Mockingbird and other comic book news

Yes, I have somehow convinced Marvel to let me write a comic book.  Those of you who know me will understand what a huge moment this is for those of us over at the Cain-Mohan house.  Mama made good.  This is a one-shot issue.  Listen to me, using the comics lingo.  That means that it's a single issue, one and done.  Available Sept. 2nd.  So for all that is sacred in the world order your copy now from your local comic book shop.  You don't want to miss this.  Some of you may know Mockingbird as Bobbi Morse from the TV show Marvel: Agents of SHIELD.  Some of you may know Mockingbird from the comics (she is a biochemist and a New Avenger, but she is mostly known for being Hawkeye's "cool ex-wife").  She is also tough and beautiful and interesting and waaaaayyyy complicated.  So she's super pissed when someone from her past is murdered.  Yes, I wrote a super hero comic book without any costumes.  Just some crime and psychological warfare.  You know.  How I like it.  Joelle Jones is doing the art, which I will post some of once someone tells me I can if not a few seconds sooner.  The comic looks amazing.  Bonus points if you can identify all Mockingbird's tattoos.  


In other comic book news a friend of mine continues to slay the industry with his comic book series.  It's called Fight Club 2, have you heard of it?  This kid Chuck Palahniuk really has potential - keep your eye on him.  And keep your eye out for me too, as I will be appearing, with the rest of our writing group, in an upcoming FC2 issue. Meta, right?  He better hope it's a flattering likeness.

Praise for ONE KICK

  • “A propulsive new thriller.” - PEOPLE MAGAZINE
  • “There are echoes of Lisbeth Salander, Stieg Larsson’s steely heroine, in Kick Lannigan…but she’s a far more human and likable protagonist than Lisbeth Salander could ever be.” - THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
  • “When Kick returns next August, she’ll deserve a warm welcome.” Janet Maslin, THE NEW YORK TIMES
  • “This book is nothing short of a heart-pounding thriller and it will definitely give you goose bumps all the way to the end.” - BUZZFEED
  • “A Summer Must Read.” - ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
  • “ONE KICK has a knockout punch of an opening chapter – one of the best I've read in a long time – and it just keeps going from there… Kick is a wonderful, multi-dimensional character, a bundle of anxieties and neuroses wrapped up in a focused, lethal package.” - STRAND MAGAZINE
  • “Masterful storytelling!” - LIBRARY JOURNAL
  • “Cain skillfully maintains an edgy level of tension throughout.” - THE BOSTON GLOBE
  • “Compulsively readable…This is a perfect book for someone who loves thrillers and who really wants…a female main character who really can take care of herself.” - NANCY PEARL
  • iBooks pick of the month, Amazon pick of the month, Library Reads pick of the month, an Indie Next List Pick, Publisher’s Weekly Top Ten pick for fall, starred reviews in Kirkus, Publisher’s Weekly and Booklist, and more.


ONE KICK tour dates announced

The tour for ONE KICK is coming together.  Lots of events scheduled for August and September.  Here is the crazy thing: I have actually updated my events calendar!  I know!  Crazy!  Who is this person claiming to be Chelsea Cain?  It is the new and improved I-get-around-to-updating-my-website Chelsea!  She is awesome. You will like her.  In the meantime, take a gander at the events page of this website.  You never know - I may be coming to your town.  I can stay with you, right?  (More events to come, so stay tuned.) 

The new book

One Kick - the launch of my new thriller series - is available for pre-order on the usual internet sites and at real-life bookstores (just ask the nice people at the desk, if they don't have a method to do this on their website).  It's out for real in August.  In the meantime, here's the scoop. (And don't worry, Archie and Gretchen will be back soon.) 

From the author (that's me!) of the critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling Archie Sheridan/Gretchen Lowell thrillers: The first in a nail-biting new series featuring Kick Lannigan, a young woman whose complicated past has given her a very special skill set.

