Sales, Sleepy Hollow, and Celebrity Crushes

 Annie's doing great, by the way.

Annie's doing great, by the way.

Today is Small Business Saturday, and in celebration my publisher Lee & Low Books is giving away books for 35% off. The sale ends December 2nd, so do your Christmas book shopping now!

In case you missed it, here are some other things I've written recently:

Merry Thanksgivukkah!

Conventions, Readings, Giveaways, and More

The last month has been a whirlwind, but at least it was a fun one. I just got back from ConnectiCon, a wonderful nerd convention up in Hartford where I saw not one but three Carmen Sandiegos! I also got to speak on two panels: "Last Dance With Mary Sue" with super-moderator Brandon Sanderson, my Tu Books buddy Bryce Moore, and the lovely Leona Wisoker; and "Fantasy & Sci-Fi Writing 101" with Bryce Moore and awesome steampunker Margaret Killjoy. Check out their work; you won't be disappointed.


On Wednesday I had the honor of reading from Hammer of Witches  at Teen Author Reading Night at the Jefferson Market branch of the New York Public Library. The reading was moderated by David Levithan, who is hilarious IRL. We all got to hear wonderfully witty passages from Alyssa Gross's thriller Shallow Pond ; Corey Ann Haydu's OCD Love Story ; Elizabeth Kiem's  Dancer, Daughter, Traitor, Spy; Emmy Laybourne's Sky On Fire  (the second book in her post-apocalyptic Monument 14  series); Alex London's dystopia Proxy ; Jennifer E. Smith's celebrity love story This Is What Happy Looks Like ; and Sara Zarr's musical The Lucy Variations.  All the passages they read were fab, and they were all amazingly kind and welcoming. Did I ever mention the YA world is the best? 'Cause it totally is.

Speaking of YA, I was recently part of a roundtable for the Los Angeles Review of Books, where we talked about YA retellings of "The Little Mermaid." In the coming months, we'll look at reimaginings of "East of the Sun, West of the Moon" and "Rapunzel." Fun!

In other news, you can win a free signed copy of Hammer of Witches  from Be quick, though! The deadline is this Friday. If you're still on the fence about reading the book, check out this interview I did about the book, and check out this wonderful review from School Library Journal :  

"Mlawski is creative and daring in her YA debut, blending genres to craft an informative and literary historical fantasy. Raised in 15th-century Spain by his aunt and uncle, Baltasar has no knowledge of his parents’ legend. His favorite tales glorify his hero, Amir al-Katib, the renowned Moorish sorcerer and soldier who fought for the freedom of Christian Europe. To Baltasar Infante, stories are both enchanting and extremely useful; they educate, captivate, and enable him to escape from almost any situation. [REDACTED: SPOILERS] Baltasar is a combination of classic, bumbling coming-of-age protagonist and hero motif, making his character relatable and likable. The novel’s storyteller concept is fresh and innovative, making this a lively read for fantasy buffs."

Librarians. Gotta love 'em.


Cool Links for Cool People

Why, hello there, cool people. Would you like some cool links? Here are some cool links.

And we're still recapping Game of Thrones and Mad Men every Monday night on Overthinking It, so hop over if you want to watch us subject these television shows to a level of scrutiny they probably don't deserve.

More Giveaways, How-Tos, and Special Features

So many links! So little time! Want writing advice? We've got it. Want free books? I can hook you up. Want silly HAMMER OF WITCHES special features? Just you wait. Plus we've got a blog post by my mom. MY MOM. Hold your hats, kids. This is a link roundup for the ages.

For Writers

On Read My Breath Away, the blog of the lovely Jessica R., I talk about how to write different kinds of historical fiction.

For People Who Love Writers

On the Diversity in YA blog (one of my favorite blogs ever, by the way), my mother (yes, really) gives y'all five tips for dealing with a loved one who writes fiction. Wine is featured. Prominently.

For Readers Who Haven't Read Hammer of Witches Yet

You can win a copy here! For free! Wowzers!

If you're still not sure about whether or not you should read it, check out what the wonderful Laura Biagi has to say about it.

