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A little 2016 preview

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The new series comes out this year!

I think everyone should be well and truly recovered from the holidays and such, so I figured it was a good time to let you know what you can expect out of me in the coming year, words-wise. And it’s going to be pretty cool.

Obviously, the Big Thing™ will be the release of MJ-12: Inception in September. This is the very first volume in the MAJESTIC-12 series of fantastical Cold War spy thrillers, because that kind of genre-blending is how I roll.

Now, the conspiracy theory states that MAJESTIC-12 is a cabal of government honchos hiding proof of extraterrestrial life from the general populace in order to leverage alien technology on behalf of the United States military. I’m taking that historical theory and running with it, but in very, very different directions. So you’ll see a lot of action and adventure, some truly fantastical elements, a decent dollop of mystery and suspense, and a couple of big question marks in MJ-12: Inception that’ll hopefully have you coming back for more.

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Phoenix Comicon wrapup

I’m finally to the point where I don’t expect to see stormtroopers and superheroes on my way to and from work, so I figure it’s a good time to talk about Phoenix Comicon. In a word…awesome.

The event at the Poisoned Pen bookstore, organized by the indefatigable Kevin Hearne, was excellent. The authors had dinner beforehand at Beckett’s Table, a darn nice place to nosh, then decamped to the bookstore and were greeted by dozens of fans already there. I signed a bunch of books and talked with cool people. Good times.

The con itself was very well organized and they took very good care of us. Pickup at the airport, volunteers greeting us at the hotel as we checked in, excellent guest services (including free breakfast and lunch), you name it. Seriously, I’ve never been treated better at a con. The staff and volunteers were most excellent people, and they worked hard to make it easy for us.

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A giveaway for the last day of Phoenix Comicon

Last day? Say it ain’t so! Phoenix Comicon has been fantastic. The panels have been fun and interesting, the fans have been amazing, and my fellow authors are an absolute joy to hang around with. Yes, I’m exhausted, having been here since Wednesday, but at the same time, I feel creatively recharged and well-fed on positivity, encouragement and beer. Life’s good.

So before I jet off to Los Angeles for day-job meetings tomorrow, I wanted to do a nice thing for folks attending Phoenix Comicon. I’m giving away a complete set of the Daedalus trilogy: The Daedalus IncidentThe Enceladus Crisis and The Venusian Gambit. And the rules are simple. Come find me at the con, and say the password.

What’s the password, you ask? “Monkeys!.” Because who doesn’t like monkeys? Boring people, that’s who.

Anyway. Pretty much walk right up to me and say “Monkeys!” and I will give you books. I’ll also sign ’em and personalize if you like. It’s our little code. It’ll be fun.

As for where I’ll be? I’m doing the Unabashed Full Frontal Nerdery panel at 10 a.m. in room 124 North, then heading down to the exhibition floor at noon for a signing with awesome authors Django Wexler, Naomi Novik, Alex Gordon, Pierce Brown and Shannon Messenger. We’re in the back-right of the hall, in the 16000s aisle across from Mysterious Galaxy, where you can conveniently buy all our books.

Of course, if you’re reading this, you could just walk up and say “Monkeys!” and you’ll get the trilogy for free — if it hasn’t been claimed already. Be sure to follow me on Twitter today to see if the books were claimed or where I might happen to be.

Thanks once again to all the volunteers and staff at Phoenix Comicon. You guys did so good! And while I’m at it, a big thank-you to everyone who turned out for Drinks With Authors last night to raise money for Kids Need to Read. It was a great turn-out, with many fine, upstanding people in attendance. You all rock.

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Saturday at Phoenix Comicon!

Phoenix Comicon is awesome. The staff and volunteers really have a top-notch organization, and the panels and events have been excellent. I participated in last night’s charity poker tournament and, while I busted out, Kids Need to Read got my money and I had a lot of fun.

(But seriously…I had A-8 in the pocket, turned two eights on the river and went all-in, was called. Other guy had K-8. Turn gets nothing, but then what happens on the river? King. Dude made his full house. Gah! But you know, if you gotta lose, you want to go just like that — the poker equivalent of the 300, “Tonight we dine in hell!” kind of way. End of poker geekery.)

Today is another day! At 10 a.m., I’m on the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America panel at 10 a.m. in room North 221. At 4:30, I’m doing the Have Your Writing Critiqued panel in room North 125. And at 6 p.m., it’s the Drinks With Authors fundraiser (again for Kids Need to Read) at the Sheraton, Valley of the Sun room. There will be prizes too!

If you’re around Phoenix, come say hello. It’s pretty great out here. But if you can’t make it (or need a break for the insanity), remember you can download my novella The Gravity of the Affair for free on Amazon KindleKobo, Google Play and iTunes. But hurry…free can’t last forever!

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The Gravity of the Affair now free on Kindle! Plus more Phoenix Comicon fun

So it took a bit, but my novella The Gravity of the Affair is now free on Amazon Kindle. You can also get it free via Kobo, Google Play and iTunes. (Sorry, but we could only get it down to $0.99 for the Nook, because of reasons.) So if you think you might like the Daedalus series but you’re not sure, here’s your chance to find out. It’s only for a limited time, so get clicking!

And I’m doing stuff today at Phoenix Comicon! At 10:30 a.m., I’m on the Rewriting History panel with four incredibly awesome authors: Beth Cato, Viola Carr, Deliliah S. Dawson and Cherie Priest. Then at noon, I’m doing Historical and Fantastical and Maybe a Little Magical with Cherie and Viola again, along with Django Wexler and Joseph Nassise. Then at 1:30 p.m., I’m signing in room 126b with the authors from the latter panel.

If you’re in town, hope to see you there! If not, well…I’m sorry you’re not here, because it’s quite a lot of fun.

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Phoenix Comicon begins today!

I’m well recovered from last night’s awesomeness at the Poisoned Pen out in Scottsdale. It was, as you might imagine, a madhouse of SF/F authorial goodness. It was really gratifying to see folks come out for us, and I was touched that I had some fans there to get my scribble on their books. I signed a heap of books for people and, well, that’s just an amazing thing in and of itself. The day it gets old for me is the day I need to hang it up.

A special thanks to Nathan, who bought the Daedalus trilogy in ebook, then came to Scottsdale to buy the print copies so I could sign them. Nathan is, of course, a fantastic human being. He also works in physics, and complimented me on the science in my science fiction. And I’m all like, “Dude, I’m an English major, so I’m really freakin’ glad to hear you say that.”

Today, let’s kick off Phoenix Comicon right! I’m starting off with the Know Your History Trivia Game at 6 p.m. in room North 124, followed by a signing in North 126b right after. The good folks from Mysterious Galaxy are selling books at the signing, so you’ll be able to grab books and get them signed in one fell swoop. We’re all about convenience.

If you’re here, keep an eye out on Twitter for where I’ll be. I’m hauling around a set of the Daedalus trilogy, and I’ll likely use Twitter to do a random giveaway at some point for the folks here. I also take a lot of photos at these things, so it’ll be like you’re right there with me. Just less noise and desert heat.

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I’m going to Phoenix Comicon! And here’s what I’ll be doing!

Excited? YOU BETCHA. I remember seeing all the great Tweets and blogs coming out of Phoenix Comicon last year from authors I really like — both personally and writing-wise — and feeling like I was missing something so freakin’ cool. It was like the first day of ninth grade again, but with less acne.

This year, I’m going. It’ll be like the middle of 12th grade! (Also with less acne.)

So while I fly across the country this morning, here’s my schedule for Phoenix Comicon, featuring signings and drinkings and panels with so many cool authors that it’s scary. If you’re going, stop by one of these and say hi. Unless otherwise mentioned, all locations are at the con itself.

Wednesday (tonight!), 7 p.m.: Scifi Extravaganza signing at the Poisoned Pen, Scottsdale. I was gonna list off all 17 names on the list of authors attending this mega-huge-awesome thing, but there is too much. Here’s the link. You want to be there, trust me. Hijinks will undoubtedly ensue.

Thursday, 6 p.m.: Know Your History Trivia Game, North 124: Speaking of feeling like you’re in high school…my biggest fear is that someone’s going to ask a question I should know because it’s in my books and I’ll blank. But hey, that ought to be amusing. Plus, there will be prizes, and cool panelists like Viola Carr, Brian Staveley and Renee Witterstaetter. After the game, the panelists will be doing a signing in room North 126b.

