Interview at Kings River Life

I’ve been interviewed by the good folk over at Kings River Life Magazine. The quote below is part of a much larger interview.

Iron Gray Sea: Destroyermen is a great gift for fans of alternate history, sort-of World War II action, and timeslip/parallel worlds science fiction. There’s strategy, combat, a touch of romance (mostly of the longing-glance variety), and new parts of the world to explore, but don’t be too shy to look up the earlier books to catch up on the rest of the series. You will enjoy it.

Read the entire interview here: http://kingsriverlife.com/07/28/iron-gray-sea-destroyermen-by-taylor-anderson/

Small Arms and Equipment of the Destroyermen

These are examples of weapons and equipment that appear in the story.  Not all are exactly correct, but they are representative.  More will follow.  Also, if you’d like to send pictures of your own examples, we’ll gladly post them–but be sure to digitally “scrub” or hide the serial #s, etc., first, for your own protection!

Bill Curry submits his own pictures for perusal!

Thanks, Bill!

Various Destroyermen News & Thank Yous

First things first, my apologies for how difficult it has been to get the Audible version of the latest book. Not sure what the problem is, but I’ll try to sort it out ASAP.

Secondly, I didn’t get to go to all the places and meet all the folks I’d have liked, but I appreciate the nice reception everywhere I went. I’d particularly like to thank the folks at  “Books and Crannies” in Terrel, TX. (as usual) and all the wonderful people at “A Real Bookstore” in Fairview, TX. I don’t think I’ve ever been treated nicer by family! Thanks to everybody who put up with me, and all the folks who came out to see me.

Announcing Iron Gray Sea Book Tour Dates!

TERRELL, TX – BOOKS & CRANNIES BOOKSTORE

July 3rd, 2012 – From 4PM

209 West Moore Avenue
Terrell, TX 75160

Reading/Discussion/Signing

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DALLAS – FORT WORTH , TX – BARNES & NOBLE

Thursday, July  5 – 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM CST

1612 S. University Dr., #401
Fort Worth, TX   76107

Reading/ Discussion/ Signing

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 ALBUQUERQUE, NM -  PAGE ONE BOOKSTORE

Monday, July  9 – 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM MT

11018 Montgomery NE
Albuquerque, NM   87111

www.page1book.com
Reading/ Discussion/ Signing

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DENVER, CO – TATTERED COVER

Tuesday, July 10 – 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM MT

Highlands Ranch
9315 Dorchester Street
Highlands Ranch, CO  80129

http://www.tatteredcover.com/highlands-ranch-store

Reading/ Discussion/ Signing
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DALLAS – FORT WORTH , TX – A REAL BOOKSTORE

Wednesday, July 11 – 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM CST

113 Prairie Road
The Village at Fairview
Fairview, TX   75069

http://www.arealbookstore.com/

Reading/ Discussion/ Signing
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SAN DIEGO, CA -  COMIC CON

Saturday, July 14
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM PT – Locked & Loaded Panel

San Diego Convention Center – San Diego, CA

http://www.comic-con.org

PANEL: Locked and Loaded
Saturday, 7/14/12, 12:00p.m-1:00p.m., Room: 23ABC
From hand-to-hand combat and canons to AK-47s and the death star-the landscape of military conflict has changed…but the instinct to destroy has not. People love to read about the good guys blasting the hell out of paranormal villains, evil aliens, and ruthless government officials. These authors include pulse-pounding combat scenes in their novels and never shy away from applying deadly force when necessary. Strategize with Joseph Nassise (By The Blood of Heroes); Myke Cole (Control Point); Taylor Anderson (Destroyermen Series); Jack Campbell (Lost Fleet Series); Harry Turtledove (The War That Came Early); and S.J. Kincaid (Insignia), under the leadership of moderator Stephen W. Saffel, DEO &Senior Acquisitions Editor, Titan Books

Autographing after panel: AA09 1:30:00 PM-2:30:00 PM
*Books to be sold my Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore.

New Cover Art for Iron Gray Sea!

What do you think?

This is the jacket description:

War has engulfed the other earth. With every hard-won victory and painful defeat, Matt Reddy and the Allies encounter more friends — and more diabolical enemies. Even in the arms of the woman he loves, there is little peace for Reddy. The vast sea and scope of the conflict has trapped him too far away to help on either front, but that doesn’t mean he and USS Walker can rest — and man and four-stacker must risk everything against a bigger ship.

Elsewhere, the long-awaited invasion of Grik “Indiaa” has begun, and the Human-Lemurian Alliance is pushing back against the twisted might of the Dominion. The diplomatic waters seethe with treachery and a final, terrible plot explodes in the Empire of New Britain Isles.

