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It’s that time, kiddies!

The FINAL book in the Den of Shadows series, “Promises to Keep”, has been released! The early buzz on the board is that fans are loving it, and that Amelia makes some MAJOR changes to her world. It’s shocking, it’s exciting, it’s epic… Have you picked up your copy yet?

Promises to Keep

Order your copy of PtK online, head to a local store to grab it in person, or download the ebook!

If you’re already ready it, what are your thoughts?


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Promises to KeepHey Haven fans! In case you missed the change, due to a publisher SNAFU (or more likely the merger actually: Random House, where Amelia is contracted, is merging with Penguin Publishers), we’re looking at a March 12, 2013 release for Promises to Keep!

Change it on your calendar, shout it from the rooftops, and wait patiently for another three months. 🙂

We also hear over on Amelia’s forum that PtK is the VERY LAST BOOK in the Den of Shadows series!

In other news, do you have a book blog (meaning a blog where you review books on a regular basis, especially Young Adult and paranormal books like Amelia’s)?

From Amelia’s facebook on December 8th:

    Anyone out there have a blog or site about writing, books, or a similar subject, and want a chance to read Promises to Keep by the end of the year (it won’t officially come out until March)? I have a couple ARCs to give away, if you’re interested in writing a review.

Send a private message to Amelia over on facebook to get more details! Be sure to tell her The Haven sent you!

Good luck!

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Yesterday, Amelia gave her fans a special Valentine’s Day present: the announcement of new titles officially under contract!

From the thread on her forum, Amelia says:

    I do love to be able to give good news!

    Official upcoming titles, under contract, are:

    Poison Tree (2012)
    Promises to Keep (2013)
    Maeve’ra Trilogy (2014, 2015, 2016)

    Thanks for the interest!


Poison Tree is out this June. Check out the updated Book Page to learn more about the synopsis AND get a brief glimpse!

Promises to Keep‘s narrator is Jay Marinitch, last seen in All Just Glass! According to Amelia on her forum, “Some chapters are narrated by Brina di’Birgetta. The book starts on Christmas Eve, and some events do take place at Haven #2, so some of you can probably think what other characters are likely to show up.”

Amelia once said that Promises “will cause some major changes in Nyeusigrube if I am brave enough to publish it.” Looks like that bravery found her at last! Exciting!

The Maeve’ra Trilogy is what it sounds like: a sequel to the Kiesha’ra Series! It follows three “Children of Obsidian”, descendants of serpiente priestess Maeve (Maeve’ra literally translates to “children of Maeve”).

The Maeve’ra Trilogy is tentatively:

Bloodwitch (Vance Ehecatl’s story)
Bloodkin (Kadee’s story)
Bloodtraitor (Malachi’s story)

These stories take place in 1802 and forward… during the end of the original Midnight’s reign. We wouldn’t be surprised to see all of Amelia’s creations on display: vampires, shapeshifters (serpiente, avians, falcons, Azteka, Mistari?), Tristes, Macht witches, and the battle between Mayhem and Midnight! What old friends might we run into from the Den of Shadows series? Are any of the falcons still alive from the Kiesha’ra, nearly 2000 years before the Maeve’ra? We’ll find out in 2+ years!

Thanks, Amelia, for keeping your fans informed!

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March 12, 2013
$16.99 [Hardcover Edition]
$10.99 US [Kindle Edition]
Large format hardcover: 256 pages
ISBN 978-0-385-74192-7 (0-385-74192-8)



Jay Marinitch, a young vampire hunter, may be Earth’s best hope for thwarting the rise of a vampire-controlled slave empire called Midnight, despite his fear that those who question his worth may be right. — From loc.gov

The compendium of creations (SingleEarth, the Bruja guilds, the Midnight empire) intertwine in an exciting, unsettling plot featuring happenings both accidental and deliberate that will forever change the alternate landscape inhabited by vampires, Tristes, shapeshifters et al.

It all begins with a wrong turn and a crashed party, and from there it’s an epic clash of elements and the promise of more chaos still to come. At the center of the storm is Jay, a young vampire hunter that no one would ever have predicted might be earth’s best bet to thwart the rise of a vampire-controlled slave empire called Midnight.

Teens will find themselves drawn to Jay, who struggles to prove his worth even while he has his own fears that those who have written him off may be right to do so. — from Amazon.com

In the Author’s Words

* In the fall of 2009, “I wrote a story called Promises to Keep, which will cause some major changes in Nyeusigrube if I am brave enough to publish it.”

