I’m really excited to announce that I have recently signed a contract for my new novel, Permanent Spring Showers, to be published by 5 Prince Books!
The tentative release date is October 2014.
I’ll do my best to keep everyone informed of the process as this moves forward. I can’t wait to share my new novel with each of you!
So last night I had a dream where I met Paul McCartney at Disneyland.
I was standing in line at the Peter Pan ride with my family, and he was standing behind me with his family and some big bodyguards. I, of course, realized at once who this was, and when a pause happened in his conversation, I politely excused myself and said thanks. Thanks for everything since his music means so much to me.
Paul was very gracious in return and we lightly talked. He asked about me and I told him about my writing and how I listen to his music a lot when I create and how it is a soundtrack around our house. He seemed to really appreciate that, especially the idea of his music inspiring other artists. I even asked him if the rumor that The Beatles were approached to be in The Jungle Book was true (I don’t remember his reply, but in many ways that is only an urban legend at this point).
It was in this moment of the dream that my wife tapped me on the shoulder and asked who I was speaking to. I turned her around, and casually introduced her to Sir Paul.
…And then my wife fainted in a very dramatic fashion.
She even made a “whoosh!” noise as she collapsed, sounding almost like air escaping a tea kettle.
Now, my wife is not the kind of person to faint for any reason (I would faint before she would faint), and it was that realization that woke me up. So I didn’t get to talk to Sir Paul anymore, or even get on the ride.
All that standing in line for nothing. Continue reading
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Tagged Beatles, Children, Club 33, Disney vacation, Disneyland, Disneyland trip, Family Trips, Forbidden Eye, Imagineers, Indiana Jones, Jungle Book, Life, Parenting, Paul McCartney, Walt Disney
Over the last few days, two new 5-star reviews have appeared on amazon.com for A Jane Austen Daydream! So very cool.
Here is an excerpt from one of the reviews:
Aptly titled, this entertaining tale is a true daydream or reverie and the author graces his pages with not one but THREE romances for Miss Austen to consider.
The author brilliantly mashes up an authentic Jane Austen, many of her real family members, intermingles many of her own famous literary characters and tops it off with a generous helping of her most famous lines.
We are treated to a Jane, who is bright, spirited, and enjoys poking her family, friends and acquaintances with her penetrating, yet lovable wit.
You can read more reactions on amazon.com and GoodReads for my new novel. I hope you will check it out!
A Jane Austen Daydream can be purchased in print ($13.46) or as an eBook for the outrageously low price of $3.99 for Kindle. You can find it on Amazon here (http://amzn.com/B00CH3HQUU).
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Tagged A Jane Austen Daydream, Amazon, Book reviews, Comedy, eBook, Fiction, GoodReads, Historical Fiction, Historical Romance, Jane Austen, Kindle, Pride and Prejudice, reading, Regency, Witty
I am back on WKAR’s Current State with a new book review! This time I am taking on Michigan author Jim Harrison and his collection of novellas entitled Brown Dog.
You can listen to my book review here: http://wkar.org/post/book-review-jim-harrisons-brown-dog-novellas
If you would rather read my review, you can do so below.
Brown Dog can be found on Amazon.com here. You can check out my other book reviews for WKAR’s Current State via this page on their site and the links on my page here.
I hope you enjoy my new book review! Continue reading
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Tagged Amazon, Book Review, Brown Dog, Current State, Good Reads, Grove Press, Jim Harrison, Kindle, Michigan, Michigan Notable Books, reading, Upper Peninsula, WKAR
Some people don’t believe, others do, I’m somewhere in the middle but leaning heavily much more to the “no” side. Not a full-time denier but someone who believes he has reality on his side. And I can roll my eyes and yawn with the best of them.
Yes, I may watch the occasional special on a cable channel (I’m not recording them on my DVR or anything), but I would probably turn the channel after getting the gist of the ghost.
“Beheaded… yada yada… tragic lover. Got it. What else is on?”
Consider: If there were ghosts, the south would be filled to the brim with the ghosts of slaves; Germany would be unlivable because of the ghosts from the Holocaust; and every battle field (from Gettysburg to Iwo Jima) would need barriers to keep us living people out. And it would completely change the funeral home business.
I live in a house where someone died. They died in the same room I sleep in each night! Who knows, I might even sleep on the very spot that he took his fated last breath. Yet… I got nothing.
So why is it I can still be scared or hypnotized by the idea of a ghost? Heck, when I saw Paranormal Activity I was up for days, every bump was enough to wake me up fully.
“This is ridiculous, Scott,” I mumbled to myself again and again. “This is absolutely ridiculous. There is no such thing as ghosts. No such thing… What was that noise?!” Continue reading
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Tagged Death, Disneyland, Galapagos, Ghosts, haunted, Haunted Mansion, Kurt Vonnegut, Life, Mark Twain, Mary Roach, Ouija Board, Parenting, Specters, Spook, War
When I started February I had steampunk dreams.
