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Sweet, sweet 16

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Hey, my new book, The Dead Hamlets, hit No. 16 on Amazon.ca’s Contemporary Fantasy list. That’s probably as high as it’s going to get. There’s no way I’m beating How (Not) to Kiss a Were-Bear. That book’s got crazy ratings! It’s free if you’re on Kindle Unlimited, too, so go and get it if you’ve ever fantasized about were-bears. Hey, I’m not judging.

 

You can still win The Dead Hamlets

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Hi all. Just a reminder that you can still win a free copy of The Dead Hamlets through two giveaways. The Black Quill giveaway runs until the end of February. Just mention The Dead Hamlets in a social media post and tag me, and you’ll have a chance to win a copy of the book — and the mysterious Black Quill! What is the Black Quill? Well, you’ll have to read the book to find out the answer to that dangerous question.

My Bookish Ways is also hosting a giveaway of The Dead Hamlets for U.S. citizens. Just four days left!

Good luck and good reading!

Oh, my bookish ways

Hey, I’m interviewed over at My Bookish Ways. It’s one of my favourite sites, so I was pretty happy to wind up there. I talk about how my new novel came to be, reveal how I dealt with writing about Shakespeare (turn him into a wizard, of course!), and give shoutouts to some of my favourite writers. Bonus feature: If you live in the U.S., you can win a copy of The Dead Hamlets.

I asked myself what I would do if I was immortal, and that’s how Cross became a drunken, thieving, self-loathing liar with murderous tendencies who tries to do right by his friends.

The reckoning continues!

 

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Hey, The Dead Hamlets continues to rock on Amazon. It just hit No. 42 on the Contemporary Fantasy bestsellers list. It’s beating out Haruki Murakami and Jim Butcher. I’m going to enjoy that while it lasts, and I expect it to last about 8 seconds.

Thanks again for reading and buying the book!

Right behind Stephen King on the bestseller list!

 

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Well, that’s enough to make a dead old soul like me smile. My new novel, The Dead Hamlets, made Amazon Canada’s bestseller list in Occult Fiction on its first day on sale. It was at 18th place, but by the time I got around to taking a screenshot it had dropped to 23rd. I didn’t know it was occult, but hey, I’ll take it!

The Dead Hamlets also cracked the Historical Fantasy list, reaching 26th spot, right behind big names like Felix Palma and Gail Carriger. I’m proud of that little book!

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The Dead Hamlets: What’s The Big Idea?

My latest novel, The Dead Hamlets, officially goes on sale today. To celebrate, it’s featured over at The Big Idea. John Scalzi’s site is one of the top communities online for sci-fi and fantasy fans, so I’m pretty excited about this. Give it a read if you want to learn the big ideas behind my Cross series of books.

If you’re reading this, you must be lost

I’m getting a lot of new readers at this blog recently thanks to the publication of my latest novel, The Dead Hamlets. So welcome and let me introduce myself. (If you’ve seen this already, scroll to the next post. I’m going to pin this to the top of the site for a few days.)

I’m Peter Roman, author of the Cross series of supernatural thrillers. I’m also Peter Darbyshire, author of the novels Please and The Warhol Gang. I’ll let you work out for yourself which one is the real me. (Spoiler: It’s a split personality kind of thing.)

If you’re new to the Cross books, here are the basics:

Cross is the poor soul who comes to life in the body Christ left behind when he shuffled off this mortal coil. Cross can use all the powers of Christ’s body, but there’s one catch: he needs heavenly grace to power the body. The only way he can get it is by killing the angels stranded on Earth and draining them of their grace. So, yes, we’re in anti-hero territory here. But Cross isn’t all bad. He’s loyal to his friends, which include the likes of gorgons and faerie, and even some literary characters such as Alice from the Alice in Wonderland tales. Needless to say, his friends get him in a lot of trouble.

Boy EatingThe series begins with The Mona Lisa Sacrifice, which follows Cross through the centuries as he tries to hunt down Judas. It turns out Judas is actually an ancient trickster god who’s made it his mission to ruin humanity — and to destroy everything Cross loves. Cross’s quest leads him into the middle of a holy war between the angels left on Earth, and that’s when things truly go to hell.

hamletsThe second book in the series, The Dead Hamlets, checks in with Cross shortly after the events of The Mona Lisa Sacrifice. Cross has managed to fall under the spell of the faerie queen, one of his ancient enemies, and she puts him to work hunting down a ghost that is killing her subjects. But all is not as it seems. The murders lead Cross into a strange and eerie mystery populated with an eccentric and deadly cast of characters, including the Witches of Macbeth, the undead demon hunter Christopher Marlowe and a very supernatural and very deadly Shakespeare. When Cross discovers a startling secret about the origins of “Hamlet” itself, he finds himself trapped in a ghost story even he may not be able to escape alive!

The Cross books are published by ChiZine and have received rave reviews. The National Post called The Mona Lisa Sacrifice “a deliriously unhinged roller coaster of a novel, blending fantasy, history, horror and humour with the aplomb of an overfull blender, but all of it smarter than it, truly, has any right — or need — to be” and Publishers Weekly said “The novel never lets the reader pause for breath . . . fans of the genre will find one of its ultimate expressions here.” Early reviews of The Dead Hamlets have called it “A Rewarding, Witty, Hot Mess of Angel-Pummeling, Action and Noir Detective Fiction” and said it “resembles something written by Neil Gaiman at times with its somewhat mystical imagery and at other times it reads as a full-blown work of bizarro fiction.” I blush.

