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Thursday, December 29, 2011

The Countdown Until Switched...

It's only four days until Switched hits stores. I am sorta freaking out about it, but in a really awesome way.

I had a spectacular if exhausting holiday weekend. I ended up sleeping pretty much all of Monday to catch on the weekend's festivities, and this whole week has felt like a mess of catching up and getting ready for  Switched to come out and for all the traveling I'm going to do.

I have an idea for a fun vlog where I pronounce all the words in Switched that people seem to trip over, and I'm going to write a blog letting you know some other fun facts about the book. I don't know for sure when these blogs will post, but I'm going to say one will post over the weekend, and the other will post on Monday.

Oh! Also, I want to issue a challenge to all of you. I'm super psyched about the book being in stores, so if you see Switched in stores and take a fun picture of yourself with it in the store (assuming that this doesn't go against store policy), and share it with me (via Twitter or Facebook or blogs), I'll post my favorites on my blog. But I'm going to emphasize - don't do anything that will break the law or store rules. Fun is fun, but illegal is bad.

I do have some sad news, though. My beloved turtle, Jasper Tortuga, passed away this week. He'd gotten a respiratory infection in early November, and even though he went to the vets and took medication, he never fully recovered from it.

RIP Jasper Tortuga


While I was very sad to see him go and he will be greatly missed, I do have a new addition to my family. He's a Russian tortoise named Gusgus Tortuga. He won't replace Jasper, but he's tough and adorable, so I think he'll be a good fit for my family.
Gusgus Tortuga
 Also, I have new glasses! Check them out!


So... I'll blog more later. I hope you all had a good holiday, and that the 2012 is as fun for you as 2011 has been for me!

Friday, December 23, 2011

New Website, More Info, & Happy Holidays!

Happy Christmas Adam, to those who celebrate this semi-nonexistent holiday. (It's Adam, cause Adam came before Eve.)

I'm only posting real quick, because then I have to be off to finish planning for the first of four holiday extravaganzas that I'm celebrating. But I wanted to tell you a couple of awesome things.

The first is this fancy new website is up - www.worldofamandahocking.com And it's fabulous. Other people who aren't me even think so.

One of my favorite things on the new site is Elora's Gallery. The paintings that Elora make in Switched and Torn are re-created here. There's three up now, but there's even more to come!

Other extra rad things include: the Changeling Quiz (see if you're a changeling), the Five Tribes (definitions of the five major troll tribes), and Videos (links to all kinds of videos about me and the books).

There's actually way more than that, and there's more content coming in the future, including the Castle Floorplan. So you should totes check it out, but only if you like checking out awesome things.

Also, I've updated all the pre-order information on the Trylle Trilogy to include links to the iBookstore. I also have a widget at the top, if you enjoy buying things through iBooks, as many of you do.

And, just throwing this out there - people are like, "Hey are the Trylle books going to be movies? I'd love to see them as movies! Please make them movies!" So far, I've done everything I can to get these into movies. The rest is actually up to you guys.

The best way to help ensure a movie is to sell a ton of books. Studios like numbers, and if the Trylle books are selling like hotcakes, they'll feel way more comfortable greenlighting the project. So, if you want to see these books as movies, I strongly encourage to buy them and tell other people to buy them. But if you don't want to, that's cool too. I understand. But I'm just keeping you in the loop.

Anyhoo, I should get back to preparing for the festivities! And if I don't talk to you before Christmas (which *fingers crossed* I won't, and I'll actually manage to stay off the interwebs for that long) -

Happy holidays to all, and to all a good night!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Changelings

I made a tab at the top of the page for events called Events, because I'm clever like that. I thought that would be a good way for people to check out what I have coming up, like book signings and release dates.

Also, I wanted to thank everybody for checking out the Trylle Book Trailer yesterday. It's already had over 130,000 views, so thanks for spreading the word!

As some of you may know, the Trylle books are about changelings. But not everybody knows what changelings are. Tor posted this really great write up on changelings and what they are and how that relates to Switched and the rest of the Trylle trilogy. So you should check that out: here.

I probably won't be checking the interweb much over the next few days, since I'm hosting not one, not two, not three, but FOUR Christmas gatherings at my home over the next three days. Yeah. I'm like Vince Vaughn and Reece Witherspoon. Only I don't hate Christmas or my family.

