Earning out, awards, and it's the end of the year and I feel fine (#SFWApro)

Advances and royalties for Miserere were split between Skyhorse and Start when the two publishers acquired Night Shade Books' backlist in 2013. Miserere earned out its advance with Skyhorse in 2013, and this past August, I got the news that Miserere had earned out with Start as well.

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The Indalo Man in Hisses and Wings (#SFWApro)

Last week, Alex and I were posting teasers about our new novelette, Hisses and Wings, on Facebook. We were looking for pictures that tied into the actual story itself, and one of the pictures that we used was that of the Indalo Man. He intrigued enough people that I promised I would blog about him and tell you a little more about what he represents and why he is in the story.

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Cover reveal for Hisses and Wings: a story of the Tufa and Los Nefilim (#SFWApro)

I've long been a fan of Alex Bledsoe's novels, so when I was offered an opportunity to work with Alex on a short story, I jumped at the chance. We bounced around some story ideas, and the one thing that seemed to click with both of us was that Alex's Tufa used music in their magic, and I have a series, Los Nefilim, whose magic is also based in music. 

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Shadow of the Vampire--another spoilerific movie review (#SFWApro)

When I wrote my review of Snowpiecer, Kate Elliott made an interesting comment. She said, "Most of my trouble with this film as I watched it came about because I went in with expectations that it was going to be a science fiction film about what it would be like to live on Earth after the world froze, and it is actually (as you so carefully discuss here) an entirely different film."

I experienced the same feeling with Shadow of the Vampire. I initially went into the film with the mindset that the movie was horror (thank you, Netflix, for that erroneous marketing) ...

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News about Manifesto: UF (#SFWApro)

Yesterday I received an email from Stacey Turner, Owner and Managing Editor of Angelic Knight Press. Angelic Knight Press is being acquired by a larger publisher and some titles from will not be carried over into the new imprint--Manifesto: UF is one of those titles. On December 1, 2014, Stacey will be removing Manifesto: UF from online distributors. All of this is normal and good and as it should be.

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A story with Alex Bledsoe and another picture of my cat, because work (#SFWApro)

I know I haven't been around, but I have a very good reason: Alex Bledsoe and I have been working on a short story together, and if all collaborations were this much fun, I'd be emailing every author I know to work on one. As it stands, different  writing styles can sometimes suck the fun out of such a collaboration, but not in this case. Alex and I have been rolling the story back and forth between us for the last few weeks and I read over my final edits this morning and sent them back to him.I know I haven't been around, but I have a very good reason: Alex Bledsoe and I have been working on a short story together, and if all collaborations were this much fun, I'd be emailing every author I know to work on one. As it stands, different  writing styles can sometimes suck the fun out of such a collaboration, but not in this case. Alex and I have been rolling the story back and forth between us for the last few weeks and I read over my final edits this morning and sent them back to him.

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Soleá: The Flamenco of Seville

Even though my novella, In Midnight's Silence, takes place in Barcelona in the early thirties, I talk a little about flamenco. One of my characters is a flamenco guitarist, which has given me an excuse to learn more about the dance and music.

Sometimes I get lucky, and this week was one of those weeks. The New Yorker's Tumblr sent out an awesome short film on flamenco this week, and I thought I would share it here as well. It's only about twelve minutes and well worth your time to watch.

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Updates and such ... In Midnight's Silence and a project with Alex Bledsoe (#SFWApro)

Usually my Octobers consist of quietly preparing for winter around my house. The hectic summer pace slows, and I'm able to relax when the time changes, because the sun is not up until midnight. Unlike my usual Octobers, this year, October turned into a wild month for me. My beautiful daughter married a lovely young man and they moved into their own place. My husband and I had some vehicular issues (all totally beyond our control) that required our full-time attention, most of which fell to my poor husband to deal with. I don't know what I'd do without him.

And now, finally, November is here and we're all settling in.

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trolls and cool kids and the culture of fear and silence

Laura J. Mixon has provided a safe place at her blog for people who have been bullied or abused online by the persona of an individual who goes by several online names. This person has been known as Winterfox, pyrofennec, acrackedmoon, Requires Hate, and now has been tied to the pseudonym of the author Benjanun Sriduangkaew. Laura is listing links at her site and more links are available in the comments. Go down and read them if you have time. I've listed a few at the end of this post.

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Snowpiercer ... here there be spoilers (#SFWApro)

SPOILERS, WARNING, SPOILERS

HERE THERE BE SPOILERS FOR SNOWPIERCER.

Oh hell, who am I kidding? Everyone has already seen this movie. As usual, I'm the last one to the party, because NO CAPTIONS AVAILABLE at the theater, and haven't we all heard THAT song enough times, so I won't sing it again here.

If you haven't seen Snowpiercer, turn back now. Go watch the movie, then return to discuss it, or not, whatever pleases you. This is your last chance ... okay, you were warned.

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Review Roundup for The Broken Road (#SFWApro)

October is the time for scary stories, and I do prefer writing creepy stories so I scheduled The Broken Road to publish in October for that reason. Lynn summed the effect up very nicely when she said The Broken Road contains "Nothing bloodthirsty or dripping in gore – just plain goosebump-invoking chilling."

I've also been kind of pleasantly surprised that several folks have tagged the novella as science fiction as well. So if you're still on the fence about whether or not you would like to read The Broken Road, here is a quick review round-up for you so you can see what others are saying:

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The Character of Environment in Gothic Fiction

A few years back, just prior to a World Fantasy Con, a question was posited as to whether urban fantasy had become the new gothic horror due to the cityscapes taking the place of haunted houses and castles. It was an interesting idea, but one that I ultimately rejected. Urban fantasy has a texture that isn’t quite as dark as gothic horror; although, I will concede there are many elements that overlap (sorry, no Venn diagram is forthcoming from me).

However, the idea of a physical place, such as a house, a rural landscape, or a city, attaining the same characteristics as a person seems to be common to both urban fantasy and gothic horror. I recently read an NPR review for Lauren Beukes new novel, Broken Monsters, where Michael Schaub noted that Beukes renders Detroit as “… a major, tragic character in the novel.” Sarah Waters gives us a house in The Little Stranger that becomes haunted with a man’s desires.

Read the full post at Fantasy Book Critic

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Meet the Character--Travys du Valois (#SFWApro)

Jason M. Hough challenged me to the latest blog tour ... toury ... bloggety thing going around the Internets, and I thought it would be fun to do. You can read Jason's entry about Nigel, who is a character in Jason's new novella, The Dire Earthright here.

I want you to meet Travys, who is the star of my new novella, The Broken Road:

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A giveaway planned for Newsletter Subscribers! (#SFWApro)

A giveaway planned for Newsletter Subscribers! (#SFWApro)

I know it's been quiet here, but I've been busy behind the scenes. Okay, I've been horsing around some too, but mostly I've been busy making the new things for you.

The inaugural edition of my newsletter is coming soon. This is a quarterly newsletter. I, like you, despise getting five hundred random emails from companies dumped into my ever-burgeoning email box, so I fully understand the desire to not be pestered with weekly updates. As far as I'm concerned, weekly updates is what the blog is all about.

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for writers...when the rainbow gets to be too much

Another case of a writer blowing off steam in the wrong venue has come across my feed. Angry fans are angry, and penitent author is penitent, perhaps too late, but that's what happens sometimes. Although the post has been deleted, hard feelings will remain for a while, I'm afraid.

I'm not saying which author had the latest meltdown or where I saw the flash, this is not about author shaming. I'm telling you that I understand the individual's feelings even if I didn't appreciate the way those feelings were stated.

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