Saturday, December 27, 2014

CLASH! Dawn of Steam arrives

 Just  got my copy yesterday of this strategic card game. The world book includes the stories I wrote for the Kickstarter campaign for the four characters included in this set. Along with a lot of full-color, gorgeous artwork. There's also a card included in the box with the beautiful art from World Beyond Art for Spire City. Hopefully that brings in even more readers for the series, from the game backers. And if any of them stop by here and are having problems using the coupon code, please let me know, and I'll try to sort it out. On the flip side of that postcard ad is an ad for Mad Ape Games' next title, an SF tile-laying game that looks pretty cool. There'll be a Kickstarter campaign for that in the New Year.

If you didn't get a chance to pre-order a copy of CLASH! during the Kickstarter and are interested, it looks like the Mad Ape website will have a store coming soon, once all the Kickstarter games are shipped out.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Release day for episode 2, plus a fun guest appearance

Today is the release day for episode 2, "Williver's Mistake." In this episode, a childhood book inspires Williver to lead a prank against the wealthy neighborhood where he grew up. Little goes according to plan...

I'm also happy to be featured on the blog of Devorah Fox today, with a fun interview. This time it's not me being interviewed (nor doing the interview) but two of the characters from Spire City: Chels and the journalist Kyner Bantosh. I haven't done these kind of character interviews before, though I know some writers really like doing them. Often it's the author interviewing the character, but I decided to keep it in-world. Those who've read Season One will recognize that this interview actually happens in the series (in episode 9), though this isn't a word-for-word copy of how it's written in the episode.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Guest Post: Devorah Fox

Today I'm hosting writer Devorah Fox, who is having a special December deal, this week only. Check it out, and visit her website for character interviews and more specials this week:
Happy birthday, King Bewilliam, officially “born” on Dec. 14, 2011 with the publication of the high fantasyThe Lost King.

The story was inspired by a friend's real life crisis, a complete personal and professional derailment. I wanted to see if I couldn't craft a happy ending.

That turned out to be harder than I thought. Even the strongest among us doesn't bounce right back from such stunning losses. While he scored some successes, King Bewilliam continued to struggle to reclaim his life which led to The King's Ransom and The King's Redress.

King Bewilliam may regain his throne but his life will never be what it once was. His only choice? To redefine himself, find new motivations, new passions, new validations. He continues to rediscover himself. Last month I began The Redoubt, Book Four, in which he dares to contemplate happiness he thought was lost to him.

To celebrate and give you a chance to enjoy the series at a bargain price, today the Kindle edition of Book Three, The King’s Redress,is available for a bargain price from Dec. 14 through Dec. 17 on Kindle US and Kindle UK.

The king's subjects will be making merry all week throughout the kingdom so check back to see what else we have in store to commemorate this anniversary.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Spire City: Contagion free today!

Today only, as part of Musa's thirteen days of December free giveaways, the bundle of season 1, episodes 1-6 is free, directly from Musa. Can't beat free!

So grab a copy, if you haven't already, and let a friend know so they can check out the series, as well. It only gives you a few days to get caught up on both season one bundles plus episode 1 of season 2 before episode 2 comes out this Friday. But you can do it, I believe in you :)

While you're browsing the Musa catalog, be sure to check out the other daily deals. A different set of free books every day for thirteen days.

Monday, December 15, 2014

An interview at The Geekiary

This weekend an interview with me went live at The Geekiary. It touches on things that haven't come up in other interviews, and even where it overlaps, I tried to give a different perspective on some of it. It also includes the first public mention of the famous exploring duo Clewis and Lark...

Friday, December 05, 2014

Another guest post

Slight delay on my posting this, but be sure to check out my guest post over on Rachael Acks's blog, about steampunk and privilege and telling the stories from all levels of society. One of my big complaints about much of fantasy, even books that I greatly enjoy otherwise, is the emphasis on bloodlines and people being born to the right families. Even when it's not stated outright, this sense often gets accepted too blindly for my liking. So this post goes into a bit more of how I see that playing out in steampunk especially.

Monday, December 01, 2014

A pair of interviews

Last week, two interviews appeared on their respective blogs.

First, fellow Darkside Codex writer Andrew Leon Hudson offered me the first call-back interview, after his rapid-fire, strict-word-count interview a month ago.

And second, Serenity Sheilds interviewed me at her Lovely Reads blog, with some questions that haven't come up in other interviews (and some that have).