Friday Update

I must admit, I'm knackered.  Last night, thanks to dear old Tom, was rather a sleepless one, but I'm happy to do that if it means he's content and full of milk at the end of it.  But despite that, or maybe, hormone-wise, because of it, I've managed my first ever 10,000 words of prose week.  I'm getting to the end of the sequel to London Falling, and I love it when plot threads come together and conclusions are drawn, and that's pushing me along too.  But still, as they say, if you want something done, give it to a busy person.  As we speak, Caroline's getting some well-earned sleep.  Tom's latest favourite thing is now The Fascinating Cushion from our sofa, which has a check pattern; babies like strong contrasts.  Indeed, his spectrum of stuff, from excellent to worst thing ever, and I think this is a complete list, now goes:  milk...having his tummy rubbed...the fascinating cushion...music... getting to look around...being burped...sleep...having his nappy changed...weeing in his own face.

But you don't want me going on about my little one all the time.  There's a lot happening as the clock ticks down to the launch of my first urban fantasy novel, London Falling, on December 6th.  As I've already mentioned, on that day you can come along and see me read from the book and sign copies at Forbidden Planet in London's launch evening.  On December 11th, I'll be signing and reading in Reading and Staines (links to follow next week).  On December 12th, I'll be in Bath, and on December 13th, Ben Aaronovitch will be talking with me about the book as we become the Pornokitsch Christmas Party.  And there are still more events to come.  If you'd like me to come along to your local book shop, have a word with them, and get them to drop Tor a line.

But the big news today is that you can now get a flavour of the book yourself in two ways. Tor.com have just put up the first chapter for free (complete with the cover of the US edition, which is out in April), or you can see me read from later chapters onstage at this year's Eastercon.  (For those looking at the website version, I've pinned these two up on the right.)

If I've managed, in my crude way, to convince you of the merits of my venture, you might see fit to pre-order the book itself from Amazon, Blackwell's, Waterstones or any good book shop.  The e-book version will be available, DRM-free, on the same day as the print edition, and I'll let you know when there are links.

In other news, there's a new interview with me up at Newsarama, dealing entirely with Saucer Country, the title in which we're currently in the midst of what I think is some of my best comics work.

And here's a preview of Demon Knights #14, my penultimate issue on the title, again an arc of which I'm very proud.

Oh, and I've now joined the very wonderful Fantasy Faction forum. Come and say hello in the Introductions section.

There'll be more announcements about London Falling shortly.  Until then, have a good weekend, and Cheerio!

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