Fallen Fotos, Part Two

This week I wanted to share these photos of the breathtaking Angel Island, off the coast of Sausalito, which remind me of the opening scene in Torment when Cam and Daniel meet to discuss the rules of the angelic truce. Doesn’t this transport you to their meeting by the water? Does it make anyone else want to head to Roland’s bonfire at the Shoreline beach?

Have you seen any photos that make you think of Torment? If you have, post a link to your Fallen-inspired Pinterest boards or Facebook photos below in the comments section.

And be sure to check back next week for a healthy dose of Passion

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I just got back from a terrific tour of the UK, making stops in London, Manchester, Bury, Liverpool, Milton Keynes, and Birmingham, and talking up Torment to tons of bloggers, librarians, teachers, booksellers, and lots and lots of readers. I met all the wonderful people who are publishing my books in the UK and even got to attend the 4th annual Eternal Twilight Convention It was a blast.

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Torment Tour USA Dates and Store Addresses:

TORMENT TOUR:

San Francisco:

Tuesday, September 28th–Barnes & Noble, El Cerrito, CA at 6:30 PM

(6050 El Cerrito Place)

Wednesday, September 29th–Kepler’s, 7pm

(1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA)

Seattle:
Thursday, September 30th–University Bookstore in Mill Creek at 6:30 PM

(15311 Main Street, Mill Creek, WA)
Friday, October 1st–Borders in Redmond, WA at 7pm

(16549 N.E. 74th St. Redmond, WA)

Portland:
Saturday, October 2nd–Powell’s in Cedar Hills at 2:00 PM

(3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd, Beaverton OR)

AND Barnes & Noble in Clackamas, OR at 7:00 PM

(12000 SE 82nd Avenue, Portland, OR)

Orange County, CA:

Sunday, October 3rd–Orange County Book Festival at 11:00 AM

(2701 Fairview Road, Costa Mesa, CA)

Atlanta:

Monday, October 4th–Barnes & Noble in Alpharetta, GA at 7:00 PM

(Mansell Crossings Shopping Center)

Tuesday, October 5th–Books-A-Million in Discover Mills at 7:00 PM

(5900 Sugarloaf Pkwy #321, Lawrenceville, GA)

Memphis:

Wednesday, October 6th–Davis-Kidd at 6:00 PM

(387 Perkins Road Ext, Memphis, TN)

Thursday, October 7th–Barnes and Noble at 7:00 PM

(2774 N Germantown Pkwy, Memphis, TN)

Nashville:

Friday, October 8th–Davis-Kidd at 4:00 PM

(212 Green Hills Village Drive, Nashville, TN)

Saturday, October 9th–Southern Festival of Books

(War Memorial Plaza, Nashville, TN)

New York:

Monday, October 11th–Barnes & Noble in Carle Place, NY at 7:00 PM

(91 Old Country Road, Carle Place, NY)

Tuesday, October 12th–Borders in Westbury, NY at 7:00 PM

(1260 Old Country Road, Westbury, NY)

Chicago:

Wednesday, October 13th–Anderson’s in Naperville, IL at 7:00 PM

(123 West Jefferson Avenue, Naperville IL)

Thursday, October 14th–Borders in Schaumburg, IL at 7:00 PM

(1540 Golf Road Schaumburg, IL 60173)

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The Passion Pastiche

While you’ve been patiently waiting for Torment

I’ve been hard at work on the first draft of Passion. It’s third book in the Fallen series, and a prequel to everything that occurs in Fallen and in Torment. In its conception, this book felt like an impossible project to me: It covers a span of 5000 plus years, dips into a new setting, a new country, and usually, a new century with each new chapter. And it aims to explain just about every important moment that ever passed between Luce and Daniel. Definitely the biggest narrative challenge I’ve ever given myself.

I was nervous before I started writing it. I’d had such a great, fun, charmed experience writing Torment, but I know this book was going to be much more complicated, much more taxing. Just as I did when I started writing Fallen, I turned to books for help. Only this time, in addition to the theological research books I used for Fallen, I also got to look at some of my favorite novels for help with period and setting. Recognize any of these?

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PLEASE NOTE THAT AS OF 8/20/2010, THE AUCTION IS CLOSED. I RAN OUT OF BOOKS! THANKS SO MUCH TO EVERYONE WHO SUPPORTED MY RACE!

For the past three months I have been training for a half-marathon with a group called Team in Training. Team in Training is a philanthropic organization that raises funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Leukemia causes more deaths than any other cancer among children and young adults under the age of 20 and is the number 1 cancer in senior citizens.

I was personally touched by the disease last year, when my grandfather lost his battle with leukemia. So now, along with my Team in Training running group, I am racing to raise money to help battle blood cancers.

By September 5th, the day of the half marathon (in Disneyland!), my goal is to raise over $2000 to go toward finding new treatments and eventually a cure for this devastating disease.

So what does this have to do with you, you ask? I have forty copies of my books (including some various fun editions, like a lush mass market paperback of Fallen from the UK, the audio book, a couple Spanish and Italian versions, and even a few advance copies of Torment!) that I will be auctioning off to the first forty people who make a donation (of $10 or more) through my Team in Training website. I will sign, personalize, and send a special thank you note with the book to anyone who helps me support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

You can visit my fundraising website here and make a secure online donation on the right hand side of the page. I’ll get an email notification when you do, and as long as you include your email and mailing address when you fill out the donation, I’ll have all the information I need to send you your personalized book. I will email you before I send your book to check whether you have special dedication wishes, or if you can read, say, Chinese and want that edition! I have no idea how many of you will be interested in this, but if we exceed the forty books I’m starting with, I’ll update my blog and maybe increase the quantity. (That would be incredible!)

These can be yours!

I know that many of you and the people you love have also been touched by some form of cancer, and it feels wonderful to know there are great organizations out there like Team in Training and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society that allow all of us to get involved–even in a small way–to save lives.

Do I look like a girl who is about to run 13.1 miles?
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Comic Con

My first trip to Comic Con was a great time this weekend. I did a few video interviews that will be available on youtube very shortly. I got to sit on a Bite Me panel with  six other fantasy writers, where we spoke to around 350 Comic Conners about everything from demented unicorns, to how we do our research, to whether or not proper vampires have fangs.

I had a really nice signing after the panel:

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I went to New York last week for BEA, which, for those of you who don’t know, is a huge book expo held every May to showcase books coming out in the fall. I’ve been a couple times before back when I worked as an editor, and it’s always a whirlwind of book signings, banquets, award ceremonies, and lots of oogling upcoming releases. There is much to get excited about and so much swag to snag. From my own stash, I’m most excited to dig into Lauren Oliver’s Delirium and Jennifer Donnelly’s Revolution. People bring extra suitcases to schlep back all the ARCs and books they take home. I once saw a woman wielding one of those Costco-sized grocery carts.

At my signing. Thanks, Lacey, for the pic.

This year, being on the author side was so much fun. I loved spending time with my team at Delacorte and loooved hearing all about their brilliant plans for Torment’s release in a few months. I got to meet my British, Australian, and even Croatian publishers and talk about plans to visit both the UK and Australia/New Zealand over the next year. I got to see Susanne Collins accept an award from the American Booksellers Association—and had to hold myself back from tackling her and telling her how much I love her books. I sat down with my agents to talk about plans for the next book after Torment (hard to believe I’ll start writing that in a few weeks!).

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