Burn For Me and All the Lists

Drum roll, please!

Kobo #8

B&N #12

New York Times Printed #14

New York Times Ebook #17

New York Times Combined#18

USA Today #27

USA Today reports overall sales for all titles, which means we had #27 book in USA last week.  :)

Thank you so much to the awesome team at Avon and thank you so much to you guys for taking a chance on our new series.

When I found out yesterday, I was so relieved it didn’t flop, my head started to hurt.  I was going to do the whole leisurely evening with wine celebrating thing, but somebody had to cram for a history quiz and I helped. I know way too much about Bantu-speaking people and the Great Kingdoms of Central Africa now.  If you want to know about salt and gold trade through Ghana or about the rise and fall of Great Zimbabwe, I’ve got you covered.

I am so happy the book launch was successful, I can’t even tell you.  Our Avon editor, Erika Tsang, even called and told us we were awesome.  Thank you, guys.  Here’s hoping Burn For Me will keep going.

Peace is a lie

Now, wait this gets better!

 

Quote: “When I kill Vader and take his place…”

You go, little Sith.

Need a Muslim Beta Reader

I’d like to run the first half of Magic Shifts by a Muslim beta reader to make sure we did not mess up.  There are a couple of incantations against evil spirits and some discussion of swords from India and Persia.  If you feel up to it (Isabel?), please comment here.  Make sure to fill in the correct email address in the comment form so I can send the file to you.  We are going to pick only two people, because otherwise we may get confused and overwhelmed.  The manuscript is very rough.

Don’t worry, a wider beta read will be coming.

Quote:

“You see, the mailman saw your husband during one of his walks.”

“He’s my fiance,” I told her. “We are living in sin.”

Heather blinked, momentarily knocked off her stride, but recovered. “Oh, that’s nice.”

“It’s very nice. I highly recommend it.”

 

Secret Secrets

I don’t often do this – and Avon might not be too happy with me – but I wanted to quietly share something with you.   I thought this would be fun. Don’t tell anybody.

People often ask how much input we have into covers.  The answer is very little.  Here is how the cover process goes: the editor discusses the book with the art department.  The art department creates a cover, and then everyone from publicity to marketing gets to weigh in.  To put things into perspective, if BN’s representative hates the cover – and by hate I mean doesn’t feel it would sell, not personally dislike – the cover will be changed.  Several other major retailers wield a similar veto.   Walmart, Target, etc.

The cover of BFM you see on the book was actually the cover number two.  Today I am going to show you the original cover, which we loved with mad, mad love.  Unfortunately, during a sales meeting one of the retailers vetoed it because they felt it was sending the wrong message to its customers.  So here you go for a limited time only, the original cover to Burn For Me.

BURN-ME-3We all really loved this cover and Tom, the head of Avon’s art department, had outdone himself.  Isn’t it cool?

We like the new cover as well, but I thought it would be a shame if nobody saw this beautiful first try.

 

Exhausted

I don’t even know why, but I am all the sudden so emotionally and mentally tired.  I hadn’t gone to work out in ages.  I let my diet slide.  The combination of release and parvo just knocked me right off my orbit.  I don’t want to work.  I don’t want to go to the gym.  I just want to crawl on the couch and not get up.  That’s not good.  I need to put myself back on track.

So, starting tomorrow, I am going to try to go back to the gym.

I looked at the draft of Magic Shifts – we are so behind on it – and right now it seems to be pure crap.  And, as much as I want to fix it, I won’t.  We need to write forward and fix it when it’s done.  I want another three months.  Seriously, if the publication schedules didn’t collapse completely, I would love to have extra three months just to carefully work on it.  Instead somehow we are always behind.

I ordered some Trifectant.  We already bleached the floors and threw away all linens from Kid 2’s room.  It’s impossible to get the virus out completely, but I’d like to hit up the house one more time.  The plan is to disinfect and then get the floors and furniture professionally steam-cleaned.  While steam cleaning won’t kill the virus, it will greatly reduce its numbers simply by mechanically removing it from the environment.  I’ve read so much about parvo in the last few days, I think it’s making me crazy.  I need to stop.

Let’s see, daily quote.

***

“And then I brought it up again. We were in our bedroom.”

“When?”

“When we fell off the bed. I was doing paperwork and I said…”

“You were doing paperwork naked!” I had just gotten out of the shower and found him sitting nude flipping through some papers. And then he leaned back and stretched, flexing. It was kind of difficult to pay attention after that.

Curran grinned.

“Quit it!” I growled.

***

Well, I have to go write.  I have no clue how to fix this crappy book.  Meh.  Clearly I am a bundle of joy this morning.  :D

Back to normal

BURN FOR ME is out.  It’s too early to tell how it did, but we are thrilled that most of you like this book.  We both really enjoyed writing it and we are delighted it found an audience.   The reviews are very kind.  Some people really didn’t like it, which oddly makes me happy too. If a book isn’t at least somewhat polarizing, it didn’t say anything of value.

We are also very happy that the majority of promotion is behind us.  We really need to dig into Magic Shifts. We got derailed by promotion and a personal tragedy, which I pretty much inflicted on us.  From now until December, it’s 2K a day or die.

