Lois Lane

Extra! Extra! A little Lois & Clark extra to benefit #Creators4Comics

Hello! You may have seen and/or contributed to the #Creators4Comics auction that war-time general Kami Garcia recruited me, Sam Humphries, Brian Michael Bendis, and Phil Jimenez to run, benefitting the Book Industry Charitable Foundation, which is providing direct aid to comic shops and independent bookstores and their employees who’ve been hit hard by COVID-19. It was successful beyond our wildest imaginings, because the book and comics communities made it that way. The auction is over and we’ll be releasing more about that EXTREMELY soon, but you can still donate right here.

As one of my own auctions, I offered a set of my Lois Lane series, along with the outline I did for a potential book four. I also offered to write a new Lois and Clark chat scene–the first one after the end of book three–if we hit a certain number. The generous Michele Tepper hit that number and has given me permission to share that scene here.

IF YOU HAVE NOT READ BOOK THREE, THERE ARE SPOILERS. If you liked the first books, I think you’ll love book three, by the way. I layered it with delights for the reader.

Haven’t read any of them? You could pick up the series from Bookshop.org and help benefit indie bookstores at the same time!

And now for the extra scene! Which is complete fan service and I had a blast writing it and so thank you to Michele for giving me an excuse to revisit these two. And…again SPOILERS FOR BOOK THREE.

Lois and Clark Extra! Extra!

I shut my bedroom door, more out of habit than secrecy. Not that I want anyone in my family watching me making swoony expressions at my computer. They tease me enough about Clark already as it is.

Clark. Just his name sends a tingle down my spine all the way to the ends of my fingertips as I type in my ridiculously long password to join him in chat.

It’s been four days since he and his parents headed home from Metropolis—they had to get back to the farm. And these four days have been excruciatingly long, since we haven’t been able to do more than exchange quick messages. I wouldn’t want Nellie the cow to be lonely, but I do wish I’d had more time in person with my SmallvilleGuy.

But I’ll take our usual long-distance happily.

There it is, I’m already grinning a ridiculous grin at my screen. Good call on the closed door.

The cursor blinks beside my handle as I wait.

His username pops up just as the clock in the corner of the screen hits 10 p.m.

SmallvilleGuy: Hi.

SkepticGirl1: Hi.

So… I guess we’re both feeling a little shy. I scrunch my nose up and try to think of something normal to say. I settle on the safest of our usual topics. Our messages appear at the exact same time.

SmallvilleGuy: You’ll be glad to know that Nellie is fine. I snuck her a treat in your honor.

SkepticGirl1: How’s Nellie?


I shake my head, smiling.

“Rest of the trip go okay?” I type.

SmallvilleGuy: Just long. No more roadside attractions, at least.  

We sit in a word-free silence for a moment.

SmallvilleGuy: I miss you already.

I melt into a puddle as quick as an ice cream cone on a sunny day. Great, now I want ice cream.

SkepticGirl1: You do?

SmallvilleGuy: I was wondering… I talked to my folks and… I’m a little nervous about asking.

The truth hit me right then.

SkepticGirl1: WE ARE IDIOTS!!!

SmallvilleGuy: Uh, we are? I just wanted to…

My fingers fly across the keys.

SkepticGirl1: Yes, we are. SUCH IDIOTS.

SmallvilleGuy: Lois…why are we idiots? 

SkepticGirl1: I’ll show you why.

SmallvilleGuy: Um, okay.

I fumble around my desk and find my phone, and scroll down to his name. I press it. Clark Kent.

He picks up on the second ring.

“Hi,” he says.

“Hi,” I say.

We’re so good at being awkward we could medal in it.

“So, you were right,” he says. “As usual.”

“What do you mean?” I love hearing I’m right almost as much as being able to hear his voice. We can talk to each other now. We know each other now. In real life.

“We are idiots,” he says and laughs.

The best sound in the entire world.

“What did you want to ask me?”

