The Journey to A Darker Shade of Magic.

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You guys, the time has finally arrived.

A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC–my 8th novel, and the first in a brand new fantasy series with Tor–hits shelves this week.

I vividly remember pacing my front yard in the snow more than two years ago, telling my beta reader about this idea I had. It wasn’t even an idea. It was just a moment, a collision between two characters in an alley. That moment would go on to spawn four Londons, a system of magic, and a cast of strange, powerful, and ambitious deviants, and is Part V, Chapter V in the finished book.

I remember several months later, driving through Texas with Carrie Ryan and Beth Revis, telling them about this crazy idea I was working on, my first ever crack at full-on fantasy.

I remember sitting in a car in the middle of nowhere, telling my agent the project was broken, and that I didn’t know if I could fix it, let alone turn it in to my editor.

I remember my agent convincing me that it wasn’t broken, that the pitch alone still gave her chills, and that she would pry it from my fingers if she had to. I remember her telling my editor was brilliant, and that together we would make it everything it needed to be. And she was right.

I remember late-night emails with my intrepid editor, talking through everything from world-building to weapons, coats to invented languages. Last minute tweaks and changes, cover ideas and final art, and picking the knives at the top of each chapter. I remember reading the book for the final time and realizing that I was reading it as a reader, not the writer, and knowing that it was ready to go to print. I remember that shift from uncertainty to excitement.

So far, each of these moments has belonged to me, but now the book, and its future, belongs to you.

This book, as the dedication says, is for the one who dream of stranger worlds.

And I hope you enjoy it.

 

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If you’re looking for ways to support a book as it makes its way into the world, there are several things you can do.

–Obviously, if you’re able, you can buy it. This is the surest way to support a book, and an AUTHOR.

–Once you’ve read it, please consider leaving a review online, at B+N, Amazon, GR, etc. This is one of the easiest ways to make an impact, and it really does matter.

–Make sure your local store and library has it in! You can always ask, and you can request it.

–Talk it up to your friends, your family, your school, your workplace. Basically run through the streets shouting its name like a lost pet.

–If you love the book, check out the author’s backlist. If ADSOM if your first read of mine, check out VICIOUS, which just came out in paperback.

–If you love a book, spread the word online. Twitter. Tumblr. Instagram. Youtube. Interest and passion are contagious.

–A fun fact: there’s this theory called the 5 Touch Rule, which basically suggests that as consumers we interact with a product 5 times before purchasing it. I’m a firm believer in this when it comes to books. If you can be one of those touches, please do.

 

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21 thoughts on “The Journey to A Darker Shade of Magic.

  1. noraadrienne says:

    FYI – The Brooklyn Public Library System purchased 7 copies and I am #9 on the waiting list. The Queens County Library System for some reason only purchased ONE copy and I’ve placed a hold there also, to guarantee getting a copy to read in a reasonable time frame.

  2. Victoria says:

    I did a book report on everyday angel

  3. Great! Congrats on the release!

  4. Fiona says:

    I’m halfway through and I love this, I recommend it to like, every customer I can (I work in a bookshop) and I can’t wait to review it and share it with other book lovers – it’s wonderful!

    northeastnerd.co.uk

  5. RobziiBooks says:

    Can’t wait to read it ! It’s waiting on my shelf, cause I have to read a few others before, but I’m excited !

    Also, I’m not a hundred per cent sure, cause i’m french, but there is a problem in here : “If ADSOM if your first read of mine” right ?

  6. Trevor says:

    I’ve just finished the novel and it was fantastic! Thank you for your amazing talent and imagination. I hope this is an intended series — so many unanswered lore questions!

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  8. I’m currently reading this wonderful story. Love, love, love!!

  9. I bought A Darker Shade of Magic yesterday and I finished it today! It was absolutely amazing! I also did a review on it on my book blog! This book literally blew my mind and I have recommended it to all my friends. I am in love with your writing style and tomorrow I am going to buy more of your books.

    If you want to read my review on your book just go here: https://forestofwordsandpages.wordpress.com/2015/03/26/chocobo-reviews-a-darker-shade-of-magic/

  10. kvothe1984 says:

    Fantastic, loved A Darker Shade of Magic, just finished in the cinema as I could not leave it at home. I will be sure to spread the word. I am an obsessive fantasy book reader and collector, please check my WordPress. I look forward to reading about Kell and Lila again if they feature in the next book? Are you planning any appearances in the UK? Would love to get my copy signed, I had to buy the US hardback as it has such a stunning cover.

  11. Vryce says:

    I saw this book at my local chapters and the title caught my interest so I read the dust jacket. I had to buy it after that. I’m currently half way through and I’m so happy I found this book. Reading this blog post makes me happier to know that this is the first in a series of novels. I look forward to reading each book in what I hope is a very long series.

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  17. Aryk says:

    I adore this book. And I also love Vicious. In fact, Vicious quickly became one of my favourite novels and I have infiltrated many of my friends’ shelves with it. I can’t wait to see what comes next in either world.

  18. alibrarian4u says:

    SUCH a great read! I am recommending it to everyone. Cannot wait for the next. Thanks!

  19. nathannnnnjames says:

    Half way through ADSOM and it is wonderful, and I had no idea it was the first in a series! I love Kell and Rhy, they are up there with my favourite fantasy characters! Wonderfully refreshing also to have gender fluidity and bisexuality feature in the fantasy genre. A beautiful novel that I cannot wait to finish and then delve into Vicious!

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