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So, someone apparently saw the wishlist I have at Amazon…

Because a certain something from that list came in the mail today.

To whichever kind soul (or souls) were behind this…

Thank you! Thank you!

I am a happy man today.

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four years

On March 17, 2013, I wrote “It was another crummy Friday for Beth McGill” on my trusty tablet. Since then, I’ve completed six novels (with one in progress), one novella (again, with one in progress), eight short stories, and a lot of posts on this blog. While not everything has been wine and roses, I have had a blast.

I thank all of you who are on this trek with me, whether you’ve been here since the beginning or joined along the way, or are even just coming aboard now. I am grateful that you enjoy what I write, and I hope you’ll continue to do so.

There’s more after the cut…and more than ever, I need to hear what you think. Continue reading

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Anniversary Day 2016!

So today marks two years of the Monkey Queen. The anniversary sale is still going on, and I suspect that I may forget to reset the prices for a day or two. (Birthdays will do that.) If you want to grab the first three books, search your favorite ebook store, or scroll down to find the Amazon link.

But I wanted to touch on the important thing: To thank you. There’s a more detailed post on Facebook, but I wanted to thank all you here as well. The readers, the reviewers, the fans, the inspirations, those who help with getting the books out, those who cheer me on and cheer me up when needed…I will always be grateful to you. Thank you, one and all.

Those of you on the mailing list may have already seen these, but if you haven’t: Here’s another sneak peek at the sixth Monkey Queen book, The Crown Of Kylthena. Here, Alasdair Stirling is in a bit of a hurry.

Alasdair pushed his way past a group of surprised dwarves as he ran up to the car. “Good afternoon!” he said pleasantly to the conductor, a wyrdra with an impressive set of bushy whiskers, as he boarded.

“What’s this all about?” The conductor glared at Alasdair.

“Just getting two more aboard…there we are!” Alasdair said as Michiko and Beth ran through the door. “Now we can go.”

“No, we need to wait. We have a schedule—”

“Yes, yes, I’m sure you do.” Alasdair rapped the car door with his cane.

“This—this is highly irregular!” the conductor sputtered as the door slammed shut.

“I know.” Alasdair smiled as he reached behind the conductor with his cane. He tapped the control panel. “Isn’t it delightful? Hold on, everyone!”

The car wobbled as the crystal-powered engine sparked to life. Beth swayed as the car started down the cables. As it left the terminal building, it lurched as the ground fell away below it. Beth saw the metal inlays along the car’s wooden frame; as they glowed, she realized that they were aerium, the same metal that kept Faerie’s airships aloft.

“Why are you hijacking my cable car!” the conductor said with a scowl.

“Such a strong term,” Alasdair said. “We had a matter of some urgency.” He pointed at Liem. “My young friend has an important engagement she dare not be late for.”


“Well…technically, it’s a big date,” Alasdair stage-whispered. “He’s apparently quite attractive.” He winked. Liem buried her face in her hands.

And even though this book is basically finished, work has started on the seventh book. Here’s the very first sneak peek:

“In these woods?” Skoja nodded towards the trees that surrounded them. “There’s no one else around, is there?”

Channi started to speak, but stopped as branches in nearby trees rustled and shook. The chimri stopped and watched quietly, mouths open, as a gold-tipped wooden staff flew towards them. It stopped several feet away, floating motionlessly in mid-air.

“Skoja?” Keren said slowly. “What have we told you about tempting fate?”

I hope you enjoyed these. Thanks again for all your support. Stick with Michiko and Beth; there’s still lots of adventure to come!

Still here? Okay, then. One more thing:

You may want to be dropping by again in early October. [grins]


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Going Wide IV: Redblade…and thanks!

Today is the day that Redblade, the fifth Monkey Queen book, goes wide! You can now get it through Kobo, iTunes, and DriveThruFiction! It should be available shortly on Barnes & Noble, for your Nook, and other webstores worldwide. And you can still buy Redblade, and all the other Monkey Queen books, through Amazon!

Today is also a special day for me. If you don’t know the story: On March 16, 2013, I found the material I had written for a comic book series that never took off and, after reviewing it, realized it could work as a book. The next day, three years ago today, I typed these words into my tablet: “It was another crappy Friday for Beth McGill.” Three years and five books later I’m still writing, with two books and a secret project in progress, and still having the time of my life.

Thank you to you – the fans, the readers, the people who have taken a time to drop me a line or leave a comment or review, the people who have encouraged and supported me. Special thanks, first and foremost, to Willow! And also to Calomiel, Shei Darksbane, Kate Danley, Meri Amber, the crew at KBoards, Stan Sakai, Studio Foglio, Cora and Jessica at the Speculative Fiction Showcase, the enigmatic “M”, everyone else I may have overlooked…and of course to you!

Stay tuned! Don’t touch that dial! 2016 is still going to be amazing for all us! And thanks again.

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Many thanks!

We’ve had our best sales week ever for the Monkey Queen! I won’t quote figures, but at one point, in one specific category, the first book was outselling Terry Pratchett, The Little Prince, and The Hobbit, which I find quite amazing. Don’t forget that this sale continues until July 15, so feel free to share the news about the sale and spread the word!

To everyone who’s picked up a copy, who’s helped out with getting the books published, or has just taken a moment to give their support and encouragement, I thank you! Creating Michiko and Beth’s stories is one of the greatest joys I’ve ever had, and I hope to keep telling them for a long time to come, and keep sharing them with all of you.

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