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"Dalston Junction" coming out in audiobook!

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I'm still planning on reading the History myself (oy is that going to be a to-do), but several of my other pieces I can't do. I have read "Scryer's Gulch" at readings, but it really needs a Sam Elliot type to do it justice. A British accent is 100% necessary for "Dalston" and "The Amber Cross," and while I can do Received Pronunciation fairly well I'm not consistent enough for my own taste and I can't do Cockney and the other British accents worth a damn. (When I read from "Dalston" live I tell the audience, "Imagine Juliet Stevenson is reading this instead of me.")

So I'm taking Neil Gaiman's advice and trying out ACX, a service via Amazon and Audible (same diff) where authors can hook up with audiobook producers. I'm getting a sample from a voice actress/producer next week and I think we may have the audiobook up by the end of the month. If I like what we do and she'll read erotica (unsure about that), I may ask her to do "The Amber Cross" as well.

It's all very exciting, this modern age in which we live. Smiling

I'm nominated all over the place at eFestival of Words o_O

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Nominations were released yesterday for the eFestival of Words awards. The eFestival is an indie/small press virtual book fair that'll be happening this August. I have to make this quick because I'm due somewhere, but this is all the stuff I've been nominated for somehow--I have NO idea who nominated me:

--Best Short Story: "The Gratification Engine" (SERIOUSLY? not my best work)

--Best Short Story Collection, single author: "Accounts"

--Best Novel: "Son in Sorrow"

--Best Cover: "Son in Sorrow"

"Son in Sorrow" paperback giveaway at Goodreads

"Son in Sorrow" cover nominated in the eFestival of Words

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Bea Gonzalez's cover for "Son in Sorrow" has been nominated in the Best Cover category at the eFestival of Words. Here are all the nominees. I have ZERO idea what this will mean for Bea (and Alice Fox, whose original work on the "Lovers and Beloveds" cover carries forward into the rest of the History series), or who nominated the book cover, but it's always nice for someone to notice your work. Smiling

"Son in Sorrow" in paperback: Now at CreateSpace, soon at Amazon.com and from me

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"Son in Sorrow" is now officially available at CreateSpace, $14.95 just like "Lovers and Beloveds." It'll be at Amazon.com in about five days, and available directly from me in about two weeks. I've got to get the first batch of books ordered and mailed out to the pre-salers and Kickstarters first.

It's heeeere...

Look what jut arrived! eeee! The cover this time looks good. I need to go through the interior, but so far it looks great. It's from CreateSpace. The books for direct sales, pre-sales and Amazon.com will be printed by CreateSpace, and international Amazon sales and brick-and-mortar sales will be printed by Lightning Source.

They like me! You like me! Jinkies!

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You guys! I'm #5 on Amazon Kindle's Most Popular Fantasy Series books! Look quick, who knows how long it'll last! Laughing out loud

This is the highest I've ever been ranked on any paid Amazon Kindle list. And yes, it's having an effect on sales. Since January my sales have doubled and my income has tripled. That's not counting the Kickstarter. I'm still not makin' the mortgage payment, but I'm makin' more than half of it.

An interview with me and a heads-up: Free ebooks for tax day! (Updated)

Story Behind the Story

Kate Danley interviewed me at her blog today--thanks, Kate! Why the interview:

A bunch of fantasy writers, self and Kate included, are doing a free ebook giveaway for Tax Day (the US tax day, anyway). Among the books will be Lovers and Beloveds. It'll be free April 17th only at Amazon. LaB, like all my books, is DRM-free, which means you can pop it into Calibre and convert it to whatever format you'd like. (It also means for the next 90 days LaB will only be available at Amazon--it's a marketing thing I couldn't afford to pass up, though I'm not keeping it in that program past the 90 days.)

Watch this space on the 17th for details and descriptions of the books. There are at least a dozen, and they include some real knock-out stories.

Free Fantasy for Tax Day, Including "Lovers and Beloveds!"

