ewein2412: (fiction writer not detective)
The YA Dash is now finished and the winner is Melissa P.!

I think my writing owes a lot to the mystery genre. A slow build in the beginning, introducing a lot of characters and setting the stage for later - sprinkling red herrings to lead the reader down the wrong path on purpose - then thundering breakneck action in the last third of the book - are all features of my own style. I think I construct my novels this way because I really love the pacing of mysteries. So here are two truths and a lie about my mystery history.

(If you participated in the YADash, you’d have had to find my hidden clue in the sentence that contains the lie. By linking back to my website author biography page, and the book page for Black Dove, White Raven - links provided below - you can discover what is truth and what isn’t! A full retrospective of the YADash is here.)

I lived in Jamaica from 1970-1973, and my mother used to buy me a Hardy Boys book each week at the grocery story. I’d read it, and she’d take it back the following week and say, “Elizabeth’s already got this one - can we exchange it for another?” (You can read more about my early life on my author biography page, here.) Inspired by the Hardy Boys, a friend and I devised a series called The Churcha Girls, and, amazingly, when we were 7 years old, we actually wrote a Churcha Girl book. The Hidden Treasure wasn’t novel-length, but it filled a notebook. It had red herrings and captures and rescues and closure.

Me at 7 in Jamaica with neighbors Madge Henriques and Patrick Taylor

I left Jamaica soon after, but I did not lose sight of my desire to be a writer. When I was 14, I completed an even longer mystery called The Green-Eyed Beauty, about the supposed kidnapping of a glamorous teen who was actually a spy (yup, even then). My own best friend described this as “the stupidest book I have ever read.” She was probably right. I have got better at titles since then, too.

Black Dove, White Raven, which is published novel Number 8 for me (and the one associated with the YADash prize – read about Black Dove, White Raven here), is not a mystery. And yet it follows that same structural pattern of the slow build with menace and tension which explodes into violence late in the book. It’s set in 1935, as Italy prepares for its invasion of Ethiopia, and focuses on an American teen brother and sister settled in Ethiopia as we did in Jamaica, who get caught in the storm as war erupts around them.

What am I working on next? It's a mystery.


A total of 10 suspense and mystery authors were involved in the YADash. You can check out their blogs and books here:

Susan Adrian
Lindsay Cummings
Lee Kelly
Y.S. Lee
T.A. Maclagan
Valynne Maetani
Diana Renn
Laurie Stolarz
Mary Elizabeth Summer

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The winner of the CNV audio giveaway is [livejournal.com profile] anderyn. In between announcing this giveaway and announcing its results, CNV has been chosen by ALA Booklist for its 'Top of the List' award for best audiobook of 2012! CNV has made a lot of "best of 2012" lists, but this was one is a delight that really came out of left field for me.

I have done a lot of blog interviews in the past month, and although I've been tweeting them as they come up, I don't think I've mentioned most of them here. So here's a rundown of the links. With the exception of the Smugglivus post on Booksmugglers, this is mostly CNV-related chat. Yes, it is all original content, what kind of a blogger do you think I am? (Although there's probably some crossover in the answers.)

Enjoy... and have a wonderful holiday. Hope some of you are enjoying better weather than us (Perthshire is now officially the wettest place in the UK since 19 Dec.)

Interview with J Monkeys at Writing Secrets of 7 Scribes, 22 December 2012

Interview with Amber at the Page Turners Blog, 13 December 2012

Interview with Ann Giles, aka Bookwitch, 12.12.12 This one is illuminated with some interesting pictures including Maddie's house in Stockport and Lysander "Pilot's Notes"!

'Me and My Kindle" - Smugglivus 2012 Guest Author post on the Booksmugglers, 8 December 2012

YA's The Word interview with Katja Weinert, 27 November 2012
ewein2412: (queenie in cap)
The Goodreads Choice Award results are in! The winner in the Young Adult Category is John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars. Code Name Verity placed 7th as a finalist, which I think is phenomenal.

Because, well, the name of the award says it all - it’s a readers’ choice. I confess to sneaking a look at the ratios behind the number of votes the finalists got and the number of Goodreads ratings they have. I won’t list them here, but most of the finalists received between 25 and 40 percent the number of Choice Award votes in relation to their number of Goodreads ratings.

The book to watch in the Young Adult category is Never Fall Down, Patricia McCormick’s moving fictional account of the life of Arn Chorn-Pond as a survivor of the Khmer-Rouge genocide in Cambodia. It has very few Goodreads ratings, but it has MORE VOTES THAN RATINGS. A voter/rating ratio of slightly over 100 %. If you read it… I think you’re likely to love it.

Code Name Verity has a voter/rating score of 98 %.

Which is freaking awesome. CNV Special Ops ROCKS. Thank you, fierce wonderful readers. THANK YOU.


There was a CNV giveaway on Goodreads connected with the Goodreads Choice Awards, and the winners are Sadie, Roselyn, and Bethany Miller.

In gratitude for putting up with all this Goodreads Choice Awards propaganda I’ve been bombarding you with for the past month or so, which is really kinda boring, I’m giving away an MP3 ready copy of the wonderful audio book of Code Name Verity (signed of course), read by Morven Christie and Lucy Gaskell. They are spectacular. Comment if you’d like to enter the giveaway! Ends 21 December 2012.

