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Yeah! Fragile Spirits is Here!

January 22, 2014

I’m so excited that Fragile Spirits is finally out! 


Hard to believe it’s only been two years since Shattered Souls came out. It seems like a lifetime. Well, for me, it has been. The way I keep it in perspective is that I keep in mind that Ashes on the Waves released between the two Souls Series books. Then, I feel okay because that’s three books releasing in a 25-month period. A book every 8 months or so. Not bad. Just a little out of order, huh? 

Still, I’m thrilled that Paul and Vivienne’s story is going to finally be out there. They were a blast to write, and I’m so grateful for all the support, love, and emails I’ve received regarding this series. Y’all are the best!


Shattered Souls Setting: The Great Storm of 1900 and Hurricane Ike

July 22, 2012
I set Shattered Souls on the Texas Gulf Coast because it’s my home and I think it’s a unique place with fascinating history. I needed ghosts for my story, and part of the plot centers around The Great Storm of 1900. Somewhere between eight and ten thousand people died in that storm. Plenty of ghosts!
Galveston Island
The research was a blast. I took the kids to Galveston Island and we explored. After visiting a museum dedicated to the Storm, we found the perfect cemetery, hotel, and restaurant for the story.
Above is my 4 foot-tall daughter near a mausoleum at Old City Cemetery. When this mausoleum was constructed in 1888, the door would have been at least 6 feet tall.  It’s under 4 feet tall today, because the level of the entire island was raised after the Storm of 1900 in an effort to prevent another deadly flood. I found this so interesting, I used it in Shattered Souls in the scene when Alden and Lenzi meet for the first time.
Hurricane Ike
First-hand familiarity with my century old story-world came roaring into my life while I was revising it for the first time. Hurricane Ike slammed into the Gulf Coast. Ike was similar in intensity to the Storm of 1900. Fortunately, we now have radar, satellites, internet, radio and television to warn us that entire communities may be swept away. No such system existed in 1900.
The effect of Hurricane Ike was similar to the Storm of 1900, but the death rate was negligible thanks to modern technology. I’ve been through several hurricanes in my lifetime, but this one made the others look, feel, sound, and smell like babies in comparison. It was terrifying. I can only imagine what it was like for people a century ago who didn’t have days to prepare like I did.
Picture time!
It shocked me how similar the pictures of the devastation are. I got to witness first-hand my story-world from a century ago.  I have a few examples of then and now:
Surveying the damage on wheels: Storm of 1900 and Hurricane Ike:
Sorting through the debris then and now:
The power of nature that my characters experienced in their past-lives was terrifying first hand. Fortunately, I was up in Houston when Ike hit and not in Galveston.
Below is where one of the buildings in the first draft of Shattered Souls used to stand. Murdoch’s Bath House was rebuilt after the Storm of 1900 and was lost again during Hurricane Ike. The pilings were all that remained when I drove down after Ike. At the time, it has not been rebuilt, and so I had to remove it from the later drafts.
The statue below was built as a tribute to the estimated 10,000 people who died during the Great Storm of 1900. The seawall under the statue is 17 feet tall. In the second picture, check out the storm surge hours before Hurricane Ike hit.

German Cover for Shattered Souls: Seelenflüstern

June 14, 2012

Shattered Souls will be released in German by Thienemann/Planet Girl in August 2012!

Here’s the cover of Seelenflüstern (I’m told the title means Soul Whispers. I love it!):


I’m thrilled they used the Penguin cover. It is so beautiful and fits the book perfectly since the main character’s past life name was Rose.


Shattered Souls is Going Global

October 1, 2011

Update March 2012: I’m excited to announce that foreign language rights to Shattered Souls have been sold in six countries!

Russia (Centerpolygraph Publishers)
Germany (Thienemann Verlag)
Czech Republic (Albatros Media)
Slovakia (Albatros Media)
Turkey (Pegasus Yayincilik Tic. San LTD)
Indonesia (UFUK Press)

Big hugs to my agent, Joan Paquette, my amazing editor, Jill Santopolo, and the stellar folks at Penguin.

The Shattered Souls Blog Tour Schedule

August 24, 2011

This blog tour was organized and run by The{Teen}Book Scene.

