I grabbed this image of the Kindle app on my phone the other day:
So the number of dots under a book signifies the length of the book. The dots turn blue as you make progress through the book.
I thought that my trilogy of all three of my Contagious Magic books would stack up against one of George R.R. Martin’s huge “Song of Ice and Fire” books, but I still fell short.
But hey, it was really cool seeing my books right there next to the books of a best-seller like GRRM. Hope readers enjoy it as much as his stuff (and hey, I don’t kill off all my character like he does, so there!).
And hey, my trilogy clocks in at 692 pages, and weighs a solid 2.5 pounds. The trade paperback version, that is — the ebook version weighs not a thing! 🙂
Hello again! I know, two blog posts in one week — what gives?
Well, I just wanted to share two cool things with you related to the last book in the trilogy I just finished, A Lasting Cure for Magic. It’s actually been a twenty-year trip for these “Contagious Magic” books of mine.
I first started writing about the characters in these books when I was teaching junior high English and Reading way back in ’93. One day I assigned them some to do some descriptive writing of a person, and just for kicks I did the writing exercises along with the kids. I ended up writing about one of the characters in these books, Archie the homeless guy, also known as the “last sorcerer.” I guess it was a good exercise in descriptive writing… 🙂
This is just for a limited time, so grab a free digital copy while you can (you still have to pay for the paper version, alas). I figured this would be a great way for readers who are new to the series to jump on-board, without any risks. And of course, you’ll be hooked by the end of book one, and want to read more…
I read somewhere yesterday that when it comes to raising kids, “the days are long, but the years are fast.” It’s also true for my life right now, with two kids (5 and almost 8 years old already!), a wife, a full-time job, and my “other job” as a writer slash publisher slash everything else.
So I wanted to stop at the end of each month and look back. So here’s my first “This Past Month” post, for November 2012.
The Current Novel
First off, it’s been a really good month for getting work done on my current novel, A Lasting Cure for Magic. I keep a spreadsheet of my writing where I track the time of day I wrote, how many words and pages, and what I worked on that day. It’s great to look back on that spreadsheet for each month to see when I was most productive.
In what will be the first of hopefully many new audio versions of my novels and stories, I’m happy to announce that my all-ages contemporary fantasy novel A Sudden Outbreak of Magic is now an audiobook!
The novel is narrated by Chicago-based actress Alyson Grauer. She did a fantastic job with all the wild action in the book, as well as giving each character a specific voice. When I first heard how she read Maria Haze’s chapters, for instance, I got chills –she nailed it.
2012 has turned in the Year of Contagious Magic. Who knew?
Work has been progressing slowly but steadily here, as I get back into the swing of the 3rd novel in the CM series. I’ve gotten the opening nailed down, and just last Friday finished up chapter three. Woo!
It may not make a LOT of sense if you haven’t read the first 2 books, but I try to get folks up to speed quickly. This happens mostly in chapter 1, which is available along with the prologue and chapter 2 from the A Lasting Cure for Magicmain page.
Welcome to chapter One of my contemporary fantasy novel A Sudden Outbreak of Magic. In this chapter, we hit the mean, snowy streets of Dubuque, Iowa, with Kelley Strickland in the present as she uncovers some unexpected activities in a dark alleyway…
ASOoM is a novel for all ages about magic, growing up, and finding your place within those two very different realms.