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Summer 2012 Tour Week 4 Retrospective

The Summer 2012 Magic Appreciation Tour completed on June 30, with a few posts going live in the first week or so of June. Although we got off to a slow start, things picked up in the second half of the tour. This retrospective covers weeks 3 and 4 of the tour.

The Post Exchange

Three people posted flash fiction pieces in response to the Summer Tour challenge, and we had several author interviews and guest posts. Please visit our author blogs and feel free to add your comments!

  • 5 Things I’ve Learned from J.K. Rowling
    Christopher Kellen guest posted on Will English’s blog “Random Musings of a Summer Dreamer.” He shares some of his author takeaways from J.K. Rowling’s career with the wildly successful Harry Potter novels.
  • Author Spotlight: Harrison Davies
    Katharina Gerlach interviews Harrison Davies on the “Independent Bookworm” blog. Harrison answers questions about how he got started, why he focuses on epic fantasy, and his greatest writing obstacle.
  • Magic Appreciation Tour Flash Fiction – “Final Exam”
    This was my entry for the MA Tour flash fiction challenge. It features the lead character from my Vaetra Chronicles series, Jaylan Forester.
  • Some days, I wish I had never met that woman
    Author Scott Bury took advantage of the MA Tour flash fiction challenge to add to his projected novel series about “The Witch’s Son.” Check it out!
  • Magic Appreciation Tour: Interview with Daniel R. Marvello
    Will English interviewed me for his blog “Random Musings of a Summer Dreamer.” I answer questions about what inspired me to become a fiction writer, who influences my work, and what started the Magic Appreciation Tour.
  • A World within a World
    Will English guest posted on my blog “The Vaetra Files” about how fantasy authors can learn world-building techniques from video games. Fun read!
  • Interview with Katharina ‘Cat’ Gerlach
    Harrison Davies interviewed YA fantasy author Katharina Gerlach for his blog “The Aduramis Chronicles.” Cat answers questions about her writing style, coming up with book titles, and much more.

The Post Exchange is closed for now, but it will open again for the September tour.

New books on Tour

Two new authors, Kevis Hendrickson and Tracy Falbe, joined the Magic Appreciation Tour over the past couple of weeks, registering five new books between them. That brings our total count of magical fantasy books to 46! That’s a lot of great reading material.

Please welcome Kevis and Tracy to the tour, and check out their books:

  • The Fall of Ithar
    by Kevis Hendrickson
    The Fall of Ithar recounts the events of the great war fought to protect the last kingdom of Men from the dreaded hosts of the Shadow-Kings. It is a tale of epic heroes, daring deeds, and fearsome villains. Journey to a time when the gods walked among Men and heroes lived and died by their courage! [more…]
  • The Grey Elk
    by Kevis Hendrickson
    A man of nature searching for wonders. A land of magic and splendour. A tale of love and hope and sorrow. The Grey Elk recounts the wondrous tale of the magical guardian of the woods. [more…]
  • The Blue Witch
    by Kevis Hendrickson
    The Blue Witch retells the legend of Prince Kòdobos, his knights, his love for Enolia and the great war that was waged to rescue her from a jealous king. It also tells of the coming of a menacing witch and the fall of a great kingdom. Hearken to a tale of mighty warriors, lusty maidens, and foul treachery. The Blue Witch awaits you! [more…]
  • Rys Rising (Rys Rising, Book I)
    by Tracy Falbe
    Outlaw warlord Amar seeks to help his friend Onja free her people from their hated masters, but Onja knows that her magic and Amar are not enough to liberate the rys. [more…]
  • Savage Storm (Rys Rising Book II)
    by Tracy Falbe
    Filled with righteous rage, Dacian and Onja spread violent chaos across two realms. In the tribal kingdoms of the west Onja sees a whole civilization that she must harness if the rys are ever to destroy the hated tabre of Nufal. [more…]

Don’t forget, you can register as many magical fantasy books as you have written. Just release a new title? Get it listed!

Next Author Tour – September 1-30, 2012

The Summer 2012 Tour ended on June 30. Our next tour is the Fall 2012 Tour, scheduled to run from September 1 to September 30. Questions? Contact me.

The Summer Tour may be over, but we are always accepting new book registrations. If you are a fantasy author and you are interested in registering your books to be listed on the Magic Appreciation Tour, don’t be shy. It’s fun and it’s free!

Register your book to be listed on the Magic Appreciation Tour site now!

Not a fantasy author, but know someone who is? Send your friend to the Magic Appreciation Tour web site to get a free book listing.

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Winner of the Summer 2012 Flash Fiction Contest

by Daniel R. Marvello

We have a winner! Christopher Kellen’s entry “Sorcerer’s Price” was selected by our judge to win the grand prize. Many thanks to Scott Bury for his entry as well. My wife Susan (our judge this round) said it was a tough call because she enjoyed both entries.

