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Well, the month I’ve been waiting for all year is just around the corner–NOVEMBER!

Why have I been waiting for it?  Because it’s my birthday month!  And to celebrate my birthday, all kinds of people are doing nice things for me.  Here we go…!  (WARNING: Some of what follows may be tongue-in-cheek.)

AT BLIZZCON:

PLEASE NOTE:  This year, if you wish to purchase books for me to sign, you will need to buy them at the Blizzcon Store.  As far as I know, the only title they will be selling is “War Crimes.”  Do please feel free to bring your own copies with you, I will happily sign anything you put in front of me! *

November 6, Thursday:  Blizzard Entertainment is throwing a Benefit Dinner in my honor.**  I hope some of you have your tickets already, and I look forward to meeting you there!

November 7, Friday, 1-2:  I will be doing a signing at the dedicated Forge signing area.  Sitting next to me at this signing will be the always awesome Micky Neilson. :)

November 8, Saturday, 11-12:  I will again be found at the Forge signing area.

REGARDING “ASSASSIN’S CREED”:

November 11: The nice folks at Ubisoft and Insight Editions are releasing “Assassin’s Creed: Unity,” the game, and publishing “Assassin’s Creed Unity: Abstergo Entertainment: Employee Handbook,” on the same day! Read about it here:  http://gamerant.com/assassins-creed-unity-abstergo-employee-handbook/

MORE THINGS TO HONOR MY NATAL DAY:

November 12: “Warlords of Draenor” releases!

November 21 (MY BIRTHDAY):  “Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt. 1″ released.  Wasn’t it nice of Jennifer and Josh to insist on honoring my special day like that?***

Gosh.  I bet you all are now super-glad I was born.  I sure am! :)  Be sure to follow me on Twitter, #ChristieGolden, in case there are any updates or additions!  Have a great “Christie Golden’s Birthday” month!

–Christie

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*Not really.  I won’t sign certain body parts or blank checks.

**Not really on this, either.  It’s to benefit Children’s Hospital of Orange County, but I will be attending along with many Blizzard employees.  It should be terrific!

***Unfortunately, I’m pretty sure that neither Jennifer nor (even more unfortunately) Josh actually know I exist.  But they might!

I’m very much a Luddite and a dinosaur, and if I had a cane I’d sure I’d be shouting “get off my lawn!” and uttering the word “whippersnapper”–at least when it comes to all this newfangled “technology.” 

My first book was published in 1991.  Some of my most devoted readers weren’t even born then.  The internet as it is now was firmly under the label “science fiction”, not “reality,” and reading books on a telephone?  Crikey. 

Well, the times have changed, and so must I. 

I’m investigating all kinds of options in the Brave New World of publishing, and one of the more basic things technology can offer me is a chance to get signed copies of my novels into the hands of readers.  :)  “Yes, friends, I am assured that with the click of a button, readers can order a book, request what type of personalization they desire, and have it mailed to them, all from the comfort of their own homes!” 

*serious voice* What’s especially cool about this (to me, anyway) is that not only will readers be able to order books that are in print, I have many copies of rare, out-of-print books that they can purchase as well.  I’ve been a regular at StarFest selling these books, and I sold several copies recently at DragonCon, but I’m very excited to soon be able to offer it to anyone who is interested.

Stay tuned!  This is going to be fun!

 

 

 

 

First, that disclaimer.

I suck at recognizing people. Seriously. There are people who’ve supported me for close on to two decades every year at StarFest and I don’t recognize them. I can’t even say “I’m bad at names, but I remember faces.” I forget both. I stared blankly at a friend until she introduced herself and I said, “Oh!  I didn’t recognize you without Stan and Kathy’s living room around you.”  I don’t even recognize celebrities in movies half the time.  (So far, this hasn’t happened with Tom Hiddleston, but he may be the only one. Now watch, now that I’ve said that, one day I’ll be in an elevator with him and have No Clue.)

What I DO remember is conversations.  Remind me of what we chatted about, on Twitter or FB or what have you, and I (should!) light up and go “Yes!” 

Naturally, this type of brain (dys)function is of no help at ALL at conventions.  I’m aware of it and I hate it, because I truly do value my readers and their support.  So, please be gentle.  It is 100% not personal, I promise!

Whew!  I don’t know about you, but I feel better now that I’ve gotten that off my chest.  ;) 

Okay!  Here we go! 

This is my final schedule for Dragon*Con.  

*WHAT’S DIFFERENT:  My official con signing is now at 4:00 instead of 1:00, so it doesn’t conflict with a World of Warcraft Q&A panel. :)  Thank you Dragon*con programming for making that change!

