A Magical Words Reminiscence

December 30, 2013

Today’s post at the Magical Words blogsite looks back on the history of the site, as Faith Hunter, Misty Massey, and I prepare to initiate some changes to the site going forward.  For those of you who have ever visited the site or commented on one or more of our posts, or even been curious about Magical Words, I hope you will stop by, learn a bit about where the site came from and join us as we step into our shiny new future.  Today’s post can be found here.

Happy New Year to all of you.  May 2014 be filled with contentment and joy, both professionally and personally.

It’s hot, it’s muggy; the full weight of summer seems to have settled over the entire continent.  There is no escaping it.  Or is there?  I will not claim that the Summer 2013 Thieves’ Quarry Blog Tour is a cure for the heat, but it might well be a cure for the Summertime Blues.  Today I am back at Drey’s Library, where I am the featured author for July.  My post today is about my favorite reads, and it is an overview of some of my favorite books in speculative fiction.  I hope you enjoy it.  And I hope that while you’re visiting the site, you’ll enter the contest to win a Thieftaker t-shirt.  (To enter, scroll down the linked page to the entry form.)

But that’s not all the Blog Tour is offering by way of giveaways:  My Deadly Destinations post is still up at All Things Urban Fantasy.  The post is a tour of 1760s Boston with Ethan Kaille as your tour guide.  And if you leave a comment, you will be entered in a contest to win copies of Thieftaker (paperback) and Thieves’ Quarry (hardcover).

Yesterday, Sephira Pryce was interviewed at Bitten By Books, and we started a contest to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card!  That contest is still going for another day and a half, so visit the site, and then check out the Rafflecopter link to make sure that get as many entries in the drawing as possible.

Finally, Pat’s Fantasy Hot List has joined me for a giveaway that again includes copies of both books in the Thieftaker Chronicles.  Just visit this page and follow the instructions.

So there you go.  You might not feel any cooler, but with a few cool posts and a chance to win some prizes that heat might just be a little easier to take.  Best of luck!

I am home from a very successful signing tour, and so thought I would use today’s installment of the Summer 2013 Thieves’ Quarry Blog Tour to offer a sort of post mortem on my trip. You can find the post, “Anatomy of a Signing Tour,” at http://magicalwords.net, the group blog on the business and craft of writing fantasy that I maintain, under the name David B. Coe, with fellow authors Faith Hunter, Misty Massey, Mindy Klasky, John Hartness, and James Tuck, among others.  I hope you enjoy it!

Yesterday was a travel day, so I neglected to post about the latest developments on the Summer 2013 Thieves’ Quarry Blog Tour.  But that doesn’t mean that I didn’t have posts go up.

First, in case you missed it, Black Gate Magazine put up my Interview With Ethan Kaille (composed with Dominick Swennen).  It’s a really fun interview and you can find it here.

Also, I have another Q&A up with my friend and Magical Words colleague Diana Pharaoh Francis. We covered a good number of topics relating to writing and research.  The interview is here.

Finally, I thought I would mention that the Summer 2013 Thieves’ Quarry Signing Tour is also still going on.   Tonight, Faith Hunter and I will be signing at the Books-A-Million in Gastonia, North Carolina, and tomorrow night I will be reading and signing at Malaprops Bookstore in Asheville, NC.  Stop by and say hello.

I had a fun signing last night at one of the nicest bookstores I’ve ever seen — The Fountain Bookstore in Richmond, Virginia.  Kelly, the shop owner was knowledgeable, professional, and incredibly nice, and we had a small but enthusiastic group of fans show up.  Great fun.  Today I drive to Charlottesville, Virginia where I will be signing this evening at Oakley’s Gently Used Books.  Hope to see some of you there.

In the meantime, the Summer 2013 Thieves’ Quarry Blog Tour continues with a stop at the blog of Stephen Leigh.  I first met Steve years ago at RiverCon in Louisville Kentucky. We hit it off right away and have remained close friends in the years since.  Steve shares my passion for research and for writing historical fantasy, so naturally that’s what I wrote about for the post.  I hope you enjoy it.

Today the Summer 2013 Thieves’ Quarry Blog Tour stops in to visit with my good friend and colleague Benjamin Tate. (AKA Joshua Palmatier)  We did an interview, with some interesting questions — and you can find it here.

Meanwhile, the Summer 2013 Thieves’ Quarry Signing Tour is in Richmond, Virginia today.  I will be signing copies of Thieftaker and Thieves’ Quarry (and whatever else you might want me to sign) this evening at Fountain Bookstore in Richmond, beginning at 6:30.  If you’re in the area, stop by and say hello.

