July 23, 2014
I was on the road yesterday, driving home from North Carolina after a fun and successful signing tour that began with a book launch party at ConGregate in Winston-Salem, and then took me to Rock Hill, SC, Gastonia, NC, Richmond, VA, and Raleigh, NC. Along the way I reconnected with old friends, and met some new ones. It was a great trip.
But I did miss out on telling you all about yesterday’s stops on the Summer 2014 Plunder of Souls Blog Tour. So let me tell you about those, as well as about today’s stops. Yesterday I was the blog of my good friend Stephen Leigh, with a post about minor characters who assert themselves and become major characters. The post can be found here.
And finally, but definitely not least, I also have a post up at SFNovelists that touches on the best part of my recent signing tour: the fact that I was accompanied, at least for some of it, by my fifteen year-old daughter. That post is called “Notes from the Road: The Shared Journey,” and you can find it here.
I hope you enjoy them all.
July 16, 2014
Another day on the Summer 2014 Plunder of Souls Blog Tour, another couple of posts. Today, I’m visiting another writer friend, Alyx Dellamonica, with a post about the things I read as a child. It was a fun post to write — a chance to reminisce. You can find the post here. I hope you enjoy it.
I’m also back at Drey’s Library, where I am the featured author for July. Today’s post is about building the relationship between Ethan Kaille, the conjuring, thieftaking hero of my Thieftaker books, and Sephira Pryce, his beautiful and deadly rival and nemesis. That post can be found here. And while you’re at Drey’s Library be sure to enter the contest to win a free signed copy of the newest Thieftaker novel, A Plunder of Souls!
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.
May 23, 2014
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.
December 23, 2013
Today’s post can be found at the SFNovelists blog, a site I help to maintain with over one hundred other published authors in speculative fiction. The post is called “Writing Resolutions for the Coming Year,” and it is my annual post listing my goals and resolves for the coming New Year. I hope that you enjoy it.
And I want to wish all of you a merry Christmas and a New Year filled with laughter and joy. Have fun, people, and be safe.
September 23, 2013
It is officially fall, so I suppose that the Summer 2013 Thieves’ Quarry Blog Tour has to be over. But the Fall Blog Tour is now underway and today I am all over the place. I have my usual Monday post up at Magical Words, the group blog on the craft and business of writing that I maintain with Faith Hunter, Misty Massey, Mindy Klasky, John Hartness, James Tuck, and several others. Today’s post is called “On Writing: Outlining Vs. Pantsing Revisited,” and it’s about the reasons I have grown more committed to outlining my books
My second post is at SFNovelists, another group blog that I maintain with over one hundred other published authors of fantasy and science fiction. This post is called “Thoughts on Giving a Reading,” and it offers a bit of advice to aspiring writers getting ready to do their first public readings of their work.
Finally, I am a guest today at Mike Dariano’s blog, 27 Good Things. Mike invites artists and recognized professionals in various fields to blog about three Good Things to Read, three Good Things to Watch, and three Good Things to Use. It’s a fun site — I certainly enjoyed writing my entry. So what things did I choose? Well, you’ll just have to visit the site and see.
I hope you enjoy today’s posts.
September 16, 2013
With summer almost over, the Summer 2013 Thieves’ Quarry Blog Tour makes one of its last stops at Magical Words, the group blog on the craft and business of writing that I maintain with Faith Hunter, Misty Massey, Mindy Klasky, John Hartness, James Tuck, and others. Today’s post is called “Quoth the Book: “Reports of My Death Are Greatly Exaggerated,” and it builds upon an article by James Surowiecki that recently appeared in The New Yorker magazine on e-books, paper books, and the future of book selling. My post tries to tease out what his observations may mean for writers. I hope you enjoy it.
August 5, 2013
After a brief hiatus while I enjoyed some family time at the beach, I am back with another installment in the Summer 2013 Thieves’ Quarry Blog Tour. Today’s post comes on the eve of my departure for Calgary, Alberta, where I will be leading a writer’s workshop and appearing as Guest of Honor at WhenWordsCollide. I’m very excited for my return to Calgary, and to mark the occasion I have written a piece about my preparations for the writer’s workshop, with an emphasis on patterns I have seen as I have read manuscripts. The post can be found 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. Today’s entry is called “Lessons Learned While Preparing for a Writer’s Workshop.” I hope you enjoy it.
July 17, 2013
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!