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Are You On My Street Team?

Well, are you? You should be! It’s the place where my very favorite people get first access to cover reveals, excerpts, giveaways, and all sorts of goodies!

You can join the Facebook group here, and make sure you’re following me on Twitter to get hints about what’s coming next. Right now, there’s a contest going on!

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Those prizes sound good to you? Join up and earn them! The contest is running until May 13, so it’s anybody’s game.

Doubleplusgood, Mentor is only .99 until Thursday! You don’t want to miss the book fans are comparing to Supernatural and The Dresden Files. Pick it up today and let Nathan lead you down his path.


Top Five Fridays List: March

Hello everyone! So a few of us have decided to keep going with these Top Five Fridays. We wanted to put together a little list of what we plan to do in the coming month, in case anyone else wanted to join in. If you want to, just do up your Top Five and let one of us know so we can link you!

March 4: Books That Got You Reading

March 11: Don Bluth Films

March 18: Fandom Pairings

March 25: Character Types

Participants:

Lindsay!

K.M. Witt, also known as Michelle Kay!

J.S. Hughes!


Pensacon 2016

I am exhausted! In the best way. I love working conventions, and it’s always nice to be able to go home to your own bed after a long day instead of a hotel room. I didn’t get to explore the convention, since I was so busy the whole time, but everyone I talked to seemed to have a great time this year. Maybe next year I’ll get to participate a little more!

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Sam was an excellent booth mascot.

I met a ton of new friends, saw some familiar faces, and got to do my favorite thing of all: talk nerdy with my kind of people. I chatted about books, anime, comics, and movies, and I saw some amazing cosplay. I even saw a couple of guys dressed as Mad Max, which I’m convinced is a trend that I started. I still need to fix my leg brace so that I don’t have to hold it up like an idiot with every step I take. Projects for later days.

I got to see my con-buddy Melody, who does amazing Fallout cosplay, and she was nice enough to let me hold her newly-completed Fat Man! I was more excited than was probably warranted, but she’s such a cool person, and she makes awesome stuff! When I spotted her in Biloxi back in December, I about jumped over the table to get a picture of her Elder Maxon. (Also see the banners for my best crab-lady neighbor S. Usher Evans in the background! If you like space pirates or anxiety dragons, she is your new friend.)

I had quite a few people ask me about more Beast of Birmingham novels, to which I say: your patience will be rewarded, and keep an eye out for more announcements soon!

I also had a girl tell me that Mentor was her favorite book, and guys, that sort of thing just makes me so happy. All of you who came to the booth to tell me you love one of my books, or just to say hello, or to catch up from the last con, honestly–thank you so much. I absolutely love hearing from you and talking to you, and it makes all my keyboard-pounding frustration worth it. I even had a booth helper this year cosplaying as Ciaran from Those Words I Dread!

It’s uncanny, honestly. He even found a guy with glasses to hang on! That’s my other awesome con-buddy Commissioner Gordon of Comic Convicts, who are always a blast to have at a convention. If I’m going to get arrested, I prefer it be by them.

Anyway, it was a very successful convention for me business-wise, and I’m looking forward to next year! Again, thank you so much to everyone who came by and talked to me, and a double thank you to my fanboy/gopher/booth-setter-upper, who was a giant help.

Now it’s back to real life, writing even more, and getting ready for Cyphacon in April!


Giveaway and announcement!

Hey everyone! First, the important news: I’m giving away a digital download of Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag for XBox One!  You can earn entries by following me on Twitter, tweeting about the giveaway, signing up for my mailing list, and if you’ve read my books but not yet reviewed them, you can do that now for lots of entries!

If you haven’t played this game yet (if you haven’t played all the Assassin’s Creed games yet), you should be getting on it! Black Flag is amazing in scope, graphics, characters, and story. It’s the game that got me through the late weeks of my pregnancy, when all I could do was sit around on the couch like a fat potato. Edward had me at my worst, and he kept on being handsome and dashing and greedy and awful. He’s the best lead in the series, in my opinion, and not just because I have a soft spot for Welshmen. You should really get to know him, and as a bonus, you get to sail the West Indies and become a feared pirate! How awesome is that?

Second news! I’m working on a new project called The Left-Hand Path, which will be the first book in an upcoming series about witches, monsters, and a truly bad man. (Or is he?)

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Nathan is a witch who makes trouble. He steals, he kills, he blows things up, and he just generally makes a nuisance of himself. Most importantly, he steals lives with dark magic to keep himself young, but he’s been out of the game for some time. See, the Chasers–those are people chosen by the Magistrate to be a sort of witch cop–kept sending people after him, but none of them could quite live up to his expectations. More than anything, Nathan wanted adventure and challenge, and the Chasers coming after him just weren’t up to snuff.

That is, until Elton showed up at his door. Obsessed with the story of the dread witch Nathaniel Moore, Elton has been hunting him down for years, following long-cold trails. Now he has him within reach, but–wouldn’t you know it?–it turns out Nathan might not be responsible for the latest set of dead bodies.

If Nathan can convince Elton that there’s something darker than himself out there, they might just find that they make better partners than enemies.

More info on this coming soon, so keep an ear out, and don’t forget to enter my giveaway in the meantime!


Disney Song fun!

My friend Lindsay posted this, and I have to join in. I love any excuse to fill out this kind of thing, and this one comes with Disney gifs! So, I pretty much have to. Here goes.

1. A Whole New World – What is your favorite newest fantasy series?

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I just started reading The Lies of Locke Lamora, the first book in the Gentlemen Bastard series. It’s from 2006, so not super new, but it’s new to me, and it’s pretty excellent so far.

2. Part of Your World – What book world would you like to live in? 

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If not Harry Potter, then either Narnia or Middle Earth. Probably Narnia, because stuff seems fairly cool there most of the time.

3. Let it Go- What book/series do you wish everyone would stop talking about?

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Definitely 50 Shades. I want it to go away forever.

4. When You Wish Upon a Star- What book or series do you wish you could have more of?

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Percy Jackson. But Rick Riordan is starting a new series, so in a way my wish has been granted?

5. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious- What is the longest book you have read?

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Unabridged Les Misérables. It was amazing and frustrating and beautiful and sad. I don’t really recommend it unless you’re as in love with the story of Les Mis as I am, because I can be pretty brutal to get through at times.

6. Hakuna Matata- What book could you read over and over without a care in the world?

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Crime and Punishment, or Jurassic Park maybe. Raskolnikov never gets boring to me. And, of course, dinosaurs, so, duh.

7. A Spoonful of Sugar- What couple has the sweetest relationship?

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Going back to Percy Jackson again. If not Percy and Annabeth themselves, then definitely Leo and Calypso. So cute. I love relationships that start out with “Ugh I hate you, you’re so annoying,” and I love even better ones that stay that way. Calling someone a jerk while you’re kissing them is the best romance.

8. You Got a Friend in Me- Who are the best “best friends?”

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Is it bad that my first thought was actually Dexter and Deborah Morgan? I think this is more the case in the TV show than the novels, but still.

9. Zero to Hero- What character wasn’t expected to be a hero?

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This is a really hard question actually. I don’t read a ton of books with typical storylines involving heroes and not-heroes, which makes me sound like a bit of a ponce I guess. I legitimately cannot think of anything. There must be someone. Tell me who I’ve forgotten!

10. You’ll Be in My Heart- What Character death made you cry the most?

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Most recently, probably Rue from The Hunger Games.

These are always fun. Pass it on and let me see your answers!