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Answering Questions About the Upcoming GLEAM UPON THE WAVES Launch

We’re ten days out from the arrival of Gleam Upon the Waves, the fourth book in The Bell Forging Cycle. Since its release date announcement, I’ve had quite a few emails from readers with some really great questions. So, I figured putting together a post where I answer them publically would be helpful for everyone!


Where can I preorder the ebook?

Everywhere! In fact here’s some links:

Kindle – Kobo – Nook – Apple Books – GooglePlay

While you’re at it, you should add it to your Goodreads.


Can I preorder the paperbacks?

For reasons I can’t comprehend, Amazon doesn’t actually allow for pre-orders of physical copies—at least not for Amazon-printed titles. (My books are printed through Amazon’s KDP service, formerly CreateSpace.) Trade-paperbacks are planned. I have a proof sitting next to me as I write this post. I’ll be pushing them live on the 30th, and you’ll be able to order them then.


Are you going to be offering signed copies?

You betcha! The plan is to have signed copies back in my story after the 30th. I realize my story has been empty for much of the last year (when the pandemic hit, I didn’t order any more books since I wasn’t going to conventions.) But I should have fresh new stock arriving soon, and the store will reopen. Believe me, I’ll be posting about it.


Do you have ARCs for reviewers?

I do. I wrote a post about it here with all the details.


Will there be book sets available?

Yep! The Roader Pack is slated to return in a fancy new 2021 format. I’m currently building out the newest swag set and waiting on shipments. I’ll post about it when they’re available.


That covers most of the typical questions people have asked. If you have a question I haven’t answered leave a comment below or reach out to me via email.

Ten days, roaders!

The Indie Pub

Let’s Visit the Indie Pub

It’s Saint Patrick’s Day, and it’s tradition to make a trip to the local pub. But that’s not entirely feasible since we’re still dealing with a pandemic—so why not join me and my pal, fellow writer, and travel buddy J. Rushing for the inaugural episode of his new podcast, The Indie Pub! Episode one is out today, I’m the first guest, and you can listen to it below.

I had a lot of fun chatting with Jim, and I think that comes through. I hope I get another chance to visit the pub in the future. His plan is to start releasing new episodes every other week and he’ll be discussing all aspects of indie publishing with a whole swath of great guests. So tell your pals, drop him a review, and subscribe to the Indie Pub from any of the links below.



Happy St. Patrick’s Day, everyone! Enjoy the podcast.

Old Haunts — Vignettes and Visions from the City of Lovat

Old Haunts: Order Up

📍 Shantak Coffee
🚢 Deck Three, Kaleetan District (Onboard the Gamble)
🕘 Mid-Morning

“The spot had a more substantial appearance than other locations on this deck. Its walls were solid bulkheads, and it had its own door that led into a dark interior. The sign above was neon, the glass twisted to illustrate in blue glowing tubes a creature that was a hybrid between bat and bird, paired with an ugly horse’s head. The glass was animated to give the bird-thing a herky-jerky appearance as if it was in flight. A white fabric sign below read ‘Lovat’s Oldest Operating Coffee Shop’ in red Strutten letters.”

—Waldo Bell, Gleam Upon the Waves


Visit Previous Haunts:

Lucky Star

📍 Denny Lake Warren
🏙 Level Four
🕙 Midmorning

Rhapsody

📍 King Station Warren
🌆 Level Four
🕖 Early Evening

Serenade on Two

📍 Martello Warren
🌃 Level Two
🕚 Late Night


Local Service

📍 Martello Warren
🏙 Level Four
🕐 Mid-Day

Licensed Dir. Agents

📍 Unknown Warren
🌃 Level Three
🕚 Late Night

Happy Auseil

📍 Hickman-Franklin Warren
🌃 Level Three
🕝 Early Morning


Title Card for "Social Climber" a Lovatine Vignette of a man riding a public lift

Social Climber

📍 Frink Park Warren
🏙 Between Level Four & Five
🕜 Early Afternoon


Study Related Ephemera:


Explore Distant Margins:


Credits:

Some audio from Freesounds. Special thanks to: erh, ivolipa, kinoton, patricklieberkind, srgbld, stuntman, trainscough5407, and univ-lyon3.

Broll provided by Videezy.com


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Gleam Upon the Waves sticker set

Behold the GLEAM UPON THE WAVES Sticker Set

While the news on the pandemic front has been positive. We’re still a ways away from in-person conventions and meetups. That doesn’t mean I’m slacking when it comes to swag. Like the titles before it, Gleam Upon the Waves will have its own swag pack, which I’ll eventually give away at conventions and over on my store. I’m excited to share it with you. First up: the new stickers.

These will be 1.5″ vinyl like the others. I’m really pleased with how well they turned out. And those Clark Ashton Smith fans out there will appreciate my not-so-subtle reference. Bookmarks are still in production (trying something new), but I should be able to share the new button real soon.

15 days, roaders!

What if THE STARS WERE RIGHT was a comic book?

My pal, Mal Jones, surprised me today with this incredible comic-book approach to the cover of The Stars Were Right. It’s phenomenal. I had to share it here (well… everywhere, really) as I knew y’all would be as impressed as me. I love Mal’s style. The half-tone shading he’s using here works really well. His take on Wal, Zilla, and Peter Black is fantastic. Honored to have such an amazing depiction. Makes me want to do a comic book.

If you like this, Be sure to check out Mal’s other work, and follow him over on Twitter and Instagram. He makes cool stuff. I particularly like his Potboiler project and have a copy of Nomencreatures sitting on my shelf. He’s also got prints for sale, and you should buy one.