Monthly Archive: October 2012

the sequel has landed

Though I knew it was coming, it was still a pleasant surprise to receive this package in Thursday’s mail. Thanks, Pyr!

The physical copies of Quantum Coin are even more beautiful than I thought they would be. This was the first time I saw the whole jacket, and Jackie Nasso Cooke did another phenomenal job with the design. Pyr even managed to fit in a back cover blurb from the fantastic four-star review from RT Book Reviews, as well as many great blurbs for Fair Coin. (You can still enter a giveaway at Goodreads through Monday to win two of the books from that very box. I’ll even throw in some Styrofoam peanuts. And don’t miss the other giveaways in the sidebar to the right!)

I still find it incredible that I wrote and published those two novels. Don’t they look nice together? Sam Weber’s cover illustrations complement each other perfectly while showing a progression that mirrors the themes in the books.

I think they look even better side by side on my bookshelf. And maybe on yours? :)

I was going for a Ghostbusters II angle here, but I just look Asian.

And so this post isn’t all about me, the mail also brought a bunch of other books I’ve been waiting for, which I’m almost as excited about. These should all be on your immediate reading list, too:

If you’re looking to get your own copy of Quantum Coin soon, order and pre-order links are here.


next time, try the train

Apologies to everyone who came out for the group reading at Jefferson Market Library last night hoping to see me read from Quantum Coin. Due to circumstances entirely out of my control, I missed it by that much.

I was on the Greyhound bus from Philadelphia which normally takes two hours—two-and-a-half tops—to reach New York City on a weekday afternoon. However, a fatal truck crash set the NJ Turnpike and an overpass on fire, requiring significant diversions. So I got on the bus at 1 p.m. and arrived at Port Authority Bus Terminal at 7:15 p.m., like some horrible kind of time warp that I hopefully will not do again. The reading began at 6 p.m. As inconvenienced as I was, I’m still alive (though half-asleep), so I feel I can’t really complain about it all too much. My condolences to the family of the deceased truck driver.

Despite valiant efforts to draw out the reading and Q&A, I arrived just after it had finally ended. But I can tell you this: It was wonderful to see a room full of my friends waiting for me! They said I should read anyway, but I figured the library would have preferred if we were all gone. And I was hungry. At least I had time for dinner and made some new friends before I had to get on public transit again—a train at 10:05 p.m., which thankfully brought me back home right on schedule.

It was also nice to have people on Twitter to keep me company and root for me during my not-quite-epic journey. I am not the whiny sort, but I was really bummed to miss the reading. Still, there will be other readings, and hopefully other books. But next time, if I’m at all in a hurry, I’m taking the train.

quantum uncertainty

If you’ve pre-ordered Quantum Coin, first, thank you! You’re awesome. Second, right now you might be wondering where your copy is. Many online sites list October 2nd as the release date… which is today. However, astute observers may have noticed that my publisher, Pyr, and I have only been saying it would be out in October, as illustrated in my new banner for the Facebook page. (Do you like it? Then please pop over and Like it!)

We weren’t being coy about the date. Well, only a little coy, by necessity; obviously we want you to be able to buy the book in whatever format you want, as soon as it’s available. And there’s the rub. It seems Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle sometimes applies to publishing as well; in short, because we know where the book will be, we can’t quite determine exactly when it will be there. Or at least, we couldn’t until last week. So, like Ephraim discovers, sometimes you just have to close your eyes, guesstimate, and hope for the best.

The official official publication date is now October 23, 2012, which means that by then you should be able to get it in stores around the country. (By “stores,” I mean Barnes & Noble, unless a wonderful independent bookstore has kindly ordered copies–which you could always request, if you want. And by “country,” I mean the United States.) No doubt people will start receiving it much sooner than that as the warehouses begin fulfilling orders as quickly as their work elves can manage. I don’t even have my copies yet, but soon! So I’m still considering today the Quantum Coin release date observed, with the real day being 10/23, and the whole month a kind of extravaganza celebrating what I (and many reviewers so far) think is my best published book.

What to do until you can get a copy of your own? Well, if you’re in New York City, please come by the Jefferson Market Library tomorrow night at 6:00 p.m., where I will read from the book for the very first time, and you can hear YA authors Jocelyn Davies, Jeff Hirsch, Aaron Karo, Alyssa Sheinmel, & Suzanne Wein read from their new books.

If you’re going to New York Comic Con, you will probably be able to buy some of the first copies of Quantum Coin in the wild; Barnes & Noble will be there selling both Fair Coin and Quantum Coin, which you can then get signed and personalized by me, for free, from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. at Autograph Table 3 at the back of Hall 1B on the first floor of the convention center. If you don’t have either of the books, I’ll also give out and sign bookmarks, and there will be some other goodies on hand for the first 100 people to drop by. [See all of my upcoming appearances in PA and NY at my Events page.]

If you were determined to pick up a book today (and of course, you should be), might I suggest Chasing the Skip by Janci Patterson; Send Me a Sign by Tiffany Schmidt; Geeks, Girls, and Secret Identities by Mike Jung, Ironskin by Tina Connolly, Poltergeeks by Sean Cummings, or Through to You by Emily Hainsworth–which are all published today, definitely. I know I’m looking forward to reading these just as soon as I can. Through to You in particular might be of interest to fans of Fair Coin.

I’m really excited to have you read Quantum Coin, imminently. I love this book, in the way you might love a second child who’s maybe a little more awesome than his older sibling, but only because you had a better idea of what you were doing when you raised him so didn’t screw him up quite as much as your firstborn… I mean, I love both of my books.

But especially Quantum Coin. And I hope you will too.

Stay frosty,