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Some good news to start the week: I am informed that Audible has taken all four of the PSI novels (HARD MAGIC, PACK OF LIES, TRICKS OF THE TRADE, and DRAGON JUSTICE) for audio book. I don't know when who or how yet - updates as I have 'em, if I get 'em (nobody tells the author nuthin').

Here's hoping they do well, and we'll be able to talk them into taking the Sylvan Investigations novellas as well... :-D

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Not to be outdone, my alter-ego L.A. Kornetsky also had a good weekend, with two new book-blogger reviews of COLLARED, both quite complimentary, including the closing line of "a witty and entertaining detective adventure" from the Feathered Quill and "(a) charmingly likable series" from Cozy Chicks.

http://www.featheredquillblog.com/2012/12/book-review-collared-gin-tonic-mystery.html

http://www.cozychicksblog.com/2012/12/drus-cozy-report-december-2012.html

Yay Team Kornetsky!

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If you were waiting to ask for a bookplate for a book-gift, by the way: today is the last day. If it's not in the mail by tomorrow morning, it will have to wait until January. I'm not going anywhere near a post office until then....
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And today is the Official (no really, the Official) launch day for Dragon Justice. The day the publisher had on their schedule, not when books actually appear on shelves.*

To celebrate Official Launch Day (oh dear, I'm OLD) and the release of the digital edition, I'm giving away a $30 gift card from SkinIt (or a $25 gift certificate to B&N - your choice).  All you have to do is post here and tell me if you read paper or digital.  If you want to tell me where you picked up your copy of Dragon Justice (or include a photo of you holding/reading it), that gets you another chance to win.  The contest will remain open until Saturday, August 4th.


Oh, and I'm featured on the Paranormal Romance Blog today, talking about the journey that brought you the Cosa Nostradamus! 



*stores have been putting the paper copies out ahead of the OLD for years.  Unless you have a national embargo enforced by the publisher, there's nothing that really can be done for it - like kids trying to get half  step ahead of the others, before the light changes and they can all cross the street.... It sucks for those of us who buy ebooks, but it's utterly out of the writers' hands.
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Today is the day of Weird Weather. It was warm and overcast this morning, and then a Massive Storm Blew In, and we had drumrolls of thunder and sheets of downpour, and then the sky cleared and it got HOT and the evil daystar was evil and tried to crisp my skin off in the ten minutes I was outside, and now we're being warned of potentially dangerous storms again tonight.

Wheeee.


On the plus side, today is also the day I (ok, Bonnie) is featured over at RT Reviews's Law & Order: Paranormal Style, talking about what makes her tick...

Also, for those of you in NYC, there are now signed copies of DRAGON JUSTICE at Posman's Books (in Grand Central Station). Go on support a local indie!
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(as is now-traditional, and with apologies and the offer of a drink to Master Shakespeare, who would have understood)



“To brace or not to brace; that is the question:
Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The inevitability of that Klausner review,
Or to take refuge against a poor store display,
And by ignoring deny them? To work: to weep;
No more; and by weeping to say we endure
The heart-ache and the thousand returned books
An author is prone to, ’tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wish’d. To work, to weep;
To weep: perchance to go out of stock: aye, there’s the rub;
For in that work of bookstores what fears may come
When we have shuffled off this contractual coil,
Must give us pause: there’s the respect
That makes calamity of too little backlist;
For who would bear the whips and scorns of Locus,
The reviewers’s wrong, the disappointed reader’s spite,
The pangs of despised love, the payment’s delay,
The insolence of wannabes and the spurns
That patient merit of the unpublished takes,
When he himself might his quietus make
With a delete button? who would fardels bear,
To grunt and sweat under a weary life,
But that the dread of there being nothing after,
The remainder’d country from whose bourn
No author returns, puzzles the will
And makes us rather bear those ills we have
Than fly to others that we know not of?
Thus publishing doth make cowards of us all;
And thus the native hue of resolution
Is sicklied o’er with the pale cast of thought,
And manuscripts of great pith and moment
With this regard their currents turn awry,
And lose the pacing of action. – Soft you now!
The fair New York Times list! Nymph, in thy orisons
Be all my words remember’d.”

Happy Bookday, DRAGON JUSTICE! 

(watch this space for more celebration through August 1st)



This work by Laura Anne Gilman is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.




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Last week's winner: jperceval


The Fine Print, in normal-sized print:

Summer, everyone knows, is for reading. Well, so are Winter, Autumn and Spring, but especially Summer.

