YA Scavenger Hunt Time (+ Bonus ARC Contest)

YASH-circle-background-2Welcome to this stop of the YA Scavenger Hunt extravaganza!

I’m Gwenda Bond *wave* and my bonus content is being hosted by Lance Rubin. It’s a two-page sneak peek of the Lois Lane: Fallout sequel, Double Down, which you can enter to win one of two advanced reader copies of in the bonus contest described at the end of this post. (And a signed copy of Fallout is part of the Team Teal prize, of course!)

If you’re new to the hunt, this tri-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors…and a chance to win some awesome prizes! At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize–one lucky winner will receive one signed book from each author on the hunt in my team! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 72 hours!Team Teal

Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are a bunch of contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all of ’em. I’m a part of the TEAL TEAM, as I mentioned — but there are also all those other teams with a chance to win a whole different set of signed books.

If you’d like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt homepage.

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What a Weekend, What a Year

What a weekend! From the crowded cosplay halls of Dragon*Con to the airy (and occasionally broiling) square at Decatur Book Festival and back again (and again). I talked comics and fantasy and Lois Lane and YA humor and circus things on panels and afterward, signed a lot of books and met so many wonderful readers, and, as always, saw too many friends and met too many new people to name them all. 

There’s a nice Daily Dragon recap by Brynna Owens of the Creating a Safe Space for Female Readers panel that featured Laurenn McCubbin and myself on Friday.

And I think people enjoyed the sneak peek (er, listen) to part of Double Down — again, I thank you guys who braved the Dragon Con parade insanity to get to the Hyatt basement.

The humor panel at Decatur was fun, as a humor panel should be.

We decided to go full dance party at the DBF party, and Terra made it happen.

And Truth or Dare at the hands of Kimberly Jones and Vania Stoyanova with Libba Bray, Terra Elan McVoy, Becky Goldstein Albertalli, David Arnold, Adam Silvera and Andrew Smith is already legend. Its songs and videos and dramatic readings are being immortalized all over Facebook and Twitter Valhalla, as they should be.


So many thanks to the wonderful DBF organizers and volunteers and Little Shop of Stories for being awesome, and to Bev Kodak and her YA lit track team at Dragon Con for the same (plus, the lovely comics track organizers!). Book people are the best people, and I’m so glad I get to live this bookish life with all of you.

The night we arrived in Atlanta, Christopher and I went up to the rotating restaurant on top of our hotel for dinner to celebrate our anniversary. And I remembered visiting it with Diana Gill almost exactly a year ago for a drink, and talking to her about how I thought I was making the right career choices, but how can you ever know? This was a few days before Girl on a Wire came out (the restaurant has a view of the building that’s the scene of Jules’ last building walk in the book) and a few days after Lois Lane: Fallout had been announced. Sitting up there, remembering that, and reflecting on the last twelve months… What a year this has been. And so Christopher and I had a toast and set goals for this coming one.

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I’m going to go out on a limb and say I think it’ll be good too.

Review Mania (aka, Get Some Lois Swag)

Several people have asked how to get their hands on Lois Lane swag if they can’t make it to events this fall and I’ve come up with a way (actually, I stole this idea from the fabulous Megan Shepherd who did something similar with her bookmarks). Anyway, read on if you are one of these interested parties…

You may perhaps wonder why authors are always asking people to leave Amazon reviews — well, in part it’s because the number of reviews can be a factor in what kinds of promotions a book is eligible for there (and promotions are good, because they help a book get to new readers, etc). Not to mention, lots of people go consult Amazon before they buy a book, whether they ultimately purchase there or from their local indie or elsewhere. (I’m all about supporting your indie!)

