Monday, March 30, 2009

Movie Madness

2009 is full of movies that I'm so excited about. Let me count the ways...

Terminator Salvation. Terminator mythos. Post-apocolypic dystopia, HKs, robots, cyborgs, lots of guns and many many explosions. Happy happy me. Oh yeah, and Christian Bale. (I don't care about the meltdown. I'm too excited about this movie.).

Star Trek. Cannot wait. So excited. Inarticulate with anticipation. (Also, I'm amazed at some of the spot on casting.)

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. More transforming robots. What else do I need to know.

Night at the Museum: Battle for the Smithsonian. Ben Stiller gets on my nerves like you wouldn't believe, but I love the first movie. I mean, I loved it on the concept alone, but the non-Stiller cast were such winners. The Old Guys, the tiny guys, even (speaking of someone I prefer in small doses) Robin Williams. THIS one is in the Smithsonian and has the awesome Amy Adams as Amelia Earheart.

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. Order of the Phoenix, which was not my favorite story, was awesome on the screen. They've managed to keep the quality of these movies high, and not rest on their laurels. HBP (the book) had a big case of Set Up The Big Finale-itis, but I suspect this is where flash and dark spectacle will win me over. Nothing short of Skynet's inevitable takeover (see movie #2) could keep me from seeing the last movie... er, two movies... so they can count on my $8 at the movie theatre for this one.

GI: Joe. Cool factor +10. Christopher Ecclestone is Destro. (Also, Channing Tatum is my new movie boyfriend.)

The Princess and the Frog. New Disney "princess" movie. I cannot wait. I'm such a girl. (Yes, I love transforming, exploding robots. And princesses. What about it.) Look how adorable she is!
The Princess and the Frog photo

Things that look like they might be cool:
X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Okay, I admit, the press hasn't been stellar on this one. But I entered a contest to go to the premier, so what the hell. Also, it's X-men, has Gambit in it (finally!) and... oh yeah. Hugh Jackman. (Too bad he won't be singing. That would be awesome!)

UP< the new Disney PIXAR. The concept didn't interest me, but some of the sneak peaks (I watch a lot of Disney channel) are making me laugh. ALso, Ed Asner.

Jennifer's Body. Demon in a high school. I'm going to at least be curious. Looks like it's probably either dark comedy or just stupid adn gross.

Where the Wild Things Are. Didn't love the book, so I have no investment here.

Amelia Earhart. Fascinating subject, but I don't really connect with Ms. Swank.

Things that don't:

Land of the Lost. Bleh.

The Time Traveller's Wife. I admired but hated this book. But I will probably watch this on DVD to see how they filmed it, because I bet it was a challenge.

The Lovely Bones. This was another impressive book that was no joy to read. Again, I will probably watch on DVD.

Fame. Remakes. Ugh.

A Christmas Carol. Jim Carrey does Dickens. Jim Carrey's crimes against literature continue.

Sherlock Holmes. I was somewhat interested in this until I saw pictures of Downey as Holmes. I just cannot wrap my head around that casting, I hate the goatee, and it sounds like a "reinvisioning" of a character that is sacrosanct in my mind.

ETA: HOLY CRAP! They're making a movie of Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief. Smart move! Don't screw the pooch, Hollywood, like you did with The Dark is Rising/"The Seeker"

What about you guys? What are you looking foward to at the theater this year?

Friday, March 27, 2009

Infernal Interoffice Communication.

This morning ScrewtapeTweets started following me on Twitter.

It's unnerving, because I recently posted (I refuse to say "tweeted") about reading that book (one of my favorites) and now I have a middle management demon following me. [I have no trouble imagining Twitter as a method of interfernal communication. Also, I am now imagining The Screwtape Letters written as a series of IM posts. ("very disappointed in u 4 luzing patient 2 NEMY.")]

