[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.]
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:
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)