In which I explain my absence, a new book deal, and hey, come hang out with me.

Where’d the summer go? That crafty son of a b, it went and had itself a fine sunny time whilst I was trapped inside bent over this scraggly old computer. So, that’s where I’ve been. Or rather, here, is where I’ve been. Right here, writing on Secret Project 3D, which is now not so secret, because it was announced today:

Publisher’s Weekly Book Deals: Week of September 15th, 2014

Wahoo! I’m very excited about this project, and I can’t wait for you to meet the three triplet queens. Mirabella, the elemental, Arsinoe, the naturist, and little Katharine, the poisoner. Only one can have the crown, the poor dears, and they’re in quite the bloodthirsty pickle. So there it is. THREE DARK CROWNS. I wonder how long it will take for me to stop referring to it as 3D.

But first! I’ve got MORTAL GODS tour dates and festivals and such! Check out the Events page for the updated schedule. There might be one more after the Louisiana Book Festival, but I’m not certain yet. Come on out and hang! I would love to meet you.

I feel like there’s something else I’m supposed to mention, or that I wanted to talk about. But I was in Minnesota visiting family until this morning and I have plane mush brain. Ah well. It couldn’t have been that important.

 

 

Squeeze the Juice

Today, is my birthday. It is also French Bastille Day, and the birthday of the excellent author Kevin Emerson (EXILED), so happy birthday to him, me, and whatever the French are celebrating. The quote today, “squeeze the juice” is from Encino Man, which I never really watched, but Dylan has been quoting for weeks. “Time to squeeze the ju-uuce! No, no squeezing the juice! Squeeze the juice.” I don’t even know what the juice is, let alone if one should or should not squeeze it.

I don’t want to work today. So I may have gotten bored and updated my Goodreads biography using lyrics from 80′s and 90′s sitcom theme songs. I really wanted to get The Golden Girls in there, possibly the lines “traveled down the road and back again” but I couldn’t manage it. I did however, manage seven others, and that’s not too shabby.

The Mortal Gods tour is pretty much finalized, and I will be in NYC, Chicago, Lansing, Michigan, St. Paul, MN, Los Altos, CA, Portland, OR, Lake Forest Park, WA, and Baton Rouge, LA for sure. A few more stops may be added.

When I return from the road, there should be a new, Doberman baby waiting for me. We just heard from the breeder following an ultrasound, and our new dog-daughter or son on her or his way. I miss being a dog parent very much. Way back in the day, while my atrocious boyfriend was out wherever doing atrocious things, my dog-daughter and I used to sit home and drink wine (me, not her. Too young.) and read philosophy. I highly recommend drinking wine and reading philosophy with your dog. It’ll turn you into a guru for two hours.

You can do it with cats, but they’re already mainlining the truth of the universe like little Rustin Cohles, so instead of being encouraging they look at you like you’re a slightly lackluster infant.

Anyway, soon-to-be-no-longer-secret project 3B calls.

Stuff I’m reading: The Ape’s Wife and Other Stories by Caitlin R. Kiernan (read “Hydraguros” yesterday. Excellent.) And BETWEEN THE SPARK AND THE BURN by April Genevieve Tucholke. Fantastic so far.

Girl of Nightmares is out in paperback, so I’m giving some away!

I think the title pretty much sums it up. But in case you like visuals:

Girl of Nightmares paperbackThere she is. She’s purty. And I have a bunch, so let’s see…comment here and/or share something about the paperback release on social media and I’ll draw a bunch of winners say…next week. It can be something as simple as, “Hey, Girl of Nightmares is out in paperback now!” But, if you get funny and/or creative you do increase your chances of winning. I make random draw exceptions for funny and creative people. I’ll admit it. They go into their own little pool.

So! I’m off to Texas tomorrow at the buttcrack of dawn, because that’s when I like to fly. I’ll be landing in Dallas Ft. Worth and doing an event at the Irving Public Library Thursday the 19th at 7pm. Come on out! It’s me, Sonia Gensler (THE DARK BETWEEN), Tara Hudson (HEREAFTER), Rosemary Clement-Moore (TEXAS GOTHIC), and Jennifer Archer (THROUGH HER EYES)! Sonia, Tara and I were 2011 debuts together, but we’ve never met, so I’m really looking forward to hanging with them. And you. If you will come out and hang with us.

