Monday, March 2, 2015

Unbound Anthology Line-up and Pre-ordering!

Did you love Unfettered?  Or were you bummed because you missed out on the signed and numbered copies?  Well, don't fret, here comes Unbound and pre-ordering is up now!

Of course, the cover above is just for mock-up purposes but, like Unfettered, it features an amazing line up:

  •  Terry Brooks (intro)
  •  Kristen Britain
  •  Jim Butcher
  •  Rachel Caine
  •  Harry Connolly
  •  Delilah S. Dawson
  •  David Anthony Durham    
  •  Jason M. Hough
  •  Mary Robinette Kowal
  •  Mark Lawrence
  •  John Marco
  •  Tim Marquitz
  • Seanan McGuire
  •  Peter Orullian
  •  Kat Richardson
  •  Anthony Ryan
  •  Shawn Speakman
  •  Brian Staveley
  •  Michael J. Sullivan
  •  Sam Sykes
  •  Mazarkis Williams
There are several ways to buy:
  • $30 - Hardcover Editions
  • $50 - Advanced Reading Copy Hardcovers (limited press run)
  • $125 - Signed and numbered Hardcovers (also limited press run)
Like Unfettered, this is expected to be one of the most anticipated anthologies of this year, so ensure your copy now by pre-ordering!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Authors Helping Authors: Kameron Hurley

Last week I told you about Courtney Schafer and her The Labyrinth of Flame Kickstarter. It's fully funded by the way, and heading for some nice stretch goals. If you haven't checked it out, please do. Today, I want to tell you about another author that I think is worth taking a look at.  It's Kameron Hurley, who has two series:

  • Bel Dame Apocrypha - A completed trilogy that finished up in April 2014 
  • The World Breaker Saga - A new series that started in August 2014
Now for the record, I've not yet read any of Kameron's books...although I've bought all four of them to support her. So, why am I recommending her work and asking you to "check it out"?

Well, first off Kameron has a TON of accolades.  Authors such as Kate Elliott and Lauren Beukes have sung her praises. Then there are the awards:
  • Winner: Sydney J. Bounds Award for Best Newcomer
  • Winner: Kitschy Award for Best Debut Novel
  • Nominated: Arthur C. Clarke Award
  • Nominated: Hugo Award
  • Nominated: Nebula Award
  • Nominated: Locus Award 
  • Nominated: BSFA Award for Best Novel. 
  • Honor List: Tiptree Award
She also has short stories curated by some of the biggest magazines in genre fiction including Lightspeed, EscapePod, and Strange Horizons. 

All that tells me she's an amazing writer that really cares about her craft. But, that's not the reason I'm singling her out for one of my Authors Helping Author's Post.  No, my reason is simple...she's doing everything right, and yet still struggling.  Kameron is no stranger to self-promotion, and has launched monumental efforts each time her books release.  Plus, she is writing and releasing frequently. She reminds me a lot of Robin who took a "failure is not an option" attitude when starting my own career. 

I have no doubt Kameron will be more well known in the future, and anything I can do to help get the word out about her I'm happy to. I'm not one to say "BUY THIS BOOK" but I do want to let people know Kameron and work exists.  Go checkout some sample chapters. Read her blog. And if it looks like something you might be interested in, then by all means plunk down some money. This business isn't easy, but when someone like Kameron is doing it all right, that's worth supporting.  I hope you find one of her books right up your alley.

Friday, February 27, 2015

One of a kind

Not long ago I did a giveaway for one of my books, The Crown Tower. I wanted to make it special...really special. So, I asked my daughter to personalize the book by doing a drawing in it. I thought she'd do a doodle of Royce or Hadrian...instead she did an excellent montage from the novel. It was so good that I thought I should share it with everyone.

If you want to see some of Sarah's other Riyria inspired artwork, you can view them here.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Hello, my name is Майкъл Дж Съливан killed my father...ah, okay, maybe not.

Sorry, I couldn't resist. So, for those that didn't see my Facebook post, I recently discovered that Майкъл Дж Съливан is how the people of Bulgaria spell Michael J. Sullivan. I'd love to know how it is pronounced. That in itself is a new revelation...but I also discovered some covers that I didn't know about previously.

