DragonCon, New Stories and New Events!

It’s the time of the year when the DragonCon migration heads to Atlanta! Here’s my NEARLY final DragonCon schedule! Waiting to find out my signing time at Larry Smith Books….It’s gonna be a busy con!

Desperate FlightIn between panels, I’ll be in Author’s Lair Booths 1223 & 1225 in the Vendor room with lots of books to sell! And after hours, look for me in the Westin bar with the rest of the writers.

Title: Mission Statement: Objectives in Urban Fantasy
Description: Authors discuss stated protagonist goals in the genre: protecting the human world from the supernatural, or vice versa.
Time: Fri 10:00 am Location: Chastain ED – Westin (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Faith Hunter, Carrie Vaughn, S. J. Harper, Julie Kenner, Eric R Asher, Gail Z. Martin)

Title: Race and Gender Issues in Alternate History
Description: The treatment of race and gender in the Alternate History genre.
Time: Fri 11:30 am Location: Augusta 3 – Westin (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Milton J Davis, D.B. Jackson, Gail Z. Martin, Clay and Susan Griffith)

RetributionTitle: Fictional Writing and Skepticism
Description: A few top authors, who are also Skeptics, discuss what effect their personal skepticism has on their writings.
Time: Fri 01:00 pm Location: 204-207 – Hilton (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Scott Sigler, Michael Stackpole, Tom Merritt, Gail Z. Martin)

Title: Broad Universe Reading
Description: The ladies of Broad Universe read snippets from their work.
Time: Fri 07:00 pm Location: Embassy A-B – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Trisha J. Woldridge, Gail Z. Martin, Kathryn Hinds)

Grave VoicesTitle: Authors Roundtable: Using Podcasting to Deliver Your Story
Description: Roundtable discussions of working writers who utilize Podcasting to distribute and promote their work.
Time: Sat 10:00 am Location: 203 – Hilton (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Scott Sigler, Gail Z. Martin, Bobby Nash, Michael Stackpole)

Title: Navigating the Media/Online Frenzy
Description: Facebook? What else is out there? How does a savvy writer generate exciting “buzz” about a book and promote sales?
Time: Sat 11:30 am Location: Embassy D-F – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Jean Marie Ward, Gail Z. Martin, Tom Merritt, Michael Z. Williamson, Mike Faber)


Signing in the Vendor Room at The Missing Page 2 pm

Title: Haunted Ground: Ghosts and Other Traumas
Description: The importance of setting in horror fiction
Time: Sat 05:30 pm Location: Peachtree 1-2 – Westin (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Karen E. Taylor, Gail Z. Martin, Madeleine Roux, L. Andrew Cooper, Peter Adam Salomon)

The Restless DeadTitle: Steampunk/Magepunk/Dieselpunk?
Description: Steampunk branches out! Tips for the market for the Punk genres.
Time: Sat 08:30 pm Location: Embassy D-F – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Lisa Mantchev, Stephen L. Antczak, Gail Z. Martin, Anthony Francis)


Signing/Sitting at the SFWA table in the Hyatt Noon – 1 pm


Title: Reading: Gail Z. Martin
Time: Sun 01:00 pm Location: Marietta – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Gail Z. Martin)

Title: Down and Dirty Marketing for Authors
Description: Navigating the new world of e-publishing, and why print is still an important medium for any author platform.
Time: Sun 04:00 pm Location: 201 – Hilton (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Sascha Illyvich, Gail Z. Martin, Jennie Breeden)

Resurrection DayTitle: Realms of the Dead: Ghosts and Spirits in UF
Description: Panelists discuss the various types of ghosts and spirits found in the genre
Time: Mon 10:00 am Location: Chastain ED – Westin (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Jim Butcher, Leanna Renee Hieber, Gail Z. Martin, D.B. Jackson, Karen E. Taylor, Myke Cole)


Noon-1 Signing at The Missing Page in the vendor room

But wait, there’s more! In case you missed it with all the summer stuff going on, there are a bunch of new short stories and novellas!

