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ELEMENTARY: BLOOD AND INK cover reveal!

Time flies. This time next week I’ll be on my way to Seattle for the Locus Awards Weekend, followed by a week of bookseller happy hour meet’n’greets to lay a little groundwork for my forthcoming novel, Made to Kill, and then on to San Diego Comic Con! More on those events later…

In the meantime, I’m pleased to be able to show off the cover for my second Elementary novel. It’s called Blood and Ink, and it’s out in February 2016. Click to enlargenate!

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More details about Blood and Ink–including jacket copy–to come. I’ll have a full list of pre-order links up soon too, but in the meantime you can check it out on Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com.

More to share soon!

THE LA TRILOGY website launch!

This week is Book Expo America, the gigantic publishing industry fair held annually in NYC. Tor Books are there as always, and yesterday they kicked off their BEA events with a giveaway of 200 special ARCs of my November novel, Made to Kill!

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That’s Tor Director of Publicity Patty Garcia with a pile of lovely ARCs and my Publisher’s Lunch Buzz Books Author ribbon, which I must steal off her forthwith…

Tying in with BEA, Tor have launched www.thelatrilogy.com, a dedicated website for the series! There you can read about Made to Kill, meet some of the characters, and order the book. There’s also a link to the prequel novellete, Brisk Money.

Check. It. Out. (!!!!)

You’ll also see that I’ve got not one but two US tours coming up–more on those later!

In the meantime, welcome to Hollywood, California! The year is 1965, and the last robot in the world, Raymond Electromatic, has a mystery to solve…

Drew Johnson joins THE SHIELD and I return to the Brooklyn brownstone for ELEMENTARY book #2!

Comic Book Resources broke the news in an exclusive yesterday – we’ve had a change of artist on The Shield, and I’m rather delighted to say our new chap on the job is Drew Johnson.

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Drew is a superb artist, well known for his work on Wonder Woman. Just check out that promo image he conjured up to go with the CBR announcement, with brilliant colours by Kelly Fitzpatrick.

The switch does mean that The Shield #1 has been pushed back to July – full details, including updated soliciations, are at the link.

In other news, I’m happy to confirm what was really a not particularly closely guarded secret – I’m back to write the second Elementary tie-in novel. Yay! And I can’t wait to get stuck in – the book doesn’t have a title yet, and the release date is what you might call “up in the air”, but I can promise another rip-roaring New York adventure for Sherlock and Joan.

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Huzzah! More info on that title as I have it. In the meantime, if you’re curious about the first book in the series, The Ghost Line, you can read a wee excerpt here, and then you can jump here for some order links.

And for any Holmes fans heading to the SherlockeDCC night during San Diego Comic Con, hosted by the wonderful Baker Street Babes – I will see you there!

MADE TO KILL is a Publisher’s Lunch Buzz Books 2015 selection!

Made to Kill might not be out until November — and believe me, I’m absolutely dying for you to see this thing — but today you can have a sneak peak at what’s coming up.buzz

In time for Book Expo America, Publisher’s Lunch Buzz Books 2015 (Fall/Winter) is out today, featuring extracts from 33 of the hottest forthcoming titles of 2015. It’s available digitally across multiple platforms — just follow the links at the link — and it’s absolutely, 100% free.

And I’m pretty buzzed myself to say that Made to Kill was selected for inclusion! You can read the first three chapters of my brand new novel, for free, today.

Made to Kill continues the story of Raymond Electromatic, the last robot in the world… and Hollywood’s premier hit man. Here’s the official blurb:


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It was just another Tuesday morning when she walked into the office — young, as I suspected they all might be, another dark brunette with some assistance and enough eye black to match up to Cleopatra. And who am I? I’m Ray, the world’s last robot, famed and feared in equal measure, which suits me just fine–after all, the last place you’d expect to find a Hollywood’s best hit man is in the plain light of day.

Raymond Electromatic is good at his job, as good as he ever was at being a true Private Investigator, the lone employee of the Electromatic Detective Agency — except for Ada, office gal and super-computer, the constant voice in Ray’s inner ear. Ray might have taken up a new line of work, but money is money, after all, and he was programmed to make a profit. Besides, with his twenty-four-hour memory-tape limits, he sure can keep a secret.

When a familiar-looking woman arrives at the agency wanting to hire Ray to find a missing movie star, he’s inclined to tell her to take a hike. But she had the cold hard cash, a demand for total anonymity, and tendency to vanish on her own.

