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Giveaway – Infinity Bell ARCs


My goodness it’s been a busy month or two! Sorry to have gone so quiet lately.

Over the next week or so, I’ll try to do a few updates about projects I’m working on, but today I want to get right to the fun stuff. I have in my hands four ARCs of INFINITY BELL, and I want to put them in your hands!

INFINITY BELL is book #2 of the House Immortal series. Book #1 HOUSE IMMORTAL came out in September, and INFINITY BELL will be out in March.  Here’s what the back cover says about it:

Return to national bestselling author Devon Monk’s heartpounding House Immortal series, where eleven powerful Houses control the world and all its resources. But now, the treaty between them has been broken, and no one—not even the immortal galvanized—is safe….

Matilda Case isn’t normal. Normal people aren’t stitched together, inhumanly strong, and ageless, as she and the other galvanized are. Normal people’s bodies don’t hold the secret to immortality—something the powerful Houses will kill to possess. And normal people don’t know that they’re going to die in a few days.

Matilda’s fight to protect the people she loves triggered a chaotic war between the Houses and shattered the world’s peace. On the run, she must find a way to stop the repeat of the ancient time experiment that gifted her and the other galvanized with immortality. Because this time, it will destroy her and everything she holds dear.

Caught in a cat-and-mouse game of lies, betrayal, and unseen foes, Matilda must fight to save the world from utter destruction. But time itself is her enemy, and every second brings her one step closer to disaster….

House Immortal side 1

Since these are advanced reader copies of INFINITY BELL, they don’t have the pretty cover, and they undoubtedly have some typos and spelling errors.  :) Here’s what the ARC looks like:

Infinity Bell arcs

If you’d like a chance to see what happens to Tilly, Abraham, Neds and the rest of the crew before the book is even on the shelves, just leave a comment on my blog here.

I will draw four winners on January the 5th. If I don’t hear back from the winners within one week (by January 12th) I’ll do a speed giveaway of first-to-comment wins.

I will mail internationally.

Good luck, and happy reading!

Mirrored from Devon Monk.

Upcoming Events


Wow. I can’t believe it’s that time of year already: Orycon is this weekend! I’ll be attending the convention Friday-Sunday (if you see me in the hall or after a panel, come up and say hi! I come to these kinds of things to visit and have fun, and would love to chat.) and THEN I’ll be a part of the huge Sci-Fi Authorfest at Powell’s Books over in Beaverton.

After that (next Friday, the 14th) I’ll be in Seattle at the University Bookstore for a signing with Diana Pharaoh Francis and Leah Cutter, and at the end of the month, I’ll be at our local (Salem, Oregon) Book Bin for Indies First Day.

Here is my schedule for these awesome events:

ORYCON

Friday, November 7
4:00 pm -Religion in Fantasy
5:00 pm -Getting Your First Professional Sale
Saturday, November 8
12:00 pm -Defining Magical Systems
5:00 pm -Urban Fantasy Made Real
Sunday, November 9
11:00 am -I’ll Be Watching You…

POWELL’S SCI-FI AUTHORFEST 8

Sunday, November 9 – 4:00 pm

(from their events calendar:)

A starfleet of science fiction and fantasy authors descends for one galactic booksigning event. Attending authors include: Bryan Thomas Schmidt, J. A. Pitts, Phyllis Irene Radford, Mike Moscoe/Shepherd, Kristine Kathyrn Rusch, Dean Wesley Smith, Andy Mangels, Leah Cutter, Jason Hough, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Daniel H. Wilson, Wendy Wagner, Steve Perry, Diana Pharoah Francis, Adrian Phoenix, Mark Ferrari, Shannon Page, Brent Weeks, Devon Monk, Ru Emerson, Jason Gurley, Ken Scholes, Todd McCaffrey, Jennifer Brozek, Annie Bellet, and Lindsay Johnson. The Cloud City Garrison of the 501st Imperial Legion and the Kashyyk Base of the Rebel Legion will also be on-hand.

