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June 1, 2015

Okay, friends. I’m taking a social media break. Going into Deep Cover for the month of June so that I can do this thing I haven’t had much time for lately. You might have heard of it. It’s called writing books. :)


I will still be Instagramming and Tweeting from time to time so that my brain won’t implode from Internet withdrawal. Please feel free to contact me by email (address on my website’s contact page) if something extraordinary happens. Like if earth gets hit by a comet. Or the Tea Party takes over America and illegalizes immigration and gay marriage and makes everyone carry guns. I would want to know that too.


And now…to the Batcave.


Don't forget to read a kazillion books while I'm away!

Don’t forget to read a kazillion books while I’m away!

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Published on June 01, 2015 05:49 • 72 views

May 21, 2015

read or write black


Summer is about to begin!


But just because it’s summer doesn’t mean we should stop reading and writing. I’ve teamed up with the YA Chicks and many participating authors on a global campaign to encourage readers, writers, students, and teachers to share pictures all of the places—both ordinary and extraordinary—where they are reading and writing. This is open to all readers/writers of both middle grade and young adult books!


You can also take part in…


A MONSTER GIVEAWAY!


I’ll be giving away a copy of AFTER THE END, and all of the other authors participating in this campaign will be giving away books, critiques, swag and/or Skype visits.


So are you ready?


Drum roll….


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Can you guess where I am?

YOUR FIVE CLUES:

 


The very first clue I hold in my hand;


Its title should help you understand.


bookA certain ghost tale by Gaston Leroux


will unmask for you the second clue.


 


The third clue‘s solved by those who delve


into UNTIL I DIE, Chapter 12.


 


Number four can be construed


from the revelers in the nude.


 


And number five I’ll freely give:


This is in the city where I live.


 


Once you’ve figured out where I’m reading, head over to the YA Chicks site and:



Officially enter the giveaway by inputting each author’s name and your guesses about our locations. Every author location you guess correctly increases your chances to win. The contest runs until 11:00pm, Sunday, May 31st
For even more chances, post a picture of yourself reading or writing on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #ReadOrWriteAnywhere (must have the hashtag).

 


For writer prize packs:



Post pictures of yourself writing in a fun location on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #ReadOrWriteAnywhere. Then follow the directions on the Rafflecopter giveaway to let us know you did it.
For even more chances, gather your writer friends together and post a group shot with the hashtag #ReadOrWriteAnywhere (must have the hashtag). And hey, since you’re already together, why not host a write-a-thon?

 


For teacher prize packs:



Post pictures of your class reading or writing on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #ReadOrWriteAnywhere (must have the hashtag).
Then let us know you did it when you enter the Rafflecopter. If you don’t have a Twitter or Instagram, you can email your picture directly with the picture pasted directly into the email (no attachments–we won’t open them) AND the subject, “Read or Write Anywhere.”
You can also check out the YA Chicks Read or Write Anywhere lesson plan, available on their site.

Now, what are you waiting for? Get out there and READ OR WRITE ANYWHERE!


#ReadOrWriteAnywhere


MY OWN CONTEST

And as an extra treat, I will give a copy of UNTIL THE BEGINNING to one person chosen randomly from the comments below. Good luck to all!!!


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Published on May 21, 2015 23:33 • 36 views

Il y a plus d’un an, HarperImpulse publiait Die for Her, une nouvelle inspirée par la saga des Revenants.

Mes lecteurs francophones la réclamaient depuis sa sortie américaine. Malheureusement, les ebooks sont moins répandus en France qu’aux États-Unis (du moins… pour l’instant !) et mon éditeur français n’avait pas souhaité donner suite. J’ai donc tenté la grande aventure de l’autopublication, pour la faire paraître sous le titre Plus encore que la mort.


Marie Cambolieu, la traductrice de la série – qui est non seulement une voisine de quartier, mais aussi une bonne copine, – s’est chargée de la version française. De mon côté, je me suis familiarisée avec l’aspect technique de la mise en ligne et… tadaaa ! Le texte est désormais sur la toile, au format digital ET (pour les puristes) papier.