Fantasy writers feel your pain. After all, we're self-employed; tax day is super painful for us! So we're helping take the edge off the day by giving you something: Free ebooks! All the books listed below are free 4/17 only at Amazon* (Lovers and Beloveds is also free 4/16, but I can't vouch for the rest) and many including mine are DRM-free so you can convert them to the format of your choice:

MeiLin Miranda: Lovers and Beloveds

When eighteen-year-old Prince Temmin comes of age and joins his father's court, he's unprepared for its politics, assassins and sexual intrigues--and even more so, the King's immortal advisor Teacher, the holder of the royal family's hidden magic. Teacher becomes Temmin's tutor, his lessons contained in a magic book. Through it, Temmin experiences everything each story's characters do, and he's forced to confront serious mistakes in the kingdom's--and his own--past.

His present is no easier. He's falling for beautiful twins--brother and sister--who are the human hosts of the gods of love and desire called the Lovers. Being with them is more than sex; it's a religious calling. But an ancient prophecy says if Temmin heeds Their call it may spell the end of the monarchy, and the King fights him every step of the way.

Temmin must choose: Serve the Lovers and lose his father--and possibly the kingdom--or obey the King and risk the wrath of the Gods.

Tristan J. Tarwater: Little Girl Lost
Tavera is a child passed from hand to hand as a source of cheap labor in the underworld of the Valley. When she finds herself at the mercy of the vicious sausage maker, the elderly Madame Greswin, she discovers secrets from the woman's past and the consequences leave Tavera fighting for her life.

"Little Girl Lost" is a short story and prequel to "Thieves at Heart", the first novel in the series "The Valley of Ten Crescents".


J. R. Tomlin: Blood Duty
In a remote mountain valley, a scout is tortured and killed in a brutal rite of summoning. An army of demons will soon be on the move. Fellow scout Jessup Inntour wouldn't care very much if the empire he reluctantly serves is attacked, but the woman he loves is another matter.

Tamra Dervon, Captain of the Guard of Wayfare Keep, thinks her biggest problem is her love affair with Jessup. The scout is holding things back from her, and she doesn't know what. But when the seemingly unbeatable army of demons invades, Tamra's personal problems look very small. Tamra and Jessup find themselves leading a last-ditch defense. Their army is defeated. Jessup disappears in the retreat. As Tamra continues the struggle to defend her homeland, she discovers that another duty lies ahead -- to face a demon horde alone.

Dave King: Betrovia (Land of Betrovia)
Patrik, a newly-married young man, turns down the safety of small town life to help his uncle manage a road-side inn many miles away. But before he can learn even the basics of running an inn, the uncle suddenly dies. If he had stayed where he was born, Patrik could have become a successful hunter, fur trapper, or even a successful artist. So why did he leave the comforts of home?

Not long after the death of his uncle, Patrik's wife dies, leaving him to mourn her death while struggling to be a good father to their two young daughters. Where can he find the inner peace he feverishly desires?

Tamara, boisterous, beautiful but often cantankerous, has turned down every man who has offered to rescue her from the pitiful routine of The Lonely Fox inn. Who, if anyone, could ever capture her love?

Kristof, The Lonely Fox Inn's stable hand, has attempted to earn Tamara's affection since he first set eyes upon her but has suffered a lifetime of rejection in the few months he has been employed there. What can he do to somehow make her love him?

Edward W. Robinson: The White Tree
Secrets don't like to stay hidden. In the kingdom of Mallon, all knowledge of the death god Arawn has been brutally quashed--but a teen named Dante has just found the dark god's holiest book.

Within days, Dante's attacked in the streets. Not by the city guard. By Arawn's own servants, long-hidden. Two things save his life: a big-mouthed bodyguard named Blays, and his own growing skill with the nether, the shadowy power that fuels the world.

