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Short Story Available: “Ursula Major, Ursula Minor”

fog_hornA few weeks ago I sold a short story to The Fog Horn, and it’s now available in the latest issue! The story is called “Ursula Major, Ursula Minor.” I wrote it waaaay back when I first found out I had been accepted to Clarion West, and I’m so happy that it’s finally found a home

Luz arrived in the last days of Ursula’s life, slipping as silent as a cat through the clouds of white linen that snapped and fluttered in the sea breeze. Ursula lifted her head a few inches above her pillow and squinted at him. In the cream-colored light, he looked as if he had a full-body halo, like a painting of the Virgin.

You can purchase a subscription to the Foghorn through iTunes, and you can find out more about the other stories featured in the issue on the Fog Horn’s blog. If you’re not familiar with the Fog Horn, they’re a really cool magazine that publishes across genres and is informed by the idea that the short story is a perfect fit for iPhones and iPads. Issues are only $3.99 a month, ie, cheaper than the elaborate Starbucks coffee beverage I’m currently enjoying.

Check ‘em out!

Norwescon Schedule

I’m attending Norwescon in exactly two weeks! Here’s my current programming schedule:

Thursday
Nuthin’. I’ll be around in the afternoon/evening, though.

Friday

Reading
12:30pm-1:00pm in Cascade 1
I’ll be reading something from The Wizard’s Promise and something from one of my adult (as in not-YA, not ADULT adult) pieces that I’m working on.

Philip K. Dick Awards
7:00pm-9:00pm in Grand 2
I’ll be wearing a pretty dress and being nervous. Oh, and I’ll read a li’l bit from Mad Scientist’s Daughter, too.

Saturday

What’s Unique about Writing for Young Adults?
10:00am-11:00am in Cascade 6
Panelists: Tori Centanni (M), Cassandra Clarke, Aibhinn, Lauren Dixon, Lish McBride
Authors who have published young adult short stories or novels will discuss market trends, and how to construct a story for a young adult audience. Given that many young adult speculative fiction novels are actually bought and read by adults, what is young adult fiction doing well that could benefit any writer?

Gender and Sexuality in SF & Fantasy
Noon-1:00pm in Evergreen 1&2
Panelists: Caren Gussoff (M), Cassandra Clarke, Gregory Gadow
Many modern science fiction and fantasy authors, including Kameron Hurley, Elizabeth Bear, Trudi Canavan, and Paul Cornell include LGBTQ characters in their work. What does this mean to readers? How does it compare with the limited portrayal of gender and sexuality in many classic genre works? Come join us as we talk about how the changing portrayal of gender and sexuality is changing the face of our genre.

Autograph Session 1
2:00pm-3:00pm in Grand 2
You know what to do.

Philip K. Dick Award: What It Is, What It Means
5:00pm-6:00pm in Cascade 13
Panelists: Gordon Van Gelder (M), Anne Charnock, Cassandra Clarke, Toh EnJoe, Jack Skillingstead, Masumi Washington
Administrators and nominees for this year’s award discuss the PK Dick Award and the legacy of Philip K. Dick.

The Myths About Fan Fiction
7:00pm-8:00pm in Cascade 13
Panelists: Diana Copland (M), Aibhinn, keerawa, Berlynn Wohl, Cassandra Clarke
How many negative things have you heard people say about fan fiction? “It’s just Mary Sue self-indulgence.” “Only women write it.” “It’s all smut.” “It’s breaking the law!” “It isn’t “real” writing.” “People who write fanfic aren’t creative or talented enough to write “real” books.” Our panelists will critically examine the various misconceptions about fan fiction and explore the value and fascination that causes thousands to write it and thousands more to read it.

The Heroine’s Journey
8:00pm-9:00pm in Cascade 9
Panelists: Nisi Shawl (M), Susan DeFreitas, Diana Pharaoh Francis, Karen Kincy, Stina Leicht, Cassandra Clarke
Is the Heroine’s Journey different from the Hero’s? How does gender affect plot and character development? Join us as we talk about how and why a strong female protagonist is not the same as a guy who looks good in a dress.

The Wizard’s Promise Blog Tour

In exactly one month, The Wizard’s Promise will be released in the UK! The North American release will follow a few days later, on May 6. To celebrate, I’ll be doing a reread of The Assassin’s Curse and The Pirate’s Wish over on Goodreads–our first discussion begins April 3 (this Thursday) and will cover Chapter 1-3 of The Assassin’s Curse.

But wait! There’s more!

I’ll be doing a blog tour pretty much throughout the month of April. It will kick off with an appearance on Read On, where I will be answering questions LIVE on the Internet! That’s happening April 5 at 3 PM EDT (if you suck at converting time zones as much as I do, here’s a time zone converter.)

After that, I will be stopping off at several blogs across the Internet! Here’s the current list: if anything changes, I’ll edit it here. And once posts start going up, I’ll add links as well!

April 7: Stephanie’s Book Reviews
April 9: Giant Squid Books
April 10: Big Book Little Book
April 11: Bookish Outsider
April 14: AP Book Club
April 15: My Bookish Ways
April 16: Rex Robot Reviews
April 17: Lily Pond Reads
April 18: Supernatural Snark
April 21: Paperback Wonderland
April 22: Reviews, Guides, and Stuff
April 23: Book Jems
April 24: Escapism from Reality
April 24: Manga Maniac Cafe
April 25: Ja citam, a ti
April 25: This is my Body and Soul
April 28: Fantasy’s Ink
April 29: Starry-Eyed Review
April 30: IB Teen
May 13: My Favorite Bit
May 15: Crossroads Reviews

The Assassin’s Curse & The Pirate’s Wish: A Re-read!

To celebrate the release of The Wizard’s Promise in May, Strange Chemistry has arranged for a re-read of The Assassin’s Curse and The Wizard’s Promise on Goodreads!

The re-read will officially begin on April 3, when we’ll discuss the first three chapters of The Assassin’s Curse! From there, we’ll be reading and discussing a handful of chapters every few days, so we can cover both books by the time The Wizard’s Promise comes out. I will be helping to facilitate the discussion as well participating in a Q&A at the end of the month.

There’s currently a Goodreads giveaway for the first two books, which will end on March 27–just in time to start the re-read. You can also check out the books’ pages here on my website for purchasing information.

The re-read group is located here. Feel free to sign up and jump in with the general discussion as you wait for the re-read to begin!

Goodreads Giveaways!

The Wizard’s Promise will be out in only two short months! To celebrate, Strange Chemistry is giving away copies of The Assassin’s Curse and The Pirate’s Wish on Goodreads. Although The Wizard’s Promise is a new story, it takes place in the same world as the previous duology, so here’s a chance to get caught up:

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Assassin's Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke

The Assassin’s Curse

by Cassandra Rose Clarke

Giveaway ends April 10, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Pirate's Wish by Cassandra Rose Clarke

The Pirate’s Wish

by Cassandra Rose Clarke

Giveaway ends April 10, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

In addition, we’ll be starting another Goodreads giveaway, this time for The Wizard’s Promise, on April 1. I’ll post reminders on Twitter and Facebook, but consider this your advance notice!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Wizard's Promise by Cassandra Rose Clarke

The Wizard’s Promise

by Cassandra Rose Clarke

Giveaway ends May 01, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

The Wizard’s Promise Blog Tour — Call for Participants!

My next novel The Wizard’s Promise will be released by Strange Chemistry in just two short months! As such, I’m beginning to make preparations for the book’s blog tour.

The book is the start of a second duology set in the same world as The Assassin’s Curse. It follows Hanna Euli, a girl living in ice islands. Here’s the synopsis:

All Hanna Euli wants is to become a proper witch – but unfortunately, she’s stuck as an apprentice to a grumpy fisherman. When their boat gets caught up in a mysterious storm and blown wildly off course, Hanna finds herself further away from home than she’s ever been before.

As she tries to get back, she learns there may be more to her apprentice master than she realized, especially when a mysterious, beautiful, and very non-human boy begins following her through the ocean, claiming that he needs Hanna’s help.

The ARC will be going up on Netgalley soon, and I’ll definitely put word out on Twitter and the like when it goes live.

If you’d like to participate in the blog tour, send me an email at cassie [at] cassandraroseclarke [dot] com. Just make sure you replace the [bracketed stuff] with proper email punctuation.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

ConDFW Schedule

Next weekend I will be attending ConDFW, my second time in the DFW area over the course of a month, and also the second time in my life. Here’s my schedule for the con, complete with gif spoilers:

Friday
Nothing! I will be wandering around the con by my lonesome, like this:

Saturday 
Reading with Jaye Wells & Martha Wells
12pm in Trinity VIII

I’ll be reading from The Mad Scientist’s Daughter (*cough* whichwasnominatedforaphilipkdickaward *cough*) and also giving away a signed copy of said book. Swing on by!

