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    DON’T READ THIS BOOK

    *squeaks*!

    Don't Read This Book

    I am so excited about this book. O.O

    It’s the anthology tie-in to DON’T REST YOUR HEAD, the award-winning horror RPG (now available on Kindle & Nook!) from Evil Hat Productions. I would be excited about it even if I weren’t part of the lineup, because it’s really Evil Hat’s first foray into fiction, and these guys have been my friends for like, ever, so: yes. I would be excited anyway.

    But I am sort of beside myself because I don’t normally write horror, and Fred knew he was pushing me outside of my comfort zone when he asked me to be one of the anthology participants. And because once I got my head around what I wanted to do, I wanted to do something really specific, and from Fred and Chuck’s commentary I nailed it. So I’m actually really proud of my story in there, which is nice not just because I like to do my job well but because it’s *specifically* nice to feel I’ve done well for something on a friend’s project.

    Also, the cover rocks. OMG. And the contributer line-up is amazing. I mean, if you’d asked, “Gosh, Catie, think you’ll ever be in an anthology with ROBIN D FREAKING LAWS?” the answer would have been “Er, no, I’m just not awesome enough to hang with that crowd.” Only it turns out I am. *beams* (Or that I have friends who are, anyway. :)) And also, may I say that I’m really pleased that four of the contributers are women? This is an RPG tie-in. It would have been really, really easy to hit the gender blind spot on that one, although I would not *expect* EHP to do that. And they didn’t, and that makes me happy too.

    Seriously. DON’T READ THIS BOOK is just full of win, and it is coming to e-pub and shortly thereafter physical manifestation soon! With the next 3 months! And you will want to read it! You WILL! EVEN IF IT SAYS NOT TO! :)

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    A FANTASY MEDLEY winner!

    Okay, guys, I have to say this was a great deal of fun for me. Some of the story suggestions were perfectly wonderful, things I wouldn’t have thought of myself but which were terribly obvious as soon as they were suggested. Obviously not everybody can win the anthology, but *many* of these ideas will, I think, end up as stories. Thank you all! Hee hee hee!

    There are exceedingly moderate spoilers behind the cut, but I’ll put ’em behind the cut because they’re spoilers at all.

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    Last chance to see!

    Apparently I was wrong about that last entry being of interest only to myself. How, well, interesting. :)

    But this is more interesting, I think: A FANTASY MEDLEY is officially sold out, which means if you haven’t gotten a copy, your last chance is to win one that one of us is giving away. So you have until noon Eastern tomorrow to participate in my casting contest. Go forth! Participate! Enjoy!

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    books! contests! books!

    I have received in the mail a small box of A FANTASY MEDLEY and a large box of THE PRETENDER’S CROWN. The TPC contest is still open for about four more hours, so if you want to cast THE QUEEN’S BASTARD as a way to potentially win a copy, you should hasten to do that.

    Many people said “Gosh, I could do this with the Old Races or the Walker Papers”, and so, because there will be no more Negotiator books, I will give you the opportunity to win a copy of A FANTASY MEDLEY, which has a Janx & Daisani story in it, by casting the Negotiator trilogy. My favorite cast list gets a copy of the anthology. Major characters: Margrit Knight, Alban Korund, Grace O’Malley, Janx, Daisani, Kaimana, Cole, Cameron, Tony. Bonus points for casting any of the following: Margrit’s parents, Chelsea, Russell, Cara, Tariq, Biali, Malik, Ausra, Kate, Ursula, Sarah, Hajnal.

    It isn’t necessary to cast all of them. It’s not even necessary to cast most of them. Just have fun with it. :) I’ll close the contest a week from now, at about noon Eastern time on Tuesday April 14th.