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.


I’ve been trying to think of songs about “tomorrow”, but so far my best options are “Tomorrow belongs to me”, which has somewhat varied associations, and “One More Day” from Les Miserables, which is … mixed.

Anyhow. Tomorrow is the American release of The Invisible Library. To everyone who hasn’t read it yet and is about to, I hope that you enjoy it.

The second Ace and Roc Books challenge is now up: Post a photo of your favorite book with a blue cover. (If you’re unable to post a photo, a link is fine, too!) This is a chance to win not only The Invisible Library, but also an ARC copy of The Masked City. And other goodies.

And now I need to get back to working on book four. Irene shouldn’t be allowed out on her own. (As Kai has frequently remarked.)

Invisible Library upcoming release – and challenges!

Three days to go till the American release of The Invisible Library. I’m on tenterhooks over here in the UK, hoping that people will like it. Fortunately (fortunately?) the day job is keeping me busy and focused enough that I don’t have that much time or leisure to start panicking.

I’ve also got writing book four to keep me busy…

But hey! Here’s a chance for American readers to get ahead of the game. Ace Roc Books are doing a sequential giveaway for the next two weeks…

… Every two days for the next week, we’ll be posting a challenge, and one randomly selected participant in each challenge will win the first two ‪Invisible Library‬ books by Genevieve Cogman (the second of which isn’t out in the US until the fall!), an antique book candle, and book-themed matches…

The first challenge is now up at Challenge One.

The next challenge goes up 1 pm on Sunday, June 12, when they’ll post the winner as well as the next challenge.

The Library doesn’t tend to give its books away. This is your chance…

Interviewed by First Flights

I answered questions a couple of nights ago on live chat as part of First Flights, the Penguin Debut Author program.

The Invisible Library: LIVE CHAT

Very nice people, most welcoming, and I hope that they enjoy books 2 and 3 as well.