GOAL! Make The Black Star of Kingston an Amazon Hit on Kindle. In order to….Raise its visibility for readers on Amazon. In order to…Introduce lots of people to the Old Natalia trilogy and, thus, the new book! HOW? Easy… You spend 99 cents and grab it on Kindle.You rank it five stars.Let me know you're at mission accomplished stage in the comments for a chance to win one of TEN … [Read more...] about Operation Black Star Rising: Uncle Sam Needs YOU!
Hello Again, There's a lot of buzz about the possibility of a movie version of The Green Ember, but there is more to be excited about right now! I’m writing to say that my new book, Ember Falls (The Green Ember Book 2), is available for preorder from Amazon. It will ship September 13th! (Cool people say "drops." Trust me, I heard someone in California who was certifiably cool say this.) You can … [Read more...] about Ember Falls Into Our Hands: The Highly-Anticipated Green Ember Sequel Is Ready To Drop
I'm grateful to say that The Green Ember has accumulated a number of positive reviews from magazines, blogs, on Amazon, and from my Mom. I'm sort of astonished at how many five-star reviews there are on Amazon. As grateful as I am for those, none can compare with the following review from Amazon UK. Yes, the United Kingdom, home to such scribes as William Shakespeare, C. S Lewis, and a few others … [Read more...] about I Can Be Mature and Bookish, So There: The Best Review, Like, Ever
I have cemented my position as the Award-Losing Author by failing to win World Magazine's Children's Book of the Year. The Green Ember finished as a runner-up. As you may or may not know, I was a finalist for the West Virginia Fiction Award several years ago...and lost. I've included, "award-losing author" in most of my bios ever since. Now I have more reason to. The streak goes on. All (or … [Read more...] about The Award-Losing Author Strikes (Out) Again
Are you sick of this picture yet? The Green Ember is…Kind of a Hit? Shew! This has been a little bit bonkers. Somehow we continue to see more and more kids and families find our story. I’m so grateful to all of you. You are the people making that happen. I hesitate to use the word “hit,” but thanks to you, I don’t know what else to say. We just received our third printing (and twice as many in … [Read more...] about Is This Book a Hit?, Dear Diary, Black Star News, Help Me If You Can, And More: Let’s Blast April To Smithereens!
This will be exclusively available here and ONLY today, 4/1/15. We are very excited to announce a new partnership with Disney/LucasFilms to bring a new edition of The Green Ember. Limited supply. GET YOUR COPY HERE! Thanks, Will Silander. … [Read more...] about Announcing a New Edition of The Green Ember AVAILABLE TODAY ONLY
Hello! I’m delighted to be sharing this newsletter with you. It has updates on my next book(s), a link to a recent interview I did, and fewer jokes about essential oils than ever! Like the lemming said to the other lemming, let’s jump right in. The Pods That The Pigs Did Eat I want to share my news about upcoming books, but first this. I was thrilled to be the guest on the most recent episode … [Read more...] about Third Printing, New Book News, I Pod, Author Talks, & More or Less…Let’s Blast March To Smithereens
Reading. Regan. Really funny. … [Read more...] about Brian Regan on Reading Goodly
"Join me, and together we can rule the galaxy as author and reader!" --Sam Sith Great news! Our book is back in stock at Amazon. FINALLY! We've been waiting for this for a while. I'm sorry for those who had to wait. Get your own copy now! And if you're not signed up for my newsletter, please do right here. It'll be worth it. It's fun. Ya gotta believe me, ma! And while you're there, how about … [Read more...] about “Join me, and together we can rule the galaxy as author and reader!” –Sam Sith
January News Hallo! We are literally having a blast. You are being blasted to Smithereens. Or I am blasting to Smithereens. Somebody is exploding here. #Smithereens #Blast #Successing It’s all happening. November and December were bananas and we were not quite able to keep up with demand and have over and over run out of stock on Amazon. Good problem, sure. We finally, after much travail, have … [Read more...] about BLAST TO SMITHEREENS: Audiobooks, Stock, & My Wild Foray Into the Teeth of the Essential Oils Cartel
This is fantastic. It is the dedication featured in Plum's autobiography, Over Seventy. It rivals his near-perfect comments on critics. HT: The Literary Interest. What a fellow! … [Read more...] about The Best Ever Book Dedication by the Inimitable P. G. Wodehouse
Since there's an epidemic of DIY spirituality among us ("You say that like it's a bad thing!"), I began to consider the logical, progressive consequences. This led me to the inevitability of...people basing their religion on Vanilla Ice. The three main tenants of the faith would be Stopping, Collaborating, and Listening. But we must go deeper. Here's The Ice, Ice Baby Catechism, with … [Read more...] about The Ice, Ice Baby Catechism