marthawells: (The Serpent Sea)
Okay, the Three Worlds Compendium and Extras Section is now open! It has the short stories set in the world, a missing scene from The Cloud Roads that hasn't been posted before, plus some new material for the appendices at the back of the books that hasn't been printed.

It also has things like this:

I'll be adding more to it as I think of it.
marthawells: Cover for the Cloud Roads, Art by Matthew Stewart (The Cloud Roads 2)
There is an interview with me here at Chuck Wendig's Terrible Minds Blog. You will probably find out more about me than you want to know.


The Serpent Sea also got listed here on, as one of the staff picks at Bakka Phoenix, the big SF/F bookstore in Toronto. It's in very good company.


I don't have much else to report. What I'm mostly doing is trying to figure out what book to write next. Plus trying to think of a title for the third Raksura book. Plus trying to finish up a prequel short story for The Cloud Roads about Chime.

Notes about buying stuff: Amazon and Barnes and Noble online seem to be having some sort of weird .10 increment price war over The Serpent Sea trade paperback. Right now B&N is winning at $9.29, so if you wanted to get it cheap, this might be a good time.

Also, my second Stargate Atlantis novel Entanglement is now being sold on the B&N Nook. It's been available on Kindle, but this is the first time I've seen it on Nook, and it's cheap. (I don't know if Reliquary will also be on Nook; I have no control over it so if you want it your best bet is to email the publisher and ask.)
marthawells: (Reading)
It's going to be an active morning. We already had one kitty-violating-litterbox-protocol moment (7:00 am is always the best time for those) and I have an early doctor's appointment. When I get back, I may be able to finally finish the climax of the third Raksura book. :crossed fingers: After that, all that's left is to clean up the emotional carnage.

In the meantime, I have a guestpost on Laura Anne Gilman's blog talking about gender and society and character and sex in The Cloud Roads.

I've also posted some links to reviews for The Serpent Sea on my web site.

That's about all I've done lately except write.
marthawells: (John and Ronon)
I think I've got most of my plot and logistical issues figured out and am hoping to get more actual prose hammered out today. It's the last couple of chapters but this part of a book always feels like a big hurdle. So close but so far.

Anyway. If you have been looking for The Serpent Sea at Barnes and Noble, most of the stores will not be getting the book. You can ask them to special order it, though I've heard some people have had trouble doing that. If a Barnes and Noble store is going to get the book, it doesn't seem to be coming in until the 17th. I don't know if there will be a similar problem with finding copies of The Cloud Roads but I wouldn't be too surprised.

In light of that, some cheery things:

[profile] maryrobinette: Very Funny Muppet Outtake Reel and Outtakes from Emmet Otter’s Jug Band Christmas


Doctor Who Does the Proclaimers


All the proceeds from Patrick Rothfuss' The Tinker's Packs online store goes to the WorldBuilders Heifer International Fundraiser. He's selling posters, calendars, and now foreign language editions of his books, plus books donated by me, Carol Berg, Anne Bishop, Peter V. Brett, Stephen Deas, Laura Anne Gilman, Katharine Kerr, Scott Lynch, and Garth Nix. There's one copy each of the Spanish, French, and German editions of The Death of the Necromancer up for sale, plus others.
marthawells: (Manly Hug)
Had a bad night, spent some time lying awake with a bout of anxiety and depression. Hopefully I can get moving and get some good work done today. I'm currently working on the climax for third Raksura book. Lots of logistical issues to figure out.

I am in a SF Signal Mindmeld with lots of other neat people: MIND MELD: Genre Resolutions for 2012

Over at Sarah Prineas' blog, you can enter to win a copy of Jenn Reese's new SF middlegrade book Above World (You can see a description on Jenn's site here). Start your kids out right as SF/F fans. And while you're at it, check out Sarah Prineas' fantasy Winterling.

And there's a review of The Serpent Sea over at ReadtheDamnBook.


More on The Serpent Sea availability: It's now on Nook and also on iTunes.