I’m currently editing the third Cross book and outlining the fourth. I’ll have more about those on the blog in the future.

pleasesidebarI’ve also written a couple of literary fiction novels as Peter Darbyshire. My first book, Please, won Canada’s national ReLit Award for best novel. Please chronicles the life of a young man who drifts through a hallucinatory urban world filled with celebrity wannabes, addictive relationships and jobs that demand he become someone else. Booklist said “Darbyshire plumbs the murky regions of the soul in a novel of dark brilliance,” Kirkus called it a “hilarious social satire of daily life among the young and nihilistic” in a starred review, and The Globe and Mail said it was “a consummate critique of all the creeping human weaknesses, counterfeit values and trend-driven desires that steadily erode our hopes for meaning and purpose.” I just thought I was writing about my own life. Go figure.

WGPBsideMy second novel, The Warhol Gang, is a black comedy for anyone who’s ever been trapped in an office job or lost in a mall. The narrator works for a neuromarketing company that scans his brain to see how he responds to imaginary products. Trapped in an increasingly unreal world, he starts hanging out at accident scenes to experience the most real things possible. He meets a group of counterculture activists who stage accidents for insurance fraud, and falls in love with one of them. When one of their incidents turns deadly, the media turns them into a terrorist gang. That’s when things get weird. The Globe and Mail called it “a violent, darkly comic satire of our media-saturated society” while Postmedia said it was “one of the finest, and most important, Canadian novels in recent memory.” My personal favourite is the review that said it was “Denis Johnson stomping Chuck Palahniuk into William Gibson while Kurt Vonnegut cheers him on.”

I’ve also published some short stories, if that’s more your thing. Hey, I don’t judge.

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I can be found at the usual social media hangouts online. The links are at the top of the page.

Thanks for reading. I hope you’ll stick around!

The Black Quill Giveaway

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You may have heard the legends of the Black Quill. That it can turn its wielder into the mightiest writer of all ages. That it is a weapon far more dangerous than any sword or spell. That it uses souls for ink. There is only one way to find out. Win the Black Quill for yourself!

Whenever you mention my new book, The Dead Hamlets, on social media, you’ll be entered into a contest to win the Black Quill and a free copy of the book. Any mention is fine — tweet a link to the book, share a review on Facebook, post this giveaway to your circles on G+, recommend it on reddit, whatever you like. Just make sure you tag me or otherwise let me know you’ve shared news about the book so I can add you to the contest. You get a separate entry for each mention, so share away.

Of course, if you don’t win the giveaway, you can still find out the secrets of the Black Quill. You just have to read The Dead Hamlets!

The contest runs until the end of February. Any mentions dating back to Feb. 1 will be automatically included in the giveaway. I’ll announce the winner here and on social media.

Good luck and thanks for reading!

Let’s launch this thing in style

I’m going to hold a couple of local launches for my latest novel, The Dead Hamlets. The first launch will be at the Water Shed Arts Café in Langley on Friday, Feb. 27, at 8 p.m. The Water Shed is a friendly, intimate place that’s home to a lot of the arts crowd in Langley — I like to go there those rare times I can escape the house. If you’re in Langley, come on out.

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Langley launch
The Water Shed Arts Cafe
11-20349 88 Ave. (get map)
Langley, BC
Friday, Feb. 27, 8 p.m.
Facebook event

 


 

The second launch will be in Vancouver, when I read at the Storm Crow Tavern Thursday, April 16, at 7 p.m. I’m reading at the Storm Crow as part of the Storm Crow Tavern Reading Series – Season Two. It’s sure to be a lot of fun as long as we don’t wake the Elder Ones. If you’re in Vancouver, come on out.

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Vancouver launch
Storm Crow Tavern
1305 Commercial Drive
Vancouver, BC
Thursday, April 16, 7 p.m.
Facebook event

I’ll have copies of The Dead Hamlets for sale at both events. In addition, I’ll have a special treat for those who make the effort to make it to either event. It’ll probably be a previously unpublished story, but I haven’t made a final decision yet. I’ve been known to give out lottery tickets at readings before, so you never know. Come on out and you could change your life!

I’ve created a Facebook group for the Langley launch. The Storm Crow Facebook event is here, although it’s the event for the entire reading series. The info for my event will be added closer to the date.

I likely won’t be doing any other launches for The Dead Hamlets. A four-year-old with asthma and a four-month-old with a heart condition that needs monitoring are keeping me close to home this year. If I manage to make it out to any other cities, though, I’ll post about it here.

Looking forward to seeing you!

The Dead Hamlets has a trailer

The Dead Hamlets is alive! It’s crawled from the open grave of my office, where dreams go to die, and is now lurching into our world. See it lurking on bookstore shelves near you! Read about its exploits in the reviews! Watch it terrorize the innocent on YouTube!

That’s right, YouTube. The Dead Hamlets has one of those eerie videos, with words and ghostly covers and more words. Watch it here and then share it if you want to avoid the curse!

(Curse not available in your viewing area.)