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Interesting Times

Monday, 31. December 2012 17:35

I know 2012 was a rough year for a lot of people and in a lot of ways, and it certainly had its ups and downs for me too, but – at least for me – it ended up on the plus side, so much so that I’m kinda waiting for the banana peel and the punchline and the wah-wah-wah trombone.

The first down-swoop of the year was losing the Gotrek and Felix franchise. Then the up-swoop of getting my first original novel, Jane Carver of War, published and garnering a host of positive reviews.Then the down-swoop of being so broke I had to go back to working for a messenger company in order to pay the bills, and thinking I was going to start my fiftieth year working for less than minimum wage.

But then, round about the middle of the year, all the swoops were ups.I started working for my pal Steve Wang as a shop assistant at his special effects shop, which didn’t make me a rich man, but paid better than delivering packages, and was infinitely more fun. I got to work at a monster shop! Who could hate that? Next, through the mysterious offices of my pal Kitty, who tipped me to the job opening, and to my pal Mike Stackpole, who gave me the nod, I started working at my dream job, writing scenarios and dialog for a computer game called Wasteland 2 at InXile Entertainment. On top of that, my second original novel, Swords of Waar, came out in November, just in time for my 50th birthday, and I’m playing in a band with musicians so talented I feel like I don’t deserve to be in front of them.

And to crown it all, I am still the world’s luckiest boyfriend, the guy who gets to love the beautiful and talented Lili Chin, who has stuck with me through all the up-swoops and down-swoops and loop-de-loops of my unstable, unpredictable life.

Thank you, Lili, and thank you, 2012, which like a good novel, had a lot of cliff-hangers and drama, but ended on a high note.

Here’s to another happy ending next year, with maybe a few less bumps along the way….

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Jane Rocks!

Wednesday, 7. November 2012 23:39

A while back I asked around for suggestions for a Jane Carver playlist – a Waar mix-tape if you will – and I got some great responses, and they in turn sparked some ideas of my own. So here it is, to celebrate the official release of Swords of Waar (okay, so it was yesterday; there was some kind of election going on yesterday, so I thought I’d wait ’til it was over) these are the songs Jane would be blasting as she headed out on the open road on her big ‘ol Harley.

Born to be Wild – Steppenwolf

Devil Gate Drive – Suzi Quatro

Call me the Breeze – Lynyrd Skynyrd

Move Over – Janis Joplin

Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man – Bob Seger

Real Wild Child – Joan Jett

Flirtin’ with Disaster – Molly Hatchet

Nutbush City Limit

Highwayman – The Highwaymen

So whaddaya think? A true representation of Jane? Any that I missed? Let me know in the comments, and don’t forget to pick up Swords of Waar!

Damn. That last one always makes me cry. Sorry.

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Swords of Waar available today!

Monday, 8. October 2012 10:39

Not sure what happened, but who am I to complain? Even though it says right on the page that Swords of Waar is coming out Oct 23rd, apparently it’s available on Amazon right now! That’s right, you can buy the sequel to Jane Carver of Waar today! Be the first one on your block!

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Jane Speaks!

Friday, 24. August 2012 7:26

Jane Carver of Waar has become an audio book from, and it’s great! I’m listening to it right now and really enjoying it! Dina Pearlman doesn’t have a southern accent, but she does have all of Jane’s bad-ass attitude and charm, and really brings the book alive. I stayed up until 3am listening last night. Go buy it now!

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Me and Dave and Jane

Monday, 16. July 2012 13:22

Finally met the mighty Dave Dorman face to face at Comic Con, and got to thank him for his great work. Here we are holding the amazing covers he painted for Jane Carver of Waar and the upcoming Swords of Waar. So cool to see them in the flesh… so to speak. Thanks, Dave!

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Bloodsworn in Britain!

Monday, 4. June 2012 13:55

Amazon UK is showing that Bloodsworn, my third Ulrika the Vampire novel, is now available for sale. And doing quite well, actually. As I write this its Amazon ranking is 1971! Woo hoo!


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Bloodsworn released in US today!

Tuesday, 29. May 2012 10:02

The day has finally arrived! Bloodsworn, the third Ulrika the Vampire novel has been published in the US! So excited to finally be able to share the bloodsoaked culmination of the trilogy. Yay!

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My night in Bordertown

Tuesday, 22. May 2012 10:20

Many years ago, I found an online community of folks who lovedĀ Terry Windling’s Bordertown series, and we all had a great time discussing the books and creating Bordertown alter-egos for ourselves, but then one night there was a Bordertown party here in LA and a lot of my online friends came from all over the country to attend. Also in attendance were Emma Bull and Will Shetterly, contributors to the series, and later my writing mentors. That’s Emma in the center with the 100,000 kilowatt smile, while to her right are Angel (in the leather jacket), Annachee (silver hair), and Ellie, (blonde hair). And I hope I got all the spellings right.

Not sure whose pic this was originally, but Sabrina McCoy put them up on Facebook, and Jen Walker (on the right) tagged me in them. Thanks to both of them for reminding me of that great night. My only regret is the awful chin beard I was sporting at the time. Oh well, as they say, there is no joy that is unalloyed.

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Swords of Waar Cover!

Wednesday, 18. April 2012 11:10

Jane flies again! Night Shade Books just revealed the cover of the second Jane Carver book, Swords of Waar!

So exciting! I’ve been waiting a long time to show it. Have a look!

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The Trilogy is Complete!

Tuesday, 27. March 2012 12:18

Finally got my author copies of Bloodsworn and I had to lay it down next to Bloodborn and Bloodforged just to see ’em all together. Don’t they look fantastic? So pleased with Winona’s art and the overall look and feel of the series. I am also pleased at the critical reception it has received so far. Here’s hoping Bloodsworn does as well!

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