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The Black Gate Interview – Part One

Tuesday, 13. March 2012 17:53

Black Gate Magazine it putting up a multi-part interview with me about Jane Carver, writing in the Warhammer universe, and writing in general. Here’s a link to Part One.

Really enjoyed doing this, and there’s more to come. I’ll post the links to the other parts as they’re posted.

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Everybody Loves Jane

Sunday, 4. March 2012 11:40

As the release of Jane Carver of Waar is only two days away, I thought I’d compile all the reviews I’ve found so far. Not a bad one in the bunch. Can that possibly continue? I’ll keep you posted.

Publisher’s Weekly says, “An affectionate and often raunchy parody of Edgar Rice Burroughs’s John Carter of Mars books. Long mocks and critiques elements of space fantasy settings that a son of the Old South like John Carter would never have noticed.”

City Book Review says, “Jane Carver of Waar is a classic adventure novel and great fun. Think of it as a Burroughs homage by an accomplished modern fantasy writer.”

Cleveland.com says, “A devilishly entertaining homage to Edgar Rice Burroughs.”

Thinking About Books says, “Put all this together and Jane Carver of Waar takes itself seriously, showing our heroine as a fish out of water and trying to avoid death at every turn. This is not a parody intent on mocking ERB-style Barsoom fantasy novels. Unlike the originals, this has a coherent plot and good character development.”

If anyone sees any more reviews out there that I’ve missed, please let me know!

 

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Crossing the Streams – My Contest Winners

Saturday, 3. March 2012 10:10

What a lot of amazing entries I received. I learned a lot about a lot of sci-fi and fantasy heroines who I knew nothing about, and in the process added considerably to my ‘to be read’ pile. Thanks to everyone who entered. You are an inspiring bunch. It was very difficult to pick just one to be the winner, so I’m glad we added a random draw prize as well, so another deserving entrant could win.

The winner of the random draw was Benjamin King, of Indiana. Thanks, Ben! You’ll be getting your book shortly.

The winner of the “Favorite Heroine” part of the contest was Steve Drew, of Oklahoma, who’s entry about reading with his daughter moved me, and reminded me that the best fantasy gets you thinking as well as giving you a thrill. But, uh, don’t read Jane with your daughter, Steve. It’ll just embarrass both of you.

Here’s what Steve wrote:

My favorite heroine in a SF / Fantasy series is Thorn Harvestar from Jeff Smith’s BONE series.  It may seem like an odd choice, but the BONE collection is the first true Fantasy book that I was able to share with my eight-year-old daughter.  We read through it every evening for weeks – going over both fun and serious topics throughout the evening.  When we finished, my daughter reflected on Thorn’s bravery, intelligence, strength and friendship – hoping that some day she could be like that as well.

It was at that point I realized what an exceptional role model and protagonist Jeff Smith developed in these stories.  Through Thorn, I was able to bond with my daughter over a wide range of subjects.  I’ve read countless novels over the years about heroines in SF/F worlds – this was the first that bridged the gap to reality and enhanced my life.  For that, I’m grateful to the BONE series and the character that Jeff Smith developed.

Thanks again to everyone who entered, and to Ari Marmell for putting this contest together, as well as all the other writers who participated. This was a great event. Let’s do it again some time!

The ultra, super, mega winner will be announced in a few days. One lucky entrant picked from all the contests to receive all the books. Who will it be? Stay tuned and find out!

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All Streams Crossed – The Contest is now closed

Thursday, 1. March 2012 0:06

It is just past midnight here on the west coast, so it’s officially March 1st, and the Crossing the Streams Contest is now closed. No more entries will be accepted as of now.

Thanks to all who entered! It will take me and the other others a few days to figure out our winners, so bear with us. We will announce the results soon.

Thanks!

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Crossing Streams – Opening Eyes — Part Five

Friday, 24. February 2012 12:00

My fifth post featuring some of the fantastic answers from the entries I’ve been getting for the Crossing the Streams contest. So proud of all my contestants! As I said earlier, I’m familiar with some of the authors and heroines mentioned, but many of the entries have opened my eyes to books I’d missed or dismissed, and my to-be-read pile is piling up with each new entry.

(A note to everyone who entered the contest. Just because your entry is posted here doesn’t mean you’ve won. And just because it isn’t doesn’t mean you’ve lost. Every single entry is still in the running.)

(A note to everyone who hasn’t entered the contest. It runs ’til the end of February. Still plenty of time to enter!)

