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Free Books! Many Links! Vampires!

All right, so I have many many nice things to show you guys, and wish to present them in an organised fashion.

Organisation is not really my strong suit, as the Durham Lass became forcibly aware as she entered my bedchamber yesterday so we could watch True Blood together.

DURHAM LASS: Is this meant to be like, an obstacle course with vampires as the prize?
SARAH: Vampires would be a good prize.
DURHAM LASS: I almost tripped on a rogue fruit pastille there. I WAS ALMOST DEAD FROM FRUIT PASTILLES.
SARAH: Well, they can be very dangerous if you don't have the expertise to handle them...

So first things first, for those of you who have already read the book and want more/haven't read the book but might still be interested, what the heck - go here and click for the Original First Chapter of The Demon's Lexicon. As you can see, it is totally different from the actual first chapter, which I thought might be interesting. I hope you guys will enjoy it!

Some of you expressed a wish for downloadable bookmarks, so here's a bookmark and some avatars handily available. I am going to put up wallpapers too, I think!

Now I promised you free books, and here's the first: Demon's Lexicon giveaway, plus scroll down to see the already-mentioned playlist and AN INCREDIBLY SPOILERY INTERVIEW, with hints for Demon's Covenant.

Me, talking about writing and publication and the spaces between and among other things, an interview where I confess what I eat with ketchup on it.

On the subject of not books but art (but secretly still books) the unrelentingly awesome orexisbella commissioned art for the four main characters of The Demon's Lexicon from draykonis, and I wanted you all to see, because she did a spectacular job.

And while on the subject of awesome art, I cannot even tell you how much I laughed at these two pictures of our heroes fighting vicious monsters.

'Sarah,' my readers may say sternly at this point. 'You have indeed delivered on your promise of many links. But, some of us already HAVE The Demon's Lexicon, and would like a DIFFERENT free book. Also, you have delivered very few vampires.'

And this is true.

I have spoken of the Eternal Kiss vampire anthology, and all the awesome authors in it, before. It's not out until July, but I have, uh, obtained an Advance Reader's Copy.

Okay, I'll tell you how.

SARAH CROSS, or SAVVY: Hi, Sarah! I was just at Book Expo America, where they give away free books!
SARAH: Must you mock me with free books I do not have? I call that cruel.
SAVVY: Yes, that's why I enjoy it. But also I have something to tell you! I got a copy of The Eternal Kiss! I'm so excited it has stories by Holly Black and Kelley Armstrong and-
SARAH: And me.
SAVVY: And Karen Mahoney and Cassandra Clare and Rachel Caine and-
SARAH: AND ME.
SAVVY: Oh yeah. Well, I can't wait to read it.
SARAH: Can I have it? I want to give it away.
SAVVY: No you cannot have MY BOOK. Don't give away things that DON'T BELONG TO YOU. Thief! Thief-
SARAH: So I'm just going to go put up the contest on my livejournal now. Thanks, Savvy.
SAVVY: WILL NOBODY STOP THAT THIEF?

I wish to do a Contest for the Eternal Kiss ARC I have stolen liberated, as follows. Pray put up a picture of The Demon's Lexicon - with you, in a weird place, in a bookshop, riding on the back of a baby elephant, wherever - and link me to it!

You can use the same pictures for the DL photo contest here - then you could have TWO prizes.

You may be unconvinced that you want the ARC of The Eternal Kiss. I could convince you with an excerpt from Holly Black's The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, which is one of my favourite short stories in all the world - except I don't actually own any of those words, and might be fed to killer cats if I decided to use them.

Probably an excerpt of my own is okay though, so here's a snippet from my story Undead Is Very Hot Right Now, featuring a vampire in a boyband.



“Come on, guys,” said Bradley, flinging open the door of the limo. “Our public awaits!”

He launched himself out of the limo and onto the red carpet, where he actually did a backflip. The crowd made a sound a little bit like applause and a little bit more like baying wolves, and Christian covered his eyes from the sheer shame of being associated with such a ridiculous person.

Faye jabbed Christian in the stomach with her pen.

“Get out there! And if you could possibly do that thing where you shield your face with your caped arm and hiss—”

“Faye,” said Chris earnestly. “I will never do that thing.”

Faye snorted and crossed her admittedly excellent legs with a rasp of silk. “At least get out there and flash them some fang.”

