marthawells: (Stargate)

Well, this happened quicker than I thought!

The Murderbot Diaries: All Systems Red is now available in audiobook on Recorded Books, Audible, iTunes, etc!

narrated by Kevin R. Free
marthawells: (Stargate Monuments)
I have some good Murderbot news. There will be audiobooks of all four of the Murderbot novellas (All Systems Red, Artificial Condition, Rogue Protocol, Exit Strategy) by Recorded Books ( And the narrator will be Kevin R. Free! ( (Squee!)

If you're a Welcome to Night Vale fan, you may recognize him from Desert Bluffs and the Vortex.

You can listen to some of his other work here: and

It looks like All Systems Red will be available on December 1, 2017.
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I have five codes to give away for free downloads of the audiobook of The Edge of Worlds, narrated by Chris Kipiniak, from You can listen to a sample here.

To enter: Comment on this post (at Live Journal, Dreamwidth, or the GoodReads feed) and tell me why you want it. (The drawing is random and I'm not judging you, it just makes it more interesting to read the entries that way.) You'll also be able to enter on Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr, but please only enter once (in total, not once on each site).

I'll be drawing the winners on Friday morning, July 1, 2016.

(I'd also really appreciate it if people left reviews, on Amazon, B&N, GoodReads, or LibraryThing (or just added the book to their lists there) but it isn't necessary to enter or win.)
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My Ile-Rien story “Night at the Opera” with Nicholas and Reynard is up on Podcastle, with a full cast reading!


Reynard Morane was at his usual table in the Cafe Baudy, a somewhat risqué establishment built on a barge in the Deval Forest pleasure garden’s lake, when a beautiful man approached his table. This wasn’t an unusual occurrence, especially in this cafe, but this beautiful man was a stranger. He said, “Captain Morane?”

From his features and dark skin, the man was Parscian, a little younger than Reynard but not by much, tall and well-built, and dressed in an elegant but understated way which suggested some level of the upper class. The coat was too expensive for the man to be from a university. For some reason, Reynard attracted a high percentage of men of academic persuasions. “Yes.” Reynard smiled warmly. “Please join me.”

The man hesitated, then drew out the opposite chair. “A friend told me about you.”

“And which friend is this?” Reynard caught the waiter’s attention and lifted his brows. The waiter sized up the situation professionally, then went to the bar for a fresh bottle of wine and glasses.
“A man named Biendare.” The man lowered his voice. “I believe he is known in some circles as ‘Binny.’”

“Binny?” Reynard frowned. This was not encouraging. Binny was not someone who would have recommended Reynard for an assignation. At least not the kind of assignation Reynard had hoped for. Just to make certain, he said, “At the roasted nut kiosk on the Street of Flowers?”

“No, it was in March Street, at a wine bar that also sells fried fish.”

“Right.” Reynard sat up, adjusting his attitude from invitingly indolent to business-like and alert.

The waiter arrived at the table with the bottle and glasses. Reynard sighed and told him, “No.”

“No?” The waiter looked startled, then disappointed. “Oh. Coffee, perhaps?”

“Coffee,” Reynard agreed.

The man cast a puzzled look at the retreating waiter’s back, and Reynard admitted, “I was hoping it was an assignation.” He waved a hand. “It’s the Cafe Baudy, you know. There are often assignations.”

“Oh, yes, I…” The man obviously decided to drop that subject and pursue his objective. “My name is Amadel. I am the confidential secretary for the Lady Shankir-Clare. She needs assistance of a…particular sort.”

Reynard held up a hand for silence as the waiter approached. He waited until the coffee service had been arranged and the waiter departed, then said, “She’s being troubled by someone but feels unable to confide the details to the Prefecture?”

“Yes, exactly.” Amadel added cream to his cup with the relief of a man who had been searching everywhere for help and was finally in the right place.

marthawells: (Miko)
There are sale prices (50% off the MP3-CD) on most of the audiobooks of my novels at Tantor right now. (Just scroll down to see the list of books available.) They also come in audio CDs and downloads.

