A contest specifically designed for new writers ("new" defined here as no professional-rate sales to date). See what C. C. Finlay, editor of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, has to say about The Dream Foundry's inaugural contest.
Thank you to the Denver online news outlet, The Colorado Sun, who ran this feature and book excerpt yesterday on While Gods Sleep.
I cut back this year on event, conventions, and conferences, but this one is too close and too good to pass up.
I'm going to Bubonicon!
Wow, what a week! Winning the Colorado Book Award for Science Fiction/Fantasy last weekend, then receiving the beautiful artwork for my story coming out in DreamForge next week, and now my very first book to be produced in audio has been released by Audible!
This release is especially exciting for me as I've been a dedicated audio reader for years now. I first joined Audible in 2009 - prior even to Amazon acquiring the company and streamlining the experience - back when it required hours of effort to download your purchase onto multiple blank CDs that you also had to purchase, and any hiccup in the download process meant wasted time and a wasted CD. I also used to get audio CDs from the library, but either way, I was pretty much limited to listening to books in the car. Soon after Amazon took over Audible, certain Kindles, Kindle tablets, and phone apps were able to play audio and I shifted to reading nearly 100% in audio. I now read while walking the dogs, working around the house, driving, when going to sleep, and anywhere else I want. So for me to see the Audible release of one of my own books is a pretty big career bingo square marked off!
The Scotland-based narrator for the book, Jim Harbourne, was fantastic to work with. He's not only a audio producer, but also a stage actor. In fact, earlier this spring he performed in a play in London and as I write this now, he's in a play in New York! I was very glad he auditioned for the book, and the range of voices and inflection he brought to the production of The Halfblood War audiobook really brings the book to life! If you enjoy audiobooks and epic fantasy, I hope you'll check it out. If you do and you like it, I'd love you to let me know by leaving a brief review!
My short story "The Weight of Mountains" will be coming out June 1st in the new issue of DreamForge Magazine. DreamForge is a new, first-rate magazine with optimistic SFF and gorgeous artwork. Check out the very awesome art for my story by John Blumen below!
Also very cool, they've given me a discount subscription code to pass on to folks who follow my social media, so if you're interested in subscribing, here you go: 15-25% off DreamForge
Still a bit stunned to say it... me. While Gods Sleep has won the 2019 Colorado Book Award for Science Fiction/Fantasy. The awards show was held at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities this past Saturday evening. It was a lovely venue and fun to see a number of my friends there. Many thanks again to all the hard-working staff, judges, and volunteers for Colorado Humanities and Center for the Book who make this wonderful event possible.
I've been busy lately and neglecting to blog, but here are a couple of photos from some recent events. I did a reading at the Colorado Book Award finalist series at BookBar in Denver in early April, reading from While Gods Sleep, which is one of three Science Fiction and Fantasy finalists this year. Only two more weeks until the awards!
I was also invited to be a panelist for Pikes Peak Library District's all-day Mountain of Authors event, which took place last weekend. It was a very well-organized, well-run, and fun event. If you're in the Colorado Springs area, I'd highly recommend putting it on your schedule for next year. More than 30 authors, plus the author panel, a publishing panel, and NYT bestselling author keynote speaker. Not the greatest photos from the event as I was participating, but I snagged a couple online.
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Currently Reading: Too much.
Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Changer by Jane Lindskold
Story: Substance, Structure, Style and the Principles of Screenwriting by Robert McKee
Read so far this year:
Every Heart a Doorway
Peasprout Chen, Future Legend of Skate and Sword
Fire and Bone
Trail of Lightning
The Handmaid's Tale
The Graveyard Book
The Stone Sky
The Halfblood War (audio file edits)
Dimension of Miracles
The Lathe of Heaven
Urth of the New Sun
The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break
The Bone Clocks
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