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So many things today!  First, as you probably know by now, Amy Christine Parker and I are Tuesday’s YA Rebels.  Today we’re up with an ambush…er, interview…of YA writer Heather Burch, author of the Halflings series for Zondervan/HarperCollins.

Next, I promised you all a write-up and some pics from this past weekend’s Necronomicon, so there they are:

For a quick write-up: Necronomicon had a variety of intriguing programming and wonderful guests, including Christopher Paolini, Timothy Zahn, Richard Lee Byers, Pamela LaBud, Aria Kane and my new friends K.L. Napier and William Hatfield.  Do I wish they’d tapped into more of the local writing talent, like the great YA authors who were part of the Sunshine Tour earlier this year and who are now part of Hot YA Reads, yes, and I’m going to suggest some names for next year, but the conference was really well run and everyone was wonderful.  I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: if the Necronomicon people and the Tampa Bay ComicCon people got together on programming, it could be the start of something really big.  Also, I love that every year Necronomicon partners with a charity, like Kids & Canines, which “works with at-risk teens, teaching them how to train assistance dogs. The bond between student and dog help these at-risk youths succeed . . . and then the dogs go on to have productive working lives, providing independence to individuals with disabilities.”  A really great organization.

Also, I participated in this year’s “Necronomicon’s Got Talent”.  I won, even though I didn’t, because I overcame my lifelong fear of signing in front of people, and while I wasn’t perfect, I didn’t come down with my psychosomatic laryngitis or anything of the sort.  I tremble even as I type this, but if you’d like to see how I did, here’s the video my husband took standing way in the back of the room.  I’m so tiny, you can’t even see me shaking!

In other news, The Crossroads Blog Tour continues.  Today, P.J. Hoover, Carrie Harris, Patrice Lyle and I are over at Jennzah.dot.net, where we play Animal, Vegetable or Mineral.  Follow the tour for a chance to win a Kindle pre-loaded with books from many of the tour’s participating authors.  Here’s our schedule for the rest of the week, though you don’t have to wait to check out these other blogs, who are currently hosting other wonderful Crossroaders:

23rd: http://alifeboundbybooks.blogspot.ca/

24th: http://erispublishing.com/blog/

25th: http://littlelibrarymuse.blogspot.com/

26th: http://simpleloveofreading.blogspot.ca/

We’ve also been at Most-Wanted Monsters and Confessions of a Bookaholic. Hope you’ll swing on by.

Chloe Neill is hosting “Show Your Work Week” this week on her blog.  Already, she’s had Jennifer Estep and Jaye Wells.  Tomorrow, she’ll have postings from me and from Faith Hunter.  Thursday and Friday are Yasmine Galenorn and Vicki Pettersson in that order, so you won’t want to miss a thing!

More soon!

Oh, there will be posts from this weekend’s Necronomicon as soon as I can find the cord to my camera and upload my pics.  In the meantime, I just want to say that it was wonderful and that  the special guest, Christopher Paolini (you may all know him as being the wunderkind who wrote the runaway bestseller Eragon at age 15), was gracious, funny and informative, and everyone was just amazing.  Truly.

DarkAngelCover_Final In the meantime, a few quick shout-outs, first to the world about TJ Bennett’s wonderfully atmospheric paranormal romance, DARK ANGEL.  I’ve alternately described this as Beauty and the Beast meets The Tempest or Beauty and the Beast meets Lost.  Whichever of these descriptors appeals to you (and surely one of them…), this is a great novel, and it’s out today on Kindle and Nook (other formats too) for under $4.00.  Can’t beat that!

But don’t take my word from it.  Here are a few great quotes:

“Mysterious and moody, Dark Angel is a lushly written tale full of romance, danger and magic that is sure to intrigue.” – Erin Knightly, author of More than a Stranger

“Dark and lushly sensual, in Dark Angel TJ Bennett has written a gothic romance sure to fascinate and entice readers. The haunting beauty of Bennett’s prose and the gripping story had me obsessively turning pages late into the night.” ~Shana Galen, national bestselling author of If You Give a Rake a Ruby

crossroads2013sm In other news, the Crossroads Blog Tour has begun! Follow along and enter for a chance to win the grand prize (a Kindle preloaded with ebooks from as many of the tour participants as possible) or the bonus prize!  For my part, I’m up today at Most-Wanted Monsters and was up yesterday with Confessions of a Bookaholic along with fellow Crossroaders Carrie Harris, P.J. Hoover and Patrice LyleAmy Christine Parker (author of GATED), Molly Cochran (of LEGACY, POISON and the forthcoming SEDUCTION), Amanda Ashby, Jackie Morse Kessler, Kiki Hamilton, Ty Drago, Judith Graves, Christine Fonseca and many, many others are participating as well.  Click to reach Rafflecopter giveaway!

