We are back from California. I changed my mind. San Diego is lovely. The weather was a cool 70-75 degrees. When we got to our hotel in La Jolla, it was shrouded in lush greenery. Curiously, it made me miss the Keys. Must have been all the palms.
Our tour consisted of three stops, Murder By the Book in Houston, Book People in Austin, and Mysterious Galaxy in San Diego. I was shocked by how well the signings were attended. I don’t have the numbers for Austin, but Murder By The Book reported seventy people. The line in San Diego went outside the store. The Mysterious Galaxy signing took almost 5 hours and we ended standing through the majority of it. I’d like to say it was in solidarity – we are so sorry you had to stand for so long – but honestly, the table was high and getting on and off the stools for pictures took a few extra seconds. Standing was more efficient. 🙂
A while ago on the blog fans joked about coming to the signing in a Kate Daniels T-shirt. I had promised a PDF of the next book to anyone who dared to show up in a Kate Daniels themed shirt. I didn’t think any one would take me up on that.
Sorry for the sucky quality, but my phone is large and my hands were tired.
It is a drawing of Derek, Curran, and the Keep.
There was also a lady with a Bouda shirt in Houston. 🙂
Fans and FAQ
I promised to answer the questions, but while we were gone, the thread has gathered 460 comments. I can’t do this, guys, so I will hit a few common questions below.
I have to say, both of us are enormously flattered that you love the books so much. Thank you. You are fantastic.
So please don’t take this as me whining, but rather a statement of fact: I feel really overwhelmed. The book exploded. It has been out for less than a week, and it has 160 reviews on Amazon. I have the preorder numbers and are more than double of GMM. There are so many of you. If I were doing a very conservative estimate by preorders only, over 15,000 of you purchased the book prior to two weeks before it was released. Many of you feel so strongly about it. Basically picture me walking into a packed Red Bull Arena in New Jersey and holding the book up, and the crowd just going “RAAAAAA!” and my hair flying back like in a movie.
That’s kind of how it feels.
With the comments from the blog, my email box had over 600 emails. I am not going to answer all of them. I just can’t. We’re on a deadline, and this would take days.
So I do apologize, but this has gone beyond my capacity. I hope you understand. It’s not that we don’t care or don’t appreciate you, it’s that the scope of feedback exceeds our ability to efficiently go through it. We are humbled and we are deeply grateful to you for taking the time to read our stuff.
So without further ado, FAQ. Spoilers ahead.
1. I love the book
Thank you so much. We are delighted that the book worked for you.
2. I hate the book.
We are sorry the book didn’t work for you. Not every book will appeal to every person. Thank you so much for giving us a try.
3. Is X character in Magic Rises Roland in disguise?
Roland does not appear in Magic Rises. None of the characters are Roland.
4. Why did Curran do what he did?
He did it to save Kate. In his mind, it was the only way to keep her alive, so he went into it knowing it may cost him their relationship. He loves her completely and true love is selfless. He knows that Kate can’t lie – and she really doesn’t do it very well, because things she think register on her face – and so he did what he thought he had to do in a strange place with limited resources. He would rather see her alive and without him than see her grave.
This is a core conflict of their personalities. People don’t just change overnight. He was trained to manipulate people at an early age and it takes time for him to adjust.
5. Why did Kate react so strongly to Curran’s actions?
Kate never had a long-term relationship. She was never stood up by her boyfriend ( before Curran) and she never had cause to be jealous. When we have those trial relationships in adolescence, we learn what to expect. She had no significant relationships and she has very little emotional armor when it comes to Curran.
6. I disagreed with something you said or wrote and I will argue with you in the comments to this an other posts. You owe me, you suck, and I will tell you all about it because you need to know etc, etc.
I wish you wouldn’t. We can’t write a book tailored to your expectations. There are thousands of you, and a book by committee wouldn’t be a very good book. We can only write the best book we can according to our expectations.
If you are upset about the book, the internet has many forums available to you. If you just can’t help yourself, go ahead, but we will not respond to your comment. If it contains personal attacks or profanity, it will be deleted.
7. Will Derek/Jim/Julie/other character get their own book?
Right now we have to concentrate on Kate books and the new Avon contract. We are not considering full length spin-offs at this time.
8. What’s the deal with Christopher?
9. Writing on Kate?
Book 7. It will be him. In the flesh.
11. Can Hugh be redeemed and turned into good guy?
No. Hugh is his master’s creature.
12. Does Hugh really have the hots for Kate?
13. Does Kate have the hots for Hugh?
Not really. Hugh and Kate are complicated. They were trained by the same man, they are birds of a feather. When Kate pulls off an awesome move, Hugh genuinely appreciates it because he knows exactly how difficult it is. To be genuinely admired for what you can do is a very powerful thing. But Hugh is a bastard and he will never stop being one. Kate is a bad guy who has chosen to be good. If she chooses Hugh, that would mean a collapse of her moral character. So you will just have to read Book 7 to find out what happens.
14. Why did Doolittle react so strongly to the idea of being healed by Kate?
Doolittle is a physician and a black man living in the South. His free will is everything to him. The idea of being enslaved – even by Kate – of not being able to refuse another person’s order is horrifying to him. He reacted honestly. He doesn’t hate Kate. He just knows that the powers she has are not those of healing. They are the dark scary powers. He had just suffered major trauma. I don’t think he even realizes what Kate saw in his eyes and face. And Kate will forgive him. Because she is Kate.
15. The number of people who know about Kate is off.
That’s our mistake. We do our best, and at the time five was a placeholder number we never corrected.
16. There is unresolved stuff! The Doolittle, Hibla, mole, all the stuff!
Book 7. This book was 125,000 words at the copy edit stage. It is roughly the size of Magic Bleeds. We can do a G.R.R. Martin-sized books, but you would have to wait a couple of years for them to come out. 😉 At some point you have to write THE END.
More is coming. We must finish Magic Breaks. We are toying with the idea of Jack and George in it. 🙂 The Clean Sweep will be released as an ebook, but now we are aiming for early fall.
18. Curran POV?
Gordon has promised a novella based on Curran’s actions during Magic Rises. 😀 I am lining up the action figure bribes. (THIS IS NOT A CALL TO SEND ACTION FIGURES OR OTHER GIFTS. This is me joking. All gifts will be returned.)
19. Did you really reference Eddings?
Yes, we did. We are huge fans.
Next we will quietly work on Magic Breaks. We are late and we want to write a good book. So our collective plan is to work on our health, make sure the kids are set for school, and write. We are just kind of going to go back to being us. While we were gone, glasses were broken, laptops malfunctioned, and lists of school supplies were made. We will try to blog at least a couple of times a week, but Magic Breaks is a priority.
No promo, I promise! I know you have to be sick of it. But we will do snippets.
Thank you once again for being so passionate. We are deeply grateful.