Party Talk: Bad Guys!

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Hey y’all, I have some exciting news…there’s a new book coming out soon, and you’re going to love it! It’s called The Big Bad II, and it’ll be released February 24. Edited by John Hartness and Emily Lavin Leverett, it’s chockful of great stories by some of the best in the business, and every single story is from the point-of-view of the villain. As soon as we have a preorder link, I’ll share it here on MW for you! In the meantime, I’ve invited the writers from The Big Bad II to come to Magical Words for a session of Party Talk. Today’s question is:

Who’s the best bad guy you’ve ever read? What made that character so enthralling?

Gail Martin: It’s a tie for me between Voldemort from Harry Potter and Denethor from Lord of the Rings. I really loved the parallels between Tom Riddle and Harry, with […]

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The Weird Wild West Needs Homesteaders!

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Hey y’all! I hope the holidays treated everyone well, and that you were fortunate enough to spend at least some of the time with people you like who like you back!

I’m back again to talk about our Kickstarter. We’re pleased that so many folks believe in us enough to pledge a little money, and we hope that we reach our goal so that we can bring you all some incredible stories. The first volume will feature thrilling tales by R S Belcher, Tonia Brown, Diana Pharaoh Francis, John Hartness, Gail Martin, James Tuck, Jonathan Maberry and me. But we’ll also have space for some of you!

If we reach our initial funding goal, we’ll offer up four open submission spots. We’re very excited to see what you all can imagine, but it will only happen if we reach that goal. You can help us along. Pledge if you can, […]

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Ethics in Speculative Fiction

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I spent this weekend at Mysticon, in Roanoke VA, where I learned a few things, taught a few other things, observed wacky behaviors and brilliant ones, too, and generally had a great time surrounded by my people. I rode up with Gail Martin and John Hartness. We drove through nearly impenetrable fog and snow-covered hills, chatting and laughing all the way. On Saturday morning, I joined John to read our work to an appreciative audience, and premiered Miniature Pirate Theater as accompaniment to the reading. Trust me, you haven’t lived until you’ve watched tiny plastic pirates work a tiny plastic stripper pole while John reads from Bubba the Monster Hunter. Gail’s launch party for her latest, Ice Forged, was a raucous affair, full of happy people eating cake and buying books. I met a couple of writers who’ll probably be making guest appearances here later on this year, and got […]

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Gail Martin’s Hawthorn Moon Event


Gail Z. Martin, author of The Fallen Kings Cycle series (The Sworn and The Dread) and a friend of Magical Words from way back, agreed to visit us today to unveil her sneak peek of Ice Forged, Book One in The Ascendant Kingdoms Saga, coming from Orbit Books in 2013. Gail’s giving everyone a first look at the cover art for Ice Forged, as well as book excerpts, author Q&A and more as part of her Hawthorn Moon Online Sneak Peek Event. She’s got exclusive goodies spread out across more than a dozen partner sites, and you can find out about it all on Gail’s site, Welcome back to MW, Gail!

Q: You’ve got a new series launching in January, with Ice Forged, and you’re doing an online sneak peek event you call the Hawthorn Moon Event. What led you to create a new series on the heels […]

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Reminder – Signing Event on May 28!

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Don’t forget that David B Coe, Faith Hunter and Misty Massey, joined by their friend Gail Z Martin, will be signing books and chatting with fans (and each other!) on Thursday, May 28 at the Carolina Place Barnes & Noble. The festivities begin at 7 pm, so come on out!

Tell your friends! Tell your enemies! Post it on your blog. Put a sandwich-board sign on your dog when you walk him. Throw biodegradable flyers from a hot air balloon. Whatever it takes…we’re shameless, and we’d love to see a crowd. *grin*