Well, That Was Fun!

file0001908942502“What was fun?” you may ask. The answer calls for a list:

1) My three-book, three-day giveaway. Who needs Rafflecopter? Someone who takes this seriously, probably, and processes hundreds of entries. As for me, I had no difficulty handling the dozens of entries I received. I met a few new people and had the privilege of sending Book 1 to two new visitors to Gannah, as well as the third book in the series to a friend who’s already read the first two.

2) My month-long, two-book giveaway on Goodreads, which was entered by hundreds. But Goodreads’s computers did the work, and all I had to do was pack up the books and send them to the winners. I have five copies of Words in the Wind and five of Ransom in the Rock ready to go out in the mail tomorrow. It’s exciting that new people — readers I don’t personally know — are learning about Gannah.

3) Staying with our two youngest grandkids for two days while the rest of the family was away. They were wonderfully well-behaved and gave Craig and me no trouble at all.

4) Learning that my son and daughter-in-law who recently moved to Maryland, and lived with us for a couple of months while looking for a place of their own, are moving back to Ohio. They came here for a job, and are leaving for the same reason — a different job. They haven’t even finished unpacking yet from their last move, and now they’re going to have to do it all over again. Argh!

5) Meeting (virtually) an interesting person who wrote a non-fiction book I recently read and reviewed.

6) Having replacement windows installed. And, shortly after contracting for that, learning that we need a new furnace as well. Money, money, money.

7) Speaking of money, receiving my first payment from the Amazon KDP e-book program for the four (count ’em, 4) ebooks I sold the first month Ransom was available. Yep, I’m rakin’ in the money so fast, I hardly know how to spend it all.

8) Two recent occurrences so strange that I don’t feel comfortable describing them in a public format.

An aside to #8): A couple weeks ago, I finally read Frank Peretti’s This Present Darkness. Yeah, I know, it’sthis Present Darkness a classic of Christian speculative fiction that positively everyone read years ago, but I never did. Until recently. I didn’t particularly care for it, but I was glad to have read it so I can know what it’s about.

The thing I most object to is the cartoonesque portrayal of angels and demons. I have no doubt these beings are real and do, in fact, play a role in the events of this world. But I don’t think any of us have any concept of how they work, behave, think, make war, or anything else. Moreover, I don’t think we have any business speculating about it.

However… the two above-mentioned recent occurrences serve to remind me that we are, in fact, engaged in a deadly serious spiritual warfare, even if that warfare looks nothing like it does in novels.

9) Coming on the heels of this great awful weirdness, a pointed but gentle answer to prayer. Yep. God hears ’em. And it makes Him smile to answer.

Just as we can’t know just how the demons do their dirty work and the angels commit their heroics, we can’t fathom the goodness of God — nor His absolute, unalterable, inconceivable greatness. However the stories of our individual lives may play out, God is good, and no one and nothing can move Him from His perfect purposes.

And, for one final fun thing this evening,
10) Hearing from an old friend, who made a random comment to an ancient blog post.

There is so much more to life than writing fiction that I’m almost beginning to lose interest in it, despite having a new story simmering in my mind. But rest assured, I still have every intention of wrapping up the Gannah series this fall.

Remember the last line of Words in the Wind? If you have the book, go take a look-see.

 

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We Have The Winner (times three)!

file0001699656351As I’ve been promising for the past three days, I put all the entrants’ names into a plastic bucket this morning and pulled out three.

(Insert drumroll here)

The winners are:

1) C. P. Bialois (who entered by tweeting)

2) Brenda Pace (who entered by leaving a comment)

3) Jil Getner (who also left a comment)

I’ll be contacting each of these directly to see which book they’d like and where to send it.

Meanwhile: thanks to all the others who entered. And I mean that; I truly appreciate your interest in Gannah and your support for my writing addiction.

If you’d like to try again, I’m doing a Goodreads giveaway during the month of June. That involves only Words in the Wind and Ransom in the Rock, and because Goodreads is huge, there will be a lot more competition for the five free copies I’m giving away of each of those titles. But you’re certainly welcome to hop over there and enter there, too.

