Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Shelf Unbound's Middle Shelf reviews Frostborn!

Shelf Unbound's Middle Shelf  has a fantastic review of Frostborn in their latest issue. I'm especially gratified to see this one because the reviewer is 13 years old.

"Thrones & Bones is a fantastic page-turner that always keeps you on your toes. When I picked up the book for the first time, I couldn’t put it down! This action-packed novel has trolls, undead warriors, frost giants, and so much MORE! Once a year, the farmers and a frost giant village meet at a sacred location to trade and bargain goods for a week. Both Thianna, a half-breed frost giant, and Karn, next in line to inherit the Hauld, arrive to trade for the first time. Then things get wild…Thrones & Bones is one of the best books out there. There is so much detail and action. One moment you are being hunted by wolves, and the next, two headed trolls! The adventure of Thianna and Karn is something you don’t want to miss!" - Teak Balena, Teak Recommends, Shelf Unbound’s Middle Shelf  (July/August 2014 issue)

Monday, July 14, 2014

The Thrones and Bones website

The Thrones and Bones website entered Phase 2 this past weekend, expanding from the single page placeholder to include pages for the book, the author (ahem), maps by Robert Lazzaretti (of D&D and Pathfinder fame), a character page with web-exclusive art by Andrew Bosley, and a Teacher's Guide. More content will appear before the August 5th debut of Frostborn, but check it out now!


Friday, July 11, 2014

Frostborn: My Book Be Real!

This morning, the FedEx truck brought me one of the most exciting moments of my life to date. An early copy of Frostborn (Thrones and Bones) (sent in advance of the case that will follow). The book comes out August 5th, so the rest of you will have wait. Meanwhile, I am trying very very hard to contain my excitement. And, um, failing.




Gorgeous art by Justin Gerard. Design by Ken Crossland.

Friday, July 04, 2014

2014 Chesley Award Nominations

ASFA, the Association of Science Fiction & Fantasy Artists, has released the 2014 Chesley Award nominations. I am very honored to be up once again for Best Art Director (my 7th nomination in this category and my 20th award nomination overall to date). I'm equally thrilled that four covers I art directed - by the amazingly talented Jason Chan, Kerem Beyit, Justin Gerard, and Dehong He are up for nominations as well!

2014 Chesley Award for Best Art Director, nominee: Lou Anders

2014 Chesley Award for Best Cover Illustration, Hardcover, noninee: Jason Chan, Lost Covenant: A Widdershins Adventure



2014 Chesley Award for Best Cover Illustration, Paperback, nominee: Kerem Beyit, The Scroll of Years: A Gaunt and Bone Novel


2014 Chesley Award for Best Cover Illustration, Paperback, nominee: Justin Gerard, Power Under Pressure (The Society of Steam)


2014 Chesley Award for Best Cover Illustration, Paperback, nominee: Dehong He, Shield of Sea and Space (The Chaos Knight)


Congratulations to all the nominees and Happy 4th to those who celebrate it!

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Frostborn on Tour

Some dates for the Frostborn Tour. Yes, the Frostborn Tour.

Saturday August 09, 2014 4:00 PM
The Official Launch: Barnes and Noble Reading/Signing
 Barnes and Noble @ The Summit Birmingham
Summit Shopping Center, 201 Summit Boulevard Suite 100, Birmingham, AL 35243
205-298-0665

Thursday August 29 - Monday September 1, 2014
DragonCon
Atlanta, Georgia
Panel Appearances and Signing at The Missing Volume
Exact date and time of signing TBD

Wednesday September 03, 2014 5:30 PM
Barnes and Noble Reading/Signing
Crossroads Commons
2999 Pearl Street, Boulder, CO 80301
303-444-0349

Thursday September 4th, 2014 (time to come)
Old Firehouse Books
232 Walnut St.
Fort Collins, CO 80524
970-484-7898
*school visits and evening signing

Friday September 5th
Changing Hands Bookstore
6428 S. McClinktock Dr.
Tempe, AZ 85283
480-730-0205
*school visits only

Saturday September 6th (time to come)
Changing Hands Bookstore
6428 S. McClinktock Dr.
Tempe, AZ 85283
480-730-0205
*daytime event with the Changing Hands Kids Book Club (and general public)

Wednesday Sept. 10th
Page & Palette
32 S. Section St.
Fairhope, AL 36532
251-928-5295
*school visits and in-store signing

Thursday Sept. 11th
Little Professor Book Center
2717 18th St. S.
Homewood, AL 35209
205-870-7461
*school visit, local library visit and in-store signing at 6PM

Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 6:30 PM
Young Authors Program
Victory Creek Middle School 
6240 Post Road
Cumming, GA 30040
Event and location details forthcoming.
Open to any student in Forsyth County and their families.

Thursday, September 18, 2014 7:00 PM
Books-a-Million
757 Brookwood Village, Birmingham, AL 35209
Phone:(205) 870-0213

Saturday, September 27, 2014
Tweens Read Book Festival
South Houston High School
3820 Shaver St, South Houston, TX 77587
713-740-0350

Saturday, October 12, 2014
wik'14: Writing & Illustrating for Kids*
Spain Park High School (Birmingham)
4700 Jaguar Drive
Hoover, AL 35242
* Not a Frostborn-specific event. I am teaching a two part lecture "ScripTips: Hollywood Screenwriting Techniques from 10am-11:45am, but I will happily sign books.

Friday-Sunday, November 14-16, 2014
Windycon 41*
Westin Lombard Yorktown Center
70 Yorktown Shopping Center, Lombard, IL 60148
630-719-8000

*Not a Frostborn-specific event. I'm Editor Guest of Honor, but will happily sign books.

Additional dates in other cities are being added. I'll update this list as they are confirmed.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Frostborn: School Library Journal review

School Library Journal just weighed in on Frostborn (Thrones and Bones).
I'm very excited.
ANDERS, Lou. Frostborn. illus. by Justin Gerard. 320p. (Thrones and Bones: Bk. 1). Crown. Aug. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780385387781.

Gr 5-8–Karn would rather be playing his beloved board game, “thrones and bones,” than learning to become hauld of his father’s farm, which has been passed down many generations. He meets Thianna, a half-giant, half-human girl who longs to fit in with the club-wielding frost giants, the only community she’s ever known. When a tragedy reminiscent of Shakespeare’s Hamlet occurs, the two pair up in order to survive. They soon realize the danger that they’re in and that they need each other’s unique skills to survive. Aside from the sometimes difficult-to-decipher Norse names, the language is quite easy to understand and that, coupled with the shorter-than-your-average-fantasy length, makes this an excellent choice for readers new to the genre. The themes of staying true to oneself, teamwork, and individuality will resonate with readers. Fans of Matthew Kirby’s Icefall (Scholastic, 2011) who bemoaned the lack of magic in that book will enjoy this new series. A good addition to a fantasy collection with potential for future entries.–Jessica Ko, Los Angeles Public Library