Desperate Hours is January’s Kindle Monthly Deal

To celebrate the arrival of new episodes of Star Trek: Discovery on January 7, the folks at Simon & Schuster and Amazon have teamed up to bring Star Trek book fans an awesome Kindle Monthly Deal: for the month of January 2018, the eBook version of my Star Trek: Discovery novel Desperate Hours will be on sale for just $1.99!

Make no mistake, that’s a huge savings. The eBook’s price is normally chained to the cost of the print edition, meaning that some sites were charging as much as $15.99 for the eBook. So this is $14 off the cover price.

Bottom line: If you’ve been putting off picking up the eBook of Desperate Hours until the price hit a more reasonable level, this is the moment you’ve been waiting for. Grab a copy of the eBook and make sure to share the news far and wide.

Enter the Goodreads book giveaway for The Midnight Front

For those who are curious about my upcoming novel The Midnight Front, are cash-strapped, living in the US or Canada, and feeling lucky, Tor Books is hosting a giveaway of 9 copies of the book’s Advance Reader Copies (ARCs) on Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/257453-the-midnight-front

Don’t wait too long — the entry period ends on December 29, 2017.

For those acquiring the book the old-fashioned way (buying it, not stealing it), it will be published on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 in multiple formats. There will be a special limited-edition hardcover version, the premium trade paperback version, the eBook version, and a digital audiobook version. All are available now for pre-order, and all release at the same time.

I talk Star Trek Titan with Literary Treks

lt-213-th-widescreen.jpgHear me wax poetic about Husnock, Pakleds, Ferengi, and more as I answer questions for Bruce and Dan of Literary Treks about my new Star Trek Titan novel Fortune of War.

Our hosts dig into the novel’s story, characters, and more in this deep-dive Q&A with yours truly. We yakked for over and hour and a half and left no narrative stone unturned. So go give it a listen!

 

 

First early trade review of The Midnight Front

The release of The Midnight Front, the first book in my new Dark Arts series from Tor Books, is still a few months away, but the folks at Kirkus Reviews have already weighed in with the first early trade review of my new opus.

I’m pleased to report that the verdict from Kirkus is quite favorable:

“Mack’s novel is … propulsive, with well-crafted characters and cinematic set pieces culled from the war’s most momentous crossroads. Equal parts brimstone and gunpowder, the book deftly mixes the tropes of high fantasy into a semirealistic portrayal of WWII…”

“A complex, entertaining fantasy that sets loose a ‘chosen one’ hero arc among the dogs of war.”

Not too shabby!

The Midnight Front will be released on January 30, 2018, in hardcover, trade paperback, eBook, and digital audio formats. You can pre-order a copy in the format of your choice from your favorite retailer now.

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My Desperate Hours press roundup (#SFWApro)

Over the last few weeks I’ve granted a number of interviews concerning the writing process and inspirations behind my Star Trek: Discovery novel Desperate Hours. In case you’ve missed my myriad social media posts about each one, here’s a quick roundup of all of them to date (though more are soon forthcoming):

October 8, 2017: Literary Treks (Audio)
Topics: writing Star Trek: Discovery novel Desperate Hours

October 2, 2017: TrekLand (Video)
Topics: writing Star Trek: Discovery novel Desperate Hours

September 28, 2017: TrekCore
Topics: writing Star Trek: Discovery novel Desperate Hours

September 27, 2017: Once and Future Podcast Blog
Topics: why Desperate Hours isn’t like most tie-in novels

September 25, 2017: StarTrek.com
Topics: writing Star Trek: Discovery novel Desperate Hours

September 25, 2017: Unbound Worlds
Topics: writing Star Trek: Discovery novel Desperate Hours

September 1, 2017: Inverse.com
Topics: writing Star Trek: Discovery novel Desperate Hours

If you want to check out more of my blatherings in print and other media, check out my Interviews page for a listing that goes back many years.

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Star Trek: Discovery’s “Desperate Hours” Have Begun

After a very long process of development, writing, and editing, I am thrilled to announce that publication day has at long last arrived for my new novel, Star Trek: Discovery – Desperate Hours.

   

The first reviews are in, and they are laudatory, indeed. Dénes House at TrekMovie.com had this to say about the book:

“Mack has crafted an absolutely thrilling novel that had me turning the pages furiously to find out what happened next … .”

“I was stunned at the amount of insight the novel gives into the characters of Captain Georgiou, Michael Burnham, and Lieutenant Saru, but also by the excellent treatment of some old Trek favorites, as well. … It’s a great sci-fi book in general, and an outstanding Trek novel in particular. Well worth the purchase for any fan of the franchise.”

“…exciting and emotionally resonant…”

“I give this book my highest recommendation.”

Not too shabby, eh?

The book is available now in trade paperback, eBook, and digital audiobook formats. It’s also available today in a German translated edition from the fine folks at Cross Cult Romane.

Grab your copy today, and be sure to order a few extras — it makes a lovely gift for the Star Trek fan in your life!

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A Tale of Two Covers

Two weeks ago, I showed off the cover for my upcoming Star Trek Titan novel Fortune of War. I felt pretty good about it at the time.

The wrong cover, featuring an Akira-class starship.

And then eagle-eyed fans started to notice that there was something … *off* about the cover.

We had featured the wrong type of starship on the cover. Instead of the Luna-class USS Titan, we had used an Akira-class starship.

The two classes of ship have many similarities. But they are far from interchangeable.

Both Luna– and Akira-class ships have the same style of warp nacelles extended downward and set at angles to their pylons. Both  have structures connecting their saucer sections and secondary hulls. But the similarities end there.

The structures on the undersides of the two ships are very different. The Luna class, designed by Sean Tourangeau, is much larger.

The new-and-improved cover — this time featuring the right ship.

Also, on its dorsal (upper) hull, the Luna class has a superstructure inspired by those of the Miranda-class and Nebula-class starships.

Once the error on the cover was pointed out to us, everyone involved felt embarrassed. All of us — art director, editor, author, licensing team — felt that we should’ve caught the mistake before it reached the public.

We then scrambled to fix it before we missed the printer’s deadline. We weren’t going to just shrug and print a cover we knew was wrong.

Fortunately, VFX artist Darth Mojo (aka Adam Lebowitz) came to our rescue. In record time he made a new-and-improved cover, this time with the right starship.

How did all this happen? We’re not sure. What matters is not how it went wrong, but how quickly the team pulled together to make it right.

Thus I am proud to share with you all, the new-and-improved cover of Star Trek Titan: Fortune of War, coming Tuesday, November 28, 2017.

 

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