This post may be incoherent.
I made the perhaps ill-thought-out decision to take Loki, my '73 Camaro to Northern Virginia today, and got stuck in traffic for several hours. In 100 degree weather. In the car with no air-conditioning*. It was, in fact, so hot, and I was, in fact, stuck in traffic for so long that I actually got a tan inside my car because the windows were rolled down. I have the lines to prove it. Don't try this at home, folks. There are easier ways.
Anyway. Three things.
First of all, and most important, the Linger release date HAS MOVED. From the 20th to the 13th of July. In fact, you can already find it in millions of Borders stores and a few Barnes and Noble stores. Things I also know: the Kindle date has moved. Amazon's date has moved. Indie stores' date has moved. Canada's date has moved too (supposedy). Audiobook date has also moved. The Linger launch party date is staying the same. Things I do not know: when Fountain Bookstore is shipping their signed and doodled in copies. And also, if the UK date has moved. I will report on such things as I discover them.
Second of all. The Sam narrator actually sings Sam songs in the Linger audiobook. I don't normally like audio books (I was ambivalent about the Shiver one, even), but I gave the Linger audiobook a whirl because I'd helped pick the three new narrator voices (Cole, Isabel, and a new Sam) and I wanted to know how they did. First of all, the Cole narrator, Dan Bittner, sounds like sex on a stick. Second of all, the Isabel narrator is funny. Third of all, the SAM NARRATOR SINGS. Did I mention this? Yes. I did. The audio producers had asked me to record myself singing the tunes I had in my head for the songs Sam wrote, which I did -- though I am a musician, not a singer, thank you very much, and I thought they would laugh at the tunelessness of them. But . . . they used them. And Sam indeed sings. I had a small meltdown last night when I realized this. It was the best day ever.
Third of all, it's Linger music time. This feels a little silly as I am now totally out of Fridays since the book apparently comes out NEXT TUESDAY.
So I guess I will cut to the chase and post the song that I listened to over and over and over again while brainstorming for Linger; this is the song I used the absolute most to establish the mood I wanted. I've posted it here on the blog before, but here it is again. (as usual, if you love it, buy it legally and save a puppy).
"Wash Away" by Matt Costa. This is also the voice I picture Sam having when he sings. For the record.
I can't believe that Linger is finally here. I just can't. I'm going to go make more brownies. Maybe more cookies as well. I just bought a pie on the way home, too.
I can't believe it.
*despite my declarations that I would get A/C installed in it nearly a year ago