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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Blog Tour Continues!

Hey guys! I've been dancing all over the interwebs this month talking about The Paper Magician (Which just passed 1,000 reviews on Amazon. Thank you SO MUCH to everyone who's shared their thoughts!).

Here are links to the most recent posts!





I'll also be doing a giveaway with Lauren Spieller and Caitlyn McFarland in the next week, so check them out if you want a free book!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Cover Reveal for THE GLASS MAGICIAN

Happy news! I have the official cover for The Glass Magician, which is releasing from 47North November 4th. (It's available to pre-order here.)

I'm really happy with how it turned out! It matches the art for The Paper Magician, but still has its own distinct flavor. The 47North team was also very accommodating in weighing my suggestions for the picture.

So, without further ado, here's the cover!


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What do you think?

Giveaway Winners and Guest Post

Hey guys!

Today I'm over at Neve Maslakovic's blog talking about the process of getting the bookmarks for The Paper Magician put together--bookmarks that I'll be including in the books I'm giving away.

Yep, books. I decided to give away two!

Drumroll!

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The winners of the paperback copies of The Paper Magician are Liesel and Kathleen!

I'll be contacting you for your mailing addresses. Thanks for playing, everyone!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Release Day for THE PAPER MAGICIAN! (And I'm giving away a copy!)

I'm so ecstatic, guys! Today is the release day for my debut novel, The Paper Magician, which is available in ebook, paperback, and audiobook! You can even read sample pages for the story on its Amazon page.


Ceony Twill arrives at the cottage of Magician Emery Thane with a broken heart. Having graduated at the top of her class from the Tagis Praff School for the Magically Inclined, Ceony is assigned an apprenticeship in paper magic despite her dreams of bespelling metal. And once she’s bonded to paper, that will be her only magic…forever.

Yet the spells Ceony learns under the strange yet kind Thane turn out to be more marvelous than she could have ever imagined—animating paper creatures, bringing stories to life via ghostly images, even reading fortunes. But as she discovers these wonders, Ceony also learns of the extraordinary dangers of forbidden magic.


An Excisioner—a practitioner of dark, flesh magic—invades the cottage and rips Thane’s heart from his chest. To save her teacher’s life, Ceony must face the evil magician and embark on an unbelievable adventure that will take her into the chambers of Thane’s still-beating heart—and reveal the very soul of the man.

This really is a dream come true for me. After so many years of writing and querying and being rejected, a book I wrote is finally published. It's a solid thing I can hold in my hands and feel and smell. (You guys all know new-book smell, right?)

I really want to thank everyone who supported me in getting this book out there--I've detailed my alpha/beta readers and others in the acknowledgement page of the book. But to everyone else--blog followers, Twitter friends, the writing and reading community as a whole--thank you. Really. Thank you.

In a pathetic show of my gratitude, I want to give away a paperback copy of The Paper Magician, which I will of course sign and stick a bookmark in. (HOLY CRAP I sign books now. YOU GUYS.) Just leave a comment so I know you're interested (or tweet me @CNHolmberg or something if Blogger is mean to you). I'll randomly select a name on Thursday and announce the winner Friday.

And what would a big announcement post be without an awkward ukulele song? :D


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Monday, August 18, 2014

Thank You! (Kindle First: THE PAPER MAGICIAN)

I've been fairly absent around the blogosphere lately; real life (98% BABY) has taken up my waking hours (and some of my sleeping...). BUT, I wanted to thank everyone who has gotten The Paper Magician through Amazon's Kindle First, especially those who have taken time to review it (even you one-star folks. I appreciate the honesty!).

SO THANKS!


Thank you for the support and the kind words! You're making this debut-thing one heck of a fun ride. :)

Saturday, August 2, 2014

#PitchWars Mentor Bio Blog Hop: What I'm Looking For



I'm uber-stoked to be participating as a NA/adult mentor in #PitchWars this year, and to meet new, aspiring writers. For those of you participating in #PitchWars, I have one guideline for you:

If you write fantasy, you've come to the right place.

I love fantasy. It's the best genre. Period. Because of that, I'm looking for just about anything in the fantasy spectrum for #PitchWars, as well as some science fiction. (Mind you that, for the contest, I am only mentoring new adult and adult.)

My wishlist:
  • Epic/high fantasy
  • Dark fantasy
  • Historical fantasy
  • Romantic fantasy
  • Paranormal romance
  • Urban fantasy
  • Unique dystopian
  • Magical realism
  • Space opera
The weirder the better, guys. ;)


I am NOT a good mentor for steampunk, hard science fiction, or anything with elves in it. Call me a snob, but unless you're J. R. R. Tolkien, I don't want to read about your elves.

Oh yeah. About me:

I like Star Trek and eccentric eye-wear. I write YA, NA, and adult fantasy novels, including The Paper Magician (currently available on Kindle First!) and The Glass Magician, which are both releasing this year from 47North. I also have a short story in the My Bloody Valentine anthology. Before I had spawn I worked as a technical writer/editor, and I still do some freelance work.

Why submit to me?
I've been writing for a good long while, and I know the importance of persistence (the first book I sold was the ninth I'd written!). I've taken classes and workshops under some bangarang writers (including Brandon Sanderson and David Farland), and I'm an editor to boot. We'll get those semicolons lookin' real shiny-like.



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Friday, August 1, 2014

THE PAPER MAGICIAN Ebook Now Available on Kindle First!


HEY GUYS GUESS WHAT.

I am STOKED to announce that The Paper Magician is one of four books offered for Kindle First for August!

What does that mean?


HEY LOOK IT'S MY BOOK

It means that, if you have Amazon Prime, you can read the ebook for free. If you don't have Prime, you can still get the ebook for $1.99. But basically you can read the book now instead of waiting until September 1st!

It's like having two book birthdays! (I AM SO EXCITED I COULD JUST CRY AND STUFF.)

^Excited Charlie
And yes, this is why the cover changed. The head honchos up at Amazon didn't think the original cover was up to par for a Kindle First selection. (I still think the original cover is fantastic, but I also love the new one, so I guess I win either way.)

I feel incredibly blessed to be part of this opportunity! Please go check out my novel. But hey, if it doesn't sound like your thing, there are three other fantastic books available for the same deal!

HAPPY TIMES GUYS.