New Stories About Old Friends: for those who don't know, I continue to write short stories and novelettes about the characters of my old Del Rey fantasy serieses. These are available on Smashwords (smashwords.com) and on Amazon Kindle Direct. Most are $4.99. Smashwords supports all the major platforms (epub, kobo, mobi, pdf, etc), and I believe markets to sites for Nook, ePub, etc. Kindle Direct is - well, for Kindle.
So far, there are 5 Antryg and Joanna novelettes, 3 tales about Sun Wolf and Starhawk, 4 stories about Benjamin January (actually, two of these are about what Rose does while Ben is out of town), 2 each concerning John and Jenny in the Winterlands, and the gang at the Keep of Dare. Also available are the 4 stories that I wrote, over the years, for Sherlock Holmes anthologies, two of which are fantasy and two of which are "straight" Holmes stories: two are narrated by Watson, two by Mrs. Watson. Lastly, there is the vampire-on-the-Titanic novelette, "Sunrise on Running Water," in which Don Simon Ysidro from my vampire series has a very brief cameo (he has FAR too much sense to be on the Titanic himself).
I used to sell these stories on my personal website - I no longer do.
But, I will continue to write new stories about old friends, and post them on Smashwords and Kindle Direct (and announce them on LJ and FB... Twitter just makes me crazy).
I hope you all enjoy them!
Open Road (God bless them) is putting Magicians of Night on sale, $1.99, digital, Wednesday, March 31, US and Canada. That was an odd book for me, originally intended to be a single cinderblock volume with the Rainbow Abyss (Abyss was intended to be just the first few chapters). A difficult book to write: it's always difficult for me to write about real evil. (I remember working on the Ben January book Drinking Gourd, which was about the Underground Railroad, and thinking, "This is too dark. I need to put in some lightness..." Hence the circus and minstrel-show sub-plots.
It's Spring Break, so I get to settle down for almost two weeks and do nothing but write (except for about 2 straight days of finishing up school prep for the rest of the semester...).
And my Facebook account has been screwed up YET AGAIN!
Given the number of months it took for me to get a new account in order to gain access to the "Barbara Hambly, Writer" page opened for me by Open Road (these many years ago), I'm not sure I can manage to get onto FB one more time.
When I finish posting here I will kick the wall and scream.
In the meantime, Bride of the Rat-God will be downpriced on Open Road, digital, $1.99, on Sunday, March 28.
One of my absolute favorites of all my books, for all kinds of different reasons... one of which was so that my three beautiful Pekineses would live forever. (But, hey... Hollywood in 1924!)
And I'm SO pleased that I will be writing a Silent Hollywood series of murder mysteries. Same setting, though of course different (though sometimes similar) characters (due to publisher issues). (The Pekes are definitely there). Straight murder mysteries rather than fantasy: I'm just finishing up the copy-edit on the first of the series, Scandal in Babylon. Film vamp Camille de la Rose (a.k.a. Kitty Flint) discovers the corpse of an early husband in her dressing-room, and refuses to say where she was at the time of the murder. Her scholarly English sister-in-law Emma Blackstone and cameraman pal Zal Rokatansky set out to find not only who is the real killer (and who the hell Kitty is screening, and why), but why anyone would want to set Kitty up to take the fall for the crime?
And, much as I hate the thought, I will have to go shopping around for another forum for social media. Any advice on that would be appreciated.In the meantime, I understand there's a Barbara Hambly Appreciation Group on Facebook that I will investigate joining, though I'm not sure how I'll convince them that I AM Barbara Hambly.
Tuesday, March 23, Witches of Wenshar - the second Sun Wolf book - will be on sale through Open Road Media, $1.99, digital, US and Canada.
To this day, Sun Wolf and Starhawk remain two of my favorites of my characters, an echo of my days of training in karate (and reading WAY too many Conan books). Sun Wolf was loosely inspired by a couple of karate senseis I trained with, as well as by Toshiro Mifune's character Sanjuro Tsubaki; Starhawk was loosely based on a very dear friend.
All else is well here, between trying to get enough sleep, and trying to keep up with the class I teach. Driving to the Farmer's Market last week I passed trash-cans set out for pick-up the following day, and one of them contained a very forlorn - and very dried-out - Christmas tree. This close to Spring Solstice, one knows that the holiday is finally done...
By the way, I am not sure what's going on with LJ posts. I'll hit the button to post an entry... then the next time I come on, I get a window saying, "Restore Previous Draft." So, you may well all be getting stale duplicate posts. I have NO idea what I'm not doing correctly. Please pardon me if that's the case.