This includes Wheel of the Infinite (narrated by Lisa Renee' Pitts, who plays Dr. Dre's mother Verna in Straight Outta Compton), plus The Death of the Necromancer, The Element of Fire, City of Bones, and all three books of the Fall of Ile-Rien trilogy.


Aug. 10th, 2015 08:05 am
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I haven't been doing much but working on the sequel to The Edge of Worlds (there's a section for it now on my site, though there isn't much there yet).

The cover art is done and I've seen the versions with the titles, so I'm hoping to be able to show that to people soon.

This weekend we babysat a friend's dog while she was out of town, and the dog (Lola) ended up having an upset stomach on Friday and Saturday, probably from nerves at being in a strange house. She was better by Saturday night and fine on Sunday. So that was pretty much it for the weekend: working, sitting with sick but very sweet dog, and watching the Ocean's 11 movies.

I am going to be at WorldCon, and will be reading from the new Raksura book The Edge of Worlds. My schedule is here.

Here's a question from the web site:

Wes asked: Is there a possibility of getting "The Edge Of Worlds" as an audio book? If so can you give a general ETA?

Yes, there is a possibility but it depends on whether Audible makes the decision to acquire the audio rights, which depends on how well the previous audio books in the series sell. If they do decide to make it an audio book, hopefully it will come out at the same time as the print and ebook. Hopefully we'll also get the same narrator, Christopher Kipiniak.
marthawells: (Jack and Teal'c)
This weekend I still have a lot of stuff to do, but I'm also hoping to be able to see the new Avengers movie as soon as possible.


Con or Bust, which helps people of color/non-white people attend SFF conventions, end Sunday May 3.

I've posted four entries, with a set of audio CDs for the Wheel of the Infinite audiobook, a signed set of the Emilie books, a signed set of all the Raksura books, and a signed hardcover of Star Wars: Razor's Edge. There are tons of other items to bid on (books, jewelry, knitted goods, art, etc), so check it out if you have a chance.


Good Raksura news! Christopher Kipiniak will be narrator again for the audiobook of Stories of the Raksura vol II: The Dead City & The Dark Earth Below. He's narrated all the Raksura audiobooks and he's fabulous, so I'm so glad he's doing this one too.


All the collections from the Six by Six Kickstarter have now been released! If you joined the kickstarter you should have gotten all your goodies by now. If you think you are missing something, email Brad, the kickstarter admin.

This was a really fun project and I'm really glad I participated.

If you didn't sign up for the Kickstarter, you can still get my story collection Between Worlds: the Collected Ile-Rien and Cineth Stories, with the new The Death of the Necromancer story, as an ebook on Kobo, Kindle, iTunes, Nook, etc.

And always, if you enjoyed something I wrote, and you have time, please consider leaving a review on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, GoodReads, etc. Those reviews really do help the books show up more on those sites, and it's a great thing to do for any author.
marthawells: (Manly Hug)
It was a pretty good weekend. The signing in Austin went well and we had a lot of fun talking to people, and got to hang out with friends a bit. Also stopped at an Asian market next to where we had lunch and I was able to get some roasted green tea, which I love. (There's a big grocery store-sized Asian market here but it's on the other side of town and I keep forgetting to look for it there.) The weather was pretty terrible, in the 40s and raining during the day, freezing at night.

Sunday was a good work day, I got my word count done, plus did my part of the video for the upcoming kickstarter, plus some other admin type stuff. I'm trying to get the ebooks for City of Bones, The Death of the Necromancer, and Wheel of the Infinite up on iBooks in the next few days. These ebooks plus The Element of Fire are the reprints I did myself and basically pay my utility bill every month, as long as the utility bill is modest, so I've been trying to get them available on more platforms. (They're on kindle, Nook, Kobo, Inktera already.) (All the audiobooks are up on iTunes, just not all the ebooks.)

