Well, Hurry up then!

Legends of Windemere: Beginning of a Hero is


for the remainder of the day. If you haven’t secured your copy yet, then hurry up and go get it.

Follow this linky thingy :



And also check out the rest of the series, so far…

Cover art by Jason Pedersen

Cover art by Jason Pedersen

By Jason Pedersen

By Jason Pedersen

Celebrate 1 Year of Legends of Windemere: Beginning of a Hero

Cover art by Jason Pedersen

Cover art by Jason Pedersen

Want to win some free books or a $10 Amazon Giftcard?

Check out the Beginning of a Hero Raffle HERE!

You can win 1 of over 30 prizes simply by earning entries with Twitter and Facebook follows!

This epic contest goes until the end of February!

So join in the fun and spread the word!

Great Free book for writers (and undeserved praise for me)

First of all, I would like to say that I actually asked the following author to do this so you aren’t allowed to be too hard on him. Unless you were planning on being hard on me, then by all means, take your rage out on him. :) Please welcome the amazing Dean Orion to Readful Things. I read this book a few months ago, and it has become one of my writing bibles. Seriously, if you are an author or hopeful, you want this book!

This is my shameless plug for an author that deserves it

and also my admission

that I am his groupie. Really, I got the T-shirt to prove it.

Greetings to all my fellow Readful Things devotees!

My name is Dean Orion. After twenty-five years in the trenches of writing in the entertainment business, I recently wrote a book called “Live To Write Another Day, A Survival Guide for Screenwriters and Creative Storytellers.” The idea behind it was pretty straightforward. I simply set out to share my experiences and at the same time offer what I hope to be helpful advice and inspiration to my fellow writers.

*He is too nice and humble to say this but I’m not…find his book


The book has been out a couple months now and has received some very nice reviews, not the least of which came from our wonderful Ionia, who is now officially my new best friend.

And now she’s giving me the floor on her blog yet again, to plug a free promotion for my book that’s running on Amazon this week, May 29-31. I hereby proclaim her the patron saint of writers everywhere!

If you’d like to learn more about me or my book, please visit my website or my Amazon or Goodreads author page. (I’m sure Ionia has put a couple of easy to find links around here somewhere.) website: http://www.thewritergene.com/the-book


I could go on of course, but in the interest of being a polite guest, I will leave it at that. If you’re a writer (or any type of artist who’s serious about the creative process), please download “Live To Write Another Day” while it’s free this week on Amazon. I’d love to hear your feedback and continue the conversation.

Write on!

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Everville:The First Pillar

Here is some great news! This book is FREE through tomorrow! If you have not grabbed a copy for yourself yet, you can do so here.

Free Everville

Here is the description:

Owen Sage is the emblematic college freshman at Easton Falls University. He studies hard, plays hard, and is incredibly charming. With all the worries about his first year in college, he was not prepared for what would happen next. His way of life was flipped upside down when he was drawn into a different world, a world unbeknownst to him. He mysteriously crossed into another dimension, into the beautiful land of Everville. His tragic excitement was abruptly halted when he discovered that there was a darkness forged against both the natural world, which he knew well, and the new land which he discovered, Everville. He must devise a plan to save both worlds while joining forces with the race of Fron and The Keepers, whom both harbor hidden secrets he must learn in order to gain power over the evil that dwells in The Other In Between.

With a race against time to save both worlds, his short time at Easton Falls did not quite prepare him for the evil, dark forces he must fight in order to conquer The Other In Between.–goodreads

I read this book and fell in love with it. Roy Huff has a unique style that makes you feel almost as if you are one of his characters.

I asked him to do a guest post about publishing and why he chose the route he did, and he kindly agreed to do so.

You can find him at http://www.owensage.com

Please welcome him to Readful Things:)


The original idea to write the book Everville: The First Pillar came from the response I received to an English paper written for a college course I had taken.  It was the first time, I had seriously thought about writing a book, though I had often flirted with the idea through various stages of my adult life. After I decided to embark on the journey of writing a book, my initial plan was to go the traditional publishing route. My thoughts were that I wanted to be respected in the writing community as well as have a better chance at a commercially viable book. Even though I expected it to be a little more challenging, I thought using the standard method would make the most sense.

