Thursday, June 28, 2012

2012 Cosmic-Con at Roswell, New Mexico

Deborah J. LIghtfoot, author of the WATERSPELL fantasy trilogy
     I'm just back from a seven-day trip to sign books and do readings at Roswell's first Cosmic-Con and Film Fest, which brought together artists, writers, filmmakers, and fans of fantasy, science fiction, and comics. I sold and signed several three-book sets of WATERSPELL paperbacks and spoke with many interested readers about the e-books.

     Meeting other SF/F fans and readers was great fun. We had time to talk shop and share stories.

     Almost everyone who stopped by my table owned an e-reader or planned to get one. Roswell also gave me a chance to spread the word about the free e-reader apps, downloadable from Amazon and Barnes & Noble, that let people read e-books on their computers and smartphones -- no Kindle (or Nook) required! For a list of FREE e-reader apps, please see my earlier blog post about "How to Read E-Books Without an E-Reader Device."

     Now for pictures! I was too focused on books to take many photos, but those below will show you some of what you missed at the 2012 Roswell Cosmic-Con. See you in New Mexico next year?

Deborah J. Lightfoot, author of the WATERSPELL fantasy trilogy
My table at Friday p.m. setup. The shell garlands were my niece Laura's idea. Pretty!
Deborah J. Lightfoot, author of the WATERSPELL fantasy trilogy
Saturday morning, June 23, 2012 -- Opening ceremonies
Deborah J. Lightfoot, author of the WATERSPELL fantasy trilogy
Ribbon-cutting to officially kick things off.
Deborah J. Lightfoot, author of the WATERSPELL fantasy trilogy
Zombie flash mob. Run!
Deborah J. Lightfoot, author of the WATERSPELL fantasy trilogy
Aliens, humans, and UFOs are welcome in Roswell.
Deborah J. Lightfoot, author of the WATERSPELL fantasy trilogy
I got Bill Mumy's autograph! (He's all grown up now.)
Deborah J. Lightfoot, author of the WATERSPELL fantasy trilogy
Some of my neighbors in Vendors Hall.
Deborah J. Lightfoot, author of the WATERSPELL fantasy trilogy
His name is Robbie. Between battles, he visited my table.
Deborah J. Lightfoot, author of the WATERSPELL fantasy trilogy
A lovely passerby. If you know her, send her this picture. It's perfect for her modeling portfolio.
Deborah J. Lightfoot, author of the WATERSPELL fantasy trilogy
"Project 12" won Best Feature Film. I'm looking for it at Netflix.
Deborah J. Lightfoot, author of the WATERSPELL fantasy trilogy
My neighbor, artist David Blair (http://www.zazzle.com/holidaliens), had an interesting Dark Side visitor at his table.
Deborah J. Lightfoot, author of the WATERSPELL fantasy trilogy
On Monday after Cosmic-Con ended, I donated WATERSPELL paperbacks to the Roswell Public Library, which readers have described as a "ridiculously good library" for a town of Roswell's size.
Deborah J. Lightfoot, author of the WATERSPELL fantasy trilogy
On the way home from Roswell, we stopped for coffee at the Smokestack Restaurant (http://www.smokestack.net/) in Thurber, Texas. This mural adorns the fence alongside the building. 
     Thanks for looking at my pictures! For more about the WATERSPELL fantasy trilogy, please visit www.waterspell.net.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Day 20: WATERSPELL Book Tour. Two Reviews!

     The WATERSPELL blog tour wraps up today with two reviews.

     First up is Margot, a 14-year-old from the Netherlands who loves to read. "With blogging I am trying to spread love for the written word throughout the world, person by person," she says.

     For Margot's take on WATERSPELL Book 1: The Warlock, please click over to How I See It.

PLUS

     Close out the tour on a high note at The Book Lover's Report, hosted by Cierra, a 16-year-old from the South who loves to write and read books: "almost any YA book that'll float my boat," she says. Cierra's five-star review went up early at Goodreads, giving me a sneak peek that I'm excited to excerpt here:

     "[A]s soon as I started to read it, I was hooked. I didn't want to get off the computer (ebook version) until I'd finish the chapter, then I'd keep making excuses to finish the next chapter and the rest. I liked the pace of the story line. It wasn't too slow or too fast; it was just right.

