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Me and Aviation...

Apr. 4th, 2014 | 02:26 pm

When I talk about the Order of the Air, one of the first things I have to say is that I’m not a pilot. I have, however, been in love with airplanes and the idea of flying for — well, literally longer than I can remember. I am told that the first toy I begged my grandfather to buy me was a bright red plastic biplane with white wheels and stringers, and somewhere in my mother’s house is a photo of me at the age of two in a red velvet coat and hat, clutching the plane which I had insisted on taking to Easter services.

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Silver Bullet Winners

Mar. 22nd, 2014 | 05:28 pm

Thanks to, the winners are:

PM me, please, and let me know where I should send your copies!  Thanks for playing, everyone!

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Giveaway! Silver Bullet

Mar. 15th, 2014 | 03:58 pm

(Ok, I meant to do this yesterday, but - things got away from me. I blame the cats. Apologies, all!)

I have two copies of Silver Bullet, the third book of Jo Graham's and my series The Order of the Air, and a sequel to Lost Things and Steel Blues. Mad science and magic!

It's 1935, and a series of mysterious plane crashes in the Rocky Mountains in the midst of a Depression winter call Air Corps reservists Mitch Sorley and Lewis Segura out to fly search and rescue, but it's more than just a simple navigational hazard.  Fortunately Mitch and Lewis are more than just pilots.  With Lewis' wife Alma and their old friend Dr. Jerry Ballard they're members of an esoteric Lodge dedicated to the protection of the world.

The Silver Bullet Mine is haunted -- or is it?  Can ghosts bring down aircraft?  And are the small-time crooks who are interested in the Mine simply looking to make a buck -- or the vanguard of something more evil and deadly?  Aided by their former con artist office manager Stasi Rostov, they've got to get to the bottom of what's happening at the Silver Bullet Mine before more lives are lost.

It may be that Jerry holds the key not only to Silver Bullet, but to an even more dangerous secret, one that men have killed to gain for two thousand years.  The Lodge is in deep, and there is only one man who can help them, the legendary scientist Nikola Tesla!

Reply in comments, and I'll draw two names on Friday! Good luck!

ETA:  I'll cheerfully accept non-US entries, with the caveat that if you win I may not be able to get you the book by the fastest method. But I can promise timely.  :-)

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Silver Bullet is out in paper!

Mar. 12th, 2014 | 05:23 pm

Silver Bullet is now available as an actual book direct from Crossroad (and at a small discount), with other outlets to follow!

And on Friday I will start the process of giving away two copies. Stay tuned!  :-)

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The Writer's Notebook

Mar. 8th, 2014 | 04:19 pm

A while back, somebody asked me if I kept a notebook or its electronic equivalent with me at all times, and would I recommend that as a general practice. That’s a piece of advice that one often hears — the idea is that you’ll always be ready to jot down a new idea or a reference or some useful piece of information, rather than ending up with a handful of notes on the backs of receipts or someone else’s business cards.  The short answer is yes, I keep a notebook on me all the time. I use it pretty much every day, and I’d certainly recommend keeping one handy.

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Lammy Finalists!

Mar. 7th, 2014 | 01:48 pm

Amy and I are delighted to announce that Death By Silver has been short-listed for the 26th Annual Lambda Literary Awards, in the LGBT SF/F/Horror category!  It's a particularly good year, too, so it's an honor to be nominated. Congratulations to all the nominees!

Collaborators, Deborah Wheeler, Dragon Moon Press
Death by Silver, Melissa Scott & Amy Griswold, Lethe Press
Deprivation; or, Benedetto furioso: an oneiromancy, Alex Jeffers, Lethe Press
Dragon Slayer, Isabella Carter, Less Than Three Press
Dust Devil on a Quiet Street, Richard Bowes, Lethe Press
Hell's Belle, Marie Castle, Bella Books
Invisible Soft Return :\, Roberta Degnore, Digital Fabulists
Light, Nathan Burgoryne, Bold Strokes Books
Like Light for Flies, Lee Thomas, Lethe Press
The Stars Change, Mary Anne Mohanraj, Circlet Press, Inc.

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Feb. 27th, 2014 | 08:40 am

Silver Bullet is out in ebook (and at Amazon and B&N), and will soon be available in print - I'll post the exact date as soon as I have it.  Steel Blues is no longer on Kindle exclusive, and can be found in all formats through Crossroad or at your favorite online dealers.  And if you haven't tried the series, or if you want to start at the beginning with Lost Things — well, on March 2 we're dropping the price to .99 for a one-week sale to celebrate the Silver Bullet release.

1930s aviation and occult adventure and a team of WWI veterans bound by friendship and Lodge oaths.  You won't find a better time to check out the Order of the Air.

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Why I want an Amtrak residency

Feb. 24th, 2014 | 10:56 am

There’s a new plan out there, started apparently by happenstance and Twitter, to create “writers’ residencies” on long-distance Amtrak trains.  And, oh, I would so very much love to get one!  When I was living in Boston, I took the train on a regular basis, most often to New York, but also Baltimore and DC — it was so much easier than any other way of getting there, and I was guaranteed a fabulous view and plenty of time to read and write.  When I sold my first Star Trek tie-in for an unexpectedly generous advance, Lisa and I decided to take some of the bounty and travel to the 1993 WorldCon by train — Boston to San Francisco, with an overnight in Chicago. Twenty-one years later, that trip remains one of the best I’ve ever taken, and one I would do again in a heartbeat.

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Silver Bullet!

Feb. 12th, 2014 | 02:48 pm

Silver Bullet, the third Order of the Air novel after Lost Things and Steel Blues, is now available in ebook direct from Crossroad (all formats available) and from Amazon!  The print version should be available shortly, but there didn't seem to be any reason to hold off on the ebook.  It's another lovely Bob Eggleton cover, and the blurb tells you all you need to know...

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Call for Submissions - Lethe Press

Jan. 18th, 2014 | 10:02 am

Just a quick heads-up for the writers among you.  Steve Berman at Lethe has announced that he is extending the deadline for Daughters of Frankenstein:  Lesbian Mad Scientists another six months from the original January 31, 2014 deadline.  Here’s the original description:

"Lethe Press is seeking short stories and novellettes for its forthcoming anthology, Daughters of Frankenstein: Lesbian Mad Scientists! We're looking for more cinematic-style "mad science"--over-the-top vs. textbook--so everything from alchemy to steampunk to cloning in tanks is fine. The protagonist must be lesbian and her sexuality cannot be a stigma. While the mad scientist need not be the protagonist, she must be a three-dimensional character and her interest in (mad) science should have a natural rationale as in real life (though her desired ends to whatever experiment takes place as one of the story arcs need not be natural at all!). Our preference is stories that take place in 19th and 20th centuries, but we are open to other time periods and contemporary tales.

"This book would be shelved in SF/Fantasy. So this is not an erotica anthology. Elements of romance are fine and welcome as long as they are natural to the story.

"Stories should be 2,500 to 12,500 words. Payment is 5 cents a word upon publication, which will be in the fall of 2014. Deadline for all submissions is January 31st, 2014. Submissions must be sent as rtf files to with the subject line DAUGHTERS OF FRANKENSTEIN. Feel free to query us."

It looks like enormous fun, and I’d like to read it.  (And, yes, I’ve got a story mostly done, because this is absolutely right up my alley. Though at the moment I’m poking at it looking for ways to make the science bigger and madder…) Steve’s note on Facebook said that he’d gotten too many stories about reanimating a lover rather than the full spectrum of mad science, so - a word to the wise. 

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