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Baltimore Book Festival: I’m going; are you?

Baltimore Book Festival, fantasy author, Jill Archer, Noon Onyx

I’ll be at the Baltimore Book Fest this weekend. Details on my scheduled events are below. The rest of the time, I’ll likely be wandering around, checking out everyone else’s events. If you’re going, it would be great to meet you! Stop by my Friday night panel and/or Saturday’s Meet & Greet. Tell me whether you’re a writer, reader, or both. Let me know if you’re a Noon Onyx fan. Or wish me and my husband (who will be there too) a Happy Anniversary (it’s our 17th!). There will be a limited number of all three Noon Onyx books for sale at the festival — and I’m offering special pricing! If you haven’t yet purchased a Noon Onyx novel, now’s your chance to buy one at a discount and have me sign it. :-D Come on, don’t make me lug my books home from the festival! If you live in the Baltimore/Washington area, help me sell out! (I’m also happy to sign books you’ve previously purchased if you want to bring them.) Hope to see you there!

Friday 9/26/14 6:00-7:00

Writing Dark Fantasy

So you’d like to write dark fantasy, horror fiction, or paranormals, or demons, angels, post-apocalyptic, and genre-bending fiction that puts you on the edge of your seat. Meet with writers of these genres to talk about what’s trending, what publishers are doing, and what tips our panel of authors has to offer.

Panelists: Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Jill Archer, Em Garner, John Maclay, Sunny Moraine

Where is it?

This event is at the Science Fiction and Fantasy Stage (SFWA’s tent), which is on the Key Highway side of the harbor between the Science Center and the Visionary Art Museum. Click here for a map of exhibits at the Baltimore Book Fest.

Saturday 9/27/14 5:30 -7:00

Reception and Meet & Greet

(Authors, Music, and Food!)

Join the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America at our reception, autographing session, and Meet and Greet with our program participants at the Baltimore Book Festival.

Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Jeanne Adams, Jill Archer, Catherine Asaro, Jack Clemons, Brenda Clough, Scott Edelman, Charles Gannon, Ronald Garner, Em Garner, Herb Gilliland, Anne K Gray, Elektra Hammond, Justina Ireland, Jim Johnson, Alma Katsu, Cheryl Klam, L. Jagi Lamplighter, John Maclay, Marrisa Meyer, Sunny Moraine, Christine Norris, Ellen Oh, Sarah Pinsker, Caroline Richmond, Don Sakers, Karen Sandler, Peggy Rae Sapienza, Rori Shay, Alex Shvartsman, Dawnyell Snyder, Bud Sparhawk, John Tilden, Mike Underwood, Jean Marie Ward, Fran Wilde, Ilene Wong, Karlo Yeager

Where is it?

This event is at the Science Fiction and Fantasy Stage (SFWA’s tent), which is on the Key Highway side of the harbor between the Science Center and the Visionary Art Museum. Click here for a map of exhibits at the Baltimore Book Fest.


Goodreads #Giveaway and Other News

Hi all– quick post today to share links to two giveaways that end soon and links to a few new reviews:

GOODREADS GIVEAWAY

WHITE HEART OF JUSTICE

Goodreads Book Giveaway

White Heart of Justice by Jill Archer

White Heart of Justice

by Jill Archer

Giveaway ends July 15, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

15 print copies (U.S. only)

If you’ve already bought the book and/or added it on Goodreads, please share the link with friends and followers.

Kings River Life

Review and Giveaway

Kings River Life is “a California magazine with local focus and global appeal.” It has a “Fantasy & Fangs” section that reviews fantasy and horror. Their reviewer recently reviewed WHOJ:

“[T]he journey approaches an epic, mythic level, pitting Noon against puzzles and monsters that can’t be defeated by flat-out attacks. The solutions are ingenious, and they help Noon build power in the magic she spent most of her life trying to hide and deny… Archer builds on the classic journey formula where the prize must be won at a cost.” Terrance McArthur for Kings River Life on White Heart of Justice

KRL is giving away one print copy of WHOJ (U.S. only). Giveaway ends tomorrow. Details on how to enter are here.