It also happens to be Dylan’s birthday, so I am catching hell for leaving even though he said I could go. He’s had some time off work recently and something I’ve discovered: he sings all the time. ALL THE FRICKEN TIME. It’s a chorus line of RENT and WICKED around here. Show tunes, jingles, pop songs, he seems to have no preference. The other day I caught him in the backyard saying, “Peregrin Took,” over and over in Gandalf voice for no reason. I like show tunes as much as the next guy, but let’s just say it’s starting to feel like he’s been home for five hundred twenty-five thousand, six hundred minutes.

Caught the season finale of Game of Thrones last night. Minor spoilers for those who haven’t seen it yet, so there’s your warning to pass up this paragraph. Dany is a bad dragon mom! There, I said it. One look from those dragon-baby eyes and I would have run back screaming, “Eff it! You can eat all the children you want! Oh my sweet dragon babies!”

Of course this is probably why I’m not allowed to have dragons.

Work was halted on Secret Project 3B, which as it turns out, won’t remain secret forever after all.

And, if you are so inclined, here are some buy links for the Girl paperback: Barnes and Noble IndieBound

Or, like Stephen Colbert says, you can always go to the store, and click on the clerk.

Okay, to sum up…share something about the Girl of Nightmares paperback release and tweet or tag me in it or just tell me you did it in the comments here and I’ll giveaway some. Come see me in Texas and we’ll hang. Dylan sings, and dragons are go. Until next time, folks.

A New Blog Post for a New Website


The new website has arrived, and it is snazzy. It was designed by Rachel Silberman in all of about an hour, so if you’re looking for great design work done kindly and speedily you need look no farther than her.

What’s been going on? Lots I guess, but none of it that interesting. Back from Paris and moved into our new house. Battled bed bugs in said new house and emerged victorious. Victorious! If you’re imagining me with my head on Schwarzenegger’s body carrying a flamethrower with a nub cigar between my teeth, well, that’s pretty much how it was. Kendare Blake kills bugs dead. Or the Orkin guy does. Whatever.

In writing world I’m working on Secret Project 3B, which you may hear about soon, or later, or never. That was vague, but true. It’s a witch book, I’ll say that much. I also finished an Athena short story, to be released for free near the pub of Mortal Gods. It’s called “When Gods and Vampires Roamed Miami.” Speaking of Mortal Gods, you can totally pre-order it now if you like. Have I mentioned that already? Apologies. I’ll mention it more. Part of the gig.

This weekend I’m at Klindt’s in The Dalles, Oregon with a ton of excellent authors, hanging most of the day for their 4th Annual YA Book Fest. It’s fun. There’s food, and entertainment, and it’s laid back enough so we can chat for more than thirty seconds in a signing line, which I always enjoy. Come on out! I’ll be at a table with April Genevieve Tucholke and her fab book Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea. I will put it in your bag. Don’t think I won’t. You’ll thank me for it later.

Watched the Evil Dead remake. My favorite part of any possession movie is the hilarious and adorable possession voice. “You’re gonna die down here bitch!” Am I? Am I really? Or am I about to be invited into the Lollipop Guild? I think you know.

And now, for a list of books I’ve read lately and blurbed and which I think you should also read and blurb:

  • COMPULSION by Martina Boone – steamy Southern secrets and feuds! You’re gonna want it.
  • THE NIGHT HOUSE by Rachel Tafoya – Vampire brothels for the win!
  • FIREBUG by Lish McBride – want to traverse the underworld of magical creatures? Of course you do.
  • MARY: The Summoning by Hillary Monahan – a very scary Bloody Mary ghost story. It made me want to play. Any takers with dark bathrooms?
  • DUPLICITY by N.K. Traver – Tron meets mirror tricks = a thrilling creepfest!

And that’s it for now. Word to your mother.

 

I have an extensive collection of nametags and hairnets.