Restait cependant un problème de taille… comment annoncer qu’il était enfin disponible dans la langue de Molière ? Pour cela, j’ai fait appel aux pros. Oui, mesdames et messieurs, j’ai contacté les rockstars de la blogosphère romanesque que j’avais déjà rencontrées, ou que mes fidèles lecteurs m’avaient chaudement recommandées. Lorsque Marie et moi avons décidé de préparer un mini-événement à Paris, j’ai convié un petit comité de « book blogueuses » et organisé un tirage au sort pour permettre à une lectrice de se joindre à nous. (Retrouvez les liens vers leurs pages au bas de ce billet.)


Et c’est ainsi que par un bel après-midi de mai, nous sommes parties… sur les traces des Revenants.


Pour ceux qui n’auraient pas lu les livres : ATTENTION, SPOILERS !


J’ai donc retrouvé mes intrépides invitées devant l’église Saint-Paul, dans le Marais.


 


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Les blogueuses m’attendaient devant Saint-Paul.


C’est à cet endroit précis, tandis qu’ils parlent de joutes moyenâgeuses, que le « preux chevalier » Vincent demande un ruban à Kate pour l’accrocher à son bras et qu’elle lui tend… un Kleenex.

Ces marches étaient autrefois… mon propre perron. Plus jeune, j’habitais un minuscule appartement, à côté de l’édifice, et c’est sur ce parvis que je recevais mes amis, façon bohème, à ciel ouvert. Nous sirotions notre vin dans mes verres anciens, hérités de ma mère, et je leur servais de quoi grignoter dans des assiettes chinées chez les brocanteurs.

C’est le cadre de ces soirées féériques que je voulais à tout prix faire revivre dans mes livres.


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Laure, Heloïse, Francesca et moi !


Pour chaque étape de notre visite, Marie avait préparé les exemplaires des versions françaises de la série et je lisais un extrait correspondant.


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Francesca et moi, devant l’église Saint-Paul


J’ai ensuite conduit notre petit groupe dans la cour intérieure de l’immeuble, à deux pas de Saint-Paul, au 97 de la rue Saint-Antoine. Il s’agit du tout premier appartement parisien que j’ai occupé dans les années 90. Grâce à la magie de l’écriture romanesque, j’ai fait de mon studio l’atelier de Jules. Plusieurs scènes de la série s’y déroulent, dont la toute première rencontre entre Kate et Jules, ainsi que celle – plus spectaculaire – où un numa se défenestre pour prendre la fuite.


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Je montre à notre petit groupe l’emplacement de mon ancien studio (et de l’atelier de Jules)


Plus loin, à quelques pâtés de maisons, nous avons fait halte au village Saint-Paul. Dans ce dédale de cours intérieures, cafés et boutiques d’antiquaires se succèdent, à l’écart de l’animation de la rue toute proche. C’est là que Vincent emmène Kate pour leur premier rendez-vous et qu’il déniche un pendentif pour l’anniversaire de Charlotte dans le tome 1 de la série.


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J’explique au groupe comment j’ai inclus le village Saint-Paul dans le premier roman.


À l’époque où j’ai emménagé dans le studio de Jules, je suis tombée tout à fait par hasard sur ce lieu atypique, alors que j’explorais mon nouveau quartier. J’étais très fière de ma trouvaille : ce havre de paix n’était mentionné dans aucun de mes guides. J’avais vraiment l’impression de sortir des circuits touristiques. D’ailleurs, la plupart de nos blogueuses ne connaissaient pas ce petit coin de paradis et j’étais ravie de le leur faire découvrir.


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Ce jour-là, au village Saint-Paul, un marché animait les cours intérieures.


En quittant le village, nous nous sommes dirigées vers la Seine. Depuis le quai des Célestins, on aperçoit la pointe de l’île Saint-Louis, où Vincent et Kate s’avouent leurs sentiments pour la première fois. C’est aussi le cadre de la toute dernière scène de la trilogie. Ce qui n’est pas vraiment une coïncidence, mais… ceci est une tout autre histoire. 


Nous avons parcouru un petit bout de chemin sous le beau soleil parisien pour rallier la rue des Rosiers, un haut lieu du Pletzl, le quartier juif du Marais.


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Où je joue les guides touristiques, Rue des Rosiers


J’ai parlé de ma fascination pour l’histoire de Paris sous l’Occupation, à l’époque où cette rue est devenue le théâtre tragique de plusieurs rafles. J’y fais allusion dans Que la mort nous sépare, lorsque Kate retrouve Georgia dans un restaurant de falafels, qui était l’une de mes adresses favorites dans les années 90. Il s’y trouve encore aujourd’hui et pour y déjeuner, il faut s’armer de patience et braver les interminables files d’attente.


