Monday, May 4, 2009

WINGS by Aprilynne Pike


In the last year or so, I've become good friends with Aprilynne Pike, about to make her debut TOMORROW. She got a very sweet deal for this series, and Harper Collins is promoting it big time.

It's not every author who gets this kind of backing: prepub tour, release tour, floor displays in all the major bookstores, a cover quote from Stephenie Meyer, etc. (If you don't know who Stephenie Meyer is, well, she's this lady who wrote a book about some town called... Spoons I think? And it has a lot of... what, vikings? No, vampires. Yeah, vampires. I think.)

Anyway, I just wanted to give a shout out for Aprilynne. She's an incredible writer and you're going to be hearing about this series quite a bit. I'm really rooting for her and you guys should totally check out her book. Did I mention it comes out TOMORROW?

You may be lucky enough to live in a place she's coming to visit on tour. To read about her book, see her schedule, check out her blog, etc., go to her website: CLICK HERE. You won't be sorry!

On another note, one week from today I'll be on my very own prepublicity tour!!! I'm getting very nervous. I mean, my hair! Whatever will I do with my hair? And should I get my nails done? What about my feet? Will these people be looking at my feet? Do they ever ask you to remove your shoes? And socks? Well, maybe they do. You never know.

Bah, have no fear. My wife plans to force me into a clothing store and I plan on wearing deoderant each and every day I'm gone. All will be well.

45 comments:

Windsong said...

Thanks for the book recommendation. It looks great!

J.N. Future Author said...

FIRST!

I really want to read that book now ^.^

J.N. Future Author said...

oh, what? nvm, I didn't see windsong *hands over 1st place title*

James Dashner said...

You gotta be fast, JN. You gotta be fast!

Magenta said...

I've researched Wings a little bit (using good ol' Wikipedia) and I've come to the conclusion that this is a book I'd much enjoy reading. Never mind that Stephanie Meyer recommends it. ^,^

Hilarious, dude. Yeah, Meyer wrote a saga about Vikings who lived in a town called Spoons. -_-

Unfortunately, Aprilynne doesn't look like she's coming anywhere near Florida, so that's too bad. Oh well.

Too bad, J.N. Congrats, Windsong.

Laura said...

Guys have it so easy...
But that was very funny. At least your wife is planning on forcing you into a clothing store so you won't get out of this without at least a little fretting, from your wife.

Arlene said...

It's already MAY?! Holy freaking cow! I can't believe it's already time to go get Aprilynne's book!

On another note, I checked out the Storymaker's website last night and there are some pretty sweet pics of you from the conference. Jeez, Dashner, you must have been glued to that podium. But the first pic of you is my favorite. :)

James Dashner said...

Look, Aprilynne! You already have new fans. I take full responsibility.

Thanks for laughing at my jokes, guys. It gets old when I'm the only one doing it!

Maprilynne said...

*Aprilyne hugs James* Thanks you!!!

And yay for WINGS being the height of awesome until The Maze Runner comes out and puts it to shame! *headthunk*

*pets her stolen ARC of The Maze Runner* You're going to have to make Krista send me one of these before I let you have yours back.;)

Carolyn V. said...

Congrats to Aprilynne! whoo hoo! (and what a cool name!) How did she get Stephanie Meyers to do the cover quote? Wow.

I'm going over to her blogsite right now! Thanks James.

Kenny said...

What the...!?

My wife writes a book, and this is the first I hear about it?

Good thing James has my back. Now I can pretend I knew all along!

Diva Donna said...

Yes Arlene it is in fact MAY! Time to get Aprilynne's book and for Dashner to buy a new shirt for his prepub tour (nothing fancy, its just to meet book clubs and librarians. Save the Armani for the actual Pub Tour in October;)

Arlene said...

I'm having a hard time picturing Dashner in Armani at ANY gathering.

Diva Donna said...

Dashnog
Nomist [No mist]-while this word sounds like someone who studies gnomes. In Dashnog it will mean a man who has no clue what his spouse is up to until James saves the day and spills the beans that he is married to a New York Times Bestselling Author. So the less detailed definition is: a man with no clue.
Usage: Kenny you're such a nomist.
(clarification--I know Kenny is kidding because I saw him grinning from ear to ear at the Whitney Awards with Aprilynne.)Still makes a good Dashnog word though.

James Dashner said...

Kenny, you're officially a part of Dashnog lore!

nkrell said...

Your hair will look great, don't worry about the nails. It's the toes that matter most.

Thanks for the recommendation. How many hours before you're off? Oh wait, you're not really counting, right? It's just another day in the life of a NYT bestselling author.

Kenny said...

Dashnog lore! My glee transcends mere words. So I will resort to adolescent shorthand, which is like words, only better.

Srsly. ROTFLMAO.

Enjoy your pre-pub tour. Fine dining and conversation with people who have read (and, undoubtedly, loved) your book. What could be better?

Actually that's completely rhetorical, don't answer. In any event, I predict that you will have a fabulous time and everyone will be very impressed with you. Knock 'em dead.

No, seriously, knock 'em dead. That plus a little necromancy will get you far. Zombie bookbuyers are much more pliant.

Marcia Mickelson said...

I am really looking forward to reading Wings. It looks great!

Melanie Goldmund said...

(I check this site every day, but usually I just lurk. To-day, however, I have to come out of Lurkerdom to tell you the weird thing that just happened.)