There’s also the option of buying them from Amazon, of course. If you’re in Tuscarawas County, Ohio, you’ll find all three titles for sale at Dayspring Christian Bookstore on West High in New Philadelphia. Both the Dover and New Philadelphia public libraries have the first two books available, and if you ask, they’ll probably buy the third for you. (Please do, in fact!)

Congratulations to the three winners, and thanks once again for helping to keep Gannah growing!

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Win a Trip to Gannah (times three)! DAY 3

DSCN5865What  a peach of a deal! A free trip to Gannah for three lucky winners!

Tomorrow, I’ll draw three names. I’ll contact them to offer any of the three titles in the Gateway to Gannah series they’d like to receive.

If the winner lives in the US, he or she can choose either a print or e-book; otherwise, only e-books are available. (Sorry, but those shipping costs are a killer.)

You have three ways to enter:mf679

1) Comment. Leave a comment on this blog, and be sure to include your email address. You’ll receive one entry each day you do this.

2) If you’re on Twitter, tweet about it. The easiest way to do that is by clicking on the “t” symbol under “Share This” at the end of the post. When the automatic Tweet comes up, delete “I like” and instead write: “Win a #FREE #book on @yanderson101’s blog.” (Make sure you leave the link to YsWords.) This gives you another chance to win — one entry per day that you do this (not one entry per tweet!).

3) Tell your Facebook buddies, making sure to mention me so I’ll be able to reward you. (You can use the Facebook button on the “Share This” bar at the bottom of this post.) You’ll earn one entry per day that you do this.

The first day of this three-day giveaway, I provided a brief description of each book. Yesterday, I gave you a paragraph from each to whet your appetite. Today, I’ll share the first sentence and the last word of each:

 

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First sentence: Dassa trudged through the Ayin Forest across a crusted snow, her weary steps fueled by the nearness of her goal.

Last word: smiled.

 

 

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First sentence: “End.”

Last word: end.

 

 

 

Ransom in the Rock

First sentence: Her chest tight with dread, Lileela opened the closet.

Last word: belonged.

 

 

I hope these little snippets have enticed you. If you’re interested, make sure to leave a comment so you’ll at least have one chance to win. Telling your friends about the giveaway will increase your odds.

Good luck! I’ll draw the names and announce the winners tomorrow.

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Win a Trip to Gannah (times three)! DAY 2

three windowsThree windows of opportunity!

Well, the first one’s closed, but there are still two left. That’s right, two more days in which to enter to win a free book.

You heard me right: today and tomorrow, you have the opportunity to win a free trip to Gannah. On Wednesday I’ll draw the names of three lucky winners, each of whom will be able to receive their choice of the three titles in the Gateway to Gannah series.

If the winner lives in the US, he or she can choose either a print or e-book; otherwise, only e-books are available. (Sorry, but those shipping costs are a killer.)

Three books will be given away, and you have three ways to enter:file000185159942

1) Comment. Leave a comment on this blog, and be sure to include your email address. You’ll receive one entry each day you do this.

2) If you’re on Twitter, tweet about it. The easiest way to do that is by clicking on the “t” symbol under “Share This” at the end of the post. When the automatic Tweet comes up, delete “I like” and instead write: “Win a #FREE #book on @yanderson101’s blog.” (Make sure you leave the link to YsWords.) This gives you another chance to win — one entry per day that you do this (not one entry per tweet!).

3) Tell your Facebook buddies, making sure to mention me so I’ll be able to reward you. (You can use the Facebook button on the “Share This” bar at the bottom of this post.) You’ll earn one entry per day that you do this.

In case you haven’t had the opportunity to visited Gannah yet, let me give you some little snippets to whet your appetite. I’ll keep the theme of three and provide a paragraph from the third page of each book:

Stars coverThe sun still shined undimmed by clouds, but the shadow in her heart drew darker the closer she drew to the palace. Fear knotted in her chest, though she smelled no dangerous animals near nor sensed treacherous changes in the weather.

 

 

Words coverShe flopped backward onto her bunk. Deep weariness, the inevitable result of separation from her planet, made her bones ache. This was so pointless. Why had Pik insisted she come?