     "I give this book five stars!"

     Thank you, Cierra at The Book Lover's Report, for bringing the WATERSPELL blog tour to a great finish with a great review!


Here are links to each stop on the now-concluded WATERSPELL Book Tour. By the time you read this, the giveaways may have ended, but the reviews and interviews will remain online for as long as these bloggers choose to keep them up. 

Lots of great reviews here. 

The interviews are interesting too. (If I say so myself.)

2012 Tour Runs May 28 - June 22


First Week:
May 28 - A Dream Within a Dream - Giveaway/Excerpt
May 29 - Where Fantasy and Love Take Flight - Interview/Giveaway/Excerpt
May 30 - Taking It One Page at a Time - Giveaway/Excerpt
May 31 - Book Haven Extraordinaire - REVIEW/Interview/Giveaway/Excerpt
June 1 - Rea's Reading and Reviews - REVIEW
June 4 - Becky's Barmy Book Blog - REVIEW/Interview/Giveaway/Excerpt
June 5 - The Life and Lies of an Inanimate Object - Interview/Giveaway/Excerpt
June 6 - Hazel the Witch - REVIEW/Giveaway/Excerpt
June 7 - Ebook Apothecary - REVIEW/Giveaway/Excerpt
June 7 - What's Hot - REVIEW/Interview/Giveaway
June 8 - Bookworm Lisa - REVIEW/Giveaway/Excerpt


Third Week:
June 11 - Inside BJ's Head - Giveaway/Excerpt
June 12 - Warrior Princess Romance Writer - Interview/Excerpt
June 12 - Fire Star Books - REVIEW/Giveaway
June 13 - Twigs for Pigs - REVIEW/Giveaway/Excerpt
June 14 - Reader Girls - Giveaway/Excerpt
June 16 - Memories Overtaking Me - REVIEW/Interview/Giveaway


Fourth Week:
June 18 - Sweeping the USA - Giveaway/Excerpt
June 19 - Book Briefs - REVIEW/Giveaway
June 20 - Willing to See Less - Giveaway/Excerpt
June 21 - Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf - Giveaway/Excerpt
June 22 - How I See It - REVIEW/Giveaway
June 22 - The Book Lover's Report - REVIEW/Giveaway


Smashwords
Summer Sale!

Now Through August 15

To get each WATERSPELL e-book for half price (just $1.50 per book) use these Coupon Codes:

    Book 1: The Warlock — BT62D
    Book 2: The Wysard  — VX76B
    Book 3: The Wisewoman — NW54W

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Day 19: WATERSPELL Book Tour. Eclectic!

     Today my blog tour moves to Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf. Melissa loves nature, animals, books, and her cat, Piper. She enjoys photographing the beauty of our natural world. "I was pretty green before it was cool to be so," she says, "and am trying to improve myself every day. I’m also a voracious reader and love to curl up with a cup of tea, my cat and almost anything printed that I can lay my hands upon."

     With all that we have in common (I'm also a cat person and a nature photographer who reads eclectically, and I'm trying to live more greenly) I wish Melissa were reviewing my trilogy. I believe it's exactly her cup of tea! Maybe I can persuade her to do that, later. :-)

     For now, she's hosting an excerpt and a GIVEAWAY at Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf. Please click over to her blog and enter the drawing to win a free copy of WATERSPELL Book 1: The Warlock.


Friday's stop on the
WATERSPELL Virtual Book Tour:

We have another doubleheader!


Reviews hosted by Margot, a 14-year-old book lover
from the Netherlands


PLUS

The Book Lover's Report

Hosted by Cierra, a 16-year-old (from the South) who loves to write and read books: "almost any YA book that'll float my boat," she says.

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       The WATERSPELL book tour continues through June 22. Here's the complete schedule from "Reading Addiction." Please drop by and say hello!

