Japan Photo Album

As is my want, when traveling to exciting locations, I’ve assembled an annotated photo album of my trip to Japan. Yes, there is a picture of Mt. Fuji. There are also many other pictures of random things that happened to interest me. Take a look here! (And be sure to scroll down for captions)

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Summer Sale 2017

Since it’s time for some beach readin’, I’m having a summer sale!

Wolfsbane is $1.99!

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It’s the 4th book in the Silver series. Religious werewolves, snarky Death. The 5th (and final) book will be out Spring 2018, so if you’re a person who likes completed series, now’s a great time to catch up!

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Hound and Key is $0.99!

Held_HoundandKey_EbookAncient tales, magic, and questions of self-identity. When you inherit generations of other people’s memories (and magic) when do you stop being…you?

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Norwescon 2017 Schedule

Yes, it’s that time of year, I have my schedule for Norwescon (my one and only con this year). If you’d like to come see me, stop by one of these panels or the autographing session. WOLFSBANE and HOUND AND KEY will be available at the con as well!

Friday

Shuffling Off the Mortal Coil
5:00pm – 6:00pm @ Cascade 10
Scott James Magner (M), Patrick Swenson, Rhiannon Held, Carol Berg

Worldbuilding: Alien Cultures that Don’t Dehumanize
8:00pm – 9:00pm @ Cascade 10
Liz Argall (M), Stephanie Weippert, K. M. Alexander, Rhiannon Held

Saturday

Autograph Session 2
3:00pm – 4:00pm @ Grand 2

Sunday

Urban Renewal
10:00am – 11:00am @ Cascade 3&4
Kristi Charish (M), K. M. Alexander, Rhiannon Held, Annie Bellet

Worldbuilding: This is How the World Ends
12:00pm – 1:00pm @ Cascade 10
Catherine Cooke Montrose (M), K. M. Alexander, Rhiannon Held, Jaym Gates

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2017: Year of Writing

I just updated my appearances list for 2017, and you may notice there aren’t many (Norwescon will be my only con for the year!). There’s a reason for that: I’ve decided to make 2017 my Year of Writing. The process of self-publishing projects is always a trade-off, as you switch your brain over to production and marketing mode. I decided that, rather than feeling like in focusing on one I was stinting on the other, I’d write (and revise and polish) as many projects as I humanly can this year. Then 2018 will be the Year of Publishing!

And for the fans who have written in to ask (thank you!), yes, one of the projects will be Silver 5. I finished the outline yesterday. I can’t say when it will end up coming out, but it will be some time in 2018.

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Holiday Sale 2016

It’s that time of year, time for holiday sales! I’ll admit it, I have one too. For the next month only, the WOLFSBANE and HOUND AND KEY ebooks are both only $1.99! Treat yourself, or treat someone as a gift! I hate to use the “less than the price of a latte” line…
But they’re less than the price of a latte! And unless you’re a speed demon of a reader (or someone who sips cooled coffee for hours) it’ll give you a much longer period of enjoyment!

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Authorfest 10

For any Portland-area folks looking for some good books and a chance to talk to a whole bunch of interesting authors, I part of an awesome multi-author signing going on this Sunday, November 20, at 4 pm at the Powell’s Cedar Hills Crossing store. Details here.

The full list of authors you can meet and have sign your books: Brent Weeks, Timothy Zahn, Daniel H. Wilson, Annie Bellet, Tina Connolly, David Levine, Curtis Chen, Lili Saintcrow, Wendy Wagner, Jennifer Brozek, Mike Moscoe/Shepherd, J. A. Pitts, Devon Monk, Steve Perry, Patrick Swenson, Rhiannon Held, Diana Pharaoh Francis, Kevin James Breaux, and Deborah Ross.

I’m pretty excited to get to meet several of those people myself!

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Untethered Guests

Today I’m hosting some other authors to talk about their thoughts on a topic related to our shared anthology!

Untethered Authors Speculate on the Future of Contemporary Fantasy Fiction in Light of Rapid Changes in Technology

untethered-coverContemporary fantasy fiction changes with the times. The Dresden Files has a very different flavor, for instance, than Dracula. With technology moving along so quickly, is any contemporary fantasy story destined to become a science fiction story? Or maybe just obsolete?

Certainly not! In honor of the book release for Untethered: A Magic iPhone Anthology, four authors discuss their vision of contemporary fantasy’s future.

