Brown River Queen cover art

Thursday, February 2, 2012

In Which I Embrace the Nook

As Professor Farnsworth on Futurama says, "Good news, everyone!"

Of course it usually isn't good news, because the Professor is probably sending the crew to the Planet of the Deadly Brain Slugs.  But when I say it, it is. Unless I'm holding a ferret, which I'm not.


All the Paths of Shadow is now available (drumroll please) for your Nook!

Yep. First the Kindle and print, and now the Nook.  Big thanks to my tireless and indefatigable publisher, Cool Well Press, for opening another market.

The book's cover looks good on the Barnes & Noble page. I think the graphic is even a little larger than Amazon's. But hey, I'm just happy to see Meralda's almost-smiling face in a new place.

Speaking of smiling faces, I've posted some fan art on the All the Paths of Shadow Facebook page. You should click and check it out, and if you want to add your own depiction of Mug (or anything else from the book) just email me and I'll ask Meralda to post it (she runs the FB page, with Mug's help) so we can all enjoy it.

Heck, drop by and post on the  All the Paths of Shadow Facebook page even of you don't have any art. Meralda and Mug both post there -- ask Mug for lifestyle advice. He fancies himself an expert on matters of the heart, even though he's not always able to correctly guess the gender of the person right in front of him.

Switching gears for a moment, I'm happy to report that the new Markhat book is well underway and steaming forward nicely.  The whole gang is back, minus one familiar face. But you'll have to wait until I finish the thing to find out who's gone missing!

On that note, I'd better get back to work. Hit me up on Twitter, if you haven't already. I'm really beginning to dig Twitter.  I've met some cool tweeps there!  Come join me...

Monday, January 30, 2012

Blog Stew

Tonight's blog post will be a bit of a hodge-podge. A veritable stew, if you will -- a bit of this, a bit of that.

And not because I've got so many insightful and creative things to say. Quite the opposite, in fact -- my higher mental functions have simply taken the day off, leaving me with the mental prowess normally associated with stumps, empty paint buckets, and Newt Gingrich.

Some days are just like that. I blame sunspots, which interfere with my Fifth Auric Chakra and, sometimes, HBO.

So here, in no particular order, are pictures to look at and matters to ponder.

Below is a piece of original art created by Denise Vitola, who spent ten hours rendering this scene of Meralda and Mug in the Royal Laboratory.  I think she did a fantastic job, especially with Mug's eyes.  And Meralda looks just as I picture her -- a studious, dignified young lady who will never be anyone's wilting violet.

Seeing this really made my day.  It's one thing to write a book, and it's another to see how readers perceived the people and places described therein.

Mug seems to be the book's favorite character so far.  Which is no surprise, since I think he was mine too.  Who doesn't love the wise-cracking side-kick?  But of course he loves Meralda, and it shows. That's something I hope every reader comes away with -- that friendships don't depend on the number of legs or the number of eyes.

In other news, I have at last listened to all three A. A. Bondy albums on vinyl and I am happy to report that my new turntable sounds absolutely fantastic.  IF you're looking for modern indie rock that is truly haunting, I can't rate A. A. Bondy highly enough.  I have three albums, all listed below with links to Fat Possum records (but iTunes has them too!):

American Hearts
When the Devil's Loose

When the Devil's Loose is my favorite of the three. The songs The Mightiest of Guns and the title track When the Devil's Loose will send you screaming into musical nirvana, or I'm a horned toad.

Oh, and you get a free digital download when you buy Believers or The Devil's Loose on vinyl. Very cool.

And before I forget -- you realize I'm running a contest, right?  If you want this wand, right out of the book,

all you have to do is email me at with the words WAND CONTEST in the subject line.

Seriously, it's that easy.

Now, for random book links, because Daddy needs a new pair of shoes....

All the Paths of Shadow