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The Spring 2012 Tour Comes to a Close

The Spring 2012 Magic Appreciation Tour has come to a close, and I would like to thank all of the authors who signed up. I’m pleased with the number of authors who actively participated in the author networking. We all made a few new friends and helped each other get the word out about our books.

Some of our authors are wondering, “What’s next?” Well, for now we have two months to rest up for the next tour. I’ll be doing more to separate the reader-oriented features of the site from the author tour features, and as part of that effort, all books will remain in the MA Tour book listings until you ask me to take them down. The book sale page will become more and more valuable to readers as the number of books increases.

The final wrap-up for this tour includes two new books and several author tour blog posts. I hope you enjoy them!

New Books on Tour

I’m pleased to welcome the following new books and authors to the Magic Appreciation Tour:

  • Nimpentoad by Henry, Josh, and Harrison Herz
    Nimpentoad is a delightful illustrated children’s fantasy story crafted by Henry Herz and his two sons Josh and Harrison. It is a tale of the courageous and resourceful little Nimpentoad, who leads his tribe of Niblings through the perilous Grunwald Forest.
  • Seeking a Scribe (Enchanted Bookstore Legend, #1) by Marsha A. Moore
    Seeking a Scribe is the tale of Lyra McCauley, who upon opening a magical book, finds herself confronted with a quest to save the fantasy land of Dragonspeir from destruction by the Black Dragon.

Post Exchange

We have several new posts this week from our touring authors. I would like to thank them all for sharing their blogs and their time with their fellow fantasy authors! I really enjoy learning about our new authors and their books. Be sure to visit these blogs and follow them.

Coming Up

We still have a few post exchanges out there that may come through over the next few weeks, and I’ll post an update near the end of April with links.

Keep an eye on this blog for the latest news about the upcoming Summer 2012 Magic Appreciation Tour. I’ll also report in as I make enhancements to the MA Tour site.

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Third Week Retrospective

Week three of the Spring 2012 Magic Appreciation Tour has come to a close. Book and author registrations have slowed down for the moment, so I don’t have any new books to share with you this week. However, several of our authors got caught up on their post exchanges.

Also, please note the announcement at the end of this post. The current (Spring 2012) tour is going to end on March 31 and go back to the original one-month-per-quarter schedule.

The Post Exchange

This was a big week for interviews, and we have one new book review. Please feel welcome to visit the blogs and leave your comments. We appreciate your feedback and support!

  • Interview with Fantasy Author Cat Gerlach
    Vanna Smythe interviews Katharina Gerlach on her blog. Cat shares how her dream of becoming a forester turned into a dream of becoming an author.
  • The Magic Appreciation Tour: Guest William English
    Danika Dinsmore interviews William English on her “Accidental Novelist” blog. Will talks about how he got his start writing fantasy and short stories.
  • Book Review: Brigitta of the White Forest
    Roger Eschbacher reviews Danika Dinsmore’s MG fantasy book Brigitta of the White Forest on his blog “The Novel Project.” Roger characterizes the book as a “fun and engaging read with an interesting story.” Please check out his review to learn more!
  • Author Spotlight: Vanna Smythe
    Katharina Gerlach interviews Vanna Smythe on the “Independent Bookworm” blog. Vanna shares some of her experiences with releasing her new book Protector and her perspective on the true value of social media.
  • Sue Santore INTERVIEW: Author of A Singular Gift and A Singular Chance
    Harrison Davies interviews Sue Santore on his “The Aduramis Chronicles” blog. Sue shares how she has been able to turn her retirement into a new career as a writer.

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!

Click to Exchange a Post

The Spring 2012 Tour Ends March 31

When I first came up with the idea for the Magic Appreciation Tour, it was going to run for one month per quarter. But then I realized that the book listings should be available to potential readers on an ongoing basis. I thought, “So why not have the tour be ongoing as well?”

The answer to that question is “tour fatigue.” While leaving the book listings up indefinitely is still a good idea, I think our authors would benefit from having a break between tours. Also, having that break gives me more time to work on automating some of the site features. Automation would make it easier for me to run the tours, and it would give our authors instant access to things like the Post Exchange. (No more waiting for a “You’ve been paired!” email from yours truly.)

Registration will continue to be ongoing, so magical fantasy authors can still list their books on the site and be ready to participate in the next author tour.

