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Sad News

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Sep 152015
 

We set up this news post to announce that another chapter of The Aeronaut’s Windlass had gone live on Jim’s site, but something much more important has happened that demands this week’s spotlight. We are heartbroken to announce that Jim’s faithful and beloved dog, Frost, passed away today after a long battle with cancer.

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Frost, short for “Frostbite Doomreaver McBane Butcher,” had a heroic streak worthy of a dog many times his size. Jim has often claimed Mouse is based on “what Frost thinks he is,” and this doggy assessment is totally justified. You may have heard Jim recount the tale of how Frost defended Jim’s son from a bear, or how he fought off a coyote. We hope the afterlife has sufficient bacon.

We encourage folks to make donations to Missouri Pitbull Rescue in Frost’s honor.

Habble Morning Maps

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Sep 072015
 

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What’s steampunk without a little copper?  Check out the lush 13″x19″ copper foil posters of Priscilla Spencer’s Habble Morning art for The Aeronaut’s Windlass, now for sale in signed and unsigned versions!

After seeing these stunning results, we’re going to try to have posters of Habble Landing and Predator ready for Jim’s book tour in late September.  We’ll launch a preorder soon!

Sample Chapters, Virtual Signing, and Desktop Wallpaper

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Sep 012015
 

SAMPLE CHAPTERS

You now can now read the first two sample chapters of The Aeronaut’s Windlass! Or rather, the Prologue and Chapter One. Check ’em out! We’ll have the next chapter for you next week. In the meantime, you can preorder your copy in Hardcover, Kindle, iBooks, or Audio format through our store!

DESKTOP WALLPAPER

Also, with apologies for the delay, you can download Chris McGrath’s stunning cover art as a desktop in a gaggle of lovely resolutions!

1024×768 | 1280×800 | 1280×1024
1366×768 | 1400×900 | 1600×900
1680×1050 | 1920×1080 | 1920×1200

We’ll upload the maps Tuesday or Wednesday–depends on when we get the POSTERS back from the printer!  Soon, fans will be able to buy maps signed by Priscilla Spencer (me, the artist) and Jim at his Friday and Saturday DragonCon signings and online at Priscilla’s web store. Details forthcoming!

VIRTUAL SIGNING

Fans around the globe can pre-order a signed, personalized copy of The Aeronaut’s Windlass or any of Jim’s prior works through Dog Eared Books’ Virtual Signing! Order deadline for name personalization is September 21st.

DRAGON CON REMINDER

For fans attending DragonCon, his schedule is here. Note the addition of a signing at Badali Jewelry (booth #2422) Saturday at 1pm! To attend, you’ll need to pick up a free ticket at the Badali booth Friday or Saturday morning. This is Jim’s only ticketed signing–the others you’ll just need to arrive really, really early for. His signing lines tend to be a little insane! Hope to see you there!

DragonCon and Sample Chapters

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Aug 232015
 

Two schedules today! First, it’s time to get excited for the upcoming release of The Aeronaut’s Windlass! Here’s our schedule of sample chapter and art postings:

8/25 – Prologue and Cover Art Desktop Downloads
9/01 – Chapter 1 and Maps Reveal
9/08 – Chapter 2
9/15 – Chapter 3
9/22 – Chapter 4
9/29 – Book’s Release

Next, Jim’s schedule for DragonCon on Labor Day Weekend!

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4TH

1:00pm – 2:00pm: Autograph Session
Location: International Hall South – Marriott
Tentative Panelists: Jim Butcher, Les Johnson, Peter F Hamilton

2:30pm – 3:30pm: Autograph Session
Location: International Hall South – Marriott
Tentative Panelists: Cinda Williams Chima, Jim Butcher, L. Andrew Cooper

4:00pm – 5:00pm: New York Times Best Selling Authors
Description: Hear the bestsellers discuss their projects and their pathways to bringing a book from idea to publication.
Location: Regency VI – VII – Hyatt
Tentative Panelists: Peter F Hamilton, Michael Stackpole, Laurell K. Hamilton, Jim Butcher, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Nancy Knight

