Signing at Uncle Hugo’s starting at 1:00 today

I’m signing at Uncle Hugos today from 1-3. 

That is from signing the mail orders last night. That’s probably half of what I signed because they kept reloading the table as we went.

As for Minneapolis, what do you people have against letting somebody merge on the freeway? It is like survival of the fittest out there NO! I see your blinker! I DENY YOUR BLINKER!

If you are curious, here is a really good review of Hard Magic from Elitist Book Reviews:

And Hard Magic is doing well on Amazon too.

Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,470 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Also, Amazon only has 6 copies left of the hard cover. I told you the hard covers were limited. :)

My audio books are doing really well!


and MHV 

Turns out that I’m kicking butt on  The reviews are great as well. I think it is because Oliver Wyman did such an excellent job on the narration. I’m telling you, the guy is a great. Very professional to work with, too.

Hard Magic releases in a couple of days!

This is really exciting for me. The Grimnoir Chronicles are something new and different, and Hard Magic is the first non-Monster Hunter book I’ve released. So fingers crossed that this one does well.

I’m flying to Minnesota this weekend to sign at Uncle Hugos. Quick reminder, if you guys want an autographed copy, order it from him. (you’re almost out of time) I’ll be personalizing them while I’m there. 

EDIT:  Don’t forget that there is only a single run of hard covers. Everything else is paperback. So if you want one of the limited hard covers, order one, reserve one, or snag one quick next week.

It is showing in stock on Amazon   And you can now post reviews.  So if you are one of the folks that read the Hard Magic e-book or eARC already, please please please please, go post an honest review on Amazon.

The eBook came out last week, so if you’ve got a Nook, Kindle, or other eReader, you can get it here for only $6.  Plus you can read the first quarter of the book for free.

My first book signing of the epic mega tour will be in Layton next Tuesday night. This is my only Utah signing I’ve got on the calender. So if you are local, come on by.  Here are all the tour dates:

Uncle Hugo’s – Minneapolis, MN  April 30th 1-3PM

Barnes & Noble – Layton, UT May 3rd 5-8PM

Poisoned Pen, – Scottsdale, AZ May 5th 7PM

Mysterious Galaxy – San Diego, CA May 6th 6PM

Barnes & Noble – Huntington Beach, CA May 7th 2PM

Dark Carnival – Berkeley, CA May 8th 2-4PM

Powells – Beaverton, OR May 11th 7PM

University Bookstore – Seattle, WA May 13th 7PM

Aunties Bookstore – Spokane, WA May 14th 3PM

Hastings – Boise, ID May 15th 2PM (I know there is more than one, I’ll find out which and post it)

An interview with Editor Jim Minz, and he says nice stuff about me 

I like Jim Minz. He’s a good guy and a solid editor. I was able to work with him for the first time this year, and it was a pleasure.  Check it out, good read, and he had some nice things to say about me in that interview as well.   :)

I am a Campbell Award finalist

They just announced the finalists for the Hugos, and well, look who is on the list:

John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer

Award for the best new professional science fiction or fantasy writer of 2009 or 2010, sponsored by Dell Magazines
Saladin Ahmed
Lauren Beukes
Larry Correia
Lev Grossman
Dan Wells

For those of you that don’t know, the John W. Campbell Award is a pretty big deal. Being nominated as one of the five finalists is great. The Hugos are sort of like the Oscars for sci-fi and fantasy writers, and the Campbell is a separate award for best new writer. 

The winners will be announced at WorldCon in August. Anyone who was a voting member of WorldCon last year or this year, may vote. It is in Reno this time, which is about as close as it will ever be to me, so I will be attending. 

Thank you very much to all of you that nominated me, and I’m especially thankful for all of the Barflies. You guys are awesome.

As far as the other Campbell finalists go, I’m unfamiliar with the work of three of them, so now I’ll have to check them out. Dan Wells, however… I’m a fan. He’s the guy that wrote I Am Not A Serial Killer, Mr. Monster, and I Don’t Want to Kill You.  (which I’ve reviewed and book bombed here) He’s also got a new YA series coming out soon, and a sci-fi thriller where a character based on me is one of the primary villains. Yep. We’re friends. In fact, we’re in the same game group.  I can now truthfully say that my RPG night has 40% of the best new writers in the country in it.  Yes, and we are in fact, totally awesome.

Obviously I want to win, but if I don’t, then I’m rooting for Dan.

I’ve got several more friends among the other category’s nominees. Eric James Stone in Best Novelette, Mary Robinette Kowal in Best Short, Writing Excuses for Related Work, and Howard Tayler for Best Graphic Story.

EDIT:  Remember last week when somebody said I wasn’t a real writer because I had *only* been #27 on the NYT? Well, now I’ve been nominated for a prestigious award for “excellence in the field”. BURN!  So suck it, losers.  :)

Happy Easter from the Monster Hunter Nation

My kids painted eggs tonight. They obviously know what pays the bills around here.

