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e-book price drop, pass it on!

Two of the Hollows titles are on sale right now for 1.99, e-book format. It’s a good chance to make a late gift to the Hollows addict on your list, or even for yourself if you are trying to round out your e-library. And please pass the word!

The Witch With No Name: Nook. Kindle

White Witch, Black Curse: Nook Kindle

But while I was looking through my archives for a past post I could easily modify to tell you about the sale, I found this little gem from 2015. It was during an unusual -30 cold snap that seemed to last all winter. When it gets that cold, the mind wanders, and the poet in me claws its way out.

The Breaking of Silence

Kim Harrison, February, 2015

I was awake early this morning, long before the sun came up. It gave me an almost singular chance to sit in my office and drink a cup of cocoa and witness the breaking of silence. There was no wind, eerily still with no sun to push even molecules into motion, no birds to mar the perfect beauty of temperature gradient slices of air so defined you could breathe them in like flavors of ice cream. Too desiccated for clouds, only the black bare branches mark the subtle shadings from apex black, to blue, to a hint of watery pink at the horizon. Definition comes from what lacked, not substance itself.

A foot of Sandman’s sleep lays upon the world, the swollen, ugly red of sun devoid of even a whisper of warmth as the earth rolls in its gravity track and pushes it up through the bands of cream and blue–rainbows so stretched and thin that their color can’t be seen.

It is so cold my attic is cracking.

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Into the Woods wallpaper

To celebrate the release of the first Kim Harrison compilation, Into the Woods, (10/9) the graphic team at Harper has created for you a fabulous wallpaper for your personal use.  I have three sizes to make it easier to fit your various screens.  The smaller one is here, but the two big, beautiful, fill your mega-screen shots are at the website at the Into the Woods page.

I was really excited to see this come available, partly because of the tremendous detail in the tree roots.  The intertwining, organic growth in the closeup is fabulous, and I’m so pleased that the team at Harper was able to find a way to show off the artwork like this.

So here’s the smallest version, still a whopping 640 X 480  the other two are at the website. 

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Guy’s Dancing Dog

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You asked for it, and so here it is.  This is Guy’s “oddest” desk thing.  I had to sneak up to his office to take it.  (grin)  Honestly, I didn’t stage it with the book and the mug.  He’s got some sort of a collection going.  How the dog fits in there, I don’t know.  I gave it to him about five years ago, and it’s been glued once, so he must really like it.  (bigger grin)

As for me?  After a couple of weeks of cramming, I’m ramping down to a more reasonable work load.  I’ve got page proofs for Madison II to finish up and the third volume to print out and turn in (today and tomorrow)  Then I’m back in the Hollows rewriting book nine before I send it off before the end of the year.  I’ve got to start the rough draft for book ten in there, too, hopefully getting 200 pages under my keyboard before the first of the year.  This post is sounding a lot like one I did a few weeks ago . . .  I’m sure there’s going to be some GN work in there somewhere, and now that the prelim work for the world book is done (hence the cramming last week) I can get started on that.  (Dudes, this world book is going to be so fun.  I will be able to really cut lo0se on the creativity and just go nuts.  (smirky grin))

–Kim

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White Witch, Black Curse mm cover

lrwwbcYou guys are in for a treat this year!  They have decided to stick with the original artwork for the mass market of White Witch, Black Curse.  Just so you know, they did have a new piece of artwork for the mass market made up, and I’ve actually seen it.  (It’s beautiful, but some of the imagery didn’t sit well with the powers that be.)  I’m sure they will use it somewhere, but such is the power behind the buyers who didn’t like it, it was scrapped.

Am I upset?  Nope.  I get such fantastic covers for the hardcovers that I love keeping the original artwork.  This one, especially, I like, with the fountain at the square and the detail of the snow.   So here it is, the new cover for the mass market of WWBC.  (What you see here is the hard cover.  I don’t actually have the mass market cover yet, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the verbage might be moved around, but maybe not.  Why mess with perfection?) 

Look for this November 24th.  Whoo-hoo!  –Kim

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Set your clock

I know I will be.  (grin)  Today is the day that I will be on live internet radio talking with the authors of the UNBOUND anthology.  Jocelynn Drake, Vicki Pettersson, Jeaniene Frost, and Melissa Marr.  And hopefully, some of you as well!  Now’s your chance to grill us on our work, be it about the characters on the page or the way that we get our thoughts onto the page itself.  I love doing these shows because someone from the post page usually calls in, and it’s always nice to put a voice to a name.   2:00 EST, but if you want to take advantage of the live chat beforehand, it’s a good idea to register and get your machines talking _before_ everyone else jams the system.  Then you can just pop on when the show starts.

