Monday, August 30, 2010

“Releasing” the Book

(actually, NOT by Tera Lynn Childs, who is posting this because Blogger hates Sophie)

[ETA: The winner of the ARC of Firelight is ... I read banned books-Jen! Send your address to sophie(at)sophiejordan(dot)net so she can get your prize in the mail.]

With the release of Firelight only days away, there’s little else on my mind. I mean I take care of the usual business calling for my attention, but other than my two high-maintenance kids who have a serious set of windpipes, most of that business right now involves Firelight -- getting blog posts and Q&As completed, answering emails, getting swag packs out the door for Team Draki members (btw, you can learn about that on my website), getting ready for the book tour HarperTeen’s sending me on, making certain my website is up to date with all the latest information, and planning last minute details for my big book launch on September 10th.

The term release day is very apt because on the dawn of September 7th, the moment that my creation bursts free into the world, I will feel a sense of immense release – release from all those lurking anxieties, from the pent-up tension that this day would never arrive. I'll breathe again. And probably laugh. And cry. Firelight will finally be set free! Readers will shout their reviews from the blogosphere (not that they haven’t already). My inbox will see a little more activity. All the hard work and love I put into creating Firelight culminates in this single day ... which is amazing when I think about how it started with a vague desire to write a young adult novel with a paranormal element that touched on the myth of dragons. If you read my blurb, you can see how that idea exploded for me:

Summary:

A HIDDEN TRUTH
MORTAL ENEMIES
DOOMED LOVE

Marked as special at an early age, Jacinda knows her every move is watched. But she longs for freedom to make her own choices. When she breaks the most sacred tenet of her kind, she nearly pays with her life, only to be spared by a beautiful stranger sent to hunt those like her. For Jacinda is a draki--a descendant of dragons whose ability to shift into human form is her best defense.

Forced to flee into the mortal world, Jacinda struggles to adapt. The one bright light is Will. Gorgeous, elusive Will who stirs her inner draki to life. Although she is irrestibly drawn to him, Jacinda knows Will's dark secret: He and his family are hunters. She should avoid him at all costs. But her inner draki is slowly slipping away - if it dies she will be left a human forever. She'll do anything to prevent that. Even if it means getting closer to her most dangerous enemy.

From the kernel of an idea … to a proposal … to a book deal. Almost two years later, it’s finally here. It never ceases to amaze me! Just one more week, and it will finally be here, finally be real. Feel free to leave a comment. One lucky poster today will win an arc of FIRELIGHT! Be sure to check back tomorrow and see if you’ve won! *(US and Canada residents only)

Happy reading,
Sophie Jordan

41 comments:

Ivy Hawthorn said...

Thanks for the chance to win Sophie! I'd love to have an ARC! Considering I'm giving my first copy away! Ahh! :) I just LOVE LOVE LOVE your book!


~Ivy

Sharon S. said...

so excited for you! You can feel the energy coming off you .Good luck with the tour. I just visited your website and WOW great site! I will get the word out at my daughters' schools.

Of course once this book hits the shelves you will be bombarded with the question "when is the next one coming?"

Cassay said...

Congrats! I can't wait to pick up the book next week :)

Cassandra C

Scoot said...

Thanks for the chance to win! I am really looking forward to reading this book and can't wait to get my hands on a copy of it.

Thanks!
Scoot

Erin said...

Congratulations Sophie! I can only imagine how incredible this time in your life really is! I keep hearing such wonderful things about Firelight and I'm really looking forward to it. :-)

Erin
Leigherin@comcast.net

tetewa said...

Congrats on the release, sounds good! tWarner419@aol.com

Danielle said...

Tera, I'm so excited for you! It must feel really good to have one of your books coming out soon. I think I have been waiting over a month for this book to come out. I can't wait and I absolutely love the cover. Good Luck!!

Katie said...

I have had Firelight on my wish list for ages. It would be awesome to have a copy!

Congrats on the release!

Katie
bigferret at email dot com

priscillashay said...

I love the fact that you actually take the time to explain how the dragons are able to look like humans. Can't wait for Release Day! :)

PS
yusuf339 AT yahoo DOT com

I Read Banned Books said...

The cover art of Firelight is amazing! A definite must read. Thx for the giveaway!

jenbigheart(at)yahoo.com

jenbigheart.blogspot.com

~Jen

Jessica said...