Plunged into a glittering world of fame, fortune, and secrecy, Ray uncovers a sinister plot that goes much deeper than the silver screen — and this robot is at the wrong place, at the wrong time.

Made to Kill is the thrilling new speculative noir from novelist and comic writer Adam Christopher.


It’s already up for pre-order on Amazon. I’ll have other order links up ASAP.

If you are attending BEA, you can pick up a special ARC of Made to Kill from the Macmillan/Tor booth (#3056). The giveaway will start Wednesday, May 27 at 2pm, and there are just 200 ARCs available, so get in quick! And if you want to read Ray’s origin story, you can check out the prequel novelette, Brisk Money, for free at Tor.com.

Stay tuned for some more Made to Kill goodies coming soon!

THE MACHINE AWAKES is out in the UK (and just about everywhere else) today!

Following the North American release on Tuesday, The Machine Awakes, the second in the Spider Wars trilogy, is now out in the rest of the English-speaking world from Titan books. And, to tingle the senses of those of us with the collector gene, it has this rather striking cover:

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The Machine Awakes is available at your favourite bookstore – here are some handy links:

The Machine Awakes at Amazon.co.uk
The Machine Awakes at Waterstones
The Machine Awakes at Hive
The Machine Awakes at WH Smiths
The Machine Awakes at Foyles
The Machine Awakes at Blackwell’s
The Machine Awakes at iBooks UK

Titan are also publishers of the first book, The Burning Dark, which you can find out about here.

Yesterday, SciFiBulletin posted this rather nice review of The Machine Awakes, awarding the book 8/10 and saying:

Adam Christopher’s second book in his Spider Wars saga blends tropes of the detective story, space opera and political thriller into a highly engaging novel.

Hey, I’ll take that!

THE MACHINE AWAKES is out in North America today!

Book 2 of 2015 is out in North America today – The Machine Awakes, the second in the Spider Wars trilogy, is published by Tor in the US and Canada, and has a rather snazzy cover by Will Staehle that looks like this:

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The Machine Awakes is available at your favourite bookstore – here are some handy links:

The Machine Awakes at Amazon.com
The Machine Awakes at Barnes & Noble
The Machine Awakes at Indiebound
The Machine Awakes at Powell’s
The Machine Awakes at iBooks US

If you missed the first book, The Burning Dark, it’s now out in trade paperback in North America too.

The Machine Awakes hits the rest of the English-speaking world on Thursday – stay tuned!

52 blogs of 2015 | #9 | BRISK MONEY at Publisher’s Weekly and the Hugo Award nomination deadline

The deadline for Hugo Award nominations is just hours away – 11:59pm Pacific Daylight Time on Tuesday March 10, 2015 – so, those members of LonCon3, Sasquan, or MidAmeriCon II, make sure you have your ballot completed by then!

I have several bits and bobs of mine that are eligible (you can see the list here), but really the only thing I want to suggest is my novelette Brisk Money. This was published by Tor.com last year, and… honestly, I love it. It’s fun, and it started a whole new series of novels for me, the first of which – Made to Kill – comes out in November 2015 from Tor in North America and Titan everywhere else. I’m immensely proud of that novel, and I can’t wait for folks to get their eyes on it.

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In a happy coincidence, yesterday Brisk Money got a nice call-out in the Publisher’s Weekly starred review of the Some of the Best from Tor.com 2014 anthology! Of the anthology as a whole, they said:

These uniformly excellent stories are all exactly as long as they need to be, and all the more powerful for it.

Brisk Money is, of course, entirely free to read. And you can do that… right here!

 

52 blogs of 2015 | #8 | ELEMENTARY giveaway and The Baker Street Babes podcast

Elementary news!

Last week I talked to the wonderful Baker Street Babes podcast about The Ghost Line. The interview was loads of fun, and you can hear it here.

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The Baker Street Babes are also giving away two copies of the book, one via Twitter and one via their website. You can find full details of the contest here. Entries close on March 12th!

Also, two neat review of the book have popped up. Starburst magazine gave it a whopping 9/10, and said:

For our money, the real selling point of this book is how superbly the author has captured the voices of the characters. All of the regulars sound exactly like they do in the series, but in particular Sherlock’s voice has been nailed so well it’s practically buried in the ground.

