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!
A whole slew of my digital backlist will be available Sunday, November 1, US and Canada, downpriced to $1.99. (And my apologies for the late notification - stuff had to be done that left me physically sort of trashed and all I wanted to do was lie down).
Rainbow Abyss and The Magicians of Night - the Magic Nazis duology - $1.99 apiece. Also the Silicon Mage, The Ladies of Mandrigyn, and Those Who Hunt the Night - all from Open Road Media.
Happy Halloween, all!
Nice news! Due to COVID, publication of the next Benjamin January - The House of the Patriarch - was put off, though it IS AVAILABLE ON KINDLE. It will be out in hardcover 5 January.
And, it's gotten EXCELLENT reviews in both Publisher's Weekly and Kirkus.
At the start of Hambly’s outstanding 18th Benjamin January mystery (after 2020’s Lady of Perdition), a well-to-do English couple in 1840 hire January, a free Black New Orleans musician with a reputation as a detective, to locate their 17-year-old daughter, Eve Russell, who recently vanished from a steamboat in Long Island Sound. January, who’s also a French trained physician banned from practicing in the prejudiced United States, travels to New York City, where he finds racial hatred more poisonous than in New Orleans. He soon rescues a Black woman and her daughter from molesters, and aids a white man, Phineas T. Barnum, who’s being pursued by moneylenders. The perilous search for Eve leads to an upstate community of religious phonies, who prey on credulous farmers and escaped slaves using the Underground Railroad to reach Canada, among others. Hambly’s masterful historical detail, scrupulous character portrayal, and psychological analysis of human frailties contribute handsomely to her storytelling. This long-running series shows no signs of losing steam.
HOUSE OF THE PATRIARCH. Hambly, Barbara. Severn House (256 pp.)
$28.99 | Jan. 5, 2021. 978-0-7278-8990-4
A free man of color recently returned from a harrowing adventure risks his life to save a White woman.
Benjamin January, born a slave, educated in medicine, husband, father, and finder of missing people, doesn’t want to take on another case. He and his wife already make a living as teachers in New Orleans during the 1840s. But when Chloë and Henri Viellard introduce him to their British friends the Russells, who want him to find their missing daughter, Eve, it’s not just the money that
convinces him to do it. He learns that Eve had a deep interest in the new religious groups springing up all over upstate New York. Some of them are stops on the Underground Railroad, and January fears that if a reward is offered for Eve, hundreds of escaping slaves will be caught in the net. As a Black man, January must pose as the Viellards’ servant to travel to New York—even then running the risk of being picked up and sold back into slavery. A chance meeting
with P.T. Barnum gives him information about the Shining Herald, a woman who talks to the dead and is associated with the Rev. Broadax, whose new community, Blessed Land, Barnum knows to be a con. While he’s looking for Eve, January is accused of murder and must hide with help from locals while struggling to unveil the horrors of the cult.
A fascinating, sadly timely tale of the hero’s struggles with his rage over the treatment of Black people.
Quiet days here, chilly nights.
Sunday, Oct. 25, US and Canada - George Effinger's Budayeen series (digital) on sale through Open Road Media, $3.99.
BUSY times here, with school exams, and I apologize for not coming on more frequently. Between major projects, I am trying to get a couple of Further Adventures stories written, and I'm finding that everything takes slightly longer than it used to.... mostly because of increased maintenance-time required both physically and psychologically.
A cooler week here between hot spells.
Monday, October 5, a boatload of George's digital backlist books go on sale, US and Canada, $1,99 each: The Exile Kiss (vol. 3 of the Budayeen series), Those Gentle Voices, Irrational Numbers (a collection of his early short stories), Live From Planet Earth (sort of a "Best Of..." of his short stories), and Budayeen Nights, a collection of his Budayeen short stories. The following day, Fire in the Sun, vol 2 of the Budayeen series, will be on sale, US only, $1.99.
