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Google alert is sometimes good to me, so is twitter! It brought me this past week, two lovely pieces of THE GIRL WHO WOULD BE KING fan art, both for the Bravermans.

This Bonnie by Briana Mora (she did a gorgeous Lola LeFever for the fan art contest too) is gorgeous – looooove the eels as a framing/portrait device:

Bonnie Braverman by Briana Mora

The other, from the lovely Rachael Stephen, is of Bonnie’s mother, Scarlett Braverman, who nobody has drawn yet, not even Stephanie, Ross, or Meredith, so that is awesome!

Scarlett Braverman by Rachael Stephen

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Thank you again to Rob Bricken at io9, who says “The Girl Who Would Be King introduces the best superhero/villain pair in ages”

and “Lola is, without hyperbole, one of the most fantastic antagonists I’ve ever had the pleasure to read.” among other amazing things!

It was his rave review of TGWWBK on Thursday evening that gave us the big push we needed. Check out these awesome screen caps:



And in case you still don’t know where to get a copy – you can buy a kindle version or a paperback via AMAZON. For limited edition illustrated hardcovers, head over to THE GIRL WHO WOULD BE KING website. There’s also some awesome swag, limited edition prints, and such on the website if you fall in love with some of the art.

If you really want a digital copy but want it for a Nook or iPad (and don’t want to steal it – and please don’t do that) those epub editions will be available again in April. If you email me (1979semifinalist[at]gmail) I’d be happy to add you to a mailing list so you can be notified when other digital editions become available again.

And thanks to all of you that have been so supportive over the months – giving great reviews, retweeting, and blogging about the book – could not have done it without you – here’s to this only being the beginning for this book…I mean, who doesn’t want to see the movie?!?

– Kelly

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Awesome news today, kids (and boy could I use it) – THE GIRL WHO WOULD BE KING got a rave review from io9’s Rob Bricken today!

Check it out.

Also, it’s probably a good time to re-post the trailer, in case you’ve missed it. Also, definitely make sure the sound is on, as the music by Speed Speed Speed makes it!

Oh – and I’m going to need to update the trailer with those amazing io9 quotes!

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Two new blog reviews went up today for THE GIRL WHO WOULD BE KING – both rate the book 4.5 stars.

The first is from THE PREEMINENT LITTERATEUR and TGWWBK was the first book read in her Theme Month for March – “GIRL SQUARED.”

Caitlin sums it up as: “My love for this book has been like a stick of dynamite with a long fuse. It snuck up on me, and now I am eagerly awaiting sequels and movies.”

The second review is from Miranda from ON THE NIGHTSTAND and she sums it up as “everything [I’ve] ever wanted in a comic book, in book form.”

Thanks Ladies!

You all know where to buy the limited edition illustrated hardcovers, right???


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The lovely Tim Hanley recently gave THE GIRL WHO WOULD BE KING a fantastic review over on his blog Straightened Circumstances saying “The story never goes where you think it’s going to; it’s always darker and more exciting than you’d expect.”

And over on A.A. Omer’s blog TGWWBK gets a nice review and a 5/5 star rating!

We’re also up to 45 reviews on Amazon (US) and have 5 stars! Pretty awesome, kids.

In other badass TGWWBK news – a TGWWBK superfan has purchased every single thing related to the book that currently exists – all prints and editions, everything!

He recently got everything in the mail and was kind enough to send in some pictures – it’s a pretty incredible collection!

All the signed prints!

And he also included a photo of ALL the swag. So much stuff!

And of course you guys know you can buy almost all of this at THE GIRL WHO WOULD BE KING STORE, right?  AND there’s a sale going on now! :)


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A reminder that you’ve only got about 5 days left to enter THE GIRL WHO WOULD BE KING fan art contest!

Get all the details here.

And here’s a quick little sharpie fan art sketch I did myself to encourage you. GO! DRAW! SUBMIT! WIN! (maybe)

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Enjoy everyone! And please pass it around, let’s make this shit go viral! 😉

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Ross Campbell Lola and Bonnie Heads

For those of you who can draw (even just a little) – I’m going to run a THE GIRL WHO WOULD BE KING FAN ART CONTEST.

Grand Prize: a copy of the signed hardcover illustrated first edition of THE GIRL WHO WOULD BE KING with an original sketch inside by yours truly. Winner will also receive the mysterious “blue envelope,” 3 oversized postcards, 3 bookmarks, both flat bendable TGWWBK magnets, 4 stickers, AND a limited edition 8×10 signed and numbered first edition print of either Ross Campbell’s Bonnie Braverman or Lola LeFever heads (limited to only five ever!). (Your choice if you want Bonnie or Lola). Value of this prize is over $100!!!

Rules are simple.

Email me your TGWWBK related entry (jpgs only please) –  to: 1979semifinalist[at]gmail[dot]com

BEFORE midnight PST on January 31st, 2013.

Check out the current fan art already up and the website in general for inspiration! Anything TGWWBK related is fair game (i.e. you don’t HAVE to draw Bonnie and/or Lola). Do try to avoid spoilers however!

Winner will be drawn at random from all entrants on February 1st, 2013.  Winners will be notified on the blog and emailed. International entries are welcome.

If we get enough entries (let’s say, 15 or more) then I will give away TWO grand prizes. One to a winner drawn at random, and one to my favorite of the entries (note: “favorite” winner will then not be included in the random drawing.)

Put your questions (etc.) in the comments or email them to me. All entries, including the winners will be posted both on this blog and on TGWWBK Fan Art Page indefinitely. *I reserve the right of course to NOT post your entry if it’s offensive (or something – basically, don’t be a jerk).


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Bonnie vs Lola #2 by Stephanie Hans

Head on over to THE GIRL WHO WOULD BE KING STORE to get limited edition signed copies of the illustrated book, and plenty of swag including “the blue envelope” and VERY limited edition signed prints.

You can also buy the paperback on either Amazon or Lulu (for what it’s worth the Lulu copy is slightly superior in my opinion – even though the jpg color is off on the site).

And of course the digital copy remains on sale at Amazon (for the crazy low price of $2.99). 

And as always, thanks for all the reviews and support guys, you’ve been awesome.




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This one I commissioned from the sublime Meredith McClaren and it’s from an early scene with Bonnie.  Funnily enough, this was a scene I never liked the ending to, and which I rewrote at the last moment when I was posting pages during the Kickstarter.  It was a rewrite that really made the scene work – and then I got this amazing image of it from Meredith! EVERYONE WINS!


If you don’t already have the book – buy! buy! buy!

If you’ve already read the book – review! review! review!

Thanks everyone!

Bonnie Braverman by Meredith McClaren


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