Friday, June 24, 2016

Shadowcaster Cover Reveal

My agent says that this is his favorite cover yet. It's got some awesome competition, but it's definitely a contender. Sasha Vinogravida, the illustrator, and Erin Fitzsimmons, the designer, have outdone themselves.

As in Flamecaster, the central motif is a magemark, which is a kind of an amulet embedded in the skin of a handful of the gifted. It's still a mystery to those who carry them. All they know is that the Empress in the East is hunting them, and they'd better not get caught!

The landscape in the background is Chalk Cliffs, the queendom of the Fells's only deepwater port, where much of the action in Book 2 takes place.

I hope you like the cover as much as I do!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Wanna Sneak Peek at Shadowcaster?

Shadowcaster may be my most stunning cover ever! If you'd like to see it on 6.20.16, a full week before its official reveal on 6.27.16, subscribe to my newsletter here  
No salesman will call!

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Where I'll Be Summer Into Fall...

The tour for Flamecaster is over, Shadowcaster is basically done, and I'm working hard on Stormcaster, book 3 in the series. But I will be out and about, meeting readers, starting THIS WEEKEND!

Jackson, OH
Friday, Jun 10, 6-8 pm
Author Appearance and Signing
Jackson City Library
21 Broadway St.
Jackson, OH 45640

Pickerington, OH
Sat. Jun. 11, 2016, 10 am to 5 pm
Pickerington Teen Book Fest
Pickerington North High School
7800 Refugee Rd,
Pickerington, OH 43147

Akron, OH
Geekfest Mini Comic-Con
Saturday, August 6, 2016, noon to 4 pm
Akron-Summit County Library
60 S High St, Akron, Ohio 44326

DragonCon logoAtlanta, GA
Sep 2-5, 2016
DragonCon, details to follow
Books By the Banks
Saturday, Oct 15, 2016, 10-4 pm
Duke Energy Center
Cincinnati, OH

Northern Ky Teen Book Fest
Saturday, Oct 22, 2016 11-5 PM
Lloyd Memorial High School
Erlanger, KY

Buckeye Book Fair
Wooster, OH
Saturday, Nov 5, 2016 9:30-4 pm
Fisher Auditorium 

Yallfest 2016
Charleston, SC
Friday and Saturday Nov 11-12, 2016
Scads of YA authors, panels and more
More info coming soon!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016


Well, my tour for #Flamecaster is winding down, but I wanted to make sure you knew about some upcoming events.  Then I'll be staying home writing STORMCASTER for a while...

Chicago Area
Thurs, April 28, 2016, 7:00 PM
Anderson's Bookshop Naperville
123 W Jefferson Ave,
Naperville, IL 60540
Join me at this event!

Chicago Area
Apr. 29-May 1, 2016
Wild, Wild Midwest Conference
Chicago Marriott Naperville
1801 N Naper Blvd
Naperville IL 60561
I’ll be teaching intensives and breakouts at this regional SCBWI conference.

Monday, May 9, 2016 7-8:30 PM
Author Appearance and Signing
Barnes & Noble, Cary Commons

760 SE Maynard Cary, NC 27511

Perry, OH
Tuesday, May 17, 2016, 8:30 am - 3 pm
YA Litcon 2016
Author panels, breakouts, autographing.
Perry High School
1 Success Blvd
Perry, OH 44081

Jackson, OH
Friday, Jun 10, 6-8 pm
Author Appearance and Signing 
Jackson City Library
21 Broadway St.
Jackson, OH 45640

Pickerington, OH
Sat. Jun. 11, 2016, 10 am to 5 pm
Pickerington Teen Book Fest 
Pickerington North High School
7800 Refugee Rd,
Pickerington, OH 43147

Thursday, April 14, 2016



My Author Appearance and Signing scheduled for Monday, May 9, 2016 7-8:30 PM has been cancelled due to hail damage to the Barnes&Noble store in Cary. 

Barnes&Noble, Cary Commons
760 SE Maynard Cary, NC 27511
I'll be in North Carolina for a family event, and I thought, why not hang out with readers? I'll be signing Flamecaster and all my other novels. Hope to see you there!

Friday, April 8, 2016

Flamecaster UK Debut is 5 May 2016! Enter the UK-ONLY Preorder Giveaway!

 UK, have I ever told you what an Anglophile/Caledoniphile/Cambrophile/Hibernophile I am? I am English, I am a Scot, I am Irish, I am Welsh--the majority of my ancestors came from those places in the scepter'd isles very early on -- most likely in chains. My ancestors were the kind of people that realms wanted to get rid of, apparently.
Yet I can't help but feel that my roots, and my history, is there. I took an English literature through England when I was in college, and it absolutely changed my life. I am still mining those experiences today.
So, in honor of that connection, and in collaboration with Harper360, publisher of the international edition of Flamecaster, I am announcing a UK-ONLY PREORDER GIVEAWAY!

Anyone who preorders #Flamecaster from a UK bookseller (brick and mortar, on line, wherever  books are sold in the UK) is eligible to enter to win a signed PAPERBACK set of the UK edition of the Seven Realms series, plus a limited edition pen, temporary tattoo, Epic Reads bookmark and Epic Reads poster. Since the Shattered Realms series is a stand-alone spinoff of the Seven Realms series, it will give you the chance to build a complete collection.

Giveaway open to residents of the United Kingdom and Ireland
Must be ordered from a UK retailer.
Entries must be received by 4 May 2016
Books will be signed using bookplates
Need a link to a UK retailer? Here's Amazon UK to start with

Here's how to enter:

1. PLEASE follow these directions. I'm not very good at following directions, either, but I need your help in order to get you properly entered because I don't have minions. 
2. Send an email to cwchimapromo at gmail dot com. In the subject line, put UK PREORDER GIVEAWAY ENTRY
3. In the body of your email, include your name and snail mail address and how/if you would like your books to be personalized.
4. If you would like to receive a signed bookplate, bookmark, etc include your snail mail address. 
5. Make sure I have the best email to contact you
6. THIS IS IMPORTANT: Attach an image of proof of purchase for your preordered book, whether it's an online receipt, a receipt from a store, an email confirmation of an order, a notarized statement from your local bookseller--whatever way you can show me you've placed a preorder
7. Questions? Email me at that same address with the header PREORDER GIVEAWAY QUESTION

Thursday, April 7, 2016


The incorrect address was listed for the Mysterious Galaxy event this Saturday in San Diego. Here is the correct information: