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Internet, now that I am done rewriting Demon's Lexicon 3, I owe you blogging! And I have many ideas for posts I wish to write, but during my UK tour, otherwise known as 'Rediscovering Six AM With Scott Westerfeld (It Sucks, But He's Pretty Nice)', alas I have no time. However the lovely Saundra Mitchell asked me if she could do a guest blog to promote the paperback release of her most excellent book Shadowed Summer (summary: a practical lady, a family secret, a boy being used for his ouija board, buy it!) and I was delighted to say yes.

I did not know she was going to be quite so complimentary to me, and feel bashful about it. ;) Focus on the part where she secretly thought I was totally crazy. Lots of my friends have stories like that... not sure why... She was certainly not alone in her 'point of view switch each book, are you TOTALLY CRAZY' reaction. I had no idea I was doing such a weird thing when I did it, but such is often the case.

And now, off to another school visit (already had one today and it was lovely) and in the evening my Fancy Launch in Shortwave Cinema. Nobody ticketless will be turned away from the event: if you can come, come! :) I shall be reading from Demon's Lexicon 3, which I have never done before!


More than once, I've told Sarah that I would rip off the first chapter of THE DEMON'S LEXICON if I thought I could get away with it. To me, it's a perfect first chapter- it introduces the characters, lights up with explosions, and starts the story breathlessly. That's just as true for her brand new THE DEMON'S COVENANT.

None of my books start with explosions. Even when I try, I end up with some embers and a sparkle or two. I won't lie- I've spent nights with her chapters, trying to break them down into parts. Line-by-line dissection, a careful inventory of elements- and what I discovered is:

It's just Sarah. She has an innate gift for thunder and lightning.

When she told me that each book in the trilogy would have a different POV character, I didn't say out loud, but I thought very loudly, "Dude, are you on crack?" But she makes it work, effortlessly. (Blogmistress says 'ha!')

I worried we'd never find out what happened to the other characters- but we do! I worried that the story would be disjointed- but it's not. It's seamless and intoxicating- I can't imagine anyone telling the COVENANT story but Mae. It's exactly right.

And even with my bookish vivisection, I'm still not sure how Sarah manages it. She has different-colored eyes, so my best explanation is that writing socko, blammo, sensual, vivid, exciting and addictive stories is her Grace. And since I like her so much, I don't plan to pull alien autopsy on her to verify that.

I'll just keep reading her books, and wondering how she did it, and hoping maybe - with time - some of her Grace will rub off on me.

Here are some buy links!


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Jun. 15th, 2010 10:12 am (UTC)
Having already bought (and loved) Shadowed Summer this sneaky promotional tool will sadly have no effect on me other than reminding me to go and re-read because gosh darn it that was a good book! It was a lovely and 100% true guest post about Sarah as well, because she is so sneakily awesome.

Also I am very sad and sorry to be missing the launch this evening but woefully my standing order for paying for my house next year and muddled itself up and I have to go and fix it, and also go and meet with my student union to try and save our financially moribund society. Monetary matters do not please me, why can I not go and frolic in London with books and demons and fun? :( But I will be there next year!
Jun. 15th, 2010 10:14 am (UTC)
Hideously many people have emergencies to attend to, I fear my launch may be cursed! But I hope you get everything sorted. And you will find out next year about the spoiler I shall release tonight. ;)
Jun. 15th, 2010 10:22 am (UTC)
If it helps, I know of at least several people who are going! I am sure you shall not be able to move for the crowds that mass around you adoringly! And thank you, I hope so too. :) I shall be in much trouble if not!

Ahh no! But on the other hand, I really enjoyed staying 100% spoiler-free for TDC so maybe this will work out to be a good thing? Though poor Mae will have to go sad and unsigned whilst shiny signed Nick keeps smirking at her...oh woe for my books I keep ascribing personalities to! She will catch up next year though. ;)
Jun. 15th, 2010 10:48 am (UTC)
I love, love, love Shadow Summer. I must admit it took me a while to get into it because as an Australian the "Where ya at" Southern dialect left me a little confused.
My initial reaction was do these boys not know where they are? Though now I can't imagine it any other way. It really brings you into a small southern town atmosphere which I loved.
I also loved the whole girls standing up for their best friends and not some summer fling as well.

Jun. 15th, 2010 11:00 am (UTC)
Absolutely, the South is a mystery to me too, but an alluring one in Shadowed Summer! And Saundra's next book The Vespertine comes out in March 2011. It's really different - historical fantasy! - and really cool.
Jun. 15th, 2010 12:44 pm (UTC)
I so so so sooo wish I was going tonight but sadly tickets to London do not come as cheap as I would like them too and physics exams lie in wait for those students who do not sit and revise for the rest of their LIVES.

