Thursday, October 09, 2008

Book for bedtime

Yes that is my new novel 'The New Rakes' spilling all over the place. All over, to be precise, the day-bed. I'm very glad I have a day-bed. It means when I am overcome with a sudden fit of the vapours I have somewhere handy to collapse in. Note also that I will be collapsing - um - celebrating - with a bottle of my favourite malt.

Not yet! Have things to do! Am bouncing off door frames, perspiring gently and spinning round in circles.

First, I must offer sincere apologies to Ashley Lister and Alison Tyler, quotes of whose appear on the back cover attributed as 'Praise for Circus Excite'.

I'd like to say categorically that the quotes were referencing short stories in 'F is for Fetish' and 'Frenzy', respectively, and had nothing to do with Circus Excite. Again, guys, I'm very sorry for the mix-up.

Also I want to offer a large bottle of whisky and a dedication to my overwhelmingly lovely first reader Shanna Germain. Without her I would have jumped out of a window, definitely.

Also a massive thanks to Jonathan Caws-Ellwit for scoring 'Turn on Me' for the book. Another apology here, as I've failed spectacularly so far to get a band together and make a recording/video. I haven't forgotten though! I will try! Apricot coloured plasticene nipples and everything!

Right, now I've done my Oscar speech. I'd like to hoard all the books away to myself but I think it's about bloody time I had a contest. So - voila - your chance to win a copy of The New Rakes well before it's even out! {Am I allowed to do that? Is there publishing etiquette I'm missing? Ah, oops, too late.}

Drop me a line in the comments and tell me one of your favourite songs/song titles. I'll pick a winner at total random next week. Taking into account the vast readership of this blog, you've probably got about a 50/50 chance... and okay, if you're shy you can email me your song title too. Nikki dot magennis at googlemail dot com.



PS: Oh,I forgot. Obviously I haven't had any real proper reviews for the book yet, but my other first reader has provided his opinion for your illumination. His verdict?


Yes, thanks boyf.


Jeremy Edwards said...

Rock 'n' roll!!!!!!!!

Hugs, champagne (okay, single malt, too), drum solos, and a big, sexy, sweaty crowd pressing together in front of the stage!!

One of my favorite songs is K. D. Lang's "Sexuality."

Madeline Moore said...

Hurrah! Brava! Well done!
Are you going to read it, Nikki?
I'd luv to...
One of my favourite songs is, 'My Secret Life' by Leonard Cohen.
xoxo Mad

Nikki Magennis said...

Thank you both so much!

I love that KD Lang song, J - I'd never heard it before. And I'll need to go and seek out 'My Secret Life', Mad, thanks. Nice recs so far!

(Um, I don't know if I can bring myself to read it yet. Maybe if I drink enough whisky.)

Cassie Exline said...

Love the books, the day bed and the bottle -- great pic. I want all of it.

One of my favorite songs is Lips of an Angel by Hinder. He sounds just like a guy I used to date.

Good luck with the book! Beautiful cover.


Nikki Magennis said...

Hi Cass! Hey, you're welcome in my day bed for a dram anytime! And 'Hinder' is another one I don't know. Must off and find the song ...

Mat said...


"She's Not There" by The Zombies.

Nikki Magennis said...

Oh, good choice mat!

Craig Sorensen said...

Congrats, Lady Nikki! I'd forgotten about the placticine video. Give me a call when you're ready to film.

Anyway...a song.

On the way home from work UFO's "Queen of the Deep" was playing, and that's been circling in my head since. Love that track.

Isabel Kerr said...

ConGRRECHUlations wummin!!! Cowboy Junkies Witches in the Hills, right this very second, blink, it'll be... I'm raisin a glass to ye too!

Nikki Magennis said...

I need more plasticene. Lots. : )

Charlotte said...

Brilliant book!


Charlotte said...

Can't wait to read it!


Nikki Magennis said...

Ooh, I was listening to the Cowboy Junkies the other night. 'Mining for Gold'. Lovely song.

And thanks, Charlotte!

Josephine Pittman said...

I reallllllllllly want to win a copy of your book because Im dying to read it, and do you know how long I would have to wait for the boat carrying your book to reach australian waters and into the book stores???? Too bloody long. Let me win : )

My favourite song hmmmm...can I have two?

TV On the Radio "Wolf Like Me" (has to be played loud, very very loud)

De La Soul - Anything from their album 3ft High and Rising : ) Reminds me of someone very very special

Well done Im proud of you!

Nikki Magennis said...

Aw, thanks doll! And I'll happily spend the day with De La Soul in my head instead of 'skyyyyy rockets in flight ... ' xx

Lynn said...

Ashamed to say I had no idea! Shall definitely take a peek through this door...for me 'song against sex' by Neutral Milk Hotel...p.s admiration by the bucketload by the way..xxxx

Nikki Magennis said...

hehe! perfect choice, lynn!

Kristina Wright said...

Congrats on the beautiful new book, Nikki!

