Sunday, April 29, 2007

Muggle Counter has a cute little marketing gadget on their web site. You can see the results of their "Muggle Counter," which "...tracks the approximate number of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows books ordered from the site and from U.S. syndicated store sites, such as, but excludes all third-party seller arrangements."

Hmmm... How could I adapt that marketing angle... A bite counter? "How many people have bitten on suggestions to visit Morven's site?" Byte counter? Ooooh... Guess how many bytes in the file for The Old Power Returns that is being released June 23, 2007? Oooh, yeah. I think I can talk my publisher into that... Guess how many bytes in the PDF for only the text (that is, not including the cover) that went to our printer, and win a free book, bookmarks, and a couple of toy surprises! Yeah, watch for details!


Sunday, April 15, 2007

German Language Version, ARCs for sequel

Outside it's dark, cold, and very windy. Not very springlike, but that's okay. When one has news to announce about vampire novels, this is appropriate weather!

First, some news on the foreign front. It looks like the German translation of Darksome Thirst (translated as Brut der Finsternis) will be out soon! The detail page on the publisher's web site has a button for ordering from Amazon already.

I've put a thumbnail of the beautiful cover on the home page of my own website,, along with links to the publisher and the artist's web site. They've done a really great job.

The other news is that I've seen the advance reading copies (ARCs) of The Old Power Returns, the sequel to Darksome Thirst. I really love the cover and I think you will, too. Oh, and the story -- I think you'll really like that, too. I don't want to spoil it, but an early reviewer said something like, "I just finished reading the book -- at 4 a.m.! I cried when [character name removed] died -- each time!"

So there you have it. Someone will die. More than once. Curious? You should be. Remember that you can pre-order from Amazon. Harvest Shadows will be releasing the book in late June (I think the release date is June 23).

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

A Belated Update on Boskone 44

The reading at Boskone went extremely well. The room was packed, the crowd was appreciative, and the [other] readers were excellent. Victoria McManus, Jennifer Pelland, Jessica Reisman, and myself read for approximately 12 minutes each. Three other writers were supposed to participate but were prevented by snow, loss of voice, and other reasons.

Boskone itself was excellent. Some of the other panels I attended included "Straddling the Line: SF and Mystery Hybrids," a discussion on how well (or not) SF mixes with whodunits; "Building Characters";"Making Writing More Vivid"; and "Scams to Avoid."

The new location, at the Westin Waterfront, was large, airy, and not too hard to navigate. I even braved the night air for a meal with friends at the No Name Restaurant.

The coffee in the Con Suite was excellent, the art was gorgeous, and the vendors varied. In other words, it was predictably good.