Announcement - TERMINUS

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Over at the Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi And Fantasy blog, you can find a reveal I've been sitting on for a while and am tremendously excited about--TERMINUS, the sequel to QUIETUS, will be coming out from Angry Robot Books on November 6 of this year!

The description spoils some of the end of QUIETUS. Fair warning!

Operatives from an alien culture struggle to survive in medieval Italy, in the SF sequel to the astonishing Quietus.

The transdimensional empire, the Unity, has dissolved. Its rulers and agents have been exiled, stranded across a thousand planes of existence. Empires don’t die gladly. The living planarship Ways and Means has ended the Black Death ravaging medieval Europe, but it has bigger plans for Earth. Someone is trying to kill former Unity agent Osia. Spy-turned-anthropologist Meloku becomes a target, too, when she catches the planarship hiding the extent of its meddling. While they fight to survive, Fiametta—Italian soldier, mercenary, and heretical preacher—raises an army and a religious revolt, aiming to split her world in half.

You can preorder it at Barnes & Noble and all of the usual suspects. And if you haven't read QUIETUS, you can do that right now!

QUIETUS Out Now

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On March 1st, QUIETUS released in the UK. Today, the contagion crossed the ocean and washed ashore in North America.

This book has been an intense journey. I've gone from being buried under research, to scribbling a draft during unpaid time in the company break room, to taking it the throes of editing and publication. I'm proud to be able to share it, and grateful for the help, support, and faith of the Angry Robot team.

Some of the release reviews have landed. From Kelly Anderson at Barnes & Nobles's Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog:

"Habidah is a refreshing heroine in a genre that often seems overfilled with one-note examples of “strong women.” Her intellectual curiosity and doggedness are her superpower, strong enough to make those behind a conspiracy consider her a danger, even when she’s only able to track down half the answers. She faces the constant self-doubt, yet never fails to follow through and asks the hard questions when her suspicions are raised—even when doing so is tantamount to a death sentence."

Gary Tognetti, The 1000 Year Plan:

"Intelligent and engaging from the start, carefully conceived as both an intimate character study and a grandly epic adventure. Like its wonderful cover it seems to emerge from the mist, bathed in warm light, while its scale is terrifyingly sublime."

There's more to come. I'll be doing a round of interviews, podcasts, and blog posts, and I'll be sure to collect them here.

You can find QUIETUS at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and many other retailers--and of course on Angry Robot's e-shop.

 

Updates and Miscellany

Between day-to-day work, preparing for QUIETUS's impending release (two and a half weeks!), and digging into revisions for upcoming project, the past few weeks have kept me busy. I have plenty to share, though, and will have more soon.

Over at Goodreads, you can enter a giveaway to win a free copy of QUIETUS! 15 copies are headed out into the world, for free, and you can get a chance at one just by clicking a button.

I cannot PROMISE that Goodreads will prioritize entries made sooner rather than later, or confirm that that is even how the system works at all, but... you know... it never hurts to enter early.

If you will be at the Emerald City Comic Con, February 28-March 4th, come drop by the Angry Robot booth. You will be able to find me and several other Angry Robot authors there. I'll be attending the Thursday and Friday of the con, and will graciously and magnanimously accept any drinks you offer to buy me.

I will be flying to Seattle for the con. It has been years since I have last flown, but I'm sure things have only improved since then. The experience of air travel must have hit its nadir at some point. Right?

QUIETUS now available on NetGallery

Are you a book reviewer or book-reviewer-adjacent? Librarian? Bookseller? Any and all of the above and more? QUIETUS is now available on NetGallery along with a slew of recently-added titles from Angry Robot Books. Look at all those wonderful covers! 

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There are some delightful words inside them, too. You can find QUIETUS and all of these titles on Angry Robot's NetGallery publisher page, here.

Christmas Comes Only For the Living

Angry Robot all over the world are waking up in unmarked graves this holiday season--or, more often, not waking up. Our robot overlords at Angry Robot Books have decided to afford a chance to live to see the new year, with the catch that only one of us will. And we have to earn that privilege. The Christmas Deathmatch Flash Fiction contest is well underway. While I've already been left in a shallow ditch (a bloody hole in my Christmas vest) after trying to off novelist and Obsidian Games narrative director Carrie Patel with a sentient Baby's First Christmas ornament, you can come read all of our 250 word flash fiction entries on Twitter, under the Christmas Deathmatch hashtag.