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Random Thoughts of Writer Sarah Beth Durst

Last Build Date: Mon, 19 Mar 2018 17:45:13 +0000


Starred Publishers Weekly Review for THE QUEEN OF SORROW!

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 14:32:00 +0000

Eeeeeeeee!!! A starred review for THE QUEEN OF SORROW, the 3rd (and final) book of my epic fantasy trilogy The Queens of Renthia (coming 5/15 from Harper Voyager)! Thank you, Publishers Weekly! I'm so thrilled and so grateful and so excited!

Cover Reveal for FIRE AND HEIST

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 14:21:00 +0000

COVER REVEAL!!! I am so excited to share with you the cover for my next YA novel, FIRE & HEIST!!! Thank you to cover artist Stuart Wade from Diligence Studio, cover designer Ray Shappell, and all the awesome people at Crown / Penguin Random House for creating such awesomeness!

FIRE & HEIST is a YA contemporary fantasy -- Think Ocean's Eleven with were-dragons!  It comes out on Dec 4, 2018. Here's the official description:

Fans of Cassandra Clare and Julie Kagawa will devour this contemporary fantasy about a teen were-dragon who must steal her first treasure. But a dark discovery during her heist could put her family in incredible danger.

In Sky Hawkins's family, leading your first heist is a major milestone -- even more so than learning to talk, walk, or do long division. It's a chance to gain power and acceptance within your family, and within society. But stealing your first treasure can be complicated, especially when you're a wyvern -- a human capable of turning into a dragon.

Embarking on a life of crime is never easy, and Sky discovers secrets about her mother, who recently went missing, the real reason her boyfriend broke up with her, and a valuable jewel that could restore her family's wealth and rank in their community.

With a handpicked crew by her side, Sky knows she has everything she needs to complete her first heist, and get her boyfriend and mother back in the process. But then she uncovers a dark truth about were-dragon society -- a truth more valuable and dangerous than gold or jewels could ever be.

Can't wait for everyone to meet Sky!!!

A Lovely Gift from My Editor

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 21:18:00 +0000

Got the loveliest gift from my wonderful editor Anne Hoppe at Clarion/HMH! A shiny new hardcover of my next MG book, THE STONE GIRL'S STORY, hot off the presses!!! This is the first time I've held a copy in my hands, and I just want to sit here and pet it! Comes out 4/3/18!


Mon, 26 Feb 2018 16:18:00 +0000

Eeeeep!!! A 2nd STARRED REVIEW for my new middle grade book, THE STONE GIRL'S STORY! Thank you, Publishers Weekly! This is very happy making.


Tue, 13 Feb 2018 03:47:00 +0000

Over the next 2 weeks, the ebook of THE QUEEN OF BLOOD is super cheap, just $1.99! This is Book 1 of my epic fantasy trilogy, The Queens of Renthia. If you've ever wanted to dive in, now is a great time. Trilogy concludes with Book 3 in May!


Paperback Release Day for THE RELUCTANT QUEEN!!!

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 15:13:00 +0000

So excited that today is the paperback release day for THE RELUCTANT QUEEN, Book Two of The Queens of Renthia!!! My cat Gwen is excited too!

Kindling Words 2018

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 19:30:00 +0000

I had such an amazing time at Kindling Words!!! I was a guest author this year, and it was a true joy to talk about what I love to people I adore and admire. Loved every second!

Off to Kindling Words 2018

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 16:18:00 +0000

Off to Vermont today for Kindling Words writing retreat. Can't wait! KW is always wonderful, and I'm especially excited this year as I was invited to be one of the guest speakers! Here's hoping I manage to say something quasi-intelligent, and don't start clucking like a chicken in the middle of my talk.......

Starred Kirkus Review of THE STONE GIRL'S STORY!

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:31:00 +0000

Well, this totally made my day. The first trade review came in for my next middle grade book, THE STONE GIRL'S STORY (out 4/3/18). From Kirkus. And it's a STAR!!! When I saw it, I made a sound much like the sound my cat makes when she sees a bird out the window. Eeeeep!!!


Cover Reveal for THE QUEEN OF SORROW

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:13:00 +0000

Cover reveal!!! I'm so very excited to share with you the cover for my next epic fantasy novel, THE QUEEN OF SORROW, Book Three of The Queens of Renthia, coming May 2018. I love it so much! Huge thanks to the amazing artist, Stephan Martiniere, and everyone at Harper Voyager.

YALLFest 2017 Schedule

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 18:49:00 +0000

Very excited for YALLFest this weekend in Charleston, SC!  My schedule for Sat Nov 11:

12pm Signing at the Charleston Museum

2pm Panel "Genre Wars: Sci-Fi vs. Fantasy" with Joelle Charbonneau, Dhonielle Clayton, Sarah Beth Durst, Marissa Mayer, Brendan Reichs, Marie Rutkoski, and Laini Taylor at the Charleston Music Hall

4pm Panel "Found Family and/or Shared Blood" with Zoraida Cordova, Sarah Beth Durst, Jennifer A. Nielsen, Nic Stone, Lisa Williamson, and Jeff Zentner at the American Theater - Cinema

6pm YA Smackdown in the Charleston Music Hall

There will also be an ARC drop of my new MG fantasy, THE STONE GIRL'S STORY, at the HMH booth at 3:45pm.  :)

I've heard such awesome things about this book festival and am really looking forward to it!  If you're in the Charleston area, hope to see you there!

