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Archform: Beauty Available as Audiobook

Tantor Media has just released the audiobook version of Archform:Beauty, which is available from Tantor, Amazon, Audible, and Barnes & Noble.

The second related book — Flash — will be released in late June.

IMAGER Kindle Sale

Starting today, the Kindle version of Imager will be on sale for $3.99 for the month of May.

If you already have it, please pass on the word!

B&N 3-Day Pre-Order Special

For the next three days, from April 20th through April 22nd, Barnes & Noble is offering 25% off on pre-ordered books.

That means you can get the hardcover of Councilor or the mass-market edition of Isolate at a discount.

The check-out code is PREORDER25

Archform: Beauty/Flash Audio Releases

Tantor Media will be releasing Archform:Beauty in audio in May and Flash in July.

With those releases, my entire backlist will be available in audio format.

Conversation With Scott Drakeford

Last night, Mysterious Galaxy books hosted a virtual event — a conversation between Scott Drakeford and me about our recent books, his Rise of the Mages and my Isolate.

Mysterious Galaxy was kind enough to record and post the event for those who were unable to view it live.—scott/1


Barnes & Noble is offering a 25% off sale on all pre-ordered books for just three days, starting tomorrow, January 26th.

That means you can get Councilor for25% off, either in hard-cover or in ebook.

Details at B&N:

Dates: 1/26/22-1/28/22

Main landing page:

eBook landing page:

Coupon code (for checkout)


Tubby & Coo’s Interview

For those who are interested, here’s the link for the interview I did with the New Orleans book store, Tubby & Coo’s Mid-City Book Shop.

Chilling Tales

Earlier today, I joined three other authors for a discussion of our latest books, sponsored by Tor and Firehouse Books, with a focus on the aspects of horror in those books. I discussed Isolate, which will, I’m assured, actually be published on November 16th.

The other three authors were Cat Valente, Jennifer Marie Brissett, and Thomas Olde Heuvelt, which provided a definite sweep across the F&SF genre

Here’s the link, but you will have to give an email address and some sort of name.

ISOLATE — More Delays

TOr has just informed me that the publication/release date of ISOLATE has been pushed back to November 16th, because capacity problems at the printing plant have worsened. I’ve been told that the delay is not specific to just ISOLATE, but affects 15 other TOR titles as well, and presumably titles from other publishers.

ISOLATE Publication Delayed

Last night I was informed by TOR that the publication date of Isolate has been delayed until November 2nd because of the shortage of trained workers at the printing plant that produces all Macmillan books — as well as books for other publishers. This delay affects not only Isolate, but other TOR books and books from other publishers.

I was particularly happy with the original publication/release date because it fell on my birthday, but such a fortunate coincidence turned out to be too good to be true…as is often the case with coincidences.

“Imager” E-Book Price Deal

As part of the advance promotion for Isolate, the forthcoming first book of “The Grand Illusion,” all ebook versions of Imager will be receiving an eBook downprice promotion ($2.99) all throughout September.

So… if don’t have Imager in ebook format or if you haven’t tried the books of The Imager Portfolio, this September promotion will offer an inexpensive way to start.

ISOLATE Sneak Peek

Tor has just released a free e-book “sneak peek” of the first few chapters of Isolate, the lead book of my new series, “The Grand Illusion.”

It’s available from either Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

Continual Convention Interview

Recently, the “unending” convention — Continual — interviewed me and has now posted the interview on on Youtube.

Here’s the link


I’m happy to announce that I’ve just turned in the final version of Contrarian, the third book in “The Grand Illusion,” my newest series.

For those who haven’t been following closely, the first book in the series is Isolate, which will be released this coming October 19th.

The second book, Councilor, is scheduled for release in August of 2022.

While marketing pitches call the series “Gaslamp” fantasy, I’d describe it as high-tech coal-power, because in the world of Guldor — the Empire of Gold — electricity is not technically possible, and thus illumination is by gas lamps, kerosene lanterns, or candles, but industry is coal-powered. The first three books focus on politics at the heart of Guldor, which is a constitutional Imperium, where power largely, but not exclusively, rests in the Council of Sixty-Six at a time of social, economic, and technological change. And… oh, yes, there are empaths who can read and project emotions, and isolates, who cannot be emotionally read or influenced by empaths.

The Ethos Effect Now Available as E-Book

Tantor Media has just released the ebook version of The Ethos Effect.

It’s available through Audible or from the Tantor site

Quantum Shadows E-Book Promo

For the remainder of the month of March, the e-book version of Quantum Shadows is available at $2.99.

So if you were waiting for a less expensive version of the book, this is your chance.

Recluce Tales E-Promotion

Tor has just informed me that the e-book version of Recluce Tales will be sale at $2.99 for the entire month of February.

For those who just want a peek at the world of Recluce or those on a budget in these difficult times it’s a great deal… and for those who’ve read many of the novels in the Saga of Recluce, but aren’t so sure about shorter work, there’s a solid novella included, and more than a few “Easter Eggs.”

The Mongrel Mage — On Sale

For those who haven’t noticed it, the Kindle edition of The Mongrel Mage is currently on sale for $2.99, and will be available for that price throughout January 2021.

More Audiobooks Coming

For those of you who like my work in audio format, the latest news is that Tantor Media, an imprint of RBMedia, has purchased the rights to produce 17 backlist titles of my work. This arrangement will mean that all of my fiction will be available in audio format, and these titles will be able to be purchased either through Tantor or through Audible.

The titles involved include the four Ecolitan books, the three Ghost books, both Timegod books, Archform:Beauty, Flash, The Eternity Artifact, The Ethos Effect, The Octagonal Raven, Empress of Eternity, The Elysium Commission, and Viewpoints: Critical [collected stories].

At this point, because there isn’t a production/publication schedule yet, I don’t know which of these titles will come first or in what order, but, at times like these, good news shouldn’t be hoarded.

Authors’ Most Memorable Meals

Lawrence M. Schoen, an American author, publisher, psychologist, hypnotist, and expert in the Klingon language — and a friend — has compiled what may be one of the more fascinating F&SF books for this year — EATING AUTHORS: One Hundred Writers’ Most Memorable Meals .

Laurence, in addition to having written some notable SF, is also a gourmand and is married to a gourmet chef, and he’s known for putting together gourmet dinners for other authors at outstanding restaurants in the vicinity of F&SF conventions (we each paid for our own meals, but I doubt we ever would have found the restaurants outselves). Less fortunately, he recently recovered from prolonged cancer treatments, and as both thanks and payback, he has put together EATING AUTHORS as a kickstarter project, but 100% of any profits after publication costs will go to Cancer Research and the SFWA Emergency Medical Fund.

And yes, I am one of the authors who provided a memorable meal… and it’s likely to be one of the most memorable meals you’ve ever read about.

The kickstarter will go live tomorrow, and the link to the campaign’s webpage is: