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War Footing launch date

It’s been a fine year for Alex, Stephanie and Strong. They’ve been to America, Scotland, Hong Kong and the new world, and somewhere in between young Lady Smith went for a sporting swim. Some of the questions raised in Whitecoat were answered, many more questions were raised, and too many people died. For Champions readers who […]

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NaNoWriMo

Well, it’s November, which means some people are getting fired up to grow mustaches, and others are hitting the keyboard –– hard. National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, is entering its fifteenth edition, so once again my Facebook and Twitter feeds are alive with pledges from writers who are hell-bent on getting a book done […]

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Friday Favorite – Steed and Emma

As a duo, they were simply incomparable: a nineteenth century gentleman and a twenty-first century woman who came together in the campy 1960s to fight Soviet spies, evil geniuses, and one time, even carnivorous plants, in order to save Britain from certain destruction. Before “The Avengers“ meant a God, a guy in armor, a man […]

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Ground Covered

After spending Monday’s post making up for forgetting my tenth anniversary with the Earthers, I figure I better not overlook my first anniversary with Alex, Stephanie and Strong. Though they might be the most understanding characters I’ve written since The Destiny Equation, I can still imagine at least one of them being slightly wounded by […]

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Covers of 1941

We all judge books by their covers. Though we hopefully remain open-minded about what we’ll find on the pages within, the cover inevitably creates a first impression –– helps frame our expectations, and sets the context. That obviously makes covers terribly important, and with Champions, we’ve already discussed some of the effort that went into […]

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Four Centimetres

I do most of my reading these days on either an iPad or Kobo, and sometimes a Kindle. All of these devices give me a certain amount of control over how the book appears –– font, size of font, margins, etc. I’ve come to appreciate the flexibility, just as I’ve come to happily ignore the […]

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Sleep Alternatives

“When do you find time to write?” This was a question I used to get a lot in the old days, and to which I’d crafted a reasonably good –– if over-simplistic –– answer: “Between midnight and 2:00 AM.” That reply was rooted in the truth. For quite a few years (particularly as a student) […]

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Firebox Breakout

Yesterday, Stephanie Shylock wandered into the ‘Breakout Books under $5′ category on Apple’s U.S. iBookstore. It’s always good to see a title take on that sort of position –– this year we’ve been very kindly featured by the folks over at Kobo, and now it’s Firebox‘s turn to represent the Champions of 1941 for our […]

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Learning From TV

So that’s it; with the release of Dragons this morning, the first season of Champions is now complete. I use that word season mindfully, because so much of the structure of this new series has been informed by the rules of television production… and I think that’s a good thing. One of the questions I often get […]

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Drinking With Mike Strong

The origin of the question “What would Mike Strong do?” is a story in itself, but as the release of Dragons approaches, it’s more important that we consider the question: “What does Mike Strong do?” Of course, the venerable Colour Sergeant has a reputation. For instance, his actual rank is just ‘Sergeant’ because he was […]

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Tin Legs

Next week sees the launch of Dragons, the final installment of Champions for 1941, and returning in that book is one of my favorite guest-characters: Flight Lieutenant Douglas Bader. The double-amputee RAF pilot who refuses to quit despite his two ‘tin legs’ is still the first officer aboard Skipper Miller… and indeed, we’ll see even more […]

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A Worthy Role Model

Every writer probably has a favorite author, and though I’ve admired many –– favorites like H. G. Wells, C. S. Forester, Bernard Cornwell, and David Weber –– if I were asked to select just one to be my role model, it would have to be America’s storyteller, the incomparable Louis L’Amour. Some of you might […]

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Dragons release date

The date has been set: Dragons, the final installment of the Champions of 1941, will launch Tuesday, September 24, 2013. As usual, an excerpt will be available online in the coming weeks, but for now we have a teaser: Chaos has dominated 1941, but help is finally at hand: the war hero Sass, ambassador of […]

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Characters You Envy

On the last day of my most recent visit to Gros Morne National Park, I went to Trout River. This is turning into something of a tradition; I love the ocean, and after ten days in the paradise of western Newfoundland, it’s important to spend a little time at the shore, collecting my thoughts and […]

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Painting Her Nails

We’re just a week away from the release of Mandarins, and an excerpt from the novella is now online. On the eve of a dangerous mission to Hong Kong, we join our indefatigable hero Stephanie Shylock as she prepares for battle… by painting her nails. No, seriously. Nails are important. She moisturizes too. At last, […]

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Location Scout – Victoria

When plans for the Champions of 1941 were first being developed, the year’s fourth novella was supposed to see Alex, Stephanie and Strong travel to Turkey, where they would explore the ailing Ottoman Empire. From the point of view of a historian, this would have been quite an interesting adventure; in our real history, the […]

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Champions in Hong Kong

The release date for the penultimate installment of the Champions of 1941 has been confirmed: Mandarins launches on Tuesday, July 30, 2013. Here’s the teaser: Three months have passed since chaos descended over Scotland, and a clue has finally emerged which might lead to the villains behind the attacks. While Jimmy Devlin is trapped in […]

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Shooting To Live

This month we’ll be launching the fourth installment of the Champions of 1941, Mandarins. Teasers and excerpts for that novella are still to come, but for now I want to highlight one element vital to the story: we’re going to spend extra time with Stephanie Shylock, and learn more about her particular skills. By now […]

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Best Friends

When it comes to author notes, I’ve been silent for the past couple of weeks. I caught a cold coming back from the awards ceremony in New York, which took me off my feet for a while, and have since been focused on editing and drafting –– two duties which, this year, have been particularly […]

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Creative Award Wins

This week at Iceberg, it’s all about awards. Jacqui Tam and I are bound for New York tomorrow, so that she can receive her IPPY Silver Medal for the Tenth Anniversary Edition of A Daughter’s Gift. Expect me to gush rather extensively about that occasion in my note on Thursday… and expect my mother to […]

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