So every week, from here through the end of August, I'm going to be giving away a book*. Some of them may be mine, some of them may be by other people. They may be just-out, or entry-points to an on-going series. It will be a totally random and whimsical choice, to keep things interesting.

How do you get in on this? Simple: you comment here on why you need something new to read. Vacation? Stuck in bed with a bad cold? Totally out of book-buying funds? Captured by aliens who insist on a new story every night or they'll eat you?

Tell me.


(you can enter every week, but only once every week. And you MUST identify yourself in your post, either via log-in or a name and contact point. I'm not going to choose anyone who doesn't identify**.)

Ready? Go.

Fourth Book: HARD MAGIC by, well, moi.

(because the next book in the series, DRAGON JUSTICE, comes out tomorrow in trade paper, and some of you still haven't met Bonnie!  Or you know someone who needs to meet Bonnie....)

My name's Bonnie Torres. Recent college grad, magic user and severely unemployed. Until I got a call out of nowhere to interview for a job I hadn't applied for. It smelled fishy, but the brutal truth was I needed the work—so off I went.

Two days later I'm a PUPI— Private, Unaffiliated, Paranormal Investigator.
  
 Me and Nick, Sharon, Nifty and Pietr. Five twentysomethings, thrown into an entirely new career in forensic magic.
What our new bosses didn't tell us though, is that there are high-profile people who want us to close up shop and go away. We're sniffing out things they'd rather keep buried....  
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*yes, a real, actual, PAPER book.
**the post will 'open' on Monday, and 'close' on Friday. Winners will be chosen over the weekend, and informed the following Monday
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First, the promo/egoboo:

1. "As much admiration as I have for Gilman’s world building and narrative style, I can’t emphasize enough how her characters always manage to sneak into my heart." All Things Urban Fantasy weighs in on DRAGON JUSTICE

2. Inside of a Dog also liked DRAGON JUSTICE! "This fourth adventure in the Paranormal Scenes Investigation series had all the thrills and adventure that is the series' trademark."

woo! And the book should start appearing on shelves next week, actual day depending on your local retailer...

The weird stuff:

3. I had a very odd dream last night, about buying an old house, possibly back in New Haven, and slowly discovering there was a possibly ghostly backstory nobody had warned me about... The odd thing was how very little anyone seemed to _care_ about the possible ghost, or the fate of the people who'd left the house so quickly, previously.

Also: what was up with there being two sets of Euro-style washers/dryers in the laundry? Plus the tenant (who I also hadn't been told about) who had to get to his apartment via the front (private) lobby?

The unlikely but hey, won't know until you try stuff:

4. If anyone was wondering what to get me for my birthday - one of these, in dark green, please. Ooo and also, la la! Yes, I live in NYC. Yes, I know it's impractical But if one must drive, drive WELL. I miss my old Audi some days.

The closing stuff:

5. We have been given a very pretty day, with just the right temps, and I have a nice combination of work and socializing to get me through to Monday. I can do this. *looks at workload* Probably.

What do you all have on tap for the weekend?
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Under the heading of “better not-early than too-late,” I have (yeah, I know, finally!) updated the DRAGON JUSTICE page, complete with excerpt & ordering info!

Soon (how soon? Two weeks. Maybe three…) there will be a chance to Win Valuable Prizes on the Official Release Day(s)! Keep an eye on this page….

I’ve also updated the ordering info (where available) for THE SHATTERED VINE paperback (scheduled release: August 28th).



And now I need to go back to avoiding the utterly disgusting and unwanted heat wave most of the country seems to be laid out under, and finishing the revisions on Heart of Briar, and writing Miles to Go, and…. y’know, all that other stuff that (I hope) keeps you coming back….
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Because if I can't egoboo here, where can I? Over on Goodreads, comments are starting to come in about DRAGON JUSTICE, but this one's my absolute Monday-made-better favorite:

"DRAGON JUSTICE is what I [call] brain candy. It is the perfect book to curl up with and let the storytelling carry you away. It is well written and there is nothing, well except for the need to sleep, that pulls you away from the world Ms.Gilman has created."


One month until the Official Release In Stores! And why, yes, yes, I AM planning on marking the day.... how? You'll see......


It's always odd and disconcerting and exciting, seeing people react to something that - for me - ended months ago. Like a (re)found photograph, bringing back the memories... And yet, I'm already down the next road, taking new photographs. And I want you to catch up, but I also want to stay ahead, leaving you these photographs....

