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To the blog of speculative fiction author Karen Miller, who also writes as K E Mills.

First of all, thanks for dropping by. If you can remember to, please sign in or at least sign your post if you don't have a regular LJ account. I do allow anon comments but I like to know who to say hello and thanks to!

I do try to stay current and up to date here, but my workload remains off the charts el stupido and sometimes I get a bit behind. So please bear with me -- I mostly manage to catch up! And in the meantime, please don't be shy in chatting to each other.

My friending policy is simple: friend away! No need to ask if it's okay.


And having said that ...

Amazon promotion! And welcome to 2014!

Well, to celebrate the new year, I've been included in Amazon UK's new Kindle promotion: The Amazon Kindle 100. That means The Innocent Mage, first book in the Mage series, will be available for the great price of 1.49 pounds until February. Enjoy!

In other news, this year is shaping up to be very exciting. The Tarnished Crown bk 1, The Path to Power, is currently being examined by my eagle-eyed editors, and will soon be on its journey through the production process for a release later this year. Stay tuned for a publication date. I'm also busily planning my trip to the UK. I'll be at Worldcon in London, British Fantasycon in York - where the massively spectacular Kate Elliott is a guest - as well as doing some more research in the UK and France, and some authorly appearances with the wonderful Glenda Larke. Of course, life can happen, but that's the plan right now. I'm so excited, I can't tell you! More details as they come to hand.

The rest of this year will be consumed by the finishing touches to Tarnished Crown bk 1, and the drafting of Tarnished Crown bk 2. I'm already in research mode for that, and the ideas are sparking fast and furious.

There's just one unanswered questions, and that's when I'll be tackling Rogue Agent #5. I've had some anxious reader mail on the subject, and all I can do is grovel and say -- as soon as I can, I will write it. As most of you know, the two last two years were particularly challenging on a whole bunch of fronts and played merry hell with my writing schedule. I'm confident things are back on track now, but it does mean playing a lot of catch up. Complicating matters is the fact that the Tarnished Crown books are proving to be a massive challenge. In a good way, I hasten to add, but even so - phew! So I've got some stuff to fiddle with. But rest assured, I have not forgotten Gerald and co, I love them to pieces, and they will return!

Happy new year to everyone, and may 2014 be our best year yet!

2014 Downunder

Well, so much for 2013. And good riddance. It was a very tough year. Five deaths in one year is five too many. I'll take this moment to pay final respects to Cecilia, Fiona, Toni, Marguerite and John: young and old, in sickness and in health, they've all left this world a poorer place for their passing. But they were loved, and are missed, and will never be forgotten.

So here's to a bright and encouraging new year. To all of you, be well, be safe, be happy -- and may your dreams come true this year.

From me, my thanks for everything.

Merry Christmas!!!!!

See? Not dead. Just emerging from the fog of a truly difficult year.

But never mind about that. It's Christmas Day downunder, and Christmas Eve elsewhere. So I'll wish you the very happiest of Christmas holidays, and hope you stay safe and happy and well-fed and jolly.

Ho! Ho! Ho!

If only this weren't true ...

So, I proof read my local theatre's newsletter. And I'm known to be rabid when it comes to the abuse of apostrophes.

So tonight Pete, our newsletter guru, sent me this along with the document for checking.


And really? This is not an exaggeration!


More Spiritwalker goodness!

The inimitable Kate Elliott, author of many fabulous fantasy novels, has recently completed her Spiritwalker Trilogy. This is a truly extraordinary series, some of the most innovative and imaginative fantasy fiction released in recent years. If you haven't read it, you're missing out on something really special.

But wait, there's more!

She's also just released a companion piece to the series. You can find out more about it here.

Kate's a good friend, I make no bones about it. But anyone who knows me knows that I don't recommend books that I haven't personally found to be fabulous.


Cover sneak peak!

Well, it's been a while ...

Life this year has proven challenging, to put it mildly, so right now I'm keeping my head down as I finish out the final rewrite of The Path to Power, book 1 of my new series The Tarnished Crown. The book will release next year, but the fabulous people at Orbit have already completed a truly magnificent cover. And here it is!


Have to continue being a bit hush hush about the story, but I promise I'll reveal more when I can!

Tarnished Crown #1 is done - sort of!

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Insofar as it has a beginning, a middle and an end. So now people with less mushy brains than me can rip it to shreds so I can rewrite it and make it better.

I hope.

Wow. I'm tired. I'm always tired when I hit the end of a book, especially when it's a Big Book. And this is a Big Book. Never in my life have I tried to keep so many characters, storylines, plot points, foreshadowings and themes straight in my head at the one time.

Is it too late to hike back to Edinburgh and continue being a checkout chick????

Next stop, the edit. Cross your fingers for me!

Really? Really?

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The next time someone tries to tell you there's no such thing as misogyny, or sexism, or women are just making shit up about discrimination and so forth, tell them about this. Because really? Really?

There is not enough disgust and contempt in the world. Shame on them. Shame.

Merry Christmas, everyone!

The dawn chorus is chorusing on Christmas Morning downunder. The reason I know this is because I've been writing since 4.30 am. And will do so until it's time to leave for the family Christmas lunch. Then afterwards I'll come back home and write some more. Yes. It has indeed been that kind of year.

To everyone in LJ land, whom I have been shamefully neglecting throughout this year that ate my life, I wish you much joy and peace and happiness during the festive season.

And because it's Christmas, here's a present.

Y'know, I don't think this is your mother and father's Star Trek any more ... but it sure as hell is looking like mine!!!!

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