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It’s been a very busy summer and autumn. How busy? Well, I’ve been so busy that I haven’t had time to blog here at all! But this is okay; I’ve been doing lots of writing instead—and I have the books to show for it!

 

RotationTwoCoverSmFirst, there’s the second installment of Driving Arcana stories, Rotation Two, which is out from Heliopause and available on all channels. You can pick it up from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Nook, Kobo, or have your local bookstore special-order it. (And yes, for Christmas shoppers, it’s available on Amazon Prime!)

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Also worth noting: I now have a Red Bubble shop! You can find the original cover art for Odd 7 there as a print, along with many more pieces! Do take a look!

On the convention front I attended Sasquan earlier this year, which was a blast. The WM and I took a road trip up through Oregon to get to it (we’re in California) and I got to visit some old friends on the way up and down. The greatest highlight of that con was probably Helsinki’s win for WorldCon in 2017, though the whole weekend was delightful—Mordor-like weather notwithstanding.

All that seems a long way away now, and never more so than last weekend when I was in Chicago for Midwest FurFest. This was a mind-boggling experience as I got to meet several artists whom I’ve long admired, as well as reconnecting with old friends. I took a short holiday in the city itself to visit the Shedd Aquarium, the results of which can be found on my tumblr, here, here, and here. Chicago is a wonderful city and I cannot recommend the Shedd enough. Also, Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder Co. and Smoque are two excellent choices for food.

Looking forward I have the usual Holiday tasks still in front of me, as well as the impending release of Perihelion 2016 next month. Also next month I’ll be traveling to Boston for Anthro New England, where I’ll have a table and will be dealing next to my partner-in-crime art, Mary Capaldi. I’ll also be doing a reading, and probably running around as Tachyon a lot.

So many things! Oh, and I’ve got the second Sir Camilla novel to finish in the mean time. Better get crackin’. I’ll leave you with the newly-unveiled Perihelion 2016 cover, and the usual reminder that twitter is the best place to follow me these days, and I post WIPs and other pictures to my tumblr.

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So I’m doing a kind of cool thing. Sort of. I hope. Basically, I’ve made some tumblr posts and tweets of the Professor Odd single covers for season one, and I’m giving away gift codes to people who share them!

If you got here from Twitter, here’s what you need to know:

Retweet any or all of these tweets:

  1. The False Student
  2. The Slowly Dying Planet
  3. The Promethean Predicament
  4. The Elder Machine
  5. The Dragons of Geda
  6. The Monster’s Daughter

And follow @GrimbyTweets, and I’ll DM you a code to download the respective title from the iBookstore. E.g. if you retweet Episode 1, you’ll get a code for Episode 1. Retweet #4 and you’ll get one for #4. Easy as that! You only have to follow me so I can DM you; if you RT but don’t follow I can’t DM you.

You may retweet any or all of the tweets—but only the first retweet counts. So only one code per title. Faves are appreciated, but don’t count.

If you only want to spread the word, add “Signal Boost” to your RT.

If it’s been over two days since you RT’d and you haven’t received a code, make sure you’re following me and send a public tweet @GrimbyTweets to get my attention.

This offer is good through the end of June or until I run out of codes—whichever comes first. Codes are valid for four weeks, and only redeemable on the Apple iBookstore. Also, pursuant to their legal agreement, I can only provide codes to people in countries where my books are available in the Apple iBookstore (which is practically everywhere the iBookstore exists), and must ascertain their country of residence in order to give them the correct legal jumbo attached to the use of the code.

I’m also running the same game on my tumblr, which works pretty much the same way:

Reblog any or all of these posts:

  1. The False Student
  2. The Slowly Dying Planet
  3. The Promethean Predicament
  4. The Elder Machine
  5. The Dragons of Geda
  6. The Monster’s Daughter

And you will receive an Ask from my account with a gift code to download the respective title from the iBookstore.

You must have a Tumblr account (duh) with Asks enabled!

You may reblog any or all of the posts—but only the first reblog counts. So only one code per title.

Again, likes are appreciated, but don’t count. If you only want to spread the word, tag your reblog with “signal boost.”

If it has been over two days since you reblogged and you haven’t got a code, send me an ask stating such and I’ll get it taken care of!

That’s all! Codes can be used by anybody, so feel free to get them on behalf of friends! Coworkers! Your dog! Or keep them for yourself, if you’ve been curious about Professor Odd but haven’t been sure where to start.

