Implanted Launch Party!

This past weekend was the Implanted launch party in Albuquerque. Yes, the book has been out for little over a month, but considering my convention travel schedule in August and other logistical difficulties that popped up, this was the soonest we could manage it. And of course, I wanted to have it at my local indie Page 1 Books.

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Hugo/Nebula/Campbell winner Rebecca Roanhorse joined me, and we both read from our respective debuts and took questions from the packed audience. I happily sold out of all my books, which was a great feeling. Then it was to my house for an after party featuring tacos, champagne, cake, and much merry-making.

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I love to cook, and with the help of my husband, we made carnitas, pollo pibil, and lots of salsas, sides, and toppings. He even made an apple pie featuring the apples from our tree in the backyard.

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Good friends and colleagues from the NM writing community joined us for a lovely evening on our back patio. I’m just sorry I was so busy hosting I didn’t get a chance to get pics. I also want to give a shout out to my publisher, Angry Robot, who helped make this night happen, not only in publishing Implanted, but also thanks to their generous contribution to the festivities.

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The robots were very naughty and didn’t pick up after themselves…

Implanted featured at the 2018 European Speed Reading Championship!

My novel Implanted was featured at the 2108 European Speed Reading Championship! Test your knowledge with the reading guide if you’ve already had a chance to read the book!

One Week To Go!

Did you know there’s only one week to go before Implanted is loosed upon the world?

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Things are rolling along–make that steamrolling–and I wanted to briefly check in before I head to Austin for ArmadilloCon later this week.

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I had a great time at RWA Nationals in Denver. It was intense, inspiring, and I left with lots of new contacts and things to think about. This is me (furthest on the right) and my New Mexico chaptermates having a blast:

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When I got back to town, the amazing Fran Wilde put together a worldbuilding roundtable with a group of awe-inspiring SF authors, including me, Mike Chen, Malka Older, Peng Shepard, and Tade Thompson. Check it out at Tor.com.

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I also got interviewed by the great team at Unreliable Narrators, where we talk about Implanted, the path to publication, and some of my influences. I had a lot of fun with their thoughtful questions.

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Finally, early reviews have been trickling in, which is gratifying to see. Even more so since people seem to like Implanted! Special thanks to all the reviewers who took a chance on a debut author.

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Hopefully one of those convinced you to preorder the book, if you haven’t already!

Happenings: Implanted Launch (and Beyond)

Yikes! It’s almost July, which means it’s almost August, which means Implanted will be a real book in just over a month!

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I’ve been head down, hard at work on promotion and maybe a sekrit project or two, but exciting things are happening for the book launch, and this post is your one-stop-shop for all the appearances, readings, signings, and whatnot in the lead-up to the launch and beyond….

(I’ll be updating this post with the latest information and/or changes as we go forward.)

 

July 18-20            RWA Nationals in Denver, Colorado

I’m not on any programming, but will be there to learn and network with other writers who like to blend science fiction and fantasy with romance. Email or @ on twitter if you’d like to meet up.

August 2            UK Release of Implanted (!)

August 3-5            ArmadilloCon in Austin, Texas

I’ll be one of the instructors for Friday’s Writing Workshop. The rest of the programming is TBD

August 7            US Release of Implanted (!!)

August 10            Reading and Q&A at the Albuquerque Science Fiction Society

I’ll be reading from Implanted and taking questions in a special preview prior to the official local launch party at Page1 (below).

August 16-19            Worldcon in San Jose, California

You’ll find me at Angry Robot related programming throughout the weekend. Email or @ on twitter if you’d like to meet up.

August 24-26            Bubonicon in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Tentative programming includes:

Friday 6:30 pm – 55 Minutes with Lauren C. Teffeau

Saturday 11am – Victor Milán Memorial

Saturday 2pm – New Mexico as an Alien World: The Appeal of the Southwest [panel]

Sunday 2:30pm – Embarrassing Beginnings: Hidden Starts [panel]

September 6            Reddit/Fantasy Ask Me Anything – RESCHEDULED FOR SEPT 18!

All your burning questions about Implanted, me, or (just about) anything else answered! More details to come.

September 8            Reading and Signing at the Denver Science Fiction and Fantasy Series

Hosted by J. L. Forrest at BookBar in Denver, Colorado, I’ll be joined by the amazing and award-winning author Rebecca Roanhorse where we’ll talk about Implanted, the awesome Trail of Lightning, and more. RSVP now!

September 15            Reading and Signing at Page1 Books Albuquerque, New Mexico

This will be the official local launch of Implanted at the beloved independent bookstore Page1, Albuquerque’s number one stop for all things genre. I’ll also be joined by Rebecca Roanhorse who’ll be celebrating the release of Trail of Lightning. It will be fun with festivities to follow.

October 7            Reading and Signing at Bookworks Albuquerque, New Mexico

Rebecca Roanhorse and I are teaming up again for another joint-event, this time at ABQ’s other much-loved independent bookstore, Bookworks. Join us for an exciting book talk along the bosque.

October 19-21            MileHiCon in Denver, Colorado

Programming TBD

That’s all for me. Stay tuned!

(PS… Have you preorded Implanted yet?)

Recent Oddments

Lots of things have been happening behind the scenes of late. Lots of writing (of course!) as well as editorial and administrative stuff to get my novel Implanted out into the world. But the busyness is helping to keep my nerves at bay as review copies are getting prepped and I start turning my attention to promotion.

In fact, I was recently interviewed by the wonderful people at the Breaking the Glass Slipper podcast, where I was able to talk about my influences in writing the book. I had a lot of fun with the questions, so be sure to check it out:

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In other news, my story “Glitch,” appearing in Shohola Press’s Abandoned Places anthology, got a shoutout by SFF Reviews, and they also liked the anthology overall, so that’s always good to hear.

Finally, a few weeks ago, I was able to participate in the Jack Williamson Lectureship, which is held at Eastern New Mexico University every year. S. M. Stirling was the guest of honor, and luminaries like Connie Willis and Walter Jon Williams were in attendance as well. Fellow NM authors Emily Mah and Sarena Ulibarri, who is also editor in chief of World Weaver Press, were also guests, and it was just plain fun to hang out and talk shop for the weekend with other SFF enthusiasts in the community.

 

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That’s it for me. Stay tuned!