Why are you telling us this, you ask? Wellll, there are a lot of you who have kindly reviewed Fallout on your blogs or Goodreads or Tumblr, but maybe not yet cross-posted those reviews to retail sites like Amazon and/or B&N (where the book could use some more reviews). So, here’s a little contest (or not so much a contest as an easy way to score some swag) to encourage you to review the book at Amazon too: The first 20 people to add a review on Amazon and send me a link to it along with your mailing address (US only, sorry! the postage is coming out of my pocket) will get swag mail with at least one sticker and bookmark. You can even state your sticker preference for the Fallout or Double Down cover. Some lucky people will also get a What Would Lois Lane Do? wristband. Let’s say this goes for the next two weeks, but it’s first come first serve so don’t delay if you want stuff. Examples of the things you will receive:

Here’s the link to Fallout’s Amazon page, and here’s the contact page where you can send me the link to your review and your mailing address. Can’t participate for whatever reason? Perfectly fine! There will be other opportunities to get swaggy things at some point. And let’s go on and say that everyone who does this will be entered into a drawing to win an advance copy of Double Down too.

Newsy + Upcoming Events

double down coverThis is a semi-long post, but only because it needed to be. Forewarned!

Double Down 

So, of course, you guys already had the preliminary skinny on Double Down. But this week brought a little more excitement — including the official official announcement (publicity contact info for media can be found at that link), which got some very nice coverage. A sampling:

And more. I’m linking to these because, well, wow, this is PRETTY FREAKING COOL, NGL, I want people to be excited about the book! I am! But I also want to give some kudos to my fabulous, super-hard-working publicist on the Lois Lane series: April Roberts. April, you rock. (You can and should follow her on twitter at that handle, but the @switchpresspub handle is the best for book stuff — also a good place to follow for things in the next section of this post.)

Also, brand new interview with the Superman Super Site. Check it out.

More Excitement

Anyway! Yay! Other excitements of this week included the mail bringing some swag and some ARCs (*falls over, breathes into bag*). You might be able to score any of these things at some point online, through my newsletter (sign up at the top of the page), or — especially easy — if you’re at any of my upcoming events.

(The bookmarks are very cool and I am obsessed with the stickers.) And ARCs, so early! Ack! 

(They are so soft and nice! Yes, I am a nerd.)

Upcoming Events: Next week!Dragoncon

A reminder of my DragonCon schedule:

  • A Safe Space For Female Readers
    Description: A discussion about embracing and expanding female readership in Comics.
    Time: Friday 1 p.m. Location: Hanover F – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
    Panelists: Gwenda M Bond, Laurenn McCubbin
  • Gateway to Comics
    Time: Friday 2:30 p.m. Location:  (Hanover F)
    Panelists: Gwenda Bond, Chandra Free, Josh R. Trujillo
  • YA Urban and Contemporary Fantasy
    Description: Fantasy isn’t just dragons and knights – come see how contemporary characters and places feature in young adult fantasy!
    Time: Friday 4 p.m. Location: A707 – Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)
    Panelists: Delilah S. Dawson, Gwenda M Bond, Zac Brewer, Christi J. Whitney, Cinda Williams Chima, A. J. Hartley
  • Reading: Gwenda Bond
    Time: Saturday 11:30 a.m. Location: Marietta – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)

The reading will be fun! I’ll probably read for less than 10 minutes from Double Down, do a short reading with Christopher Rowe from something still secrety and then take questions, sign things, and give away books. In fact, I will give away at least one of these gorgeous Double Down ARCs, so you should definitely come. And to the other things!

I’ll be around some at DragonCon at other times too (we’re staying over there the whole weekend), and I love meeting readers and Lois Lane fans so do not hesitate to introduce yourself. Come get things! I will also have some What Would Lois Lane Do? bracelets with me, in addition to the bookmarks and stickers, and I’ll be donating a copy of Fallout and an ARC of Double Down to the charity auction too.

decatur-book-festival_1I’m also going to be doing events Saturday and Sunday at Decatur Book Festival (can’t wait). My Decatur Book Festival schedule:

  • Keeping Your Sense of Humor in YA: When the going gets tough, what’s a girl to do? YA authors Gwenda Bond and Hollis Gillespie share feisty female protagonists who are always capable of keeping their wits and sense of humor about them.
    Time: Saturday 4 p.m.
    Location: Teen Stage
    Panelists: Gwenda Bond and Hollis Gillespie, moderated by Justin Colussy-Estes