Right then, here are three more:

My favorite heroine from sci-fi or fantasy is Susan Calvin, of Isaac Asimov’s short stories. She was a woman who loved the puzzle of robots and understood them, and a pioneer in the field of robopsychology. She was an unyielding and often acerbic opponent for her male counterparts, written in and living in an era when women were rare in such positions. And she represented Asimov’s love of clear thought and reason, and she represented it memorably.

Peter

My favorite fantasy heroine is Arya Stark from George RR Martin’s Song Of Ice And Fire series.  A firery little girl who’s life is turned upside down.  She slowly starts to grow and you can see so much of her fathers fierceness in her.

Steve

My favorite sci-fi heroine is Honor Harrington from the series by David Weber. Honor starts off as a naval officer in the Queen’s space fleet, and through the deeply character driven series, Honor becomes a central figure for complicated war between star nations. As a character, she is not without fault, and through the series she has her ups and downs. What I love most about her is how she ends up in these ridiculous situations and yet the story makes them all seem so believable. She had pet cat-like creature that can read minds, becomes the hero of no less than two star nations, engages in duels, space battles, and ends up one of the most powerful figures in the series. Yet at no point in the series does she seem like a Mary Sue.

All in all, Honor is just a plain fun character.

Stephen

More next week!

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Crossing Streams – Opening Eyes — Part Four

Thursday, 23. February 2012 12:00

My fourth post featuring some of the fantastic answers from the entries I’ve been getting for the Crossing the Streams contest. So proud of all my contestants! As I said earlier, I’m familiar with some of the authors and heroines mentioned, but many of the entries have opened my eyes to books I’d missed or dismissed, and my to-be-read pile is piling up with each new entry.

(A note to everyone who entered the contest. Just because your entry is posted here doesn’t mean you’ve won. And just because it isn’t doesn’t mean you’ve lost. Every single entry is still in the running.)

(A note to everyone who hasn’t entered the contest. It runs ’til the end of February. Still plenty of time to enter!)

Right then, here are three more:

My favorite heroine, I’m going to say is Althea Vestrit from Robin Hobb’s Liveship Trilogy. I know there’s tougher females out there, but I’m going with her (and it might have something to do with the fact that I just finished the book not long ago so it’s fairly fresh in my mind); however, she is pretty tough in her own right—able to pose as a man onboard a ship for a considerable amount of time, all the while maintaining the vigorous demands put to her day by day. I enjoyed witnessing her growth throughout the story, through the turmoil of losing the two most precious things to her in life, and her journey to regain at least one of them. And sure, she’s made some mistakes, but it just makes her more believable and relatable.
Shawn

I think I will go with C.L. Moore’s Jirel of Joiry. She was seminal, she had agency, and she was willing to brave hells to do what needed doing. And if you were in her way, you were likely to get sliced into gyro meat. And she literally “ruled”, too. Somewhere in an alternate France as I recall.

How can you ask for anything more?

Paul

So my favorite heroine is like my favorite book, it changes approximately once a week or whenever i finish a great new book. On of the best heroines I have ever seen introduced is MacKayla Lane from Karen Marie Moning’s Darkfever.  In that series we see the complete destruction and rebuilding of a character it is an interesting process. Never before had I had such strong and conflicting ideals about the same character within not only the series but the same book!

Tina

More tomorrow!

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Crossing Streams – Opening Eyes — Part Three

Wednesday, 22. February 2012 12:00

My third post featuring some of the fantastic answers from the entries I’ve been getting for the Crossing the Streams contest. So proud of all my contestants! As I said earlier, I’m familiar with some of the authors and heroines mentioned, but many of the entries have opened my eyes to books I’d missed or dismissed, and my to-be-read pile is piling up with each new entry.

(A note to everyone who entered the contest. Just because your entry is posted here doesn’t mean you’ve won. And just because it isn’t doesn’t mean you’ve lost. Every single entry is still in the running.)

(A note to everyone who hasn’t entered the contest. It runs ’til the end of February. Still plenty of time to enter!)

Right then, here are three more:

My current favorite is Marla Mason from an urban fantasy series by T.A. Pratt. She’s a no nonsense ass kicker who gets herself in trouble by being too confident and secretive by half. There have been five books in the series starting with Blood Engines. You can see both the character and the author develop as the series goes on. In a genre filled with books that read like pulp romance with werewolves and vampires tossed in, Marla’s a breath of fresh air. Any man who got fresh with her would get his teeth kicked in.

