Nerdy Sewing + Win a Copy of The Expanse: Leviathan Wakes

Have you been reading The Expanse series, or watching the show on SyFy? 

I love it. 

I love tight focus on the characters, the action and adventure, the moral choices, the plucky team who’s got each others’ backs — all of it. 


But most of all I love the unrelenting sense of optimism in this series. Yes, people can be terrible to one another. Yes, we make mistakes. Yes, there are horrible tragedies in the world. But rather than going in the direction of grimdark nihilism (think Altered Carbon or Game of Thrones), The Expanse makes you feel like there’s still hope in the world.

Basically, these are the sorts of books I hope I’m writing. 

So when I was asked to participate in a promotion where we picked a best-selling book to give away, I knew I had to pick Leviathan Wakes.

You can enter to win an ebook copy of Leviathan Wakes here.

Get your e-reader into uniform

This isn’t entirely book related, but I suspect you’re the sorts of folks who like nerdy things.

Behold: my latest sewing obsession. Kindle/e-reader covers inspired by Star Trek: The Next Generation uniforms. 

Three kindle covers designed to look like Star Trek uniforms: Red, blue, yellow.

I whipped up a few this week as a relaxing break from staring at computers, and they’re surprisingly fun to make! They’re lined with merino wool knit jersey and nice fluffy batting to give them some padding, then finished with a bright gold button. 

(I was too impatient and took this photo before sewing buttons on the red and yellow.)

The blue one is for me, since I always figured I’d be a science officer. And I heart Beverly Crusher.

What do you think?

Ridiculous? Fun? 

Should I make up a few more and throw them up for sale on my website?

Let me know!

For Your To-Be-Read List

Trail of Lightening by Rebecca Roanhorse


(I actually attempted to pre-order this book THREE TIMES because every time I saw someone tweet about it I thought OMG I need to read that. Amazon kindly reminded me each time that I’d already ordered it. 

When it finally showed up on my Kindle, I devoured it, then bought a paperback copy at WorldCon in hopes that I’d meet Rebecca and get her to sign it. Unfortunately, I didn’t meet her. But what I’m saying here is this book is good. The sort of unique story you don’t see every day, populated by characters that remind me of my friends and neighbors — way more than the European epic fantasy I read as a kid ever did. I wish teenaged Jessie had had this book.) 

While most of the world has drowned beneath the sudden rising waters of a climate apocalypse, Dinétah (formerly the Navajo reservation) has been reborn. The gods and heroes of legend walk the land, but so do monsters.

Maggie Hoskie is a Dinétah monster hunter, a supernaturally gifted killer. When a small town needs help finding a missing girl, Maggie is their last best hope. But what Maggie uncovers about the monster is much more terrifying than anything she could imagine.

Maggie reluctantly enlists the aid of Kai Arviso, an unconventional medicine man, and together they travel the rez, unraveling clues from ancient legends, trading favors with tricksters, and battling dark witchcraft in a patchwork world of deteriorating technology.

As Maggie discovers the truth behind the killings, she will have to confront her past if she wants to survive.

Welcome to the Sixth World.

Find it on AmazonKoboBarnes & Noble

Oh, and thanks for WorldCon!

A huge thank you to everyone who stopped to see me at the booth at WorldCon.

(Missed it? Here’s a bigger version of the photo in the header — the booth was gorgeous!)

I sold a ton of copies of books, met a bunch of fellow book-lovers, stayed out way too late with new friends, and in general had a great time.

If you’re in Portland, I’d love to see you September 27th at Mother Foucault’s Bookshop, where I’ll be doing a reading at 6pm.

Happy reading!

News: Book launch party, print books, and giveaway!

I can’t even believe it’s December right now. I know I say that every December, and I’ll probably keep saying it every December for the rest of my life. But seriously, you guys, it’s December.

For me, December is a time of quiet contemplation – liberally seasoned with fevered dashes to finish goals, more events than one calendar can hold, and, normally, an Epic Eastern Washington Road Trip to see all the facets of the family.

This year the road trip will be a little mellower, and so far my calendar isn’t yet full to bursting. Maybe I’ll actually squeeze in some quiet contemplation after all.

So, while were on the subject, how’s your calendar looking?

If you’re not doing anything on December 9th, you should totally add this into it:

Book launch party!

When: December 9th, 2015, 7pm
Where: Alameda Brewing Company, 4765 NE Fremont St, Portland
What: A book launch party for Shifting Borders and A Vanishing Glow
Why: To hear us read, buy some books, drink some free beer, and make merry

My friend Alexis Radcliff, the author of A Vanishing Glow, and I will be hanging out at Alameda Brewing Company with some print books for sale and some pitchers of beer we hope you’ll help us drink.

Alameda Brewing has graciously offered us happy hour pricing on their yummy appetizers, so come hungry and prepare to have fun!

The Facebook invite is here.

Speaking of print books…

…they’re finally available!

Screenshot of Shifting Borders print edition on Amazon

I know some of you have been asking when you’ll have a chance to hold a print copy of Shifting Borders in your hot little hands – and folks, that time is now.

If you’re not too keen on paying for that print copy, though…

A giveaway!

I’ll be giving away one signed copy to a lucky person on my mailing list.

What, you’re not on my mailing list? Well, go put your info in the sidebar for a chance to win. At this point, my newsletter is mainly, well, news, and comes out once or twice a month. I’m currently working on a novella in the Bikes to New Sarjun world which I’ll be serializing exclusively for newsletter subscribers. So rest assured it’ll be worth joining.

Happy December, everybody!

What’s your favorite thing about this time of year?