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Get em while they’re hot

A reminder:  the hardcover limited edition of What the Wind Brings will be on sale at a 20 per cent discount — C$39.95 in Canadian dollars — for another ten days.  On September 1, the price goes up to the regular C$49.95.

Here’s where to go to pre-order:

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A God in Chains garners good reviews

A God in Chains (Edge SF & Fantasy Publishing), my new Dying Earth adventure fantasy novel, has only been available for purchase for less than three weeks, but it has already garnered seven four- and five-star reviews on

It usually takes longer than that for the reviews to build up. I’m interested to see what professional critics have to say about it.

Here’s a link.

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A God in Chains opening

I’ve posted on Curious Fictions the first 4500 words of A God in Chains, my new Dying Earth adventure/fantasy novel, published last month by Edge SF and Fantasy Publishing).

Here’s a link.

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Warms my heart

Some fifty years ago, when I was a dedicated reader of historical fiction, just out of my teens, I came across a novel by a young American woman. The title was Until the Sun Falls, about a general of the Mongol army in the aftermath of Genghis Khan’s death. The book absolutely captured me, and I went looking for other titles by the author, Cecelia Holland.

I found plenty of them,, set in many different ages and cultures. I soon noticed that she had the ability to absorb and project the worldviews of people who lived long ago in lands far away. The truth of L.P. Hartley’s famous line — The past is a foreign country. They do things differently there — came through, time and again. Cecelia Holland became one of my favorite historical novelists and remains so today.

I had the chance to meet her at a World Fantasy Convention in Tempe, fifteen years ago, and asked her advice about the big historical novel I intended to write some day. She kindly gave me some useful advice.

Well, now I’ve written that novel, What the Wind Brings, and it will soon be published by Pulp Literature Press. I sent an Advance Reading Copy to Cecelia Holland and asked her for any comments she night care to meet. The result: I have a cover blurb. She called it “a triumph.”

Try to imagine: someone whose work you have admired for decades praises a piece of work that you consider the most important thing you’ve done. Wonderful.

Here’s where you can pre-order What the Wind Brings:

Hardcover limited edition: $39.95 (US$30, UK£23)

Signed hardcover limited edition: $70.00 (US$52, UK£41)

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WorldCon (Dublin): where I’ll be

It starts with a kaffeeklatch. That’s where readers and fans sit down in a small group with an author and talk about whatever moves them. I’ll be hosting one on Saturday, August 19, from 14:00 to 14:50. The location, at the Dublin Convention Centre, is Level 3 Foyer.

Later the same day, I’ll be on a panel entitled “A gun, a gut, and three ex-wives: the appeal of the gumshoe in SFF.”  That one takes place in Wicklow Hall 2B, from 19:00 to 19:50.

Then on Sunday, August 18, they’re giving me twenty minutes to do a reading, from 20:00 to 20:20 in Liffey Room 3.

And, finally, they’ve got me scheduled for an autographing session, the afternoon of Monday, August 19. But by then I’ll be on a plane back to Canada. I should be able to move it to a better time.

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