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Various News

Good News:

More good news about the audiobook of The Edge of Worlds: Christopher Kipiniak is going to be doing the narration again!

Also, the signing at Murder by the Book went really well. There were about 20-25 people there, and with that and preorders the store sold out of The Edge of Worlds. Plus people ate a lot of the cookies. And then we went to Amazon Grill and had delicious South American and Cuban food.

The Tax Day sale is still going on until Saturday. My two books in the sale are:

Wheel of the Infinite (DRM-free ebook) is on sale for $1.99
at Barnes and Noble NookBook, Kobo, Amazon Kindle.

(It's also available in audiobook, narrated by Lisa Reneé Pitts (who was one of the stars in Straight Outta Compton), at Tantor Audio, Amazon, Audible, iTunes)

City of Bones (DRM-free ebook) is on sale for $1.99
at Barnes and Noble ebook, Kobo, Amazon US Kindle.

(Audiobook, narrated by Kyle McCarley, at Tantor Audio, Amazon, Audible, and iTunes.)

All the other sale books are listed here.

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Book recs

* Tale of Yin by Joyce Chng
The duology of both "Of Oysters, Pearls & Magic" and "The Path of Kindness", in a whole ebook.

* Short Story: The Rainbow Flame by Shveta Thakrar

* Atlantis Fallen by C.E. Murphy
Lorhen, oldest and most ruthless of the immortal Timeless, put aside the sword long ago for a quiet life. But peace doesn't last forever, especially for a man whose age can be counted in epochs, and the mortal life he's built unravels as the Keepers, a society of historians who record Timeless lives, learn that he's been hiding in their midst.

* Short Story: Storm Crow by Rachel Caine
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Multi-Author Multi-Book Sale!



I'm joining in on this multi-author multi-book sale. These are all books that the authors own the rights to, that are self-published or reprints, and (in my case) that are sold so we can get money to pay monthly bills like utilities, phone, etc. So we’d really appreciate you spreading the word.

Here's the official post:

Tax season is officially upon us, and what better way to escape that bitter, bitter pain than by nabbing a few sweet books on the cheap? From April 12th – 16th, you can get any of the 21 books the participating authors are offering at steep discounts, some at up to 70% off! A few of our books are even FREE!

Here's a rundown of what everyone's offering:

Bradley P. Beaulieu

To the Towers of Tulandan, a Lays of Anuskaya novella – FREE!
The Winds of Khalakovo (ebook) – $1.99
The Straits of Galahesh (ebook) – $2.99
The Flames of Shadam Khoreh (ebook) – $2.99
Also offering 25% off of the trade paperback and limited edition versions

Gwenda Bond

The Woken Gods (ebook) – $2.99

Jeff Carlson

Plague Year (ebook) – $1.99
Plague War (ebook) – $1.99
Plague Zone (ebook) – $1.99
Long Eyes (ebook) – $1.99

Matt Forbeck

Brave New World: Revolution (ebook) – $2.99
Hard Times in Dragon City (ebook) – $2.99
Dangerous Games: How to Play (ebook) – $2.99

Brian McClellan

Murder at the Kinnen Hotel, a Powder Mage novella (ebook) – FREE!
Ghosts of the Tristan Basin, a Powder Mage novella (ebook) – $1.99
Forsworn, a Powder Mage novella (ebook) – $1.99
Servant of the Crown, a Powder Mage Novella (ebook) – $1.99
The Powder Mage Novella Collection #1 (ebook) – $5.99

Michael J. Sullivan

The Death of Dulgath (ebook) – $2.99
Also offering 30% off the paperback, hardcover, and limited edition versions

Martha Wells

Wheel of the Infinite (ebook) – $1.99
City of Bones (ebook) – $1.99

Chuck Wendig

Blue Blazes (ebook) – $2.99
Hellsblood Bride (ebook) – $2.99

That’s a killer set of books, y’all. Surely you’ll findsomething you like, yes? Be sure to nab them quick, because in only a few days they’ll be gone.

And if you know anyone who might like to take advantage of these great deals before they’re gone, please pass along the word. A quick mention on Twitter or Facebook wouldn’t hurt either.</i>

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Raksura Release Week Almost Done

I wanted to thank everybody who participated in my AMA, there were a ton of good questions. (you can still read it here: https://www.reddit.com/r/Fantasy/comments/4dr12p/hi_im_fantasy_writer_martha_wells_ama/ )

I also wanted to thank everybody who has already left reviews on The Edge of Worlds. You guys are awesome and I appreciate it so much.

I have the signing tomorrow at Murder by the Book with J. Kathleen Cheney. (It's not too late to order a book to get signed.)

