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MADE TO KILL nominated for the Dame Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel

I’m completely thrilled and delighted to discover that Made to Kill, volume 1 in The LA Trilogy, is a finalist for the 2016 Dame Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel. The Ngaio’s were founded in 2010 and are New Zealand’s national book prize for crime and mystery fiction. Unfortunately I’m not going to be able to make the award ceremony itself, which is held in Christchurch on August 27th, but I feel very honoured to be included among such a strong shortlist.

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The Dame Ngaio Marsh Award is a judged prize, and here’s what the judges had to say about my little book about a robot detective (*cough* assassin):

“An outstanding and well written, distinctive sci-fi period noir thriller set in an alternate version of Los Angeles. Atmospheric with an exceptional sense of place and characterisation. Very Chandleresque and a thoroughly good mix of two different genres. Hopefully this will become a classic.”

“I loved it and the author had a great main protagonist even though he’s a robot. It’s got Reds infiltrating Hollywood, secret societies and the whole ‘taking over the world’ scenario. It is all a bit daft, but it really gripped me and was a hugely enjoyable read.”

“Inventive, creative and audacious, full of clever details, a wonderful narrative voice and compelling cast of self-absorbed Hollywood types – one of the most endearing robots you could hope to find in literature.”

Last weekend, Award convener Craig Sisterson was interviewed on Radio New Zealand’s Sunday Morning programme, discussing the awards and Made to Kill. You can listen to the interview here (Made to Kill discussion starts at around 9’40”).

Woo-hoo! I won’t pretend that Made to Kill has any chance of winning – it’s an odd mix of SF and mystery, so perhaps not quite what the judges are looking for – but hey, New Zealand crime and mystery writing is alive and well and, in fact, stronger than ever, and to even be considered is a great honour.

The award is split into two categories – Best Crime Novel and Best First Novel – and the full shortlist is:

Now I just need to get over my jet lag and sort through my photos from San Diego Comic Con…

San Diego Comic Con 2016 schedule

Next week I’m off to San Diego Comic Con, which is quite possibly the greatest show on Earth. Here’s my schedule:


Thursday, July 21st

Signing: Dark Circle Comics
Time: 5:00 – 6:00 PM
Place: Archie Comics, Booth #1829, Exhibition Hall
With:
Duane Swierczynski (Black Hood) and Frank Tieri (The Hangman)

This is my only signing of the con, so I’ll be happy to sign books as well as copies of The Shield, which I co-write with Chuck Wendig. Speaking of Chuck, his own SDCC schedule is up here.


Friday, July 22nd

The Annual International Association of Media and Tie-In Writers Awards Panel
Time: 6:00 – 7:00 PM
Place: Room 28DE
With: Michael A. Black (
Executioner), Matt Forbeck (Halo), Glenn Hauman (Star Trek), Nancy Holder (Crimson Peak), R. L. King (Shadowrun), Jonathan Maberry (Wolfman), Andy Mangels (X-Files), Cavan Scott (Pathfinder), and Marv Wolfman (Batman), moderated by Max Allan Collins (Mike Hammer)

My Elementary novel, The Ghost Line, is nominated for Best Original Novel – General… so I shall be nervously awaiting the result while the 11 (!!) of us chat on the panel.


And that’s it! Otherwise I’ll be around the whole time, trying not to buy anything…

Updated Phoenix Comic Con schedule

Quick update to my schedule for Phoenix Comic Con next week.

Thursday, June 2nd

Exhibitor Hall Signing
Time: 4:30 – 5:30 PM
Place: Exhibitor hall signing area


Friday, June 3rd

Spotlight: Adam Christopher
Time: 1:30 – 2:30 PM
Place: North 128A

Now, I swear I had nothing to do with the official blurb for this spotlight:

Comics, super-heroes, and science fiction Adam Christopher does it all, come geek out with one of Tor’s most celebrated authors.

… but, okay, I’ll take it :p

I guess this is an hour of me talking about… me? I shall try to make that more interesting than it sounds, and there may quite possibly be one or two things to give away too.

Signing Lounge
Time: 3:00 – 4:00 PM
Place: North 127AB Author Signings.