* On October 23, 2011, on her forum [1], Amelia said, “The primary narrator is Jay Marinitch (if you read AJG, you met Jay there), though some chapters are narrated by Brina di’Birgetta. The book starts on Christmas Eve, and some events do take place at Haven #2, so some of you can probably think what other characters are likely to show up.” For those following along at home with the Inbox of Diana Smoke, that probably means Caryn Smoke (has a wedding planned for that New Year’s Eve/Day) and possibly other folks seen in All Just Glass at Haven #2. Brina, by the way, was last spoken of in Midnight Predator, the sister of Turquoise’s former master Lord Daryl di’Birgetta.

* On March 3, 2013 on Hypable.com, Amelia said, “I had this character that I just wanted to try – Jay – and he grabbed it by the reins and ran for a while. Unfortunately the way NaNo’s go I got part of the way through the story in the first draft and had no idea what I was doing. Because I had a character, I had this opening scene that I really liked and my character really just wanted to take a nap instead of engaging in any real plot.”

She accredits a turn in her process of the novel to the member of her writing group who suggested to her that if she was bored of the story she either had to stop writing it or change it and do something unexpected. That’s when Atwater-Rhodes got the idea to revisit and idea she had played around with about a decade ago but hadn’t had the courage to go for. Something had changed since she first came up with the idea. “I had characters who could finally make it happen – who were powerful enough to – who were strong enough to perform the magic that I needed them to perform. I just took the plunge and I wrote the manuscript.”

This needed to happen, says the author. The humans, Bruja Guild, Midnight, and Single Earth are all at the height of their power and so something needed to give. The worlds will collide in what she says will be an unexpected way. She also explains that a lot of readers are going to be concerned about where the story ends and will want more. But she says, “That’s okay with me, I’m looking forward to seeing what happens next.”

Jay, she says, came out of nowhere. It started with a 100 word drabble about a lizard that she wrote down. “I had this character contemplating a lizard – that’s the kind of thing Jay does,” she says, “and then he showed up in All Just Glass as a supporting character and was intriguing enough that I needed to take a closer look at him.”

While she says there will be some interesting pairings, Jay and romance are a strange combination. She explains, “As he puts it – it’s hard to get a date when you can read everyone’s thoughts so everyone’s gross to you and their internal monologue is just so much more interesting than what they’re saying out loud.”

Atwater-Rhodes also says her favorite scene to write in Promises to Keep was between Jay and Xeke, which she attributes to Xeke being an outrageous flirt. “I think they’re both such brash and outlandish characters in such ways that putting them together was just hysterical,” she says. “It was really hard to get them back on task but it was a lot of fun to write.” She also adds that the two characters were just fun to have together.[3]

Did you know..?

* Jay Marinitch, last seen in All Just Glass, is one of the presumed narrators for PtK. **CONFIRMED 10/23/11
* Rumored to be involved: Kendra (last seen in All Just Glass)
* “The Inbox of Diana Smoke” (on Amelia’s site) fills in the gaps between All Just Glass (in world: November 2009) and Poison Tree (in world: December 2009). Promises to Keep takes place from Christmas through New Year’s of 2009, shortly after PT ends! But we’ll have to wait until 2013 at the earliest to read this tale… More rumors and speculation as the info comes in!
* The title comes from a Robert Frost poem, ‘Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening’, and the lines “The woods are lovely, dark, and deep,/ But I have promises to keep,/ And miles to go before I sleep…” The poem is featured at the beginning of the novel.[2]
* PtK previously was set to release on January 10th, 2013 but a “publisher SNAFU” delayed it by two months! Theories persist that the Random House/Penguin merger may have caused this delay.
* PtK began as a NaNoWriMo.org story. The opening scene is an intentional juxtaposition against Shattered Mirror in which Sarah walks into a vampire party.[3]
* Fans can also expect to see many familiar faces along with some new ones. We’ll be meeting Lady Brina di’Birgetta for the first time, who is the sister of Lord Daryl from Midnight Predator. Caryn Smoke will also be playing a large part in the novel and we’ll meet her fiancé. We’ll also see one of [Amelia’s] favorite characters from Demon in My View as well as Jaguar from Midnight Predator and Kendra. And the novel won’t just focus on the action; Atwater-Rhodes teases that there will be a little bit of romance. [3]
* This may be sad for some fans to learn but Promises to Keep will be the last book in the Den of Shadows series, although [Amelia’s] not sure how her publisher Random House will feel about it if she says that she considers this new novel to be the last in the series that kick-started her career. Fear not, it won’t be her last novel about the world she created. She explains, “I do have more stories that I’m planning on writing. But like I said the world is very different.”[3]
* Everything in [the Nyeusigrube] world will change after Promises to Keep.[3]

