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Favorite magic?

Lost Things
A reader asks, "What's your favorite magic in the Order of the Air?"

I think it's the big ritual magic scene at the end of Wind Raker, which is coming up. That's the one that was most difficult and intense, and that so far I'm proudest of. (Though there's one I'm looking forward to writing in Oath Bound that may take first place!)

Which is yours? What's your favorite magic in the Order of the Air?

Unascended -- Elizabeth's past

Unascended
So a question for the people who have already finished Unascended -- how did you unravel Elizabeth's past?

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Unascended Spoiler/Discussion Thread

Unascended
Ok, folks! Since some people have sprinted to the end in less than ten hours after it came out, this is the Unascended Spoiler/Discussion thread!

What did you think? What did you like/dislike? What are you wondering about? What are you speculating about? What did you think of the backstory? Of the Vanir? Of the view of Pegasus? Anything!

Warning that there will be spoilers in comments!

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Unascended is out!

Unascended
Unascended is out! The ebook is available here in a variety of formats and here on Amazon! More outlets will follow as other bookstores update their webpages. The print preorder isn't up yet, but it should be in the next few days!

Go! Read! Come back and tell me what you think! :D

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How many Order of the Air books are there?

Silver Bullet
A reader asks, "How many Order of the Air books are there? I'm hooked!"

So far there are three out. The fourth will be out this fall and the fifth next spring. But that's the tip of the iceberg! The Order of the Air is:

Lost Things -- set in 1929, published in 2012 Curse tablets, a Roman demon released on the world, a doomed airship... This is the team's first adventure.

Steel Blues -- set in 1932, published 2013 An intercontinental air race, the unsolved murders of the New Orleans Axeman, a cursed necklace and a jewel thief.... This is Stasi's first book.

Silver Bullet -- set in late 1932, published 2014 A mysterious series of plane crashes, a haunted silver mine, and legendary scientist Nikola Tesla!

Wind Raker -- set in 1935, out fall 2014 The team is in Hawaii -- Jerry on his first archaeological dig in nearly two decades, and everyone else testing a sea plane. But an old enemy is also in town, and he's playing an even more dangerous game.

Oath Bound -- set in 1936 Alexandria! Jerry is on the track of the lost tomb of Alexander the Great, but when Iskinder shows up a hunted man with a priceless treasure, Jerry and the team have a desperate flight up the Nile into the heart of a war.

Fire Season -- set in 1939 It's a bad year for Colorado wildfires, and Alma and Lewis are dropping smoke jumpers. Meanwhile, Mitch, Stasi and Jerry are sucked into a deadly net in Los Angeles with unsolved murders and secret agents.

Invisible Wars -- set in 1940 The US isn't at war, but the team is, whether it's Jerry's esoteric work in London, Alma's work in Canada for the RAF, or Mitch and Stasi facing spies and submarines on North Carolina's Outer Banks.

Ghost Light -- set in 1941 Alma is flying for the ATA and it's time to show her mettle. Meanwhile, Jerry has a problem to solve in London -- how are bombers homing in on targets using the elusive Ghost Light?

Night World -- set in early 1942 Mitch and Lewis are activated as reservists and are training a new squadron, while Jerry and Stasi have to do the impossible -- ward a city against air attack!

Operation Eagle -- set in late 1942 The battle for North Africa has begun. Mitch and Lewis are at war, but when a clandestine Nazi dig in the desert and a mysterious submarine enter the picture, it's time for Jerry and Alma to take a hand.

And there will be more after that!

What looks interesting to you?

Character game

Unascended
A couple of people asked if we could play the character game as we come up on the release of Unascended on Thursday. Ok!

You pick a character in comments, and I'll give you a little peek at what they're doing in Unascended!

Unascended will be out in ebook from stargatenovels.com on Thursday, and then from other outlets in the next few days as they update their websites. Preorders for the print books will also begin on Thursday, with the print books due to ship on July 24. (It takes about two weeks to physically print the books.) Not long now!

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Wind Raker -- July 4th

Lost Things
In keeping with posting holidays from the Order of the Air books on the actual holiday, I thought I'd share a piece from the next book, Wind Raker. This is Jerry's July 4th in Hawaii, only his new lover comes with complications!

I'd love to hear what you think!

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A Scene I'm Really Proud Of

Silver Bullet
There's a meme going around that says to share a scene you're really proud of. I am so pleased with this scene -- it's one of the best I've ever done, in my opinion. Because this is what it feels like. This is real.

Spoilers for Silver Bullet!

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Stargate book covers

Unascended
A reader asks, "How do publishers create the covers? Do the actors get photographed as the photo or they have have a million photos that have been taken in the past? My bet is that they combine photos taken in the past."

They have a library of photos from the show that they're allowed to use. All of the pictures in the library have been approved by MGM, and so they photoshop and manipulate the library photos and combine them with appropriate background shots, like the one of Atlantis flying on the cover of Inheritors. Fandemonium's cover artist is Lindsay Allen, and I really like her work!

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The Order of the Air

Lost Things
A reader asks, "What do you find most challenging about writing about (relatively) recent history in The Order of the Air?"

You'd think the hardest thing would be getting things right, managing the minutia of research for things that are still part of living memory, for places that our readers are absolutely familiar with, even presenting people who those still living remember. But it's not. The hardest thing is not telling too much truth! You see, many of the things in the Order of the Air really did happen. They may not have happened to people named Alma, Mitch, Jerry and Lewis, but they did happen. And as we research, we often find the real story, or what we're 90% certain is the real story, but we can't prove that last 10%. Since there are people still alive who were part of this story, we can't use something unless we can absolutely document it, or unless we fictionalize it. So the hardest thing for me is taking the real story and disguising it enough!

For example, one of the characters in Wind Raker is fictionalized because we can't 100% prove that the real person she's based on had an affair with a certain married man. I feel sure that she is the same person -- I'm absolutely certain she is -- but I can't actually prove that. And since the man's daughter is still alive and giving interviews, I can't assert her father had this affair that I can't prove. Another example from Wind Raker -- I am certain that one of the character's reactions to Jerry being gay is because of someone who was gay in her own family. But I can't prove that. I can't prove the person was gay, and they denied they were. Their children are still alive today. So the character's motivations for being sympathetic to Jerry have to remain murky.

That's absolutely the hardest thing for me -- not saying the things I would say if I were writing about the 19th century or beyond!