One of the unique things about this release is SPY GLASS is also going to be available in the United Kingdom and Australia in the same month. Usually, my overseas readers have to wait, but not this time :)
The UK edition will be out September 17th. And, according to my Australian Editor, the AU edition is available now at: SPY GLASS
See all the beautiful covers below?? I must admit...the Australian one (purple with diamond) is my favorite of the three (shhhh....don't tell!).
For this story, I toured the State Correctional Institute in Camp Hill, PA for men. This facility also has a SMU (Special Management Unit - a.k.a. max security). A friend of mine arranged the tour and helped to educate me on the prison system. Walking among the prisoners was the biggest surprise to me. I thought my tour would be behind bullet-proof glass or at a safe distance, but the facility isn''t all maximum security and my friend showed me the cell blocks, the cafeteria, the gym, the classrooms and the exercise yards. The cafeteria was filled with prisoners and we passed a bunch when we entered the block. We were outnumbered 50 to 1, but everyone was nice and polite. There were correctional officers (they are not prison guards!) nearby, but only a few, and they weren't even armed. That was uncanny and scary.
This is the last Study/Glass book for now – I do see potential in many characters in this world, including Heli (the young Stormdancer), Quinn and Fisk.
My tour schedule if anyone is interested:
August 28, 2010: RELEASE PARTY for SPY GLASS!! The wonderful people who work at my local Borders in Lancaster, Pennsylvania are hosting a release party for SPY GLASS! (940 Plaza Blvd. Lancaster, PA 17601, 717-293-8022) 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
September 7, 2010: Book Signing at Elizabethtown Public Library (10 South Market Street, Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, 17022, 717-367-7467) Books will be available for sale. 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
September 11, 2010: Writing Workshop: Maria's Nitpicks for Pennwriters Area 2 one day seminar Writing for Children and Young Adults (The Fire Hall, 911 Market Street, Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, 17815) Everyone is welcome to sign up for this writing workshop ($35 for Pennwriter's members, $40 for non-members - includes a box lunch). I will be teaching in the afternoon. To sign up or find out more, contact Kathryn Yelinek through her website: Kathryn Yelinek
September 24, 2010: Reading, Q&A Session and Book Signing at The Pennsylvania State University's Abington Campus (http://www.abington.psu.edu/psasite/ca/index.html) (1600 Woodland Rd, Abington, PA 19001 at a place called @611. 7:30 p.m. start time. According to my information, this @611 is a quarter mile from campus. There will be books available for sale. This event is FREE and OPEN to one and all!
October 1, 2010: Book Signing at Borders in Glendale, California (100 S. Brand Blvd. Glendale, California, 91204, 818-241-8099). 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m
October 2, 2010: Book Signing at Mysterious Galaxy book store. (7051 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, Suite 302, San Diego, California, 92111, 310-542-6000) 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
October 3, 2010: Participating in the Orange County Children's Book Festival! at the Orange Coast College (2701 Fairview Road, Costa Mesa, California, 92626) 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. I will be on the teen stage for a presentation and will also be signing books. It's FREE with FREE Parking - you can't beat that price :)
October 21, 2010: Book Signing & Book Group Discussionat the Cupboard Maker Books (157 N. Enola Road, Routes 11 & 15, Enola, Pennsylvania 17025. 717-732-7288). The Cupboard Maker's Urban Fantasy book group is going to discuss INSIDE OUT. The book signing is from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and the discussion group is meeting from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. All are welcome to the discussion, but I'd recommend you read the book first otherwise you'll hear spoilers :)