IN THE SHADOWS BY Jim Di Bartolo & Kiersten White
So, you guys already know that my husband, Jim Di Bartolo, is super talented. And I'm sure you also know that Kiersten White is super talented. But still, knowing this, you cannot quite imagine how amazing their collaboration, IN THE SHADOWS, is. What is IN THE SHADOWS? It's a heavily illustrated novel, but it's not a novel where the art illustrates the text. Two stories are told, one by Kiersten, with words, and one by Jim, with pictures. The stories are connected, but it will take you the duration of the book to figure out exactly how. And when they do come together in the end: POW! It's crazy satisfying. That all sounds cool and all (it is), but I've been trying to figure out how to really SHOW YOU this book. The only thing that does it justice is holding it in your hands and reading it. It's this beautiful compact brick of glossy paper, text printed in sepia, decorative borders, lavish artwork. So much artwork. I think this will help give you an idea of why this is a reading experience you have to have (and why you have to have this experience with a physical book, not a tablet):WOW, right?So what's it "about"?From the remarkable imagination of acclaimed artist Jim Di Bartolo and the exquisite pen of bestselling author Kiersten White comes a spellbinding story of love, mystery, and dark conspiracy, told in an alternating narrative of words and pictures.Cora and Minnie are sisters living in a small, stifling town where strange and mysterious things occur. Their mother runs the local boarding house. Their father is gone. The woman up the hill may or may not be a witch.Thomas and Charles are brothers who’ve been exiled to the boarding house so Thomas can tame his ways and Charles can fight an illness that is killing him with increasing speed. Their family history is one of sorrow and guilt. They think they can escape from it . . . but they can’t.Arthur is also new to the boarding house. His fate is tied to that of Cora, Minnie, Thomas, and Charles. He knows what darkness circles them, but can’t say why, and doesn’t even know if they can be saved. Sinister forces are working in the shadows, manipulating fates and crafting conspiracies. The closer Cora, Minnie, Arthur, Thomas, and Charles get to the truth, the closer they get to harm. But the threat is much bigger than they can see. It is strangling the world. Until one of the boys decides he wants to save it. Told in an astonishing mix of art and words, IN THE SHADOWS collides past against future, love against evil, and hope against fear. The result is both a mystery and a masterpiece.Even the text pages are gorgeous. I mean, the writing is gorgeous, yes, but I'm not allowed to show you that. I'm sneaking showing you this much. Hope I don't get in trouble ... But the design is gorgeous too:Sneaky me. Get this book. It's just as good for boys as for girls. The art is edgy and dangerous and will appeal to readers of graphic novels, and the text story offers something different: it's poetic and atmospheric, gothic, creepy and romantic.It's just awesome. Don't miss it.Pre-order now:POWELL'S* (signed edition!)INDIEBOUNDAMAZONBARNES & NOBLE
Mexico: HOUSE LOVE
Oh man did we love the house we stayed in in Mexico. Thanks eternally to Cassie, Holly, Sarah, Josh, Kelly, and Gavin for inviting us on this fabulous retreat!Of course I want to walk you through the whole house and explain how it fits together and how magnificent and perfect it is, but I won't. I'll just show you the pictures.This is all hidden behind high walls in the town center. Amazing. From the outside, you can't guess what's within. I kept wishing I could fly so I could skim over the rooftops and peek into all the courtyards and rooftop gardens.Did I mention there was a view? *stagger faint*That cute tile-roofed lantery dome above? This is it from below, as it lets light into the dining room:Below, check out the mini terrace on to of the pool house. Beyond adorable. There was even an outdoor shower up there.Oh man. The perfection. It was really really hard to leave, especially considering the amazing company!
DREAMS OF GODS & MONSTERS tour!