Famously kidnapped at age six, Kick captured America’s hearts when she was rescued five years later. Now, twenty-one, she finds herself unexpectedly entangled in a missing child case that will put her talents to the test. 

Trained as a marksman, lock picker, escape artist and bomb maker by her abductor, Kick could not return to the life of the average young girl after her release. So, in lieu of therapy, she mastered martial arts, boxing, and knife throwing; learned how to escape from the trunk of a car, jimmy a pair of handcuffs, and walk without making a sound—all before she was thirteen.

Kick has trained herself to be safe. But then two children go missing in three weeks, and an enigmatic and wealthy former weapons dealer approaches her with a proposition. John Bishop uses his fortune and contacts to track down missing children. Not only is he convinced Kick can help recover the two children—he won’t take no for an answer. 

With lives hanging in the balance, Kick is set to be the crusader she has always imagined herself. Little does she know that the answers she and Bishop seek are hidden in one of the few places she doesn’t want to navigate—the dark corners of her own mind. 

A heart-stopping, entertaining thrill ride, One Kick announces the arrival of a blistering new series by a stunning talent in the thriller realm. (Aw shucks.)

Coming to a city near-ish you

I'm touring with Chuck Palahniuk and Monica Drake this week.  These events will be EPIC. We'll be in Tulsa, Houston, New Orleans, Baltimore, Milwaukee and Nashville.  (And Chuck is in Kansas, solo, on Monday.)  The venues will sell out, so if you think you might want to come, get tickets soon.  (Nashville isn't ticketed, so get there early.)  Check the events page on this site for more info. And don't forget to wear your PJs, and bring a stuffed animal and a flashlight.  We've got a whole PJ-party-burlesque-book-rave vibe going on.  Like I said, EPIC.  

Touring with Chuck Palahniuk & Monica Drake in Oct


Chuck Palahniuk, Monica Drake, and I are taking Bedtime Stories for Grownups on the road in October to promote Chuck's new book, Doomed.  This a terrific event, you guys.  Pajamas are required.  Content is disturbing.  And much fun is had.  Also, I'll be visiting places where I've never every had an event before - I'm looking at you, Tulsa!  Get tickets ASAP if you want to come to any of these, because they will all sell out.  Here's a list of the six cities.  I'll get these posted on the events page, too.    
Tuesday, October 8 – Tulsa
7:00pm  Booksmart Tulsa - offsite 
Tulsa Central Library 
400 Civic Center  
 Tulsa, OK 74103
Ticket info - On sale Oct 1 via phone 918-665-4580 or email [email protected] or at the Tulsa Barnes & Noble at 41st and Yale Avenue.
Wednesday, October 9 – Houston
 7:00pm  Murder By the Book - offsite
At The Firehouse Saloon
5930 Southwest Freeway
 Houston, TX 77057
Thursday, October 10 – New Orleans
8:00pm  Garden District Bookshop-offsite 
501 Napoleon Ave.
 New Orleans, LA 70115
Friday, October 11 – Baltimore
7:00pm  Enoch Pratt Free Library 
400 Cathedral Street   
Baltimore, MD 21201
 Contact: Judy Cooper, 410-396-5494
Saturday, October 12 – Milwaukee
7:00pm  Boswell Book Company-offsite
At the UWM Union Wisconsin Room
2200 E. Kenwood Boulevard
 Milwaukee, WI 53211
Sunday, October 13 – Nashville
Southern Festival of Books 
War Memorial Auditorium
7th Avenue between Union and Charlotte
Nashville, TN



Let Me Go is a NYT Best Seller

LET ME GO debuted yesterday at #21 on the New York Times Best Seller list.  I was on an airplane when I got the news, and celebrated with cheap chardonnay in a plastic glass.  IT WAS DELICIOUS.     

Let Me Go - In Stores Now

Let Me Go is in stores.  It's also available online, in various ebook formats, and in audio book.   

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