Sadly, we didn’t get much participation in the flash fiction contest this tour, but I think I’ll keep a writing challenge in the mix for next time. If anyone has suggestions for a prompt or for contest parameters, feel free to pass them along to me.

In the meantime, here are links to all of the entries from the authors who participated:

Chris won his choice of any book from the Magic Appreciation Tour book sale, up to a value of $10. So, not only does Chris win, but some lucky MA Tour author gets an extra sale. 😉


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Summer 2012 Tour – Week 2 Retrospective

Well, it must be summer. Fantasy authors everywhere are out dancing among the trees in the forest, running across the flowery meadows, and paddling the blue waters. Sitting in front of a computer holds little appeal compared to that kind of fun in the sun. Consequently, the Summer 2012 Magic Appreciation Tour got off to a slow start, but I have some action to report this week. We have two more weeks of the Summer tour to go, so don’t be shy, submit those Post Exchange requests!

New Books on Tour

First I want to announce the latest additions to the Magic Appreciation Tour. We are up to 41 books now, and the book page is starting to look impressive. I’m confident that any fan of magical fantasy can find many hours of excellent fantasy reading. Thanks to all of you who have taken the time to register your books with the site.

Recently added…

  • Amadi, the Phoenix, the Sphinx, and the Djinn
    by Katharina Gerlach
    Amadi, a young thief apprentice must rely on her training to avoid an assassin and a jackal-headed god while she tries to avenge the murder of her Helping Hand.
  • Heritage Avenged cover Heritage Avenged (Enchanted Bookstore Legend, #2)
    by Marsha A. Moore
    Questioning whether Dragonspeir magic was responsible for her aunt’s death, Lyra McCauley resolves to learn the truth and accepts the Imperial Dragon’s appointment into the Alliance sorcery training. Becoming proficient in magic craft is the only way she can bridge the gap between her mortal human world and the magical world of her immortal wizard lover.
  • Crystal Warrior (Legend of the Crystals, #1)
    by Mike Cooley
    Larissya’s life changes forever when her Grandmother gives her a magic crystal that shows her glimpses of the future. Hunted by mercenaries and an evil group known as the Triad, she is rescued by a large brute of a man named Talos and his band of diminutive followers. She soon discovers that everyone thinks she is the one referred to in legend as The Crystal Warrior.
  • Legacy (The Arbiter Codex, #2)
    by Christopher Kellen
    The Arbiter’s Tower has fallen. Less than a month after defeating the great evil inhabiting the southern city of Calessa, D’Arden and Elisa must face an even greater challenge: reclaiming the ancestral fortress from an unimaginable darkness.
  • Eolyn
    by Karin Rita Gastreich
    Sole heiress to a forbidden craft, Eolyn lives in a world where women of her kind are tortured and burned. When she meets Akmael, destined to assume the throne of this violent realm, she embarks upon a path of adventure, friendship, betrayal and war.

If you know any other authors of magical fantasy who would enjoy touring with us, please send them to the MA Tour site to register.

The Post Exchange

A couple of MA Tour posts went live over the past week. Please feel welcome to visit the post links and leave your comments. We appreciate your feedback and support!

  • Interview with author Will English
    Christopher Kellen interviews Will English on his blog “Eye of the Storm.” Chris talks with Will about his writing influences, writing short fiction, and going independent to publish his first book.
  • Flash Fiction Challenge – Sorcerer’s Price
    Chris Kellen was the first of our authors to post his response to the MA Tour flash fiction challenge. Come see what he did with the prompt, “Some days I wish I had never met that woman.”

Magic Appreciation Tour authors are welcome to submit more offers to the Post Exchange. It’s a great way to get more traffic to your blog and to get to know some of your fellow fantasy writers!

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And don’t forget to enter the Flash Fiction challenge! Post your entry on your own blog and notify me through the MA Tour Contact page by the end of June.


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Summer 2012 Tour Challenge #2 – Flash Fiction Prompt!

by Daniel R. Marvello

And now for the moment you all have been waiting for: the first Magic Appreciation Tour flash fiction writing competition!

Several MA Tour authors expressed an interest in writing to a flash fiction prompt when I asked them about it, so I’m looking forward to seeing what they come up with. This is my first time running one of these, and as always, I would greatly appreciate any feedback you would be willing to share regarding how the competition can be improved.

