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Author Interview with Victoria Aveyard!

Victoria Aveyard was born and raised in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, a small town known only for the worst traffic rotary in the continental United States. She moved to Los Angeles to earn a BFA in screenwriting at the University of Southern California, and stayed there despite the lack of seasons. She is currently an author and screenwriter, using her career as an excuse to read too many books and watch too many movies.







Graceling meets The Selection in debut novelist Victoria Aveyard's sweeping tale of seventeen-year-old Mare, a common girl whose once-latent magical power draws her into the dangerous intrigue of the king's palace. Will her power save her or condemn her?

Mare Barrow's world is divided by blood--those with common, Red blood serve the Silver- blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities. Mare is a Red, scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village, until a twist of fate throws her in front of the Silver court. Before the king, princes, and all the nobles, she discovers she has an ability of her own.

To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard--a growing Red rebellion--even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction. One wrong move can lead to her death, but in the dangerous game she plays, the only certainty is betrayal.



1. Where did your inspiration for THE RED QUEEN come from?
I first decided I was going to try and write a novel towards the end of my senior year of college. Of course, I tried to write one for years, but never came close to finishing. Now I had a few screenplays under my belt and I was ready self-published novels for the producer I was interning for. It sort of pushed me to want to write my own again, and I started brainstorming. The image of a teenage girl about to be executed, but who suddenly defends herself with her own burst of lightning, came to me during this period, and RED QUEEN grew out of this idea.
2. The setting for RED QUEEN is a mixture of “old and new” in a sense. How did you create the world of Norta?
I've always been in love with the amazing fantasy worlds of THE LORD OF THE RINGS, HARRY POTTER, and A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE, but knew I'm nowhere near the skill level of creating something with 1/10th of that depth. So I worked to find the happy medium, a place of strangeness as well as familiarity. There are flairs of dystopia, flairs of second world fantasy, and I hoped to find a balance between the two. Plus I just loved playing with the contrast of a very feudal society that also was technologically advanced and full of superhumans.
3. Were any of your characters based off of people you know?
The character of Farley was definitely inspired by one of my best friends. Not necessarily in character, but the conception (name and appearance wise) came from her. And of course, the family dynamics, particularly the best parts of Mare's parents, come from my own family and parents.
4. Is there anything you wish you could go back and change now that the book is out?
Just because I'm a worldbuilder, I'd want to go back and flesh out the book even more than it already is, probably for the worse. But it would just be fun to dig deeper into what's already there, adding characters and showing more of the world.
5. What do you typically read while you’re writing? Do you avoid certain genres?
When I'm drafting RQ books, I tend to steer away from YA books. Mostly because reading another book in the genre just makes me want to work on my own, so I would never finish reading anyways. So I mostly stick to high fantasy and historical fiction when I'm working. Currently I'm in book 2 of Ken Follet's Century Series and about to start The Plantagenets by Dan Jones.
6. You’re visiting Books Inc. on Valentine’s Day, so share your most romantic story with us!
My family and I were on this Transatlantic cruise when I was about 18. My boyfriend at the time was with us and, honestly, he was a complete jerk. I don't know what we were doing together. Luckily I met another guy onboard, this kid from Wisconsin. He helped me out of a really bad spot and over the next few days it was a sickening, immediately falling in love situation. He was an amazing artist and he encouraged me to pursue my own passions and dreams. Of course, the night I planned to tell my family and break up with my boyfriend (admittedly not the best idea on a long voyage), the ship hit an iceberg and sank. Wisconsin kid didn't make it. I survived on a floating door.
7. Are you a panster or a plotter?
I'm always rearing to go, almost to a fault, so I'm a panster at heart, but ultimately I have to make myself plot and outline. But I don't outline very intensely. Usually 3-5 pages to outline an entire novel, and most of the time I go off outline by the time I'm into act 2. Sticking to a strict, preordained structure doesn't work for me or the characters, so when they go off what I've envisioned, I'm all forward. My usual rule is to know how it starts and know how it ends. Act 1 and 3 I know very, very well, before I really dig in.
8. Coffee or tea?
Coffee. I'm not a tea person at all.
9. Favorite movie? TV show? Band?
I went to film school so I could write you pages about my favorite movies (Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, ET, etc.) and television shows (Battlestar Galactica, LOST, Friday Night Lights, Game of Thrones, 24, Band of Brothers, Mindy Project, Seinfeld, The Simpsons). As for music, my favorite artist of all time is Bruce Springsteen. And, being from Massachusetts, I'm a diehard Boston sports fan. GO PATS SUPER BOWL CHAMPS AGAIN. BR4DY.

Victoria will be at Books Inc. Burlingame on Saturday, February 14th. That's right, Valentine's Day!!! Come meet her and ask all those questions that we're answered here!

And don't forget to enter our celebratory giveaway for a box of ARCs HERE!


