If you have preordered Blood Rose Rebellion and are interested in a preorder gift (thank you, btw!), please send proof of the preorder to firstname.lastname@example.org by 3/28/17 to receive a print of a map I drew, along with a signed book plate and bookmark.
Just in time for New York City Comic Con, my publisher has released an an animated cover for my book!
You can see instructions on how to download the app version on Random House Kids’ Instagram.
Or just enjoy this:
The Class of 2k17 launched today and I’m thrilled to be part of it (last year’s class includes recent NYT best-sellers Evelyn Skye and Roshani Chokshi, as well as some of my most anticipated 2016 releases: Erin Summerill’s Ever the Hunted, Traci Chee’s The Reader, Jessica Cluess’s A Shadow Bright and Burning, and Tara Sim’s Timekeeper).
To celebrate the launch, we’re giving away four copies of Class of 2k16 books and a fun tote bag: full details on the website, where you can enter the giveaway!
This year’s theme is “Book Your Adventure,” and we think most readers can find something to suit their taste.
Books are, after all, my very favorite kind of adventure.
Today is the release day for the debut novel of one of my writing friends! We’ve been through the trenches together–querying and submissions–and it’s so thrilling to see her dream come true! Read on to find out more about her story–I’m currently reading it and it is vivid, tense, compelling (especially for fans of sci-fi and near future stories).
Perfect for fans of Robopocalypse, this action-packed science-fiction debut introduces a chilling future and an unforgettable heroine with a powerful role to play in the battle for humanity’s survival.
The machines have risen, but not out of malice. They were simply following a command: to stop the endless wars that have plagued the world throughout history. Their solution was perfectly logical. To end the fighting, they decided to end the human race.
A potent symbol of the resistance, Rhona Long has served on the front lines of the conflict since the first Machinations began—until she is killed during a rescue mission gone wrong. Now Rhona awakens to find herself transported to a new body, complete with her DNA, her personality, even her memories. She is a clone . . . of herself.
Trapped in the shadow of the life she once knew, the reincarnated Rhona must find her place among old friends and newfound enemies—and quickly. For the machines are inching closer to exterminating humans for good. And only Rhona, whoever she is now, can save them.
Praise for Machinations:
“A tension-filled story of loss, loyalty, and forgiveness, with abundant Terminator-style shoot-em-up scenes and a snarky, kickass female warrior. I inhaled it!”
– Jennifer Foehner Wells, bestselling author of Fluency
“This violent, bloody, romantic tale is full of awesome mechanical foes and authentic characters you love or hate, like real people . . . The nuances of the title promise more than meets the eye, and the prose delivers.”
“An SF techno-thriller with heart and soul.”
– Alex Bledsoe, author of The Hum and the Shiver
“Machinations is an action-packed SF thriller loaded with fantastic characters and gut-wrenching emotional twists. [. . .] The prose is stunning, the action is non-stop.”
– Linnea Sinclair, RITA Award-winning author of Gabriel’s Ghost
“Machinations is a thrilling fusion of action and heartbreak, with quick pacing, rich characters, and a one-of-a-kind story. A great debut.”
– G.T. Almasi, author of Blades of Winter
Order your copy of Machinations today!
And don’t forget to add it to your Goodreads!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Hayley Stone has lived her entire life in sunny California, where the weather is usually perfect and nothing as exciting as a robot apocalypse ever happens. When not reading or writing, she freelances as a graphic designer, falls in love with videogame characters, and analyzes buildings for velociraptor entry points. She holds a bachelor’s degree in history and a minor in German from California State University, Sacramento.
Machinations is her debut novel from Hydra/Random House. Its sequel, Counterpart, releases October 11th, 2016.
This year, the lovely Erin Summerill and I (Rosalyn Eves) are co-mentoring for Pitch Wars. This is my second year as a mentor and Erin’s first, but we are so thrilled to be working together!
I’ll get to why we’re awesome in a minute. First, what we’re looking for:
Both of us are big fans of speculative fiction, particularly fantasy. We love it in all its iterations: historical, contemporary, other world. We’re looking for immersive world-building, vivid characters, and a good romance is always a plus. We’re even open to a futuristic fantasy that doesn’t reek of dystopia (like Susan Ee’s ANGELFALL or Vic James’ upcoming THE GILDED CAGE). Some fantasy authors we enjoy: Sarah Maas, Leigh Bardugo, Laini Taylor, Kiersten White, Marie Rutkowski, Megan Whalen Turner, Maggie Stiefvater.
We’re also looking for clever fairy tale retellings or reimaginings (like Roshani Chokshi’s STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN, or Marissa Meyer’s CINDER series).
