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Before Mick Oberon, before Widdershins, before The Goblin Corps, there was Corvis Rebaine.

The Conqueror’s Shadow, and its sequel, The Warlord’s Legacy, were my very first published original (that is, non-media tie-in) novels. I’ve written many and varied books since, but Corvis remains one of my favorite characters.

Now, some seven years later, with the help of the folks of at JABberwocky, I’m presenting new editions of both novels in e-book format. And for just a couple of weeks, they’re on sale, too.  :-D

If you’ve liked some of my other books and want to see how this all started for me, if you’ve been curious about my work but waiting for a particularly inexpensive entry point, or if you just want to offer me your support and encouragement, now is a wonderful opportunity. And thank you, as always; I wouldn’t be here without you.

(I will fill in the links below as the books go live on the various sites.)

TCS_coverThe Conqueror’s Shadow

 

TWL_coverThe Warlord’s Legacy

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I’ve been pretty bad about updates this year, for which I apologize. I also haven’t had as much news as I’d have liked, but still. I’ll try to do better in 2017.

So, in summary:

Dead to Rites, the third Mick Oberon book, came out this year. I hope you guys have enjoyed it. If you haven’t met Mick yet, his series begins with Hot Lead, Cold Iron.

There will be a fourth book coming out, but–due to other contracts–it’ll be a little while. It’s coming eventually, though, I promise.

Speaking of other contracts, I have a pretty big tie-in project coming up. I can’t tell you what property it’s for, yet, but I think it’ll make a lot of you happy. And as always, I’ll do my best to make it accessible even to people who aren’t familiar with the source property. More on that in the new year.

Some of you have noticed that my two Corvis Rebaine novels are no longer available in e-book format. Fear not; this is temporary. I’ll be putting out new editions in the near future. As soon as they’re ready, I’ll let you all know.

Kickstarter backers have received their Tales of the Lost Citadel anthology. It should be available for public purchase some time in the new year. I’m really happy to be part of this project, and it’s turned out exceptionally well so far.

Speaking of Kickstarter, if you never received your backer rewards for Strange New Words, please contact me. There are a few people from whom I needed additional info, but was never able to contact.

What else? Oh, my story “Heavy Sulfur,” from the Operation: Arcana anthology, is now available in audio form here. Give it a listen here.

Finally–and embarrassingly–I haven’t been able to get into the e-mail address for that critique service I was offering.  :oops: Deepest apologies if you sent me an e-mail through that link to which I haven’t replied.

I think that’s more or less everything, but I’ll edit if I think of something more. I hope you all have a happy new year and a better 2017 than 2016 (not that that’s a high bar to reach).

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Yeah. It’s been an obscenely long time since I’ve updated.

First off, the site’s been down for a little while. I apologize for that. Hopefully, the problem’s well and truly fixed.

Dead to Rites, book three in the Mick Oberon series, was released a couple of months ago. In addition, the first book, Hot Lead, Cold Iron, is now available in mass market paperback, and Hallow Point will also be available in that format shortly. If you’ve been waiting, now’s the time.

What else? Tales of the Lost Citadel, a fantasy-horror shared world anthology, should be heading out to Kickstarter backers soon, and will hopefully be available for general purchase not long after. I’m really excited for this one–both how it came out, and the potential for the future. More on that shortly.

Otherwise, more news coming soon on an upcoming major tie-in project that I think will make a lot of you very happy; and also on… books I published years ago?! Stay tuned.

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Hey, folks. ArmadilloCon is this coming weekend, and as always I’m hoping to see a number of you there. I won’t be attending Friday evening, but I’ll be present almost all day Saturday, and part of Sunday. My formal panel schedule is:

3:00 PM, Saturday: Signing (Dealer’s Room)

5:00 PM, Saturday: How to Deal With Writer’s Block (Ballroom F)

9:00 PM, Saturday: Learning from Others’ Mistakes (Ballroom E)

10:00 PM, Saturday: Doing Research for Your Story (Ballroom E)

I’m not part of any Sunday panels, but I’m still planning to be around for a chunk of the day. That said, Saturday is my big day.

Also, please see my prior post about ArmadilloCon, too.

See you all soon!

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Hey, folks. ArmadilloCon is in a little less than two weeks, and as usual, I’ll be attending this year. I’ll be posting my actual panel and other attendance schedule in the near future.

