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Red Alert! Star Trek: The Next Generation - Takedown is now on sale!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Hailing frequencies... well, you know the rest. My debut Star Trek novel is now on the stands: Star Trek: The Next Generation - Takedown! 

Takedown, as I've mentioned before, is a fun romp of a novel, a true interstellar naval yarn in the Star Trek tradition. From the description:

When renegade starships begin wreaking destruction across the quadrant, Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise are shocked to discover that the mastermind behind this sudden threat is none other than Picard’s protégé and friend: Admiral William T. Riker. The newly minted admiral is on board the U.S.S. Aventine as part of a special assignment, even as the mystery deepens behind his involvement in the growing crisis.

http://bit.ly/STTakedownBut the Aventine is helmed by Captain Ezri Dax—someone who is no stranger to breaking Starfleet regulations—and her starship is by far the faster vessel…and Riker cannot yield, even to his former mentor. It’s a battle of tactical geniuses and a race against time as Picard struggles to find answers before the quadrant’s great powers violently retaliate against the Federation…

There's mystery and adventure — and it's written for both the newcomer to Star Trek fiction and to the seasoned veteran. You can find it at your local bookseller and at these outlets:



I have finally gotten online the production notes and trivia for Star Trek Titan: Absent Enemies online here, so you can check those out after you've read that. (You can obtain that novella here.)

Also, I missed the chance to make a post on it last week when it came out, but my Conan story has been reprinted in Robert E. Howard's Savage Sword Vol. 2 from Dark Horse. I'll add notes on that one to the site when time allows.

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Star Trek: Takedown, beaming soon to a shelf near you!

Friday, January 16, 2015

We're just a short few days as I write this from the release of my first full-length Star Trek novel: Star Trek: The Next Generation - Takedown! 

http://bit.ly/STTakedownTakedown is a fun romp of a novel, a true interstellar naval yarn in the Star Trek tradition. From the description:

When renegade starships begin wreaking destruction across the quadrant, Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise are shocked to discover that the mastermind behind this sudden threat is none other than Picard’s protégé and friend: Admiral William T. Riker. The newly minted admiral is on board the U.S.S. Aventine as part of a special assignment, even as the mystery deepens behind his involvement in the growing crisis. 

But the Aventine is helmed by Captain Ezri Dax—someone who is no stranger to breaking Starfleet regulations—and her starship is by far the faster vessel…and Riker cannot yield, even to his former mentor. It’s a battle of tactical geniuses and a race against time as Picard struggles to find answers before the quadrant’s great powers violently retaliate against the Federation…

There's mystery and adventure — and as I realized after the book was completed, the characters never set foot on a planet. It's all starship adventure, as you like it. Takedown goes on sale Tuesday, Jan. 27 at your local bookseller  — and you can also obtain it at these outlets:


In the meantime, some other news of Trek note: I have finally gotten online the production notes and trivia for Star Trek Titan: Absent Enemies. So I'm caught up through... er, last winter. But that's progress. I could use time-warping capabilities...

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Marvel slates first Old Republic rerelease for July

Monday, January 12, 2015

I have been quite derelict as a blogger lately: this is nothing new for readers of the site, as when I get busy writing, or traveling, or holiday-ing, the website tends to get less attention. The good news is that I have been writing — including working on some additional behind-the-scenes posts for this website which I intend to start posting here soon. (A couple are already up: the long-missing posts for Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith - Spiral #4 and #5 are online.)

There's also more news coming, which I hope to supply in the coming weeks. One tidbit I have already tweeted about, however: My first batch of Star Wars comics to be reprinted by Marvel have been announced: Star Wars Legends: The Old Republic Epic Collection Vol. 1 has been announced for July release.

This appears to be the same content that's in the first Dark Horse Omnibus, long since sold out. (I do, however, have the second and third editions for sale here.)

More news to come...

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My New York Comic Con schedule -- plus my fall tour events

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

It's been an incredibly busy month following the release of Star Wars: A New Dawn and leading up to the debut of the Rebels TV series this past weekend. I think I've been on half the podcasts out there — and there's been a whirlwind of interviews. And the response has been gratifying — there were a passel of very nice reviews out there. There isn't time to list them all, but Roqoo Depot has a nice roundup here — with the latest just coming in from the New York Daily News

The job's not done, though, as I'll be promoting this book and others throughout the fall. At New York Comic-Con this weekend, I have several signing slots and a panel:

Thursday, October 9, 6 p.m.: It's not an official signing slot as I will be coming into town just an hour or so earlier, but if I can make it I'll be signing at the Random House/Del Rey booth (#2204) after 6.

http://amzn.to/overdraft1Friday, October 10, Noon: I'll be signing at the 47North/Amazon Publishing booth, #860. We'll be giving away copies of my Overdraft: The Orion Offensive book while supplies last. And whether you're there or not, the prequel short story is available for Kindle free during the convention!

