Jan 102020
 

Are you ready to return to the world of ALICE in LOOKING GLASS? Read on for a sneak peek of the first novella in the collection, more information on the stories, U.S. and UK covers and preorder links. I hope you love falling down the rabbit hole again with me.

LOVELY CREATURE

Elizabeth Violet Hargreaves trotted down the stairs in her new blue dress, her blond hair neatly done up in curls and ribbons.
She couldn’t wait to show Mama and Papa how pretty she looked. Elizabeth had spent several moments admiring her appearance from all angles in her looking glass, until her maid Dinah had told her enough was enough and that she should get downstairs else she would miss breakfast.
Elizabeth did not want to miss breakfast. She was a hearty eater, somewhat to her mother’s dismay, and breakfast was her favorite meal. There were always pots of jam with breakfast, and a sugar bowl for the tea, and Elizabeth never missed a chance to add an extra dollop of jam to her toast or sneak another lump of sugar.
If her mother caught her she would make that hissing snake noise between her teeth and tell Elizabeth if she kept eating like that she would become rounder than she was already. Elizabeth didn’t mind much that she was round. She thought it made her look soft and sweet, and she’d rather be soft and sweet than hard and clipped, like her mother.
Of course, Elizabeth thought Mama was beautiful—or rather, she was beautiful underneath all her planes and angles. She had the same blond hair as Elizabeth, long and thick. When she took it down at night it would fall in rippling waves to her waist. Some of those waves had turned silvery grey, though Elizabeth didn’t think Mama was that old, really, and the silver was sort of pretty when it caught the light.
Elizabeth had her mother’s eyes, too, clear and blue. But Mama used to laugh more, and her eyes used to crinkle up in the corners when she did. Now there was always a furrow between her brows, and Elizabeth couldn’t remember the last time she laughed.
No, that isn’t true, she thought to herself. She could remember the last time Mama laughed. It was before That Day.
“That Day” was how Elizabeth always referred to it in her mind, the day that she came downstairs for breakfast to find her father at the table looking like he’d aged twenty years in a minute, his face the color of old ash in the fireplace. In front of him was the morning newspaper, freshly ironed.
“Papa?” she’d asked, but he hadn’t heard her.
Elizabeth had crept closer, and seen the paper’s headline.


FIRE IN CITY ASYLUM
No Survivors—
Tales from Terrified Onlookers


Underneath these interesting bits was a photograph that showed the asylum before and after the fire. Elizabeth stared at the “before” picture. The building seemed like it was staring back at her, like something was rippling under the walls, something that wanted to reach out and grab her and drag her inside.
“Elizabeth,” Papa had said, and folded the paper hurriedly, pushing it to one side. “What is it, my darling?”
She indicated the food spread out on the table before him. “It’s breakfast. Did Mama eat already?”
“N-no,” Papa said. “Mama isn’t feeling well. She’s still asleep.”
That was strange, because Elizabeth was certain she’d heard Mama’s voice downstairs earlier. But Papa seemed to have something on his mind at the moment (that was what Mama always said, that Papa had Something on His Mind and Elizabeth Wasn’t to Bother Him) so perhaps he’d forgotten that Mama had been here already.
Elizabeth climbed into her seat and laid her napkin on her lap as she was supposed to do and waited for Hobson to serve.
The butler came forward and Elizabeth said, “Eggs and toast, please, Hobson.”
He nodded, and lifted the cover off the eggs, and Elizabeth noticed his hand trembled as he scooped the eggs onto her plate with a large silver spoon. He plucked two pieces off the toast rack with tongs and placed them next to the eggs.
“Jam, Miss Alice?” Hobson said, offering Elizabeth the jam pot.
Not Alice,” Papa hissed through his teeth, and his voice was so harsh it made Elizabeth jump in her seat. “Elizabeth.”
Hobson brought one of his shaking hands to his face, and Elizabeth saw with surprise that he wiped away a tear.
“Hobson, are you all right?” she asked. She liked the old butler quite a bit. He always saved extra sugar lumps for her in a handkerchief and passed them illicitly at dinner.

