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Martha Wells

The Invisible Woman


Stargate Monuments
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Raksura
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Raksura Release Day

Today (Sept 2) Stories of the Raksura Vol. I: The Falling World & The Tale of Indigo and Cloud is available today in ebook and audiobook, yay!

The trade paperback is scheduled for September 16.

"The Falling World"
Jade, sister queen of the Indigo Cloud Court, has traveled with Chime and Balm to another Raksuran court. When she fails to return, her consort Moon, along with Stone and a party of warriors and hunters, must track them down. Finding them turns out to be the easy part; freeing them from an ancient trap hidden in the depths of the Reaches is much more difficult.

"The Tale of Indigo and Cloud"
This novella explores the history of the Indigo Cloud Court, long before Moon was born. In the distant past, Indigo stole Cloud from Emerald Twilight. But in doing so, the reigning Queen Cerise and Indigo are now poised for a conflict that could spark war throughout all the courts of the Reaches.

* Please, if you liked the book or didn't like it, leave reviews. This is especially important on Amazon where the number of reviews control how often the book shows up in searches and suggestions. Reviews on Barnes and Noble, other retailers, and GoodReads and LibraryThing, or just on your own blog, twitter, FB, tumblr, etc help too.

* You can also look for it at your local library, and if they don't have it, request that they buy it for their collection. (Remember that some libraries have ebook loaning services now too.)

* I felt like I had a long list, but that's pretty much it. I hope you enjoy the novellas!


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I did go see Guardians of the Galaxy for my birthday yesterday and loved it. The theater was crowded (I went to the smaller 2d version because it was earlier, instead of the 3d version) but I got a good seat.

The Cloud Roads
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Various Sunday Things

I did get an early birthday surprise yesterday - my husband had arranged a birthday tea at a nice hotel in Houston with some friends, so that was a pretty awesome surprise. There were fancy little sandwiches and fancy little cakes. (The hotel was extremely nice. It had actual pool cabanas which I had seen on TV but never in real life.) So that was a lot of fun.

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Judith Tarr is doing online writing classes in October.

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This is the second-to-last-day to preorder the ebook (and audiobook, narrated by Christopher Kipiniak) of Stories of the Raksura vol. I, which still looks like it will be out on Tuesday. The trade paperback is delayed a couple of weeks, so you have lots of time to preorder it.

It's available on Amazon Kindle US, Barnes and Noble Nook US, Kobo, iTunes, Kindle Canada, Amazon UK, Kindle Germany, Kindle Spain, Kindle France and all the other Amazons in Mexico, Australia, Brazil, India, Japan, etc. I don't know yet if there will be a DRM-free edition on Baen, I still need to find that out.

Atlantis - dark sky outline
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Friday, such as it is

This is going around on Facebook, so I thought I'd do it here. Here are the top ten books that greatly have influenced me (not in any particular order):

1: Zelde M'tana by F.M. Busby
2: Dune by Frank Herbert
3: Malevil by Robert Merle
4: Wraiths of Time by Andre Norton (A lot of Andre Norton, particularly Star Gate, The Stars are Ours, Star Man's Son)
5: Polymath by John Brunner
6: A Judgement of Dragons by Phyllis Gotlieb
7: The Birthgrave by Tanith Lee
8: The Children of Green Knowe by L.M. Boston
9: Leviathan's Deep by Jayge Carr
10: The Door into Shadow by Diane Duane

More New Books

* Nine White Horses by Judith Tarr
nine tales of horses and magic

* Being Small by Chaz Brenchley
British Fantasy Award winner Chaz Brenchley has crafted a deeply personal ghost story of dead twins and mad mothers, of Moleskine notebooks and teen friendships, of AIDS care-givers and more.

* Trace of Magic by Diana Pharaoh Francis
"Diana Pharaoh Frances has crafted a winning paranormal mystery that mixes sizzling sex, magic, and a decades old search for artifacts that could change their world."
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Stargate Atlantis
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Thursday Bleagh

There's a new book wishlist for the Ferguson MO Library: http://fatgirlreading.com/books-for-ferguson/ Scroll to the bottom of that post for the updated link to the new wishlist. (The library's shipping address is earlier in the post.) (All the books on the previous wishlist were purchased.)

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If you missed it, please check out this post for news about Stories of the Raksura Vol I.

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I am going to be 50 on Monday. At this point I'm not doing anything for my birthday, as I really can't afford anything, and I've been having problems with depression and not feeling well this month, so didn't really feel like planning anything. (If I could afford it, I'd actually be at DragonCon this weekend.) I thought about going to see Guardians of the Galaxy, which I haven't seen yet, but that will also be labor day so the theater might be crowded. I don't know, maybe I'll do it anyway.

Leverage
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News and New Books

News:

The release date for Stories of the Raksura I may have been moved back to September 16, at least for the trade paperbacks. (Amazon says September 23 but maybe that's part of an extortion attempt -- you just can't tell with Amazon.) The ebook listings are still listed as releasing on September 2 and the audiobook also still lists September 2. So, I don't know. You guys may know before I do.

