Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Introducing...The Reawakened!

On November 1, my Aspect of Crow fantasy trilogy, which began two years ago with Eyes of Crow and continued last year with Voice of Crow, will wrap up with the biggest, wildest installment of all, The Reawakened.

You can now read an excerpt or pre-order at Mysterious Galaxy, Barnes & Noble, or Amazon.

And look over there--the cover! It's my favorite ever. I actually screamed when I opened the envelope and saw the cover flats.

Speaking of cover flats, I have three to give away. I'll draw random names from commenters on this post at 11:59pm EDT on Wednesday, September 3.

I'll be giving away one ARC here on my blog in early September and another one in the Summer issue of my newsletter, which comes out next week.

And now, you might be wondering a few things about the new book. Such as...

Q. Is that Rhia on the cover?

A. In my mind, no. It looks exactly like I imagined our younger heroine Sura (whose story starts in the excerpt). If you read Voice of Crow, you might remember her as the little baby daughter of Lycas and Mali. Now she's all grown up, brave and angry and ready to do anything to throw the Descendants off her people's homeland.

Also, she's a Snake and can manipulate fire. Fire is cool.

Q. Wait, wait, rewind. Did you say the Descendants are occupying Asermos?


A. Sadly, yes. The Reawakened begins eighteen years after the end of Voice of Crow. The Descendants (or Ilions, as they call themselves) invaded, took over, and now occupy the villages of Asermos and Velekos. It all happened between books, so you haven't missed anything.

Q. So is Rhia still the main character?

A. Yep! She's still the one, as the song goes. The book begins and ends with her point-of-view. But just as Voice of Crow widened the scope beyond Rhia, The Reawakened goes even further, and we get (*counts on fingers*) six points-of-view in this book: Rhia, Sura, Lycas, Rhia's son Nilik, and two other new characters.

Q. Why isn't it titled [insert body part here] of Crow?

A. Because The Reawakened is better. See this blog post for why.

Q. So who's the Raven?

*zips lips*

Q. Does this book have vampires in it?

No. It's completely unconnected to my series that began with Wicked Game. However, that book's sequel, Bad to the Bone (releasing May 12, 2009) is already available for pre-order at Mysterious Galaxy and Amazon.

Q. Will there be further books in the Aspect of Crow universe?

A. This book ends this trilogy. Currently I have no plans to write more, but the idea of animal magic is pretty darn cool, so you never know--I might revisit this universe someday. There are lots of nooks and crannies in these lands that would make perfect material for short stories and novellas.

Q. Is it true that the word 'Reawakened' is really hard to type?

A. Yes. All the letters but one are crowded over on the left-hand side with the two littlest fingers.

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So tell me what you think of the cover and/or the excerpt, or ask me another question about TR (see, I said it was hard to type, so I avoid it whenever possible) down there in the comments before 11:59pm EDT on Wednesday, September 3. I'll draw three names at random among my three blogs (jerismithready.com, LJ, and MySpace) to win an autographed TR cover flat. Good luck!

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27 Comments:

Avians indoors? Wait, maybe those walls don't have a roof connecting them... Either way, SO FREAKING GORGEOUS!

Have a lovely day! :-)

Posted by: Blogger Tez Miller at 8/27/2008 7:09 AM

Thanks. I can't stop looking at it myself. Luna's really outdone themselves this time.

LOL on the crows indoors! I think it's an alleyway or something. With fire!! Have I mentioned that fire is cool?

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 8/27/2008 8:13 AM

That is a great cover. Congrats!

Posted by: OpenID tom-gallier at 8/27/2008 8:29 AM

The cover looks great, Jeri!

Posted by: Blogger Ruth Schaller at 8/27/2008 8:49 AM

Let's try again...

Jeri!!!!!!! I love it. It's awesome! And I can't BELIEVE we're going to meet Sura as an adult!!! Gods, what's happened in the past eighteen years? I can't wait to find out, you tease.

Posted by: Blogger Victoria Dahl at 8/27/2008 10:55 AM

Thanks, Tom and Ruth!

Victoria: yeah, Sura didn't have much to say in VOICE OF CROW. Mostly just, "Waaaaaaaahhhh!"

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 8/27/2008 10:58 AM

Don't know which page to comment on so I'm going to comment on both.

OHHH! Hubby's not going to like you!! This means that I have to go out and buy both of the first two so that I can buy this one and have a complete set.

I'm going to blame it all on you (evil laugh)

excerpt was amazing so is the cover. can't wait till I can have it in my hands. You are great.

Posted by: Blogger MEME at 8/27/2008 12:33 PM

Meme, I'll answer you here AND MySpace. ;-)

You have plenty of time to read the first two--just one each month. They're fat books, but don't worry--it's just big print. They're only about ten percent longer than WICKED GAME.

Glad you liked the excerpt!

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 8/27/2008 12:49 PM

I am so excited! Ok, and a little sad, I hate to see this series end! I adore the cover! Can't wait to read it!

