Posts Tagged ‘tie-ins’

I’m very excited to share the book birthday for my new release, FAULTLINES, with awesome authors Christie Golden (ASSASSIN’S CREED: HERESY) and Keith R.A. DeCandido (Marvel’s Sif: EVEN DRAGONS HAVE THEIR ENDINGS). Happy book birthdays, Christie and Keith! For you readers out there, you’re in for a treat with these new releases, information below!

In celebration of FAULTLINES, I’m guest blogging today for Tez Miller on the new novel as well as being the change you want to see and for Deborah Blake’s Writing the Witchy Way on switching gears, since FAULTLINES, as a YA thriller and issue book, is so different from what I’ve written before. Also on Deborah’s blog, there’s a giveaway, so please go, read, comment and be entered for your chance to win!

ac-heresy ASSASSIN’S CREED: HERESY by Christie Golden [B&N, Amazon, Kobo, Indiebound]

From New York Times bestselling author Christie Golden comes an original story set in the universe of Assassin’s Creed.  Reliving the memories of his ancestor who fought beside Joan of Arc, high-ranking Templar Simon Hathaway slowly uncovers secrets of the past that could dangerously impact his present…and that of the entire Templar order.

An endless conflict.  An old wrong.  A new revelation.  

Simon Hathaway, member of the Templar Inner Sanctum, brings a cool head and detached manner to his new role as Head of Abstergo Industry’s Historical Research Division.

But Simon also has an insatiable curiosity, and is fascinated by the thought of experiencing history first-hand through his ancestor–Gabriel Laxart, who fought alongside the legendary Joan of Arc.

When he enters the newly-designed Animus for its initial project, Simon finds himself unprepared for what he discovers: How deep the conflict between the Templars and the Assassins goes. What Gabriel will do for the woman he both loves and reveres.

And the most dangerous truth of all: Who is the heretic…and who is the true believer.

sif MARVEL’S SIF: EVEN DRAGONS HAVE THEIR ENDINGS by Keith R.A. DeCandido (Book 2 in the Tales of Asgard Trilogy) [Amazon | B&N | Kobo | Indie Bound]

In book two of the Tales of Asgard Trilogy another legendary hero takes center stage, as Marvel’s Sif comes to the defense of a village under attack by a dragon. But this is no ordinary dragon, and when Sif tracks it to its lair, she learns that the dragon used to be a man, cursed because of his lust for gold. Now she must find a way to save both the village and the man within the beast. The epic trilogy continues with The Warriors Three in the final installment of the series, coming in June 2016.

Book #1: MARVEL’S THOR: DUELING WITH GIANTS

And in case you haven’t seen this already…

faultlines-front-cover-final FAULTLINES by Lucienne Diver [B&N, Amazon, Books-a-million, Indiebound]

“Vivid, suspenseful, and charming, Diver creates a world where anything can happen in this must-read page-turner.” —Carrie Jones, New York Times bestselling author of the Need series

“Faultlines blew me away! A tense, suspenseful read that will break your heart and keep you guessing right up until the very end.” —Amy Christine Parker, author of GATED and ASTRAY

Six months ago Vanessa Raines lost her best friend.

Lisa had changed, pushing away everyone close to her, even Vanessa. She had quit soccer. Started wearing dark and dismal clothes. She refused every offer to talk and suffered whatever she was going through in silence. Now she’s really gone. Suicide they claim, but Vanessa knows that isn’t right. It can’t be.

Vanessa blames herself for letting Lisa chase her off. She wants answers, so that she can put to rest the rumors surrounding Lisa’s death and so that she can move on, heal. But Lisa left no note and the journal she was always scribbling in—which might tell all—is mysteriously missing.

As Vanessa struggles to come to terms with the loss of her friend and to reconstruct the last months of Lisa’s life, someone calling themselves “Poetic Justice” begins taking revenge against those he or she thinks drove Lisa to suicide. Everyone at school believes Vanessa is this mysterious “Poetic Justice”. It’s easy to blame the former best friend, and Vanessa makes an obvious target.

Struggling with her own guilt, Vanessa is determined to ignore the threats and allegations aimed her way. But as Poetic Justice’s vengeance takes a darker turn, retaliation against Vanessa begins to escalate, from cyber bullying to violence, putting both her and the little sister she adores in the line of fire. To protect them both, she has to find out who’s behind the attacks before things turn deadly. And hope she can survive the truth.

First, a quick but HUGE congratulations to Vicky Dreiling on being a triple RITA Award nominee for HOW TO MARRY A DUKE (x2) and HOW TO SEDUCE A SCOUNDREL.  So awesome and well-deserved!

Another HUGE congrats to give out, this one to David Mack for making the Top Ten Tie-Ins ballot on Unreality SF for his Star Trek novel RISE LIKE LIONS.  You can click here to vote for your favorite story on the shortlist.

