Last Build Date: Tue, 25 Apr 2017 14:44:05 +0000
Tue, 25 Apr 2017 14:44:00 +0000Today is the mass market paperback release day for THE QUEEN OF BLOOD (Book One of The Queens of Renthia)!!! You can now experience bloodthirsty nature spirits in an all-new bendy and extra-portable format!
Thu, 20 Apr 2017 14:38:00 +0000
Tue, 04 Apr 2017 13:02:00 +0000I am over-the-moon excited to announce that today is the pub day for my newest book, JOURNEY ACROSS THE HIDDEN ISLANDS!!!
Tue, 14 Mar 2017 14:58:00 +0000Very excited that the paperback edition of THE GIRL WHO COULD NOT DREAM is out in the world today!!! And with a lovely new cover! Thanks so much, Clarion Books / Houghton Mifflin Harcourt! Monster is so excited to now exist in an all-new, much more bendy format.
Mon, 06 Mar 2017 18:49:00 +0000Look what came in the mail! My ALA Alex Award medal for THE QUEEN OF BLOOD! It's so cool, and heavy! Thanks, American Library Association!
Mon, 06 Mar 2017 16:35:00 +0000Starred review from Publishers Weekly for THE RELUCTANT QUEEN!!! Yay! So happy!
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 14:32:00 +0000I'm thrilled to announce that there will be a 4th Renthia book! Sold THE DEEPEST BLUE, a companion novel to my Queens of Renthia series, to Harper Voyager, for publication in spring 2019!!!
Thu, 09 Feb 2017 19:29:00 +0000Just posted the first two chapters of my upcoming MG fantasy book, JOURNEY ACROSS THE HIDDEN ISLANDS! Check 'em out here: http://www.sarahbethdurst.com/Journeyexcerpt.htm
Thu, 02 Feb 2017 16:05:00 +0000Cue drumroll and trumpets... Very pleased to unveil my newly redesigned website: www.sarahbethdurst.com Tah-dah! Do you like it???
Mon, 23 Jan 2017 15:16:00 +0000My book, THE QUEEN OF BLOOD, just won an Alex Award!!!!! It's an American Library Association (ALA) award given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults. I am so honored, grateful, and thrilled! Thank you to ALA and the Alex committee!!! And congratulations to the other winners!
Tue, 10 Jan 2017 15:28:00 +0000Excited to reveal the cover art for my first picture book, ROAR AND SPARKLES GO TO SCHOOL, illustrated by Ben Whitehouse and coming out this June from Running Press Kids! Get ready for the cute!!!
Mon, 12 Dec 2016 16:22:00 +0000So excited to share the cover for my next epic fantasy novel, THE RELUCTANT QUEEN, book two of The Queens of Renthia series (coming July 2017 from Harper Voyager)!!! Thanks so much to the artist, Stephan Martiniere, for continuing to grace my books with his gorgeous artwork.
Sun, 02 Oct 2016 16:58:00 +0000My sweet and wonderful husband got THE QUEEN OF BLOOD book jacket framed and added it to The Wall. :)
Tue, 20 Sep 2016 13:08:00 +0000I'm so excited to share THE QUEEN OF BLOOD with you! It's the first in a new epic fantasy series from Harper Voyager called THE QUEENS OF RENTHIA, and it's set in a world filled with nature spirits. But these aren't your sweet, frolicking pastoral sprites... These spirits want to kill all humans, and only certain women -- queens -- can control them.
Mon, 19 Sep 2016 21:30:00 +0000THE QUEEN OF BLOOD comes out tomorrow!!! Woohoo! *checks stash of chocolate, eats stash of chocolate* The first three chapters are now online:
Thu, 15 Sep 2016 22:12:00 +0000Very excited to announce the sale of my next middle-grade book, THE STONE GIRL'S STORY, to Anne Hoppe at Clarion Books / Houghton Mifflin Harcourt!!! Huzzah!!!
Tue, 13 Sep 2016 20:38:00 +0000THE QUEEN OF BLOOD comes out one week from today!!! Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! The first two chapters are now online:
Tue, 06 Sep 2016 22:01:00 +0000It's exactly 2 weeks until THE QUEEN OF BLOOD comes out! Eeeep! You can read Chapter 1 here: https://www.facebook.com/notes/harper-voyager/the-queen-of-blood-chapter-1/1096449987091362
Thu, 25 Aug 2016 01:16:00 +0000So excited to share the news that my book DRINK SLAY LOVE is going to be a TV movie!!!!! It will star Cierra Ramirez (Freeform's The Fosters) and Gregg Sulkin (MTV's Faking It) with Bella Thorne serving as co-executive producer! Sepia Films and Just Singer Entertainment started filming this week, and the movie will air on Lifetime in 2017! Eeeep!!!!!!!
Wed, 27 Jul 2016 16:53:00 +0000So excited to reveal Brandon Dorman's gorgeous cover art for my next MG book from HMH/Clarion Books, JOURNEY ACROSS THE HIDDEN ISLANDS!!!
Wed, 27 Jul 2016 14:12:00 +0000THE QUEEN OF BLOOD got its 2nd starred review, from Publishers Weekly!!! So happy!!!!!
Tue, 05 Jul 2016 14:32:00 +0000Just found out that THE QUEEN OF BLOOD got a starred review in Library Journal!!! Eeeeeep!!!
Thu, 16 Jun 2016 17:51:00 +0000Eeeeep! Excited to share blurbs from Terry Brooks and Tamora Pierce for my upcoming epic fantasy THE QUEEN OF BLOOD! Double eeeeep!
Mon, 02 May 2016 01:44:00 +0000Last week, Barnes & Noble revealed the cover for my upcoming epic fantasy novel, THE QUEEN OF BLOOD!I can sum up my reaction in a single word (or letter!): "Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!"I am so, so, so thrilled with it and so excited to share it with you!The B&N post also includes an interview with me and the amazing artist Stephan Martiniere about the cover creation process. I am so honored to have Stephan Martiniere's art on my book. I've admired his work for some time, and I think he did an absolutely fantastic job in capturing the feel of the novel and the grandeur of the forests of Renthia. Thank you so much to Stephan, my editor David, and the wonderful art department at Harper!!!THE QUEEN OF BLOOD is book one in the Queens of Renthia series. Here is the description from the jacket:Everything has a spirit: the willow tree with leaves that kiss the pond, the stream that feeds the river, the wind that exhales fresh snow . . .But the spirits that reside within this land want to rid it of all humans. One woman stands between these malevolent spirits and the end of humankind: the queen. She alone has the magical power to prevent the spirits from destroying every man, woman, and child. But queens are still just human, and no matter how strong or good, the threat of danger always looms.With the position so precarious, young women are chosen to train as heirs. Daleina, a seemingly quiet academy student, is under no illusions as to her claim to the throne, but simply wants to right the wrongs that have befallen the land. Ven, a disgraced champion, has spent his exile secretly fighting against the growing number of spirit attacks. Joining forces, these daring partners embark on a treacherous quest to find the source of the spirits' restlessness -- a journey that will test their courage and trust, and force them to stand against both enemies and friends to save their land . . . before it's bathed in blood.I had the most wonderful writing experience working on this book! It was pure joy from start to finish. Every day felt like walking into another world. THE QUEEN OF BLOOD will be out on September 20th from Harper Voyager, and I can't wait for you to come walking in Renthia with me! Just watch out for the bloodthirsty nature spirits.......[...]
Wed, 06 Apr 2016 14:13:00 +0000Exactly 10 years (and 10 books!) ago, I signed with my amazing agent, Andrea Somberg. I know this because I have the letter she sent me framed on the wall beside my writing desk.