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Iron Jackal MMP released, Kindle price drop (er, I think…)

Just a quickie to let anyone who has SOMEHOW MANAGED TO RESTRAIN THEMSELVES from buying The Iron Jackal yet, it’s now out in mass market paperback in the UK, and therefore cheaper. You can get it for just under a fiver in the UK and £4.99 on Kindle (which I assume is a price drop from the trade paperback Kindle edition to fall in line with the MMP). Epub editions are also at £4.99.

US readers, still no news from Spectra on whether it’s coming out on your shores yet (I understand they’re waiting for an outline for Book 4, which I just delivered to my editor like 10 minutes ago). So you can get it for the fractionally more expensive price of £6 (or the equivalent in dollars) at Book Depository. However, since that includes free international shipping it probably actually works out cheaper, or something.

Having spent an eternity plotting out The Ace Of Skulls (Tales of the Ketty Jay 4) to achieve the infinitely complex tesseract of plot, character, drama and good old machine-gunning-people-in-the-face that my hungry readers demand, I’m about ready to get going on it at last.  Although first I have to edit Silver. Anyway, it’s all on schedule and well in hand. I’m planning to deliver by the end of the year, with tentative pub date Sept/Oct 2013, though possibly earlier if the schedule allows.

Eastercon

It’s Eastercon again! This time in London. Residents of Hatton Cross are already barring their doors and sealing up the windows with the blood of a recently baptised goat.

Since it’s in the city where I live there’s really no excuse for me not to turn up and blaze a flaming swathe through the bar area. I shall be attending on the Friday and Saturday, and possibly crawling in on Sunday morning so all can behold my ruined and broken remains, that I may serve as a warning to others. In between I’ll be sitting on a couple of panels, one about constructing and using magic/technological systems in stories and another about worldbuilding, cos I can rattle on about that stuff for ages. Both are on Saturday at the moment, though it’s possible things will be shifted around a bit before the event.

This year George R R Martin is among the guests of honour, so it should be a good ‘un.

See you there!

Vote for Frey!!!

Darian Frey’s Suvudu Cage Match is up! Follow the link to read how I think the fight would go, and then vote for Frey. Then pass it around and get your friends to do the same. Let’s get him into the next round so I, er, have to think of some way he can beat the crap out of an even MORE impossible opponent from a book I haven’t read 😉

Vote vote vote!!!

Aaaand it’s outta there!

Woohoo! Silver has been delivered to my editor, on deadline day, no less.Usually I’m very good with delivering ahead of deadline but various other projects meant this one went right down to the wire. It occurs to me that had there not been an extra day in February this year, it would have been late. What are the chances? Gotta be, like, one in four, easily!

Delivery of a book is the closest it gets to feeling like it’s finished, because I know it’ll be off my plate for at least a month before anyone comes back to tell me how terrible it is. And there’s something final in the act of hitting SEND and flinging it away across the webosphere, letting other people see it for the first time. Later I’ll start to fret about whether they think it’s actually any good or not or if I’ll have a bucketload more work to do on it, but for now, I’m demob happy and off to rampage through the capital.

What’s that? Rock out again, you say? If you insist. This one’s a bit sweary though, don’t listen if you’re tender 😉

Tappity tappity done!

Aaaaaaaaand the rough draft of Silver is in the bag.

Veterans of my blog will know that this is not the end, far from it. A read-over and edit is needed before it even goes to my editor, who will edit it some more, and we’ll go back and forth for a bit before it’s all in shape. But even knowing that, there’s something so very very awesome about typing those final words, slumping back in your seat and exhaling a long, long gasp of relief. Hell yeah.

Party time!

Darian Frey in Cage Match Action!

So for those who didn’t know already, the folks at Suvudu.com do a contest every year in which characters from SF and Fantasy series battle it out for survival, and they win according to who gets the most fan votes. And this year Darian Frey is in the mix! I fully expect him to get creamed at some point but until then I’ll be doing my damnedest to make sure he doesn’t. Which basically means I’ll be bugging you to vote, and to get you brother and dad and dog to vote too, and to start, like, this whole campaign in your school or office to get everyone nearby to vote. Who knows, maybe you’ll meet the girl/boy/ox of your dreams while doing it? Karma, that’s what that is. Anyway, watch this space. Or this one.