But the attacks on Dante are just the first stirs of a larger threat. In the far north, Arawn's followers are rallied by a priestess named Samarand. Mallon is burning. To save their homeland, Dante and Blays will have to travel to a half-ruined city and assassinate the woman driving her people to war.

Cate Dean: Last Chance Jack

Jack is a guardian angel. A guardian angel who has failed every single assignment. For the past hundred years.

Now he has been given his final assignment, and he has one last chance - one chance to prove himself, one chance to change his fate.

But there is a catch: the assignment can't see him, unless he can find a way to break through, a way to touch her. Only then can he even begin to help her.

He has three days.

Colin Tabard: Fall of Ossard

Ossard is falling...

Growing up in a city of Merchant Princes, Juvela discovers she can see what others can't. The very currents of the celestial are open to her, and that includes the truths they hide: An escalating series of unsolved kidnappings have been haunting the city-state, leaving its shadows pooled deep with innocent blood.

Has Juvela been cursed with the Witches' Kiss - or perhaps something worse?

Yet, more is to come, for not only has she witnessed an abduction, but she will have to endure a role in the victim's ritual death. For Juvela is about to become forsaken, and that's before she learns the real truth of not just the crimes plaguing Ossard's bloody streets, but the wider world: A world at war, and governed by gods whose highest pleasure is to sup on the taste of death.

Matthew Musser: Jadeflies
An epoch has passed since the light of the divine last shone upon these harrowed lands. The gods that were have been cast out, and in their place has grown an edifice of depravity. A kingdom of corruption, abetted by an ancient order, balances precipitously above a clash of faiths. In the city of Borsad, a notorious gang of thieves known as the Jadeflies have carved a territory. They indoctrinate children of the street and orphans into ruthless thieves and killers to expand their reach. Miri is not ruthless, and is objectively less talented than her counterparts, but vies to prove her worth to the Jadeflies and earn her place. After a guaranteed simple job, from the hand of the boss, Taira, leaves her injured, Miri stands up against the punishment for failure she expects to receive. When Taira gets violent, Miri reacts, and the cold steel of her dagger finds itself in her mentors gut. As she flees the wrath of the Jadeflies she finds herself in the caring hands of a stranger, a priest of the ancient order who offers her safety and redemption if only she'll accept. Can the old gods truly shield her or is she just biding time?


S. M. Reine: Death’s Hand
Policing relations between Heaven, Hell, and Earth is messy and violent, but Elise Kavanagh and James Faulkner excelled at it--until coming across a job so brutal that even they couldn't stand to see one more dead body. Now they've been pretending to be normal for five years, leaving their horrific history a dark secret. Elise works in an office. James owns a business. None of their friends realize they used to be one of the world's best killing teams.

After years of hiding, something stirs. Bodies are vanishing. Demons scurry in the shadows of the night. A child has been possessed. Some enemies aren't willing to let the secrets of the past stay dead...

Brendan Carroll: The Red Cross of Gold
The immortal Knights of the Council of Twelve comprise the ruling body of the clandestine Order of the Red Cross of Gold, Poor Knights of Solomon's Temple. Some of them have been around since the Crusades in the Holy Lands, secretly directing, aiding and abetting world events that they believe will eventually culminate in the ultimate confrontation of Good and Evil at Armageddon. As Knights of Christ, they live, fight and die safely as God's executioners in the service of the Master of the Universe.


E. Stoops: Corner of a Round Planet
In an alternate universe where the twentieth century gave rise to individuals with psychic talents and World War II never happened, the Gulf Wars of the late twentieth and early twenty-first are fought with Great War tactics and equipment. The medics, a prime target for the enemy, are dying at a far greater rate than the other soldiers. War is in need a facelift. Meredith Clase, an electronics engineer, might have just the thing. But Sergeant Wens Lillenthal has been holding a grudge against Clase for almost eight years and he doesn't plan on dropping it soon. When Clase arrives and insists that he become the hero he plays to his men, Lillenthal is dragged along a path to fame he never wanted, and into a world he can't ever leave.


