could think of it that way, but it's definitely an inscription in a book. I'd advise not reading it until you finish CP because I think it will mean more when the book's over. Otherwise I think it might just be confusing. (The edition is one of those 'it lasts till it sells out' things.)
Walmart is also going to be carrying their own special edition, so more 411 on that when I get more information. Their special edition is going to be Jem-centric and you can get it from them either in the store or online. [Because no one expects anyone to buy more than one copy of the book, ALL THIS SPECIAL CONTENT WILL BE POSTED ONLINE AFTER AN EXCLUSIVITY PERIOD OF BETWEEN 3-6 MONTHS.] My advice, just pick whatever your favorite it and get that, or get a regular first edition and read the content online when the exclusivity period's up.
*All these materials are being made available to international publishers and I will keep you updated as to how they will be available outside North America.
Posted on 9/19/2011
So, for those of you who entered the CP ARC contest and didn't win, remember when I said there'd be another opportunity to win Advanced Reader Copies of Clockwork Prince and that I'd announce it Monday?
Well, Monday is upon is. And Goodreads is giving away 100 Clockwork Prince ARCs.
Now first I just have to say I didn't know about this contest when I started my contest! I found out about it about halfway through but I didn't want to stop the contest while people were in the middle of drawing, photo-ing, vidding, and so forth — and the contest here was open internationally which the Goodreads contest is not. And the contest was so much fun for both people who entered and people who were just watching and admiring! It was great to see the outpouring of love and creativity, so thank you for that.
I was quite surprised when S and S told me they were doing this giveaway with GR — there are such a limited quantity of ARCs, so aside from the ones set aside for sales accounts and specific reviewers, this is basically it. All the rest of the ARCs are up for grabs on Goodreads — all you need is a Goodreads account and to click "enter to win."
Posted on 9/17/2011
This was an entry for the Clockwork Prince ARC contest. Unfortunately it couldn't win because one of the rules was that the entry had to be about the Infernal Devices. But it was so cute, I thought I would share it here.
Clary's sketchbook, by teaganr and eiknarfed:
Posted on 9/16/2011
These contests are always extremely hard to judge, to thanks for the efforts of my fellow judges, Josh Lewis, Vania Stoyanova, Holly Black, and Theo Black. [I tried to get a group who knew music, knew videography, knew art, knew design, and just knew what they liked.] For those that didn't win, there will be another opportunity to win Clockwork Angel ARCs, which will be announced Monday.
In the end, I couldn't pick only one entry, so I begged another ARC off my publisher and picked two — they're very different and I hope show something of the spectrum of what was submitted!
*Winners, please email me at the address on my http://www.cassandraclare.com/cms/bio bio page and tell me where you want your prizes sent!*
First, Charlotte Markey's video. All the drawings are hers, and what she has created here is basically an animated trailer for Clockwork Angel. Every character is adorably captured. I especially love the frame of Henry and Charlotte, though my favorite is the last image.
It is in fact half of a really ambitious project, which she managed to storyboard out in the two weeks allotted. I'm hoping that winning will get her to finish :D — I managed to convince her to send me the storyboarded version and though unfinished it is still impressive.
Tying for first place, something completely different, by Katie-Kerry on Deviantart:
A Clockwork Angel Monolopoly game that you can actually play. Click the gallery link:
and you can see how much work went into this game!
Second place: I know I never mentioned a second place, but again, there were so many great entries I was beside myself. So second place winners will receive a Clockwork Angel pendant like Tessa's (or anything else they might choose from the Hebelmet jewelry store.)
Three second place winners:
1) Kara-Lija's watercolor portrait of Tessa, Will and Jem:
[Bigger version here: http://kara-lija.deviantart.com/#/d49rxwk ]
2) Of especial interest to the Jem-fans, this adorable fancomic of this scene from Clockwork Prince by bananasea:
Go and hit the button on the right that says "weiter" to read the whole thing.)
3) And last, I absolutely love typographical art. So the second second place goes to http://thereadables.tumblr.com [really the whole entry needs to be seen.:
Honorable mentions and general fun stuff.It was an amazing experience judging this contest. If your piece isn't posted here, please don't think it's because I didn't love it. I picked things I did love but I was also trying to show the spread of creativity. I have the best readers in the world, I've always said so! I hope you guys have had as much fun creating or just watching as I have.
There was hilarious cosplay:
Posted on 9/15/2011
Is now closed to entries. I will be posting the winner on Saturday. Thanks to everyone who entered!
