Richelle Mead, author of the Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series, writes an exclusive blog for Booktopia: Everything Changes Now

Mega-bestselling author Richelle Mead writes exclusively for Booktopia about her new book The Fiery Heart.

The Fiery Heart is a book I’ve been waiting to write for a long time. Whenever I sit down and start a series, I know how it’s going to end, and I know what the big moments along the way will be. And The Fiery Heart? Well, it’s one of the big moments in the Bloodlines series. BIG. So many factors in the series have been building to this point, and the events in this book will in turn set the stage for the final two books, which are also going to have some pretty major twists.

I’ve never been a fan of predictable books or series, where you pretty much know how everything is going to turn out. My favourite books are the ones that pull the rug out from under me, that make me question everything and wonder how the characters can weather the storm. Now, do I always enjoy the discomfort and squirming that comes with watching my favorite characters go through ordeals? No, it’s torturous, and I definitely feel for my readers who have to ride those ups and downs. But when happy endings do come, I always feel like they’ve been earned if the characters had to fight for them. And I think a lot of my readers feel the same way (eventually).

A friend of mine recently read The Fiery Heart and said, “This is to Bloodlines what Shadow Kiss is to Vampire Academy. ” Readers panic when they hear that because they automatically assume it means tragedy. What it means, though, is that this is the center of the series, the part that really tests the characters, shows them what’s important, and helps them become who they’re destined to be—for themselves and each other.

Because that’s the other thing I love in books: characters who grow. I have no interest in characters who can’t learn or evolve. People who’ve read the Bloodlines series so far know that Sydney and Adrian both have gone through some major changes.

The twosome who started Bloodlines was different from the couple who ended The Indigo Spell. They’ve become stronger, deeper people, and they will find both themselves and their love tested. Consequently, readers will find that The Fiery Heart is a lot of different things. It’s at times deeply romantic and—dare I say it—hotter than its predecessor. At the same time, it’s a very dark book, examining tough issues like trust, tolerance, and mental health. It’s become one of my very favorite books that I’ve ever written, and I hope that readers will love it as much as I do and be excited to join in on this next stage of the journey with Sydney and Adrian.

Gran a copy of The Fiery Heart here

12th June, 2012 – Lauren Kate Vs. Richelle Mead : A One-Off YA Heavy-Weight Bout

This is the biggest event of the YA year. The two toughest competitors in the YA world will come head to head in a one-off heavy-weight bout on 12th June, 2012. In red corner, Lauren Kate, author of The Fallen Series, one of the highest selling YA series ever, the darling of Random House Australia, and in the white corner, Richelle Mead, author of The Vampire Academy novels, the biggest thing in Vampires since Twilight, Penguin Australia’s golden girl.

Each come to the ring with a new book. Lauren Kate is championing Rapture, fhe fourth Book in the Fallen Series while Richelle Mead comes to the fight with The Golden Lily, the second book in her Bloodlines Series. The fans of both books are already buying up seats. Pre-orders for both books have gone completely crazy.

Luck are those who go to the match with a love for both competitors. They are sure come come out with a win and a smile.


RAPTURE
A Fallen Novel
by Lauren Kate

Fans of Lauren Kate’s Fallen Series have been becoming steadily more desperate as the release date of the fourth book in the series, Rapture approaches. Talking about her fans, there is a good chance that you are one of them, she has 160,000 fans on the Official Australian page for Fallen. Who knows how many worldwide? I can’t count that high.

If you’ve read this far you probably already know everything there is to know about Rapture, but are reading here in the desperate hope I will let some tiny piece of ‘never before heard’ information slip. But I can’t tell you anything new, at all. Apart from this – Booktopia is accepting pre-orders now. Here’s the blurb…

The sky is dark with wings. . . .

In Rapture, the highly anticipated fourth and final novel in the Fallen series, Luce and Daniel are together. . . but for how long?

Can history be rewritten?

Or are some punishments eternal?

Click here to order Rapture
Click here for The Fallen Series


THE GOLDEN LILY
A Bloodlines Novel
by Richelle Mead

Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives.

Sydney would love to go to college, but instead, she’s been sent into hiding at a posh boarding school in Palm Springs, California–tasked with protecting Moroi princess Jill Dragomir from assassins who want to throw the Moroi court into civil war. Formerly in disgrace, Sydney is now praised for her loyalty and obedience, and held up as the model of an exemplary Alchemist.

But the closer she grows to Jill, Eddie, and especially Adrian, the more she finds herself questioning her age–old Alchemist beliefs, her idea of family, and the sense of what it means to truly belong. Her world becomes even more complicated when magical experiments show Sydney may hold the key to prevent becoming Strigoi—the fiercest vampires, the ones who don’t die. But it’s her fear of being just that—special, magical, powerful—that scares her more than anything. Equally daunting is her new romance with Brayden, a cute, brainy guy who seems to be her match in every way. Yet, as perfect as he seems, Sydney finds herself being drawn to someone else—someone forbidden to her.

When a shocking secret threatens to tear the vampire world apart, Sydney’s loyalties are suddenly tested more than ever before. She wonders how she’s supposed to strike a balance between the principles and dogmas she’s been taught, and what her instincts are now telling her.

Should she trust the Alchemists—or her heart?

Click here to read an extract from this book.

