Friday, October 02, 2009

Time for some Alcatraz News

For those of you interested in my children's books, the third Alcatraz book came out yesterday. Alcatraz Versus the Knights of Crystallia. I'm honestly not sure how the distribution is on the book—we've had a few problems (as always) and I don't know which stores have copies and which ones don't. However, it's started to show up in a lot of markets, so chances are you can find it now. (And, if you go to a bookstore and it's not there, might I ask that you have them order it in? Our Alcatraz coverage is still spotty, and a lot of stores aren't getting copies. However, if you order one, they'll have on their records that they sold a copy—and might order in a copy of book four when it is released.) Right now, as chains go, it looks like Barnes and Noble is more likely to have copies than Borders is. And, of course, there's a good chance that your local independent children's bookseller will have copies.

I WILL be doing a release party for the book, though not until next Saturday. But I will be numbering the copies. The details are on the events page.

If you haven't tried out Alcatraz, I think you'll be surprised at how much you enjoy it. It's a lighthearted look at my style of fantasy novel, with a focus on humor and quick pacing. If you know a younger person (around ten to fourteen) who is too clever for their own good, these books are meant for them. Or, if you have a heart that enjoys a nice batch of silliness mixed with sarcasm and some crazy fantasy moments, you'll enjoy the books no matter what your age.

Now, I do have to warn you that the books have very invasive narrator, and the humor wears on some readers. But they are also a great deal of fun, are quick reads, and (I like to think) have their share of clever moments. If you were a fan of Lightsong in Warbreaker, then Alcatraz will probably be your thing.

We have copies of book one for sale—signed and personalized—in the store. You can find the paperback at your local bookseller. (Or, at least, sometimes you can . . . )

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