The A-Bomb informed me it’s been over a month since I posted anything on this blog. Even though lots of exciting stuff has been happening and I should have been posting every week. But I swear (best Han Solo voice) it’s not my fault.
So, a month or so ago, my awesome marketing folks at Thomas Dunne shot me an email outlining their promotional plans for KINSLAYER, and among them was the suggestion I might want to write a novella set in the Lotus War world. The idea being, we’d print them up and give them away with pre-orders of KINSLAYER, because anyone who likes my stuff enough to pre-order it is worthy of a reach-around. Pre-orders are grand, because they get the book stores happy in the pants. And when the book stores get happy pants, everyone else gets happy pants. ARE YOUR PANTS HAPPY.
So, that’s what I’ve been doing the last month. Locked away like a resident of Briarcliff (yeah, I found time to watch s2 of American Horror Story, and the Name Game song has been stuck in my head ever since) working on a novella for you all, my fingers all worn down to sorry nubs. Such is my love for you. IT HAS MADE NUBS OF MY FINGERS.
Good news is, the novella has turned out pretty awesome. It’s set 100 years before the events of STORMDANCER, and explains why the thunder tigers left Shima. So if you’re interested in learning the whys and whatnots, you can pre-order KINSLAYER here. Or here.
The covers for KINSLAYER are done, and they are AMAZING. I never thought I’d say it, but both the UK and US covers blow the STORMDANCER covers out of the water. If I wasn’t straight and already married, I’d totally marry the shit out of Jason Chan. The dude has got no mercy.
We’ll be doing a similar cover reveal to last year, with some awesome book blogger folks helping us out, and a dumptruck full of ARCs to give away. The reveal is set for early May, more news as it comes to hand.
In KINSLAYER news, we’re into the copy-edit stage, just seconds from the final bell. The book is feeling awesome. Brutal and funny and tragic and epic. I seriously can’t wait for you guys to read it.
Other good news – STOMRDANCER is up for some literary awards. But I’ll cover those in a separate post to get my post count back up so the next time my bride starts looking at my blog all scowly-like, I can point and say “looooooook, I did three posts in Marrrrrch!”
Sad, I know, but it’s the only ammo I’ve got…