Saturday, November 3, 2012

Thanks for the Help

I'm giving away hundreds--hopefully thousands--of copies of the KALI ebook yesterday and today and have to thank some people and sites for helping spread the word:

Jen Meyers!

Free ebooks Daily!

Free Kindle Books and Tips:

Kindle nation Daily!

The eReader Cafe!

I'll list more as I catch 'em. Thanks for the help.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

A Trip to the World of Fantasy (Con), and a Free KALI!

I know, I know, worst blogger ever. I used to be good at this stuff, I swear. But now there's something to tell:

ITEM! Tomorrow I leave for Toronto Canada and at 4:30pm I'll be reading from my books at WORLD FANTASY CON! If you want to hear my voice read my words, then you should come. Of course, it helps to have paid $200 to be a "member" of WFC, but hey. 

ITEM! Tomorrow and through Saturday, KALI: THE GHOSTING OF SEPULCHER BAY is free. That's right, just like I did a couple months ago to coincide with the WorldCon show in Chicago, I'm giving KALI away during WFC. Mostly though, it won't be con-goers grabbing it, but people on the Internets who see the link and like YA ghost stories. So, if you're so inclined, spread the word. I'll be your biggest fan. 

ITEM! My other book, BETA TEST, is still only 99 cents on Amazon Kindle. But for how long?? I dunno. Seriously, no idea. 

ITEM! I need to go to sleep. I gotta drive to Canada tomorrow. Glad I was able to get the safe open and get my passport out. 

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Last Day of Worldcon, Last Day of Free KALI

I've been at Chicon 7, this year's Worldcon sci-fi/fantasy show, for a couple of days and it's been a whirlwind. Which is no surprise, it always is. Today is my last day here and it's a biggie -- this afternoon at 4pm I've got a reading! So if you are here in Chicago attending the show, please stop by.

It's also the last day I'm GIVING AWAY KALI.  That's right, the books' been free for a couple days and will continue to be a free Kindle download until Midnight (Pacific Time) tonight. So if you want to give the book a download, now's the time to do it.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Guest Blog Post Means You Could Win a Free BOOK!

I got to guest post on Chuck Sambuchino's Guide To Literary Agents Blog (part of today, even though I don't have an agent. I wrote 7 Things I've Learned So Far, all my knowledge of writing to date. ALL OF IT. And if you comment on that blog post in the next two weeks, you could win a free print copy of BETA TEST. (Yes, I still happily pimp my first novel, not just KALI.) (You can only win if you're from the U.S. or Canada.)

Speaking of KALI--hopefully big doings for that book in a couple of days as I swoop into Chicago to attend WorldCon.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Try a Sample Chapter of KALI

Sure, you can visit the Amazon page for KALI: The Ghosting of Sepulcher Bay and view a sample page or more.

But if you're prefer, here's a link to a PDF file that includes the entire first chapter! Take look at what Kali would look like if it were a print book.

Monday, August 20, 2012


Here's some big news... My new book is out.

It's called Kali: The Ghosting of Sepulcher Bay, my first foray into the world of YA (that "young adult" in case you missed the crappy movie with Charlize Theron). It's the tale of a 15-year-old girl named Kaliope "Kali" Stergakos who has a severe ghost problem. In that they happen to possess her body when she sleeps. And that's not even the worst thing she's got to deal with.

This book is exclusively available at Amazon for the Kindle. At some point I'll go into why I decided to essentially become my own publisher with this book (part of the reason: I love this book, and I think other people will too). And why I went with Kindle Direct Publishing as the platform to start with. Eventually, I will likely expand the book to other ebook platforms, but that's a few months away.

So, please, if you own a Kindle ebook reader, or any devices that supports the Kindle reader software – an iPhone, iPad, Android phone, even a full-fledged computer running Mac or Windows, they all have Kindle software available—I hope you'll give KALI a try. At only $2.99 I think it's priced right and if you like some rollicking good teen adventure with some ghostly chills, it should be just your ticket.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Listen to me Live (with Tamaria)

I recorded an interview about BETA TEST -- and my upcoming new launch, coming soon! -- on Live with Tamaria!  We had some technical difficulties,but you know... that's just what life is. Technical difficulties, with occasionally getting things done.  Listen to it here.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

The Summer of BETA TEST Marketing Begins! ONLY 99₵!

