17 February, 2015

The Labyrinth of Flame (Shattered Sigil #3) by Courtney Schafer Kickstarter is Live!

I'm very excited to bring you the news that the Kickstarter for Courtney Schafer's third book and conclusion to the Shattered Sigil trilogy The Labyrinth of Flame, is live!

As you can tell below, I've been a huge fan of this trilogy and I'm dying to see the end. If not for Courtney, then do it for me!

My reviews for the Shattered Sigil trilogy:
1) The Whitefire Crossing
2) The Tainted City
3) The Labyrinth of Flame 

And here's my interview with Courtney.

If you haven't read the first two books, now's your chance to jump in. The Labyrinth of Flame is already written, it just needs those final touches for publication, such as editing, production, map art, etc. It's a great series and well worth your time.

And check out the video on the kickstarter, especially around 1:02 (where I'm quoted!).

11 February, 2015

Michael J. Sullivan Signs with Del Rey

This pic's so much better than the last one I had up.

Great news for Michael J. Sullivan fans, especially those fans of his Riyria Revelations world. I'll let the press release explain:


For release on Wednesday, February 11, 2015

For further information contact:
Laurie McLean, Laurie@FuseLiterary.com, 650-922-0914
Robin Sullivan, Michael.sullivan.dc@gmail.com, 703-953-8705


Editorial Director Tricia Narwani Inks 4-Book Deal

February 11, 2015—Fairfax, VA—Best-selling fantasy and science fiction author
Michael J. Sullivan today announced that he has licensed World English print &
ebook rights to his next epic fantasy series for more than half a million dollars to Del
Rey Books, a division of Penguin Random House. Del Rey preempted the deal, which
had already received multiple offers and was expecting several more.

The audio book right for this series was sold for low-six-figures to Troy Juliar of
Recorded Books. As part of that deal, Audie Award Nominee Tim Gerard Reynolds
will once more narrate Michael’s works.

“I was looking for a publisher to take this series to the next level. One who would
both respect what I’ve accomplished in the past, and wanted to grow my career into
the future. I found that in Tricia Narwani and her colleagues at Del Rey,” Sullivan

The deal is comprised of the first four books in Sullivan’s The First Empire series:
Rhune, Dherg, Rhist and Phyre. A fifth book, Fhrey is also planned.

Del Rey’s Editorial Director Tricia Narwani was pleased to welcome Mr. Sullivan to
the Del Rey fold, joining the likes of Terry Brooks, China Mieville and other top SFF

“I was a fan of Michael’s work before we began discussions about him joining our
team,” Narwani said. “When I shared Rhune with the Del Rey team—our publisher,
my fellow editors, our marketing and publicity directors—the enthusiasm was
instant and electric. On behalf of the entire Del Rey staff, I can say that it is an honor
and a pleasure to welcome Michael to our house.”

The deal was brokered by Laurie McLean of Fuse Literary, a literary agency that
specializes in hybrid authors and Michael will continue to self-published books inbetween
the Del Rey releases. “Michael is one of those rare authors whose pioneering efforts in publishing pave the way for others. His self-publishing, small-press publishing, and big-five
publishing projects have all done exceedingly well, and he is constantly thinking up
new ways to connect with his readership in an ever changing publishing landscape,”
McLean said.

About Michael J. Sullivan
Michael writes classical fantasy and science fiction with unlikely heroes on epic
adventures. His debut series, The Riyria Revelations, has sold more than half a
million English language copies and has been translated into 13 foreign languages.
His works have appeared on more than 100 best-of or most-anticipated lists
including those compiled by Library Journal, Barnes and Noble, and Audible. In
addition, his books have been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Awards in 2010,
2011, 2012, & 2014. Visit website, http://www.riyria.com for more information, or
follow Michael on Twitter @author_sullivan.

About Del Rey
Del Rey Books began as an imprint of Ballantine Books in 1977 with the bestselling
The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks. Begun by editor Judy-Lynn del Rey with the
editorial assistance of her husband, author and editor Lester del Rey, Del Rey Books
quickly grew into the most robust science fiction/fantasy imprint in the field. Today,
as an imprint of Penguin Random House, Del Rey’s list has grown to include Arthur
C. Clarke, Isaac Asimov, Stephen Donaldson, Anne McCaffrey, David Eddings, Larry
Niven, Alan Dean Foster, Katherine Kurtz, Jack L. Chalker, Barbara Hambly, and now
Michael J. Sullivan.

