Legend of Jig Dragonslayer

Book Giveaway: Goblins or Libriomancer

About two weeks ago, I received my author copies of the Science Fiction Book Club editions of Libriomancer and The Legend of Jig Dragonslayer.

This makes me happy for lots of reasons. Many of the books on my shelves came from the SFBC, back when I was younger and there was no way I could afford full-priced hardcovers. And then I found the SFBC. Five free books at sign-up? Reduced-price omnibus editions? Sweet! This is how I first discovered authors like Robert Asprin, Fred Saberhagan, Anne McCaffrey, Ursula LeGuin, even Asimov and his Foundation Trilogy.

So I thought it would be appropriate to celebrate this milestone, my first books to make it into the club, with a giveaway. And since the stress-o-meter has been running rather high lately, I’m gonna go with something happy and hopefully simple for this one.

All you have to do is leave a comment and tell me about one of the best things that happened to you in 2012.

I’ll pick one commenter at random next week and send them an autographed copy of the SFBC edition of either Libriomancer or The Legend of Jig Dragonslayer. Their choice.

This isn’t a U.S.-only contest, so anyone can enter.

Goblin and Libriomancer Stuff

I’ve got two more book reviews coming, but I thought I’d break things up with a bit of self-promotion, starting with the goblin omnibus The Legend of Jig Dragonslayer [Amazon | B&N | Mysterious Galaxy], which came out just over a week ago. I was very excited to get my first look at the finished book at Fandom Fest. Thank you, Joseph-Beth Booksellers! It’s shiny and pretty (with a cover I like much better than the original design), and at 800+ pages, it means I’ve finally written a doorstopper book!

Sure, it takes three of my goblin novels to make one doorstop, but I’ll take what I can get 🙂

When I got back from vacation, I found two boxes of author copies waiting for me. You can see Taz inspecting both shipments for damage.

HEY REVIEWERS: The fact that both of these books have now been printed means this might be a good time to contact DAW/Penguin for review copies, if you haven’t already received one. (If you need contact info, hit me up, but please understand that they don’t generally ship out books just for Amazon or Goodreads type reviews.)

Only 26 days until Libriomancer [Amazon | B&N | Mysterious Galaxy] comes out. I’ve seen a few reviews pop up on Goodreads, almost all positive so far, thanks to the giveaway Penguin held. Even better than that, getting my author copies early means I was able to deliver my very first copy of the book to some dear family friends. I’ve known them for 34 years, and from the very beginning, they always encouraged me to read and to explore the magic of books. So I dedicated this one to them, since Libriomancer seemed like the perfect book with which to thank them.

It’s one of the amazing things about being a writer. With every book and dedication, I can give someone a gift very few people ever get. It’s a wonderful feeling.

Michigan Mini-Tour: It’s not an official book tour, but I’ve got enough signings lined up that I’m calling it one. The week of August 7 when the book comes out, I’ll be in Lansing, Ann Arbor, Walker/Grand Rapids, and Kalamazoo. Details are on my website.

I feel like there was something else I wanted to mention … oh, right! I announced this on Twitter and Facebook, but not here. Graphic Audio will be doing audio book editions of all three goblin books. This is a company that does full-cast recordings with music and sound effects. They’ve done books by folks like Brandon Sanderson, Elizabeth Moon, Peter Brett, and many more. I’m really looking forward to seeing what they come up with. (I don’t know when it will be released or who they’ll be getting to do the different voices. They’ve already shot down my suggestion to get Samuel L. Jackson to play Jig.)

Yeah, it’s a rather hectic summer around these parts, but I’m enjoying it!

Goblin Proofs and Various Links

I have received page proofs for The Legend of Jig Dragonslayer [Amazon | B&N | Mysterious Galaxy], the omnibus edition of the goblin books. I’d post the cover, but we’re still waiting on the final cover art.

As there’s no way I’m going to be able to scour all 900 pages as closely as I’d like, I wanted to ask anyone who’s read the goblin books to please let me know if you’ve found any typos or mistakes.

Most of my brain has been obsessing over Libriomancer, so it’s rather exciting to remember that I have two, two beautiful books coming out this year, bwa ha ha. [/Count]

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Speaking of Libriomancer (see what I mean?), yesterday I received my third set of blurbs from the wonderful Seanan McGuire and her alter ego Mira Grant. I posted one on my website, but she provided several others that probably won’t make it on to the cover.

You see, Libriomancer is about book-magic, about reaching into the pages and pulling stuff out, about the possibilities and the dangers … which is why certain books are “locked” so that you can’t access their magic. And that led directly to this quote:

“F***er locked my book.  I’ll show him a zombie apocaylpse…” -Mira Grant

Seanan also provided blurbs from several of her characters, which was fun.

“Nice guy.  Not too bright.  Which means he’s probably a relative of mine.” -Verity Price (from Discount Armageddon)

(Isaac is very bright, by the way. But he can also be a little … impulsive.)

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Finally, remember my blog post a while back about Scientology and Writers of the Future? That post was noticed by a reporter for the Village Voice, and led to this article.

My first response upon seeing the article was, “Wait, you mean people are reading this blog?”

Yes, I know people are reading, but it’s a little strange seeing something get picked up like that by someone outside of the SF/F community.

Jim C. Hines