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A Frog Kiss for a Belated Valentine

When we were first dating, Rebecca diligently read most of my stories. After she’d finished quite a few, she gave me a near-impossible challenge: “I want you to write a story that has a happy ending.”  So I did.  This was her Valentine’s Day present—which we’ve just put up in a new e-story edition. 

A humorous fantasy tale. An evil wizard has turned the entire royal family into frogs and set them loose in the marshes, and only a kiss can restore them to their natural forms . . . but there are so many frogs, and so much swamp, who is willing to kiss them all?

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On the Road Again: 2015 Appearance Schedule

Considering all of the trails that I have walked, sometimes it’s easy to forget how important to tell people where you are going.

That holds true for all the conventions and workshops I’m going to this year—places where you can track me down, talk with me, get a book signed.  I will be on the road a lot all year, all over the country…even to Australia and Puerto Rico.

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Teaser Tuesday: CLOCKWORK LIVES

A special announcement AND a sample to whet your literary appetite.  Even though this hasn’t exactly been a secret, with a few announcements coming out—and I talked about it extensively at this year’s RushCon in Toronto—we’ve finally posted the first official press release about CLOCKWORK LIVES.  Here is what ECW Press released today:

Follow-up to the New York Times Bestseller CLOCKWORK ANGELS Set to Release in September from ECW

CLOCKWORK LIVES
Kevin J. Anderson and Neil Peart

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The Miracle of the Purple Unicorn

Unicorns are magic, so how can a book about them not be magic in its own way? And if the unicorns are purple, it has to be even more special. This will show the wonderful possibilities that are now available to writers and publishers.

This is a story about a joke comment, then a crazy idea, then a group of people who wanted to make that idea happen—and teamwork, the full support of a group of dedicated writers, an editor, an artist, and a publisher.

And a little magic.

And a scholarship.

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More New Frank Herbert Work

WordFire Press is pleased to released the fourth, and last, of Frank Herbert’s previously unpublished novels.  A THORN IN THE BUSH is an atmospheric and tense short novel set in an isolated Mexican town, just released in trade paperback and all eBook formats.

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Great Review for FIVE BY FIVE 3: TARGET ZONE

Liberty Island magazine just ran a very thorough review on the newly released FIVE BY FIVE 3: TARGET ZONE, published in trade paperback and all eBook formats from WordFire Press.  Each volume of the FIVE BY FIVE series contains five military SF novellas by five military SF writers.  Volume 3 has all-new pieces by Michael A. Stackpole, Sarah A. Hoyt, Doug Dandridge, Dani Kollin and Eytan Kollin, and Kevin J. Anderson

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Teaser Tuesday: THE SYNOPSIS TREASURY

As we move toward the 2015 Superstars Writing Seminar, it’s time to show off another excellent writing book we’ve just released at WordFire Press.  THE SYNOPSIS TREASURY contains the actual proposals and synopses submitted by well-known authors for books that many of you have known and read.  An excellent snapshot behind the scenes of the business. Look at original proposals by H.G. Wells, Kevin J.

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Teaser Tuesday: PULSE POUNDERS

Take a seat in your favorite reading chair and buckle up.  The new volume of Fiction River just came out today, guest edited by me, an anthology is fast-paced non-stop adventure stories, PULSE POUNDERS. Available in trade paperback format and all eBook formats.  For those of you who can read an ePub version, the Kobo Special Edition of the anthology has three extra stories…to keep your pulse pounding even longer after the regular-edition readers have finished their last story.

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Writing Books (and Books on Writing)

With the numerous writing workshops and panels I give at conventions, as well as the big Superstars Writing Seminar coming up the first week in February, many people have asked me if I’ve written down any of my lectures. Yes, in fact, I released two books on my most popular talks this year, Million Dollar Productivity and Million Dollar Professionalism (based on the “Things I Wish Some Pro Had Told Me When I Was Just Starting out” talk we’ve given countless times).

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All in a week’s work: Clockwork Lives, 2113, short stories, Navigators of Dune

I’m always thinking one project ahead (or more), the next book, next story, next universe.  Last week, while I was finishing my second edit of CLOCKWORK LIVES (a new steampunk fantasy adventure written with Neil Peart, in the universe of CLOCKWORK ANGELS), I decided to keep my head in the Rush universe and plotted my novella “2113,” which will be the cornerstone of an anthology of Rush-inspired stories to be published by ECW Press (see my January 12 blog).

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