I came home from work last night to find this box of treasures sitting on my kitchen counter:
OMG, guys, they’re HERE. Sooo excited. And the cover turned out even prettier than I had hoped. My fiancee was excited to see her credit inside for the cover art, too. ^~ It’s our first collaborative project (you may all say AWWWWW now…)
One thing I did notice is that in the years since Branded Ann was published, BSB has upgraded their book-paper. It’s now whiter, and smoother, and lighter weight. All of which make for a sleeker, trimmer book for your bookshelves. However, I was a little surprised at first at how thin the book seemed in comparison to my other two. Prayer of the Handmaiden is 302 pages, so about 12 pages longer than Branded Ann, yet it’s more than 1/8″ slimmer because of the new paper. Good news: less space taken up on your bookshelf = ROOM FOR MORE BOOKS. But, being a girl who likes her books thick and juicy (fat books equal longer stories, right???) when I first held it up I thought – Gosh, didn’t I write more than this? It seemed like a pretty darned hefty manuscript to me! I had to spend some time holding the two books up to each other for comparison and verifying that the new book is, in fact, longer than its predecessor.
So I guess the point is, when you get your copy, don’t worry if it seems thinner than you were expecting. There’s just as many words in there and just as much adventure and romance as my usual offerings, I promise. <3
And I don’t know that I will ever get over how surreal it is to open up a real, honest-to-god paper-and-ink book and find the pages filled with words that I wrote. Reading the digital copies is one thing, but seeing those words printed on paper… somehow that makes it feel official. I’m a writer, ya’all. It doesn’t get much more legit. And even after all these years it still feels a little unbelievable.
But that’s not all that came yesterday. I also got a delivery of new book cover flats (they’re like postcards, with the book synopsis and website links and other promo goodies on the back), and a shipment of supplies for one of the super-awesome prizes that will be included in my upcoming giveaway packs. So excited about the giveaway, guys, I CAN’T EVEN. I’m hoping to be able to post some sneak peeks of the prizes this weekend. So again, if you’re pre-ordering, PLZ TO BE SAVING UR RECEIPTS, okay? I’ll have something set up where you can send them to me (and/or a photo of you with the new book. Those are even more awesome.) Everyone who sends me one will be entered into a drawing for a prize pack, of which there will be many, ’cause I honestly wish I could afford to send every last person who’s ever spent the time to read one of my stories a great big thank you pack of prizes.
And for those of you who would like to win a signed copy, I’m going to be launching a Goodreads giveaway at midnight on February 17th. And, because I’ve been getting so many requests for the e-book’s release date, I may just decide to do an e-book giveaway too.
For good measure, I am also tossing out here a set of new character art for the three main characters, because I’ve been working hard to re-render them in time to make pretty book things. You can find more on the new Prayer of the Handmaiden 3D art page, too.