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Out in the wild…

Thanks to Wyvernfriend for the tip off we went into Dublin today and found…


a copy of The Scroll Thief in Waterstones!

Soooooooo exciting as it’s the first time I’ve seen it in the wild! Great was the squeeing (from me and from the family). We talked to the staff, and signed the book. And jumped up and down some more.

In other news, I’m guestblogging today at the Mad Genius Club on Myths – Old and New. Please stop by and make me look popular!!!

And just a mini reminder… Soul Fire comes out in print on Tuesday. Yay!

LRC Voting is open

LR Cafe’s Best of 2009 Awards voting is open and The Scroll Thief has been nominated for Best Fantasy of 2009. If you’ve a vote to spare for The Scroll Thief, I’d really appreciate it.

To vote email at dawn_roberto @ yahoo DOT com with “LRC’s Best of 2009 Awards” in subject line. This is important as anything else will get deleted.

Voting ends on 22nd with the 23rd as a deadline for those in other time zones/countries to get their votes in. Anything after the 23rd is thrown out unopened so make sure the votes are in.

Award winners will be announced on 2/25 at NOON EST on the LRC’s yahoo loop from noon-2 PM EST. A full list of the nominees is available is LRC’s yahoo loop here.

The Fantasy Nominees are:

First Lord’s Fury (Jim Butcher-Ace)

Storykeeper (Jade Buchanan-AMP)

Lycan Tides (Renee Wildes-Samhain)

The Betrayal (Patti Nagle- Del Ray)

The Oath: Bound (Adrianne Brennan-Freya’s Bower)

The Apostle of Asphodel (Celina Summers-AMP)

Spying the Alcove (Laura Tolomei-Extasy)

Dragon Slayer (Fiona Jayde-Noble Romance)

Strange Fortune (Josh Lanyon-Blind Eye Books)

The Scroll Thief (RF Long-Samhain)

Dark Lady’s Chosen (Gail Z. Martin)

Any questions, please email Dawn at the above address.

The Scroll Thief nominated in Best Fantasy Book 2009 at Love Romance Cafe!

I was stunned to get an email yesterday to let me know that The Scroll Thief had been nominated in the Category of Best Fantasy Book of 2009 at Love Romance Café. Voting doesn’t start until the 15th February and runs through to the 22nd.

As soon as I have more details I’ll let you all know.

It’s amazing company to be in though. Yowsa!

Best Fantasy Book 2009

First Lord’s Fury (Jim Butcher-Ace)

Storykeeper (Jade Buchanan-AMP)

Lycan Tides (Renee Wildes-Samhain)

The Betrayal (Patti Nagle- Del Ray)

The Oath: Bound (Adrianne Brennan-Freya’s Bower)

The Apostle of Asphodel (Celina Summers-AMP)

Spying the Alcove (Laura Tolomei-Extasy)

Dragon Slayer (Fiona Jayde-Noble Romance)

Strange Fortune (Josh Lanyon-Blind Eye Books)

The Scroll Thief (RF Long-Samhain)

Dark Lady’s Chosen (Gail Z. Martin)

The Scroll Thief in Print

“The Scroll Thief PRINT” by R. F. Long

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ISBN: 978-1-60504-451-4
Length: 312 Pages
Price: 16.00
Publication Date: December 1, 2009
Cover art by Anne Cain

Love is the wiliest thief of all.

A Tale of Ithian

Malachy and his sister rely on his talents as a thief to survive the dangerous streets of Klathport, former capital of the once-great kingdom of Ithian. Stealing a few papers should have been a simple job. Instead, it nearly costs their lives and throws them into an improbable alliance with a shape-shifting official, a desert tribeswoman, and a healer of enchanting beauty.

Cerys is far more than a simple healer—and the roots of her mission go deeper into the past than anyone can know. She needs Malachy’s skills to recover a stolen scroll, one that can be used to rewrite history and, in the wrong hands, release the dark powers of the Demon Realm.

