I have been given the green-light to announce a fine bit of news, especially for my UK readers: Transworld/Random House UK has stepped in and purchased the rights to Lion of Cairo and its first sequel! LoC should appear in bookstores across the Pond around the same time or shortly after the US debut. And, if I'm not mistaken, it will be in hardcover.
I've had to sit on this news for over a month, waiting for the paperwork to clear and all. You know how hard it is for me to keep my mouth shut? Torture, I tell ya! But, I'll be working with the same editor I had on MoB and Memnon, Simon Taylor. He's a great guy and has been very supportive of the change from straight historical to historical sword-and-sorcery*; if I understand correctly, he made the bid on LoC sight-unseen, based on the strength of what I'd done before and the excitement of my US editor. It was, in Publisher's Marketplace parlance, a Very Good Deal.
Now, I just have to get the cursed manuscript finished before Agent Bob has me killed . . .
*I decided to go with this term rather than 'historical fantasy'; the latter just sounds too airy-fairy. I needed a genre tag with a bloodier pedigree . . .