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Martha Wells

The Invisible Woman

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Between Worlds Collection Now Available

Between Worlds: the Collected Ile-Rien and Cineth Stories has been sent out to the Six by Six Kickstarter backers and is now available for purchase.


"The Potter's Daughter" Elemental, May 2006
Kade Carrion investigates troublesome magic in a small village.

"Night at the Opera" Original to this collection.
A noble Rienish family asks Reynard Morane to thwart a sorcerous blackmailer, and he recruits a reluctant Nicholas Valiarde to help.

"Holy Places" Black Gate #11, August 2007, Lightspeed Magazine #42, November 2013
Ilias is abandoned by the Finan family and finds Andrien, just as the house is attacked.

"Rites of Passage", April 2014
Most people in Cineth believe Giliead is too young to take up the duties of a Chosen Vessel, but he may not have a choice.

"Houses of the Dead" Black Gate #12, July 2008
Giliead and Ilias are called to investigate a strange happening in godless territory, and find a deserted city.

"Reflections" Black Gate #10, March 2007
Searching the wilderness for a fleeing wizard, Giliead and Ilias encounter strange magic.

eBook available at: Kobo, Kindle US, Nook, iTunes, Nook UK, Kindle UK, Kindle DE, Kindle FR, Kindle Canada, Kindle Spain, and all other Amazon sites.

ETA: It's on iTunes now!

If you didn't get your email from the kickstarter telling you that two of the collections are available, check your spam folder or email the kickstarter creator Bradley for help.

Here's a sample of "Night at the Opera"

Reynard Morane was at his usual table in the Cafe Baudy, a somewhat risqué establishment built on a barge floating on the Deval Forest pleasure garden lake, when a beautiful man approached his table. This wasn't an unusual occurrence, especially in this cafe, but this beautiful man was a stranger. He said, "Captain Morane?"

From his features and dark skin, the man was Parscian, a little younger than Reynard but not by much, tall and well-built and dressed in an elegant but understated way that suggested some professional occupation in the city. The coat was too expensive for the man to be from a university. For some reason, Reynard attracted a high percentage of men of academic persuasions. "Yes." Reynard smiled warmly. "Please join me."

The man hesitated, then drew out the opposite chair. "A friend told me about you."

"And which friend is this?" Reynard caught the waiter's attention and lifted his brows. The waiter sized up the situation professionally, then went to the bar for a fresh bottle of wine and glasses.

"A man named Biendare." The man lowered his voice. "I believe he is known in some circles as 'Binny.'"

"Binny?" Reynard frowned. This was not encouraging. Binny was not someone who would have recommended Reynard for an assignation. At least not the kind of assignation Reynard had hoped for. To make sure this man had really met Binny, he said, "At the roasted nut kiosk on the Street of Flowers?"

"No, it was in March Street, at a wine bar that also sells fried fish."

"Right." Reynard sat up, adjusting his attitude from invitingly indolent to business-like and alert.

The waiter arrived at the table with the bottle and glasses. Reynard sighed and told him, "No."

"No?" The waiter looked startled, then disappointed. "Oh. Coffee, perhaps?"

"Coffee," Reynard agreed.

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Links and a Book Rec

Many things:

* Con or Bust, which helps people of color/non-white people attend SFF conventions, is collecting items for their 2015 auction, which begins April 20. I've post four entries, with a set of audio CDs for the Wheel of the Infinite audiobook, a signed set of the Emilie books, a signed set of all the Raksura books, and a signed hardcover of Star Wars: Razor's Edge.

Book rec:
Beasts of Tabat by Cat Rambo
When countryboy Teo arrives in the coastal city of Tabat, he finds it a hostile place, particularly to a boy hiding an enormous secret. It’s also a city in turmoil, thanks to an ancient accord to change governments and the rising demands of Beasts, the Unicorns, Dryads, Minotaurs and other magical creature on whose labor and bodies Tabat depends. And worst of all, it’s a city dedicated to killing Shifters, the race whose blood Teo bears.

* Renay at Fantasy Book Cafe: Some Assembly Required: Recommendation Lists for a More Inclusive Fandom

* A great review of my second novel, City of Bones. (If you want to check out the first chapter, it's here.)

* Beth Bernobich says nice things about me, Stephanie Burgis, and Ellen Kushner's books here on Tynga's Reviews.


