Thursday, June 25, 2015

COVER REVEAL: A Drop of Night

Guess what.

No, you have to guess.

Ok, I see you are uninterested in shenanigans.

A Drop of Night's cover has just been revealed on Epic Reads along with three other beauteous covers from Harper's Winter 2016 list, and it also has a release date and everything! :D March 15th, 2016!

And since you probably skipped over all that to see the cover anyway, here it is, BASK IN ITS SINISTER RADIANCE!



Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Anouk has finally caught the break she’s been looking for—she’s been chosen to participate in an exclusive program that will allow her to fly to France and explore the Palais des Papillons - the Palace of Butterflies - a vast underground Versailles buried a hundred feet below ground as a refuge for 19th century aristocrats wishing to live out the French Revolution in safety and luxury. Along with four other teens from the United States, Anouk will be one of the first people to set foot in the palace in more than two hundred years. But the expedition is not all it seems, and as Anouk soon learns, the palace is deadly. . .

A fast-paced teen debut from Stefan Bachmann, surprising and haunting, for fans of The Maze Runner and Joss Whedon’s thriller The Cabin in the Woods.


I'm like this right now. I'm those three bouncy people at the door, and e'erbody else is that guy in the brown cardigan wondering what on earth is going on.
Just look at that title treatmennnnnnt. I didn't like the title A Drop of Night much at first. This book went through approximately 9,999 titles, and it sold way back in 2013 under the name Dead Man's Palace, and I still have a soft spot for that title, but some people thought it would have pirates in it, and pirates are sorely lacking, so it HAD TO CHANGE.

So I merrily sent lots of lists of suggestions to my agent and editor, and A Drop of Night was just one of many, and then my editor said everyone loved that title in-house. I was like "Whaaaaat."

But then I saw it in context with the cover and was like "Nevermind, I love it TOO."

And I do. I *adore* this cover. I think it's quite dark and ominous, and I have been waiting for a dark and ominous cover for some time now.

Anyway, I hope you guys like it! :) Give me your thooooughts!

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Budapest n' Stuff



THIS BLOG, THO. It has been neglected. I had a bunch of university exams, and university exams kick you off the edge of the world and you can be like, "NOOOOO, SEMESTER EXAMS, STAAAAAHP!" but they won't.

So I don't know if any of you still check this blog, but if you do, hiii! *waves wildly at you* I went to Budapest about a month ago. Here are pictures.

That picture is courtesy of Little Brother. You can tell because it's good. I take my pictures on a point-and-shoot with a cracked screen. I'm not that fancy.

Backstory: I had one week of spring break and Mom wanted to take Little Brother somewhere, and since I had time off I OBVIOUSLY felt I should spend it travelling. The plan was to go to Venice, but last minute we decided on Budapest instead. Off we flew.

The problem was, I was right in the middle of revisions. And I knowwww, I've been right in the middle of revisions forever. Someone wrote to me a while ago and asked why A DROP OF NIGHT was not out yet, and why am I still working on it when it sold like 500 centuries ago, aka in 2013. It's because it's the hardest, hardest book I've ever written, and it's weird and complicated and slightly ridiculous, and I basically had to learn how to write all over again, because it's not my style. (So why did you write it, Stefan, if it's not your style. DON'T ASK ME THESE THINGS. I don't know. My brain and I don't talk much.)

Anyway, I'm kind of a nightmare to travel with when doing revisions. I get very quiet and tense and annoying, and I can't really focus on anything else. You know that Marina and the Diamonds song? ONE TRACK MIND LIKE A GOLDFIIIIIIISH. Yeah?

(Ok, but do you, because it's the best song, and if you don't know it you need to.)

That song was my anthem a few years ago. I can only think about one thing at a time, and since I had already missed basically every deadline I was given for this book, I was in panic mode. I spent most of the Budapest trip sitting in the herb garden of castle and tippity-typing madly away.

Which is not a *bad* thing. I mean, it's an herb garden. In a castle. In Budapest.
I didn't see a lot of Budapest, but I saw the river, and the parliament, and I saw the church on the hill and the church in the city and a square and another square and some streets and the opera house. 'Twas good.

The shiny parliament building.
I became fast friends with this portly gentleman.
Also, look, Londoners, they have Costa Coffee! You cannot hide from it.

This cow creeped me out for some reason. Doesn't it look slightly disapproving?

I'm OBSESSED with these little streetcars. They need to be in my next book and they shall ferry the dead into the afterlife or something
The guy's like: "Do you like my tutu?" and the girl's like: "It's not your color."
On Buda Hill.

Corpses.

I love this shot. It captures the atmosphere of the city really well, I think.

Colors.
This burger was amazinnnnng.
Almost dropped my camera down this well while taking this picture, because I'm skilled like that.

Ok, this guy. He was just standing there, smoking his cigarette, looking grim and like he was about to assassinate someone, but he was also like 4 feet tall.
Lots of tea.

Checkin' out that loom.

So those were my very limited impressions of Budapest. I don't know if I'm traveling much this summer. Last summer I went to Tokyo and Dubai and San Francisco and Vancouver and Portland, but this year I have a lot of work to do, and a lot of writing to do, and also I hate hot weather, so I think I'm just going to stay in Switzerland and go traveling in the winter? I might go to Serbia, though, with my older brother. He has a bunch of friends there and goes often, so if that happens I'll blog about that and it will be an ADVENTURE, as I've never been even in the remote vicinity of Serbia before.

Hope everyone's wellllll! And if you have any secret travel recommendations let me knowwwww!

Bye. :)