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Fresh Fiction chat today at 7:30 pm central today

I’ll be having a live chat tonight at 7:30 pm central tonight over at Fresh Fiction, and I hope to see some of you there. But until then, I found a nice article on the Justice is Served panel from Comic Con. Check out some of what we talked about!

RT book reviews: Justice is Served

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NYCC madness!

Comic Con is over, and I’m trying to recoup!  Wow, it was just as fun as I remembered, and even better because it feels like coming home now, not all brand new. The three panels went great, and the signings were too. I’m going to drop a few pictures here for you so you can get an idea of my three days there, but seriously, this is the tip of the iceburge. What you’re not seeing is all the cool people I shared space with, especially in the green room.  🙂

Me at the beginning. Note the bright eyes and smile, relaxed and ready. This changes by the end of the weekend.  But for now, I’m been hyped up on caffeine  and ready to go. First day was fairly easy with a panel on how police procedure/PI is different when you add in the supernatural. And though the names aren’t in order, here’s who was there: Myke Cole, Thomas E. Sniegoski, Jacqueline Carey, Christopher Bennet, G.T. Almasi, Amber Benson, Kim Harrison.

Day two started at the Del Rey booth where I signed the early release copies of BLOOD CRIME, the second Hollows graphic novel. Here I’m with Elvis, yes, he was really there, and he likes the Hollows. SUVUDO works out of the Del Rey booth, and I did an impromptu video interview with them when the line ebbed for a moment. You can still see here. SUVUDO-KIM-NYCC2012.

From there it was off to the autographing area downstairs where I panicked when I saw the stage they had set up for the individual author chats–right out in the middle of the floor. Seriously?  Us authors are mostly introverts, dudes! Give us a room next year please. We are not performers, and shouting into arenas makes us nervous. But with my editor standing by and helping with the questions, I got through my private panel where I eased up on the teasing and actually gave out some nice tidbits about what might be coming next after the Hollows and how INTO THE WOODS figures in to that with three novellas I might be developing into a series.

Most of the people in this picture are really lined up for Adam West, I think, but all the chairs were full, and you all had some great questions for me. Also, here’s a nice shot of me and the crew chilling in the green room. Now, the reason I’m putting this in here is to show you the reality of what’s going on. Long bursts of smiles and excitement, tempered with brief boughs of collapse and regroup. Yep, those Don’t Panic button came in handy.

My favorite day was Saturday, when Jocelynn Drake and Richard Kadery came in and we had a panel together: Hocus Pocus. I don’t really have a good picture of the panel in action, but I’ve got a great one of Jocelynn and me with our editor, Diana Gill, that we took afterward.  I’ve got my Don’t Panic button on in this one, which seemed to be the theme of the weekend. After the panel, all that was left was a group signing at the Harper booth.
When you’re at a conference, your publisher’s booth becomes your home where you can leave your coat when you want to wander the floor, where you go when you need a place to sit, or sometimes a cookie when the line at Starbucks is 40 minutes long–so signing there is a pleasure. What made it even better is that three of my favorite authors were there, too, with Bram signing his latest, KRAMPUS, Richard Kadrey signing DEVIL SAID BANG, and Jocelynn Drake signing some early release copies of ANGELS INK. (It’s out tomorrow!) I think this is my favorite photograph of the weekend.

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Thursday’s Comic Con panel: Justice is Served

Thursday had me cruising the comic con floor. My first thought when I walked in was “Wow, the energy is exactly the same as the last time I was here”–as in wonderful and welcoming.  My second thought was “Whoa. I can actually move around right now.” Thursday is the slow day, and I took advantage of it and did a little window shopping. There’s a lot more steam punk this year, and a lot less goth, and lots, and lots of cosplay in the aisles.

