Happy Monday, readers! Hope you had a great holiday. I did, and now I’m psyched for tomorrow’s release of A Plunder of Souls, the third book in the Thieftaker Chronicles. The Summer 2014 Plunder of Souls Blog Tour stops off today at the SciFiChick site and at Aidan Moher’s “A Dribble of Ink.”
My essay at “A Dribble of Ink” is about trying to balance the need for historical authenticity with the equally compelling need to write books that resonate with a twenty-first century audience. It’s called “Hey! You Got Your 21st Century in My Historical Authenticity,” and I hope you enjoy it.
With the SciFiChick, I am talking about combining fictional and historical aspects of storytelling in my Thieftaker books, in a post called “Making Historical Fiction Lasagna.” And with this post there is a giveaway: Enter the drawing on the site and you might be one of three lucky winners to receive a hardcover copy of A Plunder of Souls. So visit the site, check out the post, and maybe win a book!
July 3, 2014
The Summer 2014 Plunder of Souls Blog Tour rolls on today with a post at the blog of my great friend, the brilliant, talented Kate Elliott. Kate and I have known each other for many years and long ago decided that we are siblings separated at birth. (My birth, to be specific, since she is much, much, MUCH older than I am . . .) The post is called “Top Ten Things I Do to Help Me Write,” and it’s on the things I do to keep writing and keep at least semi-sane. The post is here. I hope you enjoy it.
The Summer 2014 Plunder of Souls Blog Tour takes me to two more sites today. I have an article up at the blog of Black Gate Magazine on “The Life and Times of a Midlist Author.” It’s actually a follow up to an article by Garrett Calcaterra that appeared last year at Black Gate. Garrett interviewed me for the article and I thought it was an important enough subject that I should revisit it this year. I hope you find it interesting.
I am also at Drey’s Library, where Ethan Kaille, the hero of A Plunder of Souls and the other Thieftaker books, takes readers on a brief tour of Boston as it appears in the summer of 1769. This was a really fun post to write, and I hope you have as much fun reading it.
Two big posts up today in the continuing Summer 2014 Plunder of Souls Blog Tour. The first is at Magical Words, the site on the craft and business of writing that I co-founded and still maintain with my friends Faith Hunter and Misty Massey. The post is on the origins of A Plunder of Souls in the short story “A Spell of Vengeance,” which was published at Tor.com in 2012. You can read the post here.
The second post is at All Things Urban Fantasy, who have welcomed me back for the third straight year. I’m grateful to them. This post is a fun one: it’s an interview with Ethan Kaille, the hero of the Thieftaker books, conducted by the Boston Gazette, the leading Whig newspaper of the time. And it gets better: in addition to the post, there is also a contest. I’m giving away a signed, hardcover copy of A Plunder of Souls to some lucky reader! So visit the site and enter the contest!! And good luck.
June 30, 2014
Today, the Summer 2014 A Plunder of Souls Blog Tour shifts into high gear, or at least into a higher gear. I have two appearances on the schedule today. The first is at the blog of my wonderful friend, Faith Hunter, who (along with Misty Massey and me) is one of the co-founders of the Magical Words blog site. The post is about creating rich, believable, compelling settings for urban fantasies.
I am also interviewed today at Fantastical Imaginations, a wonderful genre-oriented site run by my friend, Dominick Swennen. The interview covers a good deal of ground and was fun to do. I hope you enjoy it, as well as the post at Faith’s site.
And for those of you not keeping track of the minutes, as I am, the July 8 release of A Plunder of Souls, the third book in the Thieftaker Chronicles, is only eight days away!! Woot! And you don’t even have to wait that long to make sure that you have your copy ready; you can pre-order it now!!
June 27, 2014
The first week of the Summer 2014 A Plunder of Souls Blog Tour is winding down, with this post, which is not on the official schedule, but which counts anyway. My Blog Tour, my blog, my rules. This was a quiet week — next week things begin to pick up. I’ll be visiting the blogs of Faith Hunter and Kate Elliott, and I’ll also be a guest at Fantastical Imaginations, All Things Urban Fantasy, Black Gate, and Drey’s Library. And I’ll be starting a month-long appearance at my old virtual stomping grounds, Magical Words. There will be original content at all of these sites, so be sure to check in. For a complete listing of the blog tour appearances with links to the sites, go here.
As the July 8 release of A Plunder of Souls approaches, I have also started my teaser countdown on Facebook. Yesterday I linked to the short story that serves as a prequel to the new novel. The short story is called “A Spell of Vengeance,” and it can be found at Tor. com, where is was published in 2012. Also at Tor.com, you can find the first two chapters of the book. Starting tomorrow, and continuing on a daily basis until the release, I’ll be adding passages from the book to my Facebook page.
Finally, I would like to direct you to the appearances page on the D.B. Jackson website, which I have recently updated to reflect the latest plans for my signing tour, as well as another conference appearance, about which I’m very excited. In October, I will be an instructor at the Annual Conference of the South Carolina Writers’ Workshop. I’ve attended the SCWW Conference several times before and have always had a great experience there. I’m looking forward to this year’s meeting and hope to see many of you in Myrtle Beach. For more details, go here.
That’s all for now. Have a great weekend. And please preorder A Plunder of Souls!
June 23, 2014
Yes, perhaps that’s a lot of fanfare for a blog tour, but I’m excited and hey, it’s my blog, right? So, yes, the Summer 2014 Plunder of Souls Blog Tour is underway, with a post today at the SFNovelists website. SFNovelists is a blog I help maintain along with over a hundred other published authors of fantasy and science fiction. It’s a great site, and a terrific resource for fans of the genre and for aspiring writers. My post today is actually about setting up and maintaining a blog tour, so for those of you interested in using social media as a promotional tool, it might be helpful. I hope you’ll check it out.
Today’s post comes as I prepare for the release of A Plunder of Souls, the third book in my Thieftaker Chronicles, which began with Thieftaker (Tor Books, 2012) and Thieves’ Quarry (Tor Books, 2013). The book will be released on July 8, two weeks and a day from now. So stay tuned, because the Blog Tour is just getting started, and there will be lots of new posts and even some book giveaways along the way.
June 3, 2014
Today is the release day for the paperback edition of Thieves’ Quarry, book II in the Thieftaker Chronicles. Paperback release days aren’t quite as exciting as hardcover release days (and I have one of those coming up for A Plunder of Souls, the third Thieftaker book, in a little over a month). Thieves’ Quarry has been out in hardcover for almost a year now, and it’s also been available as an ebook and an audiobook. So, this paperback release might seem like a bit of an anticlimax — a so-what moment. But the fact is, many readers can’t afford hardcovers. Some don’t have e-readers and don’t spend enough time in their cars to justify the purchase of an audio book. For them, the paperback release of a long-awaited novel is a big deal. So, I’m very happy to say that the paperback of Thieves’ Quarry is out and it looks great. I hope that if you’ve been holding off on buying the book to this point, you’ll check it out now. And I hope you enjoy it.