The Book Tart Quickie Ten with Django Wexler + Spotlight on The Thousand Names + Contest!

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Yay! My Baron of Books has been telling me for a while how much he loved Django Wexler’s The Thousand Names and I finally arranged a playdate with Django. His flintlock fantasy story is on my TBR mountain even more after reading The Barons review. 😉 Click HERE to see why.

Django is a darlin’ and plays well with my brand of crazy. 😛 Enjoy the silly and make sure to enter my giveaway too.

(((hugs))) Kat

The Queen of Tarts

Me: Welcome to The Book Tart Django! (By the way I adore your name! It’s loads of fun to say!) Come on in and get comfy on my virtual couch. It’s red and fuzzy. <g> Plus I has snacks. Oh! Can I get you a drink? Coffee, water, soda… hot toddy or something else festive? I’m going for hot chocolate with rum! (‘cause it’s not gone. 😛 )

 

Django: If there’s one thing I like, its couches.  And hot chocolate.  That may be two things.

People are always telling me, “Man, you have the best pen name ever!”  And I always have to break it to them that it’s my actual name, so I can’t really take credit for it.  Apparently my parents just chose perfectly with my future career in mind!  (They may be wizards.)

 

Me:I think they ARE wizards. *nods* It’s a wonderful author name. 😉

*passes Django his drink and flops on the couch* Please tell me how you came up with The Thousand Names and your intriguing mashup of flintlock and fantasy? My Baron of Books absolutely positively loved your story and it’s on my towering TBR pile. 😉 

Click HERE for his review 😉

Django: I hope you enjoy it!  Basically, I really liked what George R. R. Martin did in A Song of Ice and Fire, bringing a more grounded, historical context to fantasy, so I decided I wanted to do something like that.  But that meant looking a bit farther afield for a setting, since the traditional fantasy knights-and-castles world has been pretty well covered now.

I was reading about the campaigns of Napoleon at the time, and I thought would make a really excellent model.  The original draft of The Shadow Campaigns storyline was basically just a fantasy retelling of the Napoleonic Wars.  As I went on I put a lot more fantasy into it, so it veered off in new directions.  (Which I’m really happy about!)  But the setting and the military focus comes from its origin as a Napoleonic story.

The Thousand Names (The Shadow Campaigns, #1)The Thousand Names

Release date: July 2nd 2013|
Publisher: Roc Hardcover|
Genre: Flintlock Fantasy, Epic Fantasy |
Django Wexler  (Author)
ISBN: 9780451465108|
Format: eBook and Print

Enter an epic fantasy world that echoes with the thunder of muskets and the clang of steel—but where the real battle is against a subtle and sinister magic….

Captain Marcus d’Ivoire, commander of one of the Vordanai empire’s colonial garrisons, was resigned to serving out his days in a sleepy, remote outpost. But that was before a rebellion upended his life. And once the powder smoke settled, he was left in charge of a demoralized force clinging tenuously to a small fortress at the edge of the desert.

To flee from her past, Winter Ihernglass masqueraded as a man and enlisted as a ranker in the Vordanai Colonials, hoping only to avoid notice. But when chance sees her promoted to command, she must win the hearts of her men and lead them into battle against impossible odds.

The fates of both these soldiers and all the men they lead depend on the newly arrived Colonel Janus bet Vhalnich, who has been sent by the ailing king to restore order. His military genius seems to know no bounds, and under his command, Marcus and Winter can feel the tide turning. But their allegiance will be tested as they begin to suspect that the enigmatic Janus’s ambitions extend beyond the battlefield and into the realm of the supernatural—a realm with the power to ignite a meteoric rise, reshape the known world, and change the lives of everyone in its path.

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Me: Have you been to any conventions that you get to dress up in costume? I love dressing up! I went to Dragon Con a few years ago and our group dressed as the groupies for Captain Hammer (The Baron of Books dressed as Captain Hammer lol) Sooo do you dress up?

 

Django: Not often, I have to say.  I’m not very handy with crafts and such, so I only really do that sort of thing when someone else is making the props or costumes.  One of my friends had a cosplay wedding, which I went to with a sword and a black leather trenchcoat, but that’s about as close as I come.  Seeing the awesome costumes is one of my favorite parts of going to cons, though!  This year I was at NY and San Diego Comic Cons, and there were tons of amazing people.

 

Me: Fun! Fun! Fun!!! I so want to go to one of the Comic Cons. And a cosplay wedding? *sigh* Nice!

*munches popcorn and passes bowl to Django* Are you at all ready for the holidays? I’m not! Do you decorate and do your cats knock down the ornaments?

 

Django: Om nom nom.  Getting there.  I have some edits I need to turn in before I go on vacation, so I’m working hard to get through those!  Once that’s done, I’ll be ready.

