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1. The Unwanteds SUPER CONTEST!

Readers, check out The Unwanteds Super Contest on Kidzbop.com! Some cool prizes like signed books, gift cards, and even a chance to get your name written into my next Unwanteds book.

Check it out soon--you have until January 13, 2014, to enter.

Good luck!


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2. Unwanteds fans, I left you a present

It's on The Unwanteds Facebook Fan Page.


P.S. It has something to do with book 4, Island of Legends.

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THE UNWANTEDS: ISLAND OF LEGENDS has a cover! In stores Sept. 2, 2014. Do you like?

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4. The Unwanteds: Island of Legends

is the title for book 4 in the series. On sale September 2nd, 2014. No cover to show you yet, but the artist and design team are working hard on it, and it's going to be amazing.

There will be seven books in all.

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5. THANK YOU for making The Unwanteds a New York Times Bestselling Series!!

Great news, Unwanteds fans! We had a tremendous first week thanks to all of you going out and getting your copies of The Unwanteds: Island of Fire. You did so well that you propelled the series right on to the New York Times Bestselling Series list! That is AMAZING, because that list is very hard to crack.
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

If you are a teacher, librarian, home schooler, book clubber, or megafan, you might find this Unwanteds Series Curriculum Guide to be fun and helpful. It's a terrific resource written by former librarian and 2002 Chair of the Newbery Award Committee, and it aligns with Common Core standards. Download and pass it around all you like.
Let's keep the momentum going! If you haven't had a chance to purchase Island of Fire or the first two books (The Unwanteds and The Unwanteds: Island of Silence), now's a great time to do it. And if you are eagerly awaiting book 4 (coming Sept 2014), why not let your friends know about the series so they can catch up? Just tell them it's about a world where children who are caught being creative get sent to their deaths. Or mention what Kirkus Reviews called it: "The Hunger Games meets Harry Potter."

Thank you again for your love and support. I love my job, and I wouldn't be able to do it without the wonderful support of readers like you. You make me want to write more books!

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6. THE UNWANTEDS: ISLAND OF FIRE is on sale now!

I hope you enjoy this third book in the series. Thank you so much for your support! I wouldn't be able to do this job without you. <3 br="">

If you happen to be in or near the following cities, I hope you'll come see me!

9/3 4pm, Octavia Books, New Orleans (with Margaret Peterson Haddix)

9/4 5pm, Lemuria Books, Jackson MS (with Margaret Peterson Haddix)

9/5 6pm, Square Books, Oxford MS (with Margaret Peterson Haddix)

9/7 1pm, Booksellers at Laurelwood, Memphis, TN (with Margaret Peterson Haddix)

9/10 Alamosa Books, Albuquerque, NM, 7pm

Sept 20, 2013
Hampton Roads Writers Conference
Keynote Speaker
Virginia Beach, VA

Sept 22, 2013
National Book Festival
Washington, DC

Sept 28, 2013
Austin Teen Book Festival

Saturday, October 19
Less Than Three <3 a="" anti-bullying="" conference="">
St. Louis, MO

Wed, Oct 23, time TBA
Mostly Books
Tucson, AZ

Sat, Oct 26, time TBA
Changing Hands BANG signing
Tempe, AZ

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7. Fall Tour preliminary info for Unwanteds: Island of Fire (in stores Sept 3)

 I'll have more info soon, but here are some dates and places I'll be this fall, starting Sept 1. I'll fill in the details as I get them regarding times, etc.

