Dec 012014
 

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. :-D

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Nov 262014
 

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.  :mrgreen: )

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Oct 092014
 

Covenant’s End is releasing in February 2015, in hardcover and e-book.

If you didn’t want to buy the trade paperback or e-book version of Hot Lead, Cold Iron (WHY DON’T YOU LOVE ME?!?! *sniff*), the mass-market paperback edition is due out in May of 2015. Just in time for…

Hallow Point, the second book in the series, which is also out in May, in both trade paperback and e-book.

Now you know; budget accordingly.  ;-)

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Aug 192014
 

So, a lot of you have seen my 5e Spell Sorter, and I’m really glad so many people are finding it useful. Thanks once again to the generosity of a friend–one who attended GenCon–I’ve had access to the 5e Monster Manual. And so, here we are again.

Ari’s 5e Monster Sorter!

Sort or filter monsters by name, CR, type, subtype (if any), size, alignment (if any), and whether or not the critter’s got Legendary and/or Lair abilities.

You’ll note some monsters appear multiple times. That was because they have more than one subtype or alignment, and I wanted them to appear in both categories should you choose to sort them that way.

As before, please feel free to download, to spread the word, whatever. And by all means, if you catch any errors, do let me know.

Enjoy, folks. :-)

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Aug 082014
 

(Update, Aug 10: Sorter now revised to include subclasses and filtering!  :-D Also, concentration error for mage armor has been fixed.)

(Original post) I didn’t expect to have this done for some time yet, but thanks to the generosity of a local friend who got his Player’s Handbook early, and the fact that I got a massive head start using the free Basic PDF, it’s ready to go. Thus, I present to you:

Ari’s 5e Spell Sorter!

What is it? It’s a spreadsheet listing every spell in the 5th edition Player’s Handbook! It makes sense that the spells are presented alphabetically in the book, but sometimes that makes it hard to search by other details. This spreadsheet allows you to sort by name, level, class, school of magic (you’re welcome, wizards and eldritch knights), by whether or not the spell has a ritual option, and by whether or not the spell requires concentration (you’re welcome, front-line casters).

So have at. Download, spread the word to other gamers, and enjoy.  :-D (And if you discover any errors or omissions, please let me know and I’ll fix them ASAP.)

Note the first: This is just a sortable list. It does not include spell descriptions, mechanics, or summaries. This is meant to enhance the spell chapter of the Handbook, not to replace it.  :-P

Note the second: Two spells are marked with one or more question marks. The paladin’s spell list includes “destructive smite,” but there’s no such spell given. There is a spell called “destructive wave,” which I believe is what the paladin list meant to refer to. The other is “trap the soul,” which appears on the wizard’s spell list but does not seem to be presented in the chapter. (I believe, but am not certain, that it simply got folded into “Imprisonment.”)

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Aug 012014
 

…some promises might be too big to keep forever.

Covenants End

 

February 2015.

(Art by the absolutely incomparable Jason Chan.)

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Jul 222014
 

Hey, folks.

I’m deeply sorry to say that I’m going to be absent from this year’s ArmadilloCon.

hate doing this, especially so last-minute and especially to a local convention of which I’m very fond, but a medical issue that was supposed to be cleared up by now… isn’t.

I should be fine fairly soon–don’t want to worry anyone–but it won’t be by this weekend.

My most sincere apologies to everyone, fans and fellow authors/artists, I was hoping to see. When all this is done with, I’ll try to arrange a couple of local signings of my own somewhere.

Thanks, everyone, for your understanding.

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May 302014
 

Heya, folks. While travel budget (or lack thereof) is limiting my con attendance this year, I will be participating rather substantially in ArmadilloCon, here in Austin. This year, that’s July 25th-27th. Really hope to see some of you there.

You can see the total programming schedule here, but my specific schedule is as follows:

Friday, July 25

6:00 PM, Conference Center: Required Fantasy panel

9:00 PM, Room F: 40 Years of D&D panel

10:00 PM. Conference Center: “If Only They’d Consulted Me” panel

Saturday, July 26

4:00 PM, Dealers Room: Signing*

10:00 PM, Room D: Evil Characters panel

Sunday, July 27

12:00 PM, Room E: Sub-genres of Fantasy panel

*Note: While there are book vendors in the Dealers Room, and they usually have some of my novels available, I absolutely cannot guarantee that any particular work will be there. If there are specific books that you’d like to have signed, I strongly recommend that you purchase them in advance and bring them with you.

