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I asked the fantastically amazing David B. Coe to guest blog for me today to promote his new series, The Case Files of Justis Fearsson, and he came up with something just a little bit different…  In the past he’s done some great blogs for me as D.B. Jackson (author of the “tricorn punk” Thieftaker series).  Some of those include: Where Does the Author and and the Character Begin and History and POV.  He’s also a regular blogger for Magical Words, where I think he does some of the most helpful and informative posts for writers.

Today, though, he managed to wrangle a particularly reticent character into an interview.  I have to say that I think this is the first time anyone’s ever gotten a runemyste to speak publicly and it may very well be the last, so enjoy!  What’s a runemyste, you ask?  Well, I think I’ll let Namid speak for himself.

Interview with Namid’skemu

Welcome! Today we are most fortunate to have with us Namid’skemu, one of only thirty-nine runemystes in the entire world. Namid’skemu, who in life was a shaman in the K’ya’na-Kwe clan of the A’shiwi, or Zuni nation, gave his life centuries ago so that he could be transformed into a runemyste, a protector of magic in our world, and a teacher of those who would learn spellcraft. He is a somewhat reticent individual, and we are truly honored that he has consented to join us today.

Hello, Namid’skemu. Welcome.

N: Greetings.

Do you mind if I call you Namid?

N: Some call me this. You may as well.

Thank you. Can you tell us a bit about what it means to be a runemyste?

N: You have spoken of this already. I am a guardian of magic in your world, and I would train those who carry runeclave blood in their veins.

Of course, but I’m sure our readers would like some more details. What exactly does that mean?

N: Which of the words I used did you not understand?

It’s not that I . . . Never mind. From whom do you guard the magic?

N: There are some among the weremystes of the world who have turned to dark magic, who cast blood spells or seek to escape the effects of the moontimes by using forbidden magic. My fellow runemystes and I watch for signs of this dark magic, and we train weremystes of your world so that they might prevent such abuses.

The moontimes?

N: What runecrafters would call phasings. Each month, on the night of the full moon and the nights before and after, weremystes lose control of their minds, even as their magic is enhanced. It is the natural way of things, the price of the magic weremystes wield. But some seek to evade this law of runecrafting, and often their attempts to do so involve blood rituals, even murders. We cannot sanction this, but we also cannot interfere in your world. And so those we train act in our stead.

I see. And among those you train — you in particular, I mean — is one Justis Fearsson, a former police detective turned private eye.

N: What of him?

What can you tell us about him?

N: He is a runecrafter of limited ability but uncommon potential. He is also a most difficult man. He has an odd sense of humor which he displays at the most inopportune times. He is reckless and does not show enough discipline in his training.

So you don’t like him.

N: I did not say that. I am not sure what right you have to inquire about our personal interactions, but as it happens I consider Ohanko a good friend.

Ohanko?

N: It means “reckless one.”

Has he–

N: If you wish to ask questions about Justis Fearsson, perhaps you should speak with him.

Very well. Let’s move on. Your appearance is most unusual. You appear to be made entirely of water, and yet you have substance and form. How is this possible?

N: I am of the K’ya’na-Kwe clan, the water people. My line is now extinct, but we were a proud, powerful, spiritual people. Centuries ago, when as a living man I was sacrificed by the runeclave, the magic that transformed me into a runemyste allowed me to take my true spiritual form. And so I am as I appear before you: a shaman and the living embodiment of the water people.

So you’re sort of a ghost.

N: I am not a ghost! Why is it that humans of your world are so limited that they cannot conceive of a spirit being as anything other than a ghost?

Forgive me. I didn’t–

N: Justis Fearsson calls me a ghost as well, though he does this to annoy me. He knows better. But you . . . Ask your next question.

Are you immortal?

N: I am not. My kind can be killed, though it is most unusual — in all the hundreds of years since the runemystes were created, not one of us has perished. But we exist to fight those with dark magic, and so our vigilance cannot slacken.

Are all of your kind like you?

N: If you mean do they appear as I do, the answer is of course they do not. Each man and woman who was sacrificed by the runeclave took a form natural to his or her heritage — some are stone or wood, others are comprised of wind, of music, of soil, of light itself. They were drawn from all over the known world, and they are as diverse as the people who now inhabit the earth.

And are they as committed as you are to the protection of magic?

N: Why do you ask this? What have you heard?

I’ve heard nothing. I’m curious is all.

N: I probably should not speak of this, but the truth is, some are not as devoted in their opposition to dark magic. Some — one runemyste in particular — has chafed at the limitations placed upon our kind by the runeclave all those many years ago. He wishes to do more, to extend his influence beyond what is thought proper by the rest. He bears watching, this runemyste, for he may well be a threat to all that we hold dear.