WOW! That's awesome! I can't wait for my turn to come along! I'm an aspiring writer myself and am trying to finish editing my novel so I can start querying.

Wish me luck!

Congrats to you though!!

Jenny said...

Congrats on the release!
The book looks really good and the cover is beautiful. I can't wait to read it!

narcijen[AT]gmail[DOT]com

Zita said...

Hooray for real books!

Sherri said...

I love your take on "release" I've never thought of it that way, but I can see where it would be a weight lifted off your shoulders.

Congrats on the release!!

Sherri at Urban Girl Reader

urbangirlreader[at]gmail[dot]com

Fi-chan (Bookish-Escape) said...

Congrats! :D so happy and excited for you!!

Well, I'm not from US or Canada, so you can exclude me *secretly hides in a corner and cries* Just kidding :D

Ivy Hawthorn said...

Wowww! I forgot to enter my email! So sorry! ivy@ivyhawthorn.com

Congratulations on you're upcoming release! I'm so happy for you!

Danielle Gorman said...

Congrats! Can't wait to read this. BTW, love the cover!

iqb99@yahoo.com

thereadingdate said...

Congrats on your book release! I'm so excited to read Firelight - I've been hearing about it for ages!

Onge said...

Congrats!! I can't wait to read your book. I've been hearing good things about it!

Katie Dalton said...

Congrats! Almost time, looking forward to reading and yes reviewing the book as well. :)

http://ismellsheep.blogspot.com

CrystalGB said...

Congrats Sophie on the release of Firelight. Sounds wonderful. I love the cover. :)

tsalvatore said...

Congrats! Looking forward to reading this book.

Teril said...

Awesome job being published! I have seen several reviews on this book already, and I am excited! I would of course love an Arc ;)
But I also wanted to say that this story looks like it will be a great read and I am anticipating this release!

Patricia Lynne said...

OMG I'd go nuts if I had a book being published in a few days. Probably couldn't sleep or eat and be driving EVERYONE nuts! Congrats though, you earned it!
Also I would an ARC probably hang it on the wall or something. lol

ilona said...

As an avid dragon lover I really want to add this one to my collection :D

Kris said...

YAY! So exciting! I follow Sophie (and Tera LOL) on twitter so I've seen the excitement of the book release countdown. It must be amazing!

Fathima said...

Congratulations! I can't wait to get my hands on a copy of Firelight! Since I can't afford it, I'll have to wait until its available at my library :(

brainytex@hotmail.com

Elizabeth Briggs said...

Can't wait to read this one!

Barbara E. said...

Yeah, it's almost here! Thanks for the chance to win a copy of Firelight, I can't wait to read it.

Barbed1951(at)aol(dot)com

van_pham said...

Firelight sounds like a fun read, thanks for the giveaway!


van

littopandaxpress(at)yahoo(dot)com

Casey said...

Congrats!!! That's so amazing that its finally coming out =)

Please enter me in the contest!

TracyW said...

Congratulations! Firelight sounds great. I can't wait to read it!

angel28140 said...

Congrats on the release Sophie! I've been waiting for Firelight for months and can't believe it'll be here in a week!

Shari C said...

Congraulations on "Firelight'. I can understand why you are so excited as the book sounds terrific. I love stories which involve dragons so I will definitely be looking forward to reading your story and hopefully might even win the ARC in your drawing.

Enjoy this special time with the release of your new book and hope there are many more novels in your future.

Sara M said...

Thanks for the chance to win! And congrats on your release! Firelight sounds fantastic.

KerrelynSparks said...

This book is a fabulous, exciting read! I know it's going to do great! See you at the Launch Party, Sophie!

Sweet Rachel! said...

Thank you for this opportunity! I have been wanting to read this one dearly!

Crystal said...

Congrads on your release next week! Can't wait to read it, and LOVE the cover!

nymfaux said...

Congrats Sophie!!!! I'm so excited for you!!!!

I have a countdown on my blog, and I've been checking it daily :) I've been super excited about Firelight ever since I first heard about it!!!! I can't wait to read it!!!!!! *crosses fingers**knocks on wood*

Nicole said...

Oh I am so excited for this book!! I love the premise and can't wait to find out more about Jacinda!

nymfaux said...

congrats to the winner!!!!