Yes, there is an audiobook of The Serpent Sea, narrated by the awesome Christopher Kipiniak: it's on and as well as iTunes.

So I can have it all in one spot, all the other places to get ebooks are:
Baen Webscription
The other NookBooks
Amazon US, Amazon UK, Amazon Germany,, Kindle Spain, Kindle Italy.
Sony Reader Store
marthawells: (Default)
Quickie post, as some people have been asking about this: The Serpent Sea is now available on Kobo.

It still isn't showing up on Nook yet. I don't know if it's a delay, or what's going on.

The cheapest ebook version is here on Baen Webscription ebooks in a bunch of different formats for $6.00.

It on Kindle at Kindle US, Kindle UK, Kindle Germany, Kindle France, Kindle Spain, and Kindle Italy
marthawells: (Miko)
This has been a very weird year for me, in a lot of ways. For my part, I sold two books after a multi-year hiatus and had the first one, The Cloud Roads come out and not tank, and later be made into an audiobook, which was an all-time first for me.

I was mostly busy with working with agent and editor and publisher to get the already completed manuscript for the The Serpent Sea ready to publish, plus working on the third book (no, it's not done yet, I flubbed that goal) and writing on other stuff which hasn't been bought/published yet. So 2011 was a big improvement on 2010 and such a vast improvement on 2009 that it feels like 2009 took place on some distant hell-planet in another lifetime.

But 2011 sucked enormously in many horrible ways for a lot of other people I know, friends of people I know, and people I just heard talked about online. It seemed like there was a never-ending series of disasters everywhere. And here it was also the year that the drought turned into the summer of firey death, where everyone who lived here had to look at maps and say, "I wish to go to this city; what route should I take to avoid burning to death?" and thousands of people lost houses and livelihoods. I can't even think about the damage to domestic and wild animals and the environment without crying.

So there was that. I just really want 2012 to be a year that goes relatively well for everybody.


Business stuff:

This is sort-of kind-of the official release date for The Serpent Sea, though the trade paperback is already available in many independent stores and preorders have been shipping from online retailers. I'd say if you want to get it, call the store first to check to see if it's in before you make a special trip, at least for this week.

Preordered ebooks should be shipping or descending or landing today or whatever it is they do on all the Amazons (I listed the links on this post). I don't see it on Nook yet, and I bet it won't be there until tomorrow or the 3rd at the earliest, and I don't see it on Kobo yet. It is available in a multitude of ebook formats at the Baen Webscription ebooks site for a discount price of $6.00. The Cloud Roads is also there.

(And please remember, authors don't control or set prices, formats, or much of anything else for ebooks, physical books, etc. And publishers are far more likely to pay attention to an email or letter from a reader than they are the author.)

ETA: Oops, forgot I wanted to include this: I'll be doing a book signing for The Serpent Sea at Murder by the Book, in Houston, Texas, on Saturday January 7 at 4:30, along with authors Kimberly Frost and Jaye Wells. Use this link to order signed copies online.
marthawells: Cover for the Cloud Roads, Art by Matthew Stewart (The Cloud Roads 2)
Surprise for me! The Serpent Sea is available on Kindle US early. ETA: (I think I misread the screen. The ebook may just be available for preorder.)

It is up for Kindle preorder on Kindle UK, Kindle Germany, and Kindle France, Kindle Spain, and Kindle Italy

I don't see it on the Nook yet, but I'll keep an eye on that. It will also be here on Baen Webscription ebooks, probably for $6.00, eventually, as well as Kobo.
marthawells: (Indeed)
Okay, house is clean, food is acquired, friend who is staying with us will be coming tonight, books all mailed. Now back to writing! (No, I'm not done with the new book yet. It's getting there. I think I'm on the second to last chapter.)

a link:

Cynthia Leitich Smith: Guest Post: Joy Preble on Embracing Risk & Two-Book Giveaway
Writing is in fact the riskiest thing I’ve ever done professionally. I put a piece of myself on each page and send it out into the world: to readers, to editors, to publishers, to my agent. They see who I am through those pages – not everything, but enough. It is a scary and wonderful thing.


I posted last night, but in case anyone missed it, The Serpent Sea is now shipping from online retailers. If anyone sees it at an actual physical bookstore, please let me know!
You can order it from all these places: Barnes and Noble, Amazon US, Powell's, Mysterious Galaxy, The Tattered Cover, Books-a-Million, Book, Book, Amazon UK,,,, or an independent book store in the US through IndieBound.

The ebook versions will probably not be available until the first week of January, closer to the book's original release date.
marthawells: (Miko)
The Serpent Sea is showing up as in stock at Barnes and Noble online and shipping in three days at Amazon. That should mean it will be arriving at physical bookstores over the next week.

The ebook versions should be available the first week of January, which is the book's original release date.


House is clean, presents mostly wrapped, need to go to the grocery store, and also figure out something to eat for dinner tonight. (I'm betting on canned black beans on a tortilla at this point.) Oh, and someone can get me this for Christmas: Castle Pook for Sale.
marthawells: Cover for the Cloud Roads, Art by Matthew Stewart (The Cloud Roads 2)
What this is:

This is a drawing for your choice of either a free signed trade paperback copy of The Cloud Roads or its sequel The Serpent Sea, which will be out in late December/January.

Note that The Cloud Roads as of this morning is still being offered as a free promo on Amazon Kindle US here. I don't know how long it will be free.

Rules, such as they are:

* Comment on this post with some indication that you want to enter the drawing. You have until Friday December 16 at about mid-morning or so CST to enter. At that point I'll call a halt and randomly draw at least three winners. The winners will have to provide me with a mailing address and let me know if they want the book just signed, or personalized with their name (or someone else's name if it's a gift).

* I will pay for the shipping, and yes, entries with international shipping addresses are fine.

* Only one entry per person, please. You can enter either on Live Journal or on Dreamwidth, but not both.

If for some reason there are tons of entries, I may add a couple more copies. If you don't want to enter but you know someone who might, please let them know about it.
marthawells: (John Green Trees)
The jury duty I was supposed to have today was canceled. This makes me very happy! I'll spend that time at the post office (I'm mailing the winners' books from Sunday's giveaway) and the grocery store. I'm also pretty much done with holiday shopping. I've only got about three presents left to get.

Next week on campus is not going to be fun. The heat for most of the buildings is provided by steam that travels through underground pipes. Last week, facilities tried to test the system by turning it up high, some pipes burst (causing some fire alarms and water outages) and incidentally melting the fiber optic cables for the campus internet backbone and taking out AT&T. AT&T brought in portable units to keep the cell phone coverage going, but the internet cables are literally held together by threads at this point, and they're hoping it stays that way until after graduation this weekend, then they're going in to fix it. Hopefully it won't affect the internet in town. Troyce is calling it Fibergeddon.


Patrick Rothfuss' Worldbuilders Fundraiser for Heifer International is still going. A donation puts you into the drawing for many fabulous prizes.

The fundraiser for writer/artist/editor Terri Windling and her family's medical bills is [profile] magick4terri and it ends on the 15th. Just looking through some of the incredible art, jewelry, food, books, stories, etc that have been donated is incredible. My auction is here.

N.K. Jemisin's post on the Book Smugglers Smugglivus book rec fest. She recs some great books, and says very nice things about The Cloud Roads and The Serpent Sea and that I make her think of LL Cool J, which is AWESOME.

Book Signing

I am doing a book signing on Saturday, January 7, 4:30, at Murder by the Book in Houston, Texas, with Kimberly Frost and Jaye Wells, and if you can't go you can order signed books from it here. The Serpent Sea isn't showing as available yet because it's not out yet, but I'll keep an eye on it and post again when it is.
marthawells: (Wheel icon)
I got my author's copies of The Serpent Sea Friday, yay!

