Only two weeks to go, more or less, until publication day for The Grass King's Concubine. It's already available for pre-order with all the usual places. I'm running a competition in the run up to it to win two advance copies. The details are here: the competition is open until 25th July. http://users.livejournal.com/la_marquise_de_/342113.html
Meanwhile, here's the beautiful cover, by the very talented Paul Young, and the blurb:
"When a wealthy young woman, obsessed with a childhood vision of a magical Shining Palace, sets out with her true love to search for a legendary land, she discovers the devastated WorldBelow - the realm of the Grass King - and the terrifying Cadre, who take her prisoner, and demand she either restore the king's concubine... or replace her."
"In a truly unusualÂ blend of magic
and reality,Â The Grass King's ConcubineÂ sweeps the reader
from deceptively familiar settingsÂ into worlds so rich and strange you
become entranced, hypnotised by theÂ liquid beauty of the writing.Â Kari
Sperring's sophisticated, unsentimental style tells a story with a passionate
heart and deep intelligence.Â Aude isÂ a compelling heroine with a
strong sense of social justice who mustÂ unravel the mysteries of
anÂ alien realm,Â suffused with magic and eeriness.Â In doing so,
sheÂ amazes bothÂ herself and the readerÂ in discoveringÂ the interconnectedness ofÂ everything. Astonishing, exotic and
profound, this is a journey into the Underworld like none you've ever
experienced before." Freda Warrington, author of Midsummer Night.
machines with magic, The Grass King's Concubine has an old world Europe
atmosphere wedded to the discovery of the fantastic in a world just
below our own, with changeling ferrets, seas of moss, crystal grass, and
a touch of steampunk.Â Â Readers who love the slow revelations of long-held and long-lost secrets will devour The Grass King's Concubine." Joshua Palmatier, author of The Skewed Throne.