Entry Guidelines

  • Story length: 500-750 words
  • Entry must begin with the sentence, “Some days I wish I had never met that woman.” You may use it as it stands or as a quoted line from one of your characters.
  • Genre: Magical fantasy (big surprise). Include some form of magic, but you can mention it in passing; it doesn’t have to play a big role.
  • Don’t use an excerpt from your WIP or published book. Your entry should be original material, although it’s yours, so you can obviously reuse it later in a published work.
  • Post your entry on your own blog and send me an email when it is ready (use the Magic Appreciation Tour Contact page if you don’t have my email address handy.)
  • I must receive notification of your entry by the end of June (e.g. before July 1, 12:00 AM).
  • The winner will be announced on July 2, 2012.
  • The competition is not restricted to MA Tour authors. Anyone may enter as long as the blog post containing your entry includes a reference to the Magic Appreciation Tour site.


  • The winner receives a free copy of the Magic Appreciation Tour book of your choice (max value $10).
  • All entries receive a mention on the MA Tour blog.
  • Entries will be judged by my wife (my entry won’t be included in the prize competition).

For the Fall 2012 tour, I’ll be more organized about this and get more prizes lined up beforehand. This time, I had to punt. If you are interested in donating a prize to this round or for a future tour, please let me know and I’ll sweeten the pot with it. It would be nice to have 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes.

Likewise, if you would like to help judge this or future competitions, please let me know.

If you have any questions or suggestions, you can always contact me via email or through the Magic Appreciation Tour Contact page.


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Summer 2012 Tour – Kickoff and Tour Challenge #1

by Daniel R. Marvello

Today is the first day of the Summer 2012 Magic Appreciation Tour!

New authors have joined us since the spring tour, and many of our prior authors are returning for a second round. I encourage all of you to visit each other’s blogs and introduce yourselves.

Speaking of social networking, I have a first-week social networking challenge for all participants. This challenge will get the tour ball rolling and help each of you boost your following.

Tour Challenge #1: Make it easy for fans to follow you

Image of social networking links I’m amazed at how many authors go to all the trouble of setting up a blog and social networking profiles (and maintaining them), only to make it hard for fans and friends to find and follow them.

The first challenge is to update your blog with links to all of your social network accounts, wherever they may be. Here are some Touring Tips on how to do that:

  • Don’t put your social network links into a blog post. It will just scroll off into history as time goes on. Instead, put them on a dedicated page that has its own site menu item. Your “about” page or your “contact” page are good candidates. Better yet, put them in your blog’s side bar so they are always available on every page.
  • Keep all of your social networking links together. If followers find one set of links, they may stop looking for more.
  • If possible, use the cute little logo buttons that help identify the network. Visitors are trained to look for those logos when scanning the page for a way to follow you. Text links work okay too, but visitors have to actually read them to recognize what they are.
  • Include a link to your blog’s RSS feed among your social networking links, even if the blog has links to the feed elsewhere on the site.
  • Include an email signup for visitors who prefer to receive your posts in their inbox. If your blog doesn’t offer a way to do that but does have an RSS feed, go to FeedBurner and get an email signup widget from them.
  • Test your links! Before you test a link, log out of the social networking site so you are coming in fresh. And watch out for links that you cut and paste from your browser address bar: Those URLs may not be the same as what a visitor needs to use to reach your profiles.
  • For extra credit, add social networking widgets to your site. These include things like share buttons, like buttons, and recent post feeds from the various social networking sites. Make it easy for followers to spread the word about your content!

If you’ve already done all of the things on the list above, your future followers will love you.

But do one more thing for me. Go back over your links. Are you missing any? Did you forget to add that Google+ account you set up last week? How about your Goodreads account? If anything is missing, here’s your big chance to add it! Disclosure: I just discovered that I forgot to add my Goodreads account to my blog. I need to take my own advice!

Happy touring, everyone!


Do you have any tips you’d like to add to the list above? Do you have suggestions for future challenges or tips? Tell me in the comments!

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The Summer 2012 Tour Is Here!

by Daniel R. Marvello

Tomorrow, June 1, is the first day of the Summer 2012 Magic Appreciation Tour! All magical fantasy authors are invited to join us for a fun time of blog post exchanges and social networking. The author tour runs from June 1 to June 30.

I had hoped to get more automation features in place before the start of the summer tour, but designing the new features took longer than expected.  The summer tour will run a lot like the spring tour with a few changes:

  • Authors are no longer limited to listing 3 books on the site. You are welcome to register as many magical fantasy books as you have written!
  • Book reviews are no longer part of the Post Exchange.
  • This tour includes a writing challenge that I’ll reveal next week. Participation is totally optional, of course, but I hope our authors will welcome the opportunity to strut their stuff.

Registering for the Summer Tour

If you have not yet registered a book for the Magic Appreciation Tour, visit our registration page and sign up right now. It’s free!

Register for the Magic Appreciation Tour

Keep in mind that you can register your books to be listed on the MA Tour site at any time, whether or not an author tour is actively running. However, we only run the Post Exchange during the author tours.

If you are already a Magic Appreciation Tour author, you don’t have to do anything to register for the summer tour. You can go ahead and submit your Post Exchange requests right now.

