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More Contest Entries!

I’ve updated the contest page to include new entries from Bruce and Kimmy! Check them out HERE!

We’re down to two weeks left to enter and the odds are definitely in your favor! Enter now for your chance to win!

There are still a few copies of CONDEMNED in limited-edition hardcover at Thunderstorm Books! And the eBook is coming! T-minus three days and counting!

 

First Contest Entries are Live!

Check them out here!

Keep’em coming, folks! It’s great to see you (and your pets)!

CONDEMNED is Now Available!

The signed, limited-edition hardcover of CONDEMNED is now available at Thunderstorm Books! They’re nearly gone already, so if you’re on the fence, don’t wait too long. The book not only features Thunderstorm’s stunning production values, but, like FEARFUL SYMMETRY and THE COYOTE, includes an insight into my process. While an original, handwritten manuscript page was tipped into those two, CONDEMNED features a red-line proof, which is the third phase of the writing process for me. This ought to show you how much changes from one version to the next. I hope you enjoy it the behind-the-curtain view.

As far as the story, several early readers have said it’s my best work yet. I would say it’s my most “human” story, and for that reason, one that will always be special to me. I hope I’m able to bring Detroit and its colorful history to life for you.

And there’s still time to enter the contest for your chance to win a free copy of this lavish deluxe edition!

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CONDEMNED Contest

To celebrate the impending release of CONDEMNED, available in limited-edition hardcover this weekend and eBook a week later, may I present a contest for the ages:

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An author is nothing without his readers. As I’ve said on countless occasions, my writing career wouldn’t be possible without all of you. I consider each and every one of you an extended member of my family. So here’s the thing…I want to see you! I’ve read your names on emails, reviews, and posts, but now I want to put faces to those names and hopefully “meet” those of you who’ve chosen to lurk in the shadows.

The contest is simple:

  1. Send a picture of yourself with one of my books or the cover of one of my books on your e-reader to Momkitty@gmail.comby midnight EST on January 30th, 2015. Send as many entries as you want!
  2. Your picture will be uploaded to both michaelmcbride.netand catafterdark.WordPress.com. Each picture counts as an entry into the contest.
  3. A winner will be selected for each of the following categories by guest judges (to be identified after the fact, so there can be no bribery or coercion):
  • Most Creative
  • Most Humorous
  • Most Serious
    • (All decisions are final.)
  1. Here’s what the winners in each category will receive:
  • Most Creative: a deluxe, oversized copy of Condemned, limited to 72 signed hardcovers (from Thunderstorm Books)
  • Most Humorous: a deluxe, oversized, signed limited-edition hardcover of The Coyote (from Thunderstorm Books)
  • Most Serious: a signed, limited-edition hardcover of Vector Borne (from Bad Moon Books)
  1. And because I love you all, every participant will receive a free copy of my newest eBook, Firebug. We’ll send it in an email confirming receipt of your photo.

What I need from you:

In addition to your photo, please include a brief statement permitting the usage of your unaltered photo and likeness on both michaelmcbride.net and the Cat After Dark blog, and their respective social media pages. Send your photo to Momkitty@gmail.com or post the image onto your own social media page and send a link to this address.

Check back frequently to see the new faces uploaded to the gallery. Winners will be posted at both michaelmcbride.net and Cat After Dark on Monday February 2nd, 2015.

Thanks and good luck to all of you!

Contest

To celebrate the release of CONDEMNED later this month, I’ve teamed up with Cat After Dark to bring you a chance to win a special prize package. Check back here or swing by the Cat After Dark blog. More details coming soon!

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Happy New Year and Free Audiobooks!

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for your continued friendship and support. It’s because of you that I’m able to do what I love. I’m forever in your debt. Thanks to you, 2014 saw the successful release of ANCIENT ENEMY, FEARFUL SYMMETRY, THE NARRATOR, and SUNBLIND, and the creation of FEARFUL SYMMETRY, CONDEMNED, SNOWBLIND: THE KILLING GROUNDS, and “Tears of the Dragon” for the LIBRARY OF THE DEAD anthology. I hope 2015 surpasses your expectations!