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For this week only (May 9 – 15) the first hit is free (if it’s the iTunes eBook). Now is as good a time as any to get yourself introduced to the series! The Season Two premier, The Dogs of Canary Island, is coming this summer in the Aphelion 2015 issue of Apsis Fiction.

More about Professor Odd here.

Professor Odd Season One

  1. The False Student
  2. The Slowly Dying Planet
  3. The Promethean Predicament
  4. The Elder Machine
  5. The Dragons of Geda
  6. The Monster’s Daughter

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After a catastrophic storm leaves the city of Redling half-filled with mud and the magician Bouragner Felpz ill with exhaustion, his faithful ward Corianne determines to take him on a relaxing country vacation. This however is soon upset by the sudden appearance of a ghostly witch, who holds the key to preventing an even greater catastrophe. After the Storm concludes the first volume of The Adventures of Bouragner Felpz.

 

 

 

 

 

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Episode 2.11: After the Storm

 

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It’s important as an author, I think, not to underestimate your audience. As I had planned from the very beginning that The Adventures of Bouragner Felpz would be split into two distinct volumes, I felt it would be unfair to pretend to the reader that the stories would stop after the first one. Felpz gets about so much that any attempt I made to retire him would be seen as very feeble, so I did not even try. All that remains to be said at this point is that he will return. In fact, if you look closely, you may find him cropping up unexpectedly in completely different stories. He is just that kind of character.

 

 

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A simple murder soon takes a turn for the mysterious, as things often do when the magician Bouragner Felpz is involved. Now he and his ward, Corianne, find themselves drawn into the harsh world of vagabond thief-masters and young pick-pockets, trying to uncover the truth behind an enchanted ring and the shadowy organization known as the Alchemists’ Circle. This is the tenth and penultimate story in the first volume of The Adventures of Bouragner Felpz.

 

 

 

 

 

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Episode 2.10: The Alchemists’ Circle

 

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Though each Bouragner Felpz story is self-contained, and can be read alone, when put together the stories that comprise the first volume do contain an overarching meta-story. Hints of it can be found, sprinkled throughout the volume, but they only become really obvious here, now that we are coming close to the end. Alchemists’ Circle is also notable in that it is the longest of all the stories—very nearly long enough to be a novella—and when taken within the context of the volume, can be seen as something like the climax.

 

 

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Unusual visitors are par for the course in the life of Bouragner Felpz, consulting magician, but few materialize out of flames from the fireplace. Enter Lilith Maugs, an enigmatic woman with a tumultuous past who has come to Felpz for aid, yet in doing so puts him, and his ward Corianne, in mortal peril.

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Episode 2.9: The Labors of Lilith Maugs

 

 

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One of my favorite of the Greek legends is the Labors of Heracles. I was always impressed by Heracles’s diligence, even if things did not end particularly well—but that is only what you expect from a Greek myth. I have also long harbored interest in demons, particularly how they are portrayed in fantasy. Because “demon” has become so widely used to describe a wide range of monsters, I felt it was time to give the term some definition in my own stories. And although I have tried to keep these stories fairly self-contained, the careful reader will probably want to have read The Amazing Mages before beginning on this one, though it is not strictly necessary.

 

 

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Bouragner Felpz, the renowned Magician’s Consultant, has never been known to sing. Yet sing he does, as do any who touch the unusual fire stones that have been unearthed around the Willowbee mansion. What put the song in the fire stones? What does it mean? Who is it for? The answer lies in an ancient legend, and in the mysterious ghostly riders that have begun to appear, galloping around Willowbee Hall.

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Episode 2.8: The Song of the Fire Stones

 

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I love music. I love listening to music, I love making music, I love dancing to music. Music is, I think, about as close to real magic as we can get in our universe. It’s always struck me that musician and magician are not so different looking words when you think about it, and that this may not actually be a coincidence. Of course, music-driven magic is not something I alone have come up with: it was also used brilliantly by my idol, Diana Wynne Jones, in her novel The Magicians of Caprona. Although I must say that book did not have so much influence on this story; I’m only mentioning it because it’s really a smashing good book and it would be a shame not to. Song of the Fire Stones owes more, I fancy, to those wonderful tales where relics from a glorious and ancient past turn up in unexpected places—sometimes with dramatic results. It’s also an homage to Sherlock Holmes (as is the whole Bouragner Felpz series, I suppose), in so much as, where Holmes goes around revealing mysterious and terrifying murders has having natural solutions, Felpz goes around providing happy endings to situations that would, in less capable hands, quickly spiral out of control. But mostly, I like music.

