In less than 48 hours, Angel Fever will hit the shelves in the US. I am EXCITED. This book (this series, in fact) has been a long, rewarding road...and to finally come to the end of it is an amazing feeling.
Before we go any further: LOOK! LOOK AT THE PRETTY COVER!
Isn't it stunning? I've got a big, glorious pile of Fever hardbacks in my office, and every time I pass by I want to pick one up and stroke it. (It's eminently strokable, by the way, with those oh-so-tactile embossed bits.) This is just a gorgeous-looking book, and I hope -- hope, hope -- that the story within its covers is one that its new US readers will love as much as I do.
Here's the opening:
“Hold still,” said Alex.
“I can’t!” Willow gasped. She was leaning over the stream, her long blonde hair a slithering mass of shampoo. She shrieked, half-laughing, as Alex poured a canful of water over it. “Oh! That is so cold!”
Alex started laughing too. “You’re the one who wanted to wash it.”
“I had to; it was getting disgusting…is all the shampoo out?”
He grinned as he scooped more chilly water from the stream. “Nope. Not even close.”
As Alex woke up Willow’s laughter faded into silence.
There was no stream, no ramshackle cabin nearby. He was lying in a sleeping bag in a tent, its nylon walls a deep blue in the pre-dawn light. Even Willow was different. The girl asleep in his arms had short red-gold hair now; it framed her face in untidy spikes.
A dream. Alex smiled as he stretched, remembering that day up at the cabin – and then everything came slamming back and his smile vanished. Christ, no wonder he’d been dreaming about the cabin: back then, their biggest problem had been hiding out from the Church of Angels. Now…Alex let out a breath and rubbed his temples with one hand.
Now things were a little different.
Angel Fever wasn't always an easy book to write. I thought I knew exactly what would happen in it. I was wrong. The best-laid plans, and all that. It turned out that my three main characters did not, would not, react the way that I needed them to. I got to a certain point in the story, and it was like all three of them stopped and stared at me and said, "No way."
I mean, you know how stubborn Alex is. And Willow too, in her gentle fashion. And Seb, come to that. So now picture ALL THREE of them refusing point-blank to do something.
Yeah. It was like that.
So I had to go back to the drawing board. Really listen to my characters this time. The story that emerged was very different from how I'd imagined -- and much stronger. It's hard to have favourites of your own books; they're each such an investment in time and emotion. But you know, I think Angel Fever might be my favourite of the trilogy. It has a lot of darkness, a lot of difficult emotions...but ultimately, I hope it's a story readers will rejoice in. I've loved writing it, despite how not-easy it sometimes was.
And now that it's almost out in the US, I'm holding a giveaway to say thank you to all my readers. Your passion for this series means more than I can say. For those of you who have been waiting impatiently for Angel Fever -- thank you SO MUCH. I hope it's worth the wait!
Ready? Let's celebrate! *dances around the room* (Seriously. I just did that. I may have frightened the cat.)
Here's the deal: I've got seven gorgeous hardback US copies of Angel Fever to give away, which I'll personally sign for the winners. I'm also giving away Angel Fire pendants, an Angel Burn tote bag or two and UK Angel Fire badges. I'll be giving away TWENTY prizes altogether. This is a worldwide giveaway -- you don't have to live in the US!
How do you enter for the drawing? Easy. Just leave a comment on this blog post and tell me your favourite moment from the series so far. If you haven't read it, tell me what you're looking forward to! (And if you've already read Fever, tell me a favourite moment from the first two books, to avoid spoilers.)
IMPORTANT! Include your Twitter address in your comment, so I can let you know if you've won. If you don't have a Twitter account, just drop me a line through the 'contact me' page on my website (be sure to include your email address), and let me know which comment is yours.
That's it! The giveaway's open for a week. I'll draw names from a hat for the winners, and announce them here next Sunday the 1st December. Good luck, everyone!
Oh, and by the way: the giveaway is only the start of the celebration. From November 26th to December 9th, the fabulous Jean Book Nerd is hosting an Angel Fever blog tour. It will be AWESOME. Thanks, Jean...and thanks again to all of you.
All together now, let's sing:
Happy book birthday to you
Happy book birthday to you
Happy book birthday, Angel Fever
Happy book birthday to yoouuuu!
EDITED TO ADD: A few people have apparently had difficulty posting a comment. If you post a comment and it doesn't appear soon, it might be because I just haven't seen it yet to publish it (all comments are moderated on this blog). But if it seems like your comment really isn't it making it up there, you can tweet it to me on @LA_Weatherly, or else leave it on my FB author page. Good luck!