Clark hesitates. Then, “I’m still nervous. But okay. So I asked my parents, and they said that even though we can’t come back to Metropolis so soon…that, well, if you were taking a summer vacation, you guys could come here. To Smallville.”

I don’t want to be overly dramatic, but my heart basically explodes in my chest.

“I can meet Nellie?! And her baby cow!”

“Um, yeah. Is that a yes, you might talk to your parents about it?” The relief in his voice is clear.

“Clark,” I say and press the phone closer to my cheek, to feel as near to him as possible, “I miss you too. It’s a yes.”

I’m going to Smallville. And once I get there, I’m finally going to learn all Clark’s secrets.

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EW Interview (Fanciness! Eep!!) + Event

Just dropping in for ye olde blog followers to let you know there’s a new interview with yours truly about Triple Threat — and Lois and Clark in general — by the fabulous Nivea Sarrao at Entertainment Weekly. Definitely pinching myself and what a thrill. Go check it out. And if you haven’t picked up the book yet and missed it before, EW also has an excerpt of the beginning they posted earlier this spring.

And while I’m here, I’ll be in Louisville Thursday night, reading at Spalding’s Voice and Vision series at the 21C Museum Hotel. Come say hi!

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Here, There, News!

Happy Friday, dearies! This is a quick update with some pointers to other things and a piece of NEWS. First up, Christopher and I have been on the internet writing the back-and-forth essays about the Supernormal Sleuthing Service: The Lost Legacy:

Buy links in case you still haven’t picked it up: Amazon * B&N * Indiebound

(It’s back in stock at Amazon and the ebook is now on Kindle for those of you who were waiting!)

And last but not least WHEEEE EEEEP I just discovered that Lois Lane: Double Down is a finalist for the Locus Awards in the YA category! This is my first awards shortlisting for this kind of thing and I am extremely honored and thanks so much to everyone who voted! It’s a great list filled with friends and heroes. Now to figure out whether I can swing the awards ceremony (not because I have any hope of winning, natch, but because finalist and awards party!).

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Third Book and First Book!

Yes, it’s true, I have two books out this week. Hold me! I’ve been very good/bad!

I’m so excited about both of these (obviously!), for different reasons. So if you’ll indulge me.

Lois Lane: Triple Threat is probably the last book in the Lois Lane series (I say probably, because no more are currently planned but hey, you never know), and I’m very proud of the way all three books form a nice trilogy-shaped unit. I hope they take readers on a journey of happiness and hope with some nail-biting along the way, and say things about friendship and family and ambition and love and, of course, how to be a hero (and how to help other people be heroes too). Getting to write Lois and Clark and Perry and my gang and some great classic villains has been the gig of a lifetime, one I’m so very grateful for. And I hope you, faithful dear readers of this series, know that it would have only been one book without you. So a huge thanks to all the Lois Lane fans out there, and to my publisher/editors at Capstone/SwitchPress and Warner Bros/DC Comics for all their support.

If you haven’t read these (or know people who haven’t tell them to!), well, collect the whole set. The first two are in paperback and in Kindle Unlimited, if that’s something you do, and now you can read them all with no waiting! And please consider leaving reviews at Amazon, Goodreads or B&N, especially for Double Down and Triple Threat. I also created a spoiler thread for questions or discussion, so feel free to drop by there too.

If you’d like signed, personalized copies and aren’t sure you’ll catch me somewhere else this year, call up Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Lexington. They’ll hook you up for a nominal shipping fee. The number is (859) 273-2911.

Get it: Amazon * B&N * Indiebound

And now for something different, but still fun! Today is also the debut for Supernormal Sleuthing Service #1: The Lost Legacy by me and Christopher Rowe, with charming and perfect illustrations by Glenn Thomas. I’m a little giddy about this one and it’s difficult to put into words how and why. This is, of course, the first time Christopher (my husband, for anyone who doesn’t know) and I are writing together. We had a blast creating this world — the hotel where monsters stay when they come to New York City — and all the characters who populate it. Think of it a bit like a Pixar movie — there are jokes for kids and for adults and we just hope it will be a delight for everyone. And we hope the next one will too!

