Cinderella, you are now a published author!

I have some good news – I just can’t share it yet. I realise that this is not spectacularly helpful or enlightening, but I can only say that I think you’ll be pleased when you hear it.

(And no, guessing won’t help. The ninjas will come and drag me away if I answer any questions.)

Here’s something more immediately relevant: a giveaway from Penguin Random House for all three volumes (so far!) of the Invisible Library series. (US readers only – sorry.)

Invisible Library Sweepstakes
(Entry between 12:00 am (ET) October 15th, 2016 and 11:59 pm (ET) November 15th, 2016…)

I realise December is approaching fast, and The Burning Page with it. Taking deep breaths over here and hoping that people will enjoy it. Time really does fly. It seems only yesterday that the first book came out. And I don’t feel as if anything’s changed. It’s not as if a special fairy godpublisher comes over with a magic wand to wave it over your head and say, “Cinderella, you are now a published author!” and then the pumpkin coach and mouse footmen show up…

But on the other hand, there are copies of my book on the shelves. I think I prefer that to a pumpkin coach and mouse footmen.

it’s my party and I’ll read if I want to

So it’s my birthday today. While it did involve work as usual (time and spreadsheets wait for no woman), it also involved a card from my coworkers, cakes at work, presents from my family, a nice dinner out with steak and wine, and a generally good day.

It’s also just over a week now since The Masked City came out in the US. I hope that people are enjoying it! (And if you really want to give me a birthday present, and you enjoyed reading it, then do leave a good review on amazon or wherever – it’s the sort of thing that makes authors happy…)

I need to remember to check the Lush shop soon. They should be getting in their Halloween and/or Christmas specials any day now. I’m a Lush addict – well, some of their products, at least – and I wouldn’t want to miss any good new stuff.

giveaways and nervousness

So with The Masked City coming out in the States next week, am I nervous? Of course not, she says unconvincingly, wearing a path in the carpet with her constant pacing…

But in the meantime, we now have two giveaways!

Here’s the first:
Goodreads giveaway of The Masked City – US only, ends 4th September

And here’s a brand new one:
Tor giveaway of both The Invisible Library and The Masked City – US only, ends 4th September

Now please excuse me while I go off to work on book 4. Irene is currently sitting up from trauma and demanding brandy. She’s very predictable…

USA giveaway of The Masked City

My US publishers (Ace and Roc Books) are doing a giveaway on Goodreads – 12 days to go in which to try your luck and get a free copy of The Masked City. 30 copies are up for grabs.

You can see the giveaway at:
The Masked City – Goodreads giveaway

It finishes on September the 4th, and – as you will already know (cue flashback montage, pages flickering across the screen, etc) the book itself comes out on the 6th September.

Action! Excitement! Adventure! Venice! People falling in canals! Speak now or forever hold your peace… wait, that’s weddings. (Oh well, I’m sure it’ll be relevant somewhere down the line…)

back in the jug agane

Just back from:

a) a splendid time at the Nine Worlds convention in London.
b) a very relaxing and extremely lazy few days with my parents where I did nothing. Well, almost nothing. I did work on the next chapter of book four, but apart from that I did practically nothing. (I might possibly have played Pokemon Go a little…)

Anyhow, back to work now. (For those people curious about the entry title, check out the Molesworth books by Willans & Searle.) Work as usual starts again tomorrow, plus I have the American proofs of book 3 (The Burning Page) to check, and book 2 (The Masked City) comes out in America on the 6th of September, which is very close indeed…

Masked City giveaway on Goodreads

Delighted to share the news that my American publishers are doing a giveaway of advance reading copies of The Masked City. Check it out here:

It’s US-only, I’m afraid, and the giveaway dates are Jul 18 – Aug 01, 2016. Increase your personal libraries! Fill your shelves! Get more books!

(In other news, I now have a new fridge/freezer and am extremely grateful for it.)

a scattered update: The Burning Page getting closer

Currently having issues with my fridge/freezer. This is unlikely to get into my writing, as “Irene has to wrestle with a malfunctioning fridge and ends up defrosting it” lacks narrative interest. Even for the bit where Kai complains that she’s thrown out all the carefully made pure springwater ice cubes which he likes to drop in his drinks.

I have (and here I’m going to tease) been proofreading a special little easter egg for the American edition of The Masked City. I won’t be too specific about it yet, but I think people will like it.

And speaking of proofreading, look what turned up in the post today: The Burning Page, ready for proofreading.


No rest for the wicked…

a week after

It’s astonishing to think that a week (well, nearly) has gone by since The Invisible Library was released in the US. Is this where I stand on a balcony and wave a tentacle to all my new readers? Hi there. Happy reading.

I’m now back at work on book four – apologies that I can’t give any US release dates on that – and should soon be getting the proof-sheets for book three, The Burning Page. I’m also keeping up the day job, and working on my current quilt, which has just reached the stage of hand-sewing on the binding. I’m now being reminded of why hand-sewing black fabric binding onto a black fabric background using black thread is not always a good idea. At least I sit directly under a strong light while doing it.

In case you’re wondering, I drink a lot of coffee, and I catch up on sleep at weekends.

I’m also being worried about the upcoming “Brexit” referendum: I know it won’t do any good to fret, but nervousness is very bad at listening to common sense. (In case you’re curious, I’m planning to vote Remain. And hoping.)

For anyone who’s curious about the deep abysses of my personality, or at least my bookshelf, here are some questions I answered for the Book Brahmin column for Shelf Awareness. Interesting site, and I was very flattered to be asked to contribute.

last challenge from Ace and Roc Books

And here’s your last chance (for the moment) to win an early copy of The Masked City, together with a current copy of The Invisible Library, and other goodies…

Show them your dream library.

(Or just have a look at some other people’s…)

and it’s out in the US!

I’m in the stage of emotional exhaustion where I wander round babbling how I love you all, guys, I love you, you’re great, etcetera. (Alas, no alcohol in the mug by my computer, just coffee.)

The Invisible Library is now out in the US. Thank you very much to everyone who’s supported it.

For US readers who’d like an early look at the sequel, Ace and Roc Books are doing a rolling giveaway of books 1 and two and additional goodies on Facebook here – check it out. Today’s challenge involves gargoyles…

Also, I’ve been answering some questions – here – from Mariana at Book is Glee. Sordid details and dark secrets revealed, etcetera.

I would like to sit down and work on book four, but I’m tired, and more in the mood to curl up with a good book. Fortunately I have my hands on the final Temeraire book by Naomi Novik, League of Dragons. Which makes the decision easy. Pass the book and the coffee, sign me off for the night.