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I set up a gift code on Amazon for an e-book of Nasty Leftovers. On September 30, I will randomly select from my blog subscriber list someone who will receive this code.

Building and this list is important. It helps me get the message out about my books and projects. Those of you subscribed get the blog posts right away. You stay informed about the books, what’s coming, what’s happening. Folks not subscribed may miss a post that is also shared on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ or elsewhere. Imagine your frustration if you miss a reading/signing event in your town or at your favorite bookstore!

So, if you are already subscribed, thank you. Encourage friends and family to subscribe. If you’re not subscribed, just click the little subscribe link on the page and subscribe. Simple.

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If you already have a copy of Nasty Leftovers and you end up the winner of the gift code, no worries. You can forward that to a friend or relative. Spread the love.

Don’t forget. If you live or are in Spokane this week, I’m reading/signing at Auntie’s Bookstore downtown at 7 pm, Thursday, September 15.

Thanks.

Keep writing.

 

Briefly

Just Briefly

I’ll be brief today. I’m getting ready for a reading/signing at Auntie’s Bookstore in downtown Spokane, WA, on Sept. 15, 7 pm. I hope lots of folks in Spokane and the surrounding area come to hear!

From Sept. 21-25, I’ll be at the Montana Book Festival in Missoula, MT. They’re still putting the schedule together. If you plan to attend, or will be in the Missoula area during that time, please check in and look me up! The schedule on the link above should be firmed up in the next week.

Both Sudden Mission and Nasty Leftovers (as reported in the previous post) are available in print now. You can even order print copies from Amazon (see the links). The print copies are not via CreateSpace, but Ingram, so shipping might take a couple more days. For some reason, Amazon isn’t showing the cover image for Sudden Mission, but it may show up soon.

There is a new review of Sudden Mission on Amazon by an old Madras High School friend. She was a couple of years behind me and married one of my classmates. I attended a combined reunion this summer and had a lot of fun catching up with old friends.

Any time authors or artists can get ratings or reviews is a blessing. Today’s market is so crammed with content and content providers, it is hard to get noticed any other way. So, when you read something put up a star rating if you can. Good or bad, it all counts and it all helps.

Subscribing to this blog is a good thing. Really. I don’t share your email or info with anyone else. You get updates and posts right away and won’t miss anything. I may use the mailing list in the future for contests and giveaways. If you are already subscribed, great! Thanks. Share the information with friends and family. The more subscribers, the more we’ll use this for fun stuff.

So, that’s everything, briefly.

Keep writing.

 

Signing

Signing

Shoshone Falls
Shoshone Falls near Twin Falls, Idaho. One of the prettiest falls there is. Rainbow included at no extra charge.

We arrived in Twin Falls, Idaho, on a beautiful Saturday morning and immediately went down to take a look at Shoshone Falls. A lot of folks were heading down there and–surprise, surprise–they needed $3 per car for entrance. Good thing we had a little cash handy.

The falls were everything promised and it was wife Connie’s first time there. Then we went to the Barnes & Noble in town and started to set up. Deby Johnson, the person who coordinated this even, had twelve copies each of Sudden Mission and Nasty Leftovers. At noon I started to get nervous, wondering if we would even put a dent in the bookstore’s inventory of my books. Connie got me a venti non-fat mocha and we settled in to watch people come and go.

Signing Table at Barnes & Noble
Connie adding class to the display at Twin Falls, Idaho, Barnes & Noble.

I talked to a few folks, said “Hi” to people who looked our way, but things were quiet at first. Some people came by and mentioned an article in the local newspaper and looked over the books.

Then things started to pick up. My dad arrived with a friend and a nephew. My brother showed up. Folks I hadn’t seen since I was very young walked in. Activity around our table increased. Folks requested signing, shared memories, talked, hugged, shook hands–and then it was 4 pm.

Two copies of Nasty Leftovers were still on the table. Sudden Mission was sold out. Deby asked me to sign the last two copies of Nasty Leftovers and she would put an “autographed” sticker on them. Then we packed up our display. The Twin Falls Barnes & Noble, and Deby Johnson, were gracious hosts and we had a lot of fun there.

Connie and I checked into the hotel down the street, then went down to a conference room where Dad set up a reception. The room was packed and I set up the tabletop displays again, signed and sold a number of copies of each book. We ate, then I talked about National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), the journey to publication, answered questions, and read a little of Sudden Mission.

It’s all kind of a blur, now. Connie and I stumbled into our room exhausted about 8 or 9 pm (my watch said 9, but we were in Mountain Time).

I’m blessed and humbled at the turnout, the great people, friends, and family who came to support me. Thanks to Deby and the Twin Falls B&N, and Dad for setting this up.

There will be more.

Keep writing.

 

 

First Friday

First Friday

Last night was First Friday in Spokane. This is a promoted set of events in downtown Spokane and I arranged with Bobby Enslow of Indaba Coffee to do a reading of Nasty Leftovers.

But, First Friday is actually a three-hour thing, 5 to 8 pm. There was no way I could read and talk for three hours. We trimmed the time to two hours, but that was still too much. A friend, Nicole Lewis, suggested we bring in a musical duo, Blue Eyed Minds, to provide some musical entertainment. That sounded like a wonderful idea. Annika and Darby are very talented musicians and did a great job, especially since this was their first public performance outside of a party.

Blue Eyed Minds
Blue Eyed Minds, Annika and Darby.

Nicole even did a short set of some of her new work.

So, we had music and literature. And a lot of fun. One of the great things was Annika and Darby and some of the friends they brought along are right in the target demographic of Sudden Mission and Nasty Leftovers readership! We are exploring similar music/literature mix events in other venues in Spokane.

There is an update on the Barnes & Noble event in Twin Falls, Idaho. I’ll be at the bookstore on April 16 from noon to 4, maybe 5, pm. If you are in the Southern Idaho area and can make it to that event, please stop by! Check back on the Events page for updates.

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.