So this has been a post I’ve been struggling with for awhile, like if the wording is off even slightly, something horible is going to happen. I know some people have been waiting for an announcement about a third book in the MOONSET series, but unfortunately Flux has decided not to publish a third book. It’s disappointing, I know, but I understand their reasoning. Publishing is a business, and sometimes a series doesn’t catch on the way it would need to in order to continue on.
I won’t say this is the end of Justin, Jenna and the rest of the Moonset kids. I would like to revisit the series at some point in the future, but I’ll have to look into how to make that happen. But I just wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who has read, reviewed and recommended the series to their friends thus far, and I’m really sorry that I don’t have better news at this point in time.
It has been FOREVER since I’ve done anything on the blog! But this is a bit of awesome news! WITCH EYES was listed on YALSA’s 2014 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults. There’s a ton of fantastic books on this list, and I’m honored to be a part of it.
Be sure to check out the rest of the lists from this year. I know there’s a bunch of books I haven’t gotten around to yet that I’m now reminded I need to read! And thanks to everyone on the committee, and all the librarians involved!
(I apologize for the alliteration in that title. I couldn’t help myself)
A couple of years ago, there was a blog post that I thought was such a genius idea, and such a great moment of outreach, that I’ve thought of it often over the past few years. It’s Malinda Lo’s post offering up copies of her phenomenal book ASH to libraries, GSAs, community centers, etc. I’ve always wanted to do something similar, and after receiving another case full of final copies, I decided it was time. There are too many books and not enough shelves in my house!.
When I first started writing the book that became WITCH EYES, my goal was to tell the story of a gay teenager who wasn’t defined by the fact that he was gay. A character who had already come out, and his adventures had nothing to do with his sexuality. The kind of book that I would have wanted to read at sixteen.
So here’s the situation: I have many copies of all three books in the WITCH EYES trilogy, as well as the first book in the MOONSET series (which features a gay character as well, although he is not the narrator of that book). And I want to put those books into the hands of people in the community.
Are you a school or public librarian looking for books for LGBTQ teens?
Do you advise or participate in a school’s Gay Straight Alliance that has a lending library? Or are you staff or volunteer at a local LGBTQ community center? Do you interact with LGBTQ youth in a way that I didn’t cover?
If the answer is yes, I would like to give you free books! Well, my books specifically. I think it would be weird if I did this whole outreach thing and then gave you someone else’s books. It would be like asking if you liked ice cream and then giving you cheese fries.
Mmm, cheese fries.
Anyway, if you fit the above criteria, please email me at scottshouldbewriting at gmail dot com. Please put some form of ‘Giveaway’ in your subject line so I can keep all the requests together! Also, if you have a professional email address, that would help significantly.
In the email itself, please let me know 1) what it is that you do with LGBTQ youth. 2) What you plan to do with the copies (lending library or a book club maybe?) and 3) what I can provide for you. If you already have some of my books, great! If you don’t, even greater! Let me know so I can supplement your supply.
If you know someone who fits one of the above criteria, please send them this way. Please note that this giveaway is meant for groups and organizations. There will be other giveaways for personal copies of my books, I’m sure, but this is not one of them.
I have many copies I would like to get out there. Depending on the reaction, I may not be able to fulfill all requests, but I will do my best to fulfill as many as I can.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email me or leave them in the comments. I will update this post as needed.
So I’ve been meaning to post about this for awhile. You may have seen this cover floating around recently, so this may not be a surprise or anything. DARKBOUND is the second book in the Moonset series, and follows Malcolm’s struggles in Carrow Mill in the aftermath of the first book. I’m a bit partial to it.
And I’m insanely in love with the cover! How awesome is that? And the tag line? It’s perfectly fitting for the second book.
Here’s a little more about what takes place in DARKBOUND:
Malcolm has seven days to unravel a twenty year old mystery, find a body, capture a killer and keep a demon at arm’s length.
No one hates being a witch quite like Malcolm. But if there’s one thing worse than being a witch, it’s being a Moonset witch. There are very few things in his life that he can control, and after a fight with his siblings, he’s losing his grip on what he’s got left.
A creature as old as Hamelin has crept out of the Abyss, and its siren song has infected the teenagers of Carrow Mill compelling them, at first, to simply be swept away in love. But love soon turns dangerous, as passion turns to violence and an army of sociopaths is born.
The Pied Piper isn’t just a story, and he’s got his eyes set on Malcolm, promising a life of freedom from magic and the shackles of the Moonset bond. As Carrow Mill burns, Malcolm must make the hardest choice of his life: family? Or freedom?
You can find links to purchase the book online up above under the Moonset tab. If your local bookseller doesn’t HAVE Moonset in stock, consider asking them to pick up a few copies! And if you’ve read and enjoyed the book, please think about posting a review. Bookstores and reviews are crucial for the care and feeding of all authors.
Be sure to check out the stops on the blog tour, which you can find over on the Rock Star Book Tours site!
In honor of the book’s release, I put together a little playlist of songs that either inspired scenes in the book, or were heavily in rotation as I wrote. (Assuming I can get Spotify to make the playlist work).
