latest update

May 21, 2021

You know, all week I kept thinking, “Ah, I really need to do a blog post this week, I’ll get to it tomorrow.” And now it is Friday. Well. The blog post was the thing that kept getting put off, but now here I am.

First up: Lightspeed has reprinted my story “Dead Men in Central City,” which tells about that one time Rick met Doc Holliday. I really could write a whole series of stories about Rick in the Old West. I think that would be splendid. I’ll add it to the list.

Second up: I have a new story coming up at Tor.com on June 9, called “An Easy Job” and starring Graff. It’s a prequel to “Sinew and Steel.” I love writing about Graff and want to do more with him.

Too many stories to write, y’all. And this week I finished a rough draft for something completely different

It’s a nice problem to have, I think.

Here’s Eli Minaya’s illustration for “An Easy Job.”

2020 in review

December 15, 2020

So, let’s talk about 2020. Hahahahaha no.

I’m just going to talk about what I published in 2020. It was a pretty busy year, as far as new publications. It’s also kind of hard to think way back to January, which seems like another planet now.

Anyway. It’s a tradition, so here it goes:

Collections:

The Immortal Conquistador, March 2020, Tachyon Publications. This is mostly reprints of stories about Rick the vampire, but it also includes a novella, “El Conquistador del Tiempo,” which tells about that one time Rick was the Master of Santa Fe and met the Devil on the crossroads.

Kitty’s Mix-Tape, October 2020, Tachyon Publications. Again, mostly reprints of stories from the Kitty series, but it also includes four new stories: “Kitty Walks on By, Calls Your Name,” “Kitty and Cormac’s Excellent Adventure,” “What Happened to Ben in Vegas,” and “Kitty Busts the Feds.”

These two collect most of the Kitty stories post-2010 or so, and I had a lot of fun revisiting that world. They also mean Kitty is eligible for the Best Series Hugo in 2020, if you’re so inclined to nominate.

Novellas:

The Ghosts of Sherwood, June 2020, Tor.com (Received a starred review in Publishers Weekly!)

The Heirs of Locksley, August 2020, Tor.com

Needless to say, I’m really proud of these two. The idea had been cooking for almost twenty years, I did a bunch of research to make them work, and they were a lot of fun to write when it finally all came together. Will there be more about the Locksley clan? Maybe, if I can find time to write them. So many ideas…

Short Stories:

“Sinew and Steel and What They Told.” February 2020, Tor.com. This is one of my favorite things I’ve ever written. I wrote the first draft in one sitting and I love Graff dearly. Heads up: There will be a new story about Graff coming out next year.

“We Take Care of Everything: The Department of Talent Resources.” The Dystopian Triptych 1: Ignorance is Strength, June 2020.

“We Take Care of Everything: Keep Your Streak Going!” The Dystopian Triptych 2: Burn the Ashes, June 2020.

“We Take Care of Everything: You Have Been Crowdfunded.” The Dystopian Triptych 3: Or Else the Light, June 2020.

“Dirt and Destiny: A Regency Tale.” August 2020, Curious Fictions.

And those are my 2020 credits. I think I got everything.

recent posts

October 22, 2020

I’ve done a number of posts for other sites promoting Kitty’s Mix-Tape and other sundry items. Here are some of them:

At John Scalzi’s blog I talk about The Big Idea behind the new collection.

At Mary Robinette Kowal’s site, I reveal My Favorite Bit about it.

And finally, over at the Official Wild Cards Site, I describe how I research writing historical fiction. I’m currently working on a story for Wild Cards set in 1961 (project to be announced), so this was a timely piece.

Enjoy!

 

I’ve got a bookstore event scheduled! Hurrah!

It’s online, but still.

October 9, 7 pm MT, Kevin Hearne and I will be hosted by Book Bar, chatting about our new books. Kevin and I have done joint events before and always have a fun time. It’s actually pretty cool that this time, attendance will not be limited by geography. Onward ho, into the future!