Shattered Souls by Mary Lindsey
August 15 – December 16
With a live chat on December 15


Monday, August 15:
Nafiza at Bibliophilic Monologues (Author Interview)

Tuesday, August 16: 
Christine at WatchYA Reading (Tens List)
Kari at A Good Addiction  (Review)

Wednesday, August 17: 
Rie at Mission to Read (Where I Write)

Thursday, August 18: 
Cyndi M at Dog Eared and Bookmarked (Author Interview)
Cindy at Books Complete Me (Review)

Friday, August 19: 
Megan at A Trail of Books Left Behind (Author Book Picks)

Monday, August 22: 
Alisia at Alisia Leavitt (Author Interview)

Tuesday, August 23: 
Amber M at Down the Rabbit Hole (Guest Post: Ghost Movies)
Rachel at Fiktshun(Review)

Wednesday, August 24: 
Nicole at Word for Teens (Multicharacter Interview)

Thursday, August 25: 
Amber S at Me, My Shelf and I (Author Interview including fun story)
Jessi at The Elliott Review (Review)

Friday, August 26: 
Rummanah at Books in the Spotlight (Guest Post-what makes a strong heroine)

Tuesday, September 6:
Kathy at I Am A Reader, Not A Writer (Review)

Thursday, September 8:
Stacy at Girls in the Stacks (Review)

Monday, September 12: 
Melissa W at Mel’s Books and Info (Character Interview: Zak)
Jessica T at Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile (Review)

Tuesday, September 13: 
Julie C at That’s Swell (Tens List)

Wednesday, September 14: 
Patricia at Patricia’s Particularity (Video: Character Names)
Kelsey at The Book Scout (Review)

Thursday, September 15: 
Cynthia A at A Blog About Nothing (Character Book Picks: Lenzi)

Friday, September 16: 
Bonnie at A Backwards Story (Author Interview)
Christie at The Fiction Enthusiast (Review)

Monday, September 19: 
Damaris at Good Choice Reading (Character Interview: Alden)

Tuesday, September 20: 
Mandy B at The Well-Read Wife (Tens List)
Britta at I Like These Books (Review)

Wednesday, September 21: 
Jennifer L at Larkin’s Book Bloggers (Character names: Lenzi)

Thursday, September 22: 
Harmony at Harmony’s Radiant Reads (Character Book Picks: Zak)
Bailey at IB Book Blogging (Review)

Friday, September 23: 
Amanda T at Diary of A Book Addict (Author This or That List)

Monday, September 26: 
Jenny at Supernatural Snark (Character Interview: Lenzi)
Julia at Rex Robot Reviews (Review)

Tuesday, September 27: 
T B at Literary Cravings (Guest Post: Writing First Versus Third Person)

Wednesday, September 28: 
Zoe at In The Next Room (Character names: Maddi and Race)
Jessica E at Confessions of a Total Bookaholic (Review)

Thursday, September 29: 
Mariah at A Reader’s Adventure (Character Book Picks: Alden)

Friday, September 30: 
Casey at The Bookish Type (Guest Post: Worst Writing Mishap)
Melina at Reading Vacation (Review)

Tuesday, October 4:
Stacy M at Urban Fantasy Investigations (Review)

Thursday, October 6: 
Page E at One Book At A Time (Review)

Monday, October 10: 
Rachel at Fiktshun (Author Interview)
Heidi Z at YA Bibliophile (Review)

Tuesday, October 11: 
Danna at Friendly Reader (Tens List)

Wednesday, October 12: 
Precious at Fragments of Life (When I’m Not Writing)
Jen L at The Secret Life of a Bibliophile (Review)

Thursday, October 13: 
Allison at The Allure of Books (This or That List: Lenzi)

Friday, October 14: 
Alyssa at Teens Read and Write (Author Interview)
Lauren R at Lauren’s Crammed Bookshelf (Review)

Tuesday, October 18: 
Kira at Mrs. Boswell’s Book Bag (Review)

Thursday, October 20: 
Cyndi M at Dog Eared and Bookmarked (Review)

Monday, October 24: 
Kathy at I Am A Reader, Not A Writer (Guest Post: Revision Letter Manifesto)

Tuesday, October 25: 
Jennifer H at Late Bloomer Online (Ghosts Feature)
Crystal at My Reading Room (Review)

Wednesday, October 26: 
Jenn W at Books at Midnight (Playlist with Book Quotes)

Thursday, October 27: 
Michelle B at Hooked to Books (Author Interview w/ Book Line Answers)
Bonnie at A Backwards Story (Review)

Friday, October 28: 
Anne L at Creativity’s Corner (Roaches, Fishes and more!)

