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Audio Books for Dragon Keeper and Dragon Haven

Original US cover art for Dragon Keeper and Dragon Haven. Image on left is blue dragon with a girl standing beside it.  Image on right is a ship approaching a city with dragons overhead.
Original US cover art for Dragon Keeper and Dragon Haven

Several months ago, I began hearing from readers that they could not order the audio books of Dragon Keeper and Dragon Haven, the first two books in the Rain Wilds Chronicles. Audio books for book three, City of Dragons remain available, as does book four, Blood of Dragons.  But I certainly understand that readers don't want to skip the first two books in a set and jump into the middle of a story.

 

The issue seems to be that there was a lapse in the contract for the audio rights for those two books.  I think most readers understand that the creation of an audio book is outside the realm of my being a writer.  How it works is that an audio book company requests to buy the rights to create the audio book.  The audio book company creates the version using their readers and equipment and distribution system.  It's something that most writers have little control over once the contract is signed. 

 

The news I have right now is what you may already have seen on Amazon.com   The new versions of the audio books will be available in June of 2020.  That's an eight month wait, and I can do little except apologize. 

 

What I can recommend in the meantime is that readers check with their local libraries.  My library uses a wonderful app called Libby.  Using my card, and from anywhere with wifi, I can check out ebooks and audio books.  It is my hope that you can check out the older versions of Dragon Keeper and Dragon Haven from your local libraries and enjoy them as audio books that way. 

 

Thanks for your understanding!

 

 

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Jet City Comic Show

Once upon a time, Science Fiction and Fantasy conventions and comic book conventions were places where a few hundred folk gathered to talk about the genre they loved.  

 

They became more popular, and included more slices of the fandom. Costuming, films, television series, illustrators, editors, agents, musicians, actors and of course more and more merchants.  Soon the hundreds of attendees had become thousands, and then hundreds of thousands!  The big conventions were expensive and sold out fast.  You might want to attend with your friends, but you couldn't be sure that all of you would be lucky enough to get tickets.

 

Gone were the days of leaning on a table and chatting with an illustrator, one on one.  Even  old friends seemed to have less and less time to chat as they had to hurry off to one of the multiple track programming events. Sometimes it's hard to see the displays past the shoulder to shoulder people.

 

But smaller gatherings still do exist.  Jet City Comic Show, at the Convention Center in Tacoma, Washington is one of them.  It's a two day show, on October 26 adn27th.  It's affordable, not sold out, and one can either bus there or find good parking!    And once you are there, there are both wonderful things to do and see, and still time to meet people and have a real conversation.  You can discuss how a piece of jewelry was made, or compare the styles of favorite illustrators.  It's a place to meet up with old friends and find new ones.  It's family friendly, so even the youngest (or oldest!) fans are welcome.

 

Who might you meet?  Gil Gerard.  Or Felix Silla. A  Bumblebee Transformer Car. Jim Valentino. Ben Templesmith.  Well, the list is actually too long for here, so try this link: Jet City Guests

 

I will be there for both Saturday and Sunday.  I'll be presenting a panel on Write Here, Right Now, about why you should, indeed, start your story writing right now.

 

I hope you'll be able to join us.  Please feel free to bring any of my books that you would like signed.

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Book Disasters

Dear Readers,

 

Accidents happen, even at the best publishing houses and printing services.  I have been alerted by two readers that their copies of the 25th Anniversary Illustrated edition of Assassin's Apprentice have reached them in less than perfect condition.

 

In one instance, the pages were coming loose from the binding.

In the second one, some pages and an illustration were completely missing!

 

I appreciate readers letting me know that some of the copies are flawed.  It's important for me to know that. 

 

If this, or anything similar happens to you, with any book (not just my own), it's good to let the author and the publishing house know.  Then contact the bookstore or online retailer that sold you the book, and tell them that you need a replacement.  You paid for a perfect copy: you should get one!

 

Unfortunately, it is beyond my ability to simply send you a new copy. Writers seldom have a large store of their own books that they can simply send out.  It's up to the retailer to replace the bad copy, which they can then send back or notify the distributor to be reimbursed.

 

Please be tenacious about this.  I want every reader to get the quality of book they paid for!

 

Robin 

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