9/1 Changing Hands

9/3 Octavia Books, New Orleans (with Margaret Peterson Haddix)

9/4 Lemuria Books, Jackson MS (with Margaret Peterson Haddix). 5pm. http://www.lemuriabooks.com/index.php?show=events&id=1863

9/5 Square Books, Oxford MS (with Margaret Peterson Haddix) http://www.squarebooks.com/event/lisa-mcmann-signs-island-fire

9/6 – 9/7 Booksellers at Laurelwood, Memphis, TN (with Margaret Peterson Haddix)

9/9 Parnassus Books, Nashville, TN (with Margaret Peterson Haddix)

9/10 Alamosa Books, Albuquerque, NM, 7pm http://www.alamosabooks.com/event/Lisa-McMann-Island-of-Fire

9/21 – 9/22 National Book Festival, Washington D.C.
9/27 – 9/29 Austin Teen Book Festival, Austin TX
10/3 – 10/4 Heartland Forum, Chicago IL
10/23 Mostly Books, Tucson AZ
10/26 Changing Hands (Bang)

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8. Holland, Michigan: July 11th signing!

Hey hometown of HOLLAND, MICHIGAN... Stop in and see me downtown at Reader's World Bookstore! Thursday, July 11, 7-8:30pm! Bring your books and buy them there--I'll sign them all. Pre-order from the store to ensure you'll get the titles you want by calling 616-396-8548. They'll have the new paperback of UNWANTEDS: ISLAND OF SILENCE (releases July 9th).

Thursdays are also Street Performer nights in downtown Holland, so join in all the fun! Put a nickel in my hat--maybe I'll read to you. ;)

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9. I'm still touring and also working on Unwanteds book 4...

And I'm also just so very excited about the Unwanteds series. Book 2, Island of Silence, will be available in paperback July 9th. And book 3, Island of Fire, comes out Sept. 3rd - the day after Labor Day here in the US.

I'll be appearing in a few places in the meantime -- come see me if you're in the area:

Saturday, April 20th, I'll be at the Houston Teen Book Con at Alief Taylor High School, 7555 Howell Sugar Land Road, Houston, TX 77083.

Sunday, April 21st, I'll be at the LA Times Festival of Books at the University of Southern California. Here's where I'll be:

12:00PM – Autographing at S&S/Once Upon A Time’s Booth # 732
Map Key Identifier: Orange Zone: Young Adult, 700s booths

1:30 p.m. Young Adult Fiction: Love & Vengeance, Real & Unreal
Ronald Tutor Campus Center (Conversation 2063)
Melissa de la Cruz
Maureen Johnson
Katherine Marsh
Lisa McMann
Moderator: Ransom Riggs

2:30 Panel Autographing

Next week I'll be at the Texas Library Association convention in Ft. Worth, and then in early May I'll be visiting Cincinnati and Lexington with Jennifer Nielsen. Check my website tour page for all the info as it comes in: http://lisamcmann.com/html/tour.php

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10. I'm on tour!

Check my tour page to see if I'm heading to a city near you. I'd love to meet you!

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11. Infinity Ring: The Trap Door on sale now!

Book 3 (by me) in the multi-author, multi-platform New York Times bestselling Infinity Ring series is now available!

Dak, Sera, and Riq return to the United States, but there’s big trouble waiting for them! 

The year is 1850 and the nation is divided over the issue of slavery. In these dark days, the Underground Railroad provides a light of hope, helping runaway slaves escape to freedom. But the SQ has taken control of the Underground Railroad from within. Now Dak and Sera are left wondering who to trust . . . while Riq risks everything to save the life of a young boy.
Each book comes packaged with a full-color, two-sided, collectible Hystorian's Guide, a player's strategy guide to the online adventure at InfinityRing.com. 

Follow the map, study the Guide, and save history!

 If you haven't started this series, now's the time. Want to know more? Check it out at InfinityRing.com.

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12. AZ Authors 2nd Annual Open House

This year, 13 Arizona YA and MG authors hosted a party for around 200 teachers, librarians, and booksellers at the home of author Amy Fellner Dominy. Our publishers (and we) provided books as giveaways. And we authors made the food.
The Book Room. Photo credit: Zac Dunn

Some of the giveaways. Photo: Zac Dunn

More! Photo: Zac Dunn

Thanks publishers! Photo: Zac Dunn

Party! Photo: Zac Dunn

Photo: Zac Dunn

The authors! Photo: Zac Dunn

Swag table. Photo: Zac Dunn

Free books! Photo: Zac Dunn

Freebies by the authors hosting the party. Photo: Zac Dunn
Many thanks to everyone who came! We appreciate you so much. Special thanks to Zac Dunn, our roving photographer, for these great photos.

