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GWENDA BOND
A writer on the high wire of life.
Interests: champagne, screwball comedies, circus freaks, dinosaurs, ya, rosamond purcell, excellent fiction
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Deadlineville here, so mostly this is a quick wave, but a couple of fun things from the weekend. I was at the Books by the Banks festival Saturday, where I met many fabulous readers and other writers and got to catch up with some old friends. Many thanks to the excellent Joseph-Beth Booksellers, festival staff and the great volunteers. Also! There was a Teen Scene event with the local circus school and I got to do this: Loading I wire-walked! View on Instagram Thanks to those who assisted me, both in staying upright and in grabbing the video and some... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2014 at GWENDA BOND
Three things: Thing the First) Thanks to all of you who entered the YASH bonus contest and the winner is... ::drumroll:: Melissa R., who I've already contacted. Yay. Hope you enjoy the book and that some of the rest of y'all check it out too. Thing the Second) I'll be at Books by the Banks this Saturday in Cincinnati. Admission is free, but there will be copies of Girl on a Wire (and lots of other books) on sale from the divine Joseph-Beth Booksellers and I'll happily scribble in one for you. Or just come by and say hi. I'll... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2014 at GWENDA BOND
I'm doing an AMA over at the YA reddit today, so go forth and ask me questions. And I'll figure out the contest winner of the #YASH bonus Kindle contest later tonight and post here/notify the winner within the next day. The launch party was a blast; thanks to all who came. Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2014 at GWENDA BOND
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If you're here for the #YASH, post is right below this one or click here. A few very nice things. Girl on a Wire is on some lists for October books: "Top Picks for Science Fiction and Fantasy Reads in October" by John DeNardo over at Kirkus; "This Is One Of The Best Months Ever For Science Fiction & Fantasy Books" by Charlie Jane Anders over at io9 (*waves to friends on this one too*); In the weekly Book Riot New Books! newsletter put together by bookselling legend and basic rockstar Liberty Hardy; And last but not least "39 Science... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2014 at GWENDA BOND
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Welcome to this stop of the YA Scavenger Hunt extravaganza! I'm Gwenda Bond *wave* and my stop on the hunt is being hosted by my wonderful agent sister Paula Stokes, where you can take a gander at a deleted scene from Girl on a Wire (it's from early on the book, so shouldn't spoil things if you haven't read it yet and it's where Jules actually convinces her dad to go to the Cirque, plus there's pie). If you're new to the hunt, this tri-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2014 at GWENDA BOND
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*pops out of a cake* Why, hello there. So unofficial e-release was last month, but now GIRL ON A WIRE is officially a book! My third, which is a little boggling. I'm so so grateful to anyone who's picked up one of my books, and I very much hope you'll pick up this one too. I know we're not supposed to have favorites, but this is mine of my books so far. Here are some handy ordering links, if you don't need the rest of this and just want to go. get. the. book: Girl on a Wire by Gwenda... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2014 at GWENDA BOND
Hello, my lovelies! I'm officially in that pre-launch state where life stuff and book stuff and future book stuff and et ceteras are combining into what can only be a state of madness. (Hopefully the divine variety.) There is not enough time in the day, but somehow, magically, the next week will be lived through and everything will get done. A few little things: Are you in the Lexington area? Then come out to the Girl on a Wire launch party -- this isn't just going to be any old launch -- the details, which were just confirmed and I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2014 at GWENDA BOND
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Deadlines swarming, needs-to-finish massing, promo squall on the horizon, etc. But quote-y picture-y thing the second from Girl on a Wire: The road scene is Indiana, of course. Available in e-book now, in all formats Oct. 1. I just got author copies and they are so. beautiful. Previously: quote the first. Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2014 at GWENDA BOND
Thanks, everyone for these great comments and the circus love. Hope you enjoy the book, and stick around if you didn't win. More contests to come! xo
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I ditto this -- the only animals in my circus are dogs and horses, for this very reason.
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I'll be sharing some images that inspired and quotes from Girl on a Wire for the next few weeks. Here's the first one: This is Jules on her hero, Bird Millman, pictured right. (Also at Tumblr, so reblog if you like, or share wherever takes your fancy.) And, of course, the book's out now in e-book, in other formats October 1. I also commited newsletterdom over the weekend, which you can read here. Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2014 at GWENDA BOND
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A few more Lois-y things: From Alison Flood at the Guardian (!) (complete with Margot Kidder pic, which made me happy--my first Lois, and still a great one); Erin Keane of WFPL talks about the Lois book and says nice things about my others (Ky. represent!); Some Waiting on Wednesdays from today that rightly give the cover some love-- Books, Bones & Buffy and Mostly YA Lit, plus you can vote for it in a cover battle at the Sirenic Codex. Switch Press did a beyootiful job with it; the cover deities have smiled upon me once again: DragonCon was... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2014 at GWENDA BOND
YAY! And thank you for saying that, because I bet there would be region issues -- I'll specify U.S. only.
