Blog Spin: Guest Post with Lynn’s Books

Lioness Cover - SmallFinal stop on my blog spin for The Lioness and the Spellspinners!  Today I’m delighted to be featured on Lynn’s Blog – not the same Lynn we started the tour with.  🙂  This Lynn writes about books and traveling, and always has particularly intriguing Top Ten Tuesday posts!

In keeping with the theme of Lynn’s blog, I wrote a guest post about traveling as a theme in my books…and how it plays out in my life, especially with literary connections.  I didn’t think about it that much before, but somehow travel became a significant thread in all four books in my Beyond the Tales series, though in each case it says something different about the characters involved.  Take a look at the post on Lynn’s blog to find out more!

Blog Spin: Interview with a Library Mama

Lioness Cover - SmallWelcome to week two of my blog spin for The Lioness and the Spellspinners!  Today I’m happy to be featured on the blog of A Library Mama, otherwise known as Katy.  She took time out from reading for the Cybils nominees (no small feat) to organize an interview with me.  Katy posts lovely book reviews of books for kids of all ages–including the adult ones in touch with our inner children!

Katy asked some wonderful questions about the writing process, what it’s like to write four books in a series, and some of the inspirations behind said-series.  So for some insights behind the writing, head on over to Katy’s blog today! 🙂

Blog Spin: Guest Post on The Bookworm Chronicles

Lioness Cover - SmallWe’re spinning on to the second day of my blog tour about The Lioness and the Spellspinners, with a guest post on The Bookworm Chronicles, blogging home of Jessica.

Jessica writes a delightful book blog with quite a few cool regular features, like her monthly post on adaptations she’s been watching.  I also enjoy seeing which books she’s reading for her Classics Club goal.  Jessica is a wonderfully engaged blogger who replies to every comments (something I wish I was better at doing!)  She welcomed me on her blog with a guest post about one of my favorite aspects of writing this series–all the ways, subtle and obvious, that my books connect together, and to the fairy tales that inspired them.

Read about it on The Bookworm Chronicles!

Blog Spin: Interview on Little Lion Lynnet’s

Lioness Cover - SmallWelcome to the first day of my blog spin discussing The Lioness and the Spellspinners!  Appropriately enough, we’re starting with another lioness 😉 over on Little Lion Lynet’s blog.

Lynn is a European author and blogger, with an emphasis on fantasy, science fiction and diversity.  You can frequently catch her stories posted in serial form on her blog, plus several books are available for purchasing.  Lynn is also a lovely person, who has graciously had me on her blog several times over the years.  I’m very happy to kick off this blog tour with an interview with Lynn, who asked some great questions about the story and characters in this novel.

Head on over to Lynn’s to read the interview!

Launch Day! The Lioness and the Spellspinners Is Out!

Lioness Cover - SmallI’m so excited to tell you that my latest novel is now available: The Lioness and the Spellspinners, book 4 of my Beyond the Tales series.

I’ll be off to my writing group tonight with cake to celebrate.  And I hope you’ll consider heading off to buy a copy.  🙂  Get it here: Kindle or Paperback.

If you haven’t read the other books, you can still begin here with the series.  If you really want to start at the beginning, you’re also in luck–the Kindle edition of my first book, The Wanderers, is free today through the weekend!

Read more about Lioness here, check out an excerpt, and come back to the blog in the next couple weeks for my Blog Spin with more about the book and the stories behind it.

Novel News: Upcoming Blog Spin–and Pre-Order

Lioness Cover - SmallAs I’ve mentioned a time or two, my next novel, The Lioness and the Spellspinners, will be out October 14th!  As I’ve done in the past, I have some lovely bloggers graciously helping me spread the word.  I’m keeping it small this year because life is a little crazy at the moment (good things, no one worry!) but I am still delighted to be visiting four other bloggers in the weeks after the book release: Lynn E. O’Connell of Little Lion Lynet’s; Katy of A Library Mama; Jessica of The Bookworm Chronicles; and Lynn of Lynn’s Books.

Of course, a blog tour requires a witty name, after I’ve done a Blog Wander, a Blog Waltz, and a Blog Banquet.  I got very stuck this year trying to think of an appropriate knitting term–and then it hit me.  Obviously I’m going to do a spin around the blogosphere!

Just so you know, I’m more punnish on my blog than in my books. 😉  Which you can find out for yourself on October 14th.  And you can already pre-order the Kindle version today!

Novel News: Behind the Covers (or Scenes)

My next novel, The Lioness and the Spellspinners, is due out in less than a month!  God willing and all goes well, of course. 🙂  Today I thought it would be fun to share a bit of the behind the scenes on the final stages of publishing prep.

I always order a print proof copy a couple months before my planned release date.  I do my final round of edits in the paper copy, and by reading through it I can spot any weird formatting when it goes to paper.  Also, I’m never sure what the cover is going to look like until I can see the physical version.  This time, that proved especially important.  I knew I had a dark cover, but it had never looked as dark as it did in my first proof copy…

p1040116Some significant lightening later, my second copy looked much more like the cover has been looking on every computer screen and print-out I’ve done.  And hopefully Karina looks less evil!  I still wouldn’t want to mess with her, but the aim was for fierce, not fear-inspiring…

I like seeing inside books (I mean, the formatting, not just the words…) so here are two more pictures from behind the covers.  Get your own copy and see the other pages on October 14th! 🙂

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