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The Big News!

For some time now I have been coyly mentioning the fact that I have two pieces of big news. I have also been coyly bashing my head against tables in the presence of concerned friends, muttering wildly, 'If only I could tell people. I want to TALK and TALK and TALK about it!'

And now I can finally announce one of the two pieces of news! I am almost unbearably excited.

I have a new book series!

Author of the Demon's Lexicon Series Sarah Rees Brennan's YA gothic romance trilogy beginning with LISTEN FOR A WHISPER, about a budding journalist who investigates when she realizes the town she has lived in all her life is hiding a multitude of secrets and a murderer, and the truth may lie with the ruling family who have just returned to the manor on the hill and in the whispers she hears in her head from a boy who may not be imaginary after all.

I so wanted to write this book, and I was so worried people wouldn't want it! For I do so many things in it that I love.

I get to be goofy, and I get unlikely partners fighting crime. I got to make up a beautiful country town in the Cotswolds, one of the prettiest parts of England, and use it as a setting for murder. I have your traditional Gothic heroine - you know, unexpectedly thrown into the gloomy manor with secrets caught in the cobwebs and insane family members swooping about - except he's this scruffy pool hustler from San Francisco. I have a lady sleuth and the answer to what the townsfolk are doing while mad stuff happens in the manor: they're sleuthing. I get to dissect the fact that being in someone else's head would be truly terrifying and deeply uncomfortable.

I have, in other words, too much fun.

And my editor is Mallory Loehr. She has read Diana Wynne Jones's books as many times as I have. She thinks there's no such thing as too dangerous an idea. She edited the new Bordertown anthology. She edits Tamora Pierce, and Tamora Pierce's In The Hand of the Goddess was the first fantasy novel I ever read. For some people it was The Lord of the Rings, but for me it was Tamora Pierce, and ever afterwards I expected all fantasy to be funny, feminist, and exciting.

See again: almost unbearably excited. It'll come out, we think, autumn (or... fall, as Americans call it) next year (2012). And I'm so happy. And I hope you guys will be happy and excited too.

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thegreatmissjj
Mar. 25th, 2011 06:07 pm (UTC)
I AM SO EXCITED FOR YOU!!!!! *hugs hugs hugs* YAY!!!!!
sarahtales
Mar. 25th, 2011 06:07 pm (UTC)
Thank you!!!!
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anywherebeyond
Mar. 25th, 2011 06:07 pm (UTC)
I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH! I'M SO GLAD EVERYONE IN THE WORLD GETS TO READ IT NOW TOO!!!!!!!!!!!!
sarahtales
Mar. 25th, 2011 06:08 pm (UTC)
*beams and faints*
snottygrrl
Mar. 25th, 2011 06:08 pm (UTC)
congrats!

[*is excited to read*]
sarahtales
Mar. 25th, 2011 06:09 pm (UTC)
Thank you! *runs around in delighted circles*
presentinglenore.blogspot.com
Mar. 25th, 2011 06:08 pm (UTC)
SO excited! I love your goofy side :)
sarahtales
Mar. 26th, 2011 02:01 pm (UTC)
It was loads of fun to kick back and be goofy. ;) (And congratulations again, yo.)
weasel_of_d00m
Mar. 25th, 2011 06:08 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! I can't wait ;)
sarahtales
Mar. 26th, 2011 02:03 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
demon_sloth
Mar. 25th, 2011 06:08 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! It sounds awesome - I'm gonna have to note it down so I can stalk it :P
sarahtales
Mar. 26th, 2011 02:04 pm (UTC)
*beams* I am so excited for people to read it.
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sarahtales
Mar. 26th, 2011 02:04 pm (UTC)
*beams* Thanks so much!
pandarus
Mar. 25th, 2011 06:09 pm (UTC)
How absolutely thrilling! Congratulations to you - that sounds like enormous fun!
sarahtales
Mar. 26th, 2011 02:04 pm (UTC)
It really was. ;) And thank you!
ashkitty
Mar. 25th, 2011 06:09 pm (UTC)
Oh, yay! That sounds like absolutely brilliant fun. :) Good for you!
sarahtales
Mar. 28th, 2011 12:56 am (UTC)
It was lots of fun to write. :)
rosefox
Mar. 25th, 2011 06:09 pm (UTC)
OMG GOTHIC ROMANCE YAY

