RUNNING AWAY NEWS!
TODAY’S BREW: Pumpkin Spice Latte. What, you’re new here?
Well, guess what’s finally going to be real?
THE RUNNING HOME SEQUEL: RUNNING AWAY.
I sent the back cover description (the hardest part of writing any book) to Ye Olde Publisher, Books of the Dead Press just this evening.
Yeah, sure. I’ll show it to you guys. HERE. *shoves it in your face*
Eliza Morgan is desperate to escape the horrors of her mortal life and understand why death follows her, leaving only one man, Nicholas French, in its wake. He’s the one she loves, the one she resents, and the one fated to make her legendary among the Shinigami— an ancient order of vampires with a “heroic” duty to kill. He’s also decaying before her eyes, and it’s her fault.
On the ghostlike mountaintop in Japan that the vampires consider home, Eliza will be guided by the all-powerful Master for her transition to Shinigami death god. When Eliza discovers that sacrificing her destiny will save Nicholas, she’s not afraid to defy fate and make it so—even when Nicholas’s salvation kills her slowly with torturous, puzzle-piece visions that beg her to solve them. Both Nicholas and his beloved Master fight her on veering from the path to immortality, but Eliza won’t be talked out of her plan, even if it drives the wedge between Nicholas and her deeper.
Allying with the fiery rebel, Kieran, who does what he wants and encourages her to do the same, and a mysterious deity that only she can see, Eliza must forge her own path through a maze of ancient traditions and rivalries, shameful secrets and dark betrayals to take back the choices denied her and the Shinigami who see her as their savior. To uncover the truth and save her loved ones, Eliza will stop at nothing, including war with fate itself.
Yeah? That sound okay?
Of course, it doesn’t tell you EVERYTHING about the book. It doesn’t tell you how deeply everyone goddamn feels in this book. RUNNING AWAY is exploding can of snakes full of emotion. Nicholas–you remember him–
–the guilt, and the love and excitement and sadness. Lots of that stuff. And resentment. Yeah, he maybe resents Eliza, but you know what? She resents him too. She’s feeling like this when they go to Japan:
Desolate. Hopeless. So much so that her love for Nicholas can barely keep her afloat through it.
Then there’s this guy:
Kieran. And he is an absolute volcano in this book. A game changer. Because even though Eliza and Nicholas love each other, the Irish rogue that is Kieran makes her feel like more than a soon-to-be-vampire legend. He helps her face the death that follows her.
You’ll be meeting a lot of new folks at the temple in Japan, and every one of them is an electric shock of feeling for Eliza. And her transformation because of them is something you’ll never see coming.
This image absolutely floors me with how much it feels like RUNNING AWAY. I gasp every time I see it, and I just happened upon it when I was somewhere in the middle of writing:
And I found this next one, which is the other that’s near and dear to my heart. Nicholas and Eliza–this is them so very much in this sequel. They’re a fragile thing, but still strong.
ANYWAY, I get emotional and I’ve veered off track. But I wanted to share this stuff with you all because you’re the ones who deserve it, who’ve been fans of RUNNING HOME, and who will I hope love this book even more. This book means so much to me, and so do all of you.
WE HAVE A RELEASE DATE OF SEPTEMBER 26TH, FOLKS.
Joy will ensue.