Oh man… This makes me want to get a new puppy!
The Audio edition of Magic Shifts is scheduled to come out on August 4th. I just double-checked it with our editor and she says,
We just heard from Brilliance—they’ve asked their Audible Asset manager to ensure that MAGIC SHIFTS is linked on Amazon ASAP. Since the publication date is not until next Tuesday, they suspect the linkage will happen sometime this week, but they are double-checking.
Audio book companies generally cut things close to release date. The book has been recorded, the brilliant Renee Raudman once again gave a fantastic performance, and we hope you will be happy with it.
Update: MP3 CD preorder is up on Amazon.
In the goodreads ask the author section, the fans asked if Kate and curran would have a baby. Your response, in summary, said that they would have a baby by book ten and that baby’s existence would play a huge role in book ten in the finale between Kate and Roland. I attached screenshots to prove that I am not crazy.Is this for real? I am so excited that this could be true. However I am also terrible at gauging sarcasm. Please tell me if you were being honest or were kidding! I am going insane at the confusion!!!
When we answer Goodreads questions, we officially turn off sarcasm and sense of humor. There is no need to attach screenshots. We wouldn’t lie to you.
Our book got included in Happy Ever After: 100 Swoon-Worthy Romances List. I am so flattered, because it features a lot of books I love. Here is a link.
I feel guilty for buying your series at Half-Priced Books. Do you have a tip jar on your website?
Don’t feel guilty. If you buy a used book, that means we already got paid for it. 🙂 I’m glad you got to buy the series at half price. I hope you enjoy it and stay with us for future books. And no, we don’t have a tip jar.
We get these type of questions with every release, so one more time: we are glad you read our books. We are happy if you buy them at a regular store or online. We are happy if you find them at a used book store or library. In both of these cases, we were compensated. Someone had to have bought the books for them to appear at a used book store and we do get paid for the editions you find at the library.
Thank you for reading.
A few days ago Anne Sowards, our Ace editor, sent me a couple of books. She keeps feeding my SF addiction. I grabbed one of those to read something while I sit outside after swimming.
Typically I don’t burn. I tan to this almost olive color. I burned my nose yesterday and had to put a leaf on it. I was reading LINESMAN by S. K. Dunstall outside and I lost a chunk of time. So now I will inflict this on you. Brace yourselves. 🙂
A long time ago a wreck of a ship was discovered powered by a propulsion system nobody had ever seen before. Humanity learned to use it and replicate it, which allowed it to spread across the stars. Nobody truly understands this complicated system, but some people are born with the ability to manipulate it. They call this technology lines. There are ten lines in all, one is responsible for the crew, two controls small mechanics and so on. Line nine takes the ship into the void, where it can travel faster than the speed of light, and line ten moves it within the void to the designated location. People who can influence lines – the linesmen – repair and maintain them with the power of their minds. The linesmen are ranked by the highest line they can influence. Only a few of them are strong enough to be a ten, capable of affecting all of the lines of the ship.
It’s the future and the humanity is now a galactic civilization. It spread through the stars, at first united, then, as more and more worlds became settled, fracturing politically into different factions. Now there is a political stalemate: the original Alliance against emerging powers. The war is likely inevitable, and on all sides some people fan the flames and some try their best to douse it. It’s a world of daring space captains, beautiful princesses with minds that are more dangerous than any dreadnought, and linesmen organized into cartels, who make the space travel possible.
Ean Lambert is a gutter rat born in the slums. He taught himself how to influence the lines. He feels them and sings to them. When he was old enough, he managed to get some training, but all of his trainers unanimously agreed that he is weird and a hack. Nobody sings to the lines. You push them to do what needs to be done. Unfortunately he picked up this bad habit and there was no breaking him of it. Really, he is a self-taught embarrassment. They couldn’t not certify him, because he is a ten, but he is mostly shunned. He works for Rigel, who owns the smallest and seediest of cartels.
An alien ship appears out of the void. Each of the Galactic powers is desperate to get their hands on it, but the ship a catastrophically effective defense system that makes any approach impossible. It kills everyone. Except Ean.
It is so hard not to like Ean. He is flawed. He doesn’t often stand up for himself. He lets people push him around and he often thinks of himself as less than what he truly is. But he is so good at what he does. He has professional ethics and he truly cares for the lines. He soothes them, he fixes them, he reassures them because he is fully convinced that they might have a mind of their own. He might not stand up to royalty and admirals for his own sake, but he will do it for the sake of the lines.
I really liked this book. It was fresh, it had sentient ships, and it had such a human hero. There is no romance and politics do get a little complicated in some parts, but overall the book is 372 pages and, judging by Ace’s type, it likely runs about 100K, and I inhaled it in two days and burned my nose.
I went for an eye exam. My last was about 18 months ago. I sat in the chair and couldn’t see anything. I thought I was going blind.
Doctor: Read the bottom line.
Me: Squiggle, squiggle, blob?
Then gradually after about ten minutes, I actually saw pretty well.
Doctor: Do you get headaches?
Doctor: Mhm. Your prescription went down. Your current prescription is really wrong for you.
That thing happened, which happens when people with normal vision get old enough and become far-sighted. Except in my case, my prescription is so bad, that there is no danger of me becoming far-sighted. But I dropped from 4 point something to 3 point something.
The side effect of this is apparently my eyes are doing funky things. Right now I am looking at the computer screen and things are decidedly out of focus. The doctor warned that this might happen. If I concentrate, things get sharp. Strangely this didn’t happen this morning, but I just sat outside reading a really interesting book, and I had one eye closed because sun was shining into it and Sookie the Bulldog had eaten my sunglasses. I never understand that dog’s love for chewing plastic. Now the eye that was closed really doesn’t want to work. If I move my glasses waaay to the tip of my nose, things get focused.
So. I am old. How was your Sunday?
My inbox this morning: Jim is trying to cheat Curran out of money! Does this mean Kate and Curran are poor? Raphael should give him the money! You do know this means war?
Jim is not trying to cheat Curran out of money. He is trying to defer payments to keep the Pack’s businesses afloat. Notice, Curran said Raphael’s earnings are in the millions. Not his
profits free cash flow. The business is earning the money, but the money is being channeled right back into the business. If you look through the series, you will see that Raphael is consistently expanding. He has employees whose livelihood depends on his business and the Clan Bouda, for which that business is the biggest employer. Don’t get me wrong, he isn’t hurting, but at the start of the separation Curran is wealthier than Raphael and Andrea.
Jim is offering him a business for a 50% stake of what he owns. Jim, being a merc, knows that Mercenary Guild can be very profitable in the right hands.
The more important question you should be asking is what did Curran do with all of his money? Where, oh where did it go?