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Four of our favourite Jane Austen retellings (three by the lovely clairelazebnik!):

The Last Best Kiss (Persuasion) / Epic Fail (Pride and Prejudice) / For Darkness Shows the Stars (Persuasion) / The Trouble With Flirting (Mansfield Park)

What would you add to this list?

The book trailer for The One by partylikeawordstar was revealed earlier this morning! 

What do you think?

Available this week:

Frozen by erinbowmanThe second book in Erin Bowman’s gripping dystopian sci-fi series, this exhilarating sequel to Taken is perfect for fans of Incarceron by Catherine Fisher and Variant by Robison Wells. Click here to start reading it now!

House of Ivy and Sorrow by nataliewhipple​:Hiding the fact that she’s a witch has never been a problem for Jo Hemlock—but when the Curse that killed her mother resurfaces, her normal life and her secret one collide. House of Ivy and Sorrow is the perfect blend of The Raven Boys and CharmedClick here to get a head start reading it. 


ransom and i got married several months ago in an intimate ceremony, but recently had a larger reception for more family and friends, and it was a blast! as we’re both writers, it seemed fitting to have the event at one of our favorite bookstores: the last bookstore in downtown LA. we’ve had a lot of requests for photos, so i thought i’d drop a few here. hope you enjoy them as much as we do! 

:::for the especially curious:::

my bouquet: was made from the pages of ransom’s novel (miss peregrine’s home for peculiar children).

our photographers: brandon + katrina of brandon wong photography.

venue: the last bookstore in downtown los angeles.

catering: the extremely fabulous heirloomla.

flowers: from floral art!

rentals: furniture from found rentals, dishes from dishwish!

the band: one of our favorite local indie bands, the gallery.

hugs and books!



Double, Double Toil and Trouble: Our Favourite Fictional Witches

Jo Hemlock, the main character in House of Ivy and Sorrow by nataliewhipple, is a smart, funny teen who has no problem hiding the fact that she’s a witch — until the Curse that killed her mother resurfaces, and her normal life and her secret one collide. 

Jo reminds us of some of our favourite witches in books, tv and movies, so we thought it’d be fun to list a few of them! 

1. Elphaba and Glinda, Wicked


2. Sabrina Spellman, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch


3. Bonnie Bennett, The Vampire Diaries


4. The Halliwell Sisters, aka the Charmed Ones, Charmed


5. Willow Rosenberg, Buffy the Vampire Slayer


6. Sarah, Nancy, Bonnie and Rochelle, The Craft


7. The Sanderson Sisters, Hocus Pocus 


8. Hermione Granger (obviously), Harry Potter


9. Sally and Gillian Owens, Practical Magic


10. Fiona Goode, American Horror Story: Coven 


11. The Revolutionary Order of the Wicked, Dorothy Must Die 


Who are your fave fictional witches? 

"I collect shopping lists, because every shopping list is a reminder that we’re all connected, we’re all silly, we’re all flawed and funny, but all kind of the same….There are so many stories that could be told. That’s what I’m passionate about. I love that our futures have not been written. I love that our trajectories are still unknown. I love not knowing. There is such beauty in not knowing. 

…I’ve heard other authors say “Write what you know” That’s boring. Write what you don’t know. Write what you want to know. Write what intrigues you. And if you don’t write, transfer that into anything in your life. Do what you don’t know. Do what you want to know. Do what intrigues you. Do the thing that makes you want to jump out of bed in the morning. Don’t be afraid if you don’t know the answers, the way that I didn’t know at seventeen. Do what you care about, and it will work itself out.”

A.J. Betts, author of Zac and Mia, gave a beautiful TED talk recently about why she collects shopping lists. 

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Teenage boys are fine, in doses. But teen girls have this sort of magic to them. You almost get the feeling they could make anything happen if they set their minds to it.
- YA Author Sara Benincasa on SparkLife (via sarabenincasa)