Here’s my schedule for Balticon 52, taking place over Memorial Day weekend at Baltimore’s Renaissance Harborplace hotel!
- The Blurring of Genre Borders (panel) at 4 pm
- Broad Universe Rapid-Fire Reading at 1 pm
- Slash of Our Ancestors: A History of Fanfic (panel) at 2 pm
- Autograph session with J.L. Gribble & Jay Smith at 5 pm
- Alternate History: Creating Stories by Changing the Past (presentation) at 12 pm
- Fandom Trolls and How to Vanquish Them (panel) at 4 pm
- Readings with J.L. Gribble & Paul E. Cooley at 7 pm
- Taking Off the Training Wheels: Fanfic to Original Fic (panel) at 8 pm
- Writing Compelling Villains (panel) at 10 am
- How to Keep Writing After the Workshop (panel) at 11 am
It looks like you can find me wandering on Friday night, between my events on Saturday and Sunday, and probably a bit later into Saturday night. Please drop me a line if you’d like to meet up for a drink or a meal!
This past weekend, I was privileged to be invited to the library in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, to be part of their 2018 Author Series. I presented an interactive lecture on the alternate history genre and it’s possibilities in all genres of fiction. You can find my full PowerPoint presentation and some pictures from the event below.
Happy New Year to all of my awesome readers! In honor of 2017 finally being over, and to celebrate my birthday (yes, I’m a New Year’s Eve baby), I’d like to share a scene that was left on the cutting room floor after my beta readers read one of the earliest drafts of Steel Empires #3: Steel Blood.
This scene takes place early during the novel, while Victory and Mikelos are traveling by ship to Jiang Yi Yue. While I had fun writing it and exploring more of Rob and Guy’s characters, it was ultimately felt that the scene didn’t add to the larger story of the book itself.
My only birthday wish is that if you have been enjoying my writing, please consider leaving an honest review of any of my books someplace like Amazon or Goodreads. A review can be as simple as “I liked it!” and leaving a rating. This is the cheapest and easiest way to continue supporting authors you enjoy after buying their books.
Thank you, party safely tonight, and enjoy this look at Victory in her element — with a sword in her hand! Continue reading
Thanks so much to everyone who submitted guesses in my crazy contest!
And the final TARDIS tally: 34!
Congratulations to the following:
- Kelly M., the random winner of a hardcopy of their choice from the Steel Empires series
- Kat S. and Jules D., who both guessed the closest at 32, the winners of an ebook of their choice from the Steel Empires series
I’ll be emailing you today to find out which books you want and the best way to get them to you.
Now, let’s see them all! Continue reading
It’s been a whirlwind two weeks, but today is the last stop of the Steel Blood blog tour! If you missed any stops along the way, you can find the full roster at my Guest Blog page. For our final stop, author Weston Kindcade was kind enough to discuss his thoughts about Steel Empires Book 1: Steel Victory and host a short excerpt from Steel Blood for me.
[The Brit] raised one hand and bit a thumbnail, then flicked his thumb at the robed Qin. He didn’t get the insult, but his friend did. The man in pants threw the first punch, snapping the Brit’s head to the side. But the Brit recovered at once and tackled his aggressor. They both crashed to the street in a mess of limbs, leaving the robed Qin shouting above them.
It was like watching a train wreck, exactly the sort of political bullshit Victory had been concerned about dealing with. But she had expected pointed jibes over state dinners and cocktail parties, not brawling in the streets. This was embarrassing for everyone. She passed Mikelos her overnight bag and waded into the fray….
Head over to Kincade’s blog to see the rest and make sure to check out his fiction while you’re there. I hope you’ve enjoyed taking this journey with me!
Steel Blood is available in hardcopy and ebook formats at the following online retailers:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Raw Dog Screaming Press
Seriously, it’s the end of the tour. What are you still doing here? I have cats to snuggle and writing to get back to.
Oh, you want more?
Check back here on August 21st (or better yet, subscribe to this blog so you don’t miss anything) for a fun contest announcement! You’ll have a chance to win a hardcopy or ebook of your choice from the Steel Empires series!
Author Anna Zabo offered to host a short excerpt from Steel Blood on their blog for this stop of the blog tour!
The scene takes place near the beginning of the novel, when Victory and Mikelos have arrived in the Qin Empire’s colonial city of Jiang Yi Yue. As a vampire, Victory was prepared to wait on the ship until night fell to safely transfer to the palace and begin her mercenary contract as a bodyguard to the Qin princess. But the British delegation would have none of that, and arranged for alternative transportation.
Sound interesting? Click the link above to get the full story!
While you’re there, I highly recommend checking out Zabo’s work. I literally devoured one of their entire series in less than a week, and they are definitely one of the reasons I have to claim to be a romance fan now!
If you thought this excerpt humanized Victory, tomorrow I’m stopping by fellow RDSP author Maria Alexander‘s blog to talk about why I think monsters are people, too.
Because our books are being released a week apart, I teamed up with fellow RDSP authors Lee Murray and Dan Rabarts to do a bit of cross-promotion. This morning, I interviewed the main characters of their upcoming novel, Hounds of the Underworld, on my blog, and they were kind enough to do the same! A quick look:
Master Victory, which of your roles would you say makes you feel most alive? Mercenary, mediator, or mother?
Alive is an interesting word choice there, isn’t it? I spent the majority of my life as a mercenary, fell into the mediator role when I retired and accepted the mantle of Limani’s Master of the City, and became a mother to a child in need. Through circumstance rather than premeditated choice, but I have no regrets there. Certainly, all of those roles have moments that can elicit extreme emotion. But life isn’t just the exciting or dangerous bits. Life is what happens in between. So, I think I’d have to go with hanging out with my family, sharing some drinks and laughs, as the time when I feel most alive. My roles are part of that because they are what led me to this point in my life, to have those experiences.
For the full interview, please visit the blogs of either Lee Murray or Dan Rabarts. While you’re there, make sure to check out some of their other work to get you hyped up for Hounds of the Underworld!
Tomorrow, I’ll be participating in the author Jennifer Brozek’s “Tell Me” feature on her blog!