20141031_193443We had a hilarious Halloween.  Kid 2 dressed up as an enormous stuffed bear, sat outside, pretending to be a toy, and scared trick or treaters.  When they reached for candy, she’d yell “Happy Halloween!”  It went somewhat like this.

 

A group of three teenagers, Freddy, zombie, and a Grim Reaper strutting down the street.

Kid 2’s boyfriend, quietly: Get ready.

Grim Reaper:  Oh yeah, oh yeah, this is my gangsta walk.

Me: Go ahead and grab some candy.

Grim Reaper, reaching into the bowl.

Kid 2: HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Me, watching Grim Reaper pick up his robe and run down the street, fleeing for his life: Teenagers used to be made of sterner stuff.

Later:

3-year old fairy princess with glowing green wings, reaching for candy…

Kid 2, quieter, because we didn’t want to terrify the toddlers: Happy Halloween!

Fairy princess: It’s a bear!  What’s his name?  Here, bear, have some candy.

 

We have a very dark video.  It plays best on Chrome for some reason.

It was very nice to see her having a good time.  At first she had cancelled all of her Halloween plans, so Gordon and I were very relieved.

In other news, we are considering adopting a dog from the shelter.  We need a small-sized adult, good with cats, good with dogs, good with older children, someone who had all of its vaccinations and who is ready to be a spoiled lap dog.  We are currently looking at some rescue groups in Central Texas, around Austin.  This will likely be a long search for us.

Well, and that’s about it.  I am going to dig into Magic Shifts.  Have a happy Saturday.  :)

 

Serious question

So Adam Pierce.  Redeemable or no?  I think if we did it we would almost have to Edmond Dantes him: for years he is locked away in a terrible prison to slowly learn compassion, until finally a woman shows him kindness… Yes, no?  Too much sociopathy?  Discuss!

Update: okay we got a tiny bit heated in the comments.  Don’t worry, there is no actual plan to bring Adam Pierce as a redeemed character.  He was envisioned as a textbook psychopath. :) Please be respectful of each other’s opinions or this shindig will get out of hand and I will have to unleash the HAMMER. Thank you!

 

Fun Burn For Me Promo

BURN-FOR-ME-medThe book will come out tomorrow.  :)  Here are a few links for your viewing pleasure:

Audiobooks

Audiogals are doing a Burn For Me Release party.  Here is their schedule this week.

Monday, October 27th
Burn for Me audiobook giveaway starts. Link to giveaway.
Audio review of Burn for Me

We’re giving away a total of six downloadable copies of Burn for Me. We’ll giveaway two Monday night, Tuesday night, and Wednesday night with immediate downloads upon confirmation of the win.

Tuesday, October 28th
A Recorded Interview with the Ilona Andrews Writing Team and Narrator Renee Raudman
Burn for Me Giveaway continues

Wednesday, October 29th
Burn for Me Giveaway continues
Guide to Ilona Andrews’ audiobooks

Signing

To reiterate, we have a signing tomorrow at Murder by the Book.

10/28/2014 6:30 pm 

Murder By the Book

Hoston, TX

Kim Harrison and Gordon and Ilona Andrews

We hope to see you there.

Reviews

“So I mentioned the great characters, the phenomenal world-building, and the scorching sexual tension.  But I also have to give a shout-out to the awesome pacing and funny, funny one liners.”
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“Pure awesomesauce with a cherry on top! That’s all I’m saying, folks.
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“Bottom Line: Exceptional story, multi-layered plot, intriguing characters that you really want to see more of, add all that to some nice little perks for veterans and you have a story that is hard to beat with enough similarity to our own world to make you feel at home”
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“This book directly made it to my Oh-My-God-This-Is-So-Amazing-What-Just –Happened list.”
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“BURN FOR ME is an utter treat. From the amazing world, to the incredible cast of characters, and enthralling plot, this book should be at the very top of any urban fantasy fan’s TBR pile.”
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“A heady mixture of action, mystery, and suspense…”
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“Oh Mad Rogan, you delicious, crazy, powerful man.
That’s it for the promotional post.  We hope you’ll enjoy the book.

Signing: Houston, Tuesday!

BURN-FOR-ME-medWe will be in Houston at Murder by the Book on Tuesday.  We are doing a joint signing with Kim Harrison at 6:30pm.  More information here: Murder by the Book event.  Kim will be discussing A Witch With No Name, the final book in the Hollows series and we will be signing Burn For Me.

We are very excited to see all of you again and we are hoping you don’t throw things at us for wrecking Houston in Burn for Me.  We only broke it a little tiny bit.  Just a few buildings.

The book is almost out.  Not sure why the hell I am so nervous but my word count is anemic this week.  Oh I meant to share this with you.  The preliminary reviews for BFM have been very positive, but I am a stubbornly pessimistic person.  I think even our long suffering agent has had enough of my ennui.

Me: here are some reviews. I think they liked the book.

Nancy: Omg, thank God I was sitting down.   Someone likes it?  Quick, I need smelling salts… I might faint from the shock.

Nobody takes emo Ilona seriously.  Including emo Ilona.  :D

See you guys in Houston.  :)