But that’s not what I wanted to talk about in this post.

As you may well know, there’s been an ongoing discussion over the past few years about sexual (and other) harassment at genre cons. Now, to my knowledge, ArmadilloCon has not had a problem with that, and they’ve got a pretty solid anti-harassment policy in place. But, of course, the fact that I haven’t heard about it doesn’t mean it never happens, and an incident can occur even at the best of cons.

So…

Below, you’ll see a photograph of me. (I’m the guy in the middle, with the beard.) If you are at ArmadilloCon, and you are being harassed or otherwise made uncomfortable by somebody, and you happen to see me? Come join me. Don’t worry about asking first, don’t worry about interrupting. If I’m having a conversation, come join it. If I’m sitting alone, come talk to me. If I’m in a panel, come find a place to sit–or even come sit up front next to the table, if you feel you need to.

Tell me what’s going on. I’ll give you a place to be part of a group, if that makes you feel safer. Or, if you’d prefer, I’ll escort you to go find a staff member, or out to the parking lot, or to your room, or wherever you need to go to feel safe. If you need me to call somebody, I will.

If you’re not comfortable with me doing it, either my wife will go with you (if she’s present), or we’ll go find one of the female guests of the convention.

Seriously, I mean this. Interrupt what I’m doing. I’ll help, or find someone who can.

Again, I want to be clear. ArmadilloCon is a good con, run by good people. I’m not doing this because I feel they’ve in any way fallen down on the job; they haven’t. I just want to do what little I can to make our community as safe and as welcoming as possible.

I hope nobody needs to take me up on this, but please, please don’t hesitate to do so if you feel the need. And I hope to see you all there, having a great time.

That’s me in the middle.

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Heya, folks. Been a while, but I’ve got some news.

Hot Lead, Cold Iron is now available in mass market paperback format! (For those not familiar with the different formats, that’s the “standard” paperback size.) If you’ve been waiting, if you haven’t wanted it in the larger trade paperback or e-book formats, now’s your chance. :-)

The third book in the series, Dead to Rites, will be out in about a month and a half, so now’s a good time to catch up on the series, too.

More soon.

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Well. You guys could easily have been forgiven for assuming that I’d abandoned this site; I’m afraid it’s been way too long since I updated. A combination of real-life issues and a lack of any substantial news combined to where I’d lost track of how long it’d been. I hope you all had a great holiday season and new year.

I still don’t have any major news to share, but here’s what I’ve got.

1) Dead to Rites, book 3 of the Mick Oberon series, has been completed and sent to editing. I believe it’s due out this summer, but don’t hold me to that. More details when I have them. I’m really happy with how this one came out; it’s got a different feel to it than the first two books, while still very much being part of the same series.

2) Some of you may recall my involvement in a Kickstarter last year, for a project called “The Lost Citadel.” If not, you can get the gist by clicking here. It’s a fantasy-horror shared world project, and my contribution to the first anthology–a short story entitled “Requiem, in Bells”–has been completed and delivered. I should have details on when that anthology will be available (both for Kickstarter backers and for purchase) in the near future.

3) Due to technical difficulties, I have been unable to get into the e-mail address associated with the editing/critique service I offered. If you’ve sent me something to that address and are waiting for a response, please resend using my standard contact page and put “critique” in the subject line. Sorry for the inconvenience.  :oops:

4) And finally, here’s the cover for Dead to Rites. :-D

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Okay, this isn’t news per se. But I really feel the need to put this on the front page, rather than under the blog tab, because it’s important.

Today, WFC came out with an absolutely toothless, insulting harassment policy. On the same day, SXSW canceled various panels on harassment and safety in fandom spaces, over threats of violence. I’m not often a fan of the whole “If you’re not on one side, you’re on the other” dichotomy. But sometimes, it’s accurate.

Convention-runners? If you aren’t overtly anti-harassment? YOU ARE PRO-HARASSMENT. Maybe you don’t mean to be, but that’s the message you’re sending to the people who do the harassing and those who are victims of it, and guess what? Those are the only messages that count.

Step the hell up already.