H.M. Jones: I think contemporary fantasy, now, often thrusts people into situations where they have to make do without technology. Authors often avoid it altogether, and it works for their stories. I think that’s done for a reason. Technology goes in and out of popularity. You don’t want to date your stories, sometimes. At the same time, Back to the Future is dated and silly and people still love it. I think people will integrate technology into their contemporary fantasy more often. I see it happening all the time, now. Sci-fi and Fantasy are growing closer together as we become more dependent on tech. It’s producing great stories.

Jeremiah Reinmiller: Arthur C. Clarke once famously said that, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” In recent years we’ve also seen some pretty crazy leaps forward in tech. Maybe not in the “cool stuff” predicted in the past (jet packs, and laser guns) but we’ve got super computers in our pockets, connected wirelessly to AIs that can live translate audio and video into new languages. That’s pretty unbelievable. I think this means that anything we can dream up as fantasy or sci-fi right now, will quickly get shoved into non-fiction. That’s not a problem, but it is really cool.

Rhiannon Held: The first wave of solutions seems to have mostly boiled down to “magic causes technology to go haywire! My protagonist thus uses very little technology!” That’s fine, but I think we’ve done it often enough that it’s heading toward overdone. Personally, I find that it helps to avoid having the plot revolve around the technology. If it’s vital to your plot that the hero is in ignorance of an important fact for long enough for him to make a stupid mistake, because his phone had no bars, and then the book is published after cheap, reliable satellite communication reaches all but the deepest caves, the plot falls apart. If, however, the hero checks in with his mom to tell her he survived the climax, it doesn’t really matter if he’s doing it on ancient 4G, or spiffy new satellite. I’d bet contemporary fantasy learns to consistently make sure the magic, not the technological glitch, drives the climax.

Either that, or some of it will go all the way and embrace the technology of the moment, so even after that moment, it will provide a window into how that technology affected our lives! 😉

A. Moritz: I actually don’t think the feel of fantasy will change much; its basic precepts have always been ‘What if…?’ and no matter where technology goes, there will always be more questions. On top of that, you can add magic to ANYTHING, and it will open up a whole new world of possibilities.

Want to see what these authors did with the concept of a magic iPhone? Pick up your copy of Untethered: a Magic iPhone Anthology in ebook or trade paperback today. Find it at Amazon.com, Nook, or wherever you prefer to grab your books.

Extra Interest: Jon Lasser shares “I’ve got an iPhone 6, and will be upgrading to the 7 Plus just as soon as it shows up! What’s really impressed me about smartphones has been the progress of the camera, and that’s what my story touches on.”

 

Check out our other topics:
The next big thing in portable tech.
Inspiration in three parts!

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Newfoundland photo album

Less than a month from when I arrived home, and I have managed to upload and annotate all of my vacation photos in this handy album. Yeah, yeah, I know, vacation photos, but I promise that these photos, taken by an archaeologist, are provided with captions both humorous and informational!

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Upcoming Events

I have several events to let you guys know about, one very soon (vacation sort of messed with my timing on that one…) and one in a month or so. If you’re local, I hope I can see you there!

This Friday, September 30, 8 pm at the Wayward Coffeehouse in Seattle, I’ll be part of a multi-author event for the launch of Untethered: A Magic iPhone Anthology.

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Then, on November 1 in Seattle and November 3 in Portland, I’ll be appearing with Laura Anne Gilman and Todd Lockwood as part of the SFWA Pacific Northwest Reading Series. More details on the venues can be found here, along with a peek at upcoming readings in the series (they happen once a quarter, with some pretty amazing folks attending!).

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Hound and Key out!

Hound and Key, my new, character-focused contemporary fantasy is out!

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Key has lived her entire life in captivity, forced to use her magic to kill the enemies of Ariadne, an ageless woman with powerful magic of her own. Key knows she and Ariadne are both members of the Hand of the Gods, five souls reborn through the ages, but Key remembers none of her past lives. She chafes against Ariadne’s control, and longs to escape to lead a life of her own.

Eric has worked for Ariadne for years in ignorance of her secrets, but now coincidences and bad luck are piling up. When he talks his way into the compound that houses Key and the other members of the Hand, he learns the truth about Ariadne’s magic—and the murders she’s committed with it. Together, Eric and Key escape and set out to find Lantern, the one member of the Hand Ariadne has never managed to capture—and who may know how to stop her for good.

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