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Fun with Brent, Blake and Gail

You may recall that I took a ton of funny videos at the World Fantasy Convention this past October, and never posted them. My bad. In part it is because I came down with a flu son after, and then came my trip to Toronto, and then the holidays, and then Dani had the flu, etc.

But I have also been lazy because I switched to wireless internet rather than running new LAN cable into my office, which has cut my uploading speed down to like 1/10 of what it once was, despite my buying the top of the line in wireless routers. It took me over an hour to upload like 150MB to YouTube. That is unacceptble. I may need to drill walls and run cable after all.

Still, I can’t sit on good content forever, so here are some funny video plugs I made for a couple of great new authors I met (and got drunk with) at the con.

Starting off is Blake Charlton, author of Spellwright, his debut novel from Tor books. In this video, NYT Bestselling Author Brent Weeks and I interview Blake about why you would want to spend your last $25 on his book rather than using it to feed your starving grandmother. We also give his head a spit-shine:

Spellwright doesn’t come out until March, but I’m currently reading an advance copy Blake gave me at WFC (just check my bathroom), on the title page he wrote:

To Peter, Great to meet you. It’s an honor to hand this to you. Hope it doesn’t suck.

-Blake Charlton

Gail Carriger, on the other hand, is the hottest new author (in more ways than one) from Orbit books. Her debut novel Soulless, book 1 of The Parasol Protectorate, is selling up a storm and garnering one glowing review after another. She had a wonderful Steampunk-themed launch party at WFC on Halloween, with costumed serving ladies and her Armenian lovers working security.

So of course, we crashed the party:

In truth, Gail is not actually signing a copy for me in this video, because I thought already had a signed copy at home from the first time I met her at this year’s Book Expo. Sadly, it was nowhere to be found when I got home. I must have given it to one of the many book lovers in my life. Ah, well. I ordered a new one, and it came today. I will give it a read soon.

I also screwed the plug up the first time, because my cheap hand-held digital camera couldn’t compensate for the glare of the lamp Gail was sitting in front of. Here’s my first attempt:

Posted on January 12, 2010 at 3:07 pm by PeatB
Filed under Appearances, Events, Interviews, Reviews, Sales
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6 responses to “Fun with Brent, Blake and Gail”

  1. Thank you for posting these videos!

    Blake and Gail are two of my new favourite authors, and it looks like they were having a great time :D

    Oh, and I’m sure Blake’s not not a douchebag, he just plays one on tv ;-)

    Posted by Neverwhere, on January 12th, 2010 at 3:33 pm
  2. the best part about that is right after i say “…and sound like a douche when interviewed” pete yells “that’s for damn sure!”

    totally had that one coming ;)

    Posted by Blake Charlton, on January 12th, 2010 at 4:39 pm
  3. Thanks for the videos!

    Please, please post more!

    Posted by edifanob, on January 12th, 2010 at 5:27 pm
  4. I remember making those. Good times.

    Posted by Myke, on January 12th, 2010 at 5:49 pm
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