Tour Runs May 28 - June 22


First Week:
May 28 - A Dream Within a Dream - Giveaway/Excerpt
May 29 - Where Fantasy and Love Take Flight - Interview/Giveaway/Excerpt
May 30 - Taking It One Page at a Time - Giveaway/Excerpt
May 31 - Book Haven Extraordinaire - REVIEW/Interview/Giveaway/Excerpt
June 1 - Rea's Reading and Reviews - REVIEW
June 4 - Becky's Barmy Book Blog - REVIEW/Interview/Giveaway/Excerpt
June 5 - The Life and Lies of an Inanimate Object - Interview/Giveaway/Excerpt
June 6 - Hazel the Witch - REVIEW/Giveaway/Excerpt
June 7 - Ebook Apothecary - REVIEW/Giveaway/Excerpt
June 7 - What's Hot - REVIEW/Interview/Giveaway
June 8 - Bookworm Lisa - REVIEW/Giveaway/Excerpt


Third Week:
June 11 - Inside BJ's Head - Giveaway/Excerpt
June 12 - Warrior Princess Romance Writer - Interview/Excerpt
June 12 - Fire Star Books - REVIEW/Giveaway
June 13 - Twigs for Pigs - REVIEW/Giveaway/Excerpt
June 14 - Reader Girls - Giveaway/Excerpt
June 16 - Memories Overtaking Me - REVIEW/Interview/Giveaway


Fourth Week:
June 18 - Sweeping the USA - Giveaway/Excerpt
June 19 - Book Briefs - REVIEW/Giveaway
June 20 - Willing to See Less - Giveaway/Excerpt
June 21 - Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf - Giveaway/Excerpt
June 22 - How I See It - REVIEW/Giveaway
June 22 - The Book Lover's Report - REVIEW/Giveaway


Smashwords
Summer Sale!

Now Through August 15

To get each WATERSPELL e-book for half price (just $1.50 per book) use these Coupon Codes:

    Book 1: The Warlock — BT62D
    Book 2: The Wysard  — VX76B
    Book 3: The Wisewoman — NW54W

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Day 18: WATERSPELL Book Tour. Coffee!

     Today's hostess of my blog tour is "Willing to See Less" but must have coffee. Ivana, a graduate language student, is in the final stages of pursuing her master's degree in German and English, majoring in translation. Ivana is an avid reader, book blogger, novice writer, Internet and coffee addict, "major procrastinator" (she claims), and occasional craft and DIY lover.

     For an excerpt and a GIVEAWAY, please click over to "Willing to See Less."


Tomorrow's stop on the
WATERSPELL Virtual Book Tour:


Melissa loves nature, animals, books, and her cat, Piper. She enjoys photographing the beauty of our natural world. "I was pretty green before it was cool to be so," she says, "and am trying to improve myself every day. I’m also a voracious reader and love to curl up with a cup of tea, my cat and almost anything printed that I can lay my hands upon."

_________________________________________

       The WATERSPELL book tour continues almost daily through June 22. Here's the complete schedule from "Reading Addiction." Please drop by and say hello!

Tour Runs May 28 - June 22


First Week:
May 28 - A Dream Within a Dream - Giveaway/Excerpt
May 29 - Where Fantasy and Love Take Flight - Interview/Giveaway/Excerpt
May 30 - Taking It One Page at a Time - Giveaway/Excerpt
May 31 - Book Haven Extraordinaire - REVIEW/Interview/Giveaway/Excerpt
June 1 - Rea's Reading and Reviews - REVIEW
June 4 - Becky's Barmy Book Blog - REVIEW/Interview/Giveaway/Excerpt
June 5 - The Life and Lies of an Inanimate Object - Interview/Giveaway/Excerpt
June 6 - Hazel the Witch - REVIEW/Giveaway/Excerpt
June 7 - Ebook Apothecary - REVIEW/Giveaway/Excerpt
June 7 - What's Hot - REVIEW/Interview/Giveaway
June 8 - Bookworm Lisa - REVIEW/Giveaway/Excerpt


Third Week:
June 11 - Inside BJ's Head - Giveaway/Excerpt
June 12 - Warrior Princess Romance Writer - Interview/Excerpt
June 12 - Fire Star Books - REVIEW/Giveaway
June 13 - Twigs for Pigs - REVIEW/Giveaway/Excerpt
June 14 - Reader Girls - Giveaway/Excerpt
June 16 - Memories Overtaking Me - REVIEW/Interview/Giveaway


Fourth Week:
June 18 - Sweeping the USA - Giveaway/Excerpt
June 19 - Book Briefs - REVIEW/Giveaway
June 20 - Willing to See Less - Giveaway/Excerpt
June 21 - Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf - Giveaway/Excerpt
June 22 - How I See It - REVIEW/Giveaway
June 22 - The Book Lover's Report - REVIEW/Giveaway


Smashwords
Summer Sale!

