Wednesday, September 22, 2010
I'm hard at work on LET IT BLEED (WVMP Book 4)! It's weird, because I first started writing this book way back on December 27. I've had to put it down several times to work on SHIFT (which is finally complete--woo-hoo!). Such are the travails of writing two series simultaneously. Not that I would ever want to give that up.
So finishing LET IT BLEED is like the end of that Waitresses song, "Christmas Wrapping," where the guy and girl keep trying to get together but something always comes between them. But instead of waiting until Christmas, I'll be done by October 11, less than three weeks away. Ack!
Working on LET IT BLEED lets me reunite with one of my favorite albums of the last year, THE SELDOM SEEN KID by Elbow. I first started listening to it when rewriting BRING ON THE NIGHT, but it wasn't quite dark enough for that book. It's perfect for LET IT BLEED (especially the song "Audience with the Pope," which sort of saves Ciara's life). In this book, Ciara is confronted with some not-so-savory elements of her past, both her own and her family's. She decides to redeem herself once and for all, but of course it has to be in her own twisted way.
As I mentioned a few weeks ago, SHADE was released in the UK on September 2. Here's a picture a reader sent me of it stacked up on a table at Waterstone's with several other dark YA paranormal releases (all with predominantly blue covers, note). Yay!
Over at the Book Smugglers, I wrote a guest blog about the music that inspired SHADE.
Here are a few giveaways of the UK version:
Jennzah's Jumbled Bookcase (deadline September 30, international entries welcome).
The Hiding Spot (signed copy, deadline October 21, international entries welcome).
This weekend I'll be appearing with the Smart Chicks Kick It Tour as it winds up its two-week tour of North America in Cincinnati, OH, and Brampton, Ontario (near Toronto). See the complete schedule here. Hope to see you there!