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Podcast (and interview) Potpourri

I’ve done several podcasts and interviews that are scattered all over the internet.  I thought it would be a smart idea to make a blog post that has them all in one place.  I’ll add new links as they come up.

ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE PODCAST? – Jeremy and Sara Goeckner produce an ongoing podcast that is all about Dark?  They have lots of fun discussing episodes at great length.  I sat down with Jeremy to talk about the show and to re-live some memorable moments.

THE WITCH HAUNT – I was interviewed by a witch!  Fly over to Gaby Triana’s site for all sorts of spooky fun.

JEANBOOKNERD – Such a great site for book lovers!  I had a wide-ranging conversation with Mark about my various writing endeavors from TV to books.

THE BIG ORANGE COUCH – Andrew, Joey and their team do a once-weekly podcast focusing on all aspects of 90’s Nickelodeon.

DIZNEY COAST TO COAST – Jeff discusses all things Disney and in this case, the Tower of Terror movie.

WE’RE GONNA NEED A BIGGER SHOW – I talk with Mike and Cam about all things Are You Afraid of the Dark?

FIRST DRAFT WITH SARAH ENNI – Sarah has produced some wonderful podcasts with authors to discuss the writing process and their works.  And I was one of them!!  We talk about books and TV.

SEE YOU ON THE OTHER SIDE – More Dark? discussion with Mike, Wendy and my good buddy Scott.


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Forums to close

Hi all.

Back when the original Pendragon Forums existed, it was a very lively and exciting place for readers to hang out, talk books, share fan-fiction and art, and discuss whatever it was they felt like discussing.  They got so popular that it was not only a great place for  people to hang out, it also became a big job just to moderate and stop the flow of inappropriate material that some people felt the need to post.  (Gotta love the internet…NOT)  Perhaps some of you remember that.  The last straw came when the site was hacked and my publisher at the time asked that I take it down.

So I did, and then re-opened these forums a few years later…with a little better security.  But in the interim, social media exploded.  Now there are a multitude of places for people to hang out and communicate.  The need for a private little space like the Pendragon Forums is no longer needed.  So what I’ve seen is that there isn’t the same need and/or interest in posting on these forums.  Therefore, I’ve decided to shut them down.

Truth is, I don’t even spend much time there.  I’ve got so many other platforms around the web that I don’t have the time to check my own forums!  Anybody who wants to get in touch with me, can. Whether it be Facebook or Instagram or Twitter or by emailing me directly.

So to all the moderators, especially Geoff, I thank you for all the time and effort you’ve spent keeping the forums going.  (Geoff is also the guy who runs my website.  That site will remain running, of course)

IMPORTANT: To anyone who has posted fan-fiction or fan-art, if you don’t have your own copies I’ll leave the forums up until July 1st.  That should give you plenty of time to download anything you want to keep.

As I said, this website will remain alive and well.  I’ll always post info on new books and projects, as well as appearance information.  And this is the one place where anyone can find my email address. As anyone knows who has written to me, I’ll always write back. (Eventually)  And of course you can always find me elsewhere on the web.  I’m pretty good about checking my various sites…just not my own forums!

Any questions, feel free to write.  Thank you all again for those who have posted, become members, and especially to those who have moderated.  I’ll still be in touch…just elsewhere.


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The Equinox Curiosity Shop

I am thrilled that this book has finally been born.

It’s a story that’s been near and dear to me for a very long time. I first wrote it many years ago before I had published a single book, and when I was just starting out in TV.  I had no idea of what to do with it then so I did nothing.  It sat dormant for long stretches of time, patiently waiting for me to get my act together to make it a reality.  Every so often I’d take it out, remember how much I loved the story, and do another re-write.  Then it would sit again.

A few years back I thought it would finally get published, but the rug got pulled out and it went back into the drawer.  At that point I truly thought it would never happen.

Then about a year ago I took it out and once again was seduced by the story and became determined, once again, to make it happen.  I have to thank the good folks at Audible, most notably Heather Alexander, for seeing what I always saw and for wanting to make this an original audio book.

Of course I then went back in to re-work it yet again. And now, finally, it has become the story it will remain forever.

When I speak at schools, one of my messages to young writers (and anyone else who loves to create) is that you can never give up. If you believe in what you’re doing, and your vision, you can’t let the negative voices win. You must have faith in yourself and your talent. It isn’t easy, but you must persevere.  The Equinox Curiosity Shop is proof of that.

I hope you enjoy reading it half as much as I enjoyed writing it.


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Book Giveaway Contest Winners.

These are the four books that were requested by the winners of the football pic/book giveaway contest.  I’m glad I had them all, and in hardcover no less!  Thank you to everybody for entering.  I already know what the next book giveaway is going to be.  Watch out for details coming soon.

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BOOK GIVEAWAY 1st Round Winners

Here’s the contest picture:

The correct answer is:

Congrats to the 44 1st round winners.  Final drawing TBD…soon.

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Publication Day!

The Library is open for a new adventure.


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The Library #2 – Black Moon Rising

The Library will re-open with the second tale on October 3rd…just in time for the Haloween season!  (Which is fitting since this is a story that takes place on Halloween)

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The Library #1 in Paperback

On September 19th the paperback edition of The Library #1 will be published.

Just to confuse everyone, we made some changes.  The hardcover edition will always be called:  “Curse of the Boggin” with the original cover.  But the paperback edition of #1, and ALL future editions of The Library (including hardcovers) will have a new look.  And there will also be a title change for #1.  The new title is:  Surrender The Key.

Why are we doing this?  Good question.  The publisher felt that the original cover/title didn’t adequately represent the book series.  So we’re making this sea-change.  (Something similar happened with Morpheus Road, if anybody remembers)  So if you’ve read Curse of the Boggin, no need to go for Surrender The Key because it’s the exact same book…between the covers.  (That is, unless you like the new cover so much that you want the updated version.  Or you’re collecting all the titles and want them to look alike.  Far be it for me to tell anybody NOT to purchase a book!)

And then next month…#2 will finally publish!


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The Pendragon Complete – Giveaway!

I’m giving away three volumes of The Pendragon Complete…all ten books in the Pendragon saga.  Go to my Facebook page (D.J. MacHale) to enter.  Entry begins on December 1st and goes to December 9th after which I’ll do a random drawing.

And of course, I’ll sign them.  Good luck!

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I’m very happy to announce that the U.S. publisher of the Pendragon adventure has published a ten book boxed set of the entire series, in paperback.  I never thought they would do this, seeing as there are so many books.  But I guess it helps that paperbacks are light!  I’m hoping this will introduce a whole new generation of Travelers into the world of Halla.  Hobey ho!

Here’s the link on Amazon:


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