7/23/2014

Little Infinities Edition of #TheFaultinourStars DVD/Blu-ray


Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment announced that along with the DVD/Blu-ray release of the standard edition of The Fault in our Stars on September 16th, there will also be an awesome
super fan edition. the Little Infinities Edition will include an extended cut of the movie and audio commentary of the longer movie.

Other fun bit of info, you, the fan, helped pick the cover of this super-fan edition of TFIOS!




Details from Fox:

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS Little Infinities Edition Blu-ray™ SPECIAL FEATURES
  • Extended Version
  •  Extended Cut Audio Commentary by Josh Boone and John Green
  • 6 Deleted Scenes (Including Commentary)
  • The Stars Align: Book to Screen
  • Plus all of the features on the DVD!
THE FAULT IN OUR STARS comes to Blu-ray™ and DVD with an extended version that will keep Augustus and Hazel’s beautiful infinity going even longer and have the millions of lovers of the film and book holding on to every last second. Die-hard fans of the film must get their hands on the Blu-ray™, which is the only place to find a behind-the-scenes look at how the two lover’s paths aligned in bringing the book to the screen and six deleted scenes to complete the inspirational tale.

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THE FAULT IN OUR STARS Blu-ray™ SPECIAL FEATURES
  • Audio Commentary by Josh Boone and John Green
  • 6 Deleted Scenes (Including Commentary)
  • The Stars Align: Book to Screen
  • Plus all of the features on the DVD!

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS DVD SPECIAL FEATURES
  • Theatrical Cut Audio Commentary by Josh Boone and John Green
  • Promotional Featurettes: The Cast, The Making of The Fault in Our Stars, The Transformation, Literature to Life, Our Little Infinity, The Music Behind Our Stars
  • Gallery


#Divergent debuts iPad App


Divergent is now out on Digital HD for your movie streaming pleasure. To celebrate the release, Lionsgate/Summit has launched a Divergent iPad app packed full of awesome Divergent extras!

Divergent will be out on DVD & Blu-ray on August 5th.  Check out all the extra content offerings and links to pre-order HERE.


About the Divergent iPad app from Lionsgate:
  • Divergent, the electrifying first installment of the blockbuster action adventure franchise, on Digital HD Tuesday (July 22), draws fans deeper into the world of Tris and Four with Lionsgate’s official Divergent app, an innovative experience bringing fans even closer to the action.
  • With over 150 minutes of state-of-the-art bonus features and immersive interactive content, the Lionsgate-designed iOS app is available free to all Divergent fans via the iTunes App Store and includes:
    • Making Divergent – See key scenes from the movie come together as if you were on the Chicago set, as cameras unveil the action from multiple angles while the film’s cast and crew narrate the action.
    • All-Access Movie Premiere Pass – Walk the “black” carpet with Divergent’s cast and crew, as 360-degree cameras allow fans to rub virtual elbows with Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet and more at the film’s Los Angeles premiere.
    • Factions in the Real World – Experience the world of Divergent in real life as experts show what it takes to belong in Dauntless, Abnegation, Erudite, Candor and Amity in our modern day world.
    • Marketing Archives – A comprehensive gallery of video and still imagery from the set and the film’s marketing campaign.
  • Combined, the Divergent app’s free features and Xfinity premium experience comes to over seven hours of interactive content.
  • The app will continue offering fans first-looks and exclusives for the entire trajectory of the franchise. Beginning with the next series installment, Insurgent, opening worldwide on March 20, 2015, the app will debut content from the theatrical release through the home entertainment window, offering fans a one-stop destination for Divergent news and content.




And there's an added bonus to this app, Xfinity customers have the chance to access 3 bonus exclusives!