All well here, aside from either a serious mosquito attack when I went out to look at the evening star the other evening, or hives... which might or might not be attributed to a new bedspread (because Yuki the Destructor proved to be eating portions of the old and much-loved spread). (And yes, I made sure the new spread was dyed with non-toxic materials...)
Yuki also eats dish towels and laundry.
Sorry to be a bit behind with downprice announcements from Open Road Media... it's been a stressy week.
Sunday - Sept 20 - "Stranger At the Wedding" will be on sale from Open Road Media for $2.99, US and Canada. This is sort of a one-off set in the Universe of the Windrose Chronicles - specifically, at the Wizards College (I think we meet its heroine briefly in Dog Wizard - I was writing the books at the same time), and in the great trading-city of Angelshand. Somebody asked me what kind of book I'd write if the main characters were to be played by Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn... and this is what I came up with. Almost a 1930s romantic comedy plot, with magic...
Monday, Sept 21, Open Road will have a sale on a whole bunch of George's early works, plus "A Thousand Deaths," the collection of the Sandor Courane stories, one of my favorites (because poor Sandor can't catch a break: he gets killed in every story he features in). $1.99 apiece, US and Canada.
Thank you, Open Road!
And, the sky here is a bit clearer, the air quality "Moderate" (I'm REALLY tired of being short of breath all the time). Taking a walk before dawn this morning, the sky was clear enough to see the morning star.
For those who are concerned, I am, so far, in no fire danger here. The air quality ranges from "moderate" to "poor" - so far - though when I take my morning walks I can feel it, and I do exercise indoors with the a/c on rather than opening doors & windows. Not much ash-fall here, though we had one afternoon of eerie yellow-brown light, and driving on the 101 the other day, I saw the lines of the Bobcat Fire creeping down the hills amid moving walls of smoke.
Weds, Sept 9 - The Darwath "Series" downpriced, US and Canada, $2.99, through Open Road Media. Not sure if this is just the trilogy (Time of the Dark, Walls of Air, Armies of Daylight) or if that includes the two follow-on one-off novels about the same people in the same universe, Mother of Winter, and Icefalcon's Quest.
I always liked those two follow-on novels - even when writing the trilogy, I knew I wanted to do a story about the Icefalcon, who is one of my favorite characters. And of course Mother of Winter involves the Evil Bishop Govannin, another of my favorites.
It continues hot here - bordering on theological conceptions, hot: 116 predicted for today (that's 46.6, for those of you in England...). When the a/c kicks on at quarter to six in the morning you know there's an issue. Even the Giant Tortoise who lives up the street is staying under cover - smart boy! I've taken to walking the moment it's light enough to see, which means I get to see the beautiful moon - just past full - and the morning star.
Did my first Zoom lecture of the semester yesterday - didn't go badly, though afterwards I found my shirt soaked with sweat. I remembered coming out of the first class I taught, 14 years ago, with a massive stress-headache, thinking, "I'll never have to do that FOR THE FIRST TIME again."
My nephew warned me that teaching an online class takes 30% more time than teaching in person, and it's true. But still getting my true work done, though I plan to take off Sunday and paint. Coming down to the final polish on the Hollywood mystery - time to suit up and start researching for the next couple of outlines, although the next Ben January I have in mind is a topic which I find disturbing right now, though I think it'll be a fun book.
Blue-blazing hot here. Hope you're all well.
Tomorrow, August 30, the digital version of The Silicon Mage will be downpriced, US and Canada, to $1.99. I assume they're going to downprice The Silent Tower at some point soon...
Silicon Mage is still one of my favorites. I based the San Serano Missile Plant on a place that I actually worked at in the '70s... and it WAS that weird and creepy, if one had to work late at night and had to walk around those frakking MILES of dark hallways. One could easily believe that there were dark portals to other worlds behind some of those doors, and God only knew what, wandering around just down the next corridor.
They say, Write what you know, and I sure knew that!
I think the place has been torn down by this time. I drive past the off-ramp on the freeway, and wonder.
Also, George's Budayeen Cycle is being offered, Sept 1, US only, all 3 books for $2.99. Another case of someone writing what he knew...