Newspam: Quickie Edition

Last week I learned that Our Lady of the Ice has been nominated for the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award in the science fiction category! Super exciting!

And for a nice balance, let’s go from my latest book to my first, with this awesome write up about The Assassin’s Curse and the Pirate’s Wish. Those books have been getting some attention lately, which is very cool consider a year and a half ago the publisher closed down. It also goes to show that writing really is a long con.

Finally, I’m happy to announce some more details about the Serial Box project I’ve been working on with Lindsay Smith, Max Gladstone, and Ian Tregellis. It’s serialized project called The Witch Who Came in From the Cold, and the link says it all:

The Cold War rages in the back rooms and dark alleys of 1970s Prague as spies and sorcerers cross murky lines to do battle for home and country. The fate of the East and the West hangs in the balance right along the Iron Curtain—and crackling beneath the surface of it all is a vein of magic, raw and waiting to be tapped.

Trust me, it’s AWESOME.

The pilot episode will be released in January, and there are thirteen episodes total, all weaving together to tell a larger story.

Our Lady of the Ice Release Day

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That’s right, today is Our Lady of the Ice’s release day! It’s available in hardcover or ebook wherever books are sold. Like, oh, these places…


Barnes and Noble


Or you can go into a bookstore or library and look for the cover:

If they don’t have it, just politely ask them to order a copy! Then Our Lady of the Ice will be yours!

What’s Our Lady of the Ice about? Here, have some cover copy:

Hope City, Antarctica. The southernmost city in the world, with only a glass dome and a faltering infrastructure to protect its citizens from the freezing, ceaseless winds of the Antarctic wilderness. Within this bell jar four people–some human, some not–will shape the future of the city forever:

Eliana Gomez, a female PI looking for a way to the mainland.

Diego Amitrano, the right-hand man to the gangster who controls the city’s food come winter.

Marianella Luna, an aristocrat with a dangerous secret.

Sofia, an android who has begun to evolve.

But the city is evolving too, and in the heart of the perilous Antarctic winter, faction will clash, dreams will shatter, and that frozen metropolis just might boil over…

Want to know more? I answered some questions about the book over at Shelf Awareness. I also wrote a My Favorite Bit piece at Mary Robinette Kowal’s blog. And if you’re more of an image person, I also created an aesthetic post over at my Tumblr.

ETA: My friend Maki made a playlist for Our Lady of the Ice! Freaking awesome!

Thank you to all who have read and reviewed the book so far. And thank you to those who will read in the future. You are all the best!grouphug

Our Lady Giveaway and News Roundup

Well, it’s October 12, which means in two weeks Our Lady of the Ice will be unleashed onto the larger world! Ahhhhh! Our Lady has had some cool coverage the last few weeks that I wanted to share you with you all.

Firstly, it was featured on Shelf Awareness’ Maximum Shelf. There’s also an interview with me about the book. Secondly, it was selected as one of B&N’s Bookseller’s Picks for 2015. Finally, it received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly!

If all this has you as excited as it does me, you might be interested in knowing that Goodreads is currently running a giveaway of Our Lady of the Ice! You have two more days to enter at the link.

I leave you now with a photo of the two completed copies of the book I received a few days ago. It’s beauuuuuutiful!

Robert Barcatheon decrees that you shall read Our Lady of the Ice!

Robert Barcatheon decrees that you shall read Our Lady of the Ice!

Story Sale + Kickstarter


I sold a short story!

It’s called “A Night in New Veroshtin” and will be featured in the Women in Practical Armor” anthology, alongside awesome people like Mary Robinette Kowal. Here’s a snippet:

The war was changing.

That was what Lieutenant Raza told Salima during the debriefing. “They don’t want us fighting battles the way we used to,” she said from behind the big mahogany desk where the politicians had shoved her after the Battle of Anausi.


The anthology is being funded by a Kickstarter campaign that is veeeery close to funding as I type this and will probably be funded by the time this post goes live. Which means your donation will go toward funding the various stretch goals the publisher has planned! Definitely check it out.

Sasquan Schedule!

In three weeks (!!!) I’ll be up in Spokane for Sasquan aka Worldcon! I’ll be appearing on several panels throughout the weekend, which is very exciting, as it’s my Worldcon programming debut.

ETA: Click thisaway for the fancy interactive online schedule!


Me, Jeffrey Cook, Edward M. Lerner, Kaye Thornbrugh, Gwen Whiting

11 AM, Hall B. Pretty straight forward. I will sign things you bring me. I will also chat with you if you just want to do that. I’ll probably also give away a free short story.

Does SF/F Need Young Adult Magazines?
Deby Fredericks (M), Neil Clarke, Me, Jessica Rising

4 PM, Bays 111C. Anime and computer games are a huge trend among youth world-wide, but many of these potential readers are less in tune with “printed” science fiction and fantasy. How do we tap into this community of young fans to share with them the depth and breadth of SF/F short stories? Moreover, is there a viable market for a digital or print teen magazine? What would it take to get one going? And what are the potential benefits and pitfalls of putting one together for younger readers? Join parents, teens and editors to discuss the ins and outs of a YA SF/S magazine for the next generation of fans.

Spoiler: YES

31 Flavors of Fantasy Devoured by Kids and Teens
James Van Pelt (M), Alma Alexander, Me, Esther Jones, Brandon Sanderson

5 PM, 401C. Fantasy has become a catch all category for all of the subgenres featuring “fantastic” elements from action adventure to urban and epic fantasy, romantic fantasy, and more! How many subgeneres are hout there and what elements help to define them? Does the reader’s age affect the growth or definition of a subgenre? Join our panel of young adult and middle grade authors for a lively discussion that gives you a little taste of each subgenre as they share some of their favorite works across the fantastic spectrum that help to define the various subgenres.

Spoiler: CHOCOLATE CHIP oh never mind that’s ice cream


Do We Live in the Marvel Universe? Marvel Conquers TV, Movies & Comics
Ajani Brown, Me, Annalee Flower Horne, Tom Smith

1 PM, Bays 111A. Are the Marvel movies now driving the comics universe? Is this good? And what about Agent Carter?

Spoiler: EARTH-1218 WAS DESTROYED IN SECRET WARS wait how am I typing this

What Prose Writers Can Learn From Comics

Daryl Gregory (M), Me, Grá Linnaea, Esther Jones

3 PM, Spokane Falls Suite A/B (Doubletree). Prose and comic writing are different. How a prose writer can apply some of the techniques from comics to help them become a better writer.



Diversity within YA & Middle Grade Fiction
Wesley Chu, Me, Kate Elliott, Fonda Lee, Cynthia Ward

4 PM, 300A. Everyone is talking about diversity within science fiction and fantasy, but how are we doing with diversity within the young adult and middle grade subgenres? What writers should we be reading? What characters should we be looking to as examples? And what new fiction are we looking forward to reading?


ArmadilloCon Schedule!

Next weekend I will be attending ArmadilloCon in Austin, Texas. I’m going to be on some kickass panels, plus being in Austin means I get to go to the awesomest toy store and comic book store in all the land. I might also swing by Vulcan Video and stare longingly at their director wall, wishing I had such treasures in my town.

Anyway, on to the panels!


Game of Thrones: Comparing the Book to the TV Show
6 PM, Ballroom E. Exploring the faithfulness of the adaptation and the high points of the books vs. the show.


11 AM, Southpark B. I’ll read from Our Lady of the Ice, unless you’d rather me read you some of my Stucky fanfiction. I’ll be giving away an ARC of Our Lady of the Ice either way.

Noon, Dealer’s Room. You don’t have to have me autograph anything. You can just come say hi.

Kid Scary vs Adult Scary
5 PM, Ballroom D. What are the differences between what scares kids and what scares adults? How do you write scary effectively for both audiences?

SF Movies from Last Year
9 PM, Southpark A. The good, the bad, and a few movies more.

Newspam: Good News, Everyone! Edition


First off, I received word yesterday that Our Lady of the Ice recieved a starred review in Publisher’s Weekly! Which is just

In their review, PW says, “The worldbuilding will sweep readers away, and the entertaining and compelling cast of characters will make excellent company on the journey,” as well as other wonderful things! So excited!

The other bit of good news I have comes courtesy of Writespace Houston, where I teach occasional workshops (more on that in a minute). For those of you who follow me on Twitter, you’ve probably seen me Tweeting about their Indiegogo campaign, which funded yesterday! SUPER MASSIVE CONGRATULATIONS, WRITESPACE!

