A Thing

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So my partner in crime and I are busy zooming around the US of A on the ILLUMINAE tour, and in-between meeting awesome people and visiting amazing bookstores and exploring this incredible country, we don’t have much time for bloggery and other sorts of sillybuggery.

BUT, I figure I should take the time to commemorate the fact that ILLUMINAE is, holy fucking shit, #5 on The List this week, and, should I ever be stricken with an attack of utter wankerdom, I can now officially introduce myself as a New York Times Bestselling Author at all the swanky dinner parties I never get invited to.

Because, you know, it’s a Thing.

So, THANK YOU to everyone who helped make this absurd little dream of mine come true. All the bloggers, vloggers, Twitterers, Facebookers, Instagrammers and Tumblrers. All the booksellers and librarians. All the bookstore owners and sales reps. All the publicists and marketing crew, the designers and copy editors, the mail roomers and coffee makers. Everyone who has told a friend about this book, spoken online about this book, recommended this book. YOU made this happen, and both Amie and I owe you the world.

Right. back to the road.

If we’re headed to your town on tour, we’d love to see you!


Launch Party

Hello droogs!

Friday October 23, we launched ILLUMINAE in Melbourne at one of our favorite local bookstores, Dymocks on Collins St. The number of people who showed up was amazing – one of the biggest the store had ever seen. We did the speechy thing, signed a dumptruck full of books and wound up at a karaoke bar at 4am, which is always the measure of a successful launch imo.

Thanks for everyone who came out to welcome our strange little bookthing into the world!

America, we’ll see you on tour!

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That’s a lot of peeps :P

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OMGing at the speeching

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Ames & her mum :)

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Say whaaaat?

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“I think this is the bit where they killed me . . . “

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The line!

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This person obvs has excellent taste

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Moar peeps

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Signing in full swing

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The line continues

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The aftermath!


Launch Day


Two and a half years is a long time. Two and half years is the blink of an eye.

In February 2013, I said “yes” to an idea I’d never really have considered if left to my own devices – try to write a book with someone else.

It wasn’t the way Things Were Done in my head. The suggestion was scary when I really thought about it, and as with all scary suggestions, my first instinct was to say “no”. I’m not sure why I didn’t. Maybe I had an inkling then of what I know now – that no matter what you create, art or music or film or interpretive mime, you have to challenge yourself as a creator every day. It’s in the scary places you find the cool stuff. It’s in the scary places you have the most fun.

I hope someone asks you a question as scary as the one Amie asked me two and a half years ago. I hope you at least consider saying yes, no matter how scary the thought. And I hope something amazing happens because of it.

Two and a half years of 2am rambles and crazy ideas and coolest creative partnership I’ve ever had. Two years of working with the most awesome crew authors could ask for. Two years of trying to come to grips with the idea that this book, as utterly insane as it was, might actually get put on a bookshelf one day.

And that day is today.

Happy birthday, ILLUMINAE, you insane little bookthing, you. I have no idea how we managed to pull you off, but I’m very glad we did.

Folks, you can find our bookthing here:

Amazon/Barnes&Noble/Indiebound/Powells/Book Depository

Of course, you can also buy it in your local store, and they’d love it if you did!

If you’re in the neighborhood, it’d be awesome to see you on tour.

If you’ve been cheerleading for us, helping to spread the word, blogging, vlogging, tweeting, screaming at random strangers in the street about our book – thank you. Amie and I know who you are. We see what you do. We appreciate your passion and you energy and your time. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU. You are 100% awesome. If you see our bookthing out in the wild, say hello for us :)

I shall leave you with some choice words from some very cool peeps, some of our favorite lines from the book, and of course, big scary hugs.


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ILLUMINAE – the blog tour

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Well, it’s 17 days until ILLUMINAE hits bookshelves all over the English-speaking world, and I’m as nervous as a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs, as some old crusty bastard who wasn’t my grandfather no doubt used to say.

