Question of the Week: “Default” Radovan & the Count

Eric Belisle nailed the look of Count Jeggare.

“The Lost Pathfinder” bridges “Hell’s Pawns,” the first appearance of Radovan and the Count, with Prince of Wolves, their first novel.

This self-serving question is for those who’ve read at least two Radovan & the Count stories and/or novels, prompted by a nice comment by a colleague who’s just begun reading them.

With most of the web stories and with at least the first three novels, I’ve tried to do something different each time I return to “the boys.” For instance, in the novels Prince of Wolves comes from my love of classic horror movies; Master of Devils is my mash note to kung fu movies; Queen of Thorns is my take on elfy-welfy quest fantasy (with thanks to Kim Mohan for that term). Among the stories, “A Passage to Absalom” is an obvious tip of the hat to Agatha Christie. And it all began with “Hell’s Pawns,” which bubbled up out of a brain recently steeped in a film noir marathon.

There are many recurring themes and gags—Radovan’s jacket, his way with women; the boss’s changing view of magic, his affinity for arcane books; Arnisant’s loyalty—but I can’t always sum up the series with an elevator pitch.

Can you?

What’s your view of the “default” Radovan & the Count story? Should they always travel to new locations? Or do they “belong” back in Cheliax? Is it better that the style of story changes with each new location? Or is there a sweet spot where the boys work best for you?

Pathfinder Tales on Sale

After initial delight to see three-and-a-half of my four-and-a-half Pathfinder Tales are back in the Paizo top 10, my next thought was, “Only three-and-a-half? Unacceptable!”

Then I realized that the surge of the earlier books might have something to do with the current sale on Pathfinder Tales ebooks, a sale that includes my earlier contributions but not King of Chaos.

Take advantage of the sale to check out plenty of great stories set in Golarion, from 69-cent novellas to $4.89 novels. You’ll see work by authors such as Elaine Cunningham, Ed Greenwood, Howard Andrew Jones, Liane Merciel, Tim Pratt, James L. Sutter, and your humble servant.

After you’ve read some, take a moment to lay a big sloppy review on those you like best. The short fiction, in particular, could use a few more reviews.

Crossing the Streams: Multi-Author Contest

Cover by Tyler Walpole

Cover by Tyler Walpole

The contest has concluded. I’ll determine winners and contact the lucky recipients over the next week, and once everything’s locked, I’ll announce the results. Sign up for my way-less-than-monthly newsletter if you’d like to receive announcements of upcoming contests and events.

The estimable Ari Marmell invited me to participate in Crossing the Streams 2014, a big book give-away featuring lots of swell writers. Here’s the deal:

All of us run a contest on our own sites. Each contest might be a little different from the others. What they have in common is that we’ll each give away two books. Then we’ll donate a third book to the collective grand prize, so someone who enters any of the various contests wins a signed book from every writer involved.

You can enter each contest only once, but you can enter as many different contests as you like.

Dave’s Contest

To enter here, simply reply to this post with the title of your favorite—or your first—fantasy, SF, or horror novel not written by me (to cross out flattery as a tactic). If you’ll elaborate on why that novel is your favorite, or how it drew you into the genre, that’s fantastic but not required to be eligible for the random draw. But if you do elaborate, you gain a second chance to win. I’ll pick one winner by random draw and a second based on which commentary most persuades, amuses, or delights me.


Cover by Mathias Kollros

Those who win will receive their choice of one of the following Pathfinder Tales novels:

Prince of Wolves

Master of Devils

Queen of Thorns

King of Chaos

If by chance you have all of these novels, we can work out a substitute from my remaining author copies of other works.

To be eligible, you must make your post between now and March 19, 2014. I’ll post the prizes soon after receiving mailing information from the winners.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.

Cover by Lucas Graciano

Cover by Lucas Graciano

My Esteemed Colleagues

Please also visit the sites of the other participating authors. I don’t know all of them well, but those I do are terrific writers and wonderful people. Enter their contests, read their work, and check out all their majesty.

Harrowing Titles

When Prince of Wolves came out, I suggested a Harrow card would make a good promotional item. Now that the Deluxe Harrow Deck is on the way, I’ll say it again.

Better still, Kevin Andrew Murphy points out that all of the R&V novel titles sound like Harrow cards: Master of Devils, Queen of Thorns, King of Chaos. Maybe one day I’ll write a story in which all of these additional mystery cards show up.

In fact, Kevin points out, pretty much all of the Pathfinder Tales novels have titles that’d make interesting Harrow cards.