For Readers Who Have Read Hammer of Witches

Over at my new friend Elie's blog, I take part in her new special Friday Night Movie feature, where I tell everyone about my dream cast for the HAMMER OF WITCHES that is certainly never going to be made. But a girl can dream! A girl can dream.

For Those of You Who Prefer Watching to Reading

Our recaps of Game of Thrones and Mad Men continue on This week, we talked about Jon Snow's posterior and Joan Holloway's anterior.

For Those of You Who For Some Reason Want to Know More About Me and My Feelings About Batman

I, along with a bunch of other amazing YA debut authors, got to answer a bunch of fun personal questions for the April Debut Author Bash over at Hobbitsies. We play "Kiss Marry Kill" with the cast of The Vampire Diaries (for the record: Damon, Alaric, Stefan), as well as "Never Have I Ever." Don't forget to sign up for Hobbitsies' YA Debut Author Challenge if you haven't yet!

That's it for now, folks. Happy reading.

Giveaways and Big Ideas

Hi, kids! The free HAMMER OF WITCHES giveaway is still going on at the wonderful Diana Peterfreund's blog. There are only a few days left, so sign up if you haven't already.

In other news, sci-fi hero John Scalzi graciously allowed me to write up a Big Idea on HAMMER OF WITCHES for the Whatever blog. Hop on over if you want to hear me overthink my own book!

Of Book Birthdays and Blogging

What a week! In case you missed it, yesterday was the official book birthday for HAMMER OF WITCHES. (Noisemaker sound!) You can now pick up the hardcover and the audiobook version from Audible. I'm incredibly excited about the audiobook, because the narrator, Jeff Woodman, is fantastic. The HAMMER OF WITCHES e-book is coming soon, so keep your eyes peeled.

To celebrate the exciting occasion of my debut book's birth, I've been hopping around various blogs:

And there have already been some great reviews of the book you might want to take a look at:

  • Tanita at Finding Wonderland wrote an amazingly in-depth review focusing on my boy Baltasar's witty personality (and my uber-Polish last name!).
  • At Rich in Color, the super-sweet Crystal wrote about all of the myths and fairytales swirling through HAMMER OF WITCHES.
  • If you want to add to the conversations on Amazon and Goodreads, I encourage you to write your own review of HAMMER OF WITCHES, as well as any other books you've read lately. We writers live on reviews!

Not only was yesterday the book birthday of HAMMER OF WITCHES, but it was also the book birthday of my fab Tu Books buddy Karen Sandler's AWAKENING, the second book in the TANKBORN trilogy. This dystopian sci-fi series is super-duper cool and I hope you check it out! Here's what it's about:


Once a Chadi sector GEN girl terrified of her first Assignment, Kayla is now a member of the Kinship, a secret organization of GENs, lowborns, and trueborns. Kayla travels on Kinship business, collecting information to further the cause of GEN freedom.

Despite Kayla’s relative freedom, she is still a slave to the trueborn ruling class. She rarely sees trueborn Devak, and any relationship between them is still strictly forbidden.

Kayla longs to be truly free, but other priorities have gotten in the way. A paradoxically deadly new virus has swept through GEN sectors—a disease only GENs catch. And GEN warrens and warehouses are being bombed, with only a scrawled clue: F.H.E. Freedom, Humanity, Equality.

With the virus and the bombings decimating the GEN community, freedom and love are put on the back burner as Kayla and her friends find a way to stop the killing . . . before it’s too late.

You can buy TANKBORN, AWAKENING, and HAMMER OF WITCHES now from Tu Books/Lee & Low!

Overthinking Books

I've recently done some writing for, the website that subjects the popular culture to a level of scrutiny it probably doesn't deserve.

The one you book-loving folks might like is this one, which uses graphs and such to analyze why it seems like every other book is named The Something's Wife or The Something's Daughter. The results may surprise you.

Here's one of the charts from the article, showing how many books from the past five years had the words "daughter," "son," "wife," "husband," "father," or "mother" in the title. As you can see, it's broken down by genre.

To learn more, read the rest of the post.

And if you're an Adventure Time fanatic like I am, you may want to check out my article, Overthinking Adventure Time, which incidentally is rated PG-13 for sexual content. I'm not a well person.