Considering how often my blog and twitter posts (by and about me) contain the words "demon" and "hell," I'm actually surprised I'm not getting more of a demonic following. Though... with screennames, you never know. I mean, "Screwtape" and "Wormwood" (let alone anything with "ael" at the end) is a dead (ha ha) give away. If I was a demon picking a screen name, it would be something like "fluffibunniluvr" or "lulz_4_puppis".

I mean, five minutes after I posted the word "Nike," Nikestores is following me. It's happened with Starbucks. If it's good enough for Corporate American, you know it originated in is good enough for Hell.

I posted about Superstars of Dance, and five minutes later, the ballerina (Russian contestant) was following me. (I actually followed her back, because ballerinas=awesome.) I offended someone with a horse blog/website by pointing out this phenomenon with the word "robot" and that I hoped they weren't disappointed I don't post about horses very much. Oops. I think they may have unfriended me.

What would be awesome is if this worked for everything. Like I type "NYT bestsellers" and they started following me. Or "people who love Twilight" and all the people who love Twilight start following me. That would create some buzz, right?

It's like "The Secret." (One of Screwtape et.al.'s more subtle accomplishments.) The law of attraction for the electronic age. If you post it, they will come.

I just posted about George Clooney. If he friends me, I'll let y'all know.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Cool Stuff!

I'm so excited, you guys. HELL WEEK is a finalist in the YA category of the RWA's RITA awards. Here's the list of all the finalists in all the categories. Congratulations to everyone!

(I should mention that I love the other books (and authors) in the YA category, so really, there's no way to lose here.)

In other exciting news, I got these way cool postcards for HIGHWAY TO HELL. Aren't they sweet?


I will send a handful of them to ANYONE who emails me, as long as you promise to give them to your friends, your librarian, and your local bookseller, and not use them for a coaster or something. Actually, you can keep one to use as a coaster, just give the others away (for your friends to use as coasters).

Yes, that's FREE STUFF just for spreading the word about your favorite (RITA finalist) author's latest book.

Monday, March 23, 2009

The joy of commas

Plugging away at copy edits for TSF. Authors gripe about copy edits (or I do) because they are minutely detailed, time consuming, and not very fun. We like creating the story and throwing rocks at our characters and blowing stuff up. We don't like to worry about where to put the comma.

Which is precisely why I'm so grateful to the copy editor. She keeps me from looking stupid. (I assume "she," though I could be wrong.) So far this one has kept me from moving Sylvie's apartment from the Upper West Side to the Upper East Side, and from a character crossing his legs when he's not even sitting down, which is NOT the suavely casual mental picture I was going for.

Of course, that makes me grouchy at myself for missing that in the first place, which is the other reason, besides the methodical nature of the task of going though all the comments and corrections, which I groan over copy edits.

Still, better that my stupidity remains a secret between me and the copy editor.

Er, and you guys, now that I've posted it in my blog.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

LIfe Before the Hyphen

Der... I am so behind on stuff. At dinner last night, Candy said: Are you ever going to post the last day of the class you're teaching for me? (A fabulous and free online workshop--new classes every month. Click here to sign up.) Me: *blank stare* You mean, I didn't do that yet?

Oops. Posting that, then diving into copy edits on The Splendor Falls. It's weird to have a book coming out so close to another one (Highway to Hell now, and TSF in September). But exciting!

Here's something else I missed. Tera Lynn Childs, who wrote Oh. My. Gods., and the forthcoming sequel Goddess Bootcamp, about a girl who discovers she's a descendant of Nike (the Greek goddess of victory, not the shoe). Delightful books, fun heroine, great concept. Can't have enough Greek mythology books in the world to suit me.

Anyway. She's interviewing authors about their Life Before Publication. This was fun, because the questions were new and different. Want to find out more about my life before I was Rosemary Clement-Moore? (Life before the hyphen! Hee!) Click here: Rosemary's Prologue.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Wednesday Rebound

I will spare you the snotty details, but I think my cold may be getting better. Of course, I've probably jinxed myself saying that. But one of the joys of living with your mother is that she says things like "You can't go to writers group tonight if you're still feeling bad." Ergo, I am feeling much better.

