Collector’s Edition: The Maze Runner and The Scorch Trials

Collector’s editions of books are something that I gravitate towards. When I got word about the upcoming release of The Maze Runner and The Scorch Trials: The Collector’s Edition, by James Dashner, I was pretty excited. On April 14, Dashner fans, old and new, can get the collector’s edition that includes both novels with exclusive content that has never before been in print. The collection will also include “The Maze Runner Files” in print. Excited? I know I am!


Edition Carries a First Printing of 150,000 and Includes Exclusive Bonus Content

9780553538243Delacorte Press is pleased to announce the publication of THE MAZE RUNNER AND THE SCORCH TRIALS: THE COLLECTOR’S EDITION (on sale April 14, 2015 / $19.99), which brings the first two books in James Dashner’s bestselling series together in one edition for fans and new readers to enjoy. Featuring exclusive bonus content within its 816 pages and carrying a first printing of 150,000, the collector’s edition will prepare fans and moviegoers for the second film in the franchise, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, which will be released September 18, 2015 and stars Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Rosa Salazar, and Giancarlo Esposito. has described The Maze Runner as a “mysterious survival saga that passionate fans describe as a fusion of Lord of the Flies, The Hunger Games, and Lost.”

Over 10 million copies of the Maze Runner series have been sold in all formats, and Dashner fans continue to multiply as they are introduced to his heart-pounding stories, which appeal to readers of all ages. In addition to the original novels, this edition includes “The Maze Runner Files,” which was originally published as an eBook short. Now accessible to all readers in print format, “The Maze Runner Files” features top-secret information, overheard conversations, emails between WICKED employees, memos meant to be destroyed after reading, and a selection of the Gladers’ suppressed memories, all of which help fans unlock some of the mysteries behind the Maze, the Gladers, and the people who put them there. This edition also includes an exclusive fan sticker.

The year 2015 will be another exciting one for Dashner fans, with multiple books being published. The movie tie-in edition of The Scorch Trials will be released on August 4, 2015, along with HI RES JamesDashner_MariaWooda hardcover box set of all four novels in the series (The Maze Runner, The Scorch Trials, The Death Cure, and The Kill Order) on the same date. The film adaptation of The Scorch Trials (Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials) will release on September 18, 2015, and the final novel in the Mortality Doctrine series, The Game of Lives, will be published on November 17, 2015. All titles are supported by a major marketing and publicity campaign that includes an author tour in November.

Follow James Dashner on Twitter (@JamesDashner), Facebook, and Instagram, and visit his website at

James Dashner is a New York Times bestselling author and the winner of numerous awards for his novels. In addition to the critically acclaimed Maze Runner series, Dashner is the author of the Mortality Doctrine series, the Thirteenth Reality series, and two books in the Infinity Ring series. He lives in Utah with his family.

Delacorte Press is an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, the world’s largest English-language children’s trade book publisher. Random House Children’s Books is a division of Penguin Random House LLC.

2015 Real Book Challenge

Real Book Challenge on Swoony Boys Podcast and Fiction Fare
My book friends over at Fictionfare and SwoonyBoys Podcast are hosting the 2015 Real Book Challenge. Each year, book enthusiasts challenge themselves to read tangible books. In this day and age of technology and eBook readers, I thought it was a great way to get back to my physical TBR list. There’s a whole network to keep you motivated, even on Goodreads!

I am going to challenge myself to read 50 real books in 2015.

It seems fun, and it will definitely be a challenge. I have gotten used to reading on my Kindle. It doesn’t even matter if I’ve purchased the hardcover, because I’ll purchase the ebook copy as well! To say that I’m spoiled carrying one lightweight device versus a heavier book is an understatement.

Join in on the fun! For full challenge rules, head over to Fictionfare or SwoonBoys Podcast.

Blog Tour: Edenbrooke + Giveaway

Author: Julianne Donaldson
Book: Edenbrooke
Publisher: Shadow Mountain
Release Date: March 27, 2011

For more info: Website | Twitter | Shadow Mountain

Buy: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | IndieBound

What music did you listen to while writing Edenbrooke, what song was on repeat a lot?

I actually find it difficult to write to music. The songs influence my mood so much that the plot starts to follow the playlist. But I did enjoy listening to classical music while writing Edenbrooke, as well as soundtracks from period movies, like “Pride and Prejudice” or “Emma.” When I edited, I listened to Adele’s album “21” nonstop. It was perfect because it was so heartfelt. I think the songs I listened to the most were “Turning Tables” and “One and Only,” because I could really feel the angst of my two main characters in those songs. But really, all of them were beautiful and powerful.