Exhibitor Hall Signing
Time: 6:00 – 7:00 PM
Place: Exhibitor hall signing area


Saturday, June 4th

Crossing the Streams: Genre Splicing
Time: 10:30 – 11:30 AM
Place: North 128A
With: Aprilynne PikeMichael MartinezNeo Edmund and Yvonne Navarro.

My favourite topic! Should be good.

It’s too much to ask genres to stay neat and organized. As the number of genres grow, so too does the chance for cross-genres to be born. Our panelists discuss what happens stories refuse to stay in one genre and behave.

Beyond the Comics: Superheroes in Literature
Time: 12:00  – 1:00 PM
Place: North 128A
With: Lexie DunneRyan Dalton and Weston Ochse

My other favourite topic!

With superheroes being more popular than ever, superhero fiction is on the rise. Or panelists discuss the next tall building for this genre to leap.

Signing
Time: 3:00 – 4:00 PM
Place: North 127AB Author Signings.

Exhibitor Hall Signing
Time: 4:30 – 5:30 PM
Place: Exhibitor hall signing area


Sunday, June 5th

Shared Worlds
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 PM
Place: North 128A (I’m sensing a theme here)
With: Jody Lynn NyeNeo Edmund and Yvonne Navarro

From the panel description:

Some names carry the weight of a legacy with them.  Authors who work in shared worlds are tasked with not only coming up with original creations, but building on what’s come before.  Our panelists discuss establishing and helping legacy worlds.

Someone Else’s Sandbox
Time: 1:30 – 2:30 PM
Place: North 128B
With: Alan Dean FosterMichael Kogge and Yvonne Navarro

My chance to waffle on about how much fun I had with Elementary and The Shield, I think:

TV, Film, Comics, RPGs every property has a story to tell, these are the author who flesh out our favorite visual universes. Join these media-tie in craftspeople in a discussion about writing in someone else’s sandbox.

Signing Lounge
Time: 3:00 – 4:00 PM
Place: North 127AB Author Signings.


Also,  Wednesday June 1st, is Elevengeddon at The Poisoned Pen bookstore in Scottsdale (4014 N Goldwater Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 8525) featuring me and Kevin Hearne, Brandon Sanderson, V.E. Schwab, Pierce Brown, Mary Robinette Kowal, Scott Sigler, Dan Wells, Beth Cato, Jason Hough, Django Wexler, Leanna Renee Hieber, Adam Christopher, Michael J. Sullivan, Sam Sykes, Michael Martinez, Ryan Dalton, and Tom Leveen.

Coloured wristbands for the signing will be issued started at 6pm, signing itself starts at 7pm.

The Doctor Who comics of Alan Moore, and DISHONORED book announcement

Couple o’ things.

Over at Tor.com, I take a look at the Doctor Who comics of Alan Moore. Moore, better known as the writer of Watchmen, V for Vendetta, and other groundbreaking titles, actually started writing back-up strips for Doctor Who Weekly magazine back in the early 1980s. Reviewing the stories was pretty fun, and you can check it out over here.

In other news, Bethesda announced a comic and novel tie-in series for the console/PC game Dishonored. As it happens, I’ve written the first book, which comes with this rather fetching cover. Click to embiggen it in all its glory!

The cover says not final, but I doubt it will change much.

Dishonored: The Corroded Man is out in September from your usual favourite bookstores. The full press release for the comics and novel can be read here.

Phoenix Comic Con 2016

I can hardly believe this has come up so fast, but next week I’m off to Phoenix Comic Con! This is my first year as a guest, and as I’ve heard so many great things about the con, I’m really looking forward to it.

You can find the full schedule for all the guests, not to mention a venue map, over at the main PHXCC website, but here’s where I’ll be:

Thursday, June 2nd

Totally Tor
Time: 4:30 – 5:30 PM
Place: North 129A

I’m not actually on this panel – in fact, it’s a one-woman show from my own publicist:

What’s new from Tor! Join Patty Garcia, Director of Publicity for Tor Books as she takes you through current and upcoming releases, and a take a sneak peak at big titles coming in 2017! Raffle and giveaways throughout the presentation.

