"Totally fantastical, while remaining original with the laws of the universe, Tell Me My Name was an emotional glimpse into the current, distressing situation of a young girl you immediately connect with."
- Tash McAdam, author of the "Psionics" series
"It's lovely, magical, enchanting, a bit poetic. It really drags you in, and with the mysteriousness of it all it's even more appealing."
- Blog of Erised
"Fan’s suburb writing makes this claustrophobe’s nightmare intense and fascinating. The protagonist instantly captures your imagination and heart. And the revelation about who she is, and WHAT she is, will truly startle you. I don’t think anyone has attempted a YA with this sort of character."
-Publishing consultant Jacqueline Simonds
Release day! Tell Me My Name, a precursor novella to my "Fated Stars" YA high fantasy series, is out today! And people seem to be liking it so far! Here are some of the advance reviews:
I'm delighted (no, ecstatic... or maybe jubilant) to announce that I'm now officially signed with Lana Popovic of Chalberg & Sussman. I queried Lana about a month ago for my YA sci-fi romance, Butterfly Dome, which I first drafted about a year and a half ago and have been revising ever since. I'm having trouble writing a coherent update, because I'm just that excited! Wrote a bit more about it on my main blog, Zigzag Timeline, but really, there's not much to tell, other than that I can't wait to get cracking!
Here it is, the cover of Tell Me My Name, my second novella from Glass House Press! Isn't it a beauty? Description and teaser below!
In Mary Fan's second novella, a girl wakes up in an icy cell, alone and frightened. She has no memory of who she is or how she came to be there.
She does know that she must get out, at all costs. And that escape must start with remembering the simple things – her own name. Her place of origin. Her possible powers.
When a group of dark magicians reveal themselves to be her captors, she finds herself in the clutches of those who will stop at nothing to uncover the secrets locked within her lost memories. With her life fading under their merciless spells, the need to escape becomes dire.
But can she get out when she doesn’t even know who she is? Can she count on one unlikely ally for help? Or is it already too late for her, a girl without a name?
Tell Me My Name introduces the main characters in Mary’s new fantasy series, Fated Stars, with the first book, Windborn, due in 2015.
Catching a glimpse of the window, I rush toward it. The wall around the opening is also made of ice – maybe I can widen it. I dig my fingers into its lower edge and tear, desperately using every ounce of strength I have. Though I rip at the ice until my fingers are raw, I can’t scrape off a single shard. My breath quickens, until it becomes ragged gasps, and my heart pounds with increasing panic, filling my ears with its desperate drumming. No matter what I do, though, no matter what I try, I can’t escape.
Exhausted, I collapse against the wall and sink to the ground. My whole body shakes with the cold I can no longer ignore, and I hug my knees to my chest in an effort to warm up. Hot, powerful tears sting my eyes, and dread weighs down with such heaviness that I feel it crushing me. Did someone leave me here to die? Why would they do that? Who could they be?
And who am I?
Coming October 14! Click here to preorder on Barnes & Noble.