Friday, August 27, 2010

Extraordinary giveaway

If you want to get your hands on a copy of Extraordinary without removing your hands from your money, you can enter the giveaway contest on Confessions of a Bookaholic. Three signed galleys are on offer.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Extraordinary: First Pages

A blogger named Misty does a "First Pages" reading from Extraordinary on her Book Rat blog. It's a nice start, but you'll have to read the rest yourselves...

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Nancy on Hunger Games, Casablanca, etc.

OK, I've got to give you a pretty serious spoiler alert here. Libba Bray has posted Nancy's thoughts on the Hunger Games trilogy, Casablanca, Far from the Madding Crowd, and love generally. Said thoughts gave away a very important detail that I hadn't previously known about. Not that I'm bitter, and not that I'm like a citizen of Panem who needs to be careful about what he says or anything. I'll just say that if you have not yet read Catching Fire, do not yet read this link!

If you haven't read Far from the Madding Crowd, I wouldn't sweat it too much, and if you haven't seen Casablanca, I can't help you. But if you *have* read Catching Fire, click away, and proceed to read...

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Horn Book on Extraordinary

Lauren Adams gives Extraordinary a very nice review in the upcoming issue of The Horn Book Magazine:

A present-day teen's search for self collides with a magical faerie world in this suspenseful fantasy. As a privileged Rothschild daughter, Phoebe lives in the shadow of her "extraordinary" family and her brilliant, powerful mother, fearing that she is the only ordinary person among them. In middle school, Phoebe is instantly drawn to the strange new girl Mallory and offers her friendship and advice. Over the course of four years, the girls become inseparable, and late-bloomer Phoebe relies on now-gorgeous Mallory to take the lead. Interspersed "Conversation[s] with the Faerie Queen" reveal that Mallory is not what she appears, and that Phoebe is merely a cog in a desperate mission to collect an old debt for the faerie folk. Mallory's captivating brother Ryland is sent to finish the job, threatening not only vulnerable Phoebe but her family as well. As she did in Impossible (rev. 9/08), Werlin smoothly blends contemporary realism and fantasy, here basing the story on the real historical figure Mayer Rothschild and spinning his family's extraordinary success into a supernatural bargain. The faerie garden behind Ryland's bedroom door comes to life with the texture, scent, and sound of enchanted flora and fauna. Ryland's cold seduction and manipulation of Phoebe is palpably dangerous; the "glamoured" Phoebe can't recognize the predatory nature of his sexual advances. In contrast, the genuine warmth of Mallory's friendship allows some hope in spite of her terrible betrayal. Phoebe's final reckoning with the faeries tests her own inner strength; ultimately her survival depends on it-just as in the real world.

Monday, August 16, 2010

What Nancy said

Kay Em Evans has an interview with Nancy on her blog. where they discuss Impossible, Extraordinary, writing, and Nancy herself. There's even a brief mention of her next book...

Friday, August 13, 2010

Extraordinary makes ABA's autumn Indie top ten

Independent booksellers nationwide have spoken, and Extraordinary has made the Autumn 2010 Children's Indie Next List, brought to you by the American Booksellers Association. If you go to your independent bookseller, I'll bet they'll speak even more...

Thursday, August 5, 2010

There's a reason they don't call it cover *science*

Do you like a good book cover? Of course you do! Ever grabbed a book based not on a recommendation but on nothing more than the pretty picture on the front? Off the record, and just between us...yes you have. So it's hard to imagine that you won't want to read Nancy's behind-the-scenes look at one episode in the cover art process, as presented by Elizabeth Bluemle in a post called "Nancy Werlin: Anatomy of a Book Cover" on the Shelf Talker blog that she co-hosts on Publisher's Weekly.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Sleek sneak peak at Extraordinary

Check it -- a two-chapter opportunity to step inside Nancy's new book, Extraordinary: