Escape Your Taxes Book Sale! Whee!


I don’t know about you guys, but taxes OUCH. So a group of super writer pals have teamed up to offer some deals on books to either a) help with the pain or b) help you spend your refund wisely.

My book on sale is The Woken Gods, which only recently came back. You can pick it up at Amazon for $2.99, discounted from $3.99.

This book comes from my love of mythology and specifically of tricksters, so if you’re always thinking to yourself, man, I wish people would use lesser known pantheons and we could get SUMERIAN gods and Loki and Legba in conversation, etc., etc., with a smart, rebellious girl trying to win against them, well…this is the book for you! But why believe me when you listen instead to the brilliant Carrie Ryan, NYT bestselling author of the Forest of Hands and Teeth Series, who said this about it: “Unique, fast-paced, and rife with tension, The Woken Gods brilliantly pits loyalty against survival, trust against inevitability, and love against fear.”

Here’s a rundown of what everyone’s offering:

Go get yourself some books! I know I am. And spread the word, if you’re so inclined.

The Cirque American Is Coming To Comics!

OH. MY. WORD. I have never wanted to blab so much about anything, and yay, today we finally get to tell you about a project that’s been months in the making!

My divine editor for Girl on a Wire and Girl in the Shadows Courtney Miller and Jet City Comics editor Paul Morrissey asked me last winter if I would have any interest in telling a side story about the Cirque American, perhaps set between Girl on a Wire and Girl in the Shadows, IN COMICS. And who is on my dream team list and they’d do their best to get them on board.

Of course, I said YES and proceeded to name my favorites. Never in my wildest dreams did I think we would actually get Kate freaking Leth on board to write and Ming freaking Doyle on board for the art. But we did! And so we’ve all been working on a four-issue miniseries that will come out starting in July, to your local comic shop and Comixology, and then be available in a bind-up thereafter. Today we get to show you the cover for the first issue and reveal a little about the series. PREPARE TO SWOON at Ming’s beautiful cover.




Issue 1 Description / Series Description

From acclaimed fantasy writer Gwenda Bond (Girl on a WireGirl in the Shadows), this four-issue comic book series features a new stand-alone story set within the world of Bond’s exotic, magical Cirque American. Written by New York Times bestselling comic book writer Kate Leth (Patsy Walker A.K.A. HellcatAdventure Time: Seeing Red) and featuring stunning art by acclaimed artist Ming Doyle (The KitchenConstantine: The Hellblazer).

After a high-profile tumble, Cirque American’s star wire walker, Jules Maroni, has a lot to prove—and her invitation to an exclusive exhibition in Paris looks to be just the opportunity to put her back on top. Unfortunately, the City of Lights glitters with distractions, including the presence of her first serious boyfriend and a mysterious figure haunting the venue.


Jules and Remy are going to Paris! There will be high wire walks above the city and drama and perilous trips into the Catacombs and I just can’t wait for you guys to read this. This project has been such a gift, and I’m learning so much working with these two wonderful geniuses. You can order the first issue on Amazon now and on Comixology or ask your local comic shop to order it for you (it’ll be in Previews in May!). It comes out July 6, the day after Girl in the Shadows release day. More to come.

You absolutely can read this without having read Girl on a Wire or Girl in the Shadows, but it will be extra fun if you have read Girl on a Wire I think!


The Woken Gods is back!

As promised, The Woken Gods is now once more available in ebook and for just $2.99! This is what I think of as my weirdest book and it’s definitely my most world-buildy. I’ve often said it’s my take on if Indiana Jones was an untrained teenage girl who had to go up against trickster gods in a transformed Washington, D.C. (I even gave her Indy’s jacket!) (The sharp-eyed among you may have noticed that Blackwood has once again disappeared; that’s because it has found a great new home and I’ll tell you more about that when I’m sure I’m allowed to. It’ll be back next year though. Yay.)

Here’s The Woken Gods new cover and description, and a buy link:


Five years ago, the gods of ancient mythology awoke around the world. This morning, Kyra Locke is late for school.

Seventeen-year-old Kyra lives in a transformed Washington, D.C., home to the embassies of divine pantheons and the mysterious Society of the Sun. But when rebellious Kyra encounters two trickster gods on her way back from school, one offering a threat and the other a warning, it turns out her life isn’t what it seems. She escapes with the aid of Osborne “Oz” Spencer, an intriguing Society field operative, only to discover that her scholar father has disappeared with a dangerous relic. The Society needs it, and they don’t care that she knows nothing about her father’s secrets.

Now Kyra must depend on her wits and the suspect help of scary gods, her estranged oracle mother, and, of course, Oz—whose first allegiance is to the Society. She has no choice if she’s going to recover the missing relic and save her father. And if she doesn’t? Well, that may just mean the end of the world as she knows it. From the author of Lois Lane: Fallout and Girl on a Wire comes a divinely different fantasy that will appeal to fans of Neil Gaiman, Cassandra Clare, and Rick Riordan.

“Unique, fast-paced, and rife with tension, The Woken Gods brilliantly pits loyalty against survival, trust against inevitability, and love against fear.” — Carrie Ryan, New York Times bestselling author of The Forest of Hands and Teeth series

Get it at Amazon (for now, for any kind of ebooks at some point). And if you’ve already read the book please feel free to review it!

This is NOT the big news of Monday. That’s coming later. MWAHAHA. Oh and p.s. the Fallout Read-Along is underway and super fun. Join us!

Fallout (Re)Read Group!

I’ve set up a group for the Lois Lane: Fallout Read-Along over at Goodreads, where I’ll post a kick-off thread each week starting March 20. I plan to divulge some tidbits about writing the book, and will happily answer questions and I hope you guys will discuss. You can also ask questions or comment on twitter or tumblr — just make sure you use the tag #FalloutReread — and if there’s call for it, we could do a weekly half-hour chat on twitter about that week’s chapters too. Basically, I’m game for whatever makes this group reading project the most fun for everyone!

Reading schedule:

Week of March 20 – Chapters 1-4
Week of March 27 – Chapters 5-9
Week of April 3 – Chapters 10-14
Week of April 10 – Chapters 15-19
Week of April 17 – Chapters 20-26

One week break then DOUBLE DOWN comes out. Yay!

Join the group here.

Monday Lois Miscellany

Good morning, dearies. I hope your clocks are all reset and the sun is shining to compensate for the blergh of DST. I think perhaps I will get to reveal to you a MOST EXCITING THING this week (finally!), but today some miscellaneous things.

  • I wrote a piece about why Lois Lane matters for the Guardian (!!), which ran on Friday. I’m really proud of how this turned out, so check it out and share if you’re so inclined.
  • I also did a 10 Things I Love About Lois Lane for Maximum Pop.
  • I’ll be chatting with Mariam Khan (and you?) for #FeminisminYA at 7:30 p.m. UK time/3:30 p.m. Eastern Standard tomorrow on twitter.
  • The ebook sale is almost over! So click with the clickety if you haven’t! And if you’re an ebook fan, it looks like the preorder of Double Down is also on sale. I’ll put up the details for the group read-along of Fallout later this week, but basically we’ll have a hashtag and I’ll be lurking to answer any questions during discussion on a certain evening each week covering a few chapters for the next month.


Last but not least, if I met you at SEYA you were delightful. What a fun time that was. And now back to work.

Happy Fallout UK Pub Day!

If you’re in the UK, you can now get a Lois Lane: Fallout of your very own in paperback or eb00k, wherever fine books are sold. Yay!511UXsDEzSL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_

Annnnd Maximum Pop will be running a super-fun giveaway (I want to win!) later today, so get in on that:

Forbidden Planet’s reviewer had some lovely things to say: “As a man of *coughcough* years of age, this book is aimed squarely not at me. However, as with all good books, it doesn’t matter what assigned age group is – good writing works for anyone. And this is a very good book. I hope this isn’t a one off – I for one would like to read more of Lois’s adventures before that guy turns up…”

You can find a whole bunch more lovely UK reader reviews at Maximum Pop and over at twitter. Thank you all! <3 <3 <3

I did a list of 10 things readers should know about me and Lois Lane for Female First (note: don’t count, um ;). And there’s a couple more fun pieces to come.

And there’s a new interview with me up at my beloved Girls With Capes about Double Down, among other things.

So many thanks to the UK publisher Curious Fox Books (Capstone’s UK arm) and the wonderful Georgia Lawe, the hardest working publicist on the other side of the ocean!

Events This Week, Ahoy!

In the midst of writing all the things, there’s a lot else going on this week. A rundown of where you can catch me.

