Just updated my Asian-based fantasy list....

... if you want to see what I have so far, it's here. If you have a suggestion--and I do love suggestions--you can leave it here.

(I've gotten a couple recommendations that are actually dystopian and I'm not sure whether or not to include them, since the idea was originally for fantasy. Any thoughts on that would be welcome.)

In other news!

Writer's Digest has an interview and giveaway up right now for City of a Thousand Dolls. I talk about what I would do differently in my publishing journey and how my platfrom is mostly reblogging Hobbit pictures.

My brother-in-law and fellow blogger Nic Casey is also giving away a copy of City of a Thousand Dolls. Leave a comment by the end of February to win!

And if your curious to know the Big Idea behind City of a Thousand Dolls, (and how it was actually a very small idea), there's a guest post up today on the estimable Scalzi's blog that covers that very thing.

And finally, because I'm visiting North Idaho right now and it's snowing big fluffy flakes outside, here is a link to a photo of a fluffy puppy in the snow.

You're welcome. *grin*

A song for Wednesday.

I have been singing this in my head for the last few days. My husband says it's a really sad song, but I think it's lovely.

Dreaming by Loudon Wainwright.

I'd rather be dreaming than living,
Living's just too hard to do.
It's chances not choices.
Noises not voices.
A day's just a thing to get through.
Living's just too hard to do.

I'd rather be dreaming than talking,
There's nothing to hear or to say,
With ears covered mouth closed,
The world is opposed.
Nothing gets in or away.
There's nothing to hear or to say.

I'd rather be dreaming than thinking,
Thoughts are small comfort to me.
Dreams might be pretend,
But at least dreams end.
And I just can't stop thinking you see.
Thoughts are small comfort to me.

I'd rather be dreaming than sleeping,
Just sleeping you're just as well dead.
In dreams I can fly.
In dreams I don't die.
That's why I lie here in this bed.
Just sleeping you're just as well dead.

I'd rather be dreaming...

Do you have a favorite sad song?

Looking for great Asian fantasies by Asian and Asian American writers.

Hello lovely reader-people!

Gosh, it's been so long since I actually blogged about anything that I wasn't sure where to start. Then I remembered I needed your help.

As a lot of you know by now, City of a Thousand Dolls is a South-Asian based fantasy. And is plainly obvious from the picture on the sidebar, I'm not Asian. I'm about as white as you can get. The few hints of diversity in my background are overwhelmingly blotted out by my mixed-European heritage. Not only am I Caucasian by birth, I was also raised in one of the most homogeneous areas of the country, Eastern Washington/North Idaho.

Why am I telling you this? Well, because I did a guest post for YA Highway a few weeks ago about writing the non-western fantasy where I said this:

We need more non-western fantasy, and we need people who can write it with respect and understanding, to open the doors to still more diversity.

And someone on Twitter pointed out (not to me, I just happened to see it) that the way to encourage more diversity in fiction was to buy books written by POC writers. Which is completely true, and something I was sorry that I hadn't mentioned. (I've lost the original tweet so I cannot give credit for it, but if you're reading this, random person on Twitter, thank you.)

Now I would never tell you not to buy my book, because let's face it, I'd like to keep eating and to be able to write more books and sales are tremendously helpful with that. BUT I also know that there are a lot of great Asian fantasy novels out there that are truer and richer then mine could ever be precisely because they are written by people intimately familiar with the culture.

So I started thinking about ways I could help steer people to those books and decided one way to do it was to have a page on this blog dedicated to highlighting Asian fantasies by Asian and Asian American writers. So I took down my "Great Books" Page, and instead there's a page for Asian fantasy recommendations. There are already two books on it, the magic-fantastic Silver Phoenix by Cindy Pon and Prophecy by fellow debut-er Ellen Oh. But I need MORE.

So give me your recommendations, Interwebs. What are some wonderful adult, young adult and middle grade Asian-based fantasies that YOU know of?

Home again, home again...

Hi all! I'm finally home from my trip!  It'll probably take a while for me to get back into the blogging groove, but I'll get there. I'm trying to collect some pictures from my trip and the signings to show you, and I've got some regular blog posts planned, as well as the last winners post for the 30 Days of Bookery.

But first, I wanted to say thank you. Thank you to everyone who tweeted and facebooked me on release day and to everyone who entered my contests and cheered for me. Thank you to everyone who bought the book, and everyone who took the time to review it. Thank you to the people who showed up for signings and the amazing bookstore staff who hosted them. I was blown away by your kindness and enthusiasm. You made my release week very special.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

*bear hugs the ENTIRE WORLD*

Interviews, giveaways and WINNERS.

