The Prince and The Program Launch Party

June 25, 2012

The Prince and The Program Cover

Hiya folks!

Welcome to the blogLaunch of The Prince and The Program. The book contains a number of Easter Eggs, codes, and hidden messages, and I thought this would be a great time and place to reveal some of them. But first, a little bit about the book:


Mordred Pendragon, the Bastard Prince, has done a Bad Thing–again. Exiled to Canada for seven years, he has to find a job to pay his bills. Mordred decides that “Software Engineer” has a nice ring to it. And though experience with “killing the Once and Future King, my father”, and “that time in feudal Japan” makes for a poor resume, he is hired by a startup in Toronto.

In the midst of dealing with a crippling caffeine addiction and learning C++, Mordred thinks he has finally found someone to anchor him to the world of the living: Alan, the company’s off-site lead developer. Except that Alan might not be a “living” entity at all…he may, in fact, be the world’s first strong Aritifical Intelligence. Or a demon that mistook a Windows install for the highway to Hell. Or, just maybe, the ghost of Alan Turing, currently inhabiting a laptop.

Mordred’s attempts to figure out his love life are hampered by interference from Inquisitors, corporate espionage, real espionage, a sysadmin bent on enslaving the world, and Marketing’s demands that Mordred ship software to the Russians. Then Alan gets himself kidnapped.

To save him, Mordred must ally himself with the company’s CEO, who will stop at nothing to rescue her lead developer so he can get back to work. But the Prince doesn’t just want to rescue Alan, he wants a Happily Ever After–and he will travel beyond Death itself to get one.

Too bad Alan is perfectly happy as a computer.


You can download the Prologue and Chapter 1 on my website at or, if you feel like it, order directly from Dreamspinner :)

I should also mention that there’s a $1000 Codebreaking Challenge – a cash award for the first person that cracks the Golden Egg that spans the entire length of the novel. There’s no time limit, the prize will be awarded whenever the Egg is cracked, now or ten years from now. Join me through the day as I reveal some of the Eggs (helping you rule out some leads), play a little bit of music for you, and talk about The Prince and The Program.

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