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1/31/2013 - A great new review for The Tainted City, this time from King of the Nerds. And if you'd like a signed copy, I've got a Goodreads giveaway running, open to entry until Feb 23.

1/10/2013 - The Tainted City made Mihir of Fantasy Book Critic's Top 10 Novels of 2012: hooray!

1/8/2013 - The transcript of my SFFWRTCHT interview is now available on SF Signal; and The Whitefire Crossing got a nice new review over at Fantasy Opinion.

1/7/2013 - I participated in a very interesting little experiment over on Teresa Frohock's blog, in which several authors (including me) submitted scenes which were then posted anonymously, and readers attempted to guess the gender of the writer from the prose alone. The results of the experiment are now available, and I'm revealed as the author of Entry #9, The Sea-Folk's Price. I posted my own thoughts on the experiment on my blog.

12/30/2012 - The Tainted City has made a few "favorite books of the year" lists (woo hoo!): Fantasy Book Cafe (at the Book Smugglers), Only the Best Scifi's Top 10 New Releases of 2012, and ElliD's ten books enjoyed most in 2012. And The Whitefire Crossing got a few mentions too: #11 in Fantasy/SF in Bookflurries' Twelve Months of Best Books, and an honorable mention in Angels of Retribution's Best of the Best.

12/29/2012 - Over at Fantastical Imaginations, I and a bunch of other authors share our top 3 reads of 2012, along with a few of the books we're anticipating in 2013.

12/27/2012 - Pat's Fantasy Hotlist is holding a contest to win a set of The Whitefire Crossing and The Tainted City.

12/11/2012 - I've done two new interviews in the last few weeks: one at Fantastical Imaginations, and the other at Only The Best Sci-Fi.

12/10/2012 - Nothing like hearing that a fellow author whose work you respect enjoyed your novels! Helen Lowe (author of the Wall of Night series) reviews The Whitefire Crossing and The Tainted City on her blog.

11/27/2012 - Copies of The Whitefire Crossing and The Tainted City are up for grabs as prizes in Patrick Rothfuss's Worldbuilders charity fundraiser - see here for more details.

11/15/2012 - The Whitefire Crossing gets a new look for its debut in Germany - come check out the new cover! The book has a new title and series title, too - the German version releases Aug 16 2013, according to the book page on the German publisher's website.

11/14/2012 - The Tainted City got a great review from Bryce of Only The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy, who says, "One of the best reads this year as well as last, Courtney Schafer has delivered again."

11/8/2012 - I did an "Ask Me Anything" over at Reddit's r/Fantasy forum, which was a lot of fun - people asked lots of great questions, about everything from my worldbuilding to my writing process. I even got a couple mountaineering and skating questions.

11/1/2012 - Want to win signed copies of both The Whitefire Crossing and The Tainted City? Fantasy Book Cafe is holding a worldwide giveaway (and did an interview with me in which we talked about everything from my writing process to my motives in writing certain characters.)

10/31/2012 - The Tainted City got an absolutely wonderful review from Kristen Bell of Fantasy Book Cafe, who says "...Crisp prose, strong storytelling, intriguing and well-developed characters, a good narrative voice, and excellent world-building with logical consistency throughout. Quite simply, I loved The Tainted City, highly recommend it, and cannot wait for the sequel." Woo hoo!

10/20/2012 - Colorado writer John K. Patterson reviewed The Whitefire Crossing along with Aaron Ritchey's The Never Prayer on his blog, saying of Whitefire, "This is a book I cannot recommend enough. Seriously, if you read fantasy books, please read this one." (Wow!)

10/18/2012 - Want to know how I came up with all the character and place names in the Shattered Sigil books? Check out my guest post Building Fantasy Worlds One Name At A Time, part of Abhinav Jain's "Names: A New Perspective" guest post series on his blog.

10/16/2012 - I share six of my favorite female-authored fantasy novels with non-European settings over at Stumptown Book Blog.

10/12/2012 - I did a three-part interview with Stumptown Books talking about everything from narrative choices and cover art to my favorite climbs. Read Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

10/11/2012 - Paul Weimer of SF Signal reviews The Tainted City: "I approached [the] sequel with that peculiar mix of anticipation and dread that I often have when returning to a new author whose first book I enjoyed. Will this second book meet my expectations and response to the first? Has the author grown and developed since their initial effort? Is the magic still there? Happily, for me, The Tainted City lived up to my expectations..."

10/5/2012 - The audiobook of The Tainted City is now available to buy at Audible!

10/4/2012 - Liz Bourke reviews The Tainted City at Tor.com and says: "In every way more robust and assured, [The Tainted City] doubles down on grand stakes while keeping the pressure on personal ones. And yes, I'll admit it: the tension was such that I checked the final pages in advance, to spare my stomach some clenching."

