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Hi guys! Long time no...exist. We've been pretty much buried in manuscript writing and editing lately, but somewhere in the midst of that and helping out with the Scholastic Awards/Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, I found the time to resurface for a little update, which I hope to be giving more of in the future!

Publisher's Weekly did a review of Shadow Magic recently (which as far as I'm aware is our first for the second book), and I wanted to share it here, in case anyone is interested. (You can also read it, with a snazzy little star next to the title that we're crazy proud of, here.)

This entertaining sequel to 2008’s fantasy epic Havemercy extends Jones and Bennett’s successful blend of cultural diversity and social commentary into postwar diplomacy. After defeating the Ke-Han Empire, loosely based on Japan’s shogun tradition, the kingdom of Volstov, reminiscent of imperial Rome, sends an odd peace delegation to the Ke-Han capital, which is reeling from defeat and the consequent ritual suicide of its emperor. Quirky magician Caius Greylace and brusque General Alcibiades present Volstov’s view of the convoluted political intrigue that ensues, while the appealing young Ke-Han prince Mamoru and his ultra-loyal personal servant Kouje flee the wrath of Mamoru’s brother, the insane new emperor Iseul. Deft characterizations even of minor players, broad humor, convincing dialogue and sure-handed timing, especially in the dueling scenes, make this novel an outstanding example of world-building and good old-fashioned fun.


Anyway as I said, now that the release date for Shadow Magic is getting closer, I'm going to try and post more updates and book-related entries. Hope all is well, and that everyone is enjoying their summer!
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don't stop believin'

Hi guys!

I just wanted to make an official post to say that this journal's not really going to be a journal any more. I'll still try and post about Havemercy updates (and more when the sequel comes out, yay!) but I'm at the stage in my life now where I just can't keep up with everyone's ljs, much as I'd like to.

Thanks so much to everyone for all your support and generally awesome natures! I met some pretty bad-ass people here over the years. Anyone who still wants to get in touch can of course email at: lessien@gmaildotcom

Cheers!



ETA: YOU GUYS! I'm not falling off the face of the earth, I promise. It's just that this lj is going to be mostly about writing now (because that's all I have time for anyway) and while I am going to miss the fangirling (boy howdy, will I miss it) I'll most definitely still be around! In ah, some capacity. :)
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Our B&N reading went well. I was so nervous about it all day that my stomach was in a state of constant upset.

Then it ended and I came home and ate twelve cream puffs. Twelve. Cream puffs. Twelve.



Oh well. Just further proof that, much like Thom, I am a comfort eater.
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Things of interest!

There's an interview that Jaida and I did for The Write Thing up now here, which asked us a lot of fun questions that made us stop and think and then write answers that were way too long.

Also, we're this month's Featured Authors in Spectra Pulse online, which if you scroll to the bottom here has us talking a bit more about the writing process, as well as me rambling about Bump of Chicken for no apparent reason.


It is way too hot in New York in the summer.
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I'm so too tired to be on the internet right now, haha BUT Jaida and I totally went around the city today, showing my brother around but also looking for Havemercy in local B&N bookstores.





ladyjaida has more er.... incriminating pictures of my reaction at the Union Square B&N over at her journal. It's SO CRAZY, you guys. I still don't really believe it. Uhm.


Yeah.


THERE IT IS THOUGH! More later when I am awake.

PS: To any and all Canadians out there, Jaida and I are doing an interview for CBC with Nancy Wilson tomorrow at 11:40am EST, 8:40am PST. Tune in if you feel like it! :D
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Havemercy Countdown

Havemercy hits shelves next Tuesday, for those of you who are interested in giant metal dragons and magicians who blow things up.

To celebrate, here's a video of our amazing cover artist Stephen Youll talking about various covers he's illustrated. The Havemercy section starts at 1:57.

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It's been mentioned that I don't update this thing enough. So here goes!

Right now I am mourning the loss of our excellent house guests meronine and bonhwa. I think did more sightseeing with the two of them here than in all my other visits to New York, (too busy writing, haha) and I really had fun playing amateur tour guide alongside ladyjaida. I miss them already!

