Blood Oath delayed; Fate of the Jedi hints

Our first street date shuffle of the new contract! After a fan noticed that there was something awry with the book’s catalog listing, Sue Rostoni has confirmed that Elaine Cunningham’s Blood Oath has been moved back to a December release date.

The manuscript hasn’t been delivered yet — it just got to be too late to make the deadline, so we moved it. I feel badly because the story, as you know, takes place before OUTCAST so we wanted it to come out as close to OUTCAST as possible… but it didn’t happen.

Meanwhile, there’s a whole new schedule entry on Sue’s blog, with a few additional details about the 2009 books, including some minor Fate of the Jedi details.

Off to update our book release schedule

Sue Rostoni talks Blood Oath cover

She’s back on the StarWars.com boards and had this to say about Dave Seeley’s cover for Elaine Cunnigham’s Blood Oath, including some hints at the book’s content:

We received the “final” cover art yesterday, but one of the other characters on the cover had to have her blaster changed — it looked too earth-bound, so we’re having it changed to a more Star Wars hold-out blaster style. Dave Seeley is painting the cover, and it looks awesome — At first glance it looks a bit like a romance novel cover, but don’t let that put you off. The cover features Zekk up front, with two women in the background… Hapan women… women you may remember from a previous LotF novel… oh, I just spilled my coffee — hang on a moment…

She answers a few questions on the next page, too.

Expanded Universe newsbits: Sue hints, January comics, Sean Williams, sibling rivalry

Lots of tidbits: Sue Rostoni has continued posting bits and pieces about the new contract on StarWars.com boards and blogs, including the timing of Fate of the Jedi and Blood Oath (apparently Seeley’s cover art has Zekk “in a very manly pose, looking ruggedly handsome.”) Meanwhile, the first FOTJ cover will feature Luke, although no artist names yet, and the manuscript for Shadows of Mindor is 419 pages. And she’s updated her book schedule entry with a few new dates (already reflected in our schedule) and the news that the Reaves/Bonhoff ‘holostar’ novel is set two years before the Battle of Yavin. And today we swing right back to Fate of the Jedi: It “will continue to be a mix of characters.”