10/1/2012 - The Tainted City releases today in ebook form through Amazon and Barnes & Noble (and don't forget, a DRM-free ebook version is available through Baen!). To celebrate, The Whitefire Crossing is FREE on Amazon for a limited time! I also got two glowing new reviews for Whitefire in the last few days - one from Abhinav Jain (Shadowhawk) at the Founding Fields, and one from Kaila at Stumptown Books.

9/24/2012 - Another terrific review for The Tainted City, this time from Mihir Wanchoo of Fantasy Book Critic, who says, "Courtney Schafer takes her story in a slightly different direction whilst never compromising on the positives that made her debut such a stand out one. This book is another excellent book from this very talented lady and I for one can't wait to see how it all goes down in The Labyrinth of Flame.

9/21/2012 - Good news for ebook lovers: The Tainted City is available as an DRM-free ebook (in pretty much any format you want, including Kindle, Nook, etc.) right now through Baen Books, for only $6! (Amazon & B&N won't start selling ebook versions until the official release date of Oct 1.)

9/20/2012 - Two more great reviews for The Tainted City: one from J.R. Vogt at Examiner.com, who says, "The Tainted City is a fantastic follow-up to The Whitefire Crossing, going deep into the culture of Ninavel, expanding the overall mythology, and giving a sense of breathless adventure on each page." And Justin Landon of Staffer's Book Review co-reviews The Tainted City along with T.C. McCarthy's Chimera, calling it "compelling" and a "highly successful piece of fiction."

9/17/2012 - The Tainted City is now also on shelves at Barnes and Noble! And Risingshadow gave the book a glowing review, saying "Courtney Schafer has exceeded all my expectations...The Tainted City is bigger, better, richer, more complex, and more exciting than The Whitefire Crossing."

9/12/2012 - The Tainted City is now in stock at Amazon! (But only in print version. For whatever reason, Amazon ships print copies the minute the books reach their warehouses, regardless of release date - but ebooks are held until the official release day. Don't ask me why!) More, the first blog review for the book is up, and it's a good one! Fangs for the Fantasy says, "I love the characters in this book...even though I rarely read high fantasy now, I'm sorely tempted to track down the first book so I can fill in the gaps and the background of this story - I already know I will be checking book 3." (Warning: the review does contain some spoilers.)

9/7/2012 - The Whitefire Crossing's ebook is on sale at Amazon for $3.99: a great deal!

9/6/2012 - The Whitefire Crossing is now available as an audiobook! Narrator Andy Caploe does a great job - you can check out a sample by visiting Audible's page for the book and clicking on the little green arrow beneath the book cover.

9/2/2012 - Read another short extract from The Tainted City at Pat's Fantasy Hotlist. (This one's from the start of Ch 8, so a little ways into the book.)

8/27/2012 - The Whitefire Crossing received a lovely review from Anne Lyle, author of The Alchemist of Souls, who called Whitefire "a very entertaining and assured debut." I'm extra excited she enjoyed the book because I liked Alchemist of Souls so much!

8/15/2012 - Only 2 more months to go until The Tainted City hits the shelves! To celebrate, here's the second chapter - enjoy! (The first chapter is also available.)

8/8/2012 - I joined a bunch of other SFF folks in talking about Point of View in Genre Stories, over at SF Signal.

8/6/2012 - Here's my panel schedule for WorldCon - if you're attending the con, come say hi!

7/30/2012 - I'll be posting once more at the Night Bazaar every Monday for the next few months.

7/22/2012 - Updated the Extras page of this site with links to all my guest posts at the Night Bazaar in 2011, covering topics from agent-hunting to worldbuilding

7/19/2012 - Win signed copies of The Whitefire Crossing and The Tainted City! The giveaway at Staffer's Book Review is live, and runs through midnight ET August 12. Details are at the bottom of the post with The Tainted City's first chapter. I've also got a guest post talking about writing The Tainted City, and don't forget to check out the "Ask Me Anything" thread on Reddit!

7/13/2012 - I'm joining 9 other recent debut fantasy authors over at Staffer's Book Review for Debut Authorpalooza! We're celebrating finishing our 2nd novels by giving away books, providing sneak peek excerpts, and talking about what it was like to write them. Also, on Thurs July 19 at 7pm CDT we'll all be doing an AMA ("ask me anything") over on Reddit - see here for details!

6/25/2012 - Exciting news: The Whitefire Crossing and The Tainted City will be audiobooks! Audible has bought the rights to both. I don't know release dates yet, but will post them when I do.

6/20/2012 - The Tainted City was listed as one of Staffer's Book Review's anticipated fall releases - go check out the full list to find out about more upcoming cool books!

6/13/2012 - Want to know who my most recent literary crush was? Check out this week's SF Signal Mind Meld, in which I and a host of other excellent SFF folks talk about the joys of Book and TV Boyfriends.