“Yes, Miss Al—Elizabeth,” he said firmly. “I’m quite all
right.”
He placed the jam pot near Elizabeth’s teacup and went to stand against the wall behind Papa. Elizabeth watched him, frowning.
“Papa, who’s Alice?” she asked.
“No one,” Papa said in his No Arguments voice. “I think Hobson must have been thinking of something else.”
Elizabeth ignored the No Arguments warning. “But then why did you get so angry when he said ‘Alice’?”
Papa’s face looked strange then, a kind of cross between chalky and mottled, and he seemed to be swallowing words trying to escape out of his mouth.
“It’s nothing for you to worry about, Elizabeth,” Papa said finally. “Enjoy your breakfast. You can have extra jam if you like.”
Elizabeth returned her attention to her breakfast plate, pleased to have permission for all the jam she liked but not so silly that she didn’t realize Papa was trying to distract her. Still, she supposed she could let herself be distracted for the moment.
And in truth, she had nearly forgotten the Incident at Breakfast until later, when she climbed the stairs to get a book and heard Mama making muffled noises in her bedroom. Elizabeth had put her ear close to the keyhole and listened.

“Alice, Alice,” Mama said, and it sounded like she was sobbing.
“Alice,” Elizabeth said to herself, and tucked the name away. It meant something. No one wanted her to know what it meant, but it certainly meant something.

Elizabeth didn’t know why she was now thinking of That Day as she tripped down the stairs in her lovely dress. That Day had been strange and confusing, all the adults in the house speaking in hushed voices.
Her older sister Margaret had even come from across the City in a carriage to confer with their parents in the parlor and Elizabeth had been told in no uncertain terms to go to her room and stay there while this interesting conference occurred.
Margaret was quite a lot older than Elizabeth— twenty years older, in fact, and had two little girls of her own. These girls were ten and nine years old to Elizabeth’s eight but had to call her “Aunt Elizabeth” and she did rather enjoy exerting the authority that came with being the aunt. It meant that when she said that they had to play a certain game they had to listen or else she could tell them off without getting in trouble for it.
They would see Margaret and her husband Daniel (who always called her “Sister Elizabeth” and made her laugh by tickling her cheeks with his mustache) and the girls today at Giving Day. All of the families of the City gathered in the Great Square for their children to receive their gifts from the City Fathers.
Elizabeth had noticed last year that some families— her own papa, even— also gave something to the City Fathers in return. She couldn’t tell what it was, though, because it was a sealed envelope.
She paused outside the door of the breakfast room, to make certain that Papa and Mama were both in there so she could make her grand entrance and hear both of them ooh and aah at how pretty she looked. The two of them were murmuring quietly to each other as they passed the jam and the butter.
Elizabeth swept into the room and paused just inside the door, holding the hem of her new dress in both hands. Mama hadn’t even seen the dress because Dinah had gone with her to the shop to choose it. Elizabeth wanted it to be a surprise for everyone, and of course her hair had never looked quite so nice as it did just then. Dinah had taken extra care on it that morning.
“Ta‑da!”
Elizabeth said, and waited for the applause.
Instead her mother gasped and said, “Alice!”
Papa’s face went from ruddy to white in a moment, and he looked at Mama and said, in a warning voice, “Althea!”
Mama covered her mouth with her hand, and Elizabeth heard little coughing sobs leaking out from behind her fingers.
Alice again, Elizabeth thought. This time she was not curious about the name so much as annoyed. Who was this Alice to steal Elizabeth’s thunder? Where were her “oohs” and “aahs”?
“What’s the matter, Mama?” Elizabeth asked. “Don’t you think I’m pretty in my new dress?”
Papa took a very long draught from his teacup and put the cup back on the saucer with a clatter. Then he held his arms out to Elizabeth, who went to her father and climbed into his lap.
“Of course you look pretty, my sweetheart. I’ve never seen a
creature so lovely as you.” He winked at her. “Except your mother, of course. And you are just the image of her.”
Elizabeth smiled proudly across the table at Mama, who seemed to be struggling to get herself under control. She stared at Elizabeth as if she were a ghost instead of her own daughter.
“You look very pretty, too, Mama,” Elizabeth offered.
Mama did look pretty in her white gown, the same one that she always wore to Giving Day. It was her nicest one and it never was taken out except for this special day once a year. Mama usually wore it with a pink sash around her waist but that sash had been replaced by a blue one that was a little darker than the blue of Elizabeth’s dress. Elizabeth wondered what happened to the other sash.
“Elizabeth said you look pretty, Althea,” Papa said.
The way he said it was like he was talking to a child that needed to be reminded of her manners. Elizabeth had never heard Papa talk to Mama this way before.
Mama closed her eyes, gave a shuddering breath and then opened them again. When she did the ghost hadn’t left her face entirely but she looked more like Mama again.
“Thank you very much, Elizabeth,” Mama said. “You look charming in that dress.”
If Mama had said this the way that she usually said it Elizabeth would have wriggled with pride but it didn’t sound the way Mama usually said it. It was stiff and hard and Mama didn’t mean it. Elizabeth could tell.
“Why don’t you have some breakfast?” Papa asked, kissing the top of her head. This was the signal for her to hop off his lap and go to her own chair.
She did, though a lot of the joy of the day had been drained out already. Well, perhaps Daniel and Margaret would compliment her dress when they arrived.
Still, Elizabeth thought as she put an extra- generous dollop of marmalade on her toast, I must discover who this Alice is.
Elizabeth was tired of Alice spoiling her days.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE NOVELLAS:

In four new novellas, Christina Henry returns to the world of Alice and Red Queen, where magic runs as freely as secrets and blood.

Lovely Creature
In the New City lives a girl with a secret: Elizabeth can do magic. But someone knows her secret–someone who has a secret of his own. That secret is a butterfly that lives in a jar, a butterfly that was supposed to be gone forever, a butterfly that used to be called the Jabberwock…

Girl in Amber
Alice and Hatcher are just looking for a place to rest. Alice has been dreaming of a cottage by a lake and a field of wildflowers, but while walking blind in a snowstorm she stumbles into a house that only seems empty and abandoned…

When I First Came to Town
Hatcher wasn’t always Hatcher. Once, he was a boy called Nicholas, and Nicholas fancied himself the best fighter in the Old City. No matter who fought him he always won. Then his boss tells him he’s going to battle the fearsome Grinder, a man who never leaves his opponents alive…

The Mercy Seat
There is a place hidden in the mountains, where all the people hate and fear magic and Magicians. It is the Village of the Pure, and though Alice and Hatcher would do anything to avoid it, it lies directly in their path…

U.S. edition published by Berkley Publishing, an imprint of Penguin Random House

To add LOOKING GLASS to your Goodreads list click here

Preorder the U.S. edition from your favorite bookseller:

57th Street Books

Amazon

Anderson’s Bookshops

Barnes & Noble

The Book Cellar

Bookmarks

Books-A-Million

Bucket o’Blood Books and Records

Indiebound

Kobo

Mysterious Galaxy

RoscoeBooks

Unabridged Books

Volumes Bookcafe

Women and Children First

U.K. edition is published by Titan Books

Preoder the U.K. edition from your favorite bookseller:

Amazon U.K.

The Beckenham Bookshop

Big Green Bookshop

The Book Shop

Five Leaves Bookshop

Forum Books

Foyles

Mr. B’s Emporium

Hive

Literally Productions

The Mainstreet Trading Company

Max Minerva’s

The Portobello Bookshop

Topping & Company Booksellers

Transreal Fiction

Waterstones

WriteBlend





Oct 022019
 

When I completed the writing of RED QUEEN in 2015 I thought I was finished with Alice and Hatcher’s story. Alice and Hatcher would go on into the wilds of your imagination. Their story would continue but it would remain unwritten.

Then, last year, I heard a strange voice in my head, someone crying out – “Don’t do that, sister of Alice!”

Sister of Alice, I thought. Who on earth is this sister of Alice?

Most of my stories begin with a question that I want to answer, so I wrote a story so I could find out about this sister of Alice.  And that got me wondering about what Alice and Hatcher were doing, so I wrote two stories about their continuing adventures. Writing about Hatcher prompted me to wonder about young Hatcher and his life before Alice, so I wrote a story about that, too.