Other Wonderful Reviews and Reviewers

The Qwillery

“The chronicles of Noon’s journey to accept her place in her world culminates in a thrilling adventure… unpredictable and thoroughly satisfying… inspired and exhilarating… I loved the introduction of new creatures… [and] I love when an author surprises me. Archer raised my level of appreciation by catching me unawares.” Trinitytwo, reviewer for The Qwillery, on White Heart of Justice

 That’s What I’m Talking About

“[T]he overall story arc… was gripping and intriguing… [Noon’s] growth over the course of these books is immense and heartfelt… If you are looking for something different – this alternate realty where the apocalypse has occurred and the demons won – you should really think about picking up the first book, Dark Light of Day and enjoy the journey.” Gikany & Una at That’s What I’m Talking About on White Heart of Justice

 Proud Nerd Book Reviews

“Archer does an excellent job of constructing and explaining the magical system in her world… the “law school” angle is intriguing… The fantasy elements in the story, especially magic and the demons, work extremely well… Anyone who reads fantasy, romance, or especially a combination of the two should thoroughly enjoy Noon’s adventures.” Matthew Cirilli for Proud Nerd Book Reviews on Dark Light of Day

“While Dark Light of Day focused on Noon’s myriad struggles coming to terms with her waning magic and her new life at St. Lucifer’s Law School, Fiery Edge of Steel sweeps Noon to the edges of New Babylonian civilization into the unknown… One of Jill Archer’s greatest strengths is her ability to create unique and intriguing creatures and characters to populate Halja.” Matthew Cirilli for Proud Nerd Book Reviews on Fiery Edge of Steel

Thank you to each of these reviewers for their interest and support! I’m grateful to them for taking the time to read the books, write such thorough and thoughtful reviews, and for sending me the links so that I can share them with you. If you aren’t already following them, please check out their sites.

Readers: I’m also incredibly grateful for your interest, support, ratings, and reviews. If you’ve read White Heart of Justice but haven’t yet posted a review on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books-A-Million, GoodreadsPowell’s Books, or wherever you hang out online, please consider adding your thoughts and comments! :-D

Best wishes for a terrific weekend, everyone!


The Devil and His Fiddle (and the original titles of my Noon Onyx books)

My guest post at SF Signal is up! And it’s a fun one: I discuss what’s up with the association between the devil and the violin; I admit I used to be a horrible fiddle player; and I share the original titles to each novel in the Noon Onyx series. Long-time followers, you may remember the original title to Dark Light of Day but I’m not sure I ever shared the original title to Fiery Edge of Steel (knowledge was a big theme in that book, remember? ;-) ) and I’m even more sure that I’ve never shared the original title to White Heart of Justice with anyone but my agent and my editor. It’s a hoot!

* John Anealio reminded me on Twitter this morning about Niccolo Paganini, the 19th century Italian virtuoso whose playing was so diabolical his audience believed he was in league with the devil. Paganini’s story is intriguing. Check it out here. But, if you do, be sure to also stop by SF Signal because Paganini’s not in my post. I discuss three other interesting connections. Paganini

Have you ever played the violin? Do you play an instrument now? Where do you think the association between the devil and the violin got started? Lemme know in the comments over at SF Signal!


WHITE HEART OF JUSTICE – BLOG TOUR KICK OFF

Today is the kick off for my WHITE HEART OF JUSTICE blog tour! What does this mean?! Well, mostly it means lots of posts and prizes. Below is a tentative blog tour schedule. (The nature of blogging being what it is, I can’t guarantee that a blogger or review site will be able to post on the date listed below. Things happen. Schedules change. Glitches occur. But this is the plan.) I will do my best to add dedicated links on my WHOJ blog tour page as soon as the posts are live. Each stop on the Bewitching Book Tour will have additional chances for you to win my awesome prizes — also detailed below. There are only SEVEN DAYS left before White Heart of Justice‘s release. If you haven’t pre-ordered already, what are you waiting for?! If you have enjoyed even one blog post here, do me a huge favor and pre-order. :-) And, if you already have pre-ordered, THANK YOU!!! Early reviews and feedback have been great!! Noon Onyx fans, fantasy fans, fans of dark worlds inhabited by strong characters, monsters and magic — this one’s for you! :-D

