seanan_mcguire: (knives)
Finally, I am at liberty to reveal a secret I have been keeping and gnawing on for far too long (and which was, in its own way, the reason the current projects posts had to be put on unannounced hiatus):

The Atargatis was lost with all hands. It's time to go back out to sea.

Into the Drowning Deep is a full-length follow-up to my novella, "Rolling in the Deep." Set seven years later, it follows the crew of the Melusine as they set out to discover, once and for all, what really happened when the sea was filled with light and the wind offered no safety.

I am so excited.

I am excited for a lot of reasons. Mermaids; science; murder. The best things in life.

Into the Drowning Deep will be released in November 2017, and can be pre-ordered now from a major retailer or independent bookseller near you.
seanan_mcguire: (wicked)
I am delighted to announce that Once Broken Faith debuted on the New York Times Bestseller List in position #15, which means we made the extended list and clung to the print edition with our fingernails. Which is, quite honestly, cool by me. (Yeah, I'd like to make the top ten, but I'll take what I can get.)

We're comfortably into act two at this point, and I was nervous about this book, as I am nervous about all of them: at this point, I'm knocking down things I spent ten books putting up, and that's a delicate, anxiety-raising process. But it's working, and I am so happy. Thank you all so much for being here, for trusting me, and for letting you show you how this story goes.

I know I've said this before, but: it has been an honor and a privilege to bring you all with me this far into October's world. I sincerely hope that you will stay with me for as long as it takes to see where the road leads us from here.

Thank you all, so very much.

I can't wait to see what happens next.
seanan_mcguire: (princess)
It is with absolute joy and no small amount of confusion that I make the following announcement:

Velveteen vs. The Seasons is under discussion to be released this coming Memorial Day weekend at Marcon in Columbus, Ohio. Like the first two volumes, it will be a hardcover from ISFiC Press. It will include all the stories released after the end of volume two (and possibly a few that I haven't had the chance to post yet, depending on how my schedule shakes out).

Action! Adventure! Punching things! Vel having a really, really lousy time! Honestly, I can't wait.

This does, however, bring us to a point of administrative order: my contract terms with ISFiC are for two year periods. This means that at the end of this month, the first two Velveteen volumes will no longer be available for purchase in eBook form. The physical books will remain available until they sell out, and the stories will remain available for free on this blog, but the collected eBooks? Gone. So get 'em now or get 'em never.

I am so thrilled to know that Vel's next big adventure is going to be a book, and I think you're really going to like where things go. My bunny-girl sure did make it a lot farther than I ever thought she would.

For justice!

FOR CAKE!
seanan_mcguire: (rosemary2)
So hey, remember how at the end of Chimes at Midnight, Quentin was all "now you get to meet my parents," and Toby was all "OH FUCK NO," and then we got The Winter Long, but we never got to see the meeting?

We're going to get to see the meeting.

"Full of Briars" is a novelette set between Chimes at Midnight and The Winter Long, narrated by Quentin as he faces that most terrifying moment in a young squire's life: the meeting between his parents and his knight. With bonus "how Quentin sees Tybalt" and "how Quentin and Raj interact when Toby isn't around" (hint: they're glorious shits to one another).

"Full of Briars" will have a price point of $1.99 USD/$2.59 CD, and be released in August 2016, a month before the next October Daye book comes out. The cover art is being done by Tara O'Shea, who does the short story covers for my website. (Right now, it is only available in the US and Canada, because of regional rights issues. I have faith in all y'all's ability to get around that without resorting to illegal downloads. Since wow do I want DAW to let me do more of these.)

Quentin!

Glee.
seanan_mcguire: (feed)
Ahem:

You might want to click this link and find out my exciting news for next summer.

This beautiful book will include all the Newsflesh short fiction to date, from "Everglades" through to "Please Do Not Taunt the Octopus," as well as two brand-new novellas that no one has ever seen before. I'm super-excited, and I think you will be too, once you see what's in store.

I'm also super-excited because this is my first short fiction collection. Another item checked off the bucket list!

Happy blonde is happy.

When will you rise?
seanan_mcguire: (knives)
...remember the Old Ones. The Old Ones are here.

I am really delighted to be able to announce that I will be a part of the anthology The Gods of H.P. Lovecraft, edited by Aaron J. French and published by Journalstone Press. For this collection, twelve authors (including my darlings Jonathan Maberry and Rachel Caine) were approached and asked to write novelettes about the main deities of Lovecraft's world.

I got the Deep Ones.

My story, "Down, Deep Down, Below the Waves," is about grad students and experimental ethics and coming home, and I am very, very proud of it. The Gods of H.P. Lovecraft will be available in December 2015.

When the stars are right.
seanan_mcguire: (midway)
...and I feel fine.

Wastelands 2, chock-full of exciting stories about the apocalypse, is now available, waiting eagerly for your interested eyes. It's a beautiful book, assembled by one of my favorite editors (John Joseph Adams in the house!), with stories by an amazing assortment of people. I highly recommend giving it a look.

(As a note: if you are a completest trying to make sure you have all my stuff, the story included here is a reprint of "Animal Husbandry" from Grants Pass. So please don't buy the book expecting a new story and then become sad. On the other hand, if you don't have Grants Pass, or you trust my taste in apocalyptic fiction, this is totally the book for you.)

Hooray the end of the world!
seanan_mcguire: (me)
Psst. Hey. Check out the inaugural Tor.com publishing announcement. See those names? Lovely names. See my name, in amongst all the others? Lovely names.

So lovely.

I am excited to be sharing this press release and program with some of my favorite Earth residents, like Paul Cornell (probably from a planet somewhere near Betelgeuse), Mary Robinette Kowal (voice of Toby, originally from Deep Faerie), and Michael Underwood (traveler from a parallel dimension where saddle shoes are still cool). And all those debut authors! It's super-exciting, and I can't wait to read them.

My novella, "Every Heart a Doorway, Every Word a Prayer" is basically "Wicked Girls" meets Clue, and I think you're going to really enjoy it. I'll announce the pub date as soon as I have it.

Onwards and upwards, for awesome!
seanan_mcguire: (winter long)
I am delighted to announce that The Winter Long debuted on the New York Times Bestseller List in position #12, a new high for this series (and for me as a whole). With every book, we inch a little closer to the top ten, and I couldn't be more delighted.

I was very nervous about this book. This was the one where everything changed, where I started pulling strings and showing why certain things never quite seemed to line up. If this series were an episode of Leverage, this book would have been the moment in act three where the con turned and everything suddenly fell into place. Which means, being me, that I have been consumed with terror over the idea that people would think I had somehow cheated.

(It is exhausting, living inside my head. I do not recommend it.)

It has been an honor and a privilege to bring you all with me this far into October's world. All the pieces are in place for the beginning of act two, and I sincerely hope that you will stay with me for as long as it takes to see where the road leads us from here.

Thank you all, so very much.

I can't wait to see what happens next.
seanan_mcguire: (wicked)
It is with the utmost delight and no small amount of profound relief that I announce that the next three October Daye adventures have been acquired by DAW Books. That takes us all the way to thirteen, a benchmark I dreamt of but never thought I'd really reach.

The next three books are:

The Brightest Fell
Night and Silence
When Sorrows Come

(For the curious, the titles this time are from "Macbeth," "A Midsummer Night's Dream," and "Hamlet.")

I am...I am over the moon. This gets us through some really major story beats that I've been really looking forward to, and moves us toward the conclusion of as "act two" of the whole series (act one officially concluded with The Winter Long). There are two more books to come before I start on this new set, A Red-Rose Chain and Once Broken Faith, and having the security of knowing the story will go on is just incredible.

Thank you, DAW, for having faith in me.

And thank you all, for reading.

(Comment amnesty is ON, ye gods and little fishes.)
seanan_mcguire: (coyote)
September is apparently the month that keeps on giving, because I have not one but two new stories in anthologies that are available now!

Do you remember my story "Spores," from the anthology The End is Nigh? If you don't, you should totally pick it up. It's a book chock full of stories of the impending apocalypse, edited by my beloved John Joseph Adams and his new partner in crime, Hugh Howey, and I am super proud of it. But I'm even prouder of the sequel, "Fruiting Bodies," which appears in the new anthology The End is Now. The apocalypse has come, and everything is awful. Beautifully, wonderfully awful.

Seriously, though, this is a pair of beautifully curated anthologies, full of authors who are having a fantastic time bringing the world to a crashing halt. There's one more to come, documenting the aftermath of the apocalypse, and the way to get ready for its glorious awfulness is to read what came before. Starting now.