In terms of sci-fi, we like light sci-fi (more driven by characters than by technology), particularly where there is a good romance or a satirical touch. For example: Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman’s ILLUMINAE, Megan Spooner and Amie Kaufman’s THESE SHATTERED STARS, Lois Bujold’s Miles Vorkosigan series, etc.
We’re also suckers for a well-drawn historical novel (think Stacey Lee’s YA novels). If your novel makes us think of POLDARK or NORTH AND SOUTH (the BBC version), there’s a good chance we will like it.
We’ll also accept lighter contemporary novels with a healthy side of romance (Stephanie Perkins, Kasie West, Darcy Wood). We’ll consider more serious contemporary novels as well, provided that the voice is striking.
Regardless of genre, voice is KEY. We’re looking for characters we can root for and want to spend time with. Plot holes, we can work with. Manuscripts that don’t have a voice we connect with are a much harder sell.
More than anything else, we’re also looking for a mentee who is willing to work hard–who isn’t afraid of multiple revisions or revising extensive chunks of the manuscript. (When I was a mentee in 2014, I wound up cutting 27k words and adding 24k during Pitch Wars. More extensive revisions aren’t unheard of. This isn’t for the faint of heart.)
What we aren’t looking for:
No horror: we’re both wimps. We can handle some horrific scenes, but we won’t be taking straight-up horror novels.
We’re also not looking for novels that are especially dark, either in the issues they handle or the level of violence. Similarly, we’re not interested in graphic sex scenes. (Some sex and violence is fine, as long as it contributes to the plot).
In addition, we won’t take on a novel over 100K. With only two months to work on your manuscript (and both of us have deadlines and day jobs), we won’t have time to work through a longer work.
Finally, if you know either of us in real life, we strongly encourage you to submit to other mentors. There are lots of great mentors, and we’d rather not be put in the unenviable position of (possibly) rejecting a friend. It’s also harder for us to be objective about your work. (NB: this does not include people we’re friends with on social media!)
Why You Want to Work with Us
Erin has a terrific eye for what works and what doesn’t work in a book. She’s interned with a respected literary agent, and so she has a good sense for what sells and what will catch an agent’s attention. She’s also kind and terrifically funny and basically someone you want as a friend anyway.
Rosalyn is a professor in her day job: she spends a lot of time teaching students to write, which means she has lots of experience giving feedback. Last year, she mentored two manuscripts, both of which had multiple requests (here and here), and both of whom are now agented (though only one with the Pitch Wars manuscript).
We share the same agent, Josh Adams, and our debut novels (both fantasy!) are coming out shortly after Pitch Wars. Erin’s EVER THE HUNTED (HMH) comes out December 2016, and Rosalyn’s BLOOD ROSE REBELLION (Knopf/RH) comes out March 2017.
I’m giving away an ARC of BLOOD ROSE REBELLION over at Mundie Moms, as part of my cover reveal for my debut!
Guys, I am so excited for this book–this is a dream that has taken years, and the cover reveal makes it that much more real.
I love what Knopf has done with the cover. I love how eye-catching the colors are. I love the symbolism in the roses breaking from stone, and how the roses suggest both the femininity and strength of my main character, Anna. I hope you love it as much as I do!
My lovely editor (Michelle Frey) and her lovely assistant Marisa DiNovis sent me a copy of the ARC for BLOOD ROSE REBELLION.
In a convoluted turn of events, I’m stuck 3 hours away from home waiting on a car part (don’t worry–it’s not too terrible and I’m at my parents’ house). But my husband sent me pictures and I am so excited for this!
I can’t, of course, show you the cover yet (official reveal next week! Stay tuned . . .), but I can show some sneak peeks at the ARCs.
This past week was my first time attending the RT Booklovers Convention–this year held in Las Vegas, NV. I’d heard that the convention was a great place to meet writers and readers–and that proved to be true. What no one warned me about was how overwhelming a big con can be for introverts! I’m not sure if it was the Vegas setting or the con itself, but everything–from the parties to the giant book signing–was huge!
Luckily, it was also a lot of fun. By far the best part was getting to meet online writing friends in person, like my roommate Mara Rutherford and fellow debut author Elly Blake (Frostblood, 2017). I got to meet some of my Pitch Wars friends (Kelly Siskind, Brenda Drake, Erika Chapman, Sonya Hartl, Sharon Johnston, Stephanie Scott, and lots of others I’m doubtless forgetting), Sweet Sixteen debuts K.C. Held, Darcy Woods, Natalie Blitt and Swanky Seventeen debut authors Ashley Woodfolk and Sarah Lemmon.
