Okay, I exaggerate -- but only a little.
Did you get an e-reader for Christmas? Or a little extra cash to blow where you please? Or are you just hungry for new things to read? Book View Cafe is having an ENORMOUS sale from now through January 6th. No, seriously: there are five pages of things on sale right now, in genres ranging from fantasy to science fiction to romance to mystery to nonfiction.
Including three titles of my own! Lies and Prophecy, Deeds of Men, and Writing Fight Scenes are all half-off right now -- that's half off the price listed on those pages, as the way we're handling the back end of the sale is just to apply the discount at checkout, rather than changing every book page.
As mentioned before, this lasts through January 6th, so you have plenty of time to browse the whole slate. (Nice thing about ebooks is, we don't run out of stock.) There are things to cater to many tastes in there; you might find more things to enjoy.
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Seven and a half years with my books being only ink on the page or pixels on the screen, and now I have two audiobooks landing atop one another. :-D
Remember me mentioning that giant deal Book View Cafe signed with Audible? Well, now you can listen to Lies and Prophecy, too! Different narrator than A Natural History of Dragons (and by the way, I've listened to the sample for that one now, and it's fabulous), and it's likely that my other project will get yet a different reader -- especially since the pov in that one is male.
Did I mention that I have a third project with them? No? Well, you'll just have to wait and see what that one is. :-)
I do, by the way, still have plans for a print edition of Lies and Prophecy. I'm dependent on the assistance of others for that, though, so it will have to wait for a moment when somebody can spare the time and energy to help. In the meanwhile, the ebook isn't going away. :-)
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I'm borrowing my approach from mrissa, who says, quite reasonably, that one should of course hope for others to have a happy time of it on one's own birthday.
I can't be a proper hobbit and give presents to you all, but I do have one thing: for the entire month of September, Lies and Prophecy is a dollar off at Book View Cafe. (I'm also going to have something else for you guys later this month, but it isn't ready quite yet.)
Have a lovely day! I certainly intend to.
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Which Came First
The chicken or the egg? The story or the world? Does the story you want to tell determine the setting, or does your chosen setting demand a certain kind of story to be told in it? Are there some types of stories that simply cannot be told in a particular setting? How do creators balance these seemingly opposing forces in imagining their tales?
Lies and Prophecy isn't the only book that came out from BVC last month, of course. I'd like to alert you guys to what comes out there going forward, but I don't want to spam you with book posts; ergo, I'm thinking that what I will do is put them up in monthly batches. (You can get this same information, plus various coupons and other deals, by subscribing to the monthly newsletter -- just put your e-mail address in the appropriate box on the right-hand side of the page.)
The other two things out last month were:
"Of Mist, and Grass, and Sand"
In a post-apocalyptic world, the young healer Snake ventures into unknown lands during her proving year. Her genetically engineered rattlesnake and cobra provide vaccines and medicines, while the rare alien dreamsnake eases pain and suffering.
“Of Mist, and Grass, and Sand” won SFWA’s Nebula Award. It is the first chapter of Dreamsnake, which won the Nebula, the Hugo, the Locus, and the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award. The story is presented by BVC as a stand-alone title, by request.
Some Enchanted Season
Kevyn Llewellyn, a struggling artist, must have the exactly right model for her next project, or she’s going to be fired. When she sees him—none other than Rusty Rivers, NFL player fighting injuries to save his career—she does the absolutely logical thing: she kidnaps him. Or rescues him… it depends on whom you’re asking.
Rusty Rivers is the kind of guy who’s squandered every opportunity, while Kevyn’s had to fight for every success. They’re as different as meteor and moonbeam, with nothing apparent in common, and yet… in this doomed, enchanted football season, dare they hope that anything magical can happen that they can believe in forever?
. . . and, y'know, this old thing. :-) Just in case you missed it the first half-dozen times I mentioned it.
. . . I finished writing my first novel.
It seems an appropriate date to put up an Open Book Thread for Lies and Prophecy, the much-revised descendant of the book I completed that day.
The floor here is open for questions, comments, etc on the novel and related topics (including "Welcome to Welton"). Needless to say, this will involve spoilers, so you have been warned.
Now if you'll follow me behind the cut, I'll talk a bit about how the novel came to be.
( When I was but a wee n00b . . . .Collapse )
Anything you want to know or respond to? The comment thread is yours!
alessandriana, you managed what I couldn't; you got the Tower card to be big enough to make out, while still getting the title in the image. Thank you! Just let me know whether you want an eventual print copy of the novel, or tuckerization in the sequel I hope to write. And my thanks to everyone who submitted an icon: you're all far better at this than I am.
Apropos of Lies and Prophecy making money, you can now buy it at Barnes and Noble, and Kobo, and Apple, along with Amazon and the actual publisher, Book View Cafe. If you have a preferred e-book vendor that isn't selling it directly, please do let me know; I can't promise I'll be able to get it there, but I can look into it. (BVC sells both epub and mobi formats, though, which should work on pretty much any device.)
I will have an open book thread for Lies and Prophecy soon, but I'm waiting for a specific date. (You'll understand why when we get there.) In the meantime, enjoy!
My general incompetence with image manipulation continues. So: who wants to make me an icon for Lies and Prophecy? (You can find a large version of the cover here.) It can be animated or static, it can show the hand or just a card or whatever looks good at 100x100 pixels.
I'll pick one on Monday, to give people a little time to work. And the winning artist can have their choice between a print copy of Lies and Prophecy once I have 'em, or tuckerization (that is, the use of their name) for a minor character in the sequel -- presuming, of course, that L&P sells well enough for me to write the sequel, which I hope it will. I promise to make it a cool character, though.
There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and prophecy.
Kim thought majoring in divination would prepare her for the future. But even with her foresight warning her of trouble, she's taken by surprise when an unknown force attacks Julian, her enigmatic classmate and friend. Her gifts can't protect him against further attacks and an inexplicable string of disappearances . . . and if she's reading the omens right, Julian isn't the only one in danger.
Kim knows she isn't ready for this. But if she wants to save Julian -- and herself -- she'll have to prove her own prophecies wrong.
Earle’s dining hall was a low and sprawling place, claustrophobic enough that I’d avoided it until now. I preferred Hurst, whose floor-to-ceiling windows made it feel more open and pleasant. But Liesel had recruited me for a social project tonight, and it wouldn’t kill me to eat here once, before I swore off it for the rest of my undergraduate life.
The space didn’t make it easy to find people, though. Liesel rose up on her toes to scan the room, then dropped down and shrugged. “I don’t see him. Let’s get food, then try to grab a table.”
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