This is where the novel really shines; like all the best tie-in fiction it’s like we’re watching an episode of the TV show. If for whatever reason Christopher decides that writing novels is no longer for him, we’re sure that he’d be able to get himself a job on the Elementary writing staff. But screenwriting’s gain would very much be the reader’s loss.

For a tie-in novel, there is no higher praise. I’m over the moon with that kind of response.

Over at The Fictional Hangout, the book was awarded 8.5/10, and they say:

It’s fun, boasting the familiar levels of humour that comes with the show, and incredibly entertaining with some great characterisations of Sherlock and Watson that feel right at home with the TV series. In fact, it’s written so well that this book actually feels like it could be an episode of the TV series.

Hey, CBS, I’m just waiting for your call…

Meanwhile, you can order Elementary: The Ghost Line from your favourite bookseller, or these handy links!

Elementary: The Ghost Line at Amazon.com
Elementary: The Ghost Line at Amazon.co.uk
Elementary: The Ghost Line at Barnes & Noble
Elementary: The Ghost Line at Indiebound (for your local US bookstore)
Elementary: The Ghost Line at Waterstones
Elementary: The Ghost Line at Hive (for your local UK bookstore)
Elementary: The Ghost Line at iBooks US
Elementary: The Ghost Line at iBooks UK
Elementary: The Ghost Line at Forbidden Planet

52 blogs of 2015 | #7 | ELEMENTARY: THE GHOST LINE is out in the UK today!

Nothing like two publication days in one week!

My first tie-in novel (and first crime/mystery novel, first mass-market paperback novel, first novel with Lucy Liu on the cover… and you get the drift) is out in the UK today.


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A summons to a bullet-riddled body in a Hell’s Kitchen apartment marks the start of a new case for consulting detectives Sherlock Holmes and Joan Watson. The victim is a subway train driver with a hidden stash of money and a strange Colombian connection, but why would someone kill him and leave a fortune behind?

The search for the truth will lead the sleuths deep into the hidden underground tunnels beneath New York City, where answers—and more bodies—may well await them…


Elementary: The Ghost Line is available for your favourite booksellers nationwide, but here’s a bunch of handy order links:

Elementary: The Ghost Line at Amazon.co.uk
Elementary: The Ghost Line at Waterstones
Elementary: The Ghost Line at Hive
Elementary: The Ghost Line at Forbidden Planet
Elementary: The Ghost Line at iBooks

There is also an exclusive extract over at Criminal Element.

The US launch was on Tuesday, and I’ve been about a bit spreading the word:

  • At Chuck Wendig’s Terrible Minds, I waffle at some length about the importance of tie-in and fan fiction.
  • At SF Signal, I waffle at somewhat shorter length about how to switch up your genre, both as a reader and a writer.
  • Over at Gail Carriger’s place, I reveal what The Ghost Line smells like. I’m serious.

Finally, to help launch the book, Forbidden Planet is having a celebration of all things Sherlock Holmes at their London megastore tomorrow (Saturday, February 28th). The event runs 12–1pm, and I’ll be signing copies of The Ghost Line alongside fellow Holmes scribes James Lovegrove, George Mann, and Vaughn Entwistle.

I hope to see you there!

52 blogs of 2015 | #6 | ELEMENTARY: THE GHOST LINE is out in the US today!

Today is the day.

My first tie-in novel (and first crime/mystery novel, first mass-market paperback novel, first novel with Lucy Liu on the cover) is out in the US today.


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A summons to a bullet-riddled body in a Hell’s Kitchen apartment marks the start of a new case for consulting detectives Sherlock Holmes and Joan Watson. The victim is a subway train driver with a hidden stash of money and a strange Colombian connection, but why would someone kill him and leave a fortune behind?

The search for the truth will lead the sleuths deep into the hidden underground tunnels beneath New York City, where answers—and more bodies—may well await them…


Elementary: The Ghost Line is available for your favourite booksellers in the United States today. Here’s some handy order links:

Elementary: The Ghost Line at Amazon.com
Elementary: The Ghost Line at Barnes & Noble
Elementary: The Ghost Line at Indiebound
Elementary: The Ghost Line at iBooks

If you want a taster then you can head over to Criminal Element for an exclusive excerpt.

There’s some other cool stuff coming this week, so stay tuned! UK readers, don’t worry – your edition of the book is out on Friday!