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August 22, 2011

Here's an update on events around the release of The Gray Wolf Throne.




Alpharetta, GA, 

Barnes & Noble Booksellers Tuesday, August 30, 7 p.m., Mansell Crossings Shopping Center, 7660 Northpoint Parkway, Suite 200, Alpharetta, GA 30022
Hood River, OR Hood River Library Sunday, September 25, 2 p.m., 502 State St Hood River, OR 97031
Lake Forest Park, WA Third Place BooksTuesday, September 27, 2011, 7 pm Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way NELake Forest Park WA 98155, 206-366-3314
Vancouver, BC Area Chapters Booksellers, Wednesday, September 28, 7 pm.20015 Langley By-Pass, Unit 115, Langley, British Columbia, V3A 8R6Canada(604) 514-8663
Oceanside, CABarnes & Noble BooksellersWednesday, October 26, 2011 (tentative)2615 Vista WayOceanside, CA  92054 



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Published on August 22, 2011 20:14 • 49 views

August 18, 2011

Guess what came today!! So excited!!
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Published on August 18, 2011 20:03 • 240 views

August 16, 2011


I do believe we're living in the rainforest here. We are currently ~17 inches above normal for the year in rainfall. Over 3.5 inches came down on two different days in the past month.  A couple of weeks ago, we had a cloudburst AND hail. Here are a couple of photos of our new lake.       Hail in the Rose Garden
    Lake on the PatioOn the bright side, it's a great year to get a garden going. I planted my vegetable garden late, because it was so wet in the spring. Here's how it looked right after planting.   I was worried, because midsummer is usually hot and dry around here, and I was afraid it would wither away. Au contraire. Here's how it looked today. 


Does anyone have any great recipes for cucumbers and baby eggplant?
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Published on August 16, 2011 08:46 • 73 views

August 13, 2011


Would you call this--Dog-Eared?This was sent to me by a fan whose puppy developed a taste for fantasy fiction while they were on vacation. Yum!! Hope the rest of the book was as tasty as the cover! 
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Published on August 13, 2011 08:33 • 138 views

August 1, 2011



I'm excited to be attending Dragon*Con this year as a featured guest author. What is Dragon*Con? The website describes it as "the largest multi-media, popular culture convention focusing on science fiction and fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film in the universe!" I'm a newbie, but it looks fantastic to me. They'll be offering workshops , fan tracks , gaming , autograph sessions, readings, the annual Dragon*Con parade, costume contests, live performances, and wrestling (?) There'll be many celebrity guests, including Tom Felton who played Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter movies. The con is held in several downtown Atlanta hotels. The full schedule isn't posted yet, but you'll find lots of info in the Progress Report available here 
I just got my schedule and I'm on some awesome panels! -------------------Title: Reading: Cinda Williams ChimaTime: Fri 02:30 pm Location: Roswell - Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)-------------------Title: Dragon*AutographsTime: Fri 04:00 pm Location: M301 - M304 - Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)-------------------Title: Fan WorksDescription: Fan fiction and fan art in YA.Time: Fri 10:00 pm Location: A707 - Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)-------------------Title: The Darkness- What is Appropriate for Teens?Description: Are there some subjects which are deemed "too dark" for teens? What subjects are better for adults than teens? How is writing for adults different?Time: Sat 04:00 pm Location: A707 - Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)-------------------Title: Switching...YA to Adult or vice versaDescription: Differences in writing YA and adult works...does some of one creep in to the other?Time: Sun 10:00 am Location: Greenbriar - Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)-------------------Title: The Why and How of YADescription: The YA market is booming. Is it right for you? Panelists discuss the differences in YA, Middle Grade and adult fiction.Time: Sun 11:30 am Location: Manila / Singapore / Hong Kong - Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
-------------------Title: Online InteractionsDescription: How do kids and teens use technology to interact with books and authors today? Do they expect more as they turn the last page of that novel?Time: Sun 01:00 pm Location: A707 - Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)-------------------Title: Alternative SexualitiesDescription: GBLT in YA.Time: Sun 02:30 pm Location: A707 - Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)
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Published on August 01, 2011 19:20 • 90 views

