lagilman: coffee or die (happy go lucky)
Well, since the pirates are already making the rounds with L. A. Kornetsky's CLAWED before it's even officially on sale, let's beat them at their own game, shall we?

Comment here with what YOU think should be done to people who make it harder for writers to make money off their work, and the most creative - and purely theoretical, we hasten to add - response will earn themselves a paperback copy of CLAWED, ten days before it hits the shelves!


if you'd rather buy a copy for yourself or a loved one, that is also a lovely thing...



(this offer open until May 16th at 6pm Saturday night, Pacific time, so everyone has a chance to see it)
lagilman: coffee or die (Collared)

Look what came today!  (shown with the US edition, for comparison).  The Japanese translation of COLLARED (translated by Momoko Wani)!

collared japanese

I really love the cover - the expression on the cat's face is SO Mistress Penny-Drops, and the gentle touches on the shar-pei say "Georgie" to me so beautifully....

I really wish I read Japanese.  Do you?  Do you want a copy?  Tell me why you need it, and if you can convince me, it's yours.

lagilman: coffee or die (pooh)
Tease Tuesday is a special FIXED excerpt!

And there's a contest to win a copy of FIXED (in both digital and print!)

PLUS! I will be doing an AMA (ask Me Anything) later today at Reddit Fantasy (direct link here) for both my fantasy and mystery sides.... plus my wine-drinking, cat-owning, world-roaming, NYC-centric sides....

Oh, and you want Buying Links? Oh I can do that...

FIXED revised cover

Links to Buy:

Amazon | B&N.com | Book Depository|Indiebound|Simon & Schuster

lagilman: coffee or die (evil laugh)
A contest! Caption the photos, and win books. How simple is that?

You have until 9am on Saturday the 28th to enter.  In the interest of simplicity (and me not having to chase all over the socialsphere), I'm requesting that all entries be left on the site itself, not here. Thanks!

http://www.lauraannegilman.net/caption-contest/
lagilman: coffee or die (meerkat coffee)
Good morning, world. I hope that your Monday started better than mine (with an email saying, basically, "um, I know we go live in 24, but there are A Few Problems in the File..."). Nothing like seeing that at 6:05 AM to make you double the amount of coffee you're making.

The Do Board is brief but fierce today. And the window of "I need to hear by" for several projects has started to close. If Merc is still retro, it should get the hell in line ASAP, because I do not need any more communication screwups, thank you very much.

Reminder: the Thanksgiving-for-Readers contest has been extended until Sunday (to allow those of you who were traveling for the holiday time to get your entries in).

Reminder: if you're giving copies of my books as gifts this season, let me know, and I can personalize/send a bookplate! (no charge to you).

And, because it wouldn't be me on a Monday without a small grumble...

Friend: "oh my god, did you hear about [insert financial news]?"
Me: "yeah, [insert business news neepery]"
Friend: "How do you know all this?"
Me: "Because I've been paying attention for the past twenty years?"

I may be slightly annoyed at people who are only now discovering things like how finance charges work, or that companies buy and sell bits of each other on a regular basis...guys, I have only a layperson's knowledge of this, but seriously.. once you're past 30, it's a bit late in the game to be playing wide-eyed innocent at OMG the business world. ESPECIALLY if you aren't inherently wealthy, pun intended.


lagilman: coffee or die (Collared)
EtA: because of people howling that they were traveling/had no access to critters, I've extended the contest a week.  December 2nd is the deadline.


One of the things I'm thankful for - after my best-beloveds (blood kin and otherwise) and my health - are my readers. You make it possible for me to wake up every morning and, no matter how tired I am, look forward to the day's work.

So when I saw this t-shirt, I HAD to buy it.
tshirt

Want it?  All you have to do is take a picture with a cat or dog* (real or stuffed)
next to a copy of Collared (your own or in a library/bookstore, and yes, digital counts)
and post it here (or give me a link to where it is posted).

The Random Cat Number Generator will pick a winner on Sunday, December 2nd
(for both the t-shirt and a copy of COLLARED.)

Two runner-ups will get a signed copy of COLLARED, suitable for keeping or gifting.



*or a bear. Or a pony. Or a platypus. Etc.
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1. The winner of last week's Book-A-Week contest is: youkai_girl
And that concludes this summer's "Book-A-Week" Giveaway contest.  I will wait until September first for everyone to claim their books.  Any books left unclaimed at that point will be thrown back into the hopper, and a new winner will be chosen.

Thanks for playing, and I hope y'all found some new goodies to stash on your shelf.

2.  Starting Monday morning with a funeral is one way to ensure that the rest of the week's problems won't seem so dire.  But I don't recommend it at all.

3.  I'm pretty sure that last night's Leverage episode gave me flashbacks to the 1970's. I will never forgive them for that. Well-played, cast and crew.  Also: they managed to mess with one of my favorite American myths without trashing it too badly, mainly by making it the vehicle for the story rather than the story itself.

4.  It looks like Ms. Kornetsky will be having a launch party for COLLARED (A Gin & Tonic Investigation) in Seattle this coming November.  Announcements will go out when we have a time and a place confirmed.

