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A God in Chains at a promo price

I’m particularly proud of A God in Chains, (29 five-star Amazon reviews!), the Dying Earth fantasy novel that Edge Publishing released in July as a paperback and ebook.


I’ve been writing Raffalon and Baldemar short stories in that setting for years now and selling them to The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction and anthologies like Rogues, The Book of Swords, and The Book of Magic, but it was good to stretch a little and do a full-length novel.


Now, if you act quickly, you can snap up the ebook edition for less than a buck. The publisher, Edge, has arranged a Bookbub promotion in the UK, Australia, Canada, and India, with the novel selling for the equivalent of US$0.99 in each country’s currency from April 1 to 3. Amazon’s pricing algorithms being what they are, the price has already been lowered on all its platforms.

Here’s a link:


A similar promotion for US customers is planned for May, if Bookbub approves it.

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An update:


My wife and I are in the basement suite of a friend on southern Vancouver Island, self-isolating and waiting to see if we’ve got the bug. Chances are unlikely, since we were previously isolated in a little French hamlet of three or four houses and only went out for groceries. Traveling here, we might have been exposed during the two plane flights and a taxi ride, but we’ve been hand-washing and wiping down. So we’ll see.

If we are contaminated, and it’s a threat, we have access to world-class health-care at no charge. Plus, the friend who’s sheltering us is a doctor.

I’ll write up the full adventure of fleeing France – plenty of twists and turns – in the next episode of my autobiography-in-progress, One Damned Thing After Another. If you’re not seeing those, please fill in the form in the upper right corner of this page.

Soon, I’ll get back to work on Barbarians of the Beyond, the sequel to Jack Vance’s Demon Princes quintilogy. And we’ll spend the summer up in Prince George, as we have the last three years.

All shall be well (that’s a recurring line from Barbarians).

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Further adventures in the plague year

Today, my wife received an email from the French state railroad system to tell her that our train to Charles de Gaulle airport on Sunday had been “suppressed.”

Turns out that’s the same as “cancelled.” 

So were  the trains for Saturday and Monday.  France is deadly serious about suppressing the Corona virus.  Apparently, only freight trains are moving from now on.

Fortunately, with the assistance of our French-speaking host, we were able to rent a car for a one-way trip to the airport.  Five hours, but at least you don’t have to worry about the traffic.  Apart from trucks, there isn’t any.

So we’ll drive up Sunday, hoping that Air Canada’s commitment to keep flying from Paris to Montreal endures until we board our flight on Monday.

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Update on Barbarians of the Beyond

I’ve polished up and expanded the draft of Barbarians of the Beyond, the authorized sequel to Jack Vance’s quintilogy, The Demon Princes.  At just under 58,000 words, its length is within the range of the original five novels, which were written back in the age of short SF paperbacks.

I think it has the feel of a nice, tight, Vancean adventure tale, with some twists and turns and paying proper homage to Vance’s preference for anti-heroes. 

I’ll take another look at it in a few days, then turn it in officially.

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What’s new

On Friday, I mailed out 38 signed trade paperback books and 14 “Friend of Filidor” medals to my Patreon patrons who pledged $10 and $15 or more monthly over the past year.  The books are a mixed bag.  I found some Majestrums and one Paizo edition of Template in storage, and ordered 20 copies of Downshift from Amazon and threw in some author’s copies of Forays of a Fat Man, last year’s omnibus of four Luff Imbry novellas.

I’m grateful to all my patrons for their continuing support.  The contributions have allowed me to get a great deal of writing done over the past year:  Baldemar novelettes for The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction;  a 55,000-word sequel to Jack Vance’s The Demon Princes;  most of A God in Chains (Edge SF and Fantasy Publishing);  and 22,000 words started on The Do-Gooder, a sequel to my suspense novel, One More Kill.

I’m relocating to France now for a housesit, followed by a short one in Bucharest.  By the end of May, I expect to be back in British Columbia.  In France, I plan to finish the Vance sequel, tentatively titled Barbarians of the Beyond.  I’ve asked F&SF editor if he’d be interested in a new series set in the Dying Earth, built around the character of Cascor the discriminator, and if the answer is positive, I’ll start the first of those.

 In the summer, I’ll do more work on The Do-Gooder, and I may start researching another historical novel, perhaps with some fantasy elements.

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