Obviously, I’m not the one threatened by a lack of such policies, but that’s exactly why I–and other people in my position–need to support this effort. Sadly, the people who are affected aren’t likely to be heard. A while back, author John Scalzi created a pledge, which many authors signed, saying that he (and they) would not attend any conventions that didn’t have a functional anti-harassment policy in place. Consider this public notice that I’m on board.

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Tomorrow, August 18th, is release day for Hallow Point! The second book in the Mick Oberon series will be available online and on bookstore shelves in all the usual places.

In celebration/promotion, I’ll be doing an AMA over on the fantasy sub-forum on Reddit.com.

What’s an AMA? It stands for “Ask Me Anything,” and it’s basically an open Q&A session. Starting at around noon CST (give or take), I’ll be posting a link to the discussion. It’ll be open all day for people to swing by and post whatever questions they want–and I do mean whatever. Ask me about Hallow Point and Mick Oberon, sure. But you can also ask me about any of my other series or characters. Ask me about my game work. Ask me about my writing process. Ask me about my personal history. Ask me about my taste in movies, or books, or cuisine. My background. My cat. Anything at all.

I might swing by throughout the day to answer a question or two early. Whether I do that or not, I’ll be back around 7:00 pm CST to do a couple of hours of real-time answering. I’ll post answers to existing questions, and I’ll watch for additional questions or follow-up questions. It basically becomes a live Q&A at that point. I’d very much love for to see a bunch of you there at the time, so we can turn it into an ongoing conversation. I’ll wrap it up somewhere between 8:30 and 9:30 (again, give or take), and pop back in the next day to see if there are any lingering/straggler questions that came in after I was done.

Very much looking forward to seeing you guys there. :-)

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For those who’ll be attending Geekfest at Central Texas College in Killeen, here’s my schedule.

Friday, 8:00 PM: Q&A with Gabrielle Faust and me, followed by meet & greet, room 141.
Saturday, 12:00 PM: The Role of Role-Playing Games in Writing Fiction, room 101.
Saturday, 2:00 PM: The Importance of Research in Developing Role-Playing Games and Novels, room 101.
Sunday, 3:00 PM: Methods of World-Building for Fiction and Role-Playing Games, room 101.
All “panels” but the first one are with just me, so I will be involving the audience rather heavily, making these more conversations or Q&A than panels/lectures. (That’s more fun anyway.) Be prepared to participate; I hope to see some of you there. :-)
Also, Hallow Point is out next week!  8-O I’ll be doing an AMA (“Ask Me Anything”) session on the fantasy sub-forum on Reddit that evening. This is your chance to ask me all those burning questions I like to pretend you have about me and my work, so don’t miss it!
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Hey, folks! My ArmadilloCon panel schedule, if you’ll be there:
Saturday, 4:00 PM, Ballroom D: Speculative Fiction as a Mirror to Religion
Saturday, 8:00 PM, Southpark A: Writing for the Gaming Industry
Sunday, 11:00 AM, Dealer’s Room: Signing
Sunday, 12:00 PM, Ballroom F: Performing Major Surgery on Your Novel
Sunday, 2:00 PM, Southpark B: The Magic of Collaboration
I’ll be around a lot more than that, and I’ll be attending other panels as a guest, but that’s the formal schedule as it exists. Really hope to see some of you there.
Here’s the full (current) schedule for the con: http://2015.armadillocon.org/grid
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So, I’m not traveling much this year and it’s mostly smaller venues, but… CONVENTION SCHEDULE:

ArmadilloCon: July 24-26, Austin, TX.

http://2015.armadillocon.org/

Geekfest: August 14-16, Killeen, TX.

http://www.starsatnight.org/geekfest/

GaMExpo: October 9-11, San Antonio, TX.

http://thegamexpo.com/

Be really cool to see some of you there. :-)

Also, important reminder: My art/prose Mick Oberon contest is still open and ongoing. Could win free books, and possibly also get me pointing people to your art or your writing; don’t just sit this one out. :-)

Rules and details here.

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So, Hallow Point–book two of the Mick Oberon series–comes out in a little less than two months. And we’re going to celebrate.

How are we going to celebrate? By creating prose and/or art.

Here’s the deal. I want you folks to either draw or write a scene involving Mick Oberon. It can be action-oriented, quiet and contemplative, mysterious, whatever. It can take place in Chicago, or in the Otherworld. If you’re drawing, it can be an original scene or a scene from Hot Lead, Cold Iron. If you’re writing, it has to be something original. Don’t try to tell a whole story. This is a snapshot. One image. Nothing more, nothing less.

