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Release Week Rocks On

On release day I went out with my best people, and we toasted the book by moonlight at the side of the canal. My fabulous publisher sent champagne, my fabulous best friend sent flowers in red and gold to match the US cover, and the delivery man bearing these gifts was under the mistaken impression that I must have had a terrible fight with my boyfriend.

DELIVERY MAN: Ah, love, he's sorry! Forgive him!
SARAH (sunnily): I will.

I did not want the delivery man to be sad about my imaginary romantic woes on that day.

Some of the comments here and on marmalade_fish have almost made me cry. In a good way!

My sister and brother, however, keep my feet on the ground.

GENEVIEVE: I'll probably read your book. After I read Twilight.
SARAH: I am your sister!
GENEVIEVE: Your book isn't a MOVIE.
SARAH: Well, no.
GENEVIEVE: Starring ROBERT PATTINSON.
SARAH: All that you say is true, but I still feel betrayed!

I brought Saul my audiobook, so that he could listen to it in the gym. He proposed a deal: he would listen if I would watch his new show, The Inbetweeners, with him. It is a tale of the hideously embarrassing lives four English schoolboys lead.

SARAH: Oh those poor boys. Oh those poor poor boys. *cries*
SAUL: No, it's funny... Do you not want to watch any more?
SARAH: No keep playing it! Maybe their lives will get better!
SAUL: I think you might be missing a point, here.

Mostly I am still too overcome to make much sense, but do not fear, I still have many tales written for you in the time when I was coherent!

As coherent as I ever am, that is.

The Exclusive and Extremely Embarrassing Full Story of My First Kiss

I have also done a couple of interviews with friends:an interview with speculative casting and an interview with another hapless adventure of mine.

This Saturday at 4 pm GMT, we're having an online Demon's Lexicon release party/readalong/Q&A here. The password is zombieboyfriend. ;) Rumours that I plan to wear a tiara the whole time may be entirely accurate.

And this Sunday I fly away to London, to begin my tour in England. Which is both thrilling and terrifying - I keep inventing scenarios like getting lost on the moors where eventually, starving, my publicist will have to eat me in order to survive.

The tour starts Monday the 8th, Murder One Film Club, 101-106 Leonard Street, Shoreditch, London EC2, at 6:00 pm. 7:30 pm we will be showing HELLBOY - if you'd definitely like to see the movie, email trisha @ murderone.co.uk for a place.

I will be there. And I will try to be here, blogging about my adventures on tour.

... Hopefully nobody will be eaten. But you never know.

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feeverte
Jun. 5th, 2009 07:31 pm (UTC)
You know, even if Amazon.at is holding my copy of your book hostage (this is what you get if you try to get an English book in Austria), I already think your book should be a movie. Starring Robert Pattinson. :D

ETA: Do not tell me I got the first comment on one of your posts? Wheeee! It's like ... an audience with the queen!

Edited at 2009-06-05 07:32 pm (UTC)
sparkfrost
Jun. 5th, 2009 07:33 pm (UTC)
I plan on buying your book early next week when I get paid. :) I was at Borders yesterday gazing longingly at it, and reading the blurbs and whatnot. Saw Cassandra Clare's and then noticed that her series is placed on the series of shelves immediately next to yours. Well done Borders! Cross promoting like woah!
ashkitty
Jun. 5th, 2009 07:36 pm (UTC)
On Thursday, I turned in my last essay. On the way to Waterstones directly after, I ran into friends in a cafe who suggested we have lunch. I told them, "My friend Sarah has written a book, and I'm on my way to buy it RIGHT NOW (well, after I finish this nice cheese sandwich), and you should read it too." And they were very impressed of course, and promised to buy it too if I chase them enough. And I did. And then I was going to go to the beach and read it, but found out that I had to start moving house slightly sooner than expected. So it's been sitting on my desk looking expectantly at me while I pack. But tonight I will finish the last few chapters of The Pinhoe Egg, which I have been trying to finish so long that I've had to start over several times, and tomorrow I will finish moving things into the new house and then I can sit down and read your book. :)

