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Phoenix Comicon Schedule!

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Peat will be headed to Arizona this week for a full weekend of events at Phoenix Comicon. Check out his complete schedule here:

May 28-31, 2015 at the Phoenix Convention Center

Del Rey Signing – Thursday, 5:00pm-6:00pm

Location: Del Rey booth #15067

Del Rey Spotlight – Friday, 10:30am-11:30am

Location: North 124

Since 1977 Del Rey books has grown into a Science Fiction and Fantasy Imprint with many well-read authors. Who are the authors from Del Rey Books joining us this weekend? Discover what Del Rey Books and their authors have in store for the future. With Pierce Brown, Naomi Novik, Kevin Hearne, Jason Hough and Scott Sigler. Author signing to follow at 12:00pm, Location: North 126b

Exhibit Hall Author Signing – Friday, 4:30pm-5:30pm

Location: Exhibitor hall authors area, tables 16132, 16136

Mother Trucking Monsters – Saturday, 10:30am-11:30am

Location: North 125

Demons, dragons, fiends, beasts, mutants; whatever you call them, monsters have been a part of fantasy as well as horror stories since we first heard a bump in the night.  Panelists discuss what makes a malicious, memorable and magical monster.

With Wesley Chu, Sam Sykes, Kevin Hearne, Cherie Priest and M.L. Brennan

Exhibit Hall Signing – Saturday, 12:00pm-1:00pm

Location: Exhibitor hall authors area, tables 16132, 16136

With: Sam Sykes, Cherie Priest, M.L. Brennan, Myke Cole, Bennett Coles

Author Batsu with Sam Sykes – Saturday, 4:30pm-5:30pm

Location: North 124

Our hapless authors join Sam Sykes for another batsu game! (Batsu: the Japanese word for “punishment,”) Each panelists is charged with performing a task under pressure. If they fail, they will be subjected to a “horrible” punishment. Sounds fun! Right?

With Scott Sigler, Pierce Brown, Cherie Priest, Myke Cole and Delilah S. Dawson

Drinks with Authors – Saturday, 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Location: Sheraton Hotel - 340 North 3rd Street

Exhibit Hall Signing – Sunday, 1:30-2:30pm

Location: Exhibitor hall authors area, tables 16132, 16136

With: Beth Cato, Brian McClellan, Joseph Nassise, Richard Kadrey and Viola Carr

Del Rey Superfight –  Sunday, 3:00pm-4:00pm

Location: North 125

Who would win: Starlord with machine guns as legs or an ocelot that’s really really emotional? How about Iron Man who hasn’t slept in three days or Godzilla with an endless supply of trampolines? The Del Rey authors battle it out in a game of Superfight.

With Scott Sigler, Pierce Brown, Naomi Novik and Jason Hough

The Skull Throne is now on sale in the U.S./U.K.! Order the U.S. edition here or visit Waterstones or UK Amazon for the U.K. version.

Posted on May 28, 2015 at 8:00 am by Meg
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Tweephole #49

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  • @PVBrett - Post-travel migraine. Might as well mark it on the calendar.
  • @PVBrett - OK, #SkullThrone tour is over & I’m out of excuses. Today begins regular work on The Core. I greet this with both terror & excitement.
  • @PVBrett - A fan just asked for a Renna/Shanvah team-up novel. Awesome idea. I can pretty much guarantee a big dose of that in The Core.
  • @PVBrett - If Cassie’s school’s ‘Dad’s Night Out’ was going to see Avengers 2 instead of a sports bar, I would be WAY more interested.
  • @PVBrett - Favorite quote from #C2E2: “The Warded Man was like a cross between Little House on the Prairie and The Exorcist” —@PatrickRothfuss
  • @PVBrett - Everything in NYC is blooming… and all the goddamn pollen is collecting in my throat. I sound like the hunchback in the Pit of Despair.
  • @PVBrett - After months of not writing, I was anxious starting work on The Core this week. But then I remembered I totally know what I’m doing. Onward.
  • @PVBrett - So awesome to see Skull Throne topped B&N’s SFF hardcover bestseller’s list in April.

