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Why I Love Historical Fantasy – and ONLY TODAY LEFT FOR STORYBUNDLE

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I wanted to tell you all about something you might not be aware of… well, two things, actually. You might not have been aware of this Historical Fantasy Storybundle and all the wonderful authors and books associated with it, and you might even be unaware of my novel, The Orffyreus Wheel, which is a dual-timeline novel covering an inventor named Johann Bessler, who may, or may not, have invented a perpetual motion machine a very long time ago – and the implications of such (basically) free energy source in modern times – the energy barons who would kill to shut it down – the visionaries who would fight to set it free. Those are not the point, though.  The point is… Historical Fantasy.

I have always loved history. When I was a kid I took every course I could on the subject. I’ve read extensively. Early on, I discovered another way to learn – and I learned it from a novel titled Northwest Passage, by Kenneth Roberts (whose books I ended up devouring).  Historical fantasy, while bringing you magic, made up heroics and legends, ALSO (see the genre title) brings you history.  A well-written, well-researched historical novel that draws you in leaves you with the satisfaction of a story that sticks with you, but also with knowledge gained through the reading of it… Margaret Atwood and (from this bundle) Jo Graham, can give you ancient Egypt with details you might never have known. Kenneth Roberts gave me the truth about Benedict Arnold, and so much more. I can’t begin to list the number of times a book, or a story, has gifted me with insights into history that I would have missed in a dry, classroom environment.  The series “The Order of the Air,” by this bundle’s head honcho Melissa Scott, and Jo Graham, covers a period just prior to Hitler’s Reich, bringing you insights into air travel, technology, Nikola Tesla, and so much more.

I urge you to hop on over to STORYBUNDLE.COM  and drop a small amount (It’s a pay what you want bundle that also supports charity) and take this (only today is left) last chance to pick up a number of wonderful Historical Fantasy novels, stories of all sorts with that one common thread of research, revelation, and intrigue. You won’t be disappointed.  And if you should find my book, or any of the others to your liking, (or hating, even), the authors would appreciate greatly if you left reviews on the various sites like Amazon, B&N, Apple, and Goodreads.

Go on… you KNOW you need some books.

The Orffyreus Wheel is in an Amazing Historical Fantasy Storybundle! Check it out!

My novel THE ORFFYREUS WHEEL is included in this amazing STORYBUNDLE curated by Melissa Scott. Historical fantasy has long been a favorite genre of mine because it’s allowed me to learn, and come at the past in different ways, and from unique perspectives.  In my novel, you’ll meet a man who called himself ORFFYREUS and claimed to have invented the Perpetuum Mobile.  He was never proven a fraud. On a parallel storyline, I try to show what I think would happen if such a free source of energy loomed on the horizon in full view of big oil companies and the world.

Melissa says:
In this collection I’ve been able to bring together an extraordinary group of writers who draw their inspiration from Western history, in periods from Ancient Egypt through the Second World War. There are classics like the World Fantasy Award-nominated Lord of the Two Lands and the Nebula-nominated Death of the Necromancer, and newer novels like Daughter of Mystery and The Emperor’s Agent — and Stag and Hound, just released in April. What these novels have in common, across these very different periods, is a depth to and delight in their worlds, in the precise detail and pitch-perfect moment that not only propels the story, but makes it utterly, dazzlingly real.

The initial titles in The Historical Fantasy Bundle (minimum $5 to purchase) are:

The Death of the Necromancer by Martha Wells
The Emperor’s Agent by Jo Graham
Daughter of Mystery by Heather Rose Jones
The Virtuous Feats of the Indomitable Miss Trafalgar and the Erudite Lady Boon e by Geonn Cannon
The Orffyreus Wheel by David Niall Wilson

If you pay more than the bonus price of just $15, you get all five of the regular titles, plus six more:

The Armor of Light by Melissa Scott and Lisa A. Barnett
Steel Blues by Melissa Scott and Jo Graham
Between Worlds by Martha Wells
PIllar of Fire by Judith Tarr
Lord of the Two Lands by Judith Tarr
Stag and Hound by Geonn Cannon

The bundle is available only for a limited time via https://storybundle.com/fantasy. It allows easy reading on computers, smartphones, and tablets as well as Kindle and other ereaders via file transfer, email, and other methods. You get multiple DRM-free formats (.epub and .mobi) for all books!

