Nov 282012

1932, and it’s business as usual in the Windy City. Yeah, the economy’s so low it’s looking up at Hell; Capone’s gone up the river; and anyone who knows anything says Prohibition ain’t long for this world. And still the Mob’s big and bad as ever, still got their fingers in every last one of Chicago’s nooks and crannies. You wanna get by in this city? You keep your head down and your trap shut, and you don’t make waves.

Especially when you got the kinda secrets I do.

So yeah, I give the trouble boys a wide berth. I sure as hell don’t ever work for them!

Except when I do. Except when some made guy’s moll tells me her daughter’s been missing for sixteen years, and they’ve been raising a good old-fashioned changeling in her place. Then, my better instincts aside, I start getting interested.

Me? I’m a P.I. Of course I am. Ain’t all these stories about a P.I? But I’m not your typical P.I.

The name’s Mick Oberon, or at least it is now. Yeah, like in that Oberon; third cousin on my mother’s side. I’m here in Chicago mostly because I’m in exile from the Seelie Court.

And like most of you have probably already figured, I’m not human.


Uncover the occult mysteries and deepest secrets of gangland Chicago, from the underworld to the Otherworld.  Hot Lead, Cold Iron, by Ari Marmell, coming spring 2014 from Titan Books.

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Nov 282012

So, the Next Big Thing… This is a sequence of questions going around the author community. Participants answer, and then tag five more authors to participate.

So, here we go.

1) What is the working title of your next book?

Depends. If we’re talking about the next book I’m writing, the only working title is “Widdershins book 3.” It follows Thief’s Covenant and False Covenant, so it’ll probably have “Covenant” in the title.

If we’re talking about the one that’s most likely to be published next, the title is In Thunder Forged. It’s a tie-in novel for a property that I can’t reveal yet.

2) Where did the idea come from for the book?

The third Widdershins book simply followed from the earlier two. I knew that I wanted to write a story of the character outside of her home city, but other than that very broad concept, it’s just where the story took me.

In the case of the other, it comes from the details of the property, and a specific time period in its history that we were asked to address.

3) What genre does your book fall under?

Both are fantasy. The Widdershins book is also YA.

4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

That’s a really tricky question. Anyone I think of for Widdershins is either too young, too old, or just doesn’t quite fit. Maybe Chloë Grace Moretz? Willa Holland, if she doesn’t mind playing a little young? I’m actually not sure. (I swear I had someone in mind, but I can’t think of who it was.)

5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

“Widdershins learns that, no matter how far she’s run from home, neither she nor those she cares about have escaped the magic and murder that have haunted her all her life.”

6) Will your book be self-published or traditionally published?

Traditionally. The Widdershins novels are published by Pyr Books, and the tie-in property I mentioned will be published by [Censored].

7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

Well, the Widdershins book is just getting started. The other one was, due to deadlines, one of the fastest books I’ve ever written. Took about two months.

8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Hmm… There are some similarities between the Widdershins books and Steven Brust’s “Vlad Taltos” series, though Brust’s aren’t YA.

9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?

The first Widdershins book, Thief’s Covenant, was purely a labor of love; the idea and character came to me, and that was that. The others developed as the writing progressed.

10) What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?

Well, leaving aside those who have already been reading the series and enjoy the characters… Beyond the initial concept of a young thief with a god living in her head, I very much hope that the combination of humor and horror, along with the world-building and religion, would be enough to draw people’s interest.

Tagged for next Wednesday (the 5th):

Erin Evans

Darrin Drader

James Wymore

Andrew Mayer

[Fifth to come?]

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Nov 192012

So, a little while ago, I heard about a project being put together by fellow author R. T. Kaelin. Called Triumph Over Tragedy, it’s an anthology intended to benefit the areas and people hit by Hurricane Sandy, and all proceeds go toward the Red Cross relief efforts. I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to contribute a story of my own, and to see how many other authors responded as well. We need your help, though. If you’re willing to contribute, please visit the project’s page over at IndieGoGo, and maybe chip in a few bucks to help us help others.

Even if you can’t, just spreading the link around would be of great help.

Thanks, everyone.

PS: The Civilian Reader blog has an entry about the project, in which several participating authors discuss their own contributions. You can find that here. I, of course, being the chatterbox that I am, wrote a much longer response than they expected, so it’s up as a separate post. That’s here. But if you’re just going to click on one link, please choose the project page, above.

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Nov 012012

Happy November. (How is it that this year has dragged on forever, and yet I can’t believe it’s November already?!) I know I haven’t updated in a while. Got more than a few things looming, but I’m not allowed to talk about any of them yet. Really soon, I hope…

What I can say is that issue #5 of Shock Totem is, after some unfortunate delays, available for purchase. A magazine of the horrific and the weird, Shock Totem worth getting in and of itself. In this case, however, I do also have a short story appearing in those pages. “In Deepest Silence” is, at the same time, both a bit of a departure for me, and yet entirely my style. You’ll know what I mean when you read it. I’m quite proud of how it came out; I hope you enjoy it.