Hello all!

Today on the last stop of the blog tour, I'm at Reading Lark talking about my favorite bird and what sets City of a Thousand Dolls apart.

There's also a e-copy giveaway of City of a Thousand Dolls over at the fabulous Elana Johnson's blog, so if you're an ebook person, go check that out.

And now for WINNERS!

This is the second to last winners post! I just wanted to thank you all again for making the 30 Days of Bookery so much fun. It's so cool to see people excited about such great books. So without further ado, let's see what the great Random Number Generator has to say.

The winner of The Avengers and Philosophy: Earth's Mightiest Thinkers:

Georgia Brown

The winner of Geisha, A Life:

Kim Rusho

The winner of The Menagerie and The Colossus Rises:


The winner of Bad Apple and Past Perfect:

Mandy Holmes

The winner of the signed copy of Cinder:


The winner of Flame in the Mist:

anary gacayan

The winner of Grave Mercy: Dark Triumph! Sorry! 

Steph O'Neil

The winner of The Friday Society:

Mandy Holmes

Congratulations winners! Please email me with your addresses at miriamforsterauthor (at) gmail (dot) com. And make sure to check the winners tag!

Of baby goats, and blog tours...

It has occured to me that with all the launch stuff and book giveaways and whatnot that has been going on, this blog has been sadly lacking in cute animals. Clearly this calls for baby goats!

Also, I have said things!

Blog Tour: I'm at One Page at a Time today, where I talk about the books that got me into YA, why I love myths and fantasy and how you should wear shoes before mugging someone for books.

I'm also at OneFourKidLit, where I get to geek out about the names in my book and discuss my editing insecurities.

I think that's it for today. I'm traveling so I'll try to post another round of book winners tomorrow. See you then!

More link goodness!

Thank you everyone for the awesome launch day yesterday! I'll try to share some pictures of the party when I can. In the meantime...

Blog Tour Stop: I'm at That's Swell today talking about my favorite movie and that one time I almost hit a deer.

There's a great interview up at the Enchanted Inkpot where PJ Hoover (author of Solstice) asks me about writing after the apocalypse, and I share my favorite piece of inspirational advice.

And in all the excitement yesterday, I missed one! Jessica Spotswood (author of Born Wicked) was kind enough to host a mini interview with me and a poster giveaway on her blog as well.

Now I'm going to rub the sleep out of my eyes and go do something productive. Maybe.

*eyes bed*
*falls back into bed*
*falls asleep*

Book trailer and places where I am at!

Hello, hello! I am wandering around town today having lunch with friends and preparing for the launch party tonight. (Eeeeee!!!) So I won't be out and about much online. But there are exceptions!

Blog Tour stop at More than Just Magic! Where I tell you the one thing I can't live without while I'm working. (Spoiler: it's not chocolate.)

Review and Author Interview at Emily's Crammed Bookshelf! (You can win a signed poster. They are cool.)

New Voices Interview at Cynsations! Where I discuss different kinds of strength and the real world issues that contributed to City of a Thousand Dolls.

Also, in case you missed it, Literary Rambles did an interview yesterday, complete with awesome giveaway!

And finally, one of the secrets I've been darkly hinting at is finally here! The City of a Thousand Dolls trailer!



30 Days of Bookery, day 30: Win an ARC of The Archived by Victoria Schwab

What's the 30 Days of Bookery?

This is it! The last day of Bookery! CITY OF A THOUSAND DOLLS OFFICIALLY RELEASES TOMORROW! You can browse inside and get a sneak peek here. Or if you're the preordering sort, the book is still only TWELVE DOLLARS on Barnes and NobleAmazon, and Books-A-Million.

It's the end of a long and amazing journey, and I've got a great prize to wrap things up. An ARC of The Archived by Victoria Schwab! (This book is available for purchase now, so if you don't win it, I strongly suggest that you buy it. It is FANTASTIC)

Summary from Goodreads

Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books.

Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures that only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive.

Da first brought Mackenzie Bishop here four years ago, when she was twelve years old, frightened but determined to prove herself. Now Da is dead, and Mac has grown into what he once was, a ruthless Keeper, tasked with stopping often—violent Histories from waking up and getting out. Because of her job, she lies to the people she loves, and she knows fear for what it is: a useful tool for staying alive.

Being a Keeper isn’t just dangerous—it’s a constant reminder of those Mac has lost. Da’s death was hard enough, but now her little brother is gone too. Mac starts to wonder about the boundary between living and dying, sleeping and waking. In the Archive, the dead must never be disturbed. And yet, someone is deliberately altering Histories, erasing essential chapters. Unless Mac can piece together what remains, the Archive itself might crumble and fall.

How you enter:

+1 entry for commenting (commenting is mandatory to enter)
+1 entry for sharing on Twitter or Facebook
+1 entry for following the blog
+1 entry if you've never won a contest here before
+1 entry for adding up your own points

This contest is international. Contest ends midnight PST, on February 11th.

(Want to see if you've won something? Check the winners tag)

30 Days of Bookery Double Dip! Win an ARC of Equal of the Sun by Anita Amirrezvani and a copy of Wrapped by Jennifer Bradbury

What's the 30 Days of Bookery?

It's the 29th Day of Bookery, and the last double giveaway! Up for grabs is a copy of Wrapped by Jennifer Bradbury and an ARC of Equal of the Sun by Anita Amirrezvani.

Summary from Goodreads

Agnes Wilkins is standing in front of an Egyptian mummy, about to make the first cut into the wrappings—about to unlock ancient (and not-so-ancient) history. She sees herself wearing a pith helmet with antique dust swirling around her. She sees herself as a young Egyptologist who has arrived in Cairo on camelback.

She sees herself dreaming. Because reality for a seventeen-year-old debutante in 1815 London does not allow for camels—or dust even. No, Agnes’s encounter with a mummy is happening on Lord Showalter’s verdant green lawn, where butlers abound and strolling sitar players strain to create an exotic “atmosphere” for the first party of the season. An unwrapping.

And a beginning. Not just of Agnes’s debut season and the ever-shrinking scope of her future—home, husband, and high society. No, something else begins as well, because the mummy Agnes unwraps is more than a mummy: It’s a host for a secret that could unravel a new destiny—unleashing a mystery, an international intrigue—and possibly a curse.

Summary from Goodreads

Legendary women—from Anne Boleyn to Queen Elizabeth I to Mary, Queen of Scots—changed the course of history in the royal courts of sixteenth-century England. They are celebrated in history books and novels, but few people know of the powerful women in the Muslim world, who formed alliances, served as key advisers to rulers, lobbied for power on behalf of their sons, and ruled in their own right. In Equal of the Sun, Anita Amirrezvani’s gorgeously crafted tale of power, loyalty, and love in the royal court of Iran, she brings one such woman to life, Princess Pari Khan Khanoom Safavi.

Iran in 1576 is a place of wealth and dazzling beauty. But when the Shah dies without having named an heir, the court is thrown into tumult. Princess Pari, the Shah’s daughter and protÉgÉ, knows more about the inner workings of the state than almost anyone, but the princess’s maneuvers to instill order after her father’s sudden death incite resentment and dissent. Pari and her closest adviser, Javaher, a eunuch able to navigate the harem as well as the world beyond the palace walls, are in possession of an incredible tapestry of secrets and information that reveals a power struggle of epic proportions.

Based loosely on the life of Princess Pari Khan Khanoom, Equal of the Sun is a riveting story of political intrigue and a moving portrait of the unlikely bond between a princess and a eunuch.

How you enter:

+1 entry for commenting (commenting is mandatory to enter)
+1 entry for sharing on Twitter or Facebook
+1 entry for following the blog
+1 entry if you've never won a contest here before
+1 entry for adding up your own points

This contest is US only. Contest ends midnight PST, on February 10th.

(Want to see if you've won something? Check the winners tag)

Interviews, pretty things (SO PRETTY), and blog tour!

So much stuff going on, guys!!

To begin with, I have been places! Saying things!

Interview at the Book Yurt. (where I talk about my silliest author moment so far.)

Friday Feature and poster giveaway at A.L. Davroe's blog. (Where I discuss the reasons I didn't want Nisha to be a rebel.)

Author interview and signed book giveaway at Icey Books (Where I talk about snacks and the books I can't wait to read.)

If you miss hearing me talk about what goes on in my brain, those are good links to click. (And comments would not go amiss either, should you be inclined to leave any. *grin*)

Also, the Harper team did some EPIC things with City of a Thousand Dolls this week.

First they made these lovely quote cards.

And then yesterday, they put up this great map of the City.



And there is a blog tour!