Who is he? What’s his name?

N: [Shaking his head] I have already said more than I should. I know nothing for certain. I have heard rumors, whispers riding the wind. I will say no more on the matter. Indeed, I have tarried here too long. I must return to my kind. Farewell.

Thank you, Namid’skemu. This was a most interesting conversation, cryptic as it was. Good day to you.

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David B. Coe is the award-winning author of more than fifteen fantasy novels. His newest series, a contemporary urban fantasy called The Case Files of Justis Fearsson, debuts with the January 2015 release from Baen Books of Spell Blind. The second book, His Father’s Eyes, will be out in August 2015. Writing as D.B. Jackson, he is the author of the Thieftaker Chronicles, a historical urban fantasy from Tor Books that includes Thieftaker, Thieves’ Quarry, A Plunder of Souls, and Dead Man’s Reach (coming in July 2015). He 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.

Where he can be found: his blog, D.B. Jackson website, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon.

Hey, all!  I’ve been quiet for awhile because I’ve been crazy busy (all to the good).  Trying to make up for it today with TWO new vlogs, one a video interview the awesome Jean Marie Ward did with me for Buzzy Magazine.

The other is Amy Christine Parker’s and my latest YA Rebels video.  In this one, we talk to a panel of YA writers and teachers about teens, fiction and trends.  Check us out! (L to R: Amy Christine Parker, me, Heather Burch, Lisa Iriarte, Joe Iriarte)

I hope you enjoy!

You all may know Alethea Kontis already (or Princess Alethea as she’s sometimes called).  If not, I don’t know what you’re waiting for.  She and her books are just lovely, and the author herself is the very definition of gracious!  But you don’t have to take my word for it.  You can see for yourself in my interview with her below for the YA Rebels.

If you’d like to hear more fairy tale rants, you can always check her on the web:

Website: http://aletheakontis.com/

Fairy Tale Rants: https://www.youtube.com/user/Thieftess

Fairy Tale Theatre: http://aletheakontis.com/category/fairy-tale-theatre

Perhaps you will even learn the queen’s wave done properly, as I did.  Darn, should have fit that into the video!

One quick thing before I introduce Sara Hantz, who’s here today to talk to us about her new book, IN THE BLOOD.  I’m so pleased to say that Faith Hunter and Chloe Neill are both up for the Goodreads Best of 2013 Award in the category of Best Paranormal Fantasy for BLOOD TRADE and HOUSE RULES respectively.  If you’re so inclined, please go vote for your favorite. So many wonderful books to choose from.  (In other news, I’m completely stunned not to see Ramez Naam’s CRUX up there for Science Fiction. There are a lot of great choices here already, but I notice you can write in votes!  I’m just sayin’.)

In the Blood - Hantz And now, without further ado, I’m pleased to present Sara Hantz and her latest book IN THE BLOOD (releasing tomorrow from Entangled Teen).

Blurb:

For seventeen years, Jed Franklin’s life was normal. Then his father was charged with the abuse and murder of four young boys and normal became a nightmare.

His mom’s practically a walking zombie, he’s lost most of his friends, and the press camps out on his lawn. The only things that keep him sane are his little sis; his best friend and dream girl, Summer; and the alcohol he stashes in his room. But after Jed wakes up from a total blackout to discover a local kid has gone missing—a kid he was last seen talking to—he’s forced to face his greatest fear: that he could somehow be responsible.

In a life that’s spiraled out of control, Jed must decide if he chooses his own destiny with Summer by his side or if the violent urges that plagued his father are truly in the blood…

Praise for IN THE BLOOD:

“Sara Hantz doesn’t pull any punches shaping this story of one of the toughest, most complicated family situations that a teen could face. Jed’s emotions are raw and real. I ached and raged with him and frantically turned pages to see where he would end up.”  Stephanie Kuehnert, author of Ballads of Suburbia and I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone

“In The Blood is a gut-wrenching look inside the mind of a young man living with a nightmare. Jared has to learn to face life after his father is accused of an unspeakable crime. A ripped-from-the-headlines story that illustrates the power of unconditional love.”  B. A. Binns author of PULL, and Being God

“A dark and deliciously tense story that will make you wonder how alike our parents we can be.”  Kelley York author of Hushed.

Interview with Sara Hantz

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 am definitely a plotter. And my writing process is very linear. I try to write each day, fitting it in with my day job – luckily I don’t mind interruptions.
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.)

I’m an instant gratification person and that doesn’t work with publishing. Everything seems to take so long and demands patience – I was definitely at the back of the line when that was handed out. How do I get through it? Hmm….. a lot of muttering, checking my emails every 5 seconds and a few jelly beans!