So I'm reading the newest review at a site called The Bookbag (co.uk.) and it's a book called Wings about this girl who's turning into a faerie, and then I click on my bookmark for The Dashner Dude, and what do I see? A picture of that exact same book and another roaring endorsement! If that isn't a hint for me to buy it and read it, I don't know what is! Gotta do something until The Maze Runner comes out, don't I? *g*

Graham Chops said...

I just saw this come into my bookstore last week. Couldn't tell what it's about, but Stephenie Meyer has a quote on the cover, so no matter what it is, every teenage girl on American soil will have it on her shelf by the end of the month.

Dashnog: pirst. A person who runs around typing "first" on webpages.

Amber Lynn Argyle said...

I love the cover!

KitKat said...

I'm sure you're going to be amazing. Ironic, the fifth Percy Jackson book comes out tommorow as well...looks like I have some book buying to do!

James Dashner said...

Kenny, you're hilarious. And strange. Hey, just like your wife!

Melanie, that MUST be a sign.

Ouch. Competing with Percy Jackson. I dread finding what comes out at the same time as mine.

Mary said...

I really enjoyed this book, too. Happy debut day, tomorrow!
Check out my review: Kidlit Reviews WINGS

Graham Chops said...

James--

Don't worry. Catching Fire comes out a week before Maze Runner. :-)

Graham Chops said...

Oh PS, "diship" is the Dashnog word. It's what you have when you want one big boat but you have two small boats, so you nail them together.

James Dashner said...

Doesn't CATCHING FIRE come out Sept 1? That was a huge factor in RH choosing an Oct release.

James Dashner said...

Great review, Mary. You should try to get an ARC of MAZE RUNNER from RH!

numberonedashnerfan said...

gram diship is already my word and it already has a meaning!!! even go check magentas google page she has all the dashnog on!!!!!!!!!! RAWR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.,........ James yay you finnally get to do the prepub and vist ny for the first time ....will I fit in your suitcase...or wait nevermind theres swine flu there....wait theres swineflu at my sisters school and in park city and in west valley...so ya i dont know that it will make a big difference...will i fit in your suit case............did you know pandemic has nothing to do with how many people have the diese or have died form it is how many places its spreed too...and did you knowthat 36,000 americans die from the normal flu every year...Did you know that this is not the first swine flu that has happened...did you know the original swine flu was only in one place and they isolated it so it diddnt spead like it is know...did you know that when the first swine flu came around the created a vaccine but around 200 out of 4000 died from the vacine .................word obillyi def stealling a word and giving it a new meaning usage gram was obillying one of my dashnog words.....James will I ever be as cool as you....Im going to be dancing in front of the prophet at the temple dedication...how many people do you think would revolt against me if i fell off the stage on to him cause with my luck i might....im probably jinksing myself....I hope you never have any reviews on your book from stephanie myer because she corupts peoples mind no offence to those who like her but ya .......tiki tiki

numberonedashnerfan said...

wow my last comment was long...word derene def longer than long.....tiki tiki

Graham Chops said...

Dashnog: unshooke. When you take a dashnog word and give it a better definition.

You just got unshooke, Fan :-)

Sunbum said...

Have you heard of the "Percy Jackson and The Olympians" series? The last book in that series comes out tomorrow also!!!


*I'll go and take a look at Wings while I'm at the book store!

Kirsten said...

Hey, James! Since she's starting her tour here in Arizona, I guess I don't have a choice! I'll go see her tonight after work. Speaking of work, I don't know if you're coming through AZ on your new tour, but I have a set schedule now! I don't work at Barnes anymore. =( It was a sad thing, but this new job is allowing me to save up a LOT of money for college. Like... putting away $1,000 a month kind of thing, which is nice. So let me know if you're in AZ. I'm off at 5 every day. Don't work weekends. =)

numberonedashnerfan said...

word laritil def wishing usage gram was laritil that he unshooke my word but he gave it a lamer deffinition ad plus all words ending in ip are saposta be sear words oh what now....grams just jealous that hes not as cool as me (after all im james numberonefan after all ) and he has to work selling stickers for a living....tiki tiki...

numberonedashnerfan said...

swear words* ....word restster def sorry usage James I restste to you that im fighting with one of your fans and taking up all ur comment space and ....tiki tiki

Irish said...

I got this last weekend. Really looking forward to the read. Came highly recommended from Sarah MacLean.

Good luck on your pre-pub tour. Will you be doing a signing at the BEA?

James Dashner said...

#1, you're a fireball!

Irish, I'll actually be doing TWO signings at BEA. Friday at 11:00 in the RH booth, and Friday at 1:30 on the Floor.

Kirsten, you're da bomb for supporting authors so much. I'm sure I'll end up in AZ again before too long.

Arlene said...

Am I allowed to be bitter yet that Reno, NV is not a mecca for authors?

Irish said...

TWO signings...awesome...will have to try and get to them both. or at the very least one..=)

Graham Chops said...

Got shafted on the Dashnog. It almost gave me "ptaters", but then I got "graze". Maybe I'm just hungry.

A Paperback Writer said...

I heard about Wings through The King's English newsletter. I've marked my calendar to go to the reading there next week.
Looks like a good book.

bookani said...

If you want to meet Aprilynne Pike she will be signing books at BYU Bookstore during Education Week. James Dashner's new book, Maze Runner was promoted at the BIG Book Expo in NYC last week and was honored as one of THE books presented at an editor Buzz session. --nice endorsement!

Anonymous said...

i love this book i cant wait to finish it. im on chapter five and already i dont want to stop.

Sarah said...

I loved this book. It was wonderful. I can't wait for the next one...Spells... to come out.

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