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  • Mari 9:44 pm on February 20, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    cover reveal: midnight by mari adkins 

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    This is the cover for our upcoming novel MIDNIGHT by Mari Adkins. The artwork and design was created by Billy Tackett. The book is due to be published May 27th.

    A romantic supernatural fantasy, Mari Adkins’s Midnight introduces us to Sami as she first enters Harlan County, Kentucky and begins a journey that will change her life.

    Samantha Clark has always known she was different. Brought up in a loveless household, she can almost forgive herself for turning to an abusive boyfriend to help give her the roots and love she desperately needs. But that solution turns violent, and Sami is on the run, turning to a college friend who offers her a new hope at ‘family’.

    Set in Harlan, Kentucky in 1985, Midnight is the inward journey of Sami’s self-loathing, self-reflection, and eventual self-acceptance. Through the love of her friends and the mysterious Michael, Sami not only heals from the scars given earlier in life, she finds her personal strength.

    [[this post originated on the Apex Blog]]

  • Mari 12:58 pm on February 4, 2014 Permalink | Reply

    it’s that time again! 

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    Hard to believe another year’s gone by. Sorry the image is blurry. I took the picture with my phone – the glue was still damp, so I didn’t want to put my journal into my scanner.

    mammography 2014

  • Mari 7:39 pm on February 3, 2014 Permalink | Reply

    press release: annihilation 

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    “Wonderfully creepy.” — Kirkus Reviews (STARRED REVIEW)

    “Thoroughly suspenseful.”— Booklist (STARRED REVIEW)

    “VanderMeer unfolds a tale as satisfying as it is richly imagined.”
    — Publishers Weekly (STARRED REVIEW)

    Book 1 of the Southern Reach trilogy
    A novel by Jeff VanderMeer
    published by FSG Originals
    February 4, 2014
    $13.00 | ISBN: 978-0-374-10409-2

    Area X has been cut off from the rest of the world for decades. Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilization. The first expedition returned with reports of a pristine, Edenic landscape; the second expedition ended in mass suicide, the third in a hail of gunfire as its members turned on one another. The members of the eleventh expedition returned as shadows of their former selves, and within weeks, all had died of cancer. In Annihilation, the first volume of Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy, we join the twelfth expedition. The group is made up of four women: an anthropologist; a surveyor; a psychologist, the de facto leader; and our narrator, a biologist. Their mission is to map the terrain, record all observations of their surroundings and of one another, and, above all, to avoid being contaminated by Area X itself.

    They arrive expecting the unexpected, and Area X delivers—but it’s the surprises that came across the border with them and the secrets the expedition members are keeping from one another that change everything.

    Jeff VanderMeer is an award-winning novelist and editor. His fiction has been translated into twenty languages and has appeared in the Library of America’s American Fantastic Tales and multiple year’s-best anthologies. He writes nonfiction for The Washington Post, The New York Times Book Review, the Los Angeles Times, and The Guardian, among others. He grew up in the Fiji Islands and now lives in Tallahassee, Florida, with his wife. Scott Rudin Productions and Paramount Pictures have optioned the Southern Reach trilogy.

    Tour Dates for Annihilation
    Feb. 3 – Elliott Bay in Seattle, WA
    Feb. 4 – Powell’s Books in Portland, OR
    Feb. 8 – Writers with Drinks hosted by Charlie Jane Anders in San Francisco, CA
    Feb. 11 – City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco, CA
    Feb. 26 – McNally Jackson with editor Sean McDonald in New York, NY
    Feb. 27 – WORD Bookstore in Brooklyn, NY
    April 12-13 – Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
    April 24-27 – Arkansas Literary Festival in Little Rock, AK

    Additional events for the Southern Reach trilogy TBA in Tallahassee, FL / Miami, FL / South Carolina / Asheville, NC / San Diego, CA / Atlanta, GA / Austin, TX, and other cities in the United States & Canada.

    For media and event queries, please contact Alyson Sinclair, publicist, at or 612.201.3867. Visit for more information.

  • Mari 3:35 pm on January 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    2013 month of letters in review 

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    Last February I participated in Mary Robinette Kowal’s Month of Letters challenge. I made some wonderful friends and collected some great ephemera. I saved all that in my smashbook but never posted pictures here (I realized a bit earlier today!). Since we’re on the verge of a new Month of Letters challenge, I thought I’d post up my results from last year. In all three, I tried to find and block out addresses – I hope I found them all!

    letterwrimo 1

    This is the full double-page spread.


    This is the right-facing page. That fantastic frog comes out of the envelope and is a stand-up. The Hello card is from Mary Kowal.


    This is the left-facing page. I love all the colors!

    • Kari 9:25 pm on January 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Hey Mari! Another Documenter here! You might know me as the one who had your last name as my maiden name. Kari Adkins Spriggs. Do you by chance have any relatives in Corbin KY? My dad (the Adkins) is from Corbin KY! And its a rather large (massive) family. I can’t imagine being pagan in KY. Is it hard? I remember it being very much the bible belt. Much more so than where I grew up (Wyoming). Now i’m in Portland the land of all things awesome and pagan. :) Anyway hi! I’lm going to follow your blog now. What heck we may be related. :)

      • Mari 7:27 am on January 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply


        I almost choked on my oatmeal! I grew up in Woodbine and graduated from Corbin High School. My Adkins branch is rather slim, though – but we could always compare notes. How cool is that?

        And another small world moment – I have friends and family in Portland.

        Being Pagan here isn’t as difficult as you’d think or as some would have others believe. I’ve been at this for 25 years now, and honestly the only difficulties I’ve ever had have come from other Pagans.

        You made my morning. I’m giggling like a little kid. Seems like the older I get, the smaller the world gets …

        Good Monday! :)

      • Mari 7:43 am on January 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Am sitting here reading your blog – I subscribed to your blog btw. And if we’re not related, we should be! You are so much like my sister Sandhi it’s ridiculous, and she’s one of my most favorite people on this planet.

        I tried commenting on your blog. But I’m having browser issues. It’s not liking Blogger lately for some reason. I’m on my way to the chiropractor here in a few minutes and am going to set a deep malware scan for while I’m gone.

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