Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Mid-November Catching-Up-To-Do Hiatus (Plus A Publisher's Weekly Review and Giveaway Results)!

Short post today. I have a lot of catching up to do on two ARCs I'm reading and a cup full of life. With an averted medical situation thrown in. All is well, just got thrown off my grove a little bit.

I do have some cool news. Publishers Weekly reviewed Woven, and it's another good one! I want to thank everyone who participated in and spread the word about the giveaway on Goodreads. We had over 1,100 requests, which is downright cool. The winners are posted. If you signed up, go see if you won. The book has also found its way onto a few lists; feel free to check them out. The buzz is building!

Let's see if I can squeeze a few hundred blog visits before next week. Up to 300 so far. A little behind. I'll get there. See you next time!

How's your November treating you? Exciting plans? Exciting books? What do you think about the Publishers Weekly review? Exciting?

I'm David, and don't forget to support the rebellion this weekend!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The Unhappening Of Genesis Lee: A Sci-Fi Debut From Shallee McArthur That Will Make You Lose Your Mind!

Today we're making room on the bridge to welcome science fiction author Shallee McArthur! Her first book just came out, called The Unhappening of Genesis Lee. Shallee was kind enough to lone me an early copy, and I'm so glad she did. Because I have nothing but love for it. Scroll down and see what the commotion is about!

Seventeen-year-old Genesis Lee has never forgotten anything. As one of the Mementi—a small group of genetically-enhanced humans—Gena remembers everything with the help of her Link bracelets, which preserve memories perfectly. But Links can be stolen, and six people have already lost their lives to a memory thief, including Gena’s best friend.

Anyone could be next. Which is why Gena is less than pleased to meet a strange but charming boy named Kalan who claims that they’ve not only met, but that Gena knows who the thief is.

The problem is, Gena doesn’t remember Kalan, she doesn’t remember seeing the thief, and she doesn’t know why she’s forgetting things— or how much else she might forget. As growing tensions between Mementi and ordinary humans drive the city of Havendale into chaos, Gena and Kalan team up to search for the thief. And as Gena loses more memories, they realize they have to solve the mystery fast.

Because Gena’s life is unhappening around her.

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Turn a concept that's as intricate and mysterious as a memory and change it to something tangible and everlasting, with a caper thrown in, and you have The Unhappening of Genesis Lee. Just the thought of losing your memory is scary, so when there's a society who can store their personal memories in jewelry, which can be easily stolen like any other item, it makes McArthur's sci-fi concept even more terrifying. The solid pacing, likable characters, and excellent psychology made this a blast to read. Grab your copy now:

Amazon     Barnes&Noble     IndieBound     BAM!

Congratulations, Shallee! I will gladly read your next book.

Doesn't this sound neat? How cool would it be to wear memories and never forget them? How scary would it be to have them stolen?

I'm David, and look who had their launch party at my library!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

IWSG: Alive Or Dead? The State of the Author Blog

Need A Little Support?Thanks to Alex J. Cavanaugh, the Insecure Writer's Support Group gives bloggers a monthly chance to express their concerns, worries, and insecurities without fear of reprisal. It's a seriously big group now, and with well over 300 participants, it shows no signs of slowing down! I'd like to thank Alex for keeping this group going for so long, as it has proved wonderful in the supporting of fellow authors and the revealing of needed and sound advice.

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Before I get into this, I should tell you that Goodreads is offering a giveaway for 20 COPIES of Woven! If you're a goodreader, or if you have been looking for a good excuse to join, now is your chance.

Also our first major review for Woven is in, and it's a good one! Go see what Kirkus Reviews said about our high-fantasy ghost story!

Now to the insecurity ...

I went to a launch party a few weeks ago, and met author friends who I haven't seen in a while, online or in person. We talked about blogging and the current state of the Blogosphere. Our observations had come to the same conclusion: we blog way less now. Some authors there hadn't blogged in months. If you do a Google search, you'd be surprised how many "Is Blogging Dead?" links there are.

So, then. Is the era of author blogging dead? Let me weigh in:

There's no solitary explanation for this turn of the tide. Just factors. When I started this blog, I was a budding young writer, stoked from my first writing conference. I was also the father of one infant. My job wasn't demanding, and my chosen BS courses came easy to me. I was also a renter. I had free time on my hands. Lots of free time.

Fast forward to today. I'm a father of three. I own a house. I'm not in college anymore, but that BS degree landed me a good job that's ten times more demanding than school was. On top of that, my first book will be out soon. There is a demand for more. Free time I have not.

I can imagine that many of you have grown as well.

We jumped on this blogging business because word had spread that "agents will look us up" and "we have to have an online presence" should we wish to have a chance of being published; me included. That was my initial motivation. But in the long run, my motivation found cause in the community. For the first time, people got me. I wasn't alone in this crazy dream of being a writer. You have kept me going, even when I was begging for the self-inflicted torture to stop.

It's been a year since a paradigm shift rocked several aspects of my life; this hasn't stopped me from visiting blogs. Some have gained momentum and are still going strong. Others ceased before they got going. Some are no longer with us. The blogosphere is going through a sense of loss. But rest assured, regardless of what state our blogs are in, it's more than okay if higher priorities have taken its place.

Everyone's journey has their own pace. Take as long as you need.

For me, I've found success through being a friend first. I somehow lost sight of that, but I intend to make up for it. And that's why my NaNoWriMo goal is to visit every, single, person who has followed my blog and see what they are up to. What you are up to. I have already started. You are my crew. You helped build this. You had a hand in this, so what kind of captain would I be if I didn't check in on you?

Is the author blog dead? I don't know. But I'm going to find out.

What has been your observation about the Blogosphere in the last year? Is it still alive? Can we somehow revitalize the author blog? 

I'm David, and why did this guy have to make Pinocchio scary?

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Woven News: Three Months Until Release, Goodreads and Facebook Pages, and Much More Coming Soon!

Hey ghost fans! This will be short; got to get the bridge decked out for All Hallow's Eve with candy and zombie-shaped meatloaf. You'd be surprised how many lifeforms come knocking on our hull. It's a mystery how they fit their costumes inside those space suits ...

The big news is that WOVEN is getting closer and closer towards fruition. In three months, it will be out for the world to hold. It's a very exciting time for the Laire. The crew is thoroughly ecstatic!

If you're not already following Woven on Facebook, you're more than welcome to check it out. We'll be posting most of our updates there, which may include author and review blurbs, comments from young readers, and super-secret news that might disembody your spirits!

JK, guys ... We want you to live so you can enjoy the book. :)

If you happen to be a Goodreader, check out Woven on Goodreads, and, if you'd like, add it to your list (in case there's a giveaway).

I really must, and want, to thank those who have read or are reading the early copy. The reception you're giving this labor of awesome is more than we could've hoped for. And we're just getting started.

This is where I leave you for now. Be sure to have a safe weekend, my friends. Don't let ghouls and spooky things raid your candy or smash your carved orange squashes. They make for good pies!

I'm David, and this Halloween, I'm going to party till I drop ...