Pez and Josh had already climbed out of the limo, knocking shoulders as the crowds screamed. They huddled together.

Christian drew his cape around himself.

“I miss my hoodie,” he informed Faye as a parting shot. “I know you stole it.”

“You’re talking crazy, you never had a hoodie,” Faye said. “Don’t let me hear you speak of it again.”

Christian climbed out onto the red carpet. He’d thought that the studio lights at the interview were bad, but the dozen clicking, flashing cameras were so much worse. He lifted his hand to cover his eyes, then realized Faye had glued his cape to his sleeve somehow and now he was doing that thing. That vampire thing.

When he lowered his hand he saw Bradley was blowing kisses to the yelling girls, pretending to move forward on the carpet and then doing a little backward walk to blow more kisses.

Christian gave up and shielded his eyes, even though it meant he was doing that thing again. He felt so cheap.

Pez and Josh, at this point shamelessly clinging to each other, were making a rush for the door of the auditorium. Chris started to flee after them, picking up speed even though Faye had made it very clear that specific and terrible things would happen to anyone who ran, hid behind someone else or — and this was directed specifically at him — used supernatural powers to evade a camera.

Even Christian’s hearing could barely make out all the sounds as he passed the crowd. There was so much screaming it was making his migraine worse, his fangs stabbing into his lower lip as his head pounded, random shrieks interspersed with shouts of their names coming from the mob.

“Bradley, Bradley, look at me!”

“Bradley, I want your babies!” yelled a guy who looked about forty years old and was wearing a purple feather boa.

Bradley winked and blew him a kiss.

“Chris!”

“Pez!”

“Josh!” Josh looked around, his face puzzled and a little pleased by the sound of his name, and Christian almost walked into his back. Josh looked terrified and backed sharply away.

“Chris, bite me!”

“I love you, Bradley!”

“Chris, I wanna be your queen of the night!”

That was the feather boa guy again, Christian couldn’t help but notice.



If you think vampires might indeed be a good prize, show me some pictures!

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richyisrichy
Jun. 16th, 2009 04:01 pm (UTC)
I'm totally get my replica sword out of the garage and take photo's of it with the book!

i loved the drawing with Jamie in it! he looked a bit like a girl, but he was incredibly cute.
sarahtales
Jun. 16th, 2009 04:14 pm (UTC)
We approve of swords extremely!
branquignole
Jun. 16th, 2009 04:28 pm (UTC)
ME WANTS!

Oh, uh, the photo... will be back with a photo tomorrow! Also: yay, links!
branquignole
Jun. 18th, 2009 07:39 pm (UTC)
I'm back! I come bearing photos!

In fact, I'm not sure who this charming guy is, but I strongly suspect him to be Prometheus. I've been to Heidelberg a few times in the past days and yesterday I went looking for a place to take a photo of TDL. And look! Prometheus is reading TDL and although his hands are bound behind his back, he seems rather content.

Heidelberg

Behold how he lovingly gazes down at Nick!

Heidelberg


We also chose the perfect day for Heidelberg, because the students were on strike for a better educational system. I pondered asking one of them to pose with the book but I never got near enough to anyone. Pity, but thus is life, alas.
emmacmf
Jun. 16th, 2009 04:43 pm (UTC)
Just dropping in to say that I finally got the time to sit down and read DL, and I loved it. I have no idea where you're going to take it in the sequels, and I can't wait to see what happens!

I'm telling everybody I know to go out and buy your book.
sarahtales
Jun. 16th, 2009 08:16 pm (UTC)
*beams* I am so glad you liked it! And thank you. ;)
snottygrrl
Jun. 16th, 2009 04:51 pm (UTC)
i've been meaning to get this to you ever since i took it back on 3 june (on my somewhat crappy camera phone). this is at the barnes and noble in a fair sized city in the pacific nw of the usa. i was so tickled to see the book on the promotion rack and right by cassie's book, too! :D

