WorldCon Schedule

From August 17th to 21st, I will be attending the MidAmeriCon II in Kansas City.  I’ll be on the following panel on Thursday, if you’d like to join me for a good discussion.

Utopia, Dystopia, and the Default? — Thursday 2-3pm (2502A)

Certain kinds of imagined futures currently dominate the SF field.. For example, we usually find settings in either grand interstellar deep space futures or trapped-on-Earth dystopias with the rare exception. What about the futures that land somewhere in-between, that may be more likely for us? Is the “middle future” too reminiscent of the Golden Age of SF? Let’s discuss the “middle future” in SF, how it compares to earlier eras in SF, and where it falls on the Utopia/Dystopia spectrum.

Speakers: Jack Cambell Jr., John Joseph Adams, Tamara Jones, Sarah Frost, Mr. Peadar O Guilin, Thomas K. Carpenter

Stop by afterwards if you’d like to say hello.  I’d love to meet you.

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Dragons of Siberia (The Dashkova Memoirs #7)

Today I am pleased to announce the release of Book 7 of the Dashkova Memoirs, Dragons of Siberia!  The book is now available from Amazon here or by clicking the image below.

Dragons of Siberia:

Stranded in Siberia, Kat and Ben must navigate the snowy wastes to make it to Moscow so they can stop the god Veles from taking over their world. But surprises lurk in the north, one from her past days in Empress Catherine’s court, and the other a creature out of legend. To survive, Kat needs to confront more than her past.

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The Year in Review – 2015

The first thing I need to do is this: THANK YOU READERS!!!

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I really can’t say enough how amazing this year was for me and it’s all because of you.  It’s really strange to sit in a room for hours and days at a time, pounding away at a keyboard, wondering if anyone will care.  To have that many people not only purchase my books, but to review them, share them, and generally be a cheerleader for them, I’m really blessed.

I’m a fan of lists, so I’m going to hit you with a few lists of my favorite things of the year, mostly in order though I didn’t think to hard about it (and I realize that some are not from 2015, but it was the year I finally got to them).

Movies

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  1. Mad Max: Fury Road
  2. The Martian
  3. Ex Machina
  4. Pitch Perfect 2
  5. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  6. Avengers

Music

  1. Steven Wilson – Hand Cannot Erase
  2. Puscifer – Money Shot
  3. Silversun Pickups – Better Nature
  4. Robert DeLong – In the Cards
  5. War on Drugs – Lost in the Dream

Books / Novellas

  1. Ready Player One – Ernest Cline
  2. The Martian – Andy Weir
  3. Sorcerer of the Wildeeps – Kai Ashante Wilson
  4. The Grace of Kings – Ken Liu
  5. Old Man’s War – John Scalzi (yeah, I’m a little late on this one)

TV Shows

  1. Jessica Jones
  2. Sense8
  3. Orphan Black
  4. Vikings
  5. Game of Thrones

So that was some of the entertainment I enjoyed this year.   Highlights from my own career and a few personal items are as follows (in no particular order):

  1. My story “The Trouble with Virgins” came out in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine
  2. Hit #3 overall on the free downloads for Fires of Alexandria in July (over 70k+ total)
  3. Published six books in the Dashkova Memoirs
  4. Sold over 10,000 books
  5. Met and hung out with tons of writers and fans at Worldcon in Spokane in August
  6. Joined Codex
  7. Joined SFWA (Science Fiction Writers of America)
  8. Spent an amazing week in Paris with my wife and kids
  9. Released the Women of the Apocalypse Bundle with a bunch of wonderful authors
  10. Ran my first half-marathon with my wife

Again, thank you for making it such a wonderful year.  I hope yours was as good as mine and here’s hoping that 2016 is even better!

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The Queen of Dreams (The Dashkova Memoirs #6)

Book 6 in The Dashkova Memoirs is LIVE!

Things should be getting easier for Katerina “Kat” Dashkova. The former princess of the Russian empire wields considerable sorcerous powers, has learned to control the unruly prophecies in her head, and is a member of the Transcendental Society—a group dedicated to protecting the ideals of the Enlightenment from the tyranny of the supernatural—under the leadership of a quasi-immortal Benjamin Franklin.

Except the god Veles has laid claim to her former homeland of Russia, and unless she can stop him, the world will be his next conquest.

To reach Veles, Kat and Ben must travel through the realm of dreams in Baba Yaga’s hut—a transdimensional craft owned by a trio of dangerous witches. The hut will help them reach their destination, but it contains dangers of its own, things that even the hut’s mistresses have forgotten. Things that only need a little magic—or the whiff of prophecy—to escape.

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The Queen of Dreams is the sixth book in The Dashkova Memoirs historical fantasy series. Get it now as an  ebook for $4.99 or in paperback for $13.99.

Book One – Revolutionary Magic

Book Two – A Cauldron of Secrets

Book Three – Birds of Prophecy

Book Four – The Franklin Deception

Book Five – Nightfell Games

Book Seven, Dragons of Siberia, will be released in the spring!

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Ask the Author Episode 6

Check out what it looks like behind the scenes. This week we get a tour of Tom’s writing space.

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Ask the Author Episode 5

This week we find out what Tom finds difficult about writing, where some of his ideas come from, and who is his favorite character to write.

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Ask the Author Episode 4

This week we learn which books Tom is reading, and where the inspiration for the Alexandrian Saga was derived. Leave any of your questions in the comments. Have a great week!

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Ask the Author Episode 3

In today’s installment of Ask the Author, Tom discusses his writing routine and how it has evolved over time. Enjoy! As usual, feel free to leave a question in the comments.

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Ask the Author- episode 2

As promised I’m continuing to make the Ask the Author series. Leave any questions you’d like to have answered in the comments or send me an email.

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Ask the Author Episode 1

Today I’m starting a new video series called Ask the Author. Every Tuesday I’m going to be posting a video answering questions asked by my readers. If you have a question you’d like me to answer, please leave it in the comments or drop me a message. I can’t wait to see what questions you all have. Here is the first installment of Ask the Author.

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