From 2016 to 2017

From 2016 to 2017

We have arrived at the end of another calendar year. Every year I look back on what I did and look forward to what comes next; these posts are tagged taking stock if you want to see where I’ve come from.

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My short story "The Fox" is now available for free online

I thought I'd start 2015 off right by putting one of my short stories online for free. Back in 2011, I wrote a story called "The Fox" that was set a couple of years after the end of Huntress. The story was originally available at Subterranean Online, but then my publisher, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, wanted to include it as a bonus in the paperback version of Huntress, so the story left the internet ... temporarily! I know many of you have asked for this story outside of the paperback version of Huntress for various reasons (like, you don't live in the US so you can't buy it, or you already bought the hardcover), and I've been wanting to put it back online for a while.

I didn't want to simply put it up on my website, though. I wanted to commission a piece of art to go with it. Back in November I got in touch with Claudia Aguirre, a talented artist who made the fantastic postcards I commissioned for Adaptation and Inheritance and asked if she'd do a similar character-based illustration for "The Fox." I'm so happy that Claudia could do it, because now I can show you Kaede. It is so great, you guys. Look:

Art by Claudia Aguirre

Isn't that amazing? The art totally captures the spooky mood of "The Fox," and I love the way Kaede looks.

If you'd like to read "The Fox", it's available two ways: You can read it right here on my website or you can read it at Wattpad:

I only have this one story on Wattpad right now, but I might add more in the future.

Thank you for reading, and happy new year!

ASH and HUNTRESS are now available on audiobook

I’m very happy to share the news that my first two novels, Ash and Huntress, are now available as audiobooks from Audible! And guess what? I narrated them myself! I recorded them at an actual real recording studio that records actual real musicians back in September, and it was a really cool experience.

The sound booth where I recorded ASH and HUNTRESS

Not every author wants to narrate their own audiobooks, but I was eager to take the plunge because back in the days of my youth (OK, high school), I did a lot of competitive acting and dramatic interpretation. Yes, this is a thing. I’m not a professional actor by any means, and I was super nervous to record myself reading these books in their entirety, but at the same time, I wanted readers to hear these words the way I hear them in my head. If you’re an audiobook listener, I hope you’ll enjoy them!

To entice you, I have a couple of audio samples here of me (eek!) reading Ash and Huntress:

And to celebrate their release, I’m giving away 10 free audiobooks of Ash or Huntress. Winners will receive a code they can redeem at Audible.com for either Ash or Huntress (winner’s choice). Just enter via Rafflecopter below. The deadline is Jan. 1, 2014.

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Or download them from Audible now: Ash, Huntress. I hope you enjoy them!

Huntress is now in paperback!

Today is the official publication day for the paperback edition of my novel Huntress, my retelling of a hero's quest. (SPOILER: There are lesbians.) Woohoo!! Although the paperback cover isn't too different from the hardcover, it is slightly different, so here it is: Paperback cover for the novel "Huntress" by Malinda Lo

As you can see by that seal in the upper right, the paperback edition of Huntress includes a short story, "The Fox," which has never before been in print. It was originally published online in Summer 2011 at Subterranean, but I'm really pleased to have it included now with Huntress since it has a sort of epilogue-ish feel.

"The Fox" is about Kaede, the main character of Huntress, two years after the end of the book, and it involves her encounter with a fox spirit. The story actually sprang from a scene that I cut from one of the many drafts of Huntress, and then when Gwenda Bond invited me to write a short story for Subterranean (my first shorty story in 10 years!), I knew immediately that I wanted to adapt that cut scene into a story.

The paperback edition of Huntress also includes a sneak peek at the first pages of my next novel, Adaptation, which comes out September 18th. As you may remember me saying, Adaptation is very different from Ash and Huntress, so if you're super curious as to what I mean by "different," check out the paperback and read the preview chapter. I hope you'll like it!

One of my favorite parts of the Huntress paperback is the newly redesigned spine, which includes the front cover image on the side. I think it looks very cool.

I love that the girl on the cover is so fierce (though in a meditative way!) because that's absolutely one of the reasons I wrote this book. I've read so many fantasy novels in which the main female character is super kick-ass … and then she falls in love with a guy. Not that there's anything wrong with that! And it's not like it's shocking — I mean, most heroines in novels, kick-ass fantasy or not, are straight.

But I really love a kick-ass girl. (In fact here's a list of my favorites.) And while I've truly enjoyed many of these (straight) fantasy novels (and even enjoyed many of the romances — since you don't have to be straight to enjoy a straight romance), in my heart of hearts I wanted to read an epic fantasy adventure in which a girl kicks ass and falls in love with another girl. That fantasy? That's Huntress.

If you're interested in picking up a copy of the paperback, you can get it at Book Passage (my local indie, where you can request a signed copy and I will stop by and sign it for you), IndieBound, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and Book Depository.

And ... to celebrate the paperback release, I'm giving away three signed paperback copies of Huntress to three lucky winners. One copy will be reserved for an international winner, so yes, this giveaway is open internationally. The deadline is June 30, 2012. Good luck!

All you have to do is enter via the Rafflecopter widget here:

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