A bit late with this, but the annual Dear Author/Smart Bitches DABWAHA tournament is up and running, though my bracket has pretty much crashed and burned (how could Meljean Brook‘s “Here There Be Monsters” go out in the very first round??!). Gah.
Much better news – Sarah Rees Brennan has a UK cover for “The Demon’s Surrender”! I loved the second book and have been impatiently waiting for the UK cover for the third to be released, after the US one came out last November (with a rather swoon-worthy Alan on it).
We get Sin instead, with a slightly different cover style from the previous two books (photographic as opposed to drawn art), which makes me ever-slightly-so-sad because I really liked that style – I thought it was unusual and fresh. But that aside, I think this is a great cover and the typeface does an excellent job of tying all three covers together. I cannot wait for June.
While we’re on YA fantasy, Holly Black has released a series of short vignettes set in her Curse Workers world from the viewpoint of Lila Zacharov, one of the secondary characters in the first book, “White Cat”. What’s interesting is that the vignettes are presented in random order, with each variation “… shading the same events a slightly different way and giving the story a different ending”.
I’ve read them and yeah, they’ve done the job of getting me excited about the second book, “Red Glove”, which is out next month.
And finally, Dana Stabenow has released “A Cold Day for Murder”, the first book of her Kate Shugak mystery series, as a free ebook on her website. I’ve heard good things about this series, but haven’t read these books before – looking forward to reading this one.