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13. CRASH has landed! In stores today!

A girl. A food truck. A vision. Forbidden love. Nine body bags in the snow.

CRASH. Book one of the Visions series.

If what you see is what you get, Jules is in serious trouble. The suspenseful first of four books from the New York Times bestselling author of the Wake trilogy.Jules lives with her family above their restaurant, which means she smells like pizza most of the time and drives their double-meatball-shaped food truck to school. Its not a recipe for popularity, but she can handle that. What she cant handle is the recurring vision that haunts her. Over and over, Jules sees a careening truck hit a building and explode...and nine body bags in the snow. The vision is everywhereon billboards, television screens, windowsand shes the only one who sees it. And the more she sees it, the more she sees. The vision is giving her clues, and soon Jules knows what she has to do. Because now she can see the face in one of the body bags, and its someone she knows. Someone she has been in love with for as long as she can remember. In this riveting start to a gripping series from New York Times bestselling author Lisa McMann, Jules has to actand act fastto keep her vision from becoming reality.

Book 2, BANG, comes out October 8. 

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14. Four books in 2013? Am I insane?

Sure sounds like it. Luckily, the hard part -- writing the books -- is over. And now we have covers for all four books, so I'll list them below with their release dates so you can get them on your calendars.

In non-chronological order, I'll start with my new series. First up is CRASH. It comes out next week, January 8, 2013. You can pre-order the hardcover or e-book here.
Next to it is the 2nd book in the Visions series, BANG, the sequel to Crash. It's due out October 8, 2013. Did you see how I'm not making you wait a whole year for the second book?

January 8, 2013
October 8, 2013

 I also have two books coming for my tween readers. Infinity Ring: The Trap Door comes out February 5, 2013. It's the third book in a time travel series written by six different authors. It's like The 39 Clues, only better. ;)  You can pre-order this one, too. The first two books in the series by James Dashner and Carrie Ryan are out already, so if you haven't found them yet, now's the time!
February 5, 2013

And the third book of The Unwanteds 7-book series comes out September 3, 2013. Isn't this just the greatest cover?

September 3, 2013
Let me know what you think of the covers! Do you like them? Which book are you most excited for?

In the meantime, I am busy writing book 3 in the Visions series and book 4 in the Unwanteds series, so you will have those to read in 2014.

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15. A shiny review of CRASH from Kirkus!

Author: McMann, Lisa

Review Issue Date: January 1, 2013
Online Publish Date: December 12, 2012
Publisher:Simon Pulse/Simon & Schuster
Pages: 240
Price ( Hardcover ): $16.99
Publication Date: January 8, 2013
ISBN ( Hardcover ): 978-1-4424-0391-8
Category: Fiction
Series: Visions
Volume: 1

Seeing is believing…unless you’re the only one with the vision.
McMann kicks off the first book in her new Visions series with a bang. On nearly every flat surface—billboards, televisions and road signs—Jules Demarco sees an out-of-control snowplow crash into a restaurant, causing an explosion and killing those inside. With a depressed grandfather who committed suicide and a moody, hoarder father, she’s certain her Italian family will commit her if they find out about her visions. There’s also their probable anger to contend with: The restaurant in Jules’ vision is their rival pizza parlor, and one of the dead is Sawyer Angotti, her secret, lifelong crush and son of the adversarial restaurateur. As in the Wake trilogy, a strong female protagonist pairs with quick pacing, realistic dialogue and the right amount of romance to drive this suspenseful story. Using clues from her ever more frequent visions, social outcast Jules tries to figure out the exact time of the crash in an attempt to thwart it, risking her already shaky standing with Sawyer, her parents and her classmates. In the process of saving lives, she also discovers some dark family secrets. The teen’s occasional lists of five items, such as “Five reasons why I, Jules Demarco, am shunned,” keep the drama on the lighter side.
McMann is on her way to becoming the next queen of supernatural thrillers. (Supernatural thriller. 14 & up)

--from Kirkus Reviews

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16. Heise Reads & Recommends: CRASH (Visions, book 1) by Lisa McMann

 The early reviews are coming in for my new teen novel, CRASH!