See, I have this book I had written a few years ago and I’ve been debating what to do with it. It’s not a bad book, I’m proud of it; it’s just I want to add a special flair to it. Something that would make it stand out more. So I considered the idea of adding some steampunk to it.
The book already had steam engines and hot air balloons, so adding more elements didn’t seem too difficult a concept. But the fact is the more I read and study steampunk the more I begin to wonder if this is too much an undertaking. Frankly, steampunk is like joining a literary masonic society with their own phrases, handshakes, words, etc. I really dig the vibe of it, but the last thing I want to do is fight the idea that I was writing a phony steampunk book or not embracing it enough. Jeepers! Writing a regency book in the voice of Jane Austen feels less intimidating if you can believe it.
Maybe I am just overwhelmed by it all right now and need to take a deep breath. Honestly, it’s hard to take on too many big ideas right now and I think it is the weather. I feel trapped and tired, and I think we all do by this nonstop snow and ice. You can see this in my five choices this month, because it is all about escape and comfort for me. Continue reading
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Tagged Bender, Charles M. Schulz, Charlie Brown, Cocoon, Fantagraphics, Final Fantasy XIII, Final Fantasy XIII-2, Futurama, House of Cards, Jane Austen, Lightning Returns, Live at the BBC, Netflix, Peanuts, Snoopy, Steampunk, The Beatles, Video games
Now that was a cool Valentine’s Day weekend! The publisher of my novel A Jane Austen Daydream (Madison Street Publishing) had it as a free eBook for two days on Amazon. Over the weekend, I was able to see my novel top a few genre lists on Amazon and almost break the top 100. Wow!
If you are one of the many that grabbed a copy of my book, I would first like to say “thank you.” I hope you like it! The second thing I would like to add is… well…
See, to make it in this very congested world of writing there are primarily three possible paths to success for today’s authors. The first is sheer luck; the second is you know someone (agent, publisher, etc.); and the third is word of mouth. I am aiming for the third option. So if you downloaded a free copy of my book, and enjoyed it, would you help?
Here are some easy options that you might consider:
- Write a review of it on GoodReads or Amazon.
- Tell a friend.
- Gift it to someone.
- Choose it for your book club.
- Write about it on your blog, or review it on the site.
- Share it on Twitter or Facebook.
- Recommend it to your local library or bookstore for stocking on their shelves.
And those are just the quickest and easiest options I came up with off of the top of my head. You might have a better option I might not have considered. Whatever the case, I would love for more readers to find my novel.
Again, thank you for making my Valentine’s Day so memorable (like this moment below).
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Tagged A Jane Austen Daydream, Amazon, Book Marketing, Book Review, eBook, eBook Deal, Followers, GoodReads, Jane Austen, Readers, Sale, Twitter, Valentine's Day
“Scott Southard’s Jane is a delightful creature.” -Austenprose.com
This February 14th and 15th A Jane Austen Daydream is available as a FREE eBook! You can find it on amazon.com here (http://amzn.com/B00CH3HQUU). Grab your copy now!
“…quick paced novel unlike any you can ever have read, which injects new ideas and possibilities into the world of Jane Austen.” -The Jane Austen Centre
All her heroines find love in the end–but is there love waiting for Jane?
Jane Austen spends her days writing and matchmaking in the small countryside village of Steventon, until a ball at Godmersham Park propels her into a new world where she yearns for a romance of her own. But whether her heart will settle on a young lawyer, a clever Reverend, a wealthy childhood friend, or a mysterious stranger is anyone’s guess.
Written in the style of Jane herself, this novel ponders the question faced by many devoted readers over the years–did she ever find love? Weaving fact with fiction, it re-imagines her life, using her own stories to fill in the gaps left by history and showing that all of us–to a greater or lesser degree–are head over heels for Jane.
A Jane Austen Daydream is published by Madison Street Publishing. You can learn more about the work, read reviews, and read excerpts via this page for the book.
“…Lovely, thought-provoking novel. Fans of Austen will adore this book.” - Lori Nelson Spielman, author of The Life List
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So last night I had this elaborate dream involving Ringo Starr. He was stuck on the side of the road in a very expensive long white car because all rich people in dreams have long white cars. I offered him a ride because that is what you do when a Beatle needs help. We got talking and he invited me to a party, a real shindig. I said yes, of course, because this was Ringo.
So Ringo was a little tipsy in the dream, and I know he doesn’t drink in reality anymore, but in my dream he was. I was busy getting ready for the party, which explains why I wasn’t there when Ringo asked my far-too-young son what there is to drink in this house, my house.
So my son mixed a Beatle a drink. How my son knew how to climb up to the very high drawer with the liquor and then put a bit of this and that into a glass, I have no idea. I remember in the dream being shocked that Ringo asked my son to do this (he used to be on Thomas the Tank Engine, he should know better), and even more shocked that he then did it. It was so very Mad Men.
I then took a selfie of the three of us thinking the entire time this may or may not be great for my blog.
Probably not… Maybe.