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Demon's Covenant Officially Out Now!

Hooray hooray Demon's Covenant is out today!

And it is the time of year that I blither in other places, and then ask you to go look there! I have an interview up with songs and talking about brothers, a q&a with the Caster Girls and a post dedicated entirely to my Mae, Ms Normal in Paranormalandia.

Now to tell you all the things I have been doing LATELY, since I have emerged from my cave of edits to do fun things. In Ireland, I did an event with Patrick Ness (author of the zillionty-award-winning Knife of Never Letting Go and sequels). Patrick is a scholar and a gentleman, and we had an awesome event: I told stories about how I constantly embarrass myself, and he did a really thoughtful and excellent writing exercise, and we were given cake. There is a mini-interview with both of us up here, with scurrilous remarks about my Very Educational Speech.

Then I came home to find out Robin McKinley, who wrote Hero and the Crown and Beauty and Chalice and Sunshine and you know, books of my heart, one of the writers who showed me what I wanted to write, liked Demon's Lexicon.

SARAH: This has been the best day. My life is perfect. I will never be unhappy again.

The next day I went to visit my mother in hospital. (She's okay, y'all.) She was reading Demon's Covenant, which my father had acquired from the event and given her.

MOTHER: Sarah, I want you to sit down and talk to me nicely for five minutes, and then I have to tell you something.
SARAH: sits down and talks nicely
MOTHER: All right then. Now, you should know there are fifty pages missing starting from page 138 of your book.
SARAH: THIS IS THE WORST DAY. MY LIFE IS RUINED. I WILL NEVER BE HAPPY AGAIN.

My extreme apologies to anyone who got one of the thankfully few copies that were part of a bad batch. If you did, you can either return them, or email me at sarahreesbrennan@gmail.com, and I will send you a new copy with all its pages!

I did some Children's Book Ireland things with the lovely people there, and then I took an airplane to go tour with the lovely blackholly, author of White Cat, about which I believe I have made my ecstatic flailings quite clear. ;)

Turns out, I took an airplane at the last possible moment, as the Ash Cloud's Return: Revenge of the Ash Cloud, meant that Irish airports shut the very next day. This sort of makes me feel like an action heroine, rolling under the closing drawbridge with seconds to spare and my crossbow in hand.

Once I was in Chicago, Holly followed shortly, and I flew to her. 'HOLLY' I said beamingly. 'Are you ready for ALL OUR ADVENTURES?'

... She did not look quite sure that she was.

We did a school event, and when we rolled up to the lovely school we saw a placard that said 'GO WOLVES' on it.

SARAH: Awesome, we're doing a presentation at a school for werewolves!
HOLLY: Forgive her... she's Irish.
MEDIA ESCORT: The Irish have schools for werewolves?

And then yesterday night we had our first bookshop event, at Anderson's! I was completely overexcited. I kicked a bookseller. (That was an accident!) I broke my chair. (That was an accident too...)

My extreme apologies to the lovely lady at the front of the queue who wanted a photo - you know who you are! - and who did not get one! (Sarah: I thought we had a system? Holly: There is no photo system. All is photo anarchy!) If you want to email me at sarahreesbrennan@gmail.com, I will send you a SOMETHING to make up for my ridiculousness.

Ridiculousness is, as you can see, something of a specialty of mine. But we had such a great event! Everyone who showed up was so lovely: I signed printed-out copies of my online short stories, and I talked to people who liked my blog, and I kidnapped some of Holly's fans, and she kidnapped some of mine. We told terrible stories about our lives of crime, and I made some truly inappropriate jokes. I loved it, and it was a pleasure to meet everyone who came.

Here are all the appearances we will be doing together.

We have another on tonight in the Oakbrook Barnes & Noble, and I am much afraid lest all the Chicago people who wanted to see us were there last night, so I hope with much hope to see some of you tonight! Given current evidence, I think I can safely promise MAYHEM.

As you can see, things always rocket between awesome and awful for me, and then back again. This is part of being a writer, but also I think is Just Something That Happens To Me. Given that the awesome bits are so awesome, I think I can deal.

Also on our tour, we are going to be interviewed together for Shooting Stars Magazine and the interviewer is asking for questions. So, if you've got some -- about writing generally, the books, or anything else -- let her know.

