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New Advance Reviews for Dark Ascension

Oh, you thought these were YOUR author copies? No, no, no, how embarrassing. These are MY author copies. I have claimed them in the name of SASHA THE CAT.

Oh, you thought these were YOUR author copies? No, no, no, how embarrassing. These are MY author copies. I have claimed them in the name of SASHA THE CAT.

A VERY exciting start to the day — two advance reviews of Dark Ascension were posted today, and both give the book 5 out of 5 stars!

Check it out!

Melliane at Between Dreams and Reality writes:

…Fort will also have to face the effects of his vampire change, increasingly present and that will change him more than he could think. This is really not easy to manage. Yet it was fascinating to see him evolving and changing during the course of history, to accept his fate and to try to move ahead.

And Ria at Bibliotropic writes:

What it comes down to is this: the status quo of both the in-book world and the books themselves was established, and Dark Ascension breaks it and takes things in a couple of unexpected directions. It’s got so many beloved aspects that the series has become known for, as well as some new insights that take things to a different level. It’s a great book, a worthy addition to the series, and from the ending, the ride isn’t over yet!

Pretty exciting stuff! Twelve days left until the release date, so if you want to get your hands on a copy, here’s what you can do:

Enter to win one signed copy of Dark Ascension or a complete signed set of the Generation V series over at Reddit.

Enter to win one of five signed copies of Dark Ascension at Goodreads.

Or pre-order your own copy of Dark Ascension through whatever fine bookselling retailer you prefer to patronize!

Sweet God In Heaven We’re Only Two Weeks Away From The Dark Ascension Release!

Shackleton strongly urges you to pre-order your copy of Dark Ascension. Preorders pay for his kibble, after all.

Shackleton strongly urges you to pre-order your copy of Dark Ascension. Preorders pay for his kibble, after all.

It’s only two more weeks until the Dark Ascension release! EVERYONE PANIC!!!!

A bit of business — if you want a signed copy of Dark Ascension, then there are three ways that you can get them.

1. Win one in my Reddit giveaway! (1 full set of the series + 4 signed copies of Dark Ascension will be given away — contest ends August 11)

2. Win one in my Goodreads giveaway! (5 signed copies will be given away — contest ends August 3)

3. Check out the Signed Copies portion of this website and order a copy through an independent bookstore.

Is it still only two weeks until the book comes out? Yes? I HOPE EVERYONE IS STILL PANICING, BECAUSE I SURE AM!

(Very) Advance Readers

Closer. Closer on my prettiness.

Closer. Closer on my prettiness.

Dark Ascension is still six months down the pipeline, but it has officially gotten its first advance reader reaction. Check it out!

WOO!!!!! Now, I was in my office at work when I read this, so I couldn’t do what I wanted, which was to run in circles like an overexcited toddler. So I just fist-pumped like crazy. Hooray!

So, there’s something to look forward to in the future. The six-month future.

In the meantime, everyone’s all caught up on Jaime Lee Moyer, right? Because you only have until October to be ready for the third Delia Martin novel.

Moyer

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?