Also, sort of funny. I looked out the window about ten minutes ago and there was the biggest jack rabbit I’ve ever seen sitting on the lawn. I’ve seen a lot of jack rabbits in my day, but this thing was massive. Not quite Night of the Lepus by any means, but it was bigger than our yard marmots. My youngest kid thought that was just absolutely awesome, because actually spotting the Easter bunny is a good omen of chocolate to come. :)

Tomorrow we will go to church, and we’ll talk to that kid about the reason for the holiday, but the spotting the actual magic super bunny? That’s pretty hard to beat.


Here are the Hard Magic book tour dates.  If you’re in the area, (and by area, I’m meaning most of the western US and Minnesota) drop by and say hi.

Uncle Hugo’s – Minneapolis, MN  April 30th 1-3PM

Barnes & Noble – Layton, UT May 3rd 5-8PM

Poisoned Pen, – Scottsdale, AZ May 5th 7PM

Mysterious Galaxy – San Diego, CA May 6th 6PM

Barnes & Noble – Huntington Beach, CA May 7th 2PM

Dark Carnival – Berkeley, CA May 8th 2-4PM

Powells – Beaverton, OR May 11th 7PM

University Bookstore – Seattle, WA May 13th 7PM

Aunties Bookstore – Spokane, WA May 14th 3PM

Hastings – Boise, ID May 15th 2PM

DEAD SIX – Coming soon


Michael Valentine, veteran and former member of an elite private military company, has been recruited by the government to conduct a secret counter-terror operation in the Persian Gulf nation of Zubara. The unit is called Dead Six. Their mission is to take the fight to the enemy and not get caught. 

Lorenzo, assassin and thief extraordinaire, is being blackmailed by the world’s most vicious crime lord. His team has to infiltrate the Zubaran terrorist network and pull off an impossible heist or his family will die. When Dead Six compromises his objective, Lorenzo has a new job: Find and kill Valentine.

As allegiances are betrayed and the nation descends into a bloody civil war, Lorenzo and Valentine must face off.  Two men. Two missions. Only one will win. 

Coming September 27, 2011

My favorite book review site

I was talking to somebody the other night about book reviews, about how I don’t really pay attention to the big well-known establishment reviewers, and so where to go to get good book reviews. That reminded me I needed to link to these guys. Elitist Book Reviews is by far my favorite place to go for reviews, and I’ll explain why.

Now it isn’t because I’ve gotten generally positive reviews there either, because I’ve gotten fairly good reviews on most of the bigger review spots, (except for the Publisher’s Weekly one for Hard Magic, because sheesh, talk about missing the point!) it is more because I personally tend to agree with their ratings. Now I don’t always agree, and there are a few writers they like much more than I do, and a few the other way, but overall I find they’re usually pretty spot on.  

More importantly, they usually “get” a book, and understand what type of book the author was shooting for.  So they tend to judge the book in context.

For example, if I write something that is a glorified B-movie pulp action adventure, and a review place pans it for not having enough nuance and subtlety to get on the Oprah Book Club… The reviewer didn’t get it.  On the other hand, if an author wrote a sensitive romantic character study, and the reviewer hated it because there weren’t enough explosions and laser sword battles, the reviewer didn’t get it.  EBR usually gets it, and judges accordingly based on whether it is entertaining or not.

Plus they’re snarky. I enjoy the snark factor. I’m not big on dry, boring language.

I did an interview with Steve the Bookstore Guy (one of the people that runs the place) a while ago. I found out that he writes a review a week, and didn’t miss a week last year. That’s 52 reviews, most of which are 1,000-2,000 words long. That’s not even close to how many books he actually read either, just the ones he reviewed. And he’s not the only reviewer on the site, so they usually have several new reviews up each week.

There are a few other places that I get reviews from. has some writers that I like. I also enjoy The Sci-Fi Guys book review.  Other than that, I enjoy reviews on blogs that I read, but those tend to be sporadic. (though I love when you guys out there post reviews about my stuff, because Word of Mouth rocks).   

So check EBR out. They tend to be more slanted toward fantasy, but they do get into horror, sci-fi, and thrillers as well. And yes, I’ve made sure that they’ll be sent ARCs of all my stuff in the future.

EDIT: of course, I post this, go on Facebook and end up talking to somebody else that does good book reivews that I forgot.  Ain’t that how it goes? :p

Attention Kindle & Nook users, you can get my next book NOW! 

Yep, $6. Go download the eBook for Hard Magic, book 1 of the Grimnoir Chronicles. It is pretty darn awesome, if I do say so myself… In all honesty, I do believe that this is the best thing I’ve ever written.

Think of it as a pulp-noir, action, hard-boiled, alternative-history, fantasy set in an alternative 1932. This book features a teleporting magic ninja fight on top of a flaming pirate dirigible. :)  You can read the first quarter of the book for free at the link above.

Or, for a little light reading set in the same universe, here is a prequel short, called Detroit Christmas. 


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