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2020 Issue #16



DEMON IN WHITE is Out This Month!

We've nearly made it! July is here, and in a few short weeks DEMON IN WHITE will be out in the world. The paperback version of HOWLING DARK just released, too, and with it I hope a whole new wave of people will be introduced to Hadrian and the Sun Eater universe. I can't wait to share Hadrian's new adventure with you all.

With bookstore signings difficult or impossible in the current climate, I've opted to do a livestream virtual signing via my YouTube channel at 8 PM EST on 7/28 (that's a Tuesday).

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For those wanting a signed copy of DEMON IN WHITE (or my other books), you will be able to get them through Quail Ridge Books, my local bookstore. QRB is the official partner of this livestream, and the only place you can order signed books from me. Just mention under "Other Comments" that you'd like the book signed and HOW you'd like it signed and I'll head into the store to sign them all. And the best part? You can do that any time. If you miss the livestream, but still want a book (and are willing to wait for me to drive across town to sign it for you), you can order it from Quail Ridge and rest assured I WILL sign it.

You can order my books from Quail Ridge right here:

One more point of order: Tampa Bay Comic Con cancelled, so I will not be heading down to Florida next week. It's unfortunate, but not unexpected. As things stand, it looks like my next appearance won't be until Dragon Con in September...although that's on the chopping block right now, too. We shall see!


We have 26 days to go before the release of DEMON IN WHITE!
While ordinary life may have gotten closer to normal since my last newsletter, writing itself threw me a couple curveballs, meaning this update is a little smaller than the last. I've added a respectable 12,367 words to BOOK FOUR in 4 chapters (and a partial 5th), for about 5.2% of the estimated total word count. Here's the data:

Word Count: 93084 / 271000*
Chapters: 26 / 77
Percent Complete: 33.8%

Despite the slow down, I did manage to cross that 33% threshold, and nearly made it to the 100,000-word mark. Unfortunately, I ended up having to totally rewrite chapters 23 and 24, which cost me about 5 days and 5000 words, hence the relatively small nature of this update. I also lost a significant chunk of 25 due to a Windows Update and a failure of my backup system, which has been taken care of. As you may have been picking up on from these last few newsletters, this has been a pretty cursed year, and that's without accounting for the pandemic and the recent civil unrest. 

Nonetheless, things are still moving ahead. I'm taking some time away from work an social media from 7/3 to 7/13, during which time I hope to make some heavy duty progress. We're still on track for a completion in mid-October. I've managed to tread water these last couple weeks, making minimal progress. With luck, I'll be able to step it up here.

Spotlight On

A Space Pirate Anthology


The latest in the line of short story anthologies I've put together for Baen Books, COSMIC CORSAIRS is all space pirates, all the time, featuring stories from legends like Larry Niven, Fritz Leiber, & James Blish, as well as original stories by Carysa Locke, Sarah & Robert Hoyt, and--of course--myself.

This book features my story, "The Night Captain," which follows a Red Company junior officer as he tries to save our heroes while Hadrian & co. are in cryonic fugue. 

It's out August, but Baen makes advanced copies available at a premium, so you can read today if you just can't wait!
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Crispin's Solo Novel


Crispin Marlowe grew up in his brother’s shadow, but Hadrian is gone, and his grandmother—the duchess of Delos—is dying.

Answering her summons, Crispin takes off on what should be a routine flight to the ducal palace from the castle at Devil’s Rest. But he is flying into a trap. 

With no one coming to save him and only his sister, Sabine, and a few injured guardsmen to protect him, House Marlowe’s least famous son must make his heroic stand.
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Photo Update

Speaking of the YouTube channel, I recently did a sort-of-interview with my friend, Dr. Christopher-Marcus Gibson, who is the person Tor Gibson named himself after (since scholiasts take the names of ancient scholars). Marcus teaches at Princeton and is one of my very oldest friends. 

Fair warning, it turns out being trapped in my house without much social interaction made me forget how to talk to people, so I think I look like a bit of a goof in this.

Check it out:
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