May the coming year bring you much happiness and good health. I hope you, too, have the chance to live your dreams.

Now, to celebrate the New Year, how about some free audiobooks? I have codes to download free audiobooks from Audible for the following titles:

Bloodletting

Innocents Lost

The Coyote

Vector Borne

All you need to do to get one is reply to this post in the comments here or on Facebook, PM me through various means, or email me at michael(at)michaelmcbride.net with your name and email address and I’ll send you the download code and instructions. If you have a preference, let me know. If you want more than one, I’ll do my best to accommodate you. (I have a limited supply, so once they’re gone, they’re gone.)

Thank you all for a magical year! Bring on ’15!

Merry Christmas!

I hope all of you who celebrate the holiday have a Merry Christmas! May Santa bring you everything you deserve! And for those of you who’ve repeatedly requested the return of 2008’s God’s End Trilogy in eBook form, your pleas/demands/death threats have been heard. The first book in the series, THE FALL, will be available exclusively at Amazon later today. Expect the following books–BLIZZARD OF SOULS and TRAIL OF BLOOD–to be released in February and March, respectively.

*For those of you unfamiliar with my earlier, pre-BLOODLETTING books, please be advised that the style and subject matter are vastly different from my current work.

May your holidays be filled with happiness and love. Thank you all for being such an integral part of my life.

Merry Christmas!

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Merry Christmas!

May the holidays bring you all happiness and good health. My thanks go out to all of you for a wonderful year and the chance to once again spend this Christmas at home with my family, of which I consider each and every one of you a part. And thanks to Bruce for the hand-carved ornament. As you can see from the Santa ornament below, this guy has skill. (Santa’s not actually wearing the jersey; that’s just a curious consequence of the angle from which I took the photo.)

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Oh yeah, and the eBook version of CONDEMNED is now available for preorder. The signed, limited-edition hardcover from Thunderstorm Books ought to ship well before e-release day.

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CONDEMNED

It’s my pleasure to announce that my new novel, CONDEMNED, will be released in January 2015. Thunderstorm Books is releasing the deluxe hardcover edition, limited to just 72 copies. An eBook will follow.

More details coming soon…

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John Connolly

For those of you who don’t know, I’m a huge fan of John Connolly’s Charlie Parker series and will tell anyone who’ll listen that he’s the best writer in the business. What few of you know, however, is the profound impact he’s had on my work. There was a point in 2006 or so when I was on top of the world. I’d sold the GOD’S END trilogy to Delirium in limited edition, Snowbooks in the UK, and Random House in Germany. I was feeling invincible. And then I read Connolly’s EVERY DEAD THING and realized just how far I had to go in every respect. My prose. My characterization. My plot lines. Everything. So I found myself faced with a dilemma…Either I continued to attack the market and struck while the metaphorical iron was hot, or I took a step back and risked losing my career momentum in order to better myself as a writer.

Don’t let anyone tell you I’ve done anything in life the easy way.

So I took six months off from writing and did nothing but read. I identified my weaknesses and attempted to strengthen them by learning from the modern masters. I devoured the Parker mysteries (five books at the time). I caught up with Dave Robicheaux. I studied Aloysius Pendergast and Harry Bosch and Jack Reacher and Sigma Force. I committed myself to becoming the author I knew I could be.

The result was a book called BLOODLETTING, and the real beginning of what I would consider (in the loosest of terms) “my career.” With each subsequent title, I’ve attempted to improve myself in some way. And while nothing I write will ever be good enough for me, I will continue to push myself harder with every book until my scribblings can stand alongside the works of amazing authors like John Connolly, who showed me what the craft was supposed to be.

And this past weekend, I finally got to meet him.

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