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As Star Trek taught us, all good things must come to an end.  My path is leading me away from the Music City area to the Lone Star State, and books are heavy (and expensive) to move.

Everything on the store…including the rare Collector’s Edition of ARTHAS: RISE OF THE LICH KING, is half-price.  I’ve only just started selling foreign language editions on my site, so if you read Italian, Korean, German, or some other languages, you’re in luck.

Simply go to store.christiegolden.com and enter the code LONESTAR50 at checkout.

Please help with my moving hassle and help yourself to a fantastic deal on signed and personalized novels! Sale runs through May 5.

And…go!

Wow…I can’t believe it’s almost time for Star Wars Celebration!

I’ve gotten to know the Anaheim Convention Center pretty well over the last few years, thanks to it being the regular site of Blizzcon. It will be cool to be there with my Star Wars author hat on.  I’m very excited about “Dark Disciple,” which comes out on July 7, and I’m told there will be lots of announcements at the convention!

I love cons because it’s a chance to meet my readers and personally thank you for your support of my work. Bear in mind that I’m on a schedule of interviews and meetings that aren’t listed here, and I also need to make sure I’m properly fed and watered! So if I say “I’m so sorry, I can’t stop to chat now,” that’s why, and I hope you forgive me. Otherwise, feel free to come up and say hello.  I’d love to meet you.

Here’s where you can find me!

DISCLAIMER: Yes, I know that the listings for April 16 and April 17 have insufficient spaces between them. I can’t seem to change that.  ><  Darn technology…

Thursday, April 16: 

3:00-4:00pm
Signing
Del Rey Booth
Friday, April 17:
10:00-11:00am
Signing
Del Rey Booth

Saturday, April 18:

2:30-3:30pm
PANEL: Star Wars at Del Rey
Behind-The-Scenes Stage
Other Panelists: John Jackson Miller, Jim Luceno, Shelly Shapiro, Jen  Heddle

Storytelling is the heart of Star Wars, and Del Rey books has been there since the beginning. Today, Star Wars books stand alongside the films, video games, comics, and animated series as part of the official canon. Join Del Rey Editor Shelly Shapiro, Lucasfilm Sr. Editor Jen Heddle and authors John Jackson Miller, Jim Luceno and Christie Golden for a discussion of the past and future of Star Wars publishing.

4:00-5:00pm
PANEL: Aaron Allston Tribute
Behind-The-Scenes Stage
Other Panelists: Shelly Shapiro and Bryan Young

Aaron Allston was one of Star Wars’ most iconic authors. His X-Wing, Fate of the Jedi and Legacy of the Force novels are some of the most beloved Star Wars books ever published. Please join us in paying tribute to Aaron by discussing his impact and legacy on Star Wars publishing (13 novels plus short stories). Editor Shelly Shapiro, along with author Christie Golden will offer insights into working with the author, share funny stories from their time together, and elaborate on his amazing creative ability. We will also focus on the impact Aaron had on the fans themselves, with a discussion led by Bryan Young from Big Shiny Robot.

6:00-7:00pm
Signing
Del Rey Booth

Sunday, April 19
12:30-1:30pm
PANEL: What Princess Leia Means to Me
Star Wars Fan Stage – 303ABCD
Moderator: Jennifer Heddle
Panelists: Rayne Roberts (Lucasfilm creative executive), Catherine Taber (Clone Wars actress), Cat Staggs
and Katie Cook (artists)

Princess Leia Organa was a revolutionary female character who instantly become a science fiction icon. Many a young girl growing up in the 70s and 80s clung to her as a rare example in cinema of a woman who could hold her own with the men around her. Over thirty years later, she is still one of the most iconic and beloved female characters in movie history, inspiring women and girls of all ages. Her forthcoming appearance in The Force Awakens is a momentous occasion for her many fans. Panelists will discuss what Leia meant and still means to them as women and as science fiction fans, and share how that inspiration has affected their lives and careers. Moderated by Jennifer Heddle, Sr. Editor, Lucasfilm, panelists will include author Christie Golden, Lucasfilm creative executive Rayne Roberts, and artist Cat Staggs, among others. Moderated by Jennifer Heddle, Sr. Editor, Lucasfilm, panelists will include Clone Wars actress Catherine Taber, author Christie Golden, artists Katie Cook and Cat Staggs, and Lucasfilm creative executive Rayne Roberts.

2:30-3:30pm
Star Wars University / Writing Workshop
“Things I Hate But Learned How To Do—And So Can You!”

Star Wars University – 206AB
Some things come easily to writers, some don’t. Star Wars author Christie Golden has never had trouble with dialogue and character development, but outlines, description, and action sequences were something else again. She set out to develop ways of looking at these challenges that enabled her to get over nearly fifty novels published. Come see if her tips and tricks can help you over these rough spots too!

