Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Some advance praise and a sneak peek

A.S. King's debut novel The Dust of 100 Dogs isn't due out for another fourteen months, but a lucky few have already read the manuscript and the word is spreading. Author Lisa McMann, whose own debut Wake recently landed on the New York Times Bestseller list, is guest blogging on a MySpace blog, and she mused about how difficult it is to write a blurb for A. S. King's book: "I’m not agonizing because I’m having trouble thinking of anything good to write, that’s for sure. It’s the trying to put all the good things into a small space that’s the problem." Well, she managed to do it eventually, and we're very grateful and encouraged.

"The Dust of 100 Dogs is a non-traditional pirate tale with a dangerously raw, mystical edge and a unique modern twist that will make you cringe, despair, despise and adore. Deliciously fresh and starkly unforgettable...for at least the next three hundred years."
–Lisa McMann, NYT bestselling author of Wake

And, to give you an idea of the story, here's the short blurb I wrote for around the office:

"In the late 17th century, famed teenage pirate Emer Morrisey was on the cusp of sailing into early retirement with unfathomable wealth and her one true love when she was fatally cursed with 'the dust of 100 dogs,' dooming her to 100 lives as a dog, before she finally reincarnates in a human body—with all her memories intact. Now she’s a contemporary American teenager, and all she really needs a shovel and a ride to Jamaica."

It's been a great week for The Dust of 100 Dogs all around. We just got the cover. Check it out. I think it captures "non-traditional pirate tale" quite nicely.


13 comments:

Lauren Baratz-Logsted said...

I love A.S. King's writing - can't wait to read this book!

jenny gardiner said...

This book is going to do gangbusters--she's a FABULOUS writer. Can't wait to buy my copy!

Joanne Levy said...

Beautiful cover - CAN'T WAIT to get my hands on this book!

Jackie said...

This looks -- and sounds -- amazing! Can't wait to read it!

Robyn said...

14 months....AAAARRRRGGGGG!

Carolyn Burns Bass said...

I've much of A.S. King's short fiction--she's a high calibre storyteller and a vivid word artist. I can't wait to read her debut novel

A.S. King said...

This is so exciting!

Yay Flux!

Brian Mandabach said...

this is soooo cool.

Christina said...

What an awesome cover!!

Erin said...

Ooh, I WANT! Amazing cover. And premise.

Elizabeth Letts said...

I love the cover and can't wait to read the book. A.S. King is super-talented!

Josh said...

I've been waiting for this for a while. A.S. King rocks!

Krista said...

What a rockin' idea for a story. AS King's stories keep me longing for more, whether she is telling them in voice or print. Can't wait to buy my copy!