For those of you who like drawing stuff, Suvudu are running a fan art competition this year. Anyone fancy drawing Frey? You know you want to…

 

New YA Covers for Ketty Jay

Cover reveal! Cover reveal!

Follow this link to the Gollancz blog where you’ll get a look at the new edition YA Ketty Jay books. My publishers decided that a slightly younger audience would also benefit from a dose of swashin’ and bucklin’ and some light air piracy. Why let adults have all the fun?

Now panic not, everybody. The old covers (the “adult editions”) are still on sale, and the 4th KJ book will follow a similar cover format to the originals. This is just Gollancz’s way of allowing me to reach my evil tentacles into other parts of the bookstore. You may be surprised to learn that there’s plenty of kids out there who’ve read my YA stuff but never made the trek to the SF/Fantasy section of the bookstore to pick up the other stuff. Try and avoid me now, suckers!

These books are uncut and exactly the same as the adult books on the inside. If you haven’t checked it out yourself yet, you can read the Logbook Of The Ketty Jay for a taster. This is an informal prequel to the events of Retribution Falls. Very, very mild spoilers (since it talks about things you don’t find out immediately in the book), and some mild bad language.

Forum!

Sometime approximately 10 minutes after the birth of the solar system I promised that I was going to put up a link on this site to a forum about little old me that the very lovely Kath (aka Maliris) has been running since, er, approximately 9 minutes after the birth of the solar system. Well, 13.7 billion years later (give or take a month) I finally got round to asking my webmaster to do it. If you look on the front page you will see that the never-updated Q&A section, featuring interviews with me that were conducted back when dinosaurs were just a gleam in the primitive eye-cluster of a cyanobacterium lurking beneath the deep red seas of a nascent Earth (and they really were red back then! Fact! Look it up!), has been obliterated and replaced with a link that will take you to the Crooked Lanes forum. It’s been a bit quiet of late due to lack of new members but don’t let that put you off, I fully expect it to be a swarming hive of activity now that I’ve finally got my arse in gear and linked to it. Swarm, my pretties!

So, if you want to talk among yourselves instead of talking to me, if you’ve got questions about a book, or if you just want to meet other people who are more special than your average reader due to their exquisite taste in fantastical literature, hustle on there. I will stick my face in from time to time whenever I can and bother you.

Get at it!

EDIT: purple seas now red. Thanks Katya 😉

Pandemonium!!!!!

Waaaa! Don’t you just want to run around waving your hands in the air and yelling nonsense? No? Oh, ok. Well then, allow me to inform you that Pandemonium has been released in the US.

Dreadfully exciting, no? I have noooo idea if or when it’ll be released in other territories though, including the UK. Does anyone know of a US equivalent of Bookdepository.com that does free international shipping for my poor beleaguered countryfolk?

Also, I’m in the home stretch on Silver, and it’s minus six billion outside which means my hands have frozen into frosty claws.

That is all.

Pale

The hawk-eyed among you, or those who spend every free moment on Amazon googling my name (bless your little hearts), might have spotted the curious fact that, like, there’s this book out by me that I’ve barely even mentioned. Well, here’s the lowdown: I wrote PALE a while ago for an imprint called Barrington Stoke, who produce books targeted at reluctant and struggling readers or kids with dyslexia. I haven’t really talked about it much because I thought it was mainly going to be sold to schools and such, and also because I didn’t want it  to be confused with my usual output, since it’s a very different kind of book. But since it’s out there in the big wide world now, it’s time for Pale to take a bow.

Now listen y’all. This book was written for a specialist market. It’s very short, and the language and story are much, much simpler than the books you’re used to reading from me. If you’re curious, or if you’re a completist, or if there’s someone you know who’s a struggling reader and might like this sorta thing, then by all means pick it up; it’s a creepy little sci-fi tale that may tickle your fancy. But if you’re expecting something in the vein of Malice or Alaizabel, you’ll be disappointed. I wouldn’t want anyone spending their hard-earned readies and then being gutted because of the content.

Currently dividing my time between Silver, which is getting near done, and Secret Movie Project no.30300256. Next on the slate is Ketty Jay 4. That’s 2012 taken care of, then…

Happy New Year!