Tuesday, 18 June 2013


Hello, my dearest ducky darlings! Welcome back to the blog after my week-and-a-bit's-hiatus. Today I have for you a veritable FEAST of linkity and updates, so hold onto your hats.

First of all! It is now less than a month until the UK release of The Night Itself, and Lovely Lass' secret project (and all her plotting and planning) has finally come to fruition in the book trailer! Which isn't actually a traditional book trailer at all - it's a reading of an extract of the book, in which many, many charming blogger pals took part (and Lovely Lass too!) Here it is:

Mushy kisses and snuggles for everyone who donated their time and their performances to this. What do you think, guys? Does it whet your appetite? Likes and comments on the YouTube page are very much appreciated.

If that's not enough to get you exited, perhaps THIS will be!

Yes. Yes, that is the very first, hot off the presses, FINISHED COPY of The Night Itself. Thank you for asking. Guys, guys, you guys, I cannot express how beautimous this is in real life. It is exquisite. The pink absolutely GLOWS. My camera makes it look sort of purple-ish here, but this is true hot-pink and it's gorgeous. It's so gorgeous that Wonder Editor and Delightful Designer knocked this up for the Walker Books Inkslingers blog:

These people are hilarous. Best. Publisher. Ever.
The cover is SUEDE feel, all soft and buttery. I must confess to borderline inappropriate stroking. There are so many wonderful details. Like the praise for page: 
Never had one of these before! Look at all the pretty authors!
The spine! The spine! *Swoons*
Title page! Look at all the books I've written. Holy cr*p!
Chapter One - with added badass katana
The stunning back cover, with quote from L.A. Weatherly!
Which brings me to the next point: within this finished copy of The Night Itself, the name of book #2 of the trilogy is revealed. I think I've mentioned before that book #2 and #3 already have titles - the titles were actually one of the first things that I knew about all three books. I've just been keeping them secret because it's more fun for me that way. But since the title of the second book will soon be out there, I've decided to reveal it myself... on Thursday. I feel that the reveal deserves a post all of it's own (especially since I'm completely immersed in edits for this very book at the moment and it all feels like life-or-death to me). So stay tuned for that.

Other stuff!

If you'd like to check out some early reviews and read an exclusive extract of The Night Itself for yourself, you can find both on LoveReading4Kids. You do have to register with them to get access to the extract (which I know is annoying) but the Walker Books entry for TNI, where there would normally be an extract that you could access without registering, seems to be broken at the moment, so this is the best I can do. Plus, the teen reviews are glorious.

Next, here is a link to a really different interview that I did for The Madeleine Project. The questions are based on psychology and make for a fascinating result.

Finally, a result that popped up in my Google Alerts showed me an amazing unofficial redesign of the Shadows on the Moon cover by a very talented artist. I only wish that I could have this cover for real. Purple! Lightning! Knives! Shoji-screen silhouettes

Read you on Thursday, awesome nerds.


maya said...

I'm so excited for The Night Itself and the cover is gorgeous!

Zoë Marriott said...

Maya: Thanks! I cannot wait to see it on shelves. I owe the cover designer such a huge smooch for this.

Isabel said...

I can't wait to see the book in real life! The trailer has definitely whet my appetite. (I also love the redesigned SotM cover!)

Zoë Marriott said...

Isabel: I can't wait to see your reaction! It's so much better IRL than I can show with pictures. The SotM redesign is unofficial, sadly - just a very talented artist using the book as a project. Which is a shame, because I'd be very happy to have that cover for my own.

Bonnie @ A Backwards Story said...

I am so EXCITED ahhhhh! *clings to you*

Zoë Marriott said...

Bonnie: Yaaaaay! You can see a little bit of how pretty it is, right? Right? So pretty... *Snuggles Bonnie and book*

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