I'm about 64,000 words into this book I can't talk about yet because it hasn't officially sold, which is probably a little more than halfway through.

* Bone Flower Queen by T.L. Morganfield is up for preorder.

* The earliest known Arabic short stories in the world have just been translated into English for the first time
marthawells: Cover for the Cloud Roads, Art by Matthew Stewart (The Cloud Roads 2)
I did get an early birthday surprise yesterday - my husband had arranged a birthday tea at a nice hotel in Houston with some friends, so that was a pretty awesome surprise. There were fancy little sandwiches and fancy little cakes. (The hotel was extremely nice. It had actual pool cabanas which I had seen on TV but never in real life.) So that was a lot of fun.


Judith Tarr is doing online writing classes in October.


This is the second-to-last-day to preorder the ebook (and audiobook, narrated by Christopher Kipiniak) of Stories of the Raksura vol. I, which still looks like it will be out on Tuesday. The trade paperback is delayed a couple of weeks, so you have lots of time to preorder it.

It's available on Amazon Kindle US, Barnes and Noble Nook US, Kobo, iTunes, Kindle Canada, Amazon UK, Kindle Germany, Kindle Spain, Kindle France and all the other Amazons in Mexico, Australia, Brazil, India, Japan, etc. I don't know yet if there will be a DRM-free edition on Baen, I still need to find that out.
marthawells: (Miko)

The audiobook of Stories of the Raksura I: The Falling World & The Tale of Indigo and Cloud is up for preorder.

And if you missed it, the Publishers Weekly review:
Two novellas and two short stories expand the setting of Wells’s dreamlike fantasy novels. In “The Falling World,” a vanished envoy triggers a diplomatic crisis between two courts, and investigation reveals a long-forgotten tragedy. “The Tale of Indigo and Cloud” sets two queens against each other, with an unhappy consort as the prize. Familiar characters appear in “The Forest Boy,” a prequel to The Cloud Roads that examines a brief encounter between Moon and forest dwellers, and “Adaptation,” in which Chime deals with an unwanted transformation and its disquieting implications. Wells is adept at suggesting a long, complex history for her world with economy, and, while her protagonists may not be human as we understand it, they are definitely people, sympathetic figures constrained but not defeated by their environments. Longtime fans and new readers alike will enjoy Wells’s deft touch with characterization and the fantastic. (Sept.)


NASA Probes Record Sounds In Space – And It’s Terrifying. This isn't scary, it's the coolest thing ever.

Kickstarter: Uncanny Magazine: Year One
Three-time Hugo Award-winner Lynne M. Thomas (Apex Magazine, Chicks Dig Time Lords, Glitter & Mayhem) and three-time Hugo Award nominee Michael Damian Thomas (Apex Magazine, Queers Dig Time Lords) are launching year one of a new professional online SF/F magazine: Uncanny: A Magazine of Science Fiction & Fantasy.

Each issue will contain new and classic speculative fiction, fiction podcasts, poetry, essays, art, and interviews.


Trace of Magic: 1 (A Diamond City Magic Novel) by Diana Pharaoh Francis

One Night in Sixes by Arianne Thompson
When young Sil Halfwick’s attempt to sell horses ends in abject failure, he dreads the long trek back to Hell’s Acre to admit defeat to Boss Calvert. Instead, Sil heads west toward Sixes, near the border of lands emptied of white settlers by war and invasion. It falls to Appaloosa Elim—a mixed-race man who’s older, wiser, and scorned by Sil—to try to keep the ambitious young idiot alive. Elim is experienced enough to suspect that Sil is wandering into a hive of treachery, deceit, and dark magic, but he’s quickly out of his depth when a demigod is killed and he’s accused of the murder.

