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Get Into Double Trouble Tomorrow

…in which I will point to how Brave Men Run did on its Amazon release day, and tell you of “Double Trouble” tomorrow.

Matthew posted his two part recap, here and here, of how Brave Men Run did on Amazon on it’s release date. Bottom line: it hit #53 in “Books” overall for the day, and #3 in the “Action & Adventure” category, which was a great showing. For interesting comments and analysis, as well as the video archive of the video web-a-thon from that day, hit the above recap links. Speaking of book releases…

Double Trouble 8/8/08Tomorrow is the culmination of “Double Trouble,” the co-promotion by authors Philippa Ballantine and Tee Morris of their latest novels from publisher Dragon Moon Press. Digital Magic is the followup to Pip’s acclaimed debut novel Chasing the Bard, and Billibub Baddings and The Case of the Pitcher’s Pendant is the sequel to what, for my money, is Tee’s best work to date – the previous Billibub Baddings adventure, The Case of the Singing Sword. Full details on the novels and the promotion (including podcast, pdf, and art content) can be found here. Both books feature fantastic stories with a twist, and I look forward to snagging a copy of each tomorrow for myself. Be sure to check it out!

Dancing for Keeps

Playing for Keeps - August 25, 2008

I have a select few moral imperatives. Topping the list is this: no dancing. Oh, sure, slow dancing with a partner is wonderful, but frenzied, bouncing public epileptic fits are a thing that I just don’t engage in. I have been frequently told that I am “awkward,” “gangly,” or “silly-looking” whenever I’ve attempted said spectacle in the past. Furthermore, I recognize this to be true, and beyond that, completely agree with Stephen Fry’s cogent analysis on the ridiculousness of the current social role of group dancing.

That said, there is something that I will break this moral imperative for.

As previously noted, Mur Lafferty‘s excellent novel Playing for Keeps is being published by Swarm Press, and will be released on August 25. If you’ve listened to the podiobook (and if you haven’t, for all that is good and right in the world, why not?), you know that Beatnik Turtle created the theme song Playing for Keeps just for that production. As a way to promote the book’s release, Mur has decided to put together a music video for the song, starring… you.

The details are here, but the summation is this – if you want to participate, drop her an email, and she’ll respond with a 20-30 second portion of the song for you to create a video segment of. Dancing, lip synching, or creating a skit are all fair game – the more creative and entertaining, the better. But what’s in it for you, you ask?

If your segment ends up in the final video, you’ll win one of many fabulous prizes, including books from Swarm Press, Beatnik Turtle CD’s, and a Flip camera! You will also have helped do a great thing to promote an awesome book, and become a bonafide interwebs video celebrity in the process. Finally, if enough people participate, Mur will contribute her own dancing video to the effort… and she says, she’s “the geek who doesn’t dance.”

So get the details now, as this is time sensitive – all entries need to be in by August 15. And aren’t you the least bit curious to see what I’ll come up with? I know I am…

Brave Men Run… and jump to print on July 13

Brave Men RunIn need of something to do this Sunday? Hungering for some new fiction? It turns out that I have a suggestion for you.

Matthew Wayne Selznick‘s Brave Men Run: A Novel of the Sovereign Era is an excellent tale, summed up best by Matt himself as a “teen movie / comic book mash-up,” ala the X-Men meet The Breakfast Club. From the website:

“Brave Men Run” is the story of Nate Charters. Born different, unsure of his origins, he’s an outcast at Abbeque Valley High School, a self-proclaimed “boy freak” with few friends and low self-esteem. When the Sovereign Era dramatically dawns, Nate finds himself in a quest to discover the truth: is he more than he seems, a misfit in a miraculous and powerful new minority… or something else entirely?

The book was among the first free serialized audiobooks on Podiobooks.com (where it still remains available), and was a finalist for the 2006 Parsec Award for Long Fiction. On this Sunday, July 13, Brave Men Run will see print release in a high quality, trade paperback edition from Swarm Press. To both celebrate this momentous event and promote it’s availability on Amazon.com that day, Matt is holding an eight-hour video Book Release Web-a-thon starting at 10:00 EST. During this event, he will be reading original short stories set in his Sovereign Era universe by several top podcast authors (including Mur Lafferty, Matt Wallace, and J.C. Hutchins, to name a few), along with giving live updates on the progress of the novel on Amazon’s sales charts. More details can be found at the official website, as well as Mur’s excellent interview with him for I Should Be Writing.

Tune in to the video Web-a-thon on Sunday, order a copy of Brave Men Run on July 13 on Amazon, and you will be rewarded with wonderful tales! ’nuff said.

Mur Lafferty Signing In Baltimore – Saturday, May 10!

Mur Lafferty will be having a book signing event this coming Saturday, May 10, at Constellation Books in Reisterstown, MD. Festivities start at 3:00 PM, and will include a live recording of her award-winning podcast, I Should Be Writing. It looks to be an awesome time, so I heartily encourage anyone in the Baltimore and DC metro areas to stop by and meet Mur, and pick up a print copy of Playing for Keeps (if you have not already done so, for some negligent or shameful reason).

Frequent readers of this space will already have heard from me about Mur’s authorial excellence, as exemplified by her novel Playing for Keeps, and her Heaven series of novellas. Constellation Books is a great independent bookstore that has a particular love of genre fiction, and recently celebrated its one-year anniversary.

Make plans to come out and join in the fun! Directions via Google Maps are here.

And as Mur said, if you stop by, you just may learn something cool… 😉