From Lionsgate:

  • For Xfinity customers who buy the movie on Digital HD via Xfinity On Demand, the Divergent app
    unlocks a premium experience with over 250 minutes of additional content, including super-sized versions of the app’s free features as well as:
    • Dauntless Fear Simulator – Like Tris and Four, fans can conquer their fears head-on with this virtual reality, surround sound adventure. Created with actual post-production audio effects from Divergent and DTS “Headphone: X” technology, fans can use any brand or type of headphones for this unique audial experience. 
    • Interactive Fashion Look Book – Delve into the style of Divergent via a carousel of featured costumes, along with original online photo albums and videos created specifically for the app.
    • Bringing Divergent to Life – View the in-depth story of the making of the film with cast and crew in this seven-part documentary.

7/20/2014

Quarantine Blog Tour & Giveaway

The final book in the Quarantine Trilogy is out on Tuesday, July 22nd! The first book, The Loners (read my review HERE), left me reeling for months and its ending haunted me and has stuck with me for the last two years. These book are so visual that they'll draw you completely into the world.

We are excited to be part of the blog tour to celebrate the end the end of this epic trilogy.  We have 2 awesome quest posts and a giveaway of the The Burnouts. Be sure to follow the whole blog tour for more chances to win.


Title: Quarantine: The Burnouts - Quarantine Trilogy
Author: Lex Thomas
Published Date: July, 2014
Synopsis:
Lord of the Flies in a 21st-century high school setting.Welcome to Quarantine 3: The Burnouts , where readers of The Maze Runner, Gone, and Divergent go when they're hungry for more dark, compelling survival stories.

When an explosion rocks David and Will's suburban high school one morning, a deadly virus is unleashed on the school. After a year of quarantine, with no adults around, the students have created their own society. All of the social cliques have developed into gangs-The Nerds, The Geeks, The Freaks, The Sluts, The Skaters, The Burnouts, The Pretty Ones, and The Varsity-and each gang provides a service with which they can barter for provisions. Without a gang, it's almost impossible to secure food, water, territory, or supplies. In the final installment in the Quarantine trilogy, the brothers are reunited on the Outside and it appears as if, for once everything is going right. But inside the school, Lucy is alone with no gang and no hope, until the Burnouts welcome her into their filthy arms.


Lex Hirabe talks about their writing relationship and style and how it's evolved over the three books. 
In 2012, my writing partner and I sold the Quarantine Trilogy as a proposal. It included seven sample chapters, an outline for the rest of Book 1, and in-depth synopses for the following two books. We’d never written a novel before, only screenplays. But writing screenplays had given us a rhythm and style as collaborators. All of our years breaking stories together paid off in a major way when we were given just two months to write a first (presentable) draft of The Loners. With little time to veer from our outline, we were lucky to have so much mapped out, plot-wise. We’d done a lot of thinking about the world in preparing the proposal, and that was a terrific aid to us when we came across story problems. Much of the success of that first book was thanks to how much we had planned ahead. However, we felt a strong, growing tension between what the characters had become after being fully fleshed out and the story beats we had planned for them.

We began the second book by throwing out our initial proposal for what would happen in Book 2. As dangerous as that felt, the characters had grown beyond our best guesses of who they were earlier. We proceeded with a new tactic. We composed a beat sheet of what we thought would happen over the course of the new story, but we didn’t have the detailed outline we had during Book 1. As co-authors, we got on the same page by mapping out the first act, then started writing a rough draft. When we reached the turning point into Act 2, we evaluated the journey so far and re-evaluated where we were headed. While it definitely upped our sense of panic as the clock ticked on our deadline, we could feel that we were making better character decisions that were more organic to the story.

Was it nerve-wracking writing in the dark? Absolutely, but we knew there was a massive benefit to that: if we didn’t know what was coming next, the reader definitely wouldn’t know what to expect. And that white-knuckle ride was what we’d always wanted the Quarantine trilogy to be.

By the time we started Book 3, The Burnouts, we’d become confident in our approach, and of the three books, it’s the most streamlined, while also being the most tumultuous. It’s a whip crack of story.

