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Yet More Interviews. AND FREE BOOKS!

September 28th, 2012 Comments off

First of all, Buy my book: Amazon | | Powell’s

Now that that’s out of the way, I’ve got a couple more interviews to report, and each of these have actual, honest-to-god giveaways at the end!  Follow the links and you’ll have a chance to win A FREE COPY OF BAD GLASS, courtesy my wonderful publisher, Del Rey.

Here’s my Interview/Giveaway at The Qwillery.

“I’ve always been a fan of apocalyptic and “weird city” fiction (books like The Stand, or Swan Song, or Viriconium, or Gormenghast), but those things always seemed like such a huge undertaking to me – the world-building, the large cast of characters, the delicate mood. I think, when I sat down to write Bad Glass, I just felt like it was time for me to stop fooling around and start working on something I’d genuinely love. Even if it was big and scary and intimidating.”

And here’s my Interview/Giveaway at My Bookish Ways.

“For some reason, I’m affected by weird body horror. If I looked down and saw a pulsing growth sticking out of my abdomen, maybe moving around with a mind of its own, that would probably freak me the hell out …”

Also, I got a very positive review from Jenn at Jenn’s Bookshelves today.  Pretty cool.  Thanks, Jenn!

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Release Day!

September 25th, 2012 Comments off

Today’s the Day!  Bad Glass is out in the world.  I’ve seen it on store shelves, it’s “In Stock” at Amazon, and I even downloaded a copy to my Kindle (dual purpose there: I got to check out the awesome e-reader formatting, while at the same time nudging up my sales rank).

Buy it here:  Amazon | | Powell’s

As release week progresses, there’ll be interviews popping up all over the web.  Here are the first two, and my favorite pull quotes:

Suvudu Interview

“Probably the biggest lesson I learned from working retail, driving a forklift, and being an accountant is the fact that I don’t want to work retail, drive a forklift, or be an accountant.”

RT Book Reviews Interview

“So, yes, hiding behind a camera can help you cope with the horrible things in your life, but it works in the same way that denial works — it’s an effective psychological defense that really isn’t all that healthy in the long run. Your problems are still there, you’re just not facing them. And eventually, all of those bad things are going to come crashing in.”


(Also, as a bonus, here’s a neat little review from SFcrowsnest in the UK.)

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September 18th, 2012 Comments off

As its release date nears (just one week away!) Bad Glass is getting more exposure. Here’s a brief roundup:

  • posted the first fifty pages. Just enough to get you hooked.
  • They also posted a “Dear Readers” letter, talking about how I came to write the book.
  • Library Journal picked Bad Glass as its “SF/F Debut of the Month” and gave it a starred review. (This might be my favorite review so far.)
  • RT Book Reviews gave it a glowing 4 ½ star review. (It’s not online yet, but they call it “a disturbing yet immensely entertaining story.”)
  • And it looks like Del Rey is giving away 30 copies of the book through Goodreads. You can enter through 9/20.

Release week will see a lot of interviews popping up in various places. I’ll probably do another roundup soon, but if you want to see what’s happening as it happens, you can always check my twitter feed (@rgropp).

Pretty exciting stuff for a debut author! I’m trying to remember to breathe.

(And if you like the book, give it a review! Amazon, BN, Goodreads, wherever. Word of mouth helps!)

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