Dark Ascension Update!

Fort and Suze’s fourth outing is on track for its August 2015 release!

Firstly, it has now officially made it through the primary editing pass. This means a few things – mainly that the second chunk of my advance money is released (advances are split into thirds – the first chunk is yours when you sign the contract, the second chunk when your editor determines that the manuscript it at the level that the company deems largely acceptable to publish (completion of primary edits), and the third chunk on publication of the book). This is mainly exciting to my mortgage.

This is an accurate representation of my loan holder. “More money,” it hisses. “Give me MORE money.”

This is an accurate representation of my loan holder. “More money,” it hisses. “Give me MORE money.”

Secondly, it means that the book is on schedule. This was the stage where my editor was completely within her rights to say things like, “Well, maybe you should rethink the last two-hundred pages,” or “I like that the character names stayed the same, but hated everything else,” and then I’d cry and start rewriting. But there weren’t any massive alterations – mostly some trims and tucks, and some rethinking and retinkering on the front end. There was also a major challenge to my editor’s ick factor. Now, I’m on record as having great respect for my editor’s ick factor. That, after all, is why there wasn’t incest cannibalism sex in Iron Night.

This is the face my editor makes when I try to slip incest cannibalism sex into a manuscript.

This is the face my editor makes when I try to slip incest cannibalism sex into a manuscript.

Yes, that almost happened. It was only months later that I begrudgingly admitted that she might’ve had a point about the incest cannibalism sex, which at the time I thought she was mostly just being a fun-ruiner over.

There was another major editorial ick factor challenge in this manuscript (before you ask, no, it does not involve incest, cannibalism, or sex), but after some serious thought and soul-searching, I decided to leave it in the manuscript. For the sake of science. Whether or not this was a good idea will probably not be determined until August, at which point I imagine readers will make opinions known. I can only hope that readers ultimately decide, as I did, that it was important to the ethos of the world and the direction that I’ve been going with a particular race. Either way, I have a feeling it might show up in one or two reviews. Hopefully described in glowing terms. (of, I guess, “Brennan grossed me out, but it worked for me. Gritty realism for all!”)

This is a semi-accurate representation of me in the moment of choosing to proceed with the scene, despite the ick factor.

This is a semi-accurate representation of me in the moment of choosing to proceed with the scene, despite the ick factor.

Finally, big reveal! The Dark Ascension cover is now up at Goodreads! Feast your eyes upon what is to come:

Dark Ascension released Goodreads cover

Thoughts on the cover? Love it? Love it more? Disregard it for the sweet sweet prose, kitsune antics, and Doctor Who jokes waiting inside?

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About M. L. Brennan

Author of the Generation V urban fantasy series, published by Roc Books. Not your usual vampires, kitsune shapeshifters with attitude, Doctor Who jokes, and underemployment. GENERATION V and its sequel, IRON NIGHT, available wherever books are sold. Third installment, TAINTED BLOOD, to be published 11/14.

Posted on February 1, 2015, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. I love the cover! Do you have any plans on releasing audio versions of your books?

    • Hey Amber! Thanks so much. I would absolutely love to see this series have an audio version, but unfortunately that is Roc’s call. They’ll undoubtedly do it if they feel like there’s an interested audience, so if you have a minute, just drop them an email or tweet them on Twitter. I know they pay attention to these things. Thanks again!

  2. All of it is awesome! The cover is swoon worthy, and the blog post is both hilarious and informative.

  3. I love this series. You are amazing! Please tell me they approved a book 5?! I already had my spirits crushed when Mindspace by Alex Hughes were no longer going to be published by penguin. D;! Anyway I am totally behind the ick factor and if the title is any clue I’m going to guess something to do with BLOOD ^_^

    • Hey Mark! Thanks for the awesome support! Right now there’s no word on book 5 — I think Roc is taking the wait-and-see approach. What they’d like to see is a big uptick in readers and sales, plus word of mouth, and unfortunately Tainted Blood didn’t really deliver that. My editor has told me, though, that a lot of readers who didn’t check out the series initially can start changing their mind once they see a lot of books on the shelf — so someone who kept passing me by at Barnes & Noble might, in August, see a fourth book get added to the series, and then decide to check out Generation V. I think we’re all keeping our fingers crossed that when Dark Ascension comes out in August, it hits that tipping point. But I have all my notes and plans saved, so if I get a green-light on a book 5, I can hit the ground running.

      Ick factor involves blood? Oh, how you underestimate me. 🙂

  4. definetely below previous covers in my opinion, but still good

  5. Awesome cover! 🙂

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