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Friday, September 30, 2011

Fantasy and Science Fiction Sampler

Are you into ebooks? Always looking for new authors?

Twenty-five First Chapters from Twenty-five Writers

I'm on a number of professional fantasy/science fiction author discussion forums, but one of the coolest is sfnovelists - something like 200 writers. We decided to put out a free sampler of our work, in hopes of reaching new audiences. I'm a bit late to the show, but here it is...

SF Novelists proudly offers you OPENING ACTS, a free ebook presenting twenty-five first chapters across the spectrum of science fiction and fantasy. Twenty-five tastes, to tempt your appetite for adventure...to lure you into unknown worlds...and give you something new to read.

Download a copy in epub format (Nook, Sony, iPad)

Download a copy in mobi format (Kindle)

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A list of the authors represented...

  • 7th Sigma by Steven Gould
  • Bone Shop by T.A. Pratt
  • Bones of Faerie by Janni Lee Simner
  • The Brahms Deception by Louise Marley
  • Carousel Tides by Sharon Lee
  • The Cloud Road by Martha Wells
  • Dangerous Water by Juliet E. McKenna
  • The Dread Hammer by Trey Shiels
  • Flesh and Fire by Laura Anne Gilman
  • Fright Court by Mindy Klasky
  • The Heretic by Joseph Nassise
  • House of the Star by Caitlin Brennan
  • Indigo Springs by A.M. Dellamonica
  • Jade Tiger by Jenn Reese
  • Kat, Incorrigible by Stephanie Burgis
  • Medium Dead by Chris Dolley
  • Midnight at Spanish Gardens by Alma Alexander
  • Play Dead by John Levitt
  • Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready
  • The Snow Queen’s Shadow by Jim C. Hines
  • Spellcast by Barbara Ashford
  • The Spirit Lens by Carol Berg
  • TruthSeeker by C.E. Murphy
  • Up Against It by M.J. Locke
  • With Fate Conspire by Marie Brennan

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

In the Mail!

What should show up at my front door today, but this box of lovely books! Yes, these are the new trade paperback editions of Song of the Beast, winner of the 2004 Colorado Book Award.

I wasn't too sure of the new cover when I got a jpg of it a couple of months ago. Thought it was too dark. But, wow, I think it came out really nice! I've gotta say, thought, Aidan probably wasn't looking quite this...robust...after seventeen years in prison. But I'm ok with it!

So what's new? And where does this story fit in my brood of thirteen?

Cover, format, print size, and the Introduction by the Author are new. The actual text is the same as its initial release.

Song of the Beast is actually the earliest written of all my published books - though it was released after the three Books of the Rai-kirah, Transformation, Revelation, and Restoration. I tell a bit about how the story came to be in the new introduction. It was my break-through book in many ways. I think it suffered a bit from being released after the Rai-kirah books, as it is a much simpler story. It is a story that poured out of me when I was making a big step forward in my writing, and so is not quite as polished or nuanced as my later work. But I think in some ways it is a microcosm of what I have been trying to do. Good stories with complicated characters and a plot that isn't always as expected, told in vivid language.

So why did my publisher choose to do this? It was time for another print run. All of my books have stayed in print so far, but every time the supply dwindles, the publisher has to choose whether to reprint or not. I like to think it is a measure of faith in both story and author that Roc chose to reinvest in the artwork and larger size. (And maybe if it does well, they'll do the same for other books and get rid of those green wings!)

If you've not read it, I hope you enjoy it. And if you have, I hope this reissue reintroduces some good friends and some pleasurable hours.
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