It’s also super easy to give the gift of reading with StoryBundle, thanks to our gift cards – which allow you to send someone a code that they can redeem for any future StoryBundle bundle – and timed delivery, which allows you to control exactly when your recipient will get the gift of StoryBundle.

Why StoryBundle? Here are just a few benefits StoryBundle provides.

• Get quality reads: We’ve chosen works from excellent authors to bundle together in one convenient package.
• Pay what you want (minimum $5): You decide how much these fantastic books are worth to you. If you can only spare a little, that’s fine! You’ll still get access to a batch of exceptional titles.
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An Interview With Edgar Allan Poe …

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hoverkittehI hope it’s not getting monotonous, my posting the entire tour links every day.  I am hoping that people who have missed the earlier posts will still find them interesting.  Some of them, like today’s post, are unique.  When I was given the schedule for this blog tour, I was also given an “assignment” for each blog.  Some wanted interviews.  Some wanted a guest post for their blog.  Still others wanted me to interview a character.

In today’s post, I have the very odd, and distinct opportunity to interview one Edgar Allan Poe – not just the historic Poe, but the Poe of my novel.  To do so, I traveled with another character, Donovan DeChance, to what I can only describe as another dimension – to an office / library that Poe discovers during the novel.  Tricky, but fun.

I did a lot of research on Poe prior to the writing of the novel, and have continued it ever since, because I find him fascinating.  I have very, very old editions of his works.  I have one of the magazines he first appeared in…I don’t have a raven, yet, but I’m working on that…  I hope you enjoy the interview, and that it makes you curious enough to buy the book.  Nevermore is only $2.99 for the length of this tour – but the tour ends on September 2nd, where I have my last two blog stops on two separate blogs simultaneously.

Here is a snippet from my interview with Edgar:

DNW:  Today I have the distinct pleasure of interviewing one of America’s most distinguished poets and authors.  I have to thank my friend and fellow dreamer, Donovan DeChance, for the introduction, and the remarkable circumstances that have brought me to a very singular room – not quite in, or out, of my own world and time – and into the presence of a personal idol.  My guest (or rather I am his) is none other than Mr. Edgar Allan Poe.  Edgar, you have no idea what an honor this is…

 E.A.P:  The honor is mine, sir.  I have had the particular pleasure of reading your account of my adventures in the heart of The Great Dismal Swamp.  Though I believe you may have portrayed me as a bit more heroic than I felt, the details bring back so many memories.”

<a href=”http://dealsharingaunt.blogspot.com/2013/08/nevermore-novel-of-love-loss-edgar.html#sthash.HkvJ6j97.dpuf”>Read the entire Interview at the blog of Deal Sharing Aunt</a>

THE TOUR SO FAR:

Read some about the birth of the novel Nevermore at Paranormal Dimensions!

Read a Character interview with LENORE (My version) at Michelle Lee’s blog

Read my post about what influences my writing at Rinn Reads!

Read my guest post about Donovan DeChance at the Paranormal Book Club

Read the guest post about memorable characters, and Cletus J. Diggs and the review at Brooke Blogs. She liked it!

Read my post about romance in books over at Fierce Dolan’s Blog..

My post about why I’m glad Nevermore was not published traditionally – read it at the What Readers Want blog!

How personal and North Carolina history affect the novel – read at the FLYING HIGH blog!

Read about mining history for your fiction at Christine’s Words!

