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So my tour is concluded, and I am home!

Thus far most people seem to like Demon's Covenant, and the tour went off very well despite my amazing disaster-attracting abilities.

No, really. Picture this: Holly Black and I stop for a swift sandwich at a Greek restaurant. I touch - MERELY TOUCH - a Coke machine.

COKE MACHINE: *explodes into a fountain of water*
HOLLY: What did you do?!
RESTAURANT OWNERS: What did she do?!
SARAH: Merely touched it! Merely touched it!
FOUNTAIN: gushes on
SARAH: I am so sorry. This must be like going on tour with Godzilla.
HOLLY: I am never bored.

Destruction aside, it was an great, great tour. I had huge amounts of fun. If you were part of it, thank you a trillion!

Small thing: at the bookstore Murder by the Book, where we had a truly fabulous event, thanks to the amazing booksellers, they did have a policy that you had to buy our books or another book at signing time, which is totally fair: bookselling, like publishing, is a business with narrow margins indeed, and they were absolutely lovely to host us for the occasion! But I do feel bad, because I did not know about it to warn beforehand (which is my own fault, I should check these things!) and so for the people we saw who did not get their books signed, I will send you signed bookplates if you would like them to thank you for coming and apologise for my own remissness? (At this point said people say 'Pshaw, we were there for Ms. Black, and we do not read your blog!' To which I respond meekly: 'Well, but I wished to try...')

I can't even pick a favourite event: I loved them all. I was given presents! I have a fanmix CD I am now listening to, and a beautiful necklace with 'Nothing lasts forever, except demons, of course' on it that I wore to our last event, a notebook, amazing pieces of art, one starring Annabel and the Golf Club of Doom, and a Mae doll with pink hair who currently rules the Goblin Market of my bed. And I met two gentlemen I made captains of Team Jamie, signed printouts of the short stories - I don't think I realised how much you guys liked the short stories, I must write more! - and just got to talk about my books and writing to interested, interesting people all the live-long.

Lots of people told me they read this blog, which reminded me of why I do this internet thing. (Sometimes I forget that, as when this person, who has taken to emailing me every negative tweet and journal post about me they find, emails me once more. It's so insulting... I obsessively google myself, I can totally find them on my own.) But I do think that the internet is excellent because it's a place where we can all talk about our interests, sometimes with the people who create said interests! Lots of people told me which characters they did or didn't want to get together, or quoted bits from the books to me, or had come an awfully long way (from Iowa to Chicago, or Louisiana to Houston). I have really unusual turnout for a writer who is in no way a big deal, and this is because I am lucky, and all my fans are astonishingly wonderful. In conclusion, it was fabulous.

Most fabulous of all was my tour partner, Ms. Holly Black, who was not only bringing to the table an awesome book, not only had most excellent advice about writing, kidnapping and stealing people's money, but also answered questions beautifully so I felt like people got information as well as my Crazed Bibbling.

Some of our answers: neither of us have muses, we wish we did, we write the books on our own and forget our characters getting away from us, we can barely get our characters off the couch because they know something bad will happen to them. It took Holly five years and me nine months to write our first published books.

Sometimes we swapped questions, as when we were asked our favourite characters and talked about our favourites from each others' books. We each picked the older brothers.

HOLLY: ALAN. I hear people saying 'oh Alan, he's such a liar, all he does is lie' and I just don't understand it. I mean yes. All he does is lie. FANTASTICALLY WELL. As a writer I have to admire that. And I just want something good to happen to him. *accusing look at me*
SARAH: BARRON. I love the force of amoral chaos character. He makes things so exciting! He comes around to your place and asks if he can make himself a cup of tea, and then you go into your kitchen five minutes later and he's set a fire and bitten off your kitten's head and he says 'Where's the sugar?'
HOLLY: Now I see why you like Barron so much. You think he's just like you.

I find this remark unfair. I have never once bitten off the head of any of Holly's cats.