Christopher Bunn: Ice and Fire
A Tale of Rubies, Shadows, and Romance
When the King's miners discover a strange ruby filled with fire, deep under the mountains, the King is overjoyed. There's one problem, of course. The gem belongs to the shadows who live in the mine. The King, however, will do anything to get his greedy hands on the ruby, even if that means disaster for the kingdom. The chief miner's son, Peter Snow, is forced to save the day.

Ice and Fire is a short story of about 5200 words, complete with a hotheaded princess, an exceedingly wise cook, and a handful of moat frogs.

Kate Danley: Maggie for HireWhen monsters appear on Earth, Maggie MacKay is on the job. No one is better at hauling the creepy crawlies back where they belong. No one, that is, except her dad, who disappeared without a trace in the middle of an assignment.

Now an elf named Killian has shown up with a gig. Seems Maggie's uncle teamed up with the forces of dark to turn Earth into a vampire convenience store, serving bottomless refills on humans.

The only hope for survival lies in tracking down two magical objects and a secret that disappeared with Maggie's dad.

*TIP: If you're outside the US, once you get to the page of the book you want, substitute the TLD for your local Amazon.

Example: If the book you want is at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0043EX1S2 and you're in the UK, change the .com (the TLD) to .co.uk: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0043EX1S2

"Scryer's Gulch" on Hiatus for a Time, Possible Kickstarter News, and more

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I'm going on hiatus with the Gulch for a while; I need to work hard on the draft of "The Machine God" if I'm going to have it ready for release at the end of the year (and have time to work on book three of the History). I'm about 10,000 words in, and it'll weigh in around 60k when I'm done--almost half the size of my usual books, OMG!

The good news about the break is, I'll also be working on compiling the first 53 episodes of the Gulch into both a paperback and an ebook. That means the original ebooks and paperback will be going off sale. I'm getting rid of the remaining four Gulch paperbacks in stock for the measly price of $4.95. I'm not sure how many pages the new Gulch paperback will come in at, so I can't give you a price point yet; I'm thinking in the $11.95 range. Dunno yet. Ditto with the ebook, though I'm thinking around $3.95. You've already gotten a look at the new cover; it's to the right in the sidebar, and it's on the home page as well.

That'll make four book releases for me this year: "Son in Sorrow"; "Scryer's Gulch 1-53"; "The Amber Cross"; and "The Machine God!"

Speaking of "The Machine God," I may be posting a (drafty) sample of it tomorrow in lieu of a Gulch episode. I'm considering running a Kickstarter pre-sale for it; it needs editing, and while book sales are going really well they're not going well enough to afford Netta's hiring. My royalties are budgeted for living expenses--I know, right?--though they're trending well enough that some day I won't have to depend on pre-sales to hire my production squad.

I worry about two things:

Going back to the well too soon. I know other people who use Kickstarter as their regular pre-sale channel and make their goals every time. I'm still not 100% confident that this tactic will work for me. I know, I know, shut up already!

No one's invested in "The Machine God" as they are in the History or even the Gulch. To that, I can only say as much to myself as to you: Yet. I'm really digging the characters and story I'm working on, and there will be four other books by four other writers connected with it and all released at the same time--yes, five novels, all in the same universe written essentially about the same period in time, and all really different though related. A whole series at once! We may even write more books set in this universe. Once the set of five is done, it's up to us as individuals whether we want to continue.

So I'd appreciate your thoughts on that.

OTHER BITS OF NEWS IN CASE YOU MISSED THEM:

Shopworn sale: I've got six copies of "Lovers and Beloveds" that have seen slightly better days, now on sale for $10.95. That's $4 off the usual cover price! ONLY six copies. When they're gone, they're gone. (By the way, I'm strongly considering selling two--maybe three, can't remember--copies of the original draft book one, the only ones left. It's out of print and will never be going back into print.)