Posted on 9/7/2011
Magnus and Izzy, mid-book.
“Alec isn’t happy,” said Magnus, as if she hadn’t spoken.
“Of course he isn’t,” Isabelle snapped. “Jace —”
“Jace,” said Magnus, and his hands made fists at his sides. Isabelle stared at him. She had always thought that he didn’t mind Jace; liked him, even, once the question of Alec’s affections had been settled. Out loud, she said:
“I thought you were friends.”
“It’s not that,” said Magnus. “There are some people — people the universe seems to have singled out for special destinies. Special favors and special torments. God knows we’re all drawn toward what’s beautiful and broken; I have been, but some people cannot be fixed. Or if they can be, it’s only by love and sacrifice so great it destroys the giver.”
Isabelle shook her head slowly. “You’ve lost me. Jace is our brother, but for Alec — he’s Jace’s parabatai too —”
“I know about parabatai,” said Magnus, his voice rising in pitch. “I’ve known parabatai so close they were almost the same person; do you know what happens, when one of them dies, to the one that’s left —”
“Stop it!” Isabelle clapped her hands over her ears, then lowered them slowly. "How dare you, Magnus Bane,” she said. “How dare you make this worse than it is —”
“Isabelle.” Magnus’ hands loosened; he looked a little wide-eyed, as if his outburst had startled even him. “I am sorry. I forget, sometimes . . . that with all your self-control and strength, you possess the same vulnerability that Alec does.”
“There is nothing weak about Alec,” said Isabelle.
“No,” said Magnus. “To love as you choose, that takes strength. The thing is, I wanted you here for him. There are things I can’t do for him, can’t give him . . .” For a moment Magnus looked oddly vulnerable. “You have known Jace as long as he has. You can give him understanding I can’t. And he loves you.”
“Of course he loves me. I’m his sister.”
“Blood isn’t love,” said Magnus, and his voice was bitter. “Just ask Clary.”
Happy birthday, @@KateTuttleEscaf. :)
Posted on 8/9/2011
I'm not up for crashing my site again, so here it goes. And don't forget to vote for Jace in the YA Tourney tomorrow for more outtakes and Too Hot For TV scenes.
Maia was waiting for them in MacCarren Park, on one of the narrow paths dusted with the skeletons of fallen leaves. She wore a gray leather jacket and a soft pink hat, pulled down over her ears, from which her wildly curling hair escaped in a golden-brown halo. She waved tentatively as they neared her; the first words out of her mouth were:
“Did you hear about Luke?”
They all nodded — Simon had told Isabelle and Jordan what he knew on the L-train ride over — and she fell into step beside Jordan as they went through the park, a moving foursome. Jordan had his hands in his pockets and was talking quietly to Maia, werewolf to werewolf. Simon glanced at Isabelle,walking silently beside him.
Weak November sunlight had come out from behind the clouds and picked out reddish highlights in her hair. She smelled like his own apple shampoo and Shadowhunter. “So,” he said. “Do you want me to ask why you were passed out in my bed last night when I came home, or not?”
“I didn’t pass out in your bed,” she said, as they swung left on Manhattan Avenue. The G train stop was there, and a guy was leaning against the railing, picking out a tuneless song on a guitar. Across the street was a Thrifty store where you could still get ice cream cones for 50 cents. “I passed out in your living room and Jordan put me in your bedroom.”
“Well, if it wasn’t Jordan, someone broke into your house and put me in your bed. Personally I prefer the Jordan theory. Less creepy.”
“It’s not that, it — what were you doing, drunk, with Jordan? He doesn’t drink much.”
“I’d imagine not. He has awful taste in tequila.”
“Iz.” Simon put his hand on her wrist. “I only want to know why you came over.”
She turned her head away from him, her shining black hair slipping across her back. There was a small Mark on the lower left side of her throat, just above her collarbone. It looked vulnerable, somehow. Simon wanted to brush it with his fingertips, but kept his hands in his pockets. “Everything sucks,” she said. “I saw Helen and Aline last night. We had dinner. They’re just so happy, and I keep thinking —” She bit her lip. “My parents are getting divorced, I think,” she said. “Alec is happy but I never see him. Jace is [redacted-sorry guys!]. Max is dead. Clary —”
“I get it,” he said, gently. “You needed someone to talk to and you couldn’t think of anyone else.”
