AURORA RISING cover reveaaaaal!

Hello droogs!

Today’s the big day for the AURORA RISING cover reveal! We won’t waste much of your time, since we’re sure you want to get to the loot and AMAZING cover itself, but, we must say a special thanks to the incredible team at Allen and Unwin, our brilliant cover designer Debra Billson and our incrediballs illustrator, the one and only Charlie Bowater (squeeeeeee)!

So! We’ll do this in three stages.

 

1. Pre-orders

Pre-orders are the lifeblood of any book’s launch, and there’s no better way to support your fave authors than pre-ordering their next book. So, if you’re inclined, links are below.

If you do pre-order, thank you! And if you’re an ILLUMINAE fan, save your receipts, because we’ll be announcing a pre-order offer early next year that you will not want to miss out on. Trust us.

AUSTRALIA

Booktopia

Dymocks

Angus and Robertson

UNITED KINGDOM

Amazon uk

Waterstones

Foyles

UNITED STATES

Amazon

Barnes&Noble

Indiebound

Powells

Book Depository

 

2. ARC giveaway

We have FIVE AURORA RISING ARCs to give away. Behold the awesome:

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If you’d like the chance to win one just in time for the holidays, read on. And we seriously mean read. YES, THE WHOLE THING.

THIS CONTEST IS OPEN INTERNATIONALLY. BRITONS. AUSTRALIANS. AMERICANS. MARTIANS. WE GIVE NO TOSSES ABOUT WHERE YOU ARE FROM.

Each of you will be given two chances to enter. Yes, this means you can enter twice, and we encourage you to do so:

  1. Tweet about the cover reveal. Your tweet must include a link to this site and the hashtag #squad312. Other than that, do what you like. If your tweet is cool or creative, you might get extra entries. If you’re slack (and that’s ok, so are we), here’s a sample tweet:The AURORA RISING cover is live, and my eyes are bleeding from the awesome. Make with the clickies:
    jaykristoff.com
    #squad312
  2. Post the cover artwork onto your instagram feed.You must include the hashtag #squad312 (otherwise we won’t see it)

 

That’s it. Two ways to enter. Enter both ways, double your chances of winning. Simple, yes?

This contest closes on Sunday, December 23.

 

 3. The cover!

 

From the internationally bestselling authors of THE ILLUMINAE FILES comes an epic new science fiction adventure.

The year is 2380, and the graduating cadets of Aurora Academy are being assigned their first missions. Star pupil Tyler Jones is ready to recruit the squad of his dreams, but his own boneheaded heroism sees him stuck with the dregs nobody else in the Academy would touch…

A cocky diplomat with a black belt in sarcasm
A sociopath scientist with a fondness for shooting her bunkmates
A smart-ass techwiz with the galaxy’s biggest chip on his shoulder
An alien warrior with anger management issues
A tomboy pilot who’s totally not into him, in case you were wondering

And Ty’s squad isn’t even his biggest problem—that’d be Aurora Jie-Lin O’Malley, the girl he’s just rescued from interdimensional space. Trapped in cryo-sleep for two centuries, Auri is a girl out of time and out of her depth. But she could be the catalyst that starts a war millions of years in the making, and Tyler’s squad of losers, discipline-cases and misfits might just be the last hope for the entire galaxy.

They’re not the heroes we deserve. They’re just the ones we could find. Nobody panic.

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Hope you lurve as much as we do. Good luck in the contest!
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DEV1AT3 cover!

FinUS

Very chuffed to reveal the cover for the US editions of DEV1AT3! It is pink and it is glorious.

The synopsis is below but it has some huuuuuge spoilers for LIFEL1K3 so, you know, don’t spoil yourself. 🙂🤖💔

 

 

 

 
Seriously

 

 

 

 
Don’t

 

 

 

 

 

 

From bestselling author Jay Kristoff comes the second installment in the LIFEL1K3 trilogy–hailed by Marie Lu as “a breathless, action-packed exploration of what humanity really means.”