5.  I'm having a lot of trouble believing that  WorldCon is in three days.  And that I'm heading out to Chicago in two days.  Ack.  I should do some laundry.  And print out my schedule.  And confirm how I'm getting from the airport to my pre-convention domicille....


and a bonus, of dubious value:

Chekhov's Gun Theory
: "If in the first act you have hung a pistol on the wall, then in the following one it should be fired. "    
    Gilman's addendum: "But that does not mean it needs to be the murder weapon."
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Last week's winner: Gwen Hambleton


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.



Eighth Book: POWERS by James A. Burton

Albert Johannson lives off the grid. He's forgotten more than he remembers about his past, but those snippets he's retained tell him two things: he's lived a long, looong time and he doesn't trust anyone, particularly gods. He's not any too fond of demons either, particularly the one that materializes in his kitchen wanting to hire him for a special mission. It's as deadly to cross a demon as to deal with him, so Albert reluctantly agrees to investigate, putting him in the path of a prickly arson detective named Melissa el Hajj with trust issues of her own. Clashing at a crime scene, they uncover a broken seal that seems ancient enough to have been forged by Solomon himself. The seal cries out to Albert that he must mend it or something dark and dire will happen. Albert, who has a special affinity for metal, must first discover exactly what that will do to his kind - and he's only just beginning to understand who and what he really is.

"
With a pair of protagonists who are much more than their eccentricities and a plot that contains both magic and mayhem, Burton has come up with a winner in the urban fantasy genre." - Library Journal



powers

The cover intrigued me, the first chapter amused me, and then suddenly I was an hour past when I'd meant to go to sleep....



*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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Last week's winner: elsceetaria


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.

Seventh Book: The Crow God's Girl by Patrice Sarath

Kate Mossland has accepted her new life as foster daughter to Lord Terrick ,and is engaged to be married to his son Colar.

But all is not easy in the House of Terrick. The servants distrust her, the men-at-arms disdain her, and learning how to be a great lady is harder than it looks. Every misstep brings her closer to ruin, and Kate must walk a fine line between independent teen and modest noblewoman. 

Then in a single blow Kate learns that her life is truly not her own. As Aeritan teeters on the brink of war, and promises once made are so easily broken, Lord Terrick demands that Kate submit to a new role.

But Kate is not so easily managed...

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(this is not the first book in the series, but it's easy to slip into the world and pick up the action, so don't be afraid!)

*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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Previous week's winner, still unclaimed: Allison Daugherty
Last week's winner: @hookoa


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.

Sixth Book: The Grass King's Concubine, by Kari Sperring.

So, I read Kari's first book, Living with Ghosts, and liked it so much I sent an email to her editor saying "if you want, I'd love to read her next book for a blurb."  I do this, oh, maybe once every two years?  So yeah, when I got hold of The Grass King's Concubine I cleared my schedule, and settled in.  

This is not slam-bam adventure fantasy, although there's certainly action and fights to satisfy.  If you're looking for a quick and easy read, you might want to move on.  But if you want a book that can pull you in and make you linger over a page, this is it.  This book reminded me of Garth Nix's work, and of Robin McKinley's, and all things lovely and engrossing.  World building that makes you think you've lived there.  Characters who are so real they can piss you off, or move you to tears.

When a wealthy young woman, obsessed with a childhood vision of a magical Shining Palace, sets out with her true love to search for a legendary land, she discovers the devastated WorldBelow - the realm of the Grass King - and the terrifying Cadre, who take her prisoner and demand she either restore the king's concubine... or replace her.

 Living With Ghosts was  a finalist for the Crawford Award, a Tiptree Award Honor Book, a "LOCUS "Recommended First Novel, and the winner of the Sydney J. Bounds Award for Best Newcomer.  So I'm not alone in liking her stuff.

kari


*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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And we're past the 7k word mark on Soul of Fire...

"She’d thought, at first, that supernaturals were crap at the emotion thing – the human emotion thing, she’d thought. But that wasn’t fair: they did care, and they did hurt, and they did… all the human things. They just did it different."

A reminder that you have one more day to entre this week's Free Book Giveaway, and two more days to enter to win either a SkinIt or a B&N gift certificate to celebrate the ebook launch of DRAGON JUSTICE

Meanwhile, I'm pretty much over this entire summer humidity thing. Humans should breathe air, not swim in it. And yet, I must go Out, to collect [livejournal.com profile] neadods, who is in town for Sherlockian Tomfoolery and general gadding about the Big Apple....


Y'all got plans for the weekend?
lagilman: coffee or die (pooh)
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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Busy day around Chateau Felidae, so here's the first of three posts you might want to pay attention to...



Today is opening day for Paranormal Summer Camp! Among your bunkmates are writers like Kat Richardson, Tiffany Trent, Carrie Vaughn, Nalini Singh, Jennifer Estep -- and, oh, yr 'umble hostess!

Every day brings new guest posts, interviews, reviews, and giveaways... and original stories, including an all new ghost story from me!  So make sure you're there for morning roll call...
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Last week's winner: Allison Daugherty


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.