After writing three books together, Thomas and I are working on separate books before we tackle our next co-authored novel. In spite of working on different projects, we still help each other by brainstorming problems and posing possible solutions. And I’ve noticed that, after working so closely for so long, we’re both using the same method we refined over the course of writing Quarantine.

Thomas Voorhies talks about the visual writing style that totally draws me into these books.
Stacey asked us if the visual writing style in our books was on purpose or if it just came out that way. It was definitely intentional. When I'm reading, I really like to know where I am and what's going on. It bugs me if I feel lost and don't know where I am, or I'm flipping back and re-reading sections because it seems like we're in a new place and situation and I didn't notice when it happened. So I remember, especially in the first book of the series, wanting to make sure it was always crystal clear to the reader where they were, what was around them, and what it looked like.

On top of that, setting and description is one of the strongest tools you have as a writer to evoke a tone or an emotional mood for the scene. I often have images of a scene pop in my head as I'm writing or brainstorming. I went to art school, have a background in painting, and have always been very visual, so I love crafting a clear, simple, evocative image to express the feeling of the story, the specific moment, or the character's mood.

The simple pleasure of drawing or painting for me has always been that I put down a handful of lines, or paint strokes and suddenly those marks become a face, or a house or whatever else. The fact that pencil marks can be arranged in such a way that you see a solid three dimensional head, with eyes that look back at you and almost seem alive, that little feeling of magic is what it's all about. In writing visuals my hope is for that same bit of magic to happen when the sequence of words I've arranged form an image that is bright, sharp, and vivid in the reader's mind.


GIVEAWAY TIME!

Thanks to Egmont, we have a copy of The Burnouts to giveaway.  This giveaway is US and Canada only and please use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter.

7/15/2014

Review Mortal Enchantment

Title: Mortal Enchantment
Author: Stacey O’Neale
Publish Date: 5/6/2014 CreateSpace Publishing
Synopsis:
In Kalin Matthew's world, elementals control the forces of nature. They are divided into four courts: air, woodland, fire, and water. At sixteen she will leave the life she's built with her mortal mother. Kalin will move to Avalon to rule with her father-the elemental king of the air court. Along the way, she's attacked by a fire court assassin and saved by Rowan, a swoon-worthy elemental with a questionable past.

Worst of all, she learns her father is missing. To rescue him, Kalin will have to work with a judgmental council and a system of courts too busy accusing each other of deceit to actually be able to help her. But, they aren't her biggest challenge. With the Midwinter's Ball only five days away, Kalin must take over her father's duties, which includes shifting control of the elements-power Kalin has yet to realize. As Rowan attempts to train her, a war looms between the four courts. If Kalin fails, her father will die and the courts will fall, but the betrayal she's about to uncover may cost her even more...
I couldn’t wait to read this book after having read the prequel, The Shadow Prince. I wanted to know what happened between the cocky prince, Rowan, and the fairly na├»ve, but independent, Kalin. O’Neale didn’t disappoint. The book is a mixture of suspense, action, and romance with a quick, enticing plot. I couldn’t put it down. While the prequel is not required reading to understand the book, it provides valuable insight into Rowan's motives and his connection to Kalin.

One of the reasons I liked the book so much was because romance was not the central point of the story, but there is enough of a hint or tease to have kept me reading. The lives of the characters are well developed and the story is rich, so while the budding romance is important, it is not the driving force. There is a strong story to delve into and it is rich with possibilities for future books. (Hint. Hint.)

Rowan is a complicated book boyfriend who keeps you guessing as a reader. I’m not quite sure what his motives are all the time, but he seems to be  putting Kalin's needs and those of the court, above his own. Kalin is a kind, somewhat overly trusting young woman. She has been thrust into a world she knows little about and if forced to maneuver the four courts without her father’s guidance. She is also being forced to work through emotions she’s not experienced before and must choose whom to trust, both with her life and her heart. That will prove to be the most difficult thing for her because those she thinks she knows could prove to be her downfall.

