negotiator stuff!

I got an envelope in the mail today with HEART OF STONE and HOUSE OF CARDS cover flats, and wow do the covers look gorgeous next to one another. They’ve cut some of the text from the back of HoS to make room for a small version of the HoC cover, beside which is a blurb saying the next two books are out in 2008. To my pleasure, the font they’ve used in the blurb emphasizes the fact that all the titles are 5 2 5 in word length, so it’s visually very balanced, just exactly as I envisioned it. I’m extremely, extremely pleased by that. They’ve also enriched the stained glass colors behind the title bars on the front covers and the effect is *beautiful*.

Then Matrice sent me the

Heart of Stone
C.E. Murphy. Luna, $14.95 paper (448p) ISBN 978-0-373-80292-0

In Murphy’s exciting series opener, Alban Korund, a winged, shape-shifting gargoyle, is framed as a murderer. He begs legal help from Margrit Knight, a human lawyer who at first thinks he’s your average Central Park stalker. Margrit soon becomes attracted to her stony client and fascinated by the shadowy world of the Old Races, who live secretly among humans. As she struggles to prove Alban’s innocence, Margrit herself battles a dangerous dragonlord, other gargoyles and a powerful vampire, as well as taking on the case of a selkie mother and baby living in a building destined for demolition. Margrit must also decide what to do about her jealous on-again/off-again boyfriend, Tony, a homicide detective who dislikes Alban and thinks he’s guilty. Realist, feminist Margrit makes for a deeply compelling heroine as she struggles to sort out the sudden upheaval in her professional and romantic lives. Murphy (Coyote Dreams) has created a refreshing addition to the urban fantasy landscape. (Nov.)

which made me *very* happy.

The only thing I have *not* gotten, sadly, is a box of books in the mail. I was really hoping they’d show up today. Oh well. :)

I actually got some work done over the weekend, and Kevin and were very kind about letting me. (So was Ted, who brought them out to a museum while I worked. I have good friends and family.) I’m about 2/3rds of the way through the HOUSE OF CARDS copy edits, and to my surprise, I’m actually really enjoying reading the book! I had so little sense of it after doing massive rewrites that it’s wonderful to come back to it and actually like it. Yay! :)

In a bit here I’ll post about the weekend. :) It was a nice visit all around. :)

7 thoughts on “negotiator stuff!

  1. I can’t wait to read these and the cover art sounds gorgeous.

    Only 1 1/2 more months!

  2. Yes, indeedy. I look forward to getting my grubby little mitts (though my mitts aren’t grubby when I read a book, jes’ sayin’) on Heart of Stone Pre-ordered from Amazon eons ago.

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