 

 

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In a world where magic and supernatural entities are real forces to be reckoned with, sometimes the best person to solve a murder mystery is not a detective, but a magician. Such is the case in this, the seventh adventure of Bouragner Felpz, where he is called in to investigate the impossible murder of a young lord. But what Felpz discovers—and the unorthodox means he employs—is sure to shake even the stoutest of hearts. Narrated as always by his trusty ward, Miss Corianne Birch, The Twisted Unicorn delves into the world of sinister necromancers, unlikely victims, and terrible vengeance.

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Episode 2.7: The Twisted Unicorn

 

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The story of Twisted Unicorn was brought about by a great many characters that had been bouncing around in my head getting together and saying, look, you really need to put us in a story, and you need to do it now. So I did. I also used it as an opportunity to directly address one of the fundamental differences between Bouragner Felpz, and his literary forerunner Sherlock Holmes. Finally, the story is notable in that it introduces Hydegan. Hydegan is an unusual character (for me) in that he is roughly modeled after a real person. I don’t usually do this, and I say “roughly” because his model is actually rather famous and I don’t know him personally (we have only met once, briefly, in a dark alley); so there is a great deal about Hydegan that I made up. Because of this I doubt many people will recognize him, though if you’re familiar with a certain set of underground celebrities he should strike several bells. So if you find yourself thinking, “wait, is Hydegan based on—?” then the answer is probably: Yes, and sorry.

 

 

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Miss Vitronica Mage is the youngest of four children who have all mysteriously disappeared on the eve of their 21st birthdays. Now about to turn 21 herself, she comes to Bouragner Felpz in a desperate attempt to save herself, but what Felpz discovers when he investigates the case proves to be far more intricate than what first appears. And Corianne, his faithful ward and biographer, is forced to take a much more direct role than she would like, considering there could be a demon involved!

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Episode 2.6: The Amazing Mages

 

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It should be fairly obvious (it certainly isn’t a secret) that these stories owe a lot to the work of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, namely his Sherlock Holmes series. I wanted to write fantasy, but not the traditional sword-and-sorcery sort. I remembered Holmes saying something to the effect that he had never met a murderer who could fly, and I thought: oh, but if there’s magic involved, there could be! And thus inspired, I ran off to write my own mysteries, but this time with magic involved.

I’m mentioning all this because I don’t think it’s really fair not to. People tend to notice similarities in my work with other, greater writers. Some of these similarities are subconscious (I had read their book many times and certain themes became ingrained in my mind and popped in without my meaning them to), some of them were accidental (I had never even heard of this person or read their books: the similarities were simply coincidental), and some were deliberate. These I feel I should be honest about, since I was consciously helped along by some other person’s work. And I’m mentioning it now because this story was directly inspired by one of my very favorite Sherlock Holmes tales. I won’t tell you which one—I don’t want to spoil the surprise!—but fans of Holmes should easily recognize the… let’s call it the armature of this story. The details, (the flesh, skin and hair,) however, are entirely my own. And the solution, I am happy to say, is actually rather different.

 

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The Last Dragon

Mr. Bouragner Felpz, consulting magician, has taken many strange and sinister cases: bleeding stairs, cursed cathedrals, sentient shadows. But none have concerned such intimidating characters as the near-legendary figure he encountered in his investigation of the vengeful Abbey Axe. In this story he recounts an adventure from his early days, when he went to solve a country squire’s insanity, and wound up crossing paths with an ancient and fearsome warrior.

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Episode 2.5: The Last Dragon

 

 

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The Last Dragon began with the title, and I soon ran into difficulties because dragons are not at all extinct in Antellonia (the universe in which these stories are set), so any story the proclaimed to be of the last dragon would be false right from the start. I soon worked around this by having the appellation apply, not to an actual dragon, but to a warrior. This allowed to me draw on some of my favorite themes; ancient heroes and the King under the Mountain and all that, and of course the Amazons. These are of course a different breed entirely from the ones the Heracles and Achilles tangled with, and at some point in the future I shall have to write a story about their past, but until then this taste will have to suffice.

 

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