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February 12, 2010 at 4:45 pm
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With WARRIORS scheduled for hardcover release on March 16, there are a number of places on the web where readers can get a taste or two of what the book will offer.

Diana Gabaldon has posted an excerpt of her brand new Lord John novella, “The Custom of the Army,” on her website at

Macmillan offers a sample from Cecelia Holland’s Viking tale, “The King of Norway,” on its own site at

And of course there’s an excerpt from my new Dunk & Egg novella, “The Mystery Knight,” up at Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist at

Coming soon to a bookstore near you.

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Love & Death…

February 11, 2010 at 1:55 pm
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… is coming in November.

The good folks at Pocket Books have just informed us that SONGS OF LOVE AND DEATH: Tales of Star-Crossed Love, the latest big crossgenre anthology from me and my partner in crime Gardner Dozois, has been slated for publication on November 16 of this year.

The lineup for this one:

-Jim Butcher, “Love Hurts”
-Jo Beverly, “The Marrying Maid”
-Carrie Vaughn, “Rooftops”
-M.L.N. Hanover, “Hurt Me”
-Cecelia Holland, “Demon Lover”
-Melinda M. Snodgrass, “The Wayfarer’s Advice”
-Robin Hobb, “Blue Boots”
-Neil Gaiman, “The Thing About Cassandra”
-Marjorie M. Liu, “After the Blood”
-Jacqueline Carey, “You and You Alone”
-Lisa Tuttle, “His Wolf”
-Linnea Sinclair, “Courting Trouble”
-Mary Jo Putney, “The Demon Dancer”
-Tanith Lee, “Under/Above the Water”
-Peter S. Beagle, “Kashkia”
-Yasmine Galenorn, “Man in the Mirror”
-Diana Gabaldon, “A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows”

The anthology will be released as a hardcover under the Gallery imprint.

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Not Done Yet

February 8, 2010 at 8:06 pm
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Spent the day in the rainwood. 1205 pages. More to come.

DANCE has now passed A CLASH OF KINGS to become the second longest volume in the series, though still three hundred pages shorter than the monster that was A STORM WITH SWORDS.

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Tomorrow’s the Big Game

February 6, 2010 at 11:03 pm
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I’m sorry the Jets won’t be playing, but hey, it’s still the SuperBowl, so I’ll be watching.

I kinda sorta like both of these teams, so I have no strong rooting interest. I suppose I’ll be pulling for the Saints. New Orleans deserves some good news after all that Katrina and George W. Bush have put them through, the Saints have never won one before, Drew Brees seems a good guy, I liked Jonathan Vilma when he was a Jet and Jeremy Shockey when he was a Giant, and they have that whole underdog thing going for them. When in doubt, root for the underdog.

But I won’t be distraught if the Colts win, as I would be if it were, say, the Cowboys or the Patriots. (If the Cowboys and the Patriots ever meet in the Superbowl, I will need to root for the earth to open and swallow both teams and the stadium). The Colts are a classy team as well, and Peyton is Eli’s big brother, after all. My heart may be pulling for Nawlins, but my head says it will be Indy.

And we’ll have friends over, and there will be beer, and chips and salsa, crab puffs and egg rolls and chicken wings, plus the SuperBowl commercials. Can’t beat that.

Forget Independence Day. SuperBowl Sunday is America’s real national holiday.

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SUICIDE KINGS in Albuquerque

February 6, 2010 at 4:34 pm
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By popular demand, we’ve scheduled another Albuquerque mass signing for the latest Wild Cards hardcover, SUICIDE KINGS (volume twenty in the overall series, and the third and concluding book of the current triad).

This time we will be at the Barnes & Noble in Coronado Center, on the southwest corner of Menaul and Louisiana NE in Albuquerque. The event is scheduled for Saturday, February 20, and will run from 1:30 pm until… well, it says 3:00 here, but really, until we run out of people who want us to deface their books with our illegible scrawls.

On hand, besides yours truly, will be our local Wild Carders Melinda M. Snodgrass, Daniel Abraham, Victor Milan, John Jos. Miller, and Ian Tregillis… whose character Rustbelt is featured there on the cover (he’s the one losing the pith helmet). Caroline Spector will be coming in from Texas to join the festivities, and Carrie Vaughn will be coming down from Colorado. Carrie’s latest, KITTY’S HOUSE OF HORRORS, the seventh volume in her NEW YORK TIMES bestselling Kitty Norville series, will also be out, and copies will be available for signature. I imagine B&N will have INSIDE STRAIGHT and BUSTED FLUSH on hand as well, for them what missed ’em (shame on you), along with lots of other titles, old and new, by the participating authors.

So if you’re in the vicinity of New Mexico on the 20th, drop on by. We’d love to see you.

Visit the Barnes & Noble events page for more info:

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Snowing Again in Santa Fe…

February 3, 2010 at 3:26 pm
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… which probably means I should be working on another Jon Snow chapter, but I’m not.

Instead I’m floating off the Isle of Cedars, or racing across the sands of Dorne. Warm places, both of them, with nary a flake to be seen. But I’d better not change horses. If I keep on keeping on, I should finish one of those chapters this week. Maybe both.

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Vote Early and Often

February 2, 2010 at 7:50 pm
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Pick Your Pewter Poison

February 2, 2010 at 7:46 pm
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Dark Sword Miniatures has been rolling along merrily this past year with their range of pewter miniatures from A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE. Tom Meier and Jeff Grace have turned out some fabulous sculpts, and in recent months Dark Sword has released gorgeous minis of Sansa and her snow castle, Arya with her sword, Lady Catelyn, Brienne, the Mountain and the Red Viper in their famous duel, Robb Stark, and many more.

Two years ago, in February 2008, I ran a poll here, so you could let Dark Sword and me know which characters you wanted to see next. The four winners — Tyrion, Robb, Brienne, and the Red Viper — have now all been produced. So have runners-up Catelyn Stark and Asha Greyjoy, and figures of Samwell Tarly and Shae are in the works.

So it’s time for another poll. Let us know which characters you’d like to see Dark Sword do next, and we will do our damndest to get them in the queue.

The poll will follow.

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