Here is the traditional cat picture to celebrate:

It can be preordered at Barnes and Noble,
Amazon US, Powell's, Mysterious Galaxy, The Tattered Cover, Books-a-Million, Book (free shipping worldwide), Book, Amazon UK,,,, or look for it it at an independent book store in the US through IndieBound. The ebook version should be available January 1, 2012 in Amazon Kindle Edition, Baen Webscription eBook, Barnes & Noble NookBook, and Kobo.

It also includes some pages of nice things people said about The Cloud Roads, which I am going to list in the cut:

nice things about The Cloud Roads )


Holiday Gift Recs: I did a post on collecting holiday gift recs of books and people's etsy and craft and small business shops, and it got caught in a DDoS attack. But there are now more comments with links to great shops and some YA and MG book recs that would make great presents, so please check it out and keep adding more, and I'll link back to it later this week to remind people it's there.


We had a cold front come in with some rain, which we very badly need. It really isn't enough to call the drought over though, since we're still 24 inches below normal for rainfall. They think the drought will continue through next year, and probably longer. Augh.

I didn't do much this weekend except work on the third Books of the Raksura. I did go to the farmers market Saturday and got a big bunch of spinach that got converted into a yummy spinach pie yesterday. Or, I used eggs, so I guess it's a quiche. But someone wanted the recipe so here's what I did:

Put about a teaspoon of olive oil in a small pot and cooked four pieces of bacon, removed bacon and put in chopped onions and mushrooms. Cooked those for a bit, then added the chopped spinach to wilt it down. Added some cheese and melted it in with the rest. Crumbled the bacon and added it back in. Turned off the heat, then in a separate bowl stirred up two eggs with some salt, pepper, and smoked paprika. Added that to the pot, stirred everything together and poured it into a pie shell. Baked it for about 40 minutes at 350, with foil around the edge of the pie crust so it wouldn't burn.
marthawells: (Jack and Teal'c)
We had a really good time for Thanksgiving. We went to a friend's house, and had excellent turkey, stuffing, rolls, garlic mash potatoes, bacon-braised green beans, then pumpkin and apple pie. There wasn't actually as much overeating as it sounds, and playing Active Life Explorer for three hours on their Wii sort of balanced things out.

We went shopping on Friday (our idea of Black Friday shopping is to do it the same way we would do normal weekend shopping -- roll out around noon, eat lunch, then wander around from store to store looking for free samples and not buying anything unless it's a huge sale). I did end up borking the ankle that I've had problems with starting last year, probably from walking on hard floors plus too much Wii, but it's better today. We also ate twice at Beaudreax, which has wonderful tasty Cajun food. (I had fish and crispy shrimp Piquant, nom nom nom.)

Saturday we went to Murder by the Book and bought many books, and I'll be doing a signing there on at 4:30 on January 7, for The Serpent Sea, with Kimberly Frost and Jaye Wells, and it will be awesome.


Some links for the rest of the weekend:

The Serpent Sea was featured on Fantasy Cafe as a book she's looking forward to in 2012.

If you got a new ereader, remember I have several older books available (cheap) on Nook, and at Amazon US, Amazon UK, Amazon Germany,, plus The Cloud Roads is only $6.00 at the Baen Webscription site.

Anne Aguirre's Big Honking Holiday Contest Enter to win signed books, an eReader, and other prizes. (One of the prizes is a signed copy of The Cloud Roads)

If you have some spare cash, think about buying a book from Powell's online for the GuysLitWire Book Fair for Ballou High School. There is SF/F, mysteries, graphic novels, romances, and more to buy for the high school library.

The Guardian: JK Rowling 'felt invaded' at note put by press in daughter's schoolbag. This is J.K. Rowling's testimony at the Leveson inquiry. Diane Duane live-tweeted this testimony, and the things they did to her were way more outrageous than this article makes it sound. (Like publishing her home address plus details about the security of the house.)

Judith Tarr at the Book View Cafe Blog: Goodbye, Annie Mac on Anne McCaffrey.

