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David Boultbee
January 26th, 2009, 09:00 AM
I thought I'd share a bit of good news with CTR. The Gender Divide has been picked up by Champagne Books and will be published in May.
:whoohoo:

I've very excited for about this for a number of reasons - check out my blog post (http://davidboultbee.com/blog/?p=25) for more details.

Gotta go get coffee - talk to you later.
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hollie
January 26th, 2009, 09:52 AM
Congratulations David it's a great story and it's nice to see it with a new publisher

David Boultbee
January 26th, 2009, 10:01 AM
Thanks Hollie. I think so too and I am very happy with Champagne Books.

Now if only I could find the time to write the next one my life would be perfect.
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hollie
January 26th, 2009, 05:15 PM
my friend has borrowed Gender Divide she was less than half way through it when i saw her at school today and she already asked me about a second book

Dani
January 26th, 2009, 07:29 PM
That's fantastic news David! :biggrin:

David Boultbee
January 27th, 2009, 12:33 AM
my friend has borrowed Gender Divide she was less than half way through it when i saw her at school today and she already asked me about a second book

Now THAT is excellent news. I wish I could tell you that there was a sequel in the works but what I am working on now is a little different.

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mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} </style> <![endif]--> Stephanie was trying hard not to kill the station commander. She had started listing all the ways to do it as an amusing way to deal with his stupidity, but it had quickly migrated into the realm of serious temptation. She knew that her impatience was getting the better of her but this buffoon would try anyone’s patience. Lord knows that Carman was getting as sick of putting up with his mindboggling incompetence as she was. More so, in fact, since he invariably delegated as many tasks as he could. In her role as Stephanie’s assistant, Carman had borne the brunt of that. She wished she could have told the station commander who they were after. He would have been more cooperative but it would have raised the profile of the operation beyond a level that she could manage. Not only would it have blown her cover, it also would have gotten Vaughn locked away where even she couldn’t get at him.

She sighed silently as he continued ranting at her for the ‘incredible waste of resources’ and made yet another mental note to get him fired as soon as she could. She glanced at Carman and then looked at her hard, startled by the telltale signs of tension. She cut off the station commander with a preemptory wave of her hand, ignoring his sputtering.

“What is it?” she asked curtly and Carman shook her head slightly.

“I’m not sure,” she replied slowly. “Kenneth is right, although not the way he was thinking. This was too easy. Either we’ve made a mistake and picked the wrong person or we’re being played.”

“You must have made a mistake then,” Kenneth interrupted. “There’s no way that this person is who you’re looking for. His id is…”

“Shut up,” Stephanie said coldly without even looking at him. She was beginning to get an uneasy feeling in her gut. “You know that we didn’t make a mistake. The signs are clear, not to mention that I was able to id him personally.”

“Exactly.” Stephanie made an impatient gesture and Carman elaborated. “You know him. Would he allow you to surprise him like that? You’ve told me time and again how he managed to evade the security forces in the capital. If he could do that, why would he allow you to capture him here, now? The teams you assembled are good but the security, both systems and people, are orders of magnitude better in the capital.”

“Damn. You know what this means, then?”

“I think that Carman nailed it when she said that you’ve been played.” The voice issued from the phone on the desk and Stephanie almost collapsed as she realized that she had just lost her last chance.

“Congratulations Vaughn,” she replied bitterly. “Dare I guess just how far away you are by now?”

“Oh, not all that far” he replied humorously. “In fact, I’m just around the corner. I would have come to see you in person but I didn’t feel like risking my life, surprising either you or Carman like that.”

“Very funny,” she responded automatically even as she fought to keep her hopes from rising.

“I’m serious. The efforts you expended to track me down and the way you went about it have piqued my curiosity. That’s one of my weak spots, as you might recall. I presume that you had more in mind than adding me to your trophy collection, so if you’ll both promise to behave I’ll be happy to discuss whatever is troubling you.”

Stephanie shot a quick look at Carman, receiving a nod in return. Before she could respond, Vaughn appeared in the doorway.

“Good decision,” he said approvingly. He looked at the station commander. “Kenneth, is it? You can go now. We’ll let you know when you can have your office back.”

Kenneth had been staring at them stupidly but he bristled at this blatant usurpation of his territory.

“Who the hell do you think you are?” he replied angrily and Stephanie watched in amusement as Vaughn smiled charmingly.

“Me? I’m nobody. But since Stephanie was able to coordinate my capture so effectively, I assume that she has some authority over you. So shoo.” He made a waving motion with his hand and she bit her tongue to keep from laughing at the look on Kenneth’s face. She had to admit that she got a kick out of Vaughn’s sense of humor, at least when he didn’t direct it her way.

“I don’t care what her authority is, I’ve put up with this nonsense too long already. I’m beginning to doubt…” His voice cutoff with a cry of pain as Carman grabbed his arm and frog-marched him from the room.

Stephanie stared at Vaughn as he wandered into the room and sat down in the nearest chair and she studied him carefully. She’d seen images of him earlier but this was the first time she’d seen him in person since she had tracked him down. His hair was cut short and dyed in an ugly two-tone pattern, mimicking the style that was currently in vogue, allowing him to blend into a crowd easily. His clothes were similarly nondescript and his features were almost painfully average. She had always wondered if that was a result of genetics or if he’d had nanitic surgery. The one feature that belied this carefully cultivated image was his eyes. The color had changed from the last time she’d seen him but no matter what color they were, there was no hiding the piercing intellect behind them. Those eyes flicked over her appraisingly and she wondered what he was thinking.