Keeping up with the non-mammalian theme, I present "Lady Antheia's Guide to Horticultural Warfare," my story of steampunk, aliens, and the importance of manners. It appears in the anthology Clockwork Universe: Steampunk vs. Aliens, and I absolutely adore it. I am so, so happy that it's finally available for you to read and enjoy. Lady Antheia is one of my favorite point of view characters, and she was ridiculously fun to write. I hope you'll have just as much fun reading about her.

Two anthologies! Two fun disasters! Pick up one or both, and feel free to let me know what you think!
seanan_mcguire: (indexing)
Psst.

Remember the ATI Management Bureau, and the brave, foolish, overworked people who tried to protect the world from fairy tale mischief? Henrietta Marchen, Snow White and field team leader; Sloane Winters, Wicked Stepsister and unlikely defender of mankind; Demi Santos, Pied Piper and new recruit; Jeff Davis, Shoemaker's Elf and Archivist; Andrew Robinson, whose brother died in a fairy tale gone wrong. They did their best to save us. They told their story. They walked away from season one battered but breathing.

Let's see if they can survive season two.

I am pleased to announce that Indexing: Reflections will be coming from 47North and the Kindle Serials Program in 2015. As with the first Indexing, the book will be serialized in bi-weekly installments, and collected in print and eBook form at the end of the season. (Also as with the first serial, the eBooks will be available for Kindle only. I'm sorry about that.)

All your old friends, and some of your old enemies, will be coming back to active duty, along with some surprising new faces on both sides of the fence. It's going to be a fairy tale catastrophe, and it's going to take some serious scrambling for the good guys to come out on top. There's no guarantee, when you go into the whiteout wood.

Now come on. Say it with me.

Once upon a time...
seanan_mcguire: (coyote)
I am delighted to announce that my story, "Long Way Down," will be appearing in the anthology Genius Loci, along with a bunch of truly awesome authors and some really good friends.

This is a book of stories about place and connection to place. My story is about the creek I used to play in which I was a little girl, both as it really was, and as I always secretly believed that it could be. I'm really excited for you all to see it. But that's not the best part of this anthology for me.

Look at that table of contents. Look at all those new names, sandwiched between names you maybe know already. Look at the name "Sunil Patel." Look at the name "Caroline Ratajski." That's Sunil and Carrie, you guys. That's my Comic-Con roommate and my comic book slumber party buddy. Those are my friends, sharing an anthology with me, sharing a table of contents with me, and with Ken, and with Chaz, and with everybody.

Carrie and Sunil are great people. They're warm, generous, friendly, and have made me a better person by being a part of my life. And now I get to share a book with them.

How awesome is my life sometimes? I mean really, how awesome is my life?

Pretty awesome.
seanan_mcguire: (coyote)
I am very pleased to announce that I will have a story in Operation Arcana, edited by John Joseph Adams, coming from Baen in 2015. I will be appearing alongside my beloved Tanya Huff, Carrie Vaughn, and Jonathan Maberry, as well as many more.

My story, "In Skeleton Leaves," is one that I'm really pleased with and proud of, and I can't wait for you to read it.

Yay, anthologies!
seanan_mcguire: (feed)
I am pleased to confirm that my novella (as Mira Grant) "The Day the Dead Came to Show and Tell," will be available for purchase on July 15th, 2014. So you can get ready for the Rising in style, with this all-new adventure in the world of Newsflesh.

Purchase details are here. Because Amazon is still not playing nicely with Hachette, there is no pre-order button on the Amazon website, which means the story is not at this time available for Kindle. I honestly don't know if that's going to change: I wish I did, I assume it is, but I cannot confirm. Also, I recommend against reading the summary, as it reveals some of the surprises the novella might otherwise contain for you.

I am so excited to finally tell this story. It's been lurking for a long time, and it's time the truth of what happened at Evergreen Elementary finally comes out. (This is a zombie story set in an elementary school. So, uh, yeah.)

When will you rise?

TheDayTheDeadCameForShowA
seanan_mcguire: (feed)
And that title is—drum roll please...

Chimera!

There are many books with that title, some of which I highly recommend, but this is the only one by Mira Grant! Coming in Fall 2015, Chimera will conclude the story of Sally Mitchell, who didn't intend to get swept up in a science fiction universe.

