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MARCH 2017 EDITION

 

“Impossible,” Matthew said.
“‘ Impossible’ n’est pas français,” Ysabeau said, her tone as tart as vinegar. “And it certainly was not a word in your father’s vocabulary.”
 The  Book of Life
 

March Madness Update on
All Things All Souls:

All Souls Con, TV, and
the All Souls Trilogy Companion.

 

It's been a big month. There's a lot going on in the world of All Souls. So here are the headlines:

ALL SOULS CON. Tickets are now on sale for the 2017 All Souls Con on September 23 2017 in New Orleans. After just a few days of sales, conference organizers tell me there are already nearly 200 people participating in the event in NOLA and on line from all around the world including Israel, Brazil, Ireland, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, France, Italy, the UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Portugal, Mexico, and the US. The 2017 All Souls Con promises to be an event that gives you an immersive experience in the world of Diana and Matthew, as well as lots of insider information on the upcoming television serious, the All Souls Companion, and future novels in the All Souls World. 

This year, the ticket structure has been simplified to bring you one, all-inclusive, more affordable pass for the on-site event. Early bird tickets for $79 offer a savings of $20 until June 15, Matthew's re-birthday. Don’t worry, there are plenty of passes for everyone! Any proceeds from the sale of tickets will benefit the Bodleian Library in Oxford, via Bodley's American Friends.

On-site tickets give you:

· Full access to all sessions
· Autograph & photo ops
· Goodie bag
· Beverages
· Contests
· Free WIFI

Visit AllSoulsCon.org/tickets to purchase yours.

If you can’t join us in New Orleans, Penguin Random House has sponsored FREE Online Streaming. You can request an online pass by visiting AllSoulsCon.org/livestream

There are direct flights into NOLA from 43 cities. The new NOPSI Hotel, a 1920s era historic building, will be the home base for the convention. This brand new, yet historic, hotel is offering Con attendees a discount using the code “ALLSOULS.” Book your room now at AllSoulsCon.org/hotel

There is a special Facebook page just for those joining the Con online or in persion: https://www.facebook.com/groups/AllSoulsCon/. It's a forum to exchange ideas about the things we can do in NOLA, pre and post-convention. Feel free to share your thoughts. There are 7 months to brainstorm, coordinate activities, and just have fun. The organizers will share convention updates as plans solidify (panels, guests, etc.).

Finally, the Con runs on volunteer support. If you would like to volunteer to help with a range of activities, from on-site logistics to decorations, you can get more information and sign up here: AllSoulsCon.org/volunteer

We hope to see you there! 

TV ADAPTATION: Things are percolating in the world of television, too. We are fast approaching our anticipated summer filming date. As a result, the writing room is filling up with new writers. We are now working with a director. Sorry, I'm not able to share more details, like a name--only the broadcaster and Bad Wolf can do so. The director and producer have gone off to Italy to see some locations that might be featured in the production. Expect things to be pretty vague until the cast is in place and shooting is about to happen. At that point, I imagine the official announcements will be made. And of course, things can still happen to delay shooting (like cast availability, location problems, etc.). Stay tuned!

THE ALL SOULS TRILOGY COMPANION: Viking has the manuscript in house for the richly-illustrated, full-of-information, almost-everything-you-wanted-to-know-and-I-am-willing-to-tell-you companion to the trilogy. We had hoped to have it out this year, but we are doing some pretty fancy foldouts and color illustrations thanks to the talented artist Colleen Madden so they want to take their time with layout and printing. Can't argue with that! So expect it in the first quarter of 2018, around the same time as the TV series (fingers crossed!) and shortly before the new book set in the All Souls World (fingers crossed and recrossed!) Those of you attending the All Souls Con in September (on line or in person) will get a sneak peek into the process of drawing together all the information for the companion (it took five women nearly a year...) and what fresh goodies we've included for you Easter Egg Hunters (like Gallowglass' full name and Marcus's birthdate), and probably a glimpse at those gorgeous illustrations. 

That's all I've got for now. I'm in the final month of classes and focused on getting my students through to the end of the year. This is the time of the semester when energy flags, so I've got my work cut out for me. I'm also writing every single day, doing lots of research for the new book(s), and trying to stay healthy and sane through it all. Speaking of which I'll have your Pinterest inspiration board for April up this weekend so that you can get a jump start on all the promise that those showers bring.