“Good subordinates are such a boon, are they not?” he said breezily and Stephanie arched an eyebrow as she looked at him.

“Aren’t you afraid that she’ll return with reinforcements?”

“Nope, not really.”

“That’s it? ‘Nope, not really’” she echoed sarcastically and he sighed.

“Well, I figure if she feels that she can trust me alone with you Princess, then it’s only fair that I trust her in return.”

Stephanie’s face tightened. The way he said the word ‘Princess’ told her that it wasn’t an endearment, or even a mockery of that. “How long have you known?” she asked flatly and he shrugged.

“I had my suspicions back at the Institute but it was more how the security forces reacted my rather precipitous departure that tipped me off. I did a little digging once the furor settled down and that’s when I found it.”

Stephanie nodded slowly. “Well I appreciate your tact in keeping my secret.” She looked over at him and cocked her head. “So, what did you want to know?”

“Who says I want to know anything Princess?”

“It may have been five years Vaughn but I still know enough about you to know when you are fishing for information. You wouldn’t have told me this without wanting something in return. In this case I’m guessing information.”

“Touché”, he replied with a wry grin.

“So let me guess. You’re wondering why I’m running around unescorted in this out-of-the-way station.”

“Indeed, especially since all the tabloids agree that you are vacationing on a private island on New Caicos.”

“Well, that’s what they’re supposed to believe,” she replied. “After all, it’s hard to sneak away with a crowd of reporters chasing you.”

He looked at her mildly, a look that she had grown to distrust during their time together at the Institute. The question that followed only reinforced that impression. “What about your father? Is that what he’s supposed to believe as well?”

“Who says that he doesn’t know exactly where I am?” she replied confidently, hiding her unease.

David Boultbee
January 27th, 2009, 12:35 AM
That's fantastic news David! :biggrin:

Thanks Dani.
:turned:

astonwest
January 27th, 2009, 08:19 PM
Congratulations from another Champagne author!

David Boultbee
January 27th, 2009, 10:12 PM
Thanks Aston, I'm very happy so far.

hollie
January 28th, 2009, 07:31 AM
that sounds great David let us know more about it when you can i'm going to email this to my friend

David Boultbee
January 28th, 2009, 06:42 PM
that sounds great David let us know more about it when you can i'm going to email this to my friend

Glad you liked it Hollie!

David Boultbee
March 13th, 2009, 08:09 PM
I just received the new cover for The Gender Divide. Drop by my blog to take a look and let me know what you think of it.

http://davidboultbee.com/blog

hollie
March 14th, 2009, 10:32 AM
oh that is gorgeous i love the bright colours. not sure i can justify buying a book i already have just cos i like the new cover

David Boultbee
March 14th, 2009, 02:14 PM
Hollie

I love to say that more was changed than just the cover but the truth is there were no major changes to the story, just a bunch of little improvements.

Maybe you can be an ambassador of sorts for me once it is released. I'm not sure how much coverage it will get over there on the other side of the pond but word of month is probably the best advertising going.

Thanks again for the wonderful comments.

David

hollie
March 14th, 2009, 03:05 PM
i'll do anything i can to help email me and tell me what you need it's already on my list of books to share with other friends

David Boultbee
March 15th, 2009, 05:01 PM
Hollie

Just keep doing what you're already doing. Having the book on your list of books to share and telling your friends about it, that's great. I honestly don't think I could ask for more.:notworthy:

David

Dani
March 15th, 2009, 06:15 PM
I just received the new cover for The Gender Divide. Drop by my blog to take a look and let me know what you think of it.

http://davidboultbee.com/blog

The cover's beautiful David!! Congrats on getting it. :biggrin:

CharmedGirl
March 15th, 2009, 06:18 PM
Love the cover David. It's beautiful.

David Boultbee
March 16th, 2009, 06:39 AM
Thanks Dani & CharmedGirl.

With the cover and the ARC from the publisher, I'm suddenly realizing how close May is and I am really getting excited.

David Boultbee
March 17th, 2009, 02:35 PM
In a funny twist, I just received this review for the original publication of The Gender Divide. It was sent as an eBook in August of 2007 and followed up with a print copy in early 2008.

Now, well over a year later, someone has finally picked it up for review. The timing is actually pretty good, as The Gender Divide will be released in May from Champagne Books. It's always good to have a recent review and this one has some really good lines.

Also as most of you are aware there was a dramatic change in the cover for The Gender Divide and, as always, my publisher was right. The new cover is better. Thanks Ellen and Trisha.


http://www.sfreader.com/read_review.asp?book=1289

hollie
March 17th, 2009, 05:07 PM
i rated it for you David

Dani
March 17th, 2009, 05:43 PM
That's a great review David. :biggrin:

David Boultbee
March 17th, 2009, 07:10 PM
i rated it for you David

Thanks Hollie, that's awesome. And a great rating as well.:toot:

Shout out to anyone else who has read it - please feel free to stop by the review and rate it yourself. There is space for a user rating.

David Boultbee
March 17th, 2009, 07:11 PM
That's a great review David. :biggrin:

Thanks Dani. It's funny how things work out sometimes.