Tina Connolly's Blog

May 25, 2015

Click through to the original blog post for pictures and links.

Okay, this happened a week ago, but we had a great time! It was me, Cat Rambo, Jennifer Brozek, & Raven Oak. Our topic was "How Not to Write a Novel", and we shared useful tips as well as laughing at our own mistakes. It was fun! And the University Bookstore (Bellevue branch, I think) was there, and they now have signed copies of all of our books, in the store or by order.

(Thanks to Raven Oak for the picture! I can hardly believe I have four books out now.) (You can see Cat's new release Beasts of Tabat there too, and Jen and Raven's were on the other side of the table. Jen had a number of her edited anthologies there.)

Thanks so much to the Cascade Writers group, the U Bookstore, and the Redmond Library for having us!!

A few more Seriously Wicked links:

I did an interview over at My Bookish Ways, where I talk about some of the recent books I'm looking forward to, and all the piles of things I have coming up in the next year and a half.

There's a guest post on Spencer Ellsworth's blog, Time Management and the Art of Baby-Wrangling (now with actual tips for accomplishing both things.)

And a few more nice reviews from The Nameless Zine, Addicted 2 Heroines, Looking for a Good Book, and Between the Pages.
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Published on May 25, 2015 12:52 • 3 views • Tags: magic, seriously-wicked, time-management, witches, workshop, writing, ya

May 20, 2015

It seems like my blog feed has stopped importing. If you want to see some of the recent posts, they are:

Punctuality Machine Podcast is now out.

Mysterious Galaxy was awesome, and some more Seriously Wicked links

Full-Length Collection forthcoming with Fairwood Press!

And here's the latest newsletter, with info on how to get a spell postcard!
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Published on May 20, 2015 10:51 • 30 views • Tags: bookstores, collection, fantasy, magic, seriously-wicked, swag, ya

May 6, 2015

Tina Connolly reading at Powell's, photo credit Andrew S. FullerI had a lovely time at Powell's Books last night! Thanks so much to everyone who came out (I wish I had gotten a picture, because it was a great crowd!)

But seriously, so many people helped by bringing homemade cookies, and taking pics, and tweeting, and sharing their wisdom during the Q&A and just generally being awesome, and THANK YOU ALL.

(Not to mention awesome Powell's event coordinators Renee and Peter, and as well a big thank you to my awesome publicist Desirae at Tor for sending over a giant poster, and amazing cupcakes from The Dessert Tray!)

Anyway, the other events are going to have to work preeeetty hard to keep up with the awesome audience at Powells. :D

Some more links for you!
I really liked doing this blog post about "The Hook" on Alex Shvartsman's blog (Powell's folks, this is the one I was telling you about.) I look at some of my original starting paragraphs for Seriously Wicked and tell you why they suck. :D
Here I am explicating a page from the book on the Page 69 test, wherein Devon tries to hide some pixie-frogs from Jenah.
Reviews! A kind shout-out to the book on the Barnes & Noble Teen blog, and some other nice early reviews from Rickus Bookshelf, Midnight Society Tales, a couple on the NY Journal of Books, and on Books YA Love.

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Published on May 06, 2015 12:32 • 5 views

May 5, 2015

In case you've missed the zeppelins, blimps, street signs, and flyers left on your doorknob about it - YES, Seriously Wicked is out today.  This book has been a long time in the making, and I love it to pieces. I picked up my advanced reading copy of it last night to check a fact and 45 minutes later discovered I had read halfway through it again. (Yes, I know I've already read it one million times. In my defense it's changed a little bit each of those times and it might have changed again since the last time I read it?)
Here are some more stops from the blog tour:
Five Books Where the Girl Saves the Boy, on Tor.com.
What am I reading right now, and How would I cast Seriously Wicked as a movie.
I had a lot of fun with this blog post of recommended reading lists for my characters.
And some more lovely early reviews, from Book Fever, Paein & Ms4Tune, Latte Nights Reviews, My Guilty Obsession, and Writing YA.

And don't forget, if you're in Portland, I'll be at Powell's Cedar Hills tonight at 7! Cupcakes, spell postcards, and all kinds of fun!