But, I’ll likely be there, possibly to heckle, more likely to sign anything with my name on it, should the need arise!


Friday, June 3rd

Spotlight: Adam Christopher
Time: 1:30 – 2:30 PM
Place: North 128A

Now, I swear I had nothing to do with the official blurb for this spotlight:

Comics, super-heroes, and science fiction Adam Christopher does it all, come geek out with one of Tor’s most celebrated authors.

… but, okay, I’ll take it :p

I guess this is an hour of me talking about… me? I shall try to make that more interesting than it sounds, and there may quite possibly be one or two things to give away too.


Saturday, June 4th

Crossing the Streams: Genre Splicing
Time: 10:30 – 11:30 AM
Place: North 128A
With: Aprilynne PikeMichael MartinezNeo Edmund and Yvonne Navarro.

No panel description up yet, but everyone on the panel has written cross-genre or genre mash-up fiction of some kind. My favourite topic! Should be good.

Beyond the Comics: Superheroes in Literature
Time: 12:00  – 1:00 PM
Place: North 128A
With: Lexie DunneRyan Dalton and Weston Ochse

My other favourite topic!

With superheroes being more popular than ever, superhero fiction is on the rise. Or panelists discuss the next tall building for this genre to leap.


Sunday, June 5th

Shared Worlds
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 PM
Place: North 128A (I’m sensing a theme here)
With: Jody Lynn NyeNeo Edmund and Yvonne Navarro

From the panel description:

Some names carry the weight of a legacy with them.  Authors who work in shared worlds are tasked with not only coming up with original creations, but building on what’s come before.  Our panelists discuss establishing and helping legacy worlds.

Someone Else’s Sandbox
Time: 1:30 – 2:30 PM
Place: North 128B
With: Alan Dean FosterMichael Kogge and Yvonne Navarro

My chance to waffle on about how much fun I had with Elementary and The Shield, I think:

TV, Film, Comics, RPGs every property has a story to tell, these are the author who flesh out our favorite visual universes. Join these media-tie in craftspeople in a discussion about writing in someone else’s sandbox.


And that’s it for me.! Other than those panels, I’ll be around PHXCC for the whole thing from Thursday June 2nd.

Actually, I’ll be around from Wednesday June 1st, and will be joining a bazillion (well, seventeen) other authors over at The Poisoned Pen in Scottsdale (4014 N Goldwater Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 8525) for Elevengeddon, aka a mass signing, which kicks off at 7pm. Come along and get your swag signed by me and Kevin Hearne, Brandon Sanderson, V.E. Schwab, Pierce Brown, Mary Robinette Kowal, Scott Sigler, Dan Wells, Beth Cato, Jason Hough, Django Wexler, Leanna Renee Hieber, Adam Christopher, Michael J. Sullivan, Sam Sykes, Michael Martinez, Ryan Dalton, and Tom Leveen.

Phew!

Elevengeddon will be hosted by Kevin, and many thanks to him for organising this authorial hoe-down. Full details, including the directions, can be found here. I understand The Poisoned Pen should have plenty of stock for sale, but you can always get in touch with the store and put in an order ahead of time.

See you in Arizona!

ELEMENTARY: BLOOD AND INK out today!

Today’s the day! My second official tie-in novel to the CBS television show Elementary is out!


A brand-new novel tie-in to the popular Elementary TV series.

The CFO of a secretive NYC hedge fund is found murdered—stabbed through the eye with an expensive fountain pen. Sherlock Holmes and Joan Watson discover a link between the victim and a charismatic touring management guru with a doubtful past. But is the solution so clear-cut or is the guru being framed?

