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coming to a universe near you

Pop quiz time! I know you didn’t study, but don’t worry, it’s multiple choice, there’s no wrong answer, and there’s a reward at the end.

What kind of books do you like?
a) Free ones
b) Books defaced by the author with a Sharpie pen
c) Books what have time travel and parallel universes in them
d) Books with a smidge of romance and humor
e) all of the above

Great! If you picked a, b, c, or d, then read on. If you selected e) all of the above, then you should really pay attention, because this is your chance to win the first signed and personalized copies of Quantum Coin.

This is the finished book, not the uncorrected early copy for reviewers, and there have been some slight changes to the text in this “author’s preferred edition,” carefully designed to boost the level of awesome. All you have to do to make this yours is enter the Goodreads giveaway below. The winner will be randomly selected in true quantum fashion. Good luck!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Quantum Coin by E.C. Myers

Quantum Coin

by E.C. Myers

Giveaway ends October 09, 2012.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win


 

If you’re not sure this is the book for you, check out this fantastic early review of Quantum Coin by Barb Caffrey at Shiny Book Review. She calls it “a novel that needs to be on your bookshelf, just as soon as it comes out in October; it has flair, drama, big ideas, excellent characters, and some believable, low-key romance.”

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back to school

I really miss summer vacation. When I was a kid, summers meant weeks of uninterrupted reading time; every morning began with a trip to my local library, where I loaded up on seven or eight books. I lugged them home, settled into my favorite armchair, and devoured them all one after the other like literary Pringles. My school would have a summer reading challenge to see who could read the most books. It’s no surprise that the summer I read more than 100 books, at the start of the fourth grade, I suddenly needed glasses.

Now, as more or less of an adult, there’s no such thing as summer break. (Cue the violins.) Even when I get a vacation, I’m constantly working on something: My idea of “time off” is several days of uninterrupted writing time. But I remember what it was like as the summer dwindled away and September approached with its promise of full school days and nights and weekends doing homework. As much as I enjoyed learning and reuniting with friends at school, it was always a tough adjustment.

Literary Escapism is hosting a unique blog series this month, featuring thirty authors who are sharing stories about their book characters returning to school. I was delighted to be invited to participate. I contributed a short piece starring some characters from Fair Coin and Quantum Coin, in which Nathan Mackenzie finally steals some of the limelight from his best friend, Ephraim Scott.

Many of the posts include giveaways of the authors’ books, and Pyr has generously offered up a copy of Fair Coin and Quantum Coin to be given together to one lucky winner. More details will follow when the post goes up near the end of the month. In the meantime, here’s a list of all the stories, which will be updated throughout the month, including one from K.D. McEntire about Wendy, Eddie, and Piotr from her books Lightbringer and Reaper.

Listen… The bell’s ringing for first period. You’d better get to class and crack open those books!

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you never forget your first Dragon*Con (especially if you blog about it)

Miss Star Trek Universe 2011, Drexy the Tribble, wandered by while I was signing at the Pyr booth. In last year's competition, she performed a Star Trek cover of Lennon's "Imagine".

I’ve been to conventions before. My very first was a Star Trek Creation Convention during high school, and you can probably guess what that was like. In college, my best friend and roommate talked me into going to what I think was the first Xena: The Warrior Princess convention ever, where I was in the minority because I’m actually more of a fan of Hercules. Our university science fiction club and games club hosted the con suite at Lunacon for a couple of years, and since then I’ve been to Readercons (my favorite), Worldcons, World Fantasy conventions, and Wiscons. But none of them are anything like Dragon*Con.

I’m really glad my editor, Lou Anders, convinced me to skip seeing all my friends at Worldcon and attend Dragon*Con instead, as they both overlapped Labor Day weekend (along with PAX). Pyr Books had a large booth at Dragon*Con–the only science fiction and fantasy publisher in the massive, three-ballroom dealer room. It’s a decision that paid off for them, and for me, because there are a lot of enthusiastic readers at the convention who have both the desire to spend large quantities of money and a passion for discovering new books and new authors. So many times I heard someone announce, “Give me a book recommendation!” “I am looking for something new to read!” “I would like to give you cash for your books!” Music to a debut author’s ears.