This coming week is going to be spent working for the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. I was a national judge for the Sci-Fi/Fantasy category this year, so I'm very much looking forward to (hopefully) chatting with some of the winners. Also, Jaida and I are running two workshops on Friday that apparently filled up quite quickly, so that's exciting! Nerve-wracking. Also exciting, though! I hope we don't disappoint.

The week after that, I whisk Jaida away to Canada for a self-imposed writing retreat/visit to the family.

And then the week after that, er, Havemercy hits shelves.

So in conclusion, I'm currently feeling too busy to live.

BUT VERY VERY EXCITED!
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NY COMIC CON!

I am super tired after two days of New York Comic Con. Yesterday's panel, Women in SF & Fantasy with Naomi Novik and Anne Groell (our fabulous editor) went very well. A lot of people turned up, and everyone seemed really interested in asking us questions, which is always nice! I am so too tired to be making this post right now, but it seemed like a good idea at the time SO here we are.

Like I said, Friday was our panel, which went really well. Naomi Novik was kind enough to take over moderating, and people asked us lots of questions about co-writing and female characters (ours are dragons) and homosexuality in fantasy, which as you can imagine, I could talk about for hours. It was really wonderful, and I met a lot of cool people.

Saturday (today) we signed advance copies of Havemercy until we ran out. They went surprisingly quickly! I wasn't sure if anyone was going to show up but then people started lining up shortly after Jaida and I had arrived so we chatted with them some while Anne set up our space for signing. I REALLY hope that everyone likes the book.

After signing I dragged Jaida down to the Square-Enix booth so that we could both buy SOLDIER 1st Class keychains. Then we also bought keyblade necklaces. Then I bought Sora's necklace and THEN Jaida had to drag me away before I embarrassed myself forever holding fistfuls of jewelery and cackling like a crazy person.


I ALSO ACQUIRED AN AWESOME SHIRT THAT JAIDA BOUGHT BECAUSE SHE IS AWESOME.




Hell. Yes.


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Website!

I realized last night in a flash of self-flagellation that I have not yet mentioned the fact that Nat (motorbike) has made ladyjaida and I the most bitching website ever to hit the internets.

I am not even joking, you guys, it's so gorgeous: http://jonesandbennett.com

Go! Fly! Check it out! I have never had a website before, so even if you don't think it's as awesome as I do, I don't want to hear about it unless there's something really wrong with the navigation.

Now, back to the endless slog of reading through page proofs. Have, baby, why you gotta hurt momma like this?

Edit: I forgot to mention that if you SCROLL OVER THE PICTURE IT CHANGES! Amazing.
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Con Report

ladyjaida and I arrived safely home from World Fantasy Con last night, to very little fanfare but two very happy cats. We have yet to find a home for all the books we came back with (oops), which are for now sitting in twin stacks on the piano bench. We'll get to them one day. Really.

All in all, I had a great deal of fun at WFC. I sat in on some fantastic readings, had a lovely post-lunch coffee with Ellen Kushner, and managed to get a book signed by Scott Lynch, with whom we are very very lucky to share an editor. Also we had lunch with our editor! A lunch that somehow stretched on for hours, which was very nice really, in the midst of all the hustle and bustle and trying not to knock people over with my duffel bag as I rushed madly from reading to reading.

blackholly was kind enough to let Jaida and me stash our heavy bags in her hotel room, and cassandraclare was kind enough to come and hang out with us at registration, when we learned that some people were "having trouble getting their banquet tickets."

I was lame, and didn't attend any exciting parties, but I took lots of notes, and ended up with such a wealth of inspiration to write something that it makes my stomach ache.

This is why I have to write, apparently. Otherwise I get queasy, and Jaida gets cranky about my being queasy.

Anyway! World Fantasy was fantastic fun. Again, it was really gratifying to spend a weekend surrounded by people who cherished the exact same things I do (and seem to make a relatively successful living off of it.)

I couldn't work up the courage to go and talk to Guy Gavriel Kay, though. Maybe next year!