In the wake of a climactic battle in the ruined city of Babel, two former best friends suddenly find themselves on opposite sides of the same war. Eve is torn between the memories of the girl she was, and the synthetic she’s discovered herself to be. Together with her lifelike “siblings,” Eve sets out to find the real Ana Monrova, whose DNA is the key to building an army of lifelikes.

Meanwhile, Eve’s best friend, Lemon Fresh, is coming to terms with a power that she has long denied–and that others want to harness as a weapon. When she meets a strange boy named Grimm, he offers to lead her out of the horror-ridden wastelands and to an enclave of other abnorms like herself. There, Lemon quickly finds a sense of belonging–and perhaps even love–among the other genetic deviates.

But all is not what it seems, and with enemies and friends, heroes and villains wearing interchangeable faces, Lemon, too, will join the race to locate Ana Monrova before her former best friend can get to her.


LIFEL1K2 TWO

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It’s got a title, droogs! Cover reveal sooooooooon.

Some jacket is below, please not, this contains some huge spoilers for the first book, so don’t read it it if you haven’t read LL yet (and if not, why not)

From bestselling author Jay Kristoff comes the second installment in the LIFEL1K3 trilogy–hailed by Marie Lu as “a breathless, action-packed exploration of what humanity really means.” 

In the wake of a climactic battle in the ruined city of Babel, two former best friends find themselves on opposite sides of the same war.

Eve is torn between the memories of the girl she was, and the synthetic she’s discovered herself to be. Together with her lifelike “siblings,” Eve sets out to find the real Ana Monrova, whose DNA is the key to building an army of lifelikes. Meanwhile, Eve’s best friend, Lemon, is coming to terms with a power that she has long denied–and that others want to harness as a weapon. When she meets a strange boy named Grimm, he offers to lead her out of the horror-ridden landscape and to an enclave of other abnorms like herself. There, Lemon quickly finds a sense of belonging–and perhaps even love–among the other genetic deviates.

But all is not what it seems, and with enemies and friends, heroes and villains wearing interchangeable faces, Lemon, too, will join the race to locate Ana Monrova before her former best friend can get to her.

The victor will decide the future of humanity itself.

 


IT HAS TITLE

Title reveal (insta)

Droogs!

My partner in crime Amie and I can finally reveal the title of our new sci-fi collaboration! We’ve been working on this one for two years, and to say we’re excited about it is like saying I’m excited about my morning cup of coffee.

We have loads of exciting news coming up on this one – cover reveals and pre-order news and some other top secret stuff! But for now I leave you with:

My goodreads gif review and FAQ

Some pre-order links (we ❤ pre-orders!):

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

And the synopsis!

From the New York Times and internationally bestselling authors of The Illuminae Files comes a new science fiction epic . . .

The year is 2380, and the graduating cadets of Aurora Academy are being assigned their first missions. Star pupil Tyler Jones is ready to recruit the squad of his dreams, but his own boneheaded heroism sees him stuck with the dregs nobody else in the Academy would touch . . .

A cocky diplomat with a black belt in sarcasm
A sociopath scientist with a fondness for shooting her bunkmates
A smart-ass techwiz with the galaxy’s biggest chip on his shoulder
An alien warrior with anger management issues
A tomboy pilot who’s totally not into him, in case you were wondering

And Ty’s squad isn’t even his biggest problem–that’d be Aurora Jie-Lin O’Malley, the girl he’s just rescued from interdimensional space. Trapped in cryo-sleep for two centuries, Auri is a girl out of time and out of her depth. But she could be the catalyst that starts a war millions of years in the making, and Tyler’s squad of losers, discipline-cases and misfits might just be the last hope for the entire galaxy.

NOBODY PANIC.


DARKDAWN 2019

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Hello droogs,

Some of you have noticed some confusion about the release date for DARKDAWN in the last couple of weeks – Amazon says one thing, Goodreads says another, and so on.

