German Interview

The books do quite well in Germany, and I did an interview with Christian last week. http://diezukunft.de/…/ich-schreibe-gern-ueber-makelbehafte…

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Have you seen the Decoy series?

photoI think the robin in the box I put up two years ago has more than eggs under her today. Sorry for the blurry picture, but I don’t want to go outside and snap a shot, so you get the screen fuzzing it up.  The box is right in my line of sight when I sit at my desk, and she’s been keeping me silent company for a couple of weeks. In return, I’ve been yelling at the bluejays and one really big crow. So far, we’ve had no losses. I’m not sure what’s going on in the neighboring cardinal nest. They are there for a day, then not, then back. It might be too busy for the shyer bird. Pictures coming when/if we have little yellow beaks pointed at the sky for food.

I’m late this month in releasing the next two Harrison/Cook back list titles for personlization. But Nicola’s and I are ready for you, even those of you who live overseas. I really have to thank Nicolas for doing this with me. I know it’s a big pain, which is why we don’t normally do this but for a few weeks around release a release date. I’m going to try to run through all my backlist before we get to the Nov 22 release of THE OPERATOR, but this is likely the last time I will be making my back list available for personalization in this way. (If you missed the Truth titles and really really want them personalized, I don’t think anyone will say anything if you make the effort to order them–even now.)

We just finished the Truth series and next is the Princess series, so for the rest of the month, you have the rare chance to get both DECOY PRINCESS and PRINCESS AT SEA personalized and shipped to you.
DPAgain, the covers say traditional fantasy, and they are, but as with the Truth books, the language and attitudes are comfortable. The pace is a little faster than the Truth books as well, and for anyone wanting to see a writer developing her style, here it is.

These were written right about the time that Dead Witch Walking was finding a publisher, though the short story that DWW came from had been circulated and then dropped in a drawer years before. The Princess books were targeted for the adult audience, but I’ve always thought of them as young adult and I would be very comfortable recommending them to younger readers you’re trying to get into the lost art of voyaging within the written word.

One of the themes I was playing with is that magic has a price, and the very thing that makes Tess powerful can and is killing her. There’s a wise teacher, a cad, and a noble hero. I’ll let you decide who is who. There’s also a disgruntled princess as I flip the story of the milk maid who is actually royalty and tell it from the point of view of the common girl who has been raised at a princess and who is now finding she’s actually nothing. Who hasn’t felt that way at one time or another?

But you know I wouldn’t leave it at that, and Tess finds that her strength has always been there and has zero to do with the title “princess.”

I just love the original covers. She is so sassy, and after that blonde bombshell on the Truth covers, very refreshing. Dark haired girls have exciting adventures where they can be powerful, too.
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Click  the book to go right to Nicola’s. To order a personalized copy, please make a note as to who you want it personalized to in the note section when you order. Any questions, just email orders@nicolasbooks.com International is okay. I noticed that their page said the titles might not be available, but I have checked, and they say they can get them. I’ll go in to sign at the end of the month, and ta-da! Personalized Princess books.

For those of you who ordered the last set of Truth books, I’ll be going in soon to sign for you. I’m hopeful I can get something extra in there for you as a thank you.:-) I know this is incredibly slow, but I’m trying to make this as painless as possible for Nicola’s so they don’t kick me out.

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Drafter Interview

One more interview for you this morning at As The Page Turns.

What do you like the most about being an author?

I am creative every day in ways I never imagined. I can arrange my day as I see fit to take advantage of an odd bit of sun in the garden or an invite from my mother to go to lunch, or even take a day off to be with a sick child without worrying if I will have a job when I get back. I can invest my time and energy as heavily as I want without the fear of losing my time-investment due to downsizing. Occasionally, I have the opportunity to work with incredibly talented people who know more than I do about this incredibly complex, markedly small world of publishing. I can touch the lives of people I would never otherwise, bring my thoughts to theirs, which is heady in itself, and a privilege that I have the greatest respect for.  It’s a profession that goes all the way back to the fire at the mouth of the cave, and it centers and connects me. What more could you ask for?

– See more at: http://www.asthepageturns.blogspot.com/2016/05/the-drafter-interview-with-new-york.html

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Last Chance for Lost Truth

 

For those of you who haven’t heard of me talk about Nicolas before, they are my local store who I’ve been working with the last six years or so to have an outlet for people who can’t come to a signing. They are absolutely wonderful, and they will even ship overseas.