As secrets are revealed and another victim is found murdered in the same grisly fashion, Holmes and Watson begin to uncover a murky world of money and deceit…


Elementary: Blood and Ink is available from your favourite booksellers, but here’s a bunch of handy order links:

Elementary: Blood and Ink at Forbidden Planet (signed copies!)
Elementary: Blood and Ink at Amazon.co.uk
Elementary: Blood and Ink at Amazon.co.uk (Kindle)
Elementary: Blood and Ink at Amazon.com
Elementary: Blood and Ink at Amazon.com (Kindle)
Elementary: Blood and Ink at Barnes & Noble
Elementary: Blood and Ink at Barnes & Noble (Nook)
Elementary: Blood and Ink at Indiebound
Elementary: Blood and Ink at Books-A-Million (ebook)
Elementary: Blood and Ink at Books-A-Million
Elementary: Blood and Ink at The Book Depository
Elementary: Blood and Ink at Foyles
Elementary: Blood and Ink at Waterstones
Elementary: Blood and Ink at WH Smith
Elementary: Blood and Ink at WH Smith (ebook)
Elementary: Blood and Ink at Hive
Elementary: Blood and Ink at Hive (ebook)
Elementary: Blood and Ink at iBooks

Enjoy!

ELEMENTARY: THE GHOST LINE nominated for the 2016 Scribe Awards

The shortlist for the 2016 Scribe Awards has now been announced, and I’m very pleased that my first Elementary novel, The Ghost Line, is a finalist!

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The Scribe Awards are given out each year by the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers, and recognise “excellence in this very competitive field”, as their website says. Elementary: The Ghost Line is actually the first tie-in novel I’ve written, so I’m chuffed to see it nominated.

The full shortlist can be found at the Scribe Awards website. The Ghost Line is up against three other novels in the General category–I’m just glad it’s not in the Speculative category, the shortlist of which features a whopping seven books.

The awards are given out at a special panel held at San Diego Comic Con, which I’ll be at. I’ll post more info when I have it.

In the meantime, don’t forget that the second Elementary novel, Blood and Ink, is out in just over a week!

A brand-new novel tie-in to the popular Elementary TV series.

The CFO of a secretive NYC hedge fund is found murdered—stabbed through the eye with an expensive fountain pen. Sherlock Holmes and Joan Watson discover a link between the victim and a charismatic touring management guru with a doubtful past. But is the solution so clear-cut or is the guru being framed?

As secrets are revealed and another victim is found murdered in the same grisly fashion, Holmes and Watson begin to uncover a murky world of money and deceit…


And here are your handy order links:

Elementary: Blood and Ink at Forbidden Planet (signed copies!)
Elementary: Blood and Ink at Amazon.co.uk (link coming soon!)
Elementary: Blood and Ink at Amazon.co.uk (Kindle)
Elementary: Blood and Ink at Amazon.com
Elementary: Blood and Ink at Amazon.com (Kindle)
Elementary: Blood and Ink at Barnes & Noble
Elementary: Blood and Ink at Barnes & Noble (Nook)
Elementary: Blood and Ink at Indiebound
Elementary: Blood and Ink at Books-A-Million (ebook)
Elementary: Blood and Ink at Books-A-Million
Elementary: Blood and Ink at The Book Depository
Elementary: Blood and Ink at Foyles
Elementary: Blood and Ink at Waterstones
Elementary: Blood and Ink at WH Smith
Elementary: Blood and Ink at WH Smith (ebook)
Elementary: Blood and Ink at Hive
Elementary: Blood and Ink at Hive (ebook)
Elementary: Blood and Ink at iBooks

The Amazon.co.uk listing for the UK paperback seems to be broken at the moment. I’ll update the link when it gets fixed.

To mark the release of Blood and Ink, I’ll be signing at the Forbidden Planet Birmingham Megastore (74 Bull Street, Birmingham, B4 6AD) on Saturday, 23rd April, from 1-2pm.

ELEMENTARY: BLOOD AND INK release and signing event

My second official tie-in novel to the CBS television show Elementary is out in two weeks!

Blood and Ink is another adventure for the modern-day Sherlock Holmes and Joan Watson and their pet tortoise Clyde, and features… well, have a read of the blurb below.


A brand-new novel tie-in to the popular Elementary TV series.

The CFO of a secretive NYC hedge fund is found murdered—stabbed through the eye with an expensive fountain pen. Sherlock Holmes and Joan Watson discover a link between the victim and a charismatic touring management guru with a doubtful past. But is the solution so clear-cut or is the guru being framed?