At certain tour points, we had Unexpected Special Guests. To wit, Awesome Authors Saundra Mitchell, Shanna Swendson, and Ally Carter. This meant many good things, as for instance that on my last day in Dallas, Ally and I went on an epic doughnut quest, and ended up bearing back to Holly in triumph a box with the slogan 'MAKE LIFE DELICIOUS' on it before I went off to the Leeds Book Awards ceremony and Holly went off to Book Expo America.

I admit I was a little jealous, since there are free books to be had at BEA, but at the awards ceremony I was not only delighted to be a finalist, and to meet awesome librarians, booksellers and authors, but I was given a group of schoolkids who were going to do a Demon's Lexicon presentation for me. I got to sit and watch while they presented! It was awesome, and they did a great job. I announced that they were my army, and I was going to take them away with me, and I told them stories about all my criminal deeds until they were cruelly stolen from me. (It - is possible Holly Black has been a bad influence.)

But many things are yet afoot. I have pictures to prove it. Some pictures are the pictures of handsome models I get to choose among for Alan for my US cover of the third book, which I cannot show you but which I find very exciting! Some are these pictures:






Here is a place to have a readalong of Covenant and chat. The password is zombieboyfriend, and the time to chat will be Saturday, May 29 at 4PM GMT. I am passing up going dancing to chat, so I hope people will chat with me. ;)






The lovely Marmalade Fish forum has a new section called the Ask Sarah forum. In the marmalade fish forum you can frolic and discuss all manner of things, and on the Ask Sarah bit of it, I am pledged to answer all your questions.

And this Sunday at the Big Smoke Writing Factory I am teaching at a speculative fiction writing workshop. My session will be about writing urban fantasy, something that is dear to my heart, and is currently a bunch of notes entitled 'Finding the Magic In Among the Milk Bottles.'

And as another Thing I Am Doing Online, the Mundie Moms are hosting me and Holly Black for a chat in the final, virtual end to our tour on Monday May 31! I will add a link to this post when I have one. (ETA: It will be at 9 pm EST.) (ETA: here is that link)

Then I believe I have ten peaceful days. In which I will finish rewriting the third book before flying off to England to do Covenant things there... on which More To Come...

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harborshore
May. 27th, 2010 10:09 pm (UTC)
I finished Covenant two days ago and I LOVE IT SO. Coherency must wait until I have reread it, because on my first read of books that are this captivating all I do is flail and make frantic noises out loud when scary things happen (I was on a plane, my mother was laughing at me quite a bit) and fistpump when awesome things happen and snicker--yeah. My current thoughts can be summed up as follows: MAE IS MY FAVORITE. Nick! Swords! Knives! JAMIE!!! Annabel!!! ANNABEL. Basically. I loved it a lot.

ETA: I forgot Sin! Sin was, oh man. LOVE.

Edited at 2010-05-27 10:28 pm (UTC)
sarahtales
May. 27th, 2010 10:48 pm (UTC)
I am so glad you liked it, and Mae, and Sin, and the rest. :) My image of you on the plane is awesome!
hanelissar
May. 27th, 2010 10:17 pm (UTC)
I am so glad the tour went so awesomely, I am very excited for our own England Events Of Awesome next month! :D :D

ALSO I finally got Covenant yesterday and read it all in the evening and it was WONDROUS! I had a long and horrible exam today which has made me tired and faily so I will send you a rambling and over-excited email about it tomorrow when I'm less tired, but just know it was FABULOUS and I loved it and I love Mae and Sin and EVERYONE and I love you most of all for bringing them into my lives! (But not in a creepy stalker way. I hope.)

I think you should know I am insanely excited for the live chat, I only hope we can be interesting enough for you to be glad you passed up dancing.
sarahtales
May. 27th, 2010 10:49 pm (UTC)
Me too! I will have a Scott Westerfeld, and a Justine Larbalestier, and a Maureen Johnson, and a Rachel Caine, at certain occasions to hold up in front of me and entertain people. Though at my film-y launch I will have to entertain BY MYSELF, terrifying thought. ;)

I am so glad you liked the book, and I am sorry for but sure you did well in your exam!
beckyh2112
May. 27th, 2010 10:28 pm (UTC)
As someone who showed up for the Murder by the Book signing, I wish I had known about the whole "buy a book before getting things signed" ahead of time. (I also wish your books had been easier to find - I'd planned to buy a copy of Demon's Covenant there, but they helpfully put them all on a table up front so when I went to look in the stacks where all the other YA books were, there were no Demon books to be found!) However, I did get my books signed thanks to some wonderful other attenders who snuck my books up there.