Right now, they are handling the I’m Broken, Don’t Fix Me signing campaign that is currently going on. This month’s featured titles are LOST TRUTH and FORGOTTEN TRUTH, and for a few more days, you have the rare chance to get both of them personalized and shipped to you. I’ll be featuring the Princess books next month, and then the Madison, and finally, the Hollows until we get to THE OPERATOR in November. The books have always been available, but Nicholas is letting me personalize them for a short time, and once this is over, I likely won’t be able to do it again. (However, if you ask nicely, and are coming into this late, I’m sure they will honor your request for a personalization for a title we’ve already covered.

Don’t let the pure fantasy covers put you off if you’re a diehard urban fantasy reader. I won’t kid you and try to tell you they aren’t fantasy, they are, but there’s no purple prose here, and the language and attitudes are comfortable. My love for dragons shows, as well as my propensity for small, powerful defenders that sit on your shoulder. Clearly, dragons haunt me still a decade later.
These were not only the first books I got published, but the very first book(s) I had ever written, and if you want to watch an author learn her craft, this is a great place to see it.  But the characters still ring true to me after all these years. The books targeted the adult market, but I am totally comfortable with recommending them to younger readers. They are also a great vehicle to open up a safe discussion about prejudice if you care to read these at the same time as your kids. Curiously enough, one of the protagonists and the villain share a similar flaw. One overcomes, one doesn’t.LostTruthISLostTruth

Click  the book to go right to Nicola’s. To order a personalized copy, please make a note as to who you want it personalized to in the note section when you order. Any questions, just email orders@nicolasbooks.com International is okay. I noticed that their page said the titles might not be available, but I have checked, and they say they can get them. I’ll go in to sign at the end of the month, and ta-da! Personalized Truth books.

I did First and Hidden Truth last month, and I was amazed at how many books there were! If you’re still waiting for your books, they have not been forgotten. They had to print more.

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Covers will vary. Most of the time, they will be the new ones.

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“Confessions” interview

6 in a series: Interview with Kim Harrison at Confessions.
What FIRST inspired you to write?

You want the truth? I was bored out of my mind and had little spending money, so I began to write to entertain myself. One hour became two, which became three, which turned into the weekend, and before I knew it, I was spending way too much time at my kitchen table. I’d found what I liked to do and all that was left was working at it until my skill (which was almost zero) caught up to my drive. But that was like twenty years ago. Now my inspiration comes from watching the people I love working with the unfairness of life and finding that happy ending.
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Laugh till I cry, and then I cry some more

 

Something only another owner of a seizure dog will understand. Me on the phone, calling my mom to see if she could watch one of my other dogs for a few days. Zander on my lap so said dog won’t attack her as she is having a seizure. Tim in the kitchen, trying to get out on a ride, looking for some OTC Prilosec for a “lets try this” Dr. remedy until I can get in Wednesday. My youngest son cruising through the kitchen foraging and learning how to stay calm in a crisis and keep moving forward.

So. I’m on the phone arranging things. The dog is spilling into another a seizure on my lap, safe from the other dog. The boy is eating a chicken wing three feet away as he watches, and Zander, semi conscious, is leaning, leaning, shaking, leaning, shaking, leaning, almost falling off my lap, trying to get control of herself just long enough to get . . . that . . . chicken bone.

I laughed so hard, I almost forgot to cry.

Clearly this bothers me more than her, my dog who thinks with her stomach.

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A Bookish Conversation

Except from interview. For the rest, just click:

If you had to summarize your book in one sentence, what would that be?

We are all broken in one way or another, but we do not need to be “fixed” to live beautiful, productive lives.

Would you say it’s been a rocky road for you in regards to getting your book written and published or pretty much smooth sailing?  Can you tell us about your journey?

After fifteen years of being traditionally published, I’m lucky to have over two dozen books on the shelf, almost half of them having been very well received on the New York Times list. The Drafter marked a shift in genre for me from urban fantasy to a character-oriented, sf thriller, and though this is where my heart is, enough of my readers failed to make the jump with this first book that it has become the most difficult book for me to get pushed through the system, more heart breaking and depressing than the five years spent getting my first book published. I don’t expect any of my books from here on out to be easy, but if you go into this profession looking for a quick buck, you’re doing it wrong. You do it because you have a story to tell, and that hasn’t changed.

 

– See more at: The Literary Nook

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