UNIVERSITY BOOKSTORE SIGNING

Friday, November 14 – 7:00 pm

(from their events page:)

If you love fantasy, then this reading, signing, and panel discussion with authors Diana Pharoh Francis, Devon Monk, and Leah Cutter should not be missed. Although they’ll certainly have much to share, we’re especially excited to learn more about their recently released books and the exciting new adventures they begin.

Trace of Magic by Francis introduces us to Riley Hollis, a young woman whose magical ability to trace anyone and anything pulls her into a dangerous mystery, House Immortal by Monk draws us into battle for survival between those made immortal by the thread that stitches their bodies together and those who seek to claim their power for themselves, and The Changeling Troll by Cutter tells the story of a young woman who meets her exact twin just before the entire world around her starts to unravel.

INDIES FIRST DAY – BOOK BIN

Saturday, November 29th – hours to be announced

I hope those who are in the area can make it out to some of these events. I’d love to see you. Until then…happy reading!
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Mirrored from Devon Monk.

The Short and Long of It


House Immortal.inddThis is my week to post on the Deadline Dames, so this post can also be found there. :)

Today, I’m feeling chatty. The first book in my new series, HOUSE IMMORTAL came out about a month ago, and I wanted to extend a big thank-you to readers and reviewers and bloggers for taking time to give the book a chance.

If you haven’t read it yet, I can say that it isn’t a “standard” urban fantasy, but more like a science-fiction-y urban fantasy. But even though it’s set in the future a bit, it still (I hope) reads like urban fantasy, with a strong female lead character, some butt kicking, some humor, some trouble that could spell out the end of a world or two, and a host of interesting people and places.

Publisher and Editor John O’Neill at Black Gate noted here, that it reminded him of “STITCHERY” the first short story he bought from me for BLACK GATE. I’m so happy he noticed! The series is based off of that short story, (albeit loosely) and Matilda, Neds, and Grandma were all first introduced in that short.bg_2_cover_500

Now, the novel went quite a different way than the short story, so I think of the short story as an alternate timeline Matilda may have lived, but not the timeline she is living in the trilogy.

If you want to check it out (STITCHERY also was chosen for David Hartwell’s Year’s Best Fantasy #2) you can find it in BLACK GATE #2, or in my short story collection: A CUP OF NORMAL.

I feel very lucky to have started my writing career in short fiction. It not only taught me how to hone my skills, handle rejection, and create fearlessly, but it also brought me into contact with some great markets and generous people, editors, and publishers who took a chance on me and helped me grow as a writer. If you like your fantasy short stories full of adventure, then head on over to Black Gate and have a look around.

You never know what treasures might be waiting for you.

Mirrored from Devon Monk.

INFINITY BELL cover reveal


Today is my day to blog over on the Deadline Dames, so this post is mirrored there.

I have a new fantasy trilogy coming out this year: the House Immortal series.  The first book in the series is HOUSE IMMORTAL, which will hit shelves and e-reader screens* (oh, and ears–it will be available in audio via Tantor) on September 2nd. (Eek! That’s just 3 weeks away!!!)

Just this morning I got the final cover for book #2, INFINITY BELL (which will be out in the spring of 2015). Here is the fantastic cover:

Infinity Bell final 600

The artist is Eric Williams, and I think he did a fabulous job giving us a kick ass, stitched up, take-no-prisoners cover.

Here’s the back cover blurb:

Return to national bestselling author Devon Monk’s heartpounding House Immortal series, where eleven powerful Houses control the world and all its resources. But now, the treaty between them has been broken, and no one—not even the immortal galvanized—is safe….

Matilda Case isn’t normal. Normal people aren’t stitched together, inhumanly strong, and ageless, as she and the other galvanized are. Normal people’s bodies don’t hold the secret to immortality—something the powerful Houses will kill to possess. And normal people don’t know that they’re going to die in a few days.