Participating in the Tour

Once you are registered, use the Post Exchange to trade posts with other MA Tour authors:

Submit a Post Exchange Request

You can submit exchange requests from now through the end of June. It’s fine if some of the exchanged blog posts actually get published after June 30.

Tweet your blog posts and the posts of your fellow MA Tour authors using the #matour hash tag. You are welcome to follow me at @DanielRMarvello, and feel free to follow the other authors on the tour as well.

Don’t forget to get out and network! When you see a link to a post, go on over for a visit and leave a comment. We all appreciate a little Inter-networking!

Staying in Touch During the Tour

I encourage you to follow this blog via email or RSS so you get the latest information on what’s going on with the tour. In the side-bar of this page, you can use the Follow via Email form to sign up for email notifications (you can opt out at any time.) Lower down, you’ll find a “Meta” section that includes an Entries RSS link for the RSS feed.

During the tour, you’ll get a weekly retrospective that tells you what our authors have been up to. Between tours, you’ll get information about the next tour and the latest news on what’s going on with the MA Tour site.

Giving Feedback

I welcome your comments and suggestions. The best way to get in touch with me is through the MA Tour contact page, which goes directly to my email inbox.

Have fun on the tour! I look forward to touring with you.

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The Summer 2012 Tour Approaches

by Daniel R. Marvello

The Summer 2012 Magic Appreciation Tour is only a few weeks away! The tour runs from June 1 to June 30. If you want to join our authors for the summer tour, be sure to register your magical fantasy books at the Magic Appreciation Tour web site. (If you are already registered, you don’t need to do at thing!)

The summer tour will work a little differently from the spring tour, but before I get into that, I have a couple of announcements to share.

New Books on Tour

Two new authors have joined the tour since my last post. Please welcome them when you get the chance:

  • The Five Elements by Scott Marlowe
    The Five Elements is the story of Aaron—scholar, alchemist, and sorcerer’s apprentice—and his closest friend Shanna. Their destiny tears them apart and then draws them back together into a final confrontation–as adversaries instead of allies.
  • The Dreables by RA Jones
    The Dreables is the story of Sam Jones, a boy who must use all of his cunning when his Gran goes to help her old village and unexpectedly falls victim to a shapeshifter’s trick.

Self-Publishers Online Conference Next Week!

Before I say anything about this conference, I need to let you know that I have a financial interest in it. You can judge the usefulness of the conference for yourself, and I’ll try to stick to the facts in my description below, but be aware that I think it’s a cool thing!

If you have been looking for a source of information about writing, publishing, and promoting self-published books, you should take a look at the Self-Publishers Online Conference. It is a three-day virtual event, so you can attend from your home in your bathrobe if you want. Each day includes four seminars with recognized self-publishing experts and one mid-day Q&A session where you can ask specific questions related to your own publishing challenges. Even if you can’t attend the seminars live, registering for the conference gives you access to all of the seminar recordings through the month of May.

Although the conference definitely has a non-fiction “flavor” to it, a lot of the information is applicable to fiction as well. Plus, most of the experts have experience with both fiction and non-fiction publishing.

The event runs from May 8 to May 10. Yes, that’s Tuesday through Thursday of NEXT WEEK!. You can save 10% off your registration by entering the DanielSentMe coupon code when you register. Click below to check out the conference Web site and decide for yourself if it has value:

Self-Publishers Online Conference

Okay, on to the forthcoming changes to the Magic Appreciation Tour…

MA Tour Book Reviews

Book reviews are no longer going to be part of the Post Exchange. Tour authors will still be able to offer their books for review through the MA Tour site, but reviewers will have the opportunity to select the books they want to review, rather than the ones I assign them.

Assigning reviews and having them be part of the Post Exchange puts too much pressure on reviewers, particularly if they get assigned a book that is not something they’d normally read.

Listing your book for review has a few new requirements:

  • You must be willing to provide a free copy of the book to a requesting reviewer.
  • You agree that the reviewer is not obligated to write a review.
  • An excerpt of your book must be available at a publicly-accessible Web location. (Your book page will work fine for this.)

If you want to review a book, please check out the excerpt before you ask to review it, and do not request a review copy unless you fully intend to write a review.

No More 3-Book Limit

I haven’t updated the MA Tour site with this information yet, so you are getting it hot off the press, as it were.

Now that we have over 35 books on the site, there’s no further need for the 3-book limit per author. That limit was originally instituted to avoid having the site look like one big advertisement for a single author. Now that we have 25 authors represented, allowing more books shouldn’t be a problem.

If you would like to list more of your magical fantasy books on the MA Tour site, all you have to do is register them, just like you did with your first book. Here’s a link to the registration page:

Magic Appreciation Tour Registration

Contact Me

That’s all I have to report, this time around. As always, feel free to contact me if you have questions, comments, or suggestions.

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