So, I’m not traveling much this year and it’s mostly smaller venues, but… CONVENTION SCHEDULE:
ArmadilloCon: July 24-26, Austin, TX.
Geekfest: August 14-16, Killeen, TX.
GaMExpo: October 9-11, San Antonio, TX.
Be really cool to see some of you there.
Also, important reminder: My art/prose Mick Oberon contest is still open and ongoing. Could win free books, and possibly also get me pointing people to your art or your writing; don’t just sit this one out.
So, Hallow Point–book two of the Mick Oberon series–comes out in a little less than two months. And we’re going to celebrate.
How are we going to celebrate? By creating prose and/or art.
Here’s the deal. I want you folks to either draw or write a scene involving Mick Oberon. It can be action-oriented, quiet and contemplative, mysterious, whatever. It can take place in Chicago, or in the Otherworld. If you’re drawing, it can be an original scene or a scene from Hot Lead, Cold Iron. If you’re writing, it has to be something original. Don’t try to tell a whole story. This is a snapshot. One image. Nothing more, nothing less.
The portrayal of Mick needs to be accurate. I don’t mean you have to master the 1930s lingo or anything, I just mean the character has to be reasonably well portrayed. He should be using his wand, not a gun, that sort of thing.
Here are the official rules:
1) The picture or scene must go up online in a publicly visible place. Your web site. Your Facebook page (with the entry visible to the public, not just friends). Anywhere like that.
2) The picture must stay visible until the contest ends, which will be shortly after the book comes out. Pin it, or occasionally repost or link back to it.
3) The picture or scene must also include a paragraph explaining where the image comes from and why you’re posting it. In other words, mention/link to this contest.
4) Once you have posted it, use the “Contact” page here to send me a link to it, and also to how you want your name listed (see below). Please change the Subject line to “Mick Oberon contest”.
5) Entries must be posted (and I must be notified of said entry) by July 24th to be considered valid for this contest.
Prizes and rewards. Everyone who participates–everyone–will be listed on a “special thanks” page at the end of book three.
Two randomly chosen entrants will receive signed copies of book two (Hallow Point).
And finally, a single winner–the person whose entry I like best–will receive a signed copy of book two, as above, but will also receive a signed copy of book three, when it comes out, and will also receive a personalized dedication in book three. (Either to you or to a person of your choice.) Your art doesn’t have to be the best. I’ll be choosing, at least in part, based on what I think best exemplifies the character and the mood of the stories, even if it’s not the most perfect drawing or prose. (Also, I will then post the winning entry on my site, with a link back to you.)
That’s it. Any comments or questions, send ‘em to me using the “Mick Oberon contest” subject line, as above.
James Lowder. Janet Morris. Mercedes Murdock Yardley. Keith Baker. Bracken MacLeod. Brian Hodge. Malcolm Sheppard. Natania Barron. Erin M. Evans. Kealan Patrick Burke. Damien Angelica Walters. Joe McKinney. From an idea conceived by CA Suleiman, Jaym Gates, and myself, and also including stories from CA and me.
And those are just the core team. Check out some of the stretch goals.
Artists include Samuel Araya, Mark Kelly, Chris Malidore, and the Todd Lockwood.
And it’s finally launch day! Jump on in and help us make this the best book it can be. You’re not gonna go wrong with that table of contents.
Noisemakers and party hats for everyone!
Covenant’s End is officially out and available, at all the usual places! Here’s a few of the reviews thus far:
Everything comes to a head in Covenant’s End. If you’re at all a fan of Widdershins, you really don’t want to miss this one.
And if you’re not yet a fan of Widdershins? The first book of the series, Thief’s Covenant, is available on Kindle for only $3.99 for the month of February!
This series has been a hell of a ride. It’s seen me through a lot of years, a lot of ups and downs. Thank you all for riding along with me.
All righty, folks. One more day–one–until Covenant’s End hits shelves and e-readers everywhere. Now that the fourth and (at least for now) final book of the series, now’s a great chance to pick up the very first one, if you haven’t already.
Oh, and just a quick reminder, for those who missed it, that I’m now offering a low-cost critiquing/editing service. Check it out, see you might find it useful.
Thanks much, everyone. See you tomorrow for the CE release!
So, take a look at the tabs right there at the top of the page. Notice a new one on the right?
I know a lot of my readers and online friends are writers themselves, so I’ve decided to offer a low-cost critiquing/editing service. You can click here, or else on the tab above, if you’d like the details.
I hope to be hearing from some of you, and if you’d be so kind as to help me get the word out on this, I’d be much obliged.
(Oh, and don’t forget, only two weeks to Covenant’s End!)
Dec. 2 Edit: Aaaand it’s over. ’twas apparently a Cyber-Monday sale. I hope all of you who picked it up have a good time with it.
Original Post: Hey, guys. Right now, Hot Lead, Cold Iron is available on the Amazon Kindle for the obscenely low price of $2.99! I honestly have no idea how long this special price is going to last. If you don’t have the book yet, or want to gift it to someone, now is absolutely the best time.
So, several people have asked me about audio books for the Widdershins and Mick Oberon series. I kept telling them I might “have an announcement soon.”
Well, it’s taken long enough, but it’s “soon.”
The Cutting Corporation, aka GraphicAudio, releases Hot Lead, Cold Iron next week! Find more about it here. Hallow Point and the Widdershins series to follow starting mid-next year.
For those who don’t know them, GraphicAudio products are almost of a radio play than a standard audio book. They include music, sound effects, all that good stuff.
I hope you guys find them worth the wait. Happy Thanksgiving to them what celebrates it.
(Edit: Yeah, it’s only the 26th. Oops. Pretend it’s a glimpse into the future until tomorrow. )