Oh, and Razor's Edge made this list http://www.barnesandnoble.com/blog/sci-fi-fantasy/7-star-wars-books-to-read-while-you-wait-for-rogue-one/
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Books and AMA

I'm on r/Fantasy today doing an AMA https://www.reddit.com/r/Fantasy/comments/4dr12p/hi_im_fantasy_writer_martha_wells_ama/ So come by and ask me questions!


New Books


* The Salt Roads by Nalo Hopkinson This is $1.99 in ebook now.
Hopkinson’s time-traveling, genre-spanning novel weaves a common thread of spiritualism and hope through three intertwined stories of women possessed by Ezili, the goddess of love, as she inspires, inhabits, and guides them through trying personal and historical moments. Jeanne Duval is a talented entertainer suffering from the ravages of a sexually transmitted disease; Mer is a slave and talented doctor who bears witness as Saint Domingue throws off the yoke of colonial rule in the early nineteenth century; and Meritet is a woman of the night who finds religion her own way. Though the three are separated by many miles and centuries, a powerful bond draws them together.

* Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine
With an iron fist, The Great Library controls the knowledge of the world, ruthlessly stamping out all rebellion, forbidding the personal ownership of books in the name of the greater good. Jess Brightwell has survived his introduction to the sinister, seductive world of the Library, but serving in its army is nothing like he envisioned. His life and the lives of those he cares for have been altered forever. His best friend is lost, and Morgan, the girl he loves, is locked away in the Iron Tower and doomed to a life apart.

* Short Story: The Pauper Prince and the Eucalyptus Jinn by Usman Malik

* Jericho by Alex Gordon
In this follow-up to the masterful debut Gideon, a young witch must risk death and damnation to defeat a powerful ancient evil. In unearthing her father’s secret past, Lauren Reardon discovered a shocking truth about herself. She is a Child of Endor, a sect of witches who believe they are the guardians of the “thin places”—areas across the globe where evil can seep through the divide between the worlds separating the living and the restless dead. At any time, she can be called upon to close one of these breaches and prevent demons from infiltrating our realm. When Lauren has a disturbing vision of an Oregon forest, she is drawn back to the familiar woods of the misty Pacific Northwest to investigate.

* The Labyrinth of Drakes by Marie Brennan
In the Labyrinth of Drakes: the thrilling new book in the acclaimed fantasy series from Marie Brennan, as the glamorous Lady Trent takes her adventurous explorations to the deserts of Akhia. Even those who take no interest in the field of dragon naturalism have heard of Lady Trent's expedition to the inhospitable deserts of Akhia. Her discoveries there are the stuff of romantic legend, catapulting her from scholarly obscurity to worldwide fame. The details of her personal life during that time are hardly less private, having provided fodder for gossips in several countries.
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Raksura Release Day





The Edge of Worlds is now available in ebook and hardcover, with audiobook to follow at some point soon.

Available at:

Amazon US, Powell's, Barnes and Noble, Chapters Indigo, Mysterious Galaxy, Books-a-Million, Kobo, Amazon UK, Amazon Canada, Amazon France, Amazon Germany, Amazon Spain and all the other Amazons. Order it locally in the US from an independent bookseller through Indiebound. And if you want it signed and personalized, order it before Saturday April 9 from Murder by the Book.

* I have a post on My Favorite Bit about The Edge of Worlds: http://maryrobinettekowal.com/journal/favorite-bit-martha-wells-talks-edge-worlds/

* And it's in the new books round-up on Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/blog/sci-fi-fantasy/new-book-roundup-supernatural-lockup-doorways-to-magical-worlds-and-a-lost-tolkien-tale/ (It's a two book duology though, not a trilogy.)

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Raksura Week

(Raksura week: It's like Shark Week, but not as commercially successful.)

This is the official release week for The Edge of Worlds (as opposed to the unofficial release week we had when the hardcover shipped early). The ebook will drop tomorrow, April 5, on the official release day.

Good News: I just found out this morning that it will be an audiobook! I don't know the release date yet, but I'm very relieved. The whole series including the novella collections have all been in audio so far, and I'd hate for the audio-only people to miss out.

Here's our schedule for Raksura Week:

Tuesday, April 5: official release day, when the ebook drops. The hardcover has been showing up in bookstores and shipping from online retailers already, so it should be available everywhere it's going to be now. I'll have a "My Favorite Bit" post on Mary Robinette Kowal's journal. There will also be a special Moon and Stone story for the Raksura Patreon People. And the GoodReads Giveaway will be over and I'll mail the books to the winners.

Wednesday I collapse from stress.