Wow, I really fell off the radar with this one. Me and blogging…best frenemies forever.
Name: Cole Sutter
Cole’s difficult for me to picture in my head, so I did a search for “blonde teen model” and picked one of the boys who looked close. Right from the start all I knew about him was that he was awkward looking as a kid (big ears) and he’d just recently started growing into them.
What’s his deal:
Cole is the trouble maker, the prankster. In any other family, he would be the leading source of trouble, but with Jenna in the mix, Cole takes on a backseat role. In ways he’s one of the most child-like – Justin, Jenna and Mal have always done their best to protect Cole and Bailey as much as they can, trying not to make them grow up too fast. Cole acts before he thinks, and even when he thinks something through first, he’s not considering the consequences. He likes to be funny, he likes for people to pay attention to him, so partnering up with Jenna gets him opportunities for both.
But he’s also got a dark side. Cole lets the things he’s feeling bottle up, and take over. Sometimes he sinks into a depression that no one can seem to shake him out of, and then just as quickly it will vanish like it was never there.
“Am I supposed to be scared of you?” Cole laughed—laughed!—at the wraith. “You should see Jenna without makeup. That’s scary.”
“Cole, shut up!” Jenna and I shouted as one.
The wraith growled, the next chain flying a little sloppier, a little less fierce.
“You look like Betty White’s grandmother,” Cole called. “And you smell like a Kardashian.”
Senior Superlatives: Most likely to get arrested during graduation, Prank War Champion, Class Clown
When I first started working on Moonset, I did a lot of internet searches to kind of define in my head what all the characters looked like. This was the picture I found that defined Malcolm for me. Model pretty, and cast in black and white.
What’s his deal:Malcolm is the oldest, and in a normal family, that might make him the leader. There’s only one problem. A childhood spent trying to shelter and protect his ‘family’ has left a bad taste in Mal’s mouth, and he’s not a fan of magic. It causes too much trouble, and gives people too much reason to treat each other like crap. He’s the moodiest and the most isolated of the siblings, preferring to be on his own. He’s openly gay, although with as often as the kids are relocated, it’s not like he has a public coming out in every new city. People find out, or don’t, naturally.
If Jenna represents one extreme among the kids, Malcolm represents her polar opposite. He’s cautious where she’s impulsive, kind where she’s cruel. But he’s also the first one to go toe to toe with her and put her in her place. He’s not averse to trouble himself, but it takes a lot to get him involved. He finds his curiosity getting the best of him sometimes, which never ends well. Mal’s also considered the ‘hot’ one, which isn’t helped by his stoic nature or loner outlook. He gets objectified fairly often, and feeds into it even if he doesn’t mean to. He’s a bit of an adrenaline junkie in training, and works out obsessively.
“Hey, check it out,” Malcolm said, nudging me and pointing back towards the entrance.
Through the glass I saw a man stumbling through the parking lot. He wore a mechanic’s jumpsuit, stained from something more than just dirt- thick, dripping streaks splashed across his middle. His long hair hung limp and scraggly around a face that hadn’t seen a razor in weeks, and a shower in twice that.
I couldn’t decide if he looked more like a serial killer or a homeless person. “Crap, stop staring,” Mal said. I focused, realizing the man was staring directly at us, and headed right for the door.
“What’d you have to stare at him for,” Mal whispered furiously.
“Me? You were the one who pointed him out.”
“I can’t take you anywhere,” Mal said wit
h an embarassed huff.
Brothers are so overrated.
Senior Superlatives: Best Dressed, Most Likely to Succeed, Best Brooder, Most Likely to be Stalked.
Party of Five Sibling he’s Least Like: Charlie, played by Matthew Fox. Sure, they’re both the oldest, but Charlie steps up to take care of his siblings, and Mal’s just not comfortable with that. He let’s Justin take the lead, and only steps in when things get too far (i.e. any time Jenna has any fun at all).
Theme song: Tricky thing, Mal has a theme song, but it’s more for book 2 than for the first book. I’d have to go with “Everybody loves me” by One Republic.
First off, I’ve seen the final cover copy for Moonset, and I love it. Flux always does such a great job with these. Without further ado:
Moonset, a coven of such promise . . .
Until they turned to the darkness.
After the terrorist witch coven known as Moonset was destroyed fifteen years ago—during a secret war against the witch Congress—five children were left behind, saddled with a legacy of darkness. Sixteen-year-old Justin Daggett, son of a powerful Moonset warlock, has been raised alongside the other orphans by the witch Congress, who fear the children will one day continue the destruction their parents started.
A deadly assault by a wraith, claiming to work for Moonset’s most dangerous disciple, Cullen Bridger, forces the five teens to be evacuated to Carrow Mill. But when dark magic wreaks havoc in their new hometown, Justin and his siblings are immediately suspected. Justin sets out to discover if someone is trying to frame the Moonset orphans…or if Bridger has finally come out of hiding to reclaim the legacy of Moonset. He learns there are secrets in Carrow Mill connected to Moonset’s origins, and keeping the orphans safe isn’t the only reason the Congress relocated them…
Next up, the lovely ladies over at Rockstar Book Tours are organizing a blog tour for Moonset, and there will be lots of shenanigans afoot. If you’re a blogger and interested in participating, click the banner or the link to get involved!
