It’s March: Must be time for more FOR DARKNESS SHOWS THE STARS News

News the first: The winner of the FOR DARKNESS SHOWS THE STARS ARC giveaway is: janicu @#28. Email me!

News the second: The full jacket of FOR DARKNESS SHOWS THE STARS (click to embiggen):

News the third: The ARCs have begun to circulate, and I’m beginning to hear from folks who have read the book. Stuff like:

“This book gave me happy tears.”

“I love, love, love the letters between Kai and Elliot :’)”

“I’m on page 378 of FDStS right now and I love you so much I could kiss you. Seriously, I could.”

“I finished 10 minutes ago and I’m still bawling! It was awesome :)”

And then there’s this lovely review from Caitlin at WhatchYA Reading:

“I don’t even know where to start with what I liked about this book. Everything? The letters that had previously been written between Elliot and Kai as they were growing up? How they were shown to us out of order and the entirety of their relationship revealed all slow and restrained but with such passion and caring and knowing that I could not help but fall in love with the idea of them.”

News the fourth: Want an excerpt? Okay, since y’all asked real nice (inspired by a Twitter exchange between me and fabu Balzer+Bray editor Sara Sargent):

SIX YEARS AGO

Dear Kai,
After giving it a lot of thought, I’ve decided that this will be my last little note to you. I’ve grown tired of playing with a boy who lives in a barn and only owns one pair of pants. I can’t possibly imagine what you find so fascinating about bunches of rusted metal. It was a fun game while it lasted. But I’m bored now. Please don’t ever talk to me again.
Not your friend,
Elliot

Dear Elliot,
I really wish you’d stop coming and bothering me. I have lots of chores to do, because I’m a servant. I would much rather do the work I’m supposed to than waste everyone’s time by playing with you. I’m twelve years old now, and that means I have to work my allotted twelve hours a day on the farm, and if I don’t, I won’t get fed. I’m sure you don’t want me to starve. So leave me alone.
Not your friend,
Kai

Dear Kai,
That was Tatiana. Don’t worry. Mother has punished her.
Your friend,
Elliot

Dear Elliot,
No kidding.
Your friend,
Kai
PS: Would you really let me starve?

Dear Kai,
That was the craziest part of her letter. I had no idea you worked twelve hours a day. How do you have time to see me at all? How do you have time to read?
Your friend,
Elliot

Dear Elliot,
What do you mean? There are twenty-four hours in a day. I only have to work for twelve.
Your friend,
Kai

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2 Responses to It’s March: Must be time for more FOR DARKNESS SHOWS THE STARS News

  1. Tiff says:

    Gah! The letters! SO. CUTE! I need to read this now. I keep forgetting the release date and then I’m so disappointed when I check Amazon and realize it’s not until June.

    Also, now that I’ve seen the full cover and jacket, I’m in LOVE with it. The ombre lettering was not apparent to me before – I think that’s what just sold me on it. Holy cow.

    Those reviews are awesome. I’m still fully on board the “Diana’s Breakout Bestseller” train. You just wait.

  2. Paul says:

    This looks like it will be a wonderful book! I’m looking forward to reading it. And as the photographer who took the picture of the stars used as the background, I gotta say that the final cover image looks incredible! I’m very glad that one of my photographs is a part of it.