The portrayal of Mick needs to be accurate. I don’t mean you have to master the 1930s lingo or anything, I just mean the character has to be reasonably well portrayed. He should be using his wand, not a gun, that sort of thing.

Here are the official rules:

1) The picture or scene must go up online in a publicly visible place. Your web site. Your Facebook page (with the entry visible to the public, not just friends). Anywhere like that.

2) The picture must stay visible until the contest ends, which will be shortly after the book comes out. Pin it, or occasionally repost or link back to it.

3) The picture or scene must also include a paragraph explaining where the image comes from and why you’re posting it. In other words, mention/link to this contest. :-)

4) Once you have posted it, use the “Contact” page here to send me a link to it, and also to how you want your name listed (see below). Please change the Subject line to “Mick Oberon contest”.

5) Entries must be posted (and I must be notified of said entry) by July 24th to be considered valid for this contest.

Prizes and rewards. Everyone who participates–everyone–will be listed on a “special thanks” page at the end of book three.

Two randomly chosen entrants will receive signed copies of book two (Hallow Point).

And finally, a single winner–the person whose entry I like best–will receive a signed copy of book two, as above, but will also receive a signed copy of book three, when it comes out, and will also receive a personalized dedication in book three. (Either to you or to a person of your choice.) Your art doesn’t have to be the best. I’ll be choosing, at least in part, based on what I think best exemplifies the character and the mood of the stories, even if it’s not the most perfect drawing or prose. (Also, I will then post the winning entry on my site, with a link back to you.)

That’s it. Any comments or questions, send ‘em to me using the “Mick Oberon contest” subject line, as above.

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So, Hallow Point–book two of the Mick Oberon series–comes out in a little less than two months. And we’re going to celebrate.

How are we going to celebrate? By creating prose and/or art.

Here’s the deal. I want you folks to either draw or write a scene involving Mick Oberon. It can be action-oriented, quiet and contemplative, mysterious, whatever. It can take place in Chicago, or in the Otherworld. If you’re drawing, it can be an original scene or a scene from Hot Lead, Cold Iron. If you’re writing, it has to be something original. Don’t try to tell a whole story. This is a snapshot. One image. Nothing more, nothing less.

The portrayal of Mick needs to be accurate. I don’t mean you have to master the 1930s lingo or anything, I just mean the character has to be reasonably well portrayed. He should be using his wand, not a gun, that sort of thing.

Here are the official rules:

1) The picture or scene must go up online in a publicly visible place. Your web site. Your Facebook page (with the entry visible to the public, not just friends). Anywhere like that.

2) The picture must stay visible until the contest ends, which will be shortly after the book comes out. Pin it, or occasionally repost or link back to it.

3) The picture or scene must also include a paragraph explaining where the image comes from and why you’re posting it. In other words, mention/link to this contest. :-)

4) Once you have posted it, use the “Contact” page here to send me a link to it, and also to how you want your name listed (see below). Please change the Subject line to “Mick Oberon contest”.

Prizes and rewards. Everyone who participates–everyone–will be listed on a “special thanks” page at the end of book three.

Two randomly chosen entrants will receive signed copies of book two (Hallow Point).

And finally, a single winner–the person whose entry I like best–will receive a signed copy of book two, as above, but will also receive a signed copy of book three, when it comes out, and will also receive a personalized dedication in book three. Your art doesn’t have to be the best. I’ll be choosing, at least in part, based on what I think best exemplifies the character and the mood of the stories, even if it’s not the most perfect drawing or prose. (Also, I will then post the winning entry on my site, with a link back to you.)

That’s it. Any comments or questions, send ‘em to me using the “Mick Oberon contest” subject line, as above.

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So, Hallow Point–book two of the Mick Oberon series–comes out in a little less than two months. And we’re going to celebrate.

How are we going to celebrate? By creating prose and/or art.

Here’s the deal. I want you folks to either draw or write a scene involving Mick Oberon. It can be action-oriented, quiet and contemplative, mysterious, whatever. It can take place in Chicago, or in the Otherworld. If you’re drawing, it can be an original scene or a scene from Hot Lead, Cold Iron. If you’re writing, it has to be something original. Don’t try to tell a whole story. This is a snapshot. One image. Nothing more, nothing less.