Her mission was supposed to atone for a dreadful, long-ago act. Instead, it unleashes a chain of events which sees them pursued through city and desert by the fearsome Dune Witch and a killer known only as His Lordship. Romance, tragedy, and adventure blend in a tale of a magical land on the brink of war, and five unlikely allies who, by putting their lives—and their hearts—on the line, have the opportunity to finally set things right.

But at a terrible cost.

Warning: Contains scenes of graphic violence and torture, captivating magic and beauty, two dashing heroes, three gutsy heroines, several love stories and a heartbreaking sacrifice.

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Add it to your Christmas list today! If you read it (and you liked it), please let people know! 🙂
No, really, I’m not at all excited.

Excerpt Monday: The Scroll Thief – Halia and Trask

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The Scroll Thief: a Tale of Ithian comes out in print on 1st December. The ebook is currently available. To have a bit of an early celebration, here’s a section featuring the lawman Trask and former courtesan Halia, a chalk and cheese couple if ever there was one.

The horse trader didn’t have the most noteworthy reputation in the city, but he was more honest than most. The animals weren’t fed Dew to make them look stronger and brighter. But it also meant that the mounts they needed would cost them.

Mind you, thought Trask, sickly horses would cost us a hell of a lot more if it came to a chase.

Cerys had watched their inspection of the animals with a sceptical eye before interrupting as Trask made to select one.

“No. She’s too old.”

He frowned at her. “How do you know?”

She fixed him with that tight-lipped glare. “I come from Fean, famous for the horses bred there. I grew up on a ranch and unless I’m wrong, horses haven’t changed that much.”

He backed down, leaving her with Malachy, and joined Halia, who sat at the edge of the enclosure. She glanced at the sword Malachy had given him when he asked for a weapon, the same one she had held on him in the hall. Whatever she thought about his possession of it now, he couldn’t tell. She bore a hard-to-read expression. If the weapon belonged to Malachy he had no great attachment to it. Perhaps they were just practical enough to let the known swordsman carry the sword. Perhaps she didn’t really care. On noticing his scrutiny, she looked back at her brother and Cerys.

“She’ll pick the best he has and Malachy will argue the price down,” she assured him. “Not very far, but enough. If we need the money we can always send him back to steal it later.”

“No. That man is only trying to make a living.”

“Aren’t we all?”

He didn’t answer. Two women were picking out vegetables at a nearby stall. His ears pricked up at a snatch of their conversation.

“But they don’t know who His Lordship is, just that he seems like a gentleman, pays for the best, selects a girl and then…” She made a slashing motion across her throat.

“But in the Silken Jade…” her friend began dubiously.

Halia started to say something to him, but Trask caught her hand, squeezing it to silence her. He stood, pulling her after him towards the next stall, a baker’s.

“What are you doing?” she asked indignantly.

“I’m getting you some sweet pastries,” he told her, his steely gaze fixed on the two women. “Don’t argue. Just be quiet.” He jerked his head towards the women and then fell in beside them. Halia’s face fell and she slipped around to his other side, clinging to his arm like a lover.

“I know them,” she hissed.

But Trask didn’t reply. He gently squeezed one or two of the sweet cakes on offer, testing their freshness, for all the world trying to pick the finest one for her, an indulgent, if poor, lover. The baker’s boy glared at him, but Trask paid him no mind.

“It’s at least five girls in the last two months, all over the city,” the first woman went on. “It’s that Animus, I heard. It would take an animal to do that sort of butchery.”

“But wasn’t the High Enforcer in jail when this last one happened?”

“Who knows what they can do? Beliat’s boy is a guard and he said that Trask went clear through the walls to escape from Hopewell. He said the man’s a demon.”

Trask gritted his teeth. If this ever got sorted out, if he ever got his job back, he would find Beliat’s son and show him what a demon he could really be.

Halia pulled back from his tightening grip with a small cry and the scarf dropped from her face. The women looked around sharply.

“What is it, love?” Trask asked tenderly, pulling her to him and tilting her face up to his, hiding her from the others.

