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Are you ready for The Indigo Spell? In some parts of the world, it's already February 12! Other countriese (like my own) are almost there. Wherever people are, they have a lot to say about this!

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How are you feeling??!


Indigo Spell Moment of Zen #2

Adora & Seahawk
We're almost there, you guys! I can't believe The Indigo Spell comes out on Tuesday and that my kick-off event in Seattle is Wednesday. Eek! It felt like it was going to take forever to get here, and now we have less than a week to go. I'm super excited because I can't wait to start talking about The Fiery Heart next. :)


In the meantime, here's some more Adrian and Sydney to pass the time...

“I’m not a warrior or a goddess,” I said at last.

Adrian leaned closer. “As far as I’m concerned, you’re both.”

I knew that look in his eyes. I knew it because I’d seen it before.


Indigo Spell Moment of Zen #1

Blood Promise
We are still full steam ahead on The Golden Lily book club and VA movie news! But let's not forget that The Indigo Spell is coming out next week! To get ready, I'll give a few of the most awesome moments to help us count down. They're not too spoilery, but look away now if you're worried.


In this scene, Adrian and Sydney are undercover as a couple:

“Wow,” said Adrian. He sat down on the bed and tested its bounciness, giving it a nod of approval. “This is amazing. What do you think, buttercup?”

“I have no words,” I said honestly.

He patted the spot beside him. “Want to try it out?”


Indigo Spell news, including tour dates

Charlie the Unicorn
We're going to kick off book club posts for The Golden Lily later today, but I wanted to pause and give you some updates on various things. The Indigo Spell is SO close you guys. SO CLOSE. I'm just as excited as you at this point. It'll be out February 12 in English speaking countries--less than a month! Eek.

Here, at last, is the much anticipated news about my tour dates. For various reasons, however, I'm not doing a major tour this time. For Indigo, I'll be staying very close to my home turf in the Pacific Northwest. I'm very sorry to my fans in other places, and we're hoping to get me on the road for visits elsewhere later this year. For now, though, I'll just be in Seattle and Portland. Here are the stats:

Wednesday, February 13 - Seattle - 7pm
University Bookstore
4326 University Way, Seattle, WA
206-634-3400

Monday, February 18 - Portland - 7pm
Barnes & Noble, Clackamas Town Center Mall
12000 SE 82nd Avenue, Portland, OR
503-786-3464

Saturday, March 9 - Lake Forest Park, WA - 6:30pm
Third Place Books
17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park, WA
206-366-3333

Full details are on my website, but the stores are using a ticket/bracelet system where you get a priority spot in line if you pre-order or buy The Indigo Spell from them. You can still bring in your own books and get them signed, though, so no worries there. Check my website and feel free to call them.

I'll do some giveaways at the signings, answer questions, read, and generally have an awesome time! So I hope you Northwesterners can make it. If you live in other places, you can still get autographed books! Check out this information if you'd like me to make a book out to you. It can be The Indigo Spell or any of my others. It's a virtual signing! The store will mail Indigo to you on release day, and they ship internationally.

In other news, I'll be having another Twitter chat this Thursday. The times are here. We only schedule a half-hour for these, so I'm sorry that I can't get to every question. I try hard and type really fast! I did about 70 out of 300 last time. If you didn't get yours in, try again. You can read the transcript here.

Finally, if you need an Indigo fix, make sure you watch the full run of teaser trailers. We're also starting to get in some early reviews! They're spoiler free, and we've got two so far: this one and this one.

Okay, I think that catches us up! We'll get back to book club later today.


Win
Okay, if you missed it, there are all sorts of goodies circulating in anticipation of The Indigo Spell, coming out February 12, 2013: Chapters 1 and 2! Here are links to them, with two versions of each. The Scribd version is nice and neatly formatted but doesn't always open on phones or in certain browsers. The text one, hosted on my site, is less pretty but usually always work.

I'll warn you, Chapter 2 is already making people swoon and pass out from all the Adrian charm.

Chapter 1 - Scribd and Text

Chapter 2 - Scribd and Text


AND, one more treat: Adrian's seduction advice, from Chapter 15.

Here's what else is going on. Starting on January 1, I'm going to kick off the Bloodlines Book Club as we count down to The Indigo Spell's release. I'm going to re-read the first two books, and every day, I'll post commentary or a little story about each chapter (two chapters on weekend days, since we're in a crunch for time--it's so close!). They won't be summaries or anything--mostly just my thoughts about what was going on when I wrote those chapters. I'll post my ramblings on this blog and mark them with spoiler warnings for those who haven't gotten that far. So, if you want to read along with me and get the backstory on the series, dig out your copies of Bloodlines and The Golden Lily! And if you haven't read them yet, it's not too late to ask Santa for them. Then we'll all be ready for Indigo in February!