SFX has a good list of Top Ten Ghost Stories in books and film. I've seen several, including Curse of the Demon, which is just as scary as they say it is.
marthawells: Cover for the Cloud Roads, Art by Matthew Stewart (The Cloud Roads 2)
This is the ARC (advance reading copy) of The Serpent Sea. The actual book won't be out for another month, and the ebook versions should be out around January 1.

Bella and the ARC of The Serpent Sea

The ARC of The Serpent Sea, Tasha, and the Great Rat of Sumatra
marthawells: Cover for the Cloud Roads, Art by Matthew Stewart (The Cloud Roads 2)
I was doing snippet posts of The Serpent Sea and various older books in July, for the Clarion Write-a-thon, then there was a DDoS attack and that got a bit sunk.

So I thought I'd post a couple of snippets below, in honor of the fact that I finally broke the 100,000 word mark in the third Cloud Roads (Books of the Raksura) novel. I've got probably aroung 20,000 words to go.

And I'm getting ready to leave for the Austin ComicCon tonight. (I will be trapped at a table all day Saturday so come say hi. I don't normally sell books but I will have a few there to sell, plus I don't (never ever) charge for signatures if you want to sneak in a book for me to sign.)

First a couple of links about the recent plagiarism scandal: James Bond's words live twice in plagiarised novel and more detail from the writer who originally blurbed the book: Assassin of Secrets
There's been a lot of speculation about the motives of people who plagiarize, do they actually feel pride or satisfaction in getting praise for other people's work, are they delusional, are they like compulsive liars, do they just see no value in the way words are put together and so think no one will notice that they are using other people's prose. I dunno, it's baffling. But the guy in the articles above even plagiarized the answers to a q&a about his books. Freaky.


A snippet with Moon and Jade, from The Serpent Sea (Night Shade Books, January 2012)

A little spoilery, and rated PG13ish for mild sexy stuff.

The Serpent Sea snippet )


This is very long for a snippet, but it's a section of the third untitled Cloud Roads book. It's spoilery, but I know some people don't mind that, so I thought I'd include it. Also, it can function a bit as a little story in itself, so if you haven't read the first book, don't mind spoilers, and want to check out what the series will be like in general, this is for you.

It's rated PG13ish, again for some mild sexy stuff.

long spoilery snippet from third Books of the Raksura )
marthawells: Atlantis in fog (Atlantis)
This is the start of Día de los Muertos
a holiday celebrated in Mexico and around the world in many cultures. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. It is particularly celebrated in Mexico, where it attains the quality of a National Holiday. The celebration takes place on November 1st and 2nd, in connection with the Catholic holidays of All Saints' Day (November 1) and All Souls' Day (November 2). Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed and visiting graves with these as gifts.

A good site for more information is Day of the Dead in Mexico

My friend Katie Cowden has some Día de los Muertos-inspired photos here

One last Halloween link: Someone posted this on Twitter: 13 Scary Homes for Sale.


The World Fantasy Award Winners were announced on Sunday, and Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor won for best novel. (Article about the book and writer on Omnivoracious) I thought it was a very strong ballot, and seven out of eight winners were women.

C. Lundoff: An appreciation of Suzette Haden Elgin
In light of the recent tragic news about Suzette Haden Elgin (A Brilliant Writer Goes Silent), I wanted to do something to talk about her amazing work and accomplishments. For those who may be unfamiliar with her, she's a ground-breaking, internationally known feminist linguist and poet, a science fiction writer and the founder of the Science Fiction Poetry Society. She's constructed a language to express women's perceptions, published multiple books and short stories and written about her life and experiences as she's aged.

The GoodReads giveaway for The Serpent Sea starts today. This is the sequel to The Cloud Roads. The trade paperback will probably show up in late December and is now available for preorder online, and the ebook versions should be out by January 1. Link to the GoodReads giveaway
marthawells: Cover for the Cloud Roads, Art by Matthew Stewart (The Cloud Roads 2)
Got some good news this morning: The Serpent Sea was listed on the Book Smugglers' Radar as a book they're really looking forward to! That was very nice to see this morning.

(Sample first chapters plus links for preorders for The Serpent Sea here.)

Yesterday, I noticed the viney weeds we have in the backyard were out of control (it's rained twice, most of everything else is still dead, but the viney weeds I hate have sprung back to life) so I got the big metal rake out to get rid of them. And I didn't use gloves, because I never think I need gloves until it's too late. So now I have two identical hunks of skin missing from the inside of both my thumbs. It doesn't hurt near as much today and it did yesterday.

Stephen Fry posted that it's OCD Awareness Week. I have OCD.
Obsessive–Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a serious anxiety-related condition where a person experiences frequent intrusive and unwelcome obsessional thoughts, often followed by repetitive compulsions, impulses or urges.
It can be so debilitating and disabling that the World Health Organisation (WHO) has actually ranked OCD in the top ten of the most disabling illnesses of any kind, in terms of lost earnings and diminished quality of life.

I'm going to be out of town visiting friends this weekend. We're going to do our usual where we go shopping at places where we can't afford anything and hope for free samples.
marthawells: Cover for the Cloud Roads, Art by Matthew Stewart (The Cloud Roads 2)
Yesterday I finished going over the copyedit/proofs for The Serpent Sea. In some ways I'm used to being a working writer again who has deadlines and writes books that are actually published and gets paid and all that, but in other ways I'm still marveling that this is happening again. That I'm not stuck back in my career crash (2006-2010).

I started writing The Serpent Sea in 2008, after I finished The Cloud Roads, which at that time was still out making the lonely rounds of all the publishers who didn't want it. I finished it in 2009, when The Cloud Roads was still out making the lonely rounds of all the publishers who didn't want it. Both books sold around July 2010, and it still feels like a miracle.

I don't know if this is a small island in the ocean of crashing yet or not. I wrote another book during that time, Emilie and the Hollow World, a steampunkish fantasy YA which still hasn't sold, and cowrote an MG fantasy which still hasn't sold, and I have a proposal out for the third Cloud Roads book, which is 85% completed but not sold. So keep your fingers crossed for me.

Book recs:

The Sacred Band the last book in David Anthony Durham's epic fantasy Acacia trilogy comes out today. You can read the summary and reviews at the link above, and you should definitely check it out.

Kate Elliott has extras for Cold Fire, the second book in her Spiritwalker trilogy after Cold Magic. I'm reading Cold Fire now and really enjoying it.


Cynthia Leitich Smith has a report on the Austin Teen Book Festival

Writer Beware: The Agenda of "The Write Agenda"
TWA's real agenda is to harass, discredit, and intimidate just about anyone who speaks out about literary scams, or supports anti-scam activities. There are reports of boycott lists of authors who speak out about them, a fake cease and desist notice, and posting hundreds of one-star reviews on review sites like GoodReads, among other things.
marthawells: Cover for the Cloud Roads, Art by Matthew Stewart (The Cloud Roads 2)
I just posted chapter two of The Serpent Sea as a teaser for the book. The direct link is here. Chapter one is there too, but if you use the direct link, you need to scroll up to see it. Basically, it's early in the morning here, and what I'm trying to say is that chapter one and two are both there. Also the currently active preorder links.


I will be out of contact with the internet for large portions of the rest of the week. I have Cold Fire by Kate Elliott and Ganymede by Cherie Priest and I intend to read both of them. Probably not at the same time.

Oh, and The Cloud Roads was reviewed by Fantasy Book Cafe, who said The Cloud Roads was an engaging, absorbing novel.


If you missed it yesterday, I have a new guest post on the Night Bazaar: Don’t Let Then Take Your Reynards

The Death of the Necromancer, published in 1998, was my third novel, and my first with a new publisher, Avon Eos. Everything went fine through the editorial process, right up until I received the copyedit, and found that one of the major supporting characters, Captain Reynard Morane, had been all but removed from the book. And it happened that Reynard was gay.



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