*I have also added a booksigning with The Missing Volume, 1pm on Sunday (check below for more details.)

*The nice people at Larry Smith Bookseller will be offering signed books for sale (don’t know the selection yet.) I’ll be stopping by their booth (details below) to sign their stock early on Friday.  AmericasMart, Booths 103,104 and 105 in the middle of the run facing the dealer tables and behind the booths that face the elevator/escalator core.  

*Finally, I will be toting a few copies of select titles with me to panels and my reading.  IF YOU KNOW YOU WILL BE AT A PANEL AND WANT TO PURCHASE A PARTICULAR TITLE, LET ME KNOW AND I WILL MAKE SURE I HAVE IT FOR YOU!  Comment here or drop me an email at goldenediting@yahoo.com (I won’t have access to my christie@christiegolden.com addy).  Books are cover price plus tax. I take cash and credit cards ( <3 you, Square!)

 

SCHEDULE

Title: Star Trek Authors
Time: Fri 07:00 pm Location: Athens – Sheraton (Length: 1)
Description: A discussion of Star Trek with favorite authors.

Title: Autograph Sessions
Time: Sat 04:00 pm Location: International Hall South – Marriott (Length: 1)

Title: A New Trope
Time: Sat 05:30 pm Location: A706 – Marriott (Length: 1)
Description: SW authors talk about some of the most overdone storylines in fiction. But which are their favorites?

Title: World of Warcraft Lore
Time: Sun 11:30 am Location: Grand Salon E – Hilton (Length: 1)
Description: A discussion of the challenges of writing lore for a universe that is constantly evolving.

Booksigning:  At The Missing Volume, 328, 329, & 330 in the yellow section on the second floor of the AmericasMart.

Title: EU Legends: Author Edition
Time: Sun 02:30 pm Location: A706 – Marriott (Length: 1)
Description: Authors who contributed to the SW Extended Universe discuss the canon debate in the fandom.

Title: Reading: Christie Golden
Time: Sun 04:00 pm Location: Marietta – Hyatt (Length: 1)

Wow, I’m really glad you asked that.

At the end, as those who’ve read it may recall, there was a huge distraction provided by bronze dragon Kairozdormu so that he could spirit away Garrosh Hellscream.

Thus begins your adventure, brave hero!

1. Read War Crimes if you haven’t done so! http://www.amazon.com/World-Warcraft-Crimes-Christie-Golden/dp/1451684487/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1408732070&sr=1-1&keywords=war+crimes+christie+golde

2. Read the short story, “Hellscream” by Robert Brooks. http://us.battle.net/wow/en/game/lore/savage-world/hellscream/page-1

3. Listen to this interview with me and Micky Neilson, conducted by Jesse Cox:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yI_UjqwCOYs

4. Watch the cinematic:  http://us.battle.net/en/warlords-of-draenor-presale/

6. Go read Rise of the Horde to bone up on your history of Draenor as it happened in “our Timeway,” and and Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects to understand how it’s possible to interact with alternate Timeways.

7.  Get back into game and level up your toons in anticipation of Warlords of Draenor!

So in a few weeks, from August 29 to September 1 2014, I return to Atlanta, Georgia, the city of my birth, for the spectacle and glory (so I am told!) that is Dragoncon. Dragon*con? DragonCon? That big con in Atlanta.

http://www.dragoncon.org

And yes, I will be bringing a TON of books to sell and sign! Read on!

I went oh, about 15 or so years ago, and I’ve been assured that it is MUCH MUCH BIGGER since then. I was told that so many of you great readers had asked the convention to invite me, and I thank you. I’ve not been able to go because usually the date falls over my late father’s birthday, September 7, and I like to spend that day with my family in Virginia. But this year, we have liftoff!

Still packing books, but here’s what I’m thinking so far:

World of Warcraft (many of the hardcovers are first editions!):

War Crimes (hardcover)
Jaina Proudmoore: Tides of War (hardcover)
Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects (hardcover)
The Shattering (hardcover)
Rise of the Horde (paperback)

StarCraft:
Devil’s Due (hardcover, all first editions)
Flashpoint
The Dark Templar Trilogy (paperback): Firstborn, Shadow Hunters, Twilight

Star Wars: (PB, possibly a couple of HC)
Omen
Allies
Ascension

Misc:
Ravenloft: Vampire of the Mists
 On Fire’s Wings (volume 1 in my original fantasy series)

I will bring a couple to panels and more copies to my signings and my reading to sell. I accept cash and credit cards.

REQUESTS FOR BOOKS NOT LISTED HERE WILL BE HONORED IF POSSIBLE! If you KNOW you will be at a panel or signing and want something you don’t see here, leave a comment and I’ll try to bring it.

