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    ORSSP: Complete!

    The last Old Races e-book collection, AFTERMATH, has now been published!

    This collection has one reprint, “Perchance to Dream”, a Janx story also available in the anthology DRAGON’S LURE. It has the ORSSP stories “Awakening” and “Aftermath” (which was the surprise bonus story for ORSSP patrons who subscribed to the ORSSP in the first 5 months of 2011). The other two stories, “Betrayals” and “Choices,” are brand-new.

    OLD RACES: AFTERMATH Margrit Knight has broken the long-held covenants of the Old Races. Ancient rivals are scattered, friendships are broken, and the dragons, djinn, selkies, vampires and gargoyles are beginning to step out of the shadows and into the light.

    But the new world may not be what they expect. Dragonlord Janx faces more than he bargained for when human magic interferes with his own. Half-vampire Ursula Hopkins is only starting to understand what she may have unleashed by awakening her brethren, and Margrit Knight herself still has debts to pay after the death of a djinn…

    Watch the future unfold in these five new stories of the Old Races!

    Buy the AFTERMATH collection:
    at Amazon
    at Barnes & Noble
    at Smashwords

    Links to all the blurbs and various places to purchase the e-books are available through this nifty animated ad that I made:

    (I made the ad for Bitten By Books, but because it’s animated it was TOOOOO BIG for them. But I liked it enough that I wanted to use it, and, y’know, if you want to, you can too. :))

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    We’re going on holiday tomorrow. I’m declaring it an Internet Fast, at least to the best of my ability to do so when I still have actual access to the internet, so I’ve jumped the gun and have published YEAR OF MIRACLES on Amazon et all so I don’t have to do it while on vacation.

    YEAR_OF_MIRACLES Revisit the world of the Old Races and discover the pieces that set the Negotiator Trilogy into play…

    Four hundred years ago, master vampire Eliseo Daisani and dragonlord Janx both fell in love with Sarah Hopkins, an extraordinary beauty born in London’s slaughterfields. Caught in their ancient and complex bond, Sarah glimpses the world as it might be…

    …and her choices will ravage a city. This is the story of London burning in 1666–the Year of Miracles.

    at Amazon
    at Barnes & Noble
    at Smashwords

    and at CE Murphy.Net (PDF only)

    YEAR OF MIRACLE patrons: this is a GREAT TIME for you to go write a review and star it heavily! You’ve already read this story! Go make it look good! *big hopeful eyes* :)


    thinks to do:
    – pack
    – finish short story ahahah
    – get new jeans
    – take out rubbish
    – do something about the recycling
    – laundry

    – pcon website
    – get a skip
    – make an CSOR banner ad
    – put away baby clothes

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    things make a post

    1. Mikaela is doing an Old Races: ORIGINS give-away over on her blog! Go check it out!

    2. The Disneyland for Deon page has been fixed and now accepts donations again. o.O Remember, I’ll (eventually) be writing a short story as a thank-you for helping Deon get to Disneyland, so if you want access to an exclusive story, go throw a few bucks that way and make a kid’s dream come true while you’re at it. :)

    3. I’ve finished Kim Stanley Robinson’s 2312, which in some ways I liked a lot and in others found a little frustrating. Mostly I didn’t feel Swan’s voice was much differentiated from previous KSR protagonists, though the other two major POV characters were reasonably different. I liked the development of the romance and the world, I liked many of the choices the characters made, I just sort of felt like I could switch Frank out for Swan and it wouldn’t be significantly different.

    The other problem I had with it is sort of…philosophical. It’s sort of “he didn’t write the book I wanted him to!”, though that’s not exactly accurate either, because I like what and how KSR does. But like the Science in the Capitol trilogy, which is some of my favorite writing ever, 2312 isn’t an enormously accessible book. I mean, I’m okay with that because I like hard SF and I’m willing to put the time in, but … I think the climate change theme that’s so central to these books is hugely, hugely important, and I think he realizes it brilliantly, and I want everyone to read it and understand what he’s seeing in our world that develops into his fiction, but…this is SF for SF lovers, not for casual readers. I still desperately want that gap bridged, and KSR writes so beautifully I want him to be able to do it, but he doesn’t. And I don’t think it’s even his goal, so I recognize that my frustrations are ill placed here, but…damn. I do so want that accessible, world-changing climate change SF story to be *out there*.

    4. What else. Um. C’mon, Catie, you’re only managing a blog post every several days, surely there’s more going on than this…

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    *clears throat*

    Happy BIRTHDAY to US!
    Happy BIRTHDAY to US!
    Happy BIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIRTHDAY dear Esmerel, Silkblade, Fahri, Novella, Morgan Freeman, Marilyn Monroe, Superman and MEEEEEEEEEE!

    THE OLD RACES: ORIGINS For my birthday, I offer you the opportunity to go buy THE OLD RACES: ORIGINS short story collection! (I know, I’m so thoughtful. :))

    at Amazon
    at Barnes & Noble
    At Smashwords
    at cemurphy.net (PDF only)

    Why PDF only at cemurphy.net, you ask? After all, don’t I get basically ALL the money if you buy it direct? Well, yes, I do. But if you buy it through any of the other retailers, it raises the collection’s profile, making it more likely for *other* people to find it and buy it. I think probably in the long run that’s worth more than the extra dollar I get through a direct sale.

    So: if you have an e-reader and really want to give me a birthday present, go ahead and go buy the collection. Write a review of it and give it four or five stars if you like it.

    ORSSP patrons: this is a GREAT TIME for you to go write a review and star it heavily! You’ve already read all these stories! Go make it look good! *big hopeful eyes* :)

    (Seriously, though, Amazon and B&N need to adjust their system so that a user can upload the book, go through the whole “publishing” process, and set a time/date for it to actually go live for sale, because all week I’ve been like YAY FRIDAY and instead of books going up on time I get “Your book will be available for sale in 12-72 hours.” Argh.)

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    my boring life

    Apparently my life is sufficently boring that I can’t think of anything to blog about. I have to draw winners for the BYD contest, but since I already blew my first deadline on that and there’s a long weekend coming up in America, I think I’ll wait until next week.

    In the meantime, random things:

    I believe this is very much the sort of thing the phrase “Oh, snap!” was invented for: Back to back questions presented to Robert Downey Jr and Scarlett Johansson.

    *laughs* My wallet died, so I found an old one I knew I had lying around. It has Sarah/‘s work phone # ca 2001, a 1999 bank receipt, a photo of me & Ted from 1997, a 1994 pic of my sister, & the crowning glory, the thing that made me actually laugh out loud because it was so unexpected, an early 90s photo of the unrequited high school Love Of My Life. *laughs & laughs*

    Speaking of pictures, this is probably the most awesome one I’ve seen this week. MIB-Avengers mashup FTW!

    I believe I have got all the ducks in a row for launching ORIGINS next Friday. Having re-read the stories, I feel that the ORSSP patrons got their money’s worth, and that so too will the people buying it as an e-book. *waits impatiently for Friday next*

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