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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!

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 | #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.

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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 | #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…