And while I did get to meet a few teen readers (and I LOVED the enthusiasm they had for books and meeting their favorite authors), I loved getting to meet some of my author heroes. These are only a few of them (i.e., the ones I remembered to get pictures with): Marie Rutkowski, Victoria Aveyard, Julie Murphy, and the queen of YA fantasy, Tamora Pierce. (I got to manage her line at the giant book signing Saturday and it was so inspiring to see how many authors *loved* her. The first woman in line was so thrilled to meet Ms Pierce that she was a bit incoherent. I loved it.
Sometimes in publishing I think it’s easy to look at how far you are from others, how far you might be from your own goals, and forget to appreciate how far it is that you’ve come. I know I’m often guilty of that.
So I’m grateful for a little caesura of quiet at the end of 2015 to look back at the year.
I didn’t read as much as I had hoped–but I read some exceptional books: Laura Ruby’s Bone Gap, Naomi Novik’s Uprooted, Anthony Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See, and some wonderful upcoming 2016 debuts: Julie Eshbaugh’s Ivory and Bone, Kathryn Purdie’s Burning Glass, Alwyn Hamilton’s Rebel Sands, Heidi Heilig’s The Girl From Everywhere, and so many more.
I hit some writing milestones too: after signing with an agent in December of 2014, I sold my first book to Knopf in February. So there were a lot of firsts this year: first book deal, first contract, first (and second) debut group (as I was bumped from 2016 to 2017), first edit letter, second edit letter, etc.
Outside of these milestones, I’ve revised one novel twice, and drafted two others (thanks NaNoWriMo). But more than that, I’ve met so many wonderful people in the writing community–beyond all my expectations. One huge benefit of getting bumped is getting to know debut authors from two groups, and I’m ending 2015 feeling blessed by these opportunities.
It hasn’t all been perfect. There have been times during revisions when I’ve been convinced I wasn’t a good enough writer to do the work needed of me. Somehow, it still got done. There have been times when the wait to publication has seemed almost unendurable. (Though I’m coming more to see the extra time as a gift). There have even been times (more than I’d like to admit) when I’ve felt envious or discouraged of authors who have accomplished more than I have by my age, whose books are coming out before mine, who are getting more buzz, etc.
But the truth is, those aren’t the things I want to focus on. That isn’t the person or the writer I want to be. I write because the stories mean something to me–and I hope someday they’ll mean something to someone else too.
Neil Gaiman has some wonderful end of year wishes for writers. You should read them. I’m no Neil Gaiman (though the very best compliment I’ve ever received from an agent considering my MS was that it was Neil Gaimanesque), but here is my wish for anyone reading this.
I wish that in 2016 you will be gentle with yourself. That you will surround yourself with people and places and words that make you happy, that make you feel valued. I wish you will write the words that matter to you, and not just the ones you think you ought to write.
I wish you will read books not just because they’re “improving,” but because they make something in you sing.
I wish you will find friends in the writing community who tell you sincerely that you are brilliant–but who also tell you how to make your work shine.
I wish you the courage to write things that are hard, to tackle books that are too big for you, to write things that scare you.
Mostly, though, I wish you happiness. Because I don’t believe good art comes from suffering–rather, I think art needs to have a secure harbor from which to launch.
(I wish these things for me too.)
What wishes/hopes do you have for the new year?
A lot has already been written about the importance of strong women in fiction, particularly in young adult fiction. I don’t mean to add to that–I think it’s a given that as we read we want to see characters like ourselves, who are a mix of strength and weakness, failures and successes. And of course, we generally like to see the characters triumph over their flaws, unless we’re reading a tragedy.
But I think that sometimes we understand strength too narrowly. I love a good kick-ass heroine as much as the next reader–it’s fun to imagine a life so unlike my own. But the truth is, I’m not particularly strong physically, and I was even less so (sadly) as a teenager. What I wanted then–and what I want to see now–are women who are strong in ways that are unique to them. Women who can be strong without having to be strong in the ways that men are strong (most often, in physical terms).
When I set out to write THE BLOOD ROSE REBELLION, it was important to me that my main character, Anna, be strong in ways that made sense for a nineteenth-century woman to be strong. She hasn’t been trained in physical combat. While she’s physically active and loves horseback riding and dancing, she’s not going to be able to take a soldier in a fight. What I wanted for Anna was to find other ways to be strong. I wanted her to use her wit, her sense of moral justice, her courage (even, sometimes, her impulsiveness) and her own unique gifts for breaking spells to succeed in the world she finds herself in.
I see so many remarkable people–young women especially–who don’t see their gifts for what they are, because they don’t look like the kinds of strengths society commonly values. But there are so many ways of being strong, nearly as many as there are individuals. I recently read Julie Murphy’s Dumplin’, and I loved that resident “fat” girl Willowdean found strength in her humor and her affection for other people and her championship of underdogs.
What kinds of strengths do you value in the characters you read about or write? What unconventionally “strong” women characters have resonated with you recently?