One more note about The Indigo Spell--people have been asking if you can order signed copies from University Books again. The answer: you sure can. They're taking pre-orders now, and I'll sign them for you so that they can ship out on release day. The info is here, and they do ship internationally.

Hope you guys like the Indigo excerpts!


Adrian Ivashkov on Male Weakness

Bloodlines
Those on Facebook know I offered a challenge recently to help my pal Morgan Rhodes get to 1000 likes on FB. Morgan is the author of the amazing new book Falling Kingdoms and also wrote The Vampire Academy Ultimate Guide (under her code name Michelle Rowen). And sooo...you guys did! She crossed 1000, and as a reward, I give you this snippet from The Indigo Spell of Adrian offering Sydney some helpful advice about seduction.


From Chapter 15 of The Indigo Spell


Adrian looked over at me again. “Who knows more about male weakness: you or me?”

“Go on.” I refused to directly answer the question.

“Get a new dress. One that shows a lot of skin. Short. Strapless. Maybe a push-up bra too.” He actually had the audacity to do a quick assessment of my chest. “Eh, maybe not. But definitely some high heels.”

“Adrian,” I exclaimed. “You’ve seen how Alchemists dress. Do you think I can really wear something like that?”

He was unconcerned. “You’ll make it work. You’ll change clothes or something. But I’m telling you, if you want to get a guy to do something that might be difficult, then the best way is to distract him so that he can’t devote his full brainpower to the consequences.”

“You don’t have a lot of faith in your own gender.”

“Hey, I’m telling you the truth. I’ve been distracted by sexy dresses a lot.”

I didn’t really know if that was a valid argument, seeing as Adrian was distracted by a lot of things. Fondue. T-shirts. Kittens. “And so, what then? I show some skin, and the world is mine?”

“That’ll help.” Amazingly, I could tell he was dead serious. “And you’ve gotta act confident the whole time, like it’s already a done deal. Then make sure when you’re actually asking for what you want that you tell him you’d be ‘so, so grateful.’ But don’t elaborate. His imagination will do half the work for you. ”

I shook my head, glad we’d almost reached our destination. I didn’t know how much more I could listen to. “This is the most ridiculous advice I’ve ever heard. It’s also kind of sexist too, but I can’t decide who it offends more, men or women.”

“Look, Sage. I don’t know much about chemistry or computer hacking or photosynthery, but this is something I’ve got a lot of experience with.” I think he meant photosynthesis, but I didn’t correct him. “Use my knowledge. Don’t let it go to waste.”


A Bloodlines Birthday

Win
First up--a quick update about the proofs you kind Red Cross donors are getting. Slowly but surely, we are on our way! I cleaned out Michael's Crafts of all the frames on their shelves and then ordered fifty more that are coming in this week. Once we have those, I'll start printing and signing proof copies, and then...the glitter! Stay tuned.

Meanwhile, guess what? Today is my birthday, and I have a gift for you. Authors always have to work so far in advance when it comes to books that sometimes I forget you haven't read The Indigo Spell. Meanwhile, I'm already in the early planning stages of Bloodlines #4. Not sure if it's mean or awesome, but I thought I'd share a little of my progress: the title of #4. Are you ready?

Bloodlines #4 is called The Fiery Heart.

This'll make a lot more sense when you read Indigo, which I'm starting to get super impatient for. Come on, February! Lots of big things happen in Indigo, and you romance fans are going to pass out. You know what also might make you pass out? This:

The Fiery Heart is going to be told from both Sydney and Adrian's points of view. That's right. If you've ever wanted to get inside the crazy world of Adrian Ivashkov's head, this is it. It'll still be in first person, but the POV will alternate chapters. I'm so excited about this, it's not even funny. Well, actually...since it's Adrian, it'll be hilarious. I think you guys'll love it, and for those who still haven't made the transition to the Bloodlines series, now's your chance! #1 and #2 are out, and it's not too late to catch up before February.

Happy Richelle's Birthday!


Meanwhile, one month later...

Ceiling Cat!
Oh, my goodness. You guys. It's been crazypants around here. I can't believe I haven't blogged for over a month. Actually, I can believe it. My work schedule got a little out of control, which is what happens when Real Life Stuff takes over. Child care issues put me behind on The Indigo Spell earlier this year, as did a last-minute realization that a major part needed to be reworked.

THAT, in turn, put me behind on Gameboard of the Gods, which was further delayed when it ran into some book signings and some unexpected and very sad family news. The bottom line is that I ended up having to do some scrambling to finish Gameboard by its (new) due date. Dutton, its publisher, was very kind and patient as I worked it all out. The end result is a 154,000 word book (a little over Last Sacrifice's size) in two months. That's very cool to brag about but less cool to implement. It came at the cost of sleep and spending time with my family, but when life complicates things, you have to adjust. Now I should be back in a much calmer work mode, and my awesome editor will help fix the flaws that of course come with any first draft. We'll have some good stuff for you.

