It's Sebastian Day!
So, maybe to most people it's Mardi Gras or just plain Tuesday, but today is also the pub day for Why Kings Confess.
(Thanks to my reader, Nana, for the "Sebastian Day" idea.)
I'm anxious to hear what you all think. Personally, I really like what happens with Gibson in this book, but I'm not saying any more than that....
Oh--and Happy Mardi Gras!
It's Carnival time here in New Orleans, which is a really, really bad time to have a book coming out.
The next installment in the Sebastian St. Cyr series, Why Kings Confess,
hits the stores tomorrow ... except in New Orleans, where all the bookstores will be closed for Mardi Gras!
I originally had a booksigning scheduled at Garden District Book Shop for Saturday the 15th, then we realized, Oops, that's the day of the St. Patrick's Day Parade (which is a really, really great parade here, by the way--they also throw beads). So the signing has now been rescheduled for Saturday, 29 March. We couldn't do it the 22nd because that's the weekend of the Tennessee Williams Festival. Did I mention that March is a seriously bad month for my books to be released every year?
So, even though I won't see it, tomorrow is the day!
Labels: Mardi Gras
WHAT ANGELS FEAR e-book on Sale for a Limited Time Only!
As part of their promotion for the upcoming release of Why Kings Confess
, NAL has temporarily dropped the price on the e-book version of What Angels Fear,
the first in the Sebastian St. Cyr series.
for the next two weeks
*you can buy the Kindle version of Angels
for only $2.99!
Or the Nook version of Angels at Barnes and Noble
You can buy the iBooks version for $2.99 at iTunes or iBooks, and I'd link to it, only I can't figure out how :-(
You can also buy it at Kobo
All of these places were supposed to have the new cover as part of the promotion, but someone goofed and they don't, although I'm told that should be corrected soon.
I had to talk long and hard to get this promotion, so fingers crossed that it pays off and attracts lots of new readers. Tell your friends. Share it on Facebook and Twitter. Help spread the word. Because this deal will only last
one week, and then the price will go back up.
* Due to circumstances beyond my control, this has changed and the price is now back up everywhere. I'm told the price of the Kindle version will drop again in a couple of weeks. My apologies, and I'll let you know as soon as I hear.
The London of Sebastian St. Cyr: Maps of Old London
When it comes to the topography of early 19th century London, this tattered tome is my bible. Based on a survey by Richard Horwood from 1792-9, the map was updated by William Faden in 1813, which makes it perfect for the Sebastian St. Cyr series. It is beyond wonderful; not only does it show all the streets, lanes, courts and alleys, but it even shows individual buildings with street numbers! Unfortunately for those of us with aging eyes, Faden's originally larger map segments have been reduced for publication to pages that only are about 8" x 12", so these days I find myself reaching for a magnifying glass a lot.
When I first started What Angels Fear,
I had yet to discover the London Topographical Society and had to make do with an 18th century map of London and the Greenwood map of 1827, which is on line here
(that's a screenshot from the Greenwood map, above).
Although London in 1827 was amazingly different from London of 1811-13, I still use it sometimes because you can really zoom in on a location and print it out. (Once upon a time I had the entire map printed out and mounted on giant sections of foam board, but then this little thing called Katrina flooded my office, and that was the end of that.)
Also online is John Rocque's 1746 map of London, which is here
. It's also available in book form from the same people who print the 1813 Regency map.
To give you an idea of the kind of detail these maps provide, here is Hyde Park corner from 1746, showing the turnpike, the Tiburn gallows, and the nearby spot where, the map tells us, "soldiers are shot."
I love these maps and spend hours pouring over them just for fun. Some of us are easily amused.
Labels: Sebastian's London; maps; research
It's plotting time again, which means that I've taken over the dining room table to play with my scene cards.
I'm a very visual plotter. Each card is a scene, and each suspect has his or her own color. Sometimes I give a suspect their own color of card, but this time I simply used little colored flags. The colored Post-It notes on the top of the scene cards also mean something--pink ones are dead bodies, and orange ones are fight/attack scenes. All of this color enables me to see the story arc and structure at a glance. And the blue cards? Those are clues or twists that are still looking for their proper place in the scheme of things; this is very early stage, with only the first dozen or so cards on the far left actually in place. The rest are still in a holding pattern.
This book is proving to be a bit different as it has a very involved "backstory"--the details of the victim's life before she is killed--that also needs to be worked out. Of course, in any mystery, there are always two stories going on at the same time--the events the reader and the detective see, and all the stuff that's happening off stage.
As for a title, that's still open. I'm thinking about using the word "silence" in there, or maybe "children," perhaps with a WHEN or a WHERE, but I'm still waiting for inspiration. Hopefully it will strike soon.
As for Angel, his tests results are back and his numbers are stable, so it's good news!
Labels: cats, Plotting