An open letter (and sales pitch) to my Star Wars and Forgotten Realms readers

TheHammer&theBlade(corrected)Dear Star Wars and Forgotten Realms Readers:

Normally I’d do something amusing here, but I’m just going to play it straight this time.  Well, sort of straight. Here goes:

So maybe you’ve read my Star Wars novels and enjoyed them, or maybe you’ve read my Erevis Cale novels in the Forgotten Realms and enjoyed them. If you did, you probably dug on the characters, the emotional beats, the pacing, the dialog, maybe even the action … Read the rest


Art from the Star Wars: Essential Reader’s Companion

In October, Del Rey is releasing Star Wars: The Essential Reader’s Companion, which will chronicle many of the characters who have appeared in Expanded Universe novels over the years.

Here’s a sneak peek at one piece from the book (not sure if it’s final or not), featuring a scene from Deceived:  Aryn Leneer and Zeerid Korr bailing out of Fatman over Coruscant.

It’s always a thrill to see an artist’s interpretation of characters from … Read the rest


Review round-up for The Hammer and the Blade

The official release date for The Hammer and the Blade (Amazon, BN) is about a month away, but many reviewers have received advance copies and early reviews are popping up around the internet.  My sincere gratitude to those who’ve taken the time to read the novel and write up a review.  It means a lot, and I’m grateful.

I figured it was about time to round up some of these early reviews … Read the rest


Deceived paperback e-signing

If you live the United States and are interested in having a signed paperback copy of Deceived, my Star Wars novel featuring Darth Malgus, then please email me at paulsvantekemp at yahoo dot com.  I’ll mail you one for $10 (that covers the book, tax, and shipping).  You’ll have to pay me via Paypal and I’ve only got twenty copies I can part with, so it’s first come, first served.

In your email, be … Read the rest


A Nomenclature of Book Reviewers

I’ve been writing professionally for over a decade. My books have been reviewed many times during that period. Sometimes I’ve read those reviews with pride, sometimes with a smile, or a frown, a sense of bemusement, or an expression of WTF?  I’ve also read lots of reviews of other author’s works. All of that has allowed me to develop a sense of various reviewers’ styles.

So what follows is a non-exhaustive nomenclature of book reviewer … Read the rest



Tonight a super moon will light the black vault of the sky.  That means this guy rules the night.  I have a soft spot for Moon Knight, as he and Daredevil were the first comics I ever read.  🙂


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What’s new in May?

Continuing my monthly series of posts to help raise awareness of the books coming out from the three publishers with whom I work:  What’s new in May in the land of raging robotamatons, the realms forgotten, and the galaxy so very far, far away? Let’s see.

From Angry Robot, we have Evil Dark, by Justin Gustainis. This sounds very cool. From the back matter:

My name’s Markowski. I carry a badge. Also a crucifix, Read the rest


Ten Years of the Spider Queen (now with added trivia)

This month the second War of the Spider Queen Omnibus will be released, marking the ten year anniversary of the series (this second omnibus collects Extinction, Annihilation, and Resurrection).  Hard to believe that so much time has passed.

WotSQ was the second multi-author series I worked on for Wizards of the Coast.  Sembia was the first, but the two series were quite different.  With the Sembia series, each of the seven authors … Read the rest