I am so jealous of people that are going now if they get the first chapter of book 3 and Spoilers! :(

so now I will have to go buy shadowed summer to cheer myself up (: And I will do whatever it takes to be in London next year if there is a book 3 release thingy.
Jun. 15th, 2010 12:56 pm (UTC)
Having read several books and book series where the POV switches every chapter (I'm mostly thinking of instances where this is both deliberate and functional, as opposed to sloppy writing. Those also exist, alas, and the effect is wholly different), I'm not surprised at all by the switch working. You get to see the same world through another's eyes, and both plot and universe are expanded by providing alternating perspectives.
Jun. 15th, 2010 01:27 pm (UTC)
And that came out awfully pedantic, but what I mean is: I'm glad to see Ms. Summer be pleasantly surprised :)
Jun. 15th, 2010 02:49 pm (UTC)
I'm intrigued, do you remember which books did the shifting-the-POV thing? I've discovered that I love that trick and have found very few books that do that in English.
Jun. 15th, 2010 03:14 pm (UTC)
Imajica by Clive Barker, and the Bartimeus Trilogy by oh-god-I-cant-remember-wait-for-google-you-didnt-see-any-of-that Jonathan Stroud, for starters. Those I can remember from the top of my head.

The trilogy is especially fun, because one of the narrators is a demon with an ego the size of London who can't be trusted to tell the truth.
Jun. 15th, 2010 04:05 pm (UTC)
How did I forget Barimeus? XD Especially in the last book when the POVs start to run together and I still tell people that is the most creative use of footnotes I've ever seen. I'll check out that other one too, thanks!
Jun. 16th, 2010 08:54 am (UTC)
GRRM's ASOIAF series does it.
Jun. 17th, 2010 06:12 pm (UTC)
I second this recommendation. A Song of Ice and Fire has upwards of 10 regular POV characters with unique voices. It's quite incredible.
Jun. 18th, 2010 12:59 am (UTC)
I've read the series. Changing POV within a book's not unusual and isn't what I meant, but I agree the series is awesome. ;)
Jun. 15th, 2010 01:59 pm (UTC)
Definitely picking up this book, ASAP. Thanks for the heads up!
Jun. 15th, 2010 02:22 pm (UTC)
Whoa, lots of compliments there! And her book looks intriguing as well!
Jun. 15th, 2010 03:59 pm (UTC)
Man, why those kinds of books never make it to South America... I really need to get a credit card and start buying online :P
Jun. 15th, 2010 08:35 pm (UTC)
As a lurker on your blog, may I say that this review is entirely accurate. It also gives me the strong urge to read her book! Sometimes there are just so many things to read my wallet cries.
Jun. 16th, 2010 01:19 am (UTC)
You should totally get Shadowed Summer - I was lucky enough to win a copy of it from this blog and I love it SOOO MUUUCH. This is me, reccing this book to EVERYONE. YOU SHOULD READ IT, GUYS. IT IS AWESOME!
Jun. 15th, 2010 09:09 pm (UTC)
SARAH DARLING have you been getting our emails re: this weekend's nuptial bliss? And are you interested in (a) not getting horribly lost trying to get to the place and (b) chinese food and karaoke afterwards?


Jun. 15th, 2010 10:40 pm (UTC)
Steven Brust, David Eddings, and Stephen King all changed POV during series of books. Good company, I think. :)
Jun. 16th, 2010 11:08 am (UTC)
Shortwave event
Hi Sarah, it was great to meet you finally. Am really enjoying The Demon's Lexicon series so it was really nice to know you're just as funny in person as you are in your blogs and books. Quite often you meet authors you like and they let you down, SO happy you were exactly how my friend and I imagined you to be. Thanks for the sneak preview of book 3! Cannot believe Jamie! Not fair! I'm even more excited now. Anyway thanks again and see you at the Summer Scream!
Jun. 18th, 2010 01:01 am (UTC)
Re: Shortwave event
It was lovely to meet you too! I am so happy you had fun, I am always nervous about whether people will. ;) Thanks for coming, and letting me know you enjoyed!
Jun. 17th, 2010 07:01 pm (UTC)
Fabulous guest blog! Enjoy your exciting launch, and best wishes.
Jun. 19th, 2010 07:11 pm (UTC)
Sarah, I just wanted to say it was an absolute delight to hear your part of the Q/A at Foyles in London today. I have to admit I was not yet familiar with your books upon arriving at the event (I blame the fact I'm not from the UK - are you published in the Netherlands yet?) but your eloquent, witty and downright hilarious comments during the Q/A combined with what I've heard from both you and the other authors present of the stories you've created have already sold me. I can't wait to have a spare moment to sit down and read all the meticulous details of killing someone with a small knife and find out why you had to do research on climbing the Millennium Bridge ;) Will be adding your journal to my flist to keep up-to-date on your upcoming books etc ^_^
Jun. 20th, 2010 12:33 am (UTC)
I'm so pleased you had fun! I always worry I will not say anything enlightening, but hey, if I made you want to read the books, I must have done something right. And I had fun myself. ;)
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