2015 is a special year for me. It marks the 15th Anniversary of the publication of The Princess Diaries, Volume 1, and Shadowland, Book 1 in The Mediator series. To celebrate this, in Summer 2015, I'll be releasing three new books: two in the Princess Diaries series, and one in the Mediator series!
Here's the scoop:
In REMEMBRANCE (William Morrow), the seventh installment of the Mediator series, all Susannah Simon wants is to make a good impression at her first job since graduating from college (and becoming engaged to Dr. Jesse de Silva).
But when she stumbles across an ancient murder, old ghosts—and ex-boyfriends—aren't all that come back to haunt her.
REMEMBRANCE will be the first ever adult installment of the Mediator, published by the adult division of HarperCollins, the company that brought you the YA books in the series.
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For those of you wondering if Paul Slater is in Mediator 7, the answer is yes, he is. There are a lot of comments I could make about that but I will restrain myself.
There is so much NEWS in that post that I can barely restrain myself. Release date! Synopsis! OMG IT IS ADULT! Jesse and Suze engaged! PAUL SLATER! And the "omg" factor of next year being the 15th anniversary of the series, wow. Time flies!
In other news, this community is now being mirrored on Dreamwidth. Things seem to be a bit more active over there, so I'm hoping it will spark a bit of life back into the fandom. If any of you are on DW, I hope you'll join us! In the meantime, I will still continue to post in both communities, and if things get busy over there, I'll be sure to link back on LJ.
In honor of the 10th year anniversary of this fabulous auction, Meg Cabot is proud to donate all 10 full-length novels in her #1 New York Times bestselling Princess Diaries series, as well as a sneak peek chapter from a manuscript Meg is currently working on (an adult sequel to one of her most popular YA series of all time). (Source)
Most people on Twitter automatically assumed this would be a sequel to the Princess Diaries, which it very well could be. BUT the vagueness of the wording here (rather than "sequel to this series we're auctioning off") indicates it's something besides TPD. Since we know for a fact that Mediator 7 is happening, BUT Meg has been so incredibly vague about it, only saying that it's "big"... I kind of suspect she's talking about the Mediator here.
What do you guys think? If the Mediator is getting an adult series, will we get to see Jesse and Suze engaged, wedding planning, already married? I can't even process this right now!!
This week's Throwback Thursday post is all about the undead, the spirits, the ghosts and ghouls … oh, and YA romance, of course! Happy Early Halloween!
Shadowland (Mediator book one) by Meg Cabot
This is a favorite at my house. My mother, my sister and I love Meg Cabot, and her YA Mediator series is both hilarious and romantic. The basic plot is that Suze is a mediator dealing with the living and the dead, and they can be annoying as heck...except, of course, for Jesse, the superhot ghost haunting her. Each book in the series involves Suze solving/creating problems of both the high school and ghostly variety. It's the best series if you are looking for some light fun, no love triangles (not really) and a seriously awesome HEA
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( The road into Carmel )
( Downtown Carmel )
( The Mission/School )
( Courtyard )
( Mission Graveyard )
My only regret with this trip is that the mission was pretty much the only Mediator location I got to see (and I didn't even get all of it). I went over with a family member who literally only wanted to get lunch, swing by the mission for 10 minutes, and go home again. That's why I missed that other courtyard—I didn't even get a chance to look at the map while we were there. I really hope I'll be able to go over to Carmel again sometime soon and can complete the location tour!
Update, Feb. 2014: I don't know when I'll get another chance to go to Carmel again, since I moved out of state less than a month after my trip. But if I ever can make it back down there, I'll make a point of checking out the big courtyard and getting more pictures of Mediator locations!
( Pics behind the cut )
Personally, most of these aren't really my favorite Mediator quotes, but they're still fun to see. What about you guys? Have any of your favorite quotes been featured?
Seriously? You want to know which Oscar pick I liked best this year? I can tell you which one bored the crap out of me: Life of Pi. My boyfriend Jesse dragged me to see it without telling me what it's about. It turns out it's about some guy trapped in a lifeboat with a tiger.
Jesse says it's an allegory about God or religion or something and he really appreciated it after having spent two hundred years being trapped as a ghost in my house.
I said, "Really, Jesse? Do I look like a tiger to you? Have I ever eaten a zebra? Listen, when I want to spend my hard-earned entertainment dollars on an allegory, I'll go to Disneyland and take a ride on Space Mountain. In the meantime, shut up and kiss me."
So he did.
Jesse can pick out the movie anytime if that's what's going to happen. But otherwise, no more movies about anyone trapped in a lifeboat with anything.
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Fans learned of Meg Cabot's plans to write a seventh Mediator book in summer 2011. Since then, Meg has made several mentions of the new book on both her blog and her Twitter.
In February 2012, Meg hinted on her blog that she was planning a trip to Carmel-by-the-Sea to do research for the seventh Mediator book.
In January 2013, Meg confirmed her trip and also posted a status update for the books on her Twitter account:
For Mediator fans who are asking, yes, it's true there will be a 7th book. Went on secret research mission to Carmel last year. However...— Meg Cabot (@megcabot) January 20, 2013
...it's going to be a BIG book so it's going to take a while to write. Thanks for all your support, love, & patience! XXXOO Suze & Jesse— Meg Cabot (@megcabot) January 20, 2013
She later elaborated in her blog:
A lot of people got excited when a certain gossip blog posted that there might be a new installment of The Princess Diaries series coming soon. That was pure conjecture on the part of that blog (though I appreciate the enthusiasm, and it certainly could happen someday).
But I'm definitely adding a 7th installment to the Mediator series (though it's not written yet, so don't expect it anytime soon)! Sometimes inspiration hits when and where you least expect it.
Around this time, there was also a little teaser posted on the official Facebook page for the Mediator series:
You heard it here first...Suze and the gang will be back in a new full length book (Number 7) sometime soon. A little older, a little wiser, and a whole lot sexier! (Well, maybe not that much sexier. Jesse is still an old-fashioned boy.)
Optioned for a TV Series!
In April 2013, Meg announced on her Twitter that The Mediator has been optioned for a TV series!
Exciting news! The Mediator has been optioned to FremantleMedia (Tim Williams and Julia Pistor producing). Suze is in excellent hands!— Meg Cabot (@megcabot) April 17, 2013
(She then posted about it on her blog, slightly more info about Fremantle Media but still not a lot of news yet)
Julia Pistor is the producer who had the rights to the movie before they expired. The fact that she continued to pursue the project in TV form after the film rights expired makes me optimistic that she is dedicated to the series and hopefully will create a faithful adaptation that sticks to most of the series' main plot elements!
So there's the news as I know it regarding The Mediator. I'm very excited about all this and am hoping these developments will bring new fans to the series!