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The WIP Game

This "Blog Hop" is a question and answer game that some of my writer pals are playing.  Here's some information about my current Work In Progress, followed by links to other writers posting about theirs.  Enjoy!

Q: What is the working title of your book?  
A: CURSE OF THE FALLEN or CURSE OF THE ALBEN, not sure which.  What do you think?  Is CURSE OF THE ALBEN confusing?

Q: Where did the idea come from for the book?
A: Short answer: This is book 4 of my Blood of the Kindred series, inspired by my short story, "Kind Hunter" (which you can read at Book View Café - it's the free sample from the anthology DRAGON LORDS AND WARRIOR WOMEN).

Q: What genre does your book fall under?
A: Fantasy

Q: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
A: Well, Orlando Bloom is the quintessential elf in my eyes, so I'd cast him as Turisan.  For Eliani - yanno, Zooey Deschanel might work!  For Shalár, I think Kaley Cuoco would do a very good job.  And for Luruthin, perhaps Matthew Gray Gubler.

Q: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
A: As war with the alben intensifies in Fireshore, Eliani and Turisan return to Highstone, where the Ælven Council must decide the future of the Lost: will they be exiled like the alben, or will they become allies whose aid might tip the balance in the war?

Q: Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
A: Well, kind of neither.  Since the series was dropped after book 2 by the original publisher, I have elected to continue publishing it with the help of the wonderful publishing cooperative Book View Café.  Book 3, Swords Over Fireshore, came out in 2012.  Oh, and this book should be out in spring of 2013.

Q: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
A: About a year.

Q: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
A: It's my take on a Lord of the Rings type of fantasy.

Q: Who or What inspired you to write this book?
A: Tolkein, of course.  I've been a fan of LotR since I was around 12, I guess, when I first read it.  I especially love elves, so my own stories are about the Ælven.  Also, see question 2.

Q: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
A: The Blood of the Kindred series is my exploration of the question posed in "Kind Hunter," namely:  what if elves and vampires were originally the same race?

Book 1: The Betrayal
Book 2: Heart of the Exiled
Book 3: Swords Over Fireshore

And now, here are some other writers who are playing this game:

Patricia Burroughs

Jeffrey A. Carver

Katharine Eliska "Cat" Kimbriel

Steven Harper Piziks

Deborah J. Ross

Laura Underwood

Edited to add: 

Kelly A. Harmon

Cindie Geddes

Have fun!

Coyote UglyFall was kind of hectic, and I forgot to announce this.  I know many of my readers have been wanting a print edition of my short story collection, Coyote Ugly.  Well, it's now available!  You can order it here, or request it from your favorite bookstore.

It was surreal to watch Sandy make landfall near Atlantic City even as my new novel, much of which takes place in that town, was released.

Whenever a natural disaster occurs, I get a sick feeling of helplessness. I’ve learned to counter that by doing something, even something small, to offset the overwhelming feelings.

So I’ve picked out a charity near Atlantic City, the Food Bank of South Jersey, and for every sale of Dead Man’s Hand at BVC during November, I’ll donate $2 to them.

I’m starting off with a $50 donation now, because I know they need the funds now. If the book sells more than 25 copies at BVC this month, I’ll send more.

So tell your friends. If you’d like to read a nice poker zombie story, and want to do a little something to help the folks who got hit hard by Sandy, this is a way to do both.

DEAD MAN'S HAND by Pati Nagle Dead Man’s Hand by Pati Nagle

Wild Bill Hickok awakens to the feel of flesh crawling onto his bones. Alive again, in the graveyard in Deadwood on a cold October night, he has an irresistible compulsion to go to Atlantic City.

There, in the mysterious and magical Black Queen casino, he joins a rogue’s gallery of resurrected scoundrels, all gamblers who were murdered like himself. Will the father of organized crime revert to his bad habits and attempt to take over the Queen? Will Wild Bill finally find out if those aces and eights are winners? Five murdered men sit down to a poker tournament for the highest possible stakes: the right to stay alive.

Prize Winner

Congrats to eiricmacbean who won the prize here for the BVC Grand Opening! 

His choice:

What Ho, Automaton!What Ho, Automaton!

“A fun blend of P.G. Wodehouse, steampunk and a touch of Sherlock Holmes. Dolley is a master at capturing and blending all these elements. More than fascinating, this work is also rip-roaring fun!”
SF Revu

Great book, I really enjoyed it.  Hope you do too!

Party Time!!!

It's been a long time coming, and a lot of work.  I'm absolutely delighted to announce that Book View Café, the author-owned publishing cooperative of which I'm a member, is at last celebrating the opening of our new, completely-redesigned bookstore!

Party Favors!  We're giving our readers chances to win the book of their choice from BVC's catalog!  Just take a look around the store anytime up until midnight, June 8, and choose the book you’d like—all the books that are eligible for the giveaway are marked with a gold star. Then come back here and leave a comment with the name and author of the book and why you want it (we may use that comment for publicity purposes). When the promotion ends, I'll announce a winner here and that winner will get a coupon for the book s/he chose.

