Longtime fans of Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices series are certainly familiar with the High Warlock of Brooklyn, Magnus Bane. And now, Clare is giving readers the opportunity to learn even more about the immortal warlock with The Bane Chronicles, a special short-story e-serialization. Clare partnered with friends and fellow authors Maureen Johnson (The Madness Underneath) and Sarah Rees Brennan (Unspoken) to write 10 installments about Magnus. Entertainment Weekly has the exclusive cover for the first installment, What Really Happened in Peru, due April 16. Take a look after the jump, and then read on for a Q&A with all three authors. READ FULL STORY
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Meet Beth Reekles. She’s the author of The Kissing Booth, the YA romance that garnered a record-breaking 40 million hits on the e-book community Wattpad and helped Reekles land a three-book publishing deal with Random House. Oh yeah, and did we mention that she’s only 17? Reekles took time between television appearances (and French homework) to chat with EW about her newfound success, vampire fatigue, and physics.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What’s this whole process been like for you?
BETH REEKLES: Incredibly overwhelming and really exciting. I never expected anything like this to happen. It’s been a bit of whirlwind.
How did all this come about?
Well, I’d been writing for quite a few years, but it started when I put The Kissing Booth on a website called Wattpad in 2010. And then I was contacted by a woman saying that she was interested in publishing it and it’s kind of all gone from there, really.
What was your reaction to getting that email?
I skimmed over it a couple of times and I couldn’t comprehend it. I just ran to my parents with the laptop and made this really weird noise.
Can you talk a little bit about the inspiration behind The Kissing Booth?
I sat one afternoon looking for something to read online and I couldn’t find anything because at that point everything was still vampires and werewolves and angels. I was a little bit sick of that genre. I wanted something that was just regular teen romance. So when I couldn’t find anything I thought, “You know what? I’m just going to write my own book.”
That’s funny because in the book Elle specifically mentions that she enjoys vampire novels.
I kind of just threw that in there because the thing is there are a lot of people who still like vampire books. I still read them. But when I started writing the book, everything was vampires.
Elle is so terrified of Noah’s motorcycle — have you ever ridden one?
No. I haven’t. [Laughs] I would probably react in quite a similar way if I did get on a motorcycle.
Not to spoil anything, but I appreciate that this book features sex — not explicitly, but it is there.
I just wanted to write it honestly. I wasn’t going to skirt around the issue too much. I didn’t feel like it was that big of a deal to their relationship. I wanted to have it happen, but not be a huge thing that became the main focus of the book.
It’s interesting because I’ve seen reviews on Goodreads complaining that teenagers wouldn’t behave like this — drink, go to parties, have sex — but I think that’s exactly how teens behave. Or at least that’s how they behaved when I was one — which wasn’t that long ago.
I see comments like that and I think, “Well, I’m a teenager and I go to parties.” So obviously it’s not that unrealistic.
Is it at all strange to be asked for advice on writing when you’re only 17 years old? You had a whole article on your top tips for teen writers featured in the Guardian.
Well, it was [weird] because it was the Guardian. It’s a big deal. But I get asked for a lot of advice on Wattpad. I get frequent messages from people saying, “I’m trying to write a book, can I get any advice because you’ve done really well on here.” In the end I got so many messages I made a blog page for it and I would just direct people to that.
I know you’re studying physics, but have people been trying to convince you to switch to something like English or literature?
They haven’t been convincing me, but they’ve always been really shocked when I say, “No, I do physics. I don’t study English anymore.” [And they ask,] “But you write books, how does this work?”
How have you been balancing all this with your schoolwork?
I don’t know, but I seem to be managing it somehow.
Got any homework for tonight?
Well… French vocab.
The Kissing Booth will be released in paperback on May 14. The Kindle Edition is available now.
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Diana Gabaldon answers burning questions about the next Outlander novel. Plus, the cover! -- EXCLUSIVE
To the Diana Gabaldon fans out there: You’ve been waiting patiently for the next Outlander novel since 2009′s An Echo in the Bone, but you’ll still have to wait until December for the eighth installment, Written in My Own Heart’s Blood. The novel will follow your favorite characters through revolutionary Philadelphia as Jamie makes a dramatic return to Claire’s side, a new army sweeps the city, and romance and violence brew. While you’re waiting, Gabaldon has taken the time to tease Written in My Own Heart’s Blood without giving anything away. See below for some intriguing answers to your most burning questions and an exclusive look at the cover — which isn’t as simple as it looks:
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: The ending of the last Outlander novel thrilled some and infuriated some, and left all your fans in agony. It’s been four long years, so please assure us that there’s resolution in the beginning of Written in My Own Heart’s Blood?
DIANA GABALDON: Oh, yes. If you’re lucky, there will be quite a bit in the end, too.
What have your readers been most vocal about since An Echo in the Bone?
1. IS THERE ANOTHER BOOK!?!?
2. You left that poor little boy alone in that tunnel ALL THIS TIME?!?
3. OMG, what’s Jamie going to do to Lord John?!? What will he do to CLAIRE?!?!?
4. The next book isn’t the LAST ONE, is it?!? (No, it’s not.)
Where does the title come from?
From the rock polisher in the back of my brain. I throw Evocative, Significant, or Euphonious Words in there by the handful, let them tumble around, and now and then I pull them out to see if any of them are shiny yet.
How does this one differ from previous Outlander novels?