Everyone tells me middle grade is a slow build and so I’m asking your help in recommending this one to your pals with kids or buying it for your own. We’ve already had such excited reactions from some of the early readers at the bookstore’s ARC program and booksellers whose taste we trust to the maximum extent allowable by law who are constitutionally incapable of faking enthusiasm (I’m looking at you, Amanda!). Joseph-Beth’s support for this book so far deserves a special mention, and it’s only a little because Christopher is a bookseller there. (No, really. WE LOVE YOU GUYS.)

A little more about the book!

Three kids. A hotel full of monsters. And a stolen magical artifact that could disrupt the balance between the humans and the supernatural. Welcome to life at Hotel Monster! The first book in the hilarious and spooky series that is Hotel Transylvania meets Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library.

Stephen’s dad decided to move them across the country to New York City, where his dad is taking over as head chef in an exclusive hotel. A hotel that has the most elite of clientele: monsters! Surprise! Or as they prefer to be called, supernormals. And an even bigger surprise? Stephen is part supernormal himself. When a magical artifact goes missing and Stephen is framed, he must work with two new friends to navigate this whole new world to clear his name. Consequences can be dire in the world of monsters. Spooky, funny, and full of monstrous hijinks, The Lost Legacy by Gwenda Bond and Christopher Rowe is an inventive and accessible mystery-adventure full of friendship, humor, and a monstrous cast of characters—perfect for fans of Pseudonymous Bosch and R. L. Stine’s Goosebumps series.

 Need more convincing?
Booklist: “Spouses Bond and Rowe make their middle-grade debut in this series starter. The light mystery will charm readers with its secret magical society, unusual characters, caring father-son relationship, and enchanted hotel setting. Monstrous fun!”
SLJ: “First in a new series, this is a fun, character-driven supernatural mystery. The authors artfully meld the supernatural with the modern. Black-and-white, cartoon-style line drawings by Thomas establish just the right mood for the quirky setting and characterization. The story is fast-paced and full of action, with eccentric characters and a rewarding resolution.”

Many thanks to our wonderful editor Martha Mihalick at Greenwillow and her team! Also, we created a twitter account for the Elevator at the New Harmonia Hotel, which is a good place to follow or let your kids follow for news about the series or just your periodic dose of Elevator complaints.

Get it: Amazon * B&N * Indiebound

And we’ll be at Joseph-Beth in Lexington at 7 p.m. tonight, May 2, signing and discussing both these books. Christopher will do voices! You can also order signed Supernormal from Jo-B, by the by. Back tomorrow with a Contest Announcement for Teachers and Librarians!

A side note for authors: This is actually, I just realized, my first book with one of the “big five” — I’ve been very lucky to work with great independent/smaller publishers who I adore, and so if you’re an author who thinks you can’t build a career that way, well, you can.

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Where I’ll Be At NTTBF & Charitable Auction Info!

RT was a blast, even if our hotel in Vegas had a smoky cesspool vibe. You can read a little more about that in my tinyletter #3 (or sign up to get future weekly letters in your inbox — I was determined not to miss one so soon in) (if you’re like tinywha?, I decided to move my newsletter to a less formal weekly letter with just links to news at the end). But my travels are only just beginning. Next up is…North Texas Teen Book Festival at the Irving Convention Center this Saturday.

Just as at RT, there SHOULD be early copies of Double Down available, eep!

Here’s where you can find me at NTTBF:

  • 9 a.m. GB1: Where’s My Super Suit? It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s…superhero books! With: Gwenda Bond, Faith Erin Hicks, Jeramey Kraatz, Margaret Stohl, moderated by Mandy Curtis
  • 11 a.m. MR7: Do You Believe in Magic? Maybe it’s real life, maybe it’s magical realism. With: Kathi Appelt, Gwenda Bond, Natalie Lloyd, Samantha Mabry, Jessica Taylor, moderated by Donalyn Miller
  • Noon GB5: “Cause This is Thriller, Thriller Night” You’ll be on the edge of your seat with these thrilling reads. With: Gwenda Bond, Ally Carter, Janet Fox, Jennifer Latham, Brendan Reichs, Teresa Toten, moderated by Diane Ramsay
  • 2 p.m. MR3: Superhero Origins : Discover the true story about adapting comic books into novels. With: Gwenda Bond, Margaret Stohl, moderated by Jeramey Kraatz
  • 3:30 p.m. Signing with everybody!

Writing for Charity Refugee Benefit Auction

The amazing Shannon Hale and Mette Harrison put together a giant online charity auction and here’s the lowdown: “Authors Shannon Hale and Mette Ivie Harrison have mobilized book people to donate items for an epic online auction. You will find one of a kind offers, critiques, art, books, personalized visits, and unique events from our generous helpers. Due to a generous donor who is covering our administrative costs, EVERY CENT will go to Lifting Hands International, a charity that gets life-saving supplies directly to refugee camps. Go bid!”

You can see all the items up for grabs here. I’m donating an up to one hour Skype session (could be in person if you’re within an hour or so of Lexington, Ky) for a bookclub, library or classroom along with up to 20 signed copies of Lois Lane: Fallout. This would normally cost about $400, but you can start the bidding at $100 and contribute to a great cause!

And next week I’ll be back to post my YALLWest schedule and remind you Double Down is out imminently, then collapse. Haha! Kidding. I’ll have collapsed way before then.

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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!

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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).

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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!

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Heres and Theres (+ a Little Supergirl Rant)

Time for another weekly update.

Hey, I learned how to do this and can now get my feet into footlocks in both sides.


Today’s new feat! Ow!

A photo posted by Gwenda Bond (@gwendabond) on


Someday I will manage to climb all the way to the top. First, apparently, I’m going to be doing more tricep push-ups. I can’t believe these are words that came out of my fingers, but they must be true. If you want to fly, you have to train and feel the pain.

Or something.

Definitely this morning’s class was a reminder I’m not supposed to sit at my desk for 10 or 11 hour blocks straight, because that way lies writer elbow flare-up.

Related: I finished up copyedits on Girl in the Shadows, and whew, the crushing relief that I’m actually really proud of this book and I so hope you guys like it too. This is going to be a big year for Cirque American things. I should be able to show you the gorgeous perfect cover very very soon. Maybe even sometime this week. We’ll see! And then there’s still more news after that.

Speaking of news (you see I’m all segue-ways today), I’ve officially launched the redesign process for Blackwood and The Woken Gods. So new shiny, preferred editions will be coming your way soon. Please to not continue pirating them like crazy in the meantime (I know none of you would ever, just grumble-mentioning).

Tomorrow morning — weather cooperating — I’m headed out to visit the secret lair of Subterranean Press and then it’s on to ConFusion for the weekend. (If you want to feel like you’re there, follow us on twitter where lots of live-tweeting will be happening.) I’m also doing a few programming things and here they are:

  • Saturday 10:00 AM Relating to Young Adult
    A lot of time is spent discussing how Young Adult and Adult interface, losing sight, perhaps, of the more important link between Middle Grade and Young Adult. What expectations are Middle Grade readers bringing into Young Adult? How do those expectations reflect the fiction they find as they move up a reading level? Can Middle Grade explain the glut of dystopias in Young Adult? Jenny Thurman, Courtney Allison Moulton, Merrie Haskell (M), Susan Dennard, Gwenda Bond
  • Saturday 4:00 PM Autograph Session 1
  • Sunday 12:00 PM The Business of Rejection
    Writing is a business built around rejection. Almost every writer in the industry has experienced it at some point, and many experience it constantly. Come learn how working writers deal with rejection, move past it, and embrace it for what it is. Amy Sundberg, Kameron Hurley, Greg van Eekhout, Dave Robison (M), Gwenda Bond

I’ll bring a handful of Lois swag with me, so grab me if you want some.