Taking More Raksura Questions

I was answering Raksura and Three Worlds-related questions back in February, then something happened and I dropped the ball. I have a couple of unanswered questions left, but if you have an old question or a new question I didn't answer, feel free to comment with it.

nthngtoseehere said Can I ask, roughly how many years/turns comprise a Raksuran generation? And how old is Stone? I've been thinking he's going on at least a couple hundred turns, but I have no idea if that's even close....

I'm thinking a generation would be around forty turns, but I haven't worked that out yet on paper, so I reserve the right to change it. :) Turns are also longer than years, and may be measured slightly differently by different cultures

Stone is at least a couple of hundred turns, and probably closer to three hundred.

(I am very bad at both math and dates, so I always have trouble working these things out.)



I haven't been very good about posting here lately because I've been working on the last chapter of the book I can't give details about yet. I need to insert a couple of more scenes after I finish this chapter and do a read through/revision, then it'll be ready for the beta readers. It's kind of consumed my brain, mostly because I've gotten this one written much more quickly than normal for me for a 130,000 plus word book.

I took a break Saturday when a friend came into town for her birthday and we went to the Antique Rose Emporium, and walked around the shops in Brenham, and then came back and had sushi. Our goddaughter also stayed with us this weekend on her way to a ballet audition.

Today I need to work on the last chapter plus finish bailing and cleaning and refilling my pond. That is not going to be much fun. In fact, I should go get started on it now.


* One of my favorite cons has done a short teaser vid: ArmadilloCon that mentions me and everything.

* Beth Bernobich's post on Blog Entry: Epic Romance: a Guest Post by Beth Bernobich and her kickstarter: Nocturnall - a coda to the River of Souls

* There's a GoodReads giveaway for Diana Pharaoh Francis' Edge of Dreams

* The Genius Loci Kickstarter anthology

* Courtney Schafer's Big List of Underread Books and the GoodReads version

* Catherine Lundoff's Old(er) Women in SF/F - book and story list

* Craig L. Gidney's list of Speculative Fiction Authors of Color

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I posted this on FB and Twitter yesterday after it happened, but I'll post it here too:

OK, something really weird happened when I went to the grocery store just now. A woman got into my car when I was getting out of it. I couldn't tell if she was having a break from reality, or if she had mistaken me for someone else. She was trying to talk to me about some guy that I wanted something from, some situation. She had gotten out of an SUV next to me and there was someone else in it. (I think. Couldn't see them because of tinted windows.) She got out (of my car) to talk to that person again.

I told her I thought she had mistaken me for someone else. She got her purse (which she had left in my car) & I locked it went for the store. A guy ran out of the store and they left in the SUV. They were wearing uniform shirts and nametags from the store. So it was freaky and I don't know what I bought. I think they were supposed to meet somebody in the parking lot to talk over some weird situation, and mistook me for her. When I came out of the store, the SUV was back. Was very freaky. I wasn't scared of her, just "how to I get this woman out of my car!" "strategize" "strategize" If they were there to meet somebody like this I think they were having a way worse day than me.

and in one of the FB comments I said: Thinking about it, I think she said something about somebody's mother. My inclination is that they were meeting someone there to talk about something and maybe wanted to do it in the parking lot of the place they worked in case they needed help, or witnesses. Either that, or she was being taken home from work because she was having a neurological problem. But I really do think someone else was in the SUV.

So, that was my excessively weird day yesterday.

here's some non-weird links:

* More than anything, she loved reading: the legacy of Andre Norton

* really cool art using Russian buildings

* John Picacio's Loteria Match Game Matching books to Loteria cards, this is the fourth installment and includes The Cloud Roads.

Jack and Teal'c

Monday Update

Let's see. I was sick for about a week, which really didn't help much with all the things I needed to get done. I still don't feel great, off and on. The yard is still a swampy mess, but I did get started trying to re-do the edging on the flowerbed to try to keep the garage from flooding and water from undermining that corner of the house.

* I've still been working on the book, doing a revision before I work on the ending. It's about 122,000 words now. It's still going to need another revision before anyone reads it, but it's much less jacked up now than it was before.

* The Between Worlds: the Collected Ile-Rien and Cineth Stories collection (my part of the Six by Six kickstarter) is done and dusted and turned in. The page for it on my web site is here. After the Six by Six is sent out to all the backers, I'll make my collection available to buy as an ebook.

