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Priscilla Spencer has been Jim's creative consultant since 2007. In addition to managing content for Jim-Butcher.com 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 trailer for Peace Talks. 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.

Chapter 5, Interviews, Bookplates, and Bingo!

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Jun 302020
 

The Dresden Duology is nearly here! We’re two weeks out from Peace Talks and less than a hundred days from Battle Ground. Support your local independent bookstore by ordering directly, or order from online vendors in all formats through the Jim-Butcher.com store.

Last week, we brought you a comprehensive list of all the Dresden Drops we’ve made so far this year. Check it out and make sure you’re up to speed on all the microfictions, artwork, and other goodies we’ve released. This week, in addition to Chapter 5 of Peace Talks, we have more fun video and interview content, a peek at a bookplate that will be offered next week, and a reminder to snag a copy of Jim’s latest short and submit to the Peace Talks Bingo. Read on!

Chapter Five

Read Chapter Five of Peace Talks! If you missed Chapters OneTwo, Three, and Four, you can catch up on those as well. Preorder both Peace Talks and Battle Ground from a local independent bookstore or online through the Jim-Butcher.com store, and come back next Tuesday for the next chapter!

Bookplate Art

Because the pandemic has put the kibosh on Jim doing an in-person signing tour this year, next week, we’ll be announcing several sources for fans to get signed copies of Peace Talks and opportunities to ask Jim their questions.

One of the options will be to order a signed bookplate from artist Tyler Walpole next week. He’ll have a limited quantity available, so keep an eye out for next Tuesday’s drop, where we’ll hook you up with all the details. Here are a few glimpses of the work in progress, followed by the finished piece!

Media Roundup

First, enjoy the second of two appearances on Penguin Random House’s Great Fantasy Debate. Here, Jim Butcher and Tochi Onyebuchi argue “Which Game of Thrones House Would You Marry Into?

Next, photographer Andrea Gonzales has released a massive compilation of the Dresden Files “Pass The Brush” Cosplay videos. This omnibus includes one never-before-seen compilation, alternate transitions, and fun new mid- and post-credits scenes.

Also, in the early hours of this morning, the Peace Talks trailer crossed 200,000 views. WOOHOO! Thanks for all the love!

Finally, the first few of Jim’s junket of audio interviews are up! Hear Jim discuss his process, the upcoming Dresden Duology of Peace Talks and Battle Ground, and a range of other topics on Beyond the Mic with Sean Dillon, Cover to Cover Book Beat, and Like It’s Live with Arroe Collins.

Reminders

Today is the LAST DAY to submit to the Peace Talks Prediction Bingo! Get the rules and download fan-made templates, then get your predictions in by midnight Pacific.

It’s also the last day to score Parallel Worlds for 99 cents in the United States and Canada. This multi-author anthology contains Jim’s Goodman Grey-POV short story “Monsters.”

The Goodreads Series Read-Along continues this week with Cold Days! Join us as we discuss Harry’s first case back amongst the living, a who’s-gonna-dunnit that threatens to upend the hierarchy of faerie.

Demonreach Pentacle

Fewer than 50 of the Limited-Edition 20th Anniversary Demonreach variant pentacles remain. Act quickly before they’re gone for good! And if you want to support small businesses during the economic crisis, consider chipping in to the Badalis’ GoFundMe. Three donors will be randomly selected to receive a custom Dresden illustration from Adam Mathison-Sward.


And that’s it for this week’s entry! Visit Jim-Butcher.com 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!

Peace Talks Chapter 4 and Year of Dresden Roundup

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Jun 232020
 

With the Year of Dresden nearing its halfway point, we figured it was time for a quick retrospective on all the new goodies we’ve released so far. So alongside Chapter 4 of Peace Talks, enjoy a roundup of all the treats you may have missed.


Chapter Four

2020 brings not one but TWO new Dresden novels! We’re three weeks away from the release of Peace Talks, and fewer than 100 days remain for Battle Ground.

Read Chapter Four of Peace Talks! If you missed Chapters OneTwo, and Three, you can catch up on those as well. Preorder both Peace Talks and Battle Ground from a local independent bookstore or online through the Jim-Butcher.com store, and come back next Tuesday for the next chapter!


Prediction Bingo

You have ONE WEEK LEFT to enter our Peace Talks Prediction Bingo Challenge! Get the details and find fan-generated templates, then submit your own entry by June 30th!


Year of Dresden Retrospective

New Stories
New Novels
Trailer
Q&As
Merch & Tie-Ins
Art Spotlight
Other Fun

“Journal” and “Goodbye” illustrations by Adam Mathison-Sward.


Reminders

ONE WEEK LEFT to score Parallel Worlds for 99 cents in the United States and Canada! This multi-author anthology contains Jim’s Goodman Grey-POV short story “Monsters.”

The Goodreads Series Read-Along continues this week with Cold Days! Join us as we discuss Harry’s first case back amongst the living, a who’s-gonna-dunnit that threatens to upend the hierarchy of faerie.