So I'm deciding to leave you all with a list of my favorite Christmas songs. Why, you ask? I don't know. I like songs, and I like sharing.

1. "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home" - Death Cab for Cutie


2. "Last Christmas" - Jimmy Eat World


3. "Deck the Halls" - Idiot Pilot


4. "Happy Xmas" - John Lennon


5. "Yule Shoot Your Eye Out" - Fall Out Boy


6. "Ice Dance" - Danny Elfman


7. "Maybe Next Year" - Meiko


8. "Feed the World" - Band Aid


9. "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" - Local H


10. "Thank God Its Christmas" - Queen


Happy Holidays!!!!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Yay! More Things!!!

Okay, first of all I have some pretty awesome news.

On January 5th, I get the pleasure of being on Anderson Cooper's new daytime talk show, Anderson. For those of you who don't know who Anderson Cooper is, you're silly people, because Anderson is awesome. He's perhaps most known for his CNN show Anderson 360 and his hard hitting reporting, including that time he got punched in Libya.

But he's perhaps the most fun when he's hosting New Year's Eve with Kathy Griffin or that time he co-hosted Regis & Kelly and he couldn't figure out what the deal was with the reality television program Living Lohan.

I've actually decided to post the video of Anderson talking about the Lohans because I think it's the funniest thing ever, even though I've obviously gone off topic now.



Okay. So back on topic. I'm going to be on Anderson, and I'm tickled pink about it. (You heard me. Tickled. Pink.) But I'm not telling you this just to share how excited I am about it or as a reminder to set up your DVRs to tape Anderson if you haven't already.

It's because the good folks at Anderson would like it if any of you in the New York area would like to be on the show to ask me questions or talk about me or something. Here's actually what the producers suggested I post, so I'm going to do it:



Amanda will be appearing on Anderson Cooper's daytime TV show this January. If you're a fan with questions for her or you've been inspired by her story, please go to this link. Thanks!
Be On The Show - Request Form | AndersonCooper.com
www.andersoncooper.com

So you should do that. But only if you want to.

Also, I know some people outside of the United States had issues watching the US Trylle Trilogy book trailer when I posted it yesterday. Well, it's up on the YouTube now, so it should make it easier to see. I'm posting it right now. If you love it, tweet it, post it, share it with your friends and even your enemies!

Here it is again, in case you missed it. The US book trailer for the Trylle Trailer:

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Trailers Galore!

I've got not one but TWO awesome book trailers for Switched to share with you.

The first is the US trailer from St. Martin's. Right, it's MTV.com's Hollywood Crush is posting exclusively, and they also had a nice little write up about me and the books, if you want to check that: here.

Remember the stills I should you the other day? Yeah, they're from this trailer. So if you want to see them in action, check it out.


It's awesome, right? It's actually so bad ass that I feel the need to remind you all once again that this is a trailer for the book. The movie's pretty far off from the trailer stage.

Anyway, onto the next awesome trailer. This one is from St. Martin's sister company Pan Macmillon. They're publishing the Trylle Trilogy in places like the UK, South Africa, Asia, India, and Australia. I'm think they made this trailer for the UK, but anybody can watch it anywhere because its awesome.

Also, before you watch it - check out the girl playing Wendy. Does she look familiar to you? She might, because that's Natalia Tena who played Tonks in the Harry Potter movies, and she also starred in About a Boy, which happens to be one of my favorite movies ever.

So, here's the the UK trailer:



The thing I love about the trailers is that they're two different takes on Switched, but I still feel like they're both faithful to the book. The UK one appeals more to the fantasy part of it, and it reminds me of the hit film Legend, which I think is pretty cool.


The US trailer is more dramatic and actually encompasses the whole series. There will be shorter 15 second spots for each book individually that will be coming out in the future. I've seen the one for Switched already, and it's pretty sweet.

Anyway, I think the trailers are unbelievably awesome. I hope you dig them too!

Friday, December 16, 2011

A city so nice, they named it twice...

It's only 17 days until the big release of Switched. Eek, indeed! If you haven't pre-ordered it yet and still want to, you can do so: here.

There's a lot of fun stuff coming up for Switched, including a mega-awesome amazeballs book trailer that should be premiering at MTV.com sometime next week. (I don't know the exact date yet). I saw the trailer on Wednesday when I was New York meeting with my publishers, and my sidekick/life mate Eric (who is actually a rather snarky, harsh critic) declared it "the greatest book trailer" he's ever seen.