07:00 pm – 8:00pm: My Favorite Book Is a TV Show
Description: You loved the book, hated the show. Or vice versa. What happened between the page & the screen?
Location: Augusta Ballroom – Westin
Tentative Panelists: Jim Butcher, Todd McCaffrey

10:00 pm – 11:00pm: Heroism and Sacrifice
Description: UF protagonists who sacrifice happiness to make the world better for others.
Location: Chastain ED – Westin
Tentative Panelists: Jim Butcher, Carrie Vaughn, Myke Cole, Richard Kadrey, Linda Robertson, S. J. Harper, Faith Hunter

Bonus: After the “Heroism and Sacrifice” panel, the “Night Light” fan film crew have a panel for their upcoming Dresden Files fan film, “Red Sun,” in the same room at 11:30pm! Check it out!

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 5TH

1:00pm – 2:00pm: Autograph Session at Badali Jewelry
Location: Booth #2422 & 2424, Dealer’s Room at the Atlanta Convention Center at AmericasMart
Note: Free Ticket Required for Signing, Available at Booth #2422

4:00pm – 5:00pm: Magnificent Men of SF/F Fiction
Description: Fan-favorite writers reveal current and future projects and tips for aspiring writers.
Location: Regency VI – VII – Hyatt
Tentative Panelists: A. J. Hartley, Kevin J. Anderson, Jim Butcher, John D. Ringo, Jack McDevitt, Nancy Knight

10:00pm – 11:00pm: Comedy and Calamity: Humor in UF
Description: Authors share ideas on combining humor w/ more serious aspects. Laughs guaranteed.
Location: Chastain ED – Westin
Tentative Panelists: Delilah S. Dawson, Richard Kadrey, Carrie Vaughn, Jim Butcher, Eric R Asher, Chuck Wendig

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 6TH

10:00am – 11:00am: An Hour with Jim Butcher
Description: Interview & Q&A w/ author of the Dresden Files, Codex Alera, & Cinder Spires series.
Location: Regency VI – VII – Hyatt

02:30pm – 3:30pm: Fantasy Noir
Description: The seedy underbelly of fantasy lit isn’t JUST about the fangs, the grit, the gore. But, you know. Those help.
Location: Augusta Ballroom – Westin
Tentative Panelists: Jim Butcher, Delilah S. Dawson, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

5:30pm – 6:30pm: Autograph Session
Location: International Hall South – Marriott
Tentative Panelists: Jack Campbell, Jim Butcher, Ciara Knight, Laurell K. Hamilton

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 7TH

10:00am – 11:00am: Realms of the Dead: Ghosts and Spirits in UF
Description: Panelists discuss the various types of ghosts and spirits found in the genre
Location: Chastain ED – Westin
Tentative Panelists: Jim Butcher, Leanna Renee Hieber, Gail Z. Martin, D.B. Jackson, Karen E. Taylor, Myke Cole

Doing Good

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Aug 142015
 

Some awesome opportunities to donate to worthy causes and score sweet goodies:

Priscilla (Me! The girl who writes these updates and illustrated the maps for Codex Alera and Cinder Spires!) is auctioning off a signed Advance Reader’s Copy of Cinder Spires: The Aeronaut’s Windlass to raise money for doggies in need. It also includes poster prints of the Aeronaut’s Windlass maps! Further details in the eBay description. Act fast–there are less than 24 hours to go! The auction ends Friday night at 10pm Pacific, 1am Eastern.

It’s BAAAAAAAACK! The much-sought-after “Polka Will Never Die” shirt created for Worldbuilders is available again for preorder! Get yours from Pat Rothfuss’ web store, The Tinkers Packs. All proceeds go to Heifer International to help fight global hunger and poverty. Accept no substitutes!

Several issues of the Storm Front graphic novel are included in the current Dynamite Comics Bundle: Swords, Sandals, and Sorcery. Pay what you want, and donate whatever portion you like to charity!