You notice the symbol on the cover? It’s an octothorpe. That’s because I’m juggling eight storylines here (and one of them has to do with the printing trade). The books are all different, in tone, approach, theme, shape/structure, and (of course) plot. This one is shaped like a chord progression, and the one-word theme is “Betrayal.” READ FULL STORY
Siege and Storm, the second book in Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha trilogy, hits shelves in June. And if Shadow and Bone—the first book in the series—is any indication, Siege will likely be a huge hit. Shadow and Bone was a New York Times best-seller, and has been optioned by Dreamworks with David Heyman of Harry Potter fame slated to produce the film. But before Shadow and Bone lands in theaters, we’ve got the exclusive trailer for Siege and Storm. READ FULL STORY
First, Julie Kagawa turned faeries on their heads with the Iron Fey series. Now, she’s taking a shot at vampires with the Blood of Eden series — and we’ve got an exclusive first look at book 2, The Eternity Cure.
In The Immortal Rules, Allie Sekemoto spent her days trying to survive, avoiding the bloodthirsty vampires that hunted her and her crew. Until she died, that is, and became one of them. The Eternity Cure sees Allie searching for her creator Kanin, who has been imprisoned by the psychotic vampire, Sarren. But even as she follows the call of blood, a more dangerous threat arises: There’s a new strain of the Red Lung virus, and it could put both humans and vampires at risk. Check out the trailer below: READ FULL STORY
Read an exclusive excerpt from 'Beautiful Stranger,' the follow-up to the steamy 'Twilight' fanfic 'Beautiful Bastard'
“I have a strong urge to devour you.”
That’s one of the tamer lines from the prologue to Christina Lauren’s Beautiful Stranger, a companion novel to the deliciously steamy Beautiful Bastard. For those of you who can stand the heat (and trust me, it gets hot!), we’ve got an exclusive first look at the follow-up below.
Beautiful Stranger centers on Sara Dillon, a finance whiz who ditches her philandering boyfriend and moves to New York for a new start. There, she meets Max Stella, the ravishing British playboy with big hands and a fetish for naughty photographs, and what was supposed to be a one-night stand develops into a full-fledged fling (translation: they have a lot of sex). Oh, and just in case you were wondering about Miss Mills and Mr. Ryan, they put in an appearance too (but not in that way!). So if you like your hook-ups early and plentiful (as opposed to 40% of the way in, like another popular erotic fanfic), check out the prologue to Beautiful Stranger: READ FULL STORY
'Glee' star Chris Colfer reveals title, date, and cover of second 'Land of Stories' book -- EXCLUSIVE
Chris Colfer is used to being No. 1 on the iTunes chart as part of the Glee cast, and he shot to the top of the New York Times best-seller list with his first novel, The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell. EW has learned exclusively that Book 2 will be called The Enchantress Returns, coming to you Aug. 6, and will feature the evil Enchantress who cursed Sleeping Beauty, who is back with a vengeance.
Alex and Conner Bailey have not been back to the magical Land of Stories since their adventures in The Wishing Spell ended. But one night, they learn the famed Enchantress has kidnapped their mother. Against the will of their grandmother (the one and only Fairy Godmother), the twins must find their own way into the Land of Stories to rescue their mother and save the fairy tale world from the greatest threat it’s ever faced.
Take the first peek at the very cool cover art by Brandon Dorman below! READ FULL STORY
Jennifer E. Smith’s new book might sound like a fairy tale, but it’s actually born of something that happens to the author every day. In This Is What Happy Looks Like, an errant email from a teen heartthrob finds its way to a small-town girl and the two strike up a virtual conversation that’ll have you grinning from ear to ear by the end of the prologue (I promise). Smith’s inbox isn’t filled with love notes from movie stars (much to her chagrin), but emails meant for her often wind up with a different Jennifer Smith. “I have such a such common name that so many of the the emails intended for me end up going astray,” she says. “I wondered, what would happen if the other person wrote back?” We spoke to Jen about her bad boys, Justin Bieber, and a burgeoning trend in YA.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: This is the second YA book I’ve written about in the past month that features a pig. Is this a new trend?
JENNIFER E. SMITH: That’s so funny. Actually, the biggest complaint that I’ve been getting about the book so far is that there’s not enough of the pig in there. When I started writing it, I thought it was going to be a dog. But after typing the words, I was like, a teen movie star would totally have a weird pet. So I kind of threw it in, but I’m getting a lot of requests for extra Wilbur material.
Will we be seeing a Wilbur novella anytime soon?
I’m thinking about it. The book hasn’t even come out yet, but that’s been the focus of so much of the feedback I’ve been getting, so it might have to happen. READ FULL STORY
What’s sexier than a fallen angel? A leather-clad, motorcycle-riding fallen angel. There’s still half a year to go until the release of Possession, the fifth installment in J.R. Ward’s sexy, fun, exciting — did we mention sexy? — Fallen Angels series, but you can get your first look at the novel’s fiery cover below! READ FULL STORY
Ready for a new dystopian heroine to cheer for? Then we suggest you check out Joelle Charbonneau’s The Testing, the first in a new YA trilogy. Sixteen-year-old Cia Vale only wants one thing: to be chosen for The Testing, a United Commonwealth program that takes the best and the brightest and trains them as potential leaders for the nation. So when Cia’s selected, she can’t help but be thrilled… Until her father shares his own dark experiences with The Testing, offering her three words of advice: trust no one. Check out the trailer for this electrifying debut below: READ FULL STORY
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