Unbound

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/TheBeyond

If you’ve been at the drama box at all this week, you know I’ve been doing a fast re-read of the entire series to help me prep myself for both the world book and the last ye-ha of the story arc.  I’ve been pleasantly surprised at what I’ve re-discovered.  Little things, mostly.  Yesterday was THE OUTLAW DEMON WAILS.  I like this one.  It takes place at Halloween, which is likely my favorite holiday.  This is also the beginning of Rachel and Ivy realizing they can’t have what they want without ruining it.  (so far.  Maybe for good.  Don’t know yet)  Rachel finding out who her dad is was a big “finally!” for me.  I’d known it since DWW, and you can see hints of it every time she and he interact.  But my favorite part, and this was unexpected at the time I wrote it, was Rachel keeping Quen alive Halloween night.  Seeing Trent react when he realized that not only could he not help keep Quen alive, but that his mindset was actually detrimental?  That Rachel could save Quen when he couldn’t?  Wow.  It was a huge blow to Trent, and probably the beginnings of him starting to grow as a person.

And then there were the demons.  This was the first time we had a chance to see into the ever-after, and I’d forgotten how fun that was.  We will see more.  It’s already written.

So today is WHITE WITCH, BLACK CURSE, with a spot of time at 2:00 pm EST to chat with YOU!

–Kim

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Darn it, I cried again.

As some of you know, I’m doing a mad-dash read through of the entire series, taking notes for the world book and generally brushing up on the Hollows before I start the next one later this year.  Yesterday I read through FOR A FEW DEMONS MORE,  finding myself not quite able to bring myself to read the ending.  At about eleven at night, I got to the part where Rachel had gotten the focus out of her, and everything was happy.  I closed the book, not wanting to go to bed with her misery on me.  Maybe I should have ended it there.  (grin)

But no . . . the last few pages were what made the rest work, and I don’t regret them at all.  So today I got up early and finished.  Sigh. . .  Favorite parts?  I had almost forgotten that this was where Ivy kissed Rachel, and Rachel’s reaction.  Dudes.  And David’s personal power when he held both Mr. Ray’s and Mrs. Sarong’s thugs at bay when there were 18 other guns in that room?  I miss David.  He’s a cool guy.  And it pissed me off all over again when I found out that Trent was responsible for Brett’s death.  Son of a wicket, he is slime.  And Ceri meeting him and Quen?  That surprised me when I wrote it, and I still like that aspect of her.

I laughed at the wedding, and the bus of people waiting outside to see if she could do it.  And I nodded my head at the foreshadowing of Pierce, both with the phone and Rex watching her.  I cried when Rachel thought Ivy and Jenks were both dead, feeling her dispar.

And I cried at the end.  My favorite image in those last pages is the pool table, stitched just like Rachel, smelling of a thousand vamps, beer, cigarette smoke–there in her front room as a testament to Kisten’s love for both of them and the sacrifice he made.  He was just a guy, doing the best he could.  And it was more than enough, though he lost his life doing it.

I’m going to try to read THE OUTLAW DEMON WAILS today.  Wish me luck.  This pace is just about killing me!  😉

–Kim

UnboundDon’t forget, tomorrow at 2:oo pm EST, I’ll be doing a live-internet radio show with the authors of the UNBOUND anthology, all of us answering your questions and fielding your comments.  You don’t have to stick to the anthology.  You can call in and talk to us live, or you can join the live chat and ask by posting at the show.  If you’ve not been to one of these before, they are a lot of fun, but you might want to pop over sometime today and register so that you’re sure your machine and the show’s machine are talking before the big rush at the last five minutes.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/TheBeyond

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Up next, For A Few Demons More . . .

. . . because I finished A FISTFUL OF CHARMS.  Whoa, my eyes are just about going buggy, so I’m sorry about any typos.  I’m actually writing this the night before it gets posted because I’ve got another full day tomorrow and I need every scrap of the clock on Tuesday.  This read-a-book-a-day schedule is hard to keep up with as I read a book and nibble at my copy edit.  Both are going well, and I’ve already found something in my FOC re-read that contradicts something in BLACK MAGIC SANCTION, but now I can fix it before it goes to print.    Whoo-hoo!  One less mistake! 

So, favorite parts of FISTFUL OF CHARMS?  It would have to be Jenks getting human size and the chance it afforded him and Rachel to play.  He cares so much for Rachel, it’s beautiful, and you only see hints until she’s weak from bloodloss and he thinks Ivy’s going to drain her.  I liked bringing Rex into the family.  And I liked Rachel realizing that she uses adrenaline to prove that she’s alive–that she needs to come to terms with Ivy in an unselfish way.  I liked Marshal, even though I know he’s not a popular character, and I liked seeing David in action.  He’s a cool dude.  But my favorite part is Aretha on the island, recognizing Rachel and allowing her to live.  What’s up with that?  I don’t know, but it’s important. 

–Kim

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