A Goodreads re-read of the Majat Code series

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Join the Goodreads “Majat Code re-read” group to discuss the series, win freebies and extras, and step into the magical world of the Majat warriors, magic, intrigue, and award-winning romance:

https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/186035-the-majat-code-re-read

This is a perfect time to catch up on the series in preparation for the “Assassin Queen” release in early June 2016.

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BLADES OF THE OLD EMPIRE giveaway

During the next seven days, my publisher will be giving away print copies of “Blades of the Old Empire”, book 1 of the Majat Code, to five lucky winners. Enter the giveaway at:

https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/179652-blades-of-the-old-empire

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Enjoy!

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My confirmed appearances in the spring and summer of 2016

March 16-20, 2016: Thirty-Seventh International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, Orlando, FL. I will be doing a reading on Thursday, March 17, 4:15 pm, Vista A. Stop by for freebies and a sneak preview of “Assassin Queen”!

March – June 2016: A Goodreads re-read for the Majat Code series. Join the group to participate and get some cool extras from the series: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/186035-the-majat-code-re-read

April 8, 2016: A presentation at the Philadelphia Science Fiction society, 9 PM, University of Pennsylvania International house. I plan to do a mix of science and fantasy romance, plus, of course, show off some of my books!

June 10-12, 2016: The Philadelphia Writers Conference. I will be teaching a workshop on speculative fiction, focused on genres and worldbuilding. I also hope to do some promotion for the “Assassin Queen” release.

August 17-21, 2016: Worldcon/MidAmericon, Kansas City, MO. I will be on the program and will be promoting “Assassin Queen” at my publisher’s table. We will also likely hold a release party.

More things will come up, I am sure, so please check back for updates!

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Assassin Queen and convention planning for spring and summer 2016

First, the promised and delayed update on the Assassin Queen, book 3 of the Majat Code. The editing has been completed! Yay! I also have seen a very preliminary version of the cover, which looked just awesome! And, the publication dates are all set for early June in the UK and US.

I am experiencing a rare moment in a writer’s life where everything seems to be together and working smoothly, and this is such a great feeling.

This spring and summer I am planning to appear at a number of conventions and conferences, in addition to the blog tour being planned by my publisher’s team. Here is the list:

March 16-20, 2016: Thirty-Seventh International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, Orlando, FL. I will be doing a reading on Thursday, March 17, 4:15 pm, Vista A. Free gifts, books, and goodies provided!

June 10-12, 2016: The Philadelphia Writers Conference. I will be teaching a workshop on speculative fiction, focused on genres and worldbuilding. This is only days after the Assassin Queen release, and one of the first opportunities for US readers to get ahold of a copy!

August 17-21, 2016: Worldcon/MidAmericon, Kansas City, MO. I will be on the program and am considering doing a release party, if it pans out.

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Assassin Queen update

OK, I have not been as good as I hoped in keeping up with my blog, but I did keep busy writing, and editing. At the request of my new editor at Angry Robot, the amazing Phil Jourdan, I have completed the rewrites for Assassin Queen, book 3 of the Majat Code. His comments were right on, and after this round everything just clicked into place.

I continue feeling surreal about how everything with this book is just working out the way I wanted. The edits have brought out the additional depths I always intended to be there but did not convey enough in the first draft. And now, the book just feels finished, even if not completely polished yet.

The manuscript is now at the copyediting stage, one step closer to its release this summer. Yay!

And, I have officially started my new project, which will remain veiled for the time being.

 

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BLADES OF THE OLD EMPIRE on sale!

On January 12-18, “Blades of the Old Empire” e-book will be discounted to $2.99. This is a part of the “first in the series” promotion by Barnes and Noble, but it is also price-matched by Amazon and possibly other retailers. What a great way to get introduced to the series 🙂

Here are the links to the Amazon and Barnes and Noble sites:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/blades-of-the-old-empire-anna-kashina/1116251239?ean=9780857664136

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00EX42MQO/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00EX42MQO&linkCode=as2&tag=dragopubliblo-20&linkId=MRTFFIBKOWYRRFEO

Enjoy!

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Assassin Queen, book 3 of the Majat Code: upcoming in summer 2016

Happy New Year, everyone! Following my new year resolution, I am starting to make more regular updates on my writing projects. Starting with the current one, book 3 of the Majat Code.

Yes, it is official now, in the wake of the contract we signed with Angry Robot this fall. Just before the holidays I had a delightful Skype call with my new editor, Phil Jourdan, who took the time to read all the Majat Code books before approaching me with the editorial comments. I was relieved and overjoyed to find out that Phil considers Assassin Queen to be my best book so far, with action and character development worthy of concluding the series.

Assassin Queen was written on a very tight deadline following a brief hiatus in the wake of Angry Robot’s changing ownership in 2014 and my original editor leaving the company. Those of you who write and publish can probably guess the amount of uncertainty that came with all these changes. For a while, I was not sure if book 3 was even going to happen (even though I was determined to write it anyway), and I had no idea whether I can fit within the expected time frame to produce a perfect conclusion for the story. My prior experience did not help much. I had several years to write and edit book 1, and book 2 came nearly effortlessly in its wake, emerging from the notes and side scenes already written. My experience with book 3 was very different. I actually had to sit down in front of a blank screen and force myself to write a certain number of pages per day, whether I felt like it or not. It seemed like a lot of work, even if most of this work was done by my characters, with me sitting back and writing down the action. And, it is so nice to know that this work paid off.

I am working on some edits now–not nearly as many as I feared, and ones that will definitely make the book better. Our target date for producing the finished manuscript is in March. I feel so excited!

On Christmas Eve, a post about the Assassin Queen went out to Speculative Herald:

http://www.speculativeherald.com/2015/12/24/guest-post-romance-in-speculative-fiction-by-anna-kashina/

The post contains the blurb for the new book, as well as some of Phil’s quick notes. And yes, there is a giveaway going on at this site for the first two books in the series. Only 3 days left to enter!

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