The Illuminated Kingdom Launch Party Review!

11/18 was the launch party for The Illuminated Kingdom, hosted by the lovely Books Inc. in Santa Clara.

One of their amazing booksellers hand-drew this sign in chalk!

The entire staff was wonderful (and decked out in unicorn getup for a later event. What could be better than bookstores plus unicorns?)

I felt so honored by all the people who turned out for the event, even though it was the weekend before Thanksgiving! We read together from The Illuminated Kingdom, had some Q&A time, and of course, signed books.

My lovely mom did washable art on people’s hands (some Vestigians even got their fleet tattoos).

It was especially priceless to see the faces of old friends who have traipsed with me throughout the journey of this series. Plus the face of the small and perfect person to whom Book 4 is dedicated ❤

Thanks to everyone who came out for the launch! If you’re still looking to get a copy signed before Christmas, I’ll be at a table in front of the Recycle Bookstore West on 12/17 from 9:30-12:30 (during the Campbell farmers’ market). I also have more events coming in January, so keep an eye on my News and Events page! 

Book 4 is HERE!!

THE ILLUMINATED KINGDOM
Book 4 of The Voyages of the Legend

is NOW AVAILABLE!

Grab your copy here!

And save the date for the in-person launch party November 18th!

Spread the word! And happy reading!

Book 4 launch festivities!

Release day for The Illuminated Kingdom is just TWO DAYS away! To celebrate the launch of this final book of The Voyages of the Legend series, there will be a series of festive events, both in person and online. Here’s the list!

11/3: BOOK LAUNCH DAY!! Grab a copy and start reading!

11/4-11/17: Online book tour! Several awesome authors/creatives/book reviewers have graciously agreed to host book tour stops on their websites to celebrate the launch of The Illuminated Kingdom. Stop by!

11/4: Fantasy author Angela Wallace: book launch announcement
11/5: Fantasy author Kasper Beaumont: interview
11/6: Anglophile and serenity author Pauline Wiles: interview
11/8: Children’s author Jenn Castro: book launch announcement
11/10: Writer and artist Caleb Fong: book launch announcement
11/11: Fantasy author Intisar Khanani: book launch announcement
11/12: Author and book reviewer Anela Deen: book launch announcement
11/17: Fantasy author A.R. Silverberry: book launch announcement and e-book giveaway

11/18: In-person launch party at Books Inc. Santa ClaraDrop in starting at 2 PM for snacks, activities, reading, Q&A, and book signing!

12/17: Book signing at Recycle Bookstore West9:30 AM-12:30 PM (during the Campbell farmers’ market)–one last chance to get Book 4 signed before Christmas!

Celebration time! I hope to see you at some point during the festivities!

Summer Inspiration: Bookstore Signings

In the crunch phase of writing and producing a book, I spend so much time sequestered away in my office that I can sometimes forget that other people exist. Let alone that some of them read what I write.

And while I write for many reasons, not least of which is just for the sheer fun of it, one of my most affirming motivations to get back to work is seeing young readers enjoy my books. And that’s just what happened at my two bookstore signings this summer .

The launch party for The Illuminator Rising was held at Village House of Books on June 25th. The owners, Steve and Cheryl Hare, are incredibly welcoming and just some of the sweetest people you will ever meet. They even heralded the event with a window display of The Voyages of the Legend–a total dream come true for me!

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I got to sit in the “queen chair” in the charming children’s nook.

 

DSC00026It was totally fantastic to see the standing-room-only gathering of young readers! They were full of eager observations and great questions. Some of them are on track to be writers or illustrators themselves, so watch out world!
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The second summer signing took place at Bookasaurus, the children’s division of Leigh’s Favorite Books. Though space in the store is tight, they sure make the most of it! Again, it was wonderful to have the signing so well attended by strangers, friends, and family. These are just a few of the people who sustain me on my journey.

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Some of the students who visited have been faithfully reading The Voyages of the Legend since the release of Book 1. I’m having the amazing privilege of watching them grow up–some, into very dedicated and articulate writers themselves!

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And one more perk of the day. See that shop doorway on the left of the photo? That’s an incredible gelateria called Bella Roma. Gelato may or may not have immediately followed this book signing. I can’t think of a better way to end a day full of books, bookworms, and fun.

Book Launch Day: The Illuminator Rising!!!

It’s here!!!

Book 3 ebook cover, Amazon, medium res

It’s launch day for my new book, The Illuminator Rising! I can’t even tell you how excited I am to introduce this new book. As the third (but not the last!) in the Voyages of the Legend series, it involves some of the characters I’ve written with before, but each and every book teaches me new things–and this book taught me a lot. And threw me more than a few surprises!

Here’s a sneak peek!

Jariel tapped out the rhythm with her foot. “I like fast dances.”

“Then you should dance,” Ellie said.

“Nah. You need a partner for this one.”

“So? Find one,” said Connor, rejoining the group.

“What? You volunteering?” Jariel rolled her eyes.

“Sure.”

“Sure? You don’t even know how to dance!”

“I do too.”

“Then why haven’t I ever seen you?”

“Maybe I didn’t want to.”

“You’re bluffing.”

“Am not.”

“Are too.”

“Then dance with me.” Connor cocked an eyebrow. “I dare you. Or are you too scared?”

“I am not scared.” Jariel stood up, dusting herself off. “Hurry up, slowpoke.”

Ellie watched as Jariel and Connor joined a reel on the dance floor. They fumbled awkwardly to find each other’s hands and perform the first set of spins. But then they seemed to find a rhythm. Both of them were strong and athletic, and they both had a good sense for the music. They began to clap in time and skipped down the line with energy. Their movements fell into practiced unison, as if they were working together to trim a sail or polish a deck.

“Do you…like to dance?” Kai asked Korrina.

Korrina gave a fierce laugh. “I like to fight.”

Kai nodded briskly. “Yes. Fighting is better. At least you know if you’re winning or losing.”

You can find The Illuminator Rising right now on Amazon as an e-book and paperback! (Amazon hasn’t yet linked the two together, but both are listed on my author page.)

If you’re local to the SF Bay Area and looking for a signed copy, you’re invited to my launch party on Saturday, June 25, at Village House of Books! There will be a reading, kid-friendly activities, snacks, and even a drawing for a free paperback copy of The Illuminator Rising!

If you can’t make the launch party, check out my News and Events page for other stops on this summer’s book release tour!

 

To celebrate this book’s launch day, I’m doing an e-book giveaway right here on the blog! Entering is easy!

Step 1: Subscribe to my e-mail newsletter. (The newsletter only includes book-related news and only comes once every few months! Since nobody likes spam. If you’re already subscribed, you can skip this step.)

Step 2: Leave a comment on this post, including 1) your name (first and last) and 2) one reason you’re excited to read The Illuminator Rising. 

On Monday, 6/13, I’ll draw a name from the comments and send a free e-book to the e-mail address you used to subscribe!

 

As always, I can’t do this without you! Please like, share, retweet, and leave an Amazon review to help launch this book! 🙂