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The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There Launches Today!

You never know what’s coming next in Fell Beneath, and the most roundabout and whimsical turns always come back around to the main story and its payoff…As masterful as the first novel.

–Cory Doctorow

OMG Happy Book Birthday The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There!

Fairyland is a grown up series, officially. It has a pretty purple baby sibling and I’m just hoping, with fingers and thumbs crossed, that it touches you all the same way.

It’s still nearly impossible for me to believe that the dashed-off motif in Palimpsest has become this enormous thing, a five book series, illustrated and gorgeous and a few people even love it. And now it has the sequel–the one I intended to write as soon as I put the last sentence on Circumnavigated. The one about September’s shadow.

This would never have happened without those who were so supportive, who gave their energy to the book, who told me not to give up. That means my editor and team at Feiwel and Friends, but it also means everyone who read Fairyland when it was online and thought it was important. Thank you so much. I’ve never known anything like the life of this series. The internet, every once in awhile, can be magic.

This is only the beginning of the journey. Fairyland is a series, and we will all get to go back quite soon in the third book. But for today, it’s beginning again, and I wish you all shadows and dodos and Revels as we set off for fairy shores once more.

Which is a nice way of saying ZOMG FAIRYLAND IS OUT HOLY CATS.

Thank you to everyone–simply, everyone who has been there, who supported the project, who donated, who read along, who pre-ordered, who bought the first book and told me how it made them feel, who talked about it online. Thank you to my tribe. To parents and librarians and teachers. And to my publishers who have been a dream of support and love. There are not enough thanks in the world.

And here’s everything you need to know about The Girl Who Fell Beneath!

September has longed to return to Fairyland after her first adventure there. And when she finally does, she learns that its inhabitants have been losing their shadows—and their magic—to the world of Fairyland Below. This underworld has a new ruler: Halloween, the Hollow Queen, who is September’s shadow. And Halloween does not want to give Fairyland’s shadows back.

Fans of Valente’s bestselling, first Fairyland book will revel in the lush setting, characters, and language of September’s journey, all brought to life by fine artist Ana Juan. Readers will also welcome back good friends Ell, the Wyverary, and the boy Saturday. But in Fairyland Below, even the best of friends aren’t always what they seem. . . .

The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There is available online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, your local independent bookseller, and basically anywhere you care to look for books. You should be able to get it on the ground at all the big booksellers, too. It’s available on the Kindle, the Nook, the iPad, and most other electronic formats.

AND GET THIS. The audiobook? Is read by none other than s00j! S.J. Tucker lent her astonishing acting talents to the story–and I cannot think of anyone better to read to you in the night than she. You want to hear this, I promise.

If you want your copy signed, mail it to me with the cost of return postage and I will sign it for you. Email me for my address if you don’t already know it. Or find me on the tour at any one of the readings and conventions I’ll be doing in 2012. There are a lot.

I know there are some of you who just can’t afford it, but genuinely want to read it. If you really, really honestly can’t afford it, I have a few spare copies and I’ll consider trades. Good old bartering system.

How You Can Help (if, you know, you’re inclined to do things like helping out authors. And if you like the book.)

Buy the book. Obviously, this is the best way to support the book–and ensure that there will be many more in the series. Buying a copy during the first week and even doing so today is a huge slice of awesome–it’s the most important week in a book’s life. It’s when the strange math of the NYT list can inexplicably blow your way, as it did with the first book. If you want to do me a solid, buy it this week. I really appreciate it.

Amazon (Kindle, Audiobook)
Barnes and Noble

Come to my readings in the next month. Come the show, be part of the tribe. I’m in Denver this week, and the first reading, and therefore launch party, is at The Boulder Bookstore tonight at 6:30 pm. Please come if you’re in the area! All my other tour dates are here.

Review it. On your blog, or elsewhere if you work for a review site or a magazine. I can send a PDF if you haven’t gotten the book from other sources. Physical ARCs are also available. I’d like to hold review copies for people who review for venues, however.

Put up a review on Amazon or Barnes and Noble. Totally easy and a nice way to say what you thought even if you don’t review professionally. Don’t be shy!

Ask your local booksellers to carry it, if they don’t already. This is important, as it is still the place where a whole lot of people buy books, and the brick and mortar ordering system determines a lot of a book’s success.

Check it out from your local library. If they don’t have it, request it. This can result in both you reading the book for free, and increased library orders, which are awesome. Also, libraries: we need them, yo.

Link to the book in your journals/Twitter/Facebook/websites–Spread the word! And if you know kids who might like it–tell them. Please do get the word out, if you can. All books need help to get in front of readers’ eyeballs. If you want me to cross-link to any of your work in exchange, let me know.

If you link to Fairyland in your journals, blogs, Twitter, or Facebooks any time in the next week, leave a comment with the link in THIS POST and I will enter you in a drawing to win a Fairyland prize package! You can use OpenID if you don’t have an LJ account.

The prize box contains:

A complete set of all my novels and standalone novellas
A box of local Maine chocolates
A bottle of Maine blueberry mead
My reading copy of Fairyland 2 at the end of the tour–with all my notes, bookmarks, and a few fun things from the journey tucked in.

My heart is very full today. I hope I can hug as many of you as I can on the tour. Magic happens, for reals, and I thank you all for helping to make this spell do its work.

Mirrored from cmv.com. Also appearing on @LJ and @DW. Read anywhere, comment anywhere.

Woot! *waits patiently for the book to arrive in the mail*

For us Europeans: the hardcover is not available on Amazon UK but you can get it from The book depository.

edit: posted on Google+ and Twitter

Edited at 2012-10-02 03:13 pm (UTC)


I can't wait to read it. I have been looking forward to this for MONTHS.


Not sure how to post a link to the Facebook post. I'm looking forward to reading the sequel. And the sequel to the sequel. Etc...

FYI - in FB if you click the "posted X minutes/hours/days ago" link it will take you to the post itself, and you can copy the URL from the browser there.

i'm really looking forward to reading this. just ordered it! i posted on my facebook page and also my twitter feed.


so looking forward to this... I'll get to read it twice in read succession; once to myself, and once aloud to my kids (after we finish up the Hobbit again)

link: http://www.facebook.com/michiganherbalist

I'm very sad that you're not coming anywhere near me, I'd love to hear you speak. Planning on nabbing your book this week to show my support and love for your wonderful imagination. Have a great week, and good luck on tour!

Edit: Linked on facebook! https://www.facebook.com/cristine.larsen

Edited at 2012-10-02 04:09 pm (UTC)

I just got my copy of #2 but can't start reading yet because my partner and I read together at bedtime (d'aww) and we're still in the middle of a Discworld novel. Alas! It's sitting on the top of the bedside to-read pile. So psyched!

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=391640230905410&set=a.384824828253617.85124.100001783098509&type=1&theater (I don't know if that will be visible)

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Just bought it for my Kindle; I'm excited! I so-very-much loved the first Fairyland book and I've been telling all my friends with kids that it's an absolute must-read. :)

Oh and also I posted about it: http://pen-grunt.livejournal.com/215983.html

Edited at 2012-10-02 04:44 pm (UTC)

Signal boosted!

Also, I'm doing a giveaway through the Fairyland RPG Twitter and Facebook. One winner from each site who follows/likes the FairylandRPG Twitter/Facebook page and shares the giveaway Tweet/status update by 4:00pm PST TODAY will receive a hardcopy or ebook of the second book for themselves, and a hardcopy or ebook of the first book for a friend.

Edited at 2012-10-02 04:52 pm (UTC)

Challenge accepted!

I have totally abused my Examiner privileges and shamelessly gushed all over the place here:


(It will rebroadcast itself automagically to Twitter and Facebook. More volume! More cowbell! More more more!)

I'm so glad you're having two Denver-area dates! I was heartbroken when something I've been waiting all summer to do rescheduled itself for October 2, opposite your Boulder visit. So my husband and I will brave the Presidential Debate traffic to come see you tomorrow night in Denver. So! Much! Squee!

Also: Am very much looking forward to the rest of the Wild West Snow White novella you read us an excerpt of at World Con. I won't ask "how long?" but will wait patiently with only a very minimal amount of nail-biting and whining. Pat me on the head, I am a good puppy. :-)

Edited at 2012-10-02 04:39 pm (UTC)

Re: Challenge accepted!

I think it's coming out in february or thereabouts? Not totally sure. Yay! See you tomorrow!

I was already excited about this one, but doubly so after reading your underworld posts about it. Thanks for your lovely and terrible brain candy.

Twitter Post (http://twitter.com/alwright1/status/253171375307636736)

Edited at 2012-10-02 04:41 pm (UTC)

So, so looking forward to this one. Thank you!

I have mentioned Revels a few times before; my latest post is here:


It cross-posts to livejournal (same name) and I linked it in my Facebook status.

It's a wonderful book and I hope it does well.

Tweeted, and I will be at the reading in Boulder tonight!


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