Demonreach Pentacle

The Limited-Edition 20th Anniversary Demonreach variant pentacle is almost sold out. Act quickly before they’re gone for good! And if you want to support small businesses during the economic crisis, consider chipping in to the Badalis’ GoFundMe. Three donors will be randomly selected to receive a custom Dresden illustration from Adam Mathison-Sward.


And that’s it for this week’s entry! Visit Jim-Butcher.com 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!

Peace Talks Chapter 3 and Bingo Update

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Jun 162020
 
38 days to Peace Talks, 105 days to Battle Ground

This week, we have Chapter Three of Peace Talks and the next phase of our Prediction Bingo challenge. And while we’re super excited to show off the templates fans have submitted, we know last week’s cliffhanger means you’re going to beeline for the new material, so here it is first!

Sample Chapters

Read Chapter Three of Peace Talks! If you missed Chapters One and Two, you can catch up on those as well. Preorder both Peace Talks and Battle Ground from a local independent bookstore or online through the Jim-Butcher.com store, and come back next Tuesday for the next chapter!

Template Time

Peace Talks is out in less than a month, with Battle Ground following soon on its heels, and we want to know your predictions! If you missed last week’s posting, here are the rules of our Prediction Bingo Challenge, inspired by this fabulous video from TheNerdyNarrative:

  1. Fill a 5×5 bingo grid with your predictions for Peace Talks ONLY (not Battle Ground–confirming or denying veracity of events in that book would be super spoilery!).
  2. Share it with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram with the hashtag #PeaceTalksBingo. Make sure the post is public! 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 award our favorite an early copy of Battle Ground!

Entries will be judged on correctness, humor, and the ambitiousness of your predictions. Don’t play it safe! 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.

Here are the fabulous templates our awesome fandom artists have created (plus one from us, because a grid of seven was making us twitchy). Feel free to use any of them when sharing your predictions!

Reassurance For UK Fans

In the past couple weeks, fans in the UK who preordered Peace Talks and Battle Ground from Amazon and Audible may have gotten a scary notice about the book being canceled or delayed. Fear not! This was just a glitch, nothing more. We’re still on track for a simultaneous global release in hardcover, ebook, and audio formats. If your order was canceled, you should be able to place it again without issue.

Book Deals & Reminders

Accorded Dignitaries posed to resemble The Last Supper

If you haven’t seen it yet, the Peace Talks Trailer provides some juicy insight into the events of both novels coming this year! In fact, one of the trailer lines was lifted from Chapter Three. Can you spot it?

Demonreach Pentacle

The Limited-Edition 20th Anniversary Demonreach variant pentacle is almost sold out. Act quickly before they’re gone for good! And if you want to support small businesses during the economic crisis, consider chipping in to the Badalis’ GoFundMe. Three donors will be randomly selected to receive a custom Dresden illustration from Adam Mathison-Sward.

Parallel Worlds, Three-Book Collection, and Ghost Story

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

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.

AmazonApple BooksBooks-A-MillionBarnes & NobleGoogleKobo

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 Jim-Butcher.com 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!

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

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Jun 092020
 

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 Jim-Butcher.com!

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 Bookshop.org. You can order from a variety of other places and in audio and electronic formats through the Jim-Butcher.com 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 yearofdresden@gmail.com. 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, www.Jim-Butcher.com 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.

AmazonApple BooksBooks-A-MillionBarnes & NobleGoogleKobo

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 Jim-Butcher.com 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!

Peace Talks Chapter 1, Demonreach Pentacle, and Book Deals!

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Jun 022020
 

This week’s Drop includes the long-awaited launch of the Demonreach pentacle variant, a discount on Blood Rites and the Parallel Worlds anthology, and the first chapter of Peace Talks. Let’s do this thing!

Peace Talks: Chapter One

Chapter One of Peace Talks is available to read now on Jim-Butcher.com!

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 Bookshop.org. You can order from a variety of other places and in audio and electronic formats through the Jim-Butcher.com store. Fans in the UK can order from a variety of retailers through Little, Brown or on Amazon UK.


Demonreach Pentacle Launches

Demonreach Pentacle

Fans voted, and it’s finally here: Badali Jewelry’s 20th Anniversary Limited Edition Demonreach Pentacle! This gorgeous synthetic opal has flecks of green and black that put us in the mind of running (or parkouring) through the island’s crystalline tunnels.

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.


Books On Sale

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

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


Reminders

The Goodreads Read-Along discussion of Changes continues! Join your fellow fans as we delve into the explosive volume that upended the series’ status quo.

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.

We’ve expanded our social media presence! Give us a follow on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram and enjoy all the content that doesn’t make it into our Drops, like the Trailer Rewatch thread, the Quarantine House Game, and more!

Ebooks of Storm Front, Fool Moon, and Grave Peril are still on sale for fans in the US!

Storm Front at $2.99:
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Fool Moon at $3.99:
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Grave Peril at $5.99:
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Visit Jim-Butcher.com 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!