Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Your new lucky number

Thirteen weeks from now, on Tuesday, May 13, Wicked Game will officially be unleashed upon the world.

Read the first chapter here.

And at long last, here's the final front cover (click for larger version)!

In the fine print at the top it says:

A novel of sex, blood, and rock 'n' roll

Below the title it says

Strikingly original, fascinating characters, rich with as much style and rhythm as the music her vampires love.” — Rachel Caine, bestselling author of the Weather Warden series


An addictive page-turner revving with red hot sex, truly cool vampires, and rock ’n’ roll soul.” — Kresley Cole, New York Times bestselling author of Hunger Like No Other

and on the back it says,

Late-night radio you can sink your teeth into

Recovering con artist Ciara Griffin is trying to live the straight life, even if it means finding a (shudder!) real job. She takes an internship at a local radio station, whose late-night time-warp format features 1940s blues, 60s psychedelia, 80s Goth, and more, all with an uncannily authentic flair. Ciara soon discovers how the DJs maintain their cred: they’re vampires, stuck forever in the eras in which they were turned.

Ciara’s first instinct, as always, is to cut and run. But communications giant Skywave wants to buy WMMP and turn it into just another hit-playing clone. Without the station—and the link it provides to their original Life Times—the vampires would “fade,” becoming little more than mindless ghosts of the past. Suddenly a routine corporate takeover becomes a matter of life and un-death.

To boost ratings and save the lives of her strange new friends, Ciara re-brands the station as “WVMP, the Lifeblood of Rock ’n’ Roll.” In the ultimate con, she hides the DJs’ vampire nature in plain sight, disguising the bloody truth as a marketing gimmick. WVMP becomes the hottest thing around—next to Ciara’s complicated affair with grunge vamp Shane McAllister. But the “gimmick” enrages a posse of ancient and powerful vampires who aren’t so eager to be brought into the light. Soon the stakes are higher-and the perils graver-than any con game Ciara’s ever played…

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To observe this date (and smoosh it into everyone's brain so that no one shows up at their local bookstore on May 1 looking for Wicked Game), I'm starting a Lucky Thirteen giveaway. Each Tuesday I'll give away a prize to one person drawn at random from my newsletter subscribers.

Prizes will include cover flats, WVMP Lifeblood of Rock 'n' Roll merchandise, gift cards to iTunes and bookstores, maybe an ARC or two, and in the last couple of weeks, signed copies of the book itself.

The first of the 13 is...Bonnie!

To be entered in the next twelve drawings, just sign up for my newsletter at my home page. It's all automated now, so all ya gotta do is type your e-mail address in the box and click "Submit." (Ain't technology great?)

Good luck!

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Congrats Bonnie! :)

Posted by: Blogger Wendy at 2/13/2008 4:52 PM

Awesome contest. Lucky 13. LOL

Posted by: Blogger KT Grant at 2/14/2008 10:02 AM

Jeri, I absolutely love your cover and I know the book is going to be fantastic!! I can't wait to read it!

Posted by: Blogger Cynthia Eden at 2/17/2008 5:25 PM

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