I hope you are all doing well and staying safe. Here things continue to be reasonably calm, although lockdown has been extended to the end of May. Better than the alternative, for sure. For me, of course, the difference between life under lockdown and life not under lockdown is not that big, but it *is* a bit annoying that acquiring certain essential products such as wild bird seed has become more challenging. Thus far I have managed to avoid a complete break in the bird seed supply chain, but I worry that if I ever *do* run out, I’ll be in trouble. Those jays and starlings strike me as the type to lead a riot if they don’t get their meals in a timely fashion.
I’ve also managed to get in some more good reading. As those of you who have been following me for a while probably know, I’m a huge fan of Jacqueline Carey. Even so, I am only now finally getting around to reading her recent release Starless. I’m still just partway through it, but once again I think she’s knocked it out of the epic fantasy park. Maybe not quite in the same league as the Kushiel series, but let’s be frank, what would be? And it’s quite a bit less, ahem, adult than her Kushiel books, so if you’ve always wanted to read her but have been afraid to venture into such racy territory, Starless is considerably less X-rated.
And now for my own writing news: as I announced last week, I’m doing omnibus editions of all the mini-series within the overall Zemnian Series. Last week I did a cover reveal and giveaway for The Midnight Land. (If missed it and you’d like a review copy of The Midnight Land, just shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org). This week I’m doing a cover reveal and giveaway of review copies for The Breathing Sea:
I’m rather happy with it, I won’t lie.
I’m also “going wide” with my books and putting them up on all storefronts, and–crucially–libraries. And so this is where I ask for reviews! If you’ve read either or both of the books in the Breathing Sea mini-series in the past and feel moved to leave a review for the omnibus version, it would be greatly appreciated! If you haven’t read it yet but would be interested in reading and reviewing it, I’m giving away free review copies. Just send me an email to email@example.com and I’ll send you a free ePub version! (Mobis can probably also be created upon request).
Warning: It is a rather long book! Also full of Russian names. Just something to bear in mind before diving in. But if that sounds like something up your alley, I’m more than happy to give out copies of the book to anyone who wants it, so again just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll send you your copy ASAP.
And now for this week’s giveaway!
There’s still a few days left in the April Epic and High Fantasy Giveaway