Books on Sale:  for the Grand Opening, I've got two titles on sale at $2 off the list price, Immortal and Glorieta Pass.  Use coupon codes IM-GO and GP-GO to get the discounts.  Most BVC anthologies are also on sale, half price, for the celebration.

Full details (and another chance to win a book) are available at the BVC Grand Opening Celebration page. Check it out!

Release Day!

HEART OF THE EXILED is out today.  Hurrah!

I blogged about fantasy art at  Comment about your favorite fantasy artist (on the Ninc blog, not here) for a chance to win a free copy of the book.


Musings as I bide my time

I am in the waiting room at the car dealership, biding my time while my car receives an expensive 60,000 mile service.  They provide free pastries and fruit and coffee and tea, and more importantly, free Wi-Fi.  So I am catching up on email and reading blogs and having a fairly pleasant time considering.

Looked at my backlist ebook sales numbers at Amazon this morning.  Two books sold so far this month!  That raised my spirits, actually, because after the first week of November I had no sales and was starting to get depressed.  It's a fair amount of work to prepare a book for ebook publication, so it's nice to see some sales coming in.

coverI'm finalizing a new ebook to release on 12/21, and I'm pretty excited about it. Coyote Ugly is a collection of my short fiction, some previously published, some entirely new, plus some extra treats (hint:  I've been perfecting my recipe for New Mexican Hot Cocoa).

This book is a labor of love.  For a long time I've wanted to make my short story, "Coyote Ugly," available again.  It first appeared in The Magazine of Science Fiction and Fantasy, and it was my first official professional short fiction sale. 

Some of the stories in this book are favorites of mine that never found the right market.  A couple of them are set in New Mexico, and are probably hard for New York publishers to "get."  So this book is strong on New Mexico, though there's lots of other stuff in there too.

I did the cover art, and that was also a labor of love.  New Mexicans like it because it depicts Zozobra, a Santa Fe tradition since the early 20th century.  Zozobra is our own funky local version of the Burning Man, I guess you could say.  Also known as "Old Man Gloom," he is burned every September at the start of the Santa Fe Fiesta, and the tradition is that by burning Zozobra, we are burning our troubles.

I'm curious - what do you non-New Mexicans think of the cover art?  Is it intriguing at all?  Confusing?  Just weird?

Cover Art Squee!

Here it is! Heart of the Exiled

I really love this cover. 

Seriously Tickled - BREWING FINE FICTION

I've been even more quiet than usual lately, because I was working on finishing this project, of which I'm extremely proud:

BREWING FINE FICTION, Advice for Writers From the Authors at Book View Café (ISBN 978-0-9828440-3-8). BVC’s members include international bestselling authors and winners of the National Book Award, the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award, and many others. Most have sold multiple novels to major publishers. Many have taught writing at workshops around the world. The knowledge of these professional authors is gathered into one volume, edited by Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff and Pati Nagle, that will help both new and experienced writers cope with the creative challenges and the nuts-and-bolts business issues of a career in writing fiction.

“Check any bookstore and you'll find a host of titles on writing. Some are good, some not so good. Every author has his or her own strengths and weaknesses. But in BREWING FINE FICTION: Advice for writers from the authors of Bookview Café, you get a smorgasbord of professional advice and expertise. From the plausibility of fantasy, by Ursula K. Le Guin, to Deborah J. Ross's comments on reviews, you'll find every facet of the craft and writing life covered. For the wealth of information, experience, and diversity, all under one cover, you can't beat it.”
--Mary Rosenblum, Compton Crook Award winner

Contributors to Brewing Fine Fiction include: Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff, Amy Sterling Casil, Brenda W. Clough, Lori Devoti, Chris Dolley, Laura Anne Gilman, Sue Lange, Ursula K. Le Guin, Vonda N. McIntyre, Nancy Jane Moore, Pati Nagle, Steven Harper Piziks, Irene Radford, Patricia Rice, Madeleine E. Robins, Deborah J. Ross, Sherwood Smith, Jennifer Stevenson, Judith Tarr, Gerald M. Weinberg, and Sarah Zettel.

In celebration of the launch, BVC is giving out free copies of WAYS TO TRASH YOUR WRITING CAREER.  This ebook is a collection of humorous stories posted to the Book View Cafe blog by the BVC authors describing the fastest ways to bring your writing career to a screeching halt. The compilation is available free of charge to anyone purchasing a copy of BREWING FINE FICTION through the BVC website. It is also for sale as a stand alone for $.99 (

BREWING FINE FICTION is available at the Book View Café website (along with WAYS TO TRASH YOUR WRITING CAREER) for $4.99 in pdf,  epub, mobi, prc, lit, and lrf formats ( BREWING FINE FICTION will be available at Kindle, Smashwords, Kobo, and B&N soon.



I got a peek at the cover for my next book, Heart of the Exiled (January 2011).  Unfortunately I can't share it yet, so you'll just have to take my word that it's gorgeous.
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