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2020 Issue #8



It's official! My work on DEMON IN WHITE is done. I submitted the manuscript to my editor, Katie, yesterday evening, and it's off to copyedit. I'll include pre-order links at the bottom of this section for both US and UK stores (I understand there's a big push to support Waterstones in the UK in these difficult times, so I've linked to them). 

I hope you're all staying safe and healthy. Jenna and I are both safe at home and working, though alas all my conventions are cancelled now as far out as July. I appreciate every one of you who's been hawking my books as quarantine companions. Sales have stayed pretty strong, and I couldn't do it without readers like you telling your friends and posting about it on Twitter/Facebook/Imgur. You all are the best.

THE LESSER DEVIL and OVERRULED both come out in the next couple weeks, so I'll be sending out special newsletters on the 7th and 14th to celebrate! The world may be standing still, but I'm trying to put out content just as fast as I can for you guys. 

Speaking of, a big thank you to everyone who backed SHAPERS OF WORLDS. The Kickstarter anthology funded successfully, which means Valka's story "Good Intentions" will be on sale later this year! I'm waiting on backer info from Ed, but I'll have copies of OVERRULED and EMPIRE OF SILENCE signed and in the mail very soon. 

Additionally, I've been doing readings from my work and others on my Facebook LIVE channel (here: 

TODAY at 3 PM Eastern, I'll be reading from THE LESSER DEVIL.

FRIDAY at 3 PM Eastern, I'll be reading from DEMON IN WHITE itself, so come stop on by. I'm happy to do a bit of Q&A if anyone's listening in live!
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We have 96 days to go before the release of DEMON IN WHITE!

With DEMON IN WHITE more or less in my rearview mirror (I still have to review the copyedit, but that's not so bad), my attentions are now turning wholly to work on BOOK FOUR, which, yes, has a title. The outline is mostly finished (I'm through chapter 59 of a projected 70), and I hope to have it totally finished by Monday. 

In a perverse sort of way, this pandemic could not have chosen a more convenient time. Having at least a month of isolation time at home is a perfect opportunity to get a headstart on the book, which I hope to finish by September. As I've said before, it's going to be shorter than the last two books (DEMON IN WHITE is the longest at 287K words), and closer to EMPIRE OF SILENCE in terms of size. 

Once BOOK FOUR is finished, I have THREE more short stories to write, all for Baen anthologies. Two of them will be featuring Hadrian for sure. Work on them will make up the back end of the year, and with any luck I'll try and squeeze in some work on a new side project--unless something comes up to change my plans. 

Until then...BOOK FOUR is enough!

Spotlight On

Crispin's Solo Adventure


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.


A New Anthology!


ORDER IN THE COURT! A new anthology of science fiction stories that explores what the future of jurisprudence might well be like, with thrilling, hilarious, and downright entertaining results! So much fun, it oughta be illegal! Stories by Robert A. Heinlein, Clifford D. Simak, Sarah A. Hoyt, and more.

Features my story, "Victim of Changes," which recounts a Chantry trial against an Extrasolarian woman for her crimes against humanity. 

Photo Update

Jenna and I were married on February 29th and managed to have our honeymoon and make it home by March 9th, right before the world closed everything down. We feel very blessed to have managed to have the ceremony and vacation just in the nick of time. 

Here we are re-creating that old Star Wars promo photo. The Star Wars stuff was all Jenna's idea.
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