Then I spent Sunday running around the Houston Museum of Natural Science because my god, I did not drive five hours to Houston just to drive immediately back after the book signing. Besides, there was a three-story butterfly garden and dinosaurs at the HMNS.

- girl in the Egyptian shirt
sarahtales
May. 27th, 2010 10:36 pm (UTC)
Oh, I hope you got/get a copy of Covenant okay, and that you like it, and that you had fun! Thank you for coming. ;)
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battygirl07
May. 27th, 2010 10:53 pm (UTC)
I'm with Holly- happiness for poor Alan! *huggles Alan* Poor boy, everyone's so mean to him! XD
sarahtales
May. 27th, 2010 10:55 pm (UTC)
Holly and you have kind hearts.

... Not me so much...
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foxglove_chant
May. 27th, 2010 11:16 pm (UTC)
I'm glad your tour went well! I would have loved to go, but none of your events were ANYWHERE near Vancouver. Maybe next year =) I bought the book, though, and I love it! SO MUCH.

I was listening to Florence + the Machine after I read it, and Drumming Song made me think of Mae dancing. Do you know it? What do you think?

(Here is a link if you haven't heard it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TpLXQorSQe8 - it's a very cool video.)

In conclusion: Florence is amazing, and so is The Demon's Covenant, and so are you! Thank you =)
spiderstars
May. 27th, 2010 11:43 pm (UTC)
I will happily admit that seeing you and Holly Black give an author talk made my entire week! (I was at the event in Cincinnati, Ohio). You each were fantastic speakers, and super-interesting, which was great, but I really loved how you guys played off each other. It was awesome, you are awesome, Holly Black is awesome, and I am totally overwhelmed by awesome.
(Anonymous)
May. 27th, 2010 11:55 pm (UTC)
Murder by the Book
I'm so glad you liked the doll 8D
Look, I has pictures!
http://laerzhai.deviantart.com/#/d2qahha
deltafalcon
May. 28th, 2010 12:02 am (UTC)
Team Jamie!
As co-captain of team Jamie (I'm going to at least assume that was a reference to me and my other half), I now must make a "Team Jamie" icon. Time to break out the few old photoshop tricks I know (or beg someone to make me one). This also means that my plan to have "Team Jamie" shirts made come September must also be completed!

You and Holly were both amazing. I know next time to bring something to at least record audio so that I may laugh for days and days while replaying it.

Also, Demon's Covenant was outstanding. There was much flailing and laughing and forcing people to listen to amusing quotes, such as "...I'll die. And that'll show you." Anabelle is arguably the best mother ever, and while a book from Jamie's point of view might be a million pages, I'd read all of it.

And now I'm rambling, so I'm going to stop and go work on an icon now.

Edit: Makeshift icon has been made. Needs work, but better than nothing.

Edited at 2010-05-28 12:34 am (UTC)
carnilia
May. 28th, 2010 09:55 pm (UTC)
Re: Team Jamie!
This might be a bit out of nowhere, but I believe I met you (or possibly your other half, depending who was sitting on which side) and talked with you a bit at the Murder By the Book event, and I just wanted to say, I love the cropping in your icon. Also, as a member of Team Jamie, I wondered what my captain thought of the idea of Jamie quote icons, possibly animated ones? I've been thinking of making them. I urgently need an icon that says, "Why do you say these things? Is it to make me sad?"
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(Anonymous)
May. 28th, 2010 12:31 am (UTC)
Southern Cal again?
I'm hoping you'll be back on the left coast soon. My copy of Lexicon is being all snotty with its next door neighbor Covenant. "Oooh, so you're new, and still have a dust jacket. Well, I'm autographed, and have this cool sword on my cover." Sigh. It's getting ugly in my bookshelf.

