Thursday, November 09, 2006

Big fat announcement

No more teasing. It's official!

Pocket Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, has bought my vampire novel, Bad Company, and its sequel, Bad to the Bone. Pocket is starting a new focus on urban fantasy, and BC will be one of the introductory books.

Me. Thrilled. Beyond. Words.

Never was a book so much fun to write as Bad Company, and I feel incredibly lucky to be able to dive back into that crazy world.

What's it about? Here, I'll let the (obviously very effective) cover letter tell you:

In her first legitimate job, former con artist Ciara Griffin hopes to redeem herself by saving her small-town radio station from corporate takeover. Known for its eccentric disc jockeys--40s blues, 80s punk, 90s grunge, etc.--WMMP needs a new marketing strategy, or it will be bought by Skywave, a soulless communications behemoth that will fire those DJs and turn the station into something mainstream, derivative, and boring.

But the DJs are not quite what they appear. They're vampires, each stuck musically and psychologically in the era in which they were changed. The station has become their home--without it, they would “fade,” like most old vampires: growing slowly insane as fossils of another time, vulnerable in a world unaware of their existence.

Though daunted by their bloody diets and bizarre idiosyncrasies, Ciara keeps her new job, since she’s determined to live the straight life, not to mention hopelessly attracted to 90s grunge DJ Shane McAllister.

She comes up with a brilliant marketing plan: “WVMP, the Lifeblood of Rock ‘n’ Roll.” She hides the DJs’ vampire nature in plain sight, playing up their musical authenticity and capitalizing on the public’s lust for these “fictional” monsters. Unfortunately, the campaign also catches the attention of crooks, secret agents, and vampire anarchists.

Ciara’s toughest--and most darkly irresistible--obstacle turns out to be Shane himself. He doubts her honesty and motives, even as her free-spirited manner brings the light and laughter he craves. These two natural predators must learn to trust each other if the station--and their relationship--can survive.

Estimated publication date is early 2008. Should be tons of fun.



Congratulations, Jeri!!! Fabulous news! And the book sounds really great. Can't wait to read it.


Posted by: Blogger Sarah Beth Durst at 11/09/2006 10:05 PM

When I tell people your nexr book is about vsmpire DJs, they burst out laughing. Good omen.


Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 11/09/2006 10:42 PM

It sounds fantastic Jeri. I love vamp books. Congrats on Pocket buying em.:-)

Posted by: Blogger Unknown at 11/09/2006 11:55 PM

Oh, THIS secret news! *beam* YAY! I'm SO EXCITED for you! Yaaaay! *laughs* It sounds like a great book, too. Hooray!


Posted by: Blogger CE Murphy at 11/10/2006 8:28 AM

Thanks, everyone! Now that VOICE OF CROW is finished and I've recovered from World Fantasy Con, it's just starting to hit me. It's like I have an actual career now, instead of just one "fluke" book deal.

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 11/13/2006 8:39 AM

This is super Jeri!! 2008 sounds so far away but too looking forward to the Crow stories til then! Congrats

Posted by: Blogger Cathie at 11/13/2006 12:21 PM

Thanks, Cathie! It does seem like a long time, but not nearly as long as it was between getting the offer for EYES OF CROW (February '05) and its publication (Nov '06)--nearly two years. Of course, I hadn't written that book yet when it sold, so that explains the delay. :-) With BC, it's already written and I just have to do revisions.

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 11/13/2006 12:27 PM

That's wonderful. I am so happy for you. I'll be looking forward to your new book. A book I would recomend reading for you and every one else on the planet is Slay Your Giants by Tim Darnell. You can pick up a free copy at
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Posted by: Blogger Steven Walle at 6/03/2007 3:05 AM

Woo, what a kick-ass description! Can't wait to read it. :)

Posted by: Blogger Katey Coffing, Ph.D. at 7/16/2007 1:07 AM

Great query! Sounds like a great take on the vamp theme.

Posted by: Blogger God Girl Goth at 12/27/2007 3:20 PM

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