March 22nd, 2011

Storm Born

Eugenie News

Wow. What an exhausting month this has been! There's a kind of high-intensity mode you get into the week before a manuscript is due that costs a lot of sleep and energy. I seem to have been in that mode for, oh, four weeks because I've been working busily on Succubus Revealed's first draft and Bloodlines's second draft. Those are now both in with their respective editors, and I'm really pleased with the way they turned out. I wish I could say I now get to lounge around for the rest of my pregnancy, but now it's time to start writing the fourth Eugenie book. No rest for the wicked! That includes me and her. :)

And speaking of which...guess what? I'm very pleased to announce that Eugenie's fourth novel has a title: Shadow Heir. It'll be released in January 2012. It's a long ways away but is a much faster turnaround than the 1+ year cycle she's been on.

In the meantime, to help with the wait, I have some cool news about the awesome Storm Born graphic novel. It's first being released as comic book issues, and volume one will be out May 18. Because "regular" bookstores (including online ones like Amazon) have limited comic book stock, your best bet is to get in touch now with your local comic book store to put in a request that they order it and reserve a copy. Otherwise, not all stores may stock it on release day. (There's a chance University Bookstore might be able to do an autographed mail order system, but that's not certain yet). The end of this post has info on locating a local comic book store in your area that you contact. For those who love ordering online (like me), there are online comic book sites out there if you search (I don't know any off the top of my head). Stores will also be receiving limited numbers of issue #1 with a special incentive cover that'll be available on a first-come first-serve basis. Check with your store for info on that.

I should add: all of this is for the U.S. only right now (and Canada, which has the same distribution). I know that's disappointing, and one day I'll do a post explaining why stuff is available in some countries and not others. The short answer is that there's no mega-publisher that puts out stuff around the world. It's done on a per-country basis, and so there's always a delay as arrangements are made with each country's individual publishers--and sometimes, publishers in a country just aren't interested in something (crazy, I know!).

Anyway, Sea Lion, the U.S. publisher of the Storm Born comic just put out this press release, which tells a little bit more about the project and all the people who have been working on it. There's a really great team behind this, and the finished project is really beautiful. You can also visit Sea Lion's forums for more updates here.

Here's the press release:

ATLANTA, GA - March 22, 2011– In the novel Storm Born, first in the popular Dark Swan urban fantasy series, Richelle Mead—New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Vampire Academy and the Georgia Kincaid Series—introduced fans of paranormal romance to Eugenie Markham, a freelance shaman who battles the ghosts and fey that sneak into our world from the Otherworld.

Today, Sea Lion Books is proud to announce scripter Grant Alter and artist Dave Hamann as the multitalented creative team behind the graphic novel adaptation of Richelle Mead's Dark Swan: Storm Born. When an alarming prophecy suddenly makes her every Otherwordly creature's object of desire, Eugenie must dodge their advances while also fighting a dark power rising within her.

Grant Alter was the co-writer (with Derek Ruiz) on Dean Koontz’ Fear Nothing, a graphic novel adaptation by the New York Times bestselling author. His other scripting projects include an adaptation of the Jim Butcher short story “Restoration of Faith,” which appeared in the graphic novel Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files: Storm Front.

"Richelle has written a book with a really nice mix of action, romance, the otherworldly, and even a good amount of humor,” Alters said. “It's just a fun book to read. The quality of her work pushes me to write what I think are some of the best scripts I have ever written."

Graphic artist Dave Hamann’s projects include Amory Wars for Evil Ink Comics, Gauze for Arcana Comics, and Zenescope's Grimm Fairy Tales. As a fan of the Dark Swan series, he wants to remain faithful to Mead’s story, and to her lead character, Eugenie. "I'm hard-pressed to think of too many urban comics starring a strong, butt-kicking, female shamanic mercenary."

"Grant and Dave have done a really amazing job in capturing Eugenie's story. It's been wonderful working with them, and I can't wait to see what fans think of the final product. I hope they love it as much as I do," said Richelle Mead.

Richelle Mead’s Dark Swan: Storm Born, Issue 1 will be released May 18th in comic book stores nationwide. Comic book stores can be found by going to the Comic Book Shop Locator: or by calling 1-888-COMIC-BOOK.

ADDENDUM: the Vampire Academy graphic novel isn't being released in comic issues first. It will be the complete graphic novel, which is why it's available for pre-order from normal bookstores. Because Storm Born is coming out first in comic book issues, those are only found in comic book stores. Eventually, those single issues will all be compiled into one graphic novel available in bookstores. Sorry for any confusion - there are just two different publishing formats at work here!