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À l’angle de la Rue des Rosiers, avec Justine, Léatitia, Laure, Heloïse, Francesca et moi !


Puis nous avons flâné le long de la rue Vieille du Temple. J’ai indiqué l’emplacement d’un ancien restaurant, Au Gamin de Paris, qui a fermé, avant d’être reconverti en boutique de vêtements… C’était mon repaire préféré dans le quartier et c’est là où Vincent emmène Kate pour leur premier dîner en amoureux (et aux chandelles), dans Plus encore que la vie.


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Devant le musée Picasso


En continuant vers le nord, nous avons atteint le musée Picasso. C’est là que Kate croise Jules, Vincent (et, sans le savoir, Ambrose) dans le premier tome. Lorsque Jules s’éclipse, nos deux amoureux y prennent un café.


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J’en ai profité pour parler un peu de la scène artistique parisienne au début du XXe siècle et de mon envie d’y rattacher l’un de mes personnages, Jules. Le monde de l’art fait partie intégrante de la trilogie des Revenants et c’est l’un des aspects de la série qui m’ont procuré le plus de plaisir. Avant de devenir auteur, j’étais historienne de l’art et la vie des peintres me passionne toujours.


Après cela nous avons rejoint la rue de Bretagne et les Enfants rouges : un marché couvert, où Kate et Violette se rendent dans Que la mort nous sépare.


Explaining why I set the lunch with the evil Violette in the creepy-sounding Marché des Enfants Rouges (Market of Red Children)

J’explique mes premières impressions sur le nom de ce lieu, dont les « Enfants rouges » m’évoquaient une légende effrayante.


J’ai raconté aux blogueuses que, lorsque j’ai entendu pour la première fois le nom des « Enfants rouges », il me donnait la chair de poule… et sonnait comme le titre d’un roman de Stephen King ! C’est pourquoi, lorsque j’ai décidé que mes personnages, Kate et Violette, devaient apprendre à mieux se connaître, j’ai situé leur déjeuner en tête-à-tête dans ce petit restaurant. L’Estaminet est aussi un classique de mes bonnes adresses parisiennes, en particulier pour les brunchs. On peut y observer l’animation de ce marché, véritable régal pour les yeux… et les papilles. La plupart de nos invitées en ignoraient l’existence, c’était donc une nouvelle victoire pour moi !


Du quartier du Temple, nous avons parcouru un bout de chemin jusqu’au passage du Grand-Cerf, où numas et bardias s’affrontent dans Qu’importe l’éternité. C’est au cours de ce combat que Geneviève est tuée puis enlevée, et que Louis change de camp.


The Passage du Grand Cerf

Le passage du Grand-Cerf


Après un peu de lèche-vitrine au gré des belles devantures, nous sommes ressorties du côté de la rue Dussoubs. À l’époque de la rédaction du troisième tome, je cherchais un lieu où mes personnages pourraient croiser le fer sans trop attirer l’attention et en m’aventurant par hasard dans ce passage, j’ai découvert l’endroit idéal !


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J’explique les raisons pour lesquelles j’ai choisi ce passage.


Pour moi, cet affrontement était l’une des séquences les plus frappantes du livre, en particulier le moment où Charles et son gang berlinois font leur entrée et offrent la victoire aux bardias ! Il m’arrive encore de me rejouer mentalement la scène, comme s’il s’agissait d’un souvenir, et je m’estime chanceuse d’en avoir été la spectatrice. :)


Notre avant-dernière étape devait nous conduire au pont des Arts, mais le vent s’est brusquement levé et notre balade de presque trois heures nous avait épuisées. Nous avons donc fait l’impasse sur cette halte pour nous rendre directement au square du Vert-Galant, à la pointe de l’île de la Cité.


Dans Que la mort nous sépare, j’ai commis une petite erreur, et situé un passage censé s’y dérouler sur la place Dauphine, toute proche, mais qui ne surplombe pas la Seine. (Vous connaissez maintenant tous les secrets de la série !)


Marie's oh-so-cute (and delicious) New York and Paris themed cookies.

Les sablés de Marie, en forme de Tour Eiffel et de statue de la Liberté, quelques bonbons colorés et l’un de mes cookies aux pépites de chocolats : un vrai goûter franco-américain !


