One week to the release of CITY OF GHOSTS, and I’m doing a big contest, so stay tuned for details!
Let’s clear some other things out of the way first. I have some really exciting news! We’ve sold Polish rights to the Megan Chase series to Amber Publishing, the same company putting out the Polish Downside books! Foreign translations are just the coolest thing, so I’m really thrilled about this!
And speaking of the Downside books, we have a couple of new UNHOLY MAGIC reviews!
Vampire Book Club gives it five stars and says:
With increased intensity, Kane delivers an action-packed, dark urban fantasy novel that will leave you reeling for days after finishing it. (We actually pre-ordered the third novel, City of Ghosts, the day after completion of Unholy Magic because we don’t want to waste even a day not knowing what will happen with Chess, her job, the love-triangle and the others within Downside.)
Smokin’ Hot Books also gives it five stars (to both books in one review, actually):
Unholy Ghosts and Unholy Magic are two of the best books I’ve read of 2010 and 2009. I’m not going to lie, the second book will tear your heart out, you may even find yourself emotionally ‘stress eating’ but so worth it. I promise! This series has grit, angst, violence, and pulls you in with each page – if you haven’t read this series, get thee to a bookstore post haste!
Vampire Book Club also has an interview with me, and a giveaway contest for both UNHOLY GHOSTS and UNHOLY MAGIC. So if you haven’t yet read them, there’s your chance!
There’s another interview with me, conducted by Daniela, a very sweet German blogger I chanced upon one day (she was blogging about GEISTERFLUT, the German edition of UNHOLY GHOSTS which will be released in Feb 2011, and I said hello, and it went on from there). Anyway, she asked me some kind of neat questions, and you can find it here. The interview is first in English, then in German; hee, look at my perfect German! And don’t you love that German cover? I can’t wait to see what they do with the other two! Obviously, the bangs aren’t there, ha, but who cares when it’s that pretty and atmospheric?
Anyway. I have a TON of website updates we’re going to be doing in the next week or so, including five or six deleted scenes from UNHOLY MAGIC. (I would post some for UNHOLY GHOSTS but I don’t actually have any!) So keep a lookout for all of that; of course I will let everyone know when they’re up. I’m also putting the Strumpet series up on Kindle, so as soon as I have a link I’ll put that up as well (and yes, it will still be free on the blog; it will ALWAYS be free on the blog).
With those updates I also want to update my FAQ a bit, so if any of you have any questions for it, please don’t hesitate to ask! Leave them in comments, or email them to me through the contact form on the site. If you have questions, I want to answer them, so don’t be shy.
Also, I’m considering getting myself a netbook. I’d like something smaller for travel, something lighter. Well, I say “considering,” but I totally want one, and as soon as my next check arrives I’m going to get myself one (we can’t afford it until then). I want this one. Anyone have any thoughts? I know for big computers Gateway isn’t the greatest, but they are owned by Acer and I’ve heard their netbooks are actually very good. Plus, it’s pretty! It’s red, look! SHINY.
Okay, two more things. First, although you website blog readers may not be familiar with him, those of you who follow my livejournal will know David Bridger. David’s been a reader of the blog for a couple of years now and has become a pal as well; he’s a lovely man.
And…that lovely man has written a novel, which is being published today by Liquid Silver Books! Again, longtime readers will know how much I really like the people at LSB and what a great house I think they are, so this is extra exciting. I’m so happy for David, and I know those of you who’ve had any interaction with him will be too. (And for those who don’t, he’s going to be doing a guest blog post for me next week as well).
BEAUTY AND THE BASTARD by David Bridger releases today from Liquid Silver Books!
Saul the Bastard is a fallen angel who works as a bounty hunter for powerful urban demon families. Rebecca Drake, a modern day demon princess, is being hunted by dangerous desert demons. When Rebecca’s family hires Saul to protect her, they are both unhappy with the arrangement, but before long sparks fly as they try to resist their strong mutual attraction. For the first time in living memory, Saul has someone to love; someone he is scared of losing; someone the desert demons have marked to be their next sacrifice.
Beauty and the Bastard
from David Bridger and Liquid Silver Books
Okay, okay. I guess I’ve rambled on enough now and can get down to the contest. Here’s what I’m going to do. To celebrate the release of CITY OF GHOSTS, and really the release of the entire series so far, I’m going to do a Name A Character Contest for the fourth Downside book!
It could be your name; it could be a made-up name*. Whatever you like! And you’ll also get an acknowledgment in that fourth Downside book, with full credit for the name you picked (or your own name).
How does that sound? Fun? Want more stuff? Okay. I’ll also give away a FULL SET OF DOWNSIDE AUDIOBOOKS from Blackstone Audio, in their pretty shiny padded cases and everything (they’re on CDs), and they ARE Unabridged.
And if enough people enter, I might add a set of signed books too.
THIS CONTEST IS OPEN WORLDWIDE. YES, SERIOUSLY, WORLDWIDE. Australia/NZ too, yes.
*A couple of things to remember before entering: I don’t know what character I will use your name for. It could be a wonderful person, a fellow Church employee, a new friend; it could be a junkie, a whore, a gruesome murder victim, an evil rampaging ghost, or a drug dealer or thief or scumbag of any type. This is a Downside book, remember. Do not expect that your name will be used for someone cool. BUT, if I do use it for any of the aforementioned unsavory types, I promise your note in the Acknowledgment will emphasize that you personally are a fine, upstanding citizen and all of that. Okay? Seriously. By entering this contest you agree that you understand your name may be used in any way and agree not to hold me responsible if you don’t like the way it’s used. I’ll certainly try my best to make you happy, but I have a funny feeling that quite a few of you out there would want me to write a special new sex scene involving you and Terrible, and I just can’t guarantee that would be possible, sorry. (Heh heh heh.)
Anyway. So we’re all clear? Excellent. Here’s how you enter; there’s a bunch of ways to do it, and you’re free to do as few or as many as you wish:
1. Have you pre-ordered CITY OF GHOSTS? Forward your receipt to DownsideArmy AT gmail DOT com. You get TWO entries for that!
2. You get ONE entry every time you tweet about the book, using the #cityofghosts hashtag HarperVoyager invented last week. Say anything you like (um, as long as it’s positive; I guess you could enter with “#cityofghosts fucking sucks,” but if you hate the books why would you want to enter to begin with?) but please do use the hashtag. You can tweet about the contest; you can tweet about how much you can’t wait for the book or how excited you are or anything you want, really. And yes, each tweet is one entry. And pass the word about the contest, as well!
3. Have you blogged about the books? Each blog post is TWO entries. Send the links to DownsideArmy AT gmail DOT com.
…and that’s it. Three ways to enter, but you may enter as many times as you wish. No purchase is necessary to enter, but if you have pre-ordered the book you get extra entries (and really, why haven’t you pre-ordered the book? Pre-orders are good! You can do it at the bookstore too, and they’ll hold your copy aside for you on the day of release, even!)
So, to sum up:
Polish Demons books!
Interviews with me, and contest!
Web updates/deleted scenes coming!
Questions for FAQ?
Shiny red netbooks?
David Bridger wrote a book!
Tweet and blog & pre-order CITY OF GHOSTS to name a character in Book 4!
Oh, and I forgot to mention! ALL entries must be in by midnight on Friday, July 30th. I will announce the winners the following Friday.