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And now for some pimping, shared universe style

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As you know (and I’m talking to you, Bob), last year my story “Coca Xocolātl” appeared in the shared universe anthology ReDeus: Divine Tales. I had a lot of fun writing that story, so when the editors decided to do a second volume of future tales set after The Return, I promptly got in line.

That new book is entitled ReDeus: Beyond Borders, and it comes out next month. In the meantime, the fine folks at Crazy8 Press have invited the book’s contributors to yammer a bit, and yours truly is up first.

So now you can follow this link over to their site and read what I have to tell you about the continuing saga of Matlal Alejandro Garcia y Fuentes, professor emeritus and representative of the Aztec God Huehuecoyotl. But I warn you, as soon as you do, you’re going to want to buy the book!

Now Available for Nook: BUFFALITO DESTINY!

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Buffalito Destiny

So, if you’ve been paying attention, you’ll recall that just yesterday I announced that my 2009 novel from Hadley Rille Books, Buffalito Destiny, could be acquired for a mere $3.00 by Kindle-users over on Amazon.

While there was much rejoicing, there was also a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. Or something like that. I like to think it was from all the rest of the e-reading public who fill their ebook fix via the much more popular format known as ePub.

As you know, Bob, Barnes & Noble’s ereader, the Nook, uses that format, and while there are still a few bugs in the system (e.g., they don’t have the cover art showing yet), Buffalito Destiny is now available in ePub format via, specifically right here at this link. And yes, it’s still only three bucks!

And again, because the ebook is being published via Paper Golem, it’s covered by our FREE EBOOK policy which says if you’ve already bought a physical copy of book then you’re entitled to the ebook version (either mobi or ePub format) for free. If this applies to you, follow this link to find out how to get yours.

Now Available for Kindle: BUFFALITO DESTINY!

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Buffalito Destiny

In 2009 Hadley Rille Books published my first novel, Buffalito Destiny, making it available in both Trade Paperback and Hardcover editions.

Beginning today, my own small press, Paper Golem, has made it available for the Kindle, and it only costs three dollars!

Seriously, a mere three bucks. No more excuses. Plus today’s my half-birthday, so… yeah, that means you should get a copy, right?

You can click this link and you’ll be whisked instantly to Amazon where you can buy a copy (and I encourage you to use that link as I’ll get a bit extra, courtesy of Amazon’s Affiliation program).

But also, because the ebook is being published via Paper Golem, it’s covered by our FREE EBOOK policy. Specifically, if you’ve already bought the book in “dead tree” format, Paper Golem will send you the ebook version (either mobi or ePub format) at no cost. Check out this link for the details.

And a special shout out to Elektra Hammond for her efforts improving the readability of the ebook!

4th Night of Hannukah – 2012

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I am a huge fan of Subterranean Press. They put out books by some of the most amazing writers in the field, and do so in stunning editions.

In the last few years, I’ve cut way back on the number of paper books I buy. Almost all of my reading is of the epub variety, either on my phone or on a seven-inch tablet. But, there are a couple dozen authors that I still buy regularly in paper, writers who are friends, writers who are mentors, writers who inspire, writers I want to collect on my shelves. And several times a year, I’ll see just such an author’s name pop up from Subterranean Press in an email, and I’ll go ahead and pre-order a book. Often as not, it will be a signed, numbered edition. Yeah, that costs a bit more, but since I’m buying fewer paper books, it all washes out. Plus, it’s about the only thing I buy for myself.

The Boolean Gate

Anyway, the point of this post is that I’d ordered and paid for just such a book months and months ago, and then long since forgot the book even existed or was coming out.

It arrived with yesterday’s mail.

I gave the book to my wife, so she could give it to me as a Hannukah gift last night. I’ve talked about this before, what a pain-in-the-ass I am to get gifts for, because there’s nothing really that I want or need, and how I tend to end up disappointed when someone is really just trying to be nice and give me something. Yeah, I suck). The point is, it makes giving me gifts pretty tough. But here was this great book I wasn’t expecting (honestly, I don’t recall ordering it) and it’s just what I wanted. The perfect gift. My wife graciously accepted the opportunity to give me the book. A win all around!

The book is Walter Jon Williams’s The Boolean Gate. My copy is #46 of the special, signed edition, limited to 500 copies. Whenever I order a numbered book from Subterranean I always ask for #46 and Bill goes out of his way to accomodate me (Thanks, Bill!). If you want to know why #46, well, ask me in person sometime.