Hey, remember when I wrote that book, BETA TEST, and it went on to become a big-ass best-seller? Good times.

Of course, now it's time for BETA TEST's second act! (Not a sequel. God no. I don't have a sequel. Yet.) I mean it's time for the SUMMER OF BETA TEST MARKETING!

Starting tomorrow, I launch a blog tour (thanks to Bewitching Blog Tours) aimed squarely at letting the world know, once again, that there's a funny, scary, thoughtful novel out there full of adventure and romance and dinosaurs. And a platypus.

As part of this SUMMER OF BETA TEST MARKETING CAMPAIGN EXTRAVAGANZA (I changed the name just now), my publisher at Hadley Rille Books is dropping the price on ebook versions of BETA TEST to only 99 measly cents! That's right, for less than a buck you can put this novel on your Kindle or Nook

So I ask you—spread the word. Repost, retweet, re-status-update this info. Even more important, if you have read BETA TEST, write a review of it for me on Amazon or Good Reads.

And by the end of the summer, I promise, I'll have something else out there for your reading pleasure. 

Friday, April 6, 2012

Talking Books with Students and Librarians

It's four months since BETA TEST came out and this month things got interesting in areas I never expected. Locally I've been approached to come talk about the book with a college class and with librarians!

The first group is the Science Fiction and Religion class at my ol' alma mater, Ithaca College. I'll go in for a couple of classes later this week. I will be forced to confess my lack of "belief" in a diety and wholesale ignorance of 90% of scripture, then we can dive right into just how BETA TEST touches on  religion anyway, because that's how I do. 

Second, I'm gonna speak in may with a group of librarians from the South Central Regional Library Council who are reading the book as part of their monthly discussion series! And later this year I'll be heading home to Hornell to talk to the library there, too. (That's the library I used growing up, where I once read so many books in one summer I won a plane ride over the Canisteo Valley, and later read all the 87th Precinct novels they had on hand. Good times.) 

If you've got a bookstore, class, library, or group that wants to talk BETA TEST with the author, I bet he'll show up. Hell, even if it's by Skype. 

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Just a Suggestion (from Downtown Books) - Beta Test

Wow! I had no idea this was coming out. Chris at Downtown Books & Coffee--the one guy there I haven't met in person--gave BETA TEST a rave review in his weekly video recommendation! Thanks, Chris! 

And I'm very glad you got over you aversion to my chapter titles, which are indeed all movie titles. It took me hours to pick them out. 

Saturday, March 31, 2012

BETA TEST only 99₵!

It's no April Fool Joke -- For this weekend only, BETA TEST is only99₵ in ebook format for Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook! This goes for all the books from my publisher, Hadley Rille Books. Check out the whole list, and get some great reading super cheap before the prices go back up to normal.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

BETA TEST in Binghamton!

RiverRead logoA reminder -- tonight at 6:30, I'll sign copies of BETA TEST for anyone who wants to stop by RiverRead Books at 5 Court Street. There are copies at the store now, and I'll be there to scribble on them all you want. I may even do a reading if people want that. 

Meanwhile, yesterday I had a fantastic interview with Bill Jaker of OFF THE PAGE on WSKG Radio. Bill's the best book interviewer ever, I swear, he was asking me questions that were astounding me -- he found depths to my writing I didn't even know. We even got a write-in question from someone in my old home town of Hornell. If you want to hear the full 45 minutes of my pontificating about the innerworkings of my book -- with lots of SPOILERS -- you can listen to it online at

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

BETA TEST coming to Binghamton NY!

Two stops for me around Binghamton, NY, this month -- first on March 20th I'll be heading to the studios of WSKG radio, the local NPR powerhouse that serves up content along the entire southern tier of New York state, to be on OFF THE PAGE, the show that interviews local authors! It'll air live at 1pm, and repeat in the evening at 7pm, so tune in if you're in New York. I'll post a Web address later that'll feature the streaming online version of the interview.

Then the next night, March 21st at 6:30, I'll sign copies of BETA TEST for anyone who wants to stop by RiverRead Books at 5 Court Street. Can't wait! See you there.