Tomorrow, Tuesday night March 8, I’ll be part of a panel at Joseph-Beth Booksellers here in Lexington with Victoria Schwab, on tour for her NEW YORK TIMES’ BESTSELLING (yay!) A Gathering of Shadows, and Julie Kagawa, New York Times’ bestselling author of many wonderful books. I’ll happily sign copies of Lois Lane: Fallout (including the brand-new paperback!) or sit idly admiring these two amazing writers and women. I can guarantee you a fun evening, so come out.


Then it’s off to Murfreesboro, Tennessee, for the first-ever Southeastern Young Adult Book Festival (SEYA for short; follow them on twitter), which looks like it’s going to be a gobsmackingly amazing time. I’m doing a school visit Thursday afternoon with Alan Gratz (mwahaha) and Friday is teen day for schools that have already booked which will feature many things including hijinks from me, Carrie Ryan, and Alan.

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But Saturday is Community Day and open to anyone and you can see the full schedule here for why you should get there if you’re nearby. Here’s my events for Saturday:

11 – 1 p.m. Signing Bookstore

2:15-3:00 p.m.: Discussion Panel with Victoria Schwab, Beth Revis, Gwenda Bond, Kristin Tubb
LRC 221

3:15 – 4:00 p.m. Signing Bookstore

All events at:

MTSU campus
1301 East Main St.
Murfreesboro, Tennessee 37132

Hope to see some of you there!

And Thursday is Lois Lane: Fallout release day in the UK, so I’ll be back to post more then. Have a great week, all!

Starred Review for Double Down!

Double Down Final CoverHey, so last week I got some great news I can now share. Kirkus gave Double Down a starred review. A snippet:

“… That’s a lot of balls to juggle, but Bond never drops a single one. She fills this adventure with the Golden Age sci-fi weirdness that permeated the comic books of the 1930s and ’40s. The three mysteries dovetail together nicely in the end, with a few bread crumbs leading toward the next installment. Best of all, the novel ends as Lois crosses a line she will never be able to turn back from, a line that will mean big changes moving forward. In a sea of series that keep the characters status quo and rehash the same mysteries with different names and doodads, this is a godsend. A must read for comics fans and mystery enthusiasts alike.”


Also whew! I was nervous, obviously, because this is my first sequel, and my goal was to fill it with all the things people liked about the first book and then ADD MORE NEW THINGS people would also like. It’s considerably longer than Fallout. And I’m very proud of it, but you never know if others will agree or say, “Whoa, what was she thinking?! This is a super-long nightmare!”*

Preordering makes kittens happy!

And don’t forget that Fallout’s still on sale for $1.99 wherever fine ebooks are sold. The perfect time to snag it and catch up in advance of the sequel.

*Not that my fabulous editor Beth would let me get away with that, but the writer’s brain is not what we call rational at all times (and especially not about trade reviews).

Fallout Paperback Pub Day + ebook Sale!

Hi there, my precious dahlinks, it’s Lois Lane: Fallout paperback pub day! And, in addition, Capstone/Switch Press has put the ebook on sale for the very first time for a sweet $1.99 at all e-tailers for the next two weeks. The very best thing you can do to ensure a book three is spread the word and recommend to all fine (and loathsome) people of your acquaintance that they jump on board the Lois Lane Fallout train this spring (and of course preorder Double Down, out in May).


Buy links:




And here’s the shiny new paperback cover, which I love:


A special incentive, we’re going to kick off a group read or reread of Fallout around the 15th of March to take us into April and up to release in May. So get to your bookstore or click the clickety. Go Team Lois!

The Collected Wisdom Handout

I taught this week’s session of the Young Women Writers Project, a tremendous program the Carnegie Center here in town runs for teen writers with the support of the Kentucky Commission on Women and Toyota. It’s always a gift to work with such a talented bunch of girls, and I watch out for their world-conquering feats forever after. This year was no exception.

I asked on Twitter and Facebook for things that women wished they had heard or been taught as young writers or what they’d say to teen girl writers, and the results were so good I collected them into a handout that we went through during our professional development/business time. No reason to be stingy, here are the results — which are valuable for all of us. Thanks everyone for chiming in (and feel free to add new thoughts in the comments; I have a feeling I’ll be updating this to use again).