Which brings us to an important question: what is Gameboard of the Gods?

It's been mentioned a few times in Richelleland, but I know it's easy to miss stuff like that, especially in the onslaught of Bloodlines updates. Gameboard is the first book in my new Age of X series, which is a kind of futuristic paranormal series for adults (though teens can read it too because I would've been all over this in my younger years).

Here's the premise. Religious extremists released a virus that wiped out half the world's population and plunged it into chaos. A hundred years later, some places have recovered better than others, including a high tech new country formed out of pieces of the former US and Canada (I'm pretty sure it's only a matter of time before our countries unite anyway). After its troubled past, this country has an understandably wary attitude toward religion. It goes out of its way to dismantle most religious groups and debunk any claims of the mystical or paranormal. My hero is an uber charismatic guy who helps carry out that agenda for the government. My heroine, who hangs out with him, is a former Finnish debutante who's now a kind of super soldier. Unfortunately, denying that the supernatural exists gets a little hard when it starts following them around...

So there we go! I'm excited about this. I love the characters and the world, and although I can't use 80s music references, there's still enough wacky banter and sexual tension to make it a Richelle book. There'll be more updates coming, as well as the cover. This book comes out in June, which means 2013 is going to be happening: Indigo in February, Gameboard in June, and Bloodlines #4 (title and exact date to come) in the fall. That also explains why there's so much work going on this year! But it's going to be awesome, and I hope you guys love what's to come.


Indigo Spell Galore

Admiral Ackbar Cereal
If you've followed me recently on Twitter and Facebook, you'll know that Adrian pulled out a stunning victory in the YA Crush Tournament. Not only did he win all of his matches, he also pulled through in the finale against Cassandra Clare's Will. Talk about a worthy adversary! Honestly, I didn't think it was going to happen. I had a lot of personal stuff going on, and I only realized the match was about to end when it had less than an hour to go. I thought it was too late but still put out the call for help, and in forty minutes, readers came through with the 500 votes needed for Adrian's victory. I was totally amazed. You guys are so awesome.

So, in this contest, there've been all kinds of Adrian quotes from The Indigo Spell promised along the way. Here are a couple that have been released so far:

“Under normal circumstances, you inviting me to the bedroom would be the highlight of my day.”

"We need to get inside. I think my hair gel’s frozen.”


I released this one when Adrian won:

"it’s Kahlua, Sage. Packed with sugar and coffee flavor."

So, finally, that leaves us with three more reward quotes to go. Here's one:

"Who knows more about male weakness: you or me? Use my knowledge, Sage."

And...

"Do you want me to call you Celery Stick instead of Cupcake or Honey-Pie? It just doesn’t inspire the same warm and fuzzy feelings.”

Finally, the last quote is actually a Dimitri one, instead of Adrian, in honor of their epic match in the tournament. This is from the Foretold anthology, coming out at the end of this month:

"I haven’t even really tried to win you over, Roza. When I want to, I can be very persuasive.”

Whew, that's a lot of quotes! BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE!

The first chapter of The Indigo Spell has officially been posted online. Before this, it was only available in special editions of The Golden Lily. I know some people are saying, "I already read it online, where's chapter 2?" But if you saw it online before this, it was a pirated copy. This is the official release. You can read the pretty scribd version here or the less pretty one on my website that's more compatible than scribd.

Enjoy! And thanks again for your help in the tournament.


I return! With Indigo Spell info!

Japanese Vampire Academy
Wow, guys. I totally let you down this time. Over a month without blogging! I can assure you, though, that it was spent productively. When I got home from my tour, I had to frantically finish revisions on Bloodlines #3, The Indigo Spell. Then, when I finished them, I decided they weren't good enough, and my editor was nice enough to let me do ANOTHER round of emergency revisions. It was a pretty frantic month, but now I have a book I'm really happy with. It still needs a lot of polishing and proofing (which is why it takes a while to come out), but the hardest part is over. You'll also be pleased to know that after these revisions, The Indigo Spell has had its hotness factor kicked up significantly. Hope you guys can handle it.

The book comes out on February 12, and if you're wondering what it's about, here's the catalog description. There's another description kicking around that's worded a little differently, but the gist is the same.

In the aftermath of a forbidden moment that rocked Sydney to her core, she finds herself struggling to draw the line between her Alchemist teachings and what her heart is urging her to do. Then she meets alluring, rebellious Marcus Finch--a former Alchemist who escaped against all odds, and is now on the run. Marcus wants to teach Sydney the secrets he claims the Alchemists are hiding from her. But as he pushes her to rebel against the people who raised her, Sydney finds that breaking free is harder than she thought. There is an old and mysterious magic rooted deeply within her. And as she searches for an evil magic user targeting powerful young witches, she realizes that her only hope is to embrace her magical blood--or else she might be next.

The final cover also was released this last month, and here it is:

indigo

I'll try to stay on top of blogging now!


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