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May 132014
 

Ladies and gentlemen–or, if you prefer, guys and dames–it’s time.

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Today marks the launch of Hot Lead, Cold Iron, published by Titan Books. This is the first Mick Oberon novel, a book unlike anything I’ve written before. Urban fantasy, set in gangland Chicago in the last days of Prohibition.

Magic. Mobsters. The Seelie and the Unseelie Courts. Occult conspiracies. Gang wars. Wands. Tommy guns.

And warm milk.

You can read a plot blurb and find links to the book at various online vendors by clicking here.

It’s a good book, one of my best so far–but of course I’d say that. I wrote it. So don’t take my word for it:

“The potent mix of gangsters, magic, Fae politics, and a strega on the warpath makes for a ride that never touches the brakes.” –Publishers Weekly, starred review

“The conclusion strongly hints that there will be another Mick Oberon case and if it’s as fun and entertaining as this one, then Ari Marmell will soon be crowned the foremost purveyor of Macabre Noir.” –Starburst Magazine

“Fae magic, witchcraft, and even the hint of other supernatural creatures, combined with the 30s setting, give this book it’s considerable charm. Add a hero like Mick Oberon, and you’ve got a winner.” –My Bookish Ways

“The story’s skillful blend of fantasy and crime will also appeal to the mass audiences of popular TV shows Supernatural and Grimm.” –The Cult Den

“All in all, Ari Marmell has written an absolutely brilliant mash up novel that mixes loads of different styles yet manages to make them all mesh so well that I was actually sorry when the book ended.” –The Curiosity of a Social Misfit

“The book does a nice job of never tipping its hand, with a climax that delivers on all aspects.” –Bookgasm

“The author leaves the door wide open for the sequel, and that’s just fine: the book is thoroughly entertaining, and Mick is a likable guy we’d like to spend some more time with. Urban fantasy fans should be all over this one.” –Booklist, starred review (requires membership, so I can’t link to it)

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Still not convinced? Read the first chapter SF Signal!

Give it a shot. You won’t be disappointed.

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May 082014
 

Almost time. This coming Tuesday, Hot Lead, Cold Iron–the first in a new urban fantasy series set not in today’s world, but in gangland Chicago of the 1930s–hits shelves!

And I’m giving away three signed copies. :-D

All you have to do is check out the book’s cover, and then–knowing only that it’s set in gangland Chicago, and what you see on the cover–make up a translation of the runes shown in the wand’s magic aura.

Be funny. Be creative. Be wacky. Or be thoughtful. Poetic. Whatever the heck you want. Think of this basically like the caption on a one-panel comic, so anything goes.

I will be choosing three winners, as follows:

1) Winner one will simply be chosen from among the translations I find most interesting/amusing. You will receive a signed copy of Hot Lead, Cold Iron.

2) Winner two will be someone whose translation I find to be among the most interesting/amusing, but who also posted a tweet/Facebook entry/blog entry/anything else of that sort linking other people to this contest. Yes, that means if you help spread the word, your odds of winning improve. When you e-mail in your contest entry, also include a link (or links, if multiple) to where you linked people back here, so I can see it. (Make sure it’s publicly visible.) This winner receives not only a signed copy of HLCI, but, as a special bonus, a signed copy of Dreams and Shadows, another fey-oriented novel from friend and fellow author C. Robert Cargill.

3) Finally, the third winner will be someone whose translation I find to be among the most interesting/amusing, but whose translation includes a reference to actual fey mythology. (Of any nation/culture.) Obviously, it needs to fit smoothly into the translation; you can’t just give me an unrelated line and then add, “Also, firbolgs.” ;-) This third winner receives the signed HLCI, and their bonus prize is a signed copy of both of Cargill’s fey-oriented books, the aforementioned Dreams and Shadows, and its sequel, Queen of the Dark Things.

E-mail your entries (and links, if applicable) to ari AT mouseferatu DOT com. Please put [Translation] in your subject line. No attachments. You may enter more than once, if you have more than one idea.

Entries must be received by 10 PM Central on Monday, May 12th. Feel free to e-mail or reply here with any questions.

Good luck. :-D

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