6/6/2012 - My second foreign rights sale! I'm thrilled to say that the German-language rights to The Whitefire Crossing sold to German publisher Bastei Lübbe. I talk more about it on my blog.

5/12/2012 - I've been remiss about updating these last 2 months, as I worked to finish The Tainted City. Man, it felt good to write "The End"! I'm working on my own revisions to the book until I get an editorial letter, but now I've got a little more time again. Since I last updated, The Whitefire Crossing got a few more nice reviews: one over at First Shot Reviews, another from the Portland Book Review, and a third from Kristin Janz.

3/5/2012 - Because some people have emailed to ask: yes, I am eligible for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. (Also, if you liked The Whitefire Crossing, you can vote for it for the David Gemmell Morningstar Award).

3/3/2012 - A nice review for The Whitefire Crossing from Pat's Fantasy Hotlist! Pat called it "quite a ride" and said, "Schafer proved that she had a few unexpected tricks up her sleeve, and she brings The Whitefire Crossing to a satisfying close. The kind of ending that all but forces you to read volume two!"

2/24/2012 - My first foreign rights sale: Polish rights for The Whitefire Crossing and The Tainted City have sold to Polish publisher MAG!

2/14/2012 - Another nice review for The Whitefire Crossing from A Daydreamer's Tale, which called it a "refreshing take on adventure fantasy."

2/11/2012 - Had a great time at the signing at the Broadway Book Mall! If anyone out there would like a signed copy of The Whitefire Crossing, Who Else Books still has a few left (and they're absolutely wonderful about supporting the local SF&F community, so they deserve your business!).

1/27/2012 - Two very nice new reviews for The Whitefire Crossing, one from Nethspace, and the other from Fantasy Book Cafe: yay!

1/20/2012 - The Whitefire Crossing was nominated for the David Gemmell Morningstar award (for best fantasy debut of 2011)! Voting is open through March 31st, and it's super easy: just click here.

1/15/2012 - I'll be doing a group book signing at Who Else Books in Denver on Feb 11 at 3pm, with fellow authors Rob Ziegler, Robin Owens, and Alastair Mayer. It'll be a ton of fun, so if you're in the Denver area, come on by!

1/10/2012 - The Whitefire Crossing got another nice review from Erik Lundqvist of I Will Read Books, who says, "Courtney Schafer can certainly spin a yarn...A very intriguing setting together with some very likeable characters is what you can expect from The Whitefire Crossing."

1/1/2012 - Now that my tenure with the Night Bazaar is over (go welcome the new crew!), I've started a personal blog over at courtney-schafer.blogspot.com. I'll be posting book recommendations every Monday and on Thursdays I'll be sharing pics from my various wilderness adventures - so please, come on by!

12/31/2011 - Woo hoo! The Whitefire Crossing made several "Best of 2011" lists: Only the Best SciFi's Best of 2011, Edi's Book Lighthouse's 2011 in Books, Bibliotropic's Best Books Discovered in 2011, Sneaky Burrito's Best Books Read in 2011. Whitefire also got a mention as a notable debut in Barnes & Noble's Best Fantasy Books of 2011, an honorable mention on Staffer's Musing's Best SFF Debuts of 2011, and a recommendation in Adventure Fantastic's Four Publishers You Should Be Reading in 2012.

12/23/2011 - I was interviewed by Greg Wilson and Brad Beaulieu over on Speculate! The Podcast for Writers, Readers, and Fans, talking about how my experiences climbing influenced The Whitefire Crossing, writing the second novel, and more.

12/22/2011 - Another excellent review! Chris Hawks of SMZb says, "This is a really good book."

12/21/2011 - Two great new reviews for The Whitefire Crossing! Bastard of Bastard Books reviewed The Whitefire Crossing over on Only the Best SciFi, calling it "a very promising debut which I highly recommend." And Seak of Only The Best SciFi reviewed it on Bastard Books, saying "I really enjoyed myself with this one."

12/5/2011 - I donated two signed copies of The Whitefire Crossing to Pat Rothfuss's Worldbuilders Charity Fundraiser - it's a great cause, so go check it out.

12/1/2011 - Pat's Fantasy Hotlist is hosting an exclusive excerpt from The Whitefire Crossing as part of Night Shade Books' holiday countdown.

11/28/2011 - I've got an interview over at Chimeras talking about engineering vs. writing and giving a sneak peek of what to expect in The Tainted City.

11/12/2011 - I'm doing a signing at the Boulder Barnes & Noble from 6-8pm with several other local authors, as part of a benefit bookfair for Pikes Peak Writers (for more information, see their website). If you're in the area, come on by!

11/10/2011 - The Whitefire Crossing got a terrific review from Adventures Fantastic, which says "I recommend it highly and am eagerly waiting for the sequel."