Then it was into the basement for the panel, JUSTICE IS SERVED. Michael Spradlin moderated a fab panel. And yes, I remembered my camera! This first picture is me chilling beforehand. We even got a picture with us all together, and though the names aren’t in order, here’s who was there: Myke Cole, Thomas E. Sniegoski, Jacqueline Carey, Christopher Bennet, G.T. Almasi, Amber Benson, Kim Harrison (Into the Woods)

 

Today is my busy day, and after my panel, I’ll breathe a lot easier. Wow, they want me to talk for how long?! 🙂

Kim’s Comic Con Schedule

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Comic Con floor plan

I spent some of my weekend getting ready for Comic Con. Just got the word this morning that they are sold out of tickets.  Whoo-hoo! I can’t wait!  If you’re going, I’ve got a link to a nifty floor-plan to help you get around. Map Your Show.  And if you’re looking to see where I’ll be, here’s a link to my event’s page. Kim Harrison’s events

Weather wise, it’s been a couple of lousy weekend in a row here, and with CC taking up next weekend, the chance to get into the yard before it gets really cold is looking slimmer. I’ve been picking away at putting the yard to bed–as in taking down hanging baskets, doing quick, spontaneous tours of the yard with a bucket and scissors to cut the stuff that is failing from the cold, bringing in things I don’t want to leave out all winter–but it’s been too nasty to put the time in properly. I swear I saw snow Saturday, just a few flakes of it, while in the home improvement parking lot.

According to the people who make up the zone maps, I am no longer in zone five, but six, which could have delayed my bulb shipment until October 31st. In essence they are saying my weather in Michigan is commensurate with say . . . upper Tennessee.  Right. I complained to the bulb guy, who was more interested in getting clever with me than actually helping, that we could have snow on October 31st and I wanted my bulbs now, when they originally told me they would be coming, and he bumped me up in the schedule to almost where I was before they decided to change everything. (I’ve got them, and I’ve just about put them all to bed.)

The problem is that the idea behind the old zone maps don’t work anymore. Just saying it’s warmer doesn’t cut it. It also gets colder sooner in the fall and later into the spring. The gardening community needs to use a mapping system that takes that into account, but until they do, I’ll just not put in anything that is on the edge of tolerance.

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Perfect Blood to old school Santa Claus, yes, these things go together–today.

It’s a grab-bag of mish-mash today! First, I finished up signing INTO THE WOODS last night, and wow, I have to thank you guys for your response. I’d say my hand is tired, but you know the voice is the first thing to go. -grin-  I left some signed stock, so if you are desperate and can’t get out to Comic Con NY (where I’ll also be signing) you can order one from here. Order signed INTO THE WOODS

Second, but actually this should be first, on the way to Nicola’s, my editor called, and you guys pushed A PERFECT BLOOD up into the New York Times list!  It hit at a very respectable 14 on the mass market. Not bad for a book that has been out for almost a year and hit #2 on the hard cover list.  Smiles, smiles, smiles. Thank you!  It feels pretty good sitting at my desk this morning. Also, Guy was out yesterday and spotted it at the “must read”end cap at a get-all store. I know one chain, especially, is going to have A PERFECT BLOOD at a steep discount, so keep your eyes peeled, and if you spot it, let me know.

Third, I’ve added a booth signing on Friday morning at Comic Con, hopefully before it gets too much the mad house. I’ll be at the Del Rey booth signing very early releases of BLOOD CRIME, the second graphic novel.  This bad boy isn’t supposed to be out until Halloween, but you can get it at Comic Con.  If you miss the signing, you can buy it even when I’m not there, and bring it to another Comic Con signing, of which I’ve got several. My updated Comic Con NY schedule

Fourth, tomorrow I’ll be posting a conversation between me and Faith Hunter about the importance of having friends in the industry, giving you the down and dirty on how we met and what we’re up to now. This is the woman who mentored me and literally shoved me in front of the man who later became my agent. She’s a pushy broad, and everyone who knows her loves her for it, because she pushes you into what she knows you’re capable of. So tomorrow, you’re going to be witness to two ladies gushing all over each other. (grin) You have been warned.

Faith is coming on to my pages here to celebrate her release of DEATH’S RIVAL, number five in her Jane Yellowrock series.  I’m going to give you a link to Amazon only because it’s easy, but you can find it everywhere this week.  Death’s Rival on Amazon And tomorrow, the gushing begins . . .