There is a great deal of waffling in this post, but the main point is this: my second book is out today! I am no longer a debut author. It has been a terrifying, exhilarating and awesome year, and now I am in the process of hoping and fearing about a whole extra book.

At some point I do wish to talk about Writing the Second Book, which as Ally Carter says and many agree is the hardest book, but for now here are some other people's thoughts about Demon's Covenant: here, here, here and here. (So far people seem to like it. HUZZAH!)

My lovely fan community marmalade_fish has a whole new layout, and you can talk about Demon's Covenant right there - or anywhere.

As for instance, here. Consider this my Discussion Post for Demon's Covenant: don't look at the comments unless you want to be spoiled! Talk to me.

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bookshop
May. 18th, 2010 05:37 pm (UTC)

HAPPY LAUNCH DAY, SARAH! i hope you and holly continue to have fun, so much fun and joy! <3

EVERYONE READING THIS POST, BUY A COPY OF THIS BOOK, BECAUSE IT IS AMAZING. SOOOOO AMAZING.

sarahtales
May. 18th, 2010 07:48 pm (UTC)
I am very glad you liked it. :)
cammalot
May. 18th, 2010 05:39 pm (UTC)
Ack! Demonic symbols on cake! It's totally a portal for evil now. Evil cake!
(Anonymous)
May. 18th, 2010 08:35 pm (UTC)
The cake is a lie!
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tenik
May. 18th, 2010 05:41 pm (UTC)
Are you doing any UK events, visiting any UK bookshops?
sarahtales
May. 18th, 2010 05:44 pm (UTC)
Yes, in June I am. On the 15th I have an event in Shortwave Cinema, on the 19th in Foyles with Rachel Caine, and I am going to go about England a bit with Scott Westerfeld and Justine Larbalestier. Much fun awaits in the UK!
sabriel75
May. 18th, 2010 05:43 pm (UTC)
Hee! See you Thursday in Cincinnati. I'm making my sister and mother come. Today, my sis called with please tell me what to read before I show up on Thursday. So she's purchasing Demon's Lexicon and Tithe today in preparation. Go me and proselyte others to the Holly Black and Sarah Rees Brennan fandom.

And puh-leez! I will proudly claim you both with fannish glee.

And what's exciting, is last time I met up with Holly at this same venue, she was with Tony, who's crazy. So I take it you're the crazy side-kick this time round? Huzzah!
sarahtales
May. 18th, 2010 07:50 pm (UTC)
Hurrah for bringing people to the fold, and I look forward to meeting you!
24_centuries
May. 18th, 2010 05:47 pm (UTC)
I am not discussing the book as I've yet to read it but when the mailman handed it to me today I said "DO YOU KNOW WHAT THIS IIIIIIIIIIS?!" and promptly flailed in his face and told him. He was interested though so I ran inside and loaned him my copy of Lexicon!! :D:D:D:D Note: We've had the same mailman for a LONG time so he's used to my spastic ways :)

That is all. I have a book to start! :D
sarahtales
May. 18th, 2010 07:51 pm (UTC)
Hurrah for spreading the word, and I hope you will like the book!
microgirl
May. 18th, 2010 05:53 pm (UTC)
Oh poo-biscuits! I somehow completely missed when you were doing your Dublin talk thingy. Feck feck feckity feck. Grr.
delphinbella
May. 18th, 2010 05:56 pm (UTC)
Congrats on the new book!

And I found a SOMETHING you can give to the woman who didn't get her photo: http://www.etsy.com/shop/mintconspiracy?section_id=5141239 They are still full of ridiculousness, but at least it's Something.
aome
May. 18th, 2010 06:06 pm (UTC)
SARAH: Awesome, we're doing a presentation at a school for werewolves!
HOLLY: Forgive her... she's Irish.
MEDIA ESCORT: The Irish have schools for werewolves?


LOL!

And welcome back to the US! You know, you COULD think of doing a tour in some of the lowlier areas, too, like my little corner of PA. ;)
sarahtales
May. 18th, 2010 07:15 pm (UTC)
I choose not where to go, I am a leaf on my publisher's wind, but er, also I did not think you had read the books, so also a tour appearance would probably bore you silly! Though I would of course be pleased to see you.
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sarahtales
May. 18th, 2010 07:24 pm (UTC)
Well, Jamie did agree to go beforehand, so it isn't like he suddenly changed his mind after his mother died, it's a case of him having tasted power and wanting more. Plus Gerald is aware of Jamie's family circumstances, so now there's an additional 'has nowhere else to go but to unloving father, since Jamie can't possibly go to the Market the way Mae can.' Is the way I see it! But authorial intent is dead, so if it didn't work for you, it did not work!

