Today's the official day Succubus Dreams should be out on the shelves (in the U.S.). However, according to many, it's been sneaking out long before now. This is a Big Book, and I'm not talking size. Things get shaken up. I'm not a subscriber to the sitcom theory of story-telling, where things always stay the same and the status quo resumes at the end. I like to see characters change and develop. The first two books in Georgina's tale set the stage, and now this is the book where the story really starts to go off in a new direction. Those are the kind of stories I enjoy reading the most, and I hope you'll like it too when you read it. As always, feel free to email me with your thoughts--though remember I'm running (ugh) two months behind in answering reader mail. I feel pretty bad about that.
In stepping back, it's hard to believe that the third Georgina book is out. For a career that seemed to take forever to get going, it's suddenly zipping by right now. This is the first book where I haven't had a formal release party or get-together. Going to San Francisco/Oakland this weekend (come see me, Bay people!) altered my schedule a little, so I passed on any party. I will be getting together with college friends while in California, so pretending I'm 18 again is almost as good as a party. That being said, this is also one of the few release days where I've actually been in a good mood. I know that sounds strange. For whatever reason, for all my other books, it seems like there was always something weird or troubling occurring in my life on the actual release day. Not today. Things are good, and it's also lolcatz's birthday, so that makes this a doubly fun day, no matter how much he complains.
People on my myriad mailing lists already know this, but here's the answer to a question I keep getting asked: first chapters of new books always go up about a month before release day. That means we're about two weeks out from when I'll post an excerpt of Shadow Kiss on my website. I'll announce it here on the blog when it happens, but of course, you can always sign up for one of the mailing lists and have the news delivered straight to your inbox!