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PRE-ORDER LINKS

Since Lucifer claimed victory at Armageddon, demons, angels, and humans have coexisted in uneasy harmony. Those with waning magic are trained to maintain peace and order. But hostilities are never far from erupting…

After years of denying her abilities, Noon Onyx, the first woman in history to wield waning magic, has embraced her power. She’s won the right to compete in the prestigious Laurel Crown Race—an event that will not only earn her the respect of her peers but also, if she wins, the right to control her future.

However, Noon’s task is nearly impossible: retrieve the White Heart of Justice, a mythical sword that disappeared hundreds of years ago. The sword is rumored to be hidden in a dangerous region of Halja that she is unlikely to return from. But Noon’s life isn’t the only thing hanging in the balance. The sword holds an awesome power that, in the wrong hands, could reboot the apocalypse—and Noon is the only one who can prevent Armageddon from starting again…

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE

Topics and Links to Live Posts Will Be Added Later

For giveaway details see below

Posts marked with an * are outside of the BBT tour

May 20 Spotlight/Excerpt

Butterfly-o-Meter Books

 

May 20 Review

Happy Tails and Tales

 

May 21 Interview

Books Direct

 

May 21 Spotlight

Bookin’ It Reviews

 

May 21 Spotlight

Deb Sanders

 

May 22 Guest Blog

Magic and Mayhem

 

May 22 Spotlight

Coffee Break

 

May 22 Spotlight

Cherry Mischievous

 

May 23 Guest Blog

Christina McKnight

 

May 23 Spotlight

Shut Up & Read

 
* May 27 RELEASE DAY PARTY!
Bitten By Books
Separate Giveaway: $50 Amazon eGift Certificate
 

May 28 Guest Blog

Night Owl Reviews

 
* May 28 Guest Blog
SFSignal
 

* May 28 Guest Blog

The Reading Café

 

May 29 Spotlight and Review

What the Cat Read

 

May 30 Interview

CBY Book Club

 

May 30 Spotlight

Melissa Stevens

 

June 2 review 

Tynga’s Reviews

 

June 3 Guest Blog

Preternatura

 

June 4 Guest blog

Addicted 2 Heroines

 

June 5 Interview

JeanzBookReadNReview

 

June 6 Interview

Fantasy Book Addict

 

June 6 review

Leeanna.me

 

June 9 Spotlight

3 Partners in shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too!

 

June 9 review 

Babel at Tower of Babel

 

June 10 Spotlight

On the Broomstick

 

June 10 Spotlight

Fang-tastic Books

BBT TOUR-WIDE GIVEAWAYS

You may recall I mentioned earlier that, because this is the third book, I really wanted to HAVE FUN with my blog tour prizes. Each of the prize packs were inspired by a scene from one of the books.

The Dark Light of Day prize pack was inspired by the scene where Noon and Ivy get ready for the Barrister’s Ball. The Fiery Edge of Steel prize pack was inspired by the scene where Noon and her investigative team have dinner on the deck of their dahabiya just before reaching… well, I know many of you have read it, but if not, I don’t want to spoil it! :-)

  • $50 Amazon eGift Certificate (or bookseller of winner’s choice) (international)
  • 5 copies of White Heart of Justice (or an earlier book in the series, winner’s choice) (international so long as Book Depository ships to your address)
  • Dark Light of Day themed prize pack (includes signed copy of book and other awesome goodies; see below) (US only)
  • Fiery Edge of Steel themed prize pack (includes signed copy of book and other awesome goodies; see below) (US only)
  • White Heart of Justice themed prize pack (includes signed copy of book and other awesome goodies; see below) (US only)

No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. 18 and over. For official rules, please see my Giveaways page.

