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Wicked City book day


Well, Zephyr has landed. With any luck she’ll be at a bookstore near you (though if that bookstore is a Barnes & Noble, that will be the MAINSTREAM section, NOT Fantasy/SF—and god, don’t ask me why, the story is too long for the telling).

I am very happy to have this book finally released in the wild. I love the cover and hope that it might entice a few more people to read about my supernatural filled, “Other” Lower East Side. This book has a lot more of Gentleman Jimmy Walker, with some extreme liberties taken (It’s a supernatural New York!) It has some scenes that I’m very proud of, just because I think it’s hard to write humor, and that kind of old-school, droll quasi-British rompery is some of my favorite stuff. Hopefully a few of you will find this about as quarter as amusing as I did (being amused at my own books is one of my greatest sins).

Anyway, even if you can’t buy or read the book right now, I’d appreciate any signal boost for this that you can spare. And if you’ve read it, and have the time, please leave a review on one or a couple of the big retailer sites. It’s always a huge help!


There is a FREE Zephyr Hollis short story up right now on Tor.com. I am extra lucky because it got its own beautiful illustration by Jonathan Bartlett, which is marvelously moody and very twenties. It's called "The Inconstant Moon" and is a prequel story about how Zephyr first came to New York and started to rethink what she'd always been taught by her demon-hunting daddy. As this is free, it's a great thing to send to someone who might be interested in the books but wouldn't jump into the more expensive novels.

AND, potentially even better, I wrote a long essay for Heroes and Heartbreakers about one of my favorite book couples of all time: Vicky and John from Elizabeth Peters' Vicky Bliss series. I ended up re-reading all of the books, flagging my favorite sections and then painstakingly organizing my thoughts into a multi-thousand word essay featuring many quotes and even something vaguely resembling a thesis statement. I spent about ten hours writing it (after the re-read) and then had strange, fevered anxiety dreams about having to finish an essay for a class the next day. Hmmm....

I think there's a couple other guest bloggy things going up in the next few days. Perhaps I will pop in here and link you to them, since otherwise me and the blog content are not very good friends.

In even more other news, some potentially cool things are developing on THE SUMMER PRINCE front, which I will announce as soon as I can. And I'm working working on a new YA novel that makes me very happy, though it is a little tricksy. Like all the best novels, of course :)


Wicked City cover


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Apr. 10th, 2012 06:41 pm (UTC)
Apr. 11th, 2012 01:21 am (UTC)
Happy book day!!!
Apr. 12th, 2012 02:22 pm (UTC)
Ohhhh, Alaya --how is it possible that you love everything we all loved in college, when you weren't even there??

Great hearing you read from WICKED CITY at NYRSF last week - now I can't wait to read the whole book!

"THE SUMMER PRINCE," eh? Have you read Elizabeth Wein's THE WINTER PRINCE? I think you'll like it - and the odds are definitely in my favor!
Apr. 12th, 2012 05:11 pm (UTC)
Haha, great minds, Ellen ;) My best friend and I in high school thought we were the only mad loons in the world. It turns out I just had to move to New York!

I actually read The Winter Prince when you recommended it to me ages ago and thought it was utterly wonderful. Cruel and weird and completely compelling. And now I'm reading Mary Gentle's Ash, which also seems to have not a little in the way of Lymond influence (in a woman, even better!)
Apr. 13th, 2012 06:39 pm (UTC)
Someday, we/I really, really must write up that article on every author I know who was influenced by Dunnett - and which books they were! I remember Joan Vinge & Marta Randall.... Maybe there's some sort of Centennial for her birth? or the 50th Anniv. of THE GAME OF KINGS or something....?
Apr. 13th, 2012 09:20 pm (UTC)
Hmm...it looks like we're early/late for good anniversaries. The Game of Kings came out in 61, she was born in 23...but yeah, what an awesome article that would be! I'm sure you know way more than I do about the genealogy of influence.
Sep. 16th, 2012 08:02 am (UTC)
I know this is quite a bit belated but I just finished reading Moonshine and immediately bought Wicked City and will be recommending the books to folks. I think it's possibly one of my favorite reads of 2012. Do you have others in the setting planned? :)
Sep. 16th, 2012 04:45 pm (UTC)
That's awesome! I'm always happy for belated comments like that :) I am definitely planning at least one more Zephyr novel, however, the timing on it is up in the air. It depends on a lot of internal publishing stuff, but one way or another I hope to get the third book out in the next 2 years (3 on the outside). But believe me, fans will help speed things along, so please, recommend away!
Sep. 18th, 2012 07:57 am (UTC)
Yaay! I had actually been hearing about your work for awhile but my TBR is soo huge... I somehow also had gotten the impression that the series was urban fantasy, not 1920s alternate history / gaslight fantasy, or I would have been into it way earlier. (I'm really not sure how I got that impression, I think some of the marketing focused more on the urban aspect, which as a fellow writerly type, I know isn't in your control.) I know a bunch of folk that are reading various steampunk, gaslight fantasy, and alternate history, so I'll be prodding. Esp as a bunch I know are also annoyed with how little diversity there is in the subgenre.
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