Talking Discovery and Dark Arts on TrekZone Spotlight

In late January of 2018 I recorded a video interview via satellite with Australia’s own TrekZone Spotlight, hosted by Matthew Miller. We spoke about my work for Star Trek Discovery, the differences in writing licensed fiction versus original works, and my upcoming new Dark Arts original fantasy series, which kicks off on January 30 with The Midnight Front.

Our discussion was brief (only about 25 minutes), but it yielded some excellent material. I had a great time chatting with Matthew about my work, and I hope you’ll give this interview a look.

My first Reddit AMA (“Ask Me Anything”) is Feb. 1

Fun news, folks! In celebration of the release of my new World War II-era epic fantasy The Midnight Front on January 30, I’ll be taking part in my first Reddit AMA (“Ask Me Anything”) on Thursday, February 1, 2018 in the r/fantasy subreddit.

I’ll post a link to the AMA thread during the wee hours of the morning on 2/1, and I’ll update this post with the link at that time. My online response period will start at around 5pm EST or so on 2/1.

DO NOT post your questions here. Save them for the reddit AMA forum.

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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