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Fiction River Kickstarter

The folks at WMG Publishing are running a subscription drive for the Fiction River anthology series they put out, and they’ve decided to do it as a Kickstarter. I watched the video and it makes perfect sense, that a Kickstarter would be better and less intrusive than those subscription cards that used to fall out of magazines, or the content-interrupting pledge drives they use on some media outlets.

Anyway, I agreed to contribute some e-copies and  some autographed print copies of Flame in Shadow, so if you’d like one you can get it there, along with a subscription to the groundbreaking Fiction River anthology series from WMG Publishing.

If you end up with one of my stories drop me a line here to let me know. If I haven’t already sent the autographed copies to the folks at WMG Publishing and you’d like your copy personalized I’ll be happy to do it.

And either way, e-book or print edition, if you let me know you got the copy through the Kickstarter I’ll forward on a surprise extra.

Here’s the direct link to the Kickstarter:

Flame in Shadow Available Next Month

Flame in Shadow Cover

I have a new book coming out next month. I’ll add links as the various retailers add it to their catalogs.

From the back cover:

Flame in Shadow

When half-human enchanter Maddy Dune unexpectedly wins the All-Arduvulin Spelling Bee she accidentally plunges into the heart of a terrifying conflict no one warned her about.

Now the magical and unpredictable Folk are whispering of prophecy and plotting rebellion. Changelings grown from stolen hair and fingernails are turning up on her doorstep. Undead sorcerers are turning up everywhere.

And Its Royal Tanist, her new best friend and heir to the throne has disappeared.

The Department of Criminal Magic is clueless.

Her adoptive parents are hopeless.

Her only allies are her adoptive brother Rookhaven, a birdlike emissary created by the murderous kylochs of Ghula, and Madame Aubergine, her adoptive father’s fantastically clever clockwork cat.

Maddy has to search for Tan. She has to. But she can’t.

Not until she discovers exactly what the mysterious Spelling Bee trophy is.

Not until she understands what the trophy’s strange magic is doing to her.

And why.

Quite Possibly Alien Available Next Week


I have a new book coming out next week. I’ll add links as the various retailers add it to their catalogs.

From the back cover:

Quite Possibly Alien

When graduating senior Ciarán Mac Durmuid intervenes and rescues a fellow spacer from alien assassins he breaks the Freeman Federation’s unwritten law – mind your own business.

When Ciarán’s mysterious damsel in distress demands to know his particulars he breaks the Freeman Federation’s unwritten law again – keep your mouth shut.

Now a single decision will determine Ciaran’s future.

He can surrender his lifelong dream of winning an interstellar merchant’s license and escaping his dreary farm-boy destiny.

Or he can apprentice himself to the black sheep of the powerful nic Cartaí clan, a young woman who is almost certainly a pirate, aboard a sentient starship that is almost certainly insane, on a mission that will almost certainly get him killed.

Ciarán has to decide.

Does he bring his cat, or should he leave her with friends?

Beneath the Hidden Gyre Available This Week


I have a new book coming out this week. I’ll add links as the various retailers add it to their catalogs.

From the back cover:

Beneath the Hidden Gyre

When Professor of Enchantment Eusebius Quille arrives at the scene of a gruesome murder he discovers the sins of the past have been resurrected.


The undead sorcerer Ilse January stalks the fogbound streets of Arduvulin City, hunting victims to power her death magic.

The crypto-naturalist pirate Captain James Malachy has returned from his watery grave, determined to shatter the delicate truce between humans and their reluctant neighbors, the magical and unpredictable Folk.

The fate of the Fogbound Realm hangs in the balance. The very future of the Aos Sí teeters on a knife’s edge. Not even the Director of Its Royal Highness’s relentless Department of Criminal Magic can be trusted. Not this time. Quille’s only hope lies closer to home. Closer to heart.

Detective Inspector Nadine Oortsgarten has no use for Quille’s unsubstantiated claims and absurdly fantastic theories. She already has her suspect. A disreputable enchanter with a shadowy past, known criminal associates, and an extremely short life expectancy.

Professor of Enchantment Eusebius Quille.


Also Available for Preorder

My short story, A Man of His Times, will be included in a special edition of the Fiction River: Pulse Pounders anthology available exclusively through Kobo.

