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Dowser 7: preorder now available

December 6, 2017

Releasing January 18, 2018

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Happy Birthday, SFG! The 2017 edition.

December 13, 2017

To my extraordinarily patient/understanding/thorough/supportive editor (and I’m not just saying that because you’re currently working on Dowser 7):

Yep, that’s another freaking year!!

Please join me in wishing Scott Fitzgerald Gray the happiest of birthdays. Without him my novels would be clunky, at best, none of the characters would be dressed (at least not consistently) and you’d never know what anything – be it a weapon, an artifact, or a room – looked like.

A conversation with Michael ten minutes ago

December 12, 2017

Me: *getting a drink of water from the kitchen, and – lets be honest – some chocolate.*

Michael: How is the writing going?

Me: *introspectively, speaking mostly to myself* Ah, good. I know how the rest of the chapter unfolds, I just have no idea what complication occurs in the next chapter. But, I had this idea last night when we were putting the chickies to bed, about this really … well, about this really horrible moment that happens when … *I look up to see Michael grinning to himself gleefully* What? Did I say something funny?

Michael: *shaking his head, still grinning gleefully as he rubs his hands together in anticipation* Oooo, a horrible moment!

Me: *indignant* I don’t write them for the shock value, you know! It’s just how the story unfolds sometimes.

Michael: *grinning even wider, his eyes beginning to twinkle.* Sure, sure.

Me: *narrows eyes at him* I’m going back to the office.

Michael: *laughing*

So yeah.

I’m writing.

Dowser 8.

Unleashing Echoes: KWL book cover of the year contest

December 1, 2017

I’m exceedingly pleased to announce that Kobo Writing Life has selected the book cover for Unleashing Echoes (Reconstructionist 3) as one of their top ten sci-fi and fantasy covers of 2017.

YAY!

All three Reconstructionist covers were designed by damonza.com

And now KWL would like you to vote on your favourite for the top spot.

The other book covers are breathtaking and it’s an honour to have Unleashing Echoes (Reconstructionist 3), designed by damonza.com, included among them. Clicking on the screenshot below will take you to the voting page, where you can click to enlarge the individual covers, and then vote.

Kobo Writing Life Cover Contest: vote for your favourite sci-fi and fantasy cover

Thank you to Kobo Writing Life for including Unleashing Echoes in your top ten sci-fi and fantasy book covers of 2017!!

Please take a moment to vote for your favourite. 🙂

Dowser 7: cover reveal

November 30, 2017

Are you ready for another taste?

January 18, 2018

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Have you met the misfits yet? Yes? No?

Click here for the reading order of the Adept Universe.

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Cover by Elizabeth Mackey Design

Dowser Series Box Set: $0.99 sale!

November 23, 2017

Because I periodically go a little loopy (approximately once a year, it seems) and because Bookbub is featuring the Dowser Series Box Set #1 this upcoming Sunday, the first three books in the Dowser Series are available for $0.99 on all retailers for a limited time.

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If you have any friends or family that you think might be interested, please share. Just warn them about stocking up on chocolate before they dive in … it’s like the opposite of waiting an hour after you eat to go swimming. 😀

FYI: Dowser 1, 2, and 3 are also books 1, 2, and 3 of the Adept Universe. Click here to find the full reading order.

Dowser Series: six audiobook giveaway

November 21, 2017

GIVEAWAY CLOSED. WINNER TBA

I’m clearing out my cupboards, including these six audiobooks. I’ll keep a few sets to give away when Dowser 7, 8, and 9 release but I thought I give this set away randomly and another set in December.

These are actual CDs, so you need a CD player to play them (or to download the files into iTunes, etc). Sorry about the glare (the plastic covers are annoyingly shiny).

Are you interested in winning six Dowser Series audiobook CDs? Yes? To enter simply comment on this blog post.

Are you new to the Dowser Series and/or the Adept Universe? Begin reading for free, starting with Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic (click for synopsis and retailer links).

And here is the complete reading order of the Adept Universe.

