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Afterthoughts has posted a nice review of THE FINAL SACRIFICE on their blog. I'm particularly pleased with their observation that this book is accessible to new readers who haven't read the earlier books. That was something I worked hard on for this book, so it's good to hear that I succeeded.

Someday I'll figure this whole writing thing out :-)
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Fellow zombie host, con roomie, drinking buddy, and, oh yes, talented author [livejournal.com profile] jpsorrow has posted my author introduction over on his blog. You can check it out here.

In other news, I've been battling the heat and humidity to squeeze in bike rides each day, as I try to get ready for this weekend. This morning I came home dripping with sweat, but I'd managed to shave five minutes off my route time. It's the little things that make me happy.
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The booksigning yesterday at Flights of Fantasy was a great success. My thanks to Maria Perry and the folks at LASTSFA for being such generous hosts.

As expected, the cats stole the show--one leapt up on the table during my reading, first attempting to steal a binder clip, and then settling for the plastic cap to my water bottle, bearing his trophy off with great glee. The audience seemed equally pleased with the reading and the cookie platter I'd brought up from Purple Awning Pastries in Endicott. After signing numerous books, and catching up with friends, we packed up and reached home before the pumpkin hour.

If you're looking for a copy of THE FINAL SACRIFICE, or any of my backlist, there are still signed copies at Flights of Fantasy :-) or check out your local bookstore.
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Congratulations THE FINAL SACRIFICE, you're officially on sale! Go forth and multiply.
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If you're in the Albany, New York area, please come by Flights of Fantasy bookstore in Colonie on Tuesday night. I'll be there starting at 7PM for a reading/signing/booklaunch party for THE FINAL SACRIFICE, which officially goes on sale tomorrow.

It's two for the price of one, as fellow author and traveling companion [livejournal.com profile] jennifer_dunne will also be there, signing copies of her books Fugitive Lovers and Not Quite Camelot.

There will be lizards. And cookies. And a good time will be had by all--Maria Perry and the folks from LASTSFA hold the best booksignings, and I always look forward to going there.

If you can't make it to the signing, be sure to stop by the store later in the week to pick up a signed copy.
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Well, Colonie to be precise. Maria Perry at Flights of Fantasy bookstore in Colonie, New York has offered to host a booklaunch party for THE FINAL SACRIFICE. Look for me there Tuesday evening, June 24th. I'll be reading from TFS and signing books. Partner-in-crime [livejournal.com profile] jennifer_dunne will also be there signing her books, so it's two authors for the price of one.

And thanks to [livejournal.com profile] fireun I have a copy of the Romantic Times book review for The Final Sacrifice. This is the final installment of Bray's trilogy, but it doesn't read like a third book. Backstory is woven in quite cleverly, and the pace is fast enough that readers new to the tale won't have time to regret missing references. Fans of Emperor Lucius, Brother Josan and Lady Ysobel are sure to be more than satisfied with this last chapter.

I'm really happy with this review. One of my goals was to make sure that TFS could be read as a standalone novel, and so far both PW and RT agree that I've succeeded.

Albany reference here )
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Romantic Times magazine has given The Final Sacrifice a four star review. Alas only the rating is up on their website--I'll have to wait until the July issue is in stores later this month to read the actual review.

Bantam's publicity department has done an excellent job of getting this book out for review. RT reviewed DEVLIN'S LUCK, the first of my fantasy novels, but hadn't reviewed any of my subsequent titles, so I'm quite pleased.

And a reminder that the book raffle closes at midnight on Friday. Instructions for entering are here.
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THE FINAL SACRIFICE was reviewed in the 5/19 edition of Publisher's Weekly. To my knowledge this is the first book in the series they've reviewed.

Though billed as the closer to a trilogy (following 2007's The Sea Change), this low-key climax to the chronicles of scholarly monk Josan and reluctant Ikarian Emperor Lucius stands surprisingly well on its own...Amiable storytelling and brisk pacing make this an agreeable summer read.


Full review is here.
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Be the first on your block to have one! Yesterday's mail brought an advance copy of THE FINAL SACRIFICE, which I'll be giving away to one lucky reader.

To enter the contest, simply post a comment to this entry. If you don't have a livejournal address, use the anonymous comment option and include your e-mail address or some other means of contacting you. All anonymous comments will be screened, so you don't have to worry about anyone else seeing your personal info.

The contest will close at midnight on June 6th, and the winner will be announced here and on my website. One entry per person, please.

