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Snapdragon Release Date

The 1942 season for Champions begins later this month, with the launch of Snapdragon, Iceberg’s first new release of the year. Readers of the series will be familiar with that title –– since 1940, British and American scientists have been developing a new fighter plane called Snapdragon, which makes use of Saa technology. Will that […]

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What Would Mike Strong Do?

It is a question for the ages, and one upon which the fate of lives, nations, and planets might hinge. It is the unofficial slogan of Champions, the fun quip that adorns swag, and an inside joke that keeps on giving. It is… the result of sleep depravation, and good spirits, and friendship. What would […]

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The Greater Gifts

I’ve never denied being a sentimentalist. I suppose readers know this by now –– Defense Command was secretly a love story, Smith and Waller shared a name, and if you think the Earthers don’t have heart, or that Alex and Stephanie are not truly the closest of friends, you’re mistaken. Last year, the Iceberg team […]

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The Historical Line

When you plant a story in historical times, you must recognize that your audience might find the setting to be something of a barrier. This is not a criticism of either the setting or the readers, it’s just a fact: when so many good stories are already based in the present day, asking people to […]

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Welcome 1941

Last week I had the chance to catch up with an old friend and Jacqui’s former colleague, Kendall Mallory. It was a celebratory occasion –– after years of work, Mallory released her first ebook, Keigan’s Story: Hylana back in September. Following a young magus called Erana Flynn through some gripping sword-and-sorcery-espionage, it’s a very fine read… […]

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Free Rewrites

I spent last weekend rewriting the first Champions novella for 1942, Snapdragon. As I’ve mentioned before, doing rewrites can be frustrating, especially when you went into a first draft with a reasonably clear idea of what you wanted, and then the story either didn’t work out as planned, or you failed to stay on beat. […]

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See The Sun Rise

Frequent readers of these notes might be aware that my favorite place in the world is Gros Morne National Park, in western Newfoundland. I’ve seen plenty of spectacular sights over the years, but none compare to this remarkable UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is as beautiful as it is magical, and while that might sound […]

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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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