About Fuse Literary
Fuse Literary is a hybrid literary agency with offices in San Francisco, New York,
Chicago, Los Angeles, and Vancouver, which blends the knowledge and skills of
traditional publishing with the brash new opportunities engendered by digital
publishing, self-publishing, ebooks, and technology. Partners Laurie McLean and
Gordon Warnock are joined at Fuse by agents Emily Keyes, Connor Goldsmith,
Michelle Richter and Sara Sciuto. Visit the website, http://fuseliterary.com for more
information, or follow them on Twitter @fuseliterary.


Sullivan went to reddit.com/r/fantasy yesterday to let the folks know and it looks like he got quite the deal saying,
The print/ebook was signed "as a major deal" and the audio rights as a "good deal."1 So I'm pretty sure both publishers will be very enthusiastic about getting these books out "right."
A redditor, eferoth, explains what kind of a deal this means according to Publisher's Marketplace in the comments to the same post:
nice deal: $1 - $49,000
very nice deal $50,000 - $99,000
good deal $100,000 - $250,000
significant deal $251,000 - $499,000
major deal $500,000 and up
Not too shabby. Congrats to Michael and to fans alike. I know I can't wait.

21 January, 2015

Guest Post - Tim Marquitz "These Ain't Yo Mama's Zombies" and $25 GIVEAWAY to Amazon plus Signed Copy of Dirge!

It's been far too long since I've mentioned Tim Marquitz on the blog, but that doesn't mean he hasn't been as active as ever. I have a couple of his books up in the queue very soon, but the problem is I never know when to start. The man's a machine, consistently pushing out high quality stories that enthrall you from page one. 

I've loved Tim's work since I first discovered Armageddon Bound and the Demon Squad series. Tim's got a new book out from Permuted Press and I will be reading it next for sure. Just look at the blurb for Dirge:
Wreathed in the ashes of betrayal, forced to come of age in the dungeons of her stolen inheritance, Kallie Brynn Soren died so that Dirge might be born.

In the midst of an undead invasion, Kallie is gifted powers by a dying priest. His last wish is for her to use them against the Necrolords in a way his faith would not allow. Reborn as Dirge and free of the priests conscience, she is more than happy to do so.

But when fate brings Dirge into the employ of the emperorthe same man whose machinations brought about the murder of her fatherthe opportunity for revenge becomes too much to ignore.

Torn between vengeance and the need to protect the only people she dare call family, Dirge learns there is a much deeper purpose to the Necrolords advance. Should it come to light, it might destroy everyone.

You'll find the giveaway below, and believe me, you want to enter this one. But first, Tim's here to talk about Zombies and Dirge, not your typical zombie story...


These Ain’t Yo Mama’s Zombies

“This isn’t your typical zombie story,” is a line that pops up all too frequently these days. Authors are always trying to include the lovable hunks of decomposing flesh while spinning the concept as something new, something no one else has done or thought of. Sadly, that’s pretty damn hard to do without destroying the basis of what’s come before; what people understand to be zombie stories. Fortunately, I’m not here to tell you that I’ve reinvented the zombie and Dirge is a whole new chapter of never before seen undead action.

I’m just gonna imply it.

No, not really. The truth is, zombies play a relatively small role in Dirge. While they most certainly fill the background, and are the general foe laid out before our heroine, they’re truly the least of her concerns. It’s the masters pulling the strings behind the curtain Dirge has to worry about. The zombies are pretty average for the most part, barring a couple of rare examples.

That said, there’s still plenty of the human drama that makes up a great zombie tale, not to mention some good gore and action. That’s what you’re checking in for, right? Blood, guts, and brains.

Well, hopefully it’s more about the last one as I decided, somewhere along the way to creating Dirge, that I wanted to style the book after more literary sources. I didn’t want just another zombie story where the zombies got their skulls bashed in and the good guys try not to become the monsters they are so desperately trying to destroy. I wanted to create a character who stood out on the world, who was more than muscles and bones wielding a weapon to slaughter the undead, yet still offer up the chaos expected of a zombie book.

Guess you’ll let me know if I’ve succeeded. 


Tim Marquitz bio:

Tim Marquitz is the author of the Demon Squad series, the Blood War Trilogy, co-author of the Dead West series, as well as several standalone books, and numerous anthology appearances including Triumph Over Tragedy, Corrupts Absolutely?, Demonic Dolls, Neverland's Library, and the forthcoming No Place Like Home and Blackguards.