Grave Voices is our new Steampunk Storm & Fury Adventure set in the world of Iron & Blood, and it’s FREE on Wattpad!

New on Kindle/Kobo/Nook–Resurrection Day, another Storm & Fury Steampunk Adventure, The Restless Dead, Retribution and Shadow Garden, all new Deadly Curiosities Adventures. And Season 2 of the Jonmarc Vahanian Adventures ended with Desperate Flight–watch for Season 3 in 2016!

I’ve got lots of new events coming up in Sept/Oct/Nov including the Days of the Dead blog tour, local signings and workshops–check out the updated EVENTS section on this blog!

Hope to see you soon!


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Launch Day for Iron & Blood!

Larry and I so excited to see Iron & Blood in stores and online! It’s our new Steampunk novel set in an alternative history Pittsburgh in 1898. Airships, clockwork zombies, Gatling guns, mad scientists, inventors, carriage chases and much, much more.  You can read an excerpt here. Iron&Blood

It’s still the Hawthorn Moon blog tour, and we’ve had guest blogs in a lot of places. In case you missed them, here’s where to find the scoop (and there will be more to come!):

Interview with I Smell Sheep blog

We spill secrets to RisingShadow here

A look at the Pittsburgh of Iron & Blood for Daily Steampunk

The Victorians That Weren’t on GeekNative

Why Mary Sue Must Die! For SciFiChick

Zebra Eclipse chats us up on the future of publishing

Darin Kennedy got us talking about The Charleston of Deadly Curiosities

Why are there so few older characters in fantasy? We share our opinions with Kelly Harmon

Larry and I talk co-authoring on SitWriteBleed

WeGeekGirls wanted to know about Kickstarter publishing

FantasyBookCritic asked about literary collaboration

Magical Words found out 5 things to Remember for your Blog Tour

SFSignal asked what it’s like co-writing with your spouse

In case you missed it with the holiday, Season 2 of Deadly Curiosities Adventures short stories kicked off with Shadow Garden! Haunted gardens and old family curses make for an uber-creepy good time! Grab it now! Shadow Garden

Grab your copy of Iron & Blood at the Congregate launch party this weekend! Here’s our schedule—please make sure you come by and say hi!

Here’s our Congregate schedule:


Dead is Dead 1pm Friday
Weird Wild West (m) 4pm Friday
Defining Rogues 5pm Friday
Kickstarting Things 6pm Friday
Privilege: The Prince and the Pauper (m) 8pm Friday
Reading 9pm Friday
Dr. Who through a Woman’s Eyes 10pm Friday
Signing 10am Saturday
Live Action Slush Pile 2pm Saturday
Book Launch 4:30pm Saturday
Broad Universe Reading 8pm Saturday
Signing 10am Sunday
Absinthe and Airships 11am Sunday
Beyond Spandex Studs (m) 1pm Sunday

And it’s not just Iron & Blood’s launch week! You can grab hot new books from John Hartness, Lou Anders, Chris Kennedy, Clay and Susan Griffith and more! The Congregate launch party will have new books from John, Chris, Larry and me, Darin Kennedy, and Matthew Saunders! No excuse for not grabbing a fist-full of beach/vacation reading!

I’m involved in a couple of Kickstarters that are all active. Monsters! from Silence in the Library is all about monster stories (imagine that!) and the campaign is in its last hours. If we hit the $10K stretch goal, I get to write a story for it. Here’s the link to become a backer. Monsters

The Side of Good/The Side of Evil is a flipbook of heroes and villains. I’m writing a villain story, so please take a look!Good-Evil

Can you imagine a superhero nursing home for crime-fighters who are past their prime? Elysian Springs: Adventures from the Superhero Nursing Home can! I’ll have a story in it, so check it out here.Elysian

Next up after Congregate is Confluence in Pittsburgh, with another Iron & Blood book launch party and a signing at the Barnes & Noble in Cranberry, PA. Come by and say hello!


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Annual Hawthorn Moon Blog Tour is Bigger and Better Than Ever!

Iron&BloodIt’s time for the annual Hawthorn Moon blog tour to celebrate our two new books (and one more coming up!) plus share some guest posts, do some fun giveaways and online parties and connect!