I don't actually have an extensive collection of nametags and hairnets, but I love that joke from Wayne's World, because it was one of the ones I didn't get until way, way after I had first seen it.

I do however, have a nametag from this weekend job I've been holding on to in an effort to, I don't know, maintain a routine? But I think it's time I gave up that ghost and take some time off to hammer around on this computer a bit. Wait, does that sound like I'm sexually assaulting my computer? Well maybe I am. Don't judge me.

Anyway, thanks to all of the awesome folk who helped me share the cover for Mortal Gods this month. You're the best. I will draw ARC winners as soon as I have them in my grubby paws and know how many extra I can give away. The pub date got moved from September to October 14th, but I still expect them soonish.

Dylan and I depart soon for vacation in Paris, and when we return, we're moving house, so the blog will be quiet (ha, I say that like it's a rare occurrence) while we get settled. I detest moving. I try to keep from accumulating too much crap, but it turns out that crap is really sneaky. And I hate the idea of having a house, because I'm going to have to fill it with crap, and what's going to happen the next time I have to move house? Death, that's what. I miss the days when Americans lived in tipis and followed the buffalo. Mobility, man. That's the ticket.

Anybody watching Resurrection? I had the book gifted to me and like an idiot left it in a car on tour, but I started watching during this week's free watchathon and I enjoy it. I think. TV has so much to live up to post-True Detective. It's a real high water mark. Pre-True Detective, I was more forgiving.

On the writing front, for anyone following along, I finished the short story for the SLASHER GIRLS & MONSTER BOYS anthology and had the joy of reading April Genevieve Tucholke's contribution, "Trick the Willows". You guys are going to love it. And you only have to wait until 2015.

Secret Project C is in turnaround, re: a dying duck in a freezing pond, I'll see if I can thaw him out later, but I think I only wrote him for myself.  Meanwhile, Secret Project 3B is full steam ahead after a scrap and dismantle. Hopefully more deets soon. But maybe not.

Now, time to go get the mail before it gets dark and I get hit by a car.

Oh yeah, I updated the Sticky Post with some events and pre-order links for Mortal Gods, if you are so inclined :)

Help Share the MORTAL GODS Cover and be entered to win an ARC! (Details below.)

Well, the Mortal Gods cover is here, and I asked Twitter if some bloggers would be kind enough to help me share it, and wowza, there are many kind bloggers out there. If you are also a kind blogger, email me at kendareblake@yahoo.com to feature the cover on your blog and you will also be entered to win an ARC. I was going to give away 3, but based on the generous response I'm going to up that number. To…I don't know yet, I can't remember how many I requested.

If you are not a blogger, and would like to enter also, no problem! I'll post the cover to Facebook, and here on the blog, and on the Antigoddess Facebook page, and if you share it on your wall, I'll enter you! Or if you post it anywhere on any social media, let me know, and I'll enter you!

Here's the official stuff:

Bloggers: after you email me, I'll respond with an image of the cover, and some guidelines that aren't guidelines, basically that you can share the cover in whatever way you want within the next month, and you will be entered. If you'd like me to do something special for the reveal, like a mini interview or I don't know…a dance or something, well, I will not do a dance. I don't want to blind people right before they're supposed to see a cover. But I'm glad to do short interviews or commentary or whatnot.

Let's say that April 1st is the cutoff day, so I have a date to draw winners. Also because it is Tybalt's birthday. Also, Tyrion Cattister's birthday, because we don't know his exact day, but it's around the same time, and I draw the line at TWO cat parties.

In case this isn't obvious, (and it should be obvious) YOU GUYS ARE THE BEST. Thank you. I really hope you like the cover, but more importantly, I hope you like what's, you know, under it. Behind it. Between it?

ANTIGODDESS paperback cover!

They're here! The fancy schmancy new clothes the Goddess War books will be wearing! Okay, so it's just the first one, the paperback cover for ANTIGODDESS:

antigoddess-cmp-tpb-5

Thoughts? I like the way the owl in the nearest branch is staring at Athena. I like to imagine he is saying, "Yeah, thems my feathers. Comin outcha ya throat. And your ribs. Andja eye-balls." Because I like to imagine he has the same voice as the CPR instructor from Family Guy.

