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.


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!

Giveaways and What Have You

People have been asking, "Hey, Shana, can I get a signed copy of HAMMER OF WITCHES?" Why, yes! You can, indeed. Simply sign in on Goodreads and enter this giveaway. You can win one of two signed ARCs (advance reader copies) of the book. Pretty neat, no? Enter now, and tell your friends!