Folks have asked me about this on twitter. I did notice, I promise. And apologies I haven’t made an announcement sooner, but I was tied up on the LIFEL1K3 release schedule and tour. Now that my post-apocalyptic baby is out in the world, I can turn attentions back to my more murderous child.

So, the bad news: The release date for DARKDAWN has been pushed to September 2019. Which, I know, is more than a year away. And I know a lot of you were really fucking looking forward to getting it this year and yes, this sucks. So, allow me to explain.

Writing the Nevernight Chronicles has been a slightly different experience to writing my other series, in the sense that I’ve been writing the next book after the previous book has hit shelves. I usually do my homework wayyyyy ahead of time – I handed in the second LIFEL1K3 book months ago, for example. We handed in GEMINA well before ILLUMINAE was published, same with OBSIDIO and GEMINA. But I was still writing GODSGRAVE when NEVERNIGHT came out. DARKDAWN was only about 17,000 words long when GODSGRAVE hit shelves (the final book will be about 180k). This has been cool, in the sense that some reactions from readers have influenced certain parts of the story, and made the book and Mia better. The tricky part of this kind of schedule is that after a book is written, there’s still a whole bunch of work that gets done behind the scenes before it’s published – editing, proofing, designing, marketing, shipping and so on.

So, my plan was to deliver the first draft of DARKDAWN to my publishers in April 2018. Those of you who follow me on instagram know I went to Venice for a month in February and smashed about 90,000 words. It was an amazing experience. Wandering those streets and walking alongside those canals and breathing that air, I discovered the book DARKDAWN would become. I’ll owe the people and city Venice a debt forever.

Thing is, DD is gonna be a 180-190k book. So at the end of Feb when I got back from Italy, I still had around 70-80k words to write. And I had a three week OBSIDIO tour in March (thanks to everyone who came out to see us, you were amazing!).

But yeah, April delivery? Not happening.

I wrote my editors and told them DD wouldn’t be ready til May. And even then, I’d be rushing it. And this is the real thing, the most important thing in all this – truth is, I didn’t want to rush this book.

I’ve never got reactions on any other series like the reactions I get to NEVERNIGHT. People like the ILLUMINAE books. They sold a lot of copies. That weird little bookthing paid for a shitload of bourbon. But the people who like NEVERNIGHT don’t just like it. They love it.

LOOOOOOOVE IT.

They get tattoos of it. They make amazing, brilliant art for it. They write me letters telling me that Mia has got them through divorces, devastating emotional trauma, assault, financial collapse, infidelity, deaths in the family, fucking CANCER. I get letters from teens telling me that Mia helped them recognize their own sexuality, that they’d never seen themselves in a book before they saw her. These books are IMPORTANT to a lot of people, in ways that even now I’m still coming to grips with. And it’s amazing and it’s humbling. And I’ll be eternally grateful for the way you folks have loved my stabby bitch of a daughter.

But here’s the thing – no matter how much you love NEVERNIGHT and GODSGRAVE, DARKDAWN is the book you’ll remember most. The note this series goes out on is the one that’s going to stick with you. And given what this series means to people, what this character means to people, I didn’t want to rush this final book and fuck it up.

As I write this, I still have about 20,000 words to write on DARKDAWN. Realistically, it’ll be mid June before I’m done. It’ll be the book you deserve by then. And handing over the book in mid June for a November release is just too hard for my publishers. There’s still months of work to do after you hand in your first draft. Realistically, it’d be December before we could publish it, even if we ruuuuuushed. And nobody publishes in December unless you’re publishing a christmas book.

Mia is a lot of things, gentlefriends. But she sure as fuck ain’t christmassy.

So, no problem Jay, you say. Just publish DARKDAWN in January. It’s only 3 months later than you promised.

