Rain, rain, rain, sun, rain, rain, rain.

The Sentinel first edition hardbacks have started coming in.  Started coming in you say? It's a long story, but I ended up saving almost $1.50 a book by placing separate orders. The book company said it was a convenience fee to have them all shipped together.  I felt it was more convenient to save $, so the first box is here, and I've shipped out and started delivering the first fourteen. If you are sad that you missed out on the first editions you may be in luck.  Hardbacks ship in orders of fourteen, so, I'm going to have six extras that will be in this first run.  So, I have six signed first editions left... For now.

In more news.  The Sentinel is available for $6.99 digital pre-order everywhere!  Amazon, B&N, Ibooks, Smashwords, Kobo, and other online retailers. Everything is coming together really quickly and for the most part the process is smooth.  

In even more news.  To help promote the launch of The Sentinel, Rex Chase will be available for download on Amazon for a paltry $.99 for a week during the month of September.  So, if you haven't ever downloaded the book you can get it at a pretty steep discount September 12-19th. I really need to build up those reviews guys!

AND, in the final extra super triple octuple announcement I also have a Goodreads giveaway starting now through September 26th.  I'm giving away four paperback copies of Ma'iitso Rises that I have leftover.  Sign in to Goodreads.  Get an account.  Get a free book.  Leave me reviews!  Please!

Onto the blog!

I've been so busy with this whole book rollout thing, and setting up internet promotions, and doing the dishes, and cleaning the bathroom, and doing some laundry, and trying to figure out where the water is leaking in my basement at, and how I can make that not happen, and teaching a little school here and there, and still getting in some hours behind the bar, and noticing that I'm starting to get kinda chunky again so I need to watch what I eat a bit and maybe workout a little, and playing some metal drums because it makes me sweat a lot and gets my heart rate up all while making my brain work which passes the time a lot more quickly than other kinds of exercise, and then putting my kick beater through the kick drum head which caused me to have to go to the store and buy a new one which was more expensive than I thought it would be but it sounds great so that's good, and being more than a little perturbed that when I was in grade school and high school I'm pretty sure I never brought home a lick of homework, and I mean never, but now that I have kids in school they always bring home homework and some of it is for me, which sucks because the reason I got my work done at school when I was a kid was because I hated doing it at home and it turned out I was a relatively bright student, got a 31 on my ACT, and my parents didn't have to do any of my homework, or any of their own homework, which I would have brought home for them, although maybe they're just doing this to get me ready for college, or something, I'm not sure.  

Whew, that felt good.  I haven't busted out a great run-on like that in a long time. I'm pretty sure it's a fragment too.  That's one of the beauties of this blog.  Passive writing will be laid down by me if I feel like it. Quickly and beautifully typed, magnificently rendered adverbial phrases are fine too.  Was that two spaces between sentences?  Yep.  That's the way I was taught and I didn't even know it was TECHNICALLY wrong until not too long ago and that is one tough, tough habit to break.  I mean, I know this guy who used to be a heroin addict, and I suppose he still is, but he hasn't used in many, many, years, but even he can't stop putting two spaces behind a period at the end of a sentence.  

Where was I going with all this?  Oh yeah, I kind of forgot about doing a blog and as I mulled over ideas this morning, it hit me. People will understand being real busy and forgetting about something. Sometimes, before my boys wanted to ride the bus, my oldest would have a half day of school, and I'd forget, then be running to the car and flying to the school to pick him up, and it would be just him and sometimes another kid, but usually just him, and I was the only degenerate parent incapable of remembering half days. I'd feel bad for a second, and he would scold me, and then we'd go home. You know what else I'm bad about forgetting? Putting my shoes away when I get home. I walk in the door, take them off, and just leave them lying there. All I really need to do is open the closet doors right there like I make everyone else do, and kick my shoes off, but that thing is already pretty full anyway and I need my shoes out. At least that's what I'm going with. I also forget to floss a lot of the time. Well, that's not a complete truth. I almost always remember to floss, but for some reason I'll think about it, and not do it. I wonder why? I mean, it takes less than a minute, it's really good for my teeth and gums, and it's not like the cost of floss is prohibitive. Certainly not like the cost of making cheeseburgers. I'm thinking about sneaking a few cows into the reservoir behind my house.  There's plenty of grass back there that needs eaten and I could use a good source of cheap beef. We're almost exclusively a chicken family now, and it isn't that we can't afford the beef, it's kind of on principal. I mean, it wasn't that long ago you could get a pound of tube burger for ninety-nine cents on the reg.  Now you're lucky to get that garbage for $3.50 and in my old age I've gotten kind of fond of the butcher shop beef which has gone  from $4.00 to $5.50 in the last year. Maybe we've been over hunting cows? At least pumped up steroid chicken breasts can still be found for $1.60-$2.00 a pound fairly regularly. Speaking of cheap steroid chicken, my wife and I went on a grocery shopping trip last week, and we went with an actual plan, and we walked out of the store with an entire basket filled to overflowing with antibiotic steroid chicken ($1.69 lb), Totinos pizzas and eggrolls that the kids love (79 cents a piece), generic cheerios ($1.20 a BIG box), Prego spaghetti sauce (99 cents each), and a bunch of other stuff.  I mean the place didn't end up owing us money like those extreme couponers, but we felt pretty good about ourselves.

So, now here I sit, rain pouring down outside, which I don't mind because I planted a bunch of grass down on the farm last weekend, although I'm not sure it needs this much rain, but I'm sure it won't hurt, although it is kind of bad for my basement leak, but I need to fix that anyway, and where do we live anyway, Seattle, I mean usually I get to stop mowing my brown lawn in July and August, but not this year, trying to decide what I should do for a blog this week. Maybe I'll be able to decide by next week.

Summary:

1: Your extra super mega last chance at a first run signed hardcopy is virtually gone.  Make it happen today.

2:  The Sentinel is available for digital pre-order on Amazon, B&N, Ibooks, Kobo, Smashwords and the like.  Stay tuned for more info.

3:  Rex Chase will be available for $.99 download on September 12-19th.  If you don't have one, get one, and leave a review.  I need em.

Have a happy September 10th!

Posted on September 10, 2014 .