I'm also heading out to buy Jennifer Echol's new book Going Too Far. I love Jennifer's previous two books (for Simon Pulse Romantic Comedies, a line which rarely fails to give me an afternoon of lighthearted pleasure), and can't wait to read this one.

And since I must turn this post around to be about me me me again, here's an excerpt from this great review for Highway to Hell. Since I busted my butt to get the magic system to seem right in this book, I was delighted that School Library Journal mentioned it!

Maggie and Lisa are highly likable and genuine college freshmen, and when they spring into action against the terrifying creature, the adventure really takes off. The background information on the evil being is logical and believable, and the two belief systems of Catholicism and Hispanic magical culture sustain a respectful coexistence. This story flows quickly with thrills, chills, and a first-rate mystery.


Don't forget-- I know some of you are having to order a copy of Highway from your bookstore. E-mail me and I'll send you a signed bookplate for the front of your book!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

I'll make it worth your while...

Hey guys! I know some of you are having trouble finding Highway to Hell in the stores. Trust me, the stores want to sell you a book. Ask at the counter, and most everyone will be willing to order you a copy for no charge. They tell you 7-10 days, but usually it's quicker.

To make it worth your trouble, anyone who e-mails me with their address (do NOT post your address in the comments--this entry is open to the public) I will send you a signed bookplate to put in your book. Click here to send an email.

You all rock, and I'm glad you're as excited about this book as I am!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Random collection of awesome

Thanks to everyone who came to the booksigning on Saturday! I had a great time seeing folks. Y'all rock.

(Less awesome-- You guys didn't eat nearly enough candy, and I had to take it home with me. There is significantly less of it now than there was on Saturday night.)

The visit to Bowie High School (Sadly, not named after David Bowie, Tez, though I agree that would be awesome.) went quite well. I'm sort of bummed I didn't get to do my Powerpoint presentation, but we had technical difficulties. (Though happily, this completely justifies my buying a portable projector of my own.) Thanks to Bowie H.S. and its teachers and librarian Ms. Hoppe for being such great hosts.

I just realized I'm headed to Seattle in less than three weeks. I'm there for NorWesCon, which looks to be a fun time. I've never been to the Pacific Northwest so I'm very excited. I hope I get time to see some of the city, and meet up with some of my online friends from there. (The flip side of that is, I must get with the program as far setting that up goes!)

And here's something cool:

A Family Affair: Online Chat & Book Giveaway with YA Authors Lauren Baratz-Logsted & Greg Logsted

On Thursday, March 19th at 9pm ET, The Knight Agency is hosting authors Lauren Baratz-Logsted and Greg Logsted in our chat room. This amazing husband and wife team joined forces with their 8 year old daughter, Jackie, to co-author THE SISTERS EIGHT, which follows the adventures of 8 year old octuplets as they search for their lost parents and along the way discover that they each possess a magical talent.

Lauren is an accomplished author with more than a dozen books for both teens and adults under her belt. Her YA books include ME, IN BETWEEN, SECRETS OF MY SUBURBAN LIFE and the upcoming CRAZY BEAUTIFUL (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, September 2009), a modern re-telling of Beauty & The Beast starring a boy with hooks for hands who meets the girl of his dreams on the first day of school. Greg recently released his debut YA novel SOMETHING HAPPENED (Simon & Schuster, November 2008) and his sophmore effort ALIBI JUNIOR HIGH (Simon & Schuster) will be released this June.

This amazing family of writers has a lot of advice to share about writing for the YA audience. Don't miss out on the opportunity to pick their brains on topics such as the latest trends in the market or how to promote books to teens!

During the chat, we will give away a copy of ANNIE'S ADVENTURES, signed by all three authors, as well as an autographed copy of Greg Logsted's SOMETHING HAPPENED!

