By Gail Z. Martin
I hope however you spend the Solstice season, that you are warm and well.
October and November were a little crazed finishing up the #HoldOnToTheLight campaign—100 sci-fi and fantasy authors blogging about their own experiences with depression, anxiety, PTSD, suicide, bullying, self-harm, suicide and other mental health issues to help fans and show solidarity. You can read all the posts here: www.HoldOnToTheLight.com. The holidays can be a hard time for folks, and hearing how your favorite authors cope or how they, their work and their characters have been influenced may be just what someone needs to hear.
We were also busy finishing up the first book in the new Epically-Epic Epic Fantasy (aka E3F). E3F actually does have a name, and a description (no cover reveal yet) and it’s available for pre-order on Amazon (although it won’t be out until July). If you’re curious, or want Santa to reserve it for you, look for Scourge: A Novel of Darkhurst.
And now for something really important! I’m planning to work on books in four new series (with another couple of new series waiting in the wings) and I want to be on top of my game. I need feedback from the people who know my books the best to do that. So I’ve come up with a little survey, and if you complete it, you get a free novella.
Seriously, this is very important to me. I really want to know what you think, and your comments will impact the new books. Thank you in advance. Here’s the link: http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07edk6ld2hiwf37whi/start
Holiday stories are always fun—if you haven’t read Spook House (Halloween), Fatal Invitation (Thanksgiving) and Redcap (Christmas) in my Deadly Curiosities series, now’s a perfect time to enjoy a ‘bloody’ good holiday!
While you’re filling out your list for Santa (or finishing up Santa’s shopping for someone else), don’t forget that all my books except Iron & Blood are available on audiobook! You can even use your Audible free trial! Here’s the master link: http://www.audible.com/search/ref=a_search_tseft__galileo?advsearchKeywords=Gail+Z+Martin&x=0&y=0
And if you haven’t already joined my Shadow Alliance street team, you’re missing out on all the fun! It’s free to join and you get cool stuff no one else does! http://on.fb.me/1ltkpMR
It’s the holiday season of giving, so let’s start with some gifts!
We’ve extended the deadline for free book swag! Goodies from Faith Hunter, Laura Anne Gilma, Jennife Estep and me, for the price of a stamp and envelope. Details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/541375496052205/
HoHoHo BOGO! Buy 2 or more of my Ascendant Kingdoms Epic Fantasy books get a free novella! http://conta.cc/2fJlTUe
Buy our Iron & Blood Steampunk novel, get a free Storm & Fury tie-in novella! http://conta.cc/2epRXwr #BOGO
Holiday spirits! Buy my Urban Fantasy novel Vendetta, get a free Deadly Curiosities novella #BOGO http://conta.cc/2fL3lky
I’m also firming up my 2017 con calendar, so here are some places you can find me next year!
- Jan 13-15 Illogicon, Raleigh, NC (room party)
- Feb 2-5 Coastal Magic, Daytona, FL
- Feb 16-19 Capricon, Chicago, IL
- Feb 24-26 Mysticon, Roanoke, VA
- Mar 23-24 AZ Renaissance Festival, Apache Junction, AZ
- April 1 Library Sci-Fi Festival Shelby, NC
- May Balticon, Baltimore, MD (launch party)
- June ConCarolinas, Charlotte, NC (launch party)
- June 21-28 Hawthorn Moon blog tour
- June My FB launch party
- July, Libertycon, Chattanooga, TN (launch party)
- July 11—new Epic Fantasy novel launches!
- July Congregate, High Point, NC (launch party)
Happy Holidays to everyone, whatever you celebrate! See you in 2017!