I also enjoy how the "G" seems to have gone right on ahead and stabbed somebody. Which is what a true G would do.

Back yesterday from Florida and a lovely school visit with extremely talented and thoughtful students. My howdy, they know how to do some mean charades in Delray Beach.

Slice of non-writing life: my beloved car, affectionately named 'Spot' was sitting in a mall parking lot the other day minding his own business, when someone jumped the curb and smashed into him, killing him instantly. Spot, you will be missed. Thank goodness that his car buddies, a small plastic Moose named "Goat", and a hand-painted wooden snail named "Frank N. Furter" were not harmed, or I would have been forced to rage out on the lovely gentleman who was not obeying traffic laws.

I'm kidding. Don't road rage on anyone, obviously. That shit is dangerous.

Also unrelated: read an article while waiting at the airport about how some dude wrote an article saying girls with short hair were damaged. Deranged. Abrasive. Because long hair is obviously attractive to men and a girl who would chop off those sexytimes locks is clearly not in the right state of mind.

That article seemed like linkbait, but still, to the guy who may or may not really feel this way, there are lots of mature responses. But this is mine:

How bout you shut your stupid face, guy who doesn't know about the hundred or so reasons someone will do something to their hair!

Besides, if we're going to question hair choices, why not start with the rat tail? Offensive to rats? Or just turtlenecks? Discuss.

Gettin Crap Done. Or Gettin Crapped On. It’s all in how fast you say it.

Yeah, so sometimes now the blog titles will be nonsense. Sometimes movie quotes, sometimes nonsense. Very rarely, they will be related to whatever the actual post is. I'm going to try to make this about getting crap done. We'll see if I can also make it about getting crapped on.

Anyway, this week I'm getting crap done. Booking parking for my school visit to Florida next Tuesday. Contracts into the mail for the Cavalcade of Authors Workshop in March where I will be talking about something horror-ific. Checking deadlines and planning the writing schedule for the duration of the winter.

I need to write my story "On the I-5" for the excellent Slasher Girls & Monster Boys anthology put together by the excellent April Tucholke. That'll get done soon. I sent off some flap copy samples for MORTAL GODS (formerly Aristeia, Antigoddess 2). And this week, I'm finishing a book. An unsold book, let's call it Unsold C. But it will be done, so I'm calling it a book, even though it may never actually be a real book. Eff it. Of course, if Unsold C refuses to finish this week, it might need to be put aside, because I also have to put together a synopsis and sample chapters for, oh, let's call it, Unsold 3B.

I. Hate. Synopses.

Say it with me. Or better yet, roar it with me, and we'll stand together at the edge of a cliff and then kick the synopses off of it Sparta style.

The odd thing about synopses is they can be comprised of almost total BS. Pure, unadulterated, pulled from your hinder, absinthe-fantasy BS. So at least there's that.

I'd like to turn this blog into more of a writing diary, but I fear it would suck the time out of the actual writing. I might do it anyway.

Also, Fickle Fish Films has renewed the option on Anna Dressed in Blood. Early even! I couldn't be more thrilled. Before you ask, though everything is moving along, there's no real news. But I did see this very nice quote from Stephenie Meyer on the Fickle Fish website:

“From the moment I started reading this book, I knew it would be a beautiful story to tell cinematically,” explained Stephenie Meyer.  “It’s scary, romantic, and grips you from start to finish.  Audiences are going to fall in love with ‘Anna’.”

Isn't that nice? Genuinely nice. And also, Nice, in the way that Muppet gangster rats say it. Nice. Very nice.

I was unable to bring this entry around to getting crapped on, and for that, I apologize.

I have some gifts for you they’re up in my bum….(not really. It’s the Family Guy Drummer Boy)

I should've chosen a Thanksgiving-themed title. But there've been so many Xmas carols spouting about that I've had the Family Guy version of the Little Drummer Boy stuck in my head for days. So I used it, in the hopes it'll go away now and I'll stop randomly singing it at inappropriate times.

