What's in a name?

Letters, of course. *ba-doom tissssssh*
– crickets –
It’s a little over 8 months until the final book of the Lotus War hits shelves. 8 months until the series that completely changed my life does it’s final twirl upon the stage and makes you all ugly cry like a 5 year old Jay when Bambi’s mother buys the farm (Spoiler for those who haven’t seen it – she doesn’t really buy a farm, that’d be silly, she’s a fkn deer how in god’s name could she operate a tractor or complain about the injustice inherent in the subsidy system).
Since STORMDANCER sold waaaaay back in January of 2010, the day to day of being me has changed a little . . . radically, and like a random Vlog Brothers video into a never ending youtube hole of Sci-Show and Crash Course, this trilogy has pretty much been the gateway drug into some seriously incredible times for me. I’ve met a ton of amazing people, had people make me songs and poems and art and got fan mail from countries I’ve never visited, had my work translated into a bunch of languages I can only say a few choice curse words in, and of course, I’ve had the singularly amazing experience of walking into a bookstore and seeing something I created siting there for all the world to see and buy and enjoy/light on fire. To everyone who’s come along for the ride – you’re 100% awesome and I’m eternally grateful.
But, all good things come to an end, as they say. D:
BUT, don’t despair – you may have seen the news about my new co-authored SciFi series, and hopefully there’ll be some MORE news soon one some solo stuff, AND we still have 8 months of reveals and giveaways and all that awesome stuff on tLW#3 to go. I’ve seen preliminary sketches for the cover, and Jason Chan has done an AMAZING job again – I realize at this stage, me saying Jason Chan has done another awesome job is like saying HOLY SHIT THE SUN CAME UP HOW DOES IT KEEP DOING THAT, but bear with me. I can’t show you anything as cool as cover sketches today, but I do have something of a reveal for you – the title for tLW#3. Now don’t scroll down to the bottom of the page until I . . . . goddamn it, I told you not to do that.
Coming up with the title for KINSLAYER was like masturbating with a cheese grater (mildly amusing, but mostly painful) but I’ve pretty much known what book 3 would be called since I started planning the trilogy – the name can actually be found in STORMDANCER if you look hard enough. A couple of you clever types have even written/tweeted/smoke-signaled me and told me you already know what the title is and YES YES YOU’RE VERY SMART HERE IS A COOKIE FLAVORED COOKIE.
Now, many of you have said KINSLAYER was a pretty dark book. Someone suggested FEELSCRUSHER should be the title for tLW#3, and while I was fully prepared to roll with it, my editor threatened to release a vid of me performing Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You”  at a dodgy karaoke bar in downtown Melbourne, and while I THOUGHT all copies of it had been destroyed, apparently not, so FEELSCRUSHER . . . no.
Instead, we have:
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This title maybe feels a little . . . grim. And if you’ve read KINSLAYER, you just KNOW that not everybody in this story is getting out alive. Hell, maybe the bad guys win – I’m probably enough of a bastard to pull that one on you, right? So, in an attempt to alleviate any dread/foreboding/general squirtiness in your guttywuts about the fate of your favorite characters. I’ve put the title on some pictures of happy puppies and smiling children to maybe lighten things up a little.
After all, everything looks better with a cute kitten in the picture, right?
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Yeah, no.
Everyone’s going to die in this book, aren’t they? D:
ANYWAY, loots!
To celebrate the name launch, I’m gonna give away books – most book 3’s in series don’t get ARCs and tLW is no exception. BUT, I’m about nothing if not the lurve, so I’m gonna give away a signed copy of STORMDANCER and KINSLAYER instead!!!!11!1one
How to go in the running to win? Pimp my shit, damn you!
Link this article in your FB or Twitter or whatever. Make sure you tag my Facebook or Twitter page when you do it, so I know you’re pimpin’.  I hate providing sample tweets – they make me feel like I’m telling you what to say. But a sample pimp tweet might look like:
So @misterkristoff ‘s new book has a title, and it’s <insert expletive/praise here> http://misterkristoff.wordpress.com

I’ll draw a winnah at the end of February. The random number generator’s decision is final, and no arguments with the random number generator will be entered into because it’s a random number generator and it can’t do anything except randomly generate numbers so why in the hell you arguing with it, jesus…
I just like saying it, okay?
Random number generator.


20 Responses to “What's in a name?”

  1. Lynn K. says:

    Jason Chan, nuff said! Can’t wait to see the cover! Will it be…purple? Dark miasma-y purple? 😀
    Amazon and a bunch of preorder places had the title up since early this week iirc, glad that it’s official! FEELSCRUSHER, ENDSINGER, either way, majorly excited!!

  2. Tammy Sparks says:

    Eight months??? That is an impossibly long time. But I love the title and I think it’s perfect for a final book. xoxo

  3. Wow great news! I had a feeling this might be the title and I find it grimly comforting. It *feels* like a proper title for book 3. (Side note: it also feels like a pretty damn good title for a PrC in Dungeons and Dragons)
    I am not on social media but be rest assured I will pimp your shit to the fullest extent I can pimp shit, which is not insubstantial.
    Happy for you again good sir and for us all who delight in your works.

  4. Tien says:

    OMG. OMG. OMG. A title… now it feels closer to reality that #3 will soon be here *excitedly flapping hands in air*
    8 months though… almost like waiting for baby -have we got a due date 😉
    ps: love the kittens! the dog & the baby… not so much…

  5. 🙂 looking forward to it!
    Incidentally, maybe you already know and are just making fun, but the term “bought the farm” came from aviation. During the world wars, when they were training pilots, if a plane crashed in a farmer’s field, the military would pay compensation to the farmer for the damage. The farmers would obviously overestimate the value of the damaged property, to the point where the military might as well be buying the farm.

    • I did not know that. You should be aware – I actually know very little. For example, right at this very moment, I do not even know where I am. Someone’s house, by the look. I hope it’s mine, or the owners are going to be really pissed I just ate their ice cream 🙁

  6. speculatef says:

    Yay!! Congrats 🙂 I’m loving the name.
    Copies of that karaoke video can be sent to my PO Box.
    — Shaheen

  7. What you can also add to your bio is “creator of words”.
    I like. It has a different ring to anything on the shelf, making it stand out. Endsinger. Odd to say. Odd to imagine. But there’s a meaning that is crushing my feelings.

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  9. Admittedly, Charlotte & I are a /little/ bit devastated that Feelscrusher will not be the title of Book 3 after all. I mean, we worked hard to come up with that title, and this was right after our hearts were pulverized to a bloody pulp by Kinslayer. But I guess it’s okay, because Endsinger is really pretty amazing as far as titles go. We will gladly offer up our feels to be crushed by one more book. (I’m excited that it’s gonna have ALL the kittens, btw.)

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  11. X52495 says:

    You know, Stormdancer was already not afraid to kill off characters that you get attached to. I’m gonna hope that Yukiko makes it through alive and the Lotus Guild is defeated. And I hope that in this book, one of Yukiko’s new allies would be a German. And that he would use German words and phrases just as Yukiko uses Japanese ones.

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