Thanks to everyone who voted on a Sabine quote for this week’s t-shirt prize. The winning quote is:
“I don’t think you’re truly getting into the spirit of this rivalry.” – MY SOUL TO STEAL
As soon as the graphic is designed, I’ll post it.
And, since this is Sabine’s week to shine (or, ya know, glare), here’s one of very few non-spoilery Sabine mini-excerpts, from Kaylee’s visit to Sabine’s home:
“So you’re all alone?”
Sabine propped her hands on hips half-exposed by the low waist of her jeans and the short hem of a thin black tank top. “I’m a nightmare, Kaylee. Anyone who breaks in here would leave screaming. Or not at all.” She sat on the arm of an old brown and yellow striped couch. “Besides, I didn’t come here for parental supervision—I came for an address in the Eastlake school zone.” The mara had scared and manipulated her way into this foster home just to be near Nash. And evidently to drive me insane. “Now, if you would just step down and relinquish the prize…”
Don’t forget, you can ask Sabine a question (which will serve as your entry into this week’s giveaway) any time until Friday, when the winner will be announced and the questions will be answered. In fact, she’s already answered several of them for me. Turns out Sabine likes to talk.
For details about this week’s giveaway, click here.
On another matter, in the last week I’ve seen two new covers, and they’re both gorgeous! The UK cover for If I Die (I believe it comes out in February, so they’ll probably post it soon) and the US cover for Shadow Bound.
Both my agent and my editor seem to have expected me to have issues with the Shadow Bound cover, but I love it! The colors are gorgeous, the models are perfect, the background is gritty and urban, but still in the actual background. And the effects are relevant to the story. I can’t wait to show it off, but we’re still tweaking the back cover copy (the synopsis) and adding the cover quotes. I have to say, though, that this one rivals Alpha for my favorite of my adult covers.
For those who read Blood Bound, Shadow Bound is narrated by Kori and by a new character named Ian. I think I’m starting to get the hang of the dual POV and the narration switches are much smoother in this one. Also, I’ve labeled the chapters with the name of the character narrating.
Writing Kori was alternately fun (the mouth on that woman!) and psychologically devastating. And Ian… Well, you can probably imagine the kind of man it takes to hold his own with Kori. Shadow Bound was a very difficult book to write, and it’s been an equally difficult book to revise. Hopefully the result will be worth it, though.
I should know about that next week. Now…off to revise…