Monthly Archive for August, 2012

enter the Dragon*Con

Right now I’m in beautiful Wisconsin for a novel writers’ workshop/retreat, where I’m workshopping the contemporary YA novel I didn’t quite finish revising in this summer’s Clarion West Write-a-thon. I’m getting a lot of terrific feedback and suggestions from amazing writers that will make it a much better, and probably very different book.

I’m disappointed I can’t go to Worldcon with the rest of these fine folks at the end of the week, but it’s for a very good reason: I will be at Dragon*Con in Atlanta, GA from Friday, August 31 through Monday, September 3. If you’re in or near Atlanta, I hope we can meet up over the weekend. If you’re at the con, this is where you will find me:

Day/Time Location Event
Fri 8/31
1:00–2:00p Marriott Atrium: Marriott A707 Panel: Whitewashing of YA
(YA Lit Track)
2:30–3:30p Hyatt Ballroom: Hyatt Regency V Panel: Pyr Rising
Sat 9/1
11:30–12:30p Marriott Atrium: Marriott A707 Panel: Under the Covers
(YA Lit Track)
1:00–3:00p Hyatt: SFWA Table Hanging out
4:00–5:00p Booth 709 (Pyr Books)
Marriott Marquis Ballroom
Signing
Sun 9/2
1:00–2:00p Booth 709 (Pyr Books)
Marriott Marquis Ballroom
Signing
4:00–5:00p Larry Smith Books Booth Signing (SFWA)

There’s a good chance that whenever I am not otherwise scheduled for an event, I will be hanging out in the Pyr Booth, Booth 709 in the Marriott Marquis Ballroom, so swing by to chat or get a book signed. You can also pick up shiny Fair Coin/Quantum Coin bookmarks there for free, which will be available at Dragon*Con for the first time anywhere. I’ll be happy to sign those for you too.

In the comments below, please let me know if you’ll be at the con and where I can find you!

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win an early copy of Quantum Coin!

Hopefully you’ve read Fair Coin by now, because the sequel will be out this October. You still have time to catch up on the shenanigans of Ephraim, Nathan, Jena, and Zoe before then, but if you’re ready to find out what happens to them next and hate the idea of waiting any longer than necessary, then I have good news for you: Pyr is giving away three advance reading copies of Quantum Coin over at Goodreads. Just click below to enter the random drawing. You have a 100% chance of winning, on a parallel Earth somewhere in the multiverse. You can’t beat those odds.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Quantum Coin by E.C. Myers

Quantum Coin

by E.C. Myers

Giveaway ends September 05, 2012.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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Advance praise for Quantum Coin:

“[T]eens crack wise and lock lips while saving the multiverse from an information overload…. Myers salts his tale with amusing, often-libidinous adolescent banter… Fans of alternate worlds will find a heapin’ helping here.”
-Kirkus Reviews

“[S]ci-fi fans who love their fiction with a dash of real science, crack open these books.”
-Jess, HubPages

“This book is for smart kids. If you have geeky teens who are underwowed by the recent rash of prom-dress-covered YA and prefer to read a savvy, well-paced adventure, this is the one.”
-Catherine Schaff-Stump, Writer Tamago

Praise for Fair Coin:

“[A] well-written, fast-paced, EPIC adventure. There are plot twists you will never see coming and enough science fiction elements to satisfy even the hungriest nerd brain! In my opinion, it accurately portrays . . . what teenagers would do if they had the entire universe at their disposal.”
-Mother/Gamer/Writer

“I thoroughly loved this book. Rather than finding just another same-old, same-old book, this one smashed through the mold . . . I highly recommend [Fair Coin] to all fans of YA, especially those who enjoy male MCs, science fiction, and fantasy.”
-I Swim for Oceans

“Myers has written a novel that makes the reader think . . . a young adult novel of substance. It is humorous, emotional, and complex in a refreshing way, and I think it’s a book that anyone who enjoys science fiction could really love.”
-Literary Obsession

“Magic and science collide in this retelling of the classic fable about misguided wishes never having exactly the outcome you intend. Myers’s tale has a massive twist. . . . [A] fast-paced and fun story.”
-RT Book Reviews, Four Stars: Compelling; Page Turner

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an interview with Hal Johnson, author of Immortal Lycanthropes + book giveaway

I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Hal Johnson for more than a dozen years. I believe I first met him in Hoboken, of all places, when the Columbia University Science Fiction Society (mine) started hanging out with the NYU Science Fiction Society (his). He’s one of the people I most looked forward to seeing at the parties of mutual friends, and he also sold me many a comic book at Midtown Comics in New York. It was always nice to run into him and chat for a little while, usually about whatever he was reading, but I also faced these moments with a bit of panic because while talking to Hal, I often felt like I needed to read more books, better books, different books from what I was reading at the time. I imagined him silently judging my pathetic comic book selections and worried that at any moment, he would expose me as a fraud and send me packing to a library to straighten my life out.

I also knew that Hal wrote, because his D&D campaigns were legendary. By all accounts, he put more research and imagination into his epic quests than many authors apply to their multi-tome fantasy series, which was almost enough to convince me to start gaming. I’d heard rumors that he had a novel long before I started writing books of my own, and I was surprised and thrilled to find out last year that he had sold a middle grade book to Clarion Books. I’m very excited that we can all read it very soon now; Immortal Lycanthropes comes out this September–in only two short weeks! Hal was gracious enough to share some details about him and his work with my legions of readers. (Hey, mom.)

ETA: Check out the two giveaways for copies of Immortal Lycanthropes after the interview!

Hi, Hal. Thanks for agreeing to do this interview. So first of all: Explain yourself! Who are you, and what is this book about?

Thanks, Eugene! I’m Hal, and I wrote a book called Immortal Lycanthropes that Eugene is kind enough to talk to me about. I don’t really have an elevator pitch for this book, in part because I live in a walk up, and have no place to practice it, but it’s an adventure novel with people who turn into animals, and secret societies, and nihilistic agony. I sometimes pitch it as Highlander meets The Da Vinci Code with werewolves. I hope that sounds enticing.

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on olympic dreams

Every month, members of teamTEENauthor write a blog post for teens on a specific topic. August’s topic is Olympic Dreams. For links to more posts on this topic, scroll to the bottom.

Photo by Luke MacGregor via theverge.com

The Olympics are over and this post is about a week late. No matter, we’re really just early for the next Olympics. That’s in, like, four years, right? Or something?

I have a horrible confession: I am not a fan of the Olympics. I don’t actively dislike them, but I am not the type who arranges my schedule to watch any events. My DVR isn’t even plugged in (no cable), but if it were, I would not have set it for the Olympics (except to record gymnastics for my wife). All told, I may have watched about ten minutes total of this year’s games in various clips online and a few idle minutes of live television.

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YA Scavenger Hunt

Welcome to the Summer 2012 YA Scavenger Hunt! This tri-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way for readers to get exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors… and a chance to win some awesome prizes! In this hunt, you not only have access to exclusive content from each author, you also get clues at each stop for the scavenger 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!
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