Marie et moi avions apporté des gâteaux maison et quelques bouteilles de limonades aux parfums surprenants. Nous avons disposé nos couvertures sur les pavés et déballé notre pique-nique là où Vincent offre à Kate le signum bardia, juste après le mariage de leurs amis à la Sainte-Chapelle. Nous étions installées à l’endroit précis où nos deux amoureux sont assis sur le rebord du quai, dans Que la mort nous sépare.


Justine and Léatitia with our mini-feast

Justine et Léatitia découvrent notre festin-surprise


Laura enjoying the sunny Paris afternoon

Laure profite du soleil parisien


J’ai distribué des exemplaires de Plus encore que la mort, ainsi que quelques goodies, qui (à ce qu’il se murmure) serviront de prix pour des concours. J’ai ensuite répondu à leurs questions concernant mes livres.


Marie, Francesca and Justine at the Square du Vert-Galant

Marie, Francesca et Justine au square du Vert-Galant


J’en ai profité pour expliquer pourquoi j’avais absolument tenu à autopublier Plus encore que la mort. Habitant moi-même en France, je porte une affection toute particulière à mes lecteurs francophones. Pendant plus d’un an, ils n’ont cessé de réclamer une version française de Die for Her avec tant d’insistance que j’ai fini par craquer et décidé de la réaliser moi-même. Il n’était pas question pour moi de gagner de l’argent avec ce livre, j’avais simplement à cœur de faire plaisir aux fans de la série. Et… si je parviens à rembourser la somme investie, je serai en mesure de sortir la seconde nouvelle tirée de la saga des Revenants, Die Once More (qui se focalise sur les aventures de Jules, après son départ pour New York).


Dans cette vidéo, vous m’entendez parler de ces deux nouvelles avec mon drôle d’accent.



Pour clore la rencontre, j’ai lu le premier chapitre de Die Once More, que Marie a traduit spécialement pour l’occasion. Je pensais mettre la vidéo en ligne, mais j’étais si horrifiée par le résultat que j’ai préféré vous épargner (à vous et vos oreilles) cette lecture et de vous offrir directement le texte. Voilà donc, en exclusivité, le début de Die Once More. Si le succès de Plus encore que la mort me le permet, je vous promets que cette nouvelle sera elle aussi disponible en français !


Enfin, nous avons grimpé les marches jusqu’au Pont Neuf et demandé à de sympathiques passants d’immortaliser cette belle après-midi avant de nous dire au revoir.


Marie's delicious and oh-so-cute Paris-and-New York themed cookies

Notre petit groupe posant aux côtés d’Henri IV, lui aussi un grand fan de la série des Revenants…


Our happy team of revenant tourists.

Notre équipe de « chasseuses de revenants » : Laure, Heloïse, moi, Marie, Francesca, Justine et Léatitia


Après cette belle balade et cette fantastique après-midi passée avec mes blogueuses et lectrices préférées, j’ai vraiment hâte de renouveler l’expérience !


Pour commander votre exemplaire de Plus encore que la mort, voici quelques liens utiles :

 Version papier (broché) (5,29 euros)


Version digitale (1,87 euros):


Amazon, FNAC, Smashwords


 


Et n’hésitez pas à consulter les blogs de nos chasseuses de revenants :


Le Monde de Francesca (Francesca)


Fairy Neverland (Justine)


Voyage Codex (Laure)


My Bookshelf is Yours (Léatitia)


 


 


 

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Published on May 21, 2015 02:19 • 23 views

I recently embarked on an exciting project: self-publishing the French translation of my novella DIE FOR HER. My French readers have been asking me for it ever since it was published by HarperImpulse over a year ago, and because eBooks aren’t as big in France as they are in the U.S. (yet!!!), my French publishers decided not to do it themselves.


So Marie Cambolieu, who translated the DIE FOR ME series into French (and who is now also a friend and neighbor) agreed to do the translation. We chose to call it PLUS ENCORE QUE LA MORT, I somehow figured out the technical part of uploading a book to all the various online distributors and…VOILA!!! It was suddenly live—both in eBook format and in print version! (Which solves the whole eBook problem.)


My new challenge was how to let people know that the book was available. So I decided to go to THE EXPERTS. Yes, ladies and gentlemen…the rock stars of the book world…BOOK BLOGGERS. French ones. Ones I’ve met and know or who were referred by my readers. When Marie and I decided to hold an event in Paris to celebrate the release of the novella, I chose a small group of bloggers and held a contest to allow one reader to join us. (Blogger names + links at the bottom of this post.)