Paul Kearney author of The Ten Thousand: “This author can really write. If you loved Stephen King’s Dark Tower series – or even if you’re a hardened Cormac McCarthy fan – you will find this book right inside your wheelhouse. Living, witty dialogue, and a familiar-yet-strange world inhabited by vivid characters. I loved it. And I don’t say that about a book very often.”
marthawells: (John Green Trees)
Some great news! The audiobook narrator for Stories of the Raksura Vol I will be Christopher Kipiniak, who did the first three Books of the Raksura.

If you like audiobooks and are new here, all my fantasy novels plus the Star Wars novel are available in audiobook at, Tantor Audio, Audible UK, iTunes, and other audiobook retailers.

A note about conventions, because this comes up occasionally: authors and artists (who are not in the top 4-5 or so headlining guests) do not get paid to go to SF/F conventions, to do panels or workshops, even all day long workshops. We pay our own travel, hotel, food, etc, and usually all we get is a free membership (the same thing volunteers who work on the convention get). For large conventions like World Fantasy and WorldCon, we have to buy our own membership. (Often, if a WorldCon makes enough money to pay its expenses and has money left over, it will reimburse panelists for their memberships. But that's never guaranteed.)

Couple of links:

Kickstarter: Imagined Realms: Book 1 - New Fantasy Art by Julie Dillon

Aliette de Bodard: Some thoughts on the Hugo nominees
marthawells: (John Green Trees)
There will definitely be an audiobook version of Stories of the Raksura Vol I by, though we haven't heard yet if they'll cast Christopher Kipiniak, who did the other books in the series. The publisher asked for him and I'm really hoping they cast him.

A review of Strange Chemistry Books, including the Emilie books: Claire Rousseau

I'm in this Mind Meld: On re-reading older books

Catherine Lundoff on LGBT Science Fiction and Fantasy in the 1990s

Kickstarter: An Alphabet of Embers
An anthology of unclassifiables – lyrical, surreal, magical, experimental pieces that straddle the border between poetry and prose
marthawells: (The Serpent Sea)
Good Raksura news: Stories of the Raksura: Volume I will also be released in audiobook! Hopefully it will have the same reader, Christopher Kipiniak, as the first three books. Hopefully it will be out on or near the time of the book's release on September 2. I have a page for the book on my site, but it's still fairly incomplete. Volume II should be out in the Spring of 2015 sometime, and I should know more about that later this year.

This is kind of awesome for me at least, because almost all my books are now available in audiobook. You can see the list audible here, but they're also available on iTunes, Barnes and Noble, etc. There were a lot of years there where people would ask me about audiobooks and I didn't think there was any chance of that ever happening.

Right now I'm working on the first set of proofs for the final version, and it looks really good.

* If you missed it, I did a Comicpalooza report yesterday. One thing I noticed about the convention was that I wasn't as tired afterward, and I think it was because I never had a blood sugar crash like I usually do at some point at cons. Possibly this was because of the food and drinks sold on the convention floor, which actually reminded me that I needed to eat and drink things occasionally.

* Also if you missed it, Emilie and the Sky World is out, and if you've read it, reviews on places like GoodReads, B&N, LibraryThing, etc that post reviews are always welcome, even if you didn't like it.

* It rained here pretty much all day yesterday, which is good, as we're still in drought conditions, but I hope it holds off for a while today to give everything time to soak in so we don't get flash flooding. It rained a lot of Monday, too particularly while I was driving back from Houston, so that wasn't too fun.

Some Links:

* N.K. Jemisin's Wiscon GoH speech

* Hiromi Goto's Wiscon GoH speech

Book rec:

* Bad Luck Girl by Sarah Zettel is available now.
In this final book in the series, Callie's 16th birthday is marked by warring fairy kingdoms fighting for control of her magical gift: the ability to open gates between worlds. Set during the Great Depression, the fast-paced action takes readers from Los Angeles to Chicago to the very heart of the fairy world. Callie is the biracial daughter of a fairy prince and a devoted human mother, and in Chicago, she meets the "Halfers," beings neither human nor fairy. With her characteristic kindness and sense of justice, Callie befriends the shunned Halfers and realizes that her choice of allegiance is not just between the fairy and the human worlds.

* The Zen of eBook Formatting by Guido Henkel

* 7 Reasons to Preorder The Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley
marthawells: (The Serpent Sea)

Wheel of the Infinite is available in audiobook today, narrated by Lisa Reneé Pitts

It should be available through audible, etc, but I think this is the last day to get it at 50% off from the publisher, Tantor Audio. (All their audiobooks are 50% off this month, including all my other audiobooks.)

The ebook is available, DRM-Free, from Barnes and Noble NookBook, Kobo, Amazon Kindle, Kindle UK, Kindle Canada, Kindle De, Kindle France, Kindle Spain, Kindle Italy, etc.
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The Gate of Gods is now available in audiobook, read by Talmadge Ragan. It was originally published by HarperCollins in 2005.

It's on Tantor Audio here, or you can get it at, on iTunes (scroll down for the audiobooks), and Amazon. It's available in MP3 or CDs.

It's the third book of the Fall of Ile-Rien trilogy (after The Wizard Hunters and The Ships of Air) and the last Ile-Rien book. You can see info on all the Ile-Rien books here on my web site.

I have two more books coming out in audiobook in December:


City of Bones, which originally came out in 1995 in hardcover, and will be narrated by Kyle McCarley,


and Wheel of the Infinite, which came out in 2000, and will be narrated by Lisa Reneé Pitts.

Everything is also available in ebook.
marthawells: (Manly Hug)
I'm back from Octopodicon and still playing mental catch-up. I had a good time hanging out and talking to people, and an very thankful to the friends who carted me around all weekend.

Stuff I have published this month news:


I have a novella, "Holy Places," in this month's ebook issue of Lightspeed Magazine. It's a reprint of a Giliead and Ilias prequel story which originally appeared in Black Gate Magazine #11 in 2007, and it's available in the ebook only version here.

Summary: Ilias is abandoned by the Finan family and finds Andrien, just as the house is attacked.


The Ships of Air is now available in audiobook. The Wizard Hunters was released earlier in October and The Gate of Gods audiobook will be available on November 25.

Summary: To save the remnants of her country, former playwright Tremaine Valiarde undertakes an epic journey to stop the Gardier. Rescuing the proud ship Queen Ravenna from destruction, Tremaine and a resolute band of warriors and mages set sail across magical seas on a voyage of danger and discovery.

I think that's it so far.
marthawells: (Reading)
I've been re-reading The Idylls of the Queen by Phyllis Ann Karr, which originally came out in 1982.

It's been one of my favorite books for a long time. It's an unusual murder mystery, set among the people of King Arthur's Court as they were written by Mallory, but it's also a fantasy, as there's no attempt to make it "realistic." Morgan Le Fay and Merlin and Dame Nimue are really sorcerers with real magic, there are magical cities under various lakes, all the crazy events described by Mallory really did actually happen, etc. The thing that is awesome about it is that Karr makes all these characters deeply flawed people with real emotions, affected and changed by these events. Nobody's all good, nobody's all bad, everyone has their own reasons for what they do, no one goes unscathed, there are consequences for everything. She's really good at taking events where the characters' actions seem nutty and inexplicable and giving them a solid emotional underpinning so they make sense in their context. And she doesn't gloss over or make any attempt to excuse Lancelot's (and other characters') many episodes of sexual violence, though those are described and not depicted explicitly.

There's a lot of characters, but the book is told in the first person by Sir Kay, who I personally liked despite his flaws. He explains who everyone is and describes the events that are the possible motivations for the murder (the deaths of Queen Morgawse and Lamorak de Galis, the May Babies, etc) as he investigates. It's colored by Kay's caustic opinions on everyone, but he's also pretty good at admitting when he's biased. The book is also a gorgeous example of worldbuilding expanding an established universe. It's like Mallory is the one dimensional version and this is 3D in an OmniMax.

