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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

News Galore: Moonbeams and Spiders and Audio, Oh My!

Greetings, all! How are you? I'm crazy busy and crazy wonderful. Please read on and find out why.

Item #1: The Amazon Blitz

Christopher and I are absolutely FLOORED by the devotion and generosity of our readers. In an attempt to kick of the release of Curse of the Spider King, we launched the first annual Amazon Blitz, asking readers if they were planning to purchase SK anyway to purchase on the same day (Oct. 7th) and drive up the Amazon Sales Rank Number. Now, we knew it would be good because our readers have always blessed us silly. But 70,000+ places good? Yup. CotSK's sales rank climbed from 70,617th to 449th in less than one day. It remained under 3,000 for three days and under 20 for seven days. For that kind of effort, we say thank you. We're honored.

Item #2: The Silver Moonbeam Award

Curse of the Spider King releases nationwide November 3rd, so Christopher and I were absolutely shocked to learn that our cowritten book was reviewed and awarded the Silver Moonbeam for Young Adult Fantasy Fiction. Click Here to see all the winners including a BRONZE for the Miller Brothers, YESSS!!

Item #3: Curse of the Spider King Audio!

For the first time ever, one of my books has been made into an audio book. Voiced by the incredibly talented Greg Whalen (Disney, Veggie Tales, etc) and produced by the audio wizards at Oasis, CotSK is done right. I listened to the first chapter today and practically jumped around my classroom. Mr. Whalen just nailed the voices of some of our main characters. You can listen to the first chapter of the audio book by clicking HERE.

Item #4: Webcast with the Miller Brothers!

I had the spectacular opportunity to be live with author's Chris and Alan Miller (Hunter Brown) tonight on their weekly webcast. 174 viewers joined us. It was a great time to talk author stuff, book stuff, and writing. If you'd like to listen in, click HERE.

Item #5: Spider King Releases in Maryland!

Christopher Hopper is on his way to Maryland. He and I will be officially releasing Spider King to fans this Friday and Saturday. Barnes & Noble Long Gate Shopping Center on Friday Night (6:30-close) and then His Way Christian Books Ellicott City on Saturday, 6-close. There will be swordfights, ridiculous banter, dramatic readings, music, contests, games, prizes, and a giant spider named "George." If you live within three states of Maryland, come on down. You will not want to miss this!


Paris said...

Thanks for saying hi! my mom totally surprised me with that :]


Joraiem said...
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Seth said...

Fun stuff! I'm currently half way through the chat with the Miller Bros. I had to turn it off last night cause it was late :(. Anyway, can't wait to get CoSK!

RAMH said...

I watched the chat last night and it was fun. I didn't know that The Curse of the Spider King won a moonbeam award. Sweet.

Anonymous said...

I watched the chat last night and it was fun. I didn't know though that The Curse of the Spider King had won a Moonbeam award. Sweet.

RAMH said...

Sorry, posted twice. I don't post much so I messed up.

Nathan R. Petrie said...

WTB, seems I have an 8 hour drive to MD <_< I'm in that's kinda within three states right?

Maybe if my parents had some sort of influence ::hint hint:: lol jk

We'll see. Doesn't look like it will happen on account of the it worth 8 hours to you do you think??

Peter Stone said...

Hi Wayne,
Just dropping by to wish you all the success with your pending new book, CotSK. So wonderful to see Christian authors such as yourself receiving great reviews on Amazon.

Also like to say a personal 'thank you' for the comments you've left on my blog.

God bless :)

Peter Stone

Madeline said...

Congrats! Unfortunately I could not make it to any book signings. *sigh* Even though we live so close!

Sir Batson, I know you're really busy, but do you think we could have an update on the tribes that have enough members to compete? No one knows how many we have so far. Thanks!

Joraiem said...

Will there be a sequel to Isle of Fire?

Araken said...

Ooh, good question!