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Is it June Yet? ... Yes, It Finally Is!

I am afraid I am much too incoherent with joy and panic to provide you with real content in this blog post: however, I have prepared content for you elsewhere!

I have among other things, the tale of how I was mistaken for a knife-wielding lunatic.

On my lovely agent's blog, Getting Hacked Six Days Before Release Day.

And some hopefully fun interviews!

What this post is really for is for the comments: The Demon's Lexicon is officially out today, so if you've read it or you're reading it, here is your discussion thread! Talk to me about questions/thoughts/your outrage at the shocking lack of marshmallows in the book here.

Or if you would like to talk about the book away from author-gumming-up-the-works, discussion is going on here!

Pre-emptive warning for masses and masses of spoilers in the comments.

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wildestranger
Jun. 2nd, 2009 03:02 pm (UTC)
I bought it from my local Waterstones last week, actually. *g* But it was most enjoyable and I really liked the characters - they were very much original characters - and I particularly loved the relationship between Nick and Alan. Also, am totally shipping Nick and Jamie. :)
sarahtales
Jun. 2nd, 2009 03:11 pm (UTC)
Weeeell, for those of us who are not superstar bestsellers a la Twilight, our release dates are more kind of like guidelines. :) I am so glad you enjoyed, and am interestedly noting who ships what...
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jenwriterr
Jun. 2nd, 2009 03:04 pm (UTC)
I told you this in the interview, but I have to say it again: I loved the ending. Totally didn't see it coming. I actually thought I was smart and had figured it out. And I was WRONG!

Awesome novel. Can't wait for the next!
sarahtales
Jun. 2nd, 2009 03:14 pm (UTC)
Yeees. *casts doubtful look at her massive pile of paper* Coming right up. :)

For twists you have to write for three sets of people - those who guess (because leaving clues is only fair), those who are spoiled, and those who are yay, surprised. :) So it is always tricky! And I am so glad you liked! And thank you again for the lovely interview.
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star_sailor13
Jun. 2nd, 2009 03:10 pm (UTC)
Just placed my order with amazon ;____; I sort of feel all wibbly with excitement and want it now but it's probably a good thing that it won't be arriving until after my exam as otherwise no revision would get done.
sarahtales
Jun. 2nd, 2009 03:13 pm (UTC)
Good luck on your exam, and I hope you like it!
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sarahtales
Jun. 2nd, 2009 03:15 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
littlered2
Jun. 2nd, 2009 03:14 pm (UTC)
I think I may save my mad ramblings for (hopefully) meeting you at the book launch next week, but congratulations again! (Also, Alan is my new love and I am cursing the fact that he is fictional.)
sarahtales
Jun. 2nd, 2009 03:27 pm (UTC)
I wish I could tell you I based him on someone in real life, but sadly I know no cute redheaded boys at all!
kate_nepveu
Jun. 2nd, 2009 03:17 pm (UTC)
Tell us about the spoilers in the Japanese cover!

To paraphrase my review, I spent a lot of the book thinking, "wow, that was a brave move, to write from the POV of someone who's very close to being a psychopath. I'm . . . not sure what I think about that."

And then I got to the reveal and jumped up and down with joy, because I thought it was just SO AWESOME, and even braver, and opened things up so well.

(But I still don't believe in Nick's sense of humor.)
jkalderash
Jun. 2nd, 2009 03:29 pm (UTC)
I had the same thought throughout - like, who is this kid, who seems pretty much homicidal and also manages to seduce women on a regular basis? I think knowing that there was going to a be a twist helped because I was like "well, something is not as it seems, let's see where it goes." (Sarah - have you ever seen/read Dexter? Nick reminded me of the main character, who's a serial killer.) And of course the twist made everything make sense in the coolest way possible.

I LOVE the perspective of the book, actually. I like how you take the "normal" characters, Mae and Jamie, who are just trying to navigate the scary scary demon world to save Jamie's life - and make it totally reasonable that Nick would find them insufferable and intrusive. Even though we still like them, and we like Nick (well, I did).

Also the US cover is even better in person, with the little etchings.
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biancathecookie
Jun. 2nd, 2009 03:22 pm (UTC)
It is IN THE MAIL RIGHT NOW. But I just have to tell you CONGRATULATIONS, YOU CRAZY AWESOME LADY. Also, I'm sure it's going to rock my world, lack of marshmallows notwithstanding
sarahtales
Jun. 2nd, 2009 03:52 pm (UTC)
I must remember to add marshmallows to the sequel. And I hope you enjoy. ;)
utterlystrange
Jun. 2nd, 2009 03:26 pm (UTC)
That Japanese cover is AMAZING.

Also, for the littler things, there's little_details. I'm sure you've already heard of it, but the heart stabbing reminded me of it.
sarahtales
Jun. 2nd, 2009 03:52 pm (UTC)
Isn't it? I love it so.

