MENAGERIE is out today!
Today I have a new kitten and a new release! I’m so super excited for MENAGERIE to be out in the world today!
I’ve been working on this book for what feels like forever, and it’s overcome quite a few challenges. The hardback is on sale just about everywhere! (Amazon currently has the best price, but B&N isn’t far behind.) And to thank readers who buy the book on or before October 6th (during that all-important) release week, I’m giving away limited edition prints, signed book plates, and assorted book swag. Click here for details!
I think this is the best adult book I’ve ever written. I truly do. Trade (professional) reviews seem to support that. But I ask readers of my previous books to keep in mind that this is a very different kind of story from what I usually write, so I hope you’re feeling adventurous!
Just a note about MENAGERIE (on the release day!!!)…
Despite how you may have seen it classified on Goodreads, MENAGERIE is not urban fantasy, nor is it romance, nor is it YA. [Note: Goodreads classifications/categories are listed by readers, not by publishers or authors. They are NOT official, and authors cannot change them, which has made it very difficult for me to get the word out.]
It’s not that I don’t think teens can read MENAGERIE. It think many older teens can and will. I started reading Stephen King and Dean Koontz in 6th grade, and I never looked back. But the intended audience for this book is adult, and those who don’t realize that will go into the story expecting something they’re not going to get. The cover flap refers to Delilah as an ordinary woman. Not a girl. She’s a twenty-five-year-old college grad with her own apartment, not a high school student.
And since it’s not UF or romance, the plot is not driven by action or a love story. Not that the book doesn’t have either. It has both. But neither is the driving force of the narrative (and the love story is not Delilah’s). This is not the breathless adventure of a single kick-ass character or romantic couple.
This is a story about humanity, and how we define that concept, both good and bad. It is, in various places, beautiful and horrific. Exciting and devastating. I am SO PROUD to have it out in the world.
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