This collection was a labor of love, a last visit with two characters that have meant so much to me. I hope that you enjoy reading it as much as I’ve loved writing it.

You can find more information on each story below, as well as the GORGEOUS U.S. and U.K. covers and preorder links.

In four new novellas, Christina Henry returns to the world of Alice and Red Queen, where magic runs as freely as secrets and blood.

Lovely Creature
In the New City lives a girl with a secret: Elizabeth can do magic. But someone knows her secret–someone who has a secret of his own. That secret is a butterfly that lives in a jar, a butterfly that was supposed to be gone forever, a butterfly that used to be called the Jabberwock…

Girl in Amber
Alice and Hatcher are just looking for a place to rest. Alice has been dreaming of a cottage by a lake and a field of wildflowers, but while walking blind in a snowstorm she stumbles into a house that only seems empty and abandoned…

When I First Came to Town
Hatcher wasn’t always Hatcher. Once, he was a boy called Nicholas, and Nicholas fancied himself the best fighter in the Old City. No matter who fought him he always won. Then his boss tells him he’s going to battle the fearsome Grinder, a man who never leaves his opponents alive…

The Mercy Seat
There is a place hidden in the mountains, where all the people hate and fear magic and Magicians. It is the Village of the Pure, and though Alice and Hatcher would do anything to avoid it, it lies directly in their path…

U.S. edition published by Berkley Publishing, an imprint of Penguin Random House

To add LOOKING GLASS to your Goodreads list click here

Preorder the U.S. edition from your favorite bookseller:

57th Street Books

Amazon

Anderson’s Bookshops

Barnes & Noble

The Book Cellar

Bookmarks

Books-A-Million

Bucket o’Blood Books and Records

Indiebound

Kobo

Mysterious Galaxy

RoscoeBooks

Unabridged Books

Volumes Bookcafe

Women and Children First

The U.K. edition is published by Titan Books

Preoder the U.K. edition from your favorite bookseller:

Amazon U.K.

The Beckenham Bookshop

Big Green Bookshop

The Book Shop

Five Leaves Bookshop

Forum Books

Foyles

Mr. B’s Emporium

Hive

Literally Productions

The Mainstreet Trading Company

Max Minerva’s

The Portobello Bookshop

Topping & Company Booksellers

Transreal Fiction

Waterstones

WriteBlend

Aug 122019
 

I’ve had some questions from readers regarding my upcoming work, so here’s a quick update:
1) First up is LOOKING GLASS. It will be released in April of 2020.
What it is not: A full-length novel about Alice and Hatcher.
What it is: Four novellas (about 40-50 pages each) set in the Chronicles of Alice universe. Two stories are about Alice and Hatcher post-RED QUEEN, one story is about young Hatcher in the Old City, and one story is about a young girl in the New City with a connection to Alice.
Preorders are available from most bookstores now for LOOKING GLASS; I’ll be posting links on this page soon. I also hope to have some cover art for you to see pretty soon as well.
2) I have another book coming out in October of next year called THE GHOST TREE.
What it is not: A retelling of any kind.
What it is: A stand-alone horror novel about a midwestern town under a curse. I am really excited about this book and I hope that all of you love it as much as I do.
3) Finally, several people have asked if there will be a sequel to THE GIRL IN RED. There is no sequel planned at this time. Thank you so much to everyone who loved Red.

May 162018
 

Hey, U.K. fans! Want to get your shiny new copies of THE MERMAID autographed? Come see me on my first ever U.K. tour! I’ll be touring with Sarah Maria Griffin, author of SPARE AND FOUND PARTS, for all dates. Two dates will also feature V.E. Schwab (A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC) and the London Picadilly date will feature Dhonielle Clayton (THE BELLES). I am so excited to meet all of you – hope to see you out on tour in late July/early August!

