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The Sinning May Now Commence

Trilogy accomplished!

The Demon's Lexicon series has always been a bit of a changeling in the crib. About family in a Time of Great YA Romance, changing narrators every book ('what is the woman thinking? Is she mad?'), a hero of great jerkitude who does not have being in love to excuse him, gay characters, having the word 'demon' in the titles, and full of many other weirdo bad-marketing decisions I have made.

Those who wanted to read them and liked them despite all my weirdo decisions: thank you. One writer I know once said of me to another writer: 'She has the best fans' and I do. You show up at events in huge numbers, you write me emails that make me cry, you sing me songs that make me laugh, celebrate with me, and are generally completely awesome.

You guys, and your response to the books, has made me feel that I've created something I can be really proud of.

And I am really proud. They were my first books. I've never worked on anything so hard in my life before. I've never loved anything (anything - obviously, people are different - Mum, don't hang up) so much in my life before.

So goodbye to Nick, Alan, Mae, Jamie, Sin, Seb, Gerald, the Market and all the bridges, and here's an end to an adventure that started with me lying on a kitchen floor in England, stunned because the one big dream of my life was coming true. There will be more adventures, and I am so excited for and hopeful about them. Thank you all, so much, for coming on this first adventure with me. I hope you like the end of it.

To celebrate the release of The Demon's Surrender today, I announce this as an open thread. Discuss, ask me anything, start fights, whatever you like! (NOTE: This means there will necessarily be huge spoilers for the whole series in the comments! Beware spoilers. SPOILERS EVERYWHERE.)


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Jun. 14th, 2011 11:46 am (UTC)
Happy publication day, Sarah! *throws confetti and flees the potentially spoilery comment section until the book is delivered, sooooooooonplz*

:D :D
Jun. 14th, 2011 11:50 am (UTC)
I draw hearts and flowers all around your series, which made me laugh and cry and scream right out loud in the middle of my kitchen. I am sad it is over, and yet tremenjously excited for what is coming next!
Jun. 14th, 2011 03:58 pm (UTC)
*draws hearts* <3

*can't figure out how to draw flowers*
Jun. 14th, 2011 11:50 am (UTC)
Congratulations on the trilogy.

And on the topic of best fans: You're the best author of whom to be a fan (iik, is it just me or does that sound wonky? Anyway, it's true.) You spoil us fans!=D
Jun. 14th, 2011 03:59 pm (UTC)
I try to be worthy of the excellence of my fans, and can never quite manage it. ;) But I do try!
Jun. 14th, 2011 11:51 am (UTC)
So excited!!! So excited!!!.... Its so exciting!!! Its honestly one of the best things in the world to see you so excited about the book and so passionate about the characters and I absolutely adore the fact that you were so shocked when this whole adventure into the world of being a published author, and now you have three books under your belt and a very very attractive demon boy that will will forevermore drool over as one of the best. (He beats Edward Cullen hands down ;)) I really can't wait to get my hands on The Demon's Surrender. I always think its amazing when an author begins their career with an absolutely brilliant book, and you did just that. Well done Sarah. Well done. Xx
Jun. 14th, 2011 04:24 pm (UTC)
*beams* Thank you, and I'll have my fingers crossed you like Surrender!
Jun. 14th, 2011 11:54 am (UTC)
Happy (official) Publication Day Sarah! *throws confetti and streamers and also knives everywhere*

Thank you for such a fabulous trilogy Sarah, I have loved it so incredibly and met so many wonderful and amazing people because of it - some of the best friends I have I met because of you. And that is awesome. I loved all three books INSANELY much although all in very different ways and I love all your characters, even the ones I love to hate and I couldn't think of a perfect way to have finished the trilogy than the way it ended. :)

Jun. 14th, 2011 11:57 am (UTC)
It was my series OTP too. ;) But you know that now!

And thank you. I met some of my best friends through being fannish as well, and it gives me great happiness to think other people are coming together because of made-up worlds... and this time, my made-up world.
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Jun. 14th, 2011 11:56 am (UTC)
Online humor vs. Serious Literature
Sinec you said this is an open topic, I thought I'd ask a question that's been on my mind for a while--probably the biggest draw of your online works were the rolling-on-floor humor, and although the sudenly serious parts of great depth were awesome, it's certainly the funny bits that everyone remembers. While the Demon trilogy certainly has its humorous bits, much of it, especially the first book, is quite serious. I've noticed this in other online writers: among others, Genevieve Valentine, whose blog is hysterical and short stories entirely depressing; John Scalzi, whose books are funny but nowhere near as humor-centric as his blogs. Obviously you can't answer for other online authors, but did you feel pressured to write something more serious for a published audience, or did you just want to take a break from funny things?
Jun. 14th, 2011 12:00 pm (UTC)
Re: Online humor vs. Serious Literature
Butting in...

