"Vigorously told deceptions and battle scenes." ~Publishers Weekly review of Eolyn

"The characters are at their best when the events engulfing them are at their worst." ~Publishers Weekly review of High Maga

Friday, September 20, 2013

Eolyn's Fall Equinox Sale

The Kindle and Nook editions of Eolyn will be on sale for $0.99 this weekend only.  If you don't have your copy yet, now is your chance.  If you have your copy, please spread the word, so your friends can enjoy the magic, too! 

Speaking of Kindle, the Kindle Book Review recently posted a very nice review of Eolyn, describing the novel as "masterfully written".  You can read the full review here.

I have a new author interview up on the Reading Cat this week.  Find out how I started writing, what my favorite food is, and what I really think about love.  My Orangeberry Book Tour continues Monday, September 23, with a guest post at Just My Opinion.

If I haven't given you enough virtual places to visit yet, don't forget Heroines of FantasyMark Nelson is back with us for the autumn season with a fun post on how to define productivity.  On Monday, guest author Louise Turner will join us.  Louise is just a week away from launching her debut historical fiction novel set in 15th century Scotland, entitled Fire and Sword. I cannot wait to read it!

And if you want a real place to visit, come join us in Blue Springs Missouri this Saturday for the Wordstock Poetry and Book Festival.  Organized and sponsored by Prospero's Parkside Books.

Enjoy the harvest moon this weekend, and whatever you do, celebrate fall equinox in style.  I'll be back with more news and updates next week.

Thursday, September 12, 2013


"Vagancias" is the word in Costa Rican Spanish for the little things we do out of sheer self-indulgence.

You know you enjoy your job when the best parts of your work feel like vagancias. Here are two vagancias I indulged in this week:

Cover Design for HIGH MAGA

For me, the biggest act of self-indulgence on the way to publication is cover design. 

Friends and followers of Eolyn, we are sooooo very close to having the cover art finished!  I wish I could share with you every delightful piece that Thomas Vandenberg has sent my way over the past several days, but we're just going to have to wait a little longer. Because no matter how fantastic the images so far, Tom still wants to do more.

On Heroines of Fantasy this week, Terri-Lynne DeFino posted a wonderful reflection about the face of women in fantasy.  Quite coincidentally, just before this post went live, Tom sent me his rendition of Eolyn.  The cover for High Maga will allow us to see her face, and folks she is beautiful. Fierce. Strong. Determined. Most of all, real. Everything you want in a heroine and a maga. (And with no need for any bikini armor.)

I'd love to show you a cover preview with Eolyn's face, but my mother always told me to leave the dessert for last.  So here's another appetizer:

In case you're wondering, that's the clawed forelimb of a Naether Demon, creatures summoned from the Underworld to assist the Syrnte army in their invasion of Moisehén.

I confess, all my attempts at secrecy may soon come to naught, as High Maga might get some special and unanticipated exposure in the coming weeks.  If that happens, you'll be sure to hear about it.  If not, stay tuned for more previews, and several weeks down the road, a full and proper cover reveal. 

Promo Video for Ecology Through the Writer's Lens

My second vagancia was for my day job at Avila University.  As some of you may remember, we are planning a travel course next spring that will integrate literary and scientific modes of understanding the forest.  We have everything set to go; now we just need the students.  Yesterday, I sat down with Windows Movie Maker and put together this simple video as a way of spreading the word about the course.  It gets me excited about going back to Costa Rica; I hope it gets my students excited, too!

Those were my vagancias this week.  What were yours? 

Thursday, September 5, 2013

An author interview, marketing sanity, and Eolyn's best colors


I've been very busy this week finishing up the application for my sabbatical, among other things, so instead of writing a full post, I'm going to direct you elsewhere for your reading pleasure.

I have a new author interview up on Top Shelf Books.  This is one of my favorite interviews ever.  It ties together thoughts on all three of the companion novels in the Eolyn series, and gives you an idea of what to expect from HIGH MAGA next spring and DAUGHTER OF AITHNE in 2015.

Also, on Heroines of Fantasy this week, I have a post on how to keep sane while marketing your novel.  It was fun to write; I hope it's helpful to read.

Thomas Vandenberg is working on Eolyn's wardrobe for the cover of HIGH MAGA.  If you have a color preference for her dress, now is the time to let us know. 

I'll be back with a full post next week.  In the meantime, enjoy the magic!