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[1] Nyeusigrube.com Forum – “Promises to keep?” http://nyeusigrube.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=4085&p=101863#p101863
[2] Wikipedia.org – “Promises to Keep (novel)” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Promises_to_Keep_(novel)
[3] Hypable.com – “‘Promises to Keep’ author Amelia Atwater-Rhodes talks her journey, writing, and her new novel” http://www.hypable.com/2013/03/03/promises-to-keep-author-amelia-atwater-rhodes-talks-her-journey-writing-and-her-new-novel/

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January 11, 2011
$15.99 US
Large format hardcover: 256pages

Turned into a vampire by the boy she thought she loved, seventeen-year-old Sarah, daughter of a powerful line of vampire-hunting witches, is now hunted by her older sister Adia, who has been given the assignment to kill Sarah.
A companion novel to: Shattered Mirror.
-Text from http://catalog.loc.gov/
The Library of Congress Online Catalog



Sarah Vida has given up everything for love. From a legendary family of vampire-hunting witches, Sarah was raised to never trust a vampire, to never let her guard down, and to avoid all tricky attachments of the heart. But now Sarah IS a vampire—changed by the boy she thought she loved. Her family has forsaken her, and Sarah herself is disgusted by her appetite for blood.

Aida Vida is Sarah’s older sister, the good, reliable sibling who always does her family proud. But when Aida’s mother insists that Sarah be found and killed, Aida is given the one assignment that she may not be able to carry out.

Taking place over just twenty-four hours, ALL JUST GLASS tells the story of a game-changing battle that will forever change the world of the Den of Shadows. And at its center is the story of two sisters who must choose between love and duty. Dark, fully-imagined, and hard to put down, ALL JUST GLASS will thrill Amelia’s fans—old and new.
-Text from RandomHouse

Delacorte Press (c) 2011
Cover by Miranda Adria


* Small Review: All Just Glass, 04/09/11 – http://smallreview.blogspot.com/2011/04/book-review-all-just-glass-by-amelia.html
* Dreaming In Books Review: All Just Glass, 01/08/11 – http://dreaminginbooks.blogspot.com/2011/01/review-all-just-glass-by-amelia-atwater.html
* Novel Society Review: All Just Glass (Sequel to Shattered Mirror), 02/12/11 http://novelsociety.wordpress.com/2011/02/12/review-all-just-glass-shattered-mirror-sequel-by-amelia-atwater-rhodes/
* What’s Your Story? Review: All Just Glass, 06/17/11 – http://www.whatsyourstorybookreviews.com/2011/06/review-all-just-glass-by-amelia-atwater.html
* Book Loons: All Just Glasshttp://www.bookloons.com/cgi-bin/Review.asp?bookid=13261

In the Author’s Words

“The next project in line for publication is All Just Glass, a long-awaited follow-up to Shattered Mirror. I use the phrase “follow-up” instead of “sequel” because I tend to think of sequels as things that people write because they want to go back and add to a finished story (or just write more because people liked the first one, whether or not there is more to say). Shattered Mirror was never really finished, to me. There was a complete story arc in the book, and it made sense to end the book there, but I have always known there was more to tell… it just took me a long time to figure out how to get it all down on paper.”

Did you know..?

* “Will Amelia write another novel after All Just Glass about these characters?” Well, at the moment, this story concludes Sarah Vida’s tale, but her aunt Diana Smoke plays strongly into the plot of Poison Tree. Learn more, check out “The Inbox of Diana Smoke”!

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SMcoverSept 11th, 2001
$9.95 US/$14.95 CAN
Small format hardcover: 227 pages
$5.50 US/ $7.99 CAN
Mass Market paperback: 240 pages

As seventeen-year-old Sarah, daughter of a powerful line of vampire-hunting witches, continues to pursue the ancient bloodsucker Nikolas, she finds herself in a dangerous friendship with two vampire siblings in her high school.
-Text from http://catalog.loc.gov
Library of Congress Online Catalog

Buy SHATTERED MIRROR at Amazon.com!



To the casual observer, Christopher Ravena and Sarah Vida look like normal high school students- there’s nothing to clue their classmates in to their real identities. He’s a vampire who has sworn off human blood; she’s a witch, a daughter of the most powerful vampire-hunting dynasty in history. Although Sarah recognizes Christopher as her enemy from the moment she sees him, he is too weak to sense her witch aura and keep his distance. In fact, he’s atracted to her, and he pursues her. Slowly, without meaning to, Sarah finds herself won over by his sensitivity, his gentleness, his kindness.

When they’re together, she forgets that he’s a vampire. Unfortunately, when they’re apart, it’s all she can remember. According to Vida law, no hunter can befriend a vampire without facing unimaginable consequences. But when Saraj finally decides to reveal herself and end their friendship, she discovers that Christopher has secrets too. His past and her future collide as they both get tangled up with Nikolas, one of the most reviled vampires ever. Suddenly a world where right and wrong were once as clear as black and white leaves room for little more than shades of gray.
-from the inside cover of Shattered Mirror

Delacorte Press (c) 2001
Cover art: Phil Heffernan



In the Author’s Words

Amelia’s Letter About The Book’s History:

    Shattered Mirror was inspired by Sarah MacLachlan’s CD “Surfacing.” Listening to its lyrics, to the haunting voice singing, I was struck with a story– love between two individuals perfectly wrong for each other, love where one is willing and one is held back.

    “And I had the sense to recognize… that I don’t know how to let you go…”
    “We are born… innocent. Believe me, Adia, we are still innocent…”

    The story evolved.

    Born was Sarah Vida, youngest daughter of an ancient line of witches, youngest daughter in a line that has hunted vampire since they existed, and is bound by rules forbidding connection with any of their prey. She is a flawed member of her clan, imperfect in the eyes of her mother and her older sister, desperately trying to win their approval.

    In this state, she can hardly help falling for sweet, romantic Christopher… who is incidentally a vampire.

    And she falls in love.

    Shattered Mirror has fewer amusing stories. It is based on an idea I hold highly: The belief in the absence of absolute good or evil. My characters, be they witch, vampire, shapeshifter or whatever else, are all essentially human. They can be “good” or “evil” as they choose.

    Shattered Mirror, in a way, is a mirror for many things. It is a mirror for the Crusades, for the Holocaust, for the Japanese internment– for every war where we were absolutely right and the other side was absolutely wrong.

    Fun Facts about Shattered Mirror (there are some):

    Michael Kitsune Arun was a major character in all of ShatMir’s drafts– except the last two. One of the last of the infamous witch line that was infected with vampiric blood, he was also Sarah’s fiancé… and needless to say, hated Christopher. My editor complained, with good reason, that he muddled the plot. He was cut, and Adianna took over most of his scenes. The book is the better for his loss.

    Scenes cut from Shattered Mirror include a scene where Kristin kills Kaleo (he was very relieved to learn he lives), a scene with Sarah and Kendra, the history of Risika’s (In the Forests of the Night) family, and a kiss shared between Sarah and Nikolas.

    Richard Roberts (or was it Robert Richards? I can’t remember…) was originally a joke character. Usually, any character named Richard or Robert in one of my books was bound for death. I thought he could use a break.

    The cover models look NOTHING like who they’re supposed to. An artist I know is recreating the sketch mentioned on page 184: “On the back of the paper was a drawing of Nikolas…” With her permission, I will get it [posted].

    I’m more than a little in love with Nikolas. Trust me, he’s asweetheart. When he isn’t your enemy.

Did you know..?

Possibly coming soon!

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DIMVcoverMay 9th, 2000
$9.95 US/ $14.95 CAN
Small format hardcover: 176 pages
$4.99 US/ $6.99 CAN
Mass Market paperback: 192 pages

Seventeen-year-old Jessica Allodola discovers that the vampire world of her fiction is real when she develops relationships with an alluring vampire named Aubrey and the teenage witch who is trying to save Jessica from his clutches.
-Text from http://http://catalog.loc.gov
The Library of Congress Online Catalog

Buy DEMON IN MY VIEW at Amazon.com!



Jessica isn’t your average teenager. Though nobody knows at her high school knows it, she’s a published author. Her vampire novel Tiger, Tiger has just come out under the pen name Ash Night. Jessica often wishes she felt as comfortable with her classmates as she does among the vampires and witches of her fiction. She has always been treated as an outsider at Ramsa High.

