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Black Blade Blues – Mass Market Paperback

I’ve heard from some folks that they are waiting for the mass market paperback to come out before buying Black Blade Blues. I can appreciate the economic situation we are all undergoing, and it is with a glad heart, I’m reminding the world that this version of the book comes out on Tuesday, March 29th. That’s only a few days away at this point.

While you can pre-order it in a lot of the regular places, I wanted to let everyone know I will be at the Crossroads Barnes & Noble on April 9th from 2pm to 4pm, reading and signing.

Barnes & Noble
Crossroads S.C.
15600 NE 8th Ave Suite Q1
Bellevue, WA 98008

If you’ve already got the book, you’re still welcome to come out and visit. The more the merrier.

If you haven’t gotten the book yet, this is a good opportunity to stop by, grab a book, and ask questions.

And, if you haven’t seen it, here’s the cover for this version. I love it.


Another author first to relish

I stopped at our local Barnes & Noble today to pick up the new book by Patricia Briggs. I do so love that woman’s Mercy series. If you haven’t read them, you should.

But I digress. I was also picking up the new Jasper Fforde for my wife. I couldn’t find the Fforde, so I stopped at the service desk to ask. There was a woman there ahead of me, so I stood to the side, waiting my turn.

“It’s about a blacksmith,” she said. That caught my attention. “And she works in the movie industry.”

Okay, about right now, I was getting an adrenaline rush. Granted, I’d spent 2 hours at the gym a few hours earlier, and was still riding those endorphins, but this was surreal.

“And she breaks this sword,” she continues. “I just wish I could remember the title.”

I did not exactly jump up and down with my hand in the air like Hermione Granger would’ve done, but I calmly stepped back to the desk and offered that I probably knew that book.

And, yes… She was looking for Black Blade Blues. My first encounter in the wild of someone actively seeking out my book.

I told them I was fairly sure of the title, since I’d written it.

It was quite delightful.

We discussed the mass market coming out on March 29, I mentioned Honeyed Words coming out on July 5th. I was buzzing.

She had a copy of Diana Rowland’s new book, which I praised pretty highly, and we talked other Urban Fantasy authors we both loved.

I bought my two books, and she was going to preorder the mass market of Black Blade Blues, since the B&N network took that moment to stop allowing the stores to order books. That was a little disconcerting.

Even published authors have stressers and worries. Is the new book going well? Is the one I’m writing any good. Will I get another contract, etc.

And we spend most of our time in seclusion, creating labors of love, praying that the readers will like what we’ve created.

It’s amazing to randomly happen upon someone asking for your work because they’ve heard good things about it.

So, I go back to working on the third book in this series with a heaping helping of pride and gee whiz.

And maybe a little happy dance.


Black Blade Blues short-listed for the Compton Crook Award.

Just got back from the Rainforest Writers Retreat late yesterday, and I intended to blog about that experience, but I got an email today that just blows me away.

Black Blade Blues has been short-listed for the Compton Crook Award.

I haven’t seen the list yet, but there are 10 books selected from all the first novels published in 2010.

I’ll find out in April how I do. That will be almost a full year from when the book originally launched (April, 27, 2010) and only a few days after the mass market comes out (March 29, 2011). How cool is that?

More about the Rainforest Writers Retreat in the next day or so. Right now, I’m flying high on this news.



The wild ox; strength and power.


Creativity; words, music, and art.


The troll cross; wealth and prosperity.


The sun; energy, honor, guidance.


Personally earned or lucky wealth and prosperity.


The harvest; patience and promise.


The chariot; journey and travel.

Note: This is not the real book cover.