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    two things make a post!

    My editor just emailed to let me know THE QUEEN’S BASTARD has gone back to print for the fifth time. *dancies around and thanks all of you wonderful people who buy my books!*

    Via , Bay Area resident is trying to find homes for 3 kittens. They are very very cute (of course they are), so if you’re a Bay Area person looking for a kitten, perhaps this is your opportunity.

    miles to Minas Tirith: 295.5

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    Dude! The bidding on the auction items (Tuckerization here, gift basket here) shot up after yesterday’s post. There will be a give-away of A FANTASY MEDLEY advanced reader copy on…Tuesday, June 2, because I’ll be on vacation on the 1st. :)

    If the combined price of both items goes past, let’s see, what’s dramatic enough? The combined price is currently at $305. If it goes past $450 I’ll write a new Walker Papers or Old Races short story (the high bidders get to choose) for my insanely generous blog readers.

    You people are so cool. :)

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    Today, my good people, is Release Day! THE PRETENDER’S CROWN, Book Two of the Inheritors’ Cycle, is on the shelves! I’ve written a bit about it here, at Suvudu.com (Random House’s sf/f website, where I’ll be posting weekly in the future), and now I come to do the dance of joy at my own website. :)

    This is 8th C.E. Murphy book since June 2005 (10th if you count the anthologies), and my 13th published work in that same time frame. It puts me very, *very* close to the absolute culmination of what I set out to do four years ago in terms of shelf space, and I am *utterly* delighted by that. (Also relieved!)

    I’m also pretty pleased with the book. Get your sex, politics, murder and betrayal right here, on a silver platter….and then buy a copy for your friends, so I can keep writing in this world. :)

    Excerpt behind the cut, if you haven’t already ready it at cemurphy.net!

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    contest winner

    Holy crap. Only three people entered the TPC give-away contest, but they did a bloody fantastic job. In the end, I’ve chosen the one with my favorite suggestion for Belinda, although some of the other casting ideas were inspired.

    So the winner is Thao Nguyen from Facebook, who gave the following cast for THE QUEEN’S BASTARD:

    Belinda – Michelle Trachtenberg
    Javier – Kyle Schmid
    Lorraine Walter – Tilda Swinton
    Eliza Beaulieu – Natalie Portman
    Lord Drake – Eric Braeden
    Marius Poulin – Henry Cavill
    Sacha Asselin – Paul Walker
    Sandalia – Orla Brady
    Irina – Cate Blanchett
    Akilina – Shirley Henderson
    Rodrigo – Javier Bardem
    Dmitri – Clive Owen
    Gondola Boy – Jim Sturgess

    Thao observed that the girl on the cover of THE QUEEN’S BASTARD *looked* like Michelle Trachtenberg, which I’d noticed too, so that’s a double-win for her. :)

    The most interesting thing about this contest, for me, is that not one of the actors is somebody I’d thought of when I ‘cast’ this book in my mind–and TQB is about the only book I’ve ever cast anybody for. I *love* the choices people made, but it’s fascinating to see the different ideas!

    ytd wordcount: 93,100
    miles to Minas Tirith: 165

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    I have just received two early copies of THE PRETENDER’S CROWN. It is, in my ever-so-humble opinion, absolutely beautiful. In fact, it’s so pretty it makes me want to re-read it, which isn’t all that usual. :)

    So! I have two copies. One must go on my Shelf Of Books I Wrote, but the other, I think, cries out to be sent into the world. So there will be a contest!

    Ted has suggested a Casting Call Contest. I will be the director. You will be the Casting Agents. The book will go to the person who builds what is to my mind the best complete cast for THE QUEEN’S BASTARD. The integral characters, therefore, are Belinda Primrose, Robert Drake, Lorraine Walter, Sandalia de Costa, Javier de Castille, Eliza Beaulieu, Marius Poulin, and Sacha Asselin. Bonus points for also casting Dmitri Leontyev, Rodrigo de Costa, Irina Durova, and Akilina Pankejeff. And I’ll be really impressed if you also cast Viktor, Ilyana and the gondola boy. :)

    The parts don’t have to be cast with current actors, I wouldn’t say, or people at their current ages. That makes it more fun, I think. :)

    Here’s the catch: I only have the one copy to send out, and this post goes out at mizkit.com, cemurphy.net, mizkit.livejournal.com, Facebook, and if I can figure out how to make it work automatically, at Myspace. I expect answers will come in from most of those places, so you might not see the winning entry wherever you actually do your own answering. I will, of course, post the winning entry here.

    Let’s see. I’ll choose a winner Thursday evening my time, so we’ll call the contest closed at noon EST on Thursday, April 2.

    Have at!

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