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Monday, November 30, 2015

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year! What Story Would You Like for Christmas?

I love Christmas. What's not to love? It's the time of year to celebrate the birth of our Savior, whose gift of eternal life will never be surpassed by any gift we could give or receive. And, during this festive season, even this old, stodgy world wakes up from its selfish stupor and remembers to love one another.

In keeping with the season of giving, I'm writing you a Christmas Present Story. This is a previously unpublished work somewhere in the vicinity of 10,000-15,000 words.


It'll be some kind of fantasy adventure, but that's all I can say for certain right now. The rest is up to you! You have between now (November 30th) and Saturday, December 5th to vote on the poll below. You can vote once a day for a total of six votes, so come on back to make sure the story you want to read gets the most votes!

And the winner is...

Griffin (Cat) Thorne & Anne Ross Pirate Adventure!

The story will be available Christmas morning for FREE! You'll find links for the story here, on Facebook, and on Amazon Kindle. You'll be able to get it in two formats: Kindle and PDF. Most eReaders have a way to convert a pdf to something it can use, and Kindle has an app for just about any computer, tablet, phone, etc. to allow you to read it on whatever is convenient to you.

So set a reminder on your device: check back here for a free story on Christmas!



Sarah Pennington said...

I voted for the Alistair story, because TDSA is basically my favorite series of yours ever. Buuuuut if you did the character collision one or the Cat and Anne one, I would be magnificently happy.

Ariel said...

I can't wait!

Bookishqueen said...

I'm going to be honest. What I would really like is a whole nother book about Cat. But I would gobble up a short story too.

The Inquisitive Meeple said...

I would love to read a new Strylun and Xerk adventure!

Christine said...

I love Alastair, but since we are getting a third book eventually, I can (maybe) wait for that. I want to hear more about Cat and Anne. :D Although, the 16 character mash up would be quite interesting....

KaraSiawiGirl said...

Ehehehe We're winning! That is...Griffin and Anne are, however that works. SO HAPPY! Please i hope it works out. Been missing those characters! But, honestly whatever you write is great!

m a r y l i z said...

Goodness, these all sound wonderful! I haven't decided what to vote for yet, but the Cat and Anne one, character collision, and Alistair story all sound amazing. Choices, choices, choices...

Unknown said...

I just want to see him pull off a mash up of different characters from different books. It would be quite interesting. :)

Anonymous said...

Does the poll close at midnight EST on Saturday? If so, congratulations to those who voted on the mash up!

Anonymous said...

Hi Mr. Batson,
I watched this poll every day since Thursday, and I was just wondering how Anne and Cat won. On Saturday night when the poll closed, the mash up was winning (my friend and I watched it for about three hours). On Sunday afternoon, people were still voting (even though the poll closed?) and the mash up was winning. I guess that Anne and Cat just pulled ahead on Sunday night, but if the post said that the poll ended on Saturday night, would it be more fair to go off of who was winning on Saturday night? I have pictures of it but I don't know how to put them in this comment.

Either way, I know your story will be amazing and I can't wait to read it!


Lauren said...

Mr. Batson, I'm quite confused. You said the poll would end on Saturday, December 5th. I admit, I was watching the poll that night, and the mash up was clearly winning. I checked the following morning and the mash up had "won" by two votes. What happened?

Hannah Evans said...

Hi! I believe on the poll we were ahead by 5 votes for the character mash up...I love all the stories, however, and it was hard to choose which one to vote for

WayneThomasBatson said...

Greetings, Readers! {Author salutes sheepishly} So, you've probably already noticed the discrepancy in the polling results. At the close of the poll, the votes showed the Mash Up story as 5 votes ahead.

And yet, here's Mr. Author claiming that the Cat/Anne Pirate Story won. So HOWWZZZAT work? Well, it's a simple and vexing matter of me counting chickens before they did'st hatch.

I checked the vote on Thurs and once on Friday, and the pirate story was in the lead rather comfortably. And I was very, very glad because I've already poured a ton of work into that story. And I was actually afraid because, if any of the others won, I wouldn't have time to finish by Christmas or even (like last year) New Years!

So, imagine my shock and horror when the Mash Up was victorious! So there I am, feeling much like a world-class donkey. Awwww Hee!

{Insert Atomic Facepalm Here}

So, after much thinking, I've decided on the only course I can complete on time: Cat and Anne's new Pirate Adventure. To those hoping for the mash up, I most sincerely apologize. But, as a little concession, I am going to scatter characters from my other books throughout the pirate story. So, it will kind of become both Isle of (something) and a Mash Up.

These will be cameo appearances, so don't expect Alastair Coldhollow to swing down onto the deck to slash the story's villain. But...he might appear as a deck hand. LOL

Anyway, please forgive me for the major GOOF. Since I've already gotten a good start, I'm hoping to have the new story out by Christmas Day!

Never alone.

Lauren said...

Mr. Batson,
Thanks for clearing that up. I'm even more excited to read the story now! Quite honestly, I'd love any story you'd write, but I am definitely looking forward to this!