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Random Thoughts of Writer Sarah Beth Durst

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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!!!



Wed, 16 Aug 2017 18:20:00 +0000

Look at the pretty!!! So excited to share with you the cover art, by Brandon Dorman, for my next book for kids, THE STONE GIRL'S STORY, coming from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt / Clarion Books in April 2018!


Tue, 04 Jul 2017 13:19:00 +0000

Happy 4th of July!!!I'm beyond excited to announce that today is the pub day for THE RELUCTANT QUEEN!!!  Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!  It's book two of my epic fantasy series The Queens of Renthia, published by Harper Voyager.  (Book one, THE QUEEN OF BLOOD, is available now in paperback.)Renthia is a world of extreme beauty: sky-piercing mountains, endless glaciers, and towering trees with cities nestled in their branches, all thanks to an overabundance of nature spirits.  But the spirits who created all this glorious beauty aren't sweet, frolicking pixies.  These spirits want to kill all humans, and only certain women -- the queens -- have the power to control them.THE RELUCTANT QUEEN is the story of three women: a young queen who is dying, a powerful queen who hungers for war, and a middle-aged woman who wants nothing to do with the power she could wield.   It continues the story of Daleina and introduces Naelin, a woman who is (rightfully) afraid that if she uses her power, her two young children will die.At their heart, these books are about power: who has it, who wants it, what you do with it, and what it does to you.  But they're also about choosing your own destiny and who you want to be.  And they're about soaring on a zipline through a massive forest, befriending a wolf, fighting murderous trees, concocting a few poisons, and trying to save the world.If you're interested, more information can be found on my website, including the first two chapters.When I was a kid, I used to "borrow" all the scrap paper in the house, tape it together, and draw massive maps of fantastical lands.  I doodled invented plants in the margins of my school notebooks.  And I kept a file box full of index cards, each card with a made-up name, paired with a magical power and a talking animal sidekick.  (I really, really wanted an animal sidekick!)  I buried myself in books by Terry Brooks, David Eddings, Mercedes Lackey, and Tamora Pierce, and I dreamed of someday writing my own epic fantasy with a sprawling world and danger and adventure around every corner.Many years later, this is it!  My epic.  And writing these books has been every bit the magical, incredible experience that I hoped it would be.  Usually when I finish a book, I'm sad -- you live with the characters, fall in love with them, and then you have to say goodbye.  But when I finished writing THE QUEEN OF BLOOD, I didn't have to say goodbye (except, you know, to the ones I killed off -- sorry!).  I was able to immerse myself in their lives and their world again with THE RELUCTANT QUEEN, and I loved that.So I'd like to invite you to visit Renthia again with me.  Just watch out for the trees.  They bite.[...]


Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:40:00 +0000

One week 'til pub day!!! To celebrate, I'm giving away a signed hardcover copy of THE RELUCTANT QUEEN over on Twitter:

Retweet on Twitter by 6/28 for a chance to win!

ALA 2017 Schedule

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 18:10:00 +0000

Very excited for ALA this weekend!!! I'll be in Chicago at the American Library Association Annual Conference on both Saturday and Sunday.

On Sat 6/24:
1pm Signing JOURNEY ACROSS THE HIDDEN ISLANDS at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt booth #3111
2pm Signing THE RELUCTANT QUEEN at Hoopla (Midwest Tape) booth #4420

On Sun 6/25:
9am YA Author Coffee Klatch in Room S105
10:30am The 2017 Alex Award Panel in Room W179a, followed by signing THE QUEEN OF BLOOD
1:00pm "Science Fiction/Fantasy Adult Books with YA Appeal" Panel in Exhibit Hall on PopTop Stage, followed by signing THE RELUCTANT QUEEN
2:00pm Signing THE RELUCTANT QUEEN at HarperCollins booth #3611

Hope to see you there!