Thank you, Julianne, for answering my question! I always love to know what authors listen to when writing their manuscripts. As for me, I had a lot of fun reading Edenbrooke, and I think you will too! The awesome people at Shadow Mountain have given me an ARC copy to share with you.

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Blog Tour: Oppression & Giveaway

Author: Jessica Therrien
Book: Oppression
Publisher: Zova
Release Date: February 28
Series: Children of the Gods #1
Website | Twitter | Zova Books

Hello! I’m Jessica Therrien, author of Oppression (Children of the Gods #1). Thanks so much for having me as a guest on your blog Michelle!

I’m so excited about this post because I get to talk about one of my favorite things in the world—being in love. Love truly is the best part of any story, and lucky for me, as I was writing about love, I was also living it. Continue reading

Incarnate Theater Treasure Hunt

Welcome to the INCARNATE Theater Treasure Hunt!  >\*_*<

This week, 48 bloggers are celebrating the release of INCARNATE by Jodi Meadows by participating in a treasure hunt with clues, activities, and lots of prizes including signed books and handknit fingerless mitts. You’ve reached a CLUE blog, which means somewhere on this page is a clue to finding the hidden page and grand prize entry form on Jodi’s website. Follow 26 clues to get there!

For more information on the INCARNATE Theater Treasure Hunt, check out Jodi’s post.

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Event: HarperCollins Imprint Challenge

I plan to push some reading boundaries in 2012, and what better way to do that than with a reading challenge? Starry Sky Books is hosting a HarperCollins Imprint Challenge. Chelsea from Starry Sky Books has hosted this challenge earlier this year, and it was a huge success!

For those of you that do not know or did not take part in the previous challenge is, it’s a challenge to read as many books from the HarperCollins imprints that publish YA books. This includes HarperTeen, Greenwillow, Katherine Tegen Books, and Balzer + Bray.

Challenge Breakdown:

  • Open to bloggers, readers, beginner YA addicts, and novice YA pros.
  • Books must be started on or after January 1. So if you have begun reading a book in December, it doesn’t count!
  • Any book format is accept. This includes audio books and ebooks.
  • Book titles chosen can be crossovers with other challenges.
  • Sign-ups will stay open through January 7
  • Must choose a challenge level. Choose one that you feel is realistic.
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Event: National Novel Writing Month

Novel fever takes the world by storm.

Symptoms include flashes of brilliance, questionable plotlines, and blatant use of mixed metaphors. At midnight on November 1, armed only with their wits, the vague outline
of a story, and a ridiculous deadline, more than 250,000 people around the world will set out to become

Why? Because November is National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, the world’s largest writing challenge
and nonprofit literary crusade. Participants pledge to write 50,000 words in a month, starting from scratch and
reaching “The End” by November 30. There are no judges, no prizes, and entries are deleted from the server
before anyone even reads them.

So what’s the point? “The 50,000-word challenge has a wonderful way of opening up your imagination and
unleashing creativity,” says NaNoWriMo Founder and Executive Director (and 12-time NaNoWriMo winner)
Chris Baty. “When you write for quantity instead of quality, you end up getting both. Also, it’s a great excuse for
not doing any dishes for a month.”

More than 650 regional volunteers in more than 60 countries will hold write-ins, hosting writers in coffee
shops, bookstores, and libraries. Write-ins offer a supportive environment and surprisingly effective peer
pressure, turning the usually solitary act of writing into a community experience. That sense of community even
extends beyond the page—so much so that several dozen marriages and at least six babies have resulted from
NaNoWriMo over the years.

In a few years, those babies will surely take part in NaNoWriMo’s Young Writers Program, a version of the event
geared toward kids and teens. These budding authors also benefit from a community of their peers, as well
as the free resources (including lesson plans, workbooks, and a snazzy classroom kit) used by thousands of
educators worldwide.

Although the event emphasizes creativity and adventure over creating a literary masterpiece, more than 90
novels begun during NaNoWriMo have since been published, including Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen, and
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, both #1 New York Times Best Sellers.

“Writing a novel in a month inspires incredible confidence in seasoned and first-time novelists alike,” says
NaNoWriMo Program Director Lindsey Grant. “Completing a draft of the novel they’ve been contemplating for
ages gives participants a tremendous sense of accomplishment and leaves them wondering what else they’re
capable of.”

For more information on National Novel Writing Month, or to speak to NaNoWriMo participants in your area,
visit or contact