Click here to order The Golden Lily
Click here for The Bloodlines Series


Richelle Mead, author of the enormously successful Vampire Academy series and now, Bloodlines, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks

Richelle Mead

author of the enormously successful Vampire Academy series
and now, Bloodlines

Ten Terrifying Questions

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1. To begin with why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself – where were you born? Raised? Schooled?

I was born, raised, and schooled in Michigan, in the middle of the U.S. About twelve years ago, I moved out west to Seattle and have been here ever since. Like most who study the humanities, I had a lot of jobs before being able to survive as a writer. I was a teacher when I sold my first novel, and although I loved that job, I eventually found it too difficult to keep up with while writing. I took a chance and made writing my fulltime profession six years ago and have been fortunate enough to Continue reading

Bloodlines by Richelle Mead (and two of the worst ‘teaser trailers’ you’re ever likely to see)

The Richelle Mead, author of the bestselling VAMPIRE ACADEMY series, offers us a new series… book one is called…

Bloodlines…

BLOOD DOESN’T LIE . . .

Sydney’s blood is special. That’s because she’s an alchemist – one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of human and vampires. They protect vampire secrets – and human lives. But the last encounter Sydney had with vampires got her in deep trouble with the other alchemists. And now with her allegiances in question, her future is on the line.

When Sydney is torn from her bed in the middle of the night, at first she thinks she’s still being punished for her complicated alliance with dhampir Rose Hathaway. But what unfolds is far worse. Jill Dragomir – the sister of Moroi Queen Lissa Dragomir – is in mortal danger, and the Moroi must send her into hiding. To avoid a civil war, Sydney is called upon to act as Jill’s guardian and protector, posing as her roommate in the unlikeliest of places: a human boarding school in Palm Springs, California. The last thing Sydney wants is to be accused of sympathizing with vampires. And now she has to live with one.

The Moroi court believe Jill and Sydney will be safe at Amberwood Prep, but threats, distractions and forbidden romance lurk both outside – and within – the school grounds. Now that they’re in hiding, the drama is only just beginning.

EXPLORE THE WORLD OF RICHELLE MEAD

Love and Loyalty Run Deeper Than Blood

About the Author

Richelle Mead lives in Seattle and is the author of the number-one international bestselling Vampire Academy series. The first book in her new series, Bloodlines, is due out in August 2011. When not writing, she can be found watching bad movies, inventing recipes, and buying far too many dresses.

Last Sacrifice: Volume 6 in Vampire Academy Saga is almost here…

On the eve of the release of Last Sacrifice: Volume 6 in Vampire Academy Saga Richelle Mead has announced that this won’t necessarily be the end of the Vampire Academy – at least not entirely.

The Vampire Academy spin-off coming next August will be called ‘Bloodlines‘, said Richelle Mead, over the weekend.

August, huh? That isn’t a very long wait – when you come to think about it…

DON’T FORGET, OUR RICHELLE MEAD GIVEAWAY ENDS TONIGHT AT MIDNIGHT!

Giveaway recap: To celebrate the release of Last Sacrifice Penguin Australia and Booktopia are giving away three full sets of the Vampire Academy series! Three sets of six books. Yep! And all you have to do is pre-order a copy Last Sacrifice before 7th December, 2010. (All those who have pre-ordered before today are in the running as well.)

Wouldn’t you like to receive a brand new set of the six books  in pristine condition to keep, to treasure, or to give to your best bud? What a brilliant Christmas gift!

Last Chance  – Giveaway ends tonight.

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LAST SACRIFICE : A Vampire Academy Novel by Richelle Mead

Just revealed – the cover of the upcoming instalment in the  hugely successful Vampire Academy series:

Last Sacrifice : VAMPIRE ACADEMY Volume 6.

Available 07 December 2010

CLICK HERE to Pre-Order your copy!  $16.95 SAVE 15%

The astonishing final novel in Richelle Mead’s epic series!

Murder. Love. Jealousy. And the ultimate sacrifice. Now, with Rose on trial for her life and Lissa first in line for the Royal Throne, nothing will ever be the same between them.

These are early days and the publishers are giving very little away as yet – but hey, we have a cover, and that’s a good beginning.

ALSO: Recently Richelle Mead announced that she had sold the film rights to the Vampire Academy.

A little bit of extra news for the VA tragics: Last Sacrifice will be the last book about Rose, but it’ll be followed by a spin-off series still set in the Vampire Academy world. Side characters we know from the current series will now be our main characters, and there’ll be a whole new storyline (not the last one told from a different perspective). So far, there is no title or release date info for the new series. Expect it in 2012.

STOP THE PRESS – a voice from the future:

DON’T FORGET, OUR RICHELLE MEAD GIVEAWAY ENDS TONIGHT, 06/12/2010, AT MIDNIGHT!

Giveaway recap: To celebrate the release of Last Sacrifice Penguin Australia and Booktopia are giving away three full sets of the Vampire Academy series! Three sets of six books. Yep! And all you have to do is pre-order a copy Last Sacrifice before 7th December, 2010. (All those who have pre-ordered before today are in the running as well.)

Wouldn’t you like to receive a brand new set of the six books  in pristine condition to keep, to treasure, or to give to your best bud? What a brilliant Christmas gift!

Last Chance  – Giveaway ends tonight.

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