So one sunny May afternoon the seven of us set out on a REVENANT ADVENTURE.


[NOTE: if you have not read all 3 DIE FOR ME books, SPOILER ALERT!!!]


We started on the steps of the Église St. Paul, which is where Kate and Vincent had the joust conversation during which Vincent asks for Kate’s “favor” and she gives him a Kleenex. (Chapter 6, DIE FOR ME.)


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The group waiting for me on the steps of the Eglise St. Paul


I greeted the intrepid bloggers (plus the one contest winner) and told them about how these steps used to be my front porch when I lived in a tiny apartment in the building next door (at age 28). My friends and I would sit on “my” open-air veranda, drink wine from my mom’s vintage glasses and eat off my flea-market antique china. Those were such magical evenings, I HAD to include that location in the book. (Are you getting the feeling this book might be a little bit autobiographical? If so, you might just be on to something…)


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Laure, Heloïse and Francesca + me


As we did at all of our stops, Marie whipped out the French copy of the book and I read the passage that referenced the location.


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Francesca + me at St. Paul


From our starting point, we walked a few steps to a courtyard adjoining the church.  I showed the group where I had lived in the 1990s (97 rue Saint-Antoine) and described how—through the magic of fiction—I had transformed my old apartment into Jules’s painting studio for the DIE FOR ME books. Many scenes from the series take place here including Kate and Jules’s introduction and the scene where a numa escapes by crashing through the window into the courtyard below.


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Showing the group my old apartment / Jules’s painting studio. (2nd floor)


Next stop, a ten-minute walk away, we stopped at the Village St. Paul—a magical maze of connected courtyards lined with antique shops and cafés where you can wander in peaceful isolation from the bustling world outside. This was the site of Vincent and Kate’s first date, where he bought the necklace for Charlotte and they spotted Lucien. (Chap 6, D4M).


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Telling the group about including the Village St. Paul in DIE FOR ME.


I told our group that when I lived in Jules’s studio, this was right down the street from me. The first time I went there, I was exploring my neighborhood and just stumbled across it. It was a revelation to me—this hidden treasure trove—because at that point it wasn’t mentioned in any travel books and was completely off the beaten path. Most of our group had never been there before, so I counted that as a small triumph!


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In the Village St. Paul, where an outdoor flea market was taking place.


Leaving the Village St. Paul, we wandered down to the river where I pointed out the park and quai on the eastern tip of the Ile Saint Louis, where Vincent and Kate had The Talk. (Chapter 15, D4M) It’s also in the very last scene of the very last book of the trilogy. Which was kind of intentional. Symbolically. And all. *coughs* *changes subject*


The next stop was a bit of a hike as we wound our way back up through the Marais to the rue de Rosiers.


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Me playing tour guide on the rue des Rosiers


I told the group about my fascination with the history of Paris during World War II. As the focal point of the Pletzl (the most famous Jewish neighborhood of Paris, dating back to the 13th century) rue des Rosiers was the site of some of the terrifying roundups of Jews for the concentration camps. I mentioned this in Chapter 18 of UNTIL I DIE, using a lunch date with Kate and Georgia to tell the story.


We wandered by the falafel shop where the sisters had lunch—a restaurant I frequented in the 1990s. (It is still there and still has huge lines of people waiting to buy their mouthwatering food.)


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The corner where rue des Rosiers begins: me, Justine, Léatitia, Laure, Heloïse and Francesca


From there we wandered up the rue Vieille du Temple, where I pointed out the place that used to be a restaurant called Au Gamin de Paris and is now a clothes store. It used to be my favorite neighborhood restaurant, so that’s where I had Vincent and Kate go to dinner (the place with all the candles after The Talk in D4M).


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The Picasso Museum


We proceeded north through the Marais to the Picasso Museum. I reminded the group about the scene where Kate bumps into Jules and Vincent (and Ambrose, volant), and has coffee with Vincent after Jules steams off in a huff. (D4M, Chapter 5)


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Reading from DIE FOR ME at the Picasso Museum


I took the opportunity to talk a little bit about the Paris artist community in the early 20th century, and why I decided to makes Jules one of them. This is a big part of DIE FOR HER, and one of the aspects of the series that I had the most fun with. (Before becoming a writer I was an art historian, so I’m always fascinated by stories of artists’ lives.)