Is it being billed as YA in the States?
sarahtales
Mar. 25th, 2011 06:12 pm (UTC)
Yes, it's YA. Oh good point! *edits post*
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sarahtales
Mar. 26th, 2011 02:05 pm (UTC)
Thank you, you're a petal. ;)
jer_bear711
Mar. 25th, 2011 06:10 pm (UTC)
Hooray!! So excited for you!
sarahtales
Mar. 26th, 2011 02:14 pm (UTC)
*beams* thank you!
faerie_writer
Mar. 25th, 2011 06:10 pm (UTC)
Wonderful news! Congratulations!!! :D
sarahtales
Mar. 28th, 2011 12:56 am (UTC)
Thank you!
azurelunatic
Mar. 25th, 2011 06:11 pm (UTC)
MORE BOOKS ARE LOVELY! HOORAY FOR MORE BOOKS! HOORAY FOR MORE BOOKS WITH A LOVELY LOVELY EDITOR!

Edited at 2011-03-25 06:16 pm (UTC)
sarahtales
Mar. 28th, 2011 01:26 am (UTC)
Hooray! *waves flag*
deva_fagan
Mar. 25th, 2011 06:11 pm (UTC)
Oh that sounds fantastic! Murder mysteries, a female sleuth, and the Cotswolds! Congratulations!!!
sarahtales
Mar. 28th, 2011 01:26 am (UTC)
I had lots of fun with it. ;) And thank you!
kessie
Mar. 25th, 2011 06:11 pm (UTC)
Yaaaaaaaay!!!!!
sarahtales
Mar. 28th, 2011 01:26 am (UTC)
*beams*
enchantedashes
Mar. 25th, 2011 06:12 pm (UTC)
YAYAYAYAYAYAY!!!!! I'm so excited! It sounds wonderful! I can't wait to read it!

Also, love Tamora Pierce. So very much.
sarahtales
Mar. 28th, 2011 01:32 am (UTC)
Me too. ;)

And I hope you will like it!
caitrin
Mar. 25th, 2011 06:13 pm (UTC)
Yay!!!!
So, so excited for you! Can't wait to read them!
(This is katelinnea from Twitter.)
sarahtales
Mar. 28th, 2011 01:32 am (UTC)
Re: Yay!!!!
*beams* thank you!
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badblood
Mar. 25th, 2011 06:14 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! Whilst murderers and detectives aren't what I usually go for in books, I can never ever resist anything you write. So excited for you! (and for me, when I can read it :D)
sarahtales
Mar. 25th, 2011 06:15 pm (UTC)
Well, as you can tell, there's plenty of magical adventure and humour to go around. ;)
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twelfthfantasy
Mar. 25th, 2011 06:14 pm (UTC)
I AM SO EXCITED FOR THESE BOOKS!
sarahtales
Mar. 28th, 2011 01:47 am (UTC)
*beams* I am really excited for people to read them.
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kathleenfoucart
Mar. 25th, 2011 06:14 pm (UTC)
YAY! I can't wait to read it :-D

Congrats!
sarahtales
Mar. 28th, 2011 01:47 am (UTC)
Thank you! I can't wait for you to read it either.
altogetherisi
Mar. 25th, 2011 06:15 pm (UTC)
AWESOME! Well done and congratulations :D I am happy for you and your continuing success, and also I am totally happy for me that after Surrender there will be something to live for even more beautiful books to dissect and discuss and fangirl over. :P
sarahtales
Mar. 28th, 2011 01:51 am (UTC)
Thank you! I am all over happy, too. ;)
antimony_medusa
Mar. 25th, 2011 06:15 pm (UTC)
Oh my. That sounds AMAZING! :D Congrats, I can't wait to read it!
sarahtales
Mar. 28th, 2011 01:48 am (UTC)
I like it and I hope others will. ;) And thank you!
patesden
Mar. 25th, 2011 06:15 pm (UTC)
Huge congratulatons!

I can't wait to read it. Gothics are the best!
sarahtales
Mar. 28th, 2011 01:49 am (UTC)
Aren't they? I now have a whole Gothic Bookcase. For research!

And thank you!
tsu_chan55
Mar. 25th, 2011 06:16 pm (UTC)
I'm so excited to read it now! That being in someone else's head part sounds FASCINATING XD Can't wait. :D YAY YOU! I have loved your writing for years and I'm so glad there's going to be more of it in the future! :D
sarahtales
Mar. 28th, 2011 01:50 am (UTC)
The being in someone else's head was my reaction to seeing it written as a lovely, romantic thing, and thinking 'I would tear my own face off in horror.' ;) I am excited for you to read!
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