Continue reading ‘you never forget your first Dragon*Con (especially if you blog about it)’

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enter the Dragon*Con

Right now I’m in beautiful Wisconsin for a novel writers’ workshop/retreat, where I’m workshopping the contemporary YA novel I didn’t quite finish revising in this summer’s Clarion West Write-a-thon. I’m getting a lot of terrific feedback and suggestions from amazing writers that will make it a much better, and probably very different book.

I’m disappointed I can’t go to Worldcon with the rest of these fine folks at the end of the week, but it’s for a very good reason: I will be at Dragon*Con in Atlanta, GA from Friday, August 31 through Monday, September 3. If you’re in or near Atlanta, I hope we can meet up over the weekend. If you’re at the con, this is where you will find me:

Day/Time Location Event
Fri 8/31
1:00–2:00p Marriott Atrium: Marriott A707 Panel: Whitewashing of YA
(YA Lit Track)
2:30–3:30p Hyatt Ballroom: Hyatt Regency V Panel: Pyr Rising
Sat 9/1
11:30–12:30p Marriott Atrium: Marriott A707 Panel: Under the Covers
(YA Lit Track)
1:00–3:00p Hyatt: SFWA Table Hanging out
4:00–5:00p Booth 709 (Pyr Books)
Marriott Marquis Ballroom
Signing
Sun 9/2
1:00–2:00p Booth 709 (Pyr Books)
Marriott Marquis Ballroom
Signing
4:00–5:00p Larry Smith Books Booth Signing (SFWA)

There’s a good chance that whenever I am not otherwise scheduled for an event, I will be hanging out in the Pyr Booth, Booth 709 in the Marriott Marquis Ballroom, so swing by to chat or get a book signed. You can also pick up shiny Fair Coin/Quantum Coin bookmarks there for free, which will be available at Dragon*Con for the first time anywhere. I’ll be happy to sign those for you too.

In the comments below, please let me know if you’ll be at the con and where I can find you!

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win an early copy of Quantum Coin!

Hopefully you’ve read Fair Coin by now, because the sequel will be out this October. You still have time to catch up on the shenanigans of Ephraim, Nathan, Jena, and Zoe before then, but if you’re ready to find out what happens to them next and hate the idea of waiting any longer than necessary, then I have good news for you: Pyr is giving away three advance reading copies of Quantum Coin over at Goodreads. Just click below to enter the random drawing. You have a 100% chance of winning, on a parallel Earth somewhere in the multiverse. You can’t beat those odds.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Quantum Coin by E.C. Myers

Quantum Coin

by E.C. Myers

Giveaway ends September 05, 2012.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

Advance praise for Quantum Coin:

“[T]eens crack wise and lock lips while saving the multiverse from an information overload…. Myers salts his tale with amusing, often-libidinous adolescent banter… Fans of alternate worlds will find a heapin’ helping here.”
Kirkus Reviews

“[S]ci-fi fans who love their fiction with a dash of real science, crack open these books.”
Jess, HubPages

“This book is for smart kids. If you have geeky teens who are underwowed by the recent rash of prom-dress-covered YA and prefer to read a savvy, well-paced adventure, this is the one.”
Catherine Schaff-Stump, Writer Tamago

Praise for Fair Coin:

“[A] well-written, fast-paced, EPIC adventure. There are plot twists you will never see coming and enough science fiction elements to satisfy even the hungriest nerd brain! In my opinion, it accurately portrays . . . what teenagers would do if they had the entire universe at their disposal.”
Mother/Gamer/Writer

“I thoroughly loved this book. Rather than finding just another same-old, same-old book, this one smashed through the mold . . . I highly recommend [Fair Coin] to all fans of YA, especially those who enjoy male MCs, science fiction, and fantasy.”
I Swim for Oceans

“Myers has written a novel that makes the reader think . . . a young adult novel of substance. It is humorous, emotional, and complex in a refreshing way, and I think it’s a book that anyone who enjoys science fiction could really love.”
Literary Obsession

“Magic and science collide in this retelling of the classic fable about misguided wishes never having exactly the outcome you intend. Myers’s tale has a massive twist. . . . [A] fast-paced and fun story.”
RT Book Reviews, Four Stars: Compelling; Page Turner

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