I love the world O’Neale has created. There are so many possibilities she’s constructed, I can’t wait to see what’s next!

 My Overall Rating:

The Book of Life Book & Audio Review

Title: Book of Life - All Souls Trilogy book 3
Author: Deborah Harkness
Published: July 115, 2014 from Viking Adult
Synopsis:
After traveling through time in Shadow of Night, the second book in Deborah Harkness’s enchanting series, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies. At Matthew’s ancestral home at Sept-Tours, they reunite with the cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches—with one significant exception. But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on even more urgency. In the trilogy’s final volume, Harkness deepens her themes of power and passion, family and caring, past deeds and their present consequences. In ancestral homes and university laboratories, using ancient knowledge and modern science, from the hills of the Auvergne to the palaces of Venice and beyond, the couple at last learn what the witches discovered so many centuries ago.

With more than one million copies sold in the United States and appearing in thirty-eight foreign editions, A Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night have landed on all of the major bestseller lists and garnered rave reviews from countless publications. Eagerly awaited by Harkness’s legion of fans, The Book of Life brings this superbly written series to a deeply satisfying close.

The Book of Life was one of my most anticipated books of 2014, I was DYING to know how this series would end.  Deborah Harkness did not let me know with the end of the All Souls Trilogy and it's now one of my favorite series of all time. This is a great series for adult fans of YA who are looking for some awesome adult fiction and for older teen YA readers who are wanting to delve into adult fiction but still want the no holds bar feel that YA has.

The Book of Life is the action packed, stunning conclusion to this well thought out, genre bending trilogy.  This is one time that I'm going to leave you with the synopsis to tell you what goes on in the book.  It's a hard one to talk about without going into spoilers. But I will say that the arc of Ashmole 782, what is "the discovery of witches," and many of the other questions are satisfyingly answered.  I loved the action, the heart, and the attention to detail that lives within this book and story.  Harkness has created a well balanced story and characters that will have you wishing they were walking in the real world.  (Ok, I might have a small crush on Gallowglass) This is an epic story that had me truly captivated through all three books.

My only issues that I had with The Book of Life is that it leaves several sub plots open.  It makes me wonder if Harkness will be doing another companion book or books to wrap up these subplots. I Really hope she does, because I am so attached to these characters now, I want them wrapped up a little more.  But if that's my only complain, I think she did an amazing job.

I experienced this story through the audiobook.  I was introduced to Jennifer Ikeda because she narrated the first book in the trilogy, Discovery of Witches, she has also narrated Shadow of Night and The Book of Life as well has several author books.  With The Book of Life, Ikeda has become one of my favorite audiobook narrators of all times.  The way she has brought this series to life has been stunning, she manages to give each character specific voices that fit them perfectly without being off putting.  These audibooks live on my phone and I listen to them over and over, I'm always discovering new things about the series or new inflections that I previously missed. And just when i thought Ikeda didn't have any more tricks up her narrating sleeve, she brings a heart breaking scene from The Book of Life to life in a way that was totally stunning.  In the narrative, Matthew is to be signing a German Hymn that Ysabeau signs for the reader and Ikeda sings the lines in the audiobook, it's a breath taking moment.  It's little things like this that have me listening to audiobooks, these little bonuses that bring the book to life.  If I was reading that in the physical book, I would have just skipped right over it because I don't know German, but it's a moment that sticks with me because of the audio.


