Friday in the Fort with Cassie Clare

Today, we welcome Cassie Clare to The Fort! Her latest book, CLOCKWORK ANGEL, the first in The Infernal Devices trilogy, will be out August 31st. View the book trailer, which debuted on MTV's Hollywood crush earlier this week, by clicking here. 

I love this book so much I carry the ARC around with me. Like a wooby blanket. Like a literary wooby blanket. 

I think you'll adore it, too, so I'm giving a copy away! Just fill out the entry form at the end of the interview! AND BE SURE TO COME BACK MONDAY, when you'll learn how to win The Mortal Instruments Trilogy in paperback, including a SIGNED City of Glass. 

 Magic is dangerous—but love is more dangerous still.

When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.

Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into another person. What’s more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa's power for his own.

Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by—and torn between—two best friends: James, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and blue-eyed Will, whose caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm's length . . . everyone, that is, but Tessa. As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world. . . . and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.

More about Cassie: Cassandra Clare made her fiction debut with The Mortal Instruments series, which has been on many bestseller lists. Cassandra lives in an old Victorian house in western Massachusetts with her fiance, their cats, and lots and lots of books. Visit her website at CassandraClare.com. Learn more about The Mortal Instruments series at MortalInstruments.com. Learn about her new trilogy The Infernal Devices at TheInfernalDevices.com.

Favorite comfort food?
Macaroni and cheese. 

Favorite game?
Boules. :D 

Flannel, fleece or Snuggie?

 Fluffy socks or slippers?

Favorite fall drink?
Mint cocoa. 

Ghost story or Truth or Dare?
Ghost story. 

Truth? Or dare?

What singer/musician/band is a must have for The Fort soundtrack?
Brand New. 

What movie would you bring to watch?

Who's the ideal male mascot for The Fort and why?
What does a male mascot do, anyway? Just hang around and toast your marshmallows? (That sounds kinky.) Robert Downey, Jr.

Note: I came *this* close to using the top image here, but I'm tryin' to keep it classy in The Fort. 

Marshmallows: lightly toasted or burned to a crisp?

Awake all night or first one to sleep?
First to sleep. 

If you could have any YA author visit The Fort and tell stories, who would it be and what story would you ask them to tell?
Oh, Chris Crutcher perhaps, I saw him speak once and he was hilarious. I'd probably just ask him to tell funny anecdotes.

Thanks for visiting The Fort, Cassie! Now, dear reader, enter below to win CLOCKWORK ANGEL (because it's hardback and big, US and CANADA only, please)!

ALSO, IF YOU TWEET, make sure you put me at the end such as: Win CLOCKWORK ANGEL from @MyraMcEntire! If you start with me, @MyraMcEntire, it only goes to me!


  1. I love the movie Heathers. I haven't seen it for ages. I think I'm going to rent it this weekend.

    Awesome interview. And thank you for sharing. I think I'm the first poster. So yay for me.

    Thanks for hosting a great contest.

  2. Hehe. Great mascot choice! I love Robert Downey Jr.

    Thanks for the interview and the contest!

  3. What is Boules? I'll have to google that one. I love Robert Downey Jr. Thanks for the awesome giveaway and interview! =)

  4. Ooh, I heard this book is fabulous!

    Great interview, Myra! And I LOLed about the RDJ pic. :)

  5. Nice interview. Chris Crutcher is a pretty awesome author. ^_^
    Thanks so much for the wonderful contest, I loved The Mortal Instruments and can't wait to read Clockwork Angel.

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  6. This is my FAVORITE in the Fort, not that I'm playing favorites or anything. lol

    You already know this, but I LOVE Clockwork Angel! Cassie fans are going to be blown away with her new series.

    I totally love RD Jr in Sherlock Holmes! Love the picture.

  7. Burnt to a crisp? I prefer lightly toasted :D Great interview; I love Cassie Clare, she's an amazing author! Thanks for the giveaway :D

  8. Totally agree on flannel over snuggie! This was a fun interview.

    And thank you for the great contest!

  9. I LOVE me some Robert Downey Jr.

    And I cannot wait to read Clockwork Angel!!!

  10. I vote for the OTHER RDJ pic. *drools*

  11. OOO OOO! Jumos up and down waving hands. Can NOT WaiT for this bbok!

  12. LOL!! Made my day!!' RDJ and toasted marshmallows -- perfect!!!! Laughter would ensue!!

  13. Gotta say, I LOVE the Mr. Mom reference! Also, Heathers is my FAVORITE movie!!!!

  14. Thanks for the interview! I love Cassandra Clare!

  15. I LOVED this book, LOVED. The characters are vivid and well drawn. I the love strong females who exist in a setting that would render them weak or helpless.

    Great interview!

  16. What a fun post I enjoyed reading it! Thanks for the giveaway!

  17. This is so exciting!! Thanks for this chance to win CA!!! And I can't wait til Monday...!! I loved the fort interview. And RDJ is HOT! Tehehe!

  18. Love this post, want this book (BAD) and Cassie is a Jem been a fan since 2008.

  19. Loved the interview. I love learning interesting tid-bits about authors.

    Robert Downey Jr as a mascot. I wanna join that club.

    Thanks for the contest

  20. Great post and great interview!

  21. What a fun interview! So excited for CWA!

  22. love the almost rdj pic! very ohlala!

  23. Nice interview! I love macaroni and cheese! ^^

  24. OOOOOHHHHHHHHHH MAN! I want this book!!


  25. Sounds like a great read. Love your Friday In the Fort posts.


  26. Oooo... I'm loved the Clockwork Angel!! I gave it away and am still mourning the loss, sigh.

    Also, Myra--that picture of RDJ? Hawt. Thanks for making my afternoon :)

    Love, love your interviews!

    Oh! And Cassie--If you like Mint Cocoa, you should definitely try a Peppermint White Mocha from starbucks. Best. Thing. EVER.

  27. Great interview! Loving the idea of Robert Downey, Jr. as ideal mascot. Enjoy your weekend!

  28. I can't wait for this book!

  29. Cassie you rock, and I'm practically dying to get my hands on a copy of this book! Sorry Myra I just can't wait. I'm going to the book store next week! But I'll spread the word about your awesome contest!

  30. Are you trying to kill us all with the picture you didn't post?

  31. cannot WAIT to read Clockwork Angel!! i heard the ending was EPIC!

  32. Mac and cheese!!!! Loved this Friday in the Fort! Thanks for the giveaway!


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