Ebook drawings: I'm holding free ebook drawings for both my Facebook fan page and my email newsletter when they reach certain mileposts. I was going to do the drawing at 300 fans on FB, but that's not gonna happen any time soon so how about 250? Thirty more to go before that drawing, and two random winners will be announced. But your chances are better/sooner for the mailing list drawing! It's one random winner at the 100 member mark, and there are 91 people on the list at present. Join them both and get a chance to win!

Best of the Indies Awards

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Do you have a favorite "indie" author? (Doesn't have to be me--I'll never know.) You'll want to nominate him or her for the Virtual Book Fair's Best of the Indie awards. I have no idea what the awards entail or anything, but I do know Bards and Sages are good folks. So there's that. Smiling

Amber Cross--Free for Patrons!

Are you a patron of the site? Then here, have a coupon for a free copy of The Amber Cross!

CROSS-PATRON

It won't work for non-patrons, folks, and patrons, you need to be logged in to get it to work. The rest of you, it's $2.99 in my store and it has an awesome romance novel cover. Smiling

Contest: Win "Son in Sorrow!"

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One last thing for today and then I'm through:

Want to win a copy of the "Son in Sorrow" ebook? You've got two chances:

When my Facebook page reaches 300 fans, I'll be holding a random drawing.

AND

I'll be holding a random drawing for my mailing list when it reaches 100!

Sign up for both and you've got two shots!

Launch Day Update

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Son in Sorrow is off with a bang! It's in the 20k rankings at Amazon in all paid books--which sounds horrible, but is actually not bad at all! It means when it finally gets properly shelved it should be in a top 100 category. Here's hopin'! Four of you have left reviews at Amazon. Thank you! Please, if you've read the book, review it (honestly) there and "like" it on Facebook.

The book is now also at Barnes & Noble, if you prefer to buy books directly for your Nook there. And of course you can always buy direct from me and get three formats in DRM-free editions, which means you can then pop them into something like Calibre and convert them to practically anything. Oh yeah, and it's also at Smashwords for even more pre-formatted goodness.

There is now a Goodreads page for the book, where reviews and adds to your shelves (even "to be read") would also be extremely welcome and helpful, as would Facebook and Twitter mentions.

I promise to shut up about the book launch at some point soon. It's just been SO LONG in the making. I woke up this morning jangly as a housekeeper's keys, to the point that a friend whisked me off to the local sauna and calmed me down.

"Son in Sorrow" Is Here--At Last!

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The ebook version of Son in Sorrow is finally here! The guys at 1889 Labs did an absolutely fantastic job on the interior, it's just gorgeous. You get PDF, mobi and epub versions, there's no DRM, it's got the map in it, it's...

...well, it's here. Go read it. Smiling

Transition--in the Labor Sense

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When you're in labor--labor, like having-a-baby labor--you come to a point just before you're ready to push called transition. Transition sucks. It's the darkest night of the soul imaginable. You feel like nothing matters and what if it did. You can't do it. You just can't do it. Make it stop already. You give up. Uncle.

That's how I feel right now.

Book two is probably going to drop tomorrow.

Temmin's Journey in "Son in Sorrow," in Two Songs

Story Behind the Story

I often think of songs as I work--not so much soundtracks, but inspirations. Sometimes I get story inspirations wholesale, as in the case of Iron & Wine's "Woman King"--that entire EP spawned dozens of ideas in me, and in fact Woman King is the working title of book three. Nickel Creek's Why Should The Fire Die? has the same effect on me, though I can't tell you exactly what songs track to what bits of book business.

And sometimes I associate songs with particular characters, or their particular story arcs. For Son in Sorrow, I kept coming back to these two songs, both favorites. I once thought one of them belonged to Tennoc, one of the main characters in the story-in-story, but on further reflection they both belong to Temmin.

Tem starts here, and ends up here just before the climax of the book.

I haven't found anything yet for Tem's state of mind at the very end.