After that, we made our way to the Marché des Enfants Rouges—the covered market that provides the setting for Kate and Violette’s lunch in UNTIL I DIE. (Chapter 11)


Explaining why I set the lunch with the evil Violette in the creepy-sounding Marché des Enfants Rouges (Market of Red Children)

Explaining why I set the lunch with evil Violette in the creepy-sounding Marché des Enfants Rouges (Market of the Red Children)


I told the bloggers of how I had always thought “The Market of the Red Children” sounded Stephen King-style creepy. Knowing that Kate and Violette needed a place outside of La Maison to get to know each other, I decided to send them there. This is the restaurant where they ate. It’s one of my old hangouts, and is especially good for brunch! The market itself is a sensory delight, and most of the group had never been there before. (Another triumph of the day!)


From Enfants Rouges, we made our way to the Passage du Grand Cerf. This is where the numa-bardia fight took place in IF I SHOULD DIE, Chapter 44. (The one where Geneviève is killed and her corpse kidnapped and Louis crosses over to the good side.)


The Passage du Grand Cerf

The Passage du Grand Cerf


We wandered through the covered passageway and gawked at all of the beautiful shops. I talked about how, when I was thinking about where someone could have an armed skirmish in Paris without drawing a lot of attention, I walked past this passage and thought PERFECT!


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Explaining why I chose this passage for the skirmish scene.


This battle was one of the most visually charged scenes for me, especially when Charles and his clan of punk-rockers arrived with the music and tipped the scales in the favor of the bardia. I still see that in my head like it was a real event, and feel lucky to have been a spectator. :)


Our penultimate stop was supposed to be the Pont des Arts (site of The Kiss), but the wind was starting to pick up and we had already been walking for three hours. So we skipped it and went directly to the Square du Vert-Galant, which is at the western tip of the Ile de la Cité.


(In the books I mistakenly called it Place Dauphine, which is just a stone’s throw away, but which does not border the water. Now you know one of the super-secret D4M factoids!)


Marie's oh-so-cute (and delicious) New York and Paris themed cookies.

Marie’s oh-so-cute (and delicious) New York and Paris themed cookies, gummy candies, and one of my chocolate chip cookies: a culinary mash-up of America and France!


Marie and I had made cookies and brought a few bottles of flavored limonades (it’s like Sprite but a million times tastier). We sat on blankets and munched cookies while I reminded the group that this was the site where Vincent gave Kate the signum bardia after the revenant wedding in La Sainte-Chapelle. I had brought them to the very spot where I had seen Vincent and Kate sit (in my mind), legs hanging over the side of the quai as they talked and watched the boats go by. (UID, Chapter 23)


Justine and Léatitia with our mini-feast

Justine and Léatitia with our mini-feast


Laura enjoying the sunny Paris afternoon

Laura enjoying the sunny Paris afternoon


Then I passed out copies of PLUS ENCORE QUE LA MORT as well as postcards and other goodies (some of which will be offered in contests by the bloggers) and answered questions about my books.


Marie, Francesca and Justine at the Square du Vert-Galant

Marie, Francesca and Justine at the Square du Vert-Galant


It was at this point that I told everyone WHY I had self-pubbed PLUS ENCORE QUE LA MORT (the French version of DIE FOR HER). Since I live in France, my French readers are extremely close to my heart. And after having them ask me repeatedly when DIE FOR HER would be published in French, I finally cracked and decided to do it myself. It’s not a moneymaking venture—it’s solely for the enjoyment of my fans. That leaves only the second novella—DIE ONCE MORE (Jules in New York/Paris)—unpublished in French.


Here I am describing the two novellas in my very embarrassing American accent. (And switching between French and English in mid-conversation, which I do all the time and can’t help for the life of me.)



Finally, I read the beginning of DIE ONCE MORE, which Marie had translated for the occasion. We were going to post a video of me reading it, but I was so horrified by how awful I sound reading French that I concluded it would be kinder to you (and your ears) to just give you the text.


So here is the first chapter of DIE ONCE MORE in French. If I sell enough copies of PLUS ENCORE QUE LA MORT to cover publishing costs, I might be able to self-publish this novella as well. Stay tuned for updates!


Finally we climbed the stairs to the Pont Neuf where we posed for some photos before saying goodbye.