Thursday, April 7 I'll be doing an Ask Me Anything day on Reddit Fantasy

Saturday, April 9: if you want a complete-so-far signed Raksura set, I have a signing for The Edge of Worlds at Murder by the Book in Houston, TX, on Saturday April 9 at 4:30, where I'll be co-signing with J. Kathleen Cheney whose new fantasy is Dreaming Death. You can preorder our books (including all the previous Raksura books and Kathleen's Shores of Spain trilogy) at that link and get them signed and personalized, and then shipped to you.


For today:

Raksura Questions Answers


* Darrell asked: Can you explain why the crossbreeds at Opal Night didn't have the same destructive effects on the colony as the mentor daktis had on Indigo Cloud?

I mentioned this briefly in a previous question, but it's because the pressure of Fell influence comes from the mental control and connections from the progenitor and the strongest rulers in a flight. Raksura can't hear the mental communication from/between the members of a Fell flight, but it is similar to the mental connections a reigning queen has with her court. While the Raksura might not be able to hear Fell communication directed at them, they would be able to sense it without being aware of it, and it would have a bad effect on them. (For example, if you ever encountered a ceiling fan with a broken gear, where it was still trying to turn the fan blades even when you thought it was off, it can emit a sound that you aren't aware of hearing. That sound can give some people headaches, make them sick or upset, upset animals, etc. PSA for people with old overhead fans.)

The half-Fell Raksura can't be connected to a progenitor or a flight, so they aren't broadcasting Fell communication, though they could be adversely affected by it just like other Raksura if it was directed at them.

* subversivegrrl asked: I'm currently reading Stories of the Raksura, and I was struck by something (which you might have addressed elsewhere): Chime plainly misses the abilities he's lost in his shift from Arbora to warrior, but the one thing I haven't seen any mention of is the loss of his fertility. Is that intentional? Or is it perhaps something yet to be addressed?

It’s not something he’s talked to Moon about, but it’s mentioned in Adaptation, the only story (so far) that’s from Chime’s perspective. It takes place right after Chime was changed into a warrior. That story is in Stories of the Raksura: Volume I: The Falling World and The Tale of Indigo and Cloud


I was reminded of some Raksura series trivia the other day that I wanted to write about. Originally, "The Falling World" in Stories of the Raksura I was intended to be a novel instead of a novella. In the story, Jade, Chime, Balm, Song, Root, and Coil go missing while on a trip to another court, and Moon, Stone, and a group of warriors and Arbora go looking for them. In the novel version, instead of finding them where they find them in the novella (trying to be non-spoilery here) they discover Jade's group has been transported out of the Reaches, and have to try to follow them where they've been taken. I turned it into a novella because at that point I didn't think there would ever be another chance to do another novel.

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New Books Thursday

* What is Not Yours is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi
From the award-winning author of Boy, Snow, Bird and Mr. Fox comes an enchanting collection of intertwined stories.

* The Nameless City by Faith Erin Hicks
Every nation that invades the City gives it a new name. But before long, new invaders arrive and the City changes hands once again. The natives don't let themselves get caught up in the unending wars. To them, their home is the Nameless City, and those who try to name it are forever outsiders.

* The Labyrinth of Flame by Courtney Schafer
The epic conclusion to the Shattered Sigil Trilogy--a tale of blood magic, spies, and wilderness adventure.

* Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee
To win an impossible war Captain Kel Cheris must awaken an ancient weapon and a despised traitor general. Captain Kel Cheris of the hexarchate is disgraced for using unconventional methods in a battle against heretics. Kel Command gives her the opportunity to redeem herself by retaking the Fortress of Scattered Needles, a star fortress that has recently been captured by heretics. Cheris's career isn't the only thing at stake. If the fortress falls, the hexarchate itself might be next.

* Novella: The Second Death by T. Frohock
For Diago Alvarez, that’s the choice before him. For unless he wants to see his son Rafael die, he must do the unthinkable: Help the Nazis receive the plans to the ultimate weapon.

* Short Story: A Salvaging of Ghosts by Aliette de Bodard
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Raksura Patreon

Just a note, I'll be doing a special slightly longer Moon and Stone story for the Raksura Patreon page (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=2458567&ty=h) on April 5, the official release day for The Edge of Worlds (The hardcovers have already been shipping, but that's the day the ebooks drop.)

I also need to do a new book list post, hopefully tomorrow.

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More Raksura Question Answers

winged_kame asked I am definitely interested in a Selis update story sometime!

Unrelated Raksura question, has it/ will it be explained why Stone can't speak in his winged-form? Has he never been able to, or is it something that developed as he got older, along with getting bigger/stronger? Is not being able to speak in their other form a normal variation for Raksura, or it rare/ unique to Stone?

