Sunday, November 30, 2014

Sunday Will Never Blog The Same

Busy Sunday, so let's get this ball rolling! First, if you've been following our Character Blog Hop posts over the last two weeks, this week we hand off to Jessica Rydill, who introduces us to her character, Annat Vasilyevich! Annat's first e-book, Children of the Shaman, is free through Amazon! For more on Jessica, drop by

Hey, have YOU read the new Monkey Queen short story, "Best Christmas Ever!"? If not, scroll down to the next post! It's more fun than a sappy holiday romantic comedy movie marathon! No, really, it is.

Our thanks to the gang at SciFi Fantasy Freak for featuring the first Monkey Queen book, Of Introductions And Abductions, as a new release the past three days! To find out more about them and sign up for their mailing list, head over to

And after some setbacks, the paperback edition of the new Monkey Queen book, The Brigadoon Boondoggle, is now available through Amazon!

Thanks again to Willow, Keri with Alchemy Book Covers, and Marina and Jason with Polgarus Studio for all their fabulous work. You've all made this writer doubly happy.

Friday, November 28, 2014

"Best Christmas Ever!" - a new Monkey Queen short story!

Just in time for the holiday season, we (we?) here at Monkey Queen Books are pleased to unwrap a brand new short story! Join Michiko, Beth and their friends after the cut for their... "Best Christmas Ever!"

Son of Holiday Reminders

Yes, it may be Publication Day, but some things might be considered more important than that. After all, the media may be choosing to focus on the Black Friday frenzy, with their message of "Buy! Buy!" But we here at Monkey Queen Books remember the reason for the season:

It's Heeeeere!

We've done it! The second Monkey Queen book, The Brigadoon Boondoggle, can now be bought and downloaded worldwide! Wheeeee! Thank you all for your support, and don't forget to drop by our Facebook event later today! I'm looking forward to chatting with you and sharing a Christmas surprise!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Monkey Queen Book Two: Where To Order!

Though the second Monkey Queen book, The Brigadoon Boondoggle, is still not available to buy everywhere as this is being written, it will be as of mid-day U.S. time Friday, November 28! So as we did with the first book, here's a post with every single ordering link I can find bunched into one place! We'll add more links, including those for ordering the paperback edition, as they go live.

And this is the cover you'll be looking for, with amazing art by Willow!

For U.S. readers:


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And if you somehow missed the first Monkey Queen book, Of Introductions And Abductions, you can find it at all these stores as well!

Cover art, as always, © 2014 by Willow. All rights reserved; used with permission.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Reminders! Be reminded!

Don't forget that we'll be celebrating the release of the second Monkey Queen novel, The Brigadoon Boondoggle, with a Facebook event this Friday, November 28, publication day! 11:00 AM-1:00 PM Pacific Time, 2:00 PM-4:00 PM Eastern Time, 20:00-22:00 (8:00 PM-10:00 PM) CET. It's open to the public, and there will be a Christmas surprise!

By the way, I do understand that some people will not be spending any money on that day to protest the over-commercialization of Christmas and, increasingly, Thanksgiving. I sympathize, believe me. But if you plan on joining this movement, I would like to remind you that you can always preorder now and read it on Black Friday instead of shopping...

Monday, November 24, 2014

Another Holiday Reminder

As Wil Wheaton pointed out on his Tumblr, when someone wishes you the greetings of the season, be it "Merry Christmas", "Happy Hanukkah", "Happy Holidays" or whatever, it's always polite to respond "And the same to you", or some variation. Honor the thought and sentiment and respond in kind.

And don't forget to do the same for this important holiday:

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Character Blog Hop: Meet Beth McGill!

