Five weeks to go …

August 30th, 2011

So we’re on the final countdown at last – only five weeks to go until City of Lies is in the shops! It’s coming out at roughly the same time in Australia and the USA, and we’re having a grand launch in Hobart. So if you’re in southern Tasmania on Sunday October 2nd, please come along to the Baha’i Centre at 11 am to help us celebrate. We’re encouraging people to wear masks – here’s mine.

My mask for the launch

And just to whet your appetites, here are some clues as to what’s coming in The Keepers Book 2 …

Goldie and Toadspit are in danger once again, but this time they are far from home in a city where they can’t trust anyone. Will they survive the mysterious Festival of Lies? Why are the villainous Harrow and his men trying to kill them? Has the Fugleman really reformed or is it just a trick? Can Sinew and Broo win a fight against a slommerkin?

And what on earth has any of this got to do with a warrior princess who has been dead for five hundred years?

Don’t forget that you can listen to an excerpt from City of Lies here.

14 thoughts on “Five weeks to go …

  1. Lucinda says:

    Hello Lian Tanner! (if you are reading)
    I am very excited about your new book coming out, as I really enjoyed Museum of Theives. I also read your other novel, ‘Rats!’, which I thought was great. I am going to the grand launch in Hobart, and I can’t wait! I hope I will see you!

    1. Lian says:

      Hello Lucinda, thanks for the message. I’m glad you’ve been enjoying the books – and very pleased to hear that you’re coming to the launch! Make sure you introduce yourself. See you there!

  2. Lia says:

    AHHHH! It’s almost time for the book to come out. 18 days 14 hours and 48 min.!! soooo excited!!! I Love your books!! they are amazing!

    1. Lian says:

      Lia, I didn’t realise it was so soon. Oh dear, now I’m nervous!

  3. Roan says:

    Hey Lian! I can’t wait for the launching of City of Lies!! I hope that it will reach Philippines immediately! I hope that our National Bookstore will have it here! >_< I got Museum of Thieves there, I think this is the American Edition.

    So excited!! Good luck!! \^o^/


    1. Lian says:

      Thanks Roan! The pressure is building here. I’ve just received advance copies of both the Australian and US editions, and they are both splendid. Tomorrow I’m going to the launch venue with a couple of friends to work out exactly what we’re going to do – apart from the masks! It’s always nice to have a bit of theatre as part of the proceedings. πŸ™‚

  4. Mia says:

    Museum of theives was my absolute favorite book πŸ™‚ i lent it to my friend to read, and when she gave it back i missed it so much i re-read it. Right before the city of lies im reading it again to be sure i havnt missed any facts. i just hope that barnes and noble has it on the release date because i got the first one at borders, and since that went out of business…(tear)
    Any way good luck! though you really dont neeed it. sadly i wont be at the events in hobart and romania, because i live in boring ol’ east coast, america πŸ™
    Cant wat for City of Lies πŸ™‚
    PS i love that concept , a city of lies….

    1. Lian says:

      Hey Mia, lovely to hear from you, all the way from the east coast of America! I reckon Barnes and Noble WILL have the book right on the release date – they’ve been supporting the trilogy very well. Maybe you could phone and ask them, just to nudge them along a bit. πŸ™‚ Thanks for the good wishes for the Tasmanian launch – I loved the concept of a City of Lies too when I first had the idea. I hope you find it just as satisfying as the first book. Come back and tell me if you like it!

  5. Finlay says:

    Hi Lian, one last read of the keepers should tide me over until the release of book 2 and i have one thing two ask. In the book it says that when Goldie prays, she flicks her flingers and I never really understood that. Could you please help me!! πŸ™‚

    1. Lian says:

      Hi Finlay, I hope you’re enjoying your last read. You must almost know the book off by heart by now! To find the answer to your question, you’ll have to go right back to Chapter 1, Separation Day, and have a look on page 9 (in the Australian edition) about halfway down. Here it tells you about the Seven Gods of Jewel, and how nasty they are. And if you go right to the bottom of the page, then turn over, you’ll see that when Goldie calls on the gods she flicks her fingers, which means ‘Don’t worry about me! Please go and help someone else!’
      She can’t ignore the gods, you see, or they get annoyed. But she doesn’t really want them to help her, either, because their help can be dangerous. So she prays and sends them away at the same time. Does that make sense?

  6. hannah says:

    I am sooooo excited for the next bookand I have been waiting all summer for this. How long do you thibk it will be until it gets to the U.S?

    1. Lian says:

      Hi Hannah, good to hear from you again. I’ve been told that City of Lies will be on sale in the US from September 27th. Which is just under two weeks! But it might be a good idea to phone your favourite bookshop and check – just to make sure they’re going to have it!

  7. Feathershaft says:

    Hello Ms Tanner-I really loved “Museum of Thieves”, and I think it’s part of the 50 Books You Can’t Put Down in the bookshops of Sydney-maybe even the whole of Australia, I don’t know. But I do know that it IS a book that I just couldn’t put down, because I felt like I would die of curiosity if I did! When “Museum of Thieves” ended, I was basically bouncy with anticipation.
    The plot and the characters were really colourful, especially Guardian Hope-she’s kind of awesome in a really evil way. The book is just so original-I’ve heard of books about slavery and magic and good versus evil and all that, but never something like the problem children of Jewel faced. Still, I wouldn’t have liked it if it weren’t original, and if it didn’t feel like it was done by a skillful author. πŸ™‚
    Anyway, I just can’t wait until “City of Lies”, especially since it’s about two weeks away. Unfortunately I won’t be able to attend the grand launch, but I’ll be looking forward to the book-I bet it’s going to have some sort of masquerade party in there. Thank you for bringing the world of the Museum to us-and we’re hungry for more!

    1. Lian says:

      Hello Feathershaft, thanks for the really nice message. Yes, Museum of Thieves IS part of the 50 Books You Can’t Put Down campaign, all over Australia. So it’s wonderful to hear that you agree! I’m glad you like Guardian Hope too – she was so much fun to write. For me, that sort of total selfishness (combined with considerable cunning) is really interesting in a character.
      I’m sorry to hear that you won’t be at the grand launch – we’ve just been planning what we’re going to do and I think it will be exciting for those who attend. But for everyone else, including you, the second book will be out there VERY soon. I DO hope you like it!

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