See you next month.

Deb


 
@DebHarkness on Twitter

Need a daemon latte to prep for this morning's production meeting. #ADOWtv #Magic #StayTuned
 
Remember that you can always check the calendar on my website for upcoming events, which include these:

I have the honor of giving the Dale Somers Memorial Lecture at Georgia State University on April 7, 2017 at 2 pmThis event is free and open to the public. The topic? Fiction and the archives--or how my life as a historian and my life as a novelist intertwine. Details here: http://history.gsu.edu/…/deborah-harkness-will-deliver-201…/

And then on April 23, 2017 at 1:00 pm, I’ll be signing books at The Ripped Bodice’s Booth (#905) at the LA TIMES Festival of Books on the USC Campus at 1 pm.  Copies of my books will be available for purchase and attendees are welcome to bring copies of my books they already own for me to sign.  (Please check with The Ripped Bodice bookstore to learn which books will be on sale or if you have any other questions).
@DebHarkness on Twitter.  March 11.  

there comes a moment in the writing of every book when all the individual chapter files get put into a single file. I just had it. #progress


My April Inspiration Board for readers and writers is up on Pinterest:

This month's theme: EMERGE! It's time to air out your house, clean those closets, find your umbrella, and shed whatever's holding you back so you can bloom/blossom/fly. I've got recipes, quotes, history, lore, and music (via a link to my April Spotify playlist) to see you through the month. Check it out here: https://www.pinterest.com/…/april-inspiration-for-readers-…/
@DebHarkness on Twitter.  March 8.

“Do not wait for someone else to come and speak for you. It’s you who can change the world.” – Malala Yousafzai #womensday2017


My April playlist is up on Spotify!  

Follow the link for about an hour's worth of music featuring the theme for April (Emerge). It's up on the April Inspiration board on Pinterest, too, if you want to save it to one of your own boards. 

Enjoy!

https://play.spotify.com/user/1212206468/playlist/6csiGDH9cn4WBiag6NBDvD


TAKE OUR (MARCH) POLL


 If you had an opportunity to purchase t-shirts or other items with an AST quote on them, how would you feel about the following quotations?  Please rate each quote on a scale of 1 to 10, where 1 is NOPE and 10 is a must have.
 
a) “It’s very fatiguing pretending you’re in charge when your wife actually rules the roost.”
lowest 1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   highest
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b). “It begins with absence and desire/It begins with blood and fear/It begins with a discovery of witches”
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c). “Mad, bad and dangerous to know”
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d). “My ideas about vampires may be romantic, but your attitudes toward women need a major overhaul.”
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e). “Magic is desire made real.”
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f). “Bloody witches. Always causing trouble.”
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g). “Stop worrying about what other women do. Be your own extraordinary self.”
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h). "All dressed up in adrenaline, and no place to go"
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i).  “You are a veritable lodestone when it comes to trouble”
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j).  “Lady alchemists are nothing but kitchen philosophers
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Thank you!  We'll report the results in our next newsletter.  And if we've overlooked any quotations which you'd love to see on a t-shirt or other items, please email your suggestions to info@deborahharkness.com.  
RESULTS OF OUR FEBRUARY POLL:
 "Who's coming to dinner?" 
  • The overwhelming favorite:  Matthew De Clermont
  • Close behind:  Gallowglass
  • Also very popular choices:  Philippe & Ysabeau, followed by Marcus, then Jack and finally, Miriam
       Some vampires were less welcome dinner companions:
  • Baldwin has his supporters, but they were outnumbered by his detractors (sorry, Team Baldwin!)
  • Readers were even more reluctant to dine with Father Hubbard and Verin,
  • And finally, only a handful of brave souls were keen to share a meal with Domenico.  
 P.S.  Nearly a dozen respondents indicated unequivocally that they would invite exactly *none* of these vampires to dinner

PPS. My apologies for not including Marte, Alain or Fernando.  Sorry!  I don't know what I was thinking. (Well, I do know--I was busy trying to figure out how to make this poll plug-in work and forgot to revisit my content.  I'll try to do better next time / Jill ).  
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