Congrats, Mats & Sara!

ImageMany of you know that I am a huge fan of Sara Elfgren and Mats Strandberg’s Engelsfors series that started with Cirkeln. Well, 30,000 youth voted and their choice was clear: Eld is was voted the best YA book of 2012 for Bokjuryn. I am so happy for them!

I first heard about the Engelfors series from my dear friend Pär, who designed the cover. Pär did such a good job of filling me in on the plot that I knew I had to read Cirklen. Since then, I’ve been hooked. 🙂 If you aren’t fluent in Swedish, get Cirkeln in English. Eld, or Fire as it’s known in English, will be available in English translation in September of this year and it’s definitely worth the wait! Pre-order it if you can. 🙂

Congratulations, Mats & Sara! You two deserve this honor for your amazing book! 😀

Reminder: Giveaway ends on August 24

This book could be yours…

Just a little reminder that you only have 10 more days to win a copy of The Circle, the phenomenal YA paranormal novel that’s taken Sweden by storm.

All you have to do is tell me a story about your spookiest experience ever and you could be one of the lucky winners. I’ve already received a few good entries…and I can’t wait to read more! 🙂

Leave a comment here with your story or send it via email to kimtalksbooks@gmail.com.

The 2 spookiest stories win! And this is an international giveaway–so *everyone* can enter. So what are you waiting for? 🙂

Something wicked this way comes…

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So you know how I love Cirkeln by Sara Elfgren and Mats Strandberg…and how excited I was when it  came out in English? Well, now I can share The Circle (Cirkeln‘s title in Englsih) with you. Mats and Sara have kindly given me two copies for my very first kimtalksbooks giveaway. So what do you have to do to score one of the copies?

Tell me about the spookiest thing that has ever happened to you. You can write about a place, a person or something completely unexplainable that you’ve personally experienced. The two people with the spookiest stories will win! And best of all, this giveaway is open to everyone, no matter where in the world you live.

Send your entries to me at kimtalksbooks@gmail.com by Friday, August 24. I’ll read through the entries and pick the two I think are spookiest. Remember: only one entry per person, and I’ll announce the winners on September 6th.

For my Swedish readers: Get ready for Eld!

You might recall my talking about Cirkeln, a Swedish YA paranormal novel by Sara B. Elfgren & Mats Strandberg that was a real page-turner. I loved it–well now the next book in the series is available for pre-order here in Sweden and I can’t wait to read it! I don’t usually read Swedish books. I usually get bored or switch to an English book after a while but that didn’t happen with Cirkleln. The pacing was great, the story was thrilling and the characters all had fantastic arcs to follow. I must place my order…I must read Eld! For you curious English speakers, I’ll send an email to the authors and find out when it will be available in English… 🙂

Cirkeln will be available in English in June of this year under the title The Circle. I think you’ll like it! 🙂

And if you’re in Sweden and you want to go to the midnight launch, go here.

Back from vacation…

Well, I hadn’t expected to be incommunicado for such a long time. I had way too much to do during the month of August–work, work and more work. I also made a spur of the moment decision to go home to the US for 12 days, which I don’t regret even if I am sure it will leave me broke for a while.

While I was in the US, aside from buying books, I had a chance to catch up with some old friends, discover that I like Burmese food, experience the East Coast earthquake *and* Hurricane Irene. I don’t think I will ever forget Hurricane Irene, especially since my grandfather passed away just a few hours before it hit Virginia. My husband and I keep saying that Irene showed up to escort my granddad to a cooler, better place where my grandmother is waiting for him.

Back to the book front, I heard from Cirkeln author Mats Strandberg that an English blog for the book is now online! Check it out: http://engelsfors.blogspot.com/ and don’t forget the English translation of Cirkeln is coming out in Spring 2012!

BTW MATS: When I was in the US, I saw a trailer for a new TV show (“The Secret Circle”) that was suspiciously similar to your book. Has the CW network optioned Cirkeln? Or have they “borrowed heavily” from you and Sara? You might want to look into it…

While I was in Philly, I ended up buying a few books. Here are the titles I’ll be reading over the next few weeks:

I bought several other titles as well but they are not in the room with me so I will post links, etc later. But one thing that pleased me while I was in Philly was seeing how the independent bookstores there seem to be doing rather well. I visited three while I was there and all were packed with people browsing and buying books. Now that’s a sight an aspiring writer like me loves to see.

In love with Cirkeln…

A few weeks ago something wonderful happened. My colleague Pär and I happened to be talking about books and he told me about a books some friends of his had written. He asked me if read books in Swedish and, when I said yes, he said, “You have to read this book. It’s fantastic.” Then one day he showed up at work with the book in question, Cirkeln by Mats Strandberg and Sara Bergmark Elfgren.

Now for those of you not familiar with the Swedish book market, Cirkeln is one of the hottest books around.  It’s a smart YA novel about six teenage girls living in a town on the decline. Doesn’t sound interesting? Well, add to the mix that one night in the light of a blood moon these girls are all drawn to an abandoned amusement park  and discover they are witches. And then add to mix that there’s someone…or something…trying to prevent them from developing their powers. And that someone is willing to kill them to make sure it never happens…and the girls learn that they cannot survive if they don’t stick together…and did I mention the coming of the Apocalypse?

Interested? I know I was. Cirkeln has a tight plot, well-written scenes with a cinematic feel and good character development. If I were the sort who gave out stars, I would give this book a 5-star review. Unfortunately for those of you who can’t read Swedish, Cirkeln isn’t available yet in English but I doubt it will take long until it is… and it’s the first book in a trilogy so I think this is going to be a very long love story for me. 🙂

And that lovely cover, Pär, you rock! 😀