Glen

The Rowan from Anne McCaffrey’s ‘The Tower and the Hive’ series.  I read it when I was 7 years old and begged my father to let me dye my hair white and convinced everyone I was going to marry a guy named Jeff Raven. She was sarcastic, commanding and scared the living daylights out of people–no one wanted to mess with her.  She was something of a biatch, but it really stemmed more from a past trauma and an upbringing that was mostly fueled by loss, and a lack of people who understood her.  Plus her name wasn’t ‘Rowan’, it was always ‘THE Rowan’.  How frakking cool is that?

Lexie

My favorite heroine is Katniss Everdeen.  When my daughter and I read the Hunger Games series I was amazed by how Katniss inspired my 12 year old daughter to be strong and to stand up for what she believes is right.

Karen

More tomorrow!

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Crossing Streams – Opening Eyes — Part Two

Tuesday, 21. February 2012 23:12

Ugh. I promised last week that I would start posting some of the fantastic answers from the entries I’ve been getting for the Crossing the Streams contest, but last week clubbed me over the head and took my lunch money and I didn’t have a chance to get around to it. I’m finally recovered, so let’s continue, shall we? As I said earlier, I’m familiar with some of the authors and heroines mentioned, but many of the entries have opened my eyes to books I’d missed or dismissed, and my to-be-read pile is piling up with each new entry.

(A note to everyone who entered the contest. Just because your entry is posted here doesn’t mean you’ve won. And just because it isn’t doesn’t mean you’ve lost. Every single entry is still in the running.)

(A note to everyone who hasn’t entered the contest. It runs ’til the end of February. Still plenty of time to enter!)

Right then, here are three more:

My favorite heroine would have to be “Lady” from the The Chronicles of the Black Company by Glen Cook. One of the most powerful magic wielders in any genre. She basically gives up her powers to keep her demi-god-like abusive murderous husband in his grave. Then takes up with the Company surgeon and chronicler  . She then rises through the ranks gaining the respect of the men to become one of the Company leaders. Being a 19 year veteran, this series of books and characters really hits it for me. I have met so many folks that actually reminds me of these characters, including Lady, and I know how hard it is for a female to rise through the ranks and garner the respect that she does.

Philip & Kathleen

My favorite scifi heroine has been Lucy Pevensie for as long as I can remember.  I like her because she’s never afraid to jump right in and make friends with Amazing Things.  She’s a true heroine, for me.

Denise

My favorite Scifi/fantasy heroine has and always will be Moreta from “Moreta, Dragonlady of Pern” by Anne McCaffery.  I found that book, without having read any of the other Pern books, at a time in my life when I was feeling overwhelmed by things that I couldn’t control.  To read a story about a woman who took matters into her own hands and solved her problems, even at the cost of her own life, was very moving and helpful at that rough point in my life.

Megan

More tomorrow!

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Nathan’s Whirlwind Spring

Tuesday, 21. February 2012 10:13

This spring is my busiest yet, with more book releases, signings and appearances than I personally can shake a stick at. I’m going to have to hire extra stick-shakers, just to keep up! I’ll be posting again about each individual thing as it comes up, but here is everything in one convenient list so you can mark your calendars now.

Jane Carver Release – March 6th

Jane Carver of Waar is coming out from Night Shade Books on March 6th, available from your favorite local bookstore and on-line as well! Click on the picture to buy it from my pals, Mysterious Galaxy Books.

 

Jane Carver Signing at Mystery and Imagination Bookstore – March 11th

The first stop on my Jane Carver of Waar release tour will be at Mystery and Imagination Books in Glendale, CA on March 11th. I’ll be reading from the book and signing copies from 1 pm, so come on by. This is my local new and used bookstore, which, as the name implies, focuses heavily on Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Mystery books. They are great people and a great store, well worth a visit any time.

Mystery and Imagination Bookstore – 238 N. Brand Blvd. Glendale CA, 91203

Jane Carver signing at Mysterious Galaxy Redondo Beach – March 23rd

The second stop on the release tour is Mysterious Galaxy Redondo Beach on March 23rd at 7:30 pm. This will be a tag team signing with fellow Night Shade Books author David Constantine, who will be signing his new novel The Pillars of Hercules. We will be reading from and discussing our books, then fighting for the Night Shade Light Heavyweight Championship Belt in a Steel Cage Match – if we can get the permits, that is.