Marie's delicious and oh-so-cute Paris-and-New York themed cookies

Our group posing next to Henry IV, who, coincidentally, is a huge fan of the DIE FOR ME books.


Our happy team of revenant tourists.

Our team of revenant hunters: Laure, Heloïse, me, Marie, Francesca, Justine and Léatitia


It was an amazing day, and truly wonderful to be able to hang out with some of my favorite French bloggers and readers. Definitely on my “to repeat” list!


If you would like to get your own copy of PLUS ENCORE QUE LA MORT, here are a few links:


Printed copy (paperback) (5,29 euros)


Ebook:  Amazon (1,87 euros), FNAC (1,87 euros), Smashwords ($1.99)


And here are the links for the blogs of our intrepid revenant hunters:


Le Monde de Francesca (Francesca)


Fairy Neverland (Justine)


Voyage Codex (Laure)


My Bookshelf is Yours (Léatitia)


 


 


 

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Published on May 21, 2015 01:28 • 41 views

May 15, 2015

Since the AFTER THE END duology starts with one massive whopper of a twist, Epic Reads asked me to give them a few of my favorite pop culture twists: books, movies, t.v. shows. I came up with 6 that I thought were the most shocking. Here’s the first. Click through to see if you agree with the rest!


 


Amy Plum’s 6 Most Shocking Pop Culture Twists

 


#1 THE MATRIX

 


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This is the ultimate “living a lie” story, with the most violent reveal. Keanu naked in that vat of goo was one of the most shocking images in film, delivering the message that things aren’t as they seem with a full-body blow.


Click here to see #2 – #6!
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Published on May 15, 2015 02:23 • 30 views

May 12, 2015

In the first few chapters of AFTER THE END, we see our protagonist Juneau leave the territory in the Alaskan wilderness where she was raised believing the world had been destroyed in World War III. The further she gets from her land the more signs of civilization she sees, until she arrives at a modern city (Anchorage) and discovers that there never was a World War III and that her life up to this point has been a lie.


This part of the book was really difficult to write because I had to imagine what it would be like to be seventeen years old and suddenly be faced with things as banal to us as cars, electricity…something as simple as keys. (Juneau and her clan lived in yurts.)


Here is Miles describing her in Chapter 18 as he trails her around Seattle:

“As I watch her, I realize there’s something wrong with her. She flinches at the smallest provocation. A street cleaner goes by and she looks ready to climb the nearest tree to escape. She stands outside the Apple store and stares at the window for so long, it looks like she’s planning a major electronics heist. You’d think she was seeing everything for the first time. Like she’s Tarzan or something—raised by wolves in the deepest, darkest forest.”


Epic Reads has come up with an AWESOME collection of GIFs called “How to Survive in a Modern World (a guide for YA characters)” to teach Juneau and anyone else suddenly finding themselves in the 21st century how to navigate today’s world. See what you think, and feel free to add your own survival tips in the comments below!


Their first tip:


1. Always have a cell phone charger handy.


romy-and-michele-high-school-reunion-ive-got-a-phoneClick here to see the full list!

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Published on May 12, 2015 00:39 • 15 views

May 10, 2015

Look at what I just found…


HarperTeen WebSampler:


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Published on May 10, 2015 02:37 • 56 views

May 4, 2015

Tomorrow’s the big day! UNTIL THE END is FINALLY releasing. Doesn’t it seem like more than a year since AFTER THE END left you hanging? (Which I am kind of sorry about, but not too much…because just wait!)


To celebrate, on this CONTEST MONDAY, I’m giving away a prize pack with both books and both postcards. All you have to do is leave a comment on my FB page telling me what your special skill is. And to explain what this means, I’ve made this video:


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Published on May 04, 2015 04:07 • 32 views

April 30, 2015

You don’t know how long I’ve been wanting to show you this.


I recently had the immense pleasure of working with artist Magdalena Pagowska (Len-Yan) to bring Juneau and Miles’s characters to life.


(See the Hypable article describing how it happened!)


First of all, I asked you—my readers—to send me images of people you thought resembled Juneau. I gave you this description:


“17-year-old Juneau Gaia Newhaven grew up in the wilderness in Alaska with her parents and clan. She was raised thinking they had fled American to escape WWIII, but when she returns from hunting caribou to find that her clan has disappeared and leaves their territory to search for them, she sees more and more signs of civilization until finally she arrives at the city of Anchorage and discovers that there never was a WWIII and her whole life has been a lie.


At the beginning of the story Juneau has long black hair, but chops it all off to escape notice of the people hunting her. Honey-colored eyes. 5’5″ There is a gold starburst extending from the pupil of her right eye (genetic mutation). She looks just like her mother, who is described as, “Long, straight black hair, courtesy of her Chinese mother, wide-set full-moon eyes and high cheekbones from her American dad.”


And dozens of readers sent me photos of real-life people they thought looked like Juneau. I sent the photos to Magdalena, as well as copies of the books, and asked her to start with an image of Juneau in Alaska shown with her two huskies, Neruda and Beckett. And this is what she came up with:


A5postcard1Which is EXACTLY how I saw Juneau in my mind.


Then over 100 people sent me photos of what they thought Miles Blackwell looked like, based upon this description:


“Miles is the rich-kid son of the owner of a pharmaceutical company in Los Angeles. His mom left when he was 16, and at 18 he’s getting into a lot of trouble. Juneau describes him as, ‘His light brown hair is the color of fireweed honey tossed about in a scramble of loose curls. He has a long, straight nose and lips that look like they’re hiding a joke. Or a secret.’ And later she says that his eyes are ‘the dark blue-green-black of a Denali lake at dusk.’


I asked the artist to show Juneau by his side after her hair-cutting transformation, wearing her red tank-top, black jeans and hiking boots, holding her crossbow called “Ravenflight” and with her raven Poe standing on one shoulder.


And this is what Magdalena created:


A5postcard2Aren’t the results breathtaking?


And now, to celebrate the May 5 release of UNTIL THE BEGINNING, I am giving away 8 x 5″ full color postcards of these artworks.


The first 500 people to email me at katieloumercier at gmail dot com with a scan of your receipt or a selfie of you holding your own copy of the book will received a signed copy of the postcard! Be sure to include a mailing address. The giveaway is international!


For an AFTER THE END receipt or selfie, you will receive the signed postcard of Juneau in Alaska. And for a receipt or selfie of UNTIL THE BEGINNING (which releases May 5), you will the signed postcard of Juneau & Miles.


I can’t tell you how excited I am to share these beautiful artworks with you, my readers, who have shown so much enthusiasm for my books. And I hope you all love the continuation and conclusion of Juneau and Miles’s story in this second and final book of the duology!


AFTER THE END: purchase on Amazon, B&N, Book Depository, Indiebound


UNTIL THE BEGINNING: preorder for May 5 on Amazon, B&N, Book Depository, Indiebound.


 


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After The End


*The printed versions of my postcards do not have the characters’ names written on the front, but rather a description of the characters and books on the back. That’s how you’ll know you got the real thing! :)


 


 


 


 

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Published on April 30, 2015 08:37 • 60 views

April 25, 2015

Welcome to Day 3 of the UNTIL THE BEGINNING blogfest, celebrating the release of UNTIL THE BEGINNING on May 5! Check down at the bottom of the page for a book giveaway!


For Book 1, I was asked by Romance Times Book Reviews to dress my characters using Pinterest.


Juneau starts AFTER THE END living in the wilderness of Alaska, post World War III (or so she thinks!). Here are the clothes I found for her:


An image of various articles of clothing that Amy Plum envisions her heroine Juneau wearing


For those of you who have read the book, you will know that she quickly has to adapt to a pseudo post-Apocalyptic existence to the real world of here and now. She also has to disguise herself as a boy to escape her would-be captors. Here are the clothes I found for that close shave, as well as for the rest of Book 2, UNTIL THE BEGINNING.


An image of various articles of clothing that Amy Plum envisions her heroine Juneau wearing when she's disguised as a boy


And for Miles, who plays his rich-kid ways down with a casual look (that leaves him completely unprepared for the off-roading that Juneau drags him into, I chose this wardrobe:


An image of various articles of clothing that Amy Plum envisions her hero Miles wearing


Whether or not you end up obsessing over what the characters will wear, you can read their stories here:


AFTER THE END: purchase on Amazon, B&N, Book Depository, Indiebound


UNTIL THE BEGINNING: preorder for May 5 on Amazon, B&N, Book Depository, Indiebound.


And to win a copy of one of the two books, leave me a comment below telling me what one item of clothing YOU would consider essential while living in the Alaskan wilderness! This one will run for 2 days. And…go!


 

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Published on April 25, 2015 23:34 • 37 views