Here it is! It is here!
It is here twofold, on two continents, two very different looks, both beeyooteeful!
Oh my gosh I've been dying to tell you more and show you more and here it is at last, Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Woo hoo! I have ARC covers*! The book is ALMOST REAL. When does a book finally feel real? I guess it's when you have an actual bound copy of the ARC (advance readers copy) in your hands, and more importantly, other people have it in their hands too and might be reading it. Yeek! That hasn't happened yet but will VERY SOON. And yes, I will do some sort of giveaway. Oh I can't wait I can't wait I can't wait!
Isn't that image crazy-cool? That's the US ARC, from the fabulous Little, Brown. Thank you, Little, Brown!
I've also been dying to do is tell you WHAT this book is ABOUT. Finally. Sort of. In a mysterious you-just-have-to-read-it-and-see kind of way. So, presenting . . . the ARC copy!
There are weird tattoos and giant marionettes; art school, mustaches, and vintage ballet costumes; scary knives, naked ex-boyfriends, and vengeance; heartbreak, a masquerade, a light dusting of sugar, a wishbone on a cord, a cafe full of statues wearing gas masks, plentiful creatures, necklaces made of teeth, and . . .
. . . there's a boy. A man. He is beautiful and terrifying, with eyes the color of fire and a shadow that does not match his shape . . .
Daughter of Smoke and Bone.
(Want to read it?)
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AND . . . if you are in the UK, you can pre-order it too, and I hope you will!!! From my amazing UK publisher Hodder & Stoughton (on whom much more next week, as I am going to visit them in London OH MY GOODNESS for several days of amazingness!!!), there's this beauty, of such a very different flavor than the US edition:
Thank you, Hodder & Stoughton!
I have been so bursting with this and other amazing news that I thought I might explode if I couldn't finally put some of it in the world. So phew. Exploding avoided for now. I may break into giddy dances of glee now and then though. Do not be alarmed.
If you are curious to read a little about the cover-making process for the US edition, my lovely editor Alvina Ling blogged about it here and then here. I was not involved in any of this -- authors generally are not -- but Alvina kept me pretty well posted so I could share the excitement of all that was going on in New York. You can imagine I was haunting my inbox waiting for emails to come through. What's she going to look like? Which model will they pick? *refresh refresh* :-)
As far as other super-cool stuff that is happening, I can't tell yet, but I will drop one cryptic hint. After I hit *publish post* I have the onerous task of, um, taking my measurements. Height, waist, hips, bust, shoe size, the lot. For what? Mwahahahaha. I will tell you next week. Or more likely the week after. Probably.
If you feel any inkling to spread the word about Daughter via Twitter or the nightly news or a sophisticated whisper campaign, please please do. My baby is on the way, and I couldn't be more thrilled :-)
*these are ARCs; both covers could change before the actual book comes out.