The Editor in Chief of Ragnarok Publications, Tim most recently compiled and edited the Angelic Knight Press anthologies, Fading Light: An Anthology of the Monstrous and Manifesto: UF, as well as Ragnarok Publications' Kaiju Rising: Age of Monsters.

Web Presence:

Finally, the giveaway:

05 January, 2015

eBook Deals - so so many...

As I'm want to do, I like to go through the SF Signal list (which you can find here) and (1) pick out the ones that I am interested in, and (2) show only those that are $3 and less. Anything more and it's not really a deal imo, at least not a very good one.

I know this is a bit of a lame deal to latch onto their hard work (or externality in economics terms), but I had to do my own kind of work on this AND I included prices. Worth it's weight in gold right? :) And you really should check out the expanded list anyway, I always find it fun to look through lists of pretty much any kind of book.

[$0.99] Wars to End All Wars: Alternate Tales from the Trenches (anthology) Edited by N.E. White and Rob Bedford
[$0.99] His Majesty's Dragon (Temeraire #1) by Naomi Novik
[$0.99] The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. LeGuin

[$1.99] Stormfront (Dresden Files #1) by Jim Butcher
[$1.99] White Night (Dresden Files #9) by Jim Butcher
[$1.99] Prince of Thorns (Broken Empire #1) by Mark Lawrence
[$1.99] The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's #1) by Douglas Adams
[$1.99] The Last Policeman (Last Policeman #1) by Ben H. Winters
[$1.99] Clockwork Dagger (Clockwork Dagger #1) by Beth Cato
[$1.99] Embedded by Dan Abnett
[$1.99] Day by Day Armageddon (Day by Day Armageddon #1) by J.L. Bourne
[$1.99] Day by Day Armageddon: Beyond Exile (Day by Day Armageddon #2) by J.L. Bourne
[$1.99] Day by Day Armageddon: Shattered Hourglass (Day by Day Armageddon #3) by J.L. Bourne
[$1.99] Black Feathers (Black Dawn #1) by Joseph D'Lacey
[$1.99] The Book of the Crowman (Black Dawn #2) by Joseph D'Lacey
[$1.99] The Last Apprentice: Revenge of the Witch (Last Apprentice #1) by Joseph Delaney
[$1.99] Known Devil (Occult Crimes Unit #3) by Justin Gustainis

[$1.99] The Mirror Empire (Worldbreaker Saga #1) by Kameron Hurley
[$1.99] The Raven Boys (Raven Cycle #1) by Maggie Stiefvater
[$1.99] The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (Inheritance #1) by N.K. Jemisin
[$1.99] The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking #1) by Patrick Ness
[$1.99] The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicle #1) by Patrick Rothfuss
[$1.99] Red Rising (Red Rising #1) by Pierce Brown
[$1.99] The 5th Wave (5th Wave #1) by Rick Yancey
[$1.99] Assassin's Apprentice (Farseer #1) by Robin Hobb
[$1.99] The Bullet-Catcher's Daughter (Fall of the Gas-lit Empire #1) by Rod Duncan
[$1.99] City Stained Red by Sam Sykes
[$1.99] The Lives of Tao (Lives of Tao #1) by Wesley Chu
[$1.99] The Deaths of Tao (Lives of Tao #2) by Wesley Chu

[$2.00] The Second Ship (Rho Agenda #1) by Richard Phillips

[$2.51] The Winds of Khalakovo (Lays of Anuskaya #1) by Bradley P. Beaulieu
[$2.51] Lest Our Passage be Forgotten & Other Stories (short stories) by Bradley P. Beaulieu

[$2.80] Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

[$2.99] Baptism of Fire (The Witcher #3) by Andrzej Sapkowski
[$2.99] Ancillary Justice (Imperial Radch #1) by Ann Lechie
[$2.99] Virtual Unrealities (short stories) by Alfred Bester
[$2.99] Steelheart (Reckoners #1) by Brandon Sanderson
[$2.99] A Dance of Cloaks (Shadowdance #1) by David Dalglish
[$2.99] The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker
[$2.99] The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
[$2.99] Robots and Empire (Robot #4) by Isaac Asimov
[$2.99] Leviathan Wakes (Expanse #1) by James S.A. Corey
[$2.99] Among Others by Jo Walton
[$2.99] Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut

[$3.03] Dragonsbane (Winterlands #1) by Barbara Hambley
[$3.03] Jaran (Jaran #1) by Kate Elliott