Also, the agents of The Knight Agency are doing a Twitter chat tomorrow, Tuesday March 27th at 12 p.m. ET.  We’d love you to join us!  Use the #knightagency hashtag.  Talk with you then!

Today on my blog, the superlative…wait, no…the stupendous…no, no, that’s not quite it either…the, well THE Keith R.A. DeCandido, author of everything from the Serenity novelization to tie-ins for Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Supernatural, Resident Evil, Spider-Man, etc. to original fiction, like his newly released SCPD: The Case of the Claw.  He’s talking today about collaborative fiction and inspiration from working with other authors.  Enjoy!  (And, hey, give him a shout out, if you’re so inclined.)

Lotsa Sandboxes

by Keith R.A. DeCandido

Traditionally writing is considered a solitary activity, but there are ways to make it a collaborative medium while still maintaining your own voice.

One method I’ve mined pretty well is to work on tie-in fiction. While many tie-in lines go the standalone route—where each novel is just an independent story that takes place in the same universe as the TV show, movie, game, or comic book that it spins off of—others have encouraged a more collaborative method. The most obvious example is the Star Wars novel, which even has the rather cool title of “Expanded Universe.” I myself have participated in such in the Marvel novels of the 1990s (which was actually administrated by me as the line’s editor) and the Star Trek novels, which went from being traditionally standalone to becoming more integrated in the 21st century. Getting to jam with other authors on such sub-series as the Starfleet Corps of Engineers and the post-finale Deep Space Nine fiction and the A Time to… series of Next Generation novels was just great fun. Getting to bounce ideas off fellow authors and inspire each other is a creative jolt that just can’t be beat.

More recently, I’ve gotten to do that in settings that aren’t corporately owned.

Aaron Rosenberg and David Niall Wilson invited me to be part of a science fiction shared world concept called “The Scattered Earth.” The basic setting is a far future where humanity has died out—but slivers of the human race have been re-seeded on other planets by powerful beings once worshipped as gods. My own corner of it has people who derived from the people of West Africa, and who have conquered their entire star system under the rule of the Olodumare Hegemony. My first Scattered Earth novel Guilt in Innocence reveals the ugly secret behind the Hegemony’s dominance—upcoming novels and stories will start to bring the threads together as the different bits of humanity (seen so far in Aaron’s The Birth of the Dread Remora and David’s The Second Veil, among other places) will start to come together.

Meanwhile, Jonathan Maberry has started up a shared world of his own, in which vampires are real—but not the ones you know from the film, television, or literature. No, a virus activates people’s “junk DNA,” and they become the vampires of their ethnic heritage’s folklore. A Chinese guy turns into a hopping ghost, a Haitian man turns into a loup garou (that’s in my story, “The Ballad of Big Charlie”), and so on. The first batch of stories by me, Jonathan, and bunch of other cool folks will be in IDW’s V Wars this spring.

And Steven Savile created a little thriller series called Viral, wherein the same series of events—in this case, a CIA operation that uses Third World immunization programs to further the agenda of the war on terror—from a variety of angles. In my case, what interested me was something Steve said about a journalist who is confronted with this intelligence, and has to decide whether or not to report it—a decision made more complicated by the CIA strike team trying to kill him. That story is told in the first novella of the four in Viral, my own -30-.

In each case, it was so much fun to take ideas from other writers and incorporate them (with permission, obviously) to add texture. It was a true collaboration, but still my own story each time.

Of course, there’s a lot to be said for making your own damn sandbox. Right now I’ve got two fantastical police procedurals going—one in a high fantasy setting (Dragon Precinct and its sequels Unicorn Precinct and the forthcoming Goblin Precinct), the other in a city filled with superheroes (SCPD: The Case of the Claw). Both take place in fictional cities—Cliff’s End in the fantasy world of Flingaria in which elves, dwarves, gnomes, and halflings live in something like peace, Super City, which is in our world in much the same way Metropolis and Gotham City are—and part of the joy is in creating the feel of those cities. The neighborhoods, the people, the tone of each one, the pulse of the mass transit system in Super City, the differences in the precincts in Cliff’s End. It becomes a real place, with real people.

Sure, writing is a solitary profession. But there are lots of folks around to give you a hand, you just have to know where to find them.

Keith R.A. DeCandido is, as you may have guessed, a writer. If you go to his web site at www.DeCandido.net, you can find links to his blog, his Facebook page, and his Twitter feed, to purchase his most recent books, to his editorial service KRADitorial (serving both personal and corporate clients), and to his podcasts: Dead Kitchen Radio: The Keith R.A. DeCandido Podcast, The Chronic Rift, and the Parsec Award-winning audio drama HG World (for which he does the voice of Todd Rage), among other cool things. Oh, and look for his Leverage novel in the near-ish future, as well as all that cool stuff he talked about above. You’ll be glad you did.