Whispersync Deal Roundup: Night Shade Books, the Baen Free Library, and The Shambling Guide to New York City


There’s actually a significantly large number of local and regional authors in this roundup of ebook/audiobook deals:

Originally posted on The AudioBookaneers:

Thursday, February 27, 2014: I didn’t see a particular Kindle Daily Deal title to feature today, so I’ll take the time to write up a few more “general” cases. First up, because I understand this to be a limited time offer (though my inquiries as to how long have not yet made it through the aether and spam filter and inbox queue yet, or, most likely, didn’t look to be worth answering) is from Night Shade Books , which has put a pretty sizable crop of its titles on sale. (BUT WHERE IS MY JM McDERMOTT ? MY KAMERON HURLEY ? MY ELI MONPRESS ?! NIGHT SHADE BOOKS I ASK YOU. Er. Sorry. I now return you to our regularly scheduled program.)

I mentioned Teresa Frohock’s Miserere: An Autumn Tale in my last big roundup of Whispersync deals, and it’s still on sale for $2.99, plus a $3.99 upgrade to…

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The Latest from Carolina Book Beat


The podcast for my talk a week ago with Tommy Lee Edwards on Carolina Book Beat is up!

Originally posted on Carolina Book Beat:


Vandroid by Tommy Lee Edwards (broadcast 2-3-2014) After studying film and illustration at the Art Center College of Design, Tommy Lee Edwards took the comics industry by storm with his illustrations on such titles as The Question, Marvel 1985, Batman, and Turf (with co-creator Jonathan Ross).  Proving to be one of the most respected and versatile artists working today, he has also designed the video games  Command and Conquer, James Bond, and Prey. 

Beyond illustrating countless pieces for books, merchandise, magazines, and posters, Tommy perhaps feels most at home putting his imagination and storytelling flare to the test as a conceptual designer, storyboard artist, and director for film.  He’s collaborated with the Hughes Brothers as the concept artist on their Denzel Washington epic The Book of Eli, and has also contributed to the design of many productions including Akira, Masters of the Universe, Harry Potter, Superman Returns, Star…

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Carolina Book Beat preview: Tommy Lee Edwards

So tomorrow morning (Monday, Feb 3, 10 AM) I’ll be talking with illustrator Tommy Lee Edwards on Carolina Book Beat on WCOM-FM. It’s the first time we’ve tried an illustrator as a guest, so I wanted to put up some links to visual aids here before the show.

We’re mainly planning to talk about his forthcoming Vandroid project(s) which include a short film [with trailer], a soundtrack, and, set for a late February release, the first of five monthly issues of a comic book series. What is Vandroid? Well… it purports to be a “lost” 1980s sci-fi action movie about an advanced AI which inhabits … a high-end conversion van. There’s an extensive preview up at Crave Online, and you can already pre-order issues both in the US and the UK.

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I’m also hoping to talk about Tommy’s previous mini-series, the Jonathan Ross-authored Turf, “set in 1920s Prohibition-era New York and featuring period typical gangsters alongside vampires and aliens.” As well as some of his other work, such as his striking concept art for The Book of Eli and the award-winning “The Random Adventures of Brandon Generator”, and his growing involvement with NC Comicon.

You can explore Tommy’s work at his website, or check out the (not 100% complete, but pretty good) databases of his comic work at Comic Book DB (Penciller, Inker, Colorist, Cover Artist) and ISFDB (cover art and interior art for prose books).

Book Harvest collecting children’s book donations on Monday for their annual MLK drive

On Monday, January 20, 2014, from 1 to 4 pm, Book Harvest is having a children’s book drive at the Carolina Theatre of Durham. “10,000 Books for Kids (10KBK) is Book Harvest’s annual community-wide book drive on MLK Day and a celebration of diversity, literacy, and book ownership for all kids.  Help us bring in 10,000 books in a single afternoon! Everyone! Round up your new and gently used children’s books – and those of your neighbors, friends, classmates, and coworkers – and bring them to us at the Carolina Theatre on the afternoon of MLK Day.  Working together, we can ensure that all our children have books! Durham Mayor Bill Bell will kick off the festivities at 1:00 p.m.  Also joining us will be: Wool E Bull; the Only Burger truck; musicians Matt Phillips and John Marshall; a pop-up store from Letters Bookshop; and local author “celebrity volunteers”, including Sarah Dessen, Daniel Wallace, Randall Kenan, Stephanie Greene, John Stanley, j.j. Johnson, Kristyn Kusek Lewis, Frances O’Roark Dowell, and John Claude Bemis.” [Facebook event]


The Odyssey Writing Workshop’s Summer Session

Another press release of interest to pass along. The key data bits here:

  • The program is held on Saint Anselm College’s beautiful campus in Manchester, NH; This summer’s workshop runs from JUNE 9 to JULY 18, 2014.
  • The early action application deadline is JANUARY 31, and the regular admission deadline is APRIL 8.
  • This year’s writer in residence is Melanie Tem; Lecturers for the 2014 workshop include some of the best teachers in the field:  authors Elizabeth Hand, Catherynne M. Valente, Ellen Kushner, Delia Sherman, and Alexander Jablokov; and editor Gordon Van Gelder.

