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July Monthly Update

It's a busy month in a busy year!

Next week, on July 9, Black Ships and Hand of Isis will be re-released in ebook, moving within Hachette Book Group from Orbit to Red Hook. Their new price will be $2.99, in line with the prices of many new ebooks today. I'm hoping they'll find a lot of new readers this way.

Later in the month I'm looking forward to the audiobook of Stealing Fire, narrated by Chet Williamson. I've been hoping for an audio version of Stealing Fire for a long time, so I'm very excited.

The big news, of course, is that The Emperor's Agent comes out in ebook on August 1! (The trade paperback will follow on September 15.) I can't tell you how happy I am about this book. I think it's my best one yet, and I hope you do too. Elza is the character closest to my heart, and I've been telling her story for more than twenty years. If you'd like previews, just click through the tag on the sidebar for The Emperor's Agent. I suspect it will also be controversial, and a large part of that is because Elza is a rare thing -- a female character who is the Trickster archetype. Would it be shocking if Captain Jack Sparrow had casual sex? Would it be shocking if James Bond shot another spy in the back in cold blood? Would it be shocking if they used their wiles and lied? But it is shocking when a female character does those things. We have a lot of double standards. So I'm braced for blowback.

Also coming later this fall is Silver Bullet, the third book in the Order of the Air series, written with Melissa Scott. It's seven months since the Great Passenger Derby. Jerry is in New York on a short contract job with the Metropolitan Museum, enjoying being back in the city and reconnecting with old friends. Meanwhile, Mitch and Lewis are called out as reservists to fly search and rescue when there are a series of plane crashes in the Rockies. But all of the crashes are mysteriously near the Silver Bullet mine, an abandoned silver mine that's reputed to be haunted. It's a job for a medium -- or two -- but with Stasi's old enemies in town, things are getting dicey in Colorado Springs!

Toward the end of the year there will be the audiobook of The General's Mistress, narrated by Arika Escalona, who did The Ravens of Falkenau. They've just gone into production, so it will be a little while yet, but it's coming!

I still don't know about more Stargate books. It's looking more and more likely that there will be two more Legacy books, but it's not certain yet. Fandemonium is still in negotiations with MGM about renewing the licensing agreement.

I also have Cythera out for sale, so I hope for some good news on that in the fall.

Meanwhile, coming up in 2014, there will be the third Elza book, The Marshal's Lover. It's ready to begin the editorial process as soon as The Emperor's Agent is out.

Also in 2014 will be the fourth Order of the Air book, Wind Raker, which Melissa and I are currently working on. The team is going to Hawaii to test a new sea plane, but an old enemy is back with a nefarious new plan.

So that's what I'm up to! Anything sound particularly interesting?


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Jul. 4th, 2013 02:08 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

I'm hoping the Stargate books work out. It's seeming more likely, so I have my fingers crossed!
Jul. 4th, 2013 01:02 am (UTC)
Wow! Busy times for you all around.

Looking forward to seeing the Numinous books in their new ebook format and the new Elza & Air ones. Will Stealing Fire be joining them eventually?

Jul. 4th, 2013 02:11 pm (UTC)
Right now there's no plan for a Stealing Fire rerelease. :(

I'm glad you're looking forward to the new Elza books and the Order of the Air. The Order of the Air keeps growing and growing!
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