Read about the cover art by Lisa Snellings at Workaday Reads

Read the review of the book, and the guest post on keeping your series new

Read the interview at One More Chapter

Read my post about writers – and reading – at Janna Shay’s blog!

Read My post – Everybody Loves a Mystery – here in this blog!

Read my post “Let There be Magic” at the main Buy the Book Tour Site!

Read my post about “The Dark South” at The Open Book Society Blog…;

Read about Genres & Why I hate them : ==> AT THE AUTHOR’S CAFE

Listen to internet radio with BuyTheBookTours on BlogTalkRadio

READ THE Guest Post about History in fiction at MELISSA’S BLOG!

Listen to internet radio with BuyTheBookTours on BlogTalkRadio

Interview with me at the Blog of author Hywela Lin

Interview with Donovan DeChance at Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews

Interview with Edgar Allan Poe at MJ Schiller’s Blog (join the discussion)

Get the details of the book tour – and the giveaways – at Buy the Book Tours…

BUY NEVERMORE! AT AMAZON.COM or BARNES & NOBLE or CROSSROAD PRESS

DOWNLOAD THE AUDIOBOOK FROM AUDIBLE.COM – NARRATED BY GIGI SHANE!

Blog Tour for August 2nd – An Interview at One More Chapter

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parallelToday started with a good, and a bad thing. My son graduated boot camp for the US Navy, and I was able to watch the entire ceremony streaming live…that was very good.  I updated WordPress, and one of my plugins killed this site (bad) But it could be worse.  I might NOT be a web guru, and it might still be down.

Anyway- the tour!  I have tried very hard across the interviews involved in this tour to talk about different things.  It helps that none of the interviewers was too generic, and that all of them asked something different.  In today’s interview I talk a lot about The DeChance Chronicles, and what’s in progress and coming up next for me, as well as Nevermore – which you should go and buy.  Seriously.

Here’s a snippet from the interview:

What inspired you to write this book/series?

Since I already talked about the book, I’ll talk now about The DeChance Chronicles. Early in my career I wrote a number of novels for a gaming company called White Wolf.  I wrote about vampires in the Dark Ages, Wraiths, and a number of other magical creatures, but I always felt too constrained.  Though my books were very popular I knew that the rules the edits I had to make to get them published, all of it hampered what was important.  The story.

I wanted to write something like that – a world where there were two realities – the mundane, mortal world we all take for granted, and another one just beneath the surface.  Magic, demons, voodoo, everything you can dream about and more exists in the world of Donovan DeChance.  His origin story is told in book III of the series,My Soul to Keep & Others – as well as some novellas that provide background useful in reading the series (and also background for Nevermore)…” ==> READ THE ENTIRE INTERVIEW AT ONE MORE CHAPTER…

THE TOUR SO FAR:

Read my post about writers – and reading – at Janna Shay’s blog!

Read My post – Everybody Loves a Mystery – here in this blog!

Read my post “Let There be Magic” at the main Buy the Book Tour Site!

Read my post about “The Dark South” at The Open Book Society Blog…;

Read about Genres & Why I hate them : ==> AT THE AUTHOR’S CAFE

Listen to internet radio with BuyTheBookTours on BlogTalkRadio

READ THE Guest Post about History in fiction at  MELISSA’S BLOG!

Listen to internet radio with BuyTheBookTours on BlogTalkRadio

Interview with me at the Blog of author Hywela Lin

Interview with Donovan DeChance at Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews

Interview with Edgar Allan Poe at MJ Schiller’s Blog (join the discussion)

Get the details of the book tour – and the giveaways – at Buy the Book Tours…

BUY NEVERMORE!  AT AMAZON.COM  or BARNES & NOBLE or CROSSROAD PRESS

DOWNLOAD THE AUDIOBOOK FROM AUDIBLE.COM – NARRATED BY GIGI SHANE!

