Chapter Two, Prediction Bingo Contest, and a Message from Marsters

We’ve got a lot of fun stuff this week, including Chapter Two of Peace Talks, additional book discounts, and a fun new contest, but first, a long-awaited message from a familiar friend!

Preorder Peace Talks and Battle Ground in audiobook through Penguin Random House.

And now, the rest of this week’s goodies…

Chapter Two

Chapter Two of Peace Talks is available to read now on!

This summer brings not one but TWO Dresden Files novels. Peace Talks arrives July 14th, and Battle Ground hits September 29th. We recommend that folks buy from their favorite local independent bookstore, though if that’s not possible, fans in the US can do the next best thing by preordering through You can order from a variety of other places and in audio and electronic formats through the store. Fans in the UK can order from a variety of retailers through Little, Brown or on Amazon UK.

Peace Talks Prediction Bingo Challenge

We were utterly charmed by TheNerdyNarrative’s Prediction Bingo video, and we’d like to make it a full-fledged challenge!

Here’s how it’s going to work:

  1. Create your own 5×5 bingo grid with your predictions for Peace Talks ONLY (not Battle Ground–you’ll see why!).
  2. Share it with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram with the hashtag #PeaceTalksBingo. Make sure it’s public, so we’ll be able to see it. Entries due June 30th at midnight Pacific.
  3. After Peace Talks comes out and everyone has a chance to see how things really played out, we’ll pick our favorite–a combo of number of correct answers, humor, and the ambitiousness of your predictions–and award the winner an early copy of Battle Ground!

Note that predictions will be evaluated for Peace Talks ONLY. We can neither confirm nor deny the veracity of events in Battle Ground, because hello, spoilers! Individual “predictions” of events already seen in sample material (the chapters and the trailer) or confirmed by Word Of Jim will not be factored into judging. Abusive or excessively vulgar entries will be disqualified.

Side Challenge: Templates!

Artists, we’d love to crowdsource some fun Bingo templates this week! Our favorite design will also win an early copy of Battle Ground. Submissions are due this Monday, June 15th at midnight Pacific. In addition to sharing them on socials with the #PeaceTalksBingo hashtag, please email them to We’ll post our favorites in next week’s Dresden Drop for folks’ convenience, then announce the winners of both challenges together at the end of the contest.

Make sure to include the following information:

  • Peace Talks’ release date: July 14th, 2020
  • The hashtag #PeaceTalksBingo
  • Jim’s website, and our socials: @JimButcherNews on FB, Twitter, and Instagram

Please pick a light color for the cells, so fans who aren’t tech savvy can print your design, fill it out by hand, then scan or snap a photo of their entries.

Demonreach Pentacle Going Fast

Demonreach Pentacle

The Limited-Edition Demonreach variant pentacle is more than 50% sold out after only a week! If you want this amulet with a gorgeous synthetic opal whose flecks of green and black conjure images of parkouring through the island’s crystalline tunnels, act quickly.

The Badalis are also running a fundraiser to help recoup the loss of income resulting from the cancelation of the con season. Three donors to their GoFundMe campaign will be randomly selected to receive a custom illustration of their favorite character from illustrator Adam Mathison-Sward. If you’re in a position to donate or buy a piece from any of their lines, please do! If not, they’d appreciate a signal-boost for their campaign.

Book Deals & Reminders

The Goodreads Read-Along continues this week with Ghost Story! Join us as we discuss Harry’s most perplexing murder case yet: his own.

The Parallel Worlds anthology featuring Jim’s Goodman Grey-POV story “Monsters” is an Amazon Monthly Deal for June in the United States and Canada, so you can snag it on Kindle for 99 cents all this month!

The electronic edition of Blood Rites is on sale for $1.99 across US retailers through June 13th!

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Penguin has released an ebook that collects Ghost Story, Cold Days, and Skin Game for 10% off the price of buying them all individually! If you’re still working on filling out your ebook collection, this is a good way to do it.

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The Dresden Files Cooperative Card Game is now available on Switch, Steam, the App Store for Mac and iOS, Google Play for Android, and the Amazon Appstore for Kindle. Scales smoothly from 1-5 players in multiple play modes, including Solitaire, local Pass-and-Play, and Online Multiplayer.

And that’s it for this week’s entry! Visit every Tuesday this year for weekly Drops of never-before-seen artwork, microfiction, interviews, contests, sample chapters for Peace Talks and Battle Ground, or other tasty tidbits in our celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Dresden Files. Join our new mailing list and follow @jimbutchernews on twitter to ensure you don’t miss a moment, and check the announcement post to catch up on prior Drops. See you next week!

Author: priscellie

Priscilla Spencer has been Jim's creative consultant since 2007. In addition to managing content for and its social media channels, she beta-reads all of Jim's works, serves as a thematic consultant on the graphic novels and role playing games, and illustrates the maps for his books. The whole "Year of Dresden" thing is largely her baby. Her latest claim to fame is directing the official book trailers for Peace Talks and Battle Ground. In her professional life, Priscilla is a Producer, Writer, Photographer, and Fantasy Map Illustrator working towards a career in producing TV. She enjoys musical theatre, gluten-free cooking, sci-fi/fantasy, and weightlifting. She aspires to travel the world and pet every dog.