Matilda’s fight to protect the people she loves triggered a chaotic war between the Houses and shattered the world’s peace. On the run, she must find a way to stop the repeat of the ancient time experiment that gifted her and the other galvanized with immortality. Because this time, it will destroy her and everything she holds dear.

Caught in a cat-and-mouse game of lies, betrayal, and unseen foes, Matilda must fight to save the world from utter destruction. But time itself is her enemy, and every second brings her one step closer to disaster….

The covers side-by-side:

House Immortal.indd Infinity Bell final 600Pretty sweet, eh? Oh, and if you haven’t had a chance to read a snippet of HOUSE IMMORTAL, click  right…here for an excerpt.

 

 

 

*edit for clarity. Thanks, Veronica!

Mirrored from Devon Monk.

Twitter Live Read


d2drdoneNext Tuesday, I am going to do a fun thing, an exciting thing, a READING thing. And you are invited to do that thing with me!

It all started with an idea: what if a few Deadline Dames read a book live together at the same time and post comments, funny observations and otherwise chat it up on Twitter?

The adventurous Rinda Elliott, offered up the first book in her new YA triliogy, FORETOLD, for the live read.  Her second book, FORECAST, comes out in August, so this is the perfect time to read book #1.

Karen Mahoney and I jumped on the chance to read it together along with Rinda, who might even offer up some behind-the-scenes secrets about writing the book.

There will be prizes! Oh, yes, there will.  Two $25 gift certificates to a favorite bookstore and two copies of FORECAST will be given to readers who re-tweet along with us.

So, next Tuesday, stay tuned for the very first Dame-to-Dame Read, live on Twitter.  Follow the hashtags: #d2dr or #Foretold to stay up with the fun. You can also follow along on the Deadline Dame web page if you don’t have a Twitter account. I’ll be posting my tweets to Facebook, so you can hear all about it there too.

And, hey…if you want to read along with us and offer up your comments and hang out with Rinda, (@rindaelliott)  Karen (@kazmahoney)  and me (@devonmonk), we would love to have you!

For more info, check out the Dame page here.

foretold

It is written that three Sisters of Fate have the power
to change the world’s destiny.
But only if they survive…
The Lockwood triplets have had the prophecy drummed into their heads since birth. Still, Raven, the eldest of the sisters, can’t believe it’s really happening. She’s the reincarnation of a Norse goddess? One of the sisters is destined to die? When it starts snowing in summer in Florida, the sisters fear the worst has come to pass. Ragnarok, the Norse end of the world, has begun.

Raven finds herself the secret protector of Vanir, a boy with two wolves, a knowledge of Norse magic and a sense of destiny he can’t quite explain. He’s intense, sexy and equally determined to save her when it becomes clear someone is endangering them. Raven doesn’t know if getting closer to him will make a difference in the coming battle, but her heart isn’t giving her a choice.

Ahead of the sisters is the possibility of death at the hand of a warrior, death by snow, death by water or death by fire.

Or even from something else…

Sisters of Fate
The prophecy doesn’t lie: one is doomed to die.
 

Mirrored from Devon Monk.

Winners! House Immortal ARCs


A big thank you to readers for entering the giveaway for early copies of the first book in my new trilogy: HOUSE IMMORTAL.

I fired up the random number generator, and the winners are:

Tanya R. Monroe  who said: LOVED the Allie Beckstrom and Breakers books. Can’t wait to get my hands on this new series!!!

Jen Schaper who said: This sounds like a great new series! I’d love to win a copy :)

courtney who said: I love reading all of your books

Julie who said: Cool! I love ARCS, but then I’m a very impatient person by nature. :)

Diane Joy Baker who said: Twould be lovely to win. Sure like the cover; nice rifle she holds!

Tracey boyd who said: Thank you for the opportunity to read your new series. I have been a reader of your books for years!

CONGRATULATIONS!!! 