29th July

YALC – London, Olympia

 

30th July

Birmingham Waterstones, 6:30pm

24-26 High Street

 

31st July

Manchester Waterstones, 6:30pm

91 Deansgate

 

1st August

Newcastle Waterstones, 6:30pm

Emerson Chambers, Blackett Street

With A Darker Shade of Magic author V.E. Schwab

 

2nd August

Edinburgh Waterstones, 6:30pm

128 Princes Street

With A Darker Shade of Magic author V.E. Schwab

 

3rd August

London Piccadilly Waterstones, 6:30pm

203-206 Piccadilly Street

With The Belles author Dhonielle Clayton

 

4th August

London Forbidden Planet, 1-2pm

(signing only)

Mar 212018
 

I’ve got several appearances coming up in the next few months so I’m collecting them here for easy reference. Some of these appearances don’t have full programming details yet – I will add them in as I receive those. Hope to see many of you this year!

APRIL

April 07, 2018, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Room S405b
 
Engrossing stories, fully-realized fantasy worlds…and the bad ass female characters that inhabit them. Join a panel of authors for a lively discussion of resistance, rebellion and female characters who aren’t afraid to break the mold. Featuring Justina Ireland (Dread Nation, Promise of Shadows), Rebecca Ross (The Queen’s Rising), Christina Henry (The Mermaid, The Black Wings Series) and Sarah Beth Durst (The Queen of Sorrow, Vessel).
 
Signing: 3:00-4:00pm at tables #35 and #36 in the autographing area

MAY

  •  Signing at Barnes and Noble  – Des Moines, IA
    Wednesday May 2nd 6-8pm

Barnes & Noble
Shoppes At Three Fountains
4550 University Ave
West Des Moines, IA 50266

I’m so excited to be the Author Guest of Honor for Demicon 29! Full programming/signing details to come.

JUNE

I’m so pleased to announce that I’ll be appearing at Denver Comic Con for the first time! Full programming/signing details to come.
Wednesday June 20th 2018
7:30pm
Women & Children First
5233 N. Clark St. Chicago, IL 60640
773.769.9299

JULY

  • I can’t say anything official yet but if you’re in the U.K. STAY TUNED

May 222017
 

I will be part of the massive sci-fi/fantasy book signing extravaganza hosted by the Poisoned Pen Bookstore in Scottsdale, AZ on Wednesday May 24th from 7:00-8:00pm. The event takes place at the Hilton Scottsdale Resort at 6333 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ.  Also on hand will be Jim Butcher, Victoria Schwab, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Wesley Chu, Myke Cole, Sam Sykes, Aprilynne Pike and many, many more of your favorite science fiction and fantasy authors! You don’t want to miss this one.

I will also be at Phoenix Comic-Con from Thursday May 25th to Sunday May 28th. I am on seven panels and there are also two signing sessions, so please come see me if you are attending! Here’s my schedule:

Thursday May 25th

Fantasy and Magic in Literature :: North 126AB 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

For many readers, fantasy was one of the first genres that led them to a love of books. From Lord of the Rings to Dungeons and Dragons to Harry Potter, these beloved stories were read and digested over and over. Fantasy and magic can also spawn everything from sorcery to the paranormal, and swords to urban environments. These authors will discuss their worlds and how, regardless of what academics say, fantasy is literature.

Bradley P. BEAULIEU
Beth Cato
Christina Henry
Brian McClellan
Katie Salidas
V.E. Schwab

Keeping it Funny :: North 126C 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Dying’s easy; humor’s hard. Get tips and tricks from authors who write humorous science fiction, fantasy, and even horror.

Bradley P. BEAULIEU
Christina Henry
Gini Koch
Joseph Nassise
Yvonne Navarro

 

Friday May 26th

Writing Badass Women :: North 126C 10:30 am to 11:30 am

Complex female characters are thankfully becoming a staple in fantasy and science fiction. However, it can be a challenge to not succumb to well-worn tropes and societal norms when creating them. These authors are ready to share their firsthand experiences of creating badass women.

Elizabeth Bear
Beth Cato
Neo Edmund
Christina Henry
Alexandra Oliva
Aprilynne Pike
Katie Salidas

Get Me Out Of Here! :: North 126C 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Time for some cross-genre fun and maybe make one of our authors scream “Get me out of here!” We will be asking our authors questions about something outside their genre and let you decide if their answer holds up. Let’s see what a sci-fi writer knows about magic systems or a fantasy author knows about the Andromeda nebula.

