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Thank you, all, for the deluge of support on the release of Darkest Mercy. The way you have embraced the character from WL forward for the last few years has been very important to me. Thank you for that.

With your support, the fifth book in the series--as with the first four--hit the NY Times.  You've made 5 releases in a row all NYT bestsellers. THANK YOU.  With the 3rd book in a series (in children's or teen), the books move to the series list--which is crazy-hard to reach.  You, however, made the series appear on that list with Fragile, Radiant Shadows, & now Darkest Mercy.

. . . AND you put Darkest Mercy on the USA Today bestseller list too!

*sends many hugs*

What a way to celebrate the end of the series!

Release day itself was pretty fabulous, too. I had fun doing the live stream, and reading your emails/FB/twitter/msg-board/print letters celebrating the release.  I also celebrated by going out for dinner on release day with one of the Wicked Lovely film producers.

ON THE FILM
I continue to be so excited to work with the film team, especially my fabulous producers & screenwriter. It seems like such a strange process, though, in many ways like writing a book.  How? Well, out there waiting (as I do for books or films I want to see!) you can't see the process, all of the things that go on between starting and it getting to you.  With books, there are revisions, copyedits, galleys, cover design, meetings on so many things, and with films, there are revisions (on the screenplay), meetings, strange last minute requests that always seem time sensitive (note: these happen in the book process too), yet almost all of those are steps that no one sees.

Last fall I sweet man said to me "it must be great to just get to sit around and write."  I laughed out loud.  I didn't mean to, and I immediately explained why & apologized in case my moment of outburst hurt his feelings.  Luckily, it hadn't. . . although he did admit that he was sad that his illusions were shattered. He told me he wanted to think that the job I do was one without a lot of actual, yanno, work bc he wanted to write some day.  I did admit that the days when my job is good--when the muse is dancing or that first copy is in my hands or readers astound me with wondrousness--it's the best job in the world (aside from motherhood, of course!)

The waiting parts are always hard, though, and the not-sharing things is hard. I like to share my glee. It's always more satisfying to share than not. . . but all I can say is that we are moving forward, not as fast as some would like, but the project remains positive & my producers & studio remain amazing.

Writing stuff
I am getting a lot of "are you sure this is the end of the series?" questions. I am.  This story is over.  Could there be other stories in this world? Maybe some day, but it's not where I'm at now.  Now I'm finishing up Carnival and then I'll be back to the 2nd adult novel (which lacks a title). After that, I'm contracted for the new YA trilogy  (which I call Shadowlight). . . so Darkest Mercy really is the end of this story, but thank you for the love that makes you want to hang out with these characters a bit longer.

I did, admittedly, write some WL World short stories--"Old Habits," "Stopping Time," and "Cotton Candy Skies" (which are out in ebook format only so far), and a story in Enthralled (Sept 2011) anthology. Those and "A Hoard" will be in the short story collection, Faery Tales & Nightmares (February 2012).  That collection will also have the selchie story ("Love Struck") that was in Love is Hell and a few very short stories that have nothing to do with faeries.

Yes, to those asking, the print story collection will be in the UK, Australia, & NZ too.

And as of yesterday, "Stopping Time" will be released in Germany too.

Signed Books
Yes, you can get signed copies of Darkest Mercy. I signed a pile of them at Mysterious Galaxy in San Diego, CA, and yesterday I signed them at Fountain Books in Richmond, VA.  Both stores ship worldwide.

No, I am not not doing many events.  I will be at RT in Los Angeles, CA (April); Booksoup in Hollywood (April); and FaerieWorld in Eugene, OR (June).  All event details are on my website.  I am doing a few tour stops for Graveminder, & I will sign WL books there too. The only of those I can confirm right now is Kepler's in the San Fransisco area on June 3rd.

Graveminder

The first industry review on GM came in on Darkest Mercy's release day too! I won't post te whole thing, but the closing lines of it were:

". . . the emotional dance between Rebekkah and Byron will captivate female readers.

Fantasy-horror fans will demand more." (Kirkus, Feb/March 2011)

Here's hoping that they're right, & you all like it.  Of course, I was also pleased that they had as much trouble as I do deciding the genre! It's for "female readers" and "fantasy-horror" readers. Yeah, that whole "what genre" thing kicks my ass every time it comes up . Relieved that it's not just me!!!  :)

Comments

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lilrongal
Mar. 5th, 2011 07:57 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on getting NYT again! It must feel amazing to love what you're doing so much, and to be recognized for it as well.
gigglievs
Mar. 5th, 2011 08:08 pm (UTC)
Kirkus is right! Graveminder was fantastic and dark and so much fun!

