Can you believe it? The fourteenth and final book, The Unwanteds Quests: Dragon Fury, arrives January 26, 2021, and you can join me virtually to celebrate! And cry! And cheer! Or whatever! It’s going to be an amazing hour, courtesy of Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe, AZ, and you can get your ticket here.
Your ticket gives you:
–An autographed copy of Dragon Fury
–A prize pack with #Unwanteds swag
–An autographed 11×17 poster of Spike Furious
–Access to the 1-hour Zoom event on January 26, 2021, at 6pm MST (8pm EST, 7pm CST, 5pm PST) where I’ll be chatting with my pal Faith about the end of this series. But don’t worry–we won’t spoil the book! I’ve invited a few special guests to share their best #UnwantedsMemory, and you’ll be able to add yours in the comments on the Zoom chat. And I’ll be talking a little bit about what I’m writing next!
It’s going to be an hour (and a series) to remember! Help spread the word using #UnwantedsFinale and #UnwantedsMemory and follow my Instagram feed @lisa_mcmann. I’ll see you on the 26th!
Pre-order now to get some Unwanteds and Unwanteds Quests goodies! Links below the graphic.
February 3, 2018
DRAGON BONES LAUNCH PARTY! 3:00 p.m.
At the amazing Changing Hands Bookstore
6428 S. McClintock, Tempe, AZ
Get your copy waaaaay before everyone else!
February 5, 2018
Barnes & Noble Clackamas Towne Center, 6:00pm
12000 SE 82nd Ave., Portland, OR
Get your B&N exclusive edition of DRAGON BONES autographed the night before official release day! (It has two cool extras inside that you won’t want to miss!)
February 6, 2018
The Reading Bug, 4:30 p.m.
785 Laurel Street, San Carlos, CA
Official release day for Dragon Bones! Hope to see you there.
February 7, 2018
Salt Lake City, I can’t get enough of you. See you at:
The King’s English, 7:00 p.m.
1511 S. 1500 E, SLC, Utah
February 8, 2018
Pages Bookstore, 7:00p.m.
904 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA
There’s no place I’d rather be in February than back in beautiful Manhattan Beach. Hope you can make it!
February 9, 2018
Once Upon a Time Bookstore, 7:00 p.m.
2207 Honolulu Ave, Montrose, CA.
A fairytale ending to my week at a fabulous bookshop. Let’s hang out!
Coming spring 2017, book one in the new Unwanteds Quests series!
Hold onto your hats — this is a long tour! I’m making stops in Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, Michigan, Ohio, Minnesota, Toronto Ontario, and Arizona. All the details below. Come see me! I might have a tiny gorilla for you.
Appearances Sept 14-18 will be with fellow authors Margaret Peterson Haddix, Kevin Sylvester, and Kevin Sands. It’s going to be a blast!
Monday, September 14
PARNASSUS BOOKS Off-site event at the University School of Nashville
Tuesday, September 15
387 Perkins Road Extended
Memphis, TN 38117
Wednesday, September 16
133A East Court Square
Decatur, GA 30030
Thursday, September 17
265 Aragon Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33134
Friday, September 18
4465 I-55 N
Jackson, MS 39206
Monday, September 21
1982 Grand River Ave
Okemos, MI 48864
TRAVERSE CITY, MI
Tuesday, September 22
118 E Front Street
Traverse City, MI 49684
Wednesday, September 23
4453 Walnut St.
Beavercreek, OH 45440
ST. PAUL, MN
Thursday, September 24
891 Grand Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105
Friday, September 25
2692 Madison Rd
Cincinnati, OH 45208
TORONTO, ON, CANADA
Monday, September 28
2300 Yonge Street
Toronto, Ontario M4P 1E4
Wednesday, September 30
5130 E. Broadway
Tucson, AZ 85711
Saturday, October 3
6428 So. McClintock
Tempe, AZ 85283
The official release day is Tuesday, Feb. 3, but the book is trickling into bookstores already. I just signed a couple copies in the Pittsburgh airport, in fact.
Visit the official Unwanteds website for cool downloadables, games, a book trailer, a map, and an educator’s guide.
And here’s some fun news–B&N choose Island of Shipwrecks as one of February’s Top Picks for Young Readers, yay!
I’ll be signing a lot of books in the coming weeks. My book tour starts on Tuesday, and I’ll be presenting at schools and bookstores all over Arizona, California, and Texas. Check my APPEARANCES page on my website for the most up to date information, or scroll down.
If you want one of the exclusive, collectible prize packs along with an autographed copy of the book, order by Monday, Feb 2nd (that’s tomorrow!) or come to my launch party on Tuesday, Feb 3, at 6pm. They ship worldwide. Here’s what’s in the prize pack:
I know it’s hard to keep a secret, especially when something major happens in a book. But try to keep in mind when you’re posting on the Internet (to me or to others) that friends, acquaintances, or strangers might not have read the book yet.
