Thanks to Gina Dalfonzo at The Point for pointing out that the latest installment of Stephen Reed’s Discourse has been posted.

Discourse is an interview podcast, which is available at Breakpoint. It’s a fairly new feature, and it was a privilege to be one of Stephen’s first guests.

People who pre-ordered my new novel Cyndere’s Midnight, or rushed out to grab a copy, are sending in photos to mark the occasion. To thank them, I’m sending them all free Cyndere’s Midnight bookmarks.

And there’s good news: I can extend the deadline another couple of weeks, because I just found out that the publisher’s sending me MORE bookmarks!

The pictures are even more fun than I anticipated. I’ll post a few of them below….

So, what do these pictures show us about people who are reading The Auralia Thread?

They’re all a little bit crazy in the head. And that there’s still a good market for bookmarks.

Oh… and I think of them all as friends.

Ezra read Auralia’s Colors when he was very young. Now that he’s older, he’s can handle this darker sequel.

Tansy wrote to tell me that her favorite parts are the scenes involving dogs.

The Kimball kids and their various beasts celebrate a book about beastmen.

Either he has gi-normous hands, or he’s holding the book up close to the camera.

(Okay, so Todd Truffin does not exactly HAVE the book in hand yet, but he’s so upset about his delayed order that I decided to post his photo out of pity.)

A book so substantial, you can set it upright and do a headstand on it!

Hey, nice shirt! The symbol of consumerism at its best!

Jason Panella is determined to find a typo. DETERMINED.

The Baggs family show some school spirit, some Auralia spirit, and some family spirit. (And hey, bonus points for including a copy of Through a Screen Darkly!)

Melissa in Kansas City is too busy reading to pose. And that’s fine with me.

There’s still time for you to send in a photo and get a bookmark in return! Just email me a picture of you reading your copy, and be sure to include your mailing address! (Also, tell me whether you’re giving me permission to include the photo on this blog…)

I’ve heard several reports today (Monday) that Cyndere’s Midnight showed up in Borders bookstores today. A day early!

It’s already here! So, for those who can’t wait… don’t!

And Tuesday, it’s everywhere.


If you pick up a copy THIS WEEK, send me a photo (jpg) of yourself with the book by Saturday at noon, I will send you an Auralia Thread bookmark for free!

Email the pics to joverstreet [at] gmail [dot] com.

Is this one of those sequels where things get much darker?

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If you’ve read Auralia’s Colors, you may have questions about the sequel, Cyndere’s Midnight, which will be in stores on September 16.

Over the next week, I’ll be revealing some of the shocking secrets of Cyndere’s Midnight.

So read on, but beware! Some may consider these to be very minor spoilers!

And yes, every single one of these questions has been raised in some email or letter or review. I didn’t make up a single one.

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Thanks to Dr. Vikki de los Reyes! Vikki sent me an impressive package expressing her appreciation for Auralia’s Colors.

Like the little lawn gnome in Amelie, Auralia’s Colors is traveling the world. Just check out these photos…

Here’s the book in the hands of a Filipino rice farmer at, of all places, the International Rice Research Institute!

And here it is just outside of Hong Kong!

Makes me wonder where Cyndere’s Midnight will go when the book arrives in just a few weeks…

Brandywine Books pulled off a big surprise tonight, posting a review of Auralia’s Colors!

The reviewer closes the review by quoting one of my favorite moments in the book, and one that I haven’t heard anyone comment on before.

You’re invited to attend one of my upcoming readings and booksignings.

Actually, you’re invited to come to all of them, if you want. I won’t try to stop you.

Oh, and if you come to the first one… you’ll get a free Cyndere’s Midnight/Auralia’s Colors bookmark!

Cyndere’s Midnight
reading / booksigning
Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park (Seattle), WA
7 p.m.
September 25, 2008.

Cyndere’s Midnight
reading / booksigning
Village Books, Bellingham, WA
November 20, 2008.

On September 16, Cyndere’s Midnight arrives in stores.

On Thursday night, September 25, you’re invited to join me for a Cyndere’s Midnight release party at Third Place Books.

(By the way, in case you’re wondering, it’s pronounced “SIN-der.”)

And, thanks to artists Kristopher K. Orr and Kelly L. Howard, for their work on Cyndere’s cover.

Here’s what she looks like…

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I’m grateful for the encouragement of readers like Shane Deal. As I’m recovering from the last few months of hard work on Cyndere’s Midnight, and already drafting chapters for the third strand of The Auralia Thread, it’s inspiring to see that people are still discovering the story. So… thanks, Shane!