I have been remiss in updating so I’ll chunk out a bullet list and we’ll move on from there.
(*) Lightbreaker is in stores (mostly; B & N appears to have gotten caught short, but they’re hanging their heads and waiting for their orders to disperse to the stores). Heartland is moving through the editorial process and is on track for Feb 2010 release. Huzzah!
(*) Reviews of Lightbreaker are starting to trickle in. I’m updating the all you need to know page at the CODEX site with the good ones. The Publisher’s Weekly review, which uses the phrases “pretentious passages of overblown monologue” and “beats metaphors into the ground” to otherwise distract from things like “dramatic premise” and “strong characters,” is, well, a review from Publisher’s Weekly. They don’t hotlink to individual reviews, so you’ll have scroll down the page to find out how these words are all strung together.
Monsters of Filmland, on the other hand, say: “Lightbreaker is the best book about magic that I have read since Peter Straub’s Shadowland. This book is simply amazing.” I’ll take that one, thank you very much.
(*) Book 3 is called ANGEL TONGUE (as you may have noticed from the inside page of Lightbreaker. It brings Markham back to the States after his trip to Paris and deals with floating heads, Enochian transmission stations, crop circles, and apocalyptic faith healers. It’ll also introduce a couple of re-occuring characters as we get this series more underway. (And, yes, I know the title to Book 4, but I’m keeping it quiet for a while yet.)
(*) Upcoming Appearances. For those in the Pacific Northwest area, there are two appearances scheduled for the next months. I’ll, of course, brow beat everyone about them as they get closer, but for those who wish to mark their calendars now: August 26th, 7.00pm @ Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park; and September 18th, 6.00pm @ Barnes & Noble in Tukwila.
(*) Also, the Esoteric Book Conference, Sept 19 & 20. My wallet is crying already. I’ll be geeking out heavily.
(*) Oh, and my pal, John Klima, won a Hugo last night for Best Fanzine. Well, technically Electric Velocipede won, but as the magazine has been the result of his blood, sweat, and angst for the last eight years, I think he can call it “his.” Hey, John, I guess you can update the header bar of your EV Blog now. That’s “Hugo Award winning and World Fantasy Award nominated.”