Are you ready?
Are you sure?
Here it is!
|cover by the devastatingly talented Tomasz Jedruszek!|
Aw, just look at Vuchak - what a cheerful ray of sunshine he is! But what's that? Are those blood-stains on that rock there? And who's that curled up in the wagon? Here's the official scoop:
Two years ago, the crow-god Marhuk sent his grandson to Sixes.
Two nights ago, a stranger picked up his gun and shot him.
Two hours ago, the funeral party set out for the holy city of Atali'Krah, braving the wastelands to bring home the body of Dulei Marhuk.
Out in the wastes, one more corpse should hardly make a difference. But the blighted landscape has been ravaged by drought, twisted by violence, and warped by magic - and no-one is immune. Vuchak struggles to keep the party safe from monsters, marauders, and his own troubled mind. Weisei is being eaten alive by a strange illness. And fearful, guilt-wracked Elim hopes he's only imagining the sounds coming from Dulei's coffin.
As their supplies dwindle and tensions mount, the desert exacts a terrible price from its pilgrims - one that will be paid with the blood of the living, and the peace of the dead.
"My face!" I hear you cry. "Damn you, Tex, you've rocked my face off again!"
Well, re-stick your kisser and limber up your left-click, because Medicine for the Dead is coming out on March 31st. You know what to do.
(No B&N or Indiebound yet, but hopefully the wait won't be too long.)
"March?" you may say. "What am I supposed to do until March?!"
Well, I have no doubt that you have a rich, fulfilling inner life, but I will do my best to keep you busy! This week, you can find me at:
Mary Robinette Kowal's "My Favorite Bit" - in which I wax ecstatic about language, alternate history, and obscure video game references
Melissa Lenhardt's Author Q&A - and yes, I DO have a superhero alter ego, and no, it has nothing to do with fried haggis!
The North Lake College News-Register - because I don't know if you know this, but NLC raised me up from a tiny Texan sproglet into the planet-smashing success I am today. Go for the article! Stay for the secret writing tips, and my not-so-subtle love-on for the community college lifestyle!
In seriousness, though - you know, maybe I will get to be a big somebody someday (planet-smashing or otherwise). Maybe someday putting out a book will be business as usual, and reviews will come pouring in, and I'll have people @-replying me so hard and fast that I won't hardly be able to keep track of them, much less stop to answer them all.
But right now, today, I'm still small and new - and that's its own kind of wonderful, because it means that I can see, notice, and appreciate every little thing y'all do to light up my life. At this stage of the game, every book-photo you post is a joy. Every "it was awesome!!" tweet is a delight. Every review is a milestone. Thank you guys - ALL you guys - for sharing me and my fictional friends with the rest of your world. I am so excited to add to it!
Don't be too hasty. I can get you better revenge. This one has already killed one of their most valuable men, and these two have been fooled into taking him home to Atali'Krah. Sell our goods, but let us go on our way: we will take him to infect the children of Marhuk in their own home, and begin a new plague.