Today on the Summer 2014 Plunder of Souls Blog Tour, I conclude my month as Featured Author at Drey’s Library.  My final post for Drey is a somewhat lighthearted list of my writerly pet peeves — from mall signings to “reserves against returns,” and a few things in between.  While you’re at the site, be sure to sign up for a chance to win a free signed hardcover copy of A PLUNDER OF SOULS, the third Thieftaker novel, which has just been released. You can find the post here; I hope you enjoy it.

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Plunder Of Souls blog tour buttonI 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.

I was also at Magical Words again, with a post about some of the odd things people sometimes say to writers.  You can read that post here.

Today, I am once again at Drey’s Library with a post about the books on my enormous and growing “To Be Read” pile that I am most excited to delve into.  That 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.

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!

The Summer 2014 Plunder of Souls Blog Tour stops today at Drey’s Library, for my second appearance this month, and at the blog of my agent, friend, and fellow author, Lucienne Diver. At Drey’s Library, Sephira Pryce, the beautiful and dangerous thieftaking rival and nemesis of my hero, Ethan Kaille holds forth on the best inventions of modern technology. This is a post you will not want to miss. Especially because it coincides with the start of a giveaway of a signed hardcover copy of the recently released A Plunder of Souls, the third novel in my Thieftaker Chronicles!

At Lucienne’s blog, I write about where characters end and the author begins.  In what ways am I like Ethan Kaille?  In what ways am I different?  Read the post and find out.

And, of course, A Plunder of Souls is now out in hardcover, ebook, and audio book formats and is available for purchase at all booksellers.  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.

Plunder Of Souls blog tour buttonThe 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.

"A Spell of Vengeance," by D.B. JacksonAs 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!

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.

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!

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!