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Glitter City Knights / Spring Castle Legacy — Art Piece

Post Views: 27 Blue day.Ouch day. So, Art day.WIP, but fun so far. Missing a couple of characters (hello, Reaper Twins?) and need to adjust scales of individual characters for better fit … but … it’s a start.I think it’s a good start. For those of you unfamiliar, any character done in black and white is dead; most likely a member of the Afterliving. Jessica (bottom right) is both color & BW because she’s technically both alive and dead at the same time; a Necromancer. Constance (bottom left, third from left) is almost luminescent / surrealist because she is so full of life / magic; a Magi. Both novel series are available at If you have read any of these novels, and recognize any of these characters,…

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From WriMo to WriMo

Post Views: 480 After a bit of tumultuous trip, the second book in my “Sauder Diaries” series, titled “A Bloodier Rose” is now available via both and In addition, the Print On Demand (POD) service has the trade-paperback edition ready to get you your print copy within two weeks of order; either directly to your door, or via your favorite indie bookstore. It’s been a bit of a slog, and I’m happy this one has been put out the door. For those of you new to the show, I started working on “A Bloodier Rose” a year ago, as part of NaNoWriMo. My observations on the process can be found in this blog post. While I very much enjoyed the social aspect of meeting up with…

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September progress update on Book 2, “A Bloodier Rose”

Post Views: 162 Hello!  I know I’ve been fairly quiet lately on the blog.  Things have been busy with a fair amount of work going into the run-up to the release of “The Sauder Diaries – A Bloodier Rose” towards the end of October.  I’ve got a release date in mind, but it’s heavily dependent on a couple remaining internal milestones.  As soon as those are crossed, I’ll be letting everyone know. The latest big news is that the artwork for the outside cover and the inside plate are finalized.  You can check them out on the TSD Facebook Page at this link.  Once again, Amanda McCrina and Daniel Swensen have done wonderful work. The manuscript itself is in the final edits phase, which is a bit of a process.…

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Book Trailer – “The Sauder Diaries – By Any Other Name”

Post Views: 172 One of the latest tools in inventory of both authors and publishers for promoting a book is the “Video Trailer” or “Book Trailer”.  Essentially, it’s an A/V presentation of the book’s back cover and sales pitch. Some of them are quite impressive pieces of work, approaching mini-movies with CGI and/ or live-action   Others are more like well polished slide shows. I figured I’d try my hand at this new promotional medium.  Let me know what you think!

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The Envelope, Finally

Post Views: 215 Have you ever had one of those weeks where you’re -sure- you forgot to do something, but can’t remember what? That would be me, having forgotten to actually post here on the web page who won the TSD Cover Art Contest. I told the winners … forgot to post here. Duh-me. I once again want to send a big “thank-you so much” for the wonderful work that was submitted to the contest. There were several comments left on the site and sent to me in private mail about the quality of the submissions. So, without further ado: First place: Amanda McCrina’s “1888” … $150 Second place: Steven Miscandlon’s “Tempus Incognitum” … $100 Third place: Daniel Swensen’s “Front Plate” … $50

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Cover Art Contest Results – Not Done Yet!

Post Views: 393 Voting is now closed!  I’m taking today and tomorrow to take a careful second look at all the entrants in the contest and decide which piece, in combination with fan accolades, is the best representation for “The Sauder Diaries – By Any Other Name”.  Announcement will be on Monday! In the meantime, the four from which I will pick the top three are: Artist name: Steven Miscandlon Title: “Tempus Incognitum” Votes: 39 Email: Website: Artist name: Amanda McCrina Title: “1888” Votes: 29 Email: Website: Artist name: Daniel Swensen Title: “Front Plate” Votes: 14 Email: Website: [no portfolio site] Artist Name: Anastasia Lutova Title: “Pirate Witness” Votes: 8 Email: Website: If you haven’t taken a look, swing by the…

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Turning leaves

Post Views: 601 It’s March 1st, and so the submissions for the cover art replacement contest for “The Sauder Diaries – By Any Other Name” is now closed to submissions.  Some really great stuff came in, and I’d like to thank everyone that submitted. You can take a look at and vote on the images at the gallery  page here.  The voting runs until midnight of the 16th of March, 2012, Atlantic time.  At that time, vote counts will be frozen and I’ll start at the job of weighing public votes with my own opinions. You can only vote once per image, but I encourage you to vote for any image that you like.  The top three prizes will be: First place …. $150 Second place … $100 Third place …. $50…

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Book Cover Contest – Making Lemonade and Spreading the Sweets

Post Views: 1,507 Contest Announcement! As you likely heard, I’ve been obligated to remove my first novel, “The Sauder Diaries – By Any Other Name“, from the shelves as a result of a copyright infringement issue stemming from the systemically unethical actions of my former publisher. This is a bit of a kick in the teeth, since the book was doing remarkably well for a new author’s first release by any metric I was able to determine from blogs and common wisdom. This has left me with a problem of likely not being able to have another publisher of any size touch the title due to legal mire issues. So, I’ll be self-publishing this one to get it back out on shelves where people can enjoy it. The…