Meet Author Jon McGoran at Bouchercon!

Deadout by Jon McGoran
Written by Jon McGoran

Writing can be a lonely endeavor, but it brings with it many perks. The greatest is probably that you get to write. But almost as great is that you get to hang out with other writers, especially writers of your own ilk. I realized this at my first Bouchercon, where I experienced a dynamic I’ve seen played out at every Bouchercon since.

I didn’t know a soul, and every room I walked into, I would see old friends talking and laughing and carrying on the way old friends do. It was intimidating at first, because I didn’t know anybody. But over the course of the conference, I met some of those same people, and I discovered that, while some of them had indeed been old friends, most had met minutes before I walked into the room. They were just that kind of people — open, welcoming and warm. And hilarious.

The next year, when I came back, the new friends from the previous year were my new old friends. And it’s been like that ever since — every year I make new friends, and have a blast hanging out with more and more old ones.

It’s easy to be star-struck at Bouchercon, but part of what makes it so special is that this warmth and friendliness extends to the big names, as well. Unless you are one of them — and truthfully, even if you are, because the big names are fans as well — one of the favorite activities at Bouchercon is trading stories about how “I met [INSERT NAME OF GENRE LITERARY ICON HERE] and he or she was incredibly gracious/friendly/hilarious/supportive.”

Jon McGoran
Because the big names are great people, too. So when you see them, say hi or buy them a beer. And when the conference is over, go to their homes and wait in the shadows to surprise them when they walk the dog at night. They’ll think it’s hilarious! (Tell them Dennis Tafoya sent you.) Because there’s other types of stories that get told at Bouchercon as well, and you can be in one! Before you know it you’ll be driving them to the airport and helping them hide bodies (I’m looking at you, Brad Parks!).

And when the conference is over, when you get home and you get back to writing, sitting alone in your office or just in your head (crowded with fictitious characters though it may be), you can remember that even though you’re engaged in a lonely endeavor, you’re part of an amazing community of writers. And you’ll see them all again next year.

Oh, and there’s great panels, too.

Meet Jon McGoran and many other great Forge authors at the hospitality suite on Friday afternoon, where there will be coffee, author signings, and fun giveaways!

Poison Blonde eBook is Now on Sale for $2.99

Poison Blonde by Loren D. EstlemanLoren D. Estleman‘s You Know Who Killed Me, the latest in the Amos Walker series, is due out on December 9. This month we are making it easy to get started with the series by releasing the first ebook, Poison Blonde, for only $2.99.*

About Poison Blonde: A sizzling Latina singer spells murder for Detroit’s best P.I.

Who is Gilia Cristobal?

She’s simply one of the hottest of hot Latina singers. Nothing in her life, however, is simple. In her native land she was involved with people the government didn’t like, and she barely escaped with her life to start fresh in the United States. In her wake she left behind accusations about a former lover, about violence, and about blackmail. Now she’s in Detroit to make music and wants Amos Walker to protect her from those who have threatened her life. She also wants him to investigate someone from the darkest chapter of her former life. When Walker realizes that Gilia’s main man, recently out of prison, doesn’t regret the time he nearly killed Walker, what first seemed like an easy payday starts looking more and more like a losing proposition. Latin heat, indeed.

*sale ends December 5

A Candle for d’Artagnan eBook is Now on Sale for $2.99

A Candle For d'Artagnan by Chelsea Quinn YarbroChelsea Quinn Yarbro‘s Sustenance, the latest in the St. Germain series, is due out on December 2. This month we are celebrating this new release by offering Chelsea Quinn Yarbro’s A Candle For d’Artagnan for only $2.99.*

About A Candle For d’Artagnan: Olivia Atta Clemens, immortal vampire, Roman noblewoman, beloved of the Count Saint-Germain-has come to Paris seeking only peace. But the year is 1637, and there is no peace to be found in the Court of Louis XIII, where Cardinal Richelieu maneuvers to control the throne.

Caught up in the intrigue against her will, Olivia seeks and wins the protection of a young guardsman named d’Artagnan-a man destined to become one of the greatest heroes of all time.

*sale ends December 5

People of the River eBook is Now on Sale for $2.99

People of the River by W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O'Neal GearThe ebook for People of the River by W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O’Neal Gear is now on sale for $2.99!*

About People of the River:
People of the River is a gripping new saga of pre-historic America that takes us to the Mississippi Valley and the tribe known as the Mound builders. It is a time of troubles. In Cahokia, the corn crop is failing again and a warchief—and the warrior woman he may never possess—are disgusted by their Chief’s lust for tribute. Now even the gods have turned their faces, closing the underworld to the seers. If the gods have abandoned the people, there is no hope—unless it comes in the form of a young girl who is learning to Dream of Power.

A masterful story of the North America’s Forgotten Past by W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O’Neal Gear, the bestselling authors of People of the Earth.

*sale ends November 28

Book Trailer: Fear City by F. Paul Wilson

Fear City by F. Paul Wilson

Rage, terror, and redemption: these are the stones upon which F. Paul Wilson builds the concluding chapter of Repairman Jack: The Early Years, the prequel trilogy focusing on the formative years of Wilson’s globally popular supernatural troubleshooter.

The strands of Jack’s life, established in the first two books, Cold City and Dark City, are now woven into a complete pattern.

Centered around an obscure group of malcontents intent on creating a terrible explosion in New York City in 1993, Fear City shows the final stages of young Jack becoming Repairman Jack. It is a dark and terrible story, full of plots and needless mayhem, with secret agents, a freelance torturer, a secret society as old as human history, love, death, and a very bleak triumph. Jack threads his way through this intricate maze, as people he loves are stripped away from him in a way that presages the later epic series of novels.