I’m extremely pleased today to have two fabulous men of urban fantasy to introduce to you: D.B. Jackson and the hero from his new Thieftaker series, Ethan Kaille.  Kat Richardson calls the series, “A beautiful balance of magic and crime, history and fantasy that was fast-paced, compelling, and completely absorbing. Historical fantasy that reads like an old-school crime novel, as if Raymond Chandler were channeling Jonathan Swift. I loved it!”  I think this about says it all!  Before I introduce Ethan Kaille, a few other things to report:

In honor of her upcoming Morganville Vampires release, BITTER BLOOD (coming November 6th), Rachel Caine has some really fun “Decision Morganville” campaign videos up on her website with more on the way.  You might want to check them out…if you know what’s good for you.

Heroes and Heartbreakers is running contests with some fabulous prizes up on their sight, in honor of Halloween, including prize packs of books by Faith Hunter and books by Kalayna Price, Ilona Andrews and Karen Chance.  There’s also a vampire prize pack.  Enter soon for a chance to win!

Last, but certainly not least, the Crossroads Blog Tour is in full swing.  Answer all the scavenger hunt questions correctly for a chance to win a Kindle pre-loaded with books by all of the participating authors.  The full list of blogs, participants, etc., is here.  If you’re looking for me, I’ve been up at Most-Wanted Monsters, Confessions of a Bookaholic, and Late Bloomer.  Today, Christine Fonseca and I will be appearing on Mundie Moms, so check us out.

And now, without further ado, I present to you Ethan Kaille, hero of  THIEFTAKER and, soon, the sequel, THIEVES’ QUARRY, both from Tor Books:

My name is Ethan Kaille.  I am a thieftaker and conjurer.  Perhaps you’ve heard my name.

As a thieftaker in Boston, I am accustomed to treating with the town’s less savory denizens.  As a rival to the lovely and dangerous Sephira Pryce, the self-proclaimed “Empress of the South End,” I am also used to having my life threatened on a regular basis, either by Sephira herself, or by her toughs, Nigel, Nap, and Gordon (she employs others, but these are the three who harry me most often).  And as a conjurer living among men and women who equate any form of spellmaking with devilry and witchcraft, I have reconciled myself to living in constant fear of discovery and execution.

Until today, though, I believed that I had witnessed all the wonders and terrors that the streets of Boston have to offer.  I was wrong.

For today, Sephira Pryce summoned me to her home for a most unusual interview.  I say summoned, because even Sephira’s most genteel invitations carry with them the thinly veiled threat of violence should her request be rebuffed.  When I arrived at her home, Sephira invited me to sup with her.  I ate a bit of her food and drank a glass of what I admit was an excellent Madeira wine, taking care to sample only those foods and drink she herself had taken.  I am certain that the woman is not above poisoning a rival.  Her toughs stood off to the side, saying little, but watching me, and making clear with their expressions that any misstep on my part would be rewarded with a beating.

After telling me how honored I should be to have been invited to her home, Sephira informed me that she had spoken with a time witch, a woman who could travel to another time and place and report on events there.  I am familiar with many magicks, and have heard rumor of such powers, and so I was not as skeptical as you, dear reader, might expect.

But what Sephira told me next, did give me pause.  It seems — according to the time witch — that tales of my rivalry with Sephira have been retold, and even committed to paper, by a writer working nearly two hundred and fifty years in the future.  I received this news with a modicum of surprise and puzzlement.  Why would the mundane concerns of two Boston thieftakers in the year 1765 be of interest to anyone living in so distant a future?  I asked Sephira as much, and in doing so, inadvertently struck at the core of the matter, at least so far as she is concerned.

“Because of you,” she said, her mouth twisting, as if the words themselves tasted bitter on her tongue.

“Because of me?”

“Well, not you so much as your bloody magicking.  It seems the readers of this so-called writer are fascinated by your conjurings.  They see you as some sort of hero.  Apparently they fail to grasp the fact that without your witchery you would be nothing, that it is by sheer good fortune and your conjuring tricks that you manage to make yourself any sort of ‘rival’ to me.”

“And this bothers you,” I said, not bothering to mask my amusement.

“Of course it bothers me!” she said, her eyes like daggers.  “I am Sephira Pryce, Empress of the South End, and the most renowned and successful thieftaker this town has ever known.  I am a friend to no less a personage than the Governor of the Province, not to mention representatives of the Crown here in  Boston.  And you . . .”  She shook her head, her shining black curls shimmering in the candlelight.  “You live in a room that is barely the size of my wardrobe, over a cooperage that stinks of sweat and smoke and stale leather.  You earn in a year what I make in a fortnight.  And somehow you are the hero?”