Posted by: OpenID genralrandi at 8/27/2008 4:24 PM

Jeri,

That cover freakin Rocks! Congratulations and keep those books a comin.

Posted by: Blogger judiebabie at 8/27/2008 4:53 PM

genralrandi: Thanks! Yeah, I'm a little sad, too, but I hope to revisit the world in short stories here and there.

judiebabie: Thank you! I'm workin' on it. ;-)

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 8/27/2008 6:30 PM

That's a GORGEOUS cover! You lucky woman, you. Really eye-catching. I think it's my favorite of the three too.

I won't even taunt everyone that I've read this. Oh, wait, I just didn't, didn't I? Trust me, you want to preorder this. *saunters off*

Posted by: Blogger Ann Aguirre at 8/27/2008 7:35 PM

I like it. It's well lit and her outfit is cool . . . we all know it's about the clothes. ^_~ Oh, and the arms. Weapons are important.

Posted by: Blogger Liviania at 8/27/2008 9:53 PM

I soooo can't wait for this book!! The cover looks phenomemal. Well, I am off to call my bookstore to place more order for this. LOL! Ok, so I have to wait until morning, but I will be calling as soon as they open. Now excuse me. I have to go do my happy dance. Yippee!!!!

Posted by: Blogger Ruby (Mouth) at 8/28/2008 12:49 AM

I got so excited when I saw you post on myspace about your new cover. I had to run over to see it...
ooooh. so pretty. I would love to win a cover flat those things are so hard to get a hold of.
I can not wait until I can read it. you have no idea how much I loved the other crow books.

Posted by: OpenID travkru1859 at 8/28/2008 3:32 AM

The cover is very striking- perfect. Can't wait to read it!

Posted by: Blogger Sharon GR at 8/28/2008 8:44 AM

OOH PRETTY!

Posted by: Blogger Catie at 8/28/2008 10:31 AM

Looks great, Jeri!

Posted by: Blogger Rob S. at 8/28/2008 12:02 PM

One word...AWESOME!

Posted by: Anonymous Lina at 8/29/2008 2:50 AM

Congrats for the interview!
And the cover is simply GREAT!!!

Posted by: Blogger avalonne83 at 8/29/2008 10:07 AM

I love the cover too. I like the crows swooping!

Posted by: Blogger Janicu at 8/29/2008 10:19 AM

Hey Jerri,

As I said on myspace I feel like I have waited an eternity to finally get to this book!! The cover is completely off the hook!!! I totally dig the fiery aspect of it ...it just completely rocks and totally captures the story!! The exerpt as usual is a non stop page turner read. You never cease to amaze me in ur writing. You are the one author that I can never get enough of even with my ADD!!! I am pre ordering this book ASAP and look forward to the drawing u will be doing!!! PICK ME PICK ME HAHAHAHAHA....

Love your work always!! Ur number one fan!!

Tina

Posted by: Anonymous Tina Marie at 8/29/2008 11:44 AM

Ann: Hee-hee, you're so evil.

Liviania: Clothes are very important on covers! And yes, weapons. Even though Sura doesn't actually carry a weapon--hey, she can throw fireballs at people's heads, she don't need no stinkin' swords. :-)

Ruby: Yay! Tell your bookstore I said hi.

Travkru: Thanks, glad you liked them! Yeah, cover flats are cool, because you can't buy them anywhere.

Sharon, Catie, Rob, Lina, Avalonne, Janicu: Thanks, I've been really lucky with my covers. :-)

Tina: Aww, you are so sweet! Glad you enjoyed the excerpt. I've always loved that chapter. (It's chapter two.)

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 8/29/2008 5:23 PM

hey jeri tis me rain from myspace you know "making shane and ciara feel real lol " sept.3 is my bday!!!!! and it would make a killer present to get the book plus like i said i have been reading all out of whack lmao !!! the cover is awesome and really if i dont get picked i cant wait to read the book ! i swear pull me out of my dry spell rut of reading i need something interesting !!! i know your book will have great success (especially round my house and friends lol i gots them all hooked from wicked game hehehe and put eye of crow out for them as well voices is in my car still reading it so wahooooo gets to jump right into the third one) ok making this really long sorry lol ........ have a great day hun and tgc ... huge fan lena

Posted by: Blogger TT at 8/29/2008 8:11 PM

Wow, it's a lovely cover. xD I'm so excited.

--Nozomi.

Posted by: OpenID nozomi429 at 8/31/2008 3:51 PM

Hey Rain, it's great to see you here. And thank you SO much for telling your friends about the books--it makes a huge difference! I'll put up the contest for the ARC this week (Wednesday).

Hi Nozomi! Thanks, and I hope you like the book. :-)

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 9/01/2008 11:41 AM

I love the cover!

Posted by: Blogger Kaycee James at 9/06/2008 11:59 AM

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