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By which I mean it's a Kindle First pick this month, in advance of its official release October 1. What does that mean? Besides the fact I did some chair-dancing? It means it's one of four books that you can read in e-book a month early, if you have a Kindle or use the Kindle app on one of your devices. Prime members can pick one free, and anyone with a Kindle or app can snag one for $1.99. It's that simple. If your book is chosen for this program, obviously it means that more people are likely to see... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2014 at GWENDA BOND
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*tackle hugs, Tanita* Thank you, thank you, dearie. That means so much!
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Oh no! But in happier news, I'm sure we'll catch each other at some point.
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I'll be at DragonCon this weekend participating in the YA track -- I'll happily sign books for anyone after the panels or my reading. I'll be reading from Girl on a Wire (out so soon!), but I also just might give a little sneak preview of Lois too. *whistles innocently* Come so I'm not reading to an empty room + my mom (who's tagging along to Atlanta for some R&R). My schedule: Title: Urban Fantasy in YA Description: We love a little magic, monsters, super powers—but rooted in the real world. What makes a compelling urban fantasy, and what are... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2014 at GWENDA BOND
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...thanks to some breaking reporting from DC Women Kicking Ass last night. I have two words for you: LOIS LANE. Oh, wait, and another one: FALLOUT. Lois Lane is getting a YA Novel by @gwenda http://t.co/TPOu9B9LzB — DC Women Kicking Ass (@dcwomenkicknass) August 26, 2014 But there is still more fun news to come. And more of the great teasers Switch/Capstone have designed. Here's today's -- voila! Strong, fearless heroines have the most interesting backstories. @DCComics #teaser pic.twitter.com/6BntoNKl63 — Switch Press (@SwitchPressPub) August 26, 2014 I am completely overwhelmed -- in the best possible way -- by the reaction to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2014 at GWENDA BOND
I have ADORED working with her -- she's just fabulous.
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This week the fabulous team at Switch Press/Capstone will be posting some visual teasers for what I have been obnoxiously referring to as Secret Project for months, leading up to the cover reveal. I can tell you this is an iconic character--definitely someone you know. Here's the first hint! I think it's probably clear why it was secret (psst, look around the edges) -- and why I'm so excited about it that I couldn't help but be obnoxious. I'll bet some of you -- especially comics fans -- can figure it out just from this. Also: yes, it's a young... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2014 at GWENDA BOND
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I dropped these elsewhere already, but I like to keep things where they're easier to find (aka here). So! A couple of nice new reviews of Girl on a Wire that made me happy and also have a little swoon at how soon this book will be out and y'all can read it. I can't wait to find out what you think. Booklist Online sayeth: "With a skillful blend of modern-day circus tales, classically ill-fated love, and mystery, Bond gives readers scenes from the wire that will make them sweat alongside Jules as she steps out with no net, and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2014 at GWENDA BOND
The result of one of the deadlines that was part of the recent swarm; I reviewed Lev Grossman's The Magician's Land (and the entire trilogy, really) for this weekend's Los Angeles Times' books section. Snippet: This trilogy is not, as it is so often described, "Harry Potter for adults." But it is a meditation on whether magic cake can be eaten happily or whether it would go stale when exposed to the bitter air of a more realistic treatment. Maybe, this masterful close suggests, both real and fantasy worlds have space for heroes and magic. One of the reasons I... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2014 at GWENDA BOND
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Home again, home again. With three things to report. Thing The First: The Virginia Highlands Festival was a complete delight; such a warm welcome from the creative writing day committee, and a series of truly fun events with fabulous writers and great, engaged audiences. Plus, I got to see the Greenman Press studio, and hang out with Karen and Charles Vess, and see the giant, gorgeous statue and fountain "Midsummer Play" that Charles designed and constructed across from the Barter Theater. It doesn't get better than that. I shared these photos elsewhere, but doing so here for kicks (and to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2014 at GWENDA BOND
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I've been experiencing a minor swarm of deadlines since we got back from Lisbon (oh, what a gorgeous city--it was fabulous), and so scarce around these parts. But I did want to drop a post to say if you're in or around the Abingdon, Virginia, area, well, I will be too Sunday through Tuesday, Aug. 3-5, for the Virginia Highlands Festival's Creative Writing Days. You should come out to some events and say hi. I've never been to the festival before, and I can't wait. Whee! Here's where you can catch me there: Sunday, 3-4:30 p.m. - "Words and Music:... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2014 at GWENDA BOND