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They SYLO Chronicles – Book Trailer

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STORM…launch!

On Monday I’ll be hitting the road to tour with Book #2 of The SYLO Chronicles…STORM.  Check the APPEARANCES section of this website.  Hopefully I’ll be coming to a store near you!  Or better yet, visiting your school.

I can’t wait to hear what you all think of the next chapter in the SYLO saga.

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Blog Tour – SKYPE / Book giveaway

My friends at Jeanbooknerd are running a blog tour for STORM and in addition to giving away some signed arcs, the top prize…drumroll please…is a Skype visit with me.  Here’s the link.

http://www.booknerdtours.com/2014/trailer-blast-storm-by-d-j-machale.html

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SYLO – The paperback

Ahead of the publication of STORM, the paperback for SYLO is now available!

SYLO Final Final

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Twitter chat on March 3rd

On Monday, March 3rd at 7pm (EST) I’m going to join in a Twitter chat hosted by my publisher, Penguin.  The subject is “thrillers’ and since The SYLO Chronicles is a thriller, I’m in!

Sounds like it’s going to be fun with games and what-not.  I believe they are also giving away some books, though I’m not sure of how that’s going to work.  The authors are:

Elle Cosimano (Nearly Gone) @ElleCosimano

Jessica Khoury (Origin) @jkbibliophile

Dayna Lorentz (No Easy Way Out) @DaynaLorentz

And me @DJMacHale

@PenguinTeen; #YAThriller

Should be fun!

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The SYLO Chronicles #3

I know it’s way early, but that’s the way publishing works. On February 17th my publisher will be releasing the title and cover artwork for SYLO III. But I want you guys to see it first. So…I’ll reveal all on Wednesday, February 12th. Check back here as well as FB.

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The SYLO Chronicles #3

Here we go.  With a little over a month to go before the publication of The SYLO Chronicles #2: STORM, here is the cover for the final chapter in The SYLO Chronicles.  Publication is set for November 2014.

Strike Final

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Guys Read – Other Worlds

I’ve been remiss in not posting about this awesome book. Hopefully you’re familiar with Jon Scieszka’s terrific “Guys Read” series. I was asked to contribute a short story to this volume and I’m happy to say that the entire collection is great. I’ve been reading them together with my daughter and she loves them, which proves Girls Read too…but everybody knew that already. And how often do you get the chance to be included in a collection with Ray Bradbury? Check it out.

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STORM – Tour information

We’re putting together the tour for STORM that will be in March.  As I did with SYLO, I’m putting it out there to you guys to give me suggestions on the places you would like me to visit.  That helped a lot in planning the last tour so I’m hoping you guys will come through again.  Note:  I probably won’t be going back to the stores/cities that I visited on the last tour…it’s too soon!  We’ll have to wait for SYLO III for that.

So, send me your ideas.  If I get a number of responses about any one place, it might just get on the schedule!

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SYLO III

One of the moments I love the most when writing is when I can type THE END on the first draft of a manuscript.  Today, I did that with SYLO III.  However, that euphoria is always short lived because you are then faced with one of the most difficult moments of the writing process.  It’s when you’re sitting with your finger hovering over the mouse as the curser sits on the “Send” button.  Once you hit that button, your story flies out to the world and is no longer yours.  Gulp.

Actually, most of my manuscripts don’t finish with “The End”.  They finish with “To be continued…”  But not the final books.  So as with The Soldiers of Halla and The Blood, I’ve wrapped up another story and completed the saga of SYLO and the kids from Pemberwick Island.  It’s sort of bittersweet.  Sweet because it’s always great to finish a huge project.  Bitter because, well, I’m not really done.  Now comes the re-writing process.  Yeesh.  So I never feel as though I’m completely done until I see the book on a shelf.

Also, I’m not revealing the title yet.  I’m still holding out until the last possible moment to avoid another “Pendragon The Great” snafu.  (Besides, STORM hasn’t even been published yet!)  This past weekend I actually thought about changing the title of SYLO III for reasons I won’t mention here because they would be huge spoilers. But I changed something else instead and decided to keep the current title.  But that just shows how the work goes right up to the last second.  Just before I hit “send”, I made that huge change in the manuscript!

So, now it’s time to take a little breather and turn my thoughts to what might be next.  I’ve already got  something brewing…

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