Huh! I think this trilogy is among the funniest books I've read! Perhaps I read very serious books. I mean, the humor is mixed with serious stuff, obviously, but several times while reading Surrender I had to put down the book because I was laughing too hard to hold it open.

Or perhaps you mean just funny, without the serious. I guess that wouldn't really appeal to me, personally, so I never thought about it.
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Jun. 14th, 2011 11:57 am (UTC)
I am so excited for you! And for me, because now I can finally discuss this with others! Eeeeeeeeee!
Jun. 14th, 2011 11:58 am (UTC)
Aw Sarah, thank you for writing them! I go on about these books to anyone that might even remotely be interested in reading them because they are honestly, truly excellent and I love them huge amounts. I've had The Demon's Surrender a few days now and I am not at all over exactly how good it is and how massively happy it made me (as well as wail and gasp and laugh and scream and flail and capslock all over the place) because it is just so good and I just love it so much. (You've set the bar alarmingly high for your next book... jus sayin' :P ) And also, yes you do have the best fans, and now some of them are my best friends. So that's pretty awesome too.
Jun. 14th, 2011 02:02 pm (UTC)

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Jun. 14th, 2011 11:58 am (UTC)
Congratulations, and I hope it's on audible.com soon so I can listen to it!
Jun. 14th, 2011 12:00 pm (UTC)
No questions. Just a huge CONGRATULATIONS
Jun. 14th, 2011 12:02 pm (UTC)
And I will be pushing these books into the faces of my much, much younger contemporaries and going "THESE BOOKS AWESOME READ NOW." Because yours is one of the few books out there that stave off my fears for the YA industry.
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Jun. 14th, 2011 12:00 pm (UTC)
Wooohooooo! You did it! \o/ That is amazing! *throws confetti and cheers in a tiny pink and purple tutu - which looks weird on me, but hey*

"ask me anything" - Evil question that is NOT meant to split your fandom: When it comes to the Demon's Lexicon trilogy, who do YOU ship?
Jun. 14th, 2011 12:11 pm (UTC)
Oh, wait. I just read your comment up there... If your OTP is linked to the end of Demon's surrender - I don't wanna be spoilered. *chickens out of that question*
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Jun. 14th, 2011 12:01 pm (UTC)
Congratulations for the finished trilogy! Hurray!

I'm in the middle of The Demon's Surrender and am so far loving it billionty. No-one writes characters like you, they all make me ache. Saying goodbye to them is hard. If you have great fans it's only because you and writing deserve them.

Thank you for The Demon's Lexicon-series. I'm looking forward to your next book, and the next one, and the next...
Jun. 14th, 2011 04:34 pm (UTC)
That'll be the Whisper trilogy finished off then. ;)

I'm so glad you like the book so far! And I'm glad the characters make you ache, though such things seem cruel to say...
Jun. 14th, 2011 12:05 pm (UTC)
I am fleeing as soon as I write this so as to not get spoiled but:
Congratulations Sarah! It's always so hard to express how much one means something over the internet, but I hope you know all of us mean it as much as possible.

Thank you for sharing something so awesome with us. I've spent the past three years dragging the books everywhere with me; school, buses, car rides, to college, and God help the soul who innocently asks "What's the book about?"

I cannot wait to start reading tonight after work.
Jun. 14th, 2011 12:15 pm (UTC)
I think it's so cool you and your friend are reading together. ;) You are both awesome, like members of the court listening to Chaucer's stories!
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Jun. 14th, 2011 12:16 pm (UTC)

I've got my copy of The Demon's Surrender on order and I can't wait to read it :)
Jun. 14th, 2011 12:25 pm (UTC)
Congratulations, Sarah! I'm going to leave in a hot second because I haven't got the book yet, but I'm just so excited, and proud!, that you've done this. I adore these books, I adore your writing and I cannot wait for your next project. Well done for everything ♥
Jun. 14th, 2011 12:27 pm (UTC)
Awww I am already quite emotional about the series finishing so reading this almost made me cry! But anyway thank YOU for being awesome and writing such amazing books - my copy of Surrender arrived on Friday so I've finished it already and augh, it is so ridiculously awesome and lovely and *spoiler warning* I could not be more in love with Alan and Sin's wonderful romance of both being super-accomplished liars and getting a mutual kick out of recognising each other's equally awesome potential for criminal genius. Why is it that the criminal geniuses in the making warm my heart so much???

