Release week!
by Jessa Slade on May 31st, 2010

First of all, today is Memorial Day here in the USA.  I hope everyone celebrating has a good BBQ, safe travels, and a chance for a quiet moment of remembrance.

Currently working on: Almost release day!
Mood: Whee!

This week’s topic here at Silk And Shadows is “the hardest part of writing.”  But I’m hijacking the thread, because this is a celebration week for me.   Book 2 of the Marked Souls, FORGED OF SHADOWS, comes out tomorrow, June 1, 2010!

978-0-451-22977-9_ForgedOfShadows.indd

The war between good and evil has raged for millennia, with the Marked Souls caught in the middle, but the new girl doesn’t play by old rules…

Liam Niall never meant to be a leader. Barely surviving the horrors of the Irish Potato Famine with body and soul intact, he escaped to Chicago…where he lost half his soul and gained a wayward band of demon-possessed warriors. Now, as the talyan face a morphing evil, Liam grows weary and plagued by doubt-until a new weapon falls into his hands. Her name is Jilly Chan. To save her demon-ridden soul, Liam must win her to his battle…and his bed.

Waging a one-woman war against the threats to the street kids she mentors, Jilly won’t be any man’s woman or weapon. But Liam-with his hard eyes, soft brogue and compelling hands-is a danger to her rebellious independence…and her heart.

These two halved souls sharing one fierce passion will sear a fresh scar across the city. Who’s in danger now?

“[F]or readers who love J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood, the Marked Souls series will hit the spot.”
–4 Stars RT BOOKReviews

This is only my second book, but so far, it seems to me that release week  is one of the EASIEST parts of writing.  Because by the time release week rolls around, it’s too damn late.  Everything has been done.  The story is written, edited, wrapped in a manly chest — or backside, as the case may be — printed, and shipped to the stores (hopefully) to appear on shelves.  From thence to fall into book baskets everywhere (again, hopefully).

Sure, there are other things for me to do: Bite my nails, obsessively click refresh on the Amazon ranking page, self-medicate with chocolate syrup (I already ate all the cookie dough).  But the story itself is done.  All that remains is for someone, somewhere, to read it.

If YOU want to read some of it, you can:
Check out the first chapters here.
Or read the alternate beginning here.
Or even buy it.

This is the moment (okay, months) of truth for a story.  I’ve heard of writers who say they write for themselves, but I write to share.  The release of the book into the wild is my chance — finally! — to share.

I sincerely hope you like it.

To celebrate, I’m giving away a $25 bookstore gift card this week.  Just tell me which of the two beginnings to FORGED OF SHADOWS that I posted in the links above you like better, and you’ll be entered for a chance to win.  Tell a friend about this giveaway, and have the friend enter your name in her comment, and you’ll both be double entered for a chance to win.  Thanks for celebrating with me!

8 comments to “Release week!”

  1. 1

    I have to go with the first chapter. The first chapter had me on the seat of my pants. I also like the box cutter weapon :grin: Makes me want to dive into the book. I loved in the alternate chapter, that you get to see Sera and Archer again. I will be out tomorrow hunting down my own copy.


  2. 2

    Hmm. I liked them both. Do I have to choose? Well, I don’t wanna. I choose both. :lol:


  3. 3

    Both were good. But I had to say I liked the first chapter over the alternate beginning.


  4. 4

    I enjoyed the first chapter more :D but the alternative beginning was interesting.


  5. 5

    Happy release day, Jessa!!


  6. 6

    Congrats on your realease! :grin:
    I too like them both but would go with the first for I found myself caught up in it immediatly.


  7. 7

    first

    but i liked both , lol
    i just like to read, so either way as long as the rest is good, hey i goty no problem


  8. 8

    First!
    The alternate was good but more connected to book 1 instead of jumping into the fire of book 2. :)

    Of course I’m special, I just read FORGED OF SHADOWS and I’ve got lots to say about it - mainly WOW!! I like this even better than Seduced by Shadows - and LOVE how you weave so much from book one into book two and add so much more!


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