Welcome (again!) to this week's installment of the Character Blog Hop! You can find out more info here at the Speculative Fiction Showcase blog: And here's last week's installment if you missed it:

This week, I volunteered to jump in with a second installment due to a last-minute cancellation. I'm still busy getting the second Monkey Queen book ready, so Michiko asked a favor of her new partner in adventure. The results are after the cut.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Thursday Willow reminders

Two reminders: Willow's Facebook contest is ending Friday, November 21! Like her page, share her post and leave a comment, and you could win one of three posters featuring her wonderful art - Avatar (the Last Airbender/Legend of Korra), Doctor Who (featuring the Tenth Doctor), and Spirited Away! More details here!

And for our European readers - don't forget that Art To Play is this weekend, September 22 and 23, in Nantes, France! Willow will be there, and she'll have merchandise for sale! Tell her Michiko and Beth sent you, and I'll be even more surprised than her! For more info: or

Oh, and in case you missed it, I have a new book coming next week. Really.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Update - paperback edition of Monkey Queen Book Two

Due to a error in the proofing process, the release of the paperback edition of the second Monkey Queen book, The Brigadoon Boondoggle, will be delayed. There is no confirmed release date at this time, but it probably won't be until early December. The fault is mine (Robert's), and I do regret and apologize for any problems this causes anyone.

This will not delay the release of the e-book! Preorders are rolling along, and the book will come out as scheduled on November 28.

Feel free to email me any questions, or leave a comment on this post. Thanks.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Google+ must hate me right about now

We're doing something different and fun on November 28, to celebrate the release of the second Monkey Queen book, The Brigadoon Boondoggle! We're hosting an event on Facebook, and it'll be open to everyone! Take a break from Black Friday madness and chat with author (and guy who writes this blog) Robert Dahlen! There may even be a Christmas surprise! 11:00 AM-1:00 PM Pacific Time, 2:00 PM-4:00 PM Eastern Time, 20:00-22:00 (8:00 PM-10:00 PM) CET. Save the date and this link!

And Willow, who draws the amazing covers for the Monkey Queen books, is having a contest on Facebook! Like her page, share her post and leave a comment, and you could win one of three posters! Enter by November 21! More details here!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Character Blog Hop: Meet Michiko the Monkey Queen!

We're doing something a little bit different on the blog today. We're taking part in the Character Blog Hop, where writers take turns introducing (or interviewing, if they enjoy tempting fate) one of their characters. Last week, it was S. Elliot Brandis, whose interview with The Android went...a bit awry. You can read it here:  Find out more about his books at , and follow him on Facebook.

This week, it's my turn. I've been rather busy lately, with the launch of preorders for the second Monkey Queen someone volunteered to help me out. Michiko? It's all yours after the cut.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

another Saturday blog

We've got a special blog event coming up Sunday, so today will be the catch-up post I usually save for Sundays. If you haven't already, scroll down the blog to get more info on the second Monkey Queen novel, The Brigadoon Boondoggle! We've got sneak peeks, preorder links and more!

And for our European readers -- Monkey Queen cover artist Willow will be appearing at the Art to Play festival in Nantes, France, next weekend, September 22 and 23! She'll be with other members of her BD/comic team Collectif Pin Up, and she'll have merchandise for sale! For more info: or

Friday, November 14, 2014

A Holiday Reminder

We're taking a (very quick) break from promoting the upcoming release of the next Monkey Queen book to remind all of you that, with the holiday season coming up, we need to wake up! Ignore the messages we're getting from the media! Put that all aside and remember what the true reason for the season is:

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Monkey Queen Book Two: preorder links!

We'll have a more extensive list up later, but for now, here's a quick list of where you can get your copy of the second Monkey Queen book, The Brigadoon Boondoggle! Preorder now, and download November 28! Brighten up your Black Friday! There will also be a paperback edition, and we're hoping for more details on that next week.*Version*=1&*entries*=0

And don't forget you're looking for this gorgeous cover by Willow!

Cover art © 2014 by Willow. Used by permission. Go browse her gallery already!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Monkey Queen 2: more previews!

