KOKOMO-CON: The Cosplay

I will be back at this con next year.  I had a blast, sold an entire box of books, and the cosplay was magnificent.  I’ll be annotating some of these tomorrow (a few of them won’t make a ton of sense out of context) but for now here’s the cosplayer pictures I took:

WELL OKAY ONE STORY: I use free Oreos at my booth as a way to catch people’s attention, right?  Toward the end of the con, the guy dressed as Negan waltzed over to me, looked me straight in the eye, and said “You have Oreos.  I’m taking half.”

And then he actually did it.

I laughed my ass off.  This may be my single favorite con moment so far.

Anyway, the pictures:

#Review: SOVEREIGN, by April Daniels

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You may, perhaps, recall my exuberant review of April Daniels’ Dreadnought  from back in February.  I bought that book early and was kind of taken by surprise by it when it showed up in my mailbox, and then I was taken by surprise a second time when I enjoyed it as much as I did.  And it’s not only still on my shortlist for the best books of 2017, right now it’s still easily the best book I’ve read all year.

The sequel, Sovereign, showed up in my mailbox on Wednesday.  I preordered this motherfucker the second I found out it was available.  Thursday night, despite having slept all day and being generally exhausted, I made the terrible mistake of starting the book before bed, and as a result did not get nearly as much sleep as I wanted to.  Friday I woke up, took the boy to day care, came home, made myself breakfast, sat down in my recliner, and didn’t move again until I’d finished the book.  Partway through all that, I sent the following Tweet:

And I was telling the truth!  I did, indeed, have shit I wanted to do yesterday!  Shit involving my own books!  And I did absolutely none of it, because once I picked up Sovereign there was absolutely nothing else in my life that I needed to do other than finish that gatdamb book as quickly as I could.  April Daniels is the real deal, Goddammit, and now she’s written both of my two favorite books of the year.  I love this world, I love Danielle Tozer, I love the way this book does everything Book 2 in a series needs to do while setting up the third book quite nicely, and every single damn one of you needs to go pick up both of these books and read them right now because they are fantastic.  I wish I was half as good as Daniels is at this stuff.  Half.  I don’t know when the third book is coming out, but I plan to literally be the first person to preorder it when it does.

Why are you still here?  Go buy books, dammit.

IT’S REAL

IMG_5827Had a thing or two what needed correction inside once I took a look at it, but I suspect this is gonna be available in print by early next week, y’all.

Until then?  Just 99 cents as an ebook!

A last stand against ultimate evil. A refugee from outside of time. A corrupt governor and a graveyard of wronged spirits. A technological breakthrough that could change human culture forever, or end it entirely. An executioner listening to a genocidaire’s final statement. And a door, hanging in the air, a door that must never be opened. These and other tales await you within BALREMESH AND OTHER STORIES, a novella-sized collection of short stories and microfictions in the horror, science fiction and fantasy genres.

Hundreds-selling, Hugo award-nominated(*), generally-not-as-acclaimed-as-he-feels-he-deserves author Luther M. Siler returns to independent publishing with BALREMESH AND OTHER STORIES, his first new project in nearly two years. His other works include the BENEVOLENCE ARCHIVES series, the near-future science fiction novel SKYLIGHTS, and a nonfiction book about teaching, SEARCHING FOR MALUMBA.

(*) Anyone can nominate anyone for a Hugo. It’s like the Nobel prize. He was not a finalist.

FINAL COVER REVEAL: TALES FROM THE BENEVOLENCE ARCHIVES

My entire life nowadays is just looking at things and saying holy shit over and over and over and over.  Jamie Noble Frier is absolutely the real goddamn deal, guys.  And while you’re at it, do not sleep on that blurb at the bottom there.  Michael J. Martinez blurbed my goddamn book.  WHAT IS HAPPENING.

Release date on this one real soon.  For now, you can pre-order Balremesh and Other Stories for just 99 of your human Americapennies.  That one will be out July 5!  My birthday!  Preordering is like giving me a present!

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BALREMESH AND OTHER STORIES: Out July 5!!!!

mblile-72dpi-1500x2000…I am putting the finishing touches on Balremesh and other stories RIGHT NOW, and it’s out July 5th at Amazon.  I’ll link to the page once it’s up; preorders ought to be available pretty damn soon– like, probably by Tuesday or Wednesday.  Yep, that’s right.  New book!  In, like, TWO WEEKS!

(EDIT: I think it’s gonna be here; in the meantime, Amazon’s 404 pages are adorable.)

Why July 5th?  Because it’s my birthday.  So I assume y’all know what you’re going to get me.

Now, that said: an important thing you need to realize about this book is that nearly all of it is on this site, for free, right now.  Those of you who are regular blog readers may want to give this a pass, and that’s okay.  (Then again, it’s only 99 cents.  Raid your couch.)  The total wordcount is currently a noodge over 25K, and I expect that to go up a bit– there are a few other stories I’m considering including and haven’t decided 100% yet, but honestly the book is releasable as it stands.  I’m planning on using Balremesh as another nearly-risk-free way to get a sample of my writing without digging through my website, and when the print version comes (stand by) I’m going to price it as low as I possibly can without actually losing money on it.  Now, none of these stories have ever been available in an ebook before, and there are going to be a couple in there that aren’t on the site, so if you’re a regular reader you’ll get at least something new for your 99 cents.  But I don’t wanna mislead anybody: most of this is still out there.

What about Tales from the Benevolence Archives, you ask?  Stand by.  But I expect it out by the end of August, maybe early September– no later than that.  I’m done with all the stories but one, and my wife has started her editorial readthrough.  My artist is finalizing the digital cover and I’ll have him working on the print cover pretty damn soon.  It’s coming.

The drought is ending.

I promise.

And I think you’re gonna love what I’ve got planned next.