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Anvil of God Now Available as an Audiobook!

I’m very pleased to announce that Anvil of God is now available as an

audiobook!  If you sign up for Audible (for the first time), you can even get

it for free.

After reviewing the 30,000 or so books in their portfolio, iUniverse selected two for their maiden voyage into the audiobook market.

Anvil of God is one of them.

They contracted with Deyan Audio to do the 16 hour and 48 minute recording.   After searching through dozens of potential narrators, we chose Michelle Carmen Gomez to bring the story to life.

Check it out here: https://www.amazon.com/Anvil-God-Book-Carolingian-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B076MDKXWG/ref=sr_1_1?crid=U170DPKVIL56&keywords=anvil+of+god&qid=1563727924&s=gateway&sprefix=Anvil+of+god%2Caps%2C159&sr=8-1&fbclid=IwAR3diD8kOXkiKv5A7s7zrnGvnRs0CrH97P8qMvvuLRu5OCtTcUDdcqPMejM

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The Clifton BELLES

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.

FullSizeRender copyI 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…

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I Blame it on Pags

I blame my buddy Steve Pagnotta.  In high school he suggested that I read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings (in that order, of course).  His sales pitch fell apart when I asked him what they were about.  He said, “dwarves, wizards and dragons.”  I immediately stopped listening.  Although I had been a comic book fiend in my youth (DareDevil, Spiderman, Batman), the idea of reading about faerie people just didn’t seem my style.  Fortunately, Pags persisted and I promised to give Tolkien’s books a try.


I devoured them over the course of a week.  They were so wonderfully different and amazingly complex.  The plots followed a familiar “imperiled hero on a quest” format; the action was intense, the writing engaging and the characters were filled with a mixture of comic relief and pathos.  What captured my attention, however, were the backstories of the elves and dwarves and wizards and hobbits who all had their own well-formed histories, legends and languages.  I felt like I was missing the best part of the story. Continue reading

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Anvil is a finalist in ForeWord Reviews “Book of the Year Awards”

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/

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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.

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