the demon&apos;s lexicon in barnes and noble

notice how many are already gone from your stack, too ♥

Edited at 2009-06-16 04:52 pm (UTC)
sarahtales
Jun. 16th, 2009 08:17 pm (UTC)
Awesome - I love seeing the US version in shops because I have never seen it myself, and it seems kind of unreal! Plus, hardcover, so fancy. ;)
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ch_ar_me
Jun. 16th, 2009 04:59 pm (UTC)
You are watching True Blood! Eric is such a hot, hot vampire. *drools*
thegreatmissjj
Jun. 16th, 2009 05:08 pm (UTC)
I love seeing original first chapters/deleted scenes with commentary! I agree with your editor; the original/published first chapter is better. It sets up the pace and establishes the magical world right away.
sarahtales
Jun. 16th, 2009 08:22 pm (UTC)
Glad you liked, and I think so too. ;) Though I did have a worry as I know the nature of the world (closed or otherwise) puzzled you a little, and in this chapter it's made more clear that it's a world ajar, with the general world knowing nothing but Goblin Market people like Alan spread the word to the right people (the Goth clubs).
hanelissar
Jun. 16th, 2009 05:09 pm (UTC)
I am filled with glee at all the shining links! And even though I have heard much of it before, the tale of your writing-life and history always brings a tear to my eye because I am still so incredibly delighted for you. And OH that art is so beautiful! I cannot have a favourite one - they are all PERFECT. And gorgeous. And just generally amazing.

Also very cool to read the other first chapter - I definitely prefer the 'real' version, but it was interesting to read and still would have made me want to keep reading it! (Although I am now in ever-so-slight mourning for the loss of that awesome introduction to Alan.)

And yay for more photo-related book contests - as I have the book this time I shall be able to enter it! :D Which I will do just as soon as I can find my camera...



Edited at 2009-06-16 05:25 pm (UTC)
laliandra
Jun. 16th, 2009 05:21 pm (UTC)
Oo, many links and giveaways! This makes me happy...

The other chapter is very interesting to see. I can see why you changed it, but there were some cool bits! But I did not feel for Jamie, who shines so in the real first chapter...

I will have to find somewhere cool in Leeds to take a picture with!

Also, I am in no way commenting to show off my beauteous new icon.
tobymalfoy
Jun. 16th, 2009 05:26 pm (UTC)
I SAW THE GERMAN VERSION OF YOUR BOOK IN A BOOKSTORE TODAY AND IT WAS ALL SILVER AND RED AND GORGEOUS!!!

Seriously! I almost bought it, despite my general hate for German translations.
sarahtales
Jun. 16th, 2009 05:29 pm (UTC)
OH GOSH REALLY I AM DYING TO SEE IT! *excited*
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kessie
Jun. 16th, 2009 05:33 pm (UTC)
It was really interesting to see your original first chapter and then comparing and contrasting it with the published version. I can see why it was changed and how that affected the rest of the book. Definitely thought-provoking!
screamingchair
Jun. 16th, 2009 05:41 pm (UTC)
Please! Please! Wait with deciding who gets the book at least until 26th! That's only ten days! And I will surely get my copy of the book til then. It's not fair that those Britos get more chances because they can buy the book sooner and are closer. Please! I want to participate! T.T
sarahtales
Jun. 16th, 2009 05:45 pm (UTC)
You poor thing, where are you?
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usullusa
Jun. 16th, 2009 05:42 pm (UTC)
Take two in my failing to post this picture.
The mirror reveals my true appearance.
sarahtales
Jun. 16th, 2009 09:05 pm (UTC)
Hee! Mirrors are very topical, too. ;)
anna_sinistra
Jun. 16th, 2009 05:46 pm (UTC)
Image and video hosting by TinyPic

I had to give the dinosaur both covers, as he could not decide which he liked best. It was very effective in enticing him not to eat me!
sarahtales
Jun. 16th, 2009 08:24 pm (UTC)
Hee, a DINOSAUR. I am delighted! (Also pleased he did not eat you.)
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sarahtales
Jun. 16th, 2009 09:01 pm (UTC)
I am glad that you told me what that thing in the background was, as I was fearing the giant spaceship behind you might eat the book and you!
auri_mynonys
Jun. 16th, 2009 06:49 pm (UTC)
So, I'm a new reader to your LJ (and now a new reader to your books, when I can get over to a major bookstore and find a copy), and I just want to say that your entries brighten my day every time I read them. Thanks for being so funny, fangirly, and totally squee-worthy. :D
sarahtales
Jun. 16th, 2009 07:10 pm (UTC)
Thanks for reading!
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