Because they met their goal, the campaign has been extended with a stretch goal to help fund a VERY cool new project called Writefest. WriteFest is an awesome, one-of-a-kind literary convention that is focused on providing networking and workshop opportunities for new and emerging writers. In particular, it’s going to focus on short fiction and poetry–in all genres. I’m helping out with the planning and am so excited for the additional fundraising opportunity. All donations would be AMAZING, of course, but I’d like to direct your attention to the $40 donation, which gets you a book bundle featuring books from local Houston authors, including me. One of the books I donated is a British paper edition of The Assassin’s Curse, which is currently out of print. Something to keep in mind!

If you are yourself local to Houston, I will be teaching a three-hour Saturday workshop with Writespace on July 11 focused on worldbuilding. I’ve got a very cool collaborative exercise planned that will be lots of fun. The workshop runs from 9:30-12:30 that morning, and costs $45 for non-members. You can register here.

ApolloCon Schedule

I will be a guest at ApolloCon in Houston next weekend (June 19-21). ApolloCon is a great small con–and they changed locations this year so that the hotel is surrounded by food that’s not Taco Bell. Hurray! Jim Hines is the Guest of Honor this year, which I’m pretty excited about, too.

Anyway, here’s my panel schedule, with GIF SPOILERS!

Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid (8 PM, Cypress): Panelists define and describe horror and its sub-genres

The Audience:

Me Reacting to What the Other Panelists Say:

It Stands Alone (2 PM, Pecan): A discussion of non-series genre work and what makes a successful standalone novel.

What goes into making a successful standalone novel? One thing:

Libriomancer: The Movie (3 PM, Pecan): Who would you cast in a Libriomancer movie? With help from the audience,panelists make casting suggestions for the major characters in the Libriomancer series. WARNING: Spoilers happen.

Reading (5:30 PM, Azalea 4): I’ll be reading from Our Lady of the Ice and giving away an ARC of same. Maybe I will have cookies again this year, too! Or maybe I’ll give away ice cream, to keep with the Antarctica theme

FanFic: Creative Writing or Self-Indulgence (11 PM, Pecan): Love it or hate it — people write it anyway. Writers discuss fanfic and whether it can be a legitimate start to a writing career or whether it’s all about the ego of the author.

If The Other Panelists Hate Fanfiction:

If They Love Fanfiction:

I might also have an autograph session or two–I’m not sure on that, but I will at the very least let Twitter know if it works out!

Comicpalooza Schedule

I’ll be attending Comicpalooza, the Houston comic con, over Memorial Day weekend. Make sure to stop by the Artist’s Alley table I’ll be sharing with my friend and dystopian fiction author D.L. Young! I will be giving away a couple of ARCs of Our Lady of the Ice so you’ll definitely want in on that. I’ll update this post with a table number and map once I’ve got it. EDIT: We’ll be in Booth #1630! Make sure to stop by!

EDIT AGAIN: Here, have a map:

Comicpalooza Map

Click to embiggen!

I’ll also be on several panels over the weekend. If the line to get Stan Lee to sign your stuff is too long, think of attending one of these instead:

11:30-12:30: Harry Potter and the Future of Hogwarts
5:30-6:30: SFF Tropes and Cliches: A Guide for Writers

5:00-5:00: Talking Young Adult Literature

11:30-12:30: The Good Habits of Good Writers
4:00-5:00: Great Characters/Books That Inspire Me

11:30-12:30: What I Wish I’d Known as a New Writer (I’m moderating this one. Watch out!)

Comicpalooza has a phone app for keeping track of panels and appearances and the like, so if you’re going to attend, I’d suggest downloading it if you can–they’ve been known to change the rooms around at random, presumably to shake things up a bit.

I hope you can make it! If not, Scarlet Witch will just compel you to show up:

The Newsletter Experience

I’ve set up a newsletter! Missives will go out only occasionally, and if you don’t like having to hang around on social media to find out what I’m up to, signing up’s the way to go. There’s a link on my Bio & Contact page, or you can just click thisaway.

If you sign on or before February 28, you’ll be entered to win a signed and personalized copy of The Assassin’s Curse! Paper copies are a rare thing these days, and I myself only have a couple of author copies left. The contest is open world-wide, too.

I’ll contact the winner via email, a newsletter being an email-based affair.