When it comes to foreign translations, sometimes the author is the last to know. Yes, I'm aware of contracts I've signed but knowing when the books are released is another matter.  I apologize to the people of Bulgaria for not being "up to date" on the releases of my books.

But now that I know about them, I'm so pleased with how they came out, and I wanted to share them with everyone else.  So first up are the covers for the six books of The Riyria Revelations. The covers are from the amazing Marc Simonetti.  The first three were done for the French editions and re-licensed for the Bulgarian editions. But then the publisher from France decided to switch over from the "six book" versions to the "three book" versions so they didn't have graphics for the remaining three books. MBG Books was releasing the books quickly and needed a fast solution for the last three book's covers. So they picked some other images by Marc,  of the series and so there  weren't corresponding drawings for the other books. Thinking fast, the publisher utilized some existing art from Marc and all in all they work pretty well.

With a little more time under their belt, the publisher commissioned covers for the two Riyria Chronicle books.  I'm not sure who the artist is, but when I find out I'll let you know.  I really like them.  The first depicts the famed Crown Tower, which Royce and Hadrian scale on their first job together.  The second one I can't tell you what it depicts, as it would be a spoiler to the book.  But those who have read Revelations could probably guess about what "past fire" it shows.

The titles of the books (and series) are:

Откровенията на Ририя » Revelations of Ririya
  • Конспирация за короната » Conspiracy to crown
  • Авемпарта » Avemparta
  • Нифрон се въздига » Nifron rises
  • Изумрудената буря » Emerald storm
  • Зимният фестивал  » Winter festival
  • Персепликуис  » Perseplikuis 
Хрониките на Ририя » Chronicles of Ririya
  • Короносната кула » Koronosnata tower
  • Розата и бодилът » Rose and bodilat

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Best Books of 2014: SF Signal Special Needs in Strange Worlds

Sarah Chorn has a great recurring column at SF SIGNAL: Special Needs in Strange Worlds
where she highlights books focusing on and celebrating disabilities in science fiction and fantasy. What a great idea! Yesterday, she came out with the best books in 2014 and I'm thrilled to find Hollow World on it.  That's the twelfth time my little science fiction project has made a "best of" or "most anticipated list."

Sarah asked Mieneke van der Salm and Paul Weimer to help her come up with the final list of 13 titles:
  • Half a King by Joe Abercrombie
  • Stranger by Rachel Manija Brown and Sherwood Smith
  • Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis
  • Binary by Stephanie Saulter
  • Premonitions by Jamie Schultz
  • War Dogs by Greg Bear
  • Full Fathom Five by Max Gladstone
  • Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley
  • Lock In by John Scalzi
  • Afterparty by Daryl Gregory
  • Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop
  • We Are All Completely Fine by Daryl Gregory
  • Hollow World by Michael J. Sullivan

So if you like characters who are slightly off the norm, then check out some of these books...and tune in for Sarah's ongoing column where she reviews books and interviews author's. I've found some very entertaining reads through the column. 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

First Empire Giveaways

The giveaways for the limited edition copies of Rhune are going AMAZINGLY well. I'm so glad people are excited for this new series. There are already more than 3,000 people signing up on goodreads. How crazy is that?

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Rhune by Michael J. Sullivan


by Michael J. Sullivan

Giveaway ends April 15, 2015.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter to win

If you want significantly better odds, don't forget the parallel giveaways:

All giveaways are open to people from all countries, and you can enter in all four to increase you chances of winning.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Riyria Facebook Page

Way back in September 2011, Orbit made a Facebook page for The Riyria Revelations. At the time they were doing some pretty cool stuff with "like unlocking." Every time we hit a new milestone a bit more of Theft of Swords would be posted for people to read.  It was a cool idea.

Over the past several years, they have been running the page for me, and from time to time I'd give them some information to post.  They did a nice job, but still it was frustrating having to go through them for the updating...especially given they have more than just me to worry about ;-).

So, they have turned admin of the site back over to me.  I'm expanding it to be a site for both the Riyria Revelations and The Riyria Chronicles - so I've changed the image on the top, and started adding in some new stuff.  Here is what it looks like now:

I'm definitely NOT an expert when it come to Facebook, but seeing when people comment or post to it will certainly help with how timely my replies will be.  Hopefully I'll get better with it over time. If you haven't "liked it yet" - then please do. It's a great way to share your love for Riyria with your Facebook community.