Last Friday, a group of bloggers and avid readers were invited to the Penguin Canada head office for the Razorbill Fall Preview. Arriving just before 6pm and bumping into Ardo by the elevators, we were greeted with a jam-packed boardroom full of familiar faces who were excited to see each other as well as what’s in store for the coming season!
Beverages and delicious grilled cheese, courtesy of The Construction Site, were brought in for the group before starting the presentation on upcoming titles that everyone was super enthusiastic about!
The titles highlighted were:
- Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl by Emily Pohl-Weary | the “anti-Twilight” book. Good mix of Kelley Armstrong’s YA & Adult
- Somebody Up There Hates You by Hollis Seamon | darker than TFiOS. It’s dark, irreverent and off-the-cuff
- Captive by Andrea Cremer | Her next book, an adult erotica read.
- All the Truth That’s In Me by Julie Berry | One of the ones I’m SUPER excited about
- Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead | Richelle’s first adult novel
- Control by Lydia Kang | Also another one I’m really excited for
- Frozen by Melissa de la Cruz & Michael Johnston | New series that was teased by Melissa when she was here earlier this year.
New installments of existing series:
- Snakeroot (Nightshade, #4) by Andrea Cremer
- Rebel Spring (Falling Kingdoms, #2) by Morgan Rhodes
- Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss, #3) by Stephanie Perkins
- The Fiery Heart (Bloodlines, #4) by Richelle Mead
- Just One Year (Just One Day, #2) by Gayle Foreman
- Fractured (Slated, #2) by Teri Terry
- Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, #2) by Sarah J. Maas
- Champion (Legend, #3) by Marie Lu
- A Fool’s Errand (Gypsy King, #2) by Maureen Fergus
That last one lead into the cover reveal for the Gypsy King sequel, and an introduction to author Maureen Fergus who joined us at this point! Maureen talked about her newly released book, The Gypsy King, which started off basically as a boy-meets-girl story. The draft of the first chapter is basically what ended up being in the book. For Maureen, a character has to form immediately on paper or else she feels it just won’t work.
She tells us how her 15 & 17 year old daughters will read her stories and tell her that they love it, but it’s her husband that will go and do some sleuthing to find out what they really thought. When asked if Azriel is modeled after anyone she knew, Maureen answers that it’s her husband. This seemed to (understandably) gross out her daughters when she told them that!
Maureen had fallen in love with this time period after reading The Other Boleyn Girl and picked up many of Philippa Gregory’s other books. The time period held people who were architects of their own destruction. Among the ball gowns, there was intrigue. The second book to a series is always challenging because you don’t want it to be a filler between the first and third book. You have to keep it moving and so it was a bit harder to write A Fool’s Errand because of keeping that in mind. But this sequel to The Gypsy King is more of everything: more romance, more sleuthing! The third book will actually be out next May! A full series in the span of about a year is intense!
When asked about her thoughts on novellas, Maureen is unsure. She has extensive back stories for her characters but isn’t sure whether that would be the best approach. There’s the temptation to do it because you have the audience but she’d want to make sure there was enough of a story to tell. (Thus lead to Jenn @ Lost in a Great Book and I have a cross-room joke about how her novella could be from the viewpoint of the chicken and it would be called “The One that Got Away” :P) After that insightful discussion, Maureen sat down to sign our copies of her books while everyone mingled a bit longer before heading out.
A huge than you to the Penguin Canada/Razorbill team and Maureen Fergus for a Friday evening full of great company, great food and great books to add to our TBR piles!