Happy Book Day and Virtual Tour Launch!

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Jul 142020
 
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At long last, Peace Talks is here! The first book in this summer’s Dresden Duology is within your grasp. We’re also launching our Virtual Tour today, including several opportunities to participate in virtual Q&As and score signed books!

If you haven’t ordered your copy yet, mask up and hie to your favorite local independent bookstore, order a signed copy through one of our Virtual Tour partners above, or snag a copy through our store. And don’t forget to preorder the second Dresden novel coming out this summer, Battle Ground!

Note: We’ve heard from some fans whose orders were delayed because of COVID, and there are plenty more who are ordering signed copies that won’t ship for another few days, so please be considerate of your fellow fans and don’t post spoilers out in the open.


Virtual Tour Launches

Last night’s virtual release party with University Bookstore had to be rescheduled due to, well, fuego. A forest fire erupted not far from Jim’s home, and his focus had to be on preparing for a potential evacuation. Hell’s Bells! Our thanks to the first responders who worked through the night and continue to battle the blazes today to keep his community and its magnificent National Forests safe. We don’t yet have a new date and time for the rescheduled event, but we’ll let folks know as soon as we do.

Although the fire has not yet been contained, it looks like Jim’s home is out of immediate danger. He’s made the decision to go forward with today’s event with Pat Rothfuss and Worldbuilders, though he’ll be monitoring the situation in case that changes. Keep an eye on our JimButcherNews Twitter account for updates!

TODAY, July 14, 4-6pm EDT: Pat Rothfuss’ Twitch (NOTE CORRECTED TIME AND VENUE!)

  • FREE EVENT! Join Patrick Rothfuss and Jim Butcher in a spoiler-free conversation about the Dresden Files series.  Optional: Copies of Peace Talks with a signed bookplate can be ordered from Worldbuilders Marketplace.

Wednesday, July 15, 8-9pm EDT: Murder by the Book

  • Ticketed Event via Zoom. Tickets (1 copy of Peace Talks) can be purchased on the event page. Attendee Q&A, moderated by Murder By the Book. 

Tuesday, July 21, 9-10pm EDT: Poisoned Pen

  • FREE EVENT via Facebook Live. Attendee Q&A, moderated by Poisoned Pen. Optional: Signed copies of Peace Talks can be ordered on the event page.

Thursday, July 23, 7pm EDT / 4pm PDT: Virtual SDCC Panel

Can’t read the book yet? Take the edge off the wait with our roundup of all the Dresden Drops so far this year, including four new microfictions, six sample chapters and a bonus excerpt, boatloads of art, and so much more! Then start your read off right by watching the live-action book trailer:

We don’t know if any of you are planning on putting the book down long enough to need a bookmark, but if you do, Adam Mathison-Sward has you hard-covered! (Download high res: Part 1, Part 2)


Other Niftiness

After posting last week’s Peace Talks Bingo card roundup, we learned we’d missed a handful of submissions. We’re hopeful we caught all our mistakes, but if you still don’t see yours on the Bingo card page, please sent a link to your submission post to yearofdresden@gmail.com!

Home is where, when you go there and tell people to get out, they have to leave. --Skin Game

The discussion of Skin Game continues at the Goodreads Series Read-Along!


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 6 and Virtual Tour

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Jul 072020
 

The Dresden Duology is nearly here! We’re ONE WEEK out from Peace Talks and less than three months from Battle Ground.

If you haven’t yet placed your order, we have plenty of new opportunities to score signed copies from awesome independent bookstores! Get all the details in the “Virtual Tour” section below. You can also order the book in hardcover, ebook, or audio from online vendors through the Jim-Butcher.com store.


Chapter Six

Read Chapter Six of Peace Talks! If you missed Chapters OneTwo, Three, Four, and Five, you can catch up on those as well.


Virtual Tour

Want to score a signed copy of Peace Talks, support independent bookstores and charities, and ask Jim your burning questions? We’ve got you covered! We have the details for Jim’s Peace Talks Virtual Tour, and SURPRISE, it starts TODAY with a free event hosted by Worldbuilders!

Tuesday, July 7, 4p-5pm EDT: Worldbuilders Twitch

  • FREE EVENT! Join Jim and Patrick Rothfuss in conversation as Jim signs bookplates for copies of Peace Talks that you can order through Worldbuilders Marketplace.

Tuesday, July 14, 4-6pm EDT: Worldbuilders Twitch (NOTE CORRECTED TIME)

  • FREE EVENT! Join Patrick Rothfuss and Jim Butcher in a spoiler-free conversation about the Dresden Files series.  Optional: Copies of Peace Talks with a signed bookplate can be ordered from Worldbuilders Marketplace.

Wednesday, July 15, 8-9pm EDT: Murder by the Book

  • Ticketed Event via Zoom. Tickets (1 copy of Peace Talks) can be purchased on the event page. Attendee Q&A, moderated by Murder By the Book. 

Tuesday, July 21, 9-10pm EDT: Poisoned Pen

  • FREE EVENT via Facebook Live. Attendee Q&A, moderated by Poisoned Pen. Optional: Signed copies of Peace Talks can be ordered on the event page.

Thursday, July 23, 7pm EDT / 4pm PDT: Virtual SDCC Panel

Monday, July 29, 9-10pm EDT: University Book Store (NOTE NEW DATE)

  • Ticketed Event via Zoom. Tickets (1 copy of Peace Talks) can be purchased on the event page. Attendee Q&A, moderated by University Book Store. 

Alternately, if you’ve already preordered an unsigned book elsewhere, you can snag a 5″x7″ signed bookplate sticker with Tyler Walpole’s stunning piece we revealed last week! (It would also look badass on the back of an e-reader, if that’s your jam.) EDIT: Holy moley, these sold out in NINE HOURS. Y’all are hardcore.

Tyler Walpole - Finished Plate

Note: This is different from the Worldbuilders bookplates, which are illustrated by Nate Taylor and Satine Phoenix.


Bingo Phase Three

Want to add an element of friendly rivalry to your read of Peace Talks next week? Round up your friends and pick a card from our fabulous array of entries to accompany your read! Don’t worry about spoilers. These are purely fan speculation!

Reminder: Because we want to keep this site spoiler-free until folks have had a chance to read the book, we will not be crowning a winner for the card and template competitions until mid-August.


Reminders

We’re in the home stretch! This week, the Goodreads Dresden Files Read-Along tackles Skin Game.

Demonreach Pentacle

Fewer than 30 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.

You can also catch up on all the microfictions, artwork, and other goodies we’ve released so far. Check it out!


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 for the release of Peace Talks!

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!