All of the details have now been finalised for my UK and Ireland tour to promote Brothers to the Death
. A public signing
is open to anyone who wants to come. A schools event
is for invited schools only. A public event
is open to anyone who wishes to attend, but tickets normally need to be reserved in advance -- you MIGHT be able to get them on the day if you just turn up, but you should contact the organiser in advance to make sure that you will be able to get a ticket. Please note, I am always happy to sign as many of my books as fans wish to bring along from home or buy on the day.
26th April, Thursday
11.30am -- schools event, Belltable Theatre, Limerick. http://belltable.ticketsolve.com/shows/126524808/events
7.00pm -- public event, Belltable Theatre, Limerick. http://belltable.ticketsolve.com/shows/126524808/events
27th April, Friday
10.30am -- schools event, National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin.
12.30pm -- school event, Castleknock College, Dublin.
7.00pm -- public event, Waterstones Staines, 77 High Street, Staines TW18 4PQ.
28th April, Saturday
11.00am -- public signing, Waterstones Finchley Road, O2 Centre, Finchley Road, London NW3 6LU.
3.00pm -- public signing, Muswell Hill Children's Bookshop, 29 Fortis Green Road, Muswell Hill, London N10 3HP.
29th April, Sunday
2.00pm -- public event, Stratford Circus, Theatre Square, London E15 1BX. http://www.stratford-circus.com/events/literature/darrenshan.htm
30th April, Monday
1.00pm -- school event, Beaumont Leys School, Leicester.
6.30pm -- public event, Waterstones Lincoln, 297a High Street, Lincoln LN2 1AF.
1st May, Tuesday
9.30am -- school event, Hull Collegiate School.
12.25pm -- school event, Kelvin Hall School, Hull.
6.30pm -- public event, Waterstones York, 28-29 High Ousegate, York YO1 8RX.
2nd May, Wednesday
10.00am -- Conyers Secondary School, Cleveland TS15 9ET .
3.30pm -- public signing, Waterstones Newcastle, Emerson Chambers, Blackett Street, Newcastle NE1 7JF. Please note, I will have to leave at 4.45pm.
7.00pm -- public event, Waterstones Carlisle, 66-68 Scotch Street, Carlisle CA3 8PN.
3rd May, Thursday
09.15am -- school event, LSA Technology and Performing Arts College, Lytham St Annes, Lancashire.
12.30pm -- school event, Kirkham Grammar School, Preston, Lancashire.
6.00pm -- public event, Waterstones Wigan, 6 Grand Arcade, Wigan WN1 1BH.
4th May, Friday
11.30am -- school event, Stockport Grammar School, Cheshire.
2.30pm -- school event, East Manchester Academy.
5th May, Saturday
11.00am -- public signing, Waterstones Wolverhampton, 13-15 Victoria Street, Wolverhampton WV1 3NP.
3.00pm -- public signing, Waterstones Birmingham, 128 New Street, Birmingham B2 4DB
6th May, Sunday
12.00pm -- public signing, WHSmith Hanley, 213 The Potteries Shopping Centre, Market Square, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 1PS.
3.00pm -- public signing, WHSmith Derby, 5 London Road, Derby, DE1 2NS.
7th May, Monday (bank holiday)
12.00pm -- public signing, Waterstones Chester, 14 Eastgate Row, Chester, CH1 1LF.
2.00pm -- public signing, WHSmith Wrexham, 56-58 Hope Street, Wrexham, LL11 1BE.
5.30pm -- public event, Ashton Theatre, Shrewsbury School, SY3 7BA. Part of Shrewsbury Book Fest: http://www.shrewsburybookfest.co.uk/
8th May, Tuesday
12.15pm -- school event, Bridgnorth Endowed School, Shropshire.
6.00pm -- public event, St Andrews Church/The Kettering Arts Centre, Lindsey Street, Kettering NN16 8RG. Arranged by Waterstones Kettering, 72-76 High Street, NN16 8SY -- contact staff in store for tickets.
12th May, Saturday
11.00am -- public event, Central Library St Helens. Bookselling by Pritchards. For free tickets, phone: 01744 677446, or email: Kathryn.firstname.lastname@example.org
3.00pm -- public signing, Waterstones Liverpool One, 12 College Lane, Liverpool L1 3DL.
INTRODUCING A VERY SHADY LADY!!
I have added the cover for the UK edition of Lady of the Shades, my next book for adults, which will be released in the UK and Ireland on 30th August. I love the cover and I hope you guys do too! http://www.darrenshan.com/covers/design/lady-of-the-shades-uk/
For a little taste of what the book is about, here is what we have revealed so far on Amazon:
Ed, an American author on the hunt for a story for his next book, arrives in London looking for inspiration. A stranger in a strange city, he’s haunted by a deadly secret that refuses to stay buried, and no matter how hard he tries he cannot escape the manifest sins of his past.
What Ed wants is answers, what he finds is something he definitely didn’t bargain for: the beautiful and untouchable Andeanna Menderes. Andeanna is a woman who is dangerously bound to one of London’s most notorious crime lords, and if they are caught together it could mean death for them both.
Ensnared in an illicit affair that can only be conducted in the shadows, Ed’s world is turned upside down as a series of shattering revelations blurs the line between what’s real and what’s not…
You can pre-order the book by clicking here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Lady-Shades-Darren-Shan/dp/1409143600/shanville
LOOKING AHEAD... THE UNDEAD!!
The stomach-churning UK cover for Zom-B has been released, so you guys can check it out NOW!! I hope you love it as much as I do!!! I’ve also added the early drafts for the cover to my site, so you can chart its progress — I like to keep you guys as much in the picture as I can!! http://www.darrenshan.com/covers/country/united-kingdom/
I’m not going to be saying much about Zom-B ahead of the release of the first book on September 27th, as there are some major twists in it that we’re trying to keep as secret as possible! But here is what my British and American publishers have revealed so far on Amazon:
UK — Zom-B is a radical new series about a zombie apocalypse, told in the first person by one of its victims. The series combines classic Shan action with a fiendishly twisting plot and hard-hitting and thought-provoking moral questions dealing with racism, abuse of power and more. This is challenging material, which will captivate existing Shan fans and bring in many new ones. As Darren says, “It’s a big, sprawling, vicious tale… a grisly piece of escapism, and a barbed look at the world in which we live. Each book in the series is short, fast-paced and bloody. A high body-count is guaranteed!”
USA — When news reports start appearing of a zombie outbreak in Ireland, B’s racist father thinks it’s a joke — but even if it isn’t, he figures, it’s ok to lose a few Micks. B doesn’t fully buy into Dad’s racism, but figures it’s easier to go along with it than to risk the fights and abuse that will surely follow sticking up for Muslims, blacks, or immigrants. And when dodging his fists doesn’t work, B doesn’t hesitate to take the piss out of kids at school with a few slaps or cruel remarks. That is, until zombies attack the school. B is forced on a mad dash through the serpentine corridors of high school, making allegiances with anyone with enough gall to fight off their pursuers.
I hope that’s whetted your appetite for more!!