Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Happy Release Day to You!

Not me. You.

When Wicked Game officially hits the shelves across North America today, my work is done (except for the small detail of handing in the sequel this Friday). Release days are about the reader, not the writer. The reader finally has a chance to form his or her own relationship with the book, outside of reviews and ads and endless blog posts stretching back to the day the contract was signed (eighteen months ago, in my case).

Getting ready for a book’s release is sort of like planning a big party or a wedding. Prepare as much as you can, handle the variables you can control (which, in publishing, isn’t much), then sit back and take the rest as it comes. And just like with a party, don’t let the stress get in the way of enjoying yourself. (I'm of course a total hypocrite--I've been on the verge of a nervous breakdown all day.)

If you're stopping by for the first time, here's a bit about the book. If you're sick of hearing about it, skip down to the new stuff.

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…

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. — Publisher’s Weekly

A colorful premise and engaging characters make the author’s (Aspect of Crow trilogy; Requiem for the Devil) latest a fun read. Recommended for all urban fantasy and paranormal romance collections. — Library Journal

WICKED GAME is an urban fantasy thrill ride. Not only is the story incredibly entertaining and exciting—even a little romantic—but it's also sexy as hell. — Simply Romance Reviews

New news:

  • — A sequel, Bad to the Bone, will be released May 1, 2009. That’s just fifty weeks away!

  • — The website for WVMP The Lifeblood of Rock 'n' Roll is now live! Visit WVMPradio.com to learn more about the DJs and hear their playlists, courtesy of the Playlist Project at Playlist.com. (Hat-tip to author Stephanie Kuehnert for telling me about the site.)

  • — WVMPradio.com also links to the station's official CafePress store, where you can now buy your own Lifeblood of Rock 'n' Roll merchandise.

  • — Our intrepid heroine Ciara Griffin is now on MySpace. Come friend her so she feels like a real person.

  • — Next signing: Borders Books in Winchester, VA--Saturday, May 17 from 3-5pm. Click here for directions, and check out my news page for more signings in the next few weeks.

  • And now, a humble request:

    As with most series, the longevity of the WVMP vampires depends on reader enthusiasm, which is as it should be. So if you like Wicked Game, tell your friends, family, bookseller, librarian, and that guy/girl you’re always making eye contact with at the bus stop (no, not that one, the other one). That way, there'll be many more books to come.

    Thanks to every one of you, whether you've known me since I was a wee bairn, or whether you've just heard of me for the first time this minute.

    Now it's time for me to shut up and write. And let you read.

    Order links:

    Mysterious Galaxy


    Barnes & Noble

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    Hooray! It's off to the bookstore for me. :-)

    Grats on the release!

    Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 5/13/2008 6:06 PM

    Congratulations, Jeri!!

    Posted by: Blogger Cynthia Eden at 5/13/2008 8:53 PM

    Congrats, Jeri!

    Posted by: Blogger Rob S. at 5/13/2008 11:54 PM

    Congrats Jeri! I have my copy...and I believe the people at the local bookstore are darn happy that it is in my hands...so, that I will stop calling them. I ask...is it my fault that they do not stock the books as quickly as I want to have it?

    Congrats again!

    Posted by: Blogger Lori T at 5/14/2008 1:47 AM

    I told you I was going to be out of town so I didn't preorder it, but today I found a borders here in San Francisco and got my copy. I can't wait to start on the journey, thanks so much.

    Posted by: Blogger Brad Ferguson at 5/15/2008 1:36 AM

    Thanks, everyone. I'm pleased to hear people are finding it in stores. These first-week sales are the most important, so I *REALLY* appreciate the support!

    Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 5/15/2008 9:27 AM

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