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To the winners of the Goodreads Giveaway:  Thank you for your patience while I was at the beach doing research (that's my story, and I'm sticking to it).  Your signed copies of Sea Change are now in the mail winging their way to you!

My Renovation (Worldcon 2011) Schedule

I've received my schedule, and they've got me on panels with some heavy hitters, including GoH Tim Powers.  If I wasn't a highly professional author you'd be hearing my fangirl squeeing all over the place! 

Where there's an (M) next to my name, I'm moderating that panel.  You can still buy memberships to Renovation, August 17 in Reno, Nevada.  Kudos to the Renovation Program staff for putting together such a great line-up of talent across the programming spectrum.

Thu 16:00 - 17:00, Arrrggh! Tall Tales versus History in Pirate Research

Pirate fiction is a popular sub-genre. While grounded in history, research about pirates can be tricky. Records are erratic and often exaggerated. What are some of the more reliable resources? And what about when the truth about pirates is stranger than its fiction?

Carrie Vaughn (M), Darlene Marshall, Tim Powers, John G. Hemry, A. C. Crispin

As I mentioned, I'm at the beach while my husband attends his annual state conference.  Poor guy, he's tied up in sessions all day while I get to do my work while looking out over a stormy Atlantic.  I took one of the resort bikes today for a ride south along A1A.  It was invigorating to be back on a bike, and when the rain blew in suddenly it was refreshing as well as invigorating.  If it clears up this afternoon I may go for a dip in the ocean.

In the meantime, I'm aware the summer is winding down and I need to be hard at work on my next novel, so I'm hoping that this jaunt away from my normal distractions may stimulate some quality writing.  It's worked in the past, and I'm going to put some real effort into it.

So later, gators.  Hope your summer is going equally well.
Congratulations to the three Goodreads Giveaway winners!  Your copies of Sea Change will be winging their way to you as soon as I return from the beach later this week.  I'm researching my next book, which may be called Lifestyles of the Pirates of Palm Beach or Marauders and Mojitos or That Costs How Much?  Hold on While I Dig Up My Treasure Chest.

Yep.  Research.  That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
Time is running out!  Enter the Sea Change giveaway now!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Sea Change

          by Darlene Marshall

            Giveaway ends July 16, 2011.

            See the giveaway details
            at Goodreads.

Enter to win

I'm re-reading A General History of the Robberies and Murders of the Most Notorious Pirates by Captain Charles Johnson.  I've read it many times, but wanted to come back to it now because it's a plot device in my WIP [working title] The Hot Pirate's Secret Baby.  In the WIP, the pirate captain hero reads aloud to his daughter from Johnson's history as a bedtime story, doing some judicious editing on the fly.  The governess heroine is less than pleased with his choice of literature, but little Mathilde (who's taken on the pirate name of "Marauding Mattie") loves hearing about Anne Bonny and Mary Read, Blackbeard and the rest.

Johnson's book is the ur-book of pirate stories in the West, and much of our knowledge and images of pirates comes from him.  The book is entertaining and lively.  It doesn't hurt that "Captain Johnson" may in fact be Daniel Defoe, a man who knew how to write a rousing story!  It still reads well after 300 years.
I thought Conner Calling was a huge success.  If you couldn't hear the show today, Hank will archive it after a few days and you'll be able to hear it on the web.  We talked about changes in the book industry, historical romance, and I read a couple scenes (slightly edited) from Sea Change.  The hour flew by!  I hope we can do it again soon.