Tuesday, November 1:
Andye at Reading Teen (Review)

Thursday, November 3: 
Liz at Consumed by Books (Review)

Tuesday, November 8: 
Amber M at Down the Rabbit Hole (Review)

Thursday, November 10: 
Allison at The Allure of Books (Review)

Monday, November 14: 
Jenny C at Mimosa Stimulus (Tens List)
Alyssa at Teens Read and Write (Review)

Tuesday, November 15: 
Keyona at Only Sexy Books Allowed (Guest Post + Giveaway: Beeyaaa)

Wednesday, November 16: 
Emilie at Emilie’s Book World (Setting Video 1)
Alison at Alison Can Read (Review)

Thursday, November 17: 
Jennifer L at Larkin’s Book Bloggers (Tens List)

Friday, November 18: 
Heidi Z at YA Bibliophile (Character Interview: Race)
Alisia at Alisia Leavitt (Review)

Monday, November 21:
Jen L at The Secret Life of a Bibliophile (Author Interview)
Jennifer H at Late Bloomer Online (Review)

Tuesday, November 22: 
Crystal at My Reading Room (Character This or That List: Alden)

Wednesday, November 23: 
Page E at One Book At A Time (Setting Video 2)
Damaris at Good Choice Reading (Review)

Thursday, November 24: 
Zoe S at Zoe’s Book Reviews (Thanksgiving Feature)

Friday, November 25: 
Kira at Mrs. Boswell’s Book Bag (Character Interview: Lenzi)
Christine at WatchYA Reading (Review)

Monday, November 28: 
Melina at Reading Vacation (Hannah and Emily’s vid about Mary)
Rummanah at Books in the Spotlight (Review)

Tuesday, November 29: 
Heidi at The Readiacs (Mary In Response to Her Daughters)
Julie C at That’s Swell (Review)

Wednesday, November 30: 
Yani at The Secret Life of an Avid Reader (Setting Video 3)
Mandy B at The Well-Read Wife (Review)

Thursday, December 1: 
Christie at The Fiction Enthusiast (Guest Post: The “Waffling Story”)
Britta at I Like These Books (Character This or That List: Maddi)
T B at Literary Cravings (Review)

Friday, December 2: 
Jessica T at Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile (Character Interview: Maddi)
Cindy at Books Complete Me (Agent Interview)
Michelle B at Hooked to Books (Review)

Monday, December 5: 
Jessi at The Elliott Review (Guest Post from Andrea Cremer)
Lauren R at Lauren’s Crammed Bookshelf (The Real Smith)
Rie at Mission to Read (Review)

Tuesday, December 6: 
Lili at Chica Reader (Character This or That List: Lenzi)
Corrine at Lost for Words (Guest Post: Writing Method)
Patricia at Patricia’s Particularity (Review)

Wednesday, December 7: 
Tara G at Hobbitsies (Setting Video 4)
Danielle B at Frenzy of Noise (Editorial Interview)
Mariah at A Reader’s Adventure (Review)

Thursday, December 8: FIVE POSTS – SCAVENGER HUNT
Katie at Mundie Moms 
Kari at A Good Addiction 
Jessica E at Confessions of a Total Bookaholic 
Bailey at IB Book Blogging
Andye at Reading Teen
Jenny at Supernatural Snark (Review)

Friday, December 9: 
Amber at Page Turners Blog (Character Interview: Alden)
Stacy M at Urban Fantasy Investigations (Setting Video 5)
Casey at The Bookish Type (Review)

Monday, December 12: 
Trish at YA Bound (Crit Partner Interview)
Myranda at My {Reads} Da (Character This or That List: Race)
Jenny C at Mimosa Stimulus (Review)

Tuesday, December 13: 
Madison at Locket Stories (Character This or That List: Zak)
Kelsey at The Book Scout (Anniebear’s Post)
Yani at The Secret Life of an Avid Reader (Review)

Wednesday, December 14:         
Sara H at Eve’s Fan Garden (Setting Video 6)
Julia at Rex Robot Reviews (Guest Post: Pets and Writing)
Keyona at Only Sexy Books Allowed (Review)

Thursday, December 15:
Stacy at Girls in the Stacks (Video Interview)
Alison at Alison Can Read (Tens List)
Anne L at Creativity’s Corner (Review)
Live Chat at Page Turners Blog

Friday, December 16:
Liz at Consumed by Books (Character Interview: Zak)
Melissa W at Mel’s Books and Info (Review)

Blog Tour Days 5,6, and 7

August 23, 2011

So, the Teen{Book}Scene Shattered Souls Blog Tour is in its second week.
There are two stops today.

The first is a review by Rachel on Fiktshun. I loved this line:

This story is not only a must read, but a must re-read.

The second stop is with Amber at Down the Rabbit Hole, where we talk about favorite ghost movies.

Yesterday, I was interviewed by Alisia Leavitt.

Last Friday I talked about my favorite books with Megan over on A Trail Of Books Left Behind.

Be sure to  check out the schedule to see where I’ll be next!

Shattered Souls Blog Tour Day 4: Interview and Review

August 18, 2011

It’s day four of the Teen Book Scene Shattered Souls Tour.

There are two stops today. One is an interview on Dog Eared and Bookmarked.

There is also a review of Shattered Souls over at Books Complete Me.

Be sure to  check out the schedule to see where I’ll be next!