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I have a new agent!

I am super excited to announce that I have just signed up with a new agent, Jennie Goloboy, from Donald Maass Literary Agency.

I am thrilled to be working with Jennie — who is not only a great agent, but such a good match as a work partner and a person to go to for professional advice. We have a lot in common in our backgrounds, which makes it all even more perfect! I really look forward to all the good things to come!

The very next item on our list is my brand new adventure fantasy, featuring empires, assassins, and, of course, romance… Stay tuned for more news, hopefully soon!!

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BLADES OF THE OLD EMPIRE Humble Bundle promotion, day 2 and going great!

13 days remaining, and counting! For the next two weeks, pay what you want for an amazing collection of some of the Angry Robot’s best science fiction and fantasy titles, which, amazingly, include BLADES OF THE OLD EMPIRE.

Even more wonderfully, some of the money you pay will also support charities. A win for everyone!

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BLADES OF THE OLD EMPIRE Humble Bundle Promotion

Happy Valentine’s!

Today, love is in the air — and so are some great book deals! I am very excited to have “Blades of the Old Empire” included into a Humble Bundle of the Angry Robot Books’s 20 titles, that will run for the next 2 weeks at the following link:


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My schedule at the Baltimore Book Festival

Friday, September 23

12 Noon         Read Beyond the Borders

Translations, foreign markets, and immigrant authors. It’s time to change your perceptions of science fiction and fantasy around the world. Authors:  Anatoly Belilovsky, Bill Campbell, Anna Kashina, Sarah Pinsker

1 PM                You Got Romance in My Science Fiction & Fantasy

Kissing, spaceships, and dragons. What could go wrong? Authors:  Anna Kashina, Jean Murray, L. Penelope

6 PM                Your Best Beginning: A Live Critique

Submit your first 3 paragraphs any time before the start of the panel and our friendly authors will choose some to critique. Let our pros help your prose! Authors: DH Aire, Anatoly Belilovsky, Meredith Hale, Anna Kashina, Don Sakers, KM Szpara, Mark Tompkins.


Saturday, September 24

12 Noon Signing: Anna Kashina, Don Sakers.

5 PM                Second  Breakfast & Snozzberries: Food in SF & Fantasy

Sensory details are the hallmark of great science fiction and fantasy, and nothing brings that home quite like the food! Join our panelists as they discuss food in their favorite books. We guarantee you’ll leave hungry. Authors:  Cinda Williams Chima, Lara Elena Donnelly, Scott Edelman, Anna Kashina, Fran Wilde, K. Ceres Wright.


Sunday, September 25

11 AM              Worldbuilding for Science Fiction & Fantasy

Learn what goes into creating fantasy and science fiction worlds. Ask questions! Get answers! Authors: Brenda W. Clough, Lara Elena Donnelly, Sarah Beth Durst, Carolyn Ives Gilman, Anna Kashina, Fran Wilde.

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My Worldcon schedule this weekend

Tomorrow I am headed out for my very first Worldcon. Really excited about it!

Here is my list of appearances and panels:

10:00 Writers Workshop 1A (KC Marriott Downtown / Lester Young A)

15:00 Autographing (KC Con Center / Autographing Space)

15:00 Where Science Fails (KC Con Center / 2502B)
17:00 The Evolution of Epic Fantasy (KC Con Center / 2209)

13:00 This Year in Bad Science (KC Con Center / 2503A)
16:00 Thinking Through Neuroscience in SF and Fantasy (KC Con Center / 2209)

At all other times I will do my best to frequent the Angry Robot booth, where I plan to run some raffles and giveaways of cool items to celebrate the release of the Majat Code trilogy this summer.

For those of you planning to be in the area, please stop by!

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THE MAJAT ASSIGNMENT, a story of the Majat Code

During my recent blog tour, I spoke a lot about the way my character development led me into writing short stories about their past. During my work on the “Assassin Queen”, the concluding volume of the “Majat Code” trilogy, the character I bonded to most was Mai — so I had to write a story about his past, tied in to his first assignment when he tried out his famous blows — Vipers Sting, and Viper’s Kiss. The assignment was for Lord Garet von Eyvern, the Bengaw lord who appears in “Assassin Queen” to lend Mai some much-needed help.

The story is a standalone, so you absolutely don’t need to know all these things to read it.

And, without further ado, here it is, available now (or shortly) from all major online retailers:


The blurb:

To visit the fortress of the notorious warlord Zorand, Lord Garet needs the best possible bodyguard: a top-ranked Majat. He also needs this bodyguard to be inconspicuous enough to gain access into the warlord’s fortress. The Majat Guild offers an unexpected candidate for the job: a young trainee, Mai.

The boy’s youth and innocent looks definitely make him inconspicuous enough, but his appearance triggers a memory of a nightmare that ties Garet’s past to Zorand’s– one the warlord would surely remember, as soon as he sees the boy. Garet has no choice but to follow through with his plan, but would Mai’s part in the quest give him the protection he needs, or would it throw both of their lives into jeopardy?

“The Majat Assignment” is a 13,000 words standalone story set in the world of Anna Kashina’s award-winning Majat Code series.

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