Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Day 7: WATERSPELL Book Tour. A Stitch in Time

     Haley Mathiot's favorite things to do are knitting, reading, bike riding, writing books, classical French and Russian ballet, horseback riding, designing websites, baking and decorating cakes, and playing the piano and the recorder by ear.

     I don't know how she found the time, but at her Life and Lies of an Inanimate Object she is hosting Day 7 of my blog tour: an excerpt, giveaway, and interview. Haley asked how I went about researching* the books of WATERSPELL. She also wanted to know which of the characters is my favorite. Dare I say?

     Yes, I dare! For the answers to these and other excellent questions, please click over to The Life and Lies of an Inanimate Object.

*[Here's the Q-and-A about research: ]

How did you go about researching for your books?

Much, MUCH research went into WATERSPELL. It is set in a medieval world: I researched the clothes, goods, household furnishings, weapons, wagons, societal structures, and a zillion other aspects of medieval life. For Book 1: The Warlock, I needed to know details of manor life. For Book 2: The Wysard, I learned about mountaineering and avalanches. For Book 3: The Wisewoman, I studied herbal remedies. And more. My shelves are crammed with reference books from which I drew details: British Folktales, The Ancient Celts, The Druids, Celtic Daily Life, Irish Legends, Medieval Life, and a dozen more. Plus lots of online research. Myra, the housekeeper, prepares meals based on collections of Medieval and Renaissance recipes from the Net.

One of my beta readers commented: “The strong narrative is firmly grounded in research of period colloquialisms, folk beliefs, and foods, so while one is immersed in the adventure, one is also absorbing cogent historical details. Quite a satisfying read!” 

Tomorrow's stop on the
WATERSPELL Virtual Book Tour:

Hosted by Petra, an aspiring fantasist whose mother tongue is Czech

     My 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

Second Week:
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 Author - Interview/Excerpt
June 12 - FireStarBook - 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 18 - Bookspark - Interview/Giveaway
June 19 - Book Brief's - 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

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

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