What’s all the fuss about? Well, two new books and more! War of Shadows, Book #3 in the Ascendant Kingdoms Saga, came out in April. If you liked Ice Forged and Reign of Ash, you won’t want to miss it! And on July 7, Iron and Blood, the new steampunk book co-authored with my husband, Larry N. Martin, comes out from Solaris Books–and it’s set in an alternative history Pittsburgh! I guarantee you, it’s chock-full of explosions and gunfire.

Do you need more? I’ve got new upcoming conventions and signings, new short stories and novellas, new giveaways and cool stuff! It’s a week-long party, and my readers get all the goodies!

War of Shadows

War of Shadows

The blog tour got its name from a holiday in The Summoner, my first Chronicles of the Necromancer book, which took place on the summer solstice. And the name stuck. So–celebrate the solstice with some new books, new insights, and plenty of goings-on!

On June 25, I’m hosing an all-day live Facebook Launch Party with a few dozen of my author friends. We’ll be having a grand time–and you’re invited! In fact, bring all your friends! The more the merrier. My author guests will be sharing contests and giveaways plus excerpts and freebies. It’s going to be FUN!

10:30 – 11    Me

11 – 11:30  Jeanne Adams

11:30 – Noon Joshua Palmatier

Noon – 12:30 Keith DeCandido

12:30 – 1  Anthology round-up

1-1:30  Janine Spendlove

1:30 – 2 Alex Matsuo

2-2:30  Stuart Jaffe

2:30 – 3 Me

3 – 3:30   John Hartness

3:30 – 4 Michael Sullivan

4-4:30  ZNB

4:30 – 5 MB Weston

5-5:30 TBD

5:30 – 6 JeanMarie Ward

5:50—Me—giveaway announcement

6-6:30 Michael Ventrella

6:30 – 7 Clay and Susan Griffith

7-7:30  Misty Massey

7:30 – 8  Broad Universe

8-8:30  Alexandra Christian

8:30 – 9 Kelly Harmon

9-9:30 Pete Prellwitz

9:30 – 10 Danielle Ackley McPhail

10-10:30 Tee Morris

10:30-11 Me

I’ll also be posting a giveaway on Reddit/Fantasy with some copies of Iron and Blood and War of Shadows. Stay tuned to this blog or my Twitter and Facebook pages to find out when and where.

What’s a blog tour without blog posts? I’ll be a guest on a bunch of blogs throughout North America and Europe over the next week or so–here are some of the sites that are hosting my posts! Check back here and on Twitter, because I’ll add links to the posts as they go live.





I Smell Sheep

Daily Steampunk

Orbit Books

Solaris Books

No More Grumpy Bookseller


SFF World

Fantasy Faction

The Qwillery

Fantasy Book Critic

SF Signal

Sit Write Bleed

Disquieting Visions

Magical Words

Ghost InTheMachine Podcast

With more to be added!

That’s what’s coming up–you won’t want to miss a thing! And if you want to catch up with me live and in-person at a convention or signings, check out my schedule on the events page.

See you at the online party!



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War of Shadows Is Now in Stores (Plus more cool stuff you need to know)

“Blaine McFadden is back, and the bad guys are badder than ever!  Broken magic. Power-hungry vampires. Evil mages. Battling warlords. War of Shadows is now in stores and online in trade paper and ebook—my darkest and grittiest adventure ever!

War of Shadows

War of Shadows

War of Shadows is Book 3 in Blaine McFadden’s Ascendant Kingdom’s Saga. Here’s the recap: Blaine “Mick” McFaden has scored a victory and restored the magic, but new threats rise from the wreckage of the kingdom of Donderath. While the magic remains brittle and undependable, warlords both mortal and undead vie for power, fighting for control of the ruined Continent. McFadden and his unlikely band of convict heroes must choose their allies wisely as renegade talishte take long- awaited vengeance and powerful mages seek to control Donderath’s next king. Blaine McFadden must protect those loyal to him against the coming storm, and find a way to bind magic to the will of mortals before it destroys him, because time is running out …

