HAPPY UK BIRTHDAY, my lovely Days of Blood & Starlight!
Now on the shelves in the UK and Australia and New Zealand, this beautiful edition from my wonderful UK publisher Hodder & Stoughton, who you might remember from this night a year and a half ago (sure to remain forever on my "best days of my life list :-)--here: part I, part II-- and a peek here:
(That's me with editor Kate Howard and Sales & Marketing Director James Spackman :-)
I am so blessed to have such fabulous publishers, and I wish I could be in London to see the books on the shelves!
One very exciting piece of news is that Waterstone's, the major book retail chain in the UK, has selected Daughter of Smoke & Bone for their Paperbacks of the Year promotion, which makes it part of the amazing buy-a-book-get-another-half-price deal that they do (sign me up for that please :-).
I've also just received word that on publication day (today), Days of Blood & Starlight went into a second printing!! So hurray for that! Thank you so much to UK readers for support.
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So, I am in Texas right now (for the first time ever) and today was the first day of my book tour, after having the launch party last night at Powell's Books in Portland (thank you Powell's and Portlanders, friends and family and readers who came out on election day!!!). Today was a perfectly perfect day of book tour, it really couldn't have been more wonderful. Thank you Houston! I flew in early, met my wonderful Little Brown publicist Lisa Moraleda at the airport, and after a quick lunch of "salad trio" at a deli, went to the most ginormous high school complex I have ever seen. It's called Alief-Hastings, and I guess it's a number of schools all next to each other? Anyway: huge. I met with students from the book club, and it was the best, because they had almost all read Daughter, and were just the coolest kids, so engaged and bright and full of questions and thoughts. It's clear they have great librarians there, which has made all the difference in the world in the school visits I have done. (I [heart] librarians.) (And teenagers :-)
Then, this evening I was at Blue Willow Books, a great indie bookstore, one of only three indie bookstores in all the massiveness that is Houston, I am told. Another huge thanks to Blue Willow for a full house. I wish I had pictures but I don't, but I WILL. Right now I just need to pass out.
Seriously the best possible book tour day. YAY READERS I LOVE YOU SO MUCH!!!!!