And too, as regular readers of my blog know, not only am I a huge fan of Walter’s work, but I’ve had the great pleasure of going up the mountain in Taos to learn from the man at his master class, Taos Toolbox (and it’s also my great pleasure to plug that experience whenever I can). The book’s concept is brilliant, pairing of the characters of Samuel Clemens and Nicola Tesla, two dynamic and brilliant contemporaries. Combined with Walter’s legendary ability with plot, I have no doubt this is going to be an awesomely fun read.

Happy Hannukah indeed!

BUFFALITO BUFFET – According to Publishers Weekly

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Coming out in time for Thanksgiving (surely a great time to buy books!), Buffalito Buffet is the third book in the Amazing Conroy series.

Here’s what Publishers Weekly had to say about it:

Starting with 2001’s “Buffalo Dogs,” this collection reprints all seven of Schoen’s short stories featuring the Amazing Conroy, a hypnotist turned entrepreneur, and his pet buffalito, Reggie (last seen in 2011’s Buffalito Contingency), along with the all-new “Barry’s Tale.” The emphasis is on sly humor and social chicanery as Conroy uses hypnotism, subterfuge, and old-fashioned people skills to interact with a universe teeming with oddball aliens and their oft-confusing customs. He breaks an alien monopoly on buffalitos, dog-sized creatures that eat anything and fart pure oxygen; learns the secret of the galaxy’s greatest recluse; gets caught up in a murder; gambles for extremely high stakes; and pursues a legendary culinary delicacy. Schoen is clearly in his element and there’s a pleasant preposterousness to the whole thing, like a series of good-natured tall tales that end too soon.

“Pleasant preposterousness.” Yeah, I’ll take that.

Advance look at Buffalito Buffet

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The next book in the Amazing Conroy series, is actually a look back. Buffalito Buffet is a collection that gathers all the previously published stories (including those from venues long out of print and/or not available in the US) as well as a brand new novella set before the events of the story arc of the novels.

It will be coming out from Hadley Rille Books in the Fall.

I thought you might like to see what it’s going to look like:

Buffalito Buffet

ReDeus: Coca Xocalātl

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I’ve received word that the new shared universe anthology, ReDeus: Divine Tales has gone to press. We’ll have the book available on Friday, August 3rd, at Shore Leave (as well as a majority of the contributors on hand to autograph your copy).

As such, I thought I’d tell you a bit more about my story in the book. It’s entitled “Coca Xocalātl” and is the tale of an eighty-five year old professor emeritus from the linguistics department of a university in San Diego, California. Except now San Diego has been reclaimed as a state of Mexico (along with portions of Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas). Why? Because the Aztec gods said so! But I digress.

Professor Garcia y Fuentes is more or less content to live out the rest of his days puttering around in the basement of the university’s library. He has his correspondence with former students and colleagues, he has articles to review for professional journals, and he has dead languages to tinker with. But if he’s allowed to do that, then there’s no story. So…

Instead, our good professor unwittingly draws the attention of one of the gods, Huehuecoyotl, aka Old Man Coyote. And while this isn’t quite the familiar trickster god of American folklore, he is still very much a trickster and he has plans for our professor. Oh my yes.

As for the title? It’s what you get when you mix Coca Cola with traditional (as in the year 1400, you know, old school) “hot chocolate,” or rather, it’s what you get if a god mixes it for you.

I leave you now with the stunning illustration that Carmen Carnero created to go with my story. Just outstanding!

ReDeus: Divine Tales

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ReDeus: Divine Tales

On June 19th, Bob Greenberger sent me an email inviting me to join in an exciting new project that he had whipped up with Aaron Rosenberg, Steven Savile, and Paul Kupperberg. They were creating a shared universe called ReDeus. The premise was breathtaking: At the opening of the Olympic Games on July 27th, 2012, the gods of myth and legend – all of them, Zeus and Odin and Anu and Cernunnos and Abeguwo and and Yu-huang and Osiris and Ilmatar and Shiva and Kukulcan, seriously, all of them! – come back. Got that? Okay, now jump forward twenty years, and write a story in the world that has been transformed.

There was just one catch: they wanted to launch the book at Shore Leave, which meant the deadline for submissions was July 10th.

Okay, in my case, there was another catch: There was a minor snafu and I didn’t get the email.

Well, that’s not quite true. I did get it eventually, a week later. That made it a bit tougher, but the premise was so cool, and the people working on the project were folks I’d known for year but had never worked with, so even though I was in the midst of reading slush for the Cucurbital 3 anthology I put that on hold for a few days and wrote a story.

And I must have done all right because it’s been accepted and will be appearing in the anthology, coming your way on August 3rd.

I’ll have more to say about my story in a future post here, but for now, let’s all just gaze at this incredible cover by Anton Kokarev, shall we? Yes, let’s shall.