It’s hard for me to realize I’m “international.”

I mean…it doesn’t seem like that long ago I was sitting at Waldenbooks (ask your parents, you younger folks) at an alleged “signing” where I didn’t sell a single copy.  What I did do, however, was explain to people that I was the author, not a salesperson for the store, when they asked me where the bathroom was.

So it still amazes me when I have signings in places like China and Brazil, and people tweet me from all over the world.  Amazes me, and humbles me.

Since I’m “international” now, I often bump up against the reality that some of my readers, obviously, duh, aren’t in the United States. Until now, this has limited what I can do for them.  I’ve not been able to accept international orders at the bookstore where I sell personalized, autographed books.  I’ve not been able to take international currency for editing work.  And so, a lot of my readers have been disappointed.

But no longer!  First, as of right now through February 15, everyone can get 20% off any order from my bookstore.  That includes the super-rare Collector’s Edition of “Arthas: Rise of the Lich King.”  Stock for some books is getting low, and in many cases when they’re gone, they’re gone.  I urge you to visit now and place your orders!  It’s my way of saying how much I appreciate you!

store.christiegolden.com

And as for my wonderful international readers:

1. You, too, can place orders through the bookstore now!  We’ve just put this up, so please let me know if you run into any difficulties. Shoot me an email at goldenediting@yahoo.com and we’ll work it out!

2. If you want to hire me to critique your writing, I now accept Paypal!  Drop me an email at goldenediting@yahoo.com for more details.

3. Coming soon–I may be able to sell foreign language edition books from my website!  These are very rare and I only have a few, but it would be lovely to get them into readers’ hands!

So…happy Valentine’s day, everyone, and thank you for supporting me and my work of the heart. <3!!

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This has been the busiest November ever–and it’s not done yet!

The first weekend in November, I attended what is quite possibly the best Blizzcon to date.  They debuted a new IP, “Overwatch,” which looks fantastic; showed a partial trailer for the upcoming “Warcraft” movie, and kicked enthusiasm up even higher for the launch of Warlords of Draenor.

I barely got home in time to say Happy Birthday to Assassin’s Creed: Unity: Abstergo Employee Handbook on November 11.  Wow!  Insight Editions has done it again.  This book is amazing.  You, the reader, are the new Templar agent who has been tapped to finish out an assignment your predecessor failed to complete:  Arno Dorian, Assassin, active during the French Revolution.  You will peruse files complete with sticky notes, lavish illustrations, and notes written by Dorian himself.  But you’d better be successful, because “termination” at this corporation has a double meaning.  You can purchase it from Amazon.com here:  http://www.amazon.com/Assassins-Creed-Unity-Abstergo-Entertainment/dp/1608874036/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1416511090&sr=8-1&keywords=abstergo+employee+handbook

I had so much fun writing this–and Arno Dorian is a wonderful character.  I hope my readers will find this is a great companion piece to the game!

Time flew, and Warlords of Draenor came out.  Wow…or WoW…that’s a whole blog post in and of itself.  I love it.

Another Tuesday rolled around:  November 18, when I got to announce a second book birthday–The Accidental Knight, a tie-in to Cryptozoic’s HEX online card game.  The book was a stretch goal on a wildly successful Kickstarter and I had a blast writing in a new world.  Almost all of the characters you’ll meet are my creations, with a few cameos from already established characters in the game.  New cards featuring some of them will be available in Set 2, for those of you who want to know! How cool to see my characters realized in art form.  Currently the book is only available as an e-book, but there are plans for a print edition.  You can be sure I’ll let you know!  Till then, you can get the book at Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Accidental-Knight-Christie-Golden-ebook/dp/B00PMC2LEO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1416511806&sr=8-1&keywords=Accidental+knight , on iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-accidental-knight/id941942782?ls=1&mt=11, and for Nook at http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-accidental-knight-christie-golden/1120798191?ean=2940150446922 .

There was something else…some other birthday…hm…oh yeah, mine, tomorrow.  I feel like I’ve already gotten two presents!

Here at Blizzcon, quick post to let you know in case you can’t be here to get your book signed, you can purchase one from me online!  Just in time for the holiday season, as they say. :)  Please check it out–may rare, out of print first editions are available but I think they will go quickly.

store.christiegolden.com

If you ARE here at Blizzcon, please come by my signing today at 1-2 and tomorrow 11-12, Hall C, at the Artist and Developer’s signing area near Hearthstone!

**UPDATE** Right here where you can’t miss it (I hope!)

I will be signing at Blizzcon at the area identified on the map as “Artist and Developer Signing Area.”  This is near the long rectangle, right under “Hearthstone,” between the Hearthstone signing area and the photo booths.  I’ll there from 1-2 Friday, and 11-12 Saturday!

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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 13: “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!

 

 

 

 

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