There is also a book blast being organized by the fantastic Amber over at Me, My Shelf, and I that will have some awesome prizes when it goes live. So bloggers, make sure to check it out!
And finally, a teaser just because I’m struggling for a third thing to include this week!
The mortar between the bricks was crumbling down into sand, spilling out from between the stones like a broken hourglass. In places, larger chunks were breaking free, no bigger than pebbles, and bouncing off the tiled floor where they struck. Something swept over me, a feeling, or a warning, and I grabbed Cole and pulled him closer. “Honestly, there’s nothing to be scared of,” Miss Virago said, her mouth barely able to express such an incredible amount of contempt. “You’re all being ridiculous.” The front of the school exploded inward, just to prove her wrong.
Please forget the last month where I was totally intending to do regular Moonset Monday posts, and then got caught up in Christmas, New Year’s, laziness, and distraction.
This week, I thought I’d talk a little bit about what I listened to while I was writing Moonset, and specifically the song that I connect most to the book. I’m one of those writers who has to have a specific song for every project. Each book has one song that encompasses the entirety of it as far as I’m concerned. I may switch between several playlists as I write – actual songs, movie scores, violins, and even the occasional white noise machine, but first I have to have that one song that makes everything make sense.
The Birthday Massacre is this electronic-synth-rock band from Canada, and they’re epic. I first heard of them while watching the Vampire Diaries, which was right about the time I started working on Moonset. From the first song I was hooked, and I listened to them extensively all while drafting the novel. One song in particular really seemed to resonate with me, and it is literally the most played song on my iTunes next to the song I listened to while writing Witch Eyes.
“Kill the Lights” is ostensibly about performers – whether they be actors on a stage, musicians, ballet performers, or even members of a circus. They’re on a stage, whoever they are. And it’s all about how when the lights go down, they put on a show, but once the show is over, everything is revealed as a lie. They’re just performers pretending to be something they’re not.
For me, the song is perfect for the Moonset kids. There is a build up and expectation to who they are – people expect that they know exactly what they’re getting into just because of what they’ve heard about them. That because they’ve heard about what Jenna was like, they know what she’s capable of. They know who she is. As though the kids are just performers on a stage, acting out roles that have already been defined for them when they couldn’t be farther from that. Everyone thinks that they know who the kids are, but the kids don’t even know who they are, so how could anyone else.
So Moonset comes out in a little less than 5 months. And I thought, what better way to introduce you guys to the book than to do some sort of Moonset Monday theme on the blog. So to start out, I thought I’d introduce one of the five main characters of the Moonset series. When I pitched the first book, I called it Party of Five meets the Craft. And if you don’t know what Party of Five is….what is wrong with you. Get thee to Youtube!
Name: Jenna Bellamont
What’s her deal: Jenna’s the troublemaker. Her father was the leader of the Moonset coven, a trait she shares with her brother, Justin, although they each have different mothers. But where Justin is even-tempered and solid, Jenna is wild. She likes being a witch, and hates the fact that the adults keep her from learning all the magic she wants to.
She enjoys stirring the pot, messing with people, and generally alleviating what she sees as ‘boredom.’ She’s the main reason the Moonset kids are currently on their seventh school in three years. When Jenna gets bored, things have a tendency to get bad very, very quickly.
“Incoming,” Jenna announced as she strode into the kitchen. “It’s the Witch of Skankbird Pond again.”
Heavy footfalls started down the stairs as Meghan Virago swept down the hall. She was still wrapped up in the same dark green overcoat, her hair pulled away from her face. “The Congress still has some questions for the two of you.”
“I thought we finished this already,” Quinn said in an icy tone.
“Is this some kind of good cop, bad dye job thing?” Jenna asked, looking between them.
Senior Superlatives: Crazy Hot, Most Likely to End up in Jail, Biggest Flirt, Most Likely to Marry Rich
Party of Five Sibling She’s Least Like: Julia, played by Neve Campbell. Julia started out fairly passive, needy, and struggled to fit in and find her place, and that’s pretty much the exact opposite of Jenna. Jenna is acerbic, headstrong, and expects the world to try to fit in around her.
Theme song: For a girl that likes attention and games, being in the ring is perfect.
Scott Tracey is the young adult author of the WITCH EYES series, an urban fantasy trilogy featuring an out, gay main character. He is the author of the forthcoming DARKBOUND (The Legacy of Moonset, Book Two) . He is also a contributor to the SHADOWHUNTERS & DOWNWORLDERS anthology of critical essays, edited by Cassandra Clare.
Deathly afraid of being hugged, Scott works in a community where people are always resolving to hug him. It gives him hives. Almost as many hives as trying to write a bio that makes you laugh at least a little. He watches an unhealthy amount of television, spends too much time on Tumblr, and laments that the Secret Circle only lasted one season.