DARK LIGHT OF DAY

PRIZE PACKDark Light of Day Prize Pack

  • Signed print copy of Dark Light of Day
  • Handmade bookmark with charm
  • Natural Face Paint Kit
  • Orange Silk Flower Hair Clip
  • Atomic Fireball Candies
  • Signed copy of galley pages of scene that inspired prize pack
  • Approximate value: $40

FIERY EDGE OF STEEL

PRIZE PACKFiery Edge of Steel Prize Pack

  • Signed print copy of Fiery Edge of Steel
  • Handmade bookmark with charm
  • “The Queen of Flowers” T-shirt Tank Top
  • Set of three Silver Glass Mercury Votive Holders
  • Petite Pear Candies
  • Signed copy of galley pages of scene that inspired prize pack
  • Approximate value: $40

WHITE HEART OF JUSTICE

PRIZE PACKWhite Heart of Justice Prize Pack

  • Signed print copy of White Heart of Justice
  • Handmade bookmark with charm
  • White Crystal Headband
  • Vintage Star Pin
  • White Chocolate Meltaways
  • Signed copy of galley pages of scene that inspired prize pack
  • Approximate value: $40

White Heart of Justice Banner

Now go forth and share, pre-order, comment, enter to win, etc.! Good luck and thank you to everyone who has followed me on this journey so far!!

Oh, and stay tuned… I have one more post today… (I usually don’t do two posts a day, but you’ll see: it’s worth getting two posts/emails from me!)

Hope everyone’s week is off to a great start!


Noon Onyx Series: Fun Tweets and Fantasy Book Giveaway

Katy Perry has 50M+ followers and I have…. Well, not nearly that many. Still, I’m determined to pretend that I too have mastered the Twitterverse (ahem, I think we all know that my heart belongs to WordPress – even if I don’t even use it properly… my posts are inconsistent in terms of timing, length, and content, not to mention I include rambling little bits like this from time to time, but I do like Twitter) so…

Below are some fun, somewhat tongue-in-cheek, sneak peek tweets about White Heart of Justice (say that five times fast!)

Peeps, feel free to tweet. And, just to show it’s not all about me, anyone who tweets one of these will be entered to win ANY fantasy book of their choice from Book Depository (up to $10.00). Details below. See my Giveaways page for official rules.

Lucem in tenebras ferimus. Into the darkness, we bring light.” @archer_jill #DARKLIGHTOFDAY

“When traveling into the unknown, sometimes the biggest danger is the one you bring with you…” @archer_jill #FIERYEDGEOFSTEEL

“One out of every two hunters who follow the Old Trail will not return.” @archer_jill #WHITEHEARTOFJUSTICE

Finally! I’m looking forward to seeing Noon embrace her fiery magic. @archer_jill #WHITEHEARTOFJUSTICE

Ari Carmine is smokin’ hot. I wanna see if Noon can forgive him for that nasty surprise at the end of B2. @archer_jill #WHITEHEARTOFJUSTICE

I heard a rumor that Rafe Sinclair makes a wish and I wanna know if it’s granted. @archer_jill #WHITEHEARTOFJUSTICE

Nocturo. Tall dark handsome. Heard his scalpel’s put to good use. Is he gonna threaten Brunus w it again? @archer_jill #WHITEHEARTOFJUSTICE

I love the characters, but I’m really just in it for the monsters and magic. Bring on the ice demons! @archer_jill #WHITEHEARTOFJUSTICE

Armageddon is over. The demons won. But it’s not as dark as all that. Parts of it are romantic and sweet. @archer_jill #NOONONYXSERIES

Anyone who tweets one of the above tweets will be entered to win ANY fantasy book of their choice from Book Depository (so long as Book Depository ships to your address, up to $10.00). Ends at midnight EDT on 6/3/14.

One tweet/entry per person.