And if anyone's eaten on tour, it totally wasn't me.
mygirl
Jun. 5th, 2009 07:37 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! I'm almost done with the book now, and I think I can safely say that it is EXCELLENT. I could barely rip myself away to write this comment.
smatgirl
Jun. 5th, 2009 07:43 pm (UTC)
I bought your book today! I had to make the clerk go down into the basement to get it, because apparently the shipment had only arrived that morning and hadn't been unpacked yet. But I'm not sorry I did! =^D
canadianevil
Jun. 5th, 2009 07:43 pm (UTC)
Both my little brother and my friend in Vancouver who I am going to visit next week may give me the Demon's Lexicon for my birthday. If they BOTH do, I shall do the proper thing and give one away to the most deserving lover of dark, broody boys I can find.
nightbluesprite
Jun. 5th, 2009 07:43 pm (UTC)
And when I was sixteen and at a party, a tall blond boy with rather an interesting scar on his upper lip walked back into my life.

But that’s another swoon.


Aaaarrgh! What happened‽
wingstodust
Jun. 5th, 2009 08:52 pm (UTC)
I wanna know what happened too~ *wibbles*
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littlered2
Jun. 5th, 2009 07:56 pm (UTC)
Wait, does the meet and greet start at six or half past? Because your last post said six, which is the assumption I have been working under, and consequently my last few days have been going something like this:

TUTOR 1: So, let's have a revision class on Monday! I think 4-6 is a good time.
VERITY: *flails*

My tutor obviously saw the flailing and took pity on me, because he then sent out an email saying that our class would be on Tuesday. I relaxed.

TUTOR 2: I need to see all of you individually between 4 and 5.30!
VERITY: *emailing back within minutes* HI I NEED THE FIRST SLOT AND COULD YOU MAYBE MAKE IT FIFTEEN MINUTES EARLIER PLEASE?

(This is because I am in Oxford, and need an hour and a half to get to the station and thence to London; then I have to get the tube and wander around hopefully in the general direction of Leonard Street until I find the right place. I may arrive somewhat dishevelled.)

So, if it is 6.30 then yay, I will probably not be running to the train station any more. But I am in a state of terminal confusion, so clarification (of the kind you would give an extremely stupid person) would be very helpful indeed. And if I do make it there at the right place and time, I can't wait to meet you! I hope I do not look too mad.
littlered2
Jun. 5th, 2009 07:57 pm (UTC)
(ALSO. Do we have to email for a place if we're not planning to see the film? Or do we just show up and hope for the best?)
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rowanberries
Jun. 5th, 2009 07:59 pm (UTC)
Your book was totally right on the top of the top sellers shelf in the Waterstones YA department when I went to find it!

...Admittedly, I hunted right through the R and B sections to find a copy before seeing that, because apparently I am blind, but I was deeply thrilled. I will be waving it in my siblings' faces shortly, just as soon as I read it again.

Hope you're having an amazing time with all the release hijinks!
keinerlei
Jun. 5th, 2009 08:06 pm (UTC)
I bought the book on Monday to comfort myself during end-of-term stress; now that I no longer have to pretend I'm reading Serious School Stuff, I am about halfway through.

I was expecting awesome, but I wasn't expecting this much awesome. It isn't even a very heavy book! I also expected to love Jamie, but damn if Alan isn't in the lead. And it's very refreshing to have a main character/focus person who isn't very nice but still becomes (somehow) sympathetic, rather than a supposedly good guy who's just really unengaging (or annoying, or conceited). Mad, mad props!

Congratulations on being published, and thank you for writing a fantastic novel. So much love!
eerisedda
Jun. 5th, 2009 08:10 pm (UTC)
I don't mean to sound terribly snooty, but UGH TWILIGHT. Your book may not be a movie, but it far outstrips Twilight. And I'm not just sayin' that.

Okay. I'm done with that.

Now, to the actual reason for this comment.