And since a picture says a thousand words, this is the book video: https://youtu.be/DgCgrTto9WY

There are a few days left on the Goodreads giveaway: https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/129864-war-of-shadows

You can find an excerpt plus links to Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books a Million, Chapter/Indigo, Waterstones and Kobo here: http://www.ascendantkingdoms.com/books/the-ascendant-kingdoms-saga/war-of-shadows/

What Reviewers are saying about War of Shadows

“If you are an epic fantasy lover, then this is a series you should try!”—Exploding Spaceship Reviews

“Packed with action, politics, magic, and monsters, this is epic fantasy writ large”—Barnes & Noble

“War of Shadows is a rousing adventure full of action, intrigue, danger, and suspense. It’s epic fantasy at its best, filled with vivid magic but grounded by real human emotion.” —Aaron Rosenberg, author of the bestselling Adventures of DuckBob Spinowitz series

“This book kept me reading long past my bed time. As always, Gail Z. Martin delivers Epic Fantasy as it was meant to be read: gripping, action packed, and larger than life. A delight for any fan of the genre!”—Rachel Aaron, author of The Spirit Thief

“A vivid, engrossing tapestry woven from epic heroism, post apocalypse struggles, perilous magic and darkest fantasy. A distinct and distinctive achievement”–Juliet McKenna, author of The Tales of Einarinn

“Which of these things are on your epic fantasy checklist: Intense action in the first few pages which then carries right through to the last? Vivid battle scenes? Characters that combine the best of classic archetypes with fresh new twists? Snappy dialogue? Exciting world building? If you’ve checked even half of these items, then you owe it to yourself to check out Gail Z. Martin’s War of Shadows. It’s heroic adventure at it’s rollicking finest.”

–Charles E. Gannon, author of Fire With Fire

“With a large cast of satisfying characters, Gail Z. Martin masterfully presents an epic struggle between the forces of life and the forces of death in a world of broken magic.”—James Maxey, author of Greatshadow on War of Shadows

“High mage magic, thrilling battles and heart-thudding adventure – yet another superb fantasy tale from Gail Z. Martin!” – Andy Remic, author of The Iron Wolves on War of Shadows

Steampunk Summer! Iron and Blood Debuts in July

 Looking for a fun vacation read? How about steampunk set in an alternative history Pittsburgh chock full of airships, supernatural creatures, amazing inventions, and lots of explosions?  You’ve got it—Iron and Blood: A Jake Desmet Adventure debuts July 7. I co-wrote Iron and Blood with my husband, Larry N. Martin, who has been busy behind the scenes until now! Iron&Blood

Here’s the scoop:

New Pittsburgh, 1898 – a crucible of invention and intrigue. Born from the ashes of devastating fire, flood and earthquake, the city is ruled by the shadow government of The Oligarchy. In the swarming streets, people of a hundred nations drudge to feed the engines of progress, while in the abandoned tunnels beneath the city, supernatural creatures hide from the light, emerging only to feed.

Jake Desmet and Rick Brand travel the world to secure treasures and unusual items for the collections of wealthy patrons, accompanied by Jake’s cousin, Veronique LeClerque. But when their latest commission leads to Jake’s father’s murder, the three friends are drawn into a conspiracy where dark magic, industrial sabotage and the nightmares come to life will ultimately threaten not just New Pittsburgh, but the whole world.

Available for pre-order now! You can find links to your favorite booksellers here: http://www.ascendantkingdoms.com/jake-desmet-adventures/iron-and-blood/

By the way—my short stories in Clockwork Universe: Steampunk Vs. Aliens and in the upcoming Weird Wild West anthology, Dreams of Steel V and yet-unnamed corset anthology are all offshoots of the Iron and Blood world. Watch for a novella coming to Wattpad soon!

