It is time to test something!
For almost two decades, I usually post pre-order books no more than 4 months before the publication date. I do this for several reasons, the best being I don’t want to deal with mailing address changes all of the time.
But posting The Illustrated Assassin’s Apprentice signed by Robin Hobb so early has resulted in a lot more pre-orders coming into the website. This is good for business, obviously. And when Patricia Briggs’s assistant Ann let me know that the new Mercy Thompson book’s cover was going to be revealed and if I wanted to place the pre-order page up now, I almost said no. Then I realized we could test out the earlier pre-order period again. And see how it all went.
Mercy Thompson, car mechanic and shapeshifter, faces a threat unlike any other in this thrilling entry in the #1 New York Times bestselling series.
I am Mercedes Athena Thompson Hauptman.
My only “superpowers” are that I turn into a thirty-five pound coyote and fix Volkswagens. But I have friends in odd places and a pack of werewolves at my back. It looks like I’m going to need them.
Centuries ago, the fae dwelt in Underhill–until she locked her doors against them. They left behind their great castles and troves of magical artifacts. They abandoned their prisoners and their pets. Without the fae to mind them, those creatures who remained behind roamed freely through Underhill wreaking havoc. Only the deadliest survived.
Now one of those prisoners has escaped. It can look like anyone, any creature it chooses. But if it bites you, it controls you. It lives for chaos and destruction. It can make you do anything–even kill the person you love the most. Now it is here, in the Tri-Cities. In my territory.
It won’t, can’t, remain.
Not if I have anything to say about it.