“No!” Isabelle said, frustration clear in her voice. “I wanted to talk to you. I always — I mean, I like to talk to you. Even if things weren’t like this, I would . . . “ She looked at him, sidelong. “I mean, we did date.”
“But it wasn’t — it was never serious,” Simon said awkwardly. “I didn’t think you wanted . . .”
“Did you? Want it to be serious?” Isabelle asked. There was a certain stiffness in her voice — pride, Simon guessed. Isabelle wasn’t the sort of girl who made the first move with guys. She wasn’t the sort of girl who had to.
Isabelle made an exasperated noise. “Look, I didn’t come by last night because you’re number six on some list and everyone else is unavailable. I came because — I like you. You make me feel better. Maybe it’s something about your face.”
“My face makes you feel better?” So she was saying he was reassuring, sweet, dependable, all of those things; things he knew Clary thought he was; things that hadn’t helped her look at him instead of Jace, not for five minutes. And Isabelle liked her guys dangerous, not . . . reassuring. Reassuring was for stuffed animals. How could you be a vampire and n
Posted on 8/10/2011
This is where you vote! Simply scroll down the post, find the voting box, and vote. Simple. One vote per computer.
And this is why you should vote for Jace! Cause I've got a lotta stuff and I want to give it away to you. :)
Thanks to all of you, Jace won his semifinal round in the YA Crush Tourney against that devious ice price, Ash! And as a celebratory prize I posted the Jace POV Manor House scene from City of Glass.
Today Jace is up against sexy Scot Zachary Moore from the excellent Shift and Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready. If you haven't read the books, I recommend them, and Jeri — who I met briefly at Romantic Times — is a doll. So if you gotta go Team Kilt, I understand. But since this is the last round of the Tourney, which means whoever wins the round wins the entire contest, it's time to pull out the big guns.
1) TMI fans, I want you out spreading the word! Link to the Tourney on Twitter any time after 8am tomorrow (use the #teamjace hashtag ) on Facebook, on your blog, on Tumblr — anywhere! Go here and leave a link to your post and you'll be entered into a contest to win all sorts of awesome things like a set of personalized books, TMI jewelry, signed posters, chapter samplers for upcoming books, and other coolness. Yes, you can post an entry more than once if you posted more than one link, but keep the entries separate.
2) So I took a poll (a short one) http://twtpoll.com/1646lf and here's the special content that won. It's what I'll post if Jace wins.
a) The unedited version of the Dirty Sexy Club scene (a Jace and, well, guess who but it starts with C, scene from City of Lost Souls) . . . before I toned it down.
I will also throw in the second runner up:
b) A substantial teaser of a *spicy* scene from CP. Tessa & ..someone. ;) Because why should ID be left out?
Bonus: If Jace wins by more than a thousand votes, I'll post one of Magnus&Alec's romantic scenes from CoLS. ;)
3) And finally, if Jace wins, I'll donate $500 dollars to Reading Is Fundamental, the same charity that the Mortal Instruments jewelry store supports. http://www.etsy.com/shop/hebelmet
Posted on 8/10/2011
Whoa! So the "YA" Crush Tourney" is still going on" and Jace has 13,090 votes which is insane. I don't know how to thank you all for voting for him.
The clock is ticking down on the contest — we've got ten more hours to go and the overnight hours are always the toughest! So to keep people going during the night (and the day in Australia and NZ - shoutout to Down Under cause I'm counting on you!) I want you to vote and then post about the contest, with a note that you voted, somewhere — twitter, facebook, tumblr, I don't care — between 8 pm and 8am Central Standard Time! As long as you can link to it. Because once you do it, I'd like you to come back here and drop a link to your post into the comments. Anonymous, with an ID, it doesn't matter — as long as the link works, is time-stamped, and you tell me you voted (that part is an honor system cos I can't check) I'll enter you into a giveaway to win an ARC of Clockwork Prince. *
The ARCs should be out in 3 weeks or so, and they are making only a limited amount — maybe a hundred — and this is the last time I'll have ARCs for a book, so this is a collector's item. :) All you have to do is
1) vote for Jace http://ya-sisterhood.blogspot.com/2011/08/grande-finale-jace-vs-zachary-match-24.html
2) post somewheres during *my* overnight about the contest in a manner you can link to and that is time-stamped between 8pm and 8am American Central Standard Time) (11am to 10 Aussie time, etc, I'll figure it out)about the contest, link to it, and ask people to vote for Jace
3) post the link here — if you post anonymously, give me some handle by which I can identify you in case you win, even if it's Goldidoodle Thisteldean
4) Profit! Well, more like "Maybe win an ARC and be one of the few people in the world who get to read this book early!"
