Kickstarter Anthology

I have another cool, shared project announcement for you guys! My story is going to be part of Untethered: A Magic iPhone Anthology! It’s part of a Kickstarter right now, so if you’re interested in reading my story and lots of cool others ones about the intersection of magic and technology, take a look!

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Wolfsbane Audiobook and Essay

Two exciting pieces of news today!

The first is that WOLFSBANE is now out in audiobook!

The second is that you can now preorder a copy of THE USUAL PATH TO PUBLICATION, a collection of essays about how writers got first published. I share the table of contents with very august company! It comes out in June.

Wolfsbane audio

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Norwescon 2016 Schedule

I will be at Norwescon, coming up March 25-27! I hope you will be too, and will come say hi! I will have print copies of WOLFSBANE along as well.

Fri 11:00 AM-12:00 PM – Cascade 3&4
So You’ve Finished a First Draft
Django Wexler (M), Rhiannon Held, Randy Henderson, Frances Pauli, Laura Anne Gilman

Fri 2:00 PM-3:00 PM – Cascade 9
Fighting Through the 20k Slump
Rhiannon Held (M), Django Wexler, Lawrence M. Schoen, John (J.A.) Pitts, Carol Berg

Sat 2:00 PM-3:00 PM – Grand 2
Autograph Session 1
Amber Bariaktari , Caroline M. Yoachim, Dave Bara, Dean Wells, Erik Scott de Bie, G. Willow Wilson, James C. Glass, Jennifer Brozek, John (J.A.) Pitts, Kristi Charish, Django Wexler, Frog Jones, Rhiannon Held, Sonia Orin Lyris, S. A. Bolich, Morgue Anne, Robert J. Sawyer, Spencer Ellsworth, Steven Barnes, Tori Centanni, Cat Rambo, Don Maitz, GregRobin Smith, Jeremy Zimmerman, Laura Anne Gilman

Sun 10:00 AM-11:00 AM – Cascade 10
Vampire Dystopias & Other Saturated Markets
Tori Centanni (M), Elizabeth Guizzetti, Rhiannon Held, Kristi Charish

Sun 11:00 AM-12:00 PM – Cascade 13
Worldbuilding: Standards of Beauty in Secondary Worlds
Alex C. Renwick (M), Rhiannon Held, Nathan Crowder, David J. Peterson, Sar Surmick

Sun 12:00 PM-1:00 PM – Cascade 9
Similar Tropes, Different Stories
Rhiannon Held (M), Leslie Howle, Raven Oak

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Eligibility Post

In the past, I’ve done one of these only rarely–I was, after all, concentrating on my novels, and I know how hard it is to get series books onto nomination lists if you’re not, you know, the Wheel of Time. That’s why now that I’m doing one, I’m throwing my weight behind something entirely new and entirely self-contained:

Thinking in Pieces is in the short story category. It’s short, sweet, and free to read!

I also thought, 2015 will be the year in which I read a ton of short fiction throughout the year to inform my own nominations. That, I am sad to say, did not happen. However, I did read a really cool book called Updraft by a really cool writer named Fran Wilde, and she happens to have recommended a ton of great 2015 speculation fiction that I intend to be working my way down as much as I can in the next few weeks. Check it out!

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Short Story Out

My new urban fantasy short story is now available online to read for free!

Thinking in Pieces, Urban Fantasy Magazine, December 2015

A taste:

When the woman built her mind from crows, she chose them for their cleverness, their puzzle-solving. She had not expected to find them so stubborn, so resistant to thinking together. But she’d had few good choices with no mind of her own, she supposed.

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Holiday Wolfsbane Sale!

Starting today (Friday, November 27) for one week only, the Wolfsbane ebook is on sale for $1.99! If you’ve been holding back, unsure, or if there’s someone among your family and friends who might like it as a present, grab it now!

Links: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords
Links to many other fine purveyors of the written word: Goodreads

(If any of these links don’t show the sale price yet, check back later in the day. Sometimes the systems take a while to refresh)

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Orycon 2015 Schedule

It’s that time again! Next weekend, come and stop by and see me at one of my panels at Orycon, in Portland. I’ll also have print copies of Wolfsbane with me!

