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It was surreal to watch Sandy make landfall near Atlantic City even as my new novel, much of which takes place in that town, was released.
Whenever a natural disaster occurs, I get a sick feeling of helplessness. I’ve learned to counter that by doing something, even something small, to offset the overwhelming feelings.
So I’ve picked out a charity near Atlantic City, the Food Bank of South Jersey, and for every sale of Dead Man’s Hand at BVC during November, I’ll donate $2 to them.
I’m starting off with a $50 donation now, because I know they need the funds now. If the book sells more than 25 copies at BVC this month, I’ll send more.
So tell your friends. If you’d like to read a nice poker zombie story, and want to do a little something to help the folks who got hit hard by Sandy, this is a way to do both.
Dead Man’s Hand by Pati Nagle
Wild Bill Hickok awakens to the feel of flesh crawling onto his bones. Alive again, in the graveyard in Deadwood on a cold October night, he has an irresistible compulsion to go to Atlantic City.
There, in the mysterious and magical Black Queen casino, he joins a rogue’s gallery of resurrected scoundrels, all gamblers who were murdered like himself. Will the father of organized crime revert to his bad habits and attempt to take over the Queen? Will Wild Bill finally find out if those aces and eights are winners? Five murdered men sit down to a poker tournament for the highest possible stakes: the right to stay alive.
Today my first original novel ebook came out from Book View Cafe! First as in the first to come out first as an ebook. There will probably be a print edition later this year.
The novel is IMMORTAL, an urban fantasy. Here's the cover, and here's a description:
What do you do if the most gorgeous guy you've ever seen asks for your help?
No brainer. Len Whiting is smitten from the minute she sees the stranger's amazing eyes. She agrees to help Caeran find the healer he's been seeking in rural New Mexico. What Len doesn't know is that neither Caeran nor the healer is human: they're immortal ælven, and they're locked in an ancient struggle with the vampires who are their kin. Len wants Caeran’s love, and wants to help the healer find a cure—but first they must cope with the bloodthirsty vampire who's got his sights set on them all.
Looked at my backlist ebook sales numbers at Amazon this morning. Two books sold so far this month! That raised my spirits, actually, because after the first week of November I had no sales and was starting to get depressed. It's a fair amount of work to prepare a book for ebook publication, so it's nice to see some sales coming in.
I'm finalizing a new ebook to release on 12/21, and I'm pretty excited about it. Coyote Ugly is a collection of my short fiction, some previously published, some entirely new, plus some extra treats (hint: I've been perfecting my recipe for New Mexican Hot Cocoa).
This book is a labor of love. For a long time I've wanted to make my short story, "Coyote Ugly," available again. It first appeared in The Magazine of Science Fiction and Fantasy, and it was my first official professional short fiction sale.
Some of the stories in this book are favorites of mine that never found the right market. A couple of them are set in New Mexico, and are probably hard for New York publishers to "get." So this book is strong on New Mexico, though there's lots of other stuff in there too.
I did the cover art, and that was also a labor of love. New Mexicans like it because it depicts Zozobra, a Santa Fe tradition since the early 20th century. Zozobra is our own funky local version of the Burning Man, I guess you could say. Also known as "Old Man Gloom," he is burned every September at the start of the Santa Fe Fiesta, and the tradition is that by burning Zozobra, we are burning our troubles.
I'm curious - what do you non-New Mexicans think of the cover art? Is it intriguing at all? Confusing? Just weird?
My story "Kind Hunter" is in this anthology, along with works from Ursula K. Le Guin, Vonda N. McIntyre, Sherwood Smith, and more.
Come on by and chat with the authors! We will have a drawing for a free copy of Dragon Lords and Warrior Women.
When: Tuesday, March 16, 8-11 pm EDT