Ask me questions

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Hey guys, I've decided not to do a book trailer. It's all the rage and stuff, but I haven't seen much evidence that it sells books and they're expensive to produce unless you do it yourself. I HATE the one I did for Lovers and Beloveds. The one I did for "Scryer's Gulch" still cracks me up but I don't think anyone's come to read the serial from that trailer.

Vote for "Fears Moon Woman" for the Best of Circlet Press anthology!

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Hey, do me a favor! Go vote for the short story, "Fears Moon Woman" at Circlet Press! As things stand now, it won't get included in the anthology, and I'd like it to be. Smiling Thank you!

Now We Are Four

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On February 21st, 2008, I posted the first item on MeiLinMiranda.com. I had no idea what would happen; I just wanted a place to post these racy stories I was writing, and I thought it'd be fun to have my own site to do it on. I'm a web developer, it's not hard for me to throw up a site, why not. I didn't really expect anyone to read what I wrote. I had a small following for my Dr Who fanfiction, but this was original; no one wants to read original fiction by some no-name. Ha! Not even no-name! I was using my Second Life name as my pen name! What a dork, eh?

That week, I posted the first episode of "An Intimate History of the Greater Kingdom." I had no idea what I was doing and didn't take my writing in the least bit seriously. Sure, I'd written professionally for thirty years, but that was all journalism and nonfiction. I was just having a bit of fun--and for fun, I did what some other webserial writers were doing: I put up a challenge. If I raised $10, I'd release an extra episode. Figured it'd never happen.

I got the $10 almost immediately. Like, within the hour. I sat up straighter. Maybe I'd have to take this a little more seriously.

Four years later, that first contributor is still a staunch reader, bless him. I've written two full-length novels in the History series, a bunch of short stories, a second serial, a new collaborative universe novel is underway, and the Kickstarter that ended on the 12th of this month raised $5,250. Floored ain't in it, my friends. I cannot believe what has happened since that first timid post. I have readers, readers who pay for my work, even. I take my writing dead serious--but I'm stuck with the goofy pen name! Laughing out loud

So much has happened that it feels like ancient history. That first little post changed my life so radically, but it was just four years ago. Thank you to everyone--those who've been with me from the beginning, and those who've come along for the ride in recent days. I love you all.

"Son in Sorrow" manuscript finished, going out to presalers!

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Yep, it's the moment about a hundred of you have been waiting for: The manuscript of "Son in Sorrow" is ready to distribute to the presalers. Now I just need to figure out the most efficient way of getting it to you all... Smiling

Now it can be told: The Drifting Isle Chronicles

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I've mentioned a project I'm working on with a bunch of other fantasy writers. Now I can talk about it more. We have a name for our series: The Drifting Isle Chronicles. The blog Shared Story Worlds will be writing about our progress throughout the coming year as we work on this project together. Up first is this interview with Joseph Robert Lewis, who organized the collaboration. The other writers working with us are Coral Moore, Katherine Tomlinson and Charlotte E. English.

As Joseph says in the interview, it's amazing how the five of us each gravitated to a particular section of the world we've created and said, "Right, I'll sort that bit out." The world we've created is part steampunk, part magic, and has some really interesting little quirks in it. We're still working out the magical rules, but we've come a very long way in a very short time.

Attention! Bounced email for a presale order!

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If your name starts with "Mag" and your email address starts with "trop": Your email is bouncing! I can't get you your manuscript or ebooks or anything! Please advise asap!

This is it! Last hour! (updated: We're done!)

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Soon you won't have to put up with these updates any more--we're in the last hour of the Kickstarter presale for book two. Right now, 100 people have backed me to the tune of $5,230. That's nearly 350% what I asked for. I'm so overwhelmed and grateful right now. Here's the link one last time. If you want a presale package, it's now or never.

Update: We're done! Final tally: 102 backers, $5,250, 350% funded!! I am OVERWHELMED with gratitude. So unexpected, so affirming, so...just...damn. Thank you.

