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Portland, OR: Powell’s!

My Portland roadies! Or more specifically, Powell’s in Beaverton. We had a wonderful crowd despite the agonizing traffic due to 23 being shut down. Both Richard Kadrey and I were late, but everyone was so patient and all the books were signed. (Just click the pictured to get to the higher res copy.)

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The crowd, showing off their copies. We’re a few weeks out from the drop date now, and everyone is being really good about no spoilers in the Q&A, but I’m fielding more at my table when I sign. (And that’s ok!)

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Richard Kadrey (The Getaway God) and I in the Q&A. Someone asked why were we doing events together when we could both hold events on our own, and we kind of looked at each other and shrugged. It’s all about widening our respective demographics. 🙂

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I remember this family from my previous visits to Portland. And yes, they read the books. 🙂

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We got tomatoes! Even Pre-turn tomatoes!

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Peter, Me, Richard, and Renee. If you’re even in the Beaverton store, they’ll help you find what you need. They run a fabulous event. I left lots of signed stock, so if the traffic killed your plans, they do have a signed book, first edition!

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Thank you so much for your generosity. These will be going to a local food bank. It is amazing the smiles I see when you are dropping them off. You guys are truly the best.

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For the rest of the bunny cam photos, check out the website

 

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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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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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Happy News

I’ve got some wonderful news today!  WHITE WITCH, BLACK CURSE was awarded the second place spot for B&N’s bookclub list for best urban fantasy of the year.  Whoo-hoo!  I am so pleased!  And what’s even better is I like/enjoy/recommend the book that beat WWBC. 

Here’s the link to check them out.  I’ve been a guest at this site before, and really enjoyed myself. 

The Black Magic Sanction tour T-s are almost ready.  We’re trying to find a cheaper shipping.  More tomorrow.

–Kim

P.S.  There is a site holding a “Best Cover” contest you might want to check out.  All Things Urban Fantasy.  I’ve got a couple of covers there, including the anthology that has my delightfully non-Hollows vampire short under the Dawn Cook name.  And I can’t help but chuckle at the last category.  You know I’ve not been showing the cover for the next book, BLACK MAGIC SANCTION?  There’s a reason.  (grin)  –Kim

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Young Adult Author Kaleb Nation . . .

Bran Hambric Farfield Curse

. . . has his debut this week, and if you have kids that are resisting reading, this might be the one to yank them into the fold.  (grin)  I read this ages ago in manuscript form, loved it, and it’s finally out! 

Bran Hambric and the Farfield Curse is a fun, fast, quirky read, that has a tension-filled ending, so don’t think you’re getting fluff because of the light start.  I’m not sure if a sequel is planned, but I hope so. 

If you’re curious, there’s more at my agent’s blog E-reads, or you could go right to the authors website, Kaleb Nation.

Also, Eos is doing somthing fun today if you have access to a computer around 2:oo pm EST. SandmanSlim Richard Kadrey is going to be on The Beyond answering your questions and chatting with readers.  This is one of those call in and talk or just listen through your computer shows.  I’ll be doing one myself later this month with the authors of the anthology UNBOUND, so if you’ve tuned in before, you know exactly what you’re getting.  I read Richard’s SANDMAN SLIM and loved it, so if you’re looking for a hard-boiled fantasy with bite and humor, you might want to tune in and see if it’s for you.  Click to get to The Beyond.

As for me?  I’m working on the Hollows world book this week.  OMGosh, it’s going to be fun.  I don’t want to say too much and be a tease, because in all honesty, it’s going to be two years before this hits the shelves.  Sheesh!  –Kim

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Headed South

I am having a hard time believing that I’ve been out of the office for two entire weeks, and my vacation is almost over!  (pout)  Guy, I, and Thing Two have had a great time enjoying the cooler, drier weather that Michigan has to offer, and I again remember what real grass is supposed to look like.  Though we have a couple of days left, it feels like the end for me since we topped off the visit with my mom and dad with a spur-of-the-moment family  get-together. 

Wonderful.  😉

I likely won’t be posting again until Monday, but I did want to tell you about Richard Kadrey’s newest release, SANDMAN SLIM, which I had the chance to read in manuscript form and loved it.  There is more over at the Eos Blog–including my official blurb–but here’s what Eos had to say:

Sandman SlimLife sucks, and then you die. Or in James Starks’s case, you spend eleven years in Hell as a hitman before finally escaping, only to land back in the hell-on-earth that is Los Angeles.  Now Stark’s back, and ready for revenge. And absolution, and maybe even love. But first and foremost, getting the bastards who killed him in the first place. But when his first stop saddles him with an abusive talking head, Stark discovers that the road to absolution and revenge is much longer than you’d expect, and both Heaven and Hell have their own ideas for his future…

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‘Da Big Push

Sixty pages left on Madison, I’m guessing.  I did a whopping 15 pages yesterday in eight hours.  My fingers were smoking.  I think it’s some of my best work, and, as ususal, what flowed from my keyboard was totally unexpected.  Let me rephrase that.  I think it will be some of my best work.  Right now it’s messy.  Cleaning this up is going to take a major rewrite.  I’ve almost caught up to where I wanted to be after losing the first week in June to the tour.  Whoo-hoo!  Sixty pages.  A week and a half.  I just might be able to take that vacation after all.  😉 

A few days ago I mentioned Richard Kadrey’s Sandman Slim, which is a new urban fantasy coming out late July.  He’s over at my publisher’s blog today talking about what the devil taught him.  http://outofthiseos.typepad.com/

 –Kim

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