Displays

Displays

All my display and promotional material arrived. I have the new postcard-size promo cards for Nasty Leftovers, the table-top banners, and the table runner. I’m all set for conferences, signings, events, whatever comes down the road.

Promo stuff 2Thanks to my cover designer, Scott Deyett, I’m ready to go look professional. Most who know me will call this a minor miracle.

So, when you come to MisCon 30, the Twin Falls book event at Barnes & Noble, or the Montana Book Festival, you can look for these things and that’s where you’ll find me! I ordered all of it so I can carry it easily in my motorcycle luggage. It is small, light and easily mobile.

This seems a little “self-promotion-y” but it is actually part of the author platform. You need products like this so your table at readings, signings, conventions, conferences, or festivals looks like a serious author is sitting there. Just like the web site, blog, Twitter account, Facebook page and other social media venues, the table-top material is part of that platform.

I feel blessed in finding Scott, who–with his design skills, masterful covers, and access to these kinds of products–helps me get this important part of my platform built. You’ll be surprised how inexpensive this is.

Keep writing.

 

 

It’s Launch Day

It’s Launch Day

It’s Launch Day for Nasty Leftovers today! As I write this post, my publisher is getting the book up on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Apple iBook. The ebook is available, but print copies may be a few days out, yet.

Nasty Leftovers-correct (1)You should see some reviews right away. We sent advanced review copies (ARCs) out to some reviewers ahead of the launch and most of those should be coming in over the next few days. One of my reviewers is caught in the Louisiana floods right now, so we may not get her review right away. The first review is already up on Amazon.

Getting the book ready for publishing isn’t a simple task. For just the ebook, getting the format and cover put together isn’t too difficult. A print version involves getting the format done first, then getting the cover done with the correct size spine for the page count, and the images set with the correct color settings. I’m just glad I have Vox Dei Publishing and Booktrope Editions to handle those tasks and get the book launched.

Getting the book written, edited, rewritten, edited again, revised, proofread, corrected and finally uploaded is enough work to keep me busy. My team at Vox Dei has been a real blessing and they all worked hard to make Nasty Leftovers a strong, powerful story, with a drop-dead gorgeous cover. I have to thank Scott Deyett for this cover (and link to his business).

Nasty Leftovers is available at:

Paperback or ebook on Amazon: Nasty Leftovers

Barnes & Noble Paperback or Nook ebook: Nasty Leftovers

Apple iBook: Nasty Leftovers

(Note: Links will be includes when books are available at that vendor)

Thank you for your patience and support. This has been a wonderful journey. Now to start on the third installment.

Keep writing.

 

Days in the Life

Days in the Life

There are days that make it all worthwhile. This past Saturday was one. It was a busy day with a lot of things going on, but the end event was the reading at Auntie’s Bookstore in downtown Spokane.

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This is the author signing table they set up at Aunties and they had copies of Sudden Mission on display.

I was so nervous and thought no one would show up. As it turned out, there were about 14-15 people and the readings were well received. I spent a lot of time after answering questions. I also signed some books and Aunties sold a few.

It all worked out well and basically kicked off the year for me as far as these kinds of events go. I was able to read a little from Nasty Leftovers and comments about that part were positive. I’m hoping to arrange a few more things between now and the April date in Twin Falls, Idaho.

We are wrapping up

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They even had Sudden Mission in the “teen novels” section of the racks!

the final details for Nasty Leftovers, and we should be on target for a March 15 launch. Keep checking back for more information.

And, keep writing.

 

New Cover Reveal

Nasty Leftovers Cover Reveal

Here it is, the cover for Nasty Leftovers!

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Our cover designer, Scott Deyett, came through again with a cover full of color, drama, and intensity. This image will be on the ebook for Amazon, iBook, and Barnes & Noble Nook. We’ll get the full cover (front, spine, and back) in a few days that will be on the paperback.

We are on track for the March 15 launch date for the book, so check back for updates as we approach the date.

Here’s a short excerpt to whet your appetite.

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Amy shivered and Paul felt sweat trickle down his spine. He patted his vest, then reached into his pack and felt the hilt of the sword. His stomach churned and he felt his will begin to whither.

“It’s just standing there,” Amy said. Paul looked back out the window.

The hound swung its huge head left and right, slowly, several times. Through the binoculars, Paul could see that the head was broad, like that of a mastiff, but the snout was long and massive like a Great Dane. The ears stood up straight and pointed. A thick neck connected the head to a powerful, heavily shouldered body.

Paul’s stomach churned again and his abdominal muscles fluttered.

“Father, I’m in Your hands,” he said, eyes closed. “Guide me so I can do what You require. May Your will be done.” The churning and fluttering stopped and he felt a warm comfort in his chest.

Amy put her hand on his shoulder.

“It’s moving again,” she said.

—–

Keep writing.

 

 

 

 

 

Awaiting Dates

Awaiting Dates

Nasty Leftovers is in proofreading. I’m on pins and needles.

Then, yesterday, a review of Sudden Mission from Peter Younghusband, Australia, came out. The excitement is building. Here is the link to that review:

Booktrope (parent of my publisher Vox Dei) approved the cover concept. And, Scott Deyett, who did such a bang-up job on Sudden Mission, is hard at work getting the art for the Nasty Leftovers cover ready. This’ll be great!

Due to holidays and schedules, we’ll likely push the publication date from the original March 22 (proposed way back last fall), to early April. I’m waiting to get confirmation on that date. I have a few events to schedule around that.

I’m also working on a concept for the book trailer.

I also need to get writing on the third installment.

And, I have some granddaughters I must totally spoil for Valentine’s Day.

Looks like a busy next couple of months.

Here’s a little taste of Nasty Leftovers, just to whet your reading appetite.

“Hello, William,” Paul said. “I’m …”

“Paul,” William said. “And she is Amy. I know.”

Something felt unsettling to Paul. William was far more clear-headed than any of the other survivors they had brought in, but he was off-putting in voice and manner, and his face was hard.

“I see,” Paul said. “May we ask you a few questions?”

The man smiled, a cold, confident smile that chilled Paul’s blood. “You can ask me whatever you like.”

“How do you know who we are? Did someone here tell you?”

“No, I know who you are because he told me,” William said.

“He?” Paul said. “He, who?”

“The magnificent ruler of this place, his highness.”

“Do you know his name?”

“Yes.”

Paul waited. William just looked at him, then gave another contemptuous smile. “Do you actually expect me to give it to you? Really, Paul, you are such a child.”

Paul felt like a child. He felt small and weak and hopelessly outclassed.

“Do you—do you remember when we found you and brought you here a few days ago?” Amy asked. Her voice sounded uncertain and Paul suspected she’d spoken just to change the subject.

“Of course,” William said. “I was deliberately taken to a location where you would find me and bring me in.”

Paul suspected as much, but hearing the words made him uneasy. The demon wanted William to be here. It was all part of his plan.

“Yes, Paul. It is his plan. You should have stayed in your little community with your gardens, your solar power, and your church and friends. This mission was just a supreme waste of lives, fuel, and time. You have no hope of clearing this city. It belongs to my master and will stay that way.”

Keep writing.