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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!

52 blogs of 2015 | #5 | MADE TO KILL v2.0 complete!

No blog last week on account of being busy a certain deadline for a certain book. That deadline being today, and that book being Made to Kill.

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And here it is. Version 2.0, ready to head back to Tor. 65,000 words of hot 1960s robot action across 35 sizzling chapters.

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Wow, that’s a lot of red. But, by hokey, this book is fighting fit and ready to rumble…

Made to Kill is out from Tor in November 2015.

And I think I’ve earned a cup of tea…

52 blogs of 2015 | #4 | Award eligibility

Yep, it’s that time of year again. Various awards are open for nomination, including the Hugos and the Nebulas, the BFS and BSFAs, etc, and I’ve already been surprised and quite delighted to find The Burning Dark is on the preliminary ballot of the Bram Stoker Awards (go, little book, go!).

So here’s my list of stuff of mine from 2014 that is eligible for nomination, should anyone wish to do so.

Novel

Novelette/short story (depends on the award)

Art

I can also remind folk that Brisk Money–the prequel of sorts to my forthcoming novel Made to Kill–can also be found in Some of the Best from Tor.com 2014 anthology. And I must say, I do like that story quite a lot, and I do believe the artwork that accompanies it by Gerard Dubois is a genuine bona fide oil painting…

 

52 blogs of 2015 | #3 | ELEMENTARY launch event and Sherlock Holmes signing! (London, February 28, 2015)

In case you missed it, I’m writing the official tie-in novels for the CBS TV show Elementary. In fact, no sooner had the announcement gone out than my author copies arrived! And they look fabulous! This book is a bit of a triple-first: my first crime/mystery novel, my first licensed tie-in novel, and my first novel in the neat mass market paperback format:

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And… I think I like it!

Elementary: The Ghost Line is out in the US on Tuesday, February 24th, and in the UK on Thursday, February 26th. You can pre-order the book from your favourite bookstore, or one of 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 Forbidden Planet

To help send this little beauty off into the world, Forbidden Planet is having a big old Sherlock Holmes signing at their London megastore on 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.

Should be a fun afternoon! Do come along and say hello if you are around and about. I’ll post the event page once Forbidden Planet have it up in their events diary.

 

52 blogs of 2015 | #2 | And that secret novel is…

Y’know, the thing about publishing is that it’s complicated and colossal and things take a long time, which means that you often have to sit on news for aeons because you have to wait for a whole heap of stuff to happen. This is business as usual. And I’m sure this drives every author crazy–me included!

Which makes me very pleased and very relieved and very very excited to be able to, finally, after months (seriously, this is the longest I’ve ever sat on book news ever), talk about that secret project I’ve been working on. I’ve talked about it online, calling it the secret novel, not because I love teasing you with vague details, but because I’m really pretty gosh-darned tickled pink to be involved with this and I’ve been utterly beside myself with anticipation.

So. Here it is!


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A summons to a body found riddled with bullets 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…


I’m writing the official Elementary tie-in novels! The first one, The Ghost Line, is out in early 2015 – February 24th in the US, February 27th in the UK.

In fact, you can pre-order the book with 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 Forbidden Planet

I love Elementary. Love it. And I love Sherlock Holmes. More importantly, I love Elementary‘s take on Holmes – it’s one of my favourite shows, and writing these books is a dream and the most fun ever. And never in a million years did I ever think I’d have a book cover with Lucy Liu on it.

I mean, seriously. Lucy Liu? Getouttatown.

And if you want a little taster of this new Elementary adventure, head over to Criminal Element right now for an exclusive excerpt!

52 Blogs of 2015 | #1 | MADE TO KILL cover reveal

A new year and I’m starting to get obsessed about the number 52. I’m not sure this is entirely healthy, but maybe DC Comics were onto something. Anyway, this year I’m going to read 52 books and 52 graphic novels/comic trade collections, watch 52 movies I haven’t seen before, and try and post 52 blogs a year. Which means each is going to be numbered, most will probably appear on Friday, and they start… today!

And what a doozy this one is. I have several books out this year (which I’ll cover next week!), not to mention my first regular monthly comic book starts up in April. The final (so far, anyway) book release of the year will be the first volume in The LA Trilogy, which drops in November.

Yesterday, not only did Tor.com reveal the title of that book to be Made to Kill, but they showed off the jaw-dropping cover by the remarkable Will Staehle, who has–I’m rather amazed to say–done the covers for all of my novels.

And this one? This one might be my favourite. Click to enlarge and feast your eyes…

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Will also did one of Tor.com’s famous pop quiz interviews, which you can read here. Appropriate, given that The LA Trilogy was born out of the pop quiz I did last year.

Made to Kill is out in November from Tor (North America) and Titan (everywhere else). More info–including pre-order links–will be up as soon as I have them.

In the meantime, if you want to read the origin story of Ray, our leading mechanical man, you can check out the novella Brisk Money at Tor.com or as part of the brilliant (and entirely free) anthology, Some of the Best from Tor.com 2014.

See you next week… hopefully with another announcement I’ve been dying to make…

Now available: SOME OF THE BEST FROM TOR.COM

Today sees the release of Some of the Best from Tor.com, an anthology of 26 original stories – with original artwork! – from Tor.com’s class of 2014 fiction. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m pretty delighted to have my novelette Brisk Money included, in what really is an astounding collection. I mean, just look at the contents:

You can read more about it at Tor.com. The collection is available now at Amazon, with other online retailers loading it up shortly. It is also entirely, 100% free.