Now Through August 15

To get each WATERSPELL e-book for half price (just $1.50 per book) use these Coupon Codes:

    Book 1: The Warlock — BT62D
    Book 2: The Wysard  — VX76B
    Book 3: The Wisewoman — NW54W

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Day 17: WATERSPELL Book Tour. Book Briefs

     Today my blog tour moves to "Book Briefs," hosted by Michelle. Michelle's favorite YA genres are Paranormal Romance, Mythology, Dystopian, Urban Fantasy, Fantasy, Mystery, and Contemporary. She is posting a review and hosting a giveaway. For Michelle's thoughts on WATERSPELL Book 1: The Warlock, please click over to Book Briefs.


Tomorrow's stop on the
WATERSPELL Virtual Book Tour:


A place for book and movie reviews, author interviews, and book tours, hosted by Ivana, a graduate language student who is pursuing her master's degree in German and English. Ivana is an avid reader, book blogger, novice writer, Internet and coffee addict, "major procrastinator" (she says), and occasional craft and DIY lover.

_________________________________________

       The WATERSPELL book tour continues almost daily through June 22. Here's the complete schedule from "Reading Addiction." Please drop by and say hello!

Tour Runs May 28 - June 22


First Week:
May 28 - A Dream Within a Dream - Giveaway/Excerpt
May 29 - Where Fantasy and Love Take Flight - Interview/Giveaway/Excerpt
May 30 - Taking It One Page at a Time - Giveaway/Excerpt
May 31 - Book Haven Extraordinaire - REVIEW/Interview/Giveaway/Excerpt
June 1 - Rea's Reading and Reviews - REVIEW
June 4 - Becky's Barmy Book Blog - REVIEW/Interview/Giveaway/Excerpt
June 5 - The Life and Lies of an Inanimate Object - Interview/Giveaway/Excerpt
June 6 - Hazel the Witch - REVIEW/Giveaway/Excerpt
June 7 - Ebook Apothecary - REVIEW/Giveaway/Excerpt
June 7 - What's Hot - REVIEW/Interview/Giveaway
June 8 - Bookworm Lisa - REVIEW/Giveaway/Excerpt


Third Week:
June 11 - Inside BJ's Head - Giveaway/Excerpt
June 12 - Warrior Princess Romance Writer - Interview/Excerpt
June 12 - Fire Star Books - REVIEW/Giveaway
June 13 - Twigs for Pigs - REVIEW/Giveaway/Excerpt
June 14 - Reader Girls - Giveaway/Excerpt
June 16 - Memories Overtaking Me - REVIEW/Interview/Giveaway


Fourth Week:
June 18 - Sweeping the USA - Giveaway/Excerpt
June 19 - Book Briefs - REVIEW/Giveaway
June 20 - Willing to See Less - Giveaway/Excerpt
June 21 - Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf- Giveaway/Excerpt
June 22 - How I See it - REVIEW/Giveaway
June 22 - The Book Lover's Report - REVIEW/Giveaway


Smashwords
Summer Sale!

Now Through August 15

To get each WATERSPELL e-book for half price (just $1.50 per book) use these Coupon Codes:

    Book 1: The Warlock — BT62D
    Book 2: The Wysard  — VX76B
    Book 3: The Wisewoman — NW54W

Monday, June 18, 2012

Day 16: WATERSPELL Book Tour. Sweeps!

     Kicking off the FINAL WEEK of my blog tour is an excerpt and a giveaway hosted by "Sweeping the USA," a sweepstakes site run by a Michigan mom who loves entering and winning sweepstakes. For an excerpt and the chance to win a free e-book in the GIVEAWAY, please click over to Sweeping the USA.


Tomorrow's stop on the
WATERSPELL Virtual Book Tour:


Hosted by Michelle, whose favorite YA genres are Paranormal Romance, Mythology, Dystopian, Urban Fantasy, Fantasy, Mystery, and Contemporary

_________________________________________

       The WATERSPELL book tour continues almost daily through June 22. Here's the complete schedule from "Reading Addiction." Please drop by and say hello!

