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Hello all,

Happy NY and all that jazz. I’ve been slacker than a slacker’s slack bits about blogging lately, but I’m going to try to be a little better this year, I do solemnly swear. In the meantime, here’s some photos from the ENDSINGER launch party.

I held it in conjunction with Amie Kaufman and the launch of her new book THIS SHATTERED WORLD (co-written with the awesome Meg Spooner). In case you didn’t know, Amie and I have written a sci fi series together, the first book of which comes out this August, and it’s gonna knock you out of your shoes.

Meantime, pics! Much love the wonderful and talented AmberLousie Hart for shooting for us! And thanks to everyone who came along and made it such and awesome night!

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The goods

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The guilty parties

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Useful for door-stopping, hurling at rowdy children, lighting fires on cold winter nights.

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More peoples 🙂

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To the wrong place, you may have come, perhaps

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Teh lewts

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More speeching

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Books and booze. WINNNNNNING

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The pretty

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That’s quite a line 😛

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Um, how do you spell Jay again . . .

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Still waaaaaaiting….

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Shameless plug for the awesome folks at Dymocks. Thanks for having us!

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I apparently said something funny here. Someone call Guinness.

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You know what they about guys with big books…

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Me and the lady who makes it possible



French STORMDANCER cover!

Behold the awesommmmme.
Another quick one!

I just wanted to share the AWESOME that is the French cover for STORMDANCER!

The cover was created by Miesis Illustration, which you can find here.

I honestly think I’m one of the luckiest authors I know when it comes to covers, and the French edition of SD is no exception. The peeps at Miesis absolutely NAILED it 😀

STORMDANCER will be published in France by Bragelonne on the 17th of September!

Throw a Snaga on the barbie, maaaaate

Throw another snaga on the barbie, mayte.

(that headline is Australian for “place a sausage on the hot plate, my friend”. Yeah, “snagga” is Oz for sausage, we’re a strange lot, sue us)

So, after miles uncounted and trials untold, Stormdancer’s prize for the 2013 Gemmell Awards finally arrived!

My editor in the UK was a little gun-shy about sending it via post – apparently the people in Australian customs confiscated the last one she sent down here, and I can kinda see why. This thing could put a reasonable hurting on someone if you hit ’em in the love machine with it.

You’ll be pleased to know it’s now sitting on my shelf next to a copy of SD, well out of love machine range. 😛

Thanks again to all the folks at the Gemmells. You guy are awesome 🙂

David Gemmell Legend Award



Beautiful people!

The next round of voting for the David Gemmell awards is now open. For those of you who missed the news, STORMDANCER and yours truly are shortlisted in every category, thanks in no small part to YOUR votes. And when i say “no small part” I basically mean thanks entirely to your votes.

Your votes, they have melted my heart. They are like gleaming phasers of love set to “warm fuzzies” aimed right at my gutty-wuts.

But if you’d like to help me win the thing (thus allowing me to dance around Joe Abercrombie and Mark Lawrence, taunting and jeering until my throat is sore), here’s where you make the clickies:

Best Fantasy Novel.

Best Debut Novel.

Best Cover.

Apparently, the grand prize is a huge fuck-off axe (named Snaga). I’m not sure what i’d do with a huge fuck-off axe. But I’m certain I’d find a use for it. Maybe cutting off the joymeats of the postman who keeps crushing my mail into my letterbox like he was playing wastepaper basketball. Or perhaps sitting on the couch  in my underwear and demanding my mead in a booming, mostly unconvincing accent.

In all seriousness, thanks to all the folks who voted SD and i onto the shortlist. To see my little book on a list with authors of this caliber is something I never imagined when I started down this road. Your love for this book is nothing short of amazing, and I’m truly humbled. Thank you so much! ❤

In other news, KINSLAYER hits shelves in a month! Shiiiiiiiiiii….

Praying for Rain

Praying for Rain


Real quick update today, folks. I’m currently spanking the scantily clad buttocks of my KINSLAYER edits, and will hopefully be handing them over to The Powers™ next week. The book is feeling kinda ‘rad’ as we used to say in the 80s (yes, I’m old, shut up) – it’s undergone a Banner-esque transformation over the last couple of month thanks to my awesome editors, and is now Hulking right the fuck out. I’m feeling really proud of it, and can’t wait for y’all to read it.


We’re a little ways out from September, and while we have cover reveals and synopsis reveals and all the cool stuff for book 2, I figured I should give you something to tide you over in the meantime.


If you head over to my 100% official, seal of the king, licensed to kill website thing, you’ll notice a new button up in the top right hand corner called BONUS STAGE. This is a reference to an old video game I used to play in the 80s (SHUT UP) but whatever. Point is, if you click on the BONUS STAGE button, you’ll find a bunch of what I hope is Cool Stuff™ – STORMDANCER desktops, full color maps, clans logos, the original scribble I did for the map of Kigen City waaaaay back in 2010, the original kanji our awesome calligrapher did for our book headings, and so on. You’ll also find a PDF of a tale I wrote, called PRAYING FOR RAIN.

PRAYING FOR RAIN is a short story set in the world of the LOTUS WAR trilogy. It was supposed to be a kind of “showcase” story to introduce people to the city of Kigen and the broad concepts of this little world I’d built. Originally I planned to release it prior to STORMDANCER dropping on bookstore shelves, but after it was finished, I decided it was a little too… dark. Not that STORMDANCER isn’t dark, it’s just I wasn’t sure I wanted PfR to be people’s first taste of Shima. Kinda the way you behave on a first date, you know? You don’t want to mention that time you unleashed your latent telekinetic abilities on that schoolbus full of first-graders until at LEAST date #3.