The anthology is now available for pre-order:



Available for Pre-Order

My short story, The Priest Hunter, will be included in a special edition of the Fiction River: Past Crime anthology available exclusively through Kobo.

The anthology is now available for pre-order:



Not as Prolific as I Seem

I’m a fast writer but not as fast as it may seem over the next few months.

I’ve begun posting links to my work on this site. A lot of that work is under pseudonyms; some public, some not public.

One of my public names, Pádraig Cahill, has caused a problem for the publisher and for me, because, come to find out, some of the on-line retail systems have issues with the a-fada in my given name.

The problem with the letter isn’t apparent in the listings themselves, but in the way search routines handle it. As a result many of these books have been virtually invisible on certain sites unless they were searched for by title or ISBN.

I guess I should have expected this. Even the punctuation in my anglicized surname occasionally proves problematic. However, I thought that commercial information technology systems had moved beyond the point where I needed to worry.

Obviously I was wrong.

The net result of this is that the publisher is going to reissue these books under the Patrick O’Sullivan name. It will take some time to do that, so until then you’ll find some Pádraig Cahill books on this site. It isn’t an ideal solution but at least you’ll be able to find them.

Jim Baen Memorial Writing Contest Story

My grand prize winning story, “The Lamplighter Legacy”,  is up at the Baen website and you can read it for free, at least for the rest of the month of June.

Here’s the link:

I hope you like the story.

I had a fun time writing the story and a fabulous time meeting fellow Writers of the Future winner Bill Ledbetter, and editor Jim Minz from Baen Books, and world renowned author and visionary David Brin, and the legendary (and personal hero) Vernor Vinge at the International Space Development Conference in San Diego.

It isn’t only the award that makes me happy but the friendships I’ve made, and the heroes I’ve met, and the relationships forged that are worth more than any prize. I’m honored to know these folks. They’re people I respect. I hope to continue to do good work worthy of their regard, and of yours.

Thanks again to the National Space Society, and Baen Books, and all the kind folks that have made 2013 a year to remember.

Jim Baen Memorial Writing Contest

I received some fantastic news today. I’m the Grand Prize winner in the 2013 Jim Baen Memorial Writing Contest. 

I am deeply honored. Baen Books publishes many of my favorite authors, folks whose books I pre-order the instant I learn of them, knowing they will be a great read.

One entire bookshelf in my library is stuffed with hardcovers by David Weber, and David Drake, and Lois McMaster Bujold, and John Ringo, and Eric Flint, and Elizabeth Moon, and Sharon Lee and Steve Miller, and Wen Spencer, and more. I can’t tell you how many other brilliant Baen books I have on my e-reader. Suffice it to say I’m a Baen fan and have been since my wife handed me David Weber’s On Basilisk Station and said, “You have to read this.”

It was a no-brainer for me to enter the contest. I owe Jim Baen, and Baen Books, and all of these great writers Baen publishes for countless hours of heart pounding, fist pumping enjoyment. Baen Books publishes the sort of stories I love to read. I had a great time writing this story, and I hope that when you get a chance to read it you’ll like it too.

I’ll follow up later with full details when I know more.

Thanks again to the folks at Baen Books, and the National Space Society, and all the dedicated people who make the contest possible.

Special thanks to R.P.L. Johnson, the 2012 winner, and the Writers of the Future Volume 27 Grand Prize Winner, whose brilliant story inspired me to enter.

If you wish to learn more about the contest look here:

To learn more about the National Space Society and why you should join today look here:

And of course, you can learn the latest news about Baen Books here:

A Nice Reader Comment

Here’s a comment from the Sony Reader Store, regarding my story in Volume 27 of the Writers of the Future anthology:

“Maddy Dune’s First and Only Spelling Bee”: I’m not telling you anything about this. You have to go read it. :: Dear Patrick O’Sullivan, I would like to read a novel featuring Maddy and Tan. Love, Emily. 5 stars.

Thanks so very much to Emily and all the other kind folks who keep me motivated.  I’ve been heads down, working on a Maddy Dune novel the past year, so I haven’t been as present here as I’d like. Now I have time to come up for air.

It’s comments like this that make it all worthwhile. They help me keep going when I’d rather sleep than write, and rather pound my head against the wall than edit.