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Book tour, day 3

Gotta love San Diego.  Hanging with my buddy Lou is always a great thing.  We had breakfast at Perry’s cafe in Old Town, which was damn fine.  Then we went over and watched Prometheus in Imax 3D.  Still not sure how I feel about that movie.  May blog about in the near future.

After the movie, we went to his place, chatted up his family a bit, then took his son to work.  Then we headed over to Mysterious Galaxy bookstore, dropped off the awesome banner Allan and Paulette Rousselle made for me.  This banner is a three foot canvas printing of the book cover.  You can see it hanging behind me on the pictures folks are posting around Facebook.

We hit Players around 4:30, got some nachos and beverages and hung out.  Lori Fox and her daughter showed up just after five and we had some great conversations around books, writing, authors, Navy and relocation hassles.  Just before seven, my friends Steve and Steph arrived from LA.  What a haul.  Took them 3 hours to make the drive.  Normally it’s a 1.5 hour drive, but apparantly there’s some sort of carnival or something in San Diego that totally snarled up traffic.

By six forty-five we were ensconced in Mysterious Galaxy book store.  Great staff, excellent selection of books.  We chatted about books and more relocation woes.  Was fun.

Had eleven folks in the audience.  Read the first chapter of Forged in Fire which went over well.  Crowd was interesting.  Some folks I knew, and some I just met.  One woman I met on the plane coming down showed up with her daughter who is going to school to be a writer.  There was one couple who are from Kentucky originally and knew some of the same folks Lou and I knew from back home.  It was funny and cool.

A couple people hadn’t seen the books before, but were intrigued enough to pick up Black Blade Blues and Honeyed Words.  Sold a decent amount of books.  Bookstore gave me a very nice insulated cup with the store logo on it, and a thank-you card.  If I bury the card, flowers will grow, and the ink is some form of fertilizer.  I like this very much.  Multi-use technology.  I bet the Pansies are beautiful as well.

I signed a bunch of stock, so if you are looking for signed books, check them out here.

 

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Book tour, day 2

Last night’s event at University Bookstore was great.  Good crowd, sold a good amount of books.  Dinner before hand was fun.  All in all, a very successful launch.  I’m pleased with the community I’ve found myself in.  Such amazing people.

I’m almost packed to start the second leg.  In an hour or so, I’ll be heading to the airport to fly to San Diego.  I’ll be hanging with one of my oldest friends today and having dinner with his family tonight.  Tomorrow he and I will run around San Diego.  Should be a great time.  We may hit a movie, but will definitely hit a game store.  Probably the one right down from Mysterious Galaxies bookstore.

Dinner tomorrow night at Players in the same plaza around 5pm.  It’s an open dinner, so anyone who is so inclined to come out is welcome.  No idea how much space is available, but I’ve eaten at Players before and the food is good.  Then I’m off to Mysterious Galaxy bookstore at 7pm for my signing.

I had the good fortune to visit Mysterious Galaxy last fall when I was down there for World Fantasy convention.  Excellent bookstore.  They had a wonderful selection and the staff was amazing.  I very much love book folks.  My first job was in a bookstore, so they are near and dear to my heart.  Friendly and knowledgeable staff makes all the difference.  I hope I see some of you there tomorrow evening.

San Diego, CA
Friday, June 22, 2012, 7:00 PM

Mysterious Galaxy
7051 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.
Suite #302
San Diego, CA 92111

 

 

 

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Happy Book Day: Forged in Fire

Forged in Fire comes out today. This is the third installment in the Sarah Beauhall series. There is a lot of closure in this book, questions answered, mysteries revealed. Of course, It’s part of a planned longer series, so new questions arise and new threads are unfurled. Early readers have said this book satisfies an excellent three book arc while leaving room for more Sarah, more Katie, more dragons, et al.

This series just continues to consume my brain. I love these characters way more than I every knew I would. I discuss them with my cohorts as if they were real people. And after all, they are definitely real to me. Writing wise, this book took things up a notch. I think the themes are a bit darker overall, but there are definitely moments of enlightenment and discovery. Here we begin to unravel the questions of big “D” destiny, free-will, obligation, family and love.

I think you will find Forged in Fire is a satisfying read. If you agree, let me know. I love to hear from readers. I especially love to hear what worked best and least for you. As a writer, I’m always striving to improve my craft. I think this book will show some marked improvement. Each book I write is better than the last one, at least as far as my personal writing growth is concerned. I hope you agree with that assessment.

Basically I want you to go out, get your hands on this series, and get lost in the world I’ve imagined. Many of you have written me about how engrossed you are in the world I’ve built (or twisted is more the case).

Here’s to the launch of my newest endeavor. My personal triumph and my most precious of paper children (as my good buddy Ken Scholes calls his books).

Books are wonderful. These books have a lot of hope and dreams riding along with them. I hope they help you realize a little of my joy.

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peace, and good reading.

John

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Book Giveaway over on Goodreads

Hey folks, Forged in Fire comes out on June 19th. I’m giving away some copies over on Goodreads. Come check it out, put your name in the hat, and if you are one of the lucky ones, I’ll send you a signed and/or personalized copy.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Forged in Fire by J.A. Pitts

Forged in Fire

by J.A. Pitts

Giveaway ends June 24, 2012.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

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Podcast at Skiffy and Fanty

My newest podcast interview is live here at the Skiffy and Fanty show.  They were a ton of fun.  No idea if I sound like an idiot or not, but I spent like 45 minutes answering questions and being my charming self.  Go check it out.  Also, they are doing a free month give-away of Audible.com.  That’s also a cool thing.