Problem there is, I have another book coming out in March – the first in my new series with Amie, the book formerly known as THE ANDROMEDA CYCLE (the name has changed, more about that next month). And then I have the second LIFEL1K3 book coming out in May. Point is, dropping three books in five months is fucking insanity. The sales of one will cannibalize another, the schedule would be fruitloops. I’d literally get no writing done for the first half of 2019, and writing is my drug. My therapy. It’s what I do to stay sane. Five months of constant touring and promo would drive me batshit crazy.

So, Fall release it is. Spring in Oz. September, to be precise. This is an absolute deadline. I swear it on the Black Mother – Darkdawn will be in your hands in September 2019. This is not a Winds of Winter scenario, I’ll be finished writing it in June. And please note I am not knocking Lord GRRM in any way – mad props to George, I love that guy. I’m just pointing out this isn’t writing/content delay. It’s schedules for other books that are spannering the works, not the writing part. The writing part is great.

I know this sucks. I know how disappointed some of you will be. But the book will be better for it. If I’d rushed it, if I’d pushed before it was ready, it wouldn’t be the book it’s going to be. The ending came to me a few days ago. It’s the ending I’ve been looking for the last six months. The other endings I’d thought of were good. But this one is RIGHT. I know it in my bones, the way you know you’re in love. The book is writing itself now. It’s like fucking magic. Everything is falling into place and I’m loving every moment of these final chapters. I’m sitting here typing this blog post and cannot wait to dive back into what I’m writing (Chapter 35, you’ll know what I mean when you get there). God, I can’t wait for you to read this thing, seriously.

But you’re going to have to wait a little bit longer than you hoped.

So, I’m sorry. It’s a bummer. We’ll figure out something cool to make up for the delay. In the meantime, if you must MUST read more of my stuff, you have LIFEL1K3 on shelves this week if you’re in America (July in the UK). And you have have my new series with Amie (new title reveal very soon) coming out in March 2019, and LIFEL1K3 2 in May to tide you over.

And then, in September, daylight dies.

It’ll be worth the wait, I promise.

Cheers droogies. And thanks for understanding 🙂

 


LIFEL1K3 pre-order offerrr!

Map and marks

Hello droogs!

The LIFEL1K# pre-order is now live for folks in the US! To get your sticky booky hands on a full color map of the Yousay by the amazing Virginia Allyn and four brill LIFEL1K3 bookmarks with illustrations by the incredibly talented Mona May, all you need to is:

1. Pre order LIFEL1K3 (Amazon/Barnes&Noble/Indiebound/Powells/Book Depository/ it doesn’t matter from where, just get a receipt)

2. Head to getunderlined.com and search for “Lifel1k3”. Or better yet, just click HERE.

3. Enter your details and upload your receipt.

4. Profit.

A quick FAQ:

Is this only for US residents?
Yep, sorry. Australian residents will be able to pick up this loot by coming along to one of Jay’s tour stops in May!

Does it matter where I pre-order?
Nope. Local indie, big chain, wherever you like. Just get a receipt.

What if I pre-order the audiobook or e-book?
That works too. Thanks!

What the flaming hells is this book about?
Check the blurb here.

Has anyone ever told you that you look like Dave Grohl?
Never.

So that’s three books you’re bringing out this year? Do you ever sleep?
Jay actually sleeps all day. In reality, his books are written by Jays stolen from an alternate reality. “Real” Jay keeps us locked in his basement, somebody please call the police . . . oh god, HE’S COMING DOWN THE STAIRS, HEL—

 

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DARKDAWN cover reveal

TADAAAAA

Droogs! The US cover for DARKDAWN is live!

I’ve been very lucky to work an amazing artist in Jason Chan for 6 of my book covers – I’ve been a huge fan of his since he started working in Magic: The Gathering. And even biased as I am, I can honestly say that not only is DARKDAWN the best piece he’s ever done for me, but it’s also one of the best things he’s EVER done.

The stunning typography was once again done by the amazing Meg Morley of Cuddlebuggery fame, who also does type on the interiors.

Check out the awesome here.