Thing the last…

supergirl-melissa-benoistDear Supergirl the Show:

This comes from a place of love.

Melissa Benoist is a delight, the rest of your cast is great, and I’m still very much enjoying the show overall. The writers have pulled off some delicious surprises and, more than that, you’ve gotten the feeling right. Buuuuut let’s stop with the rampant nonsense of insulting Lois Lane — with no one defending her — every time her name comes up. By continuing to do this, you tacitly acknowledge her prominence and importance as a character, only to then kick sand in her face and on her legacy.

This is made worse by the fact that she has no presence on the show to counteract these swipes. Clark gets to text his cousin; there’s no reason Lois wouldn’t have sent her a gift or a note too (if not directly, then via James or Clark). There’s also no reason James wouldn’t or shouldn’t come to her defense. They have a long history of mutual respect and friendship in the comics. And there’s no reason to go with the least interesting incarnation of the Lane sisters’ relationship, where they snipe at or about each other without the sense of underlying caring to go with it. Honestly, much as I adore Cat Grant and find her funny and a constant surprise who is one of my favorite things on the show, if her grudge against Lois was more based in a feeling of legitimate professional competition — with respect underneath the personal aspects — I’d find it much more interesting. But I could deal with that. It was Lucy’s joining the dismissive bashing of her sister last night that has me writing this now.

Make the characters more complicated in this regard, please. Fix this lapse in your otherwise burgeoning feminist show cred.

The Superman mythos has, at its best, always featured strong women and been welcoming to women readers and viewers. Lois Lane is an icon for a reason. It may seem she’s untouchable and everyone knows she’s fabulous and so such swipes don’t matter: but they do. Lois Lane is still routinely slammed (including in my mentions from time to time — my superpower is muting faster than a speeding bullet) by people who are threatened by the character’s existence and importance, even after 78 years. The Lois we love doesn’t match these comments. She isn’t an obnoxious glory hound who cares more about herself than the story. So why can’t the Supergirl show just find a simple way to acknowledge Lois Lane is a kick-ass reporter and a hero in her own right, and move on from this pattern? It can. Please do. I promise there will still be plenty of conflict left over.

And it will make a lot of us tremendously happy.


Your humble viewer

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Torchy + DC One-Day Contest!

Is there any worse feeling than your computer making a noise you’ve never heard before and then, after you shut it down, refusing to boot up again? YES, there is — when you’re on deadline. Thankfully for me, I was running a teensy bit ahead of schedule (for once). Enough to lose a day to purchasing a new computer. I didn’t lose any work, but I did lose my trusty Hildy, the MacBook Pro that saw me through six novels.

However! I was able to speedily get a zippy, space age new best girl, Torchy (so named for Torchy Blane, inspiration for Lois), a MacBook Air. And dear writer friend Whitney Miller (get her books!) helped me with the decision and swiftness and ease of purchase, which I greatly appreciate. All hail. And then I got everything all set up and put the finishing touches on the last edits for Lois Lane: Double Down and turned it in. So I’d say Torchy and I are off to a great start, well on our way to being the best of friends. Oh, and all my contest winners have been notified and books will go out this week to anyone owed them.

Planning for World Fantasy proceeds apace, and I hope to see some of you there. I’ll have a reading Friday afternoon, plus a couple of panels, looks like, and the mass signing. But I’ll be holed up magic book revising some too.

Also! DC Comics is running a one-day contest to give away FIVE copies of Lois Lane: Fallout! What better way to celebrate Supergirl show day? Yay!

Full details on how to enter can be found over at DC’s blog (in short: share your motto, use the hashtag, follow @MyDCDeals so they can notify you if you win by midnight tonight PT). Easy peasy.

Bonus link: Fashion inspired by books from several authors who will be at YALLfest in a couple of weeks, including Fallout.

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