If you aren’t on Twitter, or don’t want to tweet the above, you can still enter to win the book. Just tell me what’s the last fantasy book you read, or the one you’re most looking forward to reading, in the comments below. Good luck, everyone! I’ll tweet and post the winner’s name in the comments below (first name, last initial) by 6/10/14. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Open to international participants 18 and over.

Don’t forget to stop back tomorrow for my first Disney World post!


Noon Onyx Series: Chance to Win a $25 eGift Certificate to a Bookstore of Your Choice

Roxanne Rhoads of Bewitching Book Tours helped me to organize a promo blitz featuring the first two books in my Noon Onyx series, DARK LIGHT OF DAY and FIERY EDGE OF STEEL. What the heck is a promo blitz? Well, I thought it would be a fast, fun way to remind people of the first two books in the series before the third one arrives in stores next month.

Promoting books is a tricky business. No one wants a novel shoved beneath their nose. And yet if authors don’t present their work to readers as an option, how will readers know about it? Sure, there are bookstores and bestseller lists. There are conferences and conventions, signings and readings. We have publishers and publicists. There are myriad ways in which our work can be offered as a viable choice to would-be readers. But for today, it’s all about blitzing the backlist!

Fiery Edge of Steel -Dark Light of Day Banner

So how does it work?

If you’re a regular follower of my blog, my guess is that you love books. The owners of the blog sites below do too. Visit their sites. Check them out. If you’re not already following them, consider following them. Each site should have a link to the Rafflecopter form where you can enter to win the $25 eGift Certificate I’m giving away. The randomly selected winner gets to choose the bookstore. For the complete rules, see my Giveaways page, but in a nutshell, here’s the deal:

  1. Void where prohibited
  2. No purchase required
  3. Open to international participants 18 and over with an email address where an electronic gift certificate can be sent
  4. Odds of winning based on number of entries
  5. Sweepstakes ends at midnight EDT on 4/27/14
  6. I’ll announce a winner (first name and last initial) here in the comments by 5/5/14

What else can you do?

  1. Share this post or a link to any of the other posts at the stops below.
  2. If you haven’t already read DARK LIGHT OF DAY or FIERY EDGE OF STEEL, consider buying and reading them (there’s still time to read the first two books before the third is released! :-) )
  3. If you have read them, but haven’t yet reviewed them, post a review.
  4. If you haven’t already, consider pre-ordering WHITE HEART OF JUSTICE.

PARTICIPANTS

Feed Your Fiction Addiction

Leeanna.me

Tower of Babel

 

Crazy Four Books

 

Urban Fantasy Investigations

 

Shut Up & Read 

 

Books & Tales

 

3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too!

 

Melissa Stevens

 

Sapphyria’s Book Reviews

 

Pembroke Sinclair

 

Share My Destiny

 

Library Mistress

 

Mila Ramos 

 

Corazones Literarios

 

The Snarkology

 

Aly’s Miscellany

 

Paranormal Romance Fans for Life

 

Laurie’s Paranormal Thoughts and Reviews

 

Fang-tastic Books

 

Roxanne’s Realm

 

CBY Book Club

 

Clutter Your Kindle

 

Eclipse Reviews

Thank you!

Thank you to all of the blog hosts above who reviewed and/or spotlighted the books! Thanks to each and every one of you for doing all that you do to support me, other authors, bookstores, and books in general!

If you’ve already ordered and pre-ordered the books, THANK YOU!!! I really do try to make the promotional side of this business as fun as possible. For my upcoming White Heart of Justice blog tour, I’ve picked some fun blog topics to discuss. I’ve also put together some unique SWAG packs to give away and I’ve scheduled some more interviews, which will hopefully give me a chance to answer some interesting questions. But I also don’t want to neglect the personal side of this blog during the next two months. On Friday, I’ll post pictures from my two favorite Disney parks. So stay tuned!!! :-D


Cover Reveal: WHITE HEART OF JUSTICE (Noon Onyx #3)

Today I’ve got a fun, beautiful, fantastic post that I’ve been looking forward to sharing with you — the new cover for WHITE HEART OF JUSTICE, the third book in my Noon Onyx series. As with FIERY EDGE OF STEEL, Jason Chan was the cover artist. Below are my thoughts on the cover, the book blurb, pre-order and Goodreads links, and a chance to win some neat prizes: signed copies of DARK LIGHT OF DAY and FIERY EDGE OF STEEL (US only) and a $25 eGift Certificate to the book store of your choice (international). Please help me to share the new cover by tweeting, posting, etc.!