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  • @PVBrett - Avengers: Age of Ultron = Nerd crack. I need another hit.
  • @PVBrett - More work on The Core today, but I won’t lie. I’d much prefer to just go see Age of Ultron again.
  • @PVBrett - Read the favorite book of someone you love. Shared love of books is glue that holds many family, friend & romance relationships together.
  • @PVBrett - Research on The Core is all over the place. Spelunking, eusociality, all sorts of shit to bone up on before I dive in. My job is weird.
  • @PVBrett - The effort to make this page exist was TITANIC.

S&N edition of Unfettered

  • @PVBrett - Amuses me when people swear they will never read Fifty Shades or other books. Like NOT reading something is supposed to impress people.
  • @PVBrett - Creator. Pete Bradbury’s narration of Messenger’s Legacy made even me choke up.
  • @PVBrett - Battety died on my toothbrush and for a minute I panicked. Then I remembered I can move my arm… #duh
  • @PVBrett - My new favorite bar.

nerd bar

  • @PVBrett - Today’s writing question: What if I add a Gared POV to The Core?
  • @PVBrett - Nailed it. MT @JohnOB82: @PVBrett These guys are like Krasian Watchers…

  • @PVBrett - Nice step fwd in mainstreaming superhero shirts for girls. My laundry will be full of glitter.
  • @PVBrett - Listening to the actresses playing Leesha and Elona argue in the @GraphicAudio production of #SkullThrone is a sublime joy.
  • @PVBrett - The opening chapter of The Core may make some people’s heads explode.
  • @PVBrett - Is it OK to be happy when someone tells you your book made them cry?


Posted on May 27, 2015 at 9:30 am by Meg
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Ward a Noun?

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To introduce our latest contest (see the official winners here!), Peat tweeted a clever little intro on Twitter and Facebook:

 Ward A Noun Tweet

He meant that folks should ward something (i.e. a person, place or thing), but fans took this to mean make your own ward symbol that will guard against any noun.

This resulted in an accidental mini-contest of its own! We loved seeing what original wards folks came up with and decided to award a prize for our favorite in addition to the regular Warding Contest. The winner? John with his Banishment Ward:

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Congrats, John! We will be sending you a brand new Warded Man U.S. hardcover.

Check out these other fun entries as well:

Angela sexting ward

Angela submitted the clever “sexting” ward

Dwayne Allergies Ward

Dwanye submitted the adorable allergies ward

Idea Ward Andy Richardson

Andy got creative with his idea ward

Mia Literal Ward a Noun

Mia got very literal on Twitter! 

The Skull Throne is now on sale in the U.S./U.K.! Order the U.S. edition here or visit Waterstones or UK Amazon for the U.K. version.

And be sure to check out the re-issue of the U.S. Warded Man hardcover, available only on Amazon and Books-A-Million.

Posted on May 26, 2015 at 8:00 am by Meg
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18 Years Ago, On This Day

Posted by Peat

Note: I wrote this post eight years ago on my old blog, but never migrated it to my new one. It was too personal, to make part of my online author persona. But now, with the event old enough to vote, I kind of feel ready to share again. With mild editing, the original post still holds up. It’s sad, and you may not want to read it.


It was the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. It was also my parents’ 28th wedding anniversary. My dad got up early like he always does on weekends to go bike riding. When he got back, I was going to cook brunch for him and my mom, and then I think they had dinner plans.

But my dad’s bike hit a pothole and blew the front tire. He was sent headfirst into the pavement, breaking a rib that pierced his lung. I was just warming up the griddle when we got the call to rush to the hospital. We tried to call my brother, too, but he wasn’t at home, and this was before cellphones.

This wasn’t the first time, nor the last, that my dad had a biking accident. Injuries go hand in hand with sports, and he accepted that. He was in good spirits when we arrived, if a bit drugged. The rib hadn’t stayed embedded in his lung, and it had sealed itself back up like a self-repairing tire. He needed to stay overnight for observation, but he was going to be fine.

The days plans ruined, my mother and sister and I headed home. There was a police cordon up the block from us we had to drive around, but we didn’t really think anything of it. Someone must have had a fender-bender.

A few hours later, the police came knocking on our door. “Are you the mother of John Jr.?” they asked my mom.

