I'm so delighted by the cover art for Ash and Silver, I just can't express it. Gene Mollica did a smashing job with my description. Seems like I said something about badass...
Yes, this is Lucian. (Here's a larger view.) Ash and Silver will be released in December 2015.
'Tis the season
More convention season, that is. I'm off this week to Norwescon, one of my favorite conventions. The northwest has a huge spec-fic writing community as well as a great population of fantasy/science fiction readers. And the program committee is excellent. It makes for a great gathering. I'm doing panels on dialogue, intricate worldbuilding, creating a mythos, character relationships, andwriting vivid scenes. Doing two readings and lots of talking with readers and writer friends.
Over Memorial Day weekend, I'm off to Missoula, Montana for a unique and entertaining smaller sf convention called MisCon. Jousting on the lawn, gaming next door, an all hands barbecue. We take over the entire Ruby's Inn hotel and have a weekend long celebration of fantasy and science fiction in a beautiful little city in the northland.
Coming soon! The Blackguards anthology from Ragnarok Publications should be coming out in the next month or so. This was my first participation in a Kickstarter campaign, and the Ragnarok folks certainly know how to run one. They hit every stretch goal. My story Seeds will appear in Blackguards. It tells of a meeting between a twenty-year-old runaway sorcerer who has been serving in King Eodward's legion (sound familiar, anyone?) who has an unfortunate run-in with a certain lawman who is trying to get a job as the Coroner of the Twelve Districts of Palinur. Here's the opening snip:
If any hierarch, priestess, monk, or practor were to ask me where I choose to worship my gods, I would have to say a friendly sop-house. I take no preference among the Elder Gods, the Karish upstart Iero, or anyone else’s divinity, offering libations, prayers, and oaths equally to them all as the occasion demands. But in all this wretched world there’s naught to compare with a fine bath, a barrel of mead, and a merry melee of pipes, dancing, and new friends to put me in mind of the sacred.
I hope it's as fun to read as it is to write. If you didn't back the Kickstarter, you should be able to pick up the anthology from Ragnarok.
Do you like teasers? Visit the new Sanctuary Duet page. Meanwhile, if you haven't read Dust and Light as yet, you can check out the opening chapter. Or read the starred review form Publishers Weekly. You can find the book at
Barnes and Noble,
Powells, or other online booksellers.
2015 Shaping Up
I'm starting to line up events for this year. Check out my appearances page for coming events. And keep watch here or sign up for my newsletter to get details and to see where I'll be when Ash and Silver hits the shelves.
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Keeping in Touch
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There is also a Facebook discussion group for my books. It looks a bit lonely!
A Facebook information page is in need of some updating, if anyone knows how to do this. It is pulling in partial info from Wikipedia. But it is looking better than it used to!