Winners will have one week (until July 1st) to contact me via the little email button on my blog with their mailing address.

If winners don’t contact me, I will do a speed giveaway first-comments-first-wins of the remaining books Wednesday July 2nd, probably in the afternoon.

arc house immortal 6

My next giveaway will be in my not-quite quarterly newsletter. If you haven’t signed up for that yet, you can click on the SUBSCRIBE button top of the sidebar on my web page. The newsletter is full of news, free stories, exclusive sneak peeks, behind-the-scenes, goodies and giveaways.

Mirrored from Devon Monk.

House Immortal ARC givaway


Winners have been announced click here to see.

I have six (6!) shiny advance reader copies of HOUSE IMMORTAL, book #1 in my new trilogy, that I am giving away!

Things you should know:

This is what the ARCs look like:

arc house immortal 6

No pretty cover and plenty of pre-proof typos inside for your reading amusement. Here’s the pretty cover, just in case you missed it.

House Immortal.indd

HOUSE IMMORTAL comes out September 2nd, so winners of the ARC will be getting their hands on this book two and a half months early!

How do you win?

Leave a comment here on my blog and I will use the random number generator to choose six winners next Tuesday on June 24th before midnight PST.

Winners will have one week (until July 1st) to contact me via the little email button on my blog with their mailing address.

If winners don’t contact me, I will do a speed giveaway first-comments-first-wins of the remaining books Wednesday July 2nd, probably in the afternoon.

I will mail international.

Mirrored from Devon Monk.

Plot Talk


I am blogging over on the Deadline Dames today, and this post is also available there. :)

Brace yourself, people. I’m going to talk plotting. *waits for room to empty*
Okay, now that it’s just the two of us here, I’m going to tell you how I plot a novel. Well, I’m going to tell you the tools I use to plot a novel.

Fair warning: this is a long post, and I’ve probably talked about some of this before.  But it seemed like a good time to bring it up again, especially since I’ve been stuck plotting lately.

Also, these tools may or may not work for you. Heck, half the time they may or may not work for me. But of all the things I’ve tried, these are the most consistent, hands-on tools currently at my disposal.

One more side note: Please don’t think this is the only way to approach story. I’ll often start with this method and totally wander off track–usually in the middle of writing the book! There are many, many ways to outline a novel.  This is just the handiest cheat sheet for me at the moment.

Ready?  Here we go.

Um…okay.  I have just written and deleted a chunk of info about characterization, and how I always must know what my characters most fear, and what they most need, and what they will do to avoid and obtain those things respectively. There might have been naked Balrog and a mention of Freddy Krueger in stripy pajamas.

But we’re going to skip all that.  You know who your main character is, right?  And totally know their deepest fear and non-negotiable need.  Because no matter what BANG-BOOM things you throw at your characters in the book, you are going to ruthlessly dig into those terrible needs and fears every chance you get.  Bring them up and make the characters confront them over and over, right?  External BANG-BOOM conflicts are hollow without the ticking, bleeding heart of a character’s needs and fears thumping away between the lines.

I firmly believe characterization and internal struggles are absolutely vital to plotting…but that’s another post.

This post: Plotting.

Not to be boring, but the good ol’ 12-step Hero’s Journey**  is a good place to start.  Here’s how I think of it: (If this is old hat to you, feel free to skip down to the next bit.)