Friday, October 10, 1-2 p.m.: I'll be signing at the Random House/Del Rey booth (#2204). While supplies last, we'll be giving away Advance Reader Editions of A New Dawn.

Saturday, October 11,  Noon-1 p.m.: I'll be signing at the Random House/Del Rey booth (#2204). While supplies last, we'll be giving away Advance Reader Editions of A New Dawn.

Saturday, October 11, 3:15 p.m.-4 p.m.: I have a New Dawn panel with Del Rey editors Shelly Shapiro and Erich Schoeneweiss, Lucasfilm fiction editor Jennifer Heddle, and Rebels voice actor Vanessa Marshall! This one is in room 1A14, with a signing to follow at Table 19.  

Sunday, October 12, 10-11 p.m.: I'll be signing at the Random House/Del Rey booth (#2204). While supplies last, we'll be giving away Advance Reader Editions of A New Dawn.

And whether you're at the convention or not, you can enter a drawing for signed books in the Random House Book Hunt by posting a photo of yourself with one of my books to one of the social media listed on the RHBookHunt rules page, here.

Then after New York Comic-Con, things keep on going with stops in the Midwest and Southeast:

Saturday, October 18, 1-4 p.m.: Signing at Galaxy Comics & Games in downtown Stevens Point, Wis. There'll also be a Star Wars X-Wing Miniatures Game event with an adventure module based on an engagement in Star Wars: A New Dawn, written by Nathan Patrick Butler. (Thanks, Nathan!)


Saturday, October 25, 1-4 p.m.: Signing at Powers Comics in Green Bay, Wis. This is part of the new Halloween Comicfest celebration going on in comics shops across the country.

Tuesday, November 11, 7 p.m.: Signing at Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Lexington, Kentucky. This will be my first Kentucky signing!

Wednesday, November 12, 7 p.m.: Signing at Barnes and Noble's West Towne location in Knoxville, Tennessee. I'm a UT-Knoxville alumnus and this is my first major bookstore signing in town.

Friday, November 14 through Sunday, November 16: I'm guest of honor at Atomacon in N. Charleston, South Carolina. This is my first time visiting South Carolina!

Friday, November 21 through Sunday, November 23: I'll be rounding up the fall swing in my hometown with the Memphis Comic and Fantasy Con.

That's got it! See you somewhere!

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Star Wars: A New Dawn rises in stores today!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

And... it's a book! Star Wars: A New Dawn releases today in hardcover, e-book, and audiobook formats.

It's a great honor to write a Star Wars book, as always — and particularly given the introductory role this story plays. I hope you'll enjoy it. UPDATE: Check out my blog post about the book — and my life as a Star Wars fan — at the official Star Wars blog!

You can learn more about the book here — and plenty of other places, as I've spent the last month promoting the book on podcasts and in interviews. I have a sampling of the links available below (Updated 9/3):

SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON PANEL

A NEW DAWN features:
Mashable

A NEW DAWN Interviews (spoiler-free):

Bleeding Cool
Club Jade
Daily Dot
DisneyNerds
Eleven Thirty-Eight
JediNews UK
Newsarama

A NEW DAWN Podcasts (spoiler-free):

Coffee With Kenobi
FarFarAway Radio
ForceCast
Full of Sith
Rebels Report
Roqoo Depot

There are more to be added to that list, for sure.

"Harrumph. That blasted Miller mentioned Slyssk's flatcakes --
but he forgot to name the restaurant! Can't get good help these days."
I also have an interview in the new Star Wars Insider, which also includes an excerpt of the novel and some art based on it by cover artist Doug Wheatley.

Buy the book! You can get the book at your local bookseller, or one of these fine internet entertainment emporia:


Hardcover: AmazonBarnes and NobleBooks-a-MillionIndieboundRandom House
E-book: KindleiTunesNook 
Audiobook: AmazonBarnes and NobleAudible

 

You can also get signed copies of the book and/or audiobook from my shop.