Holidays are actually the loneliest time of the year for the cats.  I usually go back to NY, where I grew up, to spend the season with family, so friends here have to come over and make sure the kitties are fed and watered.  I don’t do much decoration here, but back in NY there’s always a big tree and other fun stuff.

 

Me: I’m so glad you get to visit family! I just came back from Thanksgiving with family and it was so wonderful.

Can you tell me what you are working on now? I’m so intrigued by your middle grade story The Forbidden Library… and I know The Baron wants a sequel to The Thousand Names. 🙂

 

Django: You’re both in luck!  So, in April, The Forbidden Library comes out.  It’s a middle-grade fantasyThe Forbidden Library about a girl who is sent to live with her strange uncle after her father disappears.  She sneaks into his library and finds out that she has the power to use the magical books inside, and then gets into a lot of trouble!  There’s also talking cats.

Me: Sold! I wants it. 😀

The Shadow Throne (The Shadow Campaigns, #2)The sequel to The Thousand Names is The Shadow Throne, and it comes out in July.  It’s getting close to done, there’s probably a couple of rounds of editing left.  In between rounds of that, I’m working on editing the sequel to The Forbidden Library, which doesn’t have a final title yet, but I’m already really excited about!  After that, it’s on to book three of The Shadow Campaigns for 2015.  Lots to keep me busy!

 

Me: Wow! We’d love to help you spread the word. Book birthdays are one of my favorite things to celebrate. 😀

 

Thank you for playing with me but the fun’s not done…. Before I let you go let’s have a quickie… 😉

*drumroll*

The Book Tart Quickie

1. How many pairs of shoes do you own?
Two.  (One for kicking on and off, one for jogging.)  Also a pair of fuzzy slippers I wear everywhere, I have cold feet.

I have no idea how many pairs I own. I’m not gonna count. 😛

2. What do you have in your fridge?
Right now … ketchup, relish, lots of olives, maraschino cherries (which one of my friends just eats straight from the bottle) and butter.

Sounds like my fridge!

3. If you were a super hero what powers would you have?
I’d like to be able to teleport from place to place, so I could zip to other cities for visits without flying.  Also maybe time travel, there’s some stuff I’d really like to find out about history.
4. And what would your name be?
Hmm, judging by the above, apparently Dr. Who.  Or possibly Dr. Whom.

Ha! D

5. Star Wars or Star Trek?
Tough one.  I love the original Star Wars trilogy and a few of the books, but all the awful stuff they’ve done later on makes it hard for me to say it’s really my favorite.  Then again, I’m not fond of the latest Star Trek either, so maybe it’s a tie.

hmmmm. I’m fond of the new Chris Pine sooo 😉

6. What’s your favorite zoo animal?
I like the fish and whatnot in aquariums.  Zoos always make me feel a little guilty, because the animals are stuck in there, but fish don’t know any better.  I always like the weird-looking jellyfish and other oddities.
Also, red pandas, because they’re like big, fuzzy cats!  Seriously, why can’t we have those as pets?  Get on it, Science!

Awww I want a red panda. *sigh*

7. What has been your worst haircut/style?
I’ve had a pretty basic haircut all my life, just the generic “pretty short”.  If I go too long without getting it cut it turns into a sort of proto-afro, so I’m never tempted to try anything complicated.

*snork*

8. As a kid were you ever freighted of a monster under the bed or in the cupboard?
Not that I remember.  As an adult, I put a coat hook on the back of my bedroom door, and discovered the next night that with the light at a certain angle my coat looks like Slenderman.  Yeesh!

Meep!

9.Can you play chess?
Yes, but not terribly well anymore.  I was in clubs around middle school, but I got distracted after that with more nerdy stuff like Magic: The Gathering, D&D, and so on.  These days I play Go, at which I’m reasonably competent on a good day.
10. What’s your favorite fruit?
Clementines!  It’s clementine season right now and I eat like a dozen of them every day.

Nomnomnom 🙂 And they’re tiny so it’s like eating a only a few full size fruits 😀

Me: You are a very good playdate! Thank you. 😀

 

(((hugs))) Kat

PS. Make sure you enter my contest! *waves down*

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Django Wexler graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh with degrees in creative writing and computer science, and worked for the university in artificial intelligence research. Eventually he migrated to Microsoft in Seattle, where he now lives with two cats and a teetering mountain of books. When not planning Shadow Campaigns, he wrangles computers, paints tiny soldiers, and plays games of all sorts.

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CONTEST

What: The Book Tart is giving away

a $5 Amazon gift card

+

a kindle

copy of the prequel to The Thousand Names

The Penitent Damned

The Penitent Damned (The Shadow Campaigns #0)

 

When: Now-Dec 18th

Who: open to international entries

How: Use the rafflecopter and

answer one of the Quickie 10 questions above

like what’s your fav fruit? or how many pairs of shoes do you own.? 😀

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