The New Délon City Kindle Cover Image (Vote)

I’ve never been thrilled with the cover for Délon City, so I’ve decided to use a different one for the Kindle version.  If it goes over well, I’ll change it for the print version as well.  What do you think?

A New Cover for Délon City?

Cast your vote!

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Red Adept’s Review of The Takers

Read Red Adepts review of The Takers

Read Red Adept's review of The Takers

Pardon this self-promotion post, but I guess that’s part of my job as an author with books on the market.  Red Adept has posted a review of The Takers on her blog, which is aptly named Red Adept’s Kindle Book Review Blog.  It’s a Kindle blog which means if you are a Kindle owner you can subscribe to her blog and get reviews of the latest and greatest titles available for the fancy-schmancy e-reading device.    I’m happy to say she gave The Takers five out of five stars.  Here’s an excerpt of her review:

It was difficult to find a stopping point in which to take a break while reading this novel. Every single bit of it is filled with tension and foreshadowing.

When I got to the very end, I thought I was going to be angry and disappointed, but the author managed to restore my faith with just one last sentence.

I am humbly gracious for the kind words.  It’s obvious Red Adept’s blog has a significant following because the Amazon ranking jumped considerably since she posted her review.  BTW – The Takers is availabe in both print and Kindle formats.

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My Book, The Takers ( Kindle Version)- I lowered the price to $1.99!!!!

The Takers Kindle Version - $1.99

The Takers Kindle Version - $1.99

This is a rare moment where I will talk book business on this blog. Happy to talk about my books anytime, but I usually don’t get into that “Buy Now” mode, but this is an exception. Of course, this only applies to Kindle Owners. The Kindle version of The Takers: Book One of the Oz Chronicles is now only $1.99. Why? Cause I want more people to read the book. Duh! (Wow, I just duh’d myself. Pretty pathetic.) Any-who… It’s available. It’s cheap. It’s a decent read (so I’ve been told).

The One Sentence Pitch: A 13-year-old boy wakes up to discover he is responsible for the end of the world!

The Genre: SciFi/Horror

BTW – I haven’t decided for sure yet, but this price is likely to be temporary!

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Win a Kindle 2 Contest

I’m extending the entry deadline for the “Win a Kindle 2 Contest.” Take note of the word “entry.” The drawing will still be on March 30, but the new deadline to get your correct answer to the qualifying question is March 22.

I am way behind on my emails and point tallies. Travel and my new book got in the way. I’ll plan the next contest much better next time. I’m going to try my hardest to get emails out to everyone by this Sunday.

Here are the details on the contest:

Qualifying Question: What species of nonhuman primate appears in the video?

Important Links:

The video –

The book: PDF –

The book: Paperback –

The official Kindle Contest email address is

To Qualify – Identify the type of primate in the video (chimpanzee, gorilla or orangutan). If you respond with the correct answer, you will be entered into the drawing. Please send me an email with the subject line “I know the primate.” If this is not the subject line, your answer will not be accepted. In addition, if you earned spread the word bonuses for the last competition and you provide the correct answer to the qualifying question, the spread the word bonuses will rollover to this drawing.

Names – You must provide your first and last name. If you did not enter the last Kindle Drawing please let me know in the email.

How to earn 10 bonus entries – Tell me the name of the character in the book that the primate in the video represents.

How to earn 5 bonus entries – Enter “Never say their name!” in the comment section of the Youtube page (not my blog). Put your first and last initial in comment section to identify yourself. Here’s an example of how it would look if I left a comment: “Never say their name! – RR”. Be sure to let me know in the email that you have entered the comment on Youtube so I can track your bonus points. In addition, make sure I know your initials.

Spread the word bonuses – for each person that sends me an email telling me you told them about the contest, you get a bonus entry. As was done for the last drawing, the people you are telling about the competition should have the subject line “Loop me in on the Kindle Contest” on their emails.

Kindles? – If the video receives 5,000 views, I will be giving away a second Kindle for this drawing. In this case, if you win the first one, you will not be eligible to win the second one.

How to be disqualified – if you give the answer to the qualifying question in any public forum, blog, message board, website and/ or email, I will disqualify you from the competition. How will I know? Trust me, I’ll know. I have found that the entrants themselves have been a great source of information.

Dates – Entries will be accepted until March 15 22. The actually drawing will be on March 30.

The Winner or the Kindle Contest Sends Photographic Proof of Her Kindled Euphoria!

Stephanie and her new pimped-out Kindle!
Stephanie and her new pimped-out Kindle!

I asked Stephanie, the winner of the Kindle drawing, to send me a picture of her enjoying the ultra-cool digital reader. Here she is with the Kindle to which she added her own style to make it uniquely Stephanie. Here’s what she had to say in her email:

I am attaching a photo of me and my much loved Kindle. You may notice that I have applied a wood burl patterned skin to the device.

The wood burl patterned skin is cool, but this could cause problems with termites… Sorry I didn’t have to go there, but I did.

Next week I will be announcing the new drawing. If you participated last time, you’ll be getting an email from me making the announcement and explaining the rules. If you would like to get the email alert, contact me at

The Kindle has arrived!

Amazon shipped the Kindle about 6 weeks ahead of schedule.  Yippee!  I’m going to ship it out to Stephanie, the contest winner, tomorrow.  I’m still planning on starting the new contest in February.  I’m planning on a blockbuster-headline-grabbing-blow-your-minds type twist.  DUN-DUN-DUNNNNNNN!

That, my friends, is what’s known as a cliff hanger in the storytelling business.  Or as I like to say, you’ve been cliffed.