I'll be stopping in to direct you to the posts but here's the basic schedule. (There may be giveaways, I don't know yet.) EDIT: I might have the dates a bit off, the tour might start on Tuesday. I will let you know. :)

Tuesday the 5th: Interview at More Than Just Magic

Wednesday the 6th: Interview at That's Swell

Thursday the 7th: Interview at  One Page at a Time

Friday the 8th:  Interview at Reading Lark

There are some more interviews coming out that week, including an interview and giveaway at Literary Rambles on the 4th, and I'll let you know about those as well.

And finally, City of a Thousand Dolls was named one of the top twenty most anticipated fantasy novels of February 2013 at The Ranting Dragon, and one of the best new books for the week of February 4th by Publisher's Weekly.

*more flailing*

FOUR DAYS LEFT! *goes in the corner to flail and die of excitement*

30 Days of Bookery Double Dip! Win an ARC of Geeks, Girls and Secret Identities by Mike Jung and a copy of I Kissed a Zombie and I Liked It by Adam Selzer

What's the 30 Days of Bookery?

It's the 28th Day of Bookery, everyone! Today we're giving away some really fun books, a copy of I Kissed a Zombie and I Liked It by Adam Selzer and an ARC of Geeks, Girls and Secret Identities by Mike Jung.

Summary from Goodreads

Algonquin “Ali” Rhodes, the high school newspaper’s music critic, meets an intriguing singer, Doug, while reviewing a gig. He’s a weird-looking guy—goth, but he seems sincere about it, like maybe he was into it back before it was cool. She introduces herself after the set, asking if he lives in Cornersville, and he replies, in his slow, quiet murmur, “Well, I don’t really live there, exactly. . . .”

When Ali and Doug start dating, Ali is falling so hard she doesn’t notice a few odd signs: he never changes clothes, his head is a funny shape, and he says practically nothing out loud. Finally Marie, the school paper’s fashion editor, points out the obvious: Doug isn’t just a really sincere goth. He’s a zombie. Horrified that her feelings could have allowed her to overlook such a flaw, Ali breaks up with Doug, but learns that zombies are awfully hard to get rid of—at the same time she learns that vampires, a group as tightly-knit as the mafia, don’t think much of music critics who make fun of vampires in reviews. . . .

Summary from Goodreads

Can knowing the most superhero trivia in the whole school be considered a superpower?

If so, Vincent Wu is invincible.

If not (and let’s face it, it’s “not”), then Vincent and his pals Max and George don’t get any props for being the leaders (and, well, sole members) of the (unofficial) Captain Stupendous Fan Club.

But what happens when the Captain is hurt in an incident involving BOTH Professor Mayhem and his giant indestructible robot AND (mortifyingly) Polly Winnicott-Lee, the girl Vincent totally has a crush on?

The entire city is in danger, Vincent’s parents and his friends aren’t safe, the art teacher has disappeared, and talking to Polly is REALLY, REALLY AWKWARD.

Only Vincent Wu has what it takes to save the Captain, overcome Professor Mayhem, rally his friends, and figure out what to say to Polly. But will anyone take him seriously? Seriously. Anyone??

How you enter:

+1 entry for commenting (commenting is mandatory to enter)
+1 entry for sharing on Twitter or Facebook
+1 entry for following the blog
+1 entry if you've never won a contest here before
+1 entry for adding up your own points

This contest is US only. Contest ends midnight PST, on February 9th.

(Want to see if you've won something? Check the winners tag)

30 Days of Bookery, day 27: Win a copy of Claws by Mike and Rachel Grinti

What's the 30 Days of Bookery?

It's Friday, and time to give away another book that has something to do with City of a Thousand Dolls!

I don't think I have to explain this one.. *grin*

Summary from Goodreads

In a contemporary fairytale as irresistible as catnip, one girl discovers that some magic cuts deep... Emma's sister is missing. Her parents have spent all their savings on the search. And now the family has no choice but to live in a ramshackle trailer park on the edge of the forest, next door to down-and-out harpies, hags, and trolls. Emma wonders if she'll ever see Helena, and if she'll ever feel happy, again.

Then she makes a friend. A smooth-talking, dirty-furred cat named Jack. He's got a razor-sharp plan to rescue Emma's sister. He just wants one small favor in return...

How you enter:

+1 entry for commenting (commenting is mandatory to enter)
+1 entry for sharing on Twitter or Facebook
+1 entry for following the blog
+1 entry if you've never won a contest here before
+1 entry for adding up your own points

This contest is international. Contest ends midnight PST, on February 8th.

(Want to see if you've won something? Check the winners tag)
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