New York Comic Con 2015 (with pics!)

Hey everyone. My blogging has been pathetic as of late. I am going to make an effort to get on here more. Promise. And, what better way to usher in this new era of more consistent blogging than with a photo gallery from New York Comic Con, 2015.

I didn’t have a signing there this year, but my publisher was kind enough to send me a badge (two badges, actually, but that is another story…) and I attended as a spectator and lover of all things beautiful and bizarre.

I also attended a fantastic cocktail hour arranged by Amazon Publishing and got the honor of hanging out with authors like Marko Kloos (and his lovely wife Robin) who writes awesome military sci-fi, the incomparable Amy Bartol (who writes enormously popular paranormal romance), J.D. Horn (renowned for his Witching Savannah series and a fellow Westmarch publishee), Jeff Wheeler (amazingly successful fantasy author of Muirwood fame(who once hosted a guest post from me)), Dana Cameron (who writes award-winning crime and sci-fi),  Robert Masello (a veteran writer of novels and scripts with an amazing breadth of knowledge and humor), and Evan Currie (author of dozens of brilliant sci-fi novels).

There were other writers, and I apologize for missing you in this post. But I had a great time with all of you. And I must mention the awesome staff of 47North who put this all together and kept us laughing and without thirst all night: Britt, Jason, Ben, Courtney, Kim and all the others… thank you!

And now, without further delay, the pictures from New York Comic Con 2015 (apologies, in advance, for the crappy quality of my phone’s camera…)(And, yes, that actually was a delay, but there won’t be any further delays). (Except for this one). (And maybe this one). (But that’s it.). (I swear).


Emaculum: Online Release Party, August 5, 2014!

Hey everyone!

On August 5, 2014, there will be a Facebook party for the release of Emaculum, and the conclusion of the Scourge trilogy. The event starts at 5pm EST and will last until 10pm EST. My fiancee, Annabelle, and I, will host the party, and a slew of visiting authors will take part. (Click here to sign up for the event (make sure you’re signed into Facebook)).

It’s like this, but some of the guests will be scarier.

What exactly is a Facebook launch party? It’s a whirlwind of fun, prizes, online chats, trivia contests, and anything else we can come up with. Think “country fair” with more authors and camaraderie, and less carnies and clowns. (Although, knowing some of my writer friends, there may be just as many carnies and clowns).

Scott James Magner, guest of honor, will be releasing his story, Winter, on the same day!

So, who will be there? Well, historical fantasy author Scott Magner (Blood and Ashes, Winter) for one. Scott is releasing the second book in his Seasons of Truth series on the same day (August 5th, if you’ll recall) so this is kind of a joint launch party).

I’ll also have some of the original authors of The Mongoliad (historical fantasy): Mark Teppo (The Mongoliad, Sinner), and Joseph Brassey (The Mongoliad, Katabasis).

Other authors? How about the 2013 Philip K. Dick Award nominee, Anne Charnok (A Calculated Life)? and below is a list of the other participants:

Fantasy/sci-fi writers Michael and Linda Pearce, (Diaries of a Dwarven Rifelman, Rage of Angels).

Tony Wolf (the upcoming historical-fantasy graphic novel  Mrs. Pankhurst’s Amazons).

Urban Fantasy author Melissa F. Olson (Dead Spots, The Big Keep).

Kate Maruyama, genre-defying specialist (Harrowgate).

Fantasy author Roberta Trahan (The Well of Tears, The Keys to the Realms).

Historical fantasy author Adam Haviaras (Children of ApolloIMMORTUI).

Fantasy author and Emaculum beta-reader Robert J. Duperre (The FallDawn of Swords)

Award-winning author J Lincoln Fenn (POE) can’t appear live, but will have a post (Hawaii time makes a live appearance difficult. Let’s all feel sorry for J Lincoln Fenn, who lives on an island paradise. Poor J Lincoln Fenn ;) ).

Books will be given away. Prizes earned. Fun will be had by all. Except the carnies.

Each of these writers will have a turn on the event page, posting a short blurb about storytelling or history, and then opening up the comments to speak with visitors. These are all published, successful authors, so now’s your chance to ask them questions, gain nuggets of wisdom, and brush elbows with the literary elite.

As if that’s not enough,some of the authors will be giving away copies of their books or other prizes. I will be giving out prizes as well, holding trivia contests, posting snippets from Emaculum and photos of places Edward has traveled. Annabelle will be talking about her role editing all three books and the crazy, crazy long-distance relationship that she and I nurture.

So add an entry to your Google calendar, sign up for the event, and drop by on Tuesday, August 5, between 5pm EST and 10pm EST for a festive, merry, crazy carnival of fun. That’s right. I used three adjectives. It’s gonna be *that* good.