To learn more these authors, you can visit their websites: www.LaurenBaratzLogsted.com and www.GregLogsted.com.

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Happy Spring Break everyone! Stay safe, and watch out for those Chupacabras.

Friday, March 13, 2009

High School Revisited. But not Really

In honor of the fact that I'm heading out to talk to the students of Bowie High School today, I thought I'd post this meme about who I was way back when. Feel free to answer these questions yourself, if you dare to revisit those halcyon days!

1. Did you date someone from your school?
Nope. Though there was this guy that if he had ASKED me, I totally would have, because I totally had it bad for him, which is probably why I didn’t date anyone else. (This is also assuming “date” means “go out with more than once.”)

2. Did you marry someone from your high school?
Nope.

3. Did you car pool to school?
No… I had to be there early for zero hour. Because I’m a nerd that way.

4. What kind of car did you have?
MGB convertible. That car ROCKED. Except when it didn’t run, which was a lot, actually.

5. What kind of car do you have now?
Jeep Cherokee. Another vintage car. :)

6. Its Friday night...where are you now?
Watching Battlestar Galactica

7. It is Friday night...where were you then?
Hanging out with friends or cruising Cooper (in the MG) or at the movies. Or possibly home watching TV.

8. What kind of job did you have in high school?
Chuck E. Cheese. Phone operator. Stage hand. Deli counter person.

9. What kind of job do you do now?
Novelist.

10. Were you a party animal?

Not really.

11. Were you considered a flirt?

Definitely not.

12. Were you in band, orchestra, or choir?

Choir for awhile, but I didn’t have a lot of space for fun electives.

13. Were you a nerd?
Not really. I mean, I was, but I wasn’t labeled as such. Though God knows what people said behind my back. But really, it was a HUGE school and I didn’t attract much attention at all.

14. Did you get suspended from school?
Nope.

15. Can you sing the fight song?

Definitely not.

16. Who was/were your favorite teacher?

Wow. There were a couple that I liked, but I don’t remember their names. I only remember the names of the ones who made my life hell.

17. Where did you sit during lunch?
We had an open campus, so my friends and I left whenever we could.

18. What was your school's full name?

Arlington High School

19. Where did you party the most?

Friends’ houses or at the lake.

20. What was your school mascot?

Colts

21. Would you do it again?

High school? God no. (Though I would relive college if I could.)

22. Did you have fun at Prom?
Does anyone have fun at the prom? Really?

23. Do you still talk to the person you went to Prom with?
No. Though we did for a while. We got married on the same day (to different people).

24. Are you planning on going to your next reunion?
No

25. Do you still talk to people from school?

A few on facebook.

26. What are/were your school's colors?

Green and White (Same colors as Maggie's college!)

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Happy Highway to Hell Day!

Highway to Hell, the third book in the Girl vs. Evil series, debuts today!

Go pester your friendly neighborhood bookseller to get your a copy.

In celebration of the occasion, Candace Havens interviewed me for her blog. Which is awesome and wonderful, since she interviews celebrities all day long for her day job, so her suggesting an interview with ME was that much more sweet and spectacular.

Also, I can now count myself in the same company as George Clooney and Joss Whedon, which is just... Okay, I may have to go lie down for a moment, it's that awesome.

Go read my brilliance on her blog.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Highway to Hell teaser (again!)

I know I've been letting Twitter do my work for me, posting wise. But to make up for all the microposts, here's a nice long excerpt from Highway to Hell, which, as I may have mentioned, comes out on Tuesday!

Maggie and Lisa are stuck in a half-horse ranching town, and the talk in the town's one restaurant/bar/hangout is all about the livestock that's been dying lately. Here' the prevailing theory.


From Highway to Hell, Chapter 6

“Drought didn’t kill my best herding dog,” said Carl from the Old Guy’s table. “Or Teresa’s goats.”