As of 6/7/08, the contest is now closed. For those who didn't win, TFS will be arriving in a bookstore near you soon.
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I've updated my website with an excerpt from THE FINAL SACRIFICE. Which will be in stores on June 24th, but can be preordered now if you want to guarantee you'll be the first on your block to have a copy :-)

Been a very busy weekend here, and hopefully will be able to share fruits of this project later this week. Let's just say that I've assembled my murder kit....
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Day job has swallowed me whole, but with Boskone looming on the horizon, I've managed to get the bare minimum of preparations done.

One of the special events for Boskone is the DEATH TO PEEPS funfest being held in the con suite on Friday night. I'll miss the first part of it due to a panel, but hope to join in the fun long enough to document one of the Peep deaths a la CSI. Just need to figure out where I put my nitrile gloves....

In this morning's news I also managed to create and order postcards for THE FINAL SACRIFICE without requiring [livejournal.com profile] jennifer_dunne's assistance. Frankly my entire marketing routine has been disrupted since she is no longer able to eat pizza and thus less amenable to bribes, and therefore rather than her creating nifty Adobe files I had to muddle through with my own JPGs. But in the end the proof looked good, so crossing my fingers that they arrive in time for the weekend.

And here's my Boskone schedule:

Friday 8PM Tracking History. Patricia Bray, Rosemary Kirstein, Sharon Lee, Timothy Liebe, David Weber
Any large multi-volume work (like the Honorverse) gradually builds up an internal history of its own which the writer will probably want to keep consistent. How is this done? Is it worth doing? Is it worth agonizing over? Does consistency with previous stories impede the writing of new ones? Compare and contrast the Honorverse with other complex future histories such as H. Beam Piper's or Poul Anderson's.

Saturday 12Noon Mining Your Obsessions. Beth Bernobich, Patricia Bray, Gregory Frost, Joshua Palmatier, Tamora Pierce
"Write what you know," they say. If you re writing about a poet who lives on a space station, how does it help that you re nuts about cycling, cryptology, forensics, mathematics, or blade weapons? Our panelists will explore this and other questions related to finding unlikely connections between what you're writing and what you care about.

Saturday 1PM Autographing
Stop by! I'll sign anything put in front of me, and will be handing out cool lizard bottle openers/keychains.

Saturday 3PM Spear Carriers Are People, Too. Patricia Bray, Bruce Coville, Don D'Ammassa, Sharon Lee, Paul Park
How do you make a walk-on character rounded and memorable? Can a supporting player ever be so striking that he, she, or it draws too much attention from the main cast members? What minor portaits from SF, fantasy, or horror books or movies do we still recall with fondness (or other strong emotion)?

Saturday 4:30PM Reading (0.5 hrs)
The first public reading from THE FINAL SACRIFICE. And chocolate. And lizards.

Sunday 1PM
Literary Beer. This is your chance to pick my brain (metaphorically, no zombies invited), or just come hang out. There will be sign-up sheets at the con.
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The galleys for THE FINAL SACRIFICE arrived yesterday. Yes, I've done this before, but it's still a great feeling to see the words that I labored over in book format. I flipped through the galleys at random, read a few sentences, and squealed "Hee! I wrote this!"

Then I put them away, not wanting to spoil my enjoyment with the discovery of the inevitable typos. But I know what I'm doing this weekend....

Last night I attended the first session of Spanish for Travelers, taught by the continuing education arm of Binghamton University. The class was advertised as appropriate for high school students as well as adults, so I was a bit curious over the mix of students who'd sign up. Turns out my fellow students are all adults--I'd guess the youngest was around 30. Some plan to travel to Spain or Latin America, while others appear to be taking the course for job related reasons. My friend Tom and I are taking the class under the "just because" category.

And for those who have wondered about the show DEXTER but don't get Showtime-- CBS has picked up the first season to fill in gaps left by the writers' strike. Obviously substantial edits will be made for language and violence, but since the original Showtime episodes ran about 55 minutes, and network TV is closer to 42, they've got plenty of room to make cuts. First episode is scheduled for Sunday February 17th. I'll probably watch, just so I can see how they've changed it.
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Yesterday's booksigning was a success, largely due to co-conspirators [livejournal.com profile] jpsorrow and [livejournal.com profile] jennifer_dunne and our gracious hosts at Waldenbooks including [livejournal.com profile] fireun and [livejournal.com profile] libwitch. A picture of the event can be found here on fireun's lj. We sold books, made new friends, and in general had a blast hanging out at the store.

As you may guess from my icon, I now have cover art in hand for THE FINAL SACRIFICE.

