Kindle – A Contest to Win Oprah’s Favorite Gadget

Win a Kindle!

Win a Kindle!

Okay, a couple of months ago I posted a poll to see what prize you guys would prefer to win in an “Oz Chronicles” competition. The Kindle won over Playstation 3, Xbox 360, the Wii, and iPhone. And this was way before Oprah made the Kindle cool. So the Kindle it is. There will be only one winner, and I’m still working out the details. What I know so far is that the competition will center around five questions pertaining to The Takers: Book One of the Oz Chronicles. I will be providing the PDF for free download on this blog soon for a limited time, but if you want to get a jump start, you can get the book on Amazon today.

Why am I doing this? I’ll let you decide with this really lame excuse to use the new WordPress poll function.

If you’re interested in receiving a notice when the contest begins, please send an email to with the subject line: Loop me in on the Kindle contest

Best Question of the Night

His feet were this big.

His foot was this big.

I forgot to mention this in my last post.  One of the Boy Scouts asked me “What was the first book you ever wrote?”  I told him that I wrote a book about Bigfoot a long time ago, and he looked at me wide-eyed and asked, “How big was his foot?”

Scouts and Books

I just did an appearance at a Boy Scout gathering in Daniel Island, SC.  I had a great time, and I really enjoyed all the kids’ questions.  I do a lot of talks and presentations for adults, and I never break a sweat.  I don’t have a fear of public speaking like most people, but for some reason, I get really nervous speaking to a group of kids.  These Scouts and their friends were very well behaved and courteous, so I settled in very quickly and just had a grand old time. 

My Favorite Book When I Was a Kid

My Favorite Book When I Was a Kid


They did ask me what my favorite book was when I was a kid.  I told them Durango Street by Frank Bonham.   It’s about an inner city kid that is trying to make it on the mean streets of LA.  It was written in the 60’s way before gang’s were a popular theme in movies and literature.  Now, if that subject matter is a little to stark for you, I also mentioned a Hardy Boys novel, The Twisted Claw by Franklin W. Dixon.  I read it a long time ago, and I can’t remember the plot, but I do remember not being able to put the book down. 

Thanks to the Scouts, their leaders, and their families.



Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse

The creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel is returning to television with a new sci-fi series.  Joss Whedon is teaming up with Eliza Dushku with a new Fox vehicle titled Dollhouse.  Here’s the pitch:

DOLLHOUSE focuses on a secret organization that employs “Actives” — a group of operatives who have their memories and personalities wiped clean so they can be imprinted with new ones, allowing them to take on various missions for hire.

And for your viewing pleasure, here’s a trailer for the new series: