Thursday, February 25, 2016

Fifty Shades of Zane Grey Book Trailer


Cornerstone Media Joins the Book Trailer Bandwagon

My first iMovie effort at a book trailer. If you are of a mind, stop by the Cornerstone Media page and give this a like, should such an impulse strike you. Also, 50ZG goes live on Smashwords beginning March 3. For the next week, it's discounted one fat dollar to $2.99. I now return to the printed page.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Rare Running-Walking Report

Me at the half-mile mark.


Overweight Writer Waddles Three Miles

Race reports used to be a regular fixture around here. There were marathons in Chicago and Eugene, Oregon and 10ks in Northridge, CA but age and illness have curtailed my outdoor sporting activities. Since 2009, I've had arthroscopic surgery on my left knee, skin cancer on the nose, arthroscopic surgery on my right shoulder and an operation for prostate cancer. Over the last 16 months, my weight has ballooned 30 pounds. I am a physical wreck.

So I started walking again. Even more, I signed up to walk a 5k. Nothing motivates me like shelling out money for an event. I can't move fast or far, but I can move and the endorphins percolate leaving me somewhat content. Incidentally, this upcoming race is the same 5k were I broke a metatarsal ten years ago. Time doesn't fly, it teleports.

More soon.










Sunday, February 14, 2016

Enter Your Valentine in a Free Book Giveaway


Valentine's Day

Love is like a Cabbage

My love is like a cabbage
Divided into two,
The leaves I give to others,
The heart I give to you.

Author Unknown


On this day of romance, consider, then, a passionate tale of long ago love.
". . . this is very funny, very very silly and [the author] knows it. The story revels in it's own daftness, and the phrase 'completely cracked' came to mind several times while reading . . . Potential audiences would be 
anyone who likes adult humor, anyone who wants to see Fifty Shades get skewered, and readers who like satire or parody, or just downright silly books." Bookangel

Ten signed copies of Fifty Shades of Zane Grey will be given away FREE starting, you know, TODAY. Register below for a shot at snagging a hilarious tale of romance and adventure set in the Old West.

Register anytime during the 30 days between today Feb. 14 and March 14. Sometime within that month, ten winners will be selected by the staff at Goodreads using methods both cryptic and mundane. (I can say no more.) Afterwards, I mail you and the nine other fortunate awardees a free signed copy in durable softcover. And I do it willingly, quickly, without delay, for such is my manner.

Does it matter that I live in Petone, New Zealand?

It matters not where you live as long as it's in the United States, Canada, the UK, and Australia. (I'm guessing New Zealand as well, but don't hold me to it. They have three islands, were you aware? But no one ever goes to the little one below South Island. It is a confinement zone for debtors and bad hobbit impersonators.) So put forth your name for a chance to win a FREE COPY of Fifty Shades of Zane Grey. You'll be a part of something different.

 Click the button below. You will be then be entered through the marvel's of today's technology. As they say in New Zealand, good on you.


Goodreads Book Giveaway

Fifty Shades of Zane Grey by JP Mac

Fifty Shades of Zane Grey

by JP Mac

Giveaway ends March 14, 2016.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter Giveaway

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Valentine's Day Free Book Giveaway



". . . this is very funny, very very silly and [the author] knows it. The story revels in it's own daftness, and the phrase 'completely cracked' came to mind several times while reading . . . Potential audiences would be anyone who likes adult humor, anyone who wants to see Fifty Shades get skewered, and readers who like satire or parody, or just downright silly books." Bookangel

50ZG Could Be Yours For the Click of a Button

Ten signed copies of Fifty Shades of Zane Grey will be given away FREE starting at midnight on Valentine's Day. Register for a shot at snagging a hilarious tale of romance and adventure set in the Old West.

Ah, but when do I register for this fabulous book discount?

Register anytime during the 30 days between Feb. 14 and March 14. Sometime within that month, ten winners will be selected by the staff at Goodreads using methods both cryptic and mundane. (I can say no more.) Afterwards, I mail you and the nine other fortunate awardees a free signed copy in durable softcover. And I do it willingly, quickly, without delay, for such is my manner.

Does it matter that I live in Petone, New Zealand?

It matters not where you live as long as it's in the United States, Canada, the UK, and Australia. (I'm guessing New Zealand as well, but don't hold me to it. They have three islands, were you aware? But no one ever goes to the little one below South Island. It is a confinement zone for debtors and bad hobbit impersonators.) So watch your calendar and stand ready to put forth your name for a chance to win a FREE COPY of Fifty Shades of Zane Grey. You'll be a part of something different.

I know it's early. I know there are five days between now and Valentine's Day. But I'm so excited I couldn't wait. Coming this SUNDAY, February 14, I will repost this succinct message. Mark your calendar, then click the button below. (Click now, if you wish, but nothing will happen good or bad.) You will be then be entered through the marvel's of today's technology. As they say in New Zealand, good on you.


Goodreads Book Giveaway

Fifty Shades of Zane Grey by JP Mac

Fifty Shades of Zane Grey

by JP Mac

Giveaway ends March 14, 2016.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter Giveaway

Monday, February 08, 2016

Happy Chinese New Year!

Good Fortune to Monkey Boys and Girls in 2016

Year of the Monkey kids are quick-witted, charming, lucky, adaptable, bright, versatile, lovely and smart. May fortune gaze upon you in a comfortable manner and may all your firecrackers go off properly. Here's a list of Sino Do's and Don'ts guarantee to ensure 2016 stays on the lucky path.


Video h/t: bobtnaig

Thursday, February 04, 2016

The Noble Artist Meets Your Drawing Needs


The Noble Artist

Rendering Everything From Book Covers to Maps

Should time permit, pop over and check out the art work of the Noble Artist. On his website, Jamie Noble Frier exhibits his drawing skills in fields as diverse as board and video games and commissioned art. Or drop anchor and give his Facebook page a "Like."

I've begun working with iMovie to create my first book trailer. I've chosen Fifty Shades of Zane Grey as the initial subject. Today I finished a short script, then broke it down into picture and video, SFX, and music. Now I'm rummaging around through royalty free websites looking for the little nuggets that I'll pull together as I labor to master the basics.  Exciting, but it has the feel of a labor-intensive project. But I'm anxious to see trailers have an effect on sales. Actually, I'm anxious for sales period. But better days are ahead.