For the past year or so, one of my guilty pleasures has been listening to BLADES OF THE OLD EMPIRE, Book 1 in the Majat Code, beautifully narrated by Genevieve Swallow. It is one of these rare situations when everything just clicked — Genevieve was able to perfectly capture the characters and the tone of the book. Listening to her narration made me feel as if I was watching my favorite characters come to life, and surprise me over and over again. I must have listened to this recording more than 10 times. Crazy, isn’t it?

Since the publication of this audiobook last February, my dream has been to re-live this enjoyment with book 2 in the series, THE GUILD OF ASSASSINS, a standalone award-winning sequel to the Blades and very possibly my favorite of all the books I have ever written. And now….


… Genevieve has recently finished narrating THE GUILD OF ASSASSINS!!! And, she has done an absolutely amazing job with it. My dream has come true!

Writing THE GUILD OF ASSASSINS has been a very enjoyable process that channeled directly to the pleasure center in my brain. Genevieve’s narration has made it so much better! Ever since I received my author copy, I am listening to it over and over again, and I just can’t get enough.

Beautifully presented with the cover art by Alejandro Colucci, this audiobook is now a true gem of my collection — and I hope everyone who decides to give it a chance will enjoy it as much as I do! It’s a standalone, so you don’t need to know anything about book 1 to enjoy the story, and it is  of course the book in the series that has won two Prism awards in the year of its release — the Best in Fantasy, and the overall grand prize, the Best of the Best.

Order your very own copy today at one of these links, or at your other favorite audio retailers:





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My schedule at Philcon 2019

Friday, November 8


Will My Publisher Expect Me To Go On Tour?

Saturday, November 9


Linguistics in Science Fiction


Artificial Intelligence and Consciousness


The Future of Synthetic Biology and Public Biohacking


What Kind of Editor Do I Need?

Sunday, November 10


Readings: Anna Kashina, Alex Shvartsman, Stephanie Burke


Autographs: Anna Kashina, Alex Shvartsman

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SHADOWBLADE events this fall

Tomorrow, I will be signing SHADOWBLADE in Books-A-Million at the Coventry Mall. In support of this event, MODERN GLADIATORIAL ARTS, an amazing group of people practicing historical weaponry, will be joining me at the mall for one of their regular lessons. Everyone is welcome, so please stop by to watch them, or join one of their practice fights!

When: Saturday, September 14, 4-6 pm

Where: Coventry Mall, Pottstown, PA

This fall I am planning to attend Baltimore Book Festival (at the Baltimore Inner Harbor) and Philcon. details and schedules coming up!

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My schedule at READERCON 2019

I am excited to attend Readercon, which will take place on July 11-14, 2019 at Quincy Marriott in Quincy, Massachusetts. Here is my full schedule:

Autographs: Anna Kashina, Barbara Krasnoff
Fri 6:00 PM, Autograph Table

Translation Slam!
Anatoly Belilovsky (mod), Anna Kashina, Tamara Vardomskaya
Fri 9:00 PM, Salon B
Led by Anatoly Belilovsky, several translators will take a paragraph in Russian and produce their own translations into English. A canonical version may also be available. The versions will be read and their similarities and differences discussed.

The Future of Gene Editing: Universal Cures, Perfect Species, or a Global Disaster?
Anna Kashina
Sat 10:00 AM, Salon A
Recent advances in biomedical research have enabled us not only to introduce new genes and create genetically modified organisms, but to edit genomes and eliminate inborn causes of such diseases as cancer and heart failure. New technologies make such editing easier and easier, reminiscent of the way computers once revolutionized our ability to edit written texts. Biomedical sciences professor Anna Kashina discusses what is currently possible with gene editing and where these technologies are leading.

The Real Middle Ages, Part 2: Anywhere but Europe
Charles Allison, Carolyn Ives Gilman, Anna Kashina (mod), Chelsea R. Miller, Walt Williams
Sat 11:00 AM, Salon 4
Writers looking for alternatives to cod-medieval European settings don’t need to look far. The years 500 to 1500 C.E. were times of tremendous cultural and technological change around the world. Novelties of that period included Islam, paper money, and fast-ripening rice; the Incan Empire, Great Zimbabwe, and the Tang Dynasty flourished. Which non-European settings of the 6th to 16th centuries have been successfully used as the basis for fantasy lands, and which might writers find particularly inspiring?