Signing after, with books available for purchase, and swag for the taking. And:

  • YA Truth or Dare: Popular YA authors are pitted against one another in a lively game of Truth or Dare!
    Time: Sunday 4 p.m.
    Location: Teen Stage
    Panelists: Becky Albertalli, David Arnold, Gwenda Bond, Libba Bray, Terra Elan McVoy, and Andrew Smith, introduced by Kimberly Jones

Miscellany

And last but not least a smattering of random things…

You made it through the entire post. *tosses confetti*

Schedule for DragonCon & Decatur Book Festival + School Visit Info + Super Radio

Are you in the Atlanta area over Labor Day weekend? Me too. Here’s my schedule as it currently stands for DragonCon and Decatur Book Fest. I’ll be packing some stickers of the Lois Lane covers, bookmarks featuring same, and a few of the WWLLD bracelets. Come say hi!

DragonCon Schedule! 

  • A Safe Space For Female Readers
    Description: A discussion about embracing and expanding female readership in Comics.
    Time: Friday 1 p.m. Location: Hanover F – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
    (Tentative Panelists: Gwenda M Bond, Laurenn McCubbin)
  • YA Urban and Contemporary Fantasy
    Description: Fantasy isn’t just dragons and knights – come see how contemporary characters and places feature in young adult fantasy!
    Time: Friday 4 p.m. Location: A707 – Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)
    (Tentative Panelists: Delilah S. Dawson, Gwenda M Bond, Zac Brewer, Christi J. Whitney, Cinda Williams Chima, A. J. Hartley)
  • Reading: Gwenda Bond
    Time: Saturday 11:30 a.m. Location: Marietta – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
    (Tentative Panelists: Gwenda M Bond)

Note: I’ll update these with confirmed panelists next week. The reading will be a great place to get swag or books signed (in fact, consider this a de facto signing too), and perhaps hear a little snippet of the second Lois book and I’ll have Christopher with me so we might do a short tandem reading from something you will have to keep secret for the time being. I’ll also have a few books with me in case the dealer’s room is in short supply.

Decatur Book Festival schedule!

  • Keeping Your Sense of Humor in YA: When the going gets tough, what’s a girl to do? YA authors Gwenda Bond and Hollis Gillespie share feisty female protagonists who are always capable of keeping their wits and sense of humor about them.
    Time: Saturday 4 p.m. Location: Teen Stage
    Panelists: Gwenda Bond and Hollis Gillespie, moderated by Justin Colussy-Estes

Signing after, with books available for purchase.

  • YA Truth or Dare: Popular YA authors are pitted against one another in a lively game of Truth or Dare!
    Time: Sunday 4 p.m. Location: Teen Stage
    Panelists: Becky Albertalli, David Arnold, Gwenda Bond, Libba Bray, Terra Elan McVoy, and Andrew Smith, introduced by Kimberly Jones

I sense this will escalate quickly. *twirls fingers*

School and library visit availability!

I’ve been hearing from more people about whether I’m available for school and library visits and the answer is yes. I’ve put together a page explaining the different presentations I do and the cost; I’m currently booking for the 2016 calendar year, so if you’d like me to visit your school or library get in touch via that page’s contact form.

Super Radio Tonight!

Happy birthday to Lois Joanne Lane today, August 17! In a fitting coincidence, I’ll be a guest on tonight’s “Radio Kal Live,” a weekly show produced by the Superman Homepage. You can listen in and call in with questions. Info and details here. The show starts at 7:30PST/10:30EST.

Double Down Cover Reveal!

