It sure has been a month. I don’t even know how to begin, so let’s just run through it, shall we?
I started a new job. Winter finally showed up. I moderated my first panel and gave my first reading at ConFusion in Detroit. I wrote a bit more of my WIP. The cover for book two entered the world. Book one got two excellent trade reviews. Our laundry machine broke. A Polar Vortex shut down our city –
Wait, wait, WAIT – you say. Book two’s cover?? Went live???
Oh yeah. I guess that’s important.
Okay that’s an understatement. It’s pretty important and I’m REALLY EXCITED about it. If you’ve been following my posts for any length of time, you know Book Two was once Book Only and I poured my heart and soul into it. Then I wrote Book One and poured my heart into that too, but Book Two will just always have that place in my heart as the First.
There’s just something about writing a book for just you, never knowing if it’s going to get an agent’s attention let alone reach the light of day – or the hands of readers. I love all of my book children equally, in their own ways, but The Impossible Contract just feels different. For The Perfect Assassin, covers and blurbs and reviews weren’t daydreams – they were expectations. I had a contract, after all. But for TIC, well. They were dreams.
And when I got to see TIC’s cover for the first time in December, it was literally a dream come true.
And now that it’s live elsewhere on the internet, I can finally share that dream with you:
The purple! The gold! That expression! That garrote! It’s THANA. My Thana, who started out as a lone figure on a rooftop almost five years ago and now has a whole family to rely on. She has come so very far and I can’t wait to talk more about her and share her with you in November.
But BEFORE THAT I have a whole ‘nother book coming out.
And The Perfect Assassin has been getting some awesome reviews.
But Kai, you say gently, You just dropped a cover on us. You can tell us about the reviews later.
I mean, yes technically, I could but in reality, this is probably the only blog post I’m going to make for the next month or two, so you’re getting this now.
Here – if it’s any easier, you can take a break and come back in a week or so and pretend this is a whole new blog post. Good?
I’ve already flailed and hyperventilated about this elsewhere, but The Perfect Assassin got a starred (!!!) review from Publisher’s Weekly! You can read the whole thing here, but if you want to avoid some very light potential spoilers, here’s the choice quote:
“Doore is a force to be reckoned with, blending a stirring plot, elegant worldbuilding, effortless style, and diverse, empathetic characters.”
I might have shouted “a force to be RECKONED WITH” every chance I had for a week straight. Honestly, I’m still riding that high.
And then there’s also this amazing review from Booklist. It’s behind a paywall, so if you don’t have access, here’s another good quote:
“Doore’s thrilling fantasy debut is a suspenseful murder mystery wrapped around a coming-of-age story […] Ghadid, set on platforms hundreds of feet above shifting sands, is vividly described, with a fascinating history and culture that Doore folds in naturally. This author is one to watch.”
IF YOU DON’T, WHO WILL.
AND IF NO ONE DOES, DO I EVEN EXIST?
Anyway: *flings confetti*
I guess this means I can’t pretend I’ve just been bribing/threatening everyone for good reviews. Or maybe it does and these are two flukes that will never happen again! Who knows! I sure don’t! You might find out in just 48 days!
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