BUT, today is the kick off of the ILLUMINAE blog tour! Over the next month, you’ll be able to find Amie and I pimping our warez all over the web, talking about the creation of ILLUMINAE, the production process, our inspirations, plans for the series, a bunch of behind the scenes stuff, and of course, GIVEAWAYS.

Click the links below for as much ILLUMINAE goodness as you can possibly stomach in a single lunar cycle, and much love to all the awesome bloggers helping to spread the word!

Oct 1The Fandom. Interview and giveaway

Oct 1Compulsive Reader. Review and giveaway

Oct 1Uppercase Box. Audiobook clip and giveaway.

Oct 2YAReads. Review

Oct 2Books With Bite. Review

Oct 3Addicted 2 Novels. Giveaway

Oct 4Brittanyโ€™s Book Rambles. Review and giveaway

Oct 5Icey Books. Review

Oct 5Fantastic Flying Book Club. Review and giveaway

Oct 6Ex Libris. Review and giveaway

Oct 7My Friends are Fiction. Review and giveaway

Oct 7Cuddlebuggery. Guest post

Oct 8YA Interrobang. Interview and giveaway

Oct 8JessaBella Reads. Interview and giveaway

Oct 9A Reader of Fiction. Review and giveaway

Oct 9The Ravenous Reader. Giveaway

Oct 10Good Books & Good Wine. Review and giveaway

Oct 10The Reader Bee. Review and giveaway

Oct 11The Reading Nook Review. Review

Oct 11The Eater of Books! Giveaway

Oct 12Novel Heartbeat. Review and giveaway

Oct 12Two Chicks on Books. Interview

Oct 13A Dream Within A Dream. Review and giveaway

Oct 14The Starry-Eyed Revue. Guest post

Oct 15Supernatural Snark. Interview

Oct 15Unofficial Addiction Book. Review

Oct 16Xpresso Reads. Guest post and giveaway

Oct 16Rainy Day Ramblings. Review and giveaway

Oct 17Effortlessly Reading. Review and giveaway

Oct 17Page Turners. Interview

Oct 18Mundie Moms Books Review. Review

Oct 18SFF World. Guest post

Oct 19Chapter By Chapter. Review

Oct 19Confessions of a Vi3tbabe. Review and giveaway

Oct 20Novel Novice. Review

Oct 20Nightly Reading. Review

Oct 21Live to Read. Review and giveaway

Oct 21My Bookish Ways. Interview and giveaway

Oct 22SF Signal. Guest post

Oct 22SciFiChick. Review and giveaway

Note: Some of these later dates are a little up in the air atm, so check back later in the month for final confirmation. but as you can see, we’re giving away a veritable ass-ton of books so chances are no matter where or when you lob up, there will be goodies for you to grab.



2015-09-07 15.47.18Inquiry: Who has two thumbs and two boxes full of ILLUMINAE author copies?

Conclusion: This little black duck. That’s who.

It’s a strange thing, to hold two and half years of your life in the palm of your hand. I look down at this thing with my name on the cover, next to the name of one of my dearest friends in the world, and it trips me out. I’ve done this four times now and the dissonance never goes away. Opening a box and finding a Thing you spent years of your life making. It’s like opening a time capsule, maybe. You can’t help but think about who you were when you started making it. How your life has changed.

No book I’ve ever written has changed my life the way ILLUMINAE has.

Amie and I started writing this book for fun. I’m not going to say we had no illusions about it actually getting published, because neither of us are the sort to spend months working on a project that has NO chance of flying. But we knew the odds were long. The ideas we were coming up with were too weird. The alt-format thing would be too scary for a publisher to pick up. But most of all, we kept getting told that “Editors don’t buy sci-fi“.