It has to do with his age and is unique to line-grandfathers. It has to do with the way the shapeshifting works and how Raksura basically exist in both forms simultaneously, and move between one and the other. (This comes up a bit in The Dark Earth Below, when Elastan is able to see both their forms simultaneously.) At Stone's age, the barrier between his forms is less substantial, so his shifting is different from the other Raksura, and not being able to talk in his scaled form is one of the effects of it.


Otterb asked You may have answered this already somewhere, but what's a normal Raksura lifespan (if you're not a line-grandfather), and how long are they normally fledglings before they leave the nurseries?

I'm pretty sure I have answered this before, but I looked back through the tag and can't find it, so it's been at least a couple of years! I want to wait on exact numbers, because I'm pretty sure I've worked that out before, and I don't want to contradict myself. It is different for Royal Aeriat, Aeriat, and Arbora, with Aeriat (warriors) having shorter lifespans. They're fledglings for at least twenty to twenty-five turns, depending on when the Arbora decide they've reached physical maturity.

I was thinking about Shade and Moon being considered young consorts. Obviously Shade was born after Moon was separated from the colony in the Fell attack some 40 turns ago. Moon was a fledgling at the time. So how much older is he than Shade?

Moon is only maybe five or six turns older. Moon was considered as fully mature after he fathered a clutch.

And is a "turn" of the Three Worlds roughly equal to an Earth year?

No, it's somewhat longer, maybe more like a year and a half.


News

Audible is doing an MP3-CD set for The Cloud Roads to be released in May. I don't know yet if they're doing an audio version of The Edge of Worlds. It depends on a couple of factors, including sales of the audio version of previous books in the series (Stories of the Raksura I and Stories of the Raksura II) and sales of the hardcover and ebook of The Edge of Worlds.

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Signed Books: if you want a complete-so-far signed Raksura set, I have a signing for The Edge of Worlds at Murder by the Book in Houston, TX, on Saturday April 9 at 4:30, where I'll be co-signing with J. Kathleen Cheney whose new fantasy is Dreaming Death. You can preorder our books (including all the previous Raksura books and Kathleen's Shores of Spain trilogy) at that link and get them signed and personalized, and then shipped to you.

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PSA for Reviews: If you liked a book or didn't like it, it really does help to 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 and are much. much appreciated. (Or if you want to take a picture of the book with your cat or something and post it, that's just cool for me to see.)

PSA for Libraries: You can also look for my books at your local library, and if they don't have a book, request that they buy it for their collection, or see if they can get it through interlibrary loan. (Remember that many libraries have ebooks now too.)

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Raksura Question Answer and The Edge of Worlds

Shycat (tawnykit) asked: Can you tell us more about the Fell/Raksura hybrids? How many live at Opal Night, and how many of those are related to Moon? How are they doing? Are there others in the world, and are they corrupt like we saw in The Cloud Roads, or are any wanting to be free of their Fell family? For that matter, if you took a baby Fell and raised it "good," would it still be corrupt? How strong is Nature vs Nurture for Fell and Raksura?

I don't want to answer too many of these questions, because some of this gets dealt with in The Edge of Worlds. The half-Fell at Opal Night are fine, and only Shade and Lithe are directly related to Moon. Besides Shade, there were six Arbora, counting Lithe.

And basically with the Fell, it's the mental connections to the progenitor and the rulers that control behavior. If those connections are broken early, or never established, then the individual Fell is able to determine its own behavior and make its own choices. This is not something the Fell realized when they bred with Raksura, and those offspring don't have the mental connection to the progenitor.

Also, is Selis happy somewhere? I'd love to find out what she did after Moon and Jade left her. Thank you for taking the time to answer people's questions!

Yes, she's living in a city inside Imperial Kish. I might do a story about her sometime, because she's really a fun character. And you're welcome!

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The Edge of Worlds is already shipping in hardcover and people who preordered should be getting it now. The ebook is still scheduled to drop on the actual publication date of April 5.

And as you probably know, reviews on Amazon, GoodReads, LibraryThing, Barnes & Noble etc really, really do help. The number of reviews and ratings on Amazon is a huge factor in whether the book gets promoted within their system. (There's some disagreement about the numbers, but it's usually 20-25 that's the first magic number to trigger the book getting into the system that will suggest it to other readers.) So if you have time and you're moved to do a review anywhere, I'd really appreciate it. (And I don't read reviews, so if you didn't like it, you won't hurt my feelings.) And if you really liked it, posting about it helps word of mouth which is basically the only promotion the books get.

Anyway, I hope everyone getting it early is enjoying it!

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