4 Dreams of Little Consequences

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Lorne Michaels was mad at me and I had no idea why.

I had two assignments to write for this upcoming episode of Saturday Night Live. Just two, and they were good ideas. So good! When I pitched them at the writing table, everyone laughed. We were already acting out possibilities for the bits right there at the table! It was a good and friendly vibe. So I figured I was safe for the week, sure to have my first draft in the head writer’s hands by Thursday.

Which begs the question, why was Lorne, the great producer of SNL, upset with little ol’ me?

The first skit was such a great idea that there was a strong possibility it might open the show! It was so easy to pitch, so easy to imagine. Basically, the premise was what if the founding fathers of our country were like the political pundits on Fox News.

You see, a funny idea?

Now it was the second idea that I really loved since it was a Game of Thrones parody. What if Cersei Lannister joined the local PTA? So you have all these typical Midwest women dealing with the problem of planning a bake-off and Cersei is drinking wine at the table and threatening all of their children.

Why, why, why was Lorne angry with me?

I first heard he was upset from one of the cast members. I brushed it off initially since his gossip was always unreliable. But when I heard it from another cast member (a much more reliable one) then I began to worry. God, I needed this job. This job was my life. (Being a writer on SNL doesn’t really give you a chance to have a life, so this was it.)

The e-mail from Lorne’s office came to my inbox on Wednesday morning and I slowly trudged down the hall. I sat in the waiting room (which looked strangely liked the waiting room at a hospital; all white, even the secretary looked like a nurse). I hung my head and wondered what, what, what!?!, did I do? Continue reading

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Blog Tour Last Day: Excerpts, Spotlights, and Giveaways for A JANE AUSTEN DAYDREAM

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This is the last day of the blog tour for A JANE AUSTEN DAYDREAM!

Whew, this has been a busy time for me, my books, and this blog. Along with this book tour, there was the release of the cover art for my next novel (which you can see here, it is called PERMANENT SPRING SHOWERS) and there is a book giveaway going on for my novel MEGAN on GoodReads where two readers will win autographed copies of the work. (You can enter here.) Back to the tour…

On the website Romantic Historical Reviews they are sharing an excerpt from A JANE AUSTEN DAYDREAM. This is one of my favorite bits from the book and it is filled with fun nods for Jane Austen fans.  You can check out the excerpt and enter to win an eBook copy of my novel here.

There is a spotlight on the book as well today on Passages to the Past. This is also one more opportunity to win an eBook copy of the novel (just click here).

Wait! You want another chance to win an eBook copy? Well, the competition is still going on over at To Read or Not to Read (here). Yes, there are three ways to win an eBook copy of my novel!

There are some big news coming in the future regarding my book that I look forward to sharing. I hope you enjoyed the blog tour!A Jane Austen Daydream

Published by Madison Street Publishing, 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).

 

Wow! Check out the cover for my upcoming novel PERMANENT SPRING SHOWERS!

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I’m  really excited to share with you today the cover for my new novel PERMANENT SPRING SHOWERS!

PERMANENT SPRING SHOWERS is being published by 5 Prince Books (you can find the page for the book here).

This really awesome cover was created by Daniel Phillips.  During the day Daniel is an audio/video engineer/editor based out of Arvada, CO with  a passion for filmmaking (especially documentaries) and loves print design.  He works at SCM Productions which is a full-service audio/video production studio (you can find them on the internet at www.scmpro.com). I think his work perfectly captures the vibe of this little twisted book.

Over the next few months, I look forward to telling you more and more about my new novel!

New WKAR Book Review: The Quick by Lauren Owen

Current StateHello readers! (Wow, that sounded corny, sorry.) I am back on WKAR’s Current State with a new book review, this time reviewing The Quick by new novelist Lauren Owen.

You can listen to my book review here: http://wkar.org/post/book-review-lauren-owens-quick-wkar

You can also read my book review below.

The Quick can be found on Amazon here. If you would be interested in hearing/reading more of my NPR book reviews, you can do so via links on this page.

