Comic Con: Han Shot First: Character Defining Moments

September 4th, 2014

Thursday September 4
7:00 pm: Han Shot First: Character Defining Moments, Room 255E

Comic Con: Breaking Bad Panel

September 4th, 2014

Thursday September 4
6:00 pm: Breaking Bad, Room 151G

Comic Con: Creating a Compelling RPG Campaign

September 4th, 2014

Thursday September 4
3:00 pm: Creating a Compelling RPG Campaign, Room 255F

My Comic Con schedule!

August 31st, 2014

It’s time for Salt Lake Comic Con!

I have a full schedule this year, and I would love to see you there. I may or may not be dressed as Jayne from Firefly at some of these events…

Thursday September 4
3:00 pm: Creating a Compelling RPG Campaign, Room 255F
6:00 pm: Breaking Bad, Room 151G
7:00 pm: Han Shot First: Character Defining Moments, Room 255E

Friday September 5
1:00 pm: Build a Story, Room 255B
3:00 pm: Signing, Shadow Mountain Booth (#111, Main Expo Floor)

Saturday September 6
12:00 pm: Battlestar Galactica: 10th Anniversary of the Reimagining of the Classic Science Fiction Series, Room 251A
4:00 pm: Signing, Shadow Mountain Booth (#111, Main Expo Floor)
6:00 pm: Supervillain Smackdown (The Game), Room 255C
7:00 pm: Writing Excuses: The Panel, Room 250A

Yes, I did an Ice Bucket Challenge

August 21st, 2014

Youve almost certainly heard of the Ice Bucket Challenge: someone challenges you, and then you have to either a) donate in support of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), or b) dump a bucket of ice water on your head, or c) both. Then you get to challenge two other people. I’ve heard some rumblings online about how this is a useless campaign, or “slacktivism,” in which people on social media pretend to be involved with a cause without actually doing anything to help, but let’s be real: the ALS organization reports that their donations have spiked from one million dollars (typical for this time of year) to four million dollars, which eagle-eyed readers will recognize as being four times higher. If a social media campaign can raise donations by 400%, to the tune of three million extra dollars, while also generating this much awareness, calling it “slacktivism” seems pretty stupid.

*UPDATE*: The article I got my numbers from was both out of date and wrong. According to the ALS organization itself, their typical donations for this time of year are $2 million, and the Ice Bucket Challenge has raised that to more than $40 million. Slacktivism shmacktivism.

But how about I cut the crap and show you the video?

The video quality is poor, and I’ll do what I can to improve it, but for now there you go. Ive donated ALS, and because it’s a cause close to my heart I’m donating to a mental health organization as well.

Brandon Sanderson challenged Howard Tayler and I, so I will pass the challenge along to our fellow podcaster Mary Robinette Kowal, recognizing that it might be hard for her because she’s traveling. Don’t worry, Mary, there’s an ice machine right down the hall from your hotel room :)

And as long as we’re challenging authors, let’s bring some YA into this. Claudia Gray, I choose you!

The great and wonderful John Cleaver contest!

July 3rd, 2014

The time has come, and tomorrow is the official launch day for Next of Kin, the new John Cleaver novella. This novella is a great way to get a head start on the new John Cleaver series, which starts next year with The Devil’s Only Friend, but you know what’s an even better way to get a head start? How about just reading the whole novel a year early? This sounds like a job for: a contest!

Here’s the deal: Next of Kin is on sale pretty much everywhere books are sold, and you can even get it Print on Demand if you really love paper. Buy a copy, take a screenshot of the receipt, and email it to NextOfKinContest@gmail.com, and you’ll be entered in a drawing; the winner, to be determined on July 11, will be chosen at random from among those emails, and I will send that winner an electronic copy of the manuscript for The Devil’s Only Friend.

Kindle: 2.99

Smashwords: 2.99

Nook: 2.99

Print on Demand: $6.99

If you happen to be in our near Salt Lake City, come to the live launch party at WesterCon, Friday morning at 11:30, in the con suite (room 1508). We’ll have free pizza, a reading, and several hard copies for sale which I will lovingly sign just for you. And if you really know your John Cleaver trilogy, you just might win another copy of The Devil’s Only Friend….

Spread the word! Tell all your friends! Buy fifty-seven copies and get your Christmas shopping done early! This new series is awesome, and I can’t wait for you to read it.

The cover for NEXT OF KIN

June 25th, 2014

Want to see the cover for Next of Kin? Yeah, me too. It’s beautiful, and I can’t stop looking at it.

 

NextOfKinCover-front

The cover was designed by Chersti Nieveen, and assembled for production by Ben Crowder. The book will be available on July 4, with specific purchase info coming soon.

Westercon

June 25th, 2014

Next of Kin Launch Party

June 25th, 2014

July 4th, 11:30 am at Westecon in Salt Lake City. Check out the Westercon page for more details.

People have been asking me for years to tell the rest of John’s story. This is it. The time has come. Kiss a corpse and smile sweetly at a cat: John Cleaver has returned.
- Dan Wells

Next of Kin will be available in all ebook formats and in Print-on-Demand starting July 4. If you’re online, keep your eyes peeled: Dan will be doing a giveaway with some fun prizes, including an advance manuscript of The Devil’s Only Friend.

Next of Kin Launch Party will be at WesterCon in Salt Lake City at 11:30 am, where Dan will be giving away free pizza, reading from both stories, and doing a bunch more awesome giveaways. You probably have the day off, and you’re family barbecue doesn’t start until the evening, so come on down and grab an awesome new book. Dan will even compliment your shirt.

A New John Cleaver Story Coming NEXT WEEK

June 24th, 2014

As I announced a few months ago, I’ve started work on a new John Cleaver trilogy. The first book is called The Devil’s Only Friend, and it comes out next year, but I have ALSO written a novella, called Next of Kin, that leads in to the new trilogy. Next of Kin will be released next week, on July 4.

The Devil’s Only Friend picks up one year after I Don’t Want to Kill You, with John still struggling to deal with the horrible things that happened in the first trilogy. On the plus side, he’s working with a group of FBI demon hunters, but on the down side, that’s not actually a plus side: he’s spent his whole life trying not to think about killing, and now it’s his job. He feels trapped, he feels desperate, he feels his control slipping away, and then…well, I’d better not say anything else. There’s a war brewing between humans and monsters, and John’s trapped in the middle, and it’s not going to end well for anyone.

Next of Kin gives us a brief look at the other side of that war: a demon’s-eye view of what it’s like to live in our world, and hide in our shadows, and prey on our weaknesses. Elijah Sexton lives on other people’s memories, and does his best to stay out of trouble, but his fellow monsters are trying to recruit him, and his stolen memories are calling out, and then there’s that quiet young man he keeps running into….

Next of Kin will be available in all ebook formats, and in Print-on-Demand, starting July 4. If you’re online, keep your eyes peeled: I’ll be doing a giveaway with some fun prizes, including an advance manuscript of The Devil’s Only Friend. Better yet, if you’re at WesterCon or FantasyCon in Salt Lake City you can come to the launch party at 11:30 am, where I’ll be giving away free pizza, reading from both stories, and doing a bunch more awesome giveaways. You probably have the day off, and you’re family barbecue doesn’t start until the evening, so come on down and grab an awesome new book. I will even compliment your shirt.

People have been asking me for years to tell the rest of John’s story. This is it. The time has come. Kiss a corpse and smile sweetly at a cat: John Cleaver has returned.