My Overall Review:


7/12/2014

#Divergent DVD/Blu-ray Content Details



So like every good DVD/Blu-ray release, Divergent has several options to choose from.  The DVD & Blu-ray will be available August 5th and the Digital HD will be released on July 22nd! (View the original press release HERE)

Here's a complete rundown of all the exclusive content available. (click the pics to enlarge)


DVD+Digital

  • Deleted Scenes
  • Ellie Goulding—“Beating Heart” music video
  • Audio commentary with director Neil Burger
  • Audio commentary with producers Lucy Fisher and Douglas Wick
  • Temporary tattoo sheet


Blu-Ray+DVD+Digital

  • Deleted Scenes
  • “BRINGING DIVERGENT TO LIFE” (multi-part making-of)
  • “DIVERGENT: FACTION BEFORE BLOOD”
  • Ellie Goulding—“Beating Heart” music video
  • Audio commentary with director Neil Burger
  • Audio commentary with producers Lucy Fisher and Douglas Wick
  • Temporary tattoo sheet




WALMART EXCLUSIVE

Blu-ray+DVD+Digital Collector’s Edition with Booklet


  • All the features from the national Blu-ray and DVD
  • PLUS 4 additional featurettes
  • “Meet Four”
  • “The Look of Divergent”
  • “Behind the scenes of Divergent”
  • “Choice”
  • AND Includes a 32-Page booklet
  • Excerpt from the upcoming 7/8 release of Veronica Roth’s FOUR, the fourth book in the Divergent book series
  • Includes photo spreads and more
  • Temporary tattoo sheet


TARGET EXCLUSIVE

3-Disc Blu-ray+DVD+Digital Deluxe Edition

DVD and BD Details:

  • Limited edition with an extra disc of content -Special Collectible Packaging
    • Special Features
      • All the features from the national Blu-ray and DVD
      • PLUS Disc 3 (DVD) features 45 minutes of exclusive content
      • “BEYOND THE INITIATION”—additional cast interviews
      • “FACTION FASHIONS”—an inside look at the costumes
      • “SETTING THE SCORE”—the film music score
      • Includes temporary tattoo sheet


BEST BUY EXCLUSIVE

Steel Case Blu-Ray + DVD + Digital

  • All the features from the national Blu-ray and DVD
  • Exclusive Steel Cases
  • Includes temporary tattoo sheet


7/07/2014

Q&A with Deborah Harkness, Book of Life Chapter 1 Preview & #Giveaway

The Book of Life, the third book in the All Souls Trilogy, by Deborah Harkness releases in just a week.  Please stop back on July 15th for our review and audio review. Thanks to Viking Books, we are pleased to share with you this preview of The Book of Life, read the first chapter HERE, and this awesome publisher provided interview.

If you want to meet Deborah in person, she's doing an extensive tour starting on the 15th. Click HERE to see a full list of signing locations.

And don't forget to enter our giveaway for awesome Book of Life buttons and a finished copy of the book below.

A CONVERSATION WITH DEBORAH HARKNESS

Q: In your day job, you are a professor of history and science at the University of Southern California and have focused on alchemy in your research. What aspects of this intersection between science and magic do you hope readers will pick up on while reading THE BOOK OF LIFE? There’s quite a bit more lab work in this book!
A. There is. Welcome back to the present! What I hope readers come to appreciate is that science—past or present—is nothing more than a method for asking and answering questions about the world and our place in it. Once, some of those questions were answered alchemically. Today, they might be answered biochemically and genetically. In the future? Who knows. But Matthew is right in suggesting that there are really remarkably few scientific questions and we have been posing them for a very long time. Two of them are: who am I? why am I here?

Q: Much of the conflict in the book seems to mirror issues of race and sexuality in our society, and there seems to be a definite moral conclusion to THE BOOK OF LIFE. Could you discuss this? Do you find that a strength of fantasy novels is their ability to not only to allow readers to escape, but to also challenge them to fact important moral issues?
A. Human beings like to sort and categorize. We have done this since the beginnings of recorded history, and probably well back beyond that point. One of the most common ways to do that is to group things that are “alike” and things that are “different.” Often, we fear what is not like us. Many of the world’s ills have stemmed from someone (or a group of someones) deciding what is different is also dangerous. Witches, women, people of color, people of different faiths, people of different sexual orientations—all have been targets of this process of singling others out and labeling them different and therefore undesirable. Like my interest in exploring what a family is, the issue of difference and respect for difference (rather than fear) informed every page of the All Souls Trilogy. And yes, I do think that dealing with fantastic creatures like daemons, vampires, and witches rather than confronting issues of race or sexuality directly can enable readers to think through these issues in a useful way and perhaps come to different conclusions about members of their own families and communities. As I often say when people ask me why supernatural creatures are so popular these days: witches and vampires are monsters to think with.