Front cover art for The Final Sacrifice by Patricia Bray

Another great cover by Steve Stone.

Click here for the full cover )

The scans don't do justice to the amazing details--in the cover flats you can see the lizard on the lizard crown, among other cool touches.

Alas that's the end of fun for this weekend--the year-end finance close continues apace, which means I have to log on and run database jobs this afternoon. Still it was great while it lasted.


Dec. 5th, 2007 10:11 am
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Copyedits for THE FINAL SACRIFICE arrived yesterday. As usual, the special stuffed envelope was torn so there are tiny bits of gray crap all over the manuscript. There was also snow on it from being left out, but fortunately it was too cold to melt, so all I had to do was brush it off. Gotta love the holiday season "I'm overworked so I'm throwing your package anywhere I feel like" delivery service.

Edits due back in NY in a week, so I know what I'm doing this weekend.


Nov. 19th, 2007 09:41 pm
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In today's SQUEE column, I've seen the cover for THE FINAL SACRIFICE and it totally rocks. Not only is it eye catching, but the more you look, the more there is to see. The detail is amazing--you can even see the lizards on the crown! I don't have permission to share it yet, but when I do, you'll be impressed.

Bantam's art department has always given me nice covers, but this may be the best yet. The artist Steve Stone really outdid himself.
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Describe algor mortis, livor mortis and rigor mortis.

Oh, no, wait, that's the exam I'm studying for.

Back to the topic of the day, revisions. A couple of weeks back I posted my patented process for dealing with revisions. Today I'm going to discuss the contents of a revision letter, and how I make the requested changes. Keep in mind that this is one writer's process, and not meant to imply that this is the only way, it's simply the way that works for me.

Click here if you want to read more )

And now it's time to study for my exam tomorrow. For those keeping score at home:

ALGOR MORTIS: the cooling of the body after death.

LIVOR MORTIS: the settling of blood in the lower regions of the body after death, sometimes refered to as lividity.

RIGOR MORTIS: the stiffening of the body after death. Note that maximum stiffness is achieved approximately 10-15 hours after death, and the body will remain in this state for 24-36 hours before relaxation begins.
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I have beer.

I have milano cookies.

I have a freshly printed copy of the revised manuscript for THE FINAL SACRIFICE, ready for the final read through. It was printed with track changes on, so it's in a teeny, tiny font, with colored highlights showing each change I've made.

Wish me luck, I'm going in.

ETA: Six hours later, and I've just turned the final page. And guess what? The book doesn't suck. In fact I actually like it. Who would have guessed?
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Have been delinquent in my posting, but it's been a crazy month so far, and WFC is right around the corner. Yikes!

There's been a flurry of activity related to THE FINAL SACRIFICE, which is scheduled for a July 2008 corrected: June 2008 release. Among the tidbits to share--

Steve Stone will be doing this cover. He did the covers for the first two books which were both gorgeous, and the cover he's proposed for TFS sounds like another winner. Steve asked for details on what people would be wearing, an area where I tend to be a tad sparing in my descriptions, so I pulled together the information and sent that off. With the usual note that I'd rather have a great cover that captures the spirit of the story than a cover that was correct in all the details but was otherwise unappealing.

I've reviewed the back cover copy, and selected the excerpt for the front sales page, so another two tasks checked off the production task list.

And the revision letter from my editor has arrived. I'm pleased that both Anne and my agent [livejournal.com profile] arcaedia liked the book overall, though naturally they had suggestions on how it can be improved :-) It's tweaking level, not a major rewrite, so it should be easy to turn around in a month.

Finally feedback on the not-so-sekret project was good, so that continues to progress. Hopefully more news on that later this fall.
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Wrote the last scene of THE FINAL SACRIFICE this morning. Celebrated by jumping on the bike for a ride, hiring a painter to paint my house, then lunch at my favorite place. As soon as I post this, I'm heading off to the movie theater to hide from the heat.

The final totals are:
     Total manuscript: 103,250
     Words written since June 1st: 85,250.

As you can see, it's been a crazy couple of months. I don't think I could have kept on track if it wasn't for the great folks over at [livejournal.com profile] novel_in_90. I don't necessarily recommend the level of effort required to write this much in such a short period (especially for folks like myself who are fitting this in around a day job). But it can be done.

And I know that there's good writing in there. The scenes I wrote over the past few days are some of the best I've ever done.

And, to make my day even better, spotted a great rec for THE SEA CHANGE over at fireun's LJ. THE SEA CHANGE totally kicked my ass while I was writing it, so it's nice to see that the effort was worth it.

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