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Hello and happy September! I’ve been working away madly on Sword Catcher, and have included a snippet from it below in the newsletter (don’t worry, there are snippets from The Last Hours and Secrets of Blackthorn Hall, too!) I recently got back from a writing retreat in the Catskills where I workshopped with Holly Black, Maureen Johnson, Marie Rutkoski, and other friends while also taking turns jumping into a beautiful river that turned out to be INFESTED WITH SNAKES. Nothing’s perfect, in this world.
Holly and Marie working in front of the RIVER OF SNAKES.
More news: Readers of my newsletter will be very familiar with my mascot and Scottish Fold cat, Reginald. So not long ago, the breeder from whom I got Reginald got in touch to say, “Reginald has a little sister! Do you want her?” So I discussed the issue with Reginald and he agreed he was in need of an intern to assist in his daily activities. Which is a roundabout way of saying — meet the newest addition to the family, Rosie!
She’s three months old and very difficult to photograph as she wiggles around so much. I’ve been reading aloud to her from Mortal Instruments but she always falls asleep with her feet in the air. Harsh criticism from the feline audience. 

Look forward to some exciting cat costumes for Halloween, and perhaps a Reading With Rosie segment in the future!


I got permission to share the gorgeous endpapers from Fairyloot’s anniversary edition of the Dark Artifices. Julian and Emma, Mark, Kieran and Cristina, and Ty and Kit! The art is by Arz28. *swoon*


The folks at LitJoy have begun selling their Shadowhunter Chronicles Collection.

I got a bunch of merch in the mail, and I have been enjoying it, I admit. My Jace candle smells nice, the glass stele ink pen is beautiful, and the Pairabatai socks are so cute and fuzzy! They come in a set of three: Jace and Alec, Emma and Julian, and Will and Jem (aww!) Go check out the whole collection! 

Secrets of Blackthorn Hall: The Adventure Continues!

Secrets of Blackthorn hall continues to be updated every Monday with new content. Mark and Cristina and Kieran have just arrived at Blackthorn Hall! What’s the first thing they do? Sit down for a cup of tea and a nice chat with Julian and Emma about house renovations? No — they party. Epically. Check out the developments at the Tumblr!

Meanwhile, a snippet from a letter from Ty in an upcoming entry:

“First of all, don’t worry. The device I’ve included is not dangerous and is in no danger of exploding. (When Professor Wingate saw me packing it up, she suggested I inform you up front that it is not a bomb. Of course I would never send you a bomb but she seems to think it looks enough like one to cause concern.)

I started looking through the records. So far I haven’t found anything about Blackthorn Hall being haunted, but a lot of weird stuff did happen there in the past, so it’s quite possible that there could be ghosts….”

Snippet from Chain of Thorns:

James wasn’t sure how he’d expected Lucie to respond to their arrival, but he was startled nonetheless at the fear that flashed across her face.

She took a step back, nearly knocking into the boy standing next to her — Jesse Blackthorn, it was Jesse Blackthorn — and flung her hands up, as if to ward them off. As if to ward off James, and her father. 

And a snippet from Sword Catcher:

Once, years ago, a fortune-teller had come to the palace, brought by Lilibet to enhance some festivity or other. Conor had argued that she should read Kel’s fortune, too. She had taken his hands and looked into his eyes: in that moment, he had felt she could see through him, as if he were made of glass. “You will live a life of brilliant strangeness,” she had said, and then tears had come down her cheeks. He had hurried away, but always remembered: the words, her tears.

Brilliant strangeness. 

Kel watched as Conor bit into a cherry and leaned up to kiss Audeta, a curvy girl from Valderan whose lids were painted in stripes of gold and scarlet. It seemed as good a time as any. Kel rose to his feet and made his way quietly out of the salon, heading for the back stairs. On the landing two young men were pressed up against a wall, kissing; neither noticed Kel as he went by. He kept going, ever upward, until he reached the last landing and a very familiar door.


Work continues on the Shadowhunter Chronicles calendar — we had to pull Charlie off it for a few months to complete a Super Secret Project that I’m very excited to share when the time comes. The images for the calendar so far are gorgeous! I love this scene from City of Heavenly Fire, of Sebastian and Clary on their Thrones in Edom! Ah, Sebastian. Such big plans, so evil about them all. 

Reginald Update

Reginald and his little sister!
Happy Reading!


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