My schedule:

Fri Nov 20 4:00:pm to 5:00:pm
Buy Your Unconscious Mind a Drink

How to get your creative mind to talk to you. How writing prompts, mind maps, creative dates with yourself, tarot and story telling cards can help you tap the muse.
Rhiannon Held, Jason Andrew, Bill Johnson, Kristin Landon, J. A. Pitts, Andrew S. Fuller

Sat Nov 21 10:00:am to 11:00:am
Mary Sue and why does everyone hate her?

Readers like a character they can connect with, so why not create the perfect character with everything going for him or her? Why do readers find that annoying? How can you tell if your character is a Mary Sue, and if it`s so bad to write a Mary Sue, what`s the alternative?
Rhiannon Held, Rob McMonigal, Alex C Renwick, (*)Barb Hendee, Richard A. Lovett

Sat Nov 21 12:00:pm to 1:00:pm
Backstory: Too Much, Too Little, Just Right

What to use, what to lose. Writing the details without having to explain every last one. How to earn the right for exposition in your fiction.
Judith R. Conly, James Patrick Kelly, SD Perry, (*)Rhiannon Held, Doug Odell

Sat Nov 21 3:00:pm to 4:00:pm
Fantasy Tropes and Cliches

The good, the bad, and the ugly. Which ones are overused, which ones are integral to the genre, and which ones are horrible, but we love them anyway.
Ann Gimpel, Alma Alexander, Rhiannon Held, (*)Amber D. Sistla, Barb Hendee

Sun Nov 22 12:00:pm to 1:00:pm
The Gender Talk

Is it really that hard to write someone of a different gender?
J. A. Pitts, (*)Sharon Joss, Rhiannon Held, Esther Jones, Dale Ivan Smith

Sun Nov 22 1:00:pm to 2:00:pm
The Paranormal as Metaphor

Is a vampire ever just a vampire?
(*)Jeff Davis, Laura Whitcomb, Stephen Couchman, Rhiannon Held, Kristi Charish

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Wolfsbane is Out!

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For all you fans of the Silver series, the wait is over! Wolfsbane, Book 4, is now out!

When an envoy arrives from the secretive Russian werewolf pack, Roanoke alphas Silver and Andrew Dare are instantly suspicious. Tatiana claims she has been sent to locate an heirloom, lost by immigrants centuries ago, but she and the alphas both suspect that Russia fears the strength of the newly-united, continent-spanning Roanoke pack.

What Tatiana doesn’t realize is that her pack is willing to sacrifice even their own trained spy for their goals. The drugged wine they’ve given her is too strong, and instead of rendering Silver and Andrew biddable, it nearly kills her and traps the alphas in dreams that could destroy them. The alphas must fight to wake and Tatiana must fight to help them—because with the furious Roanoke pack howling for her blood, her life could depend on it.

Print and ebook: Amazon and Barnes and Noble
Print: Powells
Ebook: Smashwords
Links to many other fine purveyors of the written word: Goodreads

And as always, if you like it, think about telling your friends or leaving a review!

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Central BC Photo Album

As is my wont when I go on vacation tours of historical sites, I have created a photo album with archaeological (well, archaeological in that they were written by an archaeologist) ramblings about history, scenery, and general silliness.

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Worldcon Schedule 2015

Worldcon is approaching! If you’d like to stop by and say hello, here’s my schedule!

And if you’re a fan of the Silver series, I’ll be previewing Book 4 at my reading!

Urban Fantasy as Modern Fairy Tale

Friday 10:00 – 10:45, 300C (CC)

When the classic fairy tales were first told, they were about people living in places much like those known by the storyteller, mostly small towns and rural areas. Now, people live in more urban areas. Does today’s urban fantasy serve the role as fairy tales once did?

Megan Frank (M), Patricia Briggs, Yanni Kuznia, Rhiannon Held, Michelle Sagara

Autographing – Neil Clarke, William Dietz, Rhiannon Held, Mary Soon Lee, John Picacio, Charles Stross, Jo Walton

Friday 12:00 – 12:45, Exhibit Hall B (CC)

Reading – Rhiannon Held

Saturday 11:30 – 12:00, 304 (CC)

What New Pros Need to Know

Sunday 12:00 – 12:45, Conference Theater 110 (CC)

You’ve sold a few short stories. Your first novel is just coming out. The praise, the pans, the fans. How do you manage it all? What should you do to help your career along? What should you avoid? Here from people who have been there and done that, and hear how they got through it.

Cat Rambo (M), Wesley Chu, Wendy S. Delmater, Brandon Sanderson, Rhiannon Held

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