Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Good week for Wicked Game

Four months before publication (and just in time to be printed in the front of the book itself), Publisher's Weekly gave this review to Wicked Game:
Newbie marketing intern Ciara Griffin lands a job at WMMP, a station threatened with being sold to Skyware, a giant communications conglomerate, unless ad revenue picks up. A former con artist with a canny way with people, Ciara soon learns that the DJs are undead and specialists in the musical eras in which they were turned into vampires. One of them, Shane McAllister (turned in 1995), is really hot and dangerously tempting. In order to attract more listeners, Ciara promotes a new marketing strategy and the Sherwood, Md., station becomes 94.3 WVMP, the “Lifeblood of Rock and Roll,” exploiting the fang factor (which no listener takes seriously) for profit. It works, until an ancient vampire cult wants to pull the plug. Also playing in is “The Control,” an equally ancient paramilitary group created to protect good vampires and kill bad ones.

Smith-Ready's musical references are spot on, as is her take on corporate radio's creeping airwave hegemony. Add in the irrepressible Ciara, who grew up in a family of grifters, and the results rock.

Here's where I become the pointyheaded pseudo-intellectual version of Beavis & Butthead:
Heh. They said, 'hegemony.'

Seriously, I'm beyond thrilled about this review, because it's my first ever in Publisher's Weekly. It means a lot. And, heh, they said 'creeping airwave hegemony.' I'm thinking Bill Moyers might love this book.

The other great news is that my editor, Jennifer Heddle, was just promoted to senior editor at Pocket Books. She absolutely deserves it, though whenever someone younger than I am has the word 'senior' in front of their title, I feel like an underachiever.

In fact, I'm going to put a new sign on my office door:


Come back Friday for a new ARC contest, and soon thereafter to see the final cover! Then we'll figure out how to pass the time for the next four months until the actual book comes out.

I'm sure we'll think of something.

Now playing: The Killing Lights - A.F.I.
via FoxyTunes

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Wait, I just checked Amazon and this isn't going to be released until May 13. Not fair! I want to read it now!

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 1/23/2008 10:48 AM

Hey, it never hurts to pre-order. :-) Usually Amazon gives a discount for people who pre-order.

And welcome back! I haven't seen you here in awhile. There are still two more chances to win an ARC (and yes, I'll happily ship to France).

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 1/23/2008 1:06 PM

Wonderful review! And, Honey, you're no slacker.


Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 1/23/2008 4:45 PM

I got my arc and read it and I LOVED it. The story rocks and I can't wait for the next. I love vampire stories that have a twist.:-)

I will post a review without book details on my blog as soon as I am over this cold and feeling better, I promise. I actually have been slacking when it comes to my blog but I am just so not feeling well. In fact, I just woke up and it's 12 in the morning. I slept 15 hours straight. I hate colds.

Posted by: Blogger Unknown at 1/24/2008 12:57 AM

Hey Kathy, glad you enjoyed it! Sorry you're feeling under the weather. Hope that cold goes away soon.

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 1/24/2008 3:47 AM

I did pre-order :-) Never look a gift Amazon in the mouth, I say. Though I might have to give that copy to someone else because I plan on getting a signed one in SF.

ARC? I'll be back on Friday ;-)

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 1/24/2008 4:11 AM

Gabrielle, last week's ARC contest is still going on for another eight hours.

And you're coming to RWA?! Yay!!! We meet at last.

P.S.: You still owe me that margarita (I never forget drink debts).

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 1/24/2008 4:23 AM



My ass.

(Congrats on the review, btw!)

Posted by: Blogger Rob S. at 1/24/2008 11:35 AM

Hey, that's senior slacker.

Or maybe it should be slacker emeritus.

Nah, not the way things have been going this month.

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 1/24/2008 11:45 AM

Yep, I'll be there and looking forward to meeting! I already have the margarita thing sorted--there's a Mel's Drive In right across the street that knows what they're doing ;-)

Damn. Missed the 8 hours. Will be back!

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 1/25/2008 7:47 AM

Congrats on the great review, Jeri! I'm really hoping to win an ARC... I swore off vampire fiction for the longest time, but Lynn Viehl's Darkyn sucked (heh heh) me back into the genre, and this sounds like something that could keep me there. Vampire DJ's! Love it! (I think you had me at "Lifeblood of Rock 'n Roll"... the best part is I COULD see the rock stations around here doing something like that. *g*)

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 1/25/2008 8:04 AM

Jeri, congrats on the wonderful review!!! Can't wait to read Wicked Game. :-)

Posted by: Blogger Cynthia Eden at 2/03/2008 2:53 PM

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