Cool, right? Now go spread the news. And the link.
*Contest open to anyone in the world who cares to post between 8pm and 8am central
Posted on 8/11/2011
Well, here 'tis. The DSCS.(Dirty Sexy Club Scene) from City of Lost Souls.
Now keep in mind a version of this does still exist in the books, but it is much less . . . well. You'll see. I wrote this in Mexico, probably having had too much mezcal, and I was trying to capture a mood of really dark, tipping over the edge sensuality, doing things that are probably a bad idea, you get the picture. I also recall reading bits of this aloud to Holly Black, Paolo Bacigalupi, Ellen Kushner, Sarah Rees Brennan, and Delia Sherman, who never dropped her knitting. So it can't be that naughty...can it?
I think for those who really hate SPOILERS you might want to avoid this because the things about it that may be the most shocking are not the sexy bits but the beginning....
Posted on 8/12/2011
As I said yesterday — thanks to all of you who voted for Jace in the YA Tourney so MUCH. He won, and it's all down to you.
So here's the second part of the reward teasers: A love scene from Clockwork Prince. It is VERY SPOILERY. It is interesting, I think, because it shows us a different side of a character we know. Whereas yesterday's teaser was, ah, very physical, this one is more ..psychological and romantic. If you don't like being spoiled, really, don't read it! It's only 3 months till the books comes out anyway. ;)
Tomorrow: Magnus and Alec.
He flinched away from her, and Tessa dropped her hand, hurt. “Jem, what it is it? You don’t want me to touch you?”
“Not like that,” he flared, and then flushed even darker than before.
“Like what?” She was honestly bewildered; this was behavior she might have expected from Will, but not from Jem: this mysteriousness, this anger.
“As if you were a nurse and I were your patient. You think because I am ill I am not like —” He drew a ragged breath. “Do you think I do not know,” he went on more quietly, “that when you take my hand, it is only so that you can feel my pulse? Do you think I do not know that when you look into my eyes it is only to see examine my pupils, to see how much of the drug I have taken? If I were another man, a normal man, I might have hopes, presumptions even; I might -—” His words seemed to catch; either because he realized he had said too much or because he had run out of breath.
She shook her head, feeling her plaits tickle her neck. “This is the fever speaking, not you.”
His eyes darkened, and he began to turn away from her. “You can’t even believe I could want you,” he said in a half-whisper. “That I am alive enough, healthy enough —”
“No.” Without thinking, she caught at his arm. He stiffened. “James, that's not at all what I meant —”
He curled his fingers around her hand, where it lay on his arm. His own scorched her skin, hot as fire. And then he turned her, and drew her toward him.
They stood face to face, chest to chest. His breath stirred her hair. She felt the fever rising off him like mist off the Thames; sensed the pounding of the blood through his skin, saw with a strange clarity the pulse at his neck, the light on the pale curls of his hair where it lay against his paler throat. Prickles of heat ran up and down her skin, bewildering her. This was Jem — her friend, steady and reliable as a heartbeat. Jem did not set her skin on fire or make the blood rush fast inside her veins until she was dizzy.
“Tessa,” he said. She looked up at him. There was nothing steady or reliable about his expression. His silver eyes were dark, his cheeks flushed. As she raised her face, he brought his down, his mouth slanting across hers, and even as she froze in surprise they were kissing.
Posted on 8/13/2011
As I said yesterday — thanks to all of you who voted for Jace in the YA Tourney so MUCH. He won, and it's all down to you.
So here's the bonus part of the reward teasers: A scene from CoLS about Magnus and Alec. I get asked constantly if they will be in it and I hope this is somewhat reassuring that yes, indeed, they will be, with their very own plotline and all that. It's a short scene because it's smack in the middle of a giant spoiler. In fact I had to take out everything that even indicated where they were. Somewhere dark . . .but light can come from the strangest of sources.
Alec dropped his witchlight. The light winked out, and he fell to his knees, scrabbling on the ground among the trash and the dirt, grit under his fingernails. At last something lit up before his eyes, and he rose to see Magnus standing before him, the witchlight in his hand. It shone and flickered with a strangely-colored light.
“It shouldn’t illuminate like that,” Alec said, automatically. “For anyone but a Shadowhunter.”
