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Thanks to the divine Paul Cornell, I am reminded that nominations for the 2014 Hugo Awards are now open, and that it is not shameful to let others know that one has eligible work.

And so we present for your consideration the unabridged audiobook of THE FALL OF THE KINGS for
Best Dramatic Presentation “Long Form” (more than 90 minutes)

Rules for who is eligible to nominate for the Hugos are here.  You can nominate for the Hugo Awards (if you've an attending or supporting member of this year's, last year's or next year's Worldcon) here.  More info (including fact that deadline is March 31st) here.

ETA: Bo Bolander reminds us: "If you attended LoneStarCon last year, you can vote on the Hugos/Campbell this year. It's that easy!"

Creator/Writer:  Ellen Kushner & Delia Sherman
Studio: SueMedia/Neil Gaiman Presents

Produced by SueMedia & Ellen Kushner, narrated by Ellen Kushner (co-author with Delia Sherman), the audiobook features original music by Nathanael Tronerud composed for the Riverside Series, book by book, this book being the culmination.  Using our new "Illuminated" audiobook technique, SueMedia also creates original sound effects throughout, and we invited a host of wonderful actors to bring some of the dialogue to life - including the great Simon Jones (the original Arthur Dent in Hitchiker's Guide!), audio award-winners Katherine Kellgren, Nick Jones, Robert Fass . . . and Neil Gaiman as The Wizard in the Dreams!

Read more about it and listen to sample clips here.

I would point out the the first book in the series, Swordspoint, won an Audie Award in 2012, so we're selling quality goods here. And that, ehrm, very very few people actually nominate and vote in the Hugos, so every vote genuinely counts!

Thank you.

Full Size Cover Image by Tom Canty )
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Our fine friends at Tor.Com are offering a complete set of Riverside Audiobooks, plus extra goodies including Neil Gaiman's signed script for his Introduction to The Fall of the Kings audiobook, and a photo of all of us in the studio the day we recorded Neil's part (to be signed by Delia & me).

It's a Sweepstakes you can enter just by Commenting there on their site.

Photo:  Me, Neil, Delia & producer/director Sue Zizza

My co-author, Delia Sherman, & I are just thrilled. Thanks again to all the actors who took part in this ambitious project, and to everyone at Audible, Tor.Com & SueMedia who made it happen.

The Sweepstakes runs through Sept. 1.  To enter, click here.
--And don't be churlish:  Tell your friends!
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To celebrate the advent of a new Riverside Audiobook - narrated by your humble co-author - we like to throw a little contest, to give you a chance to win a FREE download of our latest from Neil Gaiman Presents: The Fall of the Kings, by Ellen Kushner & Delia Sherman.

Last time, it was Book Covers – this time, it’s CUISINE!

We invite you to create a
for food described in any of the "Riverside" books . .  or food that you think one of our characters would enjoy--
or a MENU for a meal they might eat . . . . You can even name a new dish for a character (What would Cherries Tremontaine taste like? what’s in a Riverside Fool?) . . .   And, of course, we welcome all recipes for how to make a really decent cup of chocolate.

1) Post your recipe (or menu) somewhere online on one of your own social media sites (LJ, Tumblr, FaceBook, blog, whatever--but your site, not mine!) where all your friends can see it, explaining what it's for (either by referring back to this post, or to the audiobook itself)

2) Post a link to that in the Commments on this page, below

The most delectable 10 entries will each get a FREE DOWNLOAD of the new audiobook!

And don’t worry – if you’ve already pre-ordered your copy, you’ll be able to give your winning Download to a friend.
The winning recipes may also appear (with permission) on the CUISINE section of my new website (currently a WIP, but coming soon in all its glory!).

Contest ends at 5:00 pm EST on FRIDAY, August 23rd
-- in time for us to judge them, & to send out the Secret Audiobook Prize Code in time for you to for
THE FALL OF THE KINGS AUDIOBOOK Release Day: Tuesday, August 27!
FOTK final NGP cover
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EK: You're such a schmuck . . . I can't believe you killed [him]!