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Highly Anticipating - A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to School by Benjamin Chaud and Davide Cali

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to School by Benjamin Chaud & Davide Cali
Expected Publication Date: February 24th, 2015
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Page Count: 44
Ages: 6-9
Genre: Humor/Picture Book

First, some giant ants steal breakfast.
Then there are the evil ninjas, a massive ape, mysterious mole people, giant blob, and countless other daunting (and astonishing) detours along the way to school. Are these excuses really why this student is late? Or is there another explanation that is even more outrageous than the rest? From Davide Cali and Benjamin Chaud, the critically acclaimed author/illustrator team behind I Didn't Do My Homework Because . . . comes a fast-paced, actionpacked, laugh-out-loud story about finding the way to school despite the odds--and the unbelievable oddness.

Why we can't wait: Everyone at Books Inc. Kids LOVED I Didn't Do My Homework Because... and we are just SO EXCITED for this next book from Benjamin Chaud and Davide Cali! We guarantee this is going to be a hilarious book filled with fabulous illustrations and a hilarious story about childish excuses! Seriously, don't miss out on this one!

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Review - Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan

Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan
Publication Date: February 9th, 2010
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Genre: Fantasy

Tender Morsels is a dark and vivid story, set in two worlds and worrying at the border between them. Liga lives modestly in her own personal heaven, a world given to her in exchange for her earthly life. Her two daughters grow up in this soft place, protected from the violence that once harmed their mother. But the real world cannot be denied forever—magicked men and wild bears break down the borders of Liga’s refuge. Now, having known Heaven, how will these three women survive in a world where beauty and brutality lie side by side?

Anne Nesbet recommended this book to me after hearing me confess my love for The Kingdom of Little Wounds, and it certainly hit the mark! Fairytale horror centered on the oppression of female bodies and psyches might be my favorite sub-genre of all time. There's just so much to be said and explored, especially in a setting unhindered by realism. Lanagan is not a lazy writer. The prose is intricate and dense, the plot anything but formulaic. For me, the disturbing violence and vast number of perspectives that the narrative forces the reader to consider show that Lanagan wrote this story for more than entertainment. It isn't meant to be easy to digest, so don't suggest it as an easy read. It is difficult, but it delighted me even as it horrified me.
Ivy from Books Inc. Berkeley

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2015 Youth Media Award Winners!

The 2015 Youth Media Awards were announced yesterday at ALA Midwinter and we couldn't be more excited about the outcomes!
We're huge fans of Dan Santat and The Adventures of Beekle was a staff favorite when it came out. Everyone wanted a Beekle! Can you blame us? He's absolutely adorable!
Kwame Alexander's Crossover was a surprise hit for most, especially those who didn't care for basketball or verse novels. But it won the hearts of all of us with its heartbreaking story of a boy who not only loves to play ball, but also wants to share his passion for rhyme with the world.
Not to mention the amazing honors on both awards lists! How great is it to see graphic novels taking the stage for once!
This was an amazing year for both the Caldecott and Newbery and we at Books Inc. Kids couldn't be happier!! Congrats to all of you!


2015 John Newbery Award Winner

2015 John Newbery Award Honors


2015 Randolph Caldecott Award Winner

2015 Randolph Caldecott Award Honors


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Extra Big Congrats to Our Dear Friend Jandy Nelson on Her Printz Win!!!!!

We couldn't be more excited for Jandy Nelson, author of 2015 Printz Award Winner, I'll Give You the Sun!!!
Jandy celebrated the launch of this brilliant novel with Books Inc. back in September and if you'd asked us then, we'd tell you no one is more deserving of this honor!
A favorite amongst Books Inc. staffers, Jandy never fails to deliver stories so beautiful you'll want to read them over and over again.
As Connie from Books Inc. Opera Plaza says, "I’ll Give You the Sun is stunning. I was completely mesmerized reading it. Jandy Nelson knows how to pull at the heartstrings and she does it well. A book to break your heart and put it back together."
So hats off to you, Jandy, on your well-deserved win!


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Miel Rouge

M. O. Walsh’s knockout novel, My Sunshine Away, reads like a haunting bedtime story for adults. The mystery surrounding a long ago crime that rocked suburban Baton Rouge unspools as the pages turn. Whiskey and Peychaud’s bitters evoke the South in this cocktail that’s made for sipping.

Miel Rouge
(Red Honey)
2 oz. Rye Whiskey
3 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
1 tsp. honey syrup
Splash of Jägermeister
Lemon peel

Combine whiskey, bitters, and honey syrup - stir with ice.  In a chilled glass, swirl the Jägermeister to coat the inside - discard the excess. Add whiskey mixture. Twist lemon peel over the drink. Garnish with Peychaud’s-dashed honeycomb.                     

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Giveaway - Victoria Aveyard is coming!

Victoria Aveyard, author of the lovely debut RED QUEEN, is coming to Books Inc. Burlingame for Valentine's Day! To celebrate we're giving away a box of YA romance ARCs to one lucky winner! Just spread the word about our event and gain entries via the Rafflecopter form below!

The Deets:
* One lucky winner will receive a package of ARCs!
* Entries must be submitted through the Rafflecopter form.
* Must be 13 or older to enter.
* Prize will be shipped via UPS, PO Box addresses not accepted.
* We are not responsible for any lost, stolen, or damaged packages.
* Winner will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to respond.
* Prize will be shipped in 2 weeks - a month.


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