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!

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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Short Stories

To start dipping my toes into the mysteries of creating ebooks, I’ve put out a couple short stories in the Silver universe to hold all of you fine folks until I put out Book 4 this fall. They are both free!

You can find Temper here. It previously appeared on this website, but is now available for your ereader. It is set near the end of Book 3.

And you can find Back a Winner here. It’s ALL NEW! It’s set before the events of Book 1.

Watch later this month for a third completely new story, and of course this fall for Book 4!

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Tarnished and Reflected Audiobooks

Just wanted to let everyone know that all of my published novels are now available on audiobook from GraphicAudio! TARNISHED is available as CDs or to download here, and REFLECTED is here! Given how much I love audiobooks myself, I’m psyched to be able to offer my writing in that format to others!

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While I was off having a heck of a good time at Miscon this last weekend, someone asked me an excellent question: If I’m going to self-publish Book 4 in the Silver series, what’s the best way to find out when it comes out?

And I have an answer to that excellent question! I’ll announce it here and on social media, of course, but you also can join my newsletter mailing list!

The newsletter will not be spammy, I expect it to go out only once or twice a year. I’ll use it only to announce when I have new stories or novels available. I may set up a form if I get a lot of interest, but for now, if you’d like to be on the newsletter mailing list, please email contact(at) with “Newsletter: Silver universe” or “Newsletter: All writing” in the subject line. The two newsletters will be exactly what they say on the tin: one will only contain announcements about novels or stories in the Silver universe, the other will include all my writing.

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Miscon Schedule

Miscon in Missoula is fast approaching! If you’re going to be attending, come on by and say hello to me! I have a full schedule:

Fri 4:00 – 4:50 PM, Writers’ Workshop Meet and Greet, Great Hall (Upstairs)
Panelists: Josie Beaudoin, Carol Berg, Larry Bonham, M. H. Bonham (Maggie), Brenda Carre, Ann Gimpel, James Glass, Rhiannon Held, Andrea Howe, C.L (Candi) Norman, J.A. Pitts, Joyce Reynolds-Ward, Patrick Swenson

Participants and Critiquing Authors get together to meet and discuss how the workshop works. They’ll also discuss workshops in general, and how to take criticism. Open to anyone interested in the Writers’ Workshop.

Fri 5:00 – 5:50 PM, Minor Characters, Thunderdome Left (Big Room Left)
Moderator: Rhiannon Held; Panelists: Dave Bara, Manny Frishberg, Anne Groell, Laurey Patten

Minor characters might not be as important as your protagonists, but they’re still important in their own way. Let’s discuss some of the ways you can make your minor characters as fully dimensional and real as your main ones without over-sharing.

Sat 10:00 – 10:50 AM, Downton Abbey: a Bygone Era, Thunderdome Right (Big Room Right)
Moderator: Krista Wallace; Panelists: Justin Barba, Brenda Carre, Rhiannon Held, Krista Wallace

As far as we know, Downton isn’t science fiction, fantasy, or horror, but it reminds us of an era before the Wasteland. Its dialogue and characters are examples of great storytelling, and its setting is a staple among so many genre stories that we just need to discuss it. Spoiler alert! We won’t hold back, so everything in the show is on the table.

Sat 6:00 – 6:50 PM, Second Draft Blues, Upstairs Programming 2 (260)
Panelists: Rhiannon Held, Andrea Howe, Laurey Patten, Shawn Speakman

Finish manuscript. Check. Read it through. Check. Writers’ Group critique. Check. Umm…now what? How do you begin to process all the suggestions into a coherent revision that won’t have you running for the hills? In this panel, we’ll discuss the almighty revision process and how to stay on top of it without losing faith in your abilities.

Sun 10:00 – 10:50 AM, Author Book Signing, Thunderdome Right (Big Room Right)

Sun 11:00 – 11:50 AM, Reading: Rhiannon Held, Upstairs Programming 3 (261)

Sun 5:00 – 5:50 PM, Family in Fiction, Upstairs Programming 3 (261)
Panelists: Carol Berg, Rhiannon Held, Laurey Patten, Beth Stoops

The apocalypse is a great way to kill off everyone related to your protagonist, but is that really the best idea? When is having your character’s relations show up on the page useful, and when is it distracting? What benefits can family members of characters bring to stories?

Mon 11:00 – 11:50 AM, The Building Blocks of Backstory, Thunderdome Right (Big Room Right)
Panelists: Carol Berg, Brenda Carre, Rhiannon Held, Andrea Howe

How do you create sufficient character backstory? Do minor characters need backgrounds, as well? How do you keep them straight? And, perhaps most importantly, how do you give your readers this information without resorting to info dumps?

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Silver audiobook

In exciting news, my first novel, SILVER, is now out in audiobook! The others in the series will be following in the next few months. This is not your garden variety audiobook, either–it features a full cast of voices, sounds effects, and original music. If audiobooks are your thing, I urge you to check it out and then come back here and comment about what you think of the characters’ voices. Which ones most match what’s in your head if you’ve read the book before? Which ones are most different? I’m very curious if there’s a lot of agreement, or a lot of variety as to which voices match up for folks.

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