Temper: a Silver universe story

As promised, I have a solstice gift for all my fans today! While it’s a DVD extra for Book 3, exploring events that happened around the time of that book, it’s designed to be interesting for anyone at all familiar with the Silver universe.


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Watch this Space

Today, I’m finishing up revisions for a special holiday present for all my readers. Come back here on December 21, when I’ll post a new short story in the world of the Silver novels as a solstice gift! It’s something of a DVD extra, something that happens off screen during the events of Book 3, but it’s designed to be accessible to someone who’s read any of the books in the series. I’m looking forward to getting to share it with everyone!

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France Photos

Greetings! I know it’s been a while, but since I last posted, I’ve been head-down on first drafting and then revising my newest novel project. I also took time off from that to travel with my parents’ touring choir through France. (I am a singer myself, but I did not sing with them on this trip, given that they are based in another state, which makes attending rehearsals difficult. Instead, I tagged along for moral support.)

I have cunningly arranged some of my vacation photos into an album for your enjoyment. I’ve captioned nearly everything, so not only can you look at old things, you can also read my semi-coherent ramblings pertaining thereto. Huzzah!

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Kennewick Signing

Where will I be tomorrow, April 26? In the Kennewick Barnes & Noble, doing a signing with Patricia Briggs! It’ll be a lot of fun, and I don’t get over to that side of the state as often as I’d like, so come and join us!


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Radio Silence

Being an author in the social media age is an interesting experience. Doing an interview, a reading, a convention, it’s obvious that you might well be in something of a public mode or “on.” You might craft your blog posts carefully. But are you “on” when you’re writing on Twitter? When you’re commenting on Facebook? What if you’re commenting on your mother’s picture of the bundt cake she baked, but where your fans can read it? It’s an odd gray area, simultaneously less exhausting than something like a convention because it’s just one tweet on a computer at a time; and more because relatives’ bundt cakes smash into heated discussions of genre definitions and you have to decide what degree of public mode to be for each on the fly.

Which is long way of saying, after the effort of REFLECTED’s publicity, I’m taking a break for a few weeks! Plenty of the cool kid authors take a break from the internet, so I know this isn’t going to shock anyone. I chose to separate things out a little–I will be reading and responding to my email (business, after all, goes on), I simply will be radio silent on this blog and my various social media outposts. I shall return in time for Norwescon (April 17-20), which is why I got my schedule up ahead of time for you all.

Since I’m a scientist, and I love data, once I’m back you can expect a post about what radio silence did to my Amazon author ranking. I’ve heard anecdotal data that lack of social media presence once a book is fully launched has no impact on sales (and Amazon rankings, as I’ve explored before on this blog, aren’t sales), so I’m curious to see what happens.

So if you need me, drop me an email. Otherwise, I’ll see you in April!

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Norwescon Schedule

Posting this a little early, but if you’re planning on attending Norwescon next month, c’mon by and say hello!

Creature Feature: Monsters of Urban Fantasy
Fri 5:00pm-6:00pm Cascade 6
Werewolves, Vampires, and Trolls, oh my! We all have favorites among the vast number of creatures that inhabit urban fantasy alongside humans. What are they – and why? Do the fantasy archetypes (vampire, werewolf, fairy, and so on) give us a shortcut to understanding a particular character and their motivation? How do authors use these creatures as metaphors for our own personalities and desires?
Kat Richardson (M), Ann Gimpel, Rhiannon Held

Worldbuilding 101
Sat 1:00pm-2:00pm Evergreen 1&2
How can you tell one werewolf universe from all the others? Or one alien planet from the next? We’ll talk about worldbuilding and how to make the world you’re building in your story stand out from the competition.
Brenda Carre (M), Rhiannon Held, Nancy Kress, Pat MacEwen, Angel Leigh McCoy

Reading: Rhiannon Held
Sat 9:30pm-10:00pm Cascade 1
Reflected. An urban fantasy werewolf novel set in Seattle. PG

Autograph Session 1
Sat 2:00pm-3:00pm Grand 2

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Author Magazine Interview

My very first video interview! I don’t know what it’s like, because I can’t watch myself… But it was awesome getting to do it at the time! Thanks to Bill Kenower of Author Magazine!

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Signed Books

Now that REFLECTED is out, I wanted to let you guys know some options for getting hold of a signed copy if you can’t make one of my readings in person. For the geographically close, I have left piles of signed copies at the University Bookstore in Seattle, and Powell’s in Portland. I’ll be leaving more at Third Place Books soon, when that signing comes up.

But what if you want a personalized copy? Duane at the University Bookstore can hook you up! If you order through them, they’ll let me know and I will stop by and personalize a copy with whatever you’d like.

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Dropped Off by the Mail Snails


Reflected books

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Signings and Radcon

Two things to bring to your attention today. First off, I have readings! They’re also listed in the Appearances page, on the upper right there.

February 20, 7 pm, University Bookstore, Seattle
February 24, 7 pm, Powell’s Books Cedar Hills Crossing, Portland
March 7, 6:30 pm, Third Place Books Lake Forest Park, Seattle
April 26, 2-4 pm, Barnes & Noble, Kennewick (with Patricia Briggs)

Also, I’ll be attending Radcon, in Pasco, WA, coming up February 14-16.

Fri Feb 14 2:00:pm-3:00:pm
Decisions, Decisions

When to keep writing, when to pull the plug, when to let a work sit and when to edit it, when to listen to critiques, when to query, when to publish … writers have to make a lot of decisions. How professional writers approach the decision-making process, and how to keep hard decisions from interfering with the writing process. Good guys should not be boring, because they’re not in real life

Bara, Dave; Ceallaigh, Adriane; Held, Rhiannon; Nordley, Gerald David

Fri Feb 14 3:00:pm-4:30:pm
Formidable Female

What makes a woman protagonist a formidable woman?

Held, Rhiannon; Howe, Andrea; Johnson, Judy; Jones, Esther

Sat Feb 15 10:00:am-11:00:am
Real Science in Speculative Fiction

From urban fantasy or steam punk, do you have to think of the biology of demons or energy requirements of ray guns? Let’s talk about how that and things like historical research can contribute to fiction.

Held, Rhiannon; Johnson, Judy; Niemann-Ross, Mark; White, Lori

Sat Feb 15 5:30:pm-6:30:pm
Dull, realistic, characters.

The people who really explore space and fight modern wars have a lot of self control. They don’t slam fists into spacecraft controls like Hulk Hogan. Do you have to forget about them in fiction, or can you make them interesting. And if your protagonist is like that do you just have to accept that critics will complain and press on in hopes of finding an audience that appreciates a little verisimilitude.

Fredericks, Deby; Held, Rhiannon; Kehrli, Keffy; Magner, Scott James; Tayler, Howard

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