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Hey Havenites! Guess what? Amelia posted on facebook today a picture of the ARCs that arrived at her house… They just so happen to be for the up-coming “Bloodwitch“, due out May 13, 2014!

Also, we have the synopsis from the Library of Congress:

Raised by vampires, a shapeshifter learns that he may be a bloodwitch who possesses rare and destructive magic that the leader of the powerful Midnight empire seeks to control.

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This might not be the final cover. It could change and only have been a working cover. After all, there is not mention of it being Maeve’ra #1.

Still, we see a long green feather (likely a quetzal’s feather as that is the protagonist’s shapeshifter form), thorned vines, black tree branches, and I believe some roses petals on the ground.

What do you think of the cover? What do you think of the phrase “ONLY THE LOYAL SURVIVE”?

WANT MORE MAEVE’RA? CAN’T WAIT UNTIL NEXT MAY?

Then check out “Lilith’s Explorations of Midnight”. It’s a continuing story that Amelia is doing on her facebook page (edited):

https://www.facebook.com/notes/amelia-atwater-rhodes/about-liliths-exploration-of-midnight/558066950922556

Or if you’re on the forum, have a sneak peek on what’s upcoming:

http://nyeusigrube.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=99&t=4378&start=15

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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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Maeve'ra One: BloodwitchThere is going to be a short e-story published pre-Maeve’ra trilogy, currently “Untitled”.

From Amelia’s facebook on December 6th:

    It’s a short story that takes place in Midnight in the late 1700s, and focuses on a pivotal moment that essentially sets up the entire Maeve’ra Trilogy. I can’t say much more without giving away too much.

    [The] particular area [the story takes place in] is a bit of a no-man’s-land at this time in history (“owned” by multiple countries who haven’t bothered yet to do much with it, even very little native population in this century) which is why I chose it.

    The series as a whole will reference world events, but the only one that influences this particular short story is the Inquisition. It doesn’t take place during the Inquisition, though, as you might imagine from the date.

No word on when the short story will be available for purchase and download. In the meantime, enjoy your holidays and have a Happy New Year!

Also! There’s an update on our previous post, regarding ARCs for book bloggers. Check it out!

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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!

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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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bloodwitch-atwaterrhodesRELEASE DATE: 2014 – 2015 – 2016
PRICE [Hardcover Edition]
PRICE [Kindle Edition]
Large format hardcover: NUMBER pages

EXCERPT COMING 2013 from RandomHouse.org

Description

Raised by vampires, a shapeshifter learns that he may be a bloodwitch who possesses rare and destructive magic that the leader of the powerful Midnight empire seeks to control. (From Library of Congress http://www.loc.gob)

Delacorte Books for Young Readers (c) 2014
Cover art by [COMING 2013]

Synopsis from Nyeusigrube.com:

COMING SOON!

Reviews

* Kirkus Review, March 12 2014 – https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/amelia-atwater-rhodes/bloodwitch/
* Publishers Weekly, March 3 2014 – http://publishersweekly.com/978-0-385-74303-7

Did you know..?

* 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 books (nearly 2000 years before the Maeve’ra trilogy)?

We’ll find out starting in 2014!

In the Author’s Words

On February 14, 2012, on her forum [1], Amelia announced that the Maeve’ra Trilogy was under contract for 2014, 2015, 2016.

The Maeve’ra Trilogy is tentatively:

Short Story pre-Maeve’ra Title TBA
Bloodwitch (Vance Ehecatl’s story)
Bloodkin (Kadee’s story)
Bloodtraitor (Malachi’s story)

A Brief Glimpse

From the Nyeusigrube website… (c) Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

COMING SOON!

Alternate Covers:

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References

[1] Nyeusigrube Forum topic: About the Maeve’ra, http://nyeusigrube.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=87&t=3954 – February 14, 2012

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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)

EXCERPT COMING SOON!

Description:

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]

Alternate Covers:

None yet!

References

[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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