Click here to sign up.

 

Here I am reading from the first story Kitty’s Mix Tape:  “Kitty Walks on By, Calls Your Name.”

I’m still giggling that no one made me change that title.

The book is due out in October in print, ebook, and audio. Click for more info.

 

A little context

November 15, 2019

Now that Badlands Witch is out…  That’s the reason I took that sudden quick research roadtrip to South Dakota last June. And another post here. I really like travel, I like research, and South Dakota is a day’s drive away, so I just did it.  A bunch of what I saw ended up in the story, so it was really worthwhile. Even getting the tedious drive into the story made the trip worth it.

I did the research trip to Donner Pass for Dark Divide back in 2015, which tells you just how long I was working on that story.

And I seem to be systematically sending Cormac and Amelia around to various National Forests for their adventures. Maybe for the next one I should check my list of where I want to travel and make sure to set the story there…

Here is Deadwood, from the vantage of the Mt. Moriah Cemetery.

Badlands Witch — Tomorrow!

November 11, 2019

Tomorrow, it’s Book Birthday for Badlands Witch!  This will likely be the shortest wait between books in a series that we’ll ever have.

An archeologist hires Cormac to look at a mysterious artifact that might or might not hold some ancient magic. Seems simple enough…but nothing about this job goes as planned.

Here’s the link for ordering information.

DARK DIVIDE, an e-book novella in which Cormac and Amelia have An Adventure, is due to go live tomorrow!

There’s still time to preorder on Amazon, Nook, and Apple.

Here’s a sneak peek:

Domingo seemed hesitant to enter the cabin, so Cormac pushed past her and took a look around.

The place had a sour, musty smell that indicated the man had been dead for a few days before he’d been found. That only contributed to the unconscious creeping fear tugging at his perception. A spot of movement at the edges of his vision. He looked, but nothing living was here. There should be mice in an uninhabited cabin like this. Bugs. Birds. Anything.

As Domingo said, the pantry was stocked. A set of shelves on the back wall was filled with canned food: vegetables, tuna, pasta. A couple of cupboards likely held more. Out of curiosity, Cormac opened a drawer and found a can opener, so that wasn’t the problem. He was willing to bet the propane tank outside was full enough to run the gas stove by the wall. In another corner stood a desk covered with USGS contour maps, pens, pencils, a stack of worn notebooks, binoculars, compass.

The bed where Weber died was a basically a cot, with a thin mattress, made up with white sheets and a government-issue-looking wool blanket, a single pillow. The pillow still held a depression, a crease where a head might have lain. The blanket had been smoothed out.

He knelt, looked under the cot, and found two things: a jackknife, blade open and ready to use, but then dropped, discarded. And a piece of bone, smooth and flattened, probably part of a rib…

Newsletter and Preorder info!

September 26, 2019

Here’s your reminder that I periodically send out a newsletter, mostly letting people know about upcoming releases. You can see the new issue here, and click to subscribe if you like.

This one has all the pre-order information for all the Kitty-related novellas and such coming out over the next six months or so, in one convenient spot! Like this:

DARK DIVIDE (Cormac and Amelia #1), due out October 10.

On Kindle

On Nook

BADLANDS WITCH (Cormac and Amelia #2), due out November 12.

On Kindle

On Nook
THE IMMORTAL CONQUISTADOR, due out in March in trade paper and e-book.

Preorder from Tachyon Publications

Enjoy!

 

I’m releasing two Cormac and Amelia e-book novellas this fall, and the links are now available for preorder! (The books will also be available on iTunes, and I’ll post those when they’re ready. I’m doing this in baby steps while I’m on an Oct 1 deadline for another project, so your patience is appreciated!)

DARK DIVIDE (Cormac and Amelia #1)

On Kindle

On Nook

BADLANDS WITCH (Cormac and Amelia #2)

On Kindle

On Nook

He’s an ex-con supernatural bounty hunter. She’s a disembodied Victorian wizard. Together, they fight crime!