Finally, I will be appearing at New York Comic Con, Oct. 9-11; hope to see you there!

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The long-awaited update! My San Diego schedule and more...

Friday, July 18, 2014

And... I'm back! No, it really wasn't my intention to go three months without a post here. But I was in lockdown writing Star Wars: A New Dawn and Star Trek: The Next Generation - Takedown — both of which are completed and with their respective publishers. There followed a week of unconsciousness — and now, I wake just in time for... San Diego Comic-Con?

It's been a busy year, to say the least. Which is why I have said the least, on the blog. My apologies!

But I can alert you to a variety of things. First of all, Del Rey has just made a free Sampler edition of its four upcoming Star Wars novels available for download. It features previews from my A New Dawn, James Luceno's Tarkin, Kevin Hearne's Heir to the Jedi, and Paul S. Kemp's Lords of the Sith.  I'll post links to additional services as I learn of them.

Since I last posted, Star Trek: The Next Generation - Takedown has been completed and now has a preorder page up at Amazon. It was a blast to write, and I'll be sharing more details about it as time goes on.

Next up on my agenda is Comic-Con International: San Diego, where I will be signing all four days for Random House/Del Rey in the Star Wars pavilion in the main hall. I will also be appearing on the A New Hope panel with Lucasfilm and Del Rey's team, as well as Star Wars: Rebels executive producer Dave Filoni and voice actor Vanessa Marshall. I'll also be attending the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers' panel, where my last hardcover,  Star Wars: Kenobi, is up for a Scribe Award. The schedule:

Thursday, 12-1: Del Rey signing

Friday, 7:30: Star Wars Fan Breakfast
Friday, 2-3: A New Hope panel, Room 7AB
Friday, 4-5: Del Rey signing
Friday, 6-7: Scribe Awards, Room 23ABC

Saturday, 4-5: Del Rey signing

Sunday, 1-2: Del Rey signing

Now, those Del Rey signings offer a really cool bonus: a limited edition Advance Reader Edition of Star Wars: A New Dawn, in paperback. These are available only at the booth in San Diego; don't ask for 'em, because I won't have 'em! But I will be happy to sign yours.

That is it, for the moment — though there's more news in the works, and some of my fall events are coming together. Hopefully it won't be too long until the next posting!

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My secret Star Wars mission (and no Bothans died in the process!)

Friday, April 25, 2014

I like to keep my characters in motion as a writer -- but sometimes, the writers are the ones in motion. So it was in March, while I was finishing Star Wars: A New Dawn, my new novel for Random House. (Read more about it here.) The publisher asked me to make a fast trip out to Lucasfilm in California, to be part of their Expanded Universe appreciation video.


It was definitely something I wanted to do, but the complication was that I was already scheduled, after finishing the novel, to throw everything in the car to run down to Memphis, where I had a public library event and a full slate of panels at Midsouthcon. This situation involved more than a simple suitcase! It took some juggling, but we worked it out so I would fly to San Francisco first, then to Memphis. We shipped my supplies one direction, while I went another. I flew out in a howling Midwestern snowstorm: a few hours later, I was walking Union Square. One guess which had the better weather!

The day of the shoot, Timothy Zahn was already in the car when the driver picked me up. In pure fan mode, I promptly got him to autograph my copy of Heir to the Empire -- which still has its first-week-of-sale discount wraparound banner around it, and appears in the video. Tim said back then they weren't entirely sure how well the book would do, after such a long absence for Star Wars fiction: the wraparounds came off pretty quickly after a few days of sales.

Tim had never been to Lucasfilm before, but I had visited once in the summer of 2007, to read the script for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull in advance of writing the comics adaptation. So I thought I knew my way around when we were dropped off at the complex. In fact, I promptly got us lost for half an hour, before Jennifer Heddle, Leland Chee, and Pablo Hidalgo rescued us.

I must invoke a different franchise in admitting "I'm a writer, not a guide!"

We had lunch with the team, shot our videos, and got the grand tour. I had seen some things before but it is always amazing: because of Lucasfilm's collection with ILM, there are artifacts commemorating dozens of films. Jennifer took a picture of us outside with the Yoda statue. (And believe me, I was looking for that statue in trying to find the place!) It was a great trip.

And then it was on to my regularly scheduled events. I couldn't say anything about where I'd just been, of course; I managed to make it through seven panels and multiple signings without collapsing. I was delighted to have been a part of it. My thanks to Random House and Lucasfilm for making it happen!

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