Q: From the moment Matthew and a pregnant Diana arrive back at Sept-Tours and reinstate themselves back into a sprawling family of witches and vampires, it becomes clear that the meaning of family will be an important idea for THE BOOK OF LIFE. How does this unify the whole series? Did you draw on your own life?
A. Since time immemorial the family has been an important way for people to organize themselves in the world. In the past, the “traditional” family was a sprawling and blended unit that embraced immediate relatives, in-laws and their immediate families, servants, orphaned children, the children your partner might bring into a family from a previous relationship, and other dependents. Marriage was an equally flexible and elastic concept in many places and times. Given how old my vampires are, and the fact that witches are the keepers of tradition, I wanted to explore from the very first page of the series the truly traditional basis of family: unqualified love and mutual responsibility. That is certainly the meaning of family that my parents taught me.

Q: While there are entire genres devoted to stories of witches, vampires, and ghosts, the idea of a weaver – a witch who weaves original spells – feels very unique to THE BOOK OF LIFE. What resources helped you gain inspiration for Diana’s uniqueness?
A. Believe it or not, my inspiration for weaving came from a branch of mathematics called topology. I became intrigued by mathematical theories of mutability to go along with my alchemical theories of mutability and change. Topology is a mathematical study of shapes and spaces that theorizes how far something can be stretched or twisted without breaking. You could say it’s a mathematical theory of connectivity and continuity (two familiar themes to any reader of the All Souls Trilogy). I wondered if I could come up with a theory of magic that could be comfortably contained within mathematics, one in which magic could be seen to shape and twist reality without breaking it. I used fabric as a metaphor for this worldview with threads and colors shaping human perceptions. Weavers became the witches who were talented at seeing and manipulating the underlying fabric. In topology, mathematicians study knots—unbreakable knots with their ends fused together that can be twisted and shaped. Soon the mathematics and mechanics of Diana’s magic came into focus.

Q: A Discovery of Witches debuted at # 2 on the New York Times bestseller list and Shadow of Night debuted at #1. What has been your reaction to the outpouring of love for the All Souls Trilogy? Was it surprising how taken fans were with Diana and Matthew’s story?
A. It has been amazing—and a bit overwhelming. I was surprised by how quickly readers embraced two central characters who have a considerable number of quirks and challenge our typical notion of what a heroine or hero should be. And I continue to be amazed whenever a new reader pops up, whether one in the US or somewhere like Finland or Japan—to tell me how much they enjoyed being caught up in the world of the Bishops and de Clemonts. Sometimes when I meet readers they ask me how their friends are doing—meaning Diana, or Matthew, or Miriam. That’s an extraordinary experience for a writer.

Q: Diana and Matthew, once again, move around to quite a number of locations in THE BOOK OF LIFE, including New Haven, New Orleans, and a few of our favorite old haunts like Oxford, Madison, and Sept-Tours. What inspired you to place your characters in these locations? Have you visited them yourself?
A. As a writer, I really need to experience the places I write about in my books. I want to know what it smells like, how the air feels when it changes direction, the way the sunlight strikes the windowsill in the morning, the sound of birds and insects. Not every writer may require this, but I do. So I spent time not only in New Haven but undertaking research at the Beinecke Library so that I could understand the rhythms of Diana’s day there. I visited New Orleans several times to imagine my vampires into them. All of the locations I pick are steeped in history and stories about past inhabitants—perfect fuel for any writer’s creative fire.