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WHITE HEART OF JUSTICE
Noon Onyx #3
Cover Artist: Jason Chan
Cover Designer: Lesley Worrell

My Thoughts

I’ve loved each of my covers for different reasons. DARK LIGHT OF DAY was my first cover so I’m rather sentimental about it. I’ll always love it because it was my first and because cover artist David Palumbo incorporated a lot of design elements that I appreciated: the blackened vine motif on the gate, St. Luck’s in the background, the books that Noon held, the fireball raised high in her hand, and that defiant, though somewhat hesitant, face. It fit the story and the character for that book perfectly.

I loved FIERY EDGE OF STEEL’s cover because it was visually striking. Noon looked tougher and, instead of carrying books and a vague, unshaped fireball, she was now griping a knife — a fiery filleting knife that she’d shaped out of waning magic. The backdrop was the New Babylon docks — appropriate since that story was, for the most part, a river adventure.

But — wow! — I think the cover for WHITE HEART OF JUSTICE is the best yet. It’s stunning.

When my editor sent me the cover art and I opened it up for the first time, I was thrilled. It’s beautiful, and like my first two covers, it incorporates many of the design elements that we discussed early on. Noon’s clothing is different than it was on the first two covers. Instead of a bustier and cloak, she’s bundled up in a fur-lined hood and gloves for her trip into the dark parts of southern Halja. She’s graduated from a knife to a sword. It’s symbolic of how far she’s come as a character. (Whether or not the sword on the cover is actually the famed “White Heart of Justice” that Noon seeks in the book, I leave to readers to determine). And a fiery war bird circles her, another nod to her growing magic skills and a hint to readers that they will see magic used in new and different ways in book #3.

But the two things I love the most about this cover are its attention-grabbing, bright, bracing colors and Noon’s expression. Though she is looking down, she looks contemplative and strong, almost meditative. Appropriate for a character whose decisions have become more weighty with each book. Here’s the blurb…

WHITE HEART OF JUSTICE

A Noon Onyx Novel

Since Lucifer claimed victory at Armageddon, demons, angels, and humans have coexisted in uneasy harmony. Those with waning magic are trained to maintain peace and order. But hostilities are never far from erupting…

After years of denying her abilities, Noon Onyx, the first woman in history to wield waning magic, has embraced her power. She’s won the right to compete in the prestigious Laurel Crown Race—an event that will not only earn her the respect of her peers but also, if she wins, the right to control her future.

However, Noon’s task is nearly impossible: retrieve the White Heart of Justice, a mythical sword that disappeared hundreds of years ago. The sword is rumored to be hidden in a dangerous region of Halja that she is unlikely to return from. But Noon’s life isn’t the only thing hanging in the balance. The sword holds an awesome power that, in the wrong hands, could reboot the apocalypse—and Noon is the only one who can prevent Armageddon from starting again…

Please Pre-Order and Add to Your Goodreads Shelf

Who else is participating

in the cover reveal?

Below are the other bloggers that are participating in the cover reveal. THANK YOU to each and every one of them! I am very grateful that they wanted to help share the new cover and spread the word about WHITE HEART OF JUSTICE. Please stop by to check out their sites, subscribe and/or follow them, and for more chances to win my cover reveal prizes. A big thank you to Roxanne Rhoads at Bewitching Book Tours, who helped to organize the cover reveal.

Prizes!