Friday, 10:30 a.m.: Rewriting HIstory, North 126a: Basically, it’s the alternate history panel, which is naturally my jam. Plus I’ll be with Beth Cato, Cherie Priest, Viola Carr and Delilah S. Dawson, which will make this thing crazy fun.

Friday, noon: Historical and Fantastical and Maybe a Little Bit Magical, North 124: So then I run down the hall and talk about historical fantasy, which is different because we add cool fantasy stuff to already cool history. Cherie and Viola are back, along with Django Wexler and Joseph Nassise. And after the panel, we’re doing another signing in room North 126b.

Saturday, 10 a.m., Who are the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America?, North 221. So they got the name wrong on the program, but that only goes to show that SFWA has some work to do, amirite? Come hear Ann Leckie, Michael A. Stackpole, Django and I talk about the organization and the good stuff it does.

Saturday, 4:30 p.m., Have Your Writing Critiqued — General, North 125. Really looking forward to this one. Basically, brave souls in the audience read us a few minutes of their work, and we lovingly critique it. Given that folks helped me with my work early on, I like that this exists so I can help pay it forward. With Brian, Renee and M.L. Brennan.

Saturday, 6 p.m., Drinks With Authors, Valley of the Sun room, Sheraton. It’s drinks! With authors! And it’s a fundraiser for Kids Need to Read, which will make you feel good about tying one on with us, and give you good karma besides. I have $5 that says Sam Sykes is gonna draw a butt on someone’s badge before all is said and done. (He tagged my WorldCon badge a few years back.)

Sunday, 10 a.m., Unashamed Full Frontal Nerdery, North 124. We’re geeks, and we love to geek out. So you get to come hear us geek out about the cool stuff we learned while writing our books. And by us, I mean myself, Naomi Novik, Jason M. Hough, and Django. Between Naomi and I, expect a fair bit of Napoleon in there.

Sunday, noon, Author Signing, Exhibitor Hall tables 16132, 16136 and 16140. And before I take off on a jet plane, I’ll be hanging out to sign stuff. I may very well have books to give away as well, so I suggest you follow Twitter in case that does indeed happen. Also, I have cool bookmarks, and my books will be on sale at the con, too.

Phew. And then I take off at 5 p.m. Sunday to go…to Los Angeles, instead of home. Turns out I have a pretty big meeting to attend Monday for work. My boss (who is amazing and delightful and incredibly supportive) is fully expecting me to arrive disheveled and toting a lightsaber. And that’s probably one of the more sedate possibilities Monday morning could bring.

If you’re looking to find me when I’m not at any of these panels, your best bet is to check Twitter, as I tend to tweet a lot while at these things. I’ll also be on the lookout for good tacos and beer, so if you find some, Tweet at me!

 

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New interview at SFFWorld, and what’s next at the Qwillery (with giveaway!)

TVG-cover-finalCouple of new items came out today in the parade of all things having to do with The Venusian Gambit.

Over at SFFWorld, Dag Rambraut interviewed me about the series, publishing and writing — there was a great question about sensibility in writing that particularly caught my attention. When I first started, I tended to err on the side of characters making sensible decisions. While characters should, of course, behave according to their personalities and internal logic, the demands of the story often call for a bit more mayhem. Striking that balance is one of many things I’ve learned to do. Check out the full interview here.

And over at the Qwillery, I wrote a guest post on wrapping up the Daedalus series, and what might be next. I’ve had a few folks remark that they’re sad the series is over — which, really, warms my black writer’s heart to no small degree — but for me, it’s kind of been over now for a few months. So I got to riff a bit on what that means, and what’s next. Here’s the post; my thanks to Sally and the gang for having me on.

Speaking of the Qwillery, they’re giving away a signed copy of The Enceladus Crisis as part of that post; you have until May 28 to enter, so get clicking!

Finally, for those attending Phoenix Comicon, I wanted to point out that the now-traditional Drinks With Authors is a go. It’s happening Saturday, May 30, at 6 p.m. at the Sheraton in the Valley of the Sun room — which is possibly the best name a room could possibly have. There will be door prizes and raffles (including, perhaps, some books by yours truly), with all proceeds to benefit the Kids Need to Read charity. Come see authors in their natural habitat — i.e. where drinks are served — and help kids get books. No brainer, right?

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