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Book deal, babeh


For those of you who follow me on Twitter, this is not the HUGE news that I promised this week. RELAX, that’s still coming. On Wednesday in fact (Tuesday for the US). But I realized the other day that we were so goddamn busy at the time, I never actually blogged about this when it happened. And this is huge news, too.

So, for the sake of posterity and those of you who missed the announcement on Twitter/in Publishers Weekly waaaaaayyy back in May, BEHOLD:

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Amie and I sold a new series to Random House, the amazing folks who publish the ILLUMINAE FILES and my upcoming YA series LIFEL1K3! Bang your heads, motherfuckers!

A quick FAQ about the new series:

What’s the first book called?
The working title is currently ANDROMEDA, after one of the main characters in the novel. This title could change, however. The working title for ILLUMINAE was VOID, and that sure as hell didn’t stick. So at the moment, UNTITLED is probably the safest option.

It’s another science fiction series?
Yep. Come join us. All the cool kids are doing it.

What’s the first book about?
We sold it as “the Breakfast Club goes to Star Fleet Academy”. For those of you not old enough to remember tBC, it’s basically Misfits in space.
It’s a science fiction series, set in the far future, where a ragtag group of losers, delinquents and discipline cases at a military academy end up having to save the universe – presuming they don’t kill each other first.

Is it another alternate format series like THE ILLUMINAE FILES?
Nope. There’s no sense repeating yourself.
The series will be written 1st person (which is a new thing for me). There are six main characters. We’re taking three each.

Is the story set in the ILLUMINAE universe?
Nope. The universe in the new series has a more classic space opera vibe to it. Think Star Trek or Babylon 5 – a small group of alien races, including humans, discoveringΒ  the secrets of a much wider and more dangerous universe.

But what about the rest of the ILLUMINAE FILES books?
The new series doesn’t start until 2018, after the ILLUMINAE FILES is finished. We’ve already handed in ILLUMINAE 3 to our editor. It’s in the can, friendo.

Can you tell us anything else?
We can! But we’re not going to! You have two more ILLUMINAE books and LIFEL1KE and NEVERNIGHT2 to tide you over until 2018. πŸ™‚

God, don’t you two ever fucking sleep?
For the weak, sleep is.


NEVERNIGHT launch party

Hello droogs,

This is a little late, since NEVERNIGHT has been out in the world for a couple of weeks now, but I’ve been busier than a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs (as I imagine my grandaddy used to say) finishing up ILLUMINAE 3.

So! Here’s some shots of the Melbourne NEVERNIGHT launch party, courtesy of the amazing Amber-Louise πŸ™‚

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If you’d like to see some more shots, you can find them on my facebook page.

Thanks for an amazing night, peoples! See you at the GEMINA launch πŸ˜€


NEVERNIGHT is now out in the US, UK and Australia.


Amazon/Barnes&Noble/Indiebound/Powells/Book Depository

Huge thanks to everyone who has already bought it and is spreading the love! πŸ™‚