Let's hear it for Open Road Media!
This week: Walls of Air (I guess as a follow-up to Time of the Dark), and Stranger at the Wedding, US and Canada, digital, $1.99 apiece, Tuesday the 9th. Recently re-read Stranger - I'd forgotten the heroine made a brief guest-appearance in Dog Wizard. It was (partially) my portrayal of what the rest of Antryg's world looks like to the people who live there.
AND, George's book, Nick of Time, the following day, Wednesday the 10th, also digital, US and Canada, $1.99.
Glad people seem to be enjoying the audio recordings of the Ben January series. I certainly am... in between prepping lectures and reading homework assignments (and breaking up cat-fights).
The cats are, as usual, sitting in a semi-circle behind my chair crying with hunger...
Whoa, here's a blast from the past!
On Sunday, March 7, not only will Time of the Dark - the first of the Darwath Trilogy - be downpriced through Open Road Media (digital - US and Canada - $1.99) - but also my first murder mystery, Search the Seven Hills. That's my early Christians/ancient Rome mystery; very much a fledgling effort, but, I think, still fun (despite a couple of errors - I was doing my research in libraries because there WAS no Internet at the time!).
And on the subject of mysteries, I have been listening to the audiobook of the Ben January mystery, Die Upon A Kiss - I think the fifth in the series - and remembering what a lot of fun it was to write. It's about opera, and introduced me to one of the great pleasures of my life - and, in my opinion, is one of the best of the series. Blackstone Audio did a beautiful job; the reader, Ron Butler, is excellent; and I've been thoroughly enjoying it, if I do say so myself.
Apologies for being a slacker - a lot of stuff going on with my class, and being done around being VERY tired in the wake of Shot #2. About 24 hrs after the second vaccine I got a mild headache, mild sore throat, really sore arm and intermittent chills, along with severe fatigue. Everything went away after a good night's sleep, but the fatigue has come back - presumably a sign that my immune system is hard at work.
News from Open Road Media: Time of the Dark, downpriced to $1.99 Wednesday, Feb. 24, US and Canada (digital, as always). The Silicon Mage downpriced to $1.99 Thursday, also US and Canada, and George's Budayeen Series, down to $3.99 the same day. (Presumably When Gravity Fails, Fire in the Sun, and Exile Kiss - s-f noir in his Raymond Chandler vein).
Wednesday, Feb 17, both Dragonsbane and Dog Wizard go on sale through Open Road Media - digital, US and Canada, $1.99 apiece! Two of my absolute favorites.
In other news, Feb 17 is the day I get Shot #2 (Pfitzer) at a drive-thru clinic near my home - fingers crossed that nothing screws up!
AND, I have been listening to the Blackstone Media audio recording of "Die Upon a Kiss," Ben January #5. Ron Butler, who reads it, has such a pleasant, mellow voice. Blackstone is bringing out the first 11 of the January mysteries in unabridged audio. I've got Free Man of Color, Fever Season, Graveyard Dust, Sold Down the River, and now Die Upon a Kiss already, so their production is pretty efficient.
Staying quietly indoors and scrambling to pull together class lectures before contracts come through for the next couple of mysteries. The scrubby little bush outside my study window turns out to be a camellia plant, which just put out a gorgeous, full-moon white blossom, to welcome the Year of the Ox.
A big THANK YOU to all the people who are organizing and running the COVID vaccine Point of Dispersal sites! AMAZINGLY well-organized - I was in the slow-and-go drive-through line at Cal State Northridge for about 45 minutes (WAY less than I've experienced getting into the RenFaire!). Everybody knew what they were doing, there were enough people to make it go smoothly, I got my shot without getting out of my car, they made me stay a little extra time because I have food allergies and the concept of an allergy of any kind made them extra cautious, and I didn't even get the headache they promised me.
Glad I got it yesterday, because it's supposed to pour like Noah's Flood this afternoon.
All is well.
Two of George's best short stories, downpriced on Open Road Media, 99 cents Saturday, January 30, US and Canada. I can't quite tell whether it's 99 cents apiece for "The Aliens Who Knew, I Mean, EVERYTHING," and "Target Berlin," or 99 cents for an omnibus mini-volume containing both... but in either case, well worth the price. Both from his early, silly days - the first s-f (more or less) and the second pretty much straight silly fantasy. What a mind that man had!
I, meanwhile, continue to have weird issues with my computer. I SO look forward to getting my vaccine shot (this afternoon, IF the drive-up site doesn't get rained out!), so I won't be terrified to have Mr. Computer Guy come in and deal with it.
Wish me luck!