RS Belcher (The Shotgun Arcana, The Six-Gun Tarot) had this to say: “Gail and Larry Martin’s Steampunk novel, Iron and Blood, is a worthy inheritor to the pulp adventures of the likes of Doc Savage and Indiana Jones, with a smidge of good old fashioned mad science thrown in, just to sweeten the pot.  Iron and Blood is an airship full of excitement, surprises and just great fun. The Martins bring a modern sensibility to the pulp, that gives it a twenty-first century pulse.  Their heroes and heroines are sexy, tough and capable as hell, but still believable as flesh and blood people. The world of New Pittsburgh they’ve created is first-rate world building—you can feel the heat and grit of the city’s forges and the cool darkness of the city underground that hides many supernatural mysteries and conspiracies. If you’re looking for Steampunk adventure that’s smart, daring and will leave you asking for more, do yourself a favor and read Iron and Blood. ”

New Goodies! Short Stories and Anthologies

Here’s what’s up with Jonmarc: May is the 20th Jonmarc Vahanian Adventure short story, and if it were a TV series, we’d be wrapping up Season 2. Stories 11 – 20 follow Jonmarc with the War Dogs mercenaries, then into serving with the Eastmark army, and south to Chauvrenne. I’ll pick back up with Season 3 in April, 2016 heading into Nargi.

The Deadly Curiosities Adventures start an all-new set of stories in June! Season 2 will continue to provide spooktacular and scary-licious stories that happen before, around and after the novels. Hint: some of the secondary characters you meet in the short stories will show up in Vendetta: Deadly Curiosities 2 in January!

Watch for an Iron and Blood novella to show up on Wattpad this spring, and an all-new Blaine McFadden: The Velant Prison Years short story for OrbitBooks.com  Yeah, yeah. That means at some point, there will be short stories about those missing six years in Edgeland….

If you’re going to Origins, catch my all-new space story in the convention anthology. A second story set in the same universe will debut in the upcoming Silence in the Library space anthology. This could be the beginning of something….

I mentioned the Iron and Blood spin-off stories in anthologies up above. You can find all-new Deadly Curiosities stories in Athena’s Daughters and Realms of Imagination. I’ve got a one-of-a-kind horror story in The Big Bad 2, and superhero stories in With Great Power and Heroes. There are a couple more Kickstarter anthologies coming up later this year, so please follow me on Twitter and Facebook to get all the news. Details and excerpts here: http://www.ascendantkingdoms.com/short-stories-and-more/anthologies/

Come say hi!

Come catch me at a book signing or convention. Here’s where to find me for the rest of the year. (I’ll be adding a few more bookstore signings for summer/fall closer to the time.)

Apr. 23            AMA on R/Fantasy

Apr. 24-26       Ravencon, Richmond –War of Shadows launch party

May 2              Signing at Last Word

May 15            Signing at Barnes & Noble Morrison 7-8:30

May 16            Signing at BAM Concord Mills 1-3

May 22-25       Balticon, Baltimore –War of Shadows and Big Bad 2 launch party

May 29 – 31    ConCarolinas, Charlotte

June 3-7           Origins, Columbus OH

June 21-28       Hawthorn Moon Event

July  7              Iron and Blood launches

July 10 – 12     Congregate, Winston-Salem –Iron and Blood/War of Shadows launch party

July 24-26       Confluence, Pittsburgh, PA –Iron and Blood/War of Shadows launch party

Aug. 8             Signing at BAM Concord Mills

Aug. 22           Signing at Park Road Books

Sept. 4-7          DragonCon, Atlanta

Oct. 2-4           Contraflow/DeepSouthCon, New Orleans Iron & Blood/War of Shadows party

Oct. 24-31       Days of the Dead Event

Nov. 13 – 15   Atomacon, Charleston –Iron and Blood/War of Shadows launch party

Nov. 20 – 22   Philcon, NJ—Weird Wild West launch party

Thank you so much for reading. If you didn’t read, I couldn’t write. You are all awesome!



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Excerpt from Death Plot, A Jonmarc Vahanian Adventure

Excerpt from Death Plot by Gail Z. Martin

Questions nagged at him as he followed the men. Who’s paying them? Someone from Principality—or Eastmark? Are they trying to change something here, or there? Other than providing a reason for war, what would change with Alcion dead?