Fear City, by F. Paul Wilson, publishes on November 11.

Starred Review: The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu, translated by Ken Liu

The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu, translated by Ken Liu“Remarkable, revelatory and not to be missed.”

Cixin Liu’s The Three-Body Problem got starred reviews in Kirkus Reviews and in Publisher’s Weekly!

Here’s the full review, from the October 15 issue of Kirkus Reviews:

Strange and fascinating alien-contact yarn, the first of a trilogy from China’s most celebrated science-fiction author.

In 1967, at the height of the Cultural Revolution, young physicist Ye Wenjie helplessly watches as fanatical Red Guards beat her father to death. She ends up in a remote re-education (i.e. forced labor) camp not far from an imposing, top secret military installation called Red Coast Base. Eventually, Ye comes to work at Red Coast as a lowly technician, but what really goes on there? Weapons research, certainly, but is it also listening for signals from space—maybe even signaling in return? Another thread picks up the story 40 years later, when nanomaterials researcher Wang Miao and thuggish but perceptive policeman Shi Qiang, summoned by a top-secret international (!) military commission, learn of a war so secret and mysterious that the military officers will give no details. Of more immediate concern is a series of inexplicable deaths, all prominent scientists, including the suicide of Yang Dong, the physicist daughter of Ye Wenjie; the scientists were involved with the shadowy group Frontiers of Science. Wang agrees to join the group and investigate and soon must confront events that seem to defy the laws of physics. He also logs on to a highly sophisticated virtual reality game called “Three Body,” set on a planet whose unpredictable and often deadly environment alternates between Stable times and Chaotic times. And he meets Ye Wenjie, rehabilitated and now a retired professor. Ye begins to tell Wang what happened more than 40 years ago. Jaw-dropping revelations build to a stunning conclusion. In concept and development, it resembles top-notch Arthur C. Clarke or Larry Niven but with a perspective—plots, mysteries, conspiracies, murders, revelations and all—embedded in a culture and politic dramatically unfamiliar to most readers in the West, conveniently illuminated with footnotes courtesy of translator Liu.

Remarkable, revelatory and not to be missed.

Here’s the full review, from the September 29 issue of Publisher’s Weekly:

Fans of hard SF will revel in this intricate and imaginative novel by one of China’s most celebrated genre writers. In 1967, physics professor Ye Zhetai is killed after he refuses to denounce the theory of relativity. His daughter, Ye Wenjie, witnesses his gruesome death. Shortly after, she’s falsely charged with sedition for promoting the works of environmentalist Rachel Carson, and told she can avoid punishment by working at a defense research facility involved with the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. More than 40 years later, Ye’s work becomes linked to a string of physicist suicides and a complex role-playing game involving the classic physics problem of the title. Liu impressively succeeds in integrating complex topics—such as the field of frontier science, which attempts to define the limits of science’s ability to know nature—without slowing down the action or sacrificing characterization. His smooth handling of the disparate plot elements cleverly sets up the second volume of the trilogy.

The Three-Body Problem will be published on November 11.

New Releases: 10/28/2014

Alice in the Country of Joker: Circus and Liars Game Vol. 6 by QuinRose; art by Mamenosuke FujimaruDangerous Women Vol. 2 edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner DozoisEsrever Doom by Piers AnthonyThe Eye of the World: The Graphic Novel, Volume Three based on the novel by Robert Jordan, written by Chuck Dixon, illustrated by Marcio Fiorito and Francis NuguitLong Remember by MacKinlay Kantor; with an introduction by Jeff M. ShaaraThe Midnight Plan of the Repo Man by W. Bruce CameronPoison Pill by Glenn KaplanRedDevil 4 by Eric C. LeuthardtThe Man From Bar-20 and Johnny Nelson by Clarence E. MulfordThe Tree of Water by Elizabeth Haydon See upcoming releases.

Goodreads Sweepstakes: Low Midnight by Carrie Vaughn

Low Midnight by Carrie Vaughn

About Low Midnight: Cormac, the Kitty Norville series’ most popular supporting character, stars in his first solo adventure.

Carrie Vaughn’s Low Midnight spins out of the series on the wave of popularity surrounding Kitty’s most popular supporting character, Cormac Bennett, a two-minded assassin of the paranormal who specializes in killing lycanthropes. In his first solo adventure, Cormac, struggling with a foreign consciousness trapped inside him, investigates a century-old crime in a Colorado mining town which could be the key to translating a mysterious coded diary…a tome with secrets that could shatter Kitty’s world and all who inhabit it. With a framing sequence that features Kitty Norville herself, Low Midnight not only pushes the Kitty saga forward, but also illuminates Cormac’s past and lays the groundwork for Kitty’s future.

Enter for a chance to win here!

(Ends November 24)

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Goodreads Sweepstakes: People of the River by W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O’Neal Gear

People of the River by W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O'Neal Gear

About People of the River: People of the River is a gripping new saga of pre-historic America that takes us to the Mississippi Valley and the tribe known as the Mound builders. It is a time of troubles. In Cahokia, the corn crop is failing again and a warchief—and the warrior woman he may never possess—are disgusted by their Chief’s lust for tribute. Now even the gods have turned their faces, closing the underworld to the seers. If the gods have abandoned the people, there is no hope—unless it comes in the form of a young girl who is learning to Dream of Power.

A masterful story of the North America’s Forgotten Past by W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O’Neal Gear, the bestselling authors of People of the Earth.

Enter for a chance to win here!

(Ends November 24)

Also, don’t forget to check out our other sweepstakes!

Get a free, signed bookplate by F. Paul Wilson!

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Pre-order Fear City, the next Repairman Jack novel, by F. Paul Wilson and you could be eligible to receive a signed bookplate.

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