Over the next eighteen months, I slowly wrote a page or two in fits and starts, while periodically doing research into literary agents, publishing companies, and what would be the best approach to getting published. It soon became clear that before I even approached a literary agent, I would need to have a polished manuscript. Even then, it would still be difficult to find an agent willing to look at the completed manuscript, and I would likely receive numerous rejections beforehand. If I were fortunate enough find a literary agent who would have been willing to represent me, the manuscript would still need to be sent to publishers for review with no guarantee that it would be accepted. I could have tried to go directly to the publishers, but considering most publishers do not even consider unpublished authors, it seemed unlikely that would have been a good idea.

After writing only thirty pages, I realized that the daunting task of getting represented and published was preventing me from writing the book. I did want the book to be commercially successful, but I also wanted to finish the idea that I had in my head as well as make a contribution to the literary world. I then did a little more research into self-publishing and e-book options, and I eventually decided that it would be the best approach. Once I made the decision to self-publish, through Kindle as well as print, I finished the first draft in three months and took other steps to market the book. I can honestly say, that had I not done that, the book would not have been written.

If only for the purpose of completing the book, self-publishing was clearly the correct choice. There were some mistakes that were made, and the traditional route may still be an option now that the first book in published, but the initial decision has so far seemed like the right one, and it has allowed me to start on a path that I otherwise might not have taken. Whether the book or subsequent books in the series achieve commercial success, remains to be seen, but deciding to take the plunge and self-publish has encouraged me to make connections and contacts in the writing community, as well as research additional ways to improve my writing and market future books. More importantly, has also allowed me the opportunity to get feedback from readers who have already been inspired by my work. That alone has made it all worth it.

Thank you so much Roy for sharing your thoughts with us. I would love to have you back for another visit to tell us more about your series!

You can see my review of Roy’s fantastic book here:


The satisfied loser, mums, free book and thanks


First of all, I would like to say thank you to all the amazing mums out there inside the blogosphere and outside. You will never find a higher paying job ladies!

Happy Mother’s Day!


And now for the results of my marathon. Well, I made it across the finish line second, 3.8 seconds behind the leader. I was a bit disappointed in me for not getting first, but I crossed the finish line and in the end I suppose that is what is important.

So glad to not be training early this morning.  I will be taking part in another one at the beginning of Fall and am also planning a bike ride from Nevada to Oregon next spring.


I wanted to thank everyone for their support and well wishes during my training and participation in this event.  You all kept me going when I was so ready to give it all up! I am so lucky to have you all in my life:)

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If you have not caught it yet, Green Embers did a fabulous tribute to mums everywhere:


If You would like to get a great free fantasy book you can share with mum this weekend, here is some info for you:

Roy Huff’s Fantasy ebook, Everville: The First Pillar  is free today through the 16th.  Here is the link: I read this book earlier this year and was impressed with it!

Everville: The First Pillar





Okay, so happy Mum’s Day everyone! Hope it is lovely for all of you. Tomorrow we will return to our regularly scheduled program of blogger of the week and books, books and more books. Also–a quick apology for not getting to your posts the last few days. I will work hard this week to get up so I don’t miss anything important. XOXO

Even More Stuff (Too lazy to think up a better headline)


So, more stuff. I recently did an interview with Jim Gibson about his children’s book series featuring Perdita the loveable Dog, which you can find here: http://wp.me/p2SbOP-cL

Jim’s book, The World According to Perdita Whacknoodle: The Thanksgiving Pageant of Doom will be free this Saturday and Sunday. Pick up a copy for the Little one in your life! (Trust me even the parents have fun with it!) You can find it here:


I am going to make another fabulous attempt at the Scarlet Letter this evening, and since the common idea seems to be that I should just skip the first chapter, that is what I intend to do, along with no comfortable furniture and a proper meal that does not consist of sugar and more sugar. Maybe a little sugar. I will report progress tomorrow:)

So now let us have a bit of fun before I go and make that proper dinner I spoke of. I love one sentence reviews because they are rather pointless but also a lot of fun. So, I thought it would be fun to write a one sentence synopsis of your favorite Book, Movie or game. It can only be one sentence but must tell about the plot. There is no prize other than my uproarious giggles. Sorry that.

Because I am a good sport, here is mine: The Scarlet Letter –

ZZZZZZZzzzZZZZZ.  See, there you have it. One sentence.