THE LOST optioned to Selma Blair!

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 01:12:00 +0000

So excited to finally be able to share my big news!!! Amazing actress Selma Blair (best known for her roles in "Cruel Intentions," "Legally Blonde," and "Hellboy") optioned my novel THE LOST for film/TV!!!

Princeton Children's Book Festival and B&N B-Fest

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 20:25:00 +0000

This Saturday, Sept 23, from 11-4, I'll be at one of my favorite book festivals, the Princeton Children's Book Festival, along with tons of other authors and illustrators.  

And then at 7pm, I'll be with Leanna Renee Hieber at the Barnes & Noble in the Neshaminy Mall in Bensalem, PA, talking about books and writing during B-Fest!

DRINK SLAY LOVE Movie Viewing Party

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 15:41:00 +0000

Photos of the vampire-themed treats from my recent celebration of the #DrinkSlayLove movie premiere!  We had Buffy Brownies, The Count's Cookies, Edward Cullen Cupcakes, Vampire Donuts..... and of course, in honor of Pearl, plenty of mint chocolate chip ice cream!

I just learned that the movie is now available On Demand!  So if you missed it last weekend, you can watch anytime within about a month of today, either via your cable box,, or the Lifetime app.

ETA: For those of you who don't have cable, it's now also available on iTunes!

Based on the novel by...

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 15:40:00 +0000

Thanks so much to everyone who watched the DRINK SLAY LOVE movie last night!!!  You all SLAY!!!

I had such an amazingly awesome and totally surreal night!  Is it possible to have a dream come true when you didn't even know it was one of your dreams?  #DrinkSlayLove

Thank You!!!

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 04:44:00 +0000

I am in tears. Good tears. Thank you to the cast and crew of the DRINK SLAY LOVE movie. You brought my book to life brilliantly. I feel so honored and grateful.

And thank you to everyone who watched! So happy you met Pearl, Jadrien, Evan, Bethany, Antoinette, Matt, Zeke, & everyone!!!


Sat, 16 Sep 2017 16:00:00 +0000

I love the fangs so much!!! Drink Slay Love movie premieres TONIGHT 10/9c on Lifetime!!!

Less than 24 hours!

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 02:27:00 +0000

Less than 24 hours now until the Drink Slay Love movie airs! Eeeeeeeep!!!

Commercial during Project Runway!

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 03:25:00 +0000

Just saw a Drink Slay Love commercial while watching Project Runway!!! #LifeGoalUnlocked #PageToScreen

2 Days to DRINK SLAY LOVE Movie!

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 17:47:00 +0000

THE KISS!!! #DrinkSlayLove #PageToScreen


3 Days to DRINK SLAY LOVE Movie!!!

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 21:48:00 +0000

Pearl (Cierra Ramirez) and Jadrien (Gregg Sulkin) share a moment in the #DrinkSlayLove movie. Just three more days until it premieres on Lifetime!!! Eeeeeeee! #PageToScreen

4 Days to DRINK SLAY LOVE Movie!!!

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 19:23:00 +0000

Eight years ago, I dreamed up a sun-loving vampire named Pearl. This Saturday 9/16 at 10pm ET/PT on Lifetime, the fabulous Cierra Ramirez brings her to life! I can't wait! Just four more days!!! #PageToScreen #DrinkSlayLove


Tearing up while setting the DVR...

Sun, 10 Sep 2017 14:58:00 +0000

Never before have I teared up while setting the DVR.......

In July 2009, I started brainstorming a quirky story about a kickass vampire girl who reluctantly develops a conscience. In September 2011, that story became a book. In May 2015, I got a call from my agent that a producer wanted to option that book for film. In August 2016, to my amazement and giddy joy, they actually started filming it. And this morning, I set my DVR to record it. Surreal, absolutely surreal.

The DRINK SLAY LOVE movie premieres on Saturday, September 16 at 10pm ET/PT on Lifetime.  Please spread the word and set your DVRs! #PageToScreen #DrinkSlayLove

Teaser Trailer for the DRINK SLAY LOVE Movie!

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 16:12:00 +0000

There's now a TEASER TRAILER for the upcoming TV movie of my book DRINK SLAY LOVE!!!!!  Hee hee!  The movie premieres on Saturday, September 16 at 10pm ET/PT on Lifetime, stars Cierra Ramirez (Freeform's "The Fosters") and Gregg Sulkin (Marvel's "Runaways"), and is executive produced by Bella Thorne (Freeform's "Famous in Love").

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Thu, 17 Aug 2017 16:17:00 +0000

Eeeeeeeeee!!!!! The TV movie based on my YA book, DRINK SLAY LOVE, just got an official air date!  Premieres next month -- Saturday, September 16 at 10pm ET/PT on Lifetime!!!