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THE SERPENT KNIGHT now available!

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May 2015 marks the 10th anniversary of the original publication of DEMONSOULED! To celebrate, I wrote THE SERPENT KNIGHT, a novella set in the DEMONSOULED workd, and it’s now available at Amazon US, Amazon UK, Amazon Germany, Amazon Canada, Amazon Australia, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iTunes, Google Play, and Smashwords.

To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the internationally bestselling DEMONSOULED series, here is a new novella set in the world of the Demonsouled. 

Mazael Cravenlock has prevailed over terrible foes and now rules the Grim Marches with a firm hand. Yet when ruthless brigands threaten his lands, Mazael must take up his sword and defend his people.

But Mazael has enemies more powerful than mere bandits, enemies who see a chance to bring about his downfall…

THE SERPENT KNIGHT coming soon

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I think THE SERPENT KNIGHT should be able to come out this week or next week. Meanwhile, here’s the cover art and the description!

To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the internationally bestselling DEMONSOULED series, here is a new novella set in the world of the Demonsouled.

Mazael Cravenlock has prevailed over terrible foes and now rules the Grim Marches with a firm hand. Yet when ruthless brigands threaten his lands, Mazael must take up his sword and defend his people.

But Mazael has enemies more powerful than mere bandits, enemies who see a chance to bring about his downfall…

-JM

AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON review

Saw AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON during my travels this weekend, and quite liked it. Lasers! Punching! Explosions!

A lot of people worry about a malevolent artificial intelligence taking over the world (Terminator, The Matrix, Elon Musk, etc.), but I’m not one of them. This is because I’ve spent a very long time working in day-to-day IT, and I know firsthand the endless amounts of maintenance than any complex IT system requires. And no matter how much maintenance you do, something always goes wrong.

Like, Ultron would be making his big climatic speech about how humanity needs to be cleansed, and then he would freeze in mid-sentence and announce that he’s currently installing Windows Update 1 of 73, giving the heroes ample time to defeat him.

-JM

the vast gulfs of time

I’ve been reading an anthology of science fiction stories from the early 1980s. Good stories, all, but they all assume that the Soviet Union would be around well into the 21st century, which perhaps is a testament to the predictive accuracy of science fiction.

Then it occurred to me that I keep thinking of the fall of the Soviet Union of having happened recently, but it has already been twenty-four years. There are likely many people who have visited this page to whom the Soviet Union and the Cold War were not living memory, but increasingly dusty history.

Which is something to bear in mind if you are writing a series with an immortal or a long-lived character, like a wizard or a vampire or something. The immortal might find himself talking about something he remembers vividly, like seeing King Richard fall at Bosworth or watching the Imperial Guard charge for the final time at Waterloo, only to realize that to most of listeners he is reciting obscure facts about the distant past.

Of course, you notice how immortals in fiction always claim to have been there for the significant events of history? Like, maybe they just lie about it to make themselves sound cool. An immortal could say he was there when Caesar was assassinated, but “there” could actually mean he was in a tavern several miles away, badly hungover and arguing about his bill.

-JM

four years, quarter of a million books, and a free DEMONSOULED novella coming soon

I started self-publishing four years ago, and in that time I have sold over a quarter of a million copies of my books. Thanks, everyone!

I had no idea this would work so well! When I started in April of 2011, I thought I would publish DEMONSOULED & SOUL OF TYRANTS, write a third DEMONSOULED book, and call it good. I would then focus on blog posts about Ubuntu Linux, and maybe sell one or two copies of my fantasy trilogy every fiscal quarter.

This was one of those times in life when it was good that things didn’t go according to plan! Or God’s plan for my life included selling a lot of ebooks. I don’t know why, but I’m definitely not going to complain.

If you will forgive a brief personal note, I really like self-publishing, especially compared to traditional publishing. Traditional publishing is a grim and joyless place that regularly erupts into nonsensical Internet flame wars, particularly SF/F traditional publishing.  I do not miss that at all, and regard it as a stupendous blessing that I never got another book contract after DEMONSOULED & THE TOWER OF ENDLESS WORLDS, since that meant my books were free of legal encumbrances once self-publishing came along. Self-publishing is a thousand times better than traditional publishing in every possible way.

I am very grateful for it, and for all of you who have bought my books over the last four years.

On a related note, next month is May, and that marks the 10th anniversary of the first time DEMONSOULED was published. (In the DRESDEN FILES book SKIN GAME, there is a line where Harry Dresden wonders how he became a guy that things happened to ten years ago, and I know exactly what Harry means!) After I wrote SOUL OF TYRANTS in 2005 and couldn’t get the publisher interested in it, I was pretty sure the DEMONSOULED series was done and dead. So it was amusing to look back from ten years later with a grand total of eight DEMONSOULED books written and tens of thousands of copies sold.

Anyway, as a way of saying thanks, next month I’m going to give away a new DEMONSOULED novella for free to my newsletter subscribers via Smashwords coupon code. Watch for it in the third or fourth week of May! (If you haven’t subscribed to my new-release newsletter, you can do so here.)

-JM

more FROSTBORN: THE BROKEN MAGE progress

Wrote 4,000 words of FROSTBORN: THE BROKEN MAGE today. Now, since it’s the weekend, I’m going to play BALDUR’S GATE II: ENHANCED EDITION.

When Baldur’s Gate II first came out in 2000, I walked four miles to buy it, since I didn’t have a working car at the time. Now I just click a button, and it downloads from the “cloud” to install on my computer. Technology!

-JM