Touch preview

Posted in DAW, Queen of the Dead, covers, chapters, Cliff Nielsen.

Touch is coming out this month, and I haven’t posted the sample chapter yet.

In fact, I don’t think I’ve posted the cover. I was kind of caught up in writing with nose-to-grindstone (which should produce sharp noses, but, well, mine still only barely holds my glasses up).

So: I have a cover image to show you. The artist is Cliff Nielsen, who was responsible for the cover of Silence.


And I also have the prologue and the first chapter. (I read the prologue at Worldcon; it was considered depressing. Which, yes, it sort of is. It’s Nathan. Chapter one, however, is less so. So have both.)

Touch preview.

In a couple of months after Touch is published, I’ll have a spoiler heavy post about process and the writing of this book, and why it took me so long. The short form is: Michelle was stupid.

ETA: A glitch between the blogging software I use and WordPress caused problems for the WordPress install. In an attempt to fix this, the post that was here was deleted. If you get mail notification of this twice, I’m sorry >.<.

18 Responses to Touch preview

  1. Zia says:

    You are never stupid. And thank you so very, very much for the preview! Really looking forward to this book and really looking forward to giving it to my mom to read since this is the only book of yours that is apparently not ‘too complicated’ for her to enjoy.

    Happy New Year again.

  2. hjbau says:

    I really love the covers for this series. I look forward to it though i don’t think i am going to read the chapter.

  3. michelle says:

    I’m pleased by your confidence – but trust me, when I explain what happened, you’ll be forced to agree >.>.

    I am often told my books are too complicated, though. Because they’re on the inside of my head to start, they never seem complicated – to me. I hope she likes it :)

  4. michelle says:

    I admit that as a reader, I don’t read sample chapters – because: frustration. The end of Chapter One should be immediately followed by Chapter Two >.>

  5. hjbau says:

    That is exactly the reason i can’t read a sample chapter as well. Though i have in the past with the Essalieyan books, i think it is best to hold out. Especially if the book comes out this month. Happy writing.

  6. Hugh Myers says:

    Stupid will be a very tough sell in my estimation, but I’ve an open mind! I like your rationale about not reading chapters without their siblings ready at hand! It does occur to me that looking back to the first Hunter paperback, that the same might be said of multi-volume story arcs :) But truthfully I’m not particularly willing to contemplate the end!!

  7. David Y says:

    It depends which part of the nose is pushed on the grindstone; if it’s the front pointy bit you end up with nothing to perch the glasses on.
    Happy New Year.

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  9. Stephanie Hauser says:

    I don’t think you could ever be stupid either. Touch is worth all the trial and tribulations! Glad I pre-ordered it.

  10. Hilda says:

    It’s a beautiful cover! Coming out of the otherworld? Don’t answer. It’s a guessing game I love to play with your book covers. Looking forward to be amazed with it. Best wishes for the New Year>

  11. Zia says:

    None of your books seem too complicated to me, but then again I find a lot of the ‘popular’ books to be too simple/predictable. Either way though don’t change because I absolutely love each series just as it is!

    And you are welcome to try and change my mind on the fact you are never stupid, but I am uncertain you will succeed.

    Just a tidbit – since this was reposted (the post) and the comments seem to be moved the link to the Touch preview doesn’t work. But if you go to the top of the page, click on bibliography – Queen of the Dead – Touch – Read the first chapter you can get it that way.

    Yes I have too much time on my hands…or I am very, very bored. One of the two.

  12. Zia says:

    Just finished Touch and have to say I absolutely loved it! Thank you so much for giving me something to read again. Now the question is do I re-read it or pretend I have a life and wait until tomorrow to re-read it.

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