So we wrote it for fun. Because it was so much fun to write. Every draft we sent back and forth was titled with a pun on the word “ILL”. License to ILL. Scott ILLgrim vs the World. ILL your darlings. No idea was too outlandish. There was no budget, no brief, no constraints. Just pedal to the metal, headlights off, drive motherfucker, drive.

Let’s see where this road takes us.

We wrote it on our lunchbreaks and in stolen minutes on weekends and at 1 and 2am. We wrote it for ourselves, because we thought no house would buy it. We wrote it trying to break the idea of what a book could be. Destroying and creating. Because fuck it, no one will ever see it. And a part of my mind was whispering the whole time “Wouldn’t it be cool if it actually did get made? Because jesus, this feels like it could be awesome” but no, shut up Jay. It’s never gonna get made because “Editors don’t buy sci-fi“.

We sent 130 pages out on submission in late October, 2013. We had four major houses sniffing within a week. By the end of that week, the trilogy had been pre-empted by Random House in a major deal. They pulled their entire crew in over the weekend to get the ducks in a row. Fairy tale stuff. Like winning the lottery. My whole life changed that weekend. I think I slept about three hours total.

So many people worked so hard on this book. So many hours, so much faith and sweat invested in this thing we wrote in stolen minutes thinking no-one would ever read it, headlights off, drive, motherfucker, drive. We’ve been so incredibly lucky to land with an editor and house that believes in us so whole-heartedly. Hundreds, thousands of hours work. Everyone firing on all cylinders. Bringing their A-game, nose to the stone, balls to the wall. All of it just amazing fun. I remember working on artwork with our designer as my wife and I booted around Europe on our 10th wedding anniversary trip. Sitting on a boat watching the Mediterranean ocean float past, trying to figure out the best way to make our readers turn the book 360 degrees during a space dogfight sequence, or illustrating a nuclear explosion at an atomic level, all the while thinking “Fuck, how did this become my life?“.

How did this become my life?

Because this is two and half years of it, sitting here in the palm of my hand. This book my friend and I wrote, because we chose not to listen to the people who told us we shouldn’t. And I’m so fucking proud of it. It’s like no book I’ve ever read. We’ve done things in these pages nobody’s ever done. Because we wrote it like no one was watching. Because “Editors don’t buy sci-fi“.

Until they do.

This life is full of people who will tell you can’t. That you won’t. That you shouldn’t even try. Doubt it not, my friends, these people are your enemies. They are the death of your hope and creativity. They are walking misery, seeking your company. Don’t spare them a second, or a breath. Leave them to their “can’t'” and “won’t'” and “shouldn’t'”. Leave them choking in your dust. Standing still as you speed at your horizon.

Pedal to the metal.

Headlights off.

Just drive, motherfucker.


The Book of Faces


So I’m not sure if you beautiful folks are aware of this, but I thought I’d share since Facebook isn’t all that great at spreading the word about its own functionality.

The facey lair of Lord Zuckerberg has been shrouded in dank shrouds of dank, shroudy mystery for a while now, and most authors I know don’t really bother with it as a social media platform anymore. Not only does the Tome of Face-ishness seem oh so very Naughties, but it’s just not all that great for getting the word out about your warez, as opposed to Twitter or Tumblr or Tinder (omg all these T words) or whatever it is the cool kids are using this week.

One of the reasons companies and content creators are fleeing like virginal 16 year old protagonists in the presence of hockey-mask-wearing mass-murderers is that the Grimoire of Facery actually doesn’t show you the output all of the pages you want to see in your feed. Meaning that, just because you’ve officially Liked a writer or artist or interpretive dance master, doesn’t mean you’ll actually see what they write (unless you go looking for it). See, if you did, Zuckerberg and Co wouldn’t be able to make that sweet, sweet moolah off people/companies who want to “boost” their posts. El oh el.



There’s now a shiny new option in your News Feed Preferences that allows you to declare undying allegiance to your fave Pages and People and ensure you see MOST of the crappola they put on the Codex of Faceypants. So if you enjoy my particular brand of crappola, you now have the option of guaranteeing you get a bowlful almost every day.

