Giveaway is over. The books are claimed! Thanks for playing, everyone!
The first two (2) people to comment, win a signed mass market copy of TIN SWIFT.
Good luck, speedy fingers!
There are now 2 (two) unclaimed copies of TIN SWIFT that I will be giving away here on my blog in a first-comments, first-wins speed giveaway around 3:00 PST. I will post a NEW BLOG ENTRY titled: SPEED GIVEAWAY and the first two people to comment on *that* post will win the books.
Big thank you to everyone who entered this giveaway! I loved all your comments, and can assure you that the pumpkin pie actually was good with a little chili powder in it–but only a little! I added extra cinnamon and a bit of sugar to balance it out and it was delicious!
Now…the random number generator has spoken and the winners of a signed, mass market TIN SWIFT are:
Today is not Tuesday. It is Wednesday. I am blogging, which means I broke my blog-every-Tuesday streak. Why did I break the streak? Well, instead of blogging, I baked pies for our watch party of the season finale of Supernatural.
Here are the pies:
That’s chocolate cream, cherry, pumpkin, blackberry/raspberry crumble and rum caramel banana cream.
Since I am a bit deadline foggy-brained, I was a little distracted when I was baking.
Did you know that chili powder sprinkled in a pumpkin pie instead of cinnamon adds a bit of zip to the pie, and can be totally drowned out by whipped cream? Not that I would, you know, accidentally pour chili powder in the pie instead of cinnamon. *cough-totallydid-cough*
We had a great time watching the season ender of the show despite the pies of doom. I’ve enjoyed Supernatural this year and am looking forward to what they’ll do next year for their tenth (wow!) season.
TIN SWIFT (book #2 in the Age of Steam series) is being released June 3rd in the smaller (cheaper!) mass market paperback format. I am so excited!
To celebrate, I’m giving away ten (10) signed copies!
Just leave a comment here on the blog and I will choose ten winners on Tuesday, May 27th.
Winners will have one week (until June 3rd) to contact me via the little email button on my blog with their mailing address.
If winners don’t contact me, I will do a speed giveaway first-comments-first-wins of the remaining books Tuesday June 3rd, probably in the late afternoon PST.
I will mail international.
So, how about you? Have you seen any good season enders this year?
Over the last year or so, readers have asked me if I’m going to finish the Age of Steam steampunk series. As it stands now, there are three novels and one short story in the series, um…in this order:
1.5. HANG FIRE (short story, Kindle only at this point)
2. TIN SWIFT
3. COLD COPPER
If you’ve read these novels, you know there is an almost-guaranteed plot for 7 books, what with all the bits of that pesky world-destroying device our heroes need to find. At the end of Cold Copper, things really take a turn toward the interesting. There is certainly more story to tell.
So where is book #4?
When I pitched DEAD IRON, I was contracted for two books, releasing on a once-a-year schedule. At that time, I was also writing two-books-a-year in the Allie Beckstrom series.
The Age of Steam books take a bit of research, and I prefer a little slower writing pace when I’m putting them together. Nonetheless, I happily wrote these books in between the Allie books with a love and passion that I hope shows on the page.
These characters are important to me. Fun to be around. Ornery. I love them like the dickens.
But by the time we were negotiating the single-book contract for book #3, the market for steampunk had shifted fairly drastically, and sales were not climbing. My editor and publisher still believed in the series, and so did I, so we found a way to get Cold Copper into the hands of readers.
My publisher didn’t cancel the series. As a matter of fact, they have dibs on seeing the next book in the series when I write it.
That’s right: when.
There are four more books in this series. I plan to write them. Some of you have gone out of your way to tell me how much you’ve enjoyed the trouble Cedar, Mae, Hink, Rose, Wil and those wily Madder brothers get themselves into. I can’t tell you how much those comments have meant to me.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I have the best readers in the world!
The “how” of writing another steampunk book is another question. Right now, I’m writing book #3 in the House Immortal series–a new trilogy with books coming out this September, next March, then September again. I am also finishing off proofs for book #1, and have revisions for book #2 right around the corner. Then there will be revisions for book #3, copy edits for books #2 & #3, more proofs, etc., etc..
So this year is out for writing another book.
My hope (and at this point, it’s a hope not a promise) is that I can write the next steampunk in 2015. Where it will be published, how it will be published, and when it will be published is very much up in the air.
But I will keep all of you in the loop as the adventure unfolds.
I don’t know about you, but around here it felt like the new year didn’t *really* start until Monday the 6th. So here I am 9 days into the new year and it feels like we’ve only had 2014 rolling for about three days.
Last post, I talked a little about what I had gotten done writing-wise in 2013.
In this post, I’ll take a best-guess at what is coming out in 2014.
STONE COLD – book #2 of the Broken Magic series (Shame & Terric books)
Release day: April 1, 2014
This is book #2 and the end of the two-book spinoff from the Allie Beckstrom series. Book #1 HELL BENT is quite a bit darker than the Allie books since Shame lives a darker life than Allie ever would. After all, he is Death magic incarnate.
In STONE COLD…well, things get darker. Due to choices made and actions taken, Shame and Terric come up against some hard odds in this book. On their search for justice (okay, maybe for revenge too) quite a bit of bad stuff happens. But one of the things I love about Shame and Terric is that they never give in. No matter how dark things seem, they never stop fighting for what is right for magic, their city, and the people they care about.
TIN SWIFT – book #2 of the Age of Steam series
Release day – June 3, 2014
TIN SWIFT has been out for a bit, and my awesome publisher is re-releasing it in the smaller (cheaper) paperback size! I’m very excited about that, because I love paperbacks! This book follows the adventures of Cedar Hunt, Rose Small, Mae Lindson, Captain Hink, and the wily Madder brothers as they trek across America looking for the lost pieces of a strange weapon that could destroy the nation, while something even stranger hunts them. A steampunk adventure chock-full of airships, wild devices, guns and gears.
HOUSE IMMORTAL – book #1 of the House Immortal series
Release Day – September 2014
You read that right! I have a new 3-book series coming out! The first book, HOUSE IMMORTAL will be on the shelves in September. What can I say about these books?
They are fantasy with a strong female lead. I describe them as: near-future, Frankenstein farm girl, gently dystopic, steampunk-light, save-the-world books. My editor called them “Allie Beckstrom meets Firefly” and I sort of love her description even more!
Here, let me share the back cover copy for the book:
One hundred years ago, eleven powerful ruling Houses consolidated all of the world’s resources and authority into their own grasping hands. Only one power wasn’t placed under the command of a single House: the control over the immortal galvanized…
Matilda Case isn’t like most folk. In fact, she’s unique in the world, the crowning achievement of her father’s experiments, a girl pieced together from bits. Or so she believes until Abraham Seventh shows up at her door, stitched with life thread just like her and insisting that enemies are coming to kill them all.
Tilly is one of thirteen incredible creations known as the galvanized, stitched together beings, immortal and unfathomably strong. For a century, each House has controlled the galvanized. Only now, the Houses are tangled in a deadly struggle for dominion over death—and Tilly and her kind hold the key to unlocking eternity.
The secrets Tilly must fight to protect are hidden within the very seams of her being. And to get them, her enemies are willing to tear her apart piece by piece…
Of course, I have some other writing projects up my sleeves that I hope to announce soon. So please stayed tuned, and thank you, thank you for reading!