100 copies of Dick Cheney Saves Paris ebook

In honor of the impending very 1st birthday of the Love Earth Publications novel Dick Cheney Saves Paris (published last August 30, the same day Cheney’s memoir came out), I am offering 100 copies of the digital edition FREE.

Just head over to the  LibraryThing Giveaway page and scroll down until you see this on the right side:

Click that “Request It” button and you’re entered (well, you probably need a LibraryThing account, but hey–signing up is free).  You have until September 4 at 2:47am–I think that is Eastern time, so maybe let’s just say until September 3.

Here’s hoping it’s YOU that wins one of those copies.


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Redwood Hostel Blog rises again

Since this is a blog primarily about my writing life, I suppose I could mention that the blog my wife and I maintained for several years has been restored.  When we managed the Redwood Hostel, way up in Redwood National Park, we kept the blog to detail our various goings on there: power outages, road closures, what we sold in our store, being named #1 hostel in the world–that sort of thing.

For two years the blog disappeared, primarily due to it being a pay service and with no hostel, there wasn’t anyone who wanted to pay the monthly fee to keep it up.  But Kaci recently contacted the blog service and they made it live for a few days, just long enough for me to transfer it all to wordpress.  So, yeah.  If you have any interest in reading about our adventures running a hostel in a rural area, click the photo to check it out:

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Upcoming reading at REI

We’re just a few weeks away from the first joint reading for my wife and I.  (Actually, that might not be true now that I think about it.)  Anyway, we will both be reading at an event at San Diego’s REI.  We were fortunate to have our writing selected for The Pacific Crest Trailside Reader, released a few months back.  The book comes in two volumes–one covers the California stretch of the trail and the other covers Oregon and Washington.  Interestingly, my wife’s poetry and my short essay appear in different volumes, but if you’d like to hear from both of us, come out to REI on February 16.

Here’s the blurb on the presentation/reading:

You are invited to a book reading for The Pacific Crest Trailside Reader, from Mountaineers Books.  The reading will feature a PowerPoint presentation on the Pacific Crest Trail; readings by contributors Kaci Elder, Ryan Forsythe, Gary Funk, Keith A. “St. Alfonzo” Liker, and Barney “Scout” Mann; and time for Q & A.

More about the book:
Exploring the people, places, and history of the Pacific Crest Trail as it ranges 2,650 miles from Mexico to Canada, The Pacific Crest Trailside Reader brings together short excerpts from classic works of regional writing and boot-tested stories from the trail.
The heart of this anthology is these real trail tales, stories taken from PCT hikers: trailside humor and traditions, “trail angels” and “trail magic,” encounters with wildlife and wild weather, stories of being lost and found, rescues, and unusual incidents. Revealing a larger context are historical accounts of events such as Moses Schallenberger’s winter on Donner Pass and pioneer efforts like the old Naches Road that ended up creating access to today’s trails; Native American myths and legends such as that of Lost Lake near Mount Hood; and selections from highly-regarded environmental writers who have captured the region in print, including Mary Austin in The Land of Little Rain ; John Muir in The Mountains of California; and Barry Lopez in Crossing Open Ground. Readers will also enjoy a few more surprising contributions from the likes of Mark Twain and Ursula Le Guin. Organized parallel to the actual sections of the PCT and presented in two regional volumes, The Pacific Crest Trailside Reader will entertain everyone from dedicated thru-hikers to lovers of regional lore.

If you think you might be able to come out, you can RSVP at the Facebook event page here.

You can also learn more about the book, and share your own trail stories if you have them, at http://pcttrailsidereader.com/

5556 Copley Dr, San Diego, CA 92111

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A quick note on an upcoming event:

On Saturday, October 15, I’ll be reading at Space 4 Art in San Diego, as part of Vermin on the Mount, the literary road show curated by author and San Diego CityBeat book editor Jim Ruland.  The series is either LA-based or San Diego-based, or both, or neither (I first heard of it at AWP in Denver). Quite an impressive line-up that I’m excited to be a part of.

More information here.  My response to Vermin curator Jim Ruland’s query regarding the strangest thing that happened at a reading (and a pic of my son’s first birthday at a beer pub) here.

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Dick Cheney Saves Paris is here!

The moment you’ve all been–well, okay…maybe I’m the only one that’s really been waiting for this moment.  But the book is here!  As of today, not only can you purchase Dick Cheney’s In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir, but you can also find my first novel, Dick Cheney Saves Paris: a personal and political madcap sci-fi meta- anti- novel.

The book is available in hard copy from Amazon.com for $12.99, but if you really want to get your money’s worth, you should check out this great deal from publisher Love Earth Publications: Buy the novel from them for $12.99, and you can get the novel soundtrack, featuring 17 various artists, for a mere penny.  Just go to the no-frills Love Earth website, click the paypal button, enter the description (maybe “DCSP book and CD”), and away you go.

Not sure the soundtrack is worth your penny? You can preview the entire thing on the Dick Cheney Saves Paris bandcamp page.

While on the topic of the novel, check out this interview with the West Coast Writers blog, on the topic of the book and my other experiences with writing.

Can you handle more?  Go to the freado.com page to preview 120 pages of the 240-page book, or to play Dick Cheney Saves Paris Hangman (click “FUN!”).

One other quick note: The ebook will regularly be $2.99, but for this week alone, you can get it on Smashwords for 99 cents.

All for now, but please note updates will be added daily for the rest of the week to the facebook page.

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Latest updates on “Dick Cheney Saves Paris”

So the novel has a soundtrack, I’m now one of Paris Hilton’s BFF, and the book cover has been announced. These are the latest updates from novel central…

(1) So this novel has a soundtrack.  And no, it’s not me writing a bunch of songs that are somewhat related to the storyline.  It is a powerhouse line-up of Various Artists sharing “music from and inspired by” the novel.  Details and some of the featured bands here.

(2) I was trying to contact Paris Hilton to see if she would do a blurb for the book (seeing as she is the Paris mentioned in the title). Looking at her website I saw a contest to add her photo to my picture. I thought it might be one way to get her attention. And what do you know–I was one of the winners!  Full story here.

(3) Yes, it’s true. The novel cover has been released.  The image, designed by Paul Forristal, is an allusion to the pulp novels of the 1940s and 50s.  Information and image here.

More updates as they come available…

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>Kickstarter campaign for DCSP

>The novel is being finalized, but the Kickstarter.com campaign for Dick Cheney Saves Paris has just begun.  Because Love Earth Publications is a small press, I’m trying to help out by raising funds and awareness.  My hope is to raise enough to produce numerous books for submission to various reviewers, and even to have some free giveaways on goodreads.com and librarything.com.

On the kickstarter page you can learn more about the novel, view the first book trailer, and find out about some of the unique rewards for backers (such as a soundtrack for the novel).

In other news, I received notice today that the proof is in the mail.  I should have it within the week.

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