Um also, I wanted to say that I think it is really awesome how Sin is NOT the girl who reads books? Because whilst I am obviously someone who loves books and by definition any girl reading a book is probably someone who loves books, I notice that that leads to a kind of line being drawn in many, many books between the girl who loves books (and is by implication smart and good and Like Us and someone we are supposed to sympathise with) and the girl who doesn't read, who is by implication less intelligent and less awesome. I think what I'm trying to describe here is the distinction made in this thing that was being circulated around the internet a while ago: http://thoughtcatalog.com/2011/dont-date-a-girl-who-reads/ A lot of people posted it and I can totally see how your first instinct is to go 'yeah, girls who read, like me, WHOO!' but actually I think dividing girls into worthy and unworthy kinda sucks, however you do it.* But Sin doesn't read much, and we see things from her side, like her worrying that Alan likes Mae better because Mae likes books. And Sin is totally not stupid or unawesome, she is the opposite! Basically what I am saying is I love Sin and I love all the things that her POV subtly teaches us and thank you for her, because she is awesome!

*Except maybe if it's for a really good reason, like serial killers = unworthy, everyone else, worthy. I guess then maybe it would be ok.
Jun. 14th, 2011 12:37 pm (UTC)
Also I have raved on about Surrender so much that yesterday my brother finally caved and asked to borrow my copy of Lexicon. SCORE!
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Jun. 14th, 2011 12:35 pm (UTC)
Congrats, Sarah! I read Surrender on the weekend and really enjoyed it. :)
Jun. 14th, 2011 04:44 pm (UTC)
*beams* Thank you so much!
Jun. 14th, 2011 12:39 pm (UTC)
Demon's Surrender
thanks for stopping by my blog, Sarah, and leaving your comment. but no, no, no! I'm so sad to read that you think the fanfiction was a mistake. you absolutely perfected angst with your DM+HP stories. your new trilogy is excellent--excellent, I say! The writing has grown with each book and the very fact that you created a trilogy with a different narrator in each book and carried it off very well is a testament to your talent. The Demon's Surrender will definitely have a spot in my backpack. You say you have the best fans, but to regret your earliest, unpublished writing is to diminish the work that brought you many of your fans to begin with. So please embrace it. And us.

Emily @ As the Crowe Flies and Reads
Jun. 14th, 2011 03:33 pm (UTC)
Re: Demon's Surrender
Thanks for book-blogging, Emily, and it makes me very unhappy to talk about that, because of how that's hurt my books and me. Since this is a celebratory post, could we not?

I do embrace all my fans, however they found me, and am deeply grateful to them all!
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Jun. 14th, 2011 12:43 pm (UTC)
Congratulations!!! I am so happy for you!
Jun. 14th, 2011 12:50 pm (UTC)
Stopping by to say how happy I am for you and that your third book is out! (leaves quickly to avoid spoilers)
Jun. 14th, 2011 12:53 pm (UTC)
I'm expecting Demon's Surrender in the mail any day now and I'm experiencing that unique feeling of combined anticipation/melancholy that accompanies the end of an awesome series. I love/hate this feeling.
Jun. 14th, 2011 12:59 pm (UTC)
Eek! Eek! Eek! Muuust get my hands on this!

Oddly, if the MS I'm querying now does get published it pretty much started on a floor in England...
Jun. 14th, 2011 01:04 pm (UTC)
You know what else I've noticed about your fanbase? They've been really awesome about holding back on the spoilers!! LOL ~

I mean-- Really...it's exceptional.! and such a relief. ..
---Compared to several other fandoms which behave as if, the very instant it's released, everybody should have it immediately read or something. (as much as I would love to be the sort who almost always preorders and just insta!grabs up a copy and all, unfortunately - for various reasons, I usually get to things more slowly) Your fanbase seems to be a lot more mature and understanding of the fact that different people are bound to purchase and read at different paces.
.... Or..maybe..I was just fortunate not to have gotten to the right places for that with the Demon's books? Lol

I'm going to miss these characters SO MUCH ! after I've gotten to read Surrender!! *sniff*

You are definitely entitled to be proud!
You've done an exceptional job with the first two and I have no doubt that the third book will not disappoint~ Congratulations on finishing what you started!...((though, I have to be honest, I'd like nothing more than to see it go on forever and ever.[ Impossible as that would be])) :}

Also, I must add, I didn't love it in spite of the quirks ...I loved it -BECAUSE- of them!!!
So; Thank you !! for this little piece of something --truly-- Amazing . ^^
Jun. 14th, 2011 04:50 pm (UTC)
I think my fans have been awesome about holding back on spoilers, as well as generally awesome. ;)

And thank you - I am so glad you liked it quirks and all!
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Jun. 14th, 2011 01:11 pm (UTC)
I just wanted to say, I got my copy of The Demon's Surrender in the mail yesterday! And I am already halfway done, and love love loving it. THANK YOU for writing these fantabulous wonderful books. I heart them more than any other new series I've read.
Jun. 14th, 2011 01:54 pm (UTC)
Unrelated to this thread, but I completely love your display pic!
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