Happy Book Day! (Wine & Smelly Cheese Edition)

I’m psyched to announce that “Among Thieves” sees it’s French debut today under the awesome title “Princes de la Pègre” (Princes of the Underworld). The book is published by  L’Atlante Editions, with translation by the talented Florence Bury. If the cover looks familiar, it’s because L’Atlante (like all my other foreign publishers to date) have opted to use Larry Rostant’s art from the Tor UK edition. I don’t blame them–I still love this cover.

Me, I think I’m going to celebrate with a bottle of Beaujolais Nouveau I have sitting about from last fall and a fitting plate of cultured animal milk. Maybe even a baguette or two as well.

As always, if anyone happens to see this edition in the wild and wants to share a picture, I’d be most grateful. :)

Princes de la pègre

So What the @)(%^! is up with “Sworn in Steel”?

As many (most?) of you have realized by now, “Sworn In Steel”, Book 2 in the TotK series, didn’t come out on June 5, 2012 as advertised on Amazon (or B&N, or…). Still other sites are listing the release date as being in September 2012, or even as far away as December 2025 (this last one seems to be mainly for ebooks, which either hints at one hell of a delay, or one sloooooow download).

So what’s the story?

In a nut shell, I was late handing the book into my publisher. Way late. So late that they took it off the publishing schedule and are only now figuring out where it will fit in. Any date you see on the web is going to be wrong. Furthermore, at this point, I don’t want to even hazard a guess as to the release date, since I don’t want to write a check I can’t cash.

What I CAN tell you is that book is done, and that I am currently engaged in the first round of revisions. This is going to involve cutting huge swaths of words from the book in hopes of making the final product a leaner, meaner read. (What can I say? I went a little nuts… :) I can’t say whether there will be a second round of revisions–neither I nor my editor will know about that until I get the current version beaten into shape. Rest assured, though, that work is being done, and I am making good progress.

All that aside, though, what I really want to do is apologize to all of you. You folks have been more than patient in waiting for word that I’ve been slow in getting out; and what’s more, when some of you have contacted me to ask about the book, you’ve been unfailingly polite and supportive. That means a lot to me, and it hasn’t gone unnoticed, especially in this age of instant gratification. It would have been easy to froth from the other side of a screen, but you all were better than that. You plain rock.

So thank you. And my sincere apologies for the delay, both in terms of Sworn In Steel and in letting you all know what was going on.

And lastly, as you can see I’ve tweaked the site a bit, and even added a more prominent blog. I’m hoping to post more regularly (okay, let’s be honest, I’m hoping to post *at all*) as I work through my revisions. I’m also wanting to do a more serious overhaul of this joint, but that may be a bit further down the line. My time in summer is limited, but I plan to check in at least a couple times a week (and even get the other pages updated at some point…)

Once again, thanks for you patience and your support.