Are you excited?

The release date is July 3rd and you may pre-order now!

Amazon|Barnes&Noble|Powells

Iron Gray Sea Release Date!

Hi All,

I’ve been working very hard and I am very happy to announce that book seven in the Destroyermen universe will be out in stores on July 3rd, 2012. If you are interested, you may pre-order the book now! Once we have the cover art all set, we’ll release that out to you as well!

As always, thank you so much for being such a great group of readers/listeners!

Amazon.com Preorder Link

Audio for The Destroyermen Series

Just wanted to announce that the English language audio version of the entire Destroyermen Series (produced by Tantor Media) will now be available worldwide! Get your listening ears on!

 

New Review for Firestorm

Lilyraines of Night Owl Reviews has reviewed Firestorm!

Score: 4.50 / 5 – Reviewer Top Pick

Firestorm is the kind of book that I don’t read often enough and then wonder why. A good part of why I like the book (and what I have read of the series so far) is that it appeals to me on a couple of different levels.

One, it appeals to me on the ‘alternate history’ level in that it is set during what is/was World War II and the author shows the divisions brilliantly.

On another level, it appeals to the SF/F fan in me with the additions of the Grik, the Lemurians, and other creatures such as the whale fish. I really like seeing these additions and how the different people deal with them.

Another reason I find this book (and the series) appealing is how Taylor Anderson takes “what if” something happened (or didn’t) and works it into what really could have been.

Finally, there is the “Holy Dominion”, how it came into being, how it was worked into the story and how things worked out in the end.

I would recommend this book (and the series) to anyone who enjoys science fiction, alternate history and a very good story.

More reviews over at Night Owl Reviews!

Model Contest Winners

Well, I did my best to make a decision, but I just couldn’t do it.  All the participants did a great job as far as I’m concerned and the effort they put into their offerings was clear and in some cases, amazing.  In any an event, because I “know” what the subjects of the models are “supposed” to look like, I was forced to rely on the advice of more objective advisers.  Those advisers had a little trouble designating a “Grand Prize” winner based on the specific “rules” of the contest, but I believe the compromise they came up with was fair.  The next contest will evaluate the models on a simple “best,” “second best,” scale, regardless of how they are made.  “best” will be based on the quality of the model, and how well it represents its subject.

For the current contest, the “scratch-built” category still exists, but compromises were made.

 

Drumroll!

 

There were 3 “runners up” to the “Grand Prize,” and all three artists will receive 2 signed books–the 2 most recent, unless they have a preference.

Todd Garrepy must be rewarded for his imaginative use of LEGOS???!!! to make a model of USS Walker.  Building anything that looked like a ship, much less something that was clearly a 4-stacker out of LEGOS must have been like planning and executing a sphere made of Rubik’s cubes!

Rick Essert made an outstanding model of Walker sinking a Grik Indiaman.  I don’t know why it seems to have disappeared from the website, but it IS very nice, and I had the pleasure of seeing it in person while on my book tour on the west coast.  I will try to figure out why I can’t find the picture, and if necessary, re-post it.

Wayne Hawkins built a virtual fleet of ships, entirely from scratch.  Very nice.  His detail–particularly on non Destroyermen specific ships, is amazing for the scale he chose.

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By unanimous agreement of the “judges” and myself, the “Grand Prize” must go to Bill Early, whose model was almost perfect for its depiction of USS Walker as she appeared in “Rising Tides.”  The foundation of his model was  the 1/240 Revell kit, but he went to a tremendous amount of effort to “personalize” it.  Ultimately, the detail he included on the scratch-built “Nancy” was sufficient to take the cake, and make him the overall winner, regardless of category.

Congratulations to you all!  Give me a shout and send me your contact information and I will send your prizes!  Thanks for participating, and I hope everyone had fun!

New model contest begins!

Based on how many contacts I had from people who were “building” Walker, or some other subject in the series–but couldn’t finish in time–I decided to “re-boot” the contest!  I don’t have a “finish” date just yet, but I will give plenty of warning.  Let’s get them started ASAP and when posted, we’ll try to make sure they are all together this time so they’re easier to find and compare.  I hope the “winners” of the previous contest will join me as judges for the next–unless you choose to compete again!  Prizes will be the same, but will be based on absolute “Best,” with two “runners up.”

A Synopsis of the NYC Comic Con Panel by Io9.com

Over at Io9.com, they do a mighty fine write-up of the panel I was on this past weekend. I flew to New York City and attended the Comic Con which was quite an interesting experience!  The panel was entitled: “Accelerate to Attack Speed” and consisted of moderator and Ace/Roc editor Ginjer Buchanan and authors Myke Cole and Jack Campbell.

You can read the article here.