She unfolded her arms slowly, with a sense of drama. “All with their throats ripped out.”

I swallowed the memory of the blood, the phantom taste of it too recent. “So, what do you think it is?”

“El Chupacabra.”

[Teresa] whispered the name, whether for effect or fear. The half-voiced word breathed across the bar to my waiting ear, lifting the hair on the back of my neck.

“El what?” asked Lisa, her tone breaking the spell.

Bud Man groaned, a not-this-again sound of annoyance. “Teresa, you’re crazy. It’s not the chupacabra. That’s a load of horse s**t.”

She reached across the bar and grabbed his bottle. “You don’t have to drink in my bar if you think I’m crazy.”

He grabbed it back, sloshing beer on the counter. “Yes, I do. It’s the only place in a hundred miles.”

“Dave believes me,” Teresa muttered. “He saw what happened to my goats.”

“What is el chupacabra?” I asked. The word tickled a memory in my mental file cabinet of useless information.

“It means the goatsucker,” said Dave. “It kills livestock, drinks their blood.”

“And you think this goatsucker killed the cow and left it on the road?” I tested the weirdometer in my head, the way you nudge a tooth with your tongue to test if it’s loose. No bells went off, but it was hard to think seriously about something with such a ridiculous name.

Especially when Lisa asked, “Wouldn’t that make it a cowsucker then?”

Teresa scowled at her levity. “El chupacabra kills whatever it can get,” she explained. “With the drought, cows are weak, easier to catch.”

The memory clicked. “Hang on. I remember this from an article on the Internet.”

“Oh, well then it must be true.” Lisa’s tone was drolly dismissive.

I ignored her. “It’s like an urban legend. But in the story, someone found a dead animal they couldn’t identify.”

“You have got to be kidding me.” Lisa pushed back her plate and put her elbows on the table. “This is a real animal?”

“Yes,” said Teresa and Dave.

“No,” said Bud Man, at the same time.

“It is,” Teresa insisted.

My gaze traveled between the three of them, over to the Old Guys’ table, across the audience in the booths. “So, what is this chupacabra thing supposed to look like?”

I’d asked the magic question. Everyone answered at once.

“It’s a huge dog shape--“

“Lizard… like a lizard...”

“With spines down its back.”

“It can hop like a kangaroo…”

“Fly like a bat…”

“Stop!” Teresa held up her hands. The voices all subsided; their queen had called them to order. “El chupacabra is too smart to be seen. It comes out of the darkness to drain the blood of its prey, then disappears. No one sees anything--just a glimpse of glowing red eyes.”

The bar had been warm a moment ago, but as she talked, embroidering the words with melodrama, my skin seemed to cool, and I shivered in the air conditioning.

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copyright Rosemary Clement-Moore from Highway to Hell.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Your Obnoxious Reminder--Enter and Win stuff

Today is the LAST DAY to enter to win a copy of Highway to Hell. The book comes out on March 10th-- One week from tomorrow! --but you can win it before you can buy it! I'll be drawing one name for every 10 people entered. So that means that you can tell your friends without decreasing your odds of winning! Cause I'm cool like that.

Just leave a comment, any comment. The idea is to tell me about some spring break or vacation you went on. If you have time, read through some people's stories; some are a hoot, and some are really touching. But don't be intimidated. ALL comments are entered. Leave a comment that says "I haven't been on a vacation in 5 years," or "Rosemary's books really rock" and that counts, too!

And if you are in or near Fort Worth, be sure and mark your calendar for the:

Highway to Hell Book Launch Party
March 14th from 2-4 PM
Barnes and Noble in Hurst, Texas

This is a spring break themed party. I wore my prom dress to my first booksigning. I'll be wearing spring break attire to this one. (Much more comfortable.) There will be goodies (but no trash can punch, sorry) and I will also be giving away a Spring Break Survival basket. So stop by and say "HI!"