Final sneak peek! And it’s a really, really, really amazing chapter. Get ready… and, of course, THE UNDEAD POOL is out in two weeks on 2/25/14!
Are you counting down the days until the release of Kim Harrison’s penultimate book in the Hollows series, The Undead Pool? Have you read all five excerpts from her latest short story, Trouble on Reserve already? Have you read, memorized, and re-read the first three chapters of Undead Pool, and you’re still craving more Rachel Morgan adventures? Then today’s giveaway is for you!
We’re giving away 5 hardcover copies of The Hollows Insider and 5 hardcover copies of Into the Woods – which means there will be 10 lucky winners in today’s giveaway! Enter to win by leaving a comment below, or RT us on Twitter: @HarperVoyagerUS! The giveaway ends at 6 p.m. EST. Good luck! The winners will be selected at random and contacted directly.
Into the Woods combines original work, including a new Hollows novella, as well as all of Kim Harrison’s previously published short fiction gathered together in one volume for the very first time. No true Hollows aficionado will want to pass this up!
The Hollows Insider is your guide through the dark mysteries of this grimly twisted Cincinnati—featuring maps and illustrations, spells and character profiles, and much more.
This contest is open to US residents only.
Kim Harrison shared her five go-to rules she kept while writing the bestselling Hollows series with USA Today Books. Find out what it takes to keep the peace with hundreds of thousands of readers while staying true to your own writing!
There is also an EXCLUSIVE video that recaps all the Hollows books thus far (from DEAD WITCH WALKING to EVER AFTER), as told by Harrison’s own Rachel Morgan. If you’re a Hollows fan this recap is a perfect refresher. Spoiler alert! If you haven’t read all the books, beware. Major plot points lie ahead.
It’s All Hallows Eve—a high holiday in the world of the Hollows, and definite holy day for Kim Harrison & Harper Voyager. This year, Kim & Harper Voyager are teaming up to bring you a witchy trick-or-treat gift—Rachel Morgan style. You’ve still got 2 hours left to enter to become 1 of 31 lucky winners, be chosen at random to receive a *signed* e-book edition of Kim Harrison’s explosively awesome 11th Hollows book, Ever After—to be delivered directly to your e-reader, computer, smartphone, or tablet by midnight (the witching hour!) of Halloween 2013! (Note: this is a complimentary e-book edition of Ever After, and is compatible with any device that doesn’t use e-ink. Remember, if all else fails, reading on your phone or your computer is always an option!).
Contrary to what you might expect from a giveaway for a book about a witch, winners will not be chosen by drawing names out of a creepy cauldron; just click on this Rafflecopter widget, and enter by following Kim Harrison and / or Harper Voyager US on twitter and/ or Facebook, or by tweeting about this contest (see the Rafflecopter widget for more details). Each different form of entry counts as one more chance for you to win your treat! Winners will be announced by 12PM on 10/31. And as for trick? We’ll have Jenks pix you. Just kidding! (Maybe).
ABOUT THE BOOK:
The ever after, the demonic realm that parallels our own, is shrinking, and if it disappears, so does all magic in our own. It’s up to witch-turned-daywalking-demon Rachel Morgan to fix this, before life utterly changes for the worse.
Of course, there’s also the small fact that she caused the ley line to rip in the first place, and her life is forfeit unless she can fix it. And that the most powerful demon in the ever after–one who eats souls–has vowed to destroy Rachel, and kidnapped her friend and goddaughter as leverage. If Rachel doesn’t give herself up, they will die.
Rachel must team up with elven tycoon Trent Kalamack–a prospect both thrilling and dismaying–to return to the ever after and rescue the hostages, then keep both worlds from being destroyed.
All the details on Kim Harrison’s Hollows Read-Along can be found HERE (click to go to the homepage for the read-along). She’s been reading Dead Witch Walking for the past week or so, but now we have also put the ebook on sale for $1.99, so if you want to read along it’s a steal to just download the ebook (quick purchasing links here)
Click through to see the cover and read the whole first chapter. Enjoy!
Over on Kim Harrison’s Facebook page and her blog, you will find, piece by piece, the cover of the twelfth Hollows novel THE UNDEAD POOL! Each day, Kim is revealing a new piece of the puzzle! Here’s what’s been revealed so far… final post/full cover will be revealed on Friday, September 20th!
In the Hollows, the supernatural Inderlander rule, and humanity must abide by their conventions, or else. To survive among vampires, witches, Weres, gargoyles, trolls, fairies, and banshees—to say nothing of demons—humanity needs a guide. And now, here is an insider’s look at the supernatural world of the Hollows, from an overarching new story to character profiles, maps, spell guides, charm recipes, secret correspondence from elusive Trent Kalamack, and much more.
One misfired spell that burned off his hair is all it took to send investigative reporter Devin Crossman on a mission to uncover all the secrets of Rachel Morgan and expose them to the world. Collected here are all his notebook entries and a treasure trove of evidence, including maps, species profiles, magic spells, documents from Inderland Security, Takata’s song lyrics, Betty Bob’s recipes, Ley Line Charms, entries from the Were Registry, articles from The Hollows Gazette, and many more documents that cast light into regions of the Hollows that have never been revealed.
It’s no secret we are very excited about EVER AFTER, the latest Hollows novel by Kim Harrison (Jan 22, 2013). Kim Harrison was kind enough to answer some questions for us! Enjoy… and remember, DON’T PANIC!
Q: First off, the book title is EVER AFTER, but that’s somewhat misleading… hence why you keep telling readers, “Don’t Panic!” Rachel’s not riding off into the sunset… not before she deals with her personal demons, right?