July 29, 2011


Since I posted my tour schedule, I've received several inquiries about how to obtain signed copies of The Gray Wolf Throne. If you're near any of my tour cities, I would love to see you in person! I'm willing to sign Nook covers, Kindles, etc, too. But if you're unable to attend an event, it is still possible to obtain signed copies. You should be able to arrange to order a personalized signed copy from any of the bookstore venues on the tour as long as you contact them ahead of time. Bookstores often ask authors to sign stock, so there may be non-personalized signed copies available after the visit. Contact the bookstore to see. The launch event is at my hometown bookstore, The Learned Owl, in Hudson, OH, on August 30, 2011. Visit their website for more information.  Information about the Owl is also posted on my website. Signed copies of my books can always be ordered from the Owl. If you contact them prior to the release date for GWT, they will be happy to take your order for a signed GWT, or any of my other books. I will sign them at the launch event and they will get them out to you right away.
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Published on July 29, 2011 19:30 • 240 views

July 27, 2011


I'm Teaching Writing Workshops At Context Con








Fri-Sat, August 26-27th, 2011The Doubletree HotelColumbus, OH Just a reminder that I'll be teaching writing workshops and participating in signings and panels at Context Speculative Fiction Convention this year. It IS a bargain--$45 (through August 15) to sign up for the Con and $25 per two-hour workshop.  And, who knows? I may have some early copies of The Gray Wolf Throne on hand. Here's the low-down: Release Your Inner Teen: Writing Fiction for the Young Adult Market
(Friday, August 26th, 8pm-10pm)
Everyone agrees -- young adult fiction is booming. Many writers of adult fiction are interested in exploring the opportunities in writing for teens. But teen readers are among the most demanding readers of all. In this hands-on session, a New York Times bestselling author of young adult fantasy discusses techniques for winning the teen reader.$25, 2 hours. 19 seats remain.Engaging the Wary: Winning and Keeping the Impatient Reader
(Saturday, August 27th, 3pm-5pm)
These days there is a lot of competition for readers' time from video games, movies, and television. This creates new demands for writers.  This session explores strategies for launching with a compelling opening and using voice, character, conflict, action, pacing, mystery and narrative tension to keep the reader turning the page. $25, 2 hours. 20 seats remain.There are other workshops and panels available as well. Get all the info here
Register for the con here Hotel info is here


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Published on July 27, 2011 19:48 • 80 views

July 24, 2011


It's not all finalized, but I thought I would give you a preview of where I'll be this fall as I travel the country for the launch of The Gray Wolf Throne, the third book in the Seven Realms series.  Here's a map of the tour to date.  
View The Gray Wolf Throne Tour in a larger mapIt includes a launch at The Learned Owl, an indie bookstore in Hudson Ohio, a national tour beginning with an event September 19 at  Watermark Books in Wichita, KS, and some special events, including Dragon*Con in Atlanta, where I'll be a guest author, the World Fantasy Convention in San Diego, where I'll be a panelist,  Books by the Banks in Cincinnati, and the Buckeye Bookfair in Wooster, OH. Before it's over, I'll have visited nine states and hopefully met many of you!
You can find a list of all public events on my website here. and I'll be updating my Google map of the tour as new information comes in.  
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Published on July 24, 2011 13:19 • 171 views

July 16, 2011


I'm fortunate enough to be in Maui on vacation. Two of the cool things I've done here are riding a bike down the Haneakala Volcano, and snorkeling along the northeast coast. At first glance, it would seem that these two activities have absolutely nothing in common, not even altitude. And, yet, they are more alike than I ever imagined.
1.     They both require peculiar headgear
2.     They both result in mega bad hair days
3.     Both may involve getting wet 4.     Both may result in road rash. 5.     Both can be a little scary at times 6.     They're both totally awesome

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Published on July 16, 2011 00:37 • 144 views

July 12, 2011


(Insert giddy dancing here)
In part, Kirkus said,
Chima navigates with graceful ease through multiple viewpoints and intricately realized settings united only by a subtle current of magic. Every character is both likable and flawed, written with such clear-eyed compassion that it impossible not to sympathize with all their competing goals.Indispensible for those already committed to the series; those who aren't should go back to the beginning and start. 

Look for it  in the July 15, 2011 Edition!Or, read the full review here!
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Published on July 12, 2011 19:55 • 359 views