Here is my (tentative) schedule. I’ll post an updated blog if anything changes. I’m also waiting to get the final time for a signing of WAR CRIMES hosted by dealer The Missing Volume.

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Title: Star Trek Authors
Description: Discuss Star Trek with our favorite authors.
Time: Fri 07:00 pm Location: Athens – Sheraton (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Christie Golden, Keith R.A. DeCandido, Thomas F. Zahler, Jimmy Diggs, Peter David)

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Title: Autograph Sessions
Time: Sat 01:00 pm Location: International Hall South – Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: David Weber, Jody Lynn Nye, Christie Golden)

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Title: A New Trope, Discussions with SW Authors
Description: Our authors talk about some of the most over-done story-lines in fiction. But which are their favorites?
Time: Sat 05:30 pm Location: A706 – Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Timothy Zahn, David Farland, Christie Golden)

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Title: World of Warcraft Lore with Christie Golden
Description: A discussion of the challenges of writing lore for a universe that is constantly evolving. What does it feel like to have a world’s history at your fingertips?
Time: Sun 11:30 am Location: Grand Salon E – Hilton (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Christie Golden)

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Title: EU Legends: Author Edition
Description: The EU is now Legend, or Legendary, as we like to think. What do those that contributed to the SW Universe think about the Canon debate?
Time: Sun 02:30 pm Location: A706 – Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Kevin J. Anderson, Timothy Zahn, Michael Stackpole, David Farland, Christie Golden, Rebecca Moesta)

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Title: Reading: Christie Golden
Time: Sun 04:00 pm Location: Marietta – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Christie Golden)

Very much looking forward to seeing everyone!

…begins with looking up your destination on the Internet. No, wait…

….begins with putting gas in your car–no….

…begins with a single step. There. That’s the cliche. And like so many cliches, it’s got a powerful truth at its core beyond the tasty, crunchy fortune cookie in which it is wrapped.

I, like most people, occasionally get intimidated by things that Life, the wench, likes to throw at me. I know that may seem hard to believe, considering the fact that I kept trying for seven dry, frustrating years to break into publishing, and I’m closing in on my 50th novel. But it’s true.

We have all heard of Fight or Flight, but there’s a third option: Freeze. I tend to freeze.

Like, with this blog, for instance. In mid-June I was visiting friends in Colorado. Over the kitchen table, my dear friend William S. “Stan” Kirby and I drank fine alcohol and shook our heads over this thing called “being a writer.” Not writing–we’ve got that part–but “being a writer.” It involves blogging, and tweeting, and Facebooking, and being Out There, and we are introverts. So we made a pact to get a blog up at least every other week. He beat me to it, check out http://www.wskirby.com for a great essay on vampires.

I whimpered and whined and said, “But deadline” and “But China trip” and “but laundry”–all of which are valid reasons! Really! But I took a small step, and here I am, typing away.

Another small step I took was literal. Stan and I went for a walk while I was visiting–a short little jaunt. It reminded me of how much I enjoy walks in nature. So when I got home, I went for a mile walk in the morning to a local park. I liked it. A lot. I’ve gone just about every morning since.

I’m drinking more water. And doing yoga. And that laundry–I’m getting to it. It’s pretty cool.

I’ve made some teeny steps in other areas, that led to bolder ones. You lace up your virtual shoes, walk out your metaphor of a door, and who knows where you’ll end up.

Drop me a postcard when you get there. Or at least tweet me, okay?

I have been so busy traveling to Denver for a convention and signings, monitoring my Twitter feed and Facebook posts, and doing interviews that I have neglected my blog! Sorry to all my followers.

WAR CRIMES was released this past Tuesday, May 6, and is doing wonderfully well! It sold briskly in preorders–so much so that Gallery Books had to go back for a second printing before the book was even officially released! I kept hearing the bookstores sold out of it rapidly, sometimes even within the first day!

The response is overwhelmingly positive, which warms my heart. This was a difficult book, with so many characters and storylines, interweaving the past and present, and striving for a good balance between action and dialogue.

Though I’m late to the dance posting about it here, it still has a few more days as a contender for the NYT Bestseller list. Because people have asked me: The classic NYT Bestseller list counts sales of print books, and that’s what people mean when they say “New York Times bestseller.” There are separate bestsellerlists for e-books and audiobooks. Please, if you wish to buy the book (and of course I hope you do!), select whatever format you prefer!

Check to see if your local bookseller still has copies! If not, order here:

or here–

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/world-of-warcraft-christie-golden/1117502525?ean=9781451684483

Thank you to ALL who have supported me in my writing, past, present, and future. <3

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