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Published on May 05, 2015 12:33 • 17 views

May 4, 2015

I'm thrilled to see some really lovely early reviews trickling in for Seriously Wicked. I've also been doing a blog tour, so there's some interviews and guest posts from me you may enjoy. 
Interviews (and enter the giveaway!) at Bookhounds YA Net and Pandoras Books
One of my fave guest posts at On Starships & Dragonwings, in the style of clickbait listicles 
Spencer Ellsworth sings "Lion Tamer" at SF Signal
And a few early reviews from Daniel Riding, Librarian on the Lake, Utopia Never Comes, and It's a Book Life
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Published on May 04, 2015 11:43 • 12 views

May 2, 2015

So, for fun Seriously Wicked swag, I made up some postcards with a new magic spell on them that doesn't appear in the book. They came and they are super cute, if I do say so myself. Here's a teaser....
Ye Olde Bookwyrm Spell
I'm signing and numbering all 250 of them, and I'm going to give them out at all my tour stops coming up the next two months in Oregon, Washington, California, and Kansas. But you can also get one by ordering Seriously Wicked any time from now till May 19 and emailing me to let me know. I'll send you a bookmark, postcard, and signed bookplate (these are plain white, but they will have glitter pen...) While supplies last!
Find more details here at last week's newsletter!
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Published on May 02, 2015 15:12 • 14 views

April 29, 2015

So thrilled to be able to share this lovely review for Seriously Wicked!

In Connolly’s witty, effervescent novel, mother-daughter angst and high school drama is spiced with a 21st-century flavor. The author constructs a magical and whimsical world, where ancient spells echo math word problems and Witchipedia is just a cell phone click away. Readers, especially those who are fans of fantasy and YA romance will adore this clever genre mash-up. 
Connolly has a gift for creating characters that are familiar teen archetypes yet written with engaging depth: from quirky Jenah who wears fishnet tights and claims to read auras to former-best-friend-turned-enemy Sparkle, whose mean-girl tendencies hide a deeper secret. In a refreshing turn from the tokenism prevalent in some teen fiction, several of the major characters are people of color and play pivotal roles in the protagonist’s life. Camellia herself is a heroine who grows in confidence as the pressure (and the plot) mounts and whose resourceful ingenuity (and knowledge of algebra and chemistry) will have female readers cheering. 
VERDICT This is the beginning of a fun yet sophisticated series that should win the author new fans.–Evelyn Khoo Schwartz, Georgetown Day School, Washington, DC (School Library Journal)
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Published on April 29, 2015 08:11 • 4 views

April 26, 2015

Live in OR, WA, or CA? You might be able to see me this May on tour for Seriously Wicked! 

Launch Party! Seriously Wicked signing at Powell's Cedar Hills. (Cupcakes!) - Beaverton, Oregon, May 5, 7pmSeriously Wicked signing at Mysterious Galaxy as part of their big birthday bash. (There will be cake!) -San Diego, California, May 9, 11amHow Not to Write a Novel, a workshop with Jennifer Brozek, Cat Rambo, and Raven Oak at the Redmond Library (there should be copies of Seriously Wicked available for purchase and signing.) - Redmond, Washington, May 16, 12:30-3:30Seriously Wicked signing at Seattle Mystery Bookshop - Seattle, Washington, May 23, 12:00-1:00. 

Find out more details by clicking here on my newsletter, and learn how to get fun book swag by coming to an event or by preordering! 
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Published on April 26, 2015 18:24 • 5 views

March 30, 2015

Event coming up this week! I'll be at the Ledding Library in Milwaukie, Oregon, talking about Silverblind. Thursday, April 2nd, 7pm. Please come out and say hi! It's a lovely library and a beautiful spot on the river. Last time they had cookies!
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Published on March 30, 2015 11:54 • 11 views

March 25, 2015

Enter here to win a copy of Seriously Wicked, a funny YA about a girl who lives with a *seriously wicked* witch! Comes out May 5!
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Published on March 25, 2015 11:55 • 19 views