She reached for her goblet with a shaking hand, her cheeks flushed.  But with a sip of wine and a moment’s silence, she appeared to compose herself.  When she spoke again, it was in a calmer voice.

“I enjoy my fame, and I want for nothing.  My . . . concerns about these erroneous accounts are more for the people of the future than for you and me.  We both know what you are and what I am, but these others — they are being presented with a skewed vision of Boston and our time.”

I nodded, managing not to laugh at her vanity and her lies.  “I see.  And so what would you suggest we do about this?”

She considered me for several moments, her eyes narrowed.  “To be honest, I had considered having you killed.  That would have put an end to the problem.  Except that this future writer would most likely have portrayed your murder as an act of petulance and jealousy on my part, which would serve only to make matters worse.”

“Yes, those nettlesome writers.  Leave it to them to twist a simple killing into something unseemly.”

“Exactly,” she said.  “So instead, we are going to try something else.”

I felt my stomach tightening.  I had a feeling that whatever notion she had settled on would be little better than my murder.  But even I was not prepared for what she said next.

“You, Ethan, are going to teach me to conjure.”

I gaped at her.  “What?”

“That way we’ll be on equal footing, and those future readers who find your spells so fascinating will read with wonder of my exploits as well as yours.”

“I can’t teach you to conjure,” I said, shaking off my shock at her solution.

“Someone taught you.”

“Yes, my mother did.  Just as her mother taught her.  But I have conjuring blood in my veins.  You don’t, Sephira.  And without it, you can’t cast spells, no matter how much I teach you.”

“Nonsense.  I don’t need different blood.  I just need the knowledge that you already possess.  If you can cast spells so can I.  And you’re going to teach me how.”  She shot a meaningful look at her men.  “Or we’ll return to my first idea.”

I considered my options, and decided that I had few. “Very well,” I said.  I picked up the fork from my place setting and dragged the tines across the back of my hand, making four parallel cuts in my skin.  Blood welled from the wounds.

Sephira cried out.  Her men lunged for me.  But I spoke the spell too quickly.

Dormite omnes, ex cruore evocatum!”  Slumber, all of them, conjured from blood.

Her men fell to the floor in a brawny heap; Sephira slumped in her chair.  They would awaken before long.  But by then I would be safely away.  I stood, drained a second cup of wine, and smiled.

“So ends your first and last lesson,” I said, and walked out.

*****

D.B. Jackson is also David B. Coe, the award-winning author of a dozen fantasy novels. His first book as D.B. Jackson, Thieftaker, volume I of the Thieftaker Chronicles, is now available; the second volume, Thieves’ Quarry, will be released next summer. D.B. lives on the Cumberland Plateau with his wife and two teenaged daughters. They’re all smarter and prettier than he is, but they keep him around because he makes a mean vegetarian fajita. When he’s not writing he likes to hike, play guitar, and stalk the perfect image with his camera.

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I’ve been shamefully neglecting my blog lately because of extreme busyness, which is a good thing, but also insanity-inducing.  But I had to carve out a few minutes today to say a HUGE congratulations to Faith Hunter, whose latest Jane Yellowrock book, DEATH’S RIVAL is on the New York Times list for the second week in a row.  Awesome news for an equally awesome author!

In other amazing author news: Chloe Neill and Kristen Painter were both recommended in the USA Today article “‘Tis the season for fangs and flirting.”  I don’t think they ever go out of season!

Also, I just want to remind everyone that it’s Teen Read Week, so get out there and feed your own love of reading or help fuel another’s.

This Sunday, October 21st starts the Crossroads Blog Tour with thirteen amazing young adult novelists (well, twelve and me).  Check in daily for the question of the day and enter for a chance to win a Kindle pre-loaded with books from all of the participating authors.

And check in here next week, I promise to step up my game!

Yesterday I posted about the Crossroads Blog Tour, coming October 21st – October 28th.  Well, guess what?  Just before that comes Teen Read Week!  It would be fabulous for you to choose one (or more!) of the authors from the tour so that it’s that much more meaningful when you follow us and maybe win that Kindle pre-loaded with great reads!  Other fabulous choices: The Morganville Vampires series by Rachel Caine, BRIMSTONE, HIGHWAY TO HELL, THE SPENDOR FALLS or TEXAS GOTHIC by Rosemary Clement-Moore, LEGACY by Molly Cochran, THE DARK ELITE and CHARMFALL by Chloe Neill, FOR DARKNESS SHOWS THE STARS by Diana Peterfreund, RADIATE by Marley Gibson, the Vamped series by, well, me…or any of my Girlfriends Cyber Circuit sisters, like Gretchen McNeil, interviewed below about her new release, TEN, a modern teen take on Agatha Christie’s classic TEN LITTLE INDIANS.

