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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Closing Out the Green Light Delivery Blog Tour


Want more? There's more!

I answer the burning question, "Why Did You Write That?"

Angelia Almos invites me to consider why I write sci-fi.

Bryan Thomas Schmidt lets me muse about the challenges that face the sci-fi novelist.

Would you like to buy the novel after reading all those interviews? You can get it from the publisher, on Amazon, or on Barnes&Noble.

Oh, and there's a Green Light Delivery public event coming up in a few weeks: I'll be reading and signing at Modern Myths Comic Shop in Northampton, MA, on July 21. More info here.


Thursday, June 21, 2012

So far, on the GREEN LIGHT DELIVERY blog tour...


The tour bus has made several stops already. If you'd like to catch up, here's a scooter and guidebook to help you out:

I was interviewed about the Green Light Delivery on The Qwillery. (And don't miss the giveaway for commenters!)

I was a guest of Matt Adams, discussing rogues and rascals.

I mused about fate and science fiction on Scalzi's Big Idea.

I cartwheeled Across the Plain of Shining Books, just to be funny.


Tuesday, June 19, 2012

GREEN LIGHT DELIVERY Launch Day is Here!


I'm officially a science fiction novelist! Green Light Delivery was released today by Candlemark & Gleam.
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Webrid is a carter, like his mother and grandfather before him. It's not glamorous work, but it pays the bills, and it gives him time to ogle the sexy women on the streets of Bexilla's capital. Mostly, he buys and sells small goods and does the occasional transport run for a client.

Then he gets mugged by a robot.

Now, with a strange green laser implanted in his skull and a small fortune deposited in his bank account, Webrid has to make the most difficult delivery of his life. He doesn't know who his client is, or what he's carrying, but he knows that a whole lot of very dangerous people are extremely interested in what's in his head. Literally. And they'll do whatever it takes to get it.

With the help of some truly alien friends, a simple carter will journey across worlds to deliver his cargo. And hopefully keep his head in the process. 

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You can purchase Green Light Delivery directly from the publisher, on Amazon, or Barnes and Noble.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Final Video for Green Light Delivery Launch Countdown!!


Tomorrow is launch day, so this is the end of the countdown! I thought we should finish with an actual alien. Klaus Nomi truly believed he was from Mars. (His mom thought he was from Austria.) Here's a nice little apocalyptic ditty to close things out.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

New Video for Green Light Delivery Launch Countdown. 2 Days to Go!



Going back a bit (ooh, time travel!) for our penultimate video. Julie London transports us to our favorite satellite. Webrid would like this.

Video #2. Julie London. Fly Me to the Moon. (TV appearance, 1964)

Saturday, June 16, 2012

New Video for Green Light Delivery Launch Countdown. 3 Days to Go!


Three more days until launch. Let's get some classical music into the countdown mix.

When I was a kid, Jupiter was my favorite planet. I was mesmerized by its swirling pinks and oranges. Gustav Holst, in his orchestral suite The Planets, calls Jupiter "The Bringer of Jollity."

Video #3. Holst. Jupiter from The Planets. (Sir Charles Mackarras conducting the BBC Philharmonic)

Friday, June 15, 2012

New Video for Green Light Delivery Launch Countdown. 4 Days to Go!

Feel like traveling from star to star? Let Rufus Wainwright take you there on a John Lennon interstellar vessel.

Video #4. Rufus Wainwright. Across the Universe (by John Lennon)

Thursday, June 14, 2012

New Video for Green Light Delivery Launch Countdown. 5 Days to Go!


Here's today's space-related countdown video. Remember, Mars ain't the kind of place to raise your kids.

Video #5. Elton John. Rocket Man (live, 2005)

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

New Video for Green Light Delivery Launch Countdown: 6 Days to Go!


Counting down to launch day with space-related music. Here's today's video, a song about the theory of relativity and how it affects time during a space voyage:

Video #6: Brian May (of Queen). 39. Live, acoustic, 2006.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Video Countdown to GREEN LIGHT DELIVERY Launch!