So, unless the Tour authors rise up in protest, I’m going to go back to my original plan of holding the author tour part of the Magic Appreciation Tour and Book Sale only one month per quarter. That means the current tour ends on March 31 (next Saturday.) The next tour (Summer 2012) will run during the month of June.

If you want to do any final-week post exchanges, please submit them now!

As always, if you have suggestions on how I can improve the Magic Appreciation Tour and Book Sale site or program, your feedback is welcome. You can leave a comment here, or if you want to keep your thoughts just between you and me, you can use the contact page on the MA Tour site.


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Second Week Retrospective

We have completed week two of the Spring 2012 Magic Appreciation Tour, and once again, I’m amazed at what a great group of authors we have. People are tweeting, posting, and sharing each others works all over the Internet. Here’s the scoop on some of what has been happening.

New Books on Tour

We added a few new magical fantasy books to the tour this week. Please check them out and welcome our new authors (their names link to their blogs):

  • Protector by Vanna Smythe
    Will Kiyarran fulfill his duty as a Protector, or allow his love for Issiyanna to guide his future path? Magic, loyalty, childhood friendship, greed, and love all clash as Kiyarran is forced to make his decision.
  • The Dawn Herald by LB Mara
    The Dawn Herald is a tale of fantastical creatures, broadswords and battles, princesses and angels, ancient evil and extraordinary bravery.
  • Destiny of the Wulf by Harrison Davies
    The fate of this world hangs in the balance, and it is left to Coinin and Marrok to reunite the Swords of Cerathil that would save the planet from destruction.

If you know any other authors of magical fantasy who should be touring with us, please send them to the MA Tour site to register. We’ll be taking registrations through the end of March.

Blog Post Exchanges

Our authors have also been busy over the past week putting up new posts.

  • Inspiration Despite the Odds by Mark Tierno
    Mysti Parker hosted a guest post by Mark Tierno on her blog “Unwritten.” Mark reveals the secrets to launching his 5.2 million word epic Maldene and keeping it going.
  • Book Giveaway: Dragonfriend by Roger Eschbacher
    I’m hosting a book giveaway of Roger’s young adult fantasy book Dragonfriend on my blog “The Vaetra Files.” Roger is giving away two copies and the giveaway ends March 24, so come on over and leave a comment. You could be one of the lucky winners!
  • 7 Questions: Author Mark Tierno
    Roger Parker hosted a fascinating interview of Mark Tierno on his blog “The Novel Project.” Roger asks seven questions about Mark’s writing process and his epic fantasy Maldene.
  • Dragonfriend – Book Review by Agatha Raine
    Agatha Raine posted a review of Roger Eschbacher’s book Dragonfriend on her blog, summing it up as an “enjoyable read.”
  • Epic Fantasy and Modern Mythmaking by Jeff Shanley
    Mark Anthony Tierno hosted a guest post by Jeff Shanley on his blog “Maldene.” In his post, Jeff writes about the inspiration behind the extensive research and world building efforts that went into his Mavonduri trilogy.
  • Behind the Curtain of the Magic Appreciation Tour
    In case you missed it, you might enjoy a guest post I did about the MA Tour over on Sarah Pearson’s blog “Empty White Pages.” Sarah has been a supporter of the Tour since the beginning even though she doesn’t write magical fantasy, and I appreciate her willingness to help me get the word out.
  • How The Dawn Herald Came to Be by LB Mara
    Okay, this wasn’t an official Post Exchange, but it does involve two MA Tour authors. Vanna Smythe hosted a guest post on her blog by LB Mara, who tells an amazing story of dreaming the entire plot for her book The Dawn Herald.

Don’t forget that the book giveaway for Urchin King by Katharina Gerlach is still running through March 21. Head on over to Roger Eschbacher’s blog and enter to win a copy for yourself!

Tour authors are welcome to enter all of the book giveaways as well, so please help us encourage entries in the giveaways by adding yours.

To date, I’ve made 20 Post Exchange pairings! Not all of them have been published yet, but we can always use more Post Exchange offers. I still have an offer that has not yet been paired, so come and get it!

Click here to Submit a Post Exchange Offer

Thanks to everyone who has been tweeting and re-tweeting on the #matour hash tag. You folks are helping to keep the tour traffic flowing!

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