Heartless Blurb (The Parasol Protectorate)

Gentle Reader, because the back cover blurb has broken out, I present it to you here.

As always with my blurbs, please be aware that there is a spoiler alert in effect, Condition Scarlet. (Sorry I got derailed in to being homeland security for a moment there.) If you have not read the previous three books STOP NOW, go away, drink tea. I promise the cover art for Heartless will break soon, and I will post it as soon as I can.

Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
To be Published: June 28, 2011
Publisher: Orbit

Lady Alexia Maccon, soulless, is at it again, only this time the trouble is not her fault. When a mad ghost threatens the queen, Alexia is on the case, following a trail that leads her deep into her husband’s past. Top that off with a sister who has joined the suffragette movement (shocking!), Madame Lefoux’s latest mechanical invention, and a plague of zombie porcupines and Alexia barely has time to remember she just happens to be eight months pregnant.

Will Alexia manage to determine who is trying to kill Queen Victoria before it is too late? Is it the vampires again or is there a traitor lurking about in wolf’s clothing? And what, exactly, has taken up residence in Lord Akeldama’s second best closet?

I have just finished the copy edits for this book so everything is on schedule and it will officially hit shelves July 1 (That June 28th date is the Amazon early release so they have time to mail it to you). That said, Heartless is not under gag-orders so it may go up in Brick & Mortar stores a few weeks a head of time. (In other words, unlike Harry Potter or the like, bookstores are permitted to put it up for sale as soon as they have unpacked their shipment.)

Let me see, what else can I tip you off about, Gentle Reader? From what my spies have told me the best guarantee of a copy ASAP is to have your local Indy hold you one as soon as it comes in. What with this craziness with Borders I’ve no idea what my print run will be, but in the past some places (including Amazon and the chains) have run out of my books and then had to wait for the second printing, which can be months. If you put in a request ahead of time they are usually good about holding one for you.

Also I’m be ramping up to the release by dropping teasers about Book the Forth over twitter/facebook. If you aren’t following me there, you might want to for the last week of June.

I’m deeply mired in Book the Fifth at the moment, lots of threads to wrap up, I may have to blog about it at some point. I’m expecting to make some pretty exciting announcements over the next few months, I plan on a Dear Lord Akeldama next Weds, and then an appearance at SF in SF with Patrick Rothfuss on March 3rd kicks off my year of travel.

Quote of the Day:
“Simple pleasures are the last refuge of the complex.”
~ Oscar Wilde

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