Today’s the day. The Language of Bees steps out to meet its public, and like a child headed onto the big yellow school bus for the first time, it makes its creator very nervous.
Please, friends, treat my new baby with love… and if you come out to see me on the road, I take my lattes in nonfat and my beer in dark. Hey, isn’t a book tour supposed to be a roving party?
And in case the book itself isn’t enough of a blast of the trumpets, we’re marking the launch by posting a video, exploring the background of The Language of Bees, from Sussex to Orkney.
Today is also the first day for another baby. Many and many a year ago, I had a very interesting and lengthy exchange of letters with a woman in Canada. Rebecca loved the Beekeeper books, and started the first Mary Russell web site. She since then moved into the life of a mother, and has of necessity retreated somewhat from the community of readers, but she’s not stopped at all, really. In fact, Rebecca’s first novel also comes out today. Faery Rebels, by R. J. Anderson (published in the UK as Knife.) A lovely, richly textured fantasy very suitable for YA readers, I hope you like it as much as I do. You go, Rebecca!
And a sad note, I’m not certain yet when the audio book for The Language of Bees will be available. I’ve been asking, but I think when I was told it was going to be simultaneous with the hardback, it might have been optimism speaking… Very sorry, and there’ll be more when I know.