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01 September 2009 @ 03:36 pm
awesome & yet self-aggrandizing  

Today’s awesome things are all about me (I swear this wasn’t the plan when I started this on Sunday). :)

First, today is the official release day for WALKING DEAD, book four of the Walker Papers! As far as I can tell, everybody I know bought it two weeks ago, but still, today is the official release day!

Seattle’s a great place to live…if it weren’t for the undead.

For once, Joanne Walker’s not out to save the world. She’s come to terms with the host of shamanic powers she’s been given, her job as a police detective has been relatively calm, and she’s got a love life for the first time in memory. Not bad for a woman who started out the year mostly dead.

But it’s Halloween, and the undead have just crashed Joanne’s party. Now she has to figure out how to break the spell that lets ghosts, zombies and even the Wild Hunt come back. Unfortunately, there’s no shamanic handbook explaining how to deal with the walking dead.

And if they have anything to say about it–which they do–

No one’s getting out of there alive.

Second, to go along with WALKING DEAD’s release, my web guru, Laura Denson, recently did a recording of “Rabbit Tricks”, the Walker Papers short story that fits chronologically between COYOTE DREAMS and WALKING DEAD.

Third, my longtime friend and writing partner Sarah Palmero did a two-minute voice recording from THE QUEEN’S BASTARD. I think both of these are pretty damned cool (if utterly bizarre, because wow, really weird to hear someone else reading my words!), and would like to thank them both profusely for doing these and letting me post them publicly!

Fourth, I just noticed several of my books have been nominated as contenders for 101 Best Fantasy novels. I have to admit that given some of the company (which ranges from Lloyd Alexander to Diana Wynne Jones with all points between), I feel my presence there is a bit ludicrous, but also quite wonderful and I wouldn’t mind making it onto somebody’s top 100 list, so if you wanted, you could go vote. :) And my thanks to whomever nominated me, how cool of you. :)

Fifth, I’m terribly smug to show off the (tiny–if you want to see it full sized you’ll have to buy the story) cover for “Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight”, which was painted by manga artist Lanny Liu.

Along those same lines, “Hot Time” has debuted amongst its patrons today. (I wasn’t thinking, when I changed its due date to September 1st, that that was also the release date for WALKING DEAD. Oh well, everybody got WD early anyway, so “Hot Time” still gets to be a little bit special.) For those who didn’t join the fundable commission the first time through, the novella will be available to purchase in February 2010, after which it’ll go off the market permanently until it finds a traditional publisher.

Also, it is possible I’m just flat-out taking the rest of this week off. I have one million things to do, but I’m not sure I care that much right now. A week of down time is not going to put me any more insurmountably behind than I am already. :)

(I’ll post real awesome things later, honest. :))

(x-posted from the essential kit)
 
 
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Vicki: Stock - Rogueeilan on September 1st, 2009 10:44 am (UTC)
Woohoo! Can't wait to read it!
S. L. Grayshadowhwk on September 1st, 2009 11:08 am (UTC)
Hot Time! Walking Dead! Holy beans, the 101 best fantasy novels! You are SO COOL!
Karinacreamnsugar on September 1st, 2009 11:27 am (UTC)
Yay! And just so you know someone who was waiting for it: I am getting Walking Dead today!
Lauraskeagsidhe on September 1st, 2009 11:36 am (UTC)
"I’ll post real awesome things later, honest."

If you ask me, those are pretty darn awesome. :-)
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kitmizkit on September 1st, 2009 11:44 am (UTC)
*laugh* My dad's older sister, who doesn't read fantasy (urban or otherwise) said, when she read URBAN SHAMAN, "I really /liked/ it! I mean, I was always going to read it and be polite, but I really /liked/ it!" :)
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kitmizkit on September 2nd, 2009 04:26 am (UTC)
Your mom's obviously cool. :) Try her on HEART OF STONE...it's got romance as well as fantasy! :)
Lady Doom: Fairytalelithera on September 1st, 2009 11:55 am (UTC)
Hot Time, eh?

Must find it....
mayakdamayakda on September 1st, 2009 01:14 pm (UTC)
Congrats!!!
I'm so excited to read it!
Kari Sperringla_marquise_de_ on September 1st, 2009 02:07 pm (UTC)
yay: congratulations.
SaffronRose: Chalice well poolsaffronrose on September 1st, 2009 05:35 pm (UTC)
You take that time off--you deserve it!