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Sep 122012

Hey, guys. The folks at SF Signal were desperatekind enough to invite me on their program. We talk about Darksiders, the Widdershins series, lots of other stuff–and, just maybe, offer a few tiny hints of what’s coming. 8-)

You can check out the podcast here.

And now for our semi-regular tease: A few really big announcements coming in the not too distant future. I suggest checking back here obsessively, at least every day if not more, until it happens. ;-)

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Aug 262012

So, CopperCon’s coming up next week. (So is DragonCon, and WorldCon, and a couple of others. But due to an appalling lack of either cloning or transporter technology, I can’t attend all of them. Stupid future.) I’m the Guest of Honor at this year’s CopperCon–and it is, indeed, an honor, as it’s my first GoH invite–so I’m hoping to meet at least a few of you there.

My tentative schedule, if you’ll be attending (or just in the area), looks like this:

Opening Ceremonies, Friday, August 31st, 7:00 PM

Meet the Guest, Saturday, September 1st, 12:00 PM

Panel: Magic Creatures and Imaginary Lands, Saturday, September 1st, 2:00 PM, with Rick Cook and Veronica Baxter

Panel: Sending the Wrong Message, Saturday, September 1st, 9:00 PM, with Janeen O’Kerry and Jordan Summers

Signing, Sunday, September 2nd, 12:00 PM

Panel: How Publishing Will Change, Sunday, September 2nd, 6:00 PM, with Jeffrey Mariotte and Jordan Summers

Panel: Urban Fantasy, Sunday, September 2nd, 8:00 PM, with Jordan Summers

Panel: Writing in a Tabletop Universe, Monday, September 3rd, 12:00 PM, with Jeffrey Mariotte and Ken St Andre


Again, that’s a tentative schedule, subject to a bit of tweaking here and there. (I’m hoping to drop in on a few of the other panels, and if not officially participate, then at least make a nuisance of myself from the peanut gallery.) ;-)

I believe that some of my novels should be available from dealers in the vendors’ room at the con, but I can’t swear to which ones. I’m also happy to sign anything you bring with you. Well, assuming I worked on it.

Or it’s cool.

See you there!

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Jul 242012

So, as of today, Darksiders: the Abomination Vault is out, available, on shelves, and so forth.

Do you have it yet? Why not? You really should, before it’s too late. Death can be patient, but War gets really violent when he’s frustrated…

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Jul 092012

So, it’s that time of year again. I don’t yet have my specific schedules within the various conventions, but I thought, for those of you who care (all three of you), I’d go ahead and at least mention which cons I’ll be attending.

ArmadilloCon: July 27-29, here in Austin, TX. I’ll be appearing on multiple panels, though I don’t yet know which ones, and should also hopefully have a signing session. Abomination Vault will have just been released, so feel free to bring it by. :-)

GenCon: August 16-19, Indianapolis, IN. This’ll be my first GenCon in three or four years, and also my first where I’m going almost solely as an attendee, not a guest. Still, I’ll be popping up in various booths and seminars here and there.

Now, normally I’d be going to Dragon*Con at the end of August, but not this year, because…

CopperCon: August 31-September 3, Phoenix, AZ. I’ve been invited to appear as Guest of Honor–the first GoH invite in my career thus far–so I wasn’t about to turn them down. ;-) I’ll be a part of quite a few programming events, and I should have a signing or two as well.

I’ll post more specific schedules as and when I have them. But whatever the case, I hope a lot of you guys’ll stop by and say hey.

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Jun 072012

So, since the release of False Covenant a couple of weeks ago–actually, even before that, due to advance review copies–I’ve had people asking me if there will be any more Widdershins novels.

Well, since it’s now been announced on the web site of JABberwocky Literary Agency (albeit tucked away in a corner), I figure I can go ahead and answer that question.

I am, in fact, doing two more Widdershins novels for Pyr Books. :-D

I can’t offer much in the way of details yet–not even things as basic as, oh, say, book titles or release dates–but I wanted you guys to know they were coming. I’m really glad this series, and this character, has resonated with so many of you, and I hope you’ll all enjoy where things go from here.

(Well, all of you but Widdershins herself. Frankly, I think the poor girl’s got a lot of tough times ahead.)

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Jun 052012

Been waiting for the Kindle version of False Covenant? Wait no more! It’s out, and it’s available right here.

It doesn’t seem to be out for the Nook yet, but I promise you, that’s coming, too. Expect another announcement as soon as it appears.

Also? A number of you have been wondering whether you’ll be seeing anything more of Widdershins. Expect some news in the near future. :mrgreen:

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