A Couple of Book Deals…

newsIt seems like a lot of my favorites are in the process of branching out from their established, long standing series.  Thea Harrison starts up her Game of Shadows series next April, Richelle Mead‘s Age of X hits the shelves next June, and Alexandra Ivy‘s The Sentinels will be in full swing by 2014.  Looks like there are a couple of more to add to the list, too.

  • Jeanine Frost made the big announcement today that she will be starting a new series called Realmwalker.  This one will be an older YA or New Adult offering (I had never heard the term New Adult before).  According to Jeaniene, the series will focus on a “young woman who discovers she’s the last member of an ancient line with an unwanted destiny; and that her only ally, a mysterious young man is destined to betray her… and doom the world.”  Jeaniene gives a little backstory about the new series, saying that the idea has been brewing for years.  There will be no change in schedule for the Night Huntress and Night Prince books, with Night Huntress ending at book 9 and Night Prince ending at book 3.  There is still the potential for a return to the Night Huntress world, with another vampire stepping up *coughIancough* when the other two stories have completed their arcs.  Looks like a bit of a wait for Realmwalker, though, since it is looking like a 2014 release.  You can see the full announcement on Jeaniene’s site HERE.
  • Now, this second one is a bit different.  Last week, news broke that Cassandra Clare has signed on to do a new project.  Well, sort of, since it is still set in the Shadowhunters world.    According to reports, Cassandra has agreed to do a series spinoff that “involves two coauthors, an e-only component, and a profit share.”  This new episodic series will feature Magnus Bane, and will be released digitally month by month, and will then later be published all together in print format.  This one will be called The Bane Chronicles, and will be 10 stories in all, with digital release starting this coming February.  Each story will be from 8000 to 10000 words, with some of the stories being penned by Cassandra Clare, some by Sarah Rees Brennan (Unspoken), and some by Maureen Johnson (13 Little Blue Envelopes).  The stories will build up to the release of the City of Bones movie on August 23rd, 2013, with the print version coming sometime in 2014.

And since I have been trying to find a way to work this into a post, here is a still from the upcoming Mortal Instruments movie that I saw over on Page to Premier Network.

mortal instruments still

I was thrilled when I read the Jeaniene Frost news, especially when I saw that it was not going to push the publication schedule back for her existing works (hello, Kresley Cole and one a year IAD books…).  Call me greedy, but a gal (er, or guy) needs their fix.  I find that the Cassandra Clare news is a bit more…involved.  I have been seeing much complaint from those who wish that she would wrap up the Shadowhunters, not expand.  The original Mortal Instruments went from three books to six.  Then came the three books of the Infernal Devices.  Then came word of a third trilogy called the Dark Artifices starting up in 2015.  Now, that is not to say that I didn’t enjoy all that I have read so far because I have.  But sometimes it is good to try something else (see Jeanine Frost, expanding outside her very popular world).  New worlds and new ideas mean new readers, which is never a bad thing.

So, where do you stand on this seemingly sudden diversification trend hitting so many big time favorite (at least favorite of mine) authors?  Personally, the only recent one that for whatever reason didn’t grab me was Darynda Jones’ YA Darklight series, and the only one I am not eagerly anticipating is Thea Harrison’s upcoming Game of Shadows.  Not sure why, but I can’t seem to rev myself up for it at all.  Oh, and was anyone else as in the dark as me about the “New Adult” genre?

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13 thoughts on “A Couple of Book Deals…

  1. lol, I heard about New Adult this summer at HeroesCon in Charlotte, NC. An author was there and told me that was her genre. So now the young adults can move into the new adults before they become full adults!

    I think the new atmosphere in publishing (ebooks and self-pub) is encouraging authors who were afraid to leave their safe niche to branch out and indulge and publishers are encouraging them too out of fear they will just self-pub and they would be cut out of that loop (money).

    • It does make sense when you say it, actually. It is quite a jump from YA to UF or PNR a lot of the time, so something to fill the gaps would be smart.

  2. From what I can figure out, New Adult books are more open about having sex, since there is a tacit understanding in YA books that teenagers may have sexual thoughts but they “never” have sex, noooo!!!!

    As a frame of reference – Easy by Tamar Webber is the first book I heard classified as New Adult.

    • I have read a few young adult books where the main characters have had sex, but it is rare. It was more a case of you having to infer that that is what happened, or you get told about it later.

  3. I learned about NA over the summer at an authors signing where I met Jaycee and Victoria who have a blog (along with other authors) called NA Alley. It’s a great site to check out if you interested in finding out more about it.

  4. I just wanted to take a moment and wish you a very Merry Christmas!! I know it is a very busy time for all of us and so I didn’t want the time to pass by without sending cheer. I have enjoyed talking with you this year, it has been fun. May you have much success this coming year both personally and professionally. I am looking forward to another fun year and lots more laughs and of course, BOOKS!! God Bless!!

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