Riptide mini-excerpt the fourth

Star Wars Books was kind enough to post another mini-excerpt from Riptide, my next Star Wars novel (and the sequel to Crosscurrent).  I have copied it below.  This is a conversation occurring via subspace communication between Jaden and Grandmaster Skywalker.


“Jaden, Master Kenobi started my training in the cargo bay of the Millennium Falcon. Did you know that?”

“I did.”

“The Force calls each of us differently. For you, it was enrollment … Read the rest


Riptide signed galley giveaway

Per usual, I’ll be giving away signed copies of the Riptide print galley (unbound) to two winners chosen by random draw.

To enter, just leave a comment to this blog entry (or the mirrored entry on my livejournal).   Please use a unique username and enter only once.   I’ll keep the contest open through August, announcing the two winners on the morning of August 31.  Ergo, the winners will get to read the book well in … Read the rest


August Releases

What new releases does August bring in the Forgotten Realms, the Galaxy Far, Far Away, and the bleak, metallic environs of the Angry Robot?  Some good stuff, I’d say.  Let’s take a look.

In the Realms, we have Bury Elminster Deep, from Ed Greenwood himself. From the description:

Elminster’s archenemy, the vampiric Lord Manshoon, thinks he has destroyed Elminster at last. But Elminster survives in the form of magical ash, and with the help Read the rest


What accounts for the longevity of Star Wars?

So, Star Wars: The Complete Saga (all six movies) will be released on Blu-Ray later this year. It’s been over thirty years since A New Hope was released, and Star Wars appears to be as popular as ever.

Even more than that — fiction in the Star Wars Expanded Universe continues routinely to hit bestseller lists, The Clone Wars television series is a huge hit, and Star Wars references appear so often throughout the culture … Read the rest


Why an option for the next book is not in your interest

For a long while I’ve contemplated posting the occasional commentary on various contractual provisions you might see in a publishing contract.  This is the first one.  Now, I’m a lawyer, true, and an author, but I’m not an expert, and this isn’t intended to be legal advice, as such.  More like legal musings based on my limited experience and that of close colleagues. Anyway, on to it.

Many book contracts today contain a “next book … Read the rest