I mentioned in my previous post that I had seen some pretty things, didn’t I? Delighted to share that the pre-order campaign for my book Night of the Raven, Dawn of the Dove is now live! If you’ve pre-ordered my book, save your receipts, because you can use them to to receive five monster character cards and a signed bookplate. You can have a daayan, a preta, a vetala, a yatu, and a pishacha of your very own! Feast your eyes on the gorgeous graphic below:
This is open US and Canada while supplies last. You can submit your receipts at:
Preorders are super helpful to authors, letting bookstores and publishers gauge reader interest and how much of a title to stock. It can make the difference between a book appearing on shelves and … just not being visible at all, sadly. So Mega Thanks to all who preorder!
Alternatively, you can request your public library to stock the title for you. We love libraries! Not everyone can afford to buy hardcovers, but if you have access to a public library, you can usually fill in a form to request them to buy a book. It’s a win-win for authors and readers alike.
I also want to thank everyone who has read an ARC of this book and left a review on Netgalley or Goodreads. I’ve been avoiding these sites for my own peace of my mind, and will continue to do so, but please feel free to tag me on social media on any positive reviews of my work. I love to see them!
Friends have mentioned that a few reviewers have complained about some of the informal language used. This is supposed to be a ‘historical’ fantasy set in medieval India, so why are characters using words like weirdo and cool? Good question. I’d like to point out that no one in this book is speaking English. They are speaking Hindavi, a version of old Hindustani. This is mentioned in the book as well as the glossary. No one in thirteenth century India was speaking English. That language was brought by the colonizers to the Indian subcontinent much later. Today, of course, English is one of the official languages of India. I have complex feelings about this. I am writing in English, for an English-speaking audience. It is a colonizer’s language – and yet, it is not. Not any more. We have made it our own, all over the former colonized world.
But I digress. Back to the point of why are the characters using such words? It is simply to indicate they are speaking informally with each other. My main character, Katyani, is not exactly the most formal and correct person in terms of speech. I do like her a lot, and I hope, if you choose to read my book, that you will too.