Beautiful, as everything that Hodder & Stoughton does :-) I believe that the paperback with be out in the UK in August.
By the way, I tucked myself away in a hotel last week for a couple of days of intensive writing, like I did last year while finishing DAYS -- though I am not in this case on the brink of finishing book 3 (title to be announced SOON, yayyy!). I did have a chunk of scenes I was hoping to put to bed, and though I didn't get quite as far as I wanted, it was a really productive shut-in couple of days. It was so shut-in, in fact, that I forgot to even bring a hairbrush, so that if I wanted to emerge into the light of day for a coffee run (inessential, as I had a coffee maker in the room), I looked ... interesting. It proved to be additional impetus to not leave the room! Ha. Ploys. I also make sure not to have a wireless connection on these mini-retreats, and I don't bring a book with me, and I don't turn on the TV. Key: never emerge from the spell of your story.
Speaking of writing retreats, I had the wonderful pleasure, yesterday, of finally meeting Cassandra Clare in person, while she was in Portland on her extravaganza promotional bus tour!! I am a big fan, so it was a treat, and she is so much fun, so funny and smart. It was fabulous, on top of which Sarah Rees Brennan is traveling with her, and local author Sara Ryan was along too, and we had the most wonderful dinner and gab. (Gab? Really, Laini? Yeah, I'm gonna go with it. Gab.) Anyway, Cassie and Sarah do a lot of writing retreats in wonderful places with wonderful writer friends. It's really quite a dream. This is a fairly new idea for me. I mean, I always knew about/heard about retreats, but I mean the idea that one might not be able to incorporate the main portion of one's work into one's daily life, but have to set aside dedicated chunks of time to it, apart from regular life. I always envisioned writing as part of the day, and so it would be immensely frustrating when other commitments -- life, but also all the non-writing things that writing demands, like PR etc -- would shove writing out the window.
When I was up against the deadline on DAYS, I did my first mini-retreat, and was astonished at what I got done in just two days, when shut away in a quiet room. I did it again during revisions, I think it was three days, and again was astonished by the productivity. I'll probably pull a couple more before this book is through. I'm just mentioning it here to plant the seed for those of you who might not have considered it before. It doesn't have to be a villa in Italy -- in fact, probably best if it's not. No lure to sightsee! I still incorporate writing daily, but there's just something about having a whole bunch of uninterrupted time, never leaving the story. Massive increases of word count = happiness :-)
Oh! Late addition, arrived just this second:
DANISH edition, Daughter of Smoke & Bone:
Love those foreign editions deliveries :-)