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CLOAK GAMES: SHATTER STONE now available!

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Available at Amazon USAmazon UKAmazon CanadaAmazon GermanyAmazon AustraliaBarnes & NobleiTunesKoboGoogle Play, and Smashwords.

Click here to read the first chapter of CLOAK GAMES: SHATTER STONE.

Nadia Moran has made a lot of mistakes in her career as a master thief, but thanks to her wit and her magical skills, she’s been able to avoid the consequences.

But now the consequences have caught up to her.

She owes a favor to the powerful Knight of Grayhold, and the time has come to pay up.

And unless Nadia does something clever, repaying that favor is going to get her killed…

FROSTBORN: EXCALIBUR underway

I started writing FROSTBORN: EXCALIBUR this morning. The goal is to have the rough draft done by Christmas!

Here are the first couple of paragraphs.

Six hundred and five days after it began, six hundred and five days after the day in the Year of Our Lord 1478 when blue fire filled the sky from horizon to horizon, Ridmark Arban braced himself for something to go wrong as he walked through the forests of Taliand.

Because something always went wrong when he crossed the River Moradel.

Every single damned time, something went wrong.

-JM

book Goldfinger versus movie Goldfinger

This summer I read the James Bond book GOLDFINGER, and over Thanksgiving I got to watch the 1964 film version of the story with Sean Connery playing Bond.

As much as it pains me to admit this as a writer, I think the film improved on the book in several key respects.

First, the movie version of Goldfinger is a lot smarter than the book version of Goldfinger. Several times during the book, Goldfinger refuses to kill Bond when killing Bond is the smart thing to do, and he even invites Bond along to hear the details of his evil plan. In the movie, Bond has to escape to hear the details of Goldfinger’s operation to steal all the gold in Fort Knox.

In the movie, Goldfinger doesn’t kill Bond because of the risk that Bond’s death with draw unwanted attention to his plans. Movie Goldfinger also kills all the mafia heads when he no longer has any need of them, while in the book Goldfinger lets them live despite the obvious danger of security leaks.

Second, movie Goldfinger’s plan is a lot better than book Goldfinger’s plan. Book Goldfinger plans to steal all the gold in Fort Knox, despite the obvious difficulties of moving 10,000 tons of gold bullion. Movie Goldfinger plans to detonate a dirty bomb inside the vaults of Fort Knox, irradiating the gold and rendering it too dangerous for humans to handle. The resultant worldwide spike price in gold would exponentially increase Goldfinger’s wealth…which is also much less work than transporting ten thousand tons of gold!

Third, the addition of the bomb made the final scenes much more compelling. In the movie, Bond fights a final battle with Goldfinger’s henchman Oddjob in the vaults of Fort Knox while the bomb ticks down next to them. It’s an excellent fight scene, filmed without music, and makes it all the more satisfying when Bond manages to defeat the physically superior Oddjob through cleverness.

That said, I did like book Goldfinger’s motivations better than the motivations of movie Goldfinger. In the movie, Goldfinger just wants to enrich himself. In the book, Goldfinger is actually a Soviet agent, and the entire point of his scheme is to destroy the American economy.

Still, it was interesting how the necessity of adapting a book to a film resulted in improvements to the story.

-JM

CLOAK GAMES: SHATTER STONE Table of Contents and description

Here’s the official book description for CLOAK GAMES: SHATTER STONE.

Nadia Moran has made a lot of mistakes in her career as a master thief, but thanks to her wit and her magical skills, she’s been able to avoid the consequences.

But now the consequences have caught up to her.

She owes a favor to the powerful Knight of Grayhold, and the time has come to pay up.

And unless Nadia does something clever, repaying that favor is going to get her killed…

And here’s the Table of Contents!

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-JM

a review of CHILD OF THE GHOSTS

I don’t usually link to reviews, but I’ll make an exception in this review of CHILD OF THE GHOSTS, because it’s always nice to find a reviewer who understands exactly what the writer was trying to do with the book.

Q: You’re a plucky fantasy heroine at an upper-class ball, working undercover for a super secret assassin society. You’re wearing a fancy dress and flirting with a brooding hunk. Then you think you see the super evil necromancer villain of the piece across the room talking to your fellow spy. Do you:

A1: Continue to giggle at the compliments of the brooding hunk while gazing into his intriguing vermilion orbs and checking out his 8-pack. Assume it’s nothing and the villain can wait for another day. Feel terribly bad later when your fellow spy’s necromantically drained body shows up.

A2: Make an excuse to the brooding hunk, duck into a corner, rip your dress to make a mask, steal a crossbow from a guard, shoot the villain in the head with a poisoned bolt from said crossbow, stab him repeatedly with your hidden daggers in various vital organs, then throw him off a balcony.

If you gave the second answer, then this book may be for you.

Caina’s answer to the question “Why Don’t You Just Shoot Him?” would be that she had shot the person in question ten minutes ago.

-JM

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

FROSTBORN: THE DWARVEN PRINCE got up to the #400s sales rank on Amazon UK yesterday, so I’m thankful for that. And for many other things as well.

You may say to yourself, “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.” But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.

-JM