It's been a while, but I've been struggling with publishing the new adult book, A New Year's Tale.  Proofreading took weeks, going over the same material again and again.  I wanted a print on demand edition for those who don't use ebooks (or who don't like them).  It should be available on Amazon in a week or so.  The bad news is that I'm required to charge $15. 50.  At that price I don't make any profit.  The publisher CreateSpace does, and of course they need money for actually printing and mailing it.

Harold thought the ebook would do better if we charged $2.99 and made it free to Premier Kindle readers.  It didn't.  As soon as I can I'll drop the price to $.99 again.  The whole point is to get people to read the book.  It means a lot to me.

Now  I have some good news.  Angel Garcia, this is for you.  You asked for the first chapter of The Lord of Opium, and I asked the publisher whether this was legal for me to give away.  They have agreed to print the first chapter on the following site:  www.facebook.com/HouseoftheScorpion  It might not be up yet, but will be in the next few days.  Of course I have to warn you, Angel, that after reading the first chapter you are going to want the second.  You can't eat just one peanut after all.

It is spring here at last and the animals are waking up.  We started feeding the birds because the winter was so cold and they were struggling.  We were warned not to do this because spilled birdseed attracts mice and mice attract RATTLESNAKES.  But I couldn't bear to watch the poor little creatures peck at the frozen birdbath any longer.  Now I have two suet blocks, one for big and one for little birds, a hanging feeder for everyone and a hummingbird feeder.  Hummingbirds are extremely aggressive, as little animals often need to be.  They fight constantly with each other and dive bomb me when I go out to give them more sugar water.  Just once did they seem to all get along, probably because they were too thirsty to fight.


Angel Garcia
5/8/2013 10:11:37 am

Thank you! I was very excited when i read this, I kind of geeked out to the thought that you replied to me at all. I hope this wasn't any trouble, and again, thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to help out a fan.

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Trenton bundy
9/20/2013 02:49:43 am

wow cant wait

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Daniel Slade
5/8/2013 01:34:21 pm

Thank you so much Nancy! I cannot wait for this. Usually I look forward to the summer, but now I look forward to september!

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Emi
5/13/2013 07:03:57 am

Nancy Farmer,

Thank you so much for posting up the first chapter to Lord of Opium. I am beyond excited for this September. I wanted to tell you how much I love House of the Scorpion--I've gone so far as to writing a 110 page fanfiction (still unfinished, it's going to be longer!) with a friend of mine. If you want more information or to talk to me or anything you can email me at emiliahazel@gmail.com :) I would talk to you for hours and hours about House of the Scorpion if I could, but I understand you are busy, so if you want to correspond with me through email I'll cherish it greatly, but if not, I also completely understand. I love your work so much and you have made my life better. Thank you Nancy!

-Emi

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Matthew W
9/21/2013 01:33:09 pm

Hey emi when and were will you post your fanfic? I really want to know especially since it'll about the house of the scorpion I read lord of opium and oh my god a great ending too I wish or hope nancy makes a third but anyway please tell me when and where you'll post your fanfic. Oh will it be a romance MattXMaria?

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Emilia
9/21/2013 02:05:51 pm

I haven't published any of them as they are not done and I feel like I will be perfecting them forever! But you can definitely email me and I can share some stuff with you. Emiliahazel at gmail dot com

matthew w
9/29/2013 01:01:50 pm

thanks emi ill get in contact soon

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Emilia
9/29/2013 01:13:28 pm

^_^ Yay I look forward to it

matthew w
9/29/2013 02:07:30 pm

I sent you a message

Pedra Gonzales
5/14/2013 10:36:29 am

Hey I loved the House of the scorpion, Just stop screwing around and publish the sequel.

PS. I dont care why you think tam lin shold have died( it says why on your last version of the book) but he shouldnt have and Matt would still be the chief not tam lin, u are kind of cinical for killing him, but I love your book and will die if the next one does not come out fast.

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Pedra Gonzales
5/14/2013 10:38:28 am

WHY TILL SEPTEMBER!!!!!!

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Pedra Gonzales
5/14/2013 10:38:38 am

WHY TILL SEPTEMBER!

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Jesus Arellano
5/16/2013 04:43:57 pm

A New Year's Tail. Can't wait to read it! Beautiful cover too.

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HoS fan
5/20/2013 01:19:06 pm

It is almost about to come. I have wait years for this. I can't wait for the sequel. It is coming out on the same month as my birthday. I am going to give myself one great book for a birthday gift.

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lala
8/27/2013 12:50:35 pm

me 2!

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lala
8/27/2013 12:48:58 pm

nancy; r u adhd? ur fans r dying here!!!!!!

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Amaan
9/11/2013 11:34:03 am

Ms.Farmer, I love your book it is awesome, but I can't afford to buy the second book, I wish I could

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Libby Posey
11/4/2013 09:45:25 am

I haven't been able to locate anything except this to make any kind of direct contact, but I am well beyond the first chapter. I am continual amazed at your command of Mexican idiom, and as a librarian, I would like to share with them how you acquired the skill. Excuse me, I have to go back to the book, now.

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Julius Brittman
11/6/2013 08:52:42 am

Nancy Farmer,
I have read all of your books and enjoyed them but my favorite was the house of the scropian. I first read it for my battle of the books cometition It made me cry and thunk alot. Your writing has inspired me to write my own. Thank you so much for making the second book.

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David Rowland
12/2/2013 08:01:42 am

Nancy Farmer,
Hi I love both of your books The House of the Scorpion and The Lord of Opium. I was very sad when it was over because it was such a great sequel and I really loved how Matr portrayed EL Patron more and more. Would you ever consider writing a third book following this or something like that because I thoroughly enjoyed Matt's evil side. I would definetely appreciate to see Matt bring fear into some more people in a third Book I don't know how you would manage that after the ending of The Lord of Opium. Please consider this as I'm sure many of your fans would enjoy it.

Thanks for your time and consideration,
David Rowland

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5/25/2014 03:14:38 am

I don’t ordinarily comment but I gotta tell thank you for the post on this special one

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Neil Joseph morgan
6/12/2014 03:17:58 pm

To be honest Mrs Farmer I have been waiting about10 years for this sequal . I worried that the cliff hanger was truly the end of this amazing novel. Its weird being excited over a sequal to a book that I read when I was little . I'm now in college and can't wait to dive back into your book. Thanks

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Luke
12/30/2015 07:04:50 am

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