Memorial Day

Monday, 28. May 2012 9:55 | Author:

Watched a stupid movie called Stage Door Canteen with Lili last night, as corny and jingoistic as anything you’ll ever see, but here’s the thing. When was the last time you saw a whole movie, or even a whole TV show, the entire purpose of which was to make soldiers feel loved, honored, and good about themselves and the war they were fighting? Maybe it’s because WWII was the last good war, but those were not the last good soldiers. I wish there were something more recent to make today’s soldiers feel loved, honored and good about themselves, but for now, Gypsy Rose Lee taking off not very much at all will have to do.

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My night in Bordertown

Tuesday, 22. May 2012 10:20 | Author:

Many years ago, I found an online community of folks who loved 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 | Author:

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 | Author:

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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The Black Gate Interview – Part One

Tuesday, 13. March 2012 17:53 | Author:

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 | Author:

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 | Author:

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 | Author:

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 | Author:

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 | Author:

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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