His quarry stopped by a run-down tavern. Jonmarc kept on walking, doing his best to take in details without appearing to give the men or their destination a second glance. Crippled Goat Tavern had seen better days. The wood of its sign was split, and the painted lettering was faded. Several panes in its windows were cracked, and none of the glass was clean enough to see through. The whole area smelled of wood smoke and horse shit, urine and stale beer. Even the strumpets in the alley next to the inn looked as if they were past their prime, shivering in torn shawls and stained, tattered gowns.

A few blocks past the Crippled Goat, Jonmarc doubled back. There were still plenty of festival-goers in the street, enough, he hoped, to hide him in case anyone had seen him go past the tavern. This time, he chanced another look as he passed, but saw little except lights and the silhouettes of people through the tavern’s filthy windows. He did not slow his pace, or look for long, just a glance to fix the details in mind. The four men were nowhere to be seen, and a quick look behind him on either side of the street assured him that they were not still among the crowd.

Valjan will bring an entire squad, Jonmarc thought. That should be more than enough to take care of four ruffians. He was nearly to the plaza with its ragtag entertainers when someone in the crowd shoved him hard from the side. Jonmarc stumbled, and another man pushed him off balance. A sharp pain radiated behind ear and the world spun, growing dark as he dropped to his knees and then fell face-down in the snow.


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Don’t Miss Your Days of The Dead Trick or Treats!

DaysofDead Banner V1 copy

The Days of the Dead blog tour is winding down for 2015, but you don’t have to miss out on a thing!  There are still a few blogs that will be posting guest articles by me, and the excerpt goodies will be available for a long time to download, so what are you waiting for!

Here’s your list of where to find the loot.  Freebies and excerpts are at the end of each of my blog posts, and just in case you miss something, I’ll be retweeting links for quite a while!

Here’s where to get the goodies:



Thank you so much for making another Days of the Dead blog tour such a fantastic week!


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Giveaways, Goodies and Ghoulies–The Days of the Dead Blog Tour 2015!


Days of the Dead 2015: More Covers, More Free Stuff, More Fun!
 Welcome to the 2015 Days of the Dead blog tour!

We are going to celebrate in style this year with excerpts, interviews, book giveaways, sneak peeks at new covers, and more!

Next year will be HUGE fun because I’ll have THREE new books out, plus dozens of short stories. War of Shadows (Ascendant Kingdoms #3), a second Deadly Curiosities novel, and Iron and Blood, the new steampunk series co-written with my husband, Larry N. Martin. Plus dozens of new short stories and new anthologies. Fun!

Here’s the deal—different blogs will post my guest articles on different days. Make the rounds, enter the contests, be entertained and grab some fun freebies!

What kind of freebies? I’ll have two different Goodreads giveaways, one for Reign of Ash and one for Deadly Curiosities. Sprinkled along with the guest blog posts are links to excerpts for all my books and short stories, plus DOZENS of links to books and short stories by author friends of mine. Enough to keep you reading for quite a while!

What are you waiting for? You can get in on all the Days of the Dead fun on a treasure hunt/Trick-or-Treat just by visiting these sites. And please, “like” my TheWinterKingdoms page on Facebook and follow me @GailZMartin on Twitter!

Here’s where to get the goodies:

AscendantKingdoms.com — Check back here to find an updated list of links to new interviews and excerpts.
DisquietingVisions.com — ‘Coming Up in 2015’ — all about the new books, new short stories, new conventions and new anthologies you can look forward to next year!
SolarisBooks.com — a blog post on my favorite scary stories
Literate Liquors podcast—John Hartness talks about what to drink while ready my new Deadly Curiosities!
Free Deadly Curiosities computer wallpaper:
OrbitBooks.net — What’s coming up with the Ascendant Kingdoms Saga, both with War of Shadows and the fourth book, Shadow and Flame. And, a sneak peek at the cover for War of Shadows!
Goodreads.com — A drawing for 8 free copies of Reign of Ash from 10/24 – 10/30, then a drawing for 8 free copies of Deadly Curiosities from 11/1 – 11/15, and an open Q&A session on my
author page—ask me anything!
Special 50% off discount just for Days of the Dead on all Double-Dragon Publishing ebooks 10/24-10/31 use “GAILROX” code
Join my email list or “like” my Winter Kingdoms Facebook page between 10/24 and 10/31 to be entered for a chance to win some of my Deadly Curiosities Adventures or Jonmarc Vahanian Adventures short stories
MagicalWords.net — A guest blog from me on Why I Write for Anthologies
BullSpec.com — A blog post on The Hardest Part of Writing Multiple Series
RisingShadow.net — I delve deep into Iron and Blood with some thoughts about a city that is tailor-made for steampunk.
SitWriteBleed — on Heroes Come in All Shapes and Sizes
SFSignal.com — on What’s ahead for the Deadly Curiosities book series
GhostInTheMachinePodcast.com — Readings from Ice Forged, Reign of Ash, Deadly Curiosities and more!
Kelly Harmon’s blog on What’s Next in the Jonmarc Vahanian Stories
Vonnie Winslow Crist’s blog http://vonniewinslowcrist.wordpress.com on Voodoo and Hoodoo
Scribbling Lion on New Dangers Ahead for the Deadly Curiosities Adventures short stories
Danielle Ackley-McPhail’s blog — on The Sound and Fury short stories—looking forward to Iron and Blood
Day Al-Mohamad’s blog – on Writing the Epic Series
Catherine Lundoff’s blog on Women in Steampunk
SFBokhandlen on Kickstarter Publishing and the New Publishing Paradigm
FantasyFaction.com on Traditional Publishing, Self-Publishing, and the Pro Writer
Speculative Scotsman on Short Fiction in the New Publishing Reality
Dave Brendon – What Characters Do Between Books
The Writer’s Lens — on Using Real People and Places in Fiction
Mass Movement Magazine — I’ll be talking about the Pittsburgh history that never was
The Qwillery — My anthology round-up and the story behind the stories
My Bookish Ways – on Keeping the Supernatural Real
Beauty in Ruins — on the indulging my dark side and what scares me
The Book Plank — on how I define necromancy and how it works in my series
Spec Hub — on how and why magic works in my series
New excerpts on Wattpad—Bad Blood, Collector and Bad Memories, plus War of Shadows, Resurrection Day, Airship Down, The Restless Dead, Windows on the Soul, and The Breaking Point on AscendantKingdoms.com


• Snap up some never-before-seen excerpts from Iron and Blood, War of Shadows and my most recent Jonmarc Vahanian and Deadly Curiosities short stories, Collector, Bad Blood and Bad
50% off Double-Dragon Publishing ebooks just for the Days of the Dead!
• Silence in the Library Publishing excerpt links to stories from the Athena’s Daughters and Heroes anthologies (my stories plus other contributors).
Dark Oak Books chipped in links to stories in the Big Bad 2, Realms of Imagination and Dreams of Steel 5 anthologies (again, my stories plus others) and some of their recent releases.
Dark Quest Books also kicks in links to some stories from the With Great Power anthology and books by Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Day Al-Mohammad and more!
• Look for links from the Clockwork Universe anthology
Spence City Press added some more excerpt goodies
• Links to excerpts from some of my author friends, including Jon Sprunk, John Hartness, Darin Kennedy, Stuart Jaffe, Tally Johnson, Michael Ventrella, L. Jagi Lamplighters, Danielle
Ackley-McPhail, Day Al-Mohamed, and lots more!
Free computer wallpaper with the Deadly Curiosities cover art
Two Goodreads giveaways and my Facebook/email list giveaway!

With so much good stuff going on, it’s going to take a week just to get through it all! What are you waiting for? Dive in and help me celebrate the Days of the Dead!


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Come see me at DragonCon!

Labor Day weekend, I’ll be at DragonCon in Atlanta—and if you’re there, stop by and say hello!

Here’s my panel and signing schedule:

  • A Magical Place: The Role of Setting in Urban Fantasy–Time: Fri 10:00 am Location: Chastain BC – Westin
  • Fictional Writing and Skepticism–Time: Fri 04:00 pm Location: 204-207 – Hilton
  • Critique Groups and Beta Readers–Time: Fri 07:00 pm Location: Embassy D-F – Hyatt
  • How ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Has Changed Publishing and Writing–Time: Fri 10:00 pm Location: 201 – Hilton
  • Athena’s Daughters Authors Meet & Greet–Time: Sat 10:00 am Location: A708 – Marriott
  • Wreaking Havoc in Many Guises: Demons in Urban Fantasy–Time: Sat 11:30 am Location: Chastain BC – Westin
  • Book signing at Larry Smith Books —Time: Sat. 2 p.m. Location: Dealers’ Room
  • Who Needs Dystopias When You Have History–Time: Sat 10:00 pm Location: Augusta 3 – Westin
  • Broad Universe Rapid Fire Reading—Time: Sun 11:30 a.m. Location: Hyatt Vinings
  • Peopling Your Fiction–Time: Sun 04:00 pm Location: Embassy D-F – Hyatt
  • Athena’s Daughters book signing—Time: Mon. 11-12 a.m. Location: Artists’ Alley
  • Werewolves, Vampires, Demons, Dragons-Oh My! –Time: Mon 01:00 pm Location: Embassy D-F – Hyatt

News Flash! Solaris Books has asked for a second Deadly Curiosities book for 2015!

In other news….

Four new anthologies with my short stories are now available!

If you missed the @Kickstarter, you can still get Dance Like a Monkey from @sitlpublishing here: http://www.silenceinthelibrarypublishing.com/product/dance-like-a-monkey/

Realms of Imagination with my Deadly Curiosities story, “The Restless Dead” now available http://amzn.com/1941754031

Clockwork Universe now for sale w our Steampunk story “Airship Down” https://squareup.com/market/zombies-need-brains-llc

The Heroes anthology w my superhero story from @sitlpublishing here: http://www.silenceinthelibrarypublishing.com/product/heroes/

Check out the Anthologies page of this website—it’s updated with the whole list of anthologies that are now available with my stories.

And here’s where you can find me for the rest of the year…

  • Oct.3-5 ContraFlow, New Orleans, LA
  • Oct. 24 – 31 Days of the Dead Online Event
  • Nov. 7-9 World Fantasy
  • Nov. 14-16 Atomacon, Charleston SC
  • Nov. 21-23 Philcon, West Orange, NJ

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Why Your Opinion Matters So Much

Last year, over one million books were published in the U.S. That includes books from big publishers and small presses, self-published books and ebooks—and it makes for a lot of choices for readers to sift through.

That’s why reviews matter so much. It used to be you could while away a couple of hours at your local bookstore, wandering the aisles, browsing books on tables and shelves, maybe even sitting on the floor in the aisle, reading a few pages (my personal favorite).

But as physical bookstores become scarce, a lot of book buying happens online—and ebooks have increased that trend. All those little thumbnail covers are overwhelming. How do you know whether a book is right for you?

If you’re deciding whether or not to take a chance on an author you haven’t read before, reviews can make the difference between one book and another. It can be a personal recommendation from a friend, something you’ve seen on social media, a reader review on Amazon, Goodreads or another online bookstore, or a blog post from a book reviewer. You may not always agree with all of a reviewer’s comments, but when you find someone who seems to like the same things you do, a good review can point you toward new reading adventures.

Here are some comments I’m hearing from book reviewers around the world on Deadly Curiosities. Thank you to each and every person who has ever recommended my books!




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News and Reviews

I love readers, bloggers and book reviewers! You’re the reason writers get to keep on writing.

Whether you share your book recommendations in conversation with friends or informally on social media, post them to Amazon, Goodreads or other online book sites, or run a book review blog, you’re filling a valuable gap between publishers and readers—and a gap which old-style media like newspapers (do they still print those?) and magazines have pretty well abandoned.

So thank you for taking the time to post about Deadly Curiosities! I really appreciate it. And in case you’re curious, here’s what other reviewers have to say:

Thank you reviewers and readers!


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