SPOILER:

It Was All Because of those Meddling Kids 
3pm in Addison Lecture Hall
Panelists: C. Dean Andersson (M), Dusty Rainbolt, Frances A. May, Stoney Compton, Me!!!!!, 
Scott A. Cupp

Ghost stories and the supernatural always fascinate the public.  Tales of “Cannibal Rat Ghost Ships” 
aside, most of our attendees and panelists have a tale or two of something strange and surreal, and this 
is where we delve into it.  Bring a tale or two, and a pen – you might get inspired!  Remember, however, 
that this is no laughing matter, and sometimes the masks don’t come off… 

SPOILER:

Sunday
Young Adult vs New Adult 
11 am in Trinity VII 
Panelists: Patrice Sarath (M), Me!!!, Amy Sisson, Shanna Swendson, Rie Sheridan Rose 

Where does the genre of Young Adult end and New Adult begin?  Is it High School?  College?  What is 
this “New Adult” genre in the first place?  (Technically, New Adult is fiction which takes place in college 
age.)  Our panelists talk about these hot genres where Urban Fiction and Paranormal Romance love to 
live – The world of Fifty Shades of Grey, True Blood and its ilk.  What is appropriate for “young adult” 
anyways?

SPOILER:

This is my very first time at ConDFW, and I’m super excited! I hope to see some of you there!

Montgomery County Book Festival

This Saturday I will be at the Montgomery County Book Festival in Conroe, Texas, at the Lone Star College Montgomery campus! I will be on the fantasy author panel, “Fantasy is Everywhere,” along with Krissi Dallas and Mary Lindsey! Here’s my schedule for the day:

11:10 to 11:50 – Panel Session

1:10 to 1:50 – Panel Session

2:20 – 3:30 – Teen Zone

I’ll also be at the author signings scattered throughout the day if you’d like me to sign something or just come say hi! Hope to see some of you there.

A Month of Letters!

Today is February 3, which means that A Month of Letters, a project started by Mary Robinette Kowal back in the heady days of 2012, is already two days in (Sundays don’t count). I’ve been wanting to participate ever since I first heard about it (I love letters!) and this year I’ve finally gotten my act together–admittedly, barely in time, which is why I’m posting this on February 3.

Anyway, the idea behind A Month of Letters is that you write and mail something (it doesn’t have to be a letter) for every day that the post office is open. You also have to write back to everyone who writes to you. That’s it! Easier than Nanowrimo, as Ms. Kowal puts it herself on the original blog post.

Because I’ll be in a letter writing frenzy this month, I thought I’d post my PO Box here and invite all of you lovelies to write me. You can write to me or to one of my characters, and you will receive an answer accordingly! Since I’m posting this late, I’m willing to fudge the rules a bit–if you’d like a letter without writing one yourself, you can email me your address at cassie [at] cassandraroseclarke [dot] com, filling in the [] stuff with the appropriate punctuation. Please don’t put your address in the comments! I’ll delete it if you do.

My address:

Cassandra Clarke
PO Box 462
Katy, TX 77492

I’m happy to receive and send mail from all over the world! Write away!

Philip K. Dick Award Nomination

So yesterday morning I was getting ready for this semester’s classes, which start on Monday, when I decided to check Twitter. One can only do class prep for so long. I figured there’d be some new kitten pictures from @EmrgencyKittens to distract me.

Instead, my mentions had erupted. ERUPTED. It was like this:

It turned out that The Mad Scientist’s Daughter is one of the seven finalists for the Philip K. Dick award!

The Philip K. Dick Award is given to books which “best represent the spirit of innovative science fiction in the paperback marketplace” (source). Philip K. Dick is also my absolute favorite of the old school science fiction authors and probably the first I ever read. I devoured his books throughout high school and am beyond thrilled that I’ve been nominated for an award bearing his name.

I will definitely be making plans to attend the ceremony at Norwescon in April, and since I have quite a few friends living in Seattle, I hope to see you all there!

Finally, I would be horribly remiss if I did not offer a huuuuuuuge and heartfelt congratulations to the other nominees:

Anne Charnock, for A Calculated Life
Toh EnJoe & Terry Gallagher for Self-Reference Engine
Ann Leckie, for Ancillary Justice
Jack Skillingstead, for Life on the Preservation
Ian Whates, for Solaris Rising 2: The New Solaris Book of Science Fiction
Ben H. Winters, for Countdown City

Congratulations, everyone!