The portrayal of Mick needs to be accurate. I don’t mean you have to master the 1930s lingo or anything, I just mean the character has to be reasonably well portrayed. He should be using his wand, not a gun, that sort of thing.

Here are the official rules:

1) The picture or scene must go up online in a publicly visible place. Your web site. Your Facebook page (with the entry visible to the public, not just friends). Anywhere like that.

2) The picture must stay visible until the contest ends, which will be shortly after the book comes out. Pin it, or occasionally repost or link back to it.

3) The picture or scene must also include a paragraph explaining where the image comes from and why you’re posting it. In other words, mention/link to this contest. :-)

4) Once you have posted it, use the “Contact” page here to send me a link to it, and also to how you want your name listed (see below). Please change the Subject line to “Mick Oberon contest”.

Prizes and rewards. Everyone who participates–everyone–will be listed on a “special thanks” page at the end of book three.

Two randomly chosen entrants will receive signed copies of book two (Hallow Point).

And finally, a single winner–the person whose entry I like best–will receive a signed copy of book two, as above, but will also receive a signed copy of book three, when it comes out, and will also receive a personalized dedication in book three. Your art doesn’t have to be the best. I’ll be choosing, at least in part, based on what I think best exemplifies the character and the mood of the stories, even if it’s not the most perfect drawing or prose. (Also, I will then post the winning entry on my site, with a link back to you.)

That’s it. Any comments or questions, send ‘em to me using the “Mick Oberon contest” subject line, as above.

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“The city is called Redoubt… and so far as anyone knows, it is the last.”

James Lowder​. Janet Morris. Mercedes Murdock Yardley​. Keith Baker​. Bracken MacLeod. Brian Hodge. Malcolm Sheppard. Natania Barron​. Erin M. Evans​. Kealan Patrick Burke​. Damien Angelica Walters​. Joe McKinney​. From an idea conceived by CA Suleiman​, Jaym Gates​, and myself, and also including stories from CA and me.

And those are just the core team. Check out some of the stretch goals.

Artists include Samuel Araya​, Mark Kelly, Chris Malidore, and the Todd Lockwood​.

And it’s finally launch day! Jump on in and help us make this the best book it can be. You’re not gonna go wrong with that table of contents. :-D

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/casuleiman/tales-of-the-lost-citadel-transmedia-anthology

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Noisemakers and party hats for everyone!

Covenant’s End is officially out and available, at all the usual places! Here’s a few of the reviews thus far:

Everything comes to a head in Covenant’s End. If you’re at all a fan of Widdershins, you really don’t want to miss this one.

And if you’re not yet a fan of Widdershins? The first book of the series, Thief’s Covenant, is available on Kindle for only $3.99 for the month of February!

This series has been a hell of a ride. It’s seen me through a lot of years, a lot of ups and downs. Thank you all for riding along with me.

Covenants End

 

 

 

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Happy New Year!

To all of you. Perhaps not to Widdershins.

Four weeks, and counting…

Covenants End

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Dec. 2 Edit: Aaaand it’s over. ’twas apparently a Cyber-Monday sale. I hope all of you who picked it up have a good time with it. :-)

Original Post: Hey, guys. Right now, Hot Lead, Cold Iron is available on the Amazon Kindle for the obscenely low price of $2.99! I honestly have no idea how long this special price is going to last. If you don’t have the book yet, or want to gift it to someone, now is absolutely the best time. :-D

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So, several people have asked me about audio books for the Widdershins and Mick Oberon series. I kept telling them I might “have an announcement soon.”

Well, it’s taken long enough, but it’s “soon.”  ;-)

The Cutting Corporation, aka GraphicAudio, releases Hot Lead, Cold Iron next week! Find more about it here. Hallow Point and the Widdershins series to follow starting mid-next year.

For those who don’t know them, GraphicAudio products are almost of a radio play than a standard audio book. They include music, sound effects, all that good stuff.

I hope you guys find them worth the wait. Happy Thanksgiving to them what celebrates it. :-)

(Edit: Yeah, it’s only the 26th. Oops. Pretend it’s a glimpse into the future until tomorrow.  :mrgreen: )

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