I apologize for the lack of activity around here the last week or so. I’m on a work trip and for some reason I have a hard time writing when I’m not in my own work space. And even worse, I have a hard time laying out blog posts. Who knows? In any case, here are the rest of the winners for Debut Authorpalooza. I want to thank the authors again for their awesome posts, and more importantly, their awesome novels. Thanks also to everyone who participated!
Here are the winners:
Miserere: An Autumn Tale by Teresa Frohock
Mieneke van der Salm, Netherlands
The Emperor’s Knife by Mazarkis Williams
Mia C., Elmhurst, New York
Ken F., Flagstaff, Arizona
The Winds of Khalakovo and The Straits of Galahesh
by Bradley P. Beaulieu
Sandino S., Bulgaria
The Alchemist of Souls by Anne Lyle
Doug S., Chandler, Arizona
Elias C., Spain
GRAND PRIZE WINNER
Sharon R., Davenport, Iowa
I’m sure Sharon is wondering what she’s won exactly.
… Read the rest
Debut Authorpalooza was a two week event celebrating some of my favorite debuts from the last eighteen months. I posted guest posts from all the authors about their experience writing their second books and included an excerpt from their work in progress. All the authors chipped in books to giveaway, including a massive grand prize giveaway. Thanks to the god of random draw, one gentleman won twice. Since I didn’t prohibit it in the rules… well… lucky guy!
Here are the winners from the first week of authors!
Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence
Brandon Z., Williamsport, PA
Ally R., Australia
God’s War and Infidel by Kameron Hurley
Mark S., Bloomington, Indiana
Paul W., Roseville, Minnesota
Songs of the Earth by Elspeth Cooper
Brandon Z., Williamsport, PA
Elton P., Canton, Georgia
The Whitefire Crossing and The Tainted City by Courtney Schafer
Chris H., Apple Valley, Minnesota
Mikael S., Sweden
Rebekah K., Morrisville, North Carolina
Of Blood and Honey by Stina Leicht
Scott C., Canada
Josh M., Perry, Utah
Check back tomorrow for the second half of the winners!… Read the rest
This has been a long week. My father-in-law was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer a few weeks ago and this past Thursday he had surgery to remove it. Thankfully, the tumor was located in the head of the pancreas which allows for a surgical procedure known as the Whipple. Without boring everyone with the gory details, it’s an amazing operation that basically rewires the entire digestive system removing parts of the pancreas, stomach, and small intestine. For patients lucky enough to catch the cancer before it spreads, the Whipple is a life saving operation.
|From my daughter’s Christening.
I’ve spent most of the last four days at Johns Hopkins. I can’t explain how blessed we feel to live 45 minutes from the hospital where this surgery was perfected. Dr. John Cameron, the man responsible for it, has done 2,000 of them himself. For a cancer as rare as this, that’s a mind numbing total.… Read the rest
Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there. I try not to under appreciate mine. This holiday has become increasingly complex for me in recent years. Mom, wife (mother of my child), and mother-in-law. It’s a triumvirate that used to be a single. I’m not complaining, but it seems like they’re ganging up on me. Right?
in any case, I just got back from brunch the family and I’m a lucky guy.
Yes, that’s Diego. No this photo wasn’t from brunch. How awesome would that be? No, that’s not me inside the suit, nice try though. Do I look like I can pull off the one strap backpack? Please.
I also pulled the winners of the recent “clear the shelves” giveaway! The winners are:
Kevin, NC, USA
Galena, MI, USA
Elias, Oviedo, Spain