Point is, the story is a little grim. Pretty. But grim.

It’s about a girl we meet (very briefly) in the pages of STORMDANCER. End of Chapter 4, iirc. You might remember her.

Anyways, I hope you enjoy it.

Much love.

Just… stuff


Very quick one this week, but some cool news.

The LOTUS WAR trilogy has just sold in Brazil to Objetiva books – Publication will be in Portugese, final release date to be announced. E-book format will also be available. Huzzah!

STORMDANCER also got a starred review over at Shelf Awareness – I don’t normally bounce my own pogo stick over my professional reviews, but this was another big one, and the review is funny too 🙂

Mr Mike Perschon, aka Steampunk Scholar, probably the greatest authority on the interwebs about all things SP just named STORMDANCER in his Top 10 Steampunk Must Haves, along with seminal texts like LEVIATHAN and BONESHAKER, so that was pretty awesome.

Thanks to all the folks who’ve been sending me pics of STORMDANCER in the wild. Please send more, it’s very cool seeing my baby out in the world.

THE WORLD section of my website is now complete – you can read a potted history of the Shima imperium, along with a little bit about each of the four clans here. We’ll be adding a new section with wallpapers and bonus stuff and whatnot in the next few weeks.

For people who couldn’t be at the launch asking about getting a copy of THE LITTLE STORMDANCER (very awesome of you), I’m currently investigating putting the book up online somewhere. I don’t really know the how’s of it all – I’ll need to do some poking around now that life is returning to a “normal” pace. But more news will follow.

The STORMDANCER blog tour is wrapping up, but there are still a couple of signed hardbacks up for grabs on the later stops, so if you’re looking for freebies, BAM.

As for my life, I’m back off the promo vacation. All the interviews and blog posts were kinda exhausting, but it was still awesome and I hopefully didn’t make an idiot of myself in any of them (although my sarcasm seems to be lost on some folks…). I’m working my way through third draft of book 3, awaiting editor’s notes on book 2 and tossing around ideas on a Secret Project which is shaping up kinda cool. At least in my head.

And that is all. Big Scary Hugs.

Moar Loots


If you’re just here to win the free Rothfuss books and don’t care about anything else, head to the bottom of the post. I’m not crying, honestly. I just have something in my eye.

For the uninitiated:

So my debut novel is coming out in… 23 days. 18 days if you live in the UK. If you live in Australia, you lucky dog, you can apparently head to a store and buy it right now.

Its name is STORMDANCER. Some professional book reviewer type people are of the belief it doesn’t suck, and have been busy telling everyone else it doesn’t suck. Which is truly awesome.

Strangely, I found a couple of authors who thought it didn’t suck either, and actually liked it enough to blurb it for me (a blurb is essentially an author being officially quoted about the lack of suck in another author’s book). Which is even more awesome. Like, weapons-grade awesome. Shot a man in Reno just to watch him die awesome.

Wait, that’s not awesome. Poor Reno guy…

Anyway, one of these deluded author types was Patrick Rothfuss, author of the NYT bestselling Kingkiller Chronicles. Sometime last year, Pat was nice enough to send me some signed loots to give away close to my launch – the logic being if you like Pat’s stuff, you might find yourself intrigued about a book he thought didn’t suck enough to be quoted on the cover as having said “THIS BOOK DOES NOT SUCK”.

Or something. Anyways, the free shit…

So, I’m giving away signed hardback copies of THE NAME OF THE WIND and THE WISE MAN’S FEAR. Not only are these puppies signed, they also contain 100% bonafide spoilers about book 3 of the Kingkiller Chronicles, scrawled in Pat’s own bardic script right next to his signature. Yes, you read that right. May the Flying Spaghetti Monster strike me dead of screaming syphilis if I speak a lie. SPOILERS.

What do you have to do to win this jizztasmagoric smorgasbord of pure nerdgasm?

It’s real easy. Some authors make you subscribe to FB pages or twitter feeds or blogs or name your first kid Kristoff (great name for a super villain – jus’ sayin’) and fuck all that noise. You’re either going to like the sound of my book, or you won’t. If you like the sound of it, maybe you’ll sub to my FB page or twitter or whatever. That’s all grand, thank you very much, buttons are up on the top right. If you’re just here for the free Rothfuss and STFU Jay, just tell us how to win, that’s all good too.

SO, to win, all you have to do is Tweet or FB about the giveaway.

Yes. To be in with a chance to win, you have to lessen your chances of actually winning by telling other people about the competition. That Kristoff, eh? What a fucking jerk.

If you tweet, make sure you tag it with the #stormdancer hashtag so I know you did it. Eg:

Author of #stormdancer, @misterkristoff is giving away signed copies of @Pat_Rothfuss’ KINGKILLER CHRONICLES here:

Or something along those lines. Maybe something with a bit more oomph. I dunno, I’m not a writer, jesus…

…oh, wait…

If you FB about it, make sure you tag my FB page so I know you did it (you’ll have to Like the page to do so, this is FB’s rule not mine and it sucks, sorry. If the thought of being manipulated into Liking a page makes you want to stomp on babies, you can Unlike my page right after. Please don’t stomp any babies).

That’s it. Go forth and tweet. Or whatever. The winner will be drawn on Monday September 3rd. The winner will be chosen by the Random Number Generator Gods, so you may wish to butcher something small and fluffy in their names. The giveaway IS international.

No bribes accepted. Although if you promise to name your first kid Kristoff maybe we can work something out…