Here are the DREAMS OF GODS & MONSTERS tour dates and upcoming events!I'm so excited!!!Tuesday, April 8 - Albuquerque, NMBookworks (7:00 PM)4022 Rio Grande Blvd. NWAlbuquerque, NM 87107 Wednesday April 9 - Austin, TXBarnes & Noble at the Austin Public Library (Yarborough Branch) (7:00 PM)(In conversation with Margaret Stohl)2200 Hancock Dr.Austin, TX 78756Thursday, April 10 - San Antonio, TXBarnes & Noble (The Shops at La Cantera) (7:00 PM)15900 La Cantera Parkway, Bldg 27San Antonio, TX 78256*I will be at the Texas Library Association Conference, schedule TBA*Saturday, April 12 - Los Angeles, CALos Angeles Times Festival of Books (Time TK)University of Southern California Campus3551 Trousdale ParkwayLos Angeles, CA 90089Sunday, April 13 - Los Angeles, CABarnes & Noble (Huntington Beach) (2:00 PM)7881 Edinger Ave. #110Huntington Beach, CA 92647Monday, April 14 - San Francisco, CAKepler’s Books (7:00 PM) 1010 El Camino RealMenlo Park, CA 94025Tuesday, April 15 - San Francisco, CABooks Inc. at Alameda Free Library (7:00 PM) 1550 Oak StAlameda, CA 94501Wednesday, April 16 – Portland, ORPowell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing (7:00 PM)3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd. Beaverton, OR 97005 Tuesday, April 22 – Toronto, CanadaChapters (Queensway) (7:00 PM) 1950 The QueenswayEtobicoke, ON M9C 5H5Canada*Wednesday, April 23 - Boston, MAThe Children's Bookshop at the Public Library of Brookline (7:00 PM)361 Washington St.Brookline, MA 02445Thursday, April 24 - South Hadley, MAOdyssey Books at Mount Holyoke College (7:00 PM)50 College St (location TK)South Hadley, MA 01075Saturday, April 26 - Houston, TXTeen BookCon at Alief Taylor High School (9:00 AM to 5:00 PM)7555 Howell Sugar Land RdHouston, TX 77083LONDONWednesday, April 30 - London, England GLAMOUR Magazine's G-Book Club DREAMS OF GODS & MONSTERS party (6:30 PM - 8:00 PM)20 Portman Square, London W1H 6LW, United Kingdom--more UK TOUR DATES UPCOMING--*this will be my first time ever in Canada, which is shocking and silly considering how close it is to Oregon (well, Toronto's not close, but you know what I mean.) Can't wait!)THIS SUMMER:PHOENIX COMIC CON, June 5-8 schedule TBAPhoenix Convention Center, Phoenix AZ AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE, June 27-30schedule TBALas Vegas, NVSAN DIEGO COMIC CON, July 24-27schedule TBASan Diego Convention Center, San Diego CAAUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND I hope I'm not jumping the gun here but I'm preeeetty sure I'll be coming in August/September. I hope so!
- Feb 25, 2014 Exclusive Edition of DREAMS OF GODS & MONSTERS!
- Feb 22, 2014 More foreign editions of DAYS OF BLOOD & STARLIGHT!
- Feb 21, 2014 DREAMS OF GODS & MONSTERS sneak peak!!!
- Feb 17, 2014 MEXICO!!!
- Feb 02, 2014 Hello February
- Jan 31, 2014 DREAMS OF GODS & MONSTERS -- UK COVER!
- Jan 24, 2014 Journals, Travel, and the Great Daughter of Smoke & Bone Re-Read!
- Jan 22, 2014 Oh hello 2014
- Jan 14, 2014 What we're reading around here...
- Jan 07, 2014 Portland, early 2014
- Dec 24, 2013 Birthday Dinner, Christmas Decor
- Dec 22, 2013 Shiny
- Dec 12, 2013 "DONE" + my mental state in gifs
- Dec 09, 2013 BOOK FINISHING DAY!!! + Retreat Advice
- Dec 02, 2013 I love this time of year ...
- Nov 26, 2013 Happy Cake & Puppets! + Writing Retreat Redux
- Nov 25, 2013 "To find the colors again"
- Nov 17, 2013 Wirelesslessness...
- Nov 14, 2013 Finally! TWISTROSE KEY winners!
- Nov 03, 2013 Inspiration Clearing House!
- Oct 29, 2013 Word Count Calendar (of Cuteness)
- Oct 24, 2013 HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY, LIPS TOUCH!!! (In the UK)
- Oct 21, 2013 THE TWISTROSE KEY!
- Oct 13, 2013 "Ma" and Tension-building, via Miyazaki
- Oct 02, 2013 NIGHT OF CAKE & PUPPETS!