Blog Tour Day #2 – Interview in Which I Speak of the Amontillado & More

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So, it’s day two of the big blog tour has arrived, and I have been interviewed by Hywela-Lin for her blog.  This was a fun interview, not necessarily the same old questions, and I went out of my way not to provide the same old answers, as well.  One of the tricks of this blog tour thing is – in my opinion – mixing it up.  If you have nothing new to say, and twelve blogs interview you, asking the same old questions and getting the same old answers in slightly different hats, well, I think you can see how boring that would be.  I am not famous.  Instead, I strive for interesting.  I believe (probably foolishly, but there you go) that if I make a real effort, I can show people who I am, and why I write what I write, and why it would be worth their time to check it out.  One thing you learn in life is that even those who are already mildly interested in you have their reasons.  Sadly, for me, only a small portion of those interested enough in me to know who I am are also interested enough to read my books.

I wish I had a small truckload of copies of Nevermore … I would ride to the next two fan conventions I could reach and just hand out copies.  I wonder how many I’d have to hand out before a sufficient number actually read them, and then talked about them, and it became a “thing?”   We’ll never know, sadly – books are expensive.  I DID lower the eBook price on Nevermore – a Novel of Love, Loss & Edgar Allan Poe to only $2.99 for the duration of this blog tour.  $2.99 is still in the impulse buy range, right?  I want to give you that impulse, so, without further ado…

Here is a very short bit from the interview with me over at Hywela Lin’s blog… and a link to the rest.  Below that are links to yesterdays posts, where I conducted interviews with my own characters, Donovan DeChance, and Edgar Allan Poe…

HL: Tell us a little more about yourself , with three things not many people know about you.
DNW:  I’ve been writing seriously since the mid 1980s.  I published my own magazine in the late 1980s, early 1990s calledThe Tome.  I served for twenty years in the United States Navy, where a good number of my stories and novels were written.  I have 31 books out now, including novels, licensed novels, short story collections and one book titled “American Pies” that is about – well – baking pies.  It’s also something of a memoir.  Three things:

1)      I occasionally tear up during emotional movie and television scenes, and even when reading books, if the story is that good.

2)      I’m a member of a motorcycle “club” – Tiburon MC – formed in Rota Spain and could write horror stories about the initiation.

3)      I have visited a Bodega in southern Spain and tasted Amontillado – I don’t care what Poe says, it is one of the nastiest varietals of sherry available.

 

READ THE ENTIRE INTERVIEW AT HYWELA LYn’s Blog – along with an excerpt from Nevermore.  Enter to win copies of the book – or just buy it already!

Interview with Donovan DeChance at Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews

Interview with Edgar Allan Poe at MJ Schiller’s Blog (join the discussion)

Get the details of the book tour – and the giveaways – at Buy the Book Tours…

BUY NEVERMORE!  AT AMAZON.COM  or BARNES & NOBLE or CROSSROAD PRESS

DOWNLOAD THE AUDIOBOOK FROM AUDIBLE.COM – NARRATED BY GIGI SHANE!

Day One of the Big Blog Tour – Two Character Interviews

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First, let me start by posting a link to the main site for the blog tour.  At this site you’ll find a schedule of all the blog stops, all the ways you can enter to win copies of the Hardcover, trade paperback, audio and eBook editions of Nevermore – A Novel of Love, Loss & Edgar Allan Poe. The book is discounted for the length of the tour from $4.99 to $2.99 – nearly half off!  You can find tour info here: The Buy The Bool Blog Tour for Nevermore!

The First two stops on the blog tour required me to do something I have never attempted before.  They are “character interviews,” where I sit down in a virtual room and chat with the characters from my own worlds and novels …quite the change from other types of guest posts I’ve written in the past.  Sort of half fiction, half real – and as it turns out, not a bad exercise in getting into the head of your own character.  As it turns out, I actually had questions, and probably have a lot more – I limited myself this time out to things that relate one way or another to Nevermore

At LAURIE’S THOUGHTS AND REVIEWS – there is an interview posted today with the protagonist of my series, The DeChance Chronicles… It’s an interesting way, I think, of showing how the series ties in with Nevermore, and hopefully convincing readers of Nevermore that they might want the entire story…and vice versa.  Assuming Donovan has fans, I want them to know it is important for them to read Nevermore.