Heise Reads & Recommends: CRASH (Visions, book 1) by Lisa McMann: Title: CRASH (Visions, book 1) Author: Lisa McMann Publisher: Simon Pulse Release Date: January 8, 2013 Number of Pages: 256 Source o...

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17. CRASH (Visions Book 1) comes out January 8!

And it's a Winter Indie Next List pick. Here's the lovely review:

Crash: Visions, Book One, by Lisa McMann
(Simon Pulse, $16.99, 9781442403918)
“The term ‘page-turner’ does not even begin to describe this latest book from McMann! From the moment readers meet Jules and begin to get a glimpse inside her life — a life without friends, spent working in her parent’s pizza shop, and with a recurring vision of the death of her estranged best friend — they’ll be hooked. Jules is a flawed character in all of the best ways, and McMann has created a plot that will have the reader flipping pages faster and faster to find out what happens next. An excellent start to a new series!” — Amanda Snow, Hooray for Books!, Alexandria, VA

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18. THE UNWANTEDS is a NYT Bestseller!

Did you hear the news? THE UNWANTEDS hit the New York Times children's paperback bestseller list at #9. I am so excited! THANK YOU for making it happen!

 Book 2, ISLAND OF SILENCE, is now available in stores and online everywhere in hardcover, ebook, or audio download. If you favorite bookstore doesn't have it in stock, ask them to order it for you.

 I'm home this week, but heading out on the road to Provo, UT next Wednesday, and visiting San Francisco and Austin, Texas in October. Get the scoop on all my tour stops here.

If you missed my "behind the scenes of The Unwanteds" post on Nerdy Book Club, you can find it here.

Thanks again for all your wonderful support! I wouldn't get to do this awesome job without you.


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19. My Infinity Ring book has a cover!

So excited for this series. Book 1, written by James Dashner, comes out at the end of August. Book 2 by Carrie Ryan is set for November, and mine, book 3, will be out February 5. Here it is:

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20. Read the first few chapters of Unwanteds 2: Island of Silence FREE!

Just click here and 'like' the SimonKids page to get the first 35 pages. In stores Sept 4!

Find me on tour this fall here.

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21. Infinity Ring and Unwanteds Island of Silence

Exciting news! The Infinity Ring online game, which goes with the book series, is gearing up. Get a video sneak peek here, and next Tuesday head over to InfinityRing.com to see more!

And if you're into The Unwanteds, you can enter here to win an early copy of the second book in the series, The Unwanteds: Island of Silence (on sale Sept 4).

I'll have info on how you can get an exclusive Unwanteds Prize Pack in a few days -- stay tuned!

As always, check my tour page if you want to see where I'll be touring this fall. I'll be making stops in Phoenix, Texas, and Southern California, and then I'll be heading to more cities. I'll post them when I have the details. And I'm excited that some of those events will be with the amazing Margaret Peterson Haddix once again.

I hope your summer has been full of books and fun!

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22. It's prize pack time!

You can now pre-order your signed copy of THE UNWANTEDS: ISLAND OF SILENCE from Changing Hands Bookstore and get the free collectible prize pack (while they last). Pick it up at the event (Sept 5, 7pm) OR have it shipped - they ship just about anywhere!

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23. Back to reality: Tour, Prize Packs, and a new stage of life

 Hello friends! Fall is a season of firsts, isn't it?