A: I have been assuring readers for months now that EVER AFTER is not the last book in the series despite the fairytale ending sound to it. We’ve got two more after this one before I reach the ending I’ve been working for and Rachel, Ivy, Jenks, and perhaps even Al get their happy ending. But yes, there are a few unexpected issues that have cropped up in these last two books as I delve deeper into the source of magic.
Like most of the books in the series, EVER AFTER is a play on a Clint Eastwood move, in this case, HEREAFTER. I think it’s especially fitting since much of the story line revolves around the possible destruction of the ever-after, a secondary reality in the mythology of the series.
Q: Speaking of Douglas Adams (and please don’t throw your towel at me)—you are a great fan of his work. How has his writing influenced yours?
A: I love Douglas Adam’s work, yes! His titles were some of the few that I bought as hard cover when all my disposable income went for books. I couldn’t wait. I like using humor to make my characters more identifiable, and I figure if I can’t laugh while Rachel figures out how to save the world, I’m not doing it right.
Q: Rachel’s romance. It’s the question you play hardest-to-get on, but the aspect of the books that readers ask you most about. Will Rachel get her own happily-ever-after?
A: Will Rachel find her happy ever-after? Oh yes, very much so, but I always caution readers that it might not be the traditional happily ever after they expect with the white-picket fence, two kids, and a ring on her finger. Rachel is the girl next door, but she is anything but traditional, and her happy-ever-after will reflect that. My idea of a happy-ever-after has always been when the protagonist comes to understand her flaws and has learned how to work with them, becoming happy with who she is and learning what she needs to go confidently forward. In a way, Rachel has had this for a long time. She simply had to recognize it and accept that she is deserving of happiness.
Q: With Trent?
A: Oh, that would be telling! I have a lot of readers who are angry at me for exploring the chance that Rachel might find her happy ending with Ivy and then seemingly abandon that for Trent, but I’ve been having too much fun with Trent, seeing him grow and change, using him as a foil for Rachel to grow and change as well. I thoroughly enjoyed the Ivy and Rachel story line that dominated the early and middle section of the Hollows story arc. Ivy grew. Her choices became smarter, and I could not ruin the growth she underwent simply to throw more obstacles at Rachel. I don’t want to say who Rachel ends up with because I have a tendency to change things up to the copy edit, but I will say I’ve seen Ivy’s ending. It is beautiful, sensitive, and feels really, really good to me.
Q: You’ve said, in book 13, every character will experience a happy ending, if not a happily-ever-after. You’re getting closer and closer… and EVER AFTER did take some dark twists. Everyone still going to be okay when the end draws near?
A: I’ve long told readers that my goal is a happy ending for everyone. I probably should have said my goal is a happy ending for everyone who survives. EVER AFTER ups the stakes for the last couple of books. No one is safe. But then again, there are a few characters I would celebrate if they met their end.
Q: Readers have often asked you about Rachel and Ivy…but it finally seems like Ivy has met her match…care to comment?
A: Ivy is one of my absolute favorite characters in the Hollows. She has evolved and grown, almost leaving the series twice as she learns to love herself and accept that her needs are not wrong. A character that balanced and confident isn’t as much fun to watch as one who’s still struggling, but the introduction of a new character has sparked a new story line that involves Ivy, and I hope we see this thread continue to the last book.
Q: Do you have titles in place for books 12 and 13 that you’d like to share with us?
A: I have titles for the last couple of books, but I’m reluctant to share them just yet as my editor isn’t keen on the one I want for book twelve and we still need to find one we both like and can get past marketing. Book thirteen won’t hit the shelves until 2015. We’ve had a title for that for a long time, but it’s far too early to share just yet. I will say that I’m sticking to tradition, and as long as Clint Eastwood keeps making movies, I will keep using his titles.
Q: And – here’s what everyone wants to know: we read Into the Woods, and saw you embarking upon some interesting new directions. After the last page is turned on The Hollows, where do you go next?
A: Into the Woods gave me a rare opportunity to play in depth with a several new ideas, developing not just story lines but real characters, worlds, and magic mythologies. It turned out to be somewhat of a double-edged sword since the stories that made it to the page are more like prequels to the series that I might be developing. It’s a great way to work out the kinks in the magic system and organize the world, but large chunks are missing from what I would eventually work with, entire characters and motivations that are really what get me to the keyboard every morning.
I work quite far ahead of the printing schedule with the rough draft for the last Hollows book sitting safely in my cabinet already, but even so, it’s too early to tell if I’m going to continue on with the “Spider Silk” and shade my work toward horror, or if I will follow “Grace” and her more military feel, or perhaps “Pet Shop Boys,” where I go all out and let my imagination go nuts and just have fun. Lately I’ve been teasing my editor with hints of an as yet unshared manuscript of something completely different, something that captured my attention last year to such a degree that threw out my beloved plots and outlines and just wrote it by the seat of my pants. It’s fast, smart, and plays with a few ideas that have been haunting me for the last ten years as my writing skills have been playing catch-up with my ambitions. I think it’s time for Peri. We’ll see.
Hello and Happy New Year from Harper Voyager!
It’s the final countdown to Ever After by Kim Harrison! Only 20 more days until Hollows #11 goes on-sale–but if you need some more Rachel Morgan in your life, here’s a few things you can do in the meantime:
Kim is doing a signed-copy drive for Ever After. When you pre-order from Nicola’s Books, you get an autographed copy shipped to you (even overseas!) by 1/22/13 (when the book goes on sale)—but orders need to be in ASAP. There’s some more info on Kim’s site, and here’s a link to the pre-order page.
There is still one week left for Kim’s Mystery City Campaign! The two final cities are Atlanta and Minneapolis—and the first city to reach 150 pre-orders becomes the last stop on Kim’s 2013 tour! Pre-orders can be placed via Togather–so if you want Kim Harrison to come to your city, make sure to place your order here!