Release news today (sad, sad) and a new work-in-progress snippet. First, the November release date for Pirate’s Alley, which I pulled from Goodreads, was apparently wrong. Not sure how that info got on GR, but I didn’t question it. The REAL release date for PA is April 2015. GAH. Yeah, I probably could hand-write the copies and deliver them by pony at that rate, but I wouldn’t have a spiffy cover and the wheels of publishing can grind slowly. Plus, a book release right before the holidays is a bad thing anyway, so in the long run the spring is probably better. Patience, chickens!
So what that means is I’ll have to come up with something new and fun to give you this fall to tide you over (I’m thinking a PIRATE story, how about you?!).
As far as I know (which apparently isn’t much), the paperback release date for Elysian Fields is still May 13.
Also, if you’re waiting for the print/official release of Lovely, Dark, and Deep, that has moved from May 13 to June 24. GAH, part two.
The good news is, ALLEGIANCE’s June 10 release date is firm.
Other news…I’m working on my first newsletter, which I hope to send out the first week of March. There will be exclusive snippets, exclusive contests, and fun things like the covers of Allegiance that DIDN’T make the cut. (It might involve Donald Trump!) So stay tuned.
Here’s a scene snippet from the work-in-progress version of Pirate’s Alley. Note that these scenes might or might not appear in the final book, and they’re first-draft stuff.
I sat in Arnie’s cab just off the corner of Tulane Avenue and Broad Street and tried to figure a way to avoid going into the the massive Orleans Parish Criminal District Court Building. Fifty years ago, the behemoth of stone and marble had been a marvel of lavish classical architecture. Today, it was a marvel that anyone survived a visit to it.
The weather sucked, the neighborhood reeked of danger, and the fourth floor was probably already full of pretes behaving badly. Even before the post-Katrina flooding submerged the first two floors of the courthouse in grimy water, wiping out case files and evidence, the building had suffered from dwindling city budgets, ongoing political corruption, and a rapidly deteriorating, gang-riddled environment.
Criminals were everywhere, so of course it made the perfect spot for the first meeting of the Interspecies Council, held after hours to accommodate the vampires. According to Alex (my hotline to the Elders), a horde of Blue Congress wizards, skilled in creation, re-creation, and illusion, had reconfigured the seldom-used fourth floor. The windowless space had been transformed into a meeting space now reachable only via a single transport drawn in chalk on the building’s front stairs.
A shabbily dressed man lounged near the spot where the transport was supposed to be, but I saw bright, sharp eyes beneath the brim of the worn hat tilted over his forehead. Enforcer.
“Miss DJ.” Arnie glanced in his rearview mirror, eyes widened. “You sure you want to be gettin’ out here? It’s almost eight o’clock. Courthouse been closed a while, and there’s no reason for a woman to be hangin’ around Tulane and Broad after dark. Nosiree.”
Unspoken was the “and I’m not coming back for you when you get your ass in trouble” message.
Hm…I’m thinking that’s gonna be an eventful meeting!
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SULLIVAN MCPIG won a Book Depo credit for participating in the “Ports in a Storm” poll this week. Let me know which book you’d like.
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VERONICA RUNDELL won this week’s Reader’s Choice giveaway and chose Third Strike! Need whether you prefer print or digital and address if print/email and format if digital.
And that’s it for today! Tune in tomorrow for a new Reader’s Choice giveaway!