What a week! In case you missed it, yesterday was the official book birthday for HAMMER OF WITCHES. (Noisemaker sound!) You can now pick up the hardcover and the audiobook version from Audible. I'm incredibly excited about the audiobook, because the narrator, Jeff Woodman, is fantastic. The HAMMER OF WITCHES e-book is coming soon, so keep your eyes peeled.
To celebrate the exciting occasion of my debut book's birth, I've been hopping around various blogs:
- On the blog too-fabulous-for-words of one Diana Peterfreund, we're giving away a FREE copy of HAMMER OF WITCHES! And I answer questions about fandom, fairytales, and the many reasons you would not want to be a sailor on Columbus's first voyage.
- On the Lee & Low blog, I did a Book Talk about inspiration, historical fiction, diversity, and, of course, genies!
- On Rich In Color, you can find a list of 4 easy things you can do to add diversity to your medieval fantasy stories.
- On this blog, I wrote about finding inspiration for characters in cartoons.
- Unrelated to HAMMER OF WITCHES, but still fun: I joined in on OverthinkingIt.com's weekly Mad Men and Game of Thrones videocasts. Click on over to hear theories about the incorrigible Don Draper and why the Queen of Thorns is so darn cool.
And there have already been some great reviews of the book you might want to take a look at:
- Tanita at Finding Wonderland wrote an amazingly in-depth review focusing on my boy Baltasar's witty personality (and my uber-Polish last name!).
- At Rich in Color, the super-sweet Crystal wrote about all of the myths and fairytales swirling through HAMMER OF WITCHES.
- If you want to add to the conversations on Amazon and Goodreads, I encourage you to write your own review of HAMMER OF WITCHES, as well as any other books you've read lately. We writers live on reviews!
Not only was yesterday the book birthday of HAMMER OF WITCHES, but it was also the book birthday of my fab Tu Books buddy Karen Sandler's AWAKENING, the second book in the TANKBORN trilogy. This dystopian sci-fi series is super-duper cool and I hope you check it out! Here's what it's about:
Once a Chadi sector GEN girl terrified of her first Assignment, Kayla is now a member of the Kinship, a secret organization of GENs, lowborns, and trueborns. Kayla travels on Kinship business, collecting information to further the cause of GEN freedom.
Despite Kayla’s relative freedom, she is still a slave to the trueborn ruling class. She rarely sees trueborn Devak, and any relationship between them is still strictly forbidden.
Kayla longs to be truly free, but other priorities have gotten in the way. A paradoxically deadly new virus has swept through GEN sectors—a disease only GENs catch. And GEN warrens and warehouses are being bombed, with only a scrawled clue: F.H.E. Freedom, Humanity, Equality.
With the virus and the bombings decimating the GEN community, freedom and love are put on the back burner as Kayla and her friends find a way to stop the killing . . . before it’s too late.