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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, October 22, 2012

Burn Baby Burn Goodreads Giveaway!

To help spread the word about Burn Baby Burn, I've created a Goodreads Giveaway for the paperback edition of the book. I have five signed copies of the book ready to go to the lucky winners.  It's absolutely free to enter just by following this link. You have to be a member of Goodreads to enter, but, if you're an avid reader, joining Goodreads is a pretty smart move anyway. You can enter through October 29. I'll be mailing the books out by Halloween most likely, so you can have a copy of this hot book in hand as the chill November nights set in.

Picking the favorite novel I've written is kind of like picking a favorite child, but when I reread Burn Baby Burn in the course of prepping the paperback edition, I really think it's the novel I'm most satisfied with of anything I've written. When I'm writing for mainstream publishers, my novels have to fall within certain contractual word count ranges and the story I turn in is often constrained by the story I've pitched and sold before actually writing it. Since BBB was a labor of love that I intended to publish on my own, I feel like it's the kind of sharp, tight novel that I most enjoy reading. Some of my favorite novels, like The Grifters or Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas are pretty skinny, but most publishers demand longer word counts to have more shelf presense. I think my epic fantasy novels are pretty well done, but they usually have a dozen or more important characters, which can water down the impact of the characters I love the most. In Burn Baby Burn, the whole focus is on Pit Geek and Sundancer, two supervillains who are basically fighting the whole damn world. They are quintesential James Maxey characters--damaged idealists, smart and funny and a little insane. They are killers and outlaws not because they are wicked but because they are virtuous, willing to bear the scorn of others rather than compromising themselves. I feel for these characters very deeply, and I hope that comes through in the writing.

Oh! I should also mention that the first quarter of the book is available free to read online at Goodreads if you want to see what I'm talking about. The excerpt runs through Chapter Four, which chronicles the first bank robbery Pit and Sunny team up on. And if you can't wait until November to read the full book, don't forget it's available to download now for a mere $4.99 from your favorite ebook supplier.

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