Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Bring on the Night

Yesterday I turned in the rewrite for Bring on the Night (WVMP Book #3 and sequel to Bad to the Bone). I spent the last seventeen days working 10-12-hours a day on it,* so I've been living (and unliving) with these vampires almost every waking moment since Thanksgiving.

To ease myself out of Sherwood and back into the bright, shiny, scary palce called "reality," my first post-Bring on the Night blog entry will be about...Bring on the Night.

Official release date: August 1, 2010. You can already pre-order it at Amazon. And check out the spiffy fake cover--much better than the old "No Image Available" option. (I haven't seen the cover art at all yet, but I'm sure it's cool.)

Bring on the Night will be released in recession-friendly mass market paperback. Speaking of which, Bad to the Bone will be reissued in mass market on February 22, with a Bring on the Night "teaser" first chapter that is no longer the first chapter (rewrites, you know).

What it's about: The usual WVMP gang of vampire DJs, picking up two-and-a-half years after the end of Bad to the Bone.

We've got a near-final version of the back cover copy. I'm particularly psyched about this one, because my editor and I wrote it ourselves.



Recovering con artist Ciara Griffin seems to finally have it all: A steady job at WVMP, the Lifeblood of Rock ‘n’ Roll. A loving relationship with the idiosyncratic yet eternally hot DJ Shane McAllister. A vampire dog who never needs shots or a pooper-scooper. And after nine years, it looks like she might actually finish her bachelor’s degree!

But fate has other plans for Ciara. First she must fulfill her Faustian bargain with the Control, the paranormal paramilitary agency that does its best to keep vampires in line. Turns out the Control wants her for something other than her (nonexistent) ability to kick undead ass. Her anti-holy blood, perhaps? Ciara’s suspicions are confirmed when she’s assigned to a special ops division known as the Immanence Corps, run by the Control’s oldest vampire and filled with humans who claim to have special powers.

To a confirmed skeptic like Ciara, it sounds like a freak fest. But when a mysterious, fatal virus spreads through Sherwood—and corpses begin to rise from their graves—Ciara will not only get a crash-course in zombie-killing, but will be forced to put her faith—and even her life itself—in the hands of magic.


As part of my culture shock therapy, I spent last night putting together the Bring on the Night chapter title songs playlist. It's not final--I will definitely be changing a few in the copyedit stage.

Some notes:

1) Most of the songs fit the chapters better than in the two previous books. B y that I mean the lyrics and mood, as well as the title, should resonate with the story. This makes it more of a soundtrack than previous chapter title collections. They don't tell the story, but there's a bit of extra truth in each one.

2) No Nirvana. Shocker! Everything about this book is a little different from Wicked Game and Bad to the Bone, right down to the music. Instead of ending with a Nirvana song as usual, I chose to frame the book with Neil Young & Crazy Horse's two versions of "Hey Hey My My," Out of the Blue and Into the Black. Kurt Cobain quoted the line, "It's better to burn out than fade away" in his suicide note, so his spirit still haunts the soundtrack. (The song also includes the phrase "Rock 'n' roll can never die," one of the WVMP series taglines. Bonus! And there's also a line about Johnny Rotten, who sings the song "Rise" (with Public Image Ltd.), which comes a few chapters earlier. Self-referential bonus!)

3) More songs from this decade. By the time the book takes place (and comes out), the 00's will be over. And they'll have their very own DJ to represent them on WVMP.

So here it is! Enjoy trying to figure out the plot from the chapter titles. Or just enjoy the music.

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Missing tunes (unavailable from Playlist.com):
"How Many More Years," Howlin' Wolf
"Help Me," Sonny Boy Williamson
"Sugar and Spice," The Searchers
Also, "Home of the Blues" should be Johnny Cash, and "All That Heaven Will Allow" should be Bruce Springsteen.

I hope to fix these holes by replacing the playlist with an iTunes iMix, as soon as I figure out how to do that. Definitely on my 2010 to-do list.

*Lest you scoff, thinking, "Pah, I stay at my desk until 7pm all the time," I don't mean I sit down to work and then get up ten hours later to spend a few hours leisure before I go to bed. I mean 10-12 hours as measured by a timer, which gets paused when I check e-mail, walk the dog, get food, take a bathroom break (or, more rarely, a shower). So a 12-hour day for me runs from 8am to midnight.

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Glad you are letting us in on the news of where things are at with the books and release dates etc. You should be proud of yourself to be able to get any work done in 8 am to midnight working around all the normal day to day stuff that interrupt you from time to time throughout. If I had to work at home the only "work" that would probably get accomplished would be sitting with my Chihuahua in my lap and reading all my books in my 200 plus stack TBR pile. Thanks for the playlist info and good news for us economy conscious book fans about the MMPB releases....

Jackie B Central Texas

Posted by: Blogger Jackie at 12/15/2009 12:25 PM

Congrats on finishing that very intense revision process!!! Love the soundtrack and I totally appreciate the Neil Young bookends for the first and last chapter. And basically just SQUEEEEEEE! cannot wait to have this book in my greedy little hands!!!!

Posted by: Blogger Stephanie Kuehnert at 12/15/2009 12:42 PM

Just finished my Wii workout and collapsed in chair at the computer & was rewarded with this post!
I even managed enough energy to click my way over to amazon and pre-order the book.
It sounds amazing - different tone than the last two and like it may be progressing the characters and storyline a bit.
Also love the soundtrack (although a few titles have me worried :-)) Hubby will be pleased @ the zombies and will have the whole soundtrack researched and downloaded by the end of the day...HA

Thanks for the sneak peak!


Posted by: Blogger Karen at 12/15/2009 12:57 PM

Oh this sounds so fun!!! I can't wait to read it... :)

Thanks for the playlist and the sneak peek!!!

Now go take a shower... LOL



Lisa :)

Posted by: Blogger Lisa Kessler at 12/15/2009 1:01 PM

Woot! Thanks for the update on the book, I'll get to treat myself to an early b-day present!
First time I saw one of those image's from Amazon, I thought it was the actual cover. But yesh! I can't wait to read Bring on the Night.

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 12/15/2009 9:28 PM

Jackie: Believe me, my TBR pile is a huuuuge temptation when I'm under deadline. As for the other stuff, I'm lucky in that my animals and husband aren't too demanding--even the cats seem to know when Mommy really needs to focus. :-)

Stephanie: I know you know how intensive rewriting can be! I can't WAIT to see what you think of this on.

Karen: Thanks for preordering! Yeah, things definitely progress a lot, especially considering the whole book takes place in two weeks. And go you on the Wii! I love ours so very much.

Lisa: Shower is taken. You know it's bad when you can't remember exactly when the last one was. ;-)

scape-graces: I can't wait either. I'm nervous already!

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 12/15/2009 10:58 PM

Yay! More WVMP!! Can't wait!


Posted by: Blogger Lori at 12/16/2009 8:21 AM

wow congrats Jeri! Job well done, as always! ;) Thanks for the sneak peek & the playlist.. Can't wait till August!

Take care and Best Wishes!

Posted by: Blogger WriterWannaB_NY at 12/16/2009 11:27 AM

Chevelle is in the playlist. That's the bonus score. An entire chapter of The Red. I'll be hard-pressed to not read it first. O.O

Really looking forward to this, Jeri.

Posted by: Blogger Carrie Clevenger at 12/23/2009 4:49 PM

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