Dog and Dragon is my book for the day, seeing as it officially came out on the 4th of April. I still have a bet on (a bottle of Tasmanian Whiskey) with Tony Daniel at Baen that I won’t see my author copies until the book is is off the shelf (May 18) — typically a book is on the shelf for 6 weeks, the author OUGHT to receive their copies before a book comes out so the publisher can get most bang for their bucks, with the author giving a copy or three to their nearest and dearest, and using the rest to generate publicity, reviews and competitions, before the book hits the shelf with a resounding thump. In practice, over the last 30 or so books in H/C and soft , this has happened once, so don’t expect it. If it happens in 6 weeks, not only will I be down a bottle of Scotch… well, Tas (matured in Eucalyptus cask?;-)) but I have promised to do a very silly video for U-tube. I promised to do ‘you can keep your hat on’ in the snow, buck naked, for SLOW TRAIN TO ARCTURUS,
(I’d put a link to the paperback, but it is out of print, it appears, it came out in 2008, was reprinted in 2010, now not available) if it actually got there before launch date Marla was so inspired by this thought it got to me about 4 months late, in midsummer. So: don’t hold your breath, but I’ll post the DOG & DRAGON muttonbird flambe if it happens.
DOG AND DRAGON is about a dog called ‘loyalty’. A black dragon who could moonlight as Loki. And a young woman with power… and the treachery, ambitions and twisted history of those who think they’ll use her . They’ve got another thing coming, besides a dragon and dog who will follow her to the end of the world… and way past that.
If you want a summary – Arthur Jordin’s has an excellent one on up on Amazon. From my point of view I was writing about love, loyalty, trust, and honor and power really mean and are really worth. And of course trickery and a good, entertaining story.
If I fail in the last part, let me know.