Look at that blog title. Puns! Puns ahoy!
So I’m deeply ashamed that I haven’t had a blog update in, oh, 7 months or so. But in my defense, it’s ’cause I been busy busy busy. And also Twitter has destroyed my ability to type more than a few characters.
BUT! Today I have a new book out! Yaaaay! So of course I gotsta hit up the interwebs and tell people about it.
If you recall, on a cold wintry day this time last year, a little blue book featuring the word VESPER hovering in front of a plume of red smoke hit the shelves. That would be book one in my YA sci-fi trilogy Deviants, which is published here in the states and in Canada by the Balzer + Bray imprint of HarperCollins. That book told the tale of a geeky girl named Emily Webb who found herself going wild at night… and then turning into a werewolf… and then learning a crazed scientist wanted her dead because she’s actually been genetically engineered to be said werewolf. And oh yeah, there are others like her, too.
Enter HAVOC. Whereas VESPER was a sort of coming-of-age prelude to Emily’s wild world, HAVOC digs deeper into the mysteries with more characters, more dangers, higher stakes, and lots of action. Here’s the official blurb!
HAVOC: A Deviants Novel
Emily Webb thought life would go back to normal after she and pack-mate Spencer Holt killed the man who tried to murder them and their fellow “Deviants.” Or as normal as it could be, after finding out she has nighttime superpowers . . . and she’s a werewolf. But when Emily wakes up one night to find an otherworldly shadowman watching her, she knows the danger has only just begun.
Determined to find answers, Emily and Spencer, along with the third member of their pack—football player Dalton McKinney—set out to find the people who made them what they are, and why. And as Emily and her friends get closer to the truth, they realize they aren’t the only ones in town with special powers: The most popular girls in school just might have a secret of their own—and they just might have it out for Emily.
But other kinds of Deviants will be the least of the pack’s problems if they can’t get their own powers under control. With each nighttime shift, Dalton’s behavior grows more erratic, and Emily’s transformations begin to evolve in mysterious ways. With shadowy beings stalking the Deviants at every turn, a mysterious company doing all it can to keep the truth hidden, and the secrecy of her strange new identity in jeopardy, life threatens to spiral out of control for Emily. And soon all these dangers will come together in one terrifying confrontation that may force her to make the toughest choice of her life.
OMG intriguing! Some early reader reviews of come in from folks who haven’t read VESPER but did read HAVOC, and apparently it actually works on its own, too. So if less self-discovery and more action appeals to you, feel free to jump into book two first.
HAVOC is now in stores everywhere, but if you prefer ordering online or you’ve got one of those fancy ereaders, here are some links!
Since I’m all pimpin’, all the time today, I’d be loath not to mention to those of you who have been meaning to check out VESPER but still haven’t that the first Deviants book is now out in paperback. Even cooler, for one more week only, the VESPER ebook is only $0.99 as part of HarperTeen’s Epic Reads’ Epic Deals along with ten other awesome YA books. Get all the details on the $0.99 ebooks on their Facebook page!
All right, backslash end promo and all that. I’m off to write more books — including the third Deviants book! — but keep following my blog and follow me on Twitter @jeffmsampson for more updates!