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Steampunk Book of the Year

December 23, 2010 - 1:56 am No Comments

Holy cow, you guys – it looks like Boneshaker has been declared Steampunk Book Of The Year by Steampunk.com. (And as a side note, Dreadnought came in second place, good heavens!) I don’t know what to say, except to offer many profuse, sincere thanks to that fine website, and to everyone who voted!

Glad tidings indeed

December 11, 2010 - 12:28 am No Comments

The last couple of days have brought some really great news for the Clockwork Century – and I just had to take a moment to close the week by sharing the love.

First: I’ve just gotten word that Dreadnought will be headed into a second printing sometime in the next few weeks! This is news of great joy for all the obvious reasons, but I wanted to provide a general “heads up” before the last of the first run has gone out the door … because I know some of you folks are all about the first editions.

And hey, if you want a signed first edition – but you don’t live anywhere near the spots where I’ve been signing for the last few months – you can always pick one up via the University Book Store in Seattle. I mean, should you want to nab a really kick-ass holiday gift for someone who’s camping out at the top of Santa’s “Nice” list.

Second: this month Dreadnought has finally busted onto the Locus bestseller list! Best of all, it’s in the trade paperback column right alongside Boneshaker – which is spending a brain-bending tenth month on the list!*

I’d write more on the subject, but I’m afraid I’ve already used my daily allotment of exclamation points, and I wouldn’t want to accrue some kind of fine, or something. Suffice it to say that I am thrilled, and encouraged, and absolutely freaking delighted in every possible way.

Thank you so much to everyone who’s reading, talking about, passing around, and sharing these weird little clockwork books. You’re the ones making this happen, you know. [:: points at you, yes you ::] And you are awesome.



* No, not consecutive months. It’s fallen off a time or two, and then popped back up again. I remain overjoyed, regardless!

Tacoma Tonight

November 30, 2010 - 6:52 pm No Comments

Today – 7:00 p.m. at the Tacoma Public Library – I will be there, attempting to be entertaining! I’ve never been to this particular library before, though I’m looking forward to it; and I’m looking forward to seeing all you readers who might be persuaded to show up despite the (frankly kind of awful) weather.

Or maybe it’s waaaaay different in Tacoma. But here in Seattle it’s windy and messy, and I’ll drive through it – you just watch me.

It is my intention to leave at 5:00, which might seem like overkill … but there’s a huge spread when it comes to how long it takes to get between these two cities. I’ve made the drive in as little as thirty minutes, and as much as 2-1/2 hours. Since I’m leaving around rush hour, I’m planning for something close to the worst. If it turns out that I’ve been overly cautious, that’s okay – I’ll find a Taco Bell and make myself comfortable until showtime.

See you tonight!

Advance Warning: Tacoma

November 24, 2010 - 9:51 pm No Comments

The holidays are upon us (at least, the first of the two big winter jobbies) and I’m eyeballs deep in work – so no, I’m not being super-great about maintaining my blog-type duties. My apologies! But Hellbent won’t revise itself, and nor will this Thanksgiving meal come together unattended. Such is life.

However, I do want to give an advance heads-up regarding my very last public event this year. That’s right, folks – just one more left! And after that, there’s nothing on my docket until the end of January. Then, of course, the whole book promotion hoopla begins anew. At present, I have events pending for January (Detroit), February (Houston), March (Tuscon, San Francisco), April (Oklahoma City, Atlanta), and May (D.C., Phoenix). So as you can see, I’m totally taking it easy in 2011.*

But first, there’s this final appearance at the Tacoma Public Library on November 30th, at 7:00 p.m.

Though this is not technically a bookstore event, books will be available for sale – courtesy of Garfield Books (or so I am told). So if you’re in the neighborhood, and if you’re thinking to yourself, “Self, I sure could use some awesomely signed and personalized books for holiday gift-giving …” well then. You know where to find me!



* Hardy har har, yes I know – and never mind the local events that are lining up. But believe it or not, I’ve already turned down 5 other out-of-state events for 2011, so I’m actually quite serious. I’m trying to keep my schedule a little more open next year – while still hitting up some of the cities I’ve missed thus far.

Richmond, VA – At the Fountain Bookstore

November 14, 2010 - 5:05 pm No Comments

Tuesday, November 16th – come out and catch me at The Fountain Bookstore (1312 E. Cary St., Historic Shockoe Slip, Richmond). Reading, Q&A, and general chatter on my part begins at 6:30 p.m., and of course I’ll sign your stuff and answer all your pressing zombie science queries.

While I’m there, I’ll also be appearing on your local CBS affiliate, CBS 6 WTVR, though whether I’ll be live in the morning or they’re taping a piece for later, I couldn’t say. All I know is that I’m showing up very, very early (for me, on West Coast time) and I shall try to hide the fact that I won’t yet be so much awake.*

So, yes – tomorrow bright and early I’ll be flying out, and then I’ll be back on Wednesday night, in order to get ready for SteamCon, which is this coming weekend. No rest for the wicked, or so they tell me … but at least SteamCon is more or less here in town.



* My ride is picking me up at 7:50 a.m. Knock three hours off of that, and that’s what time I have to be out of bed and TV-ready.