 

 

 

Ransom in the RockLileela pouted, a feat that never failed to impress the blank-faced Karkar. Especially when she managed to produce a few tears in the corner of her eyes, like she did now. “Why should that worry them? They’re rich, they own all of Gannah, but people there don’t use money. It wouldn’t burden them to keep me on Karkar the rest of my life.”

 

Interested? Make sure to leave a comment so you’ll at least have one chance to win. Then come back tomorrow and do the same thing. Telling your friends about the giveaway will increase your odds.

 

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Win a Trip to Gannah (times three)! DAY 1

DSC_4150_Iván_Melenchón_Serrano_MorgueFileThree doors of opportunity!

Today, tomorrow, and Wednesday (that’s June 16 through 18), I’m running a book give-away.

Because I never do things the normal way, I’ve decided against using RaffleCopter for this. (Are you familiar

Three? One for each of us?
Three? One for each of us?

with RaffleCopter? Do you despise it as much as I do, or am I just weird?)

So here’s what’s happening this weekend: I’m giving away three (3) books. The first three titles in the Gateway to Gannah series. And yes, meercats, that’s  one for each of you.

Moreover, you’ll have three ways to win.  To-wit:

file0001538344361) Leave a comment on this blog, and be sure to include your email address. You’ll receive one entry each day you do this.

2) If you’re on Twitter, tweet about it. The easiest way to do that is by clicking on the “t” symbol under “Share This” at the end of the post. When the automatic Tweet comes up, delete “I like” and instead write: “Win a #FREE #book on @yanderson101’s blog.” (Make sure you leave the link to YsWords.) This gives you another chance to win — one entry per day that you do this.

3) Tell your Facebook buddies, making sure to mention me so I’ll be able to reward you. (You can use the Facebook button on the “Share This” bar at the bottom of this post.) You’ll earn one entry per day that you do this.

Simple enough, right? For you it is. As for me, I have to record all the entries, print them out, and cut them up into little individual slips of paper. Yeah. ‘Cause I’m too stubborn to use an automated system.file1421235566707

Then on Thursday, I’ll put all the entries into a hat — okay, not  a hat, but a plastic bucket — and draw a name. Then I’ll draw another name. Not satisfied with that, I’ll draw a third. Each winner will receive his or her choice of the three Gannah books currently available. These can be print (for those who live in the US) or e-book (these, I can send anywhere). In fact, in keeping with the pattern of threes, I think I’ll offer those ebooks I mentioned in one of three formats: PDF, .MOBI, or EPUB. Does that suit you?

So, in case you’re not familiar with the three books I’m talking about, I’ll tell you a bit about them.

Stars coverBook 1: The Story in the Stars

Ancient Gannah was well on the way to taking over the whole galaxy, until the people of Karkar engineered a virus that stopped them in their tracks. Now, eight centuries later, the plague has struck again. When the League of Planets receives the distress signal, Karkar-born doctor Pik is ordered to find a cure, despite his hatred of the whole Gannahan race. By the time he arrives on Gannah, it’s almost too late; Dassa is the only survivor. And she has a mission of her own.

Dassa and Pik survive a pirate attack, unsafe starcraft, food poisoning, vicious beasts, and a plane crash. But the hardest part is enduring one another’s company. The Creator who wrote the story of redemption in the stars has commanded her to share it with her reluctant savior. That’s not all He expects of her, but the rest is unthinkable.

Words coverBook 2: Words in the Wind

Dassa’s landing craft crashes on Gannah 10,000 kilometers from the settlement just as a blizzard sets in. Injured, she takes refuge from the storm in Ruwach Gorge. In the ancient Gannahan language, ruwach means both “wind” and “spirit,” and Dassa’s not sure which meaning applies. Seeking food and shelter, she stumbles upon an old stronghold she recognizes from ancient legends—stories she’s been taught were myths. As she explores, she uncovers indisputable evidence that many things she thought she knew are in error.

At the settlement, her husband, Pik, must not only try to find her, but he also must take charge in her absence. Rebellious settlers and a wayward daughter make it difficult enough. But when the animals threaten to break the ancient treaty and resume the old Wildlife Wars, Pik’s hard-pressed to hold things together. He’s afraid that if he ever manages to find Dassa, she’ll have no home to return to.