“Nothing,” she managed, just embarrassed enough to sound convincing. “I just stubbed my toe.”

He sensed her panic. If she said the wrong thing, those women could identify them. He had to shut her up and quickly, to turn the attention of those suspicious old biddies away.

“No one ever accused you of grace.” He laughed and bent to kiss her.

Halia froze as his lips met hers, her body hardening in his arms. He thought for a brief, desperate moment that she’d pull away in outrage, reveal their masquerade to the whole market, and pinpoint them to every guard and informant for miles around.

Then her body melted against his, sleek and compliant and all too intimate. She returned his kiss with a passion he had never experienced and a skill for which he found himself completely unprepared. His breath caught in his throat and his pounding blood centred on his groin. The pastries fell back into the stall as he caught her other hand and pulled it to his chest. Deep in her throat Halia uttered a groan, so quiet and smothered by their kiss that only he could hear it. Her fingers burrowed into the folds of his shirt, their tips brushing against the skin beneath and sending sudden sparks of desire shivering through him. Her perfume surrounded him, addling his mind, filling his senses. He stroked her hair through the scarf and held her to him, never to let her go.

The two women laughed gently as Halia pulled back and hurriedly wrapped her scarf around her face again.

“People will talk, love,” she said, a note of warning in her soft voice. “Maybe we should forget the cakes and just go home.”

Unable to think of a single argument, Trask allowed her to lead him back towards the stables, like one bewitched. Once they slipped around the corner, Halia slapped him hard across the face.

“Don’t ever do that again. Not even if our lives depend on it. Don’t come near me, don’t touch me, and don’t ever use me to eavesdrop on people.”

He caught her wrist before she could hit him again, twisting it up behind her back and holding it there. Her mouth opened in shock when he didn’t immediately release her, and then her expression stained with fear.

Good. She’d made a fool of him and he didn’t take that sort of thing lightly. She wasn’t invincible and it was time she realised it. No one was.


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Octocon 09 and book launch

Well, it may have taken a day and a half to recover, but you had Excerpt Monday yesterday to entertain yourselves…

I had an absolute ball at Octocon. So did the kids, but more on that later. Everyone was very welcoming and there was a fantastic atmosphere all weekend. With the tensions earlier that week resolved I think everyone attending was determined to enjoy themselves to the fullest. So here is a brief summary, with (because it’s me)  pictures*.

This was the first con where I was actually participating. I ended up participating more than I expected (which was not a bad thing) and so did my family.  The kids were in heaven between some spectacular facepainting, stickers for the badges, a games room, the Top Monster competition and lego. Many thanks to Nichola, Cat and others for welcoming the terrible twosome and entertaining them. Even if they did keep trying to steal your biscuits. Continue reading Octocon 09 and book launch

Weekend plans

As many of you know, Octocon is on this weekend (10th-11th October 2009) and I will be there, launching The Scroll Thief at 5.30pm on Saturday. I have some advance copies of the book and will be signing them for your delight and entertainment. I may even read (so if nothing else you can get a quick 40 winks).

I also believe I’m on a couple of panels:

Saturday, 1pm – Unnecessary Romance: Our hero has just saved the world! Now to save the girl. Shoehorning romance into action stories.


Sunday, 11 am – Bechdel in SF – Bechdel’s Law: 1. Does it have at least two women in it, 2. Who [at some point] talk to each other, 3. About something besides a man. Our panelists discuss the merits of this law in SF.

Still have to formulate some more thoughts on these (besides “omgomgbooklaunchomg”)

If you’re going to be around, come and join in. If you’re going to be around at about 5.30om PLEASE come and join in. 😉

Book launch at Octocon 09

I’m very excited to announce that there will be a book launch for the print edition of The Scroll Thief at Octocon, the National Irish Science Fiction Convention, this coming weekend. The convention runs from 10th to the 11th of October, and I’m scheduled for 5.30pm on the Saturday. If you’re there, come and say hello! I’ll have copies of the book for sale and a pale and terrified look on my face. 😉