Monday, July 20, 2009

I'm signing books on Saturday in NYC!

Now here's the event you've been waiting for! Nine authors will be at Books of Wonder in New York City on Saturday, July 25th, from 2pm to 4pm. Stop by and buy a book or nine and say hello!


Participating Authors:

Lauren Barnholdt, author of Two-Way Street, The Secret Identity of Devon Delaney, Four Truths and Lie, and others
Sarah Cross, author of Dull Boy
Erin Dionne, author of Models Don't Eat Chocolate Cookies
Heather Duffy-Stone, author of This is What I Want to Tell you
Mandy Hubbard, author of Prada and Prejudice
Julie Linker, author of Crowned, Disenchanted Princess
Sarah MacLean, author of The Season
Mari Mancusi, author of Boys that Bite, Girls that Growl, Stake That!, Gamer Girl and others
Michelle Zink, author of Prophecy of the Sisters

Friday, July 17, 2009

Boys that Bite - Reader Trailer!

A Boys that Bite trailer, created by one of my readers for her senior class project. So cute!!!

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Bad Blood out Monday! (If you live in Germany...)

It's kind of surreal/weird cause I just realized I have a book release next week except it's in Germany and not here. The fourth vampire book, Bad Blood, will be released on Monday in Germany, six months before it's released in the US.

Obviously for a US writer this is usually the other way around, with the translations releasing later than the originals, but my publisher in Germany has been extremely enthuiastic about the series and is not only putting out Book #4 first, but they've already bought Book #5 (working title: Night School) and will probably want a Book #6, too. So awesome.

Normally during a book release I'd be doing all sorts of promotion, but I don't know the first thing about promoting to Germany - I don't even speak the language! So I guess I just have to leave it up to the publisher and fans to spread the word. My German readers are extremely enthusiastic and I love getting emails from them - even if they have varied success at writing in English. (I wonder sometimes if they put the letters through translator programs.) I just have to make sure none of them post spoilers on MySpace for the US audience to read.

In any case, the release of book #4 has been a long time coming and I'm excited it's finally here! Even if it is in a language I can't read.


Monday, July 06, 2009

4th of July fun!

The Fourth of July party we hosted on Saturday was a ton of fun -- ending with an amazing 360 fireworks extravaganza on the roof of our apartment building. We saw Jersey City fireworks, New York City fireworks, and about ten different other distant fireworks displays from towns unknown. It was pretty surreal, witnessing all of these celebrations all going off at the same time as far as the eye could see.

Liz brought her amazing camera and captured the highlights.

The perfect 4th of July patriotic setting: just behind Lady Liberty.

It was a beautiful day to sit outside on the balcony.

Burgers nad hot dogs were cooked on the grill, much to Molly's delight.

She was less interested in the corn on the cob.

There were a lot of boats down there.

Amazing what she'll put up with for burger scraps!

For a brief respite from the sun, we played Wii. No one could agree on a game.

The sun began to set...Anticipation builds.


We headed up to the roof...

...just in time for the fireworks to begin!!

After the fireworks, it was time for some Sing Star karaoke!

All in all, a good Fourth of July celebration had by all!


Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Pre-Holiday week

It's midway through a short week - we get out at 2pm tomorrow and then have Friday off for Fourth of July. Looking forward to a long weekend and fireworks! We're fortunate to see fireworks quite often from our balcony, but I'm sure the 4th of July ones will be extra special. It will definitely feel patriotic to be looking out at the Statue of Liberty as we celebrate our nation's birth.

Last weekend Jacob had to work a great deal as a server was busted. However we did get to go to Morgan and Nick's for a little Dance, Dance Revolution on a 75 inch screen. And on Friday we hung out with Jamie and Jeremy, which was fun as well.

I turned in my "My Zombie Valentine" anthology story revisions and they were accepted so that's one thing off my plate. Now back, once again, to The Camelot Code. I know you're probably sick of reading about this book and are likley wondering if its existance is merely an urban legend. But I promise you someday it will hit bookstore shelves and when it does you will understand why it took so long to write!

In the meantime, I got an amazing cover quote from the delightful, mega-talented Rachel Caine who writes the New York Times Morganville Vampire Series. They'll be putting this on the covers of the re-released Blood Coven books:

"If you haven't sunk your teeth into Marianne Mancusi's fabulous books, why haven't you? Delightful, surprising, and engaging -- you'll get bitten, and love it."

-- Rachel Caine

Nice, huh? She's awesome and I adore both her and her books. If you like vampires and haven't picked them up, start with Glass House. And bonus, it takes place in Texas, too!

Speaking of Texas, check out this Austin house. Totally my dream house! Of course, at three million dollars, I'll need to keep dreaming! Still, it's so beautiful. I especially like the waterfall and the wine cellar. Though perhaps not so kid friendly, seeing as there's a bi-level pool on the side of a cliff...

For 3 million you could probably get a 2 bedroom place in NYC...

In any case, it gives me motivation to continue my quest for that bestseller! :)

Happy almost Fourth of July everyone!