Reading: Anna Kashina
Sat 7:30 PM, Sylvanus Thayer

How Much Science Is Enough Science?
Marc Abrahams, David DeGraff, Anna Kashina, Kathy Kitts (mod), Vivian Shaw
Sat 8:00 PM, Salon B
Some topics require more scientific know-how than others. How much do writers need to know for particular topics—and how do they know how much they need to know? What are some techniques for acquiring necessary knowledge without getting a PhD? This panel of scientist-writers offers helpful guidance.

Middle Book Syndrome
Theodora Goss (mod), Anna Kashina, Kate Nepveu, Tracy Townsend, Gregory A. Wilson
Sun 10:00 AM, Salon 4
The middle book in a trilogy is often thought of as the one in which the fascinating setting and gripping conflict that were set up in the first book… are set up some more. Panelists will discuss recent trilogies and the degrees to which they fit this stereotype; how middle book syndrome has evolved over time; and how they’ve learned to avoid, address, or love the middle book’s problems as authors and as readers.

Graybeards Beyond Gandalf
John Clute, Elizabeth Hand (mod), Anna Kashina, Barbara Krasnoff, Robert V. S. Redick
Sun 11:00 AM, Salon A
Relatively few stories have protagonists much older than the target audience, and the traits commonly associated with heroism aren’t often associated with age. Yet in speculative fiction there are all manner of ways to break the link between age and infirmity, or to defy or redefine the concept of aging. Panelists will explore the potential of elderly protagonists and unpack a hero’s journey that doesn’t get the attention it deserves.

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SHADOWBLADE book signing event in Willow Grove

On June 30, 2019, I will be signing SHADOWBLADE at the Barnes and Noble store in Willow Grove, PA, immediately following the Writers Coffeehouse meeting. If you are in the area, please stop by!

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SHADOWBLADE blog tour roundup

I’ve been having a blast with all the activity surrounding SHADOWBLADE book release. For anyone trying to keep track, here is a list of all the blog stops I made on the way, which really form a journey all on their own!

My interview with Clarkesworld Magazine, insightfully conducted by Chris Urie, made me pause and think about my roots and the origin of some of my writing traits. Check it out here:

My interview with NFR reads delved into such provocative questions as, e.g., my reaction to negative reviews. Check it out here:

My alma mater, the Online Writing Workshop for Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror, did a spotlight post on worldbuilding, where I got to talk about the process and even post a an opening paragraph from SHADOWBLADE:

And there is more on worldbuilding: in my case, it always comes with good, and I create exclusive recipe cards for every one of my books. I got to share my favorite SHADOWBLADE recipe on Fran Wilde’s Book Bites:

Barnes and Noble stores are putting my books on their new release tables — which means, those of you shopping in stores will get to see this beautiful and silky cover as soon as you step inside! Here is my B&N blog post on blade fights:

In John Scalzi’s Big Idea feature, I discussed some of the more serious issues behind SHADOWBLADE:

SHADOWBLADE is my first novel where I used at least a bit of my science background to delve into the aspects of human physiology that underlies superior abilities of a warrior. Interested? Check out my blog post for Fantasy Faction:

In Mary Robinette Kowal’s My Favorite Bit post, I focused on the undivided fun I had, writing about the Jaihar warriors and blade fights:

And yes, blade fights are my favorite, so I also got to talk more about these, and many other things about life and writing on these blogs:

Civilian Reader

Patrice Sarath’s blog

My Life My Book My Escape

A Little Bit Tart, a Little Bit Sweet

Paul Semel’s blog

Amanda Bridgeman’s blog

Amber Royer’s blog

I also got to do my very first podcasts! Our awesome conversation with Sean Grigsby can be found here:

My podcast felt more like a party with the Liar’s Club, where we had a blast chatting about romance with the blades and many other highly provocative topics:

Magical, isn’t it? 🙂 🙂 🙂

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SHADOWBLADE release event at Balticon, on Sunday May 26!

… featuring raffles, prizes, awesome food, fun, and gorgeous brand new books from eSpec Books, in addition to SHADOWBLADE!

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