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Join John Logsdon and me every week for the author podcast, You Should Be Writing!

Join John Logsdon and me every week for the author podcast, You Should Be Writing!

Sci-Fi and Fantasy Humor author John Logsdon and I are having a blast with our new author podcast!

It’s called You Should Be Writing! (With the exclamation point! Just because!) We’re up to episode 14 and each one has been more fun to do than the last. Does that mean that each one is better than the last? Absolutely not even a little bit, no.

After having such a good time on the Science Fiction & Fantasy Marketing podcast, (with Lindsay Buroker,  Joseph Lallo and Jeffrey M Poole) JL and I decided to try out this podcasting stuff on our own. Are we good at it? Not yet! But we have some good info on everything self-publishing.

We discuss the indy book publishing world and all of its peaks, valleys, oceans and trolls under bridges. Reviews, newsletter sign ups, the newest gurus, the latest tools… we have it all. We do the podcast every Friday (though we’ve missed a few over the hectic summer). If you want to keep up to date and maybe even show up for the taping, just Like our YouTube page.

Thanks. We hope you enjoy You Should Be Writing! Now go on and get some writing done, will you?

 

 

Attention authors! Amazon Giveaways are here and I think I’m in love!

Attention authors! Amazon Giveaways are here and I think I’m in love!

 

chivalry in The Camelot Kids

This post has two goals.

First, GIVEAWAY! You can win a copy of The Camelot Kids softcover by going here.

Second, this contest is being run and fulfilled by Amazon, using their new Amazon Giveaway service. It took about three minutes to set up. Their instructions need to get ironed out a bit, but it’s live (after waiting for an hour).

The cool thing is that you simply buy the item you want to give away and they take care of landing pages and fulfillment. They also made the process a “Click on the box to see if you win!” deal. Those are fun. And, maybe best of all, they allow you to require a Twitter follow to enter the contest.

I’ll let you know how it goes.

You can read more about Amazon Giveaway here.

The Camelot Kids cast of characters #1: Simon Sharp

The Camelot Kids cast of characters #1: Simon Sharp

We’ll be taking a peek at the characters of The Camelot Kids over the next several weeks. Ian Greenlee is doing a spectacular job of yanking the Fantasy series cast out of their comfortable nests in my head.

Today’s peek is at the main character, Simon.

If you ask Simon Sharp how his parents died, the 14-year-old New Yorker will tell you King Arthur killed them. Obsessed with Camelot, the two scholars perished in a plane crash en route to an archaeological dig in England.

Simon spends two awful years in an orphanage before his uncle surfaces. He offers Simon residence at a creepy mansion in Scotland where every shadow hides a surprise— including a girl, Maille Rose, who flickers in and out of view like a ghost. Maille warns Simon he’s in danger and, oh yes, he’s a descendant of King Arthur’s powerful knight, Lancelot.

Simon Sharp of The Camelot KidsSimon Sharp slides across a car in The Camelot Kids

Uh. What?

That’s Simon’s response too.

But she’s right about the danger. Simon’s life becomes a battle for survival when his teacher is killed in front of him. Accused of murder, Simon escapes into the wilderness…

… where he gets kidnapped by a drunk troll. At this point, Simon’s tired of surprises. Which is too bad because then he’s saved by a 7-foot elderly man claiming to be Merlin. Maille Rose, Merlin’s apprentice, arrives swinging her bat-wand and leads them to a hidden castle. This, she says, is New Camelot.

Packed with surprises, The Camelot Kids is a fresh take on the beloved myth.

Come back for more peeks later this week.

Who’s up next?

Maille Rose! Check out Merlin’s first apprentice in 978 years. She’s tough, smart and has attitude coming out of her wand (which happens to be a baseball bat)…

 

Shirley Link & The Secret (a 150 word story)

Shirley Link & The Secret (a 150 word story)

Shirley Link was at the end of her rope. In fact, she was just one tight grip away from falling off of it. As she contemplated the waves below, frothing like they couldn’t wait to eat her up, she wondered if she’d ever see her friend again.

Wylie had been missing for a week. Not like him.

Her search had led to Torrey Pines Beach. A red sand, unique to the area, was found all over everything in Wylie’s bedroom.

Shirley had been about to rappel down when she was shoved off the cliff.

But who did it?

“Looks like you could use some help,” someone said from above.

He peeked over the edge.

“Wylie?”

No, it couldn’t be. He’d never do this to her. They were best friends!

He reached his hand toward her, and smiled.

She’d come to save him, but now he was saving her.

She hoped.