1. Ordinary world – Here is my main character’s ordinary world
2. Call to adventure – Someone, something isn’t right with our hero’s ordinary world and maybe  someone says Hero should do something about it. Or Hero wishes he/she could do something about it.
3. Refusal of call – Naw. Hero has lots of reasons not to deal with this problem. Hero might even list these reasons.  Hero has sweet denial skills.
4. Arrival of Mentor – Someone slaps hero up the backside of the head and tells Hero he/she must go on this adventure.
5. Crossing the Threshold into the Extra-Ordinary World – Hero decides to go on the adventure, for reasons. Hero wants to solve the case, save the orphan, cook the meth, vorpal the cube. This often is related to what Hero needs and fears.
6. Tests, Allies, Enemies – This will cover several chapters of the book. Hero will be tested, will meet allies, cross paths with enemies, maybe even be betrayed and fall in love. Hero will win some, lose some, but hero is learning, figuring things out, gaining strength, while getting deeper and deeper into trouble. And all the while the bad thing is looming, plucking at Hero, digging at Hero’s fears and needs. Until Hero MUST do something about that bad thing.
7. Approach – Hero and allies have a plan to handle this bad thing and save the day. Their plan stinks. Sure, some of it worked, but there are consequences that they couldn’t have foreseen. For one thing, that jerk of a villain is still alive.
8. Darkest Moment – Hero has failed. Maybe friends die, or seem to be dead. Maybe the wrong wire was cut. But here it is, the big SUCKS TO BE HERO moment. Is there any way out of this maze? Is it worth it? Will Hero keep fighting?
9. Reward – Of course Hero keeps fighting! Hero gains strength, or is clever, or discovers allies are there to fight with Hero. Hero discovers that Hero can overcome some of that fear and still keep his/her eye on the prize to gain (or keep safe) Hero’s need.  Hero even steals the sacred statue, releases the princess from jail, or sends off the coded information.
10. Road Back – Cue the chase scene, the ticking time bomb, the do-or-die moments. The last, miraculous acts of cleverness, twists, turns and final confrontation with that jerk villain. Hero escapes, saves, smuggles, kills, solves. Hero heros all over the darn place.
11. Resurrection – But not all of Hero’s problems are solved. Still, Hero now has the magic item, the knowledge, the captive, the success.  Hero has returned these things to their rightful places and has conquered fear and need. Maybe broken, maybe bloody, Hero holds his/her head up high and knows he/she has sacrificed much, but gained even more from the adventure.
12. Return with the Elixir – Hero receives praise, medals, promotion, crowns. Hero kisses the love-interest and hey, maybe gets a day off to hang with friends. Hero has changed from his/her adventure, and perhaps so has Hero’s ordinary world. Maybe these changes are for the better, maybe for the worse.
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I sit down with a pencil and legal pad, and number the page 1-12, then jot down ideas for each of these steps in the novel.  I never get them fully filled out before I’m stuck for what to do next.

So I go through the 1-12 Hero’s Journey from the villain’s point of view. It is sort of an Anti-Hero’s Journey, and I only use 10 steps, but much of it maps the same. In brief:

1. Villain Ordinary World
2. Villain Aware of Meddling Hero
3. Villain Ignores Meddling Hero
4. Villain Has No Choice But to Deal with Hero
5. Sets Sights on Getting Rid of Pesky Hero
6. Throws Minions, Allies, Enemies at Hero
7. Smacks Down Hero = Villain’s Brightest Moment
8. Hero Rises = Villain’s Darkest Moment
9. Villain Pulls Out All Stops To Destroy Hero – Clever Villain is Really Clever
10. Final Confrontation = Villain Loses, or Escapes to Evil Another Day

Villains are great resources for plotting bits, and as long as you know what your Villain most fears and needs (hint, hint) you will know just what that crafty villain is willing to do to stop Hero from getting in the way of Villain’s fears and needs and plans. Then you can plot that evil! Plot it!

*Glances up* You’re still here?  Wow.  Okay.  So to finish it off, there are two more things I do:

1. I jot down my Hero/Villain’s Journey across 20 chapters.  Of course, when I’m writing the novel, I’ll probably have more than 20 chapters (sometimes less). But with a limited amount of chapters I can start filling in the plot bits. Nothing fancy. A line or two of what might happen works.

Do I fill in details for every one of the 20 chapters? No. Not always. Mostly, I need some scenes from the beginning (ordinary world/call to adventure), a couple in the middle (allies, enemies, darkest moment) and a few at the end (chase scene or ticking time bomb, return with the elixir.)