10/31/2011 - I had a wonderful time at the World Fantasy Convention! To see some few pics from my trip, click here.

10/17/2011 - I've got my schedule for MileHiCon, and I'll be on several panels and doing a reading - check under the Appearances section to learn more!

10/16/2011 - Another review for The Whitefire Crossing from Sneaky Burrito, who says "The Whitefire Crossing was a fast-paced fantasy adventure and a promising venture from a first-time author." (Beware of the review if you haven't read the book, however, as it contains a fair amount of spoilers!)

10/10/2011 - King of the Nerds reviewed The Whitefire Crossing and called it "an exciting adventure fantasy in a unique world...Schafer does a phenomenal job of making you care about these characters."

9/9/2011 - The Whitefire Crossing got reviewed in Russian over at Fantlab.ru, who gave it 8 of 10 stars. I took Russian all through high school and college, so I enjoyed dusting off my rusty Russian skills to read the article (though Google translate does a serviceable job, for anyone who doesn't speak Russian!).

9/1/2011 - I did an interview over at Rising Shadow, talking about everything from my favorite fantasy authors to the places I'd most like to visit and explore.

8/31/2011 - Fantasy Book Critic did a wonderfully comprehensive interview with me and three other debut authors from Night Shade Books (Brad Beaulieu, Teresa Frohock, Stina Leicht), in which we discuss everything from the writing of our novels to the state of fantasy literature. FBC is also hosting a giveaway for two sets of our books, all signed by the authors!

8/23/2011 - Another great review for The Whitefire Crossing, this time from Paul Weimer at SF Signal, who said "This book is in the running for favorite book of the year I've read"

8/16/2011 - Two more glowing reviews for Whitefire, one from Bibliotropic, and the other from Think Banned Thoughts

8/13/2011 - I did an interview at Yet There Are Statues, talking about climbing, engineering, The Whitefire Crossing, and YA vs. adult.

8/10/2011 - The Whitefire Crossing got a wonderful review from RisingShadow.net, which said, "If you're looking for a new and entertaining fantasy adventure, you must read this book. It's an adventure of the highest order and it's one of the best and finest fantasy books of 2011. Highly recommended!"

8/9/2011 - I've got a "Big Idea" piece over at John Scalzi's Whatever blog talking about climbing and my inspiration for The Whitefire Crossing.

8/3/2011 - I joined in the latest "Mind Meld" over at SF Signal, talking about which SF series I'd most like to see resurrected

8/1/2011 - The Whitefire Crossing is officially out in the world! Which means you can now buy it on Kindle as well as at your local bookstore

7/27/2011 - I've got a post over at SF Signal talking about 6 lesser-known YA SF books written by female authors that I loved as a kid.

7/25/2011 - Fantasy Book Critic's review of The Whitefire Crossing is up, and WOW. Reviews don't get much better than this! Robert Thompson says "...there's no doubt in my mind that The Whitefire Crossing is not only one of the best fantasy debuts of 2011, but it's also one of the year's best fantasy novels period.."

7/19/2011 - The Whitefire Crossing is in stock and shipping from Amazon! (The Kindle version will be available on the official release date, Aug 1 2011.)

7/7/2011 - Another great review for Whitefire from J.R. Vogt over at Examiner.com, who calls it a "marvelous fantasy debut"

7/1/2011 - Whitefire has its first review, and it's a great one! Justin Landon of Staffer's Musings says "Whitefire is one of the best novels I've read in 2011...a full blown fantasy romp full of magic, ne'er-do-wells, and flawed heroes." Read the full review at his blog.

6/28/2011 - I did a guest post over at The Qwillery talking in detail about the cover art of The Whitefire Crossing. Comment on the post by midnight EST July 5 and you'll be entered to win a signed ARC!

6/10/2011 - I've got a post over at SF Signal talking about what's missing from the union of epic and urban fantasy, and why I prefer the term "adventure fantasy" to "sword and sorcery."

6/8/2011 - I've got a giveaway over at Goodreads for a signed advance reader copy of The Whitefire Crossing. The giveaway runs through July 6 2011 and is super easy to enter!

5/27/2011 - The cover design for The Whitefire Crossing has been finalized! Go check it out!

4/2/2011 - The Whitefire Crossing is now available for preorder! (Just seeing that Amazon page was both thrilling and surreal for me!) You can order a copy from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Borders | Powell's

3/19/2011 - I'll be participating in the 2011 Debut Author Challenge over at The Qwillery

3/7/2011 - I've got cover art! Come see the awesome cover for The Whitefire Crossing, from artist David Palumbo.

2/20/2011 - I'm now on Twitter as @cischafer

1/3/2011 - I'll be blogging on Mondays throughout 2011 at The Night Bazaar, a group blog for authors with books releasing from Night Shade Books in 2011. Come join us for discussion on topics related to writing, publishing, and much more.