Fuck! I thought. What’s Johnny done now? Bad enough dad’s in the hospital on their anniversary, but he has to go and get in trouble again, too?

In my defense, Johnny was ALWAYS getting in trouble. I’ll wager anything that the same thoughts were running through my sister and mother’s mind, which is why you could have heard a pin drop when the policewoman said, “There’s been an accident. Your son didn’t make it.”

Turns out Johhny didn’t answer the phone because he and his wife had been on his motorcycle, riding out to see my parents for their anniversary. Someone pulled out the wrong way of a one way parking entrance, and they didn’t have time to stop. The officer held my mom as she cried.

“What should we do?” my sister asked. “Should we call dad?”

I shook my head. “If we call him, he’s going to check himself out of the hospital, and start walking around with a punctured lung.” I sounded very sure of myself as I made a decision I had no moral right to make, and one I knew I would have resented the fuck out of if it had been made for me.

The police needed someone to identify the body, and again I took over, refusing to let my mother or sister do it. I went with the police to the station, and they left me alone in the morgue. I broke down crying there, and some nurse came in to put her arms around me. I pulled away, ashamed and furious that she had intruded on something so private. I know she only meant well, but if looks could kill, she would have dropped dead on the spot from the glare I gave her.

When I got back, I packed everyone in the car and drove us to the hospital where my brother’s wife was in intensive care. I held her hand as she came out of the anesthesia after who knows how many operations, and all I could think about was the ring they had to cut from her finger.

I sobbed and made her a promise. “You’ll always be my sister,” I said, “no matter what.”

“Great,” she mumbled sarcastically, rolling her eyes. I laughed in spite of myself.

It’s been 18 years now. I’d made a promise that all my family kept. My sister-in-law’s children are as much Cassie’s cousins as any bound by blood. I’ve made my peace with what happened long ago, but I still get melancholy on this day every year. It seems only right, and I wouldn’t change that feeling even if I could.

They say there are days that serve as markers in your life. There was your life before this day, and your life after this day, and the two will never be the same. September 11, 2001 was one such day for almost everyone, but we all have them. For me, May 24, 1997 was one of those days. There can be no denying that it changed my life forever. It estranged me from some people, and brought me closer to others, shaped how I look at the world and my friends, family, religion, and mortality. It affected everything so deeply that I wonder if I would even recognize myself if this hadn’t happened.

We are shaped as much by tragedy as we are joy.

Maybe more.

Posted on May 24, 2015 at 12:16 pm by PeatB
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Warding Contest Winners!

Posted by Meg

It was a tough decision, but the winners for the Warded Contest have been picked!

Grand Prize

Complete Demon Cyle

The winner will receive a full U.S. Demon Cycle collection: The Warded Man, The Desert Spear, The Daylight War and The Skull Throne as well as the novella, The Great Bazaar and Brayan’s Gold and Messenger’s Legacy

Simon and his daughter Alyah win for this beautiful entry of a ward circle:

 Simon warded circle

They also submitted this fantastic warded boomerang. Great to see the whole family work on this together! Fantastic job.

 Simon & Yasmine Boomerang

First Prize

Winners will receive a signed copy of the brand new Warded Man hardcover. The book is also now on sale only on Amazon and Books-A-Million.

Warded Man HCs

Lucek wins for his beautifully crafted warded quiver. Stunning.


Jamie wins for his badass palm tattoo. Tattoo work done by Ashleigh Webb.

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Helena wins for this lovely spear book, wards inside and out:

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 Second Prize

Winners will receive a signed U.S. or U.K. Skull Throne

Anna wins for her warded book box, complete with quote and Daylight War!

Anna Warded Book Box Anna Warded Book Box 3

Emily wins for her lovely dama’ting tea party!

Emily dama'ting tea party

Sarah wins for her homemade pottery piece:

Sarah F warded pottery

Congrats to all the winners and to everyone who entered the contest! You can check out everybody’s entry here.

The Skull Throne is now on sale in the U.S./U.K.! Order the U.S. edition here or visit Waterstones or UK Amazon for the U.K. version.

Posted on May 21, 2015 at 3:00 pm by Meg
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