Then the UPS man came bearing surprise gifts. And my entire day changed. :-)
The lovely Jim Frenkel, who is a senior editor with Tor, sent me a galley of a fascinating new story that is coming out in July called THIEFTAKER. Jim and I met in November while attending the NCTE conference at a really fun dinner hosted by the awesome Kathleen Doherty, Tor's publisher. While at dinner we chatted briefly about upcoming books and this one sounded particularly intriguing. As Jim put it so succinctly: 'Set in Boston 1765 and has magic.' What more could I want?? :-) So, he very kindly sent me an early copy.
Boston, 1765: Massachusetts is a hotbed of anti-British fervor. As heavy taxes are levied by the British Crown, the people are angry and frustrated by a distant, unresponsive government. Ethan Kaille has a narrower focus, though. A thieftaker, making his living by using his spellcasting abilities to capture those who steal from others.
Spurned by the woman he loved, branded as a mutineer and a Satan-worshipper, Ethan wants only to earn his daily bread and perhaps the love of Kannice, the lovely keeper of the Dowsing Rod inn. But when he is hired to find out who robbed and killed a young woman of privilege, he has to contend with Sephira Pryce, a colonial Boston's most prominent thieftaker, who has friends in high places.
When Ethan starts asking questions, he is harassed by Pryce's thugs. And more ominously, a powerful sorcerer begins to attack him. Determined to finish what he started, a deadly trail leads him to the rich, the powerful...and the politically subversive, even to the notorious Samuel Adams and his fellow rabble rousers. He knows he's getting close to the source of the dark magic...if he can survive it.
Enthralling urban fantasy set in pre-Revolutionary Boston, THIEFTAKER is a heart-stoppingly suspenseful novel about the uses of magic, and the secrets of the human heart.
And check out the author's biography:
"D.B. Jackson," is the new pseudonym of an award-winning author of more than a dozen books, including epic fantasies, media work, and non-fiction. D.B. has also published several short stories. His work has been translated into more than a dozen languages. THIEFTAKER (due out from Tor Books in July 2012) and its sequel, THIEVES' QUARRY, are his first forays into historical fantasy; hence the name change.
D.B. Jackson was born in New York many, many years ago, and has since lived in New England, California, Australia, and Appalachia. He did his undergraduate work at Brown University, worked for a time as a political consultant, went to Stanford University, where he earned a Master's and Ph.D. in U.S. History, and finally returned to his first love: writing fiction."
How tantalizing is that?
But back to the random act of kindness - THANK YOU JIM! - You made all the difference in my day. Now let's see if I can pay it forward....