Monthly Archives: January 2012

Bones of the Old Ones Coming in August

The secret’s out of the bag everywhere but on my own site, so I I’m overdue announcing this. Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s has released the cover art, and announced the release date, for the next Dabir and Asim novel, The Bones of the Old Ones, the sequel to The Desert of Souls. Some of you might have seen a little bit of the praise for the first book, which I immodestly mention fills up three pages of fine print on its recent re-release in trade paperback.

The Bones of the Old Ones will be released in hardcover on August 21, 2012, with a cover by the talented Stephen Stone. This is actually the third book chronicling the exploits of Dabir and Asim, Arabian adventurers par excellence, if you count the short story collection released in November  in Kindle, Nook and iBook format on November 22.

Here’s the cover blurb, which corrects an in-house one you might have seen floating around on various interwebs:

As a snowfall blankets 8th century Mosul, a Persian noblewoman arrives at the home of the scholar Dabir and his friend the swordsman Captain Asim. Najya has escaped from a dangerous cabal that has ensorcelled her to track down ancient magical tools of tremendous power, the bones of the old ones.

To stop the cabal and save Najya, Dabir and Asim venture into the worst winter in human memory, hunted by a shape-changing assassin. The stalwart Asim is drawn irresistibly toward the beautiful Persian even as Dabir realizes she may be far more dangerous a threat than anyone who pursues them, for her enchantment worsens with the winter. As their opposition grows, Dabir and Asim have no choice but to ally with their deadliest enemy, the treacherous Greek necromancer, Lydia. But even if they can trust one another long enough to escape their foes, it may be too late for Najya, whose soul is bound up with a vengeful spirit intent on sheathing the world in ice for a thousand years…

Desert of Souls Available NOW! PLUS Convention Info!

It’s actually been available for about a year, but it’s just been released this week in trade paperback with a new cover, and in many more stores than ever before. And, as it’s trade paperback, it’s more affordable than ever! Here’ s another handy link for purchasing and reviews!

This news so excited my old friend Ted that he wrote up what he described as an epic poem, which I’ve excerpted below.

New cover by Scott Grimmando

Sound out the flooble horns!
Wind up your cow!
The Desert of Souls
is available now!

Praised by the critics!
Adventure’s within!
Brimming with magic
and mayhem and djinn!

There’s actually more, but I figured there’s only so much epic poetry a person can read so early in the morning.

If you’ve been curious about all the good reviews, now’s your chance to pick it up. Asim wants to keep telling stories about his adventures for years to come, and it’s expensive to feed him. He’s a big guy.

If you liked The Desert of Souls, I hope you’ll climb to the top of Mount Crumpet (or Mount Doom, or any handy mountain) with your flooble horn and tell at least three friends (or four friends, or more!) that the book is a good one and carried in stores.

Every sale helps, especially those in physical bookstores. That’s a weird fact, but true — selling from a bookstore proves that your book is worthy of being on the shelf, which means more of your work will be stocked, making it easier to find, and therefore more likely to sell.

In other news, I’ll soon be flying up to sunny Detroit, MI for Epic ConFusion, January 20-22. I hope to be hanging out with my old friend Chris Hocking, and my newer friend — and fellow Arabian fantasist (whose first book debuts in just a few more weeks — pre-order!) Saladin Ahmed. I’ll have a pretty busy schedule Saturday; otherwise I’m apt to be wandering around the dealer room, attending panels, or talking to other writer-types in the bar. I hope I’ll see you there. I’ll be the one with the cherry Coke (stirred, not shaken) and the flooble horn.

Howard’s con schedule:

7pm, Friday Salon F     Fantasy and Horror      Steve Buchheit    Peter V. Brett    Ferrett Steinmetz   Violette Malan    Howard Andrew Jones

10am, Saturday    Athens      Reading     Jay Lake    Howard Andrew Jones

11am, Saturday    Salon F     The Legacy of Thud and Blunder      Scott Lynch Elizabeth Bear      Howard Andrew Jones     Violette Malan

4pm, Saturday     Salon F     Non-Western Fantasy     Peter V. Brett    Kameron Hurley      Christian Klaver  Howard Andrew Jones     Saladin Ahmed

5pm, Saturday     Salon E     Mass Autograph Session EVERYONE

8pm, Saturday     Salon G     Reviews and Criticism   Howard Andrew Jones     Charles P. Zaglanis    Jason Sanford     Christine Purcell Robin Hobb