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Carried over from two weeks ago

- return phone calls
- make Kickstarter cookies (nom nom nom)
- create a Lands Vin FAQ


New Stuff

- return the rental car
- daily wordcount on M2G (5/5)
- begin revisions for HEART OF BRIAR (p. 108/317)
- put together the Official Option Material Proposal Package[tm]
- get to post awful (mail out Kickstarter packages)
- format-prep of "Dusted" for Kickstarter patrons
- continue prepping DRAGON VIRUS and FROM WHENCE YOU CAME for their ebook release
- contemplate promo for DRAGON JUSTICE, as well as SHIFTER'S LEGACY and oh yeah, there's a mass release of THE SHATTERED VINE coming along, too. Um. Busy Autumn?
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I came home from an Afternoon Out to find boxes at my door.

Boxes of Bookses!

bookses

It's both a hellooooo sailor moment, and a bittersweet farewell with this, the tenth Cosa Nostradamus novel (and the last - for now - to be published by Luna, as Yer Host moves on to other series)


Wanna see the dedication?

make with the clicky )


In a little over a month, it will be ready for you. Will you be ready for it? :-)

From a local independent bookseller:
Dragon Justice

From B&N:
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dragon-justice-laura-anne-gilman/1108266773?ean=9780373803484

From BooksAMillion:
http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Dragon-Justice/Laura-Anne-Gilman/9780373803484?id=5352698411130

From Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Dragon-Justice-Laura-Anne-Gilman/dp/0373803486/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1335269952&sr=8-1

From Amazon UK:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Dragon-Justice-Laura-Anne-Gilman/dp/0373803486

From Book Depository:
http://www.bookdepository.com/Dragon-Justice-Laura-Anne-Gilman/9780373803484

From WalMart (yeah, I know, but what the helll):
http://www.walmart.com/ip/19798439
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Mmmm. Fusilli with garlic, ancho chiles and sardines, topped with grana padano and pignoli  [beats CatofSize off with a stick]. The only thing that could make this better would be - oh, look at that, a glass of wine!

*noms*

It has been a Very Long Day, mostly dealing with the AA (author alteration pages) for DRAGON JUSTICE that were... messy. Whoever moved the copyedit changes into the master file left a lot for me to clean up, after (lack of spacing, mis-entered words, etc) so I've been cranky and muttering.

But it is done. And y'know what? I really love this book. It brings the pups to the next level, gives them parting gifts, and sends them off in a way I'm proud of. And if the Sylvan Investigations kickstarter fails to reach funding, well, I'll be sorry that E (introduced in this book) doesn't get her chance to shine, but at least I did right by PSI.


I really hope Danny and E get their chance, tho.  My god, are they a couple made for disaster...


And now, to complete my exciting day, I get to... finish painting the bathroom.  Oh yeah.  *wooo*

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So this afternoon I finished the book yet-known as Portals #1.  When by "finished" I mean "I hit the last page of the draft but will have to revise it before it goes to Madame Editrix."  So finished good enough to collapse for the weekend. *thuds*

This book was both really hard to write (oh characters, why must you change the story on me mid-stream?) and a lot of fun (there was much mad cackling as dialogue flowed and trouble unfolded), and I hope that y'all enjoy it, too, when it hits the shelves in 2013.  But there's a book that will be out before this one, and even as I was putting the finishing touches on it, I got an email from my editor saying "Look!  I give you a cover!"

And I get to give it to you.

(warning: not final, some details on color, size and text may yet change)

Does it have anything to do with the actual scene in the book?  Well....no.  Not really.  And the artist and I had MASSIVE arguments (via the art director) over the setting (among other things, it's supposed to be set in the northern part of Central Park, near the Harlem Meer and the artist used a bridge in the South end, but, oh, non-New Yorkers won't know the difference anyway.)  And the expression on Bonnie's face is just perfect.  She knows she's just landed herself in a shitload of trouble but she has no. idea. what. it. is. Yet.

And that sky... yeah.

Pretty cover.  *pets the pretty cover*  Dragon Justice isn't blind: it sees everything.



Originally published at Practical Meerkat.  You can comment here, or there. 
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The following occurred over a 9 hour span


Errands run, coffee ingested, back to the WarRoom I go... #cantsleepdeadlineswilleatme #amwriting

...and I just realized there's a short story in the PSI universe that wants to be told, covering off-page adventures during #4. hrmmmm.