Seven days to go until Launch Day! I'll be adding a space-related music video each day to count down to launch, so please check back tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow...

Video #7: David Bowie. Space Oddity original video, 1969.

Friday, June 8, 2012

EBENEZER'S LOCKER giveaway winner announced!


Hello again, everyone! Or should I say, "Hellooooooo!"

Mulder the ghost has picked a winner for the Ebenezer's Locker ebook giveaway. (Okay, I may have helped him draw the name from the basket.)


Congratulations, Marva Dasef!! And thank you very much, everybody, for all your kind wishes at my online launch party.

Didn't win but you'd like to buy Ebenezer's Locker for yourself or for a tween in your life? You can get it directly from MuseItUp Publishing, or on Amazon.

Got Nook? Don't worry, it's coming soon to BN. To receive updates on that and other publication and appearance news, please like my Facebook Author Page.

Thanks again, folks. And remember, my sci fi novel Green Light Delivery launches June 19, so we'll be having another blog party. See you then!

Friday, June 1, 2012

Welcome to the Ebenezer's Locker Online Launch Party!

Hello! I'm so happy you could come to my e-book e-launch e-party.

Ebenezer's Locker, my paranormal mystery novel for tweens, has been released in all ebook formats from MuseItUp Publishing. At this moment, you can buy  from the publisher's website and at Amazon. It should be showing up on Barnes and Noble's website soon.

Want to be sure you don't miss any updates? Please "like" my Facebook Author page.

Synopsis:

A hundred years ago, Corbin Elementary School's building housed Dr. Ebenezer Corbin's School for Psychical Research. It seems that a couple of old spirits are still wandering the halls. It's up to Rhonda Zymler to find out what they want.

Ebenezer's Locker follows the adventures of Rhonda, a sassy sixth-grader who's having trouble finding her place and identity. Getting to know these spirits becomes Rhonda's quest. The more she digs, the more perilous her task becomes, and to complete it she must take two trips back in time. This story blends the realities of an economically-challenged modern American town with supernatural elements. What Rhonda finds not only gives her life a sense of purpose, but changes the fortunes of her entire town. 


Here's a little secret for ya: A sequel to Ebenezer's Locker is in the works. OoooOOOOoooo, more spirits are haunting the town of Marklebury, and another adventure awaits Rhonda Zymler and her friends!

And look, we have a special guest! My stuffed ghost, Mulder, stopped to show us his favorite book, Ghosts Who Went to School, by Judith Spearing. Oddly enough, this was also one of my favorite books when I was in about fourth grade. In fact, it was an inspiration for the writing of Ebenezer's Locker. (I'm hoping that Ebenezer's Locker will become Mulder's new favorite book.)



Here's a nice, creepy picture of a "spirit hand." In Ebenezer's Locker, Rhonda's neighbor, the psychic medium Tallulah Radley, describes how these were made. There were many interesting items and techniques used by psychics a hundred years ago, when Spiritualism was a favorite hobby in both Europe and America. Everybody and their sisters were having seances. Some psychics really believed they could see the future or speak to the dead. But others were cheats who invented tricks to dupe their clients. Tallulah can't stand those charlatans.



You've stayed at the party this long, so you deserve a reward. If you leave a message below that includes how to reach you by email, you'll be entered in a GIVEAWAY for a copy of Ebenezer's Locker. I'll announce the winner right here on my blog next Friday, June 8. The winner can choose the format he or she would like for the ebook.

But remember, if you can't wait to get your virtual paws on this virtual book, you can get it right away at MuseItUp Publishing or at Amazon.

Want to find out what else I've got coming up, see my calendar of appearances, or enjoy the nicest emerald-green background you're ever likely to see? Please check out my website.

Thanks so much for coming. May you be surrounded only by good spirits!