An open letter to France, in celebration of UNDER THE NEVER SKY's publication there today.
A handful of years ago, while I was an art student here in
California, I signed up for a semester of study abroad. In the program, I would
spend a few days in Paris, followed by several months in Italy.
From the moment I arrived in Paris, I felt like I had
appeared on a movie set. The architecture was gorgeous. The people were
beautiful. Everything was so… stylish.
I had many unforgettable experiences while I was there.
Everywhere I looked, I saw elegance and history. The Louvre blew my artist’s
mind. A few friends convinced me to go to Pere Lechaise, which was an
experience that was historically enlightening, and spine-tinglingly eerie. The
Palais Garnier made such an impression on me that it appears, quite
importantly, in my novel.
I ate many wonderful meals in Paris but one of my most
memorable dinners happened, a bit oddly, at a Greek restaurant. I can’t
remember the name of the place. What I remember is that about a dozen art
students and myself ended up eating there one night, and a full plate-smashing,
dancing until three in the morning affair ensued.
Paris, you have it all.
One of my dearest friends here in California is from Belfort
(do any of you know Valerie? She’s wonderful.) Valerie tells me stories of how
much more France has to offer outside of Paris. I wish I could have seen that
for myself. One day, I will.
For now, I will content myself by knowing that my book is
there, and that my characters are seeing a bit more of France than I could.
I hope you enjoy the novel. And thank you for reading.
UTNS is now only $2.99 on Kindle, Nook and Kobo! Guys.... you can't even get a latte for that price. Grab it now. Offer stands until September 17th. Also, for those looking out for the ROAR AND LIV novella, it is now available for preorder.
Review Copies I've been getting lots of requests for ARCs of THROUGH THE EVER NIGHT. Also, I've been getting lots of requests from abroad for review copies of UNDER THE NEVER SKY. Thank you! I'm so happy that you want to read my book(s). (I can't overstate that.) At this time, however, I can't send out advanced reader copies, or finished copies because... well, because I don't have them. My bookshelves are full of other peoples' books... not mine. I mean, I have a few copies of mine. But very few. Here are some suggestions for obtaining copies:
If they are purchasable, buy them! Hah. I jest. But really. A book is a good thing to spend money on, yo. Now, I know it's impossible to buy every single book you want, so....
If you can't buy a copy, check one out from your local library or share a copy with a friend
If you can't do that, contact HarperCollins for an ARC, or the appropriate international publisher (see the list in the Books tab.)
Regarding ARCs of THROUGH THE EVER NIGHT, I'll be giving away a copy or two in a couple of weeks so stay tuned for that. I also believe that ARCs will be moving out into the world soon
Once again, sorry I can't mail you copies of UTNS or TTEN. I really, really wish I could! Last but not least, the fun part!
Here is a teaser from ROAR AND LIV:
“I’m ready,” I say, against her skin. “The question is, are you?”
She stares at me.
“You’re killing me, Liv. Whatever it is, just tell me. What’s in your heart?”
Hee. I wrote it, but I kinda still want to know how she answers.