Presales end in less than 16 hours

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The Kickstarter ends tomorrow morning, and with it, presales. Yep, this is your last chance to get in on the presale.

Once it's done then I can start assembling the acknowledgments and get the final manuscript out to those who bought the right to read it in its unformatted state. I should have that ready to distribute early next week. I usually have typo notes back from the presalers in a week or two at the most, and then I can format the ebook and get it out to the rest of you--and start the serialization. The paperback should follow in about a month to six weeks depending on the typographer, cartographer and cover artist.

THIS IS IT, PEOPLE! BOOK TWO IS ALMOST HERE!

So, this happened...

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I'm not sure what I'm going to do, but I'll do something. You guys are awesome, amazing, astounding, and all those other A words. (Why do I not have a "kiss" smiley? this will have to do: Onigiri is in Lurve! )

Three days left to raise $250 at Kickstarter--and you don't need Paypal to do it!

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The Kickstarter is about $250 shy of $5,000 now, with only three days and two naming packages left--one naming package purchase would put us over $5,000. You get a ton of stuff plus a book two character named after you or someone you love. I don't know what I'm going to do for everyone if we get to $5,000, but I'll do something. I thought about a video of me belly dancing but realize that's an anti-incentive. Smiling I'll do...something. Suggestions welcome.

Taslin, here on the site, said she hadn't become a backer because she has trouble with Paypal and that's all I take here on the site. But then she realized Kickstarter only takes credit cards via Amazon Payments, so no Paypal involvement at all! She became a backer. If Paypal's been stopping you, now you can get in on the awesome. The $30 reward package contains $50 worth of stuff (and it gets better as it goes), so you might wanna do that. Smiling

Only four days left to get in on the Kickstarter!

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The Kickstarter is within range of $5,000. That's well over 300% funded. It's not likely to hit $5,000 in the four days left, but it's possible! Two naming packages remain. The average backer's giving $30 or so, and this is what they're getting for the money:

--Books one and two in ebook form ($10)

--High-res digital copy of the world map, drawn by Robert Altbauer ($5)

--Choice of one of ten of the original high-res character studies by Alice Fox ($5)

--The complete audiobook of book one ($20)

--Whithorse, a brought-up-to-canon collection of short stories set during Temmin's childhood ($2.95)

--The raw manuscript within hours of my dotting the last "i", and acknowledgment in the book (priceless!)

So that's nearly $50 worth of stuff for $30! Add another $30 and you get all that plus an autographed book 2 and a printed copy of the world map. That's $80 worth of stuff for $60! And it gets more awesome the higher up the rewards packages get.

There's enough coming from this that for once I'll get something from it. This is gonna be my present to myself, in burgundy. It'll double as the dress I want for the 10th anniversary of my first heart attack in April.

Four more days, folks, and that's it. You won't get me blathering on about this any more, and you'll have to pay retail for all the awesome extras. Smiling Everyone who's backed me so far: I LOVE YOU MADLY!

You guys! We're over $4,000 at Kickstarter!

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I can't believe this! When I launched the Kickstarter on the 13th I figured it would take the full 30 days to make it to the target of $1,500. It was the bare minimum I needed to finish the book up, and in retrospect it wasn't enough; as usual I forgot to factor in taxes because I'm one of those fuzzy-headed creative types.

So imagine my shock when today we crossed the $4,000 mark, with 11 days left in the fundraiser.

I'm running out of adjectives for this.

Thank you. I hope the book lives up to your expectations, folks. I'm almost done, like it goes to the betas for a final check-through in about two hours.

A new project: Team-written fantasy

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I just agreed to something that should be pretty damn fun for the writers as well as the readers. I'm collaborating with four other fantasy writers to produce a series of novels in a shared universe. We're creating the universe right now and as details become available I'll share them with you. For now, here are my collaborators:

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An Intimate History of the Greater Kingdom, The Drifting Isle Chronicles and Scryer's Gulch by Lynn Siprelle writing as MeiLin Miranda are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.

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