Adrian at Amazon interviewed me while I was at BEA this year, and the video just went live this afternoon. I’m sporting my new style as I give a more detailed description of my inspirations behind the characters of The Drafter. No spoilers, but rather what I was aiming for, and why.
Don’t be shy and leave a comment at Amazon if you like. I told you my favorite book when I was growing up. Tell me yours!
Oh! And I almost forgot! The Drafter made B&N’s September picks! That’s got me singing at my desk. Dude! Go see whose shoulders I’m rubbin’ (grin)
I just found out this morning that S&S will be releasing chapter three Monday on RT Book Reviews. I’m so jazzed. If you’re looking for chapters one and two, they are at the website, here.
But what has me excited today is that I found the perfect music video for Silas and Peri. I have been listening to Filous/James Hersey’s “How Hard I Try” for a couple of months, but today I looked up the music video, and just about lost it. The human condition truly is universal. I found myself bawling at the end when, after give and take, discord and syncronicity, anger and love, he just let her walk away. They both did. Come on, Silas. I know she’s proud, tough, and infuriating, but she’s vulnerable and fragile–and you need her as much as she needs you. How could you just . . . walk away!
Fortunately there’s more to the story than this. At least in my story.
This is why I adore music/preforming arts. They can do in in three minutes what takes me 450 pages.
I truly love America, where we have so much that we can crash vehicles for entertainment. I’m going to cry when the big cars from the 70s and 80s can no longer be found to have these crash-em-up derbies with. We’re starting to feel the pinch already, down to two nights of derby instead of the three we had last year. (sigh) Or maybe it was four.
There was a film crew this year, for a reality TV show of some sort, and a drone was out there taking shots. It made me feel close to Peri. She likes crash-em-up derbies and drones, though she’d probably be driving the car, not watching.
Speaking of which, I’m starting to get ready for that tour bus, trying to figure out what to pack since I’m not limited by airplane restrictions. I’m kind of glad it’s going to be cooler than normal, because almost all my touring clothes are February weight. I need to take an afternoon and go through my closet, seeing what I have. People with short blond hair need different necklines and colors than people with long dark hair. Weird. (Where I’m going to be.)
I’ve got a couple of spoiler-free interviews that you might not know about, and pssst! though B&N has signed copies, Amazon has a much lower price. (14.84 HC, 12.99 ebook)
B&N Kim’s top ten SF (Whose shoulders I stand on)
Slipperywords — Five in five
AMA (ask me anything) 8/21
Bull Spec interview 8/25
I’ve got a great no-spoiler interview done in preparation for my visit to the Carolinas Quail Ridge Books and Park Road Books. http://bullspec.com
We’re one week out from publication, and that means sneak peek chapters!
I can’t put them here due to length, but you can pop on over to the website for additional content–a last teaser or taste for you to make a more informed decision on if you want to trust I’m going to give you a good story even if there are no vampires allowed. (grin)
The Drafter first looks
Okay. Tony sent me some empty pop bottles, and Angela said she’d like to read/see a scene where they got together and drank those cokes. And then it got the wheels turning.
I. Had. To. Do. It.
So here it is, breaking all the rules (cause that’s fun sometimes) and so raw that you’re going to find typos (don’t tell me when you do) and I’m going to give it to you without the stress of proofing, editing, and anyone looking at it but me. Like it used to be. Pure and raw. One day old.
Just . . . enjoy. I sure did.
P.S. Come back Monday for the first couple of chapters of The Drafter, right here at the website.
P.P.S. I’m having an AMA this afternoon (Friday) from noon, EST on. Here’s the link. It just went live and you can start asking questions. https://www.reddit.com/r/books
Pages From The Back Room
Al pushed the metal and frosted glass door open, the jingling tinkle hitting him the exact second the scent of mutton filled his nose. Squinting at the bohemian, dim lighting, he stepped into the rustic tavern from an interior door. His eyes flicked to the two teenagers at one of the narrow windows, both of them ignoring him as they focused on their cell phones and takeout cups of coffee. The trio sitting before the second window looked up, acknowledging him.
He’d seen the young woman in her blue homespun dress before, that bird on her shoulder and that middleclass artisan at her side. Today, she had her dandy with her as well, the charismatic man wearing something even Al would call overdone: lace and velvet, jeweled dagger at his hip. The love triangle was obvious. Almost as obvious as who she favored.
Old story, he thought as he nodded to them and shut the door behind himself, thinking the gleaming modern lines looked odd beside the rough hewn timbers. Trees and mountains were visible through the windows, making him feel as if he were intruding. His suit and tie looked out of place, even if the teenagers had cell phones and sneakers, and he wondered if today he might find the courage to ask the young woman with the bird if the odd color of her eyes was born in science or magic.
But none of the earlies never talked to him or any of his contemporaries.
Click to read the rest at the website
A new dragon in town,
has just settled down,
looking sharp in his gold and orange wings.
With no name as of yet,
his destiny is set,
a gift with just one string.
To enter the fray,
and fight for the fae,
your Drafter receipt must be kept.
To submit at a date,
to win if it’s fate,
At a time that has yet to be set.
So save your Drafter receipts, even if it’s a photo or screen shot of your electronic purchase. I don’t have the details yet, but after Mr. D goes on tour with me, hopefully getting pictures with more dragons, he will be given to one lucky reader.
Copies are available at:
|Barnes and Noble has a small supply of signed copies of The Drafter.
||Nicola’s is offering signed/personalized copies of The Drafter. Orders placed by August 17th have a good chance of arriving at or around the drop-date.
Not sure if Peri Reed is for you? You can pick up a nice chunk of exclusive content that won’t be in The Drafter in the novelette Sideswiped.
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