I will say this: @matrice has the gift of sticking her editorial finger right into the weak spot of my story-walls... (this is a GOOD thing)

@SBlackmoor @Matrice Revisions. Very painful. You go first.

Happiness is: revisions that are humming along, and a bowl of tom kha gai on a chilly winter afternoon....

...this scene is breaking my heart. Oh, poor PUPs....  #amwriting

oh lizard brain, once again you take all my bits and pieces & fold them together into such an elegant solution. #revisions #likeIplannedit

...and that's a wrap on revisions for DRAGON JUSTICE. One more read-thru for continuity, & back it goes to Madame @Matrice. *falls over*


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Official Publication Month Confirmed: August 2012 for DRAGON JUSTICE (PSI #4) 

This is the fourth (and for now, last) of the PSI novels.  I had a lot of fun - and a few tears - while writing it.

What happens?  Well, without spilling too much...hrm.  No, can't mention that.  Or that.  Or.... no. not that, either.

But I can tell you that we see some old friends in this one.... and that Certain People finally get their act in gear, and tell destiny what it can do with itself....

And someone's thread is cut, untimely short.

*grins wickedly, as y'all sweat it out for the next 8 months*




Originally Published at Practical Meerkat: A Blog.  You can comment here, or there. 
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Sunday is a day of rest.... in someone else's world, maybe.  I woke up this morning with the missing piece to the "how Jerzy ended
up w/ the slavers" story I'll be writing as a Kickstarter pledge-bonus. It's... kinda evil.  Who knew?  (my lizard-brain, apparently)

But this one, I'm not touching until we hit 100% funding. Yeah, we're only (!) $500 away, but that's a bonus, and bonuses don't kick in until we make goal.  Holy...did I just say we're $500 away?  I did.  We are!  Are you in, yet?  And remember, if you want to give the ebook as a gift to someone else, we can arrange a gift certificate for that! :-)


from today's WiP:

“What are they doing?”
“I have no idea.”
The Solitaire joined Rini at the railing,their evening walk interrupted by a flurry of activity on the other ship. Several of the crew seemed to be lowering something alongside, down into the waters, while others were busy unfurling the sails.
“Do they intend to leave?”
“At sunset? “ The Solitaire looked doubtful. “But they are Iajan, and Iajans are madder than most. It’s part of their charm.”


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In other news, I hope to have Updates on the Mystery this week... but not yet.  Ditto, on the 4th PSI novel.  I'm waiting on two different editors, at two different companies, to work things through two different pipelines.  *flails*

Other than that, I am terribly boring.  I eat leftovers, drink tea, and watch the cats sleeping while I type.  I might - gasp - do laundry this afternoon.  O! the Glamor!

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1: I've started up a Kickstarter project!  Short version for those new to crowdsourcing: you pledge a $ amount and, if we reach goal, you get an original novella in digital format (plus additional prizes,depending on how much you pledge and how much money we raise).

Slightly longer version:  This is a "prequel" story to THE VINEART WAR, telling the story of Master Vineart Bradhai, and what really
happened to the sea-serpents of the Lands Vin.  Bob Eggleton has agreed to do the cover art for this, and we've already started
tossing back and forth some really cool ideas.  And there may be other things thrown in, too, including the story of Jerzy's
encounter with the slavers.... and cookies!

But none of this happens without reader support.  Writer <--> Reader, direct connection.  Brave, scary new world.  We're at 40% - help us get to 100!

You can check it out here: 
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/980297055/from-whence-you-came-a-lands-vin-novella


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2.  Okay, it's Official - I will be signing TRICKS OF THE TRADE* at Posman Books in NYC on the afternoon of November 19th, 4-6pm.

If you live anywhere nearby you have NO excuse not to come - the store is located in Grand Central Station, which means massive amounts of mass transit. Seriously. Trains. Subways. Cabs. Pedicabs.

I expect to see you there**.

Yes, you.



*and whatever else they might have in-stock
** Yes, I know it's Philcon weekend. 

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Specifically, I am now allowed - ahead of the official announcement but that's what you get when you let things loose on the internet - that PACK OF LIES (PSI #2) is a Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award nominee for Best Urban Fantasy!