Tour Runs May 28 - June 22


First Week:
May 28 - A Dream Within a Dream - Giveaway/Excerpt
May 29 - Where Fantasy and Love Take Flight - Interview/Giveaway/Excerpt
May 30 - Taking It One Page at a Time - Giveaway/Excerpt
May 31 - Book Haven Extraordinaire - REVIEW/Interview/Giveaway/Excerpt
June 1 - Rea's Reading and Reviews - REVIEW
June 4 - Becky's Barmy Book Blog - REVIEW/Interview/Giveaway/Excerpt
June 5 - The Life and Lies of an Inanimate Object - Interview/Giveaway/Excerpt
June 6 - Hazel the Witch - REVIEW/Giveaway/Excerpt
June 7 - Ebook Apothecary - REVIEW/Giveaway/Excerpt
June 7 - What's Hot - REVIEW/Interview/Giveaway
June 8 - Bookworm Lisa - REVIEW/Giveaway/Excerpt


Third Week:
June 11 - Inside BJ's Head - Giveaway/Excerpt
June 12 - Warrior Princess Romance Writer - Interview/Excerpt
June 12 - Fire Star Books - REVIEW/Giveaway
June 13 - Twigs for Pigs - REVIEW/Giveaway/Excerpt
June 14 - Reader Girls - Giveaway/Excerpt
June 16 - Memories Overtaking Me - REVIEW/Interview/Giveaway


Fourth Week:
June 18 - Sweeping the USA - Giveaway/Excerpt
June 19 - Book Briefs - REVIEW/Giveaway
June 20 - Willing to See Less - Giveaway/Excerpt
June 21 - Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf- Giveaway/Excerpt
June 22 - How I See it - REVIEW/Giveaway
June 22 - The Book Lover's Report - REVIEW/Giveaway


Smashwords
Summer Sale!

Now Through August 15

To get each WATERSPELL e-book for half price (just $1.50 per book) use these Coupon Codes:

    Book 1: The Warlock — BT62D
    Book 2: The Wysard  — VX76B
    Book 3: The Wisewoman — NW54W



Saturday, June 16, 2012

Day 15: WATERSPELL Book Tour. Ice Cream!

     Hosting the only Saturday stop on my book tour is Brianne, a YA bookaholic who enjoys contemporary and paranormal YA, "chick-lit," romance, cozies, and horror. This recently married Texan loves to collect cute pens, pencils, and erasers. She blogs at "Memories Overtaking Me."

     Brianne interviewed me, asking not only how I became an author, but also what's my favorite flavor of ice cream!


     (Not surprisingly, one Texan to another, I chose a fabulous flavor of Blue Bell -- the National Ice Cream of Texas.)

     For the interview, a review, and a giveaway, please go to Memories Overtaking Me.


Sunday's stop on the
WATERSPELL Virtual Book Tour:


Hosted by a Michigan mom who loves entering and winning sweepstakes 

       The WATERSPELL book tour continues almost daily through June 22. Here's the complete schedule from "Reading Addiction." Please drop by and say hello!

Tour Runs May 28 - June 22


First Week:
May 28 - A Dream Within a Dream - Giveaway/Excerpt
May 29 - Where Fantasy and Love Take Flight - Interview/Giveaway/Excerpt
May 30 - Taking It One Page at a Time - Giveaway/Excerpt
May 31 - Book Haven Extraordinaire - REVIEW/Interview/Giveaway/Excerpt
June 1 - Rea's Reading and Reviews - REVIEW
June 4 - Becky's Barmy Book Blog - REVIEW/Interview/Giveaway/Excerpt
June 5 - The Life and Lies of an Inanimate Object - Interview/Giveaway/Excerpt
June 6 - Hazel the Witch - REVIEW/Giveaway/Excerpt
June 7 - Ebook Apothecary - REVIEW/Giveaway/Excerpt
June 7 - What's Hot - REVIEW/Interview/Giveaway
June 8 - Bookworm Lisa - REVIEW/Giveaway/Excerpt