Pam Adams
sistermagpie
May. 28th, 2010 01:20 am (UTC)
This sounds like so much fun! I have been studiously avoiding all talk of tihs book because I haven't read it yet (I can't think of anything except moving). But I finally have a copy in my hot little hands so expect fangirling to commence shortly...
sarahtales
May. 28th, 2010 08:56 pm (UTC)
*nervous* I hope you will like eeet.
oliveoyl
May. 28th, 2010 02:18 am (UTC)
Sarah, I literally just, like, in the last five minutes, finally finished reading The Demon's Lexicon. (I had a lot of... stuff. To do. SHAMEFULLY LATE, I know. It often takes a sequel coming out to make me get a move on.) I can't even make words right now. I love it, love it, love it and I am buying Covenant immediately and aaaaah. ALAN. But seriously. ALAN. How so brilliant?
arbitraryorange
May. 28th, 2010 02:26 am (UTC)
I've been reading your journal for forever and am just a total lurker, but I saw you in Dallas wanted to say that both you and Holly were awesome and hilarious. And I totally agree that evil older brothers are hot. :-) The Demon's Covenant is AMAZING. If I were a swooning kind of girl I'd find it to be swoon worthy.
zumie_ashlen
May. 28th, 2010 02:39 am (UTC)
O-oh my. Alan gets to be on the third cover. *fans self to prevent swooning* Now I have more (delusional) reason to ship Sin/Alan.

I too have mad love for Alan, because he has disproved the stereotype of being only nice or only good. And he makes Nick happy, and their relationship in Covenant was so amazing and heartrending and I wanted to smack their heads together and yell, "Just talk to each other!"

But Annabel totally stole the show. I love her with a mad, stupid love. Also Mae. And Jamie. Of heavens, I love them all.

And although I was sadly unable to get to any of the signings, I have hope of someday making it to one! *crosses fingers*
seaheidi
May. 28th, 2010 04:12 am (UTC)
Sounds fantasmic albeit the Coke Incident.
I met Holly and your agent at BEA so I felt like you were there too but you were already off to your far away land, at any rate I cannot wait to go buy your book and eat it up.

Love the UK cover too and hope to attend your chat!
jade_sabre_301
May. 28th, 2010 04:22 am (UTC)
Your icon. Do I espy Rufus Sewell in it? And if so, is it snaggable?

*shameless Rufus Sewell fan*
laliandra
May. 28th, 2010 10:56 am (UTC)
Hey there!

This is less random than it appears, I promise. Yes, and yes. Rufus Sewell is Sarah's dream casting for the character of Black Arthur. And the icon was made by the fabulous orexisbella, Queen of Marmfish, and the words were written by me. It comes from the icon request post here - http://community.livejournal.com/marmalade_fish/21403.html#cutid1 . So please feel free to snag away and to blame us for it!

dharma_slut
May. 28th, 2010 04:29 am (UTC)
I'm waiting for my copy of The Demon's Covenant to arrive via snail mail, and Snail mail really means something in this case!

Re your emailer of nasty news, unless there is a passing chance that you will someday need to hear something important from them? Block them. You can set up a rule, or a preference, or a filter depending on your email program, that will automatically delete their emails unto yourself without you ever having to see them. You can even have your email program bounce those emails back to the person.

Because the internet is crazy that way.
jordinothepizza
May. 28th, 2010 05:58 am (UTC)
Team Alan!
Yeah Louisiana to Houston!!!

Thank you so very much for touring so that your fans could get to see you! My friends and I enjoyed "The Holly and Sarah Comedy Hour" very very much.

