Book Day!

Apr. 24th, 2012 07:03 am
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The paperback edition of my first novel, Passion Play, is now available from Tor Books!

Ilse Zhalina is the daughter of one of Melnek’s more prominent merchants. She has lived most of her life surrounded by the trappings of wealth and privilege. Many would consider hers a happy lot. But there are dark secrets, especially in the best of families. Ilse has learned that for a young woman of her beauty and social station, to be passive and silent is the best way to survive.

When Ilse finally meets the older man she is to marry, she realizes he is far crueler and more deadly than her father could ever be. Ilse chooses to run. This choice will change her life forever. And it will lead her to Raul Kosenmark, master of one of the land’s most notorious pleasure houses...and who is, as Ilse discovers, a puppetmaster of a different sort altogether.

Passion Play won the 2010 RT Reviewer's Choice Award for Best Epic Fantasy, and was long-listed for the Tiptree Award. It is the first volume in my River of Souls series, and the paperback edition contains an except from the next book, Queen's Hunt. You can read the first two chapters of Passion Play here:
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Last year at World Fantasy, Locus Magazine interviewed me. I was very, very nervous, but [ profile] ellen_kushner assured me beforehand that Locus was good at taking anyone's rambling answers and making them sound good. What had me *more* nervous was the actual photo shoot afterwards—I hate having my picture taken. But Amelia Beamer and Gary Wolfe were great at helping me through the interview, and the photographer, Beth Gwinn, led me all over the hotel, inside and out, chatting with me while she took pictures, so I didn't have a chance to stay nervous.

Anyway, that was a year ago. And now here is the interview! (Just in time for Fox & Phoenix's release, which is pretty nice timing.)
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The lovely and talented [ profile] jimhines has posted his review of Fox & Phoenix. Yay!

The Kirkus review is now available.

And VOYA's review recently showed up on the Amazon and B&N pages for Fox & Phoenix. To quote the best part:

The characters and creatures in this book are interesting and believable; the plot is a compelling mixture of adventure, mystery, and fantasy. The most remarkable element, however, is the world Beth Bernobich has created. The land is entirely fictional, but is built on a Chinese foundation; the author goes so far as to incorporate a few Chinese words into the action sequences. There is use of both traditional folk magic and futuristic high-tech magic gear. This book will delight male and female middle school fantasy readers.
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This is the guy who is narrating my book for the Randomhouse audio version. (Kai can only wish he looked this cool.)
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ARCs for F&P have arrived on my doorstep.

Well, not on my doorstep. The delivery guy left the package propped against the garage door, which means it probably arrived late Tuesday afternoon, after I returned from the doctor. And since I was inside all day yesterday reading galley proofs, and since Rob came home after dark, we didn't find the package until early this morning.

But, oh my, they are pretty. Full color cover art. An excerpt on the back, featuring Kai and the king of the ghost dragons. Shiny author blurbs inside. A map! And very very pretty typesetting.

At some point between now and release date, I'll hold another lottery contest to give away a couple ARCs, or maybe I'll come up with something more inventive. Or both! Who knows?
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I just received a packet from Random House's Listening Library, including a free audiobook DVD, earbuds, and a friendly letter welcoming me into their family.

(LL bought the audio rights to my YA novel, Fox and Phoenix. Both versions—print and audio—will be released at the same time.)

According to the letter, a producer will contact me at some point to chat about the audio. They also said they are brainstorming marketing and publicity opportunities. Yay!
beth_bernobich: petal twigs (petal twigs) the Czech magazine XB-1 of my story "The Golden Octopus."

I visited Prague for four days in October 1989. This was the season when communism was falling down all over the place. Hungary (where I'd spent the previous four days) had declared it dead, according to radio and TV broadcasts. East Germans were fleeing into West Germany. It was an interesting time.

I love languages, so I tried to learn at least a few phrases before I arrived. The most important one turned out to be "I don't speak Czech. Do you speak German, French, or English?" One night, as we were searching for the metro, I asked someone in Czech, "Where is the metro?"

He paused. Also in Czech, he said, "Do you speak German?"

"Yes, I do," I replied in German.

