Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Jay Kristoff Takes the Dare!

Today we've got the fabulous Jay Kristoff, author of STORMDANCER (September 2012, US/UK/AUS), lined up for a guest post on the blog. First off, here's the official blurb for STORMDANCER:

The Shima Imperium verges on the brink of environmental collapse; an island nation once rich in tradition and myth, now decimated by clockwork industrialization and the machine-worshipers of the Lotus Guild. The skies are red as blood, the land is choked with toxic pollution, and the great spirit animals that once roamed its wilds have departed forever.
The hunters of Shima’s imperial court are charged by their Shōgun to capture a thunder tiger – a legendary creature, half-eagle, half-tiger. But any fool knows the beasts have been extinct for more than a century, and the price of failing the Shōgun is death.
Yukiko is a child of the Fox clan, possessed of a talent that if discovered, would see her executed by the Lotus Guild. Accompanying her father on the Shōgun’s hunt, she finds herself stranded: a young woman alone in Shima’s last wilderness, with only a furious, crippled thunder tiger for company. Even though she can hear his thoughts, even though she saved his life, all she knows for certain is he’d rather see her dead than help her.
But together, the pair will form an indomitable friendship, and rise to challenge the might of an empire.

Sounds pretty damn epic, right? Now Jay being Jay, he did not disappoint. You guys, he did a vlog. It was stupendous and hilarious and all sorts of amazing. These few minutes will change your life forever, so sit back and enjoy. (Warning: Jay swears. Not too much, but he swears! Just so you guys know.) Thank you so much, Jay, and we hope STORMDANCER will be a huge success!

Jay Kristoff is a Perth-born, Melbourne-based author. His first trilogy, THE LOTUS WAR, was purchased in the three-way auction by US publishing houses in 2011. He is as surprised about it as you are. The first installment, STORMDANCER, is set to be published in September 2012 in the US, UK and Australia.

Jay is 6’7, has approximately 13870 days to live and does not believe in happy endings.

Check him out on his website, and you can preorder STORMDANCER at Amazon here or at Barnes and Noble here!

Up next on Friday the 31st is Elsie, so send her a truth or dare here! If you're an author or soon-to-be-pubbed author and want to play, go here (we're booked up for a while, but please feel free to still sign up)!


  1. +1 for dry delivery of subtle hilarity. +10 for the dog.

  2. Mr. Kristoff is freaking hilarious! The premise of Stormdancer sounds amazing, but I must admit that I'm equally intrigued by the author himself. Thanks for this awesome introduction of Stormdancer and Jay Kristoff.

  3. Man, I love the Conan the Barbarian soundtrack.

    The best dog we had on the farm was a Jack named Jack. I loved that little guy.

  4. Samwise makes a helluva Buruu, Jay! Plus this whole vlog is just awesomely hilarious.

  5. Jumpcuts for the win! Also, loved Sam. :P
    (I cracked up when you said "the truth is, I'm not funny. At all." I think that was counter-productive or something.)

    DFTBA! (I'm sure you won't.)
    ~Riv Re
    Riv Reads

  6. This makes me laugh so hard. And the dog...oh how much I love the dog. :) Congrats on Stormdancer and thanks for being such a good sport, Jay!

  7. HA! I love Jay Kristoff. He's awesome :D

    Alyssa Susanna

  8. That was hilarious! Loved the dog, so freaking cute!!! Will definately be checking this book out!

    Oh, by the way it was great to hear a normal accent for a change! I also think americans talk too fast in general (not just a John Green thing). Still love um though!

  9. Oh my goodness, this is the BEST vlog I have ever seen. *giggles* Jay is hilarious ;)

  10. BEST. VIDEO. EVER! Oh my... now I know I’m going to be in stitches even before I walk into Dymocks next Friday for the launch. It’s going to be so painful.

    Poor Sammy and those wings. Thought he was going to topple over at one point. And Jay you rock!

  11. Just made me snort pop outta my nose :) Awesome first VLog hope it's not the last we get from you

  12. You sir just made my day! Please keep vlogging!

  13. I seriously needed those laughs this morning. Thanks Jay! BTW - this is the first vlog I've ever watched. Hate seeing people make fools of themselves. You were just hilarious.

    Best of luck next month on the release. I'll be in line to purchase the first copy I can get my hands on!

  14. Love it! You have to do more vlogs, I swear it was perfect.

  15. Fan F***ing Tastic!!!!

    loved it

  16. Like our 4 E(lementals), The Merricklicious Mister Kristoff is 4F...FooFighterFanF**kin'tastic! But ONLY $41 for the swear jar tally? Impressive control there!

  17. Just wanted to say I rarely watch a vlog all the way through, but this was amazingly funny. I am totally on the lookout for STORMDANCER now. Thanks for introducing us to Jay.

    Also, love the swear jar.

  18. See you can VLOG! I love your wee doggy. So cute . I have a massive baby bear. Marley may be a better Griffin, lol!!

    Very funny! OMG When you put your pic next to Dave's....doppleganger!!! You could get work as his standin, you know if that writing thing doesn't work out....*cough*... or he could become your Book tour stand in??

    Win! Win!



  19. Jay, I think you lied about never vlogging before. You wanted to make the rest of us look like idiots for our sorry attempts. It worked.

  20. Finally found this vlog everybody was tweeting about! :D

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