Thursday, July 08, 2010

Anthology announcment

I was meaning to blog about this development this week, anyway, but, being scalp-deep in revisions for Shift (which hey, is now available for Amazon pre-order, by the way, which is incredibly scary because it's still lying broken and busted in thirty-four pieces on my hard drive, waiting for me to reassemble it into something resembling a book), I wasn't sure I'd have time.

But then LeBron James went all diva and decided to make his announcement about where he's playing next year (and presumably for many years to come) on a special hour-long ESPN show tonight at 9pm called "The Decision" (brought to you by bing and the University of Phoenix).

It was just too pretentious not to imitate.

So without further ado, brought to you by orange Tic-Tacs and Tetley British Blend decaffeinated tea, I'd like to announce that I just signed a multimillion dollar contract to write a YA vampire short story for the upcoming PC Cast-edited anthology, Eternal: More Love Stories With Bite, coming to you this December (the Amazon listing of October 26 is incorrect) from BenBella Books.

Like LeBron's lust for an NBA Championship, I've always wanted to be in an anthology. I've stood by season after season watching Kobe Bryant my fellow urban fantasy authors publish many stories, often before they'd even published their first novel. It's a great way for a new or newish author to find new readers.

I'd had a couple of anthology invitations that I had to turn down due to book deadlines (and the fact that I stand firmly in demand of NBA minimum salary SFWA-level minimum pay rates of $473,604 per year five cents per word). Now I have on my plate not only this story, but one for the Smart Chicks Kick It tour anthology, titled, Highway to Hell, coming September 2011 from HarperCollins. I'm absolutely silly psyched about these opportunities to flesh out the universes I've created in my novels.

Because I can't come up with two kinds of vampires with only one brain, my story for Eternal will be loosely tied to the WVMP Radio series. The vampires will have the same rules (stuck in time in the era they were turned, no sunlight whatsoever, the need for human blood, and yes, obsessive-compulsive), but the setting and characters will be completely different.

Sort of.

The main character is Ciara Griffin's first cousin once removed, Mary Cassidy O'Riley ("Cassie" for short) a sixteen-year-old member of one of the South Carolina Irish Traveler groups. Ciara's Traveler relatives figure prominently in Book Four, Let it Bleed, which will be out next August.

Cassie will also appear in that book, because I'm completely incapable of creating a character without needing to explore their lives in-depth. (This is another reason why I rarely do short stories--I fall in love way too easily.) But the story is by no means required for reading the series, and vice versa.

The first Love Stories With Bite collection, Immortal, is already out and includes such phenomenal authors as Rachel Caine, Rachel Vincent, and Richelle Mead. I can't say which authors have been confirmed for Eternal, because it's not really official until all stories are turned in and accepted for publication.

So I suppose there's an outside chance LeBron could end up playing for the Minnesota Timberwolves my short story could still be rejected on the grounds of absolute suckage. That would be really awkward, after this big press conference blog post.

And with THAT, I better get back to Shift so that I can have plenty of time to polish up the aforementioned short story, which is due next Thursday.

Have a great weekend!

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I am sooo pleased to hear we get more your ideas out on paper, err, print. Keep us posted on where to find you. Congrats again!!!

Posted by: Blogger Carrie Clevenger at 7/08/2010 9:09 PM

Congrats! And I can't wait to read the next book, which I just realized releases next month. =)

Posted by: Blogger Jinxie G at 7/08/2010 9:13 PM

Congrats! That is great news. I'll look forward to checking it out!

Posted by: Blogger Lillie (AliseOnLife) at 7/08/2010 9:17 PM

Yay! Congrats! I'm always happy when there is more to read where your concerned!!
Much better than what's -his -face's news. Is it really news by the way?? I think not :-)(his not your's)

Posted by: Blogger Karen at 7/08/2010 9:18 PM

Sweetie, you always make me laugh. I am so happy to find that you will be leaving me speechless after reading more of your prose, this time in short story form.

Posted by: Blogger Debi Murray at 7/08/2010 9:54 PM

Hilarious! And congratulations. :)

Posted by: Blogger Maureen McGowan at 7/08/2010 9:56 PM

Yay, that is exciting! :)

Posted by: Anonymous Meaghan at 7/08/2010 10:10 PM

YAY!! This is exciting. Who is Lebron by the way? jk :) Congrats!

Posted by: Blogger Unknown at 7/08/2010 10:38 PM

Mega congratulations! And welcome to the wonderful world of anthologies. :-) Can't wait to read them both!

Posted by: Blogger Jean Marie Ward at 7/08/2010 11:25 PM

You are always amazing Jeri and a total pleasure to read with your wit etc..
SOOOO looking forward to this as well!
Good luck with SHIFT!

Posted by: Blogger WriterWannaB_NY at 7/09/2010 12:03 AM

Congratulations on your fun news!

Posted by: Blogger Georgiana at 7/09/2010 12:27 AM

Conrgats!!! I'm stoked to read it :) it sucks you're not coming out this way for the Smart Chicks tour but hopefully someday you will.

BTW I bet the Heat won't be that great next season there's too many ego's on that team now and you know LeBron will be the star and D-Wade wil end up taking a back seat.

Posted by: Blogger Jaime at 7/09/2010 3:26 AM

Excellent news!! I've loved working with BenBella's SmartPop series, so I'm sure you'll love this experience as well.

Sounds awesome!

Posted by: Blogger Maria Lima at 7/09/2010 7:20 AM

Congratulations! I absolutely loved Shade and cannot wait to read Shift! I look forward to your upcoming anthology stories!

Posted by: Anonymous Robin at 7/20/2010 12:31 AM

Thanks, everyone! I'm super excited about the story (especially excited that I turned it in on time--score!) and can't wait to get the editors' feedback.

As for LeBron, that had to have been the most awkward thing I've ever seen on ESPN. I love sports because they provide us with such great stories, but I prefer my drama ON the field.

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 7/20/2010 12:36 AM

drooool. DROOOL DROOOL DROOOL. i can't wait for this, going to have my hubs pre-order me it for xmas! :)

it was sad about Lebron to me... he was my favourite basketball player and then all of a sudden... not.

which team did he pick?? (he announced it on the day i returned to England, where we dont care about such things!)

Posted by: Blogger Jennzah at 7/20/2010 10:30 AM


I'm pretty excited to read those. Congrats, Jeri!

(OpenID is glitching, so if you recieved this comment three times, I'm sorry!)

Posted by: Anonymous Nozomi at 7/21/2010 12:48 AM

Thanks, Nozomi, and no worries--I only got the comment once. :-)

Jennzah, LeBron picked the Miami Heat, as expected. *yawn*

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 7/27/2010 10:35 AM

yuck, are you SERIOUS? i forsee some major drama-rama with him and Dwayne Wade.... and Lebron just FIT with the Cavs. they had a good team until Shaq showed the hell up.. ugh.

as for the Antho... i've got it on my wishlist! can't wait for more WVMP goodness! :)

Posted by: Blogger Jennzah at 7/27/2010 5:20 PM

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