A sequence of tweets last night:


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And here’s the image on its own:

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Thanks to my wonderful publisher, Capstone/Switch Press, and the amazing team there, who I’m so thrilled to be working with again. And to DC/Warner Bros, our super-important partners on this project, who are also an amazing team to work with. Also, as always, to my agent Jenn Laughran, the best. Long story short: I still don’t quite understand how I got lucky enough for the universe to bring me this project, but I’m so very grateful for your response to it. Keep telling everyone to read Fallout in the meantime. <3

Double Down is already up for pre-order at Amazon and will be at other places soon, I expect. The little description from there:

Lois Lane has settled in to her new school. She has friends, for maybe the first time in her life. She has a job that challenges her. And her friendship is growing with SmallvilleGuy, her online maybe-more-than-a-friend. But when her friend Maddy’s twin collapses in a part of town she never should’ve been in, Lois finds herself embroiled in a dangerous mystery that brings her closer to the dirty underbelly of Metropolis.

I hope you guys are going to love this book even more than Fallout. It’s not quite through with editing yet, but I already do. It’s got lots of juicy stakes-raising and scary danger and learning how to navigate friendships and hopefully everything you liked about book one but MORE.

You may be wondering why we did the reveal this way and when the cover is not quite yet final per that little strip on the bottom — well, I think we are always thinking, let’s just go straight to the readers, because impatient and also fun. We also knew we couldn’t wait until the cover was entirely final to show it to you for publishing reasons. Pause for nerdery: Even though the book won’t be out until May next year, now is the time when the publisher’s sales team begins to go out and show their list for next spring to their big bookstore and retail accounts to try and get them to order and be excited about the new books. Which means they have to have something to show them, and those things inevitably end up posted online at some point anyway and, hey, other people being excited about it already can’t be a bad thing, right?

Right!

Again, beaming from ear-to-ear about this great cover by the wonderful Bob Lentz (superhero name across the chest = genius!) and can’t wait to share another Lois book with you! I have OTHER, UNRELATED SECRETS that will probably be revealed before the end of the year, but for now I better go get my morning words on the sequel to Girl on a Wire. Writing about a magician is just as fun as I thought it would be.

New Review in the Chicago Tribune!

“It’s not a bya-roundup-jpg-20150723ird, it’s not a plane, it’s Lois Lane, boldly following clues wherever they lead, taking readers along for a thrilling ride.”

Lois Lane: Fallout gets a great review from Christine Heppermann in today’s Chicago Tribune Printers Row book section, along with new books I can’t wait to read by the fabulous Adam Silvera and Margo Rabb. Yay!*

(*This is the first time one of my books has gotten an actual review in a newspaper, which feels fitting because Lois — and so I’m nerdily excited about it! Hoping a Chicago friend will snap a pic for me! Also, I adored Heppermann’s Poisoned Apples, a collection of feminist, fairy tale-infused poetry, so doubly cool.)

 

Gen Con Schedule! (aka Look Out, Indianapolis!)

gencon-writerChristopher and I will both be at Gen Con next weekend, participating in the Writer’s Symposium. There will be a limited number of copies of Lois Lane: Fallout and Girl on a Wire available at the Indy Reads Books booth (so grab them quick if you want them!). I’ve ordered an item of special swag that you may be able to score if you come by my signing or find me elsewhere.

My updated schedule:

  • Alas, I’m listed on a panel on Researching Your Story on Thursday afternoon that I won’t be attending after all; we have to take Emma the Dog to the vet before we can leave town and so we’re going to be a little late arriving. Christopher will also be missing his panels that day. We are sad, but it’s unavoidable!
  • Friday, July 31:
    • Character Craft: Motivation & Obstacles at 10 a.m. – with Howard Tayler (mod), Gwenda Bond, Lauren M. Roy, Elizabeth Bear, and John Hornor Jacobs
    • Writer’s Life 101 at 1 p.m. – with Kelly Swalls (mod), Anton Strout, Gwenda Bond, Christopher Rowe, and Chuck Wendig (Chuck and I may have generated a fake religion with our pal Kim Curran the first time we met in person, so who knows what will happen on this panel? Should be fun.)
    • Writing Comics: When Only Batman Will Do at 3 p.m. – with Bill Willingham (mod), Gene Ha, Chris Roberson, Jim Zub, Daryl Gregory, and Gwenda Bond
  • Saturday, Aug. 1:
    • Signing in the exhibit hall next to the Indy Reads booth at 1 p.m. – Come talk to me! And bring things for me to sign. Otherwise, I fear loneliness. And if I have swag, this will be a good time to score it.
    • Characters: Unlikeable Characters at 3 p.m. – John Helfers (mod), Anton Strout, Christopher Rowe, Gwenda Bond, and Stephen Blackmoore

I’m sure I’ll also be findable at many of Christopher’s panels, not just the two we’re on together. Or in places where drinks can be procured.