Books in this series:

Parasite (hardback 2013, paperback coming this fall)
Symbiont (coming this fall)
Chimera (coming 2015)

It's a trilogy!
seanan_mcguire: (feed)
So a press release just went up on the Orbit Books website. Here's the link, if you're curious. Go ahead and read it. I'll wait here.

Done reading yet?

YES OH MY GOD YES NOW I CAN FINALLY ANNOUNCE IT YES!!!!! Mira Grant (IE, "me") is returning to Orbit for three more beautiful books. The third Parasitology book (title to be determined), a standalone book (one of three concepts, to be decided when I actually hit the point of needing to write it), and Rewind, a fourth book set in the world of Newsflesh.

Yes. We're going back to the Rising.

There will also be four new novellas set in the Newsflesh world; the first of them, "The Day the Dead Came to Show and Tell," will be out this summer.

Before people start asking, no, Rewind will not be a story about the Masons: they are done. But it will cover the same time period as Feed, and will provide a long-needed view of the Democratic side of the presidential race. What really happened to Susan Kilburn and Frances Blackburn, the two most promising candidates put up by the Democrats? What happened to their teams? All is finally going to be made clear, and man, is it going to be one hell of a ride.

To quote myself from the press release, "I am overjoyed to be able to continue to write in the Parasite universe, and more, I am so, so excited to return to the world of Kellis-Amberlee, the Rising, and my unique approach to future journalism. I hope that everyone else will be as excited as I am to go back there, and I promise I have some thrilling surprises in store for you. As for that stand-alone third novel, well...You'll have to wait and see what that's going to be about. I can tell you one thing for sure: it's going to be an adventure."

I love adventures.
seanan_mcguire: (knives)
(I realized I hadn't actually said this here yet. Or anywhere. Bad me. So...)

I love mermaids.

I have always loved mermaids. My one point of contention with Ariel was always that I couldn't understand how someone who came from her undersea world could yearn so much for gravity and oxygen and all the rest. If someone offered me a role in a mermaid AU of my life, I would take it in a heartbeat, is what I'm saying here.

Naturally, this has translated to a lot of mermaids in my work. Dianda, in Toby; the finfolk, in InCryptid. Mermaids everywhere, mermaids for everybody. But a lot of people assumed that Mira Grant would never have the opportunity to write about mermaids, which are more of a fantasy staple, after all.

Oh ye of little faith.

I am delighted to announce that my/Mira's first original Subterranean Press novella, "Rolling in the Deep," will be released next April. It's about mermaids. It's about science. It's about reality television. But mostly the mermaids thing.

As with all SubT books, it will be a limited edition, so I recommend saving your pennies now for its terrible, inevitable reality.

I am so excited.
seanan_mcguire: (sarah)
I am absolutely delighted to be able to announce that DAW has acquired the sixth and seventh books in the InCryptid series. These volumes will be narrated by the youngest member of the current Price clan, Antimony Timpany Price, and will see publication in 2017 and 2018, respectively. (2015 is Pocket Apocalypse, narrated by Alex, and 2016 is Chaos Choreography, narrated by Verity.) These books are titled, drumroll please...

Magic for Nothing
and
Tricks for Free

Again, it's going to be a little while before we get to Annie and her rampantly gleeful destruction of everything around her, but...the series will continue! Books six and seven!

Everything is awesome!
seanan_mcguire: (hor)
...it turns out Alex Price is just as popular as his sister!

I am delighted to announce that Half-Off Ragnarok debuted on the New York Times Bestseller List in position #18, a new high for this series. With every book, we inch a little closer to the top ten, and I couldn't be more delighted.

I was very nervous about this book. I announced from the start that InCryptid was going to be a family affair, but it's still hard to switch protagonists, especially when people seem to enjoy the one you already have. I did see some early rumbles from people who were sure that the books wouldn't be any good at all without Verity there to anchor them, and I have been incredibly relieved and delighted to see my readers embrace Alex with open arms.

I love all the members of the Price family, and more, I love the way I can use them to show different things about one another. Verity doesn't see how much her dance career hurts Antimony, who has never been allowed to pursue anything she really loved in the same way, and Antimony doesn't see how much Verity works and sacrifices for the things that seem to come to her so easily. Having both of them onscreen lets me explore both sides of the story. It's wonderful.

Alex has one more book to go, next year's Pocket Apocalypse, and I hope you'll like it just as much as you did this one. Thank you all so, so much.

It's been a lot of fun so far.

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