Do I really sound like that?  Sheesh.

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Wow it gets light early here

Up at the crack of dawn again to make sure I can eat a decent breakfast before my early morning work meetings.  The ease of drive-thru eating cannot be underrated.  Well, besides the fact it’s tasty, it is also horrible for me.  So, I give up a little sleep to make sure I eat at home.

I also find that being up at this time of day means my social media feeds are pretty sparse.  I assume this is do to the fact that other people are smarter than me and know how to sleep in longer.

Heading down to Portland this afternoon for the beginnings of Jaycon.  Dinner with family and friends will be nice.  Tomorrow is the main event of Jaycon, but I’m sure there will be assorted Portlandia rambling, a bit of random shopping, more Clash of Kings and of course, more words on Hearth and Home.

It’s taking me along damn time to write this one.  I just keep getting side tracked by things like stress and chaos.  Work adds most of that, but there are a huge number of things I have on my to-do list.  Luckily I’m working them down.

Next Tuesday I give a commencement address to a graduating class at the Monroe State Prison.  This is a community college related program which gives inmates access to practical skills including computers (programming, networking, hardware), graphic design, social interaction, and language arts.  I’ve been a guest lecturer there on three occassions and the graduating class all requested I give this address.  Speech is written and edited.  Now I need to practice it, break it onto 3×5 cards, etc.  I’m a little nervous about all this.  I have no problem standing in front of their classroom and BSing for three hours, talking about story, answering questions.  This is different.  Feels more important, like I’m being watched at a new level.

Once that is over, I’m still pretty jammed in June.  I only have 14 event free days in the month, so finding time for R&R is not always easy.  A lot of days I’m up way too early, spend too long at the day jobbe, then fly off to one event or another.  July will require a trip to the coast for a couple of nights, methinks.  Walking the beach will do good things for my peace of mind.

In the meantime, I have a Skype interview this afternoon with Skiffy and Fanty.  Tested the technology last night, but I’ve never used Skype before.  This should be interesting.

 

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Looking for Honeyed Words in the wild

Honeyed Words has been out in mass market for just over two weeks.  Has anyone spotted it in the wild?  I know the B&N in crossroads has it, but I haven’t gotten out to Fred Meyers yet to scout there.

Looking for any evidence that this book is out in the world.  Anyone?

 

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Book Tour

Here’s my entire book tour as I know it today.  There may be a date or two added as things shake out.  Hope to see some or all of you at one of these.  I’ve set up a Facebook event for the first one.  Will set up others soon.  In the meantime, I hope this gives everyone a good idea when they can come out and see me.

Seattle, WA
Wednesday, June 20th 7:00 pm
University Bookstore
4326 University Way, N.E.
Seattle, Washington 98105
1.800.335.7323

San Diego, CA
Friday, June 22, 2012, 7:00 PM
Mysterious Galaxy
7051 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.
Suite #302
San Diego, CA 92111

San Francisco, CA
Saturday, June 23, 2012, 3:00 PM
Borderlands Books
866 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

Beaverton, OR
Book Signing July 11th 7pm
Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd.
Beaverton, OR 97005
(503) 228-4651

Bellevue, WA
Book Signing July 21st 2pm
Barnes & Noble
Crossroads S.C.
15600 NE 8th Ave Suite Q1
Bellevue, WA 98008
425-644-1650

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Talking about wonderful books

I finished Indigo Springs last weekend at Miscon and started reading Blue Magic when I got home Monday night.  I finished it this weekend.  That’s two novels in a week, and let me tell you, that’s a huge deal for me.  I have a ton of deadlines and not a lot of free time, but these two books totally blew me away.

I really love the way A. M. Dellamonica weaves this world.  I really empathized with her main character, Astrid Lethewood.  Her entire cast is believable and heart-breaking in many ways.  I don’t want to spoil anything here so I won’t go into too many details, but there are some things I can say.

This two book series deals with changes in how we perceive the world.  It also deals with gender and sexuality in a quiet and forthright style that neither patronizes or preaches.  I especially like how these characters don’t dwell on their gender designation or sexual preferences.  The author is not on a soap box here.  These are just people living and loving in the world as it unfolds around them.

The description and dialogue rings true here and the plot twists are appropriately bendy and satisfying.

From a reader perspective this is a definite read.  I’ll happily suggest this to my friends.  As a writer I’m jealous of Alyx’s world building and intricate plot weaving.  She kept me turning pages and ignoring my other pressing priorities.

This is a book about the real world and how magic affects those who deal with it.  Everything has a cost. The story is in how each individual deals with it.

Well done.

 

 

 

 

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Uruz

The wild ox; strength and power.

Ansuz

Creativity; words, music, and art.

Othala

The troll cross; wealth and prosperity.

Sowilo

The sun; energy, honor, guidance.

Fehu

Personally earned or lucky wealth and prosperity.

Jera

The harvest; patience and promise.

Raidho

The chariot; journey and travel.

Note: This is not the real book cover.