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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 ...

Standing up to being bullied

So Amazon, a company I've done a lot of business with, is trying to bully/intimidate/threaten my publisher Hachette into doing what it wants. This is having a devastating impact on Hachette's authors, who have done nothing wrong. You can read more about the issue here.

I'll be putting up some alternate shopping sites asap. In the meantime, please consider placing your online book orders elsewhere, because Amazon isn't the only game in town and they shouldn't be allowed to get away with this crap. And I say that as a writer whose books they sell -- or used to -- and a reader who has really appreciated their services.

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!