As secrets are revealed and another victim is found murdered in the same grisly fashion, Holmes and Watson begin to uncover a murky world of money and deceit…


Elementary: Blood and Ink is available from your favourite booksellers, but here’s a bunch of handy order links:

Elementary: Blood and Ink at Forbidden Planet (signed copies!)
Elementary: Blood and Ink at Amazon.co.uk (link coming soon!)
Elementary: Blood and Ink at Amazon.co.uk (Kindle)
Elementary: Blood and Ink at Amazon.com
Elementary: Blood and Ink at Amazon.com (Kindle)
Elementary: Blood and Ink at Barnes & Noble
Elementary: Blood and Ink at Barnes & Noble (Nook)
Elementary: Blood and Ink at Indiebound
Elementary: Blood and Ink at Books-A-Million (ebook)
Elementary: Blood and Ink at Books-A-Million
Elementary: Blood and Ink at The Book Depository
Elementary: Blood and Ink at Foyles
Elementary: Blood and Ink at Waterstones
Elementary: Blood and Ink at WH Smith
Elementary: Blood and Ink at WH Smith (ebook)
Elementary: Blood and Ink at Hive
Elementary: Blood and Ink at Hive (ebook)
Elementary: Blood and Ink at iBooks

The Amazon.co.uk listing for the UK paperback seems to be broken at the moment. I’ll update the link when it gets fixed.

And to mark the release of Blood and Ink, I’ll be signing at the Forbidden Planet Birmingham Megastore (74 Bull Street, Birmingham, B4 6AD) on Saturday, 23rd April, from 1-2pm. Come along, get the book early, and get stuff signed!

See you there!

It’s all coming up ELEMENTARY…

April is here already and it’s a big month for Elementary fans!

First up, this Thursday (April 7th) sees the UK broadcast of season 4, episode 17, “You’ve Got Me, Who’s Got You?“, written by none other than Paul Cornell. It’s a fun, comicbook-themed episode, and I guarantee it will be a highlight of your TV week. Tune in to Sky Living at 8pm!
1200Paul has written about his episode over at his blog, and posted some behind-the-scenes photos from the filming here.

And out April 26th is the second of my official Elementary tie-in novels, Blood and Ink.

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From the official blurb:

A brand-new novel tie-in to the popular Elementary TV series.

The CFO of a secretive NYC hedge fund is found murdered—stabbed through the eye with an expensive fountain pen. Sherlock Holmes and Joan Watson discover a link between the victim and a charismatic touring management guru with a doubtful past. But is the solution so clear-cut or is the guru being framed?

As secrets are revealed and another victim is found murdered in the same grisly fashion, Holmes and Watson begin to uncover a murky world of money and deceit…

I’ve made no secret that the Elementary novels have been the most fun to write ever, and I’m thrilled to add another novel to the canon. If you’re a fan of the show and you dug the first novel, The Ghost Line, I think you’ll like this one. Blood and Ink is available to pre-order now from all your usual places. I’ll post up some links tomorrow.

Finally, I’ll be signing Blood and Ink – and The Ghost Line, and… well, anything else you like – at Forbidden Planet Birmingham on Saturday April 23rd, from 1-2pm.

Tell your friends and see you there!

 

Out now: HYPERION #1, by Chuck Wendig

March was a cracker month for comic books, if only for the fact that my Shield co-writer and all-round chum, Chuck Wendig, made his Marvel Comics debut with Hyperion #1, which was out last week.

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I must admit, Hyperion is not a character I am familiar with at all (and in fact, I hadn’t even heard of the character until Chuck told me he was writing him!), which in a way makes me the ideal test reader for this new book.

And… it rocks. Seriously. It’s not only a great comic, but it’s a great Chuck Wendig comic. This is actually quite a feat, given that the part of a comic that the reader actually reads is nearly pure dialogue and, therefore, character. But Chuck does it – from Doll, Hyperion’s new companion, waking up with a “Wuzza? Woozo?” to a clown full of bees, this is absolutely recognisable as Chuck’s work.

And what a splendid thing it is. Chuck has written a little about it here, but my advice is: go get it, immediately!