Updated again: The swag!


Here’s how to get this nifty WWLLD bracelet, because alas they are expensive swag I do not have enough to give them out to everyone:

  • Bring me a book to sign, which if you don’t have already, you can pick up at the Indy Reads booth (either of my books they’ll have will do);
  • Come up to me and say: “Lois Lane would kick ass” or some variation thereof! And if I still have some of the extras I’ll be carrying, I’ll give you one.

Hope to see some of you there!

That Little Sequel Question Answered (Newsy!) + Twitter Chat

After months of required cageyness I knew that this news would pop up soon, but not exactly when. But the when was yesterday, courtesy of the Publishers Weekly spring sneak previews:

YES, THERE IS A SEQUEL TO FALLOUT AND I HAVE WRITTEN IT AND IT IS CALLED DOUBLE DOWN! AND IT WILL BE OUT NEXT SPRING! AND I HOPE YOU ARE EXCITED!

*lowers voice* I hate secrets and I am SO EXCITED and can’t wait to be able to tell you more about DOUBLE DOWN. Which is currently in the editing process and heading swiftly toward the ARC phase (ack! they don’t tell you when you become an author nervous-making things never stop!) and hopefully a cover we can show you very soon. Along with more details about the book! Thanks to all of you and to the lovely publishers and people at Capstone/Switch Press and DC/WB for making this happen. FALLOUT has only been out a few months, so keep recommending it and spreading the word about the series and maybe there’ll be even more books to come. It’s such an honor for me to get to contribute to Lois’s legacy. Here’s a Tumblr post about the sequel news, if that’s your platform of choice.

I’ll be participating in a twitter chat hosted by YA Books Central this Thursday night about all things LOIS LANE and any other writing topics you want me to talk about.


The hashtag is #gwendabondchat — come join! I’ll also be at Gencon next week, but that schedule deserves its own post. Back soon with that.

And here are two recently released podcast interviews — I had a blast doing both of these:

  • With expert on all things geekish (and all things Superman) Alan Sizzler Kistler on his recently relaunched Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast (subscribe on iTunes or listen on Soundcloud);
  • With What the Fangirl on their podcast in a dual episode about Fallout and Kimmy Schmidt (how can you beat that? get it here)

Long Time No See (Oops!)

This is me making a solemn promise to update at least once a week, except when on actual deadline (because, hey, realism). Because it’s so hard to remember what I haven’t put here, and also I have this whole pretty design and easy set-up now — which means no excuse not to.

So a housekeeping attempt to update on the last month and change.

Thanks so much to everyone who came out to our Dangerous Ladies tour events! You were the awesomest best and we had such a great time we’re already discussing doing the whole shebang again.

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Such a great evening at Parnassus Books thanks to the lovely store crew and these lovely people! #dangerousladies A photo posted by Gwenda Bond (@gwendabond) on

It was even more fun than it looks.

In less good news, so much less it’s a whole universe of bad, we’re still absorbing the news that our beloved Emma the Dog has liver cancer. I’m determined not to turn my social presences into depressing pet news central — mostly because I rely on them for sanity breaks — and so I don’t know how much more I’ll be talking about this. But it is something that is a huge huge piece of life at the moment, so it’ll come up at least occasionally. And hopefully for some time to come. Emma, bless her, is as strong and feisty as ever at the moment, if perhaps a bit slower. We’re trying to enjoy this time with her, however much it ultimately is, as much as possible.


And there were some new interviews and things — I am positive I will leave something out, so mea culpa in advance

Keep spreading the word, friends! And hopefully some news coming up soon for you of various types. Until then . . .