I’d been waiting for them to come and arrest me or something after i published my book, The Birthday Dragon (The Journals of Polo Shawcross). Instead, @Tweet_Fail must be on drugs too, because she liked it.
Yes, someone’s finished it. And twelve other people bought it. I’m shocked. @Tweet_Fail liked it a lot. More beautiful words were said in private that left me fluffy for ages, and still make me glow when i think about them. People keep doing this – liking my writing – it’s lovely, but shocking.
The hero of my book, Polo Shawcross, (also my pen-name) would tell you that one must never be shocked. You can be surprised, but to be shocked marks you as an ingenue.
He learned this from an older woman during a long coach ride. Which you can read about for free, as it’s part of the 20% free to sample (about 25,000 words, enough for a decent commute) on Smashwords. If you want to read further, the whole book is $4.99.
But wait, there’s more…ahem… *waits until you look up from your phone* Yes, a competition. The voices-outside-my-head think it’s a good idea.
In similar fashion, they signed me up to something else i think is rather excellent, which i don’t have full details about yet, but it’s to give free ebooks to soldiers from all allied forces serving overseas, which i think is a nice gesture. I’ll post more details when i have them.
Meanwhile, the competition. Easy peasy.
Leave a comment answering these questions…
- What’s the name of the hero of my book? Hint: Also my pen-name.
- What’s the book called?
I’ll figure a way of randomly selecting two lucky winners.
Competition closes on Saturday midnight my time – which means as we’re in the future here in Oz, it will close Friday USA time. Or as the most excellent timeanddate.com tells me…
The World Clock Meeting Planner – Details
These are the corresponding times for your meeting:
|Location||Local time||Time zone||UTC offset|
|Sydney (Australia – New South Wales)||Sunday, 12 June 2011 at 00:00:00||EST||UTC+10 hours|
|London (U.K. – England)||Saturday, 11 June 2011 at 15:00:00||BST||UTC+1 hour|
|New York (U.S.A. – New York)||Saturday, 11 June 2011 at 10:00:00||EDT||UTC-4 hours|
|Auckland (New Zealand)||Sunday, 12 June 2011 at 02:00:00||NZST||UTC+12 hours|
|Corresponding UTC (GMT)||Saturday, 11 June 2011 at 14:00:00|
The winners will be drawn at random to win a ebook copy of the book – downloadable from Smashwords.
It has to be approved (still a couple of weeks away) before it goes into the Apple Store, or onto Amazon, Barnes&Noble, etc, but you can download in any format from Smashwords now. Or have a look at the free sample.
And then @Tweet_Fail (Barbara Bailey) did her review. I am officially blown away.
“Review by: Barbara Bailey on Jun. 09, 2011 :
My favorite writers: Terry Pratchett, Connie Willis, and now, Polo Shawcross. This first book in what I anticipate will be an exciting thrill-ride of a series left me hungry for more.
Trouble seems to follow Polo, hide in the shadows, and catch him by surprise, often because of his inability to keep his mouth, and trousers, zipped.
The story is as believable as it is fantastic. The writer deftly spins humor in the most unlikely of places, shocked, horrified, and thrilled me regularly throughout. No matter what trouble awaits Polo, how spoiled or self-centered he seems, or how often I wanted to reach through the pages to smack some sense into him, he’s a genuinely good kid, and a very likeable one.
The mark of a good writer is the gamut of emotions they are able to evoke in the reader. I loved some characters, genuinely hated others, laughed out loud, got teary-eyed, and gasped in surprise; so engrossed in the book that I couldn’t put it down.
A posh life of luxury and power awaits Polo. I can’t wait to read the next book, and the entire series, to see if he can stay out of trouble (and alive!) long enough to reap his rewards.”
I’m just blissed…
You did see the stars, eh? 😀
And two more people went and bought the book.
Baby I’m amazed, as the Beatles might say.