I don't think Phyllis Ann Karr is well known today. She's one of those women writers of the 80s and 90s who got disappeared. Two of her other fantasies Frostflower and Thorn and Frostflower and Windbourne are dark gritty brutally real fantasy set in a world that feels almost post-apocalyptic (if they came out nowadays, someone would have to write an article (probably in the Guardian) to explain how they were written by a woman so therefore must really be fluffy romance, and all that stabbing with swords and sexual violence is imaginary, or something).

Anyway, she was a big influence on me. And I just hope that when I inevitably get disappeared (again), somebody still remembers my books like I remember hers.


There’s a GoodReads giveaway for the audiobook of The Wizard Hunters, which came out on Oct 21. (The Ships of Air and The Gate of Gods will both be out in November.) Five copies will be given away and it'll run until November 7.


I supported the kickstarter for this and now it's available online: Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond
These authors in this anthology (including Junot Diaz, Lauren Beukes, Victor LaValle, N.K. Jemisin, S.P. Somtow, Tobias Buckell, and more) have earned such honors as the Pulitzer Prize, the American Book Award, the Hugo, the Nebula, and the Bram Stoker, among others.
marthawells: (Miko)
I've had a pretty horrible sinus headache for the past couple of days, due to all the changing weather fronts. It goes from my sinuses down into the back of my neck and is making it hard to brain, and live, and so on.

Publishing stuff:

The Wizard Hunters audiobook is coming out on this Monday, October 21, with The Ships of Air on November 4 and The Gate of Gods on November 25. All three are narrated by Talmadge Ragan.

The books were originally published in 2003-2005, right before my involuntary publishing hiatus. The main character is Tremaine, who is the daughter of Nicholas Valiarde and Madeline Denare from The Death of the Necromancer. They're all still available from the original publisher, HarperCollins, in ebook, and the page for all the Ile-Rien books is on my web site here.

And if you read Empire and Rebellion: Razor's Edge and liked it, or didn't like it, and if you have time and inclination, please leave a review on Amazon or B&N or wherever you bought it, or GoodReads, etc. Those reviews really do help.


* Mindy Klasky: The DARKBEAST REBELLION Post I Didn't Want to Write Mindy explains how Barnes and Noble destroyed her book's chances without even trying.
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Yesterday I answered questions for for Lisa Reneé Pitts, the narrator for the audiobook of Wheel of the Infinite. You never realize how many words you made up for a fantasy novel until you need to go over them with the audiobook narrator! She is awesome, and I'm really looking forward to the audiobook, which is coming out Dec 31.

And I posted a coupon for Barnes and Noble which is good until October 14.


* The Oatmeal: Christopher Columbus was Awful, But This Guy Was Not

to go with:

* 6 Ridiculous Lies You Believe About the Founding of America

* Cheryl Morgan: Women in SF&F: The Cycle of Negative Feedback
So here’s what I think happens. The editors at the big publishers are probably nervous about buying SF&F by women (unless they can pass it off as YA or "Dark Fantasy") because they know how hard they’ll have to fight for such books within the company. If the books do get bought, the publicity department will be reluctant to allocate funds to them, because they think that SF&F by women doesn’t sell. When the sales staff visit the bookstore buyers, they don’t waste time pushing the SF&F books by women, because they think that they won’t sell. The note we got back from Waterstones said that in September only 6 of the 81 new SF&F titles offered to them were by women, which was fairly typical.

* Wil Wheaton: The Stairwell
“Have you guys ever seen The Stairwell?” He asked us. I could tell by the way that he said it that The Stairwell was capitalized, and important.

* 4 Things No One Tells You About Having OCD
It's not like on TV.

* Tumblr: Wholock AU: The Doctor tries to solve the mystery of Sherlock Holmes, the detective who keeps dying.
This is awesome.


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