Shimmer is in the wild…

Today is release day for Shimmer in Australia (only another week until it pops up on shelves in the UK on 3 July*). It’s always such an exciting and nail-biting time when a new book goes out into the world.

I’m not going to tell you too much about what to expect with the plot (needless to say, there will be twists), but there are a couple of unique features in this instalment that I thought I’d mention.

IMG_1346A prologue
Yep, there’s a quick catch-up prologue, so if you haven’t re-read Haze you can hopefully jump straight back into the story. Prologues can be helpful, or they can be a distraction when all you want is to get into the action. But with Shimmer it seemed like a no-brainer (an excellent idea, in fact, from my editor, Mandy Brett). By the time we get to Shimmer, there are too many layers of story to subtly weave into the early chapters (as I attempted to do in Haze). So, I’ve written a short prologue in Gaby’s voice and from her perspective, so hopefully it feels like you have started to read the book proper.

Text Publishing coverA who’s who of the Rephaim
Another great idea from Mandy. Given the number of characters coming together in Shimmer (as a result of what happens at the end of Haze), she thought it would be handy to have a quick snapshot of the main players up front, which I totally agreed with. Rather than do it too clinically, I’ve tried to have a bit of fun with the Rephaim mini bios. See what you think. 🙂

Hopefully you guys enjoy both new sections – as a help in diving back into the world of the Rephaim and as interesting extras. And, of course, I hope you enjoy the whole book. 🙂

(*Shimmer will be released in the US and Canada next year.)

Shimmer launch party on 3 July – you coming?

If you’re not doing anything on Thursday 3 July and you can get to Riverbend Books in Bulimba (Brisbane), you might like to book to come along to the Australian launch of Shimmer (Rephaim #3).

The wonderful Marianne de Pierres will again be joining me, and this year we’ll have another of our fun informal chats about the series and writing in general. I’ll take questions from the audience (if anyone has any), plus I’ll be around to sign copies of Shimmer. (Wow, I can’t believe it’s only a few weeks and it’s out in the big wide world!)

I’m so excited to again be at Riverbend Books (I do love a tradition!). We’ll have snacks and a cash bar and of course there’s the actual bookshop itself to explore…

The launch is open to everyone, but you definitely need to RSVP (details below).

See you there!

invite_email