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Currently I am packing to go to Florida, about which I have already blogged!

My methods of packing: race about the house in a wildly disorganised fashion, with a set of heels in one hand and my passport in the other. On more than one occasion, have tipped a drawer into a bag and announced, 'I'll see what I'm wearing when I get there!'

Anyway! Nervous about Florida, but hopeful that there will be people there who will wish to talk to me about my books. And books in general! (But especially mine, she adds with cheerful selfishness.) I will be bribing people to come to my signing booth with posters of the Hiromu Arakawa-drawn Japanese art for Lexicon...

I am also nervous about leaving Ireland, since I have become possessed by the notion that it will fall to ruin the moment my back is turned. This conviction stems, I think, from the phone call I had with my mother yesterday.

Please note that this was the Third Stressful Phone Call of the day, though the other two were about business and I cannot discuss them as yet!

MOTHER: Sarah, thank God you're answering your phone. You have to be in touch more!
SARAH: *eyeroll* Oh, fine, Mother. What did I miss?
MOTHER: Your brother got stabbed!
SARAH: ... You win this round, madame.
MOTHER: Also your other brother is in a tournament and the grand prize is four million dollars and your sister bought a Pomeranian on the internet.
SARAH: This is all big news! But for one moment could we concentrate on the stabbing?

Don't worry, internet of my heart: my brother is fine. I mean, apparently, some crazy person likes to go around outdoor concerts in Ireland, stabbing people in the leg. Apparently, my brother was the eighth victim. So outdoor concerts are death traps, everyone stay inside with a good book!

But we Rees Brennans, we are an adventuring folk, used to strange stuff going down. My brother was just like 'Staple my leg, doctor, I'm off to France!'

He and his staples are now in France.

So you can see how I might be a little concerned about what could happen while I am away!

I am not nervous, however, but delighted to announce that The Demon's Lexicon is now out in Israel!

Isn't that an awesome picture of Nick? And I love that there is a building beside Nick: I have a lot of cities in these books, they are very urban urban fantasy, and the fact Nick is on a street next to a building I'm actually pretending is Liberty (a department store on Regent Street) pleases me. As does his messy hair. *ruffles mentally*

Also SPEAKING of covers, I am happy to announce that my US publisher has rejacketed new hardcovers of The Demon's Lexicon, with the same covers as the paperback, and thus that will match The Demon's Covenant.

I had no idea this was being done until one arrived at my door. I think it looks great in hardback - the red title really pops! Also I feel a little bit like a rock star because they did it.

And I wanted to let people who would like a Hardcover Set That Matches that one could be had. Since I expect this edition will be a bit of a rare bird, if you want it I would ask an independent store to order it for you. (If there's no independent near you, I would trust Books of Wonder, or Murder by the Book, or Kepler's, as awesome stores that would ship to you!)

Of course I say this feeling it doubtful anyone likes my books enough to go to this trouble! My mother wouldn't.

(Seriously... my mother wouldn't. I got her an early copy of The Demon's Covenant and she was like 'Eh, I'll wait for the cover I like better.' Family! All they do is scorn your presents, and get stabbed!)

Wish me luck in Florida! I hope you like the Hebrew edition, and I also hope that those of you displeased by unmatchiness are pleased by the news that American Matchiness Can Be Achieved.


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Jul. 14th, 2010 09:58 pm (UTC)
I know you're to be in Orlando, but any chance you might be venturing further south down towards West Palm, Ft. Lauderdale, or Miami? *grinning hopefully*
Jul. 14th, 2010 10:01 pm (UTC)
No chance at all. I'm just there for the convention, I leave again on Sunday! We tried to get me a bookshop gig, but clearly news I am trouble has spread. ;)
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Jul. 14th, 2010 09:59 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry I won't be able to go 'cross state and meet you! I'd love to get an autograph. :)

Just a day or two ago, I finished Demon's Covenant, and loved it so much that I read it right away again, just as with Lexicon. Such a marvelous world and characters. Mae and Jamie have terrific dialogue. The Ryves' and Crawfords make such an interesting, resourceful and fun Team Demon.
Jul. 14th, 2010 10:04 pm (UTC)
*beams* I am so pleased you liked the book! Team Demon is my favourite team, of course, and I love all the members of it so dearly that I am thrilled when others like 'em too. ;)
Jul. 14th, 2010 09:59 pm (UTC)
I am walking to Books of Wonder RIGHT NOW and ordering more hardcover DEMON'S LEXICONs.

(One of the reasons I love my job. Because Books of Wonder only 4 blocks away. That and, you know, I read and breathe books and get paid for it.)
Jul. 14th, 2010 10:05 pm (UTC)
How I miss the days when the Strand was on my way home from work! And also, yay. ;)
Jul. 14th, 2010 10:01 pm (UTC)
I think that's my favorite cover so far. Up until now it's been the Brit cover, but that's because (sorry) I dislike the US one. Luckily, I am currently in Brittania, and can thus buy the one I want.

