Hello folks! Nicole here, but not for long. For today I’m handing the blog over to Kevin Hearne, whose new novel Hounded is out now! This book is fabulous. I know, because I blurbed it. It’s also gotten much love from Publisher’s Weekly, Romantic Times, and other great review sources. And it’s a sexy cover:
Well hello there, Atticus Sexy Pants! I like your mighty broadsword.
Without further ado, here’s Kevin!
(okay, I, Nicole, made up that title)
Nicole Peeler is one oâ€™ my favorite people. Not only does she write really endearing and laugh-out-loud funny urban fantasy, but she cracks me up on Twitter and teaches newbie authors like me how to deal with the many demands of the publishing business. Itâ€™s actually a detailed and thoughtful philosophy, but it can be summed up like this: â€œLet your agent handle most things. For everything else, thereâ€™s whisky.â€ (For me, itâ€™s whiskey, but this is Nicoleâ€™s blog, so weâ€™ll leave out the e.)
Nicole also wrote a blurb for my debut, Hounded, and then she invited me to join The League of Reluctant Adults! Today Iâ€™m appearing on quite a few of their blogs as a guest, since itâ€™s my release day and the League is just the coolest bunch oâ€™ people I know. If youâ€™d like the full list of where Iâ€™m at today on the Internet(s), pop over to my blog. But since Nicole has done so much for me, Iâ€™m doing some special stuff here.
First, Iâ€™m going to share with you a side project Iâ€™m working on, inspired by fellow Leaguers Allison Pang and Carolyn Crane. Allison and Carolyn have made some neato trading cards featuring their characters to give out to their fans at signings and such. Being a bit of a turbonerd, I had to take it a step further. Iâ€™m creating a dueling card game based on the world of The Iron Druid Chronicles, and itâ€™s been a complete hoot so far. The mechanics should be familiar to anyone whoâ€™s ever played Magic: The Gathering or similar games, but the cards feature quotes and characters from my first two books, from goddesses to faeries to werewolves. There will be thirty different cards in the deck when I’m finished, though you’ll need to use multiple copies of some cards to play, and I have 24 of them designed so far. Here are three:
The second thing I’m doing is this: Nicole’s gonna run a giveaway of Houndedâ€”her rules. But if you win, you’re not just going to get a copy from Amazon, you’re going to get a signed author copy made out to you specially! I hope you’ll all go for it, and while you’re waiting to see if you won, click here to read the first six chapters for free and get to know Atticus! Of course it’s available at all the usual places you buy books, and if you dig it, you won’t have long to wait for the next two: Hexed comes out June 7 and Hammered on July 5! Cheers!
Nicole is back! I thought for the contest we’d do something bawdy and funny, because I’m all about the bawdy/funny. This is completely random, and you can enter just by commenting anything (except NICOLE SUCKS, which is just mean, really). But if you want to play, in comments try to come up with a playing card that would be appropriate for Kevin’s game, but also completely inappropriate as a double entendre. For example, instead of Demon Rams we might have a card that’s “Ramming the Demon,” with an appropriately ridiculous summary. As I said, you don’t have to play (this one’s kind of hard), and you’re entered by commenting anything. But if you want to play, I know there are some crafty little fuckers amongst you. 😉
I’ll pick a winner, at random, next Monday. Bonne chance, demon rammers!