Let loose the w00ts!

the fact that I'm competing against  friends, as well as peers, actually makes it more fun - no matter who wins, we party!  ;-)




Originally published at Practical Meerkat: A Blog 


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Where the hell did the month go?  And yet, here is is, the end of October, and so, tomorrow I am off to World Fantasy Conference, in San Diego.  I will miss the group signing tonight at Mysterious Galaxy, which makes me Very Sad, but it couldn't be helped.  If you happen to be there, and want a copy of my books signed, I'm sure Mary Elizabeth and crew would be happy to get me to sign things over the weekend. Mmmmjsutsaying.

As usual, the surest way to keep up with me when I'm on the road is via Twitter (@LAGilman).

Meanwhile, I've been trying to cram five days of work into three.  Yeah, I know.  I said trying. Focusing on wrapping up a freelance gig, and motoring along on the novels (aka "the mystery" and "the fantasy").  The plan had been, the cafe desk was for writing, the new comfy sofa of doom was for reading. Except now the cats are INDIGNANT if I sit at the desk (where there is no room for them) and only shut up if I sit on the sofa (where there is room for both of them to sprawl and be with me, but not have to deal with each other).

So I find myself writing far more on the Comfy Sofa.*

Does this mean I can write it off as an office expense?

And because the kittens gotta eat, a reminder that the entire Vineart War trilogy is now available, and the third PSI novel, Tricks of the Trade, is going to ht the shelves in two weeks - pre-order it now!

(No, really.  Pre-order it.  Bookstores are doing their "we'll take one copy, maybe two" inventory thing again while they shove more non-book merch into the store, and you can't be sure they're going to have the books you want unless you ASK for them...)

*thankfully, comfy sofa of doom turns out to be very good for writing.  when it's not better for napping.




Originally published at Practical Meerkat: A Blog. You can comment here, or there.

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I know, I know, I am full of Book News and then I disappear...  it's not because I don't love you, but rather because I've been goofing off (read: not working 10 hour days) and now I'm paying for it.  All to bring you MORE stuff to read, so you can't be too mad, right?  *hopes*

1.  There is - a day late but no less useful - a new Practical Meerkat up, explaining why you really shouldn't listen to me....

2. The setting for the new "Gen & Tonic" mystery has been confirmed. It took me a week of research, and a lot of deep thinking and forward plotting, but I finally decided on Seattle.  Portland, you're lovely and weird and have some kickass restaurants, but I just didn't find the neighborhood I needed.  But now I know how easy it will be to get Gen and Tony on a train, expect Portland to show up at some point...

3. The marketing folk at Luna rejected my idea for a title for PSI #4, for arcane marketing reasons.  The Discussion Continues.  As soon as I have something, y'all will know...  [meanwhile, you can pre-order November's TRICKS OF THE TRADE from
BN / Amazon / Powells / Mysterious Galaxy /BooksAMillion]

4. The next book for Luna, which will be something... slightly different *insert gleefully evil cackle here* is well underway.  I am having far too much fun with this one; that can't be legal.

5.  There will be a launch party for THE SHATTERED VINE this month in NYC, wherein we will also be celebrating the entire trilogy.  If you're in the area and want to stop by, send me an email at lag(@)lauraannegilman(dot)net and we'll see what we can do.

5a.  We will also have a bookseller at the launch - if you're interested in getting a signed copy, drop me a line and we'll see if we can arrange something....!

and now I must flit back to the Desk of Writing...

originally published at Practical Meerkat: A Blog
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Well, the write-a-thon check -in got derailed when LJ went down under the DDoS attacks, but I am pleased to say that, four days from the end, I’ve reached 20,305 words on the rough draft, thereby meeting/exceeding my word-count goal (although I suspect the story still has another thousand or so words to spin out).

When it’s finished, it will become part of a connected-novella project I hope to have out early next year. So you’ll be hearing more about it …later. :-)

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For those who can’t wait for new fiction that long, however, I’m pleased to say that my story “Crossroads” is up at Fantasy Magazine this month. You can either download the entire magazine for the really-quite-reasonable price of $2.99 (and get stories from Michael Swanwick and Nisi Shawl, an essay on folklore from Saladin Ahmed, and more!) or you can waaaaaait until the 15th, when my story will be featured on the website.

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And in the meanwhile, I’m back at work on the mystery (13,500 words – still no contract), and dealing with proofs for TRICKS OF THE TRADE (November 2011), and sliding back into working on BEYOND THE REAL because some things don’t care if you have a contract or not – they want to get written.

Oh. And there are two short stories I’m supposed to have done by September. Um. Yeah. *gets the hell offline*




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