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March 20, 2019

Flowers of Vashnoi up for preorder at SubPress

Aha --

I see "The Flowers of Vashnoi" is now up for preorder at Subterranean Press:


This is, again, their collectable hardcover, same format as the Penric novellas. Also the same price, since the economics of hardcover production do not change much with the word count.

Scheduled for the end of July.

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Published on March 20, 2019 12:52 • 121 views

February 22, 2019

art in Tennessee

..may be seem here.

(Technically, being displayed this month in North Carolina, see their website.)


The press release reads in part:

Deliberate Works

One could say that our latest exhibition quite literally jumps into the contemporary craft movement. Our first Main Gallery show at the Folk Art Center, Deliberate Works, features objects made by faculty, students, resident artists and alumni of the Appalachian Center for Craft.

We actually got to watch artist in residence Anne Bujold https://annebujold.com/ install her "Doe" for two days on one the of the side walls that pours into the gallery. Combining both metalsmithing and blacksmithing techniques, Bujold uses alternative materials in conjunction with metals. In her sculptures, animals are agents examining the spaces between definitions, that fertile ground where new forms emerge. ...

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Published on February 22, 2019 12:20 • 517 views

February 19, 2019

One Drop of Rain

My niece Molly was (somewhat belatedly) diagnosed with colon cancer on her 23rd birthday, two decades ago. What all she did next was... pretty McMasterish, really. She has finally put her story into print.


Kindle and print-on-demand editions available here.

I read this memoir in an earlier draft. As both a first publication and an indie publication, it needs all the signal boost it can get, so if you think well of it, by all means pass the link along. Molly does make cancer awareness rock.

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Published on February 19, 2019 09:16 • 956 views

January 25, 2019

PW kudo for Limnos

Ooh, nice placement and words for "The Prisoner of Limnos" in Publishers Weekly today --


The review is spoilerific, but note that PW's main target audience is not end readers, but middle purchasers -- bookstore buyers, librarians, wholesalers -- who don't actually have time to read everything they must buy, but want guidance in selection.

Yay team at Subterranean Press, anyway.

Also viz "Limnos", DreamHaven Books & Comics here in Minneapolis also now has signed copies of the trade (regular) SubPress hardcover available, in-store or mail order.


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Published on January 25, 2019 10:47 • 479 views

Knife Children is up!

It’s alive!

First, a brief technical note. One does not need to own a Kindle device to download and read Kindle books, and I believe the same holds true for Nook and iPad. (Anyone who uses those systems is invited to chime in with details in the comments.) Simply download the free Kindle app onto any device – such as the one you are reading this blog post on right now – and it can be up and you can be reading in minutes. ( https://www.amazon.com/b/ref=ruby_red... )

So, “Knife Children”. What would be the back cover blurb, if ebooks had back covers, goes,

“Lakewalker Barr Foxbrush returns from two years of patrolling the bitter wilds of Luthlia against the enigmatic, destructive entities called malices, only to find that the secret daughter he’d left behind in the hinterland of Oleana has disappeared from her home after a terrible accusation. The search for her will call on more of Barr’s mind and heart than just his mage powers, as he tries to balance his mistakes of the past and his most personal duties to the future.

A stand-alone story set in the world of The Sharing Knife.”

Barnes & Noble link:


Amazon US link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07N4854NX/

iTunes link: at last! : https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/knif...

Not the link we're waiting for, but my iTunes page, which I've been checking for the new entry, looks like this:

B&N was first out of the gate this morning. I will add the other two vendors’ links when they go live, at some random hour later on. iTunes may be up already (or they may lag, I never know) but I have no luck getting its search function to cough up book titles, so if anyone else has it, put it in the comments and I’ll transpose it.

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Published on January 25, 2019 08:31 • 2,251 views

January 21, 2019

essay on The Sharing Knife

If anyone wants more food for thought on the tetralogy, I was just reminded of this older essay --


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Published on January 21, 2019 10:56 • 827 views

January 15, 2019

Knife Children cover sneak peek

By artist Ron Miller, again. Hot off his electronic drawing board.

[image error]Image from Gyazo

The final-final-no-really-I-mean-it-stop-hah! edit is still in process, but it shouldn't be much longer. I still need to devise vendor-page ad copy that is informative without being spoilerific without edging into downright secrecy, which is a tricky balance.

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Published on January 15, 2019 13:20 • 1,652 views

January 14, 2019

The Prisoner of Limnos in print!

I received my author's copies of the Subterranean Press hardcover edition of the latest Penric & Desdemona novella "The Prisoner of Limnos" on Saturday, and Uncle Hugo's order arrived today. Owner Don Blyly was kind enough to schlep out their cartons for me to sign this afternoon, so 80 copies later Hugo's now has signed trade (regular) copies ready to go for mail order. (And in-store, of course.)


(Not to be confused with the signed deluxe leather-bounds I did for SubPress, also now available at a different price.)

Uncle Hugo's still has signed copies of most of the earlier titles in the series as well. (Though not the first, "Penric's Demon", alas.) The trio of "Penric's Mission", "Mira's Last Dance", and "The Prisoner of Limnos" do make a nice sub-series, however.

It looks like Subterranean's own website may be shipping now, too -- at least it is listed as "in stock".


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Published on January 14, 2019 14:01 • 369 views

December 25, 2018

new Lakewalker novella impending

I am pleased to report that I have finished the first draft of a new novella in the world of The Sharing Knife. Functionally a novella, anyway; its length, at the moment, is a tad over 49,000 words, so it's technically a short novel. This falls in an odd limbo in categorization -- the official cap for a novella is 40k or 45k words, but the minimum contractual length for a commercially published novel is usually 100k. (It was 80k back when I started, but word-count inflation has occurred since then.) Since it's headed for original e-publication, I don't have to care, so the main concern is to label it so readers won't charge in expecting something twice as long.

The working title was "Barr & Lily", which is also its subject matter, being a sort of slice-of-Lakewalker-life character study. However, that won't do for the final, since it sounds a bit too much like the name of a tea company. The current front-runner is "Knife Children", but I'm not sure yet if that is going to stick.

It takes place about a dozen years after the events of the tetralogy, but should be perfectly readable as a stand-alone. (Old readers will gratify me if they can refrain from fending off potential new readers by telling them they have to read four other books first.)

I won't claim there's no action, *cough*, but the cadre of readers who process only physical violence as "action" may find a sad lack of climactic boss fights. This story has other kinds of business to attend to.

Once my eyes recover from the final push, there's still some editing and proofreading to go, plus arranging for a suitable e-cover. So I'm guessing publication sometime in late January. I will of course post updates here when things are finalized.

Happy holidays to all --

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Published on December 25, 2018 09:26 • 3,151 views

December 22, 2018

another nice Limnos review

...by the ever-amusing James Nicoll.


The ebook and the audio editions of "The Prisoner of Limnos" are of course out now; Subterranean's collectable hardcover will be along at the end of January.

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Published on December 22, 2018 07:19 • 461 views