So, yeah, if anyone wants to sponsor me… and create a clone to go to work for me that will totally not end up turning evil and trying to kill me and take over my life…


Odyssey Writing Workshops Charitable Trust


Clay and Susan Griffith’s “Tribute: Nelson Mandela” comic to be released this week

Via local writer Sharon Stogner, a press release of interest to pass along. Note that the writers on the project are Raleigh authors Clay and Susan Griffith:


Bluewater Productions is releasing a new tribute comic book biography on the iconic Nelson Mandela.  Tribute: Nelson Mandela is being released this week digitally and in print.


The 32-page comic book chronicles his life in pictures, one of the late 20-century’s most influential people.  The comic book is  written by Clay & Susan Griffith, illustrated by famed artist Pablo Martinena.

Nelson Mandela of South Africa is one of the most important figures of the last century. He was symbol of the struggle against racial and political oppression, and a model for sustaining that struggle with grace and decency. Born into an elite family of the Thembu people, Mandela could have had an elevated place under European control, but he chose a different route. He became a successful lawyer, political activist, national leader, fugitive guerrilla, and finally a prisoner of South Africa’s brutal white supremacist apartheid regime. Read the rest of this entry »

The Hardest Part: Nick Mamatas on Love is the Law

Nick Mamatas is no stranger to writing whatever he wants, damn the torpedoes. And as Mamatas writes here about his latest novel — the Trotskyist/Crowley/Long Island noir Love is the Law — for “The Hardest Part”, writing can be the easy part. “If there was any difficulty in writing the novel at all, it was in writing the book so that it could end up in a bookstore somewhere.”

Love is the Law
by Nick Mamatas
Dark Horse, October 2013

THE HARDEST PART: Love is the Law

By Nick Mamatas:

Actually, writing Love is the Law was pretty easy.

I’m not the kind of writer, or reader, who falls for the well-worn trick of a single-sentence paragraph, but there you go. It was a breeze.

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Pictures: 2013 Local Author Holiday Book Expo

To add to the photos which Calvin Powers posted on Dec 7, here are some of my photos from the 2013 local author holiday book expo at Atomic Empire this past Saturday. Read the rest of this entry »

2013 holiday book buying guide to regional science fiction and fantasy

Whew. Even though I’ve been updating the 2013 book preview during the course of the year, there were still quite a few things I learned about only recently here in late 2013, and of course plenty I missed ahead of time and during the year. So! Like I’ve done in 2012, 2011, and 2010…, here is my run-down of 2013 in regional science fiction and fantasy, and as always, let me know of the (likely many) omissions and errors, and! in a first this year, come by the 2013 Bull Spec regional author holiday book expo on Saturday, December 7, at Durham’s Atomic Empire from 3 pm to 8 pm, where a score of the authors below will be gathered to personalize books, chat, and there will also be comics, books, games, collectibles, and indeed beer on hand as well. And! The trusty Underwood manual typewriter which has made a few appearances over the years will be in attendance for a special community holiday fiction project. Enjoy!


The Office of Mercy: A Novel Star Trek: The Original Series: Devil's Bargain

The Office of Mercy: A Novel by Ariel Djanikian (Viking Adult and Tantor Audio, February 21) — Debut novel for this new Chapel Hill author, recommended for readers who have aged up from The Hunger Games and are looking for something just a bit more meaty. “Weaving philosophy and science together into a riveting, dystopian story of love and adventure, The Office of Mercy illuminates an all-too-real future imagined by a phenomenal new voice in fiction. Twenty-four-year-old Natasha Wiley lives in America-Five—a high-tech, underground, utopian settlement where hunger and money do not exist, everyone has a job, and all basic needs are met. But when her mentor and colleague, Jeffrey, selects her to join a special team to venture Outside for the first time, Natasha’s allegiances to home, society, and above all to Jeffrey are tested. She is forced to make a choice that may put the people she loves most in grave danger and change the world as she knows it.” (Chapel Hill)

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Friday Quick Updates: Local Black Friday and Small Business Saturday alternatives; another Carolina Book Beat focus on local sf on Monday; and the latest on the regional author holiday book expo next Saturday!

Friday November 29, 2013: While I’m probably somewhere in between the sentiment offered by Shimmer and the most commercial of line-up offerings at the big box stores, I did want to send out a roundup of what’s going on this weekend, along with some other news.

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