Notes/Rules: OPEN INTERNATIONALLY. Each comment will be assigned an entry number. ONE winning entry will then be selected via random number generator. One entry per person. Please make sure to fill out a valid email address in the comment form. Email addresses are not collected for any purpose other than notifying the contest winner.

If you haven’t commented on the blog before, or you comment from a different IP address, the comments are moderated. So don’t worry if you don’t see your entry right away. I will approve it, then assign it an entry number.

Giveaway closes THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2017 at 8 p.m. PST

A completely incomplete list of MCD’s favourite books

November 13, 2017

I often get asked about my favourite books/series/authors, specifically in the urban fantasy genre (which I read almost exclusively these days). And since I find myself repeating myself a lot – I’m a rather loyal reader – I thought I’d start a list here, then add to it as it becomes necessary.

Favourite authors:

Authors who I preorder the instant I know they have a new book coming, and who I reread. The links below lead to book one of the series on Amazon.com (simply replace the .com with .ca or .co.uk to find the book in your region).

Ilona Andrews – Kate Daniels (Magic Bites), Hidden Legacy (Burn For Me), and my favourite (by a terribly slim margin), The Innkeeper Chronicles (Clean Sweep).
Patricia Briggs – Mercy Thompson (Moon Called) and Alpha & Omega (Cry Wolf).
Faith Hunter – Jane Yellowrock (Skinwalker) and Soulwood (Blood of the Earth).
Kalayna Price – Alex Craft (Grave Witch).
Kelley Armstrong – my current favourite are the Casey Duncan thrillers (City of the Lost), but also any of her Otherworld novels, including the YA offshoots, starting with Bitten. Kelley gets bonus points for being a fellow Canadian. 😀

Favourite series:
The Dresden Series by Jim Butcher (Storm Front)
Terry Pratchett – any Discworld book with witches in the lead POV with Wintersmith being my favourite. I own but find myself unable to read, The Shepherd’s Crown, which was published after Terry passed away. I got to a certain plot point, lost it, and had to put the book away so I could continue to function in my every day life.
Sookie Stackhouse (Dead Until Dark) by Charlaine Harris – one of my first entry points into ‘modern’ urban fantasy. Though I haven’t read the last three or so books yet.

Influential books/series/authors:
William Gibson – his sci-fi Sprawl Trilogy (Neuromancer). The character of Molly Millions has definitely influenced how I perceive/write/create my own superhero females. I’m also a big fan of Pattern Recognition (just adding that link makes me want to reread it).
Stephen King – favourites: The Talisman, The Stand and more.
Jane Austin – Pride & Prejudice and more.
Anne Rice – all of her early books, starting with Interview with a Vampire (of course!! and probably goes without saying). But I also really enjoyed The Mummy.

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What are some of your favourites?

Dowser Series: new book covers

November 8, 2017

I contacted Elizabeth Mackey about doing a book cover for the upcoming Dowser 7 last week. At same time, I mentioned that I’d been thinking about revamping or rebranding all the covers, but that I was hesitant to do so because the books had done really well with the lighter, simple covers.

Then I just left it with her – no guidance or specific image ideas or anything. And Elizabeth, with her killer eye and sense of all things graphic design, decided that an extreme rebranding probably wasn’t necessary but maybe the series just need a tweak, a freshening. A bit more depth and little more magic.

This is what she came up with. And I love it.

You know my favourite part? Well, of course you do … MORE CHOCOLATE!!

I’ll be rolling out all six covers over the next couple of days. And soon … so soon now, it will be time for the cover (and title) reveal for Dowser 7!!

I’m only agreeing so I get chocolate

October 27, 2017

“You were holding this entire time?” I cried, making a grab for the chocolate.

Kandy easily evaded my thievery attempt.

Apparently, my depth perception was a little off.

“Sometimes rewards should be actual rewards, Dowser. Not just daily indulgences.”

I smiled. “Fine. But I’m only agreeing so I get chocolate.”

– Dowser 7, Chapter One, Third Draft

Just a head’s up. Every time I share an excerpt that references any sort of chocolate I’m thinking about using the above image.

Also, “Fine. But I’m only agreeing so I get chocolate” will now be my go-to response to … well, life in general.

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