First of all, if you still do the Manual of Facerinos thing and haven’t Liked me (waaaaa, why you no like me) my Facebook page can be found here.

The option you need to check is SEE FIRST. It can be found in your News Feed Prefs, and looks like this:

11863406_893372370741135_125995704311136300_nAfter clicking this option for my page of 100% badassery and profanity, you should be confronted with my crappola (or whichever brand of crappola you prefer) in your feed almost daily. Won’t that be fun?


QUICK ILLUMINAE NEWS – for those asking, that big news I promised a few weeks back is still coming. It’s just taking it’s time getting here. But it’ll be worth it when it does, I promise :)

That is all, as you were.

License to ILL


I’ve got some more ILLUMINAE updates for you folks because this book has consumed my life lately in all the best ways, kinda like the vagina monster in Neil Gaiman’s AMERICAN GODS, and how the hell are they gonna work THAT into the HBO series is what I wanna know.

First, and most importantly, if you hustle your fine selves over to the ‘Zon right now, you’ll find pre-orders for the hardback edition of ILLUMINAE available for less than ten bucks. Doth thine eyes deceive thee? Am I stricken with some fresh breed of lunacy? I say thee nay, stout yeoman!





This is almost half price, chums. It’s ridiiiiculous value, and since the Zon moves in very mysterious ways, we honestly don’t know how long it will last. So, if you were ever thinking of pre-ordering this puppy, now’s the time. You may make with the clickies here and pre-order with our most sincere thanks.

While I’m on the topic, long, slightly uncomfortable hugs to everyone who has already pre-ordered. Our editor is very happy with us, and this means she remembers to change the newspaper in the bottom of our cages and give us fresh water occasionally. So thank you SO MUCH! :D

Second bit of news, ILLUMINAE just got another starred review, this time from the awesome folks over at Publishers Weekly! You can click the link to read the full spiel, but the kill quote is as follows:

“A stylistically mesmerizing tale, where story and art are interchangeable, and words act as pictures.”

So, that’s kinda awesome. BTW, thanks to all you awesome bloggers and Goodreaders writing early ARC reviews and helping spread the word about the book. Our flint-black hearts are melting to piles of flint-black glue knowing you’re all digging it so much!

Damn, I’m using a lot of exclamation marks in this post . . .

Third! (look there I go again) It’s past the 20th of the month, so new updates are now available over at the ILLUMINAE website. This month, you’ll find a new video and all the specs on the spaceships in ILLUMINAE, from the warship Alexander, to the doomed freighter Copernicus. As always, there will be new content added to the site on the 20th of every month, so make sure you do the bookmark thing.

Fourth! We have some absolutely-fucking-awesome news about ILLUMINAE coming next week (hopefully) so make sure you’re on the Facebook and the Twitters. I’m not being a tease mentioning this, I promise. We’re super excited to tell you folks what’s up, but i’s are still being dotted and t’s are still being crossed. It’s worth the wait, I promise – you guys are gonna lose your minds :D

BTW, at Amie’s insistence I’ve joined Instagram, so if following my blog wasn’t enough and you’d like to be inundated with pictures of my dog and street art and random book stuff, now you have an outlet. YESSSS.

In other ILL related news, Amie and I have started writing the third and final book in the series, which is pretty weird considering the first book isn’t out for three more months. We still don’t have ILL tour details yet, but we’ll get them to you as soon as they land in our sticky little hands. And if you happen to be a Melbournite, keep October the 23rd free, because that’s when we’ll be holding the ILLUMINAE launch party. Drinks will drunk! Speeches will be spoken! Books and body parts will be signed! Details to come.

Okay, I think that’s it . . .

I shall leave you with what may be the single greatest book blurb in the history of book blurbs, from the ever fabulous Laini Taylor, author of Daughter of Smoke and Bone. :D





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