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Emerald City Comic Con Schedule!

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Hey all, I’m making my first public appearance since the official publication of THE ARMORED SAINT at Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle, Washington! If you’d like to say hi or get a copy signed (not just of THE ARMORED SAINT, but any of my books), this is your chance. I’d love to hear from you and I’m happy to sign whatever’s put in front of me. Yes, I signed a baby, once. While sitting next to Brandon Sanderson at Balticon many years ago. There’s pictures floating around somewhere. I really will sign absolutely anything is my point here. Thought I’d share my schedule. If you can’t make any of the planned events, feel free to catch me in the hallway or the dealers room if you see me wandering around. Friday, March 2nd: Noon – 1:00PM – Penguin Random House Booth (#1610) – Signing. 4:00PM – 5:00PM – University Bookstore Booth (6-1000) – Signing with Spencer Ellsworth, author of…

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Writer with a Capital W

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Well, tomorrow’s the day. THE ARMORED SAINT will be in bookstores, putting the finishing note on a dream I conceived shortly after I went pro in 2012. It’s my first epic fantasy if you follow the publisher’s billing, and my first dark fantasy if you follow mine. It’s also my first direct to hardcover release, other than the special Science Fiction Book Club editions that were done of my earlier novels. But it’s more than that for me. Shortly after CONTROL POINT published in 2012, I was praised for the military authenticity of my work. In interview after interview, I was asked about the influence of my military experience on my writing. In review after review, the authentic military tone was called out. Not surprisingly, I developed a bit a complex. Were people buying and enjoying my work because it was good or because it was “authentic?” You folks know how obsessive thoughts go. Before long, I couldn’t shake the idea…

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When you make a mistake you have to own it

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I am mentioned in the School Library Journal thread that names and shames men who have been inappropriate in their conduct with women in the field. I wish I could say that the entire comment was false, but I would be lying to you and to myself. I have always prided myself on being “good”. I thought I had a good handle on what that was. It turns out I was wrong. And I have to be accountable to you and to myself. I have repeatedly abused my social power. I have made unwelcome advances in professional settings and that is not okay. This is humiliating to write, but it is also necessary, because I believe in the #MeToo movement and I 100% support women coming forward to name men who have made them uncomfortable, or worse abused them. When I first found out I was being named, I was shocked. I figured it was someone who had a bone…

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DragonCon 2017 Schedule

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In the better late than never category, I realized I haven’t yet posted my DragonCon 2017 schedule. Allow me to remedy that now. Keep in mind, if you can’t make it to any of these planned events, feel free to hit me up in the hallway, between panels or at the bar. I’m a nice guy (or, I try to be, anyway), and I like nothing more than saying hi to friends and fans. Don’t be shy. Introduce yourself. I’m officially at the con from Friday, Sep. 1 – Sunday, Sep 3rd. Panel Info Title: Here Comes the Gener-AL! Time: Fri 04:00 pm Location: Embassy EF – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour) Description: When you’ve got magic as a weapon, you change the nature of warfare. Who are some of fantasy lit’s greatest strategists and tacticians, and what makes them so successful? Title: Masculinity in Star Wars Time: Fri 07:00 pm Location: A706 – Marriott (Length: 1 Hour) Description: It’s a…

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Guest Bartending at Coup – NYC. Win a copy of SIEGE LINE!

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Here’s the TL;DR: I’m going to be bartending at Coup (64 Cooper Sq. in Manhattan’s East Village) on August 22nd, from 5PM-Midnight, and I need drink ideas. I was hoping you’d help me with that, and I’ll be giving those who provide the three winning drink recipes an Advanced Read Copy (ARC) of my forthcoming novel SIEGE LINE, before it goes on sale in October! And if you’d like to come out and yell at me to make your drink faster, well, that’d be finer’n frog hair. Here’s the details: Anyone following me on social media can’t help but note the . . . well, let’s not sugar coat it . . . litany of rage and despair that has consumed me since the election results, and the subsequent parade of national humiliations that has followed. Folks who have been with me when I started writing professionally distantly remember a time when I avoided politics, but it’s a position I…

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