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Bonnie and Lola by Stephanie Hans

For any of you that may have missed it, we had some big news break this week – that The Girl Who Would Be King has been optioned to become a film!

Head on over to io9 to read all the details.

And if you’re interested in writing process and such, there’s a bit of a “spin off” piece on io9 that piggybacks off of one of my comments from the main piece. That’s here.

Of course we’re all sold out of limited edition hardbacks, but you can buy paperbacks and digital editions of TGWWBK on Amazon and B&N and digital only on iBooks.

Also, if you missed out on Storykiller, we still have limited edition signed/numbered hardbacks of those at the webstore and of course digital and paperback at Amazon. Enjoy and thanks for reading!


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This is by Adam Greene and it is amazzzzing.

And keep in mind that fan art is ALWAYS WELCOME.

TGWWBK Fanart - Adam smaller

THE GIRL WHO WOULD BE KING is available in both digital and print (paperback) at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

It is also available digitally once again on for iBOOKS.

And I have a (very few) illustrated hardcovers left here.

We’re up to 143 reviews on Amazon (US) and maintain a 4.5 rating…what??? Amazing. There are another 13 reviews on various other non-US Amazon sites (UK, Canada, France), where the book generally maintains a 5 star rating (double what???).

Over on Goodreads we have 96 reviews and 391 ratings. Barnes & Noble has 4 ratings (but all 5 stars!)

It’s pretty much awesome, and THANKS TO ALL OF YOU who have helped make that possible!

Keep your eyes peeled for some awesome announcements in the months to come. :)


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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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I’ve been slowly tracking down and compiling all the awesome THE GIRL WHO WOULD BE KING reviews that have been popping up and so here we are! I’ve included a few of the negative reviews I’ve found, but not all of them.

If you know of a review (or wrote one) that you think I’ve missed, please feel free to leave it in the comments or shoot me an email and I’ll update it. These are in no particular order, though some of the more high profile ones are at the top. Thanks to all of you that have taken the time to write reviews – and to those of you on Amazon and Goodreads (all 142 reviewers combined thus far) – you guys rock!

io9 -“…the best superhero/villain pair in ages.”

USA Today – Pop Candy

Tim Hanley/Straitened Circumstances


Love YA Books

Poisoned Rationality

Bonni’s Book Reviews

Seeley James

Witless Prattle

Cait Spivey (The Preeminent Litterateur)

On The Nightstand

You Read What? (A.A. Omer)

A.A. Omer – Superhero Week

Dave Does The Blog

Comics! The Blog

Bookish In A Box

Faith, Hope, & Love, But The Greatest Of These…

TGWWBK also got a few badass mentions by awesome people on “Best of Lists” for 2012. :)

Whatley Dude

Seeley James

Karen Mahoney

Comics! The Blog: Inarguable Best of 2013 (“Best Novel Our Friend Published”)






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I have become greedy and thus as my stats “fall” on Amazon Kindle I find it “Lemon Grab-Level UNACCEPTABLE!”

Get out there and viral this puppy, kids so I can stop screaming UNACCEPTABLE (in my head…and sometimes out loud).

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Oh man…I had to update this! So I did this sketch again (and did a much better job – practice, yo!) – but most importantly Adam inked it for me – he’s SUCH A GOOD INKER. If this doesn’t show the power of a great inker I don’t know what does!

He also made some small drawing changes that super helped too. AMAZING. I’m in love with how it looks now and am going to pretend *I* did all by my lonesome! 😉

Pencils by Kelly Thompson, inks by Adam Greene

Felt the urge for some sketching this week. Did a fun one of Bonnie and Lola that I wanted to share with you all.

It’s also a great opportunity to remind you to BUY THE BOOK THE GIRL WHO WOULD BE KING.

You can buy digital and paperback copies on Amazon, and limited edition illustrated hardcovers (and cool swag) on TGWWBK website.

Also, if you’ve already purchased and read, but have not yet reviewed TGWWBK…get on that, son!

Crappy pencils AND inks by Kelly Thompson


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Huge thanks to Whitney Matheson for featuring THE GIRL WHO WOULD BE KING on Pop Candy’s “Week in Pop.”

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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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