To celebrate the new cover, I am giving away a signed set of DARK LIGHT OF DAY and FIERY EDGE OF STEEL (US only) and a $25 eGift Certificate to a book store of winner’s choice (international). To enter to win, click here.

So what do you think? Do you love the new cover as much as I do? Thank you for helping me share it!


Everything but the… (fav flav of Ben & Jerry’s… and all sorts of Other Stuff)

Another chance to win FIERY EDGE OF STEEL + a few brief thoughts on the movie DANGEROUS BEAUTY, Rachel Neumeier’s HOUSE OF SHADOWS, HBO’s THE NEWSROOM, winner of the Bewitching Book Tours Sizzling Summer Giveaway event, and a release day for WHITE HEART OF JUSTICE!

The online California magazine, Kings River Life, has a sister site, Kings River Lite, which primarily publishes fantasy book reviews. They recently sent me a link to their review of FIERY EDGE OF STEEL, which I enjoyed reading. The magazine is generously giving away a copy of Fiery Edge of Steel (US only). Drop by their site and comment or send them an e-mail for a chance to win. (If you’ve already read or purchased Fiery Edge of Steel, but know someone who hasn’t who may like it, send them the link! :-D )

I watched Dangerous Beauty a few nights ago. (Catherine McCormack, Rufus Sewell, Oliver Platt, Naomi Watts, Moira Kelly, Jacqueline Bisset). Has anyone else seen this movie? It’s older — from 1998 — but it’s a favorite of mine. It’s based on the 1992 biographical book The Honest Courtesan by Margaret Rosenthal, which is the story of Veronica Franco, a Venetian courtesan. I don’t know how closely the movie followed the book or how closely either followed the real world inspiration. What I do know is that I love watching how Veronica’s character grows and develops over the course of the movie.

In the beginning, Veronica’s not quite completely naïve, but she’s young and inexperienced enough to be hopeful about an unrealistic love match. I don’t think it’s a spoiler to say that she then becomes a successful courtesan. I thought the movie did a good job of showing (in the world the story was set in) how education both elevated and devalued a woman. By the near end, Veronica has survived abandonment, the plague, and the death of a loved one when she is summoned to appear before the Inquisition on charges of witchcraft. She defends herself with a poignant and touching speech on the nature of love and beauty. My favorite scene? When Veronica and Oliver Platt’s character square off in a battle of wit and swords.

First off, HBO’s promo poster. It makes you think they’re covering the news in a post-apocalyptic wasteland. What does “Together they stand alone” even mean? Is it me? Am I biased? Am I seeing post-apocalyptic elements even where they don’t actually exist? Ahem, perhaps. But unintended post-apocalyptic visual elements and misleading taglines aside, I’ve been enjoying the show. I’ve seen three episodes now. I was ready to quit after some of the more cringe-worthy parts of episode two but a trusted source (i.e. a close family member with viewing tastes that often align with mine) said I should stick with it. And there is something compelling about the show. The dialog is fast — as in Gilmore Girls fast. But instead of pop culture references, it’s news and “current” events that fuel the stories. The fact that the fictional news show covers real events that happened only a few years ago is an interesting aspect. I think some journalists have criticized the show for being unrealistic. Maybe. I couldn’t say because I’ve never been a journalist. But I never criticized Ally McBeal for not being realistic. It wasn’t written to be realistic. Similarly, I doubt Aaron Sorkin means The Newsroom to be spot-on realistic. I think he just means it to be entertaining. Are you watching The Newsroom? What do you think?

I’ve also been reading Rachel Neumeier’s HOUSE OF SHADOWS. This was a book I found the old-fashioned way — by browsing in a bookstore. The front cover caught my eye and the back cover copy made the story sound intriguing. So I bought it and then did not have time to start reading it until just a few days ago. I really like Neumeier’s voice. Slipping into the world she created felt effortless. There was no nail-biting tension, just hints of danger… like whispers or ocean waves, which seemed to fit her story and her setting very well. I’m now caught up in each of the storylines and am looking forward to learning more about Kalchesene bardic sorcery, the mages of Lonne, and what might be in store for each of the characters and how their lives might become further entwined. How about you? Have you read HOUSE OF SHADOWS or any of Neumeier’s other books?

