In the mighty mountains working on art

Today is thanksgiving and I thought maybe I’d just give a little thanks.  I’m so thankful that I get to make art and write books and do cool projects.  This year has been both difficult and rewarding.  A year of books and awards and now I’m a bona fide NY Times Best Seller (thanks, Princess Leia!)  But it’s also been a hard one financially.  I’m thankful to those who support me and to those who have fed me dinner when I haven’t been able to buy groceries.

Right now, I am grateful to be up in the mountains of Alberta, at the Banff Centre for the Arts, working on my new opera with composer Andre Ristic.    It’s tentatively set to be performed in Montreal in 2017 with ECM+ who mounted our last opera Les Aventures de Madame Merveille.

It’s kind of gorgeous here.  Nestled in a cabin in a bowl of mountains whose stoney arms hold you and nourish you as you create.  It’s a bit fun being a writer in the music residency.  It’s like having a foot in a new world.  So far, I’ve been working on the libretto, but also I wrote some lyrics for two of the other music residents here.

 

Glad to be an artist.

Love, Cecil

PS:  I also had a nice interview up at  Legion of Leia, a feature on me over at Geek and Sundry and Odd Duck and Tin Star / Stone in the Sky got reviewed at the Planetary Society.

YA Scavenger Hunt! TEAM ORANGE

YA Scavenger Hunt! It’s on!
image This bi-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonusmaterial from their favorite authors…and a chance to win some prizes! During this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize–one lucky winner will receive one signed book from each author on the hunt in my team!  I am on TEAM ORANGE

Just look at who is on my crazy cool team!  WOWZA!  Today, I am delighted to be hosting Jessica Burkhart on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt! She’s here with her new book WILD HEARTS I am looking forward to reading it.

YASH ORANGE TEAM 2015

How do I play?  Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page.

Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the ORANGE TEAM, and then add them up (don’t worry, you can use a calculator!).  Once you’ve added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.

There are SIX contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the ORANGE TEAM–but there is also a green team, a blue team, a pink team, an orange team, a red team, a teal team, and a purple team for a chance to win a whole different set of signed books!

This contest is open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian’s permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by OCTOBER 4TH, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

Meet JESSICA BURKHART
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Today, I am delighted to be hosting Jessica Burkhart .
Twenty-something Jessica Burkhart is the author of 26 books including the bestselling Canterwood Crest series which has over 1 million copies in print. Jess is a Brooklyn girl at heart, but recently moved to Horse Country, KY to get her fill of horses. She’s passionate about equality, animal rescue and making sure her wardrobe is 98 percent pink. She’s often distracted by sparkly objects. Jess lives with Bliss and Bella, her two feline roomies. WILD HEARTS is Jess’s latest release You can order her new book Wild Hearts now.
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“Fresh, fun and oh-so-romantic, WILD HEARTS had me galloping through the pages. I absolutely loved it.” ~ Lauren Barnholdt, author of TWO-WAY STREET and DEVON DELANEY

Exclusive Content!

Sorry!  Jessica did not give me any content!  I’m in a holding pattern!

And don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books by me, Jessica Burkhart, and all of TEAM ORANGE!  To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 39. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the Orange Team and you’ll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!

CONTINUE THE HUNT
 
To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author! Leah and Kate Rooper

And as a treat.  If you leave a comment here (or on my tumblr where I’m crossposting), I’ll raffle off a copy of my other Sci Fi novel TIN STAR to get you started on the adventure of Tula Bane and the Tin Star duet.

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Force Friday is coming! Star Wars: Moving Target A Princess Leia Adventure!

This week is all about Star Wars & Princess Leia!  My new novel MOVING TARGET is out on Force Friday!


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But in case you are visiting me here for the first time and want to get to know my other work, here’s a handy little list of my other Sci Fi stories.  Enjoy!

Try TIN STAR/STONE IN THE SKY

The SOUND OF USELESS WINGS free on  tor.com

WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVED ON MARS free to read over tor.com

BABY IN THE BASKET free strangehorizons.com

“The Marker” a short story in AFTER ed. by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling

FIRST DAY ON EARTH  *this one currently only available in ebook OR THE LIBRARY!

YA Scavenger Hunt – Meet Megan Shepard

YA Scavenger Hunt! It’s on!
image This bi-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonusmaterial from their favorite authors…and a chance to win some prizes! During this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize–one lucky winner will receive one signed book from each author on the hunt in my team!  I am on TEAM GOLD

Just look at who is on my crazy cool team!  WOWZA!  Today, I am delighted to be hosting Megan Shepherd on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt! I really loved her book The Madman’s Daughter and am looking forward to her new series!

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How do I play?  Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page.

Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the GOLD TEAM, and then add them up (don’t worry, you can use a calculator!).  Once you’ve added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.

There are SIX contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the GOLD TEAM–but there is also a green team, a blue team, a pink team, an orange team, a red team, a teal team, and a purple team for a chance to win a whole different set of signed books!

This contest is open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian’s permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by APRIL 5TH, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

Meet MEGAN SHEPHERD
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Today, I am delighted to be hosting Megan Shepherd .
Megan Shepherd is the author of The Madman’s Daughter trilogy, an ABA Best Book for Children and the NC Young Adult Book Award winner, and The Cage trilogy (coming May 2015). She lives on a farm outside of Asheville, NC.  You can find out more about Megan here and you can pre-order her new book The Cage now.
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In this gripping new series teens are held captive in a human zoo by an otherworldly race. They realize that their captivity is more terrifying than they could ever imagine: Their captors aren’t from Earth. And they have taken the five teenagers for an otherworldly zoo—where the exhibits are humans.

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Behold!  THE CAGE official playlist

Hi all, Megan here. I wanted to share with you some of the music that inspired me to write THE CAGE, my new YA sci-fi series coming this summer. These songs capture feelings the characters in THE CAGE go through, like being far from home, and the fear of being trapped, and falling in love with the wrong person.

MY BODY IS A CAGE, Arcade Fire

E.T., Katy Perry

BONES, MS MR

CASUAL AFFAIR, Panic! At the Disco

COUNTING STARS, Sugarcult

TESSELLATE, Alt-J

IN A CAGE, Black Belles

METAL HEART, Cat Power

I hope you enjoy listening to them as much as I do! Thanks to my friends Jeremy and Jason for introducing me to many of the tracks.

And don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books by me, Megan Shepherd, and all of TEAM GOLD!  To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 39. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the Gold Team and you’ll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!

CONTINUE THE HUNT
 
To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author! MAUREEN MCGOWAN
And as a treat.  If you leave a comment here, I’ll raffle off a paperback of my book TIN STAR to get you started on the adventure of Tula Bane and the Tin Star duet. a Rafflecopter giveaway