Very Well

Quote of the day:

The vampire tilted its head, mimicking Ghastek’s movements. “You’re still riding that monstrosity?”

“Feel free to stomp him,” I told Cuddles. “I’ll back you up.”

A few of your asked how the visit with my father went.  The answer is, it went very well.

I haven’t seen my father in over twenty years.  First, neither of us had money for the ticket.  He was living through the collapse of Soviet Union and the following economical chaos.  I was trying to raise two kids and applying for the green card came with some restrictions.  Then Gordon was in the military, and 9/11 happened.  Travel to other countries was discouraged for military personnel and families. Then I was applying for my citizenship.  Then my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer and both of my parents were adamant about me not visiting.  I didn’t agree, but I honored their wishes.  Then I finally had money and offered to pay for everything, but my father couldn’t get off work, then he had a hernia and had to have surgery… You get the idea.

Finally after many years I was able to persuade him to come and see me.  We had an awesome visit.  We really did. He is still my Dad and he still loves me, which is awesome.

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Deleted Scene from Magic Shifts

We decided to throw this scene out, as it didn’t quite fit the narrative.  Please remember that deleted scenes are deleted for a reason, so read at your own risk.  This particular scene was meant to be at the beginning of the book, but as we drove fourteen hours through five states on the way home – we caught all of the thunderstorms along I-10 on Sunday – we decided to go with a harder opening.

Mrs. Oswald was an African-American woman in her forties and she was clearly distraught. I could tell she was distraught because I’m a trained detective. Also because when she ran out the front door of her house to meet us, she was wearing an elegant business suit, pantyhose, and no shoes. Ever since magic had returned to the world, chewing up technological marvels and disrupting manufacturing, the price of synthetic fabrics had shot through the roof. Pantyhose started at fifty bucks a pair. No woman in her right mind would run out onto the paved driveway without her shoes. She must’ve come home after a hard day of work, taken her shoes off, and then glanced out of her window. What she saw made her drop everything and scramble to find somebody, anybody, who would come right away and take care of it.

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Back from Vacation

We took our first vacation in three years.  We went to the Seaside, which is near Santa Rosa Beach, in Florida panhandle. The sand was white like sugar, the water was crystal clear – we could see the bottom at eight foot depth, and the sunsets were gorgeous.

20140816_18525520140816_18550420140816_18550520140816_18530720140816_185417I really liked it, but now we are back. :)

Magic Breaks Hits the Bestseller Lists

Magic-Breaks-smMagic Breaks has exploded onto bestseller lists. We didn’t expect this. We felt the shift to hardcover would decrease sales. Here are the numbers:

BN:  #25 B&N’s overall hardcover bestseller list, #14 B&N’s overall fiction hardcover bestseller list, and #1 on B&N’s sf/f hardcover bestseller list.

NYT: #13 on hardcover list, #7 on combined e and print, and #6 on ebooks only list.

USAT: #16.

The sales in e have actually grown when compared to Magic Rises. Thank you so much for making the book such an unexpected and exciting success.

Tour Recap and FAQ

Thank you so much for making the tour such a success.  We had huge turn outs at Meet and Greets – especially Atlanta, holy crap – and we really enjoyed meeting all of you. If we owe you something – Cedar, if you are reading this, email us with your address and we will get a replacement book out – please email us.

Below you will find a brief run-down of some questions asked at signings.  I will be mostly scarce, because my father is here, so please excuse the fact that comments may eventually be locked on this post.  It’s probably not due to anyone is being mean; it’s simply that my time is limited at the moment, so I will respond and read as much as I can and that’s it.

A general spoiler warning for the contents below.  Do Not Read unless you’ve read the book.

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Magic Breaks Blog Tour – Day 6

Today is the final stop of the blog tour. For everyone who missed it yesterday, here are the details for today’s signing and meet and greet.

 

Sunday, August 3rd Ilona & Gordon will be signing at the Austin Barnes & Noble (10000 Research Blvd. Austin, TX 78759) . The event starts at 3:00 pm.

We do not have a meet and greet scheduled, but we will likely be in the book store for a while after the event.  So once the signing is over, you can walk with us to a small cafe and hang out.

Magic Breaks Blog Tour – Day 5/6

The Magic Breaks Blog Tour is on it’s last leg, and I’ve got the details. For everyone who gets to attend: HAVE FUN!

Today, Saturday, August 2nd, Ilona & Gordon will be in Atlanta, GA. The Atlanta event will start at 2:00 pm at Foxtale Book Shoppe (105 E. Main St #138 Woodstock, GA 30188).

The fan meet and greet will be at the Copper Coin Coffee Shop from 12:30 to 1:30.

400 Chambers St, Woodstock, GA 30188

 

 

The final tour stop will be Sunday, August 3rd. Ilona & Gordon will be back in Texas. The Austin event starts at 3:00 pm at the Barnes & Noble (10000 Research Blvd. Austin, TX 78759).

We do not have a meet and greet scheduled, but we will likely be in the book store for a while after the event.  So once the signing is over, you can walk with us to a small cafe and hang out.

Magic Breaks Blog Tour -Day 4/5

The Magic Breaks Blog Tour is almost over, and I’ve got new information. For everyone who gets to attend: HAVE FUN!

Today, Friday, August 1st they will be in Edina, MN. The event will be starting at 7:00 pm at the Barnes & Noble in Edina (3225 W. 69th St. Edina, MN 55435).

The fan meet and greet will start at 5:30 pm in the cafe inside Barnes & Noble.

 

 

Saturday, August 2nd, Ilona & Gordon will be in Atlanta, GA. The Atlanta event will start at 2:00 pm at Foxtale Book Shoppe (105 E. Main St #138 Woodstock, GA 30188).

The fan pre-event will start at 12:30 pm at The Copper Coin Coffee Shot:

400 Chambers St, Woodstock, GA 30188

Magic Breaks Blog Tour – Day 3/4

The Magic Breaks Blog Tour is about half way through, and I’ve got more details. For everyone who gets to attend: HAVE FUN!

Thursday, July 31st, Ilona & Gordon will be signing in Portland, OR at Powell’s (3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd. Beaverton, OR 97005). The author event will start at 7:00 pm.

The fan meet and greet will be at 5 P.M at Panera Bread.

3435 SW Cedar Hills Blvd
Beaverton, OR 97005

Same parking lot as Powells.

 

 

Friday, August 1st they will be in Edina, MN. The event will be starting at 7:00 pm at the Barnes & Noble in Edina (3225 W. 69th St. Edina, MN 55435).

The fan meet and greet will be at 5:30 in the cafe at inside Barnes & Noble.

Magic Breaks Blog Tour – Day 2/3

The Magic Breaks Blog Tour started yesterday, and I’m posting more details. For everyone who gets to attend: HAVE FUN!

Today, Wednesday, July 30th they will be in Seattle, WA. Their signing will start at 7:00 pm at the University Book Store (4326 University Way NE Seattle, WA 98105).

The fan meet and greet will start at 5:30 pm at Cafe Solstice:

4116 University Way NE

Seattle, WA 98105

Head South on University Way from the book store.

 

Thursday, July 31st, Ilona & Gordon will be signing in Portland, OR at Powell’s (3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd. Beaverton, OR 97005). The author event will start at 7:00 pm.

The fan meet and greet will start at 5:30 pm at Panera Bread:

3435 SW Cedar Hills Blvd
Beaverton, OR 97005

Same parking lot as Powells.