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Wicked Embers is now available!

and its been getting some fabulous reviews! Here’s a couple:

Jessica from A Great Read said: Keri Arthur’s Wicked Embers was as incredible as its predecessor … To read the full review, head here

KT Clapsadl from A Book Obsession said: All in all this was yet another fast paced and enjoyable read from one of my favorite authors. I know every time I pick up a Keri Arthur book, I’m going to have a sold block of entertainment, and this was no exception. I highly recommend to anyone who enjoys urban fantasy with a fresh world and great characters. To read the full review, head here

 

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I cannot believe it's 2015 already!

Has time sped up, or am I just getting older? lol

In a rather good start to the year, I’ve sold the next two books in the Souls of Fire series! I love Emberly, so it’s fabulous to be able to remain in her world a little bit longer.

And in another bit of good news, the audio rights for all my old ImaJinn books have also been sold–yay! They’re being recorded now, so they should become available within the next few months. More news as I get it.

Overall, it’s been a busy couple of months for me. Even though I only have the one release this year–Wicked Embers, the second in the Souls of Fire series, which comes out in July–I’ve still got two other books to deliver. The first of those is Flameout (working title), which is the third in the Souls of Fire series and won’t be out until 2016.

The second book I have to deliver is one that’s been done for a while–City of Light. This is a book of the heart, a story I began three or four years ago, and which stalled at precisely page 78 for just over two years. I loved the characters and the world but I just had no idea where to take it. Then, when I was at the World Fantasy Convention in Brighton in 2013 (wow, seems like ages ago now!), Miriam Kriss (my agent), fellow Deadline Dame (and fabulous author) Kaz Mahoney, and myself all sat down around a drink or two (as you do at conventions) and hashed it out. Suddenly the story was alive and it wouldn’t leave me alone. I think it’s the quickest I’ve ever finished a novel! Needless to say, I LOVE this story–and I’m hoping you all do too. It’s set for a Jan 2016 release  :)

For those who haven’t seen it, here’s the cover for Wicked Embers  :)

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Aussie Author Giveaway

Aussie Author Giveaway!

Enjoy paranormal romance? Fantasy romance? Urban fantasy? Post-apocalyptic romance? Steampunk romance?

Well, 9 Aussie authors have banded together and each have donated books and swag from their latest series to go into the Aussie Author Giveaway three huge giveaway packages which will be on display at some of the specialty romance bookstores here in Australia.

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After the sterling job done last month by Rendezvous Books (Victoria), July’s giveaway is being hosted by the lovely Rosemary of Rosemary’s Romance Bookstore (Queensland). So Brisbanians and Queenslanders and anyone else in the general vicinity, head on over to Rosemary’s and a buy a book for a chance to win. Or you know, order from the website.

The third box of giveaway-fun will be with Galaxy Books (Sydney) over August 2013.

As I said, all you have to do is order a book (or books) from these stores in the designated giveaway month – either in person or online. You’ll earn one entry per purchase in the Giveaway. The prize winner will be drawn at the end of the month and the Aussie Author Giveaway box of goodies will be posted to you.

NB. Due to postage costs, entry is restricted to Australian readers.

So, come on Aussies! Support your specialty romance bookstores, get to know some local Aussie authors – and you could find a huge parcel of books in your mailbox at the end of July or August!

Participating authors (other than me!) Just hover your mouse over the pics to get their names, or just click to head on over to their websites

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Sale news

As announced in Publishers Lunch:

NYT bestselling author Keri Arthur’s FIRE BORN in a new series about a phoenix, a fire spirit capable of taking on human form who is also cursed with the ability to foresee death via her dreams, to Danielle Perez at NAL, in a two-book deal, by Miriam Kriss at the Irene Goodman Agency (World English).

NYT bestselling author Keri Arthur’s next two books in the Dark Angels series, featuring a half-werewolf/half-Aedh, again to Danielle Perez at NAL, by Miriam Kriss at the Irene Goodman Agency (World English).

Yay!

New York update #7 - conf & fireworks issue

So, we finally reach the main reason for this trip, the RWA conference. I love these conferences, but not so much for the workshops and the panels, but for the opportunity they give to catch up with editors, agents, and writing buddies that you talk to so often on line but only ever see at these sorts of events maybe once a year.

And basically, that’s what this conference was all about for me. I went to lunch with my bantam editor, I met and lunched with my NAL editor, I went to publisher cocktail parties, I caught up with my agent (quite a few times!) to plan future events, and I caught up with friends I don’t see often enough thanks to the distance between us. And it was fab.

One of the few workshops I did attend was a PAN session on The Numbers, with Madeline Hunter and Sabrina Jeffries. They made an interesting point during the session, and that was–everyone keeps pointing to what happened in the music industry as a guide to what’s going to happen in the print, but the digital sales in the music industry–after the initial years of turmoil–has even out at 50/50. That is, 50% digital, 50% CD. And the majority of the digital is singles rather than full Cds (something that can’t happen in the book industry–you can hardly buy just one or two chapters of a book! Although, maybe you can–a try a sample before you buy the whole deal sort of thing.) Both women believe publishing will eventually settle to similar figures, and that’s something I also believe (let’s put it this way–I don’t think print is going to disappear totally.

I do think print books will get a lot more expensive, simply because there will be less demand). I think the main problem at the moment is that e-publishing is creating such a huge buzz that everyone forgets print publishing still holds 70% of the market. Also, publishing has gone through this sort of turmoil before–when the mass market paperback came out, everyone predicted it would be the end of the hardcover, but that just wasn’t the case. Publishers may be slow to catch on, but catch on they will, and I think you’ll find that over the next few years, they’ll step more fully into the e-arena, while still maintaining a profitable print presence.

I didn’t take any pics during the conference, so here’s some pics from the July 4th fireworks celebrations. As you’ll see from these, we were down on the docks, right in front of the Intrepid. It was the perfect spot :)