One of my biggest goals in “getting my book out” into the world has been to get a professional review in a mass media outlet.
Andrew Baker, a reviewer for Fanboys Anonymous, has just completed an honest and positive review of “The Tower.” I appreciate his comments about the uniqueness and interesting details of the characters and story. He also had some good advice as I continue to write the sequels to the story (available this coming spring).
The Fanboys Anonymous website is “dedicated to all things that could be grouped under the definition of ‘geek culture.’ It’s a place where the authors as well as you, the audience, can express our opinions about subjects we’re fond of. This applies to a wide variety of topics such as films, television shows, comic books, video games, music, sports, cars, the internet, technology, etc – with virtually no limit!”
Please take a look at: Andrew’s Book Review of “The Tower” And definitely comment below the review!
I’ve given in to the every changing world of social networking on the Internet and I’m now in the “Twitterverse”! Follow me at RJ Mirabal@rj_mirabal!
Though it was a cold, windy, and wet day, many people dropped by the West Side Barnes & Noble where I had a signing November 22nd. This gave me an opportunity to met many great folks and sell several books!
Email or message me if you want to order a signed copy for someone’s Christmas! $24 gift wrapped and shipped, $20 if you pick it up from me directly! Drop me a line at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Valencia County Historical Society is sponsoring their Authors’ Day in Los Lunas at the Los Lunas Railrunner Station, November 10th, 2-4 pm. I will be participating along with other historians, novelists, memorialists, and children’s book writers to sell and sign books.
Since my book is set almost entirely in Valencia County and its fantasy counterpart, the Valle Abajo, along with the fact I was raised in the county, it will be a perfect fit. I look forward to meeting current and new readers at this event. I hope we have a sunny New Mexico day on the 10th!
A couple of days before that, I’ll be meeting new readers at the Nob Hill Growers’ Market at the corner of Lead and Morningside SE, Thursday, November 7th, 2-5 pm. I’ve done a number of markets this fall and found them to be an enjoyable experience talking to interested folks and selling/signing a number of books, too! If I don’t meet you any other way, maybe I will see you at one of the markets next year when I “go back on the road”!
I am pleased to announce, The Tower of Il Serrohe, is one of five finalists in the Science Fiction/Fantasy category of the New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards! Out of over 1,800 entries, only a little over 200 were selected as finalists.
The winners in each category will be announced at the book awards banquet November 15th. I’ll keep you posted; however, receiving this nomination already makes me feel like a winner!
It’s getting busy around here! Authors enjoy making contact with other authors (we share a common malady called the “uncontrolled desire to express ourselves in writing” syndrome) and as a result, I now have my interview of Judy Serrano who interviewed me earlier (see the top of my “Fellow Author’s Page”) and now Ia Uaro has posted her in-depth interview of me on her Sydney’s Song web site! Ia puts a huge amount of work into her interviews, check them all out.
Both Judy and Ia are fresh, innovative authors appealing to very different audiences: Judy appeals to those who enjoy a good crime thriller with healthy dose of romance while Ia’s book mixes comedy with poignant human interest (scroll down the “Fellow Authors” page of my interview of her posted earlier). A big thanks to Judy and Ia for helping me spread the word about my work; I hope my interviews of them lend good support to their efforts as well.
I’m the interviewer this time, talking to the very talented Australian author, Ia Uaro, who wrote Sydney’s Song. Go to this page for the complete interview with this uniquely talented Sumatran/Australian author.
Also, see below Judy Serrano’s interview of me just posted earlier this week. I’ve been busy lately, but not writing as much as I should (slap the back of my hands!)
Judy Serrano, a successful author with my publisher Black Rose Writing, posted an interview with me on her Writer’s Blog (scroll down to find my interview). Judy is best known for her award winning Easter Lily series of suspense thrillers “with a twist.”
In the interview I reveal a few more details about my upcoming sequel to The Tower of Il Serrohe, entitled Extreme Dust Storms May Exist. This book should be the second of a three book series. Time and your support will tell.
Judy’s latest book is Linked which came out in July. Besides being an author and editor, she teaches developmental writing at a local college in Texas. Not quite busy enough she is also a freelance writer for two on-line periodicals (one of which is published on CBS Local). The other is Examiner.com. You can also find more information about Judy and her books at www.JudySerrano.com.
I am now working on a sequel to The Tower, in fact two more sequels! I hope to have the next part ready for publication in about a year or less (the gestation period for books is longer than for human babies).
However, viable sequels depend on more people getting their hands on the first book, otherwise not enough people would be anticipating the continuation of the story which is important to me and my publisher. Thus the free eBook promotion mentioned below is one piece of this effort.
Please feel free to email me concerning your reactions and questions about my book. It could help me as I craft the next sequel and then the ultimate conclusion to the series: email@example.com
This is turning out to be a good month for me in my ongoing quest to promote my book! The May 2013 issue of Albuquerque the Magazine features an insightful interview I had with writer Adam Baca on p. 246 (“Shelflife” section). Staff photographer Liz Lopez was even able to make me look fairly good in the photo standing out in the bosque near one of the book’s settings!
Adam modestly included only my remarks in detail, but he had many thoughtful comments as we talked making for a delightful discussion we shared one morning a couple of months ago.
I look forward to seeing good results from this article in the popular “Food & Wine” edition. Later on, I will reproduce the entire article here. But the issue is now on newsstands all over town if you can’t wait!