Your voice matters. – Cate Tiernan (and me, and everyone you should listen to)

I wish someone’d told me that the rules every one of my profs harped on didn’t actually matter. Things are changing. Change faster. Danika Stone

Your words and thoughts matter. Don’t be afraid to own your ideas. Elizabeth DiEmanuele

That not all stories are meant for everyone. It’s more important to write what makes you and your audience happy. Kate Focke Pearson

It’s okay if your subject matter/genre is different from what’s trendy with your peers. Kate Linnea

In my Creative Writing B.A, I wish they would’ve stressed the importance of networking in addition to quality. It is one thing to write well and deliver on time. People, however, are crucial to building a career as a writer. Readers and fellow pros. Monica Valentinelli

I wish someone had taught me then how to revise my own work — know what worked, what didn’t, and how to fix. Courtney Stevens

How to assess feedback: what hones the story you’re trying to write and what merely takes it in a different direction. Carrie Patel

I feel like past me needed to be constantly reminded that there was no “trick” to being published, just good writing. Beth Revis

You don’t have to Iove books billed as “classics.” You’re not less of a writer if Huck Finn isn’t your cup of tea. Nivea Serrao

That feeling like you’re starting from scratch with every book doesn’t mean you’ve forgotten how to write one. Emma Trevayne

Your instructor’s tastes and priorities may not apply to the work you want to do. I am quietly sure that the instructor who told me my work was “too sentimental” set me back ten years, easy. Andrea Phillips

Characters should only speak when they have something to say. You don’t have to force it. Katherine Chappell

Write every single day. One sentence. A page. A paragraph. One sentence. Even on days when you don’t feel like it. Erika Rose

Give your work to friends you trust to be both honest AND encouraging in giving their opinions about it! Then revise again and again. Stephanie Burgis

SILENCE THE CRITIC. Write. Experiment. Start stories and stop them, start another one. Don’t worry about how “good” it is. Practice. Terra Elan McVoy

Success as a writer (or musician, or artist) is 95% perseverance. As long as you don’t quit, you’re still on track. James Sutter

Be bold. Write about the familiar as well as the unknown. Renee Carter

Thinking about writing doesn’t replace actual-fax writing. (Though thinking time is important.) Victoria Janssen

Here’s one I got from my mother “don’t overthink, just write.” Book Girl

Stealing from Kate Wilhelm, but I wish I’d been told: Never take your husband’s name, at least not professionally. Colleen Cooper

Don’t let it diminish your light when your (male) profs tell you that the feminism in your writing is ‘cute.’ Lisa Mantchev

When you’re a tween/teen, it’s hard for mean words to not get to you. However, there’s still amazing people in the world. Find your own voice. Write about the things you love not because someone else is doing it. Let your passion flag fly high! Nerd and Lace

Your voice matters. And you’re responsible for what you put out into the world. What message are you sending? What communication are you trying to make? Cate Tiernan/Gabrielle Charbonnet

Genre writing is just as important as “literary” fiction. You can’t edit a blank page and really, it’s okay for your first draft to be not great. Imposter syndrome will never go away, so get used to pushing through it now! Laura Lam

Women have societal expectations to be Pinterest-queens, inspiring spouses and Attached Parents. Treat writing like becoming a doctor or lawyer – study, craft, and think of your characters like clients or patients. M L Konett

You don’t need anyone’s permission. Laurie Thompson

It’s not conceit to acknowledge your strength, particularly when you balance it with with gratitude (to those who may have taught or helped you, to God or the universe, or good genes). Or just: It’s not conceit to acknowledge your strengths. Heidi Shulz

“No” is a complete sentence. Tracy Winfield Holczer

Your time has value. Remember that when you feel the urge to fret or slack or waste precious moments doubting yourself…and remember it when people ask you to write or present for free. Your time has value. Nikki Loftin

If you don’t learn to value yourself, no one else will value you. Sarah Darer

1. It’s OK to “not know,” to revisit, rethink…revise along the way—that’s why many of us write, to do just that. 2. Being supportive doesn’t mean that you should do someone else’s research or work for them. Olugbemisola Amusashonubi-Perkovich‪

Your voice is equal to anyone else’s in the room. (Well, maybe not if you’re with President Obama but you get my drift.) Cheryl Blackford

Ignore the haters. Find the people who enable you to do your work. Support your peers and cheer for their successes. Read everything. Don’t double-space after periods. Gwenda Bond


Your voice matters.


(This wisdom collected from Twitter and Facebook in Feb. 2016 especially for you.)