Magnus held it out. The heart of the witchlight was glowing a dark red, like the coal of a fire.
“Is it because of your father?” Alec asked.
Magnus didn’t reply, only tipped the runestone into Alec’s palm. As their hands touched, his face changed. “You’re freezing cold.”
“Alexander . . .” Magnus pulled him to his feet, and the witchlight flickered between them, its color changing rapidly. Alec had never seen a witchlight runestone do that before. He put his head against Magnus’ shoulder and let Magnus hold him. Magnus’ heart didn’t beat like human hearts did: it was slower, but steady. Sometimes Alec thought it was the steadiest thing in his life.
“Kiss me,” Alec said, tipping his head up; Magnus eyes were sad and shadowed, and unreadable.
Magnus put his hand to the side of Alec’s face and gently, almost absently, ran his thumb along Alec’s cheekbone. When he bent to kiss him he smelled like sandalwood. Alec clutched the sleeve of Magnus’ jacket, and the witchlight, held between their bodies, flared up in colors of rose and blue and green as their lips touched.
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Posted on 8/15/2011
1) RT @VLC_Photo: So the winner of the contest for "all sorts of awesome things like a set of personalized books, TMI jewelry, signed posters, chapter samplers for upcoming books, and other coolness" is... @EstherWh45! Email vlcphotoproductions[at]gmail.com with your address!
2) And the winner of the Clockwork Prince ARC is . . . loucheroo ! Please contact me at the email address on my bio page.
Posted on 8/16/2011
Dear sensible Miss Gray,
I write to you on behalf of a mutual friend, one William Herondale. I know that it is his habit to come and go — most often go — from the Institute as he pleases, and that therefore it may be some time before any alarm is raised at his absence. But I ask you, as one who holds your good sense in esteem, not to assume this absence to be of the ordinary sort. I saw him myself last night and he was, to say the least, distraught when he left my residence. I have reason for concern that he might do himself an injury, and therefore I suggest that his whereabouts be sought and his safety ascertained. He is a difficult young man to like but I believe you see the good in him, as I do, Miss Gray, and that is why I humbly address my letter to you —
*Remember you can always find all posted teasers here:
Posted on 8/28/2011
So, it's been a while since I got to do a contest for an Advanced Reader Copy of a book, and I'm a little rusty *creaks*. Also, this is going to be a challenge because I only have one (yep, one) ARC of Clockwork Prince. So instead of splitting the contest up into separate entries, I am going to do one big contest. And because everyone has different talents, I am going to make it as open a contest as possible.
So: All you have to do to enter this contest is create something that has to do with the Infernal Devices and the character: Tessa, Jem, Will, Jessamine, etc. You can draw something. You can take a series of photographs and caption them entertainly. You can make a fanvid: it can be a trailer, or just as equally a video of you talking about the books, or a puppet show (who can forget The Lightwood Llama Song? ) You can photoshop a fan cover for Clockwork Princess. You can take a photo of yourself with Clockwork Angel in a bizarre location. Or you can think up something yourself. You can create a set of icons, a tumblr, a fansite — whatever. The idea is that you can put any talent you've got, pretty much, to work. (The only thing you can't do is write — unfortunately I a) can't read fiction set in my world and b) it can take a really long time to read all that stuff!)
1) The entries will be due September 15. You enter by posting a link to whatever it is, or a photo of whatever it is, as a comment here on this entry. The link to do that:
2) They will be judged by myself and a panel of 3 impartial judges whose names will be revealed when the winner is. :)
3) You can enter as a group — i.e. four of you can get together and create something, it just means your group will win and you'll share the ARC.
4) One entry per person.
5) You don't need to put your real name or so forth in the entry, but you do have to give me some way to identify you when you win.
6) Try to make it something new. I obviously can't do too much checking but try not to resubmit something that's already out there. Good faith!
7) The contest is open internationally.
Posted on 9/3/2011
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“Must he be here?” Gabriel growled to Tessa the second time he had nearly dropped a knife while handing it to her. He put a hand on her shoulder, showing her the sight line for the target she was aiming at a black circle drawn on the wall. She knew how much he would rather she were aiming at Will. “Can’t you tell him to go away?”
“Now, why would I do that?” Tessa asked reasonably. “Will is my friend, and you are someone whom I do not even like.”
She threw the knife. It missed its target by several feet, striking low in the wall near the floor.
“No, you’re still weighting the point too much—and what do you mean, you don’t like me?” Gabriel demanded.