I was delighted to have an opportunity to speak to the BELLES book club last night (October 29th). BELLES stands for “Bright, Energized Ladies’ League for Educating and Socializing” and I have to say this group of women did not disappoint. About thirty of their ninety members showed up for dinner and a talk at Joya Cottington’s beautiful home in Clifton, VA.
I was treated to fine wine, great questions and a lively conversation about my first book, Anvil of God, Book One of the Carolingian Chronicles. Topics ranged from my writing process (I’m a pantser not a plotter), my muse (who can be a very scary presence), how characters can take over a story, and how writing explicit sex scenes can be difficult on your children.
Headed by Pamela Jones, the group is a discerning crucible for new and established writers. Their members came prepared with insightful questions about the novel’s main characters (Trudi & Pippin seemed to be their favorites), the role of women in the eighth century, the evolution of historical fiction and the rise of a new category called “faction” (fact-based historical fiction).
Plus, they gave me wine. I’ll show up to speak for good wine any day…
GREAT SUMMER GIVEAWAY
Here’s your chance to win a novel that BlueInk Reviews called, “Literally unputdownable. As good as anything written by literary giants such as Ken Follett, Bernard Cornwell, Philipa Gregory, and Stephen R. Lawhead.”
I’m giving away five – count ’em – five signed copies of Anvil of God, Book One of the Carolingian Chronicles, this summer. Subscribe to the J. Boyce Gleason email newsletter before August 31 for a chance to win! Here’s the link: http://jboycegleason.com/giveaway/ Continue reading
Please share with your networks and anyone looking for a good summer read:
I’m holding an Anvil of God “End of Summer” Sale.
E-book versions are currently selling for $.99 on
iBooks: http://goo.gl/8baiQQ and
Barnes & Nobel: http://goo.gl/Xp8le2
Sale lasts only until September 4th so get it while the getting’s good! Continue reading
Sorry to have been so absent of late, my website has been under construction of late and my access to the blog has been limited.
For those of you who like to follow along, I’m doing another blog tour. You can find interviews, reviews and features on Anvil of God according to the following schedule. Continue reading
Great news! Anvil of God has been selected as a historical fiction finalist in Foreword Reviews “Book of the Year Awards”
Check out the link: https://botya.forewordreviews.com/finalists/2013/historical/
From the news release by ForeWord Reviews:
“ForeWord Reviews the only review magazine solely dedicated to discovering new indie books” announced the finalists for its 16th Annual Book of the Year Awards. Each year, Foreword shines a light on a small group of indie authors and publishers whose groundbreaking work stands out from the crowd. Foreword’s awards are more than just a shiny sticker on the front of a book; they help connect the best indie books to readers eagerto discover new stories written by previously unknown authors.
“In the next two months, a panel of over 100 librarians and booksellers will determine the winners of these prestigious awards. A celebration of the winners will take place during the American Library Association Annual Conference in Las Vegas on Friday, June 27 at 6 p.m. with awards in over 60 categories, cash prizes for the best in fiction and nonfiction, and widespread recognition.”
ForeWord Reviews covers the rapidly growing independent, alternative, university, and self publishing industries. Its magazine is distributed quarterly to 7500 librarians and booksellers and is also available at most Barnes & Noble newsstands and by subscription.