*blows cobwebs off blog* Hi! The reason for the long gap between posts can be summed up in one word: TAXES. It took a while, but now I’m all done with the pre-prep except for some final totaling. Then I’ll send the whole batch off to my accountant, who will tell me what the final damage is. Wish me luck ;-).
In the meantime, I wanted to update everyone on some frequent questions I’ve been asked. Some are new, some I’ve answered before, but all will hopefully be informative.
Question: When is the next Vlad and Leila novel?
Answer: Night Prince #3 will release at the end of this year/beginning of next. I don’t have a specific date yet because that’s something my publisher determines. It’s also still untitled at the moment. I’ve sent over a dozen title suggestions to my editor, and she’s waiting to see if Marketing likes any of them. Yes, they have final approval over titles, in case you were wondering. As soon as I have a release date, title and/or preorder links, I’ll post them.
Question: Do you have any more appearances this year?
Answer: I just found out that I’m going to BEA (Book Expo America) at the end of May! BEA is from Thursday, May 29th through Saturday, May 31st at the Javitz Center in New York, NY. I don’t have my schedule yet, but as soon as I do, I’ll post it. I do know that I’ll be signing Arcs of THE BEAUTIFUL ASHES while I’m there, so if you’re attending, you may be able to check out my new series months before the book releases.
From May 13th through May 18th, I’ll be in New Orleans, LA for the RT (Romantic Times) convention. I have a full schedule for RT, so if you’re attending, you’ll have plenty of chances to see me. If you’re not attending but you’re in the New Orleans area, the Giant Book Fair on Saturday is open to the public. Hundreds of authors will be there, so check it out if you can!
Tuesday, May 13: 8:15pm to 10:00pm: Never Have I Ever…New Adult Pajama Party: College settings are hotter than ever right now and whether you’re going back or forward in time, or to a completely different reality, tonight everyone will be living it up on campus. Come sporting your college team T-shirt and some comfy pajama pants. Share a table with your favorite NA author, play college-themed games, eat your way to the “freshman 15” with our junk-food feast, and win prizes. All participants receive a goody bag and much more. Location: 2nd Floor Room: Gallery 4
Wednesday, May 14: 1:15pm to 2:15pm: PARANORMAL: Strange Worlds, Strong Wills: A place filled with vampires, shapeshifters, demons and magic is exciting, but are the characters living in there up for challenge? Join bestselling authors as they discuss how to craft characters – human or otherwise – that are ready, willing and able to take on the fantastic worlds they live in. Moderator: Jeaniene FrostPanelist(s): Ilona Andrews (aka Ilona and Gordon Andrews) Charlaine Harris Marjorie M. Liu. Location: 2nd Floor Room: Studio 2
Wednesday, May 14: 3:45pm to 4:45pm: Fantasy Lovers. What makes urban fantasy and paranormal romance characters so enticing? Why do our dragons and vampires and weres have so much sex appeal for our readers? Join urban fantasy and paranormal romance authors in exploring the realm of supernatural lovers and otherworldly passion. Host(s): Lara Adrian Alyssa Day (Lucy Connors) Jeaniene Frost Yasmine Galenorn Chloe Neill . Location: 2nd Floor Room: Studio 9
Thursday, May 15: 11:15am to 12:15pm: PARANORMAL: HEA The Paranormal Way: Boy Meets Girl has transformed into Creature Meets Girl. Or Boy Meets Creature. From that first look all the way to the final kiss, supernatural couples are lighting up the page. Acclaimed authors discuss the challenges – and perks – of getting to that Happily Ever After when relationships navigate fangs, fur, angel wings or dirigibles along the way. Moderator: Jeaniene Frost Panelists: Meljean Brook Kresley Cole Nalini Singh. Location: 2nd Floor Room: Studio 2
Thursday, May 15: 4:00pm to 5:00pm: NA: What’s Next in New Adult? Is NA more than just angst romance? What’s next in New Adult? Romantic suspense? Thriller? Paranormal? Dystopian? Find out by agents, editors, and authors who are branching out in New Adult. Moderator: Jennifer L. Armentrout (aka J. Lynn)Panelist(s): Amanda Bergeron (Harper Collins, Editor) Jeaniene Frost Angela James (Carina Press, Editorial Director) Kevan Lyon (Marsal Lyon Literary Agency, Agent) Tessa Woodward (Avon Books/HarperCollins, Editor). Location: 2nd Floor Room: Studio 2
Friday, May 16: 6:00pm to 7:45pm: Avon’s Krewe of Muses: Free food, free drinks and free signed books, all hosted by Avon. Location: 3rd Floor Room: Acadia
Saturday, May 17: 10:45 – 2:00pm: Giant Book Fair. Open to the public.
Saturday, May 17: 6:15 – 8:00pm: FAN-tastic Day Party. Meet a revolving door of hundreds of authors as they make appearances every 30 minutes in this high-energy event. Be one of the first 500 attendees and you’ll receive a goody bag filled with free books and promotional items. Among the authors you’ll meet are: Lara Adrian, Ilona Andrews (aka Ilona and Gordon Andrews), Jennifer L. Armentrout (aka J. Lynn), Jaci Burton, Lee Child, Sylvia Day, Jeaniene Frost, Abbi Glines, E.L. James, Eloisa James, Laura Kaye, Lisa Kleypas, Mary Robinette Kowal, Christina Lauren, Jamie McGuire, Jennifer Probst, Tiffany Reisz, Jill Shalvis, Nalini Singh, and Julie Ann Walker!
Now, back to questions.
Question: Will you ever write an Ian book?
Answer: I have a partial storyline and I already know who his heroine would be (no, I’m not telling and I’m not replying to any guesses, either ;)) but unless/until I work everyone out in my head, I’m not promising a book on him. I will say that the idea for an Ian book went from a “no” to a “maybe” to where it is now: a “probably.” So Ian fans, you’ll be gratified to hear that he’s been pestering me with bits of his story, which is how I determine who gets a novel, by the way. If Ian keeps it up, you’ll eventually get the answer you’ve been waiting for *wink*.
Question: Are you really done with the Cat and Bones series?
Answer: Yes. See the reason why here.
Question: What’s coming up next, then?
Answer: THE BEAUTIFUL ASHES, book one in the new Broken Destiny series, releases the end of August. Details, description and more here.
Question: Why don’t you write faster?
Answer: In all honesty, I wish I did. I have SO many story ideas that I’d like to explore, but it seems that my brain maxes out at two books a year. If it ever speeds up, I’ll be the first to celebrate.
Question: What’s the last book you read and enjoyed?
Answer: BURN FOR ME by Ilona Andrews. It doesn’t release until October, but because Ilona is my bff, I got an early look. It’s fabulous, peeps. I’ll be sure to mention it again closer to its release date.
Question: Why aren’t your novellas available in audio?
Answer: More will be! I’m pleased to announce that RECKONING, HAPPILY NEVER AFTER and DEVIL TO PAY will release in audio on June 24th. Tavia Gilbert will again be the narrator. Check your favorite audio retailer to preorder.
Question: Why don’t you stop blogging and get back to work already?
Answer: I’m doing that now