And lastly, i09 has published a SF/Fantasy don’t miss in October list, and one of my faves is on it.  Go Bram!  I had the chance to read KRAMPUS before it came out, and loved the old school Christmas crashing into even older pagan ritual. And yes, it’s got illustrations.  🙂 Jump on over to i09 for the complete list.  io9 Bookshelf injection-October Bram is also going to be at Comic Con, so check the schedule. We have a joint booth signing on Saturday at Harper. Jocelynn Drake is going to be there too, along with Richard Kadery.  It’s going to be a happy madhouse. I can’t wait.

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Made it to another one

Friday!  And I don’t think it’s supposed to rain this weekend.  I hope not. I’ve got stuff to do in the yard, but with these cooler temps, the kitchen has been exerting its pull as well and I might actually bake this weekend. I’m thinking chicken, one of the few things that I can cook and cook well.

I think I’ve bombarded you guys enough with all the promotional stuff that’s going on right now, and even though things are piling up to tell you, there are two books that aren’t mine that are coming out soon that if you’ve not heard of them, you might want to take a peek.

Jocelynn Drake has book one in the Asylum Tales coming out October 16, and she’s giving away an early copy of Angel’s Ink at her blog. You might know her best from the Dark Days series, but this is something completely different. For a chance at the copy of Angel’s Ink, you’ve got to read the post and answer the question of what every-day thing your spouse/sig other does that gets your attention and pegs  your attraction meter. Contest ends today. What floats your boat.

And Faith Hunter’s Death’s Rival is on the shelves this next Tuesday!  This is book five in her Jane Yellowrock series. She and I have put together a joint blog about friendships in the industry, how they get started, and how hard it is to keep them going.  Look for that next Friday, but in the meantime, check out her latest.

The coolest thing is that both of these ladies will be at Comic Con NY in October, and I can’t wait to see them there!

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Into the Woods sneak peek at iO9

Had a great day yesterday with good writing, good dirt time, and caping it off with good PR prep work.

I finally gave book 12 a hard look and let go of the summer solstice and moved the dates to the 4th of July.  It made more logical sense for what was going on with the girls, and no one ever notices when I set a book around the solstice anyway.  But the 4th?  -grin- It’s hard to ignore the fireworks, right?  This is my last look before I turn it in in December, so next week I have to start the rough draft of book 13.  I’m starting to think I’m procrastinating, but the timing has been singularly unique that I could do the page proofs of book 11, followed by a rewrite of book 12, and then start the rough draft of 13–all in the same month.  It just doesn’t happen like that, and it’s especially important to keep the flow right with the relationships I’m juggling right now.

A few hours outside moving three yards of dirt into a new bed I started a few weeks ago.  A tree is coming Thursday, and I was panicking the dirt wouldn’t be there when the tree arrived.  I’m going to try one of those water bags you see on new city/state trees these days.  At least until the ground freezes.

And finally, I spent a couple of hours prepping the freebies for Comic Con next month. 🙂 It’s amazing
what you can get done in front of the TV, and honesty, I think there were more commercials than movie thanks to creative editing, (really don’t like it when they take parts out), so I got half of them done. ore on that later. Here’s a link to my schedule if you’re going.  I’ll be adding a few things here and there, maybe, so check back the day you’re actually on the floor.  Kim’s Comic Con schedule.


But I said sneak peek, didn’t I?  Yep, I’ve got a bit of a free spoiler of INTO THE WOODS for you via i09 today.  IO9 Excerpt-Into The Woods Even if you don’t care to partake in e-books, it’s a nice tidbit for Tuesday, and will give you a good taste of what Trent’s thinking. -grin-

P.S.  My mind is not here this morning.  It took me three gos to actually get this post right after posting.  Seriously, don’t ask me to think outside the Hollows today.  I will be confused and scattered.  Woe to the telemarketer and political pusher, I will be speaking in tongues.

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