Finally, the Blog Tour Schedule says that I am also supposed to be at Bitten By Books today, for an all day event and gift card giveaway.  That event has been rescheduled for next Tuesday, July 16.  Hope to see you all there.

It’s Monday, and as I roll toward Virginia to begin the Summer 2013 THIEVES’ QUARRY Signing Tour, the Summer 2013 Blog Tour rolls on as well.  I will have a post up today at the blog of my kind and talented friend, Kate Elliott, on the ins and outs of doing historical research for writing.  Kate’s blog is here.

And I will also be answering a few questions today from my friend Brandy Schillace, who I have already visited once on this year’s Blog Tour.  I am most grateful to Brandy for having me back on her site, which is here.

I hope that you will check out both posts.  And I hope to see some of you this week during the signing tour.  More from the road as it happens.

After a really fun release day for Thieves’ Quarry, and for the paperback edition of Thieftaker, I am back at work today with four stops on the Summer 2013 Thieves’ Quarry Blog Tour.

The first post is actually a short story that I co-wrote with my writing BFF and Magical Words co-founder, Faith HunterThe story can be found at Faith’s website.  It features Ethan Kaille, the hero of the Thieftaker books, and Jane Yellowrock, the star of Faith’s bestselling series, and we’re thinking very seriously of expanding it into a novella.  So check it out, and stay tuned!

The second post is actually one that was originally scheduled to go up yesterday, before life intervened.  But I finally have a post up at the blog of my wonderful friend Mary Robinette Kowal, writing about “My Favorite Bit” in Thieves’ Quarry.  “My Favorite Bit” is a feature she has been running on her site for some time now, and it was a fun post to write.

My terrific agent, Lucienne Diver is also hosting me on her site, where I am writing about writing historical fiction and using point of view to reinforce my setting.  For those interested in the craft of writing, this should be a really interesting discussion; hope to see you there.

And finally, I am interviewed today by the fabulous Drey at Drey’s Library.  I’ll be the featured author for July at the site, so this is just the first of several appearances I’ll be doing there over the next several weeks.

The Day After Release Day, and I’m still going strong.  Thanks for sharing another day with me!

At long last, release day for Thieves’ Quarry, and for the paperback edition of Thieftaker, is here!!  And the Summer 2013 Thieves’ Quarry Blog Tour continues.

And the day has begun well, with a 5 “Bat” review from All Things Urban Fantasy!

Quarry120I have several posts going up today.  The first is also at All Things Urban Fantasy, as part of their Deadly Destinations feature.  Ethan Kaille gives us a walking tour of 1768 Boston.  It was a fun post to write and I hope you enjoy it.  Plus, if you check out the post and leave a comment you’ll be entered in a drawing to win a copy of Thieves’ Quarry!

I am also at the blog of fellow writer Janice Gable Bashman, writing about “The Seam Between Fiction and History.”  Blending fictional elements with accurate historical details is not always easy, and that challenge is the subject of this post.  I think you’ll find it interesting.

A bit later today, I will be at the blog of my wonderful friend Mary Robinette Kowal, writing about “My Favorite Bit” in Thieves’ Quarry.  “My Favorite Bit” is a feature she has been running on her site for some time now, and it was another fun post to write.

And finally, I hope to finally have that post about politics, ideology, and the writer up at Aidan Moher’s “A Dribble of Ink.”  We had a bit of a mix-up yesterday, and I apologize for that.

So, there it is:  Release Day!  I’m very excited.  Thanks for sharing the day with me.

Thieves’ Quarry comes out tomorrow, as does the paperback edition of Thieftaker!! And I am very excited, to say the least.

So, today begins a busy week on the Summer 2013 Thieves’ Quarry Blog Tour. I have three different posts up on three different sites.

The first is an interview I did with the wonderful and talented Alethea Kontis at her website. Alethea is beginning her “Month of Authors and Artists,” and she kicked off the month-long event — which promises to be terrific start to finish — with yours truly. You can find the Q&A here.

The second is a post on politics, ideology, and the writer at the excellent blog of Aidan Moher, “A Dribble of Ink.” Here is the link the site; the post should be up shortly.

And finally, I have my usual Monday post up http://magicalwords.net, the group blog on the business and craft of writing fantasy that I maintain with fellow authors Faith Hunter, Misty Massey, Mindy Klasky, John Hartness, Kalayna Price, and James Tuck, among others. The post is fun and light-hearted — it’s about assigning theme songs to some of our favorite characters. So stop by and join in.

I hope you enjoy all three posts.

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