I think Europe said it best…

Come hell or high water I am uploading the files this week!  Book Four of the Oz Chronicle is here… well, it’s here at my house.  I’m making my last rewrites tomorrow, and should have all the pieces in place to start turning the publishing wheels that will make ti available to all of you who have waited so patiently.  It is here.

Now, I’ll let the band Europe express this moment in a song.

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Free Copies of The Land of the Dead, Book Four of the Oz Chronicles

Free Copies of The Land of the Dead

Just a quick note because I’m winding down on the rewrites for Book Four of the Oz Chronicles.  It will be out soon.  I’m going to give out five signed copies before they are available for sale.  Haven’t worked out the details yet, but I let you know how you can get one soon.

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Theodore Roosevelt – Lost Days Celebrity of the Day

Just try and take Teddy's favorite book. I dare you.

Teddy once wrote about Bigfoot in his book Wilderness Hunter so it just makes sense that he’s a fan of my Bigfoot tome Lost Days.  Here he’s pictured clutching a copy of the book like someone may come along and steal it at any moment.  I wanted to Photoshop this image, but Teddy himself requested that I use the original image.  Of course, he was carrying a big stick and speaking very softly when he made the request.

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Alec Baldwin – Lost Days Celebrity of the Day

Hey, Alec, you're in my light.

My buddy Alec and me hanging at a book fair talking literature and Photoshop.  Alec insisted on getting his picture taken with his favorite book.  He couldn’t care less if I got in the shot or not.  When I tried to explain to him that without me there would be no book, he reluctantly agreed to let me be in the photo.  He’s such a kidder.  We broke out into a tickle fight right after this picture was taken.  You probably can find the video on Youtube.

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Guillermo del Toro – Lost Days Celebrity of the Day

Guillermo del Toro hugs his favorite book Lost Days.

Upon hearing that Spielberg and Scorsese are fighting over the film rights for Lost Days, Guillermo del Toro proclaims, “Dude, did you see Pan’s Labyrinth?  I could totally rock this book and the entire Oz Chronicles series, too!”  To which I say, “Yes you could, Mr. del Toro.  Yes you could.”

Of course, I said this after spending a few quality minutes playing around with Photoshop.

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Bo Obama – Lost Days Celebrity of the Day

The First Dog and His Favorite Book

Bo Obama is photographed walking the White House grounds with his favorite book Lost Days to promote canine literacy.  When asked why Lost Days was his favorite book, he barked.

What? He’s a dog.  What did you expect?

Next up for Bo?  He’s taking an adult continuing education class in Photoshop?  When asked why, he barked.

We’ve been over this.

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Book Tests Legendary Filmmakers Friendship; Spielberg vs. Scorsese – Lost Days Celebrities of the Day

Spielberg Fights Scorsese For Lost Days Film Rights

Steven Spielberg yanks a copy of Lost Days from Martin Scorsese and playfully declares “The film rights are mine, Marty.”  Scorsese was seen phoning his buddy Francis Ford Coppola immediately following this picture was taken and asking him if he could walk him through the “Making him an offer he can’t refuse” negotiation technique again.

I was asked what I thought about this development, but unfortunately, I was too busy testing the limits of Photoshop, and had no idea this was going on at the time.

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Book 4 of the Oz Chronicles Update – (Land of) the Dead

The title will most likely just be "The Dead."

UPDATE: IT’S HERE!!! It’s coming. Cross my heart.  Stick a needle in my eye.  This one is a mixture of total fiction, and fictionalized fact.  The Destroyer in this one is a creep’s creep.  I intensely don’t like him, and he’s based on a real guy, Albert Fish.  Fish was a real boogeyman who ate children from about 1910 to the mid 1930’s. He bragged that he got kids in every state.He’s nasty and vile and the scariest bad guy Oz has come up against.  The more I read about him the more I wish I could go back in time and throw the guy off the Empire State building. He’s an evil, evil man.   Hope Oz can take him out. 🙂

I thought we’d be ready to go with Book 4 by March, but that didn’t happen, so I pushed it to April/May.  I’ll hit May definitely.

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Sarah Jessica Parker – Lost Days Celebrity of the Day

The SJP enjoying her favorite pastime, shopping, while carrying her favorite book, Lost Days!

Hermes handbag, check.  Classic Bruno gloves, check.  Dolce and Gabanna sunglasses, check. Copy of Lost Days by R.W. Ridley, check.  Photoshopped image, check.

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Abraham Lincoln Kept His Favorite Book in His Hat – Lost Days Celebrity of the Day

President Lincoln with General McClellan and his Favorite Book.

This is a rare photo revealing that President Lincoln did actually have something under his hat.  The Great Emancipator sits in a command tent with General George B. McClellan talking about the war, politics and Abe’s favorite book, Lost Days.  You know that this picture has to be real because it was taken way before Photoshop was even invented.

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