Alone in the mysterious canyon where reality and fairytale are flipped, Dassa wonders the same thing. Though separated, she and Pik learn together whom to trust and what leads to death.

Ransom in the RockBook 3: Ransom in the Rock

How much is a life worth? And who will pay the price?

Fifteen-year-old Lileela returns from the planet Karkar, frothing with bitterness over what she perceives as abandonment by her parents. Why do they want her back now? And why does Karkar demand such a huge payment for delivering her? Neither she nor her family suspects that Karkar’s true motive is revenge. The tiny New Gannahan settlement has no hope of repelling an invasion – no hope, that is, except for One the Karkar can’t see.

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Okay, so there you have it. Make sure you leave a comment — tell all your friends about this give-away — and come back tomorrow and Wednesday for more chances to win!

 

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An Interesting Morning: The Short of It

file7811297827424I sometimes joke that I write novels because I’m too long-winded for short stories. I joke, but there’s a good bit of truth to it. I tend to ramble.

As I mentioned in a post back in February of 2013, I knowingly committed TMI while drafting The Last Toqeph, the fourth book in the Gannah series. Now, I’m trying to clean up the mess. After making substantial cuts (twice), I recently started at the beginning again to take another look, and–gracious! Every place I look I see redundancies, unnecessary explanations, and actions that add nothing but clutter.

To avoid that problem here, I’ll give you a succinct overview of my interesting morning.

I’ve been doing some guest spots on blogs lately in an attempt to get the word out about the release of Ransom in the Rock. On The Borrowed Book, we feature a different writer each week, and this time, it’s my turn. You can see my blabbering on Tuesday (when I talk about creating characters) as well as today (discussing my authorial so-called career).

But I’d thought I was also going to be interviewed on Novel Rocket today. When I sent in the interview, I thought it would be fun to refer readers here to Y’s Words for a three-day book giveaway campaign. So, thinking myself rather clever, as I prepared my Novel Rocket interview, I also scheduled three Y’s Words posts–one each for today, tomorrow, and Saturday–to correspond with it.

If you followed the link above to my spot today on The Borrowed Book and read my confession there, you know my usual morning routine. (If you didn’t read it, why not? Get over there and do it! Right now!) This morning when I got on my computer, I went over to The Borrowed Book to see my post there and pick up the link for tweeting, etc. But, wawk! It wasn’t up yet!

No big deal, it’s still early, I comforted myself. I’ll go over to Novel Rocket instead. But, wawk! Today’s post was up, but it wasn’t my interview; it was something else entirely. Well, the giveaway campaign on Y’s Words will be up and running, because I scheduled it myself. So I hopped over here. WAWK! All I saw was the same old “Rainy Day” post that’s been moping there since May 29.

By this time I was wawking like a flustered chicken. I knew I scheduled the first post about the giveaway to go live at 5 am this morning. I was positive. So I went to the Dashboard and took a look. I wasn’t crazy; it said it was scheduled for 5 am on June 12, 2014. Okay, it’s June 12, and it’s after 7:30 am. So where’s my post?!

Oh, wait… I was going to keep this short, wasn’t I? PSYCHE! (I can’t believe you fell for that. You’re so gullible.)

But I’ll skip the rest of the details and get to the end quickly. The Borrowed Book post did, in fact, go live shortly after I checked the first time; all’s well there.

And, I was mistaken about my Novel Rocket interview going up today. The actual date is next Monday, June 16. So, thankful my post here didn’t go live today as I’d planned, I rescheduled the three-day giveaway campaign for June 16 -18.

Fly through the Gateway to Gannah for some serious sci-fi adventure!
Fly through the Gateway to Gannah for some serious sci-fi adventure!

Moreover, I realized I do, in fact, have another guest post up. Just not at Novel Rocket. It’s a devotional, not an interview, and it’s on Kimberly Rose Johnson’s blog. So while you’re at it, hop on over there and take a look at that one. You’ve got nothing else to do, right?

And come back Monday, when (with any luck) you’ll be able to enter to win a free trip to Gannah.

 

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