All week this week, r/Fantasy will be running group AMAs with a host of your favorite fantasy authors. Today, I join Anne Leckie, Janny Wurts, Michael J Sullivan, Shawn Speakman, Holly Black, Emma Newman, and Brian McClellan in a group AMA where you can ask us ANYTHING.Read More
A few years ago, I put my name on a list in case an independent bookstore wanted help on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. I had completely forgotten about it until this year when Emily Stearns from our bookstore here in Rockingham County emailed me and asked me to be a part of her Indies First celebration.
For those of you outside the U.S., Indies First is a time to recognize the wonderful impact independent retailers have on our communities. It's generally celebrated after our notorious Black Friday sales events. Whereas Black Friday is an impersonal horror show, Indies First is a much more intimate event that makes shopping fun again.Read More
I have come to realize that I spend a lot more time thinking about themes than I do plot. I know what my next book's themes are long before I know what horrendous shit happen to the characters. Take Beyond Redemption for example. I had the title before I'd written the first word.Read More
Damn it. I said I wasn't going to start reviewing books again, but I had to talk about this book, because like Zachary Jernigan's Shower of Stones, Michael R. Fletcher takes the themes of gods and madness and twists it all around in such a way as to intrigue me. Any similarities between the two novels ends there.
In Jernigan's world, the mortals defied a mad god.
In Fletcher's world, the mortals seek to create a god, and what an intriguing world it is.Read More
Some context for you: I'm currently reading Beyond Redemption by Michael R. Fletcher. This is an excellent novel that I've almost finished, and I will review it for you later. For now, it's enough to know that in Beyond Redemption, faith and belief have the power to define the world. If enough people believe the same thing, delusions become reality.
Remember that last bit: delusions become reality.Read More
The question was to annotate or not to annotate, and the answer is ANNOTATE!
The random number generator chose Tonya to win a copy of Zachary Jernigan's Shower of Stones.
If you would please use my contact form to email me your mailing address, I'd appreciate it. I'll spend this week annotating my favorite parts and will get the book in the mail to you during the first week of November.
Thanks to everyone who entered and commented!
For those of us who appreciate a fantastical tale with more meat on the bones, Shower of Stones delivers that in spades. Here is novel that simultaneously causes us to examine the context with which we view family, the gods, and the world around us, and it asks us to keep asking questions.Read More
Chapter 1 of Without Light or Guide is now live. No password necessary.
Have a nibble before taking a bite. If you enjoyed In Midnight's Silence, then the adventure continues in Without Light or Guide. Diago Alvarez is now working hard to prove his loyalty to Los Nefilim, but there are many who do not trust his daimonic nature. All around him, events conspire that only fuel the other Nefilim’s suspicions--including the fact that every mortal Diago has known in Barcelona is being brutally murdered.Read More
If you missed the announcement over the weekend, I just wanted to let you know that I will be joining several best selling authors at The Supernatural Underground. We share everything from news to writing tips to methods for writing darker fiction.Read More
A few of you have expressed an interest in seeing some of the books I've used for research. Most of the titles listed here are historical in nature, much to the disappointment of my demonology fans, I'm sure. Still, those of you who enjoy exploring alternative belief systems might find some interesting information under the Religion heading. You will also see some overlap between this bibliography and the one I used for Miserere.Read More
Just a few things going on behind the scenes:
First up I join several other authors for a Mind Meld at the most excellent SF Signal on The Most Memorable Deaths in Science Fiction and Fantasy. That was a fun Mind Meld.
The next piece of news concerns the ebook Miserere, which is still on sale for $1.99 at most online retailers. How long this will last, I do not know, so if you haven't read it, and you want to read it, go out and get it, BUT ...Read More