Fifth Book: The Dread Hammer by Linda Nagata (originally published under "Trey Shiels")

Ketty is a pretty shepherdess with a contrary nature, who runs away from home to escape an unwanted marriage. As she flees along the forest road, she prays to the Dread Hammer for help-and to her astonishment help comes in the form of a charming and well-armed young murderer named Smoke.

As Ketty soon discovers, Smoke is not entirely human. Smoke, too, is taken by surprise at their encounter. He had lurked beside the forest road intending to pierce hearts and slit throats, not to fall in love. But love it is-or it would be-if only he can convince Ketty that marriage is better than death.But just when happily-ever-after seems within reach, Smoke's past returns to claim him. A deserter from the Kor yos army, his supernatural skill at killing is still very much in demand. Now the army wants him back.....


And, as a bonus - Linda has a prequel story in August's Lightspeed magazine!  So make sure to check that out, too, when it lands...


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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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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....  
.

*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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Last week's winner: cgbookcat1


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.

Third Book: NIGHTSHIFTED by Cassie Alexander

Nursing school prepared Edie Spence for a lot of things. Burn victims? No problem. Severed limbs? Piece of cake. Vampires? No way in hell. But as the newest nurse on Y4, the secret ward hidden in the bowels of County Hospital, Edie has her hands full with every paranormal patient you can imagine—from vamps and were-things to zombies and beyond...

Edie’s just trying to get through her latest shift unscathed.  But when a vampire servant turns to dust under her watch, all hell breaks loose. Now she’s haunted by the man’s dying words—Save Anna—and before she knows it, she’s on a mission to rescue some poor girl from the undead. Which involves crashing a vampire den, falling for a zombie, and fighting for her soul. Grey’s Anatomy was never like this


I'm currently reading this, and enjoying it.  A solid debut, and great summer reading.


*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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Last week's winner:  KF_Johnson


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.

Second Book: Fledgling by Sharon Lee & Steve Miller

Theo Waitley has lived all her young life on Delgado, a Safe World that is home to one of the galaxy's premier institutions of higher learning. Suddenly, though, the quiet pace of life is shaken by her mother being sent  off-world on an impossible and disruptive assignment - and Theo is expected to go with her.  And off-world is, definitely, not 'Safe.'"


This isn't brand new,  but an easy introduction to the entire Liaden series.  And speaking as someone who has fangrrled Lee and Miller over the Liaden series, I freely admit I want to hook new folk in...

(but Friends of Liaden are welcome to try their luck, too!)



*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

lagilman: coffee or die (Default)
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.

First book: DON'T READ THIS BOOK, edited by Chuck Wendig

Down a lonely alleyway, under a starless sky, lies a city that never was, yet is: the Mad City, where nightmares walk the streets, and a good night's sleep can get you killed.

Here, then, is a book from that place. Within these recovered pages are the tales of the Awake, insomniacs who've walked those perilous streets, bringing a bit of the power of dream with them to fight back the night—always at a terrible cost.

For many, it will not end well. For a few, they might just become heroes—or at least find their way back home.

For you, a choice. Turn away. Don't read this book. And maybe you'll continue to rest easy. Or open the cover and enter a world unlike any you've ever dared to imagine...




*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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Book View Café is celebrating the opening of our new, completely-redesigned bookstore!
How?
By giving readers a chance to win the book of their choice, free (and DRM-free).

Just take a look around the BookView Cafe store anytime up from RIGHT NOW! until midnight, June 7, and choose the book you'd like—all the books that are eligible for the giveaway are plainly marked with a gold star. Then come back here (before 11:59PM on June 7th) and leave a comment with the name and author of the book and why you want it (we reserve the right to use that comment for publicity purposes).  This contest is open to everyone - worldwide.

At the end of the promotion, one winner will be selected at each participating site*. If you're a winner, we'll send you a coupon for the e-book of your choice.

On June 8th I will number all of the responses left here, and then have the Oracular Cat choose a winner by the time-honored method (involving paper slips, and catnip.)  You need to reply to my you've-won! post w/ your email, or the Oracular Cat will chose another.

              One  entry per person, please - multiple comments on a single site will be disqualified .      



In addition, during our Grand Opening, all BVC anthologies are available at half price
(except Ways to Trash Your Writing Career and Breaking Waves).




*Here are BVC author sites where you can enter for additional chances to win:

Maya Kaathryn Bonhoff 
Chaz Brenchley 
Patricia Burrough
Jeffrey Carver 
Amy Sterling Casil 
Laura Anne Gilman 
Lois Gresh 
Kit Kerr 
Katharine Eliska Kimbriel
Kelly McClymer 
Vonda N. McIntyre 
Nancy Jane Moore 
Linda Nagata 
Pati Nagle 
Steven Harper
Phyllis Irene Radford 
Patricia Rice 
Madeleine Robins 
Deborah J. Ross 
Sherwood Smith 
Jennifer Stevenson 
Judith Tarr
Dave Trowbridge



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