By this time, the story is finally taking shape in my mind. I know my Hero, I know my Villain, I know my Important Characters. I know what’s at stake.  Now all I need is….

2. The End.  Yup. For every novel I’ve written, I’ve always known how it was going to end. In my opinion, it’s hard to write toward something when you have no idea what that “something” is. Even a basic idea: “happily ever after” or “beaten but not down” or “coffee by the grave” gives me something to shoot for.  If the ending echoes with the beginning and resonates with Hero’s needs and fears, kudos!  That makes for darn good reading.

And then, well, once I know the end….I can begin.

 

**To read more on the Hero’s Journey: The Hero With a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell

Also: The Writer’s Journey by Chistopher Vogler

 

 

Mirrored from Devon Monk.

Speed Giveaway! – Closed


Giveaway is over.  The books are claimed!  Thanks for playing, everyone!

Happy reading!!

The first two (2) people to comment, win a signed mass market copy of TIN SWIFT.

Good luck, speedy fingers!

tin swift pocket size 2

 

Mirrored from Devon Monk.

Winners – Tin Swift!


*NOTE*

There are now 2 (two) unclaimed copies of TIN SWIFT that I will be giving away here on my blog in a first-comments, first-wins speed giveaway around 3:00 PST.  I will post a NEW BLOG ENTRY titled: SPEED GIVEAWAY and the first two people to comment on *that* post will win the books.

Big thank you to everyone who entered this giveaway!  I loved all your comments, and can assure you that the pumpkin pie actually was good with a little chili powder in it–but only a little! I added extra cinnamon and a bit of sugar to balance it out and it was delicious!

Now…the random number generator has spoken and the winners of a signed, mass market TIN SWIFT are:

  • mneme - who said: Comment! Those are lovely looking pies! I’m very fond of adding chili pepper derivatives to sweet things, and think it’s totally underrated as a technique.
  • Jennifer Hill - who said: Love your steampunk series–have already read it twice am eagerly awaiting more installments! :)
  • Readsalot81 – who said: LOL I’m tempted to try that with the pumpkin pie! I like zip. I know The Blacklist isn’t that great of a show, but I’m a James Spader fan. He can pretty much do anything and I will watch everytime. The ending left some things up in the air (as you knew they would!) :D
  • rissatoo – who said: I think I have to try a chili powder pumpkin pie next time I bake them – the idea completely intrigues me! ;)
  • miki – who said: a good enders for a series? no not yet this yeari saw the last episode of the first season of “the killing” and i was so SO disappointed i’m not sure i will follow up it next time your pies made me hungry just by the pictures^^
  • Preethi - who said: I’m a very bad cook, but man, those pies look mouthwatering! I have read the first book- Dead Iron in your Age of Steam series, and I loved it. Interesting characters- I loved the Madder brothers, especially. I’ll have to read the second book, though. Soon. Thank you for giving us the chance to win:)
  • Andreea – who said: I loved the first book in the series so this would be a lovely gift. Thank you for the opportunity!
  • Sabrina – who said: Pumpkin spice pie and Supernatural sounds great! Im a long time Supernatural fan, and a Jensen Ackles fan since Dark Angel. I hope I didnt just show my age there. :P Thanks for making my TBR pile even larger. :D
  • Theresa Summers – who said: Pies or books, almost a tough choice.
  • Susan – who said: I really enjoyed reading Cold Copper, and I’m looking forward to reading Tin Swift.
  • jeff lageson – who said: I have a friend having a steampunk wedding. Would love to add this to the basket.

Congrats, winners! Please send me your mailing address by clicking on the little envelope button right there on the upper right of the blog page. If I don’t hear from winners by next Tuesday, I’ll do a speed giveaway.

Happy reading, everyone, and stay tuned–there are more giveaways to come!

tin swift pocket size 2

 

 

Mirrored from Devon Monk.

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