And the ebook is now up for preorder on Kobo. It just took Kobo a while to join the party, apparently.

And the ebook compilation of The Cloud Roads, The Serpent Sea, and The Siren Depths is available on Kindle, Nook, and Kobo and also on iBooks. The DRM free versions are on Baen.

And The Cloud Roads is available in trade paperback again.

FYI, I am incredibly grateful for preorders, putting in requests for your local library to buy any of the books for their collection (they may also be able to get them for you through interlibrary loan, adding them to GoodReads or LibraryThing lists, reccing it to your friends, or reviews even if you didn't like it.

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New Books:

* The Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley
On the eve of a recurring catastrophic event known to extinguish nations and reshape continents, a troubled orphan evades death and slavery to uncover her own bloody past... while a world goes to war with itself. In the frozen kingdom of Saiduan, invaders from another realm are decimating whole cities, leaving behind nothing but ash and ruin. At the heart of this war lie the pacifistic Dhai people, once enslaved by the Saiduan and now courted by their former masters to provide aid against the encroaching enemy.Stretching from desolate tundra to steamy, semi-tropical climes seething with sentient plant life, this is an epic tale of blood mages and mercenaries, emperors and priestly assassins who must unite to save a world on the brink of ruin.

* Of Metal and Wishes by Sarah Fine
This love story for the ages, set in a reimagined industrial Asia, is a little dark, a bit breathless, and completely compelling.

* Kickstarter: BLACKGUARDS: Tales of Assassins, Mercenaries, and Rogues
I'm not in this anthology, but Carol Berg is, and I'll be in one of the anthologies they're doing a kickstarter for next year.

* Havoc by Ann Aguirre
The Conglomerate’s most dangerous convicts have made the prison ship Perdition their home. And they will defend it
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Books Drive for Ferguson Library

Books for Ferguson: Once Scott Bonner, the director of the Ferguson Library, indicated that their library would be open to taking donations, both of cash and of books, I saw many people willing to donate. I was heartened by this, but I was also concerned that people would send them things that end up not being useful for their collection and end up taking time and effort to get rid of. So, following the example of annual book drive GuysLitWire hosts for Ballou Library, I thought the best approach was to create a list for people to buy from. And what better way to start than with the suggestions from #KidLit4Justice?

Book drive! Follow this link for the Powells wishlist and the shipping address of the Ferguson Library.

Stargate Monuments
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This is a link to a photo post on tumblr from our trip to Inner Space caverns, where we went for my husband's birthday: http://marthawells.tumblr.com/post/95682837737/this-is-inner-spaces-caverns-outside-austin-tx

And afterward we went to the Salt Lick barbeque: http://marthawells.tumblr.com/post/95683242702/and-after-we-went-to-the-caverns-we-stopped-at

Dr. Orpheus
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The Skiffy and Fanty Show

Here's an episode of the Hugo-nominated Skiffy & Fanty podcast with me and Carrie Patel. It was recorded live at CONvergence in MN.

Raksura
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Stories of the Raksura GoodReads Giveaway

There is a GoodReads giveaway for Stories of the Raksura: The Falling World & The Tale of Indigo and Cloud running from today until about two weeks from now.

The book will be available in ebook, trade paperback, and audiobook on September 2. (ETA: Just found out the pub date has been changed to September 16.)

The two novellas are:
"The Falling World" (39,000 words) Jade, sister queen of the Indigo Cloud Court, has traveled with Chime and Balm to another Raksuran court. When she fails to return, her consort Moon, along with Stone and a party of warriors and hunters, must track them down. Finding them turns out to be the easy part; freeing them from an ancient trap hidden in the depths of the Reaches is much more difficult.

"The Tale of Indigo and Cloud" (25,000 words) This novella explores the history of the Indigo Cloud Court, long before Moon was born. In the distant past, Indigo stole Cloud from Emerald Twilight. But in doing so, the reigning Queen Cerise and Indigo are now poised for a conflict that could spark war throughout all the courts of the Reaches.

It's also got two previously published short stories in it ("Adaptation" and "The Forest Boy") but the juicy new parts are the two novellas.

The second volume (Stories of the Raksura: The Dead City & The Dark Earth Below) will be out on April 15.

If you want more Raksura after that, it would really really help to preorder or order the first book or to ask your local library to get it. (And many libraries can also get it in ebook if they have that set up.) If you can't do that, even telling your friends about it and talking about it helps too.

And I know I'm mostly preaching to the choir here, but it does really help to review books or even to just add them to your lists on GoodReads and LibraryThing etc. Word of mouth is the only advertising this book is going to get, and every little bit helps.

Here's the page on my site for the book.


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The second volume in April 2015 will have:
"The Dead City"
This is a tale of Moon before he came to the Indigo Court. As Moon is fleeing the ruins of Saraseil, a groundling city destroyed by the Fell, he flies right into another potential disaster when a friendly caravanserai finds itself under attack by a strange force.

"The Dark Earth Below"
As Moon tries to prepare for impending fatherhood, members of the Kek village in the colony tree's roots go missing, and searching for them only leads to more mysteries as the court is stalked by an unknown enemy.