He ended up giving us a ride back to our hotel. He wanted to practice his German and told us the current East German joke. ("Why are there no more personal identity cards used in East Germany?" "Because there are so few left, they all recognize each other.") He would not come into the hotel, however, because he said the government watched these hotels and he couldn't risk that.

A few weeks later, I was back in the US, and the Velvet Revolution was taking place.


Jan. 19th, 2011 02:04 pm
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Blurb from Tamora Pierce for my YA novel:

"One cool, lively, exciting book set in a unique new world—I loved it!"

FYI: Fox and Phoenix will be released next October. It's a stand-alone, based on a short story published in the anthology Magic and the Mirrorstone. Yes, I am working on a sequel. (Or at least, the outline, for now.)
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Fox & Phoenix is now available for pre-order on Amazon. *does happy author dance*

It was briefly available a couple months ago, then the pub date shifted and the pre-order button disappeared from the US site. (But not from the other Amazon sites or the rest of the online bookstores.)


Dec. 14th, 2010 02:09 pm
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I am pleased to report that audio rights for FOX & PHOENIX have sold to Listening Library. Release is scheduled for Fall 2011, the same time the hardcover comes out.


Nov. 17th, 2010 01:19 pm
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I just saw cover art for Queen's Hunt.

It is splendid. I can't share it yet (though I am *bursting* to), but I can say I love Ilse's new sword.
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Today is release day for my first novel, Passion Play:

Ten years ago, I had written several novels set in the world of Erythandra. (Except it was called something else.) That series was all about a character named Valara. (Except her name was different then.) But along the way, I had introduced two minor characters named Ilse and Raul.

They didn't have much stage time. Ilse showed up for a couple chapters in Queen's Hunt, and was mostly in the background for With the Counsel of Her Familiars. Raul had a couple scenes. But I liked these characters, and so just for fun, I wrote a novella to show how they met.

That novella was called Passion Play.

After I finished the novella, I realized their story needed its own novel. I took the manuscript to Viable Paradise in 2001, where I got lots of great feedback. The next year, I wrote the novel form, which went through a number of revisions before it sold to Tor Books in 2007. While the ghost of the original storyline is still there, just about everything else changed along the way. Valara stepped back from the main stage. Ilse and Raul took over. Backstories changed, and so did the history of the world.

I'm rather pleased with the result. I hope you will be too.
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Saturday my husband called while he was out on errands to say he had spotted copies of Passion Play in a local bookstore. So yesterday, on the way back from dinner with his parents, we stopped by the store, and I asked if it was okay for me to sign stock.

"It's my first book," I said anxiously.

"Of course, you can!" they replied.

It was like a little party around the Customer Service desk—me signing the books, another customer admiring the cover, one of the store employees adding the "Autographed Copy" stickers, and everyone generally being kind and congratulating me.
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Circlet Press has just released Best Erotic Fantasy, which includes my story "A Feast of Cousins," as well as stories from LJ friends [ profile] vylar_kaftan and [ profile] sacchig.

I'm delighted to be in such fine company.
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...the latest version of my cover for FOX & PHOENIX. It's ultra-extra-wonderful-splendid. And as soon as I can share, I will, because it's so ultra-extra-wonderful-splendid.

*bounces around*

bea report

May. 27th, 2010 07:44 am
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Signed five cases of books at my signing. (Around 120 books?) My publicist could just snatch two copies for my interviewers before they all ran out. And that's in addition to the 350 ARCs they gave away at the Hot Book Club panel.

It's a strange and wonderful feeling to have complete strangers get visibly excited over your book. (As in, squeeing and jumping up and down.) Though perhaps that was a reflection of me being so excited to be there.

Anyway, I had a splendiferous time. I talked to lots of people. I did two interviews. I got cards from several other people who want to interview me later. I cruised the floor with my editor as we talked about publishing, publicity, and my series. I meant to hook up with various friends, but alas, my feet gave out by 2pm.

Home by 7:30. Dinner. A swim in our pool. Half a glass of wine, and then to bed.

oh my wow

May. 19th, 2010 08:02 am
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Splendid review for my collection, A Handful of Pearls & Other Stories, from The Fantasy Book Critic.

This is an updated and expanded version of the review Liviu posted on Goodreads. I'm especially pleased (and daunted) to see what he says about Passion Play.


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