I finished your book yesterday morning at one because other than it being impossible to put down, I also had to lend it to my best friend for reading, because we have both been waiting FOREVER to read it. We were both so excited!

It was absolutely amazing! I went all over town to find it. Okay, only two bookstores, but they were very far apart bookstores! The first Borders could not find it. Either their shipment didn't come in, they misplaced it somewhere, or it was sold out. I vote on that last one, but I can't be sure.

However, apparently they'd already had people in asking them about the book before me! I was so pleased. I was like, "YAY!" And then they called the other Borders and put one on reserve for me and I rushed off to get it and squeed like the little fangirl I am when I had it in my hands and gushed about your writing to the lady who sold me the book and then started reading it, putting down Catcher in the Rye till I was finished!

It was seriously amazing. I loved it! It was so different from all your fanficiton, because, duh, your world, but so very you. Your humor and all of it. I just adored it. I can't wait to get it back so I can lend it to my landlord and then get it back from her and re-read it.
thegreatmissjj
Jun. 5th, 2009 08:19 pm (UTC)
Your sister sounds like my brother.

JJ: Here, read my novel that I am revising because is YA and you are a young adult! Theoretically.
TROUBLE: Nah, I'm going to continue playing this video game because that is what 13-year-old boys do.
JJ: But my book has, uh...bombs! And fights! And street urchins! And...uh, Indian food?
TROUBLE: Can I train little yellow lightning rats to explode from little red balls to fight other pastel-coloured mammals with strange powers?
JJ: ...no.
TROUBLE: Well then. (resumes playing)


P.S. My love for Nick has taken me entirely by surprise. I fully expected Alan to become my literary boyfriend for your book.
hanelissar
Jun. 5th, 2009 08:26 pm (UTC)
Any hope I might have had of commenting with something sensible went out of the window when I read that interview...James McAvoy would make a beautiful and wonderful Gerald and I would love him! (Why yes I *am* often that shallow over characters!) And I do not recognise your potential Nick but he looks amazing.

I was also telling my mum about your book today and was a little uh, enthusiastic. And although I love books and enthuse over them regularly, I don't usually do so to my mum. But I couldn't help myself and now she's sort of using it as her next book club book...but hey, I am sure all her very middle-class, middle-aged friends will fall hopelessly in love with Nick and his swords!
sarahtales
Jun. 5th, 2009 08:29 pm (UTC)
Nick was Heidi's pick, not mine: I am not aware of the guy either. Though he's cute. :)

And I am thrilled to be a book club book, it makes me feel extremely fancy, so thank you (and thanks to your mum)!
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forevernobody
Jun. 5th, 2009 08:27 pm (UTC)
I just finished your book and loved it, so I'd just like to say Thank you. I haven't enjoyed a book in a while and this was exactly what I needed after a not-so-brilliant year. And even though I no longer have your fanfiction anymore because computers are rubbish, I'll have your book forever.
So, Thank you. Well done. And I look forward to the next one.
lavinialavender
Jun. 5th, 2009 08:30 pm (UTC)
Hey Sarah! I am currently halfway through The Demon's Lexicon. It arrived yesterday and I began it this morning.

But before I even started it, I dreamed about the book last night. ...I dreamed it was actually about dragons, not demons. Evil dragons. I was watching it like a movie, and there was this one scary scene where Nick almost got smashed by a giant ugly sharp talon. I'm sure he came out all right, though.

THEN, the dream changed a little, to myself and other people carrying stacks of your book to shelve them in a bookstore. This was probably caused by how I went looking in the nearest Borders to me on Tuesday, and didn't find it anywhere. :( So my subconscious was trying to fix this grave error. It was cool too because it wasn't just your book - there were companion books you had written too, talking all about the fantasy world of The Demon's Lexicon.

