I realize I haven't posted a snippet from DEAD IRON like I promised I would last Friday, but I'll get it posted tomorrow. A few things have happened over the weekend. One: I have discovered I have the Most Thoughtful Editor in the Universe! It's true! She sent me an email Friday telling me her schedule had shifted a little, so I could take an extra day or three if I needed to finish MAGIC WITHOUT MERCY. I have already given the book a full polish, but there's this one scene--okay, it's really three chapters--where a LOT of important stuff happens. It is complicated and tricky to pull off, and it's always felt a little rough. I have notes, both mine and my first readers' scribbled everywhere--in notebooks, in the printed manuscript, on sticky notes, so it's a semi-herculean effort to hammer those chapters into submission. The extra time is NOT going to waste, I guarantee you. And I think readers of the series are gonna be wowed when all is said and done. Two: I baked a cubic ton of cookies and potato salad to send off on the fishing trip the menfolk of the house took this weekend. My reward? A quiet house for half of Saturday and half of Sunday, followed by fresh trout dinner on Sunday. Three: Today, the UPS truck dropped not one, not two...oh, here, I'll show you: That's right THREE boxes of goodies at my gate! What's in the boxes? DEAD IRON!!!! A real, gorgeous book! EeeeEEEeee!!! What will I do with those? Well, I'll be giving them away, of course. But not yet. First, today, I'm going to give away some of what's in that other box. Here it is up close: These are the samplers Ace/Roc put together for San Diego Comic Con. I'm not going to Comic Con. Are you? Well, never fear. Because of The Most Thoughtful Editor in the Universe, I get to share these samplers with YOU!! Each volume contains the first chapter from: Dead Iron - Devon Monk A Soldier's Duty - Jean Johnson Working Stiff - Rachel Caine Prince of Thorns - Mark Lawrence Bloodlands - Christine Cody Shadow Kin - M. J. Scott Sins of the Angels - Linda Poitevin Dead Man Walking - Stefan Petrucha It's like a collection of delicious wordy hors d'oeuvres! How do you get your copy? Leave a comment here (Facebook, Live Journal or my blog) and I will pull names on Friday and mail out a BUNCH of these beauties (yes, internationally). What a great way to start the week!! P.S: See that corner of white paper below the sampler? That's the page I'm currently working on in the manuscript, page 151 (single-space) with the note: "Big Something" in the margin.