Release Day Set for

White Heart of Justice (Noon Onyx #3)

I now have a release day for WHITE HEART OF JUSTICE — May 27, 2014. No pre-order links or cover yet, but it’s on Goodreads. Click here if you’d like to add it to your TBR list. Obviously, that’s a long time from now… so I’ll try to keep everyone updated on other things I’ll be working on in the meantime. :-D

My final news for today is letting everyone know that Samantha M. won the copies of DARK LIGHT OF DAY and FIERY EDGE OF STEEL that I was giving away for the Bewitching Book Tours Sizzling Summer Giveaway. I hope everyone had fun participating in the event. I know I did!

Hope everyone is eating lots of ice cream this summer, especially chocolate and vanilla mixed with peanut butter cups, Heath bar chunks, white chocolate chunks, and fudge covered almonds! ;-)


July 9th: I’ll be in DC at the Library of Congress for a Lunch Talk

If anyone is going to be in the DC area this Tuesday, July 9th, I wanted to let you all know I’m giving a talk at the Library of Congress at noon. The presentation is for LOC staff members (Science Fiction and Fantasy Forum), but it is free and open to the public. I’ll be discussing what it’s like to write genre-bending books and sharing some of the diverse and varied inspirations for the Noon Onyx series. I’ll also be bringing some books to give away. Hope to see you there!

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Fiery Edge of Steel Blog Tour Winners & Thank You

The Fiery Edge of Steel blog tour was fun! With the help of the blog tour hosts, I shared excerpts from Chapter One, my main character participated in a Supernatural Smackdown, I talked about why I like writing fantasy, reviews, and day trips for your muse. I shared who I thought would make a great Noon, Ari, and Rafe if the books were made into movies, told everyone my thoughts on love triangles, and even wrote some flash fiction. There were a lot of other great posts and interviews. If you missed any of them and are interested in checking them out, check out the links on my Fiery Edge of Steel blog tour page.

If you enjoyed Fiery Edge of Steel,

please be Noon’s “ambassador” and help spread the word about the series

1. Talk it up! Tell everyone. Word of mouth continues to be the best way to support a book or its author. If you liked the book and recommend it to just one other person — that is a huge help!

2. Give it an honest and fair review on Amazon, Goodreads, and/or wherever you hang out online. This will help readers who have similar reading tastes find it. (Your review doesn’t have to be long. A sentence or two can make a big difference in helping other readers discover the series.)

Tour-Wide Winners and Many Thanks

Robin M. and Kristia M. won the prize packs I was giving away (copies of both books and a $10 eGC). I am truly thankful to everyone who participated in the tour by sharing links, commenting, tweeting, posting status updates, etc.

Thank you to each and every one of you who purchased and/or read Fiery Edge of Steel. Your support is much appreciated! No one can be an author without an audience. *Your* interest is what keeps the series going! :-D

Roxanne Rhoads at Bewitching Book Tours, who helped me to organize, schedule, and promote this tour, gets a special thanks. She did a fantastic job of rounding up interested bloggers, making sure they had all the necessary information for posts, and getting the word out about the tour. She also ran the tour-wide contests, which I was grateful for. I also want to thank my publisher, Penguin/Ace, for supplying the ARCs that I gave away during the first part of the tour and my editor and publicist who also helped to get the word out about some of the posts.

Thank you to all of the book bloggers who hosted me on their sites, posted promotional materials, and/or reviewed Fiery Edge of Steel. Below is a list of Bewitching Book Tours blog tour participants, but my thanks goes out to EVERYONE who took the time to check out the book, recommend it, write a review, and/or rate it on Goodreads and/or Amazon. Likely you are doing the same thing for other authors and this helps keep our shared passion (books!) alive.

Hope everyone is having a great week!


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