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On a perfect life: An interview

I had the privilege of participating in Tim Ward’s and John Dodd’s very thoughtful interview on the subject of A Thousand Perfect Things. Here are some of the topics we covered:

  • Why I chose an alternate history fantasy after ten science fiction novels.
  • AISFPMy main character’s dilemma between love and ambition – and what it says about women’s lives today.
  • The dichotomy between the two worlds: of machine and science and magic and sensualism – and the device of the “portal” getting from one to the other.
  • A discussion of the passage, “Shall I be pleased with myself for so little reason?” The classic question of finding peace in the world.

Check it out at Adventures in Sci Fi Publishing, one of the best podcasts around, and leave a comment to let Tim and John know someone is listening!

For three days only, A Thousand Perfect things will be offered as a $2.99 eBook on Amazon, Nook and Apple. Offered through end of day Monday, September 30.

If you like the book, I would love to have a review from you on Amazon!

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What they’re saying about A Thousand Perfect Things

Reviews and comments are coming in for the new book. Here are some of my favorites:

“The magic that was the glue that bound the story together and the magnificence of the lotus made for a book I just could not out down. This was my first Kay Kenyon book and I was super impressed. I have a new favorite author.”- NetGalley Reviewer

“A rich, gorgeous, marvelously detailed tapestry of a book.”  – Sharon Shinn

“A masterwork from the mind of one of our best authors of compelling alternate realities.” – Larry Brooks

This book is rich with details and mysticism. . . . It is a great mix of historical research with fictional, magical, world building. The cultures are deep and fascinating. The characters are equally as interesting, each with their own unique motivations. It is a great, rich, read. . . .  Very beautifully written. – A Dragon’s Love

I loved this book! It was a little bit strange, atmospheric and at times really beautiful. – Nocturnal Book Reviews

A story that twists and turns, draws you through the jungles of a magical and distant world that will leave you yearning for more.  From love and desire, to aspiration and inspiration and from conflict and loss, to healing and hope this book is paced full of everything you look for in a great story. . . .  I am almost begging for a sequel.  After reading this book you are so in love with Astoria, her  dashing military suitor, and her family that you can’t wait to find out how the story ends…and then emptiness sets in.   Then you realize – that is exactly what a good book does.  Seriously make yourself a piping cuppa your favorite tea, curl up and prepare for an amazing journey.  Through jungles, palaces, ruins and more your desire for adventure, love stories, and new places will be fulfilled. – Maggie McKeating’s Reviews Read More…

My novel meets the hated elevator pitch

The dread question comes at the oddest moments: You’re going about your business, about to sip your cappuccino, or riding in an elevator, believing you are relatively safe, and then, wham: What’s your novel about?

Authors hate this. You have to give a glimpse of your book in a sentence or two. Agony. Don’t make me do this right this second. Let me warm up a bit.

Pitch #1

A Thousand Perfect Things, just out, is a historical fantasy set in an alternate 19th century England and India. It’s an Iravathaadventure story that takes place in 1857 against a background of a colonial uprising in India. My major character, Tori Harding, is a young woman who, because of her gender, is denied entrance into the rarified circles of science–though she learned her beloved botany at the knee of her famous grandfather, Sir Charles Littlewood. When Sir Charles dies in disgrace, Tori picks up his secret hope to find a legendary magical golden lotus. She pursues this quest on a great journey to an alternate India, where she enters the exotic heart of a mystical continent. There she must fend off a ruthless colonial Raj, palace intrigues, shape changing magics, ancient ghosts . . . and revolution.

But way too long. Let’s boil it down. Read More…

Blog Tour: A Thousand Perfect Things

Check it out: my blog tour begins! I hope you’ll dip in – with a chance to win cool prizes.

Over next two weeks, I’ll be appearing here and there on blogs of folks who’re participating in my blog tour. Drop by for some interviews & peeks inside-the-book and the so-called mind of the author!

PRIZES:

  • $50 Amazon or Pay Pal gift card
  • signed, personalized, copy of A Thousand Perfect Things

How to Participate in the Give-away

Click the Rafflecopter widget below, and earn points for joining in on FaceBook, Twitter or Pinterest! It’s easy and only takes a few seconds!

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Larry Brooks, The Storyfixer

Larry Brooks, The Storyfixer

Not on tour, but also fun: Join Larry Brooks and me at StoryFix, (Tuesday Aug  27) wherein we discover whether it helps a fantasy book (mine) to use his HOT approach to story structure!

Tour Schedule

Wednesday, Aug 28. Asteria’s Blog  – Review and Giveaway

Thursday, Aug 29. Behind a Million and One Pages –  Excerpt and Giveaway

Sunday, Sept 1 Author Jonathan Ryan – Excerpt and Giveaway

Monday, Sept 2. Chirenjenzie – Favorite Pinterest Pins and Giveaway

Tuesday, Sept 3. Dave-Brendon’s Fantasy and Sci-Fi Weblog – Excerpt and Giveaway

Wednesday, Sept 4. Mindy Ruiz – Excerpt and Giveaway

Thursday, Sept 5. Elizabeth Isaacs’ Blog – Excerpt and Giveaway

Friday, Sept 6. Hooked in a Book – Excerpt and Giveaway

Saturday, Sept 7. BlKosiner’s Book Blog– Interview!

Sunday, Sept 8. Delphina reads too much – Featured Article and Giveaway!

Monday, Sept 9. A Dribble of Ink –  Featured Article!

Tuesday, Sept 10.Lilliputian’s Journey – Excerpt and Giveaway

Wednesday, Sept 11. Mom With A Kindle – Interview!

Thursday, Sept 12. A Dragon’s Love – Excerpt and Giveaway

 See you ’round the Blogosphere!

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An interview on the new book, fantasy & publishing

Wingage Dialogue

Please drop by for my new interview, podcast now at Dialogue: Between the Lines!

I had fun chatting with show host Susan Wingate today. She’s got a terrific series of interviews with bestselling authors and industry professionals, as well as being one herself. Her latest book is Hotter Than Helen, in the Bobby’s Diner series.

Here are some of the topics we tossed around:

  • Do you need an agent anymore?
  • The role of “gate keepers” in the new era.
  • As traditional publishers lose ground, is this a good thing?
  • How I used the prologue as a device in A Thousand Perfect Things.
  • And what’s with that strange and wonderful Bridge in the novel!
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