Oooh, I must bookmark that, I keep forgetting it exists - thank you!
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sartorias
Jun. 2nd, 2009 03:28 pm (UTC)
I just got notice my copy is on its way. Yippee!
sarahtales
Jun. 2nd, 2009 03:53 pm (UTC)
*beams and thrills* I so hope you will like it!
dimestore_romeo
Jun. 2nd, 2009 03:29 pm (UTC)
HERE BE SPOILERS
I LOVE IT. I read it all in a rush last night, having been gazing at it with hungry eyes for several days. (It's been lying on my desk innocently for a couple of days; I wanted to wait until it was the absolute perfect time to crack it open.)

I love Nick. He is by far my favourite character; I could sense a Mysterious Past from a mile off, and this had me shaking with excitement as I was piecing together the clues (painful talisman, running water agony, semi-amorality, the glorious bug-eye winking). But when the big reveal came I was still so revved up because although it was more of a clarification of my secret dark longings, it was a surprise for Nick. I was tearing up, I promise you.

I love the way that you built up his character so that by the end we could see that it was all there; that although he has been raised human he is still most definitely a demon, no compromises. What really made him my most very favourite was the fact that he was so emotionally removed, so completely foreign: just like a wolf-child. He exists outside of the human sphere, brushing the edges, but he can never be a part of it.
sarahtales
Jun. 2nd, 2009 03:59 pm (UTC)
Re: HERE BE SPOILERS
I like your thoughts a lot! Yes, with Nick (as well as doing a crazy amount of reading on feral children, as well as playing with my Tall Dark and Handsomely Withdrawn archetype) I was thinking about the fact that apparently demons wanted to possess people, and that of course led to the thoughts of monsters out in the dark, wanting to come in out of the cold: vampires, of course, but also Peter Pan.
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wingstodust
Jun. 2nd, 2009 03:31 pm (UTC)
lol I was going to write this long comment of praise and love for Alan, but then I figured I already mentioned I loved him already and it'd probably be annoying of me to ramble on so. ^^;;;

Soooooo instead, I have comments and questions on other things!!

So yes, I was going through the links you provided in this post and homg, you were in the same school and class with Rosanna Davison?! She's beautiful. @.@

Also, I love, love the world of magic you built in this novel!! I know from Nick's POV all magic is bad, but then we have Jamie (who is clearly a darling and is my second favourite next to Alan) and I get a feeling that there is more to the whole magician thing than just, ya know, being eeeeeeevil. So I guess what I'm trying to ask is, will the second book have more magicians!? =D

And I sort of remember you saying that the 2nd book will be from Mae's POV? I'm not too sure, my memory has always been strange... =/ Unfortunately I didn't like Mae as much as I wanted to, especially compare to my love for the three boys, but I do like the pink hair and am prepared to try to get to like her more in the next books. =D

Also, will we see more of Gerald? I kinda grew fond of him. =D

That's all for now. Will probably come back with more questions when I think of them!! =D
wingstodust
Jun. 2nd, 2009 03:41 pm (UTC)
Oh oh!! And the other question I had: So what is exactly was that documentary you watched that inspired you to write TDL? =D
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mr_mercutio
Jun. 2nd, 2009 03:37 pm (UTC)
Oh Sarah, I completely enjoyed it. :D At first I was finding it a little hard to relate to Nick, which was odd considering all the other characters, even ones like Gerald, seemed so easy to empathize with, but when the big reveal came it all just kind of fell into place and everything I didn't understand or connect with about Nick made sense and made me really like him. (That was a long, long sentence.) I think you ended up doing a really good job with taking this character who is essentially inhuman and finding a way of making him make sense. I always love well written big reveals, and this was certainly no exception.

Thanks for sharing it with all of us. I am completely looking forward to the next book.
sarahtales
Jun. 2nd, 2009 04:37 pm (UTC)
Thank you for reading, and I am so glad you liked! Twist endings are always tricky to write, since you're really writing for three audiences (those who have guessed, those who haven't, and those who have been spoiled or are re-reading) but I love them so, I just had to try it.
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emmacmf
Jun. 2nd, 2009 03:44 pm (UTC)
Completely miffed, because I wasn't able to get into town at lunchtime to buy my copy.

So, tomorrow, me + Waterstones = WOO HOO!

sarahtales
Jun. 2nd, 2009 04:37 pm (UTC)
*beams* I hope you will like it!
branquignole
Jun. 2nd, 2009 03:50 pm (UTC)
Much yay for the guest blogs. :) When I grow up, I want to be mistaken for a knife-wielding lunatic, too!

And by the way, I can't wait till after singing lesson (although I always enjoy that very much, I do!) to get into bed and finish your book.
sarahtales
Jun. 2nd, 2009 04:38 pm (UTC)
I hope you will enjoy the end - and your singing lesson, natch!
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hell_is_bloody
Jun. 2nd, 2009 03:57 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on the release... I don't have the funds to buy the book right now, but I can't wait to read it! Knowing that someone as awesome as you can still get a book published in today's literary world gives me hope that perhaps someday, I will be published as well. Thanks. :)
sarahtales
Jun. 2nd, 2009 04:38 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much for the congratulations!
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