Tuesday, February 24, 2009

I'll Make You A Star!

In case you wanted further proof that I've been blogging a long ass time, way back in June of 2005 I read a category romance featuring a librarian heroine. It wasn't the worst librarian heroine I'd ever read about, but it did insult my intelligence. In the comments of that blog post, Lilith Saintcrow chimed in and what followed was her writing a book about a demon hunting librarian. She sent me the first draft, and I read it during a time in my life where I wasn't a happy girl. (I had applied for my current position and was flatly turned down. Fail!)

But all good things come to those who wait. I eventually did get My Super Awesome Job and Lilith eventually got her demon hunting librarian story published.

The Demon's Librarian has been published by Imajinn and is now available as an ebook through Fictionwise. A print version is apparently in the works, and according to Lilith, will hopefully be available to order in the next couple of weeks. Keeping in mind I read an early draft of this story (and I'm not sure how much reworking/editing Lilith has done to it since then), I really enjoyed this book. My 2005 reading records were destroyed in a Great Computer Meltdown, but I seem to recall I graded this one around a B or B+. The librarian heroine is fantabulous, and I'm not just saying that because the book is dedicated to me. She really is that fantabulous. So without further ado....

Description:
Demons are preying on schoolchildren in her city, so Francesca Barnes does what any red-blooded librarian would do--she does some research and goes hunting. But the books she finds in a secret cache don't tell her the whole story. Chess has no idea what she's just stepped into or just how special she is.

Orion is Drakul, part demon, and a loyal servant of the Order. He doesn't expect a motorcycle-riding librarian to be messing around with demonic forces, and he doesn't expect her to smell so damn good. But Ryan's got bigger problems. His partner has disappeared, and the forces of Darkness are rising.

Now Chess is Ryan's only hope of finding his partner, and Ryan is Chess's only hope of survival because the demons now know Chess exists and that she is the heir to a long-lost power that could push back their dark tide. If Ryan can keep her alive long enough, she just might be the key to destroying the demons completely. But Ryan doesn't know he's been betrayed by the very Order he serves. And if Chess does, by some miracle survive, he won't ever be able to touch her again. . .
To add to the all around awesomeness, there's a really healthy excerpt over at Fictionwise. You should read it. And then, of course, you should buy yourself a copy. Me? I'm going to try and restrain myself and wait for the print version to be released. Because, being honest and all, as much as I love reading on my Sony Reader, I want a Dead Tree Copy to show off to my family and friends so they'll finally realize how cool I am.

14 comments:

Lili Saintcrow said...

Hi Wendy!

I ended up dedicating the book to librarians everywhere. And the book has changed significantly from the first draft--become better, I think.

But I still blame--I mean, erm, THANK you for the original idea. And when I get my author's copy, you are SO GETTING A SIGNED ONE, festooned with your responsibility for the whole damn thing on the title page in glowing terms. :)

Thank you for giving me the idea, and for reading the finished draft. It was awesome, and I love this book so much...

azteclady said...

How can anyone who knows you *not* know just how incredibly amazing and awesome you are?

"Incontheivable!"

lustyreader said...

I love librarian heriones, although the first example I always think of is not literary, it's Marian from the Music Man, you know like:
"I love you madly, madly Madam Librarian...Marian!"
My Google reader suggested a link to your blog and I'm glad I clicked, thanks for sharing your review!

Sarai said...

How cool is that! I guess I know what I'm buying with the spare change this paycheck.

Barbara said...

LOL! You're too funny Wendy!!!

dancechica said...

I just bought this from FW this morning. How cool that you were the inspiration behind it. :-)

Wendy said...

Lilith: I can't wait to see what changes you've made! I enjoyed the first draft, so I'm sure I'll love this final version.

AL: Well, my Mom already thinks I'm cool. I'm not sure about anyone else.

Lustyreader: Howdy! Thanks for stopping on by!

Sarai: Less than $6 over at FW. Can't beat that!

Barbara: It's a laugh a minute here in the Bat Cave.

Dream Chica: It is pretty cool, isn't it?

Big Sis said...

Your sisters know how cool you are.

Lil Sis said...

True dat! You are one of my homies yo! :)

Rosie said...

You have a cape, a Bat Cave, a Batmobile AND are the inspiration for books now? I guess I should be collecting your autograph or something, shouldn't I?

azteclady said...

Rosie, you forgot The Man.

And not just any old Man, but *the* MAN who knows how to give gifts.

Bev(QB) said...

In addition to the fact that it's dedicated to you, Wendy, and that Lilith wrote it, the awesomestest, way coolio thing about it is that it's a DEMON romance from a time LONG before Demons became the new vampires. *gag* A trend I personally was over 5 minutes after it started, but I've found that the few Demon centered romances from BEFORE the trend, are DEFINITELY worth reading. After all, it was these creative authors who inspired the Demon trend to begin with, right?

In any case, that's my long-winded way of saying, "Give anothuh hollah when teh print book releases! kthx" And Congrats to BOTH of you!

Wendy said...

Big Sis: Ahhhh, see how nice my sisters are everybody?

Lil' Sis: My lizzle sizzle is cool yo!

Rosie: Tomorrow I leap tall buildings in a single bound!

AL: I'm thinking of hiring him an agent.

Bev: Yeah that first draft was way back in 2005. Demons weren't the new vampires yet. I also recall that first draft had a nice blend of urban fantasy and romance. Of course Lilith has reworked it since then, so it will be interesting to read the final version!

Nicole said...

Wow, that was in 2005? I can't believe it's been that long. Can't wait to see what this one is like. I loved the draft that I read, so I can't wait!