Returned from the lovely ALAN Workshop and NCTE conference in Boston this week, where I met some fantastic teachers. One even gave me chocolate covered macadamia nuts. It was a fun, scary time, and I may have taken a rather disturbing and unfortunate photobooth picture with my editor Mel Frain and Kristen Simmons, author of ARTICLE 5, in the Prudential Tower. Considering trying to crop it and turn it into an author photo.

On the subject of excellent teachers, got an email from a teacher in Kansas, who recently paired Anna Dressed in Blood with Beowulf to teach the classics. I'm honored she was paired with Beowulf, and hearing how the students responded to Anna and the classic novels was wonderful. This semester they're pairing Girl of Nightmares with Dante's Inferno, and I look forward to video chatting with them soon. I don't say it enough but teachers, particularly English and writing teachers, are kickass. Innovative, invested educators better the worlds of their students, and by extension the world at large. Thanks. Most sincerely. FYI to any teachers who may be reading: if you would like an author to visit, I do video chats for free, schedule permitting.

And now, a small list of stuff that needs to get done over the next few months.

-finish edits on Antigoddess 2. I'm already behind. And as I turn the corner, I spy something that still needs doing.
-finish a draft of New Project 1, currently hanging patiently at 35k. Send draft to agent, prepare for the worst.
-start a draft of New Project B, which is threading itself together in the background. Aim to finish by what? Next fall?
-write a short story for a bitchin' anthology I can't talk about yet. But the story will be road and revenge. Girls and knives.

That's the larger stuff. Day to day time tends to get allotted to emails, setting up donations and giveaways, workshops (oh yeah, crap I need to come up with a workshop for March), and getting drawn in by clever tweets and such. Sometimes these things are fast. Other times they require more legwork, like tracking through royalty statements on the trail of foreign translation deals because, while awesome, they are friggin squiggly little buggers to keep straight. Or maybe it was just that I was relying on an old paper ledger system like some kind of turn of the century banker by candlelight keeping warm off the flame of one lump of coal.

Hmm. It's a mystery.

My Eyeballs Could’ve Been Sucked From Their Sockets.

Saw GRAVITY this weekend. And wow. All the wows you've heard are true. Wowza. Wowie wow wow wow. Also, space really blows.

Before seeing Gravity, I don't think I ever fully appreciated how much I like George Clooney. But I do. And from now on will refer to him as The Cloonster. I've always thought he looked like Buzz Lightyear (hence the quote for today's entry) and seeing him in that space suit was like seeing a Space Ranger in real life.

the real buzzBuzz Lightyear

Don't you tell me there's no resemblance.

Anyhoo, I'm back from the Antigoddess tour. Thanks to everyone who came out and hung with me on the road. It was a thrill to meet everyone, and many for the second or third time! There were many, many highlights, including this weird amuse bouche foie gras thing in Naperville, IL, and a stupendous hometown party put on by my parents. And then to cap it off, Anna was at New York Comic Con:

me and Anna at Comic Con
Once Cas let her out of that house, that chick started traveling.

Everyone who entered the Antigoddess Thank You Contest, THANK YOU. Because of you, the book is headed for a second printing already. Winners of prizes have been selected and notified, and prizes have started being mailed.

Got to spend some time in NY with my editor, and she informed me of some Goddess War series news:

Antigoddess will get a special new paperback cover. And ARISTEIA will get a new title. Though we loved it, it was decided that not enough people knew what it meant. So we're working up something else which I'll post soon. I sort of figured that would happen, but it was cool to call it Aristeia for a little while at least.

While I was away, Tyrion Cattister got fat. Well, he got more fat. And Tybalt nutted up and regained control of the house. The kitten reign of tyranny has ended!

A few book recommendations, as I slacked off on writing and did some reading: OF BEAST AND BEAUTY by Stacy Jay, and HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE by Diana Wynne Jones. Both entirely magical. Also, holy crap the Walking Dead looks like it's going to be good this season.

Last thing, since I haven't posted it on the blog yet: have you seen the ANTIGODDESS Trailer? Directed by Tucker Capps? He is most excellent.