I'm really excited about this book. It will collect all the extant Abby Irene Garrett and Don Sebastien stories, which can be a bit hard to find on the western side of the puddle, and I'm in the process of writing three new ones for it. If you are joining us in progress, these stories are one part homage to the inimitable Randall Garrett; one part dark romance, one part post-colonial deconstruction, and all sorcerous adventure. Set in an alternate universe at the turn of the last century, they are chock-full of steam trains, dirigibles, black magic, murder, mayhem, unreasonable magistrates, treacherous nobility, adulterous lovers, plots to overthrow the crown, and just about anything else you could want.
Each of the stories is individual, but the whole will form a coherent arc; my intent has always been that it could be read as a novel. And it's fun to write. Which is the best thing.
I mean, how can you say no to pulp adventure, vampires and drigibles?
Here's the flap copy:
Abigail Irene Garrett drinks too much. She makes scandalous liaisons with inappropriate men, and if in her youth she was a famous beauty, now she is both formidable--and notorious. She is a forensic sorceress, and a dedicated officer of a Crown that does not deserve her loyalty.
She has nothing, but obligations.
Sebastien de Ulloa is the oldest creature she has ever known. He was no longer young at the Christian millennium, and that was nine hundred years ago. He has forgotten his birth-name, his birth-place, and even the year in which he was born, if he ever knew it. But he still remembers the woman who made him immortal.
He has everything, but a reason to live.
In a world where the sun never set on the British Empire, where Holland finally ceded New Amsterdam to the English only during the Napoleonic wars, and where the expansion of the American colonies was halted by the war magic of the Iroquois, they are exiles in the new world--and its only hope for justice.
There will be a very limited limited edition, and a larger (but not big) trade hardcover run. So, yanno. If this is your sort of thing....
Signing up early probably might not be a bad idea.
tyop du jour: cain of command
I'm plugging along at Undertow. It takes a lot of little fiddling to tease stuff out and give it oomph, without bogging the whole book down in a morass of exposition. Still, I think it's starting to come together. I'm going to try to finish the revision tomorrow or Friday. Then I can sleep for a week and then get cracking on those last two New Amsterdam stories.
redheaddread liked Hammered.
fadethecat seems to have absolutely gotten Blood & Iron, and disliked it intensely.
(Yanno, I don't like most of those characters either. I'm fascinated by them, but that's different. Whiskey & Water, on the other hand, is chock-full of characters I love, from which you may rightly infer that the focus is on a different segment of the cast. Some of them even live.)
Wow, I might just cash it in early tonight. I tired. And it's not just from the really good scotch I split with mcurry, arcaedia, and suricattus tonight.