I do not really enjoy self-promotion, but I LOVE YOU PEOPLE.
ewein2412: (queenie as WAAF)
Code Name Verity has made it to the semifinals of the Goodreads Choice Awards!

So now if you voted, I think you all get to vote again. And I get to do some more preening. So what the heck. I am preening, I will do it properly. Here’s a list.

Code Name Verity is:

A School Library Journal Best Books title, 2012
A Booklist Books for Youth Editors’ Choice, 2012
An Amazon Best Teen Books 2012 title
A Barnes & Noble Best Teen Books of 2012 title
Longlisted for the UKLA Book Award 2013

That’s not the full list. That’s just what’s turned up in the last two days. That and the Goodreads Choice Awards Semifinals. Sooooo….

The semifinal round ends 18 November 2012. I have let the timing of the announcement run away with me because… I didn’t actually realize CNV was through to the semifinals till people on my Twitter feed started tweeting that they’d voted for it.

The winners of the giveaway are [livejournal.com profile] jillheather, [livejournal.com profile] carihunter and Lauren (who commented on the Goodreads link to this blog). Please send me your snail mail addresses at ewein2412 [AT] yahoo [dot] co [dot] uk

There’s a Goodreads giveaway ending 4 Dec. 2012 for three more copies running at:


‘Next Big Thing’ post and more details about the next book coming up next week!


CNV Special Ops, you rock. my. world.
ewein2412: (queenie in cap)
Code Name Verity has been nominated for a Goodreads Choice Award! THANK YOU, incredibly loyal readers, especially those who frequent Goodreads! I have never had a year like this in my 20 years of publishing, for real. It’s a little overwhelming but feels so good. "Thanks for reading" doesn’t really do you guys justice. "Thanks for enrolling in the CNV Special Ops" is more like it.

So, this Goodreads Choice Award is a particularly flattering achievement because it's chosen by readers, and if you've got a Goodreads account, you can vote in the awards process yourself. There are 15 nominees each in 20 different categories - CNV is nominated in "Young Adult Fiction." Click through the link above, or the badge on the sidebar, to vote. (I've got the links connected to the YA Fiction category but you can get to all the other categories through there too.)

The opening round ends 11 November 2012. Just a week! Please spread the word.

To celebrate I'm throwing another CNV giveaway: three autographed and inscribed copies, one British, one American and one Canadian. Comment if you want to be included in the draw for any of them. If you've already got one, comment if you want me to send one to a friend! Giveaway closes 12 November 2012.

You all know there's another book on the way, right? The contract is signed and it's all official and everything. The title is still under discussion (sigh sigh sigh). But the book is finished. Publication planned for Autumn 2013!

Lots of love to you all from E Wein.
ewein2412: (eva seiler)
The winners of the CNV giveaway are [livejournal.com profile] jane_dark, [livejournal.com profile] ginnyland, and [livejournal.com profile] nocoward_soul.

And in case you missed it the first time, when it appeared late in the comments, [livejournal.com profile] rosaleeluann has done a gorgeous CNV picture ♥:

A Sensational Team by ~RosaleeLuAnn on deviantART
ewein2412: (verity no text)

xlacrimax is the winner of the Firebirds Soaring anthology!

I see that most of my fellow bloggers have used random.org to generate their results, and I confess that my kids and I used a more Luddite method... Sara cut up strips of paper with everyone's name on them, folded them in half, and Mark picked one of them out of a mixing bowl.

I am so delighted at how many people "hopped" over here to enter this giveaway -- thanks for joining in! I think next time I will try to manage more than one book to give away. Also, if many more of you turn up, I will have to abandon my traditional means of picking a winner...

Hope I see some of the unfamiliar names here again, or over on Goodreads.

ETA: Those of you who left screened comments--rest assured that although you might not be able to see them, I can, and you were all included in the lottery! The comments should be visible now. Sorry for any confusion.
ewein2412: (verity text)

I am a big Goodreads fan and have actually posted way more book reviews than blog entries this year, and somehow via Goodreads I managed to get myself invited to participate in this giveaway. Soooo... I am still immersed in Code Name Verity and have just had hints from Egmont that they're moving the publication date FORWARD to early 2012, which has me very excited, and though I can't really give away a book that's not even available in ARC form yet, I thought I'd try to tempt people with a copy of Firebirds Soaring, edited by Sharyn November. My flygirl short story "Something Worth Doing" is the last in the collection.

and the heroine makes a cameo appearance in CNV, as does the made-up airfield Maidsend. So it's a taster.

Post a comment to be entered in the Giveaway -- the winner gets a hardback copy of Firebirds Soaring with my pawprint on it. I'll ship internationally, too. Entries close on Sun. 20 March 2011.

The "hop" comes into play in that you're meant to be able to easily jump from one blog to another and enter lots of giveaways. Unfortunately I can't get the darn java linky code to work here, but if you click through to the host's blog you can get all the links through her:

Inspired Kathy's Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop / Blog links

Enjoy trawling the other participating blogs!


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