Ryan Dalton
Christina Henry
Scott Lynch
Brian McClellan
Amy K. Nichols
Alan Smale
Sam Sykes

Alexandra Oliva, Christina Henry, Scott Lynch, Brian McClellan, and V.E. Schwab Signing :: North 124AB
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

 

Saturday May 27th

Terry Brooks, Alan Dean Foster, Christina Henry, Quincy J. Allen and Claudia Gray Signing :: Exhibitor Hall Author Signing 10:30 am to 11:30 am
Build A Story Workshop :: North 126C 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Ever wanted to help build a story framework and then flesh it out as bonafide fanfiction? Imagine doing it with award-winning authors from different genres. The goal is to build a story framework in an interactive environment and then flesh it out and make it your own. We may even Web publish some!

Ryan Dalton
Neo Edmund
Christina Henry
Jason M. Hough
Michael MacLean
Amy K. Nichols
Alan Smale

Sex and Romance in Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Paranormal :: North 126C  3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Romance is a part of life, as is sex, but how much is too much, and how do you do it well? Our panelists share the fun and challenges of having characters who fall in love with aliens, ghosts, the fae, and more.

L.J. Hachmeister
Christina Henry
Erin Kellison
Gini Koch
Yvonne Navarro
Erin Quinn
Katie Salidas

 

Sunday, May 28th

Paranormal Fun :: North 126C 10:30 am to 11:30 am

Paranormal stories can be fun to read and even more fun to write, but what makes a good paranormal yarn? How do you avoid well-worn tropes and make already-tread ground interesting and fresh? Our paranormal panel is ready to share their insights on ghosts, poltergeists, and strange phenomenon.

Christina Henry
Sherrilyn Kenyon
Gini Koch
Joseph Nassise
Dan Wickline

 

Apr 032017
 

Will you be at C2E2 on Sunday, April 23rd? I will! Come check out my panel with Danielle Paige, Ashley Poston, Tricia Levenseller, Gene Ha, and Brittany Cavallaro! I also might have some early LOST BOY copies to give away, so be sure to stop by the signing table afterwards.

Panel details:

Tale as Old As Time (The Remix): Rebooting Classic Fairytales

April 23rd 10:45-11:45

Room S402

You may think you know what really happened to Dorothy, Cinderella, and Alice but you have no idea. Come hear from the authors that are remixing your favorite fairytales (aka – tales as old as time) and adding the twists and turns that keep you turning page after page!

Signing:

April 23rd 12:00-1:00pm

Autographing Table 25

Dec 192016
 

I’m so pleased to share that the cover and an excerpt for LOST BOY were revealed today on Entertainment Weekly – follow the link to check it out!

My American publisher, Penguin Random House, is giving away signed copies of ALICE and RED QUEEN as well as advanced copies of LOST BOY. Sign up here for a chance to win before December 30th! Since the books are coming direct from the publisher it is only open to US entrants – sorry about that!

I’m also excited to announce that Titan Books will be publishing LOST BOY in the U.K.

You can stay in the loop about everything LOST BOY by signing up for the newsletter at peterlies.com

Want to add LOST BOY to your Goodreads list? You can do that here

You can preorder LOST BOY at:

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Books-a-Million

Indiebound

Mysterious Galaxy

Powells

Sep 122016
 

Heading to New York Comic-Con in October? Stop by and see me! I’ll be signing books Friday evening and Saturday afternoon, and I’ve also got a Saturday panel. Check out my schedule:

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7

5:30-6:30 PM: Penguin Booth Signing

Horror Block: Christina Henry, Alice and Thomas Sniegoski, The Demonists—FREE

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8

Nostalgia and Reboots in Literature

Date: Saturday, 10/8/2016

Time: 11:00:00 AM – 12:00:00 PM

Location: BookCon @ NYCC – 500 W 36th St (Hudson Mercantile)

Everything old is new again. Kinda. From Shakespeare to fantastic literature of the 19th Century to detecting tales of the early 20th Century, to “Wagon Train to the Stars” to adventures gone terribly wrong, the joy of these works comes in the blend of the familiar and the original.

SIGNING: 12:15-1:15 PM (Hudson Mercantile, 6th Floor)