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

Jed is a pretty solitary person – so probably his iPod; a book on famous bridges; a photo of Summer (the girl he’s in love with).
If your story were a film, who would you cast?

Jed: Paul Wesley (although he’s maybe a bit too old), Summer: Ellen Page

 

Author’s Bio:

Sara Hantz originally comes from the UK and is one of four children, having three younger brothers. Although she was an avid reader from a very early age, she didn’t get the writing bug until much later in life, though English was always one of her stronger subjects. She’s an avid sun chaser and now lives on the beautiful Sunshine Coast in Australia (via 10 years in New Zealand). Sara lectured for many years before deciding to devote more time to her writing and working in the family hospitality business. She has two grown-up children and when not writing, working, or online with her friends, she spends more time than most people she knows watching TV – in fact if TV watching was an Olympic sport she’d win gold. Sara’s books: In The Blood, The Second Virginity of Suzy Green and Will The Real Abi Saunders Please Stand Up (due out May 2014).

Last week, I had a lovely chat with Shannon Delany (author of 13 TO LIFE and other young adult titles) on blog talk radio. We discussed everything from writing to agenting, fiction to non-fiction (my essay in the DEAR BULLY anthology).  I hope you’ll listen and enjoy.

nexusI don’t often post on Saturdays, but it’s incredibly awesome to see a novel doing so well even before it’s out of the gate, so I had to jump on to give huge kudos to Ramez Naam, whose fiction debut, NEXUS, has been chosen by Kirkus Reviews as one of the December Best Bets for Science Fiction and Fantasy.  I love this book and can highly, highly recommend it!

In other news, Two Fantasy Floozies has an interview up with me right now, about being an agent and author.  Did I mention that I have a new book coming out next month?  (FANGTABULOUS, the fourth in the Vamped series.)  Okay, now I’m being disingenuous – of course I’ve mentioned it!  But have you run out and pre-ordered?

Is this a great cover, or what?  Girlfriends’ Cyber Circuit sister Jennifer Echols has come out with a high-flying new adventure (SUCH A RUSH, Gallery/MTV Books, ISBN: 978-1-4516-5801-9), and I get a stop on her blog tour!  So, here’s a little info about the author and the book and an interview with Jennifer Echols.
About SUCH A RUSH:
Jennifer Echols is the wildly popular author of Going Too Far, Forget You, and Love Story.  Now, Gallery Books is proud to publish her first hardcover novel SUCH A RUSH (Gallery Books/MTV; July 2012; $16.99), a sexy and poignant romantic tale of a young daredevil pilot caught between two brothers.

High school senior Leah Jones loves nothing more than flying. While she’s in the air, it’s easy to forget life with her absentee mother at the low-rent end of a South Carolina beach town. When her flight instructor, Mr. Hall, hires her to fly for his banner advertising business, she sees it as her ticket out of the trailer park. And when he dies suddenly, she’s afraid her flying career is gone forever.

But Mr. Hall’s teenage sons, golden boy Alec and adrenaline junkie Grayson, are determined to keep the banner planes flying. Though Leah has crushed on Grayson for years, she’s leery of getting involved in what now seems like a doomed business–until Grayson betrays her by digging up her most damning secret. Holding it over her head, he forces her to fly for secret reasons of his own, reasons involving Alec. Now Leah finds herself drawn into a battle between brothers–and the consequences could be deadly.

Engrossing and intense, SUCH A RUSH is a captivating adventure that is sure to keep readers soaring.

INTERVIEW WITH JENNIFER ECHOLS
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?
The older I get, the more of a pantser I become. As for my schedule, I get up at 4:30 in the morning for my optimum writing, and I have done that since I decided to make one more big push for publication, back in 2004.

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.)
Because I’m a pantser, the hardest thing I ever do is write a synopsis for a book I haven’t written yet. It looks like I’m going to have to do that four times next year.Nothing helps me get through it. I feel like my soul has been jerked from my body, thrown in the road, and run over by a truck.

We drop your hero or heroine on a deserted island. Quick, what are the three things he or she can’t live without?
My heroine Leah needs bottled water, copies of the magazine Plane & Pilot, and an airplane, because she can’t live without flying. I guess she will not be on this island long.

If your story were a film, who would you cast?
This is embarrassing to admit, but I have so much writing to do that I’ve pretty much stopped watching TV, except for science documentaries I let my son watch, and I don’t make it to many movies either. A lot of people ask me this question, so maybe readers could e-mail me with some suggestions!

Are there any contests or upcoming appearances/interviews/etc. you’d like to plug?
MTV has promised to give away copies of my book on Facebook, and I’m holding my breath for that!

Congratulations on your fabulous new release!
Thanks so much for hosting me, Lucienne!
You’re so welcome.  I hope SUCH A RUSH is a fabulous success!