So, me and Eric went to New York this week to meet with people I'd mostly only spoken to in email before, and that was fun. Everyone at St. Martin's is super nice. They even got me these awesome cakes!


Also, I talked to the people doing the audio versions for Wake (which won't be out until August 2012, although for some reason you can pre-order it already at Amazon), and it sounds like they have some really, really awesome ideas up their sleeves. I haven't listened to many audio books since I was a kid, but apparently, the stuff they're doing with them now is crazy awesome.

There's actually so much stuff I want to tell you, and I'm so excited about it, and it's hard to compose it in linear way right now, so if this blog seems a bit all over the place, I apologize.

I will be doing a book signing in the New York area (Princeton, New Jersey, I believe, which from my understanding is roughly an hour or so out of New York). For more info about this event, click: here.

I will also be doing a book signing on Rochester, MN at the downtown Barnes & Noble. (This is the one in the old Chateau Theater off Broadway, NOT the one in the mall). That will be on Tuesday, January 10th at 7:00 PM. For more info, you can visit the Barnes & Noble site: here.

Those will be the only two signings that I'm doing in the United States in January. I'm sorry that if I'm missing a town near year (and I probably am), but I had a limited amount of time for this book release because I'm going onto the UK to do some book stuff there.

BUT if you guys come out for these book signings, I promise to do more signings in the future. I'd love to meet each and every one of you!

Also, I wanted to give a shout out to Lisa Marie Pompilio. She's done the cover design for all my books with St. Martin's. So when you say the covers are beautiful, you're talking about her work. And she does a really fantastic job.

Oh! And if you haven't already, you should like the Trylle Series fan page on Facebook. It's this one here: https://www.facebook.com/amandahockingtrylle This one's run by my publishers, but I'll also be posting there. But my publishers have a ton of fun things lined up for it that I wouldn't have thought to do because they're better at thinking up fun things, apparently.

I feel like there's more stuff I wanted to talk about, like how fun New York is. (We ate at a restaurant, and I swear our waiter was Joe Pesci. I felt like I was in Goodfellas. It was awesome. Also the food was really good.)

But this blog seems long enough, and I've rambled a lot.

I do want to add one more thing: Wake - the first book in my new Watersong series - is already for sale in pre-order in hardcover and audio right now. It's not for pre-order for Kindle yet because Amazon doesn't allow ebooks to be pre-ordered until something like 90 days before the onsale date (which isn't until August 2012). So at this time, you can only pre-order in hardcover and audio at Amazon, but it will for sale in other formats and other retailers in the future. So anyway, if you want to pre-order, you can do that: here.

In conclusion: Yay for Switched! And I have so much more fun stuff to share with you guys in the coming weeks.

Friday, December 9, 2011

First Look at the Trylle Trailer

I have to clarify that this is a BOOK trailer for the series. There's no new word on the movie yet. But the book trailer is really exciting and really awesome.

So, they're still finishing up the trailer, but I've got a few still shots from the shoot that I get to share with you all. Check them out and let me know what you think! (I think they're pretty rad).

I don't know why this says "after." But it's a picture of Finn ;)

There's Wendy!

Finn appears to be interrupting something

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

We need a little Christmas...

I made Joy Behar's lasagna (the best lasagna recipe ever, as long as you skip the onions), the Muppet Family Christmas DVD is playing, and the fire is roaring, so I'll make this blog brief (or at least try to).

It's only 26 days until Switched comes out, and there's a lot of things going on. I'm doing a lot of interviews (with pieces coming out soon). My publishers are working on a super fancy website as well as book trailers that sound completely awesome.

Come January, I'm going to be doing a lot of traveling to the promote the books. That includes a couple of book signings. The only date I know of for sure right now is Tuesday, January 10th at 7 PM at the Barnes & Noble in the old Chateau Theater in downtown Rochester, MN (also known as THE coolest B&N location ever).

I'll also be going to England in January. I can't remember for sure what day I'm getting there, but I think it's the third week. I don't know what they have lined up for me to do yet, but I'll be sure to let you know as soon as I do.

So yep. There's a lot of stuff coming up soon. Sorry it all seems so vague, but I don't want to pass along information unless it's concrete.

I went sledding today, and that was fun. But now I'm cold, and I should go eat some lasagna and drink some hot chocolate. And watch the Muppets.