Rick Riordan Clears Up Details About BEA Appearance

Rick_RiordanApparently there have been rumors of what fans will be seeing and knowing at author Rick Riordan‘s appearance at Book Expo America this year.  Some of it is true, and some not so true.  We’ve broken it down for you below so that those who will be attending will know what to expect, and those not attending will know what not to be jealous of.


  • He will be attending the annual Disney Publishing dinner for booksellers and media on Thursday night, May 30th.  This is invitation only, and thus will not be open to the public.
  • He will be speaking at the Children’s Book and Author Breakfast on Friday morning.  This is open to the public, but you must purchase a ticket for the event.
  • He will be revealing the book cover for The House of Hades (Book Four of the Heroes of Olympus series, which is scheduled for release on October 8th, 2013.)  The cover will be released online soon after the event.
  • After the Friday breakfast, he will be signing paperback copies of The Serpent’s Shadow at table 15 in the Javits Center.

Not True:

  • He will not be doing another event that’s open to non-BEA attendees.
  • He will not be giving out any ARCs for The House of Hades.
  • He will not be giving any sneak peeks prior to The Son of Sobek e-single that will be available on June 18th (yes, it’s the same Son of Sobek short story that is at the end of The Son of Sobek paperback, however, the e-single will also have the audiobook read by Rick himself as well as a sneak peek of House of Hades!)

via Hypable.


Rick Riordan Answers Questions via Twitter

UK Cover version of the Mark of Athena book.

Rick Riordan was amazingly gracious enough to answer a boat load of questions from fans via Twitter.  Here are the ones regarding the books.


Q: @Maggheera Is Drew in the Serpent’s Shadow the same Drew as the one in The Lost Hero?

A: Yes. 😀

Q: @Sir_Cumstances Why are you so great at writing cliffhangers?!

A: A true cliffhanger means characters end the story in imminent danger.  Most of my endings aren’t actually cliffhangers. They just leave unanswered questions. Mark of Athena, however, ah… never mind.

Q: @Pob584 how did Frank & Hazel kill the Giant in S.o.N when they can only be killed by Gods & Demi-gods working together?

A: The giant Alcyoneus is unique. He is only immortal in the land where he spawned, in this case, Alaska. Once outside, he’s fair game.

Q: @brogueskittles Tell me Nico is safe! Tell me he’s gonna have a bigger role!

A: Nico has a key role in MoA but demigods are rarely safe!

Q: @AtrociouslyMad Will we be getting a Percy and Annabeth reunion in MoA or not?

A: Don’t think it’s too much of a spoler to say yes.

Q: @TheSwiftFactor ARE YOU PLANNING A CROSSOVER? (Kane/Heroes).

A: If I did, that would be way down the line. Heroes & Norse series first.

Q: @cs412 How come, in the new series, not all demigods have ADHD and dyslexia?

A: That’s true in PJO too. Many demigods do, but not all.

Q: @ItsSimplyGaby Is there anything that you could say about the Leo/Sammy thing in MoA?

A: No spoilers. Sorry! But it will be explained in MoA

Q: @maisumamariana_The Heroes of Olympus is going to have how many books?
A: Five.
Q: @HermioneMila When is Annabeth’s birthday?

A: I don’t know. I’ve never had a reason to determine it, at least not yet.

Q: @OlympusTributes what happened to Calypso?

A: She will make an appearance later in the Heroes series. Right now, that’s all I can say

Q: @JoshuaDanielss Out of the characters in the HoO, which is your favorite to write about?

A: Gleeson Hedge. He cracks me up. Also Leo.

Q: @im_a_halfblood Are you planning on writing another Camp Half-Blood series?

A: Like I said, that’s waaaay far in the future, but some day, I’d like to do 1 more CHB series where all the action actually happens at camp, b/c most of the other books happen on quests. That’s part of the story that hasn’t been told, & would be fun. But like I said, that’s way, way in the future, so don’t hold your breath.

Q: (got buried) Any characters based on real life?

A: Yeah. Mrs. Dodds is a real math teacher, but she’s not actually a monster.  Mr. Brunner (aka Chiron) is a real Latin teacher. Travis & Connor Stoll, Beckendorf, Miranda & Nico are named for former students of mine.

Q: @jvolr I heard a rumor that Thalia will die in The Mark of Athena, you confirm?

A: I can confirm that you shouldn’t listen to rumors.

Q: @OnlyDemigods_Hi Uncle Rick, what’s your favorite character from the Percy Jackson?

A: Grover or Tyson. They’re so fun to write about.

Q: @helloandie Have you ever cried while writing?

A: Only because the first draft is so bad and my deadline is so close. 😀  No, actually I got teary-eyed when I wrote one scene in Mark of Athena, and no, I can’t tell you what it was. Yes, I know that’s mean.

Q: @Jackieromano199 after the TitansCurse, Annabeth and Percy’s Grey streaks are never mentioned…shouldn’t someone question them?

A: Actually that question will be addressed in Mark of Athena.

Q: Someone (sry got buried) asked what’s my favorite ship in my books.

A: The Argo II. Oh . . . not that kind of ship?

Q: @kklorman2 Who would you rather have: Festus or Blackjack?

A: At the risk of hurting Blackjack’s feelings, Festus for sure.

Q: @TheNightCountry why is the book cover art different from the UK and the USA versions?

A: different publishers make diff. covers.  The thinking is UK kids r attracted to different cover art than US kids. *shrug* Each publisher has final say over the cover in that country.

You’ll notice that the humor in his writing only comes naturally due to his humor in some of his answers.  You’ll be able to see more of it in the rest of his questions, which you can read on his blogsite here.

Kane Chronicles 3 Limited Edition

Kane Chronicles, The  Book Three: Serpent's Shadow, The (Special Limited Edition)

amazon that a special limited edition of The Serpents’ Shadow will be released on May 15!  If this is anything like the Son of Neptune special limited edition you will not be disappointed!

Nothing less than the mortal world is at stake when the Kane family fulfills its destiny in this thrilling conclusion to the Kane Chronicles. And now, fans of the #1 New York Times bestselling series can enjoy this signed and numbered limited edition of The Serpent’s Shadow–the perfect keepsake for anyone daring enough to join Carter and Sadie on their adventures. Each numbered book is hand-signed by Rick Riordan and boasts specially commissioned full-color art by series illustrator John Rocco, gilded edges, and foil stamping. The deluxe slipcase features a wrap-around illustration and makes an elegant centerpiece for any bookshelf.

New News On Kane Chronicles Book 3: The Serpent’s Shadow

Kane Chronicles 3: The Serpent’s Shadow, will be released in the US and UK on May 1 with a first US printing of two million copies.

To read the first chapter, visit the Kane Chronicles site: http://bit.ly/erxKCs

Sources: http://www.rickriordan.com