Tuesday, July 13, 2021

AN UNINTENDED VOYAGE!

 I have news!  My upcoming novel now has a new title and a cover!  AN UNINTENDED VOYAGE comes out from DAW in November!

So, one of the BIG Unanswered Questions from Phase One of the Maradaine Saga— the one I saw THE MOST in reviews of PEOPLE OF THE CITY— was this:  What happened to Corrie?  This novel is ALL ABOUT Corrie’s journey.  We’ve seen tastes of the wider world beyond Maradaine in a few of the books.  AN IMPORT OF INTRIGUE showed a little of what it looks like, but here we dive fully in.

Moving outside the city of Maradaine, this new novel follows a lone member of the Maradaine Constabulary as she navigates a new but just as dangerous city.

Sergeant Corrie Welling has been abducted and confined on a ship bound for distant shores, where her captors have nefarious plans for her. With fortune and ingenuity, Corrie escapes, but finds herself stuck in a sprawling metropolis on the other side of the world: The Mocassa.

The Mocassa is a test unlike anything Corrie has ever faced. She doesn't speak the language, doesn't know the culture, and is forbidden from leaving the city until she pays off a colossal debt. Even if she's able to find decent work, it will take her years to settle her accounts.

But Corrie Welling will not be cowed. She will work, fight, and hold her chin high. As a fringe faction of an apocalyptic faith spreads throughout the city, threatening the new friends she's sworn to protect, she'll continue to stand up for the values instilled in her.

I LOVED writing this book, finding Corrie’s voice, exploring the larger parts of this world.  PLUS, after finishing Phase One of the Maradaine Saga, it’s time to move to the next phase…

What is Phase Two going to look like?  Right now, I’m still keeping that under wraps, but I am EXTREMELY excited about it and will shout about it when I can.

BUT FOR NOW: You can pre-order AN UNINTENDED VOYAGE!  You will want this in your hands in November!

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Wednesday, March 3, 2021

The Maresca Report, March 2021

 Hello again, friends,


It's been a strange few weeks for us here in the Maresca household.  If you weren't aware, most of Texas suffered a massive catastrophe when we were hit with temperatures below freezing for several days, which was absolutely unprecedented.  I've lived in Austin for 25 years, and this is the lowest I've seen the temperature go, and the longest stretch of below-freezing temperatures as well.  While it was terrible for many, many people, we were all right in Casa Maresca.  We were very fortunate that we never lost heat or power, and while we did lose water for several days, we were prepared enough (especially with the additional generosity of friends) to weather that inconvenience.  We were very lucky.

And since we're OK, what's coming up?

SUNDAY SUNDAY SUNDAY

I'll be appearing on a panel of "HOW WE GET THROUGH: WRITING DURING A SECOND PANDEMIC YEAR" with several other brilliant authors, hosted by Karen Osborne. This is actually a two weekend event: On March 7th at 3pm Eastern/Noon Pacific, I'll be appearing with Valerie Valdes (author of Chilling Effect), Ryan Van Loan (author of The Sin In The Steel), Premee Mohamed (author of Beneath The Rising) and A.J. Hackwith (author of The Library of the Unwritten)
And on March 14th, the fantabulous Stina Leicht, Cass Morris, Mike Chen, S.B. Divya and C.L. Clark will do a second panel. It's going to be great.
Register for the panels here: http://www.karenosborne.com/yeartwo/

The Velocity of Revolution came out last month, and I've been absolutely thrilled with the reactions I've heard so far. I'm going to eschew the usual humility and say that I think this is the best book I've written. If you've yet to check it out, consider that it is Queernorm Dieselpunk Fantasy with:
  • motorcycle races
  • empathy magic
  • pansexual polycule found families
  • train heists 
  • mushroom goddesses in the radio
  • so many tacos
Also, the ending prompted my mother to text me, "OMG!", which is something akin to audience reaction at the Ed Sullivan show when the Beatles played. So get your hands on it!

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Now, One more thing to file under "eschewing the usual humility".



The Hugo Nominations are coming up! Are you eligible to nominate for the Hugos? Then I would ask you to consider:

Best Series: The Maradaine Saga
Best Fancast: Worldbuilding for Masochists

I think with both of these, I've been able to contribute something truly excellent and worthy of you consideration for these awards. The Maradaine Saga has been a colossal effort on my part, weaving the four series together to come to a season finale conclusion bringing all the threads together in PEOPLE OF THE CITY. If you've read all the books up through People, I hope you'll agree, and shout about it to everyone else you know. But that's up to you and your honest opinion.

In the meantime, I keep working, and I hope to have some new announcements for you in the near future. Talk to you soon.

Monday, February 8, 2021

Out this week: THE VELOCITY OF REVOLUTION

 So, on February 9th, we get my thirteenth novel, and my first novel not set in Maradaine: THE VELOCITY OF REVOLUTION.

I have been, I won't lie, rather nervous about this one.  Because it is such a radical departure from previous novels, and it was a novel I made a point of challenging myself with, so I had to ask myself, am I really pulling this off?  Is this working like I think?  I'm not much of one for impostor syndrome, but friends, this one tested me.

But with the first reactions out there, I'm starting to think I passed that test.

First off, we got starred reviews from both Publishers Weekly and Booklist.

Maresca sends the pages flying with a clever plot, well-defined characters, and high-stakes atmosphere. This tense outing will keep readers spellbound from page one. - Publishers Weekly

Furthermore, this review from Every Book A Doorway says:

"This is, without question, one of the best books of the year."

And from Tea Leaf Reads

The Velocity of Revolution is one of those books that fully absorbs you. You pick it up, thinking you’ll only read a bit before bed, and an hour later, you finally pull yourself out of it reluctantly because it’s sucked you in that much.

So I'm very excited about this.

And it comes out on February 9th, which is a Tuesday, and thus a Taco Tuesday, and since The Velocity of Revolution is full of tacos, I put together some promo phots of books and tacos.  Here's a little preview:

I'll share more on release day, and encourage people to share pictures of their own favorite tacos, with the hashtag #TacosForTheRevolution.  The person (in US or Canada) who puts up the best taco pic (as judged by my wife) will win a copy of The Velocity of Revolution.

Or you could just order it now: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indiebound, Bookshop.