Q: Did you know back when you wrote A Discovery of Witches how the story would conclude in THE BOOK OF LIFE? Did the direction change once you began the writing process?
A. I knew how the trilogy would end, but I didn’t know exactly how we would get there. The story was well thought out through the beginning of what became The Book of Life, but the chunk between that beginning and the ending (which is as I envisioned it) did change. In part that was because what I had sketched out was too ambitious and complicated—the perils of being not only a first-time trilogy writer but also a first time author. It was very important to me that I resolve and tie up all the threads already in the story so readers had a satisfying conclusion. Early in the writing of The Book of Life it became clear that this wasn’t going to give me much time to introduce new characters or plot twists. I now understand why so many trilogies have four, five, six—or more—books in them. Finishing the trilogy as a trilogy required a lot of determination and a very thick pair of blinders as I left behind characters and story lines that would take me too far from the central story of Diana, Matthew, and the Book of Life.

Q: A Discovery of Witches begins with Diana Bishop stumbling across a lost, enchanted manuscript called Ashmole 782 in Oxford’s Bodleian Library, and the secrets contained in the manuscript are at long last revealed in THE BOOK OF LIFE. You had a similar experience while you were completing your dissertation. What was the story behind your discovery? And how did it inspire the creation of these novels?
A. I did discover a manuscript—not an enchanted one, alas—in the Bodleian Library. It was a manuscript owned by Queen Elizabeth’s astrologer, the mathematician and alchemist John Dee. In the 1570s and 1580s he became interested in using a crystal ball to talk to angels. The angels gave him all kinds of instructions on how to manage his life at home, his work—they even told him to pack up his family and belongings and go to far-away Poland and Prague. In the conversations, Dee asked the angels about a mysterious book in his library called “the Book of Soyga” or “Aldaraia.” No one had ever been able to find it, even though many of Dee’s other books survive in libraries throughout the world. In the summer of 1994 I was spending time in Oxford between finishing my doctorate and starting my first job. It was a wonderfully creative time, since I had no deadlines to worry about and my dissertation on Dee’s angel conversations was complete. As with most discoveries, this discovery of a “lost” manuscript was entirely accidental. I was looking for something else in the Bodleian’s catalogue and in the upper corner of the page was a reference to a book called “Aldaraia.” I knew it couldn’t be Dee’s book, but I called it up anyway. And it turned out it WAS the book (or at least a copy of it). With the help of the Bodleian’s Keeper of Rare Books, I located another copy in the British Library.

Q: Are there other lost books like this in the world?
A. Absolutely! Entire books have been written about famous lost volumes—including works by Plato, Aristotle, and Shakespeare to name just a few. Libraries are full of such treasures, some of them unrecognized and others simply misfiled or mislabeled. And we find lost books outside of libraries, too. In January 2006, a completely unknown manuscript belonging to one of the 17th century’s most prominent scientists, Robert Hooke, was discovered when someone was having the contents of their house valued for auction. The manuscript included minutes of early Royal Society meetings that we presumed were lost forever.

Q: Shadow of Night and A Discovery of Witches have often been compared to young adult fantasy like Twilight, with the caveat that this series is for adults interested in history, science, and academics. Unlike Bella and Edward, Matthew and Diana are card-carrying members of academia who meet in the library of one of the most prestigious universities in the world. Are these characters based on something you found missing in the fantasy genre?
A. There are a lot of adults reading young adult books, and for good reason. Authors who specialize in the young adult market are writing original, compelling stories that can make even the most cynical grownups believe in magic. In writing A Discovery of Witches, I wanted to give adult readers a world no less magical, no less surprising and delightful, but one that included grown-up concerns and activities. These are not your children’s vampires and witches.


GIVEAWAY TIME!

Thanks to Viking Books, we have an awesome giveaway. Six (6) winners will get a Book of Life button (pictured right) and one winner will get a finished copy of The Book of Life (the book is coming directly from the publisher after the book's release on July 15th).

This giveaway is open to US only, please use the rafflecopter widget below to enter and all of our other standard rules apply.