To start out, my wife got a new camera for Christmas. She’s getting better at this photography stuff. She even made me look pretty decent.
Oh, and to make you all jealous, this picture was taken in my front yard. I grabbed it off of her Facebook profile, so it isn’t as high res as before. So even as cool as that looks, it doesn’t do it justice.
You don’t want to move here, though. The crime is out of control. The yard moose are everywhere.
I’ve got to tell you guys. One of the hardest things about being a writer is that first few days after a new book releases. You sit there, biting your fingernails, checking the internet every few minutes, and it is much worse when the new release is something different from the books you’ve released before.
Officially, The Grimnoir Chronicles: Hard Magic doesn’t hit store shelves until May 2nd. However Baen loves putting out advance eBooks, so early that they haven’t even gone through the final edit yet. (typos, yay!) The eARC hit last Friday, so ever since then I’ve been anxiously waiting to see what everybody thinks of my new series.
Well, early reviews are coming in.
Looking good. I didn’t know if the market was ready for noir/pulp/alternative-history/fantasy/action with blimp fighting, hard boiled detectives, demons, teleporting magic ninjas, Cossack fighting bears, samurai, Tesla super weapons, John M. Browning, Teutonic zombies, and profane squirrels. What genre is this? Heck if I know. The more I think about it, the more I like the term “Diesel Punk”. And yes, somebody wears goggles.
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In other news, I’m doing a signing at the Sandy Barnes & Noble this Saturday from 1-4. It is the annual Authorpalooza and there will be something like 40 writers present. http://store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/event/3080754 I know Brandon Mull, James Dashner, Jessica Day George, and Paul Genesse will be there. Last year they stuck me in outer darkness next to the maps and geography books. Which kind of sucked since I was the 2nd best selling writer there that year. Oh well. Hopefully this year they will move me up to someplace that has some traffic, like by the bathrooms or something.
Coming up after that, I’m going to LTUE again. I’m on six panels. I’m doing one on action by myself, and I’m teaming up with Super Author John Brown again for a new version of Stories that Rock. That’s February 17-19 at BYU. I’ll post my schedule when it gets closer.