"Rohan combines all the elements of basic fantasy -- a young hero, mentors, villains, something to be saved, special powers and, of course, magical creatures -- with great storytelling that appeals to a wide audience." KIRKUS REVIEWS

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Win-a-Book Contest for Kids - Deadline May 24

Want to win a signed copy of "Weaverworld: Grimsnipe's Revenge"? All you have to do is write a note on the Julia K. Rohan author page telling me why you want to read the book...in 25 words or less. I'm calling this a contest for kids since the book is primarily for kids in the 9 to 12 age group but if you're the parent of a kid, or the guardian, or the aunt or uncle, or even just a kid at heart...well, your entry will be considered too!

The deadline is May 24, 2012 and the winner will be announced on the 25th. The winner must be willing to send me a mailing address so I can get it to them by Canada Post...

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Official Launch and Signing date and time set

Here are the details for the official book launch and signing for "Weaverworld: Grimsnipe's Revenge":

Where: Brome Lake Books, 264 E. Knowlton Road, Knowlton
When: Saturday May 26, 2012
Time: 3 pm

Refreshments will be served.

To reserve your signed copy of the book, please contact the bookstore at 450-242-2242.

In my hands at last, and looking great!

I started "Grimsnipe's Revenge" nine years ago and now my dream has been realized. Funny thing is, it still seems like a dream!

Not only is the book a good read (I hope you'll agree), but it's a good-looking book too. Kudos to the folks at iUniverse.com for doing such a wonderful job during the production process. My contact in that department was very patient with me and responded quickly to all my demands regarding the cover art and fonts, and even the arrangement of the interior. I've seen bestsellers that didn't look this good!

Publication information for ordering from your bookstore

Please support your local bookseller! Order your copy of Weaverworld: Grimsnipe's Revenge in-store by supplying the following publication information:

Publisher: iUniverse Publishing
1663 Liberty Drive,
Bloomington, IN 47403

ISBN: 978-1-4697-0032-8 (softcover)   ISBN 978-1-4697-0031-1 (hardcover)
Publication date: April 2012

Price: Softcover $21.95, Hardcover $31.95 (prices in U.S.)

Friday, April 20, 2012

Weaverworld: Grimsnipe's Revenge - Prologue

Interview on CIDI Radio airs May 4

My first radio interview for "Weaverworld" will be aired Friday May 4/12 at 5 pm on CIDI Radio 99.1 FM in Knowlton. The multi-talented Kate Wisdom will pose the questions, but if there's anything you'd like to ask about the book let me know by commenting on this blog.

Incidentally, Kate has asked me to bring my guitar along and sing a tune from my latest (as yet unreleased) CD...

Monday, April 16, 2012

My approval copies are on their way!

I just found out my publisher has mailed my approval copies, so they're likely to show up at my door at any moment. Am I excited? You bet.

Before I fix a date for the official launch of Weaverworld, iUniverse is sending me a sample copy of each version (the hardcover and the softcover) for my approval. Even though I went over every word of the text with a fine-toothed comb, there's always a chance errors were made during the printing process. For example, there is a map at the beginning of the book (by yours truly) and it's designed to span two pages. If it's not in the right place it could be very disorientating!

As soon as I have the books in hand and am able to give them my blessing, I'll make sure Brome Lake Books in Knowlton gets some in stock as soon as possible. Remember, you can pre-order your signed copy by contacting the store and asking them to set aside a copy for you when they come in. For those of you who don't live near Knowlton (Quebec) go to your local bookstore and ask them to order you a copy. I'll put the publication data in a separate post so you can easily locate it and pass it on to them...

Friday, April 13, 2012

Read this Kirkus Review of Weaverworld: Grimsnipe's Revenge!

The people at Kirkus Reviews in New York call themselves "The World's Toughest Book Critics". That's why I wanted them to read and review my book. As an independent author I was willing to pay for this service, because I knew how important a good review could be. But don't think I bought a good review! Sending my book to them was like spinning the roulette wheel because they warn authors that they may want to bury their manuscripts after they get their reviews. That's why I was so thrilled when they sent me this...

“Rohan combines all the elements of basic fantasy―a young hero, mentors, villains, something to be saved, special powers and, of course, magical creatures―with great storytelling that appeals to a wide audience. The book’s combination of action, political intrigue with corruption, a love story (or stories), a bit of nostalgia and an endearing dog will certainly appeal to both boys and girls. The alternate world mingles quasi-historical fiction with fantasy and cleverly parallels our contemporary world in notions such as terror and readily presenting one’s identification―a trend indeed of both reality and the genre. The number of characters and their qualities is significant but never the overwhelming amount characteristic of some stories in the genre, and humour is also judicious and subtle. Rohan weaves an engaging, imaginative tapestry.”

To learn more about Kirkus Reviews, go to www.kirkusreviews.com

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Order your copy of Weaverworld here...

Click on the link below and you'll be transferred to the website for iUniverse. Here you'll be able to purchase the book in hardcover, paperback or in e-book form for your Kindle or other reader.

Weaverworld - Julia K. Rohan : IUniverse

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Welcome to the Weaverworld blog. This is my first official posting and I'm looking forward to keeping in touch with readers who may be interested in knowing more about the author of Grimsnipe's Revenge.

The book is a fantasy-mystery novel featuring an 11-year old boy named Jack Fisher. As the story begins, Jack is going through a particularly rebellious stage in his life and this rebellion leads him into a perilous adventure no-one could have forseen. Suddenly catapulted into a parallel universe called Weaverworld, Jack must face difficult challenges while adjusting to life outside the 'Realworld'. Eventually he is forced to accept that an evil force named Grimsnipe is targeting him, bent on revenge for events hidden deep in the the Fisher family's past.

Weaverworld: Grimsnipe's Revenge, published by iUniverse, is due out within the next six weeks. It will be available in hardcover, paperback and e-book form on iUniverse, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Indigo Canada, among others. When the books are available there will be a launch and signing session at Brome Lake Books in Knowlton, Quebec and at other venues by request.

Julia K. Rohan
April 10, 2012