*needs more*

-V
Helene_Dunbar
Mar. 5th, 2011 08:47 pm (UTC)
Kindle Versions
Congrats - am almost done with Darkest Mercy and loving it (in the places that don't make me cry).

Question: Has anyone else reported problems buying the kindle version of WL with Cotton Candy Skies? I tried to purchase it and Amazon wouldn't let me because I already bought the LAST version of WL that had bonus materials in April 2010.

-Helene
melissa_writing
Mar. 5th, 2011 09:59 pm (UTC)
Re: Kindle Versions
RE: Kindle Version
I'll tell Harper. Thx!
boothyisawesome
Mar. 5th, 2011 09:55 pm (UTC)
Congrats on the NYT and the film stuff going on and all the books you're working on now! You deserve it all. I can't wait to read Graveminder; it sounds so good! I also hope to get to see you again at some event this summer.
persephone_20
Mar. 5th, 2011 10:58 pm (UTC)
This is all such fantastic news!! Congratulations on all of it!

I was wondering about 'Old Habits' and 'Cotton Candy Skies' because I've only been able to find them as Kindle editions. Are there any that will be read through adobe reader like with 'Stopping Time'?

I very much can't wait till your signed copy of Darkest Mercy reaches me over here in Australia. Copies of your book are sitting in my local bookshop and I've already seen heaps of people pouring over them happily.
(Anonymous)
Mar. 7th, 2011 03:54 am (UTC)
Kobobooks.com has them. They're not a US-based company, so you hopefully won't have to fight with geographical restrictions. Sony has them too, but you have to download another piece of software to buy stuff from them, and they might be geo-restricted.
shadowkiss13
Mar. 5th, 2011 11:17 pm (UTC)
Darkest Mercy
Got into WL through Ink Exchange. The book was £1.99 and it seemed to call to me, have been addicted ever since.
Darkest Mercy was fantastic, really, really enjoyed it and the cruel twist regarding Iri.
annemariepace
Mar. 6th, 2011 04:09 am (UTC)
Hooray!
leiaaurora
Mar. 6th, 2011 04:25 am (UTC)
I adored the newest book. A great ending to a great story with amazing characters. Thank you so much for bringing them to life. :0)
Can't wait to read Graveminder.
bookninja15
Mar. 6th, 2011 05:21 am (UTC)
WOW! alreayd on the list?
Fantastic.
Anyway, haven't read DM yet,but it WILL be one of the next 5 books I'll buy. ;)
Antonina Dali' Sarria
Mar. 6th, 2011 06:41 pm (UTC)
thank you for ending this fantastic saga in the most amazing way i couldn't ever imagine!
I've been web-stalking you since i read the first few chapter of Wicked Lovely and loved all of your works.. :) keep it up!
angelwolf2003
Mar. 7th, 2011 04:49 am (UTC)
My mother and I will be there to stalk you while you're in San Francisco! Apparently we can only stalk you properly when you're either in San Diego or San Francisco. We may come by and wave if we see you at RT in LA but that's a little close to home to properly stalk someone :-P
christinabejjani.com
Mar. 14th, 2011 11:45 pm (UTC)
Congrats on the NYT list! I loved Darkest Mercy :). I kept trying to find hints on Goodreads and other places of what to expect, but nothing could compare to what I read! Wonderful!

Now I really want to read that follow-up short story about the characters... I have my suspicions about who they will be, but who knows? You are good with twists :).
Snorlax Kira Gilbert
Apr. 13th, 2011 09:19 pm (UTC)
I love Your Books
Your book "Wicked Lovely" was the first book that I read that got me interested in reading other books like "Twilight"(which I hate now)and "The Minister's Daughter". I can not wait for the movie to come out and I think they will be better than "Twilight". Also I stopped reading books all together after I read "Twilight" because that series confused me so much that I could not look at another book. Then I read your first book again and I can't stop reading your book renewed my passion for reading. =D =3
Linda Brey Wallentine
Apr. 22nd, 2011 10:26 pm (UTC)
pretty please
Congratulations!
Hi Melissa, my name is Linda, and I'm a huge fan of your work.
I would love if you could come to Sweden some day, (perhaps) so I could get my book/books signed.
I know that you have tons of fans here too that would love it.
I recently found your blog and I love it!
I'm really looking foward to the film, I know it will be amazing, just like your books.
Pretty please with sugar on top, if you hear about castings, will you send a link or information about it~
And have a happy easter! :D
/ Linda
rosaxx50
Apr. 27th, 2011 01:10 am (UTC)
Congratulations!

Also, commenting here to say I loved, loved, loved the ending, when I finally got my hands on it. (Solely because this is the first entry I saw)
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