Mysterious Galaxy Redondo Beach – 2810 Artesia Blvd. Redondo Beach, CA 90278

Gotrek and Felix: The Anthology release – March 27th

Gotrek and Felix: The Anthology, a collection of Gotrek and Felix short stories from various authors, in which I have a novella and a short, comes out on March 27th, and will be available from your favorite local bookstore and on-line as well! Click on the picture to buy it from my pals, Mysterious Galaxy Books. I’m really looking forward to seeing all the different authors’ takes on Warhammer Fantasy’s most iconic heroes.

Appearance and Panel Discussion at Literary Orange – April 14th

This is the biggest weekend of the Jane Carver Release Tour. On Saturday, April 14th, I will be appearing at Literary Orange, an annual celebration of authors, readers and libraries presented by the Orange County Public Libraries at the UC Irvine Student Center. I will be speaking on a panel or two and signing books throughout the day. This is the first time I’ve been invited to anything like this, and I am both surprised and honored.

And that’s only half the weekend…

Jane Carver Signing at Mysterious Galaxy San Diego – April 15th

On Sunday, April 15th, I will be at Mysterious Galaxy San Diego doing another tag-team Night Shade Books signing, this time with Carol Wolf, who will be signing her new novel The Summoning, but I also have a rematch with David “Pillars of Hercules” Constantine, this time in a no-holds-barred Texas Death Match. All three of us will be signing, reading from and discussing our new books.

Mysterious Galaxy San Diego7051 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. Suite #302 San Diego, CA 92111

Bloodsworn Release – May 29th

Bloodsworn, the 3rd in the Ulrika the Vampire series comes out on May 29thm available from your favorite local bookstore and on-line as well! Click on the picture to buy it from my pals, Mysterious Galaxy Books.

 

My weekly blog at the Night Bazaar

In addition to all this running around, I am also doing a weekly guest blog at Night Shade Books’ author blog, the Night Bazaar, where I tackle the weekly topic and wrestle it to the ground, often with humorous results. The Night Bazaar is a great place to meet Night Shade’s current crop of authors and get to know them and their books. Check it out!

Interviews etc.

I also have a lot of interviews and other guest bloggery coming up, but I’ll have to get back to you on those once the dates are finalized.

Wow, what a crazy spring.

I love it!

 

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Crossing Streams – Opening Eyes — Part One

Monday, 6. February 2012 10:23

Been getting lots of entries for the Crossing the Streams contest, and a lot of them are really amazing – very well thought out answers to the question, who is your favorite fantasy or science fiction heroine. I was so impressed that I thought I’d post some of them every day this week. I am familiar with some of the authors and heroines mentioned, but many of the entries have opened my eyes to books I’d missed or dismissed, and my to-be-read pile is piling up with each new entry.

(A note to everyone who entered the contest. Just because your entry is posted here doesn’t mean you’ve won. And just because it isn’t doesn’t mean you’ve lost. Every single entry is still in the running.)

(A note to everyone who hasn’t entered the contest. It runs ’til the end of February. Still plenty of time to enter!)

Right then, here are the first three:

Minda Sealy from Charles deLint’s first book, Riddle of the Wren. She appeared in my life when being small and brown and wren-like was reality, and she did the classic hero’s journey inward to find her answers, her identity, and her own power…and found that power was of wildness, not of traditional light/dark goodness — older, more nuanced, more subtle, both/and… Allowed me to own some of my own wildness that wasn’t about being a good girl in a new way…an early step in the road to becoming a 47 year old dragon…

Leigh

As for my favorite Heroine from sci-fi and fantasy fiction, that’s tough. It seems that every book on my shelves is centered around male characters. Wow. There are a few older characters that stand out like David Eddings’ Polgara the Sorceress and Weiss and Hickman’s Kitiara, but they seem like secondary characters at best. I’ll go with Joshua Palmatier’s Varis from the Thrones of Amenkor series. That poor girl goes through hell just to survive and then when she finally achieves a position of power, she gets stuck on a throne of madness and forced to rule the same people who kept her on the streets. Plus, the magic’s pretty cool.

Dave

My favorite fantasy heroine would have to be Brienne of Tarth from the Song of Ice and Fire series. The minimal focus on her sexuality is refreshing and she presents an interesting inversion of the courtly knight trope.

Steve

More tomorrow!

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