Hypothetical Magnor child??
Hypothetical Magnor child??
I have been hugely, massively remiss in not popping up Tuesday to mention that the newest installment of the Bane Chronicles was out in ebook and audio (read by adorable Jordan Gavaris)! I can only beg for forgiveness by saying I’m working 18-hour days on editing CoHF so it will be out on time and my sense of time has turned to porridge.
Magnus had been interested by Clary, the little redheaded scrap who had grown into a—slightly bigger little redheaded scrap, but had not thought he would be terribly interested in the companions she had found for herself. Not the nondescript mundane boy; not golden-eyed Jace Wayland, who reminded Magnus of too much of a past that he would rather forget; and certainly not either of the Lightwood siblings, the dark boy and girl whose parents Magnus had good reason to dislike.
It made no sense that his eyes had been drawn to Alec, over and over again. Alec had hung to the back of their little group, had made no effort to attract the eye. He had striking coloring, the rare combination of black hair and blue eyes that had always been Magnus’s favorite, and Magnus supposed that was why he had looked in Alec’s direction at first. Strange to see the coloringthat had so distinguished Will and his sister, so many miles and years gone by, and on someone with an entirely different last name …
Then Alec had smiled at one of Magnus’s jokes, and the smile had lit a lamp in his solemn face, making his blue eyes brilliant, and briefly taking Magnus’s breath away. And when Magnus’s attention had been held, he’d seen a flicker of returned interest in Alec’s eyes, a mixture of guilt, intrigue, and pleasure at Magnus’s attention. Shadowhunters were old-fashioned about such matters, which was to say bigoted and hidebound, as they were about everything. Magnus had been approached by male Shadowhunters before, of course, but always in a hole-and-corner way, always as if they’d been doing Magnus some huge favor and as if Magnus’s touch, though desired, might sully them. (Magnus had always turned them down.) It had been a shock to see such feelings open and innocent on a beautiful boy’s face.
When Magnus had winked at Alec and told him to call him, it had been a reckless impulse, little more than a whim. He had certainly not expected the Shadowhunter on his doorstep a few days later, asking for a date. Nor had he expected the date to go so spectacularly bizarrely, or expected to like Alec quite so much afterward…
(You’ll be reading all about that date in The Course of True Love and First Dates, but in the meantime, some love and Malec for the holidays. And a tentacle monster. Honestly, Maureen pretending to be the tentacle monster in a pool in France was what gave us the idea for the Bane Chronicles.
I don’t know why every Irish character I ever write is evil. It’s just my way I guess. My way of DISRESPECTING MY HOMELAND.
How lovely is Jordan Gavaris, and how jealous am I Cassie got to talk to him? (Answers: very lovely, deeply jealous.) It is lovely that he liked the True Love and also the Family Relationships! It was super fun to write avec Cassie a not-so-heteronormative take on a very heteronormative (and yet I love ‘em) genre—rom-coms. We tried to bring the rom and the com!
Jordan Gavaris definitely brought both.
But WHEN will my oppression of the Irish end…?
Hello! Cute boy got your attention? I am zipping by in the middle of editing to announce that Jordan Gavaris of Orphan Black will be reading the next of the Bane Chronicles. If you haven’t seen Orphan Black, Jordan’s character Felix is one of the most fantastic things about an already fantastic show with amazing performances, and we’re so happy to have Jordan reading what might be the funniest of the Bane Chronicles installments: What to Buy the Shadowhunter Who Has Everything. In which Magnus angsts, calls Ragnor, and seeks advice from a tentacled demon about his love life.
Look out for an interview where I chat with Jordan about reading the Bane Chronicles and also angle for Orphan Black spoilers. (If you aren’t watching it, you should be! Sarah RB turned me onto it and I am grateful enough to forgive her for the stunt she pulled in Italy with the bat.)
Welcome, Jordan. :)
“How have you been keeping? You know, since the last time you summoned me,” said Elyaas, the demon.
“What?” Magnus asked.
“You don’t remember me?” said the tentacle demon.
“I summon a lot of demons,” Magnus said weakly.
There was a long pause. Magnus stared into the bottom of his coffee cup and desperately willed more coffee to appear. This was something a lot of mundanes did too, but Magnus had one up on those suckers. His mug did slowly fill again, until it was brimming with rich dark liquid. He sipped and looked at Elyaas, who was shifting uncomfortably from tentacle to tentacle.
“Well,” said Elyaas. “This is awkward.”
“It’s nothing personal,” said Magnus.
“Maybe if I jogged your memory,” Elyaas suggested helpfully. “You summoned me when you were searching for a demon who cursed a Shadowhunter? Bill Herondale?”
“Will Herondale,” said Magnus.
Elyaas snapped his tentacles as if they were fingers. “I knew it was something like that.”
“You know,” Magnus said, enlightened, “I think I do remember. I’m sorry about that. I realized right away that you weren’t the demon I was looking for. You looked kind of blue in one of the drawings, but obviously you are not blue, and I was wasting your time. You were pretty understanding about it.”
“Think nothing of it.” Elyaas waved a tentacle. “These things happen. And I can look blue. You know, in the right light.”
“Lighting’s important, it’s true,” said Magnus.
“So whatever happened with Bill Herondale and that curse a blue demon put on him?” The cecaelia demon’s interest seemed genuine.
“Will Herondale,” Magnus said again. “It’s actually rather a long story.”
“You know, sometimes we demons pretend we’re cursing people and we don’t really do it,” said Elyaas chattily. “Like, just for kicks? It’s kind of a thing with us. Did you know that?”
“You could have mentioned it a century or two ago,” Magnus observed frostily.
Elyaas shook his head, smiling a slime-bedecked smile. “The old pretend-to-curse. It’s a classic. Very funny.” He appeared to notice Magnus’s unimpressed expression for the first time. “Not from your perspective, of course.”
“It wasn’t funny for Bill Herondale!” said Magnus. “Oh, damn it. Now you’ve got me doing it.”
— from What to Buy the Shadowhunter Who Has Everything
*We just got news on an awesome audio narrator for this one - I think you guys will be pleased!
The Badass Trio. 8D
I love them too bits. Like… I need more of them in The Bane Chronicles.
Characters (c) Cassandra Clare
I was very nervous when Malinda asked me to do the interview, but having a protagonist like Magnus on the bestseller lists (not down to me of course, not at all), and seeing how readers respond to him, is notable and important, and so I talk about it and try not to make too much of a fool of myself. Malinda is, of course, a brilliant interviewer, as she is brilliant at most things.
— maureenjohnson (@maureenjohnson)Well, on Monday I am going in for the recording of my newest story with Cassie, The Fall of the Hotel Dumort. And the narrator is … . .— maureenjohnson (@maureenjohnson)
The narrator for The Fall of the Hotel Dumort is … . CECIL. From @NightValeRadio. I am going to interview him. CECIL. AND ME. TOGETHER.— maureenjohnson (@maureenjohnson)
W00t! We here at Bane Chronicles Enterprises are SUPER EXCITED. We love the podcast Welcome to Night Vale and we extra love Cecil Baldwin, who we are delighted to announce is the next Bane Chronicles reader, for Fall of the Hotel Dumort.
Maureen’s love for Night Vale introduced us all to it, and we were thrilled to see a spooky funny fantasy with an interracial gay romance front and center doing so well, so it seemed like a perfect fit for Bane, especially Fall, which is probably the closest installment to a classic horror story. Maureen will be in the studio with Cecil while he records so if you have questions for him about anything — Bane, Carlos’ perfect hair — shoot her a tweet @maureenjohnson !
Thanks to those of you who joined me for the livestream! (and sorry for the pandora commercials that kept playing lol.) If you missed it, you can watch the recording here: http://www.livestream.com/cassandrajean/video?clipId=pla_d615a061-c62b-4963-af20-08641f094ff1&utm_source=lslibrary&utm_medium=ui-thumb