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I'm James Maxey, author of fantasy and science fiction. My novels include the science fantasy Bitterwood Saga (4 books) the Dragon Apocalypse Saga (4 books), numerous superhero novels including Nobody Gets the Girl and the Lawless series, the steampunk Oz sequel Bad Wizard, and my short story collections, There is No Wheel and Jagged Gate. This website is focused exclusively on writing. At my second blog, Jawbone of an Ass, I ramble through any random topic that springs to mind, occasionally touching on religion and politics and other subjects polite people are sensible enough not to discuss in public. If you'd like to get monthly updates on new releases, as well as preview chapters and free short stories, join my newsletter!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Years Best Giveaway

Got my contributor's copies of "Year's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy, 2009 Edition" today. Contains "Silent as Dust." It's inspired my first ever facebook giveaway! If you'd like to enter a drawing for a free copy of the antho, post a haiku on my facebook wall that relates in some way to one of my books or stories. Robo-Bobo, my name-picking cybermonkey, will choose a winner on March 2, as a reverse birthday present.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Amazon/Publisher Wars Hit Close to Home

Some of you may have heard that a major publisher, McMillian, put their foot down and insisted that their e-books sell for higher than $9.99, the standard price on Kindle. Amazon played hardball, and removed all "buy" buttons for books from the publisher. Amazon has since backed down, but some friends of mine who are with imprints under the McMillian umbrella got hit by this corporate warfare. In particular, David B. Coe had the bad luck of having a book released while this was going on, and the "buy" button still hasn't been restored for the book!

For more details about David's book battles, check out his livejournal post.