(And I also used sky rockets in my blog post title-- but I made it one word. Hmm. Ooops.)

Nikki Magennis said...

Hi Kristina!

Oah - is it one word or two? I think it's one loooooooooooooooooong word that hasn't stopped playing in my head since Thursday.

Anonymous said...

I am so excited to read this book!! Winning a copy would make that experience so much better. So would the fabulous music video that I am having a blast picturing in my head. ;)

As for my favorite song: Golden Years, by David Bowie.

Nikki Magennis said...

Bowie! Yeah Bowie! Cheers cyhaueter.

Shanna Germain said...

Yah, yah, yah! I am jumping up and down to see the beautiful, beautiful book all pretty and sexy.

Huge congrats you smart, smutty, literary goddess, you!

Best, s.

Nikki Magennis said...


Cassie Exline said...

Nikki, just had to tell you that I added Lips of an Angel ringtone to my phone. It sounds great. When you get a chance, you really need to listen to the song.


Nikki Magennis said...

Oh, I have hon. I've listened to *all* of the songs! It's a great playlist!

Madelynne Ellis said...

Congrats on the book, Nikki!

Hm, favourite songs... I have so many. Okay, I'm opting for Fragrance by Gackt.

Nikki Magennis said...

Gackt, Madelynne? Now there's a surprise choice from you! ; )

Alison Tyler said...

Congratulations, Nikki!
You rock (literally)!

Drop me on a desert island with only Led Zeppelin's "D'yer Mak'er," and I'll be fine.

Although, lately I've also been a bit obsessed with the Chili Peppers' "Can't Stop."


Nikki Magennis said...

Cheers, Alison! Oh yes, a good time for a bit of a Zep revival, I think. Although 'Whole lotta love' has never really gone away, has it?

Saskia Walker said...

Many many congrats, Nikki! I can't wait to read this one, I loved Circus Excite.

As for a song title...whenever I see your name "Darling Nicki" runs through my mind, so I think it's only fair to mention that >;-)

Nikki Magennis said...

Thanks Saskia! And yes, love that song ...

Smut Girl said...

oh, i'm glad i stopped in. thank god for blogs and procrastination. book is gorgeous (so is day bed!). one of my favorite songs is Bernadette. I am such a Motown girl. liking the song is not embarrassing but the goofy-assed dance i do when it comes on is.
Congrats again. ;)

Nikki Magennis said...

Sommer, if you make a vid of you doing the dance I will send you a book immediately!

Jeremy Edwards said...

Don't forget the plasticine nipples, Sommer.

I'm just thinking of Craig, you know.

Smut Girl said...

i'm sorry. there is not enough wine in the WORLD to make me do that on tape...where does one find plasticine nipples, anyhow? just you know...asking. no reason. ;)

Nikki Magennis said...

I have a stash right here, but I keep confusing them with the bag of cherry lips. Plasticene does tend to repeat on one, you know.

Jeremy Edwards said...

where does one find plasticine nipples, anyhow?

I usually look more or less in the center of the breast.

kristina lloyd said...

Many congrats on the book, Nikki! You have the same release date as I did last year for Split but I don't know what that means, if anything.

I was trying to pick a song for you the other day and ended up listening to too much Placebo because I couldn't decide. So either 'Every You Every Me' which is kick-ass noisy and wonderful or 'Protect Me From What I Want' because I love that phrase and find it complicatedly, excitingly kinky (rather than needy and addictive which I guess is how it could also be read). I am not sure if I'm making sense to anyone except myself. There's a contemporary artist who made a sampler (or something fabric-based, I think) based on the phrase. It was called Desire ( I think, or vice versa). I'm going on a google now to find it.

But Placebo do have some wonderful titles - Bruise Pristine, Swallow, The Crawl, English Summer Rain, Taste in Men, My Sweet Prince.

God, I hope I'm not coming across as too emo here. I'd better stop.

Nikki Magennis said...

Thanks Kristina! I think the date is very auspicious.

As for being too emo - well, hon, maybe the blue hair gives it away ... ; )

Am off to listen to some Placebo now. I don't know much of their music - isn't it a bit shouty? (for someone of delicate sensibilities such as moi.)

Nikki Magennis said...

Oh, it's them - 'A friend in need' lot? Great song. I had them down as someone completely different, and it's not too shouty at all! Lovely.

kristina lloyd said...

So, the phrase was Jenny Holzer's in the 70s and the fabric piece, with more of a capitalist commentary than my interpretation, is here.

I do like it.

And yes, them! They can be quite shouty but they do gorgeous and melancholy as well. Try Centrefolds. Another favourite. And The Crawl. Their lyrics are so dark and pervy. But hey, that's emo for you.

Off to self-harm now!

Nikki Magennis said...

Oh, I love Jenny Holzer! And those tapestry-things are beautiful.

Following your lead, K, and as it's a rainy emo day, I think I will now go and read Sylvia Plath until I like, cry.