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Silver Bullet Spoiler?

May. 1st, 2014 | 05:32 pm

To my deep amusement, actual events are now creating a possible spoiler for Silver Bullet.

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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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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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Wind Raker and Serendipity

Dec. 17th, 2013 | 07:02 pm

I talked in Conceiving the Heavens, my book on writing SF and fantasy, about cultivating serendipity — putting yourself in the way of ideas and information and nuggets of fact and research — because you never know what’s available or what you may find useful. Having just had a nicely serendipitous experience as we finished up Wind Raker, the fourth Order of the Air novel, I thought I’d share — particularly since it comes with pictures.
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Good News, Bad News, No News...

Oct. 12th, 2013 | 02:53 pm

Let’s see…  The good news! The Armor of Light, the Elizabethan alternate history I did with Lisa Barnett back in 1988 is soon to be released as an ebook from Crossroad!  (Soon, in this case, means pretty much as soon as I get the file back to them and they can finish what should be a quite lovely cover.)  In this world, Sir Philip Sidney didn’t die at Zutphen, which meant that he was around to save the life of a poet-cum-government-agent, one Christopher Marlowe.  But no good deed goes unpunished, and when the queen sends Sir Philip to Scotland to defend James VI against the witches who threaten his throne, it’s not at all clear whether Marlowe will work with Sidney or against him.  And against them both stands the same dark power that threatens the King of Scots….

I’ve also sold a short novel to Crossroad as part of their Scattered Earths shared universe, with the working title Sunchild. Sunchild is the first true FTLship built by the People of the Twin Suns.  On her maiden voyage, she is attacked and driven to ground on the mining planet Taraspa, where the raiders gut the mine machinery and steal Sunchild’s Heart, the AI core that is the key to the new drive. The mine’s engineer, Lowri Synne, and Rejane Valmai, the commander of Taraspa’s tiny garrison, manage to put Sunchild into working order and set out in pursuit, but they have no idea who they’re chasing, or even whether the broken ship will be able to take them outside the solar system…  Hopefully that will be out around the beginning of next year.

The bad news.  Unfortunately, due to commitments with Amazon, we’ve had to delay the release of Silver Bullet, the third Order of the Air book, until February.  I’m admittedly disappointed — I’m really excited about this one (airplanes! archeology! Nikola Tesla!), but there’s nothing else we can do.

The no news is, I’m sure, what you were expecting:  we still haven’t heard anything from MGM about a continuation of the Legacy series.  Things remain exactly where they were, with MGM still unofficially interested, but with no contract signed. I’ll update as soon as I hear anything more.

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