Synopsis:

It was supposed to be the weekend of their lives – three days on Henry Island at an exclusive house party. Best friends Meg and Minnie each have their own reasons for wanting to be there, both of which involve Kamiak High’s most eligible bachelor, T.J. Fletcher. But what starts out as a fun-filled weekend turns dark and twisted after the discovery of a DVD with a sinister message: Vengeance is mine.

Suddenly, people are dying and the teens are cut off from the outside world. No electricity, no phones, no internet, and a ferry that isn’t scheduled to return for two days. As the deaths become more violent and the teens turn on each other, can Meg find the killer before more people die? Or is the killer closer to her than she could ever imagine?

Interview with Gretchen McNeil:

What is your writing process like?  Are you a plotter or a pantser?  Do you schedule time to write each day or are you a spree writer?

I’m like a plotpantser.  Basically, I outline the first act, and then I know what the end will basically be, but what happens between the beginning of Act II and the end of Act III is malleable!  When I’m on deadline, I try to write 1k words a day, 5 days a week.  That’s a comfortable pace for me.

What is the hardest part about the publishing process for you and how do you get through it? (For me, it’s copyediting and sour cream and onion chips.)

The waiting.  I’m not a particularly patient person, and so waiting for everything from notes to cover reveals to reviews to sales figures is so difficult for me!  I cope with champagne.  😉

We drop your hero or heroine on a deserted island.  Quick, what are the three things he or she can’t live without?

Meg can’t possibly live without her notebook, a pen, and T.J. Fletcher.

If your story were a film, who would you cast?

Funnily enough, someone tweeted last week how Michael B. Jordan (Friday Night Lights)  would be perfect as T.J. Fletcher.  I’m in total agreement.  And the only other character I’d definitely want the chance to cast would be Minnie – Elle Fanning would be perfect.

Are there any contests or upcoming appearances/interviews/etc. you’d like to plug?

Definitely check out the appearances page on my blog for all my upcoming events: http://gretchenmcneil.blogspot.com/p/appearances.html

And if you want be in the loop for exclusive meet and greets with me, sign up to join the Army of Ten!  http://armyoften.blogspot.com/

Congratulations on your fabulous new release!

So crazy busy that it would be easy to just post some beautiful pics from Germany and be done with it, but the Frankfurt Book Fair is so much more than the few hours you can steal away for sightseeing that even the gorgeous photos would not do it justice.  For one thing, it is amazing to see so many buildings and booths taken up with books and the business of buying and selling them.  So affirming to see the agents’ center awash in activity and to hear all about what’s hot in various countries.  As a quick wrap-up and very general overview, young adult was definitely the hot genre rights-wise.  Paranormal romance and the more romantic urban fantasies are also sought after most places, historical romance was hot in some countries and not in others.  Fantasy and science fiction are still going strong.  Romantic suspense and thrillers are very promising, but traditional and cozy mysteries are, sadly, a struggle.  Unlike the US where e-books have risen to approximately twenty percent of sales (give or take, depending on the author/series and other factors), most countries are just this year getting e-book readers.  Digital sales account for approximate 1% in most places.  It was enlightening and thrilling that our own rights list was so in-line with the market.  New sales have already begun, and we’ve been alerted to a lot more coming down the pipeline, so it’s all very exciting.

That said, I do have some gorgeous pictures to show off, today of Heidelberg, tomorrow of the boat tour Elaine Spencer and I took up the Rhine (Rhein).

But before I get to those, two quick things:

I hope you’ll join The Knight Agency on Thursday, October 27th at 9 p.m. ET for a chat with Kristen Painter, author of Blood Rights from Orbit.  Where?  TKA chatroom.

Also I hope you’re joining in the fun of the Crossroads Blog Tour.  Jackie Morse Kessler (author of Hunger, Rage and Loss) and I have been paired up for the tour.  So far, our interviews are up at Narratively Speaking, Electrifying Reviews,  Just Your Typical Book Blog.  Later today, we’ll be at Late Bloomer Online.  But, hey, there are many other tremendous authors participating as well (Rachel Vincent, Stacey Kade, Amanda Ashby, Linda Joy Singleton, Jeri Smith-Ready, Angie Frazier, etc.), so follow along with the whole tour and enter to win prizes, details here!

And now, I present to you, Heidelberg, beginning with a photo of Jamie Ford, Kristin Nelson, me and Elaine Spencer, intrepid explorers.