The cities and dates for the Last Sacrifice tour have been determined, but I can't announce them until my publisher has all the details hammered out, which...drumroll...should be next week! So, think of this as an announcement of an upcoming announcement. They've got me going to a wide range of U.S. cities, and while it's impossible to visit every city on every tour, I think this'll make a lot of people happy. Stay tuned for next week! I also found out that even some bookstores I'm not touring at will still be having release day parties, so I'll try to get that list too.
The other news is about the first chapter of Last Sacrifice. My publisher is in charge of when it'll be available, and they've decided this time to put it out around the fourth week of November. That's later than usual, but since sometimes excerpt aren't allowed at all from new books, I'm glad we're able to have any sneak-peek at all. When I hear more details about its posting date, I'll definitely let you know.
Meanwhile, let's talk about books that ARE out. Because this has been a hot week, and a lot of my friends have new releases. Like...
Hunger by Jackie Morse Kessler
Jackie's a long-time pal of mine and one of the reasons I wrote Vampire Academy. I had actually started writing it early in 2006 (though it looked nothing like the VA we know today) and quit because it was turning into a mess. Later that year, Jackie started writing a young adult book, and I got inspired by how excited and passionate she was. So, I dug out VA and totally reworked it. I owe Jackie a lot! Hunger is a really great book, though it's not for the faint of heart. It's about an anorexic teen girl who becomes one of the four riders of the Apocalypse, and Jackie isn't afraid to delve into the ugly details of eating disorders. It's still funny and action-packed, but the overall message is serious and a definite eye-opener. I'm kind of a snob when it comes to books. A novel can have the best idea in the world, but if the writing sucks, I won't read it. Jackie is such a good writer that she could write about the most boring topic ever, and it would still be interesting. Fortunately, she has awesome ideas, so this is a must-read.
Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
Let's not even talk about the story for a minute. Can I just say I'm in love with the cover alone? Also, I've always wanted to name a book Nightshade, so I have double-love going on here. Andrea's a fellow redhead and Razorbill author and was my New York travel buddy at BookExpo earlier this year. She's super nice and has all sorts of cool things going on in Nightshade, like werewolves, arranged marriage, and forbidden love. Sold yet? If not, I should add that Andrea's book was also challenged in a school before it even came out, just like Last Sacrifice was. In Andrea's case, the book was protested by a parent who hadn't read it (how could she have?) but who had heard that Andrea supported another banned author. That's just crazy talk. You can read Andrea's commentary on it (and the recap of my own banning) over at this Huffington Post article
Ghost Town by Rachel Caine
Last but not least, the next installment of the Morganville Vampires is coming out this week! This is one of my favorite vampire series, which is saying something because...well, I won't lie. When you write vampire fiction for a living, you don't like reading it for fun. But I love this series, and Rachel has been kind and supportive to me since before my very first book ever came out. She also let me feast on Girl Scout Cookies the last time I was at her house in Texas. Rachel's going to be touring this week and next for the new book, and she's making a pretty good sweep around the country. You can see her tour schedule here and should go out and see her if she's coming near you because she is delightful. It's a sad irony that I have a conflict when she's signing here in Seattle, but I'm hoping to still say hi to her while she's in town. Good times.
And that's the news so far! Big things should be coming soon. Check back!