So, you've already read Chapter One of the new Monkey Queen book, The Brigadoon Boondoggle, and you can't wait to read more? Well, that's what we're here for! (That, and the dark chocolate-covered potato chips. My gosh, they're yummy. If they could just add peanut butter, we might have the world's most perfect snack food. We've gone off the rails again, haven't we?)

Head over to the Monkey Queen Books page on Facebook, and you'll see a short excerpt from Chapter Three! In Beth's dream, a most unusual meeting takes place...

And over at DeviantArt, there's a scene from Chapter Four, in which Michiko meets her new neighbors!

And don't forget - we always welcome your comments, regardless of where you leave them! Feel free to speak up, ask questions, or even tell us that we're nuts for liking dark chocolate-covered potato chips more than fudge-coated pretzels! And thanks for reading!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Monkey Queen 2: preorders open on Amazon!

Excited yet about the second Monkey Queen book, The Brigadoon Boondoggle? Well, preorders are now open at Amazon! Get it early, and download it on November 28! I'll be putting up a post by the end of this week with many, many more links for non-U.S. customers and those of you who prefer other ebook stores.

Many thanks to Keri Knutson with Alchemy Book Covers, and Marina and Jason Anderson with Polgarus Studio, for getting the cover design and formatting (respectively) done so quickly! And so well to boot!

And special thanks to Willow. She worked her fingers off to get the cover ready in time so I could get the preorder up when I wanted, and took time away from other projects to do so. Willow, if you're reading this, you're the best!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Will you be blogging after Sunday, or go home on Monday?

First and foremost, if you missed it earlier, last week we announced the publication date for the second Monkey Queen book, The Brigadoon Boondoggle! This post has a sneak preview of the first chapter and a look at Willow's awesome cover art:

Speaking of Willow, today is the last day of the sale at the Society6 web store for Collectif Pin Up, the BD/comic artist group that includes Willow and other talented artists! $5 US off and free worldwide shipping, but you have to use this link! Hurry!

Some thoughts on Doctor Who: "Death In Heaven" after the jump (SPOILERS):

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Monkey Queen Book Two - cover update!

So, when preorders begin for the second Monkey Queen novel, The Brigadoon Boondoggle, what should you be looking for?

How about this gorgeous cover!

Thanks to Keri Knutson at Alchemy Book Covers for the excellent design work, and thanks again to Willow for her awesome art!

Cover art © 2014 Willow. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Willow on sale!

I may need to rephrase that post title, but first, a reminder - if you haven't read the previous post already, scroll down or click to see the announcement about the release of the second Monkey Queen novel, The Brigadoon Boondoggle! Coming November 28! You can see Willow's cover art, along with the first chapter! Check back soon for ordering info!

As for Willow being on sale: Actually, her art is. She and her friends in the BD/comic team Collectif Pin Up have a web store at Society 6, and right now, you can get $5.00 US of your purchase AND free worldwide shipping there! That includes Willow's jaw-dropping Spirited Away print, her really cute Toothless and Hiccup coffee mug, and more! To get the special, you have to click this link: Ends November 9, so shop now! Don't wait!

Finally: Holy cow, it's autumn.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Monkey Queen Book Two coming November 28!

Yes, it's Major Announcement time! We are pleased and excited to announce that November 28 will mark the official release date for Monkey Queen Book Two: The Brigadoon Boondoggle!

"I have to help them. All of them. It's why I do this."

Michiko, the hero known as the Monkey Queen, and her partner in adventure Beth McGill thought it would be easy. They've become good friends since they started working together, why not become roommates? Of course, that was before the kitchen fire. And the broken bedroom door. Not to mention the cranky guinea pig.

But they have bigger problems ahead. A shady real estate deal has left two new groups of Emigres arguing over a meadow. Other Emigres are vanishing without a trace. And enemies old and new lurk in the woods, in the shadows, even in dreams.

Can Michiko and Beth stop the darkness...or will they be the next victims?

Here's the completed, and gorgeous, cover art by Willow!

And below the cut is the first chapter! Enjoy!