I took a vid of part of it (wish I could've gotten it all though!). However, if you wish it not to be on the internet for the world to see, I shall promptly take it down. In the meantime, I've been showing it to friends, declaring awesomeness and the need to read books!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MpIAI5Uz8YE
masio
May. 28th, 2010 06:49 am (UTC)
Ugh, I wish I had Demon's Covenant right now! But apparently, to ship a book from the UK to Moscow takes a month? They use horses and carriages and cross the border on foot? I don't know. I'm sad.
altogetherisi
May. 28th, 2010 10:01 am (UTC)
I am absolutely devastated that the live chat clashes with a Eurovision watching party I have been invited to D; D: ;_; I don't even like Eurovision! And I pretty well love love love TDC, though I am only halfway to having any coherent thoughts about it. Just, there is a lot of wailing and gasping and shrieking with laughter and sighing, particularly often of "Oh, Nick," "Oh, Seb," "OH, JAMIE!" Seriously, oh, Jamie MY HEART <3 <3

And ACK you are finishing Talisman and I never named a magician. *wails* If there is still a chance to fit in an Ella anywhere that would be amazing, but I understand if I have missed my chance :(

Anyway, love the book, glad your US tour went so well, and looking forward to your upcoming UK events :)
hanelissar
May. 28th, 2010 02:58 pm (UTC)
I am having the same woeful problem! :( Have promised to go out to a Eurovision party and do not know how to escape it when my friends will think going to sit in my room and speak to people on the internets instead is lame. Clearly they are all FOOLS, but...yeah. DO NOT KNOW HOW TO SOLVE THIS DILEMMA. I shall be there for the beginning and of course as soon as Eurovision is over I will be in there, but that's still like...four or five hours or however long that I will miss. I wanted to make it twelve hours again dammit! :(

I will stop hijacking your woe-thread now. :)
maeritrae
May. 28th, 2010 10:56 am (UTC)
I am glad you made this post, because there was a small part of me going, "She left the spare keys where she was supposed to and all of her stuff is gone...I really hope she made her flight."

Are you enjoying the books? I have totally forgotten most of the things you recommended's names. There was the Magic Bites ones, and then the high fantasy trilogy, and Vampire Diaries, and...something...else? I shall arrange to return the books of yours that I have in exchange for mine next time I'm in Dublin. :)
laliandra
May. 28th, 2010 11:03 am (UTC)
Yay booktours! That sounds sounds like so much fun. I agree with Holly Black about Alan, although that probably does not reflect well on either of us! The month of Mae is going swimmingly so far.

I got a a TDC ebook and stayed up until *mumblemumble* o'clock reading it and instant messaging my friend who was reading it at the same time. It was light by the time I was done but, SO, SO worth it. It's an amazing book! I loved Mae endlessly, and Sin, and Liannan, and Annabell, and how awesome is it that I can name name that many awesome female characters from one book. SRB, you practice what you preach! And Jamie continues to be darling and the best drunk ever. And Nick and Alan kind of made me cry. Which is totally a compliment because I never cry at books.

Anyway, I can't wait for the chat and all the other imminent excellence :D
cammalot
May. 28th, 2010 02:29 pm (UTC)
My copy arrived yesterday! Lovely. I'll read it over the holiday weekend.
flamecurls
May. 28th, 2010 05:23 pm (UTC)
Glad you are enjoying the tour! My copy of Covenant came (yay) but I cannot pick it up until Monday (boo). So I think I will have to skip the chat, don't know if I could stand it, even though I know there's a spoiler policy. Or maybe... some?

Oh and yes we love the short stories! It's amazing to have these little pieces of your world and characters that don't fit into the main story arc.
triathgirl
May. 28th, 2010 05:50 pm (UTC)
I thoroughly enjoyed your tour! I was at the last stop...knitting. And when you signed my book I was too shy to tell you that I've been reading and enjoying your blog for years.
Cheers!
pionie
May. 28th, 2010 06:09 pm (UTC)
It can't be said enough how much this fan and I'm sure countless others, appreciate and enjoy your blog as well as your books. I gather from your posts that the blog has been a bit of a double-edged sword what with all the crazies you have to deal with, so I just wanted to be a voice on the non-crazy side :)
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