This week we moved my firstborn to college. The house is quieter. This morning I keep looking up when I hear a noise, expecting to see him. There's this fist-sized ball of pride and loneliness in my throat, and my eyes keep leaking at random times. It was hard saying goodbye yesterday, knowing I won't see him until Thanksgiving. But I'm so excited for him, and I know he's going to have some of the best times of his life.

My friend Margaret Peterson Haddix, with whom I toured last year for The Unwanteds and with whom I'll be touring again this year for The Unwanteds: Island of Silence (and her newest book Caught), has been really helpful -- her firstborn went to college last year, and her second child is heading that way this year. In a way, she's helped me prepare for this for a year.

It didn't really make it any easier. I'm glad I had my sunglasses handy when I hugged my son goodbye -- no kid wants to see his parents fall apart, grasping at the past, when they are only looking toward the exciting future.

Today I looked at the calendar and I realized I have an exciting future too. I have a book coming out in ten days. Ten days! That means I'll be touring soon. Amazing how life and careers go on here at the McMann household minus one.

If you are in the following areas, I will be nearby in September & October:

Tempe, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Houston, TX
Austin, TX
Frisco, TX
La Verne, CA
Pasadena, CA
Provo, UT
San Francisco, CA
Austin, TX (again) for the Texas Book Festival
For booksellers, I'll be visiting NCIBA and SCIBA.
And for teachers, I'll be at NCTE in Las Vegas in November.

Next spring I'll be doing several book festivals as well around the country. Check out the full tour schedule here.

Continuing the tradition from last year, I have another free Prize Pack for this Unwanteds book. It's only available by pre-ordering through my local independent bookstore, Changing Hands, through Sept 4 (release day for Island of Silence). They ship almost anywhere, so you don't have to be local or even in the US to get the prize pack!

Inside is a handful of goodies including another collectible drawing by my talented college boy, this time of Matilda, a new character in the Unwanteds series. She's the cutest, ugliest gargoyle ever. Wanna see?

I want to thank you for all of your support over the years, and for your amazing love of The Unwanteds series, which is very dear to me. I hope to have several more books in the series--book 3 is already in the editing stages. Pre-order your prize pack now -- you never know, maybe that collectible drawing will sell big on eBay someday and it'll help your kid go to college too. We can have leaky eyes together. :)


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24. The Unwanteds: Island of Silence is on-sale now!

Available in hardcover, e-book, and audiobook, in stores and online. Yay! Find me on tour here.

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25. Unwanteds Island of Silence Tour

 Book 2 of The Unwanteds is out, and book 3 is in the works!

Here's where I'll be this fall. I'll sign all the books you bring with you (if the store allows). Please purchase at least one book from the bookstore event you attend so that the store can continue to host cool events like these:

Mon, Sept 10, 5pm
with Margaret Peterson Haddix
14532 Memorial Dr.

Tues, Sept 11, 7pm
with Margaret Peterson Haddix
603 N Lamar Blvd

Wed, Sept 12, 7pm
with Margaret Peterson Haddix
Stonebriar Center Mall

Thurs, Sept 13, 5pm
with Margaret Peterson Haddix
1030 Bonita Ave.
La Verne,CA

Saturday, Sept 15, 10:30am
with Margaret Peterson Haddix, Shannon Messenger, Helen Stringer
McKinley School
325 South Oak Knoll Avenue

Wed, Sept 26, 2012, 7pm
Provo City Library with Brandon Mull

Library Ballroom
550 North University Avenue
Provo, UT 84601

Saturday, Oct 6, 2012, 2pm
Changing Hands Bookstore Club Read
Tempe, AZ

Wed & Thurs, Oct 10-11
San Francisco area events TBA

Friday, Oct 12, 2012

Saturday, Oct 20, 2012

Sat-Sun, Oct 27-28, 2012
Texas Book Festival

Friday, Nov 9, 2012
AzLA annual conference

Nov 16-18, 2012

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