Saturday, October 18, 2014

Booksends Promotion of Flank Hawk

Gryphonwood Press is running promotion through Booksends for Flank Hawk.

If you're inclined, take advantage of the temporarily reduced price, use the direct links on the left (scroll down a little), or follow this link: Flank Hawk on Sale: Now Through this Weekend

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Flank Hawk on Sale: Now Through this Weekend


Gryphonwood Press has reduced the ebook price of Flank Hawk, the first novel in the First Civilization's Series to 99¢.

The reduced price ebook version is available via:

Flank Hawk at Amazon Kindle US (and other Amazon outlets including UK, Canada, Australia, France, Germany and more).

Flank Hawk at B&N Nook (starting Saturday)

Flank Hawk at Kobo (starting Saturday)

Sale runs:
Thursday, October 16th
Monday, October 20th.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Three Topics of Reading: Or What I'm Reading and Listening to at the Moment


Fitting in reading is always challenging for a writer, at least as one busy as me. But I think it's important. What would an engineer that designs automobiles say? "I don't have time to drive cars around on occasion, I'm too busy designing and building one."

Right now in ebook I'm reading: Assassin's Curse by Debra L Martin and David W. Small. It's a new series and authors for me. I'm about 45% through and while the storyline is predictable in some ways, in others it's turned out pretty twisty and interesting to read.

In print book I'm reading: Hawk by Steven Brust. This is his latest release in the Vlad Taltos series. I'm not very far along as I only have read the first 45 pages yesterday evening. It's a good start with action and a problem (or several) for Vlad, and I enjoy Vlad and his adventures, along with the regular recurring characters--especially Kragar, who, from the description, is supposed to play a decent role.

This is the 14th book in the Vlad Taltos series, with a number of other books written in the same world. Not the best to start off with, but all are available in ebook, print and audiobook. There were a couple in the series that were average reads, but those are compared to others written by Brust, who writes pretty darn well.

In audiobook, I'm listening to What's So Great about Christianity by Dinesh D'Souza and narrated by Jeff Riggenbach, Actually it's a 're-listening' as I've read it several times and this would be my third listen. Right, I re-listen to books often, especially when driving in my truck to work or elsewhere--and sometimes with my wife and family in my wife's Camaro. This book is a challenging read and listen. It makes you think and ponder--at least it does me. Each time through I remember what was discussed and get a little better grasp of the content.

Only 45 minutes of audio left. The number 45 (%, Pages, Minutes) is an interesting coincidence.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

ConCarolinas 2015: I'll Be There

My application to attend ConCarolinas 2015 as an Author Guest has been accepted and confirmed. I'm very much looking forward to the event, panels, and meeting readers.

I'll post more details, such as panels and additional guests, when they become available.

Here's the link if you desire more information about the times, location and guests to date: ConCarolinas 2015

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Fast Advice for Writers

Here's a bit of advice for writers just starting, beginning to chase down that dream:

"Write fast so you can outrun your doubts and insecurities."--David Wood, Author of the Dane Maddock Adventures

Saturday, October 4, 2014

This is What Often Slows this Writer Down

Includes: Essays, quizzes, review questions, and SPaG practice
Readers often ask what takes me so long to write another book.

Being an English Instructor, this is what I often face over the weekend. It discounts what I grade during the week, plus planning and all of the other tasks, including new State Mandated paperwork that does absolutely nothing to benefit students (but that's a whole nother post).

Plus, serving as a member of the Village Council means I have a packet to review this weekend for Monday's meeting, and e-course work. And some family activities and church.

But, you know what? I'll still hammer out some words and get closer to my work in progress being finished and released.

So, no complaints on my end. Just sharing a bit of what keeps me from writing those novel adventures readers are asking about (yes, pun intended).

Besides, from my understanding, my publisher is that, as an author, I am very fortunate.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Steven Brust Commentary on People

"Every once in while, a person will do something obvious and direct that is no more than it appears to be. I think they do it to throw you off." --Steven Brust