July 15, 2014
Today on the Summer 2014 Plunder of Souls Blog Tour, I’m back at Magical Words — my “home” blog — with a post on plotting. Sometimes the hardest thing about writing in a series, particularly in one that consists of stand-alone novels, is keeping stories fresh as well as entertaining. My post at Magical Words is about five things I do to keep my narratives new and interesting. You can find the post here.
I am also visiting with my friend Brandy Schillace with a post about research and “Striking Research Gold.” I’ve had some great discoveries as I have pieced together the history for my Thieftaker novels, and that was particularly true as I worked on A Plunder of Souls. You can find the research post here.
Finally, I would like to mention to all of you who live in the area around Charlotte, North Carolina that Faith Hunter, A.J. Hartley, and I will be signing books tonight at the Books-A-Million in Gastonia, from 6:30-8:30. Come on out and say hello! (A listing of all my appearances can be found here.)
July 8, 2014
Today is release day for A Plunder of Souls!! So go ye forth and buy the book — in book format, as an audio book from Audible, or as an e-book. Or as more than one of those!!
The Summer 2014 Plunder of Souls Blog Tour makes several stops today to mark the release. I’m at Magical Words with a post about character development, specifically Ethan’s interactions with Sephira Pryce. That post can be found here.
I’m also at the blog of my friend Mary Robinette Kowal with a post about “My Favorite Bit” — the part of the new book that I love the most. It’s a feature Mary does on her blog with lots of authors and it really is a fun post. That one is here.
I hope you enjoy all the posts, and I really would be grateful if you went out and got yourself a copy of A Plunder of Souls. If you haven’t yet read the other Thieftaker books, that’s okay. Bookstores sell those, too . . . :)
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!
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.
July 28, 2013
Once again, the Summer 2013 Thieves’ Quarry Blog Tour is at Unusual Historicals, this time for a Q&A, and of course, the THIEVES’ QUARRY giveaway. Leave a comment or ask a question on the post and you’ll be entered to win a signed hardcover copy of the newest book in the Thieftaker Chronicles. So check it out and enjoy! Here’s the link:
July 24, 2013
The Summer 2013 Thieves’ Quarry Blog Tour has me back at Drey’s Library today, where I am July’s featured author. My post today is about my choice of pre-Revolutionary Boston as the setting for the books of my Thieftaker Chronicles. Drey has been a wonderful host, and I am so grateful to her for welcoming me onto her site. I hope that you enjoy today’s post, as well as the other posts I’ve done for her site, and I hope as well that you will enter the contest to win a Thieftaker t-shirt.
July 23, 2013
The Summer 2013 Thieves’ Quarry Blog Tour stops today at SFNovelists, the group blog I help maintain as part of a group of over 100 published authors of speculative fiction. This newest post is about the little details I like to use to help breathe life into my historical fantasy novels, the Thieftaker books (Thieftaker and Thieves’ Quarry). The post is called “The Little Details that Make Historical Fiction Come to Life.” I hope you enjoy it.
July 10, 2013
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.