But anyway! Beautiful cover!
Jul. 14th, 2010 10:07 pm (UTC)
I support buying of my book in all its forms: hope you'll enjoy the insides of said book!
Jul. 14th, 2010 10:01 pm (UTC)
Hebrew cover is nicer than the American one in my opinion. And I just checked out your soft cover at the library since well you signed my hardcover and didn't want to spoil it, and was shocked that it was out so quickly.

Glad one brother stabbed is good and the other is making money with his gambling ways! And you don't melt in Florida; it is hot! *wishes you luck*
Jul. 14th, 2010 10:06 pm (UTC)
Being out in a year(ish) is pretty standard, though? But in any case I hope you enjoy the book!
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Jul. 14th, 2010 10:02 pm (UTC)
I don't mean to worry you unnecessarily, and surely someone else has already pointed this out (hopefully the doctor who stapled up your brother's leg!) but...! Having some personal experience with exposure to bloodborne pathogens, I feel it is my duty to point out that if your brother was the 8th victim, that knife (or whatever) could have had the blood of 7 other people on it! (GAH, I hope whoever did it gets caught and punished.)

In any case, my point: If no one else has already mentioned it to your brother, it might be very worth his while to get himself tested for hepatitis at the recommended intervals. And possibly HIV. But *definitely* hepatitis. That stuff spreads pretty easily through needle-sticks, and I shudder to think how easily it could spread through a stabbing.

I hope he's okay!

(And by the way, I really enjoyed your books and enjoy your blog!)
Jul. 14th, 2010 10:03 pm (UTC)
I called home one day, and all my Dad could bitch about was how my brother had banged up his new motorcycle, and I got a litany of stuff that needed repairs, once I got to talk to my Stepmom, I found out I still had a brother, since Daddy never told me if my brother was ok.
Jul. 14th, 2010 10:04 pm (UTC)
Your name is so pretty in Hebrew!
Jul. 14th, 2010 10:07 pm (UTC)
That's a gorgeous cover.
Jul. 14th, 2010 10:10 pm (UTC)

OH MY GOODNESS YOUR BROTHER. I'm so glad he's okay! D: D: D:

Your family = fearless adventurers, my goodness.

My indiebound.org (*pimps to infinity*) bookstore, Prince Books here in Norfolk, called Simon & Schuster today for me! And S&S said that the new rejacketed hardcover wouldn't be available at my bookstore's distributor until they'd sold out of the old hardback cover. So I may be scrounging around looking for the other jacket. Or checking out those other stores you mention!

Good luck in Florida! If anyone tries to stab you in the leg, I will totally push them in the pool. :)
Jul. 14th, 2010 11:05 pm (UTC)
Eck, I'm sorry it's such a hassle! Oh publishing, it is so mystifying in its ways.
Jul. 14th, 2010 10:11 pm (UTC)
I'm so sad I'm not able to go to the con, you being there makes me wish I'd had the money EVEN MORE. Have fun!
Jul. 14th, 2010 10:16 pm (UTC)
Have fun in Florida, and there will be MILLIONS of people wanting to talk to you about books, especially yours (because they are AWESOME! if I lived in Florida I would want to talk to you about them!). Also, glad your brother is OK :o

Hope the $4 million tournament and the internet Pomeranian are success stories too ;)

P.S. if your mum was holding out for the British cover, she (sort of?) made a good call, because it is my favourite (of languages I read, anyway, which means English) :P I also rather collect books by the cover when they are in series. I get sad when the style is changed mid-way through if I am super-fond of the original! (although I obviously know that there are usually very good marketingy reasons for doing it, and it is not a plot to thwart me!)
Jul. 14th, 2010 10:16 pm (UTC)
Good luck in Florida! And I'd say that even if you didn't ask to be wished it :) One of my college mentors should be at the conference-- I've told her to seek you out as a Writer of Awesome.

Also, I *might* be one of those crazy people who wants matching covers enough to buy a second copy of the first book... *shifty/crazy-obsessive-book-buyer-eyes*

And that is indeed a lovely depiction of Yummy Ryves... I mean. Nick.
Jul. 14th, 2010 10:18 pm (UTC)
Finally! A cover Nick who looks just as I imagined him! Plus the backwards Hebrew format is cool....

Speaking of which, I hope you packed warm-weather clothes, plus cozy things so you can withstand the air conditioning. I HATE air conditioning. Otherwise I would be completely miserable to be missing the con, especially that panel with you AND RJ Anderson on it!!

Have a wonderful time!

(PS Could you perhaps email or dm me when you have a spare minute? I know they're few and far between in your life -- but Maria and Mary and I desparately need to talk to you about the podcast interview)

Bon Voyage!
<3 (some of) your librarian fangirls
Jul. 15th, 2010 01:52 am (UTC)
It is very close to how I picture Nick myself. Specially the hair. Take some pride in yourself, Ryves, you's a handsome lad, find a comb!

I plan to spend a lot of time by the pool, where there is no air conditioning. ;)

And will do!
Jul. 14th, 2010 10:19 pm (UTC)
Man, you always get pretty pretty covers!!!!
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