I am most pleased to see Annabel, Mae and Nick like! I was sad about Annabel myself. And thank you for the congratulations. ;)

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wavesofwood
May. 18th, 2010 06:09 pm (UTC)
*scrolls very, very quickly past all the commensts*

Okay, so possibly I am Just A Bit Dense, but - Covenant is not out until May 28th in the UK, correct? I AM SO EXCITED I CANNOT WAIT DDD:
sarahtales
May. 18th, 2010 06:17 pm (UTC)
Weeeeellll, release dates are fluid in the UK, so be on the lookout. ;)
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wingstodust
May. 18th, 2010 06:25 pm (UTC)
HAPPY RELEASE DAY!!! I love Covenant, and am so dying for the third book.

Okay, I'm not sure if I'm allowed to ask questions here, but I was reading your interviews and it mentioned that Alan gets a girlfriend. As I'm assuming I can't ask directly who this girl is, an I allowed to at least ask if it's a girl who was mentioned anywhere in the first two books? Inquiring minds must know!

*wrings hands* but yes this book is awesome, and everyone should read it and I'm so happyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy (for you of course, and for us fans for getting such an amazing novel) And I so look forward to your Writing 2nd Book post and I'm glad that my review made you happy enough to link it, lol!
sarahtales
May. 18th, 2010 07:54 pm (UTC)
Thank you for your lovely review, I am so pleased you liked it! ;)

And er, I think I shall plead the Fifth on the interview question, as that is spoiler enough. After all, Mae got a boyfriend in Covenant, so I am an untrustworthy minx...
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ifreet
May. 18th, 2010 06:26 pm (UTC)
I plan to flail at you (and blackholly) like a flaily thing at tonight's signing, and I am bringing reinforcements. But I am betting that there will be many other fans, too.
sarahtales
May. 18th, 2010 07:16 pm (UTC)
EXCELLENT. You cheer me greatly. ;)
cachinna
May. 18th, 2010 06:36 pm (UTC)
Just wanted to say that the reading/signing yesterday was amazing! I haven't laughed that hard in a long time.

*some spoilers*
Also -- I just finished Covenant (instead of writing the four papers due this week) and it was amazing! I spent the whole first half laughing hysterically and the whole second half freaking out at all of the characters.

Annabel was so wonderful! And so depressing! And Jamie is still my favorite character of all time and I still adore Nick. Everything to do with Alan makes me horribly sad. I've always liked Mae all right, but she was fantastic in this book, which made me happy. Also, I loved all of the knife scenes. And the relationship between Alan and Nick (especially as told by Daniel!) is one of my favorite family relationships in existence.

Your characters and dialogue are the most brilliant ever. You probably hear this a lot, but I just thought I'd add to that.
sarahtales
May. 18th, 2010 07:55 pm (UTC)
I'm so pleased you had fun! We did. ;)

And I am so pleased to read character love, as you know, I too am fond of them all. ;) And of the family relationships!
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avalonestel
May. 18th, 2010 06:38 pm (UTC)
HI! I was at the signing last night (I was the eldest of the five siblings, who all had you sign our posters), and I just want to say that the whole thing was brilliant. You and Holly were hysterical, and I had such a blast. Thank you so much for coming, and please come again soon - I'll be there, for sure! :D (Also, I'm going to buy a stuffed octopus and leash and display it somewhere in honor of the "Octopus in a Coffeshop" con demonstration, because that was epic.)
sarahtales
May. 18th, 2010 07:55 pm (UTC)
I was extremely flattered by your blog reading, and I'm so pleased you guys had fun! We both had an awesome time. ;)
branquignole
May. 18th, 2010 06:43 pm (UTC)
Huzzah! Congratulations on the release! I wish it were out here today as well, but I will patiently sit and wait and be sad and check if amazon changed the delivery date every two hours or so and be patient. At least I'll have many Sarah-y links and interviews to catch up on during the weekend!

I hope your mum'll be able to read in her own bed again soon. Or wherever she prefers to read. She seems to be quite awesome!
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