Here’s my schedule in case you’d rather scroll than click:
February 3, 2015
THE UNWANTEDS: ISLAND OF SHIPWRECKS Launch party and signing 6:00pm
Changing Hands Bookstore Tempe, AZ
February 4, 2015
HICKLEBEES — 3:00pm
1378 Lincoln Ave.
San Jose, CA 95129
February 5, 2015
THE READING BUG — 5:30pm
785 Laurel Street
San Carlos, CA 94070
February 6, 2015
KEPLER’S BOOKS — 7:00pm
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025
February 9, 2015
BARNES & NOBLE Arden Fair — 5:00pm
1725 Arden Way
Sacramento, CA 95815
February 11, 2015
WARWICKS — 4:00pm
7812 Girard Ave
La Jolla, CA 92037
February 12, 2015
BARNES & NOBLE Huntington Beach — 6:30pm
7881 Edinger Avenue
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
February 13, 2015
ONCE UPON A TIME — 7:00pm
2207 Honolulu Ave
Montrose, CA 91020
February 20, 2015
BARNES & NOBLE Desert Ridge — 7:00pm
21001 N Tatum Blvd
Phoenix, AZ 85050
March 5, 2015
BLUE WILLOW BOOKSHOP — 5:00pm
14532 Memorial Dr.
Houston, TX 77079
March 7, 2015
North Texas Teen Book Festival — 9:00am – 5:00pm
Irving Convention Center
500 W. Las Colinas Blvd.
Irving, TX 75039
March 15, 2015
TUCSON FESTIVAL OF BOOKS
University of Arizona campus
10:30-11:00am Signing in the Mostly Books booth
What’s Trending in YA Literature
Location: Education Room 333
Panelists: Jenny Han, E. Lockhart, Lisa McMann
Signing area: Signing Area – Children / Teen (following presentation)
Young adult literature is a constantly changing and exciting area of publishing. YA authors will talk about what’s currently trending and their predictions for the next big trends.
A Conversation with Lisa McMann
Location: Teen and Author Meeting Place
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area – Central Mall (following presentation)
Interact with authors as they read aloud from their new books and answer questions
Creating Portals to Enter Fantasy Worlds
Location: Education Kiva
Panelists: Alice Hoffman, Maureen Johnson, Lisa McMann, Jennifer A. Nielsen
Signing area: Signing Area – Children / Teen (following presentation)
Authors can create all kinds of fantasy worlds and invite readers to suspend reality and enter their fantasy worlds in different ways.
What a fun phone call that was on Wednesday afternoon. I was on a writing retreat, hard at work putting the finishing touches on the first draft of The Unwanteds book 6, when my editor Liesa Abrams called me. Now, she and I don’t talk on the phone much. I prefer to communicate by email so I can refer back to things we’ve discussed. So to get a call was surprising.
The NYT bestseller list comes out weekly on Wednesday afternoons around 5pm EST (it’s in the actual newspaper and online the following Sunday). When I have a brand new book out, I am generally at least slightly aware of Wednesday at 5pm, because a variety of my books have spent some time on the list. So once I’ve spent that first full week touring and working super hard, and the following Wed comes around, I think about it.
But I’ve learned not to think too hard about it. It’s a bit of a mysterious list, and an author’s book sales for the week only matter in comparison to what other books in the same category are selling. So the Unwanteds series could have its best sales week ever, but generally if ten other series’ have sold more in that same week, the Unwanteds won’t make the list. It’s all good.
A book usually sells the most copies in the first few weeks. All pre-orders are counted in that first week’s sales, so that week gives authors the best shot at hitting sales lists. But then the weekly numbers settle down and I don’t expect to think about lists again until the next book in the series comes out. So there are a couple of weeks each year when I’m conscious of Wednesday at 5pm. But the rest of the year I hardly know what month it is, let alone what day of the week. When Liesa called me, it took me a while to process what she was saying. The Unwanteds series was back on the NYT bestsellers series list! I don’t think I’ve ever been more shocked…except maybe the first time I hit the list with WAKE in 2008.
And you know what? The Unwanteds is on that list this week because of you. You’re reading the books. You’re telling your friends. Your friends are reading and telling their friends. Word is spreading, and it’s all thanks to you. THANK YOU!
Five authors: Tommy Greenwald, Margaret Peterson Haddix, Trevor Pryce, Cristin Terrill, and me will be hanging out and entertaining you and all of your friends. Get your books signed (they’ll be available for purchase there, and you can bring yours from home). Don’t forget your phone or camera for a photo or five!
Oakland Mills High School Auditorium
October 18, 2014 2-4pm
- Free Admission
- Author Panel: 2:00pm- 3:00pm
- Reader’s Theater: 2:00-3:00pm
- Book Sales 3:00-4:00pm
- Book Signings 3:00-4:00pm
- Meet Young Authors 3:00-4:00pm
- Refreshments will be sold
- Live Music!
September 26, 2014
Barnes & Noble Rivertown Crossing, 4:00pm
3700 Rivertown Parkway Ste. 2058
Grandville, MI 49418
September 27, 2014
Barnes & Noble, Felch St. Plaza, 11:00am
3050 Beeline Road Suite 50
Holland, MI 49424
Thanks to all who came out to see me on tour! It was wonderful to spend time with you. And for those of you whose cities I didn’t visit, I have good news–you can still get autographed books!
You can find signed copies of most of The Unwanteds books (and some of my teen titles, too) at most of the bookstores where I did events on my tour (see my previous blog post for a list of stores). You can also find signed, limited edition copies of Island of Legends online at this link.