Third Week:
June 11 - Inside BJ's Head - Giveaway/Excerpt
June 12 - Warrior Princess Romance Writer - Interview/Excerpt
June 12 - Fire Star Books - REVIEW/Giveaway
June 13 - Twigs for Pigs - REVIEW/Giveaway/Excerpt
June 14 - Reader Girls - Giveaway/Excerpt
June 16 - Memories Overtaking Me - REVIEW/Interview/Giveaway


Fourth Week:
June 17 - Sweeping the USA - Giveaway/Excerpt
June 19 - Book Briefs - REVIEW/Giveaway
June 20 - Willing to See Less - Giveaway/Excerpt
June 21 - Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf- Giveaway/Excerpt
June 22 - How I See it - REVIEW/Giveaway
June 22 - The Book Lover's Report - REVIEW/Giveaway


Smashwords
Summer Sale!

Now Through August 15

To get each WATERSPELL e-book for half price (just $1.50 per book) use these Coupon Codes:

    Book 1: The Warlock — BT62D
    Book 2: The Wysard  — VX76B
    Book 3: The Wisewoman — NW54W

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Day 14: WATERSPELL Book Tour. Reader Girls!

     Hosting today's stop on my blog tour are the Reader Girls: high-schooler Meghan, middle-schooler Caitlin, and their mom Laurie. Meghan loves fast-paced YA and creepy settings. Caitlin is moving from middle-grade books to YA. Laurie is a BIG reader and an aspiring YA writer. When she's not reading a YA novel, she'll usually be into an adult book (give her a paranormal or fantasy and she's happy) or graphic novel/manga. The Reader Girls live in the historic and beautiful Hudson Valley in New York, an area steeped with ghostly lore and great cemeteries.

     For an excerpt and a GIVEAWAY, click over to Reader Girls.


Saturday's stop on the
WATERSPELL Virtual Book Tour:
(Friday is a "travel day." We jump ahead to Saturday.)


Hosted by Brianne, a YA bookaholic who enjoys contemporary
and paranormal YA, "chick-lit," romance, cozies, and horror.
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       The WATERSPELL book tour continues almost daily through June 22. Here's the complete schedule from "Reading Addiction." Please drop by and say hello!

Tour Runs May 28 - June 22


First Week:
May 28 - A Dream Within a Dream - Giveaway/Excerpt
May 29 - Where Fantasy and Love Take Flight - Interview/Giveaway/Excerpt
May 30 - Taking It One Page at a Time - Giveaway/Excerpt
May 31 - Book Haven Extraordinaire - REVIEW/Interview/Giveaway/Excerpt
June 1 - Rea's Reading and Reviews - REVIEW
June 4 - Becky's Barmy Book Blog - REVIEW/Interview/Giveaway/Excerpt
June 5 - The Life and Lies of an Inanimate Object - Interview/Giveaway/Excerpt
June 6 - Hazel the Witch - REVIEW/Giveaway/Excerpt
June 7 - Ebook Apothecary - REVIEW/Giveaway/Excerpt
June 7 - What's Hot - REVIEW/Interview/Giveaway
June 8 - Bookworm Lisa - REVIEW/Giveaway/Excerpt


Third Week:
June 11 - Inside BJ's Head - Giveaway/Excerpt
June 12 - Warrior Princess Romance Writer - Interview/Excerpt
June 12 - Fire Star Books - REVIEW/Giveaway
June 13 - Twigs for Pigs - REVIEW/Giveaway/Excerpt
June 14 - Reader Girls - Giveaway/Excerpt
June 16 - Memories Overtaking Me - REVIEW/Interview/Giveaway


Fourth Week:
June 17 - Sweeping the USA - Giveaway/Excerpt
June 19 - Book Briefs - REVIEW/Giveaway
June 20 - Willing to See Less - Giveaway/Excerpt
June 21 - Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf- Giveaway/Excerpt
June 22 - How I See it - REVIEW/Giveaway
June 22 - The Book Lover's Report - REVIEW/Giveaway


Smashwords
Summer Sale!

Now Through August 15

To get each WATERSPELL e-book for half price (just $1.50 per book) use these Coupon Codes:

    Book 1: The Warlock — BT62D
    Book 2: The Wysard  — VX76B
    Book 3: The Wisewoman — NW54W