* The next con I'll be at is Comicpalooza in Houston, on May 22-25.

* Emilie and the Hollow World is still $1.99 on US Kindle, Nook, and Kobo

* The Wizard Hunters is supposed to be coming back into print in paperback, but right now there's only one new copy available on Amazon, so I don't know what's going on with that. It is available in ebook and audiobook, and the other two (The Ships of Air and The Gate of Gods) are available in ebook, audiobook, and paperback in the US and Canada. Hoping to get them available in other places at some point too.

Here's some links:

* Please help the only all bird rehab center in North Texas

* Gizmodo: The Great Internet Debate Over Not Reading White Men by Saladin Ahmed
(and my post with a small selection of author suggestions)

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Terry Pratchett passed away

Crying for Terry Pratchett. I never met him. Years ago on a usenet group somebody questioned my right to have cars in a fantasy novel and he swooped in out of nowhere and defended it, and he didn't even know who the fuck I was. When you're continually having your existence and validity as a writer questioned, things like that can mean a lot. And my mother had Alzheimer's and it's just such a fucking horrible disease.


Emilie and the Hollow World for cheap

Apparently, Emilie and the Hollow World is $1.99 at Amazon Kindle US and Barnes and Noble Nook. I don't know how long it will last.

If you want to sample the first chapter, it's on my web site here.

Link: Writing Women Characters as Human Beings by Kate Elliott


Compilation Post

Just to keep it in one place, here's a compilation post with the first two batches of suggested authors, plus a new batch.

This is for: I Challenge You to Stop Reading White, Straight, Cis Male Authors for One Year by K.T. Bradford, about trying to diversify your reading and find new authors.

These are mostly SF/F, but also horror, and a few YA and MG SF/F

David Anthony Durham, Prudence Shen, Violette Malan, Nnedi Okorafor, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Nicky Drayden, Karen Lord, Judith Tarr, Craig Laurance Gidney, Sharon Shinn, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Wesley Chu, Ramez Naam, Catherine Lundoff, Joyce Chng (J. Damask), Kate Elliott, Barbara Hambly, Jaye Wells, Charles R. Saunders, Steven Barnes, Stephanie Diaz, Laura Lam, Alyx Dellamonica, N.K. Jemisin.

Jessica Amanda Salmonson, Varsha Bajaj, Mario Acevedo, Grace Lin, Tananarive Due, Carrie Patel, Kay Kenyon, J. Kathleen Cheney, Nahoko Uehashi, Jessica Reisman, Linda Nagata, C.S.E. Cooney, Maurice Broaddus, Beth Bernobich, Michelle Sagara, E.J. Swift, Teresa Frohock, Nalo Hopkinson, P.C. Hodgell, Aliette de Bodard, Ellen Oh, Carol Berg, Kari Sperring, Courtney Schafer, Milton J. Davis, Cynthia Leitich Smith, Amy Tintera

L.A. Banks, Mazarkis Williams, Malinda Lo, Jenn Reese, Rachel Neumeier, Walter Mosley, Helen Oyeyemi, Kat Richardson, Laura Anne Gilman, Jemiah Jefferson, Ken Liu, Emily Jiang, Lisa Tuttle, Susan R. Matthews, Cixin Liu, Dia Reeves, Juliet E. McKenna, Zoraida Córdova, Patrice Sarath, Heather Marie, Yoon Ha Lee, G. Willow Wilson, Janny Wurts, Greg van Eekhout, Marjorie Liu

I also have more authors on my book rec tag that would fit.


More Author Recs

Yesterday I did this post with a bunch of author recs for the challenge to diversify your reading and find new SF/F authors.

Here's a bunch more. I like making lists so I'll probably do some more on Monday.

Jessica Amanda Salmonson, Varsha Bajaj, Mario Acevedo, Grace Lin, Tananarive Due, Carrie Patel, Kay Kenyon, J. Kathleen Cheney, Nahoko Uehashi, Jessica Reisman, Linda Nagata, C.S.E. Cooney, Maurice Broaddus, Beth Bernobich, Michelle Sagara, E.J. Swift, Teresa Frohock, Nalo Hopkinson, P.C. Hodgell, Aliette de Bodard, Ellen Oh, Carol Berg, Kari Sperring, Courtney Schafer, Milton J. Davis, Cynthia Leitich Smith, Amy Tintera