DS, calmly knitting a sweater for Holly & Theo's new baby: Can't go to jail for killing a character.  There's not a jury in the land would convict me.
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In the home stretch of a very elaborate music-voice-and-SoundEffects (SFX) mix for the forthcoming audiobook of THE FALL OF THE KINGS (for Audible/Neil Gaiman Presents). Delia & I listen to each chapter hot off the producer's mixing board (thanks to the magic of YouSendIt), and either crow with glee, or make suggestions.

We have just had to take out the actual Owl Hoot that she put in for "The door opened slowly, and the man announced his presence by hooting like an owl." (p. 358, Trade Paperback)

Delia: It's just 'hooting like an owl in Book Land.'
Ellen: No; it's 'hooting like an owl in Theron Crazy-land.'
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Is it so very very wrong to just paste this in here from Facebook?

Got up, masterminded galactic takeover (unsuccessfully), ate lunch. Went downtown to studio, got to direct Neil Gaiman recording his introduction to THE FALL OF THE KINGS audiobook for Neil Gaiman Presents/ Audiobook Creation Exchange: ACX.com (blasto from the pasto! I directed his first-ever audioobook, the short story collection), then sat politely with Delia Sherman while SueMedia directed him reading his lines for the major cool Cameo role he's got in the book (no, I'm not telling! But when he asked for character direction, we said, "Merlin. But sexy." And boy, did he deliver the goods! Authorial shivers all 'round.)  Then went and got food with our Audible liaison, the godlike Christina A. Harcar, who knows where is all the best sushi - then ran to catch a cab to make it in time to my reading at Nuyorican Poets Cafe - thrill! - for the Bi-Lines event/awards ceremony. . . where my dear Steve Berman won a Publisher award for Lethe Press, and the anthology I'm in, BEYOND BINARY, won for SF/F (congrats to editor Brit Mandelo!!!).  Met many fine people there.  When it was over, popped round the corner to see my nephew Stuart Kushner, who is in town visiting his brother who lives just off Ave. A (which as I have told them in MY day was a BAAAAD neighb!! without even any Lawn to Get Off Of....), and planned Family Activities for the week, and recommended they watch "A Fish Called Wanda" on Netflix.  Finally figured out the crosstown bus wasn't running, found the 14A, and made it to my home subway stop just as the heavens opened. Waited for rain to diminish along with many other fine people, finally gave up & got wet, opened door, handed Delia my dripping pants & went online immediately to complain about being too tired to write a nice post.  And then to bed.
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 Why be coy?

Yes, I am going into the studio in about 2 weeks to start recording the THE FALL OF THE KINGS audiobook (Riverside AudioBook 3 - and do please pick up the first two there, while you're stopping here).

Delia's always a tremendous advisor in all my audio work - after 20 years (!!) of seeing me through radio, theater and audio, she's got an amazing ear, plus a whole lotta common sense.  But in this case, she's also the Co-Author of the novel!

So, as you can imagine, we are neck-deep in reading and discussing characters and casting (shhhh! not yet!) and voices (oh god how am I going to do 5 different male student main characters plus several hangers on, ditto, in one scene???) and interpretation.....

From tonight's dinner table, I present:

Delia:  I know Arlen's the Serpent Chancellor. . . but he's really a tiger. A big beautiful golden tiger, sitting there saying, "I could kill you if I wanted to. But I don't really want to right now."  Nicholas Galing, though - a jackal.  Saying, "I would definitely kill you if I knew I could get away with it."

I don't think she's being entirely fair to Nicholas.  But then, she created him, so I guess she's allowed.

*and it's only my laziness that prevents there being an icon of Canty's splendid cover image for that one here! I'll edit it in later, you may be sure.  (And then this note will look really stupid.)

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