But two new students have just arrived in Ramsa, and both want Jessica’s attention. She has no patience with overly friendly Caryn, but she’s instantly drawn to handsome Alex, a cocky, mysterious boy who seems surprisingly familiar. If she didn’t know better, she’d think Aubrey, the alluring villain from Tiger, Tiger, had just sprung to life. That’s impossible, of course; Aubrey is a figment of her imagination. Or is he?

Nail-bitingly suspenseful, here is the deliciously eerie follow-up to In the Forests of the Night, by the remarkable fifteen-year-old novelist Amelia Atwater-Rhodes.
-Text from the inside cover of Demon in My View

Delacorte Press (c) 2000
Cover art: Cliff Nielsen



In the Author’s Words

When struggling with the plot of the story, Amelia says, “I was complaining at the lunch table, where I did most of my complaining. My best friend at the time said ‘You should just hook up Jessica with Aubrey’ and then the rest of the book just came from nowhere.’ That best friend was named Jessica, and the inspiration behind the main character!

Amelia’s Letter About The Book’s History:

    Demon in My View was started on my much beloved Mac, but transferred to my beloved IBM Evita– a desktop IBM with Windows 95– after Mac’s final fatal fall.

    Demon is a story I have written many times in many ways. The core plot is a very simple one: The main character, Jessica Ashley Allodola, is a teenage writer who discovers that her characters are real. Needless to say, as a teenage writer, even before I was published, the idea intrigued me.

    Demon’s first incarnation was begun in the same blue CVS notebook as Forests. It included bookstore scenes where Ash was visited by her character in a creepy interlude during a book signing… where her “fan” began to speak to her about her characters, about things the fan has no right to know, and indeed about things Ash isn’t even quite sure of herself.

    By the way, this happened to me during my Demon tour, I swear. If you happen to know who the young man in the burgundy velvet suit– not sweating in the middle of July– who came up to me was, tell me. I lost his email…

    Another incarnation of Demon’s storyline involved a lot of online interaction, as I played with the possibilities of the internet– where you really have no idea who you’re talking to, where people share more information then they ever would in real life and where people can be almost anything they want to be with the virtue of a screen name or a yahoo ID.

    Yet another version was actually finished, with a different breed of vampires. The main character in that one was not a writer, but many scenes– including her confrontation with Dusk, the powerful vampire who has confronted her– were used with minor changes in Demon in My View.

    On my first day of eighth grade, during one of the endless assemblies, one of my friends made a quip about “bore the students to death day.” It was a quip that prompted me to start writing to pass the time, inspired Jazlyn’s first day at school, and thus caused me to begin writing what would be my second novel. (Yes, at this point the protagonist was named Jazlyn. The change will be explained later.)

    Demon had two major plot problems:
    One: I had no idea how Jessica *did* know what she knows about vampires and their world.
    Two: Why didn’t they just kill her?

    So, needless to say, the little demon crept from beneath Esc and burrowed into my brain. I ranted to my friends, most importantly my friend Jessica, my most loyal reader– this still before I was published, when only my friends read my work– namesake for about a dozen Jessicas, Jessies and Jess’s, and a great fan of Aubrey’s. She made a demand: “I want you to hook one a Jess up with Aubrey.”

    And inspiration was found. Jazlyn’s name was given to her mother, and Jessica’s name was given to my protagonist. Quickly the book was finished, Jessica was thrilled, and since by this time I had a contract with RandomHouse, I had another book to give them. Life was fine.

FunFacts about Demon in My View

    Demon’s working title was “Bitter Life,” titled after a poem of the same name written by Jessica.

    Demon’s musical inspiration came from 3rd Eye Blind (Jumper, London, Burning Man, Narcalepsy), Garbage 2.0 (especially Push It) and No Doubt’s “Tragic Kingdom” album. Originally it mentioned Jessica listening to Jumper as she wrote and waking up to the line from No Doubt’s “Spiderwebs”: “Now you go too deep… you wake me in my sleep.”

    Demon was written half in my red reclining chair (while I worked on Mac) and half in the basement, as my sister and cousin painted the laundry room next door. By the end of those few weeks, they hated Garbage, and could sing the four songs from the album nearly by heart.

    Demon originally contained scenes between Jessica and her mother, scenes between Jessica and Siete, and all sorts of fun stuff in bookstores, but most of it ended up removed. 😦

Did you know..?

* Jessica’s pen name is Ash Night. She wrote the story Tiger, Tiger… which you can read as In the Forests of the Night by Amelia!

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As far as I can find, this was a movie made by Amelia and her friends. The images are listed as copyright 2002 Amelia Atwater-Rhodes and Carolyn B.

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