DNW:  Today, I am interviewing Donovan DeChance, book collector, mage, sometimes private investigator – and some say – hero.    The book Nevermore, a Novel of Love, Loss & Edgar Allan Poe would never have happened if not for Donovan’s chance visit with Poe so long ago, so I thought it would be appropriate to see what he has to say on the subject.  I’ve spent a lot of hours chronicling your adventures, Donovan, but I must say – despite all of that, I still have a lot of questions.

 DONOVAN:  It would be my pleasure to answer, as best I can.  You might find it interesting to note that, despite what most consider a very long and colorful life, this marks the first time I’ve been interviewed.  As you know, there’s a certain air of secrecy to my work.
DNW:  That would be something of an understatement.  Anyway, as I said, I have a lot of questions, but for the sake of this interview, let’s concentrate on your meeting with Edgar Allan Poe, and your adventures in The Great Dismal Swamp.  Your home is in California, but you seem to have spent an inordinate amount of time in my neck of the woods.
DONOVAN:  It’s true, the Carolinas have drawn me back time and again, but I believe you’ll find, as we continue to document some of my more important – adventures – that it only seems as if I’ve spent a lot of time in the Dismal Swamp.  Time is relative, after all, and I’ve enjoyed more of it than most.
Sometimes I think that I should put a tighter rein on my tongue.  It was only the passing comment about having met Poe in your book Kali’s Tale that led to any knowledge of the events in this new book – Nevermore.  Not all old tales should be told. Privacy has come to mean more to me as the years pass, and now that the tale of Edgar and Lenore has been made public, I fear too many rabbits are springing from too many baskets… ==> READ THE ENTIRE INTERVIEW at Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews – leave comments – interact – BUY THE BOOK.
Also live today, at the virtual home and blog of author M. J. Schiller, there is a second interview.  This was even more challenging, because it’s an interview with the protagonist of Nevermore, where I not only have to portray Edgar with some historical accuracy, but as the Edgar from my novel (and possibly upcoming novels) as well.  Another interesting talk…
It is my distinct privilege today to interview one of my personal idols, a man formative to my writing.  I have been asked to present certain questions, and I have – to the best of my ability – done so.  Without further ado, I present poet, author, and adventurer Edgar Allan Poe. Mr. Poe could you tell me a little bit about what it is that you do?  What do you think your particular strengths, or weaknesses might be?
The short answer is that I am a storyteller.  I have been called an author, and a poet, a tragic romantic, and a wordy melodramatic hack, but in the end, it all comes down to the stories, doesn’t it?  They come to me – often in dreams – and once they have lodged firmly in my mind, there is nothing I can do to rid myself of them but to put quill to paper and give them a proper voice.
As for strengths and weaknesses, I have a tendency toward melancholy.  I love far too deeply and though I have traveled and searched, trying my hand at a number of solutions, I have never been able to shake off the cloud of depression that seems to find me its proper home. This translates to my writing in the form of very detailed descriptions in which I try to capture every sensation in every scene.  I’m told this can be tedious, but for me it is a therapeutic process.  The more I managed to get onto the page, the less remains with me.
Those that I love? They die.  If I have strength, it is in daring to go on, writing, and living.  I believe if it were not for my constant companion, Grimm, who readers will meet in your novel, I’d want to be gone from this plane of existence altogether.  Pardon me for such gravity, but I have not lived an easy life… ==>READ THE ENTIRE INTERVIEW WITH EDGAR at the Blog of Author M. J. Schiller!
You can get Nevermore now at the Crossroad Press Store  / Amazon.com / or Barnes & Noble

 

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