I'll probably write a fuller review when I finish, but right now I am enjoying it GREATLY. Nick and Alan's characterization and relationship is AMAZING - Nick is really not right at all, and it clearly causes Alan angst (so sad when Nick saw Mae kiss Jaime, and Nick was all "huh, that's so weird, I'm glad Alan didn't see because he looks funny at stuff like that"), and if there is a trilogy I wonder how Nick's character will progress. I love the stuff about dancing for demons. And yes, more later.
aegeus
Jun. 5th, 2009 09:01 pm (UTC)
Respond to your emaillllll.

>:O
petronellaa
Jun. 5th, 2009 09:08 pm (UTC)
YAY! I'm going to buy your book tomorrow :D And I'll definatly come to your signing, if I manage to find my way there that is. the maps are incredibly confusing, but I'm sure I'll find the club somehow :P
gauroth
Jun. 5th, 2009 09:17 pm (UTC)
The story of your first kiss makes me very happy.

I have got a copy of 'The Demon's Lexicon'! I'm only on chapter 3 (Damn ironing for interfering with reading time! But the pile of clean clothes is almost as tall as I am, and I suppose my hubby ought to have non-creased shirts to go to work in.) Fabulous book!
ashfae
Jun. 5th, 2009 09:33 pm (UTC)
Terrific swoon story! =)
tinachristopher
Jun. 5th, 2009 09:53 pm (UTC)
Glad you're having so much fun! I hope it all goes brilliantly!
edwards_heroin
Jun. 5th, 2009 09:54 pm (UTC)
Your brother and sister sound so funny! For the record, I love both Twilight and The Inbetweeners. Did you get through the first series?

Hope you had a cool release week!

- Jenny
sarahtales
Jun. 5th, 2009 09:59 pm (UTC)
I may have in fact watched all of it! Those poor poor boys. Simon is my favourite. I hope there's a third season. ;)

And yes, thank you - having a lovely release week!

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flashfeather
Jun. 5th, 2009 10:01 pm (UTC)
gushing, hopefully non-spoiler review!
Glorious win for you on plot, and on Nick, Alan, and Jamie's characters! I could even like Mae by the end of the book, but I suppose a slightly useless wannabe Wiccan girl can be a hard sell.

I really enjoyed the subtle consistency of your hints through the story. In fact, I read the entire book when I got it yesterday. And then I read it again today! I don't think I've even felt like that, but weirdly, it's a better book the second time around, since it seemed much more developed and less typical-YA to me when I knew where you were going with the characters. Nick's a great pet wolf-- barely domesticated and ferociously loyal, but inherently dangerous because of it. I loved having the story from his point of view; it read almost like Jack London except hilarious, with every bit of insane humor you sneak into everything you write.

Siblings will always be a tough sell. Perhaps if Nick sparkled or understood how to be embarrassed, he could offer more direct competition?


Cheers and thank you for, well, being yourself and writing so much! Have a grand release week! May many more imaginary romantic fall-outs bring you many more real bottles of champagne and roses!
boxofdelights
Jun. 5th, 2009 10:22 pm (UTC)
GENEVIEVE: I'll probably read your book. After I read Twilight.
SARAH: I am your sister!
GENEVIEVE: Your book isn't a MOVIE.
SARAH: Well, no.
GENEVIEVE: Starring ROBERT PATTINSON.
SARAH: All that you say is true, but I still feel betrayed!


No no no. That last line ought to be

SARAH: Yes, but one day it will be, and then I will get to meet Robert Pattinson and you, not having read my book, will be left home gnashing your teeth.
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ext_192358
Jun. 6th, 2009 11:22 am (UTC)
Spreading the word
Hi Sarah,
I found you a few weeks ago through "Agent Kristin's" blog when I read your query letter there, and have since been a lurker on your livejournal. :)
Anyway, I was wondering if you'd mind me pasting a copy of your query letter on my blog as well, to spread the news about your book (which sounds awesome - when's it released in New Zealand??). Or is there another way you'd prefer me to spread the word? I love your query letter - it sums up the story really well and really makes the reader want to read on.
...aaaand I'm done brown-nosing. For now. But if I manage to get ahold of a copy of the Demon's Lexicon, I may be back....
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