Dina DeMille doesn’t run your typical Bed and Breakfast. Her inn is a living entity that defies laws of physics, her fluffy dog is secretly a monster, and the only paying guest is a former Galactic tyrant with a price on her head. But the inn needs guests to thrive, and guests have been scarce, so when an Arbitrator shows up at Dina’s door and asks her to host a peace summit between three warring species, she jumps on the chance.
Unfortunately, for Dina, keeping the peace between Space Vampires, the Hope-Crushing Horde, and the devious Merchants of Baha-char is much easier said than done. On top of keeping her guests from murdering each other, she must find a chef, remodel the inn… and risk everything, even her life, to save the man she might fall in love with. But then it’s all in the day’s work for an Innkeeper…
My obligatory marketing post.
First the funny. A reader called Janet posted this on our Facebook page.
Wooohoooo pre-order, just downloaded SIP onto my Kindle , but now I have to go to work . Oh, the humanity of having to wait another 9 hours!! Can you write a note for my boss?
For convenience sake, I’m sharing the following message with you, in case you need it for your boss as well.
Dear Janet’s Boss,
It has been conclusively proven that the wellbeing of employees is the main contributing factor to the superior performance at work. Please see the attached link to Harvard Business Review. It is imperative to Janet’s wellbeing that she be permitted to have a day off in an effort to review Sweep in Peace, a volume on importance of employee ethics, team building, and personal responsibility. We hope that you will recognize the value of the material and allow Janet the opportunity to continue her development as a skilled and exemplary employee of your company.
Sincerely, Ilona Andrews.
I was going to write a clever and entertaining letter, but even after my second cup of coffee nothing especially clever comes to mind. At some point last year I was discussing publishing strategies with a colleague (Not Jeaniene Frost, heh) at Romantic Times Convention. The conversation went along the usual lines, complaining about the inability of convincing the publishers to drop the prices of the backlist, rise in foreign prices, and so on, until it finally turned to self-published efforts. The other author sipped her drink and said, “I don’t understand why you insist on giving away your work. I understand the first one. It’s a hook to the series. But this is the second one. You are working for free and there is no guarantee that anyone will buy it after having read it. Why?”
I said, “Because they like it.”
The Innkeeper Chronicles exist because you like it. Because you read it and comment, and it’s fun to read all of the inventive theories and see people get excited or get really upset when things are happening to the characters. It’s about the story, about not always knowing where it will go, and watching people follow. It’s almost like the story isn’t being written but is instead told at some gathering. It is a fluid thing.
As of now, over 10,000 people ordered the SiP. It is a crazy number, if you really think about it. Ten thousand people will be reading something we’ve written tonight. You don’t really get that kind of information when you publish through a publisher. The numbers do come, but they are abstract and usually delivered well after the fact. This is happening as I type. I don’t know how to explain the feeling of knowing that many people will live through your story.
So the truth is, SiP exists because you like it, but also because we like it too. Thank you for everything.