*NOTE* 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:
- mneme - who said: Comment! Those are lovely looking pies! I’m very fond of adding chili pepper derivatives to sweet things, and think it’s totally underrated as a technique.
- Jennifer Hill - who said: Love your steampunk series–have already read it twice am eagerly awaiting more installments!
- Readsalot81 - who said: LOL I’m tempted to try that with the pumpkin pie! I like zip. I know The Blacklist isn’t that great of a show, but I’m a James Spader fan. He can pretty much do anything and I will watch everytime. The ending left some things up in the air (as you knew they would!)
- rissatoo - who said: I think I have to try a chili powder pumpkin pie next time I bake them – the idea completely intrigues me!
- miki - who said: a good enders for a series? no not yet this yeari saw the last episode of the first season of “the killing” and i was so SO disappointed i’m not sure i will follow up it next time your pies made me hungry just by the pictures^^
- Preethi - who said: I’m a very bad cook, but man, those pies look mouthwatering! I have read the first book- Dead Iron in your Age of Steam series, and I loved it. Interesting characters- I loved the Madder brothers, especially. I’ll have to read the second book, though. Soon. Thank you for giving us the chance to win:)
- Andreea - who said: I loved the first book in the series so this would be a lovely gift. Thank you for the opportunity!
- Sabrina - who said: Pumpkin spice pie and Supernatural sounds great! Im a long time Supernatural fan, and a Jensen Ackles fan since Dark Angel. I hope I didnt just show my age there. Thanks for making my TBR pile even larger.
- Theresa Summers - who said: Pies or books, almost a tough choice.
- Susan - who said: I really enjoyed reading Cold Copper, and I’m looking forward to reading Tin Swift.
- jeff lageson - who said: I have a friend having a steampunk wedding. Would love to add this to the basket.
Delicious FailureToday 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.
GiveawayTIN 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.DEAD IRON 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.