And other bits of good news

Posted: January 18th, 2012 under Echoes of Betrayal, Good News, Kings of the North, Marketing, the writing life.
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OrbitUK  has me in their Author Spotlight this month.   I’ve also been told my author copies are shipping this week.  Yay, hurray, and rejoicing by writer (esp. with Book IV about to head for the big city.)

For US readers,  the mass market paperback of Kings of the North is coming out very soon, and the hardcover of Echoes of Betrayal releases February 28.   Even better (for those who still buy hardcover books) I’ve been told it will be on the Random House Triangle displays at Barnes & Noble.

Now I really must get back to work.   It’s kind of like the cross-country of three-day-eventing….you have to ride the whole course, including the last fence.


  • Comment by David R Campbell — January 18, 2012 @ 12:31 pm


    I have “Echoes of Betrayal” scheduled to be enabled on my Kindle devices the day it comes out.

  • Comment by Annabel (Mrs Redboots) — January 18, 2012 @ 2:45 pm

    2 expects to despatch my copy on 24 February, so still six weeks to wait. Sigh. So I have been distracting myself by reading – and thoroughly enjoying, I may say – your Serrano series. Some of it, anyway.

  • Comment by Margaret — January 18, 2012 @ 3:32 pm


    I am currently re-reading the Vatta series and enjoying it even more than the first couple times I read it. Just about to finish with Victory Conditions, then on to the re-read of the new Paksworld books so I’ll be ready for this one.

  • Comment by Kevin Steverson — January 18, 2012 @ 6:10 pm


    Uhhhh..I have all your books memorized …and therefore, I do not have to re-read any of them………CRAP! I couldn’t even type this with a straight face…I am re-reading The Deed……

  • Comment by iphinome — January 18, 2012 @ 7:31 pm


    The amazon page says “This title will be released on February 21, 2012”

    Though unless its Harry potter they don’t bother to get pre-orders to me on release day.

  • Comment by MaryW — January 18, 2012 @ 7:58 pm


    The last four books I have ordered from Amazon have arrived on the release date. The order has been placed.

  • Comment by Laura BurgandyIce — January 18, 2012 @ 10:16 pm


    Woohoo!!!! 🙂 I’m totally gonna celebrate the release!!!!! Can’t wait!!

  • Comment by Rolv — January 19, 2012 @ 2:17 am


    I se no reason for stopping re-reading a book just because you’ve memorized it.(After all, I’ve memorized parts of the Bible, and it has never impaired my appreciation when re-reading.)

    Looking forward to February 28. Luckily, the following weekend is free. 🙂

  • Comment by Karen — January 19, 2012 @ 2:44 am


    Since I glommed my hands on Kings of the North, I’ve re-read The Deed of Paksenarrion, your Serrano series, The Speed of Dark, Remnant Population (it always reminds me of my Grandmother, but I could never get her to see her own heroism by telling her that — her generation was just determined to be heroic by default, I guess), and a number of your short stories.

    If human cloning becomes an option, would you please consider it (just kidding, since I believe that every extant DNA double-helix develops individually, and in harmony with, or in opposition to, experiences that are, by definition unique — although I’d love to read your take on the possible variations) so that I can have more of your books that to read?

    There just aren’t enough books about strong, confident, yet flawed human beings struggling against realistic odds (and I don’t mean realistic in the sense of the “gritty”, ugly realism that passes for “reality” these days) and fighting their own inner demons in the process to feed my habit. So much of “fantasy” has merged with “horror” that my old-fashioned values can’t quite adjust to all of the blood-suckers (who are really supposed heroes) or biographies of heroes (who are really just blood-suckers in disguise) on the market.

    I know these publishing trends are beyond your control, but I just want you to know, as you work towards the final volume in this series, that your books continue to furnish me with hope in a world that sometimes seems to have diminished that word to the point where hopefulness is sometimes seen as fantasy — whereas I often see the deepest moments of despair in your books as being more real than much reality in our Prozac-driven world.

    In other words, thanks for all of your work. I can’t imagine that it’s easy to write words that drive my own emotions to such conflict and catharsis. Just know that your “adoring public” awaits and hopes that the work you are doing now will stretch and expand our souls in direct proportion to the pain and joy you expend as you write (then edit, then re-edit and re-write them).

  • Comment by Karen — January 19, 2012 @ 3:03 am


    p.s. The foregoing was not to add pressure (much) — just to acknowledge the importance of your hard work to real people who want to read books about real, believable fantasies.

  • Comment by Sharidann — January 19, 2012 @ 6:58 am


    Well copy ordered ages ago (for the hardcover that is).

    I hope the shipping gonna be fast. (Go go,

  • Comment by Roberta L Varvel — January 19, 2012 @ 2:15 pm


    Just read the article in Orbit and they do a good job to introduce you to all kinds of readers in sci-fi, fantasy and the general public.

    I am glad I found you years ago and keep falling in love with you all over with each new book.

    As for being on pins and needles, I pre-ordered the book as soon as put the the title on their list. I just have to wait for you to appear in my mailbox, then who cares what’s happening in the real world, I get to go to yours. Hehehe.

  • Comment by Jenn — January 19, 2012 @ 6:30 pm


    Let the count down Begin!!!!!
    Um.. do you still have that countdown thingy from last year my brain is crud infected and the math is just not adding up right.

    Also may I add my agreement to Rolv #8 and Karen #9. I could not have said it better.

  • Comment by Jonathan Schor — January 20, 2012 @ 9:10 am


    Kings of the North – Tsaia is invaded by an army of Elvis impersonators.

    A waiting for the Echos to come out.

  • Comment by elizabeth — January 22, 2012 @ 9:24 am


    Jenn: I’ll speak to the web-guru about the countdown thingie. She found it and installed it last year.

  • Comment by Patrick Doris — January 22, 2012 @ 12:40 pm


    Great news I will pre order the book today

  • Comment by elizabeth — January 22, 2012 @ 2:06 pm



  • Comment by Marit — February 6, 2012 @ 1:05 pm


    I’ve just bought my copy of “Echoes of Betrayal” (UK Edition), which, surprisingly enough, was already available in one of the local bookshops here in Uppsala, Sweden. According to the staff, they got it three days ago. I’m looking forward to burying myself in it!

    As this is my first comment here, I’d like to take the opportunity to say that I really, really enjoy the Paksworld books. I’ve read most of them several times, and I seem to find new aspects and details every time. I am thoroughly impressed!

  • Comment by Charles Pickering — February 8, 2012 @ 3:20 pm


    I am glad to hear it will be on the triangle displays. When I purchased the second in the series B&N had it stocked in the non fiction section for some strange reason and took me a long time to find.

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