I hope you enjoy my new book review! Continue reading

Blog Tour Day 4: “Fun” New Review, Interview, and Spotlight for A JANE AUSTEN DAYDREAM

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This is the fourth day of the blog tour for A JANE AUSTEN DAYDREAM!

These blog tours are pretty busy! Two giveaways (with more on the way), spotlights, reviews and now an interview!

The interview was with Jorie Loves A Story. This was a very indepth interview about my writing style and my thoughts on Jane Austen (from her characters to adaptations on her work). She even asked me about my dog, Bronte! You can check out the interview here.

On the website Diary of an Eccentric there is a new review for the book. It’s a great review since it acts so well as an introduction to the book and plot. Please be aware though there are spoilers (at the end of the review and in the comments) to the big twist in the book. You can check out the review here.

Let’s see… what else? Oh, yes!  A JANE AUSTEN DAYDREAM is being spotlighted on the site What Is That Book About. You can check that out here.

One last bit! While the eBook giveaway on Bookish is done (and congrats to the winner), there is still one other eBook giveaway running at To Read or Not to Read. It is going on for a few days more, so jump over and enter! Here is the link. A Jane Austen Daydream

Published by Madison Street Publishing, 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).

Blog Tour Day 3: “Wonderful” Two new reviews and another giveaway for A JANE AUSTEN DAYDREAM

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This is the third day of the blog tour for A JANE AUSTEN DAYDREAM!

Today I am happy to share with you two new book reviews and a new giveaway!

My favorite quote from the reviews comes from the website WTF Are You Reading.

Known not so affectionately as “the other Miss Austen”.  The brilliant authoress’ true story leaves much to be desired in the way of the “heart-stopping romance and timeless love matches” that have flowed with such unparallelled eloquence from her pen.

Until Scott Southard…

With Austen inspired phrasing and a wonderful blend of fact and fancy, Southard allows readers to experience a well written and emotionally  appealing “what if”?
This book allows readers to experience Jane, the person.  Watching her grow, develop, and become the woman that this book portrays, is a wonderful experience of the human condition.

You can check out the rest of the review here. The website To Read or Not to Read also reviewed the book and is hosting a giveaway. You can check out that review and enter to win an eBook copy of the book here.

Remember there is another ebook giveaway still going on at Bookish! That one is about to wrap up soon, so enter here! A Jane Austen Daydream

Published by Madison Street Publishing, 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).

Two Book Giveaways! A JANE AUSTEN DAYDREAM and MEGAN

I can’t explain why, but I am a sucker for a sweepstakes or a giveaway. They reason I say sucker is my track record has never been so great. The fates are not kind to this Southard.  The only time I can remember winning anything recently is a few years ago I entered a contest for a family Disney Parks trip. I didn’t win the trip, but I did win an autographed book by Julie Andrews for my daughter. I like Julie Andrews fine (Mary Poppins rules), but it was not exactly something I was going to break into song about. A Jane Austen Daydream

Speaking of autographs and giveaways, unlike me, there is a strong chance you could win something this time. Two of my books are in the midst of a giveaway!

There are only a few days left to enter to win an eBook copy of my novel A Jane Austen Daydream. You can enter this giveaway (and read a really flattering review of the book) via the Bookish website here.

The second giveaway is on Goodreads.com. Two lucky readers will win an autographed copy of my novel Megan! You can enter via the link below.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Megan by Scott D. Southard

Megan

by Scott D. Southard

Giveaway ends September 16, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

Five Things I Am Into Right Now, September 2014

Doctor WhoOkay, let’s get this out of the way first. I’m not sure what I think about the new Doctor on Doctor Who.

Yes, I get why they cast Peter Capaldi, he is in an interesting choice with a vibe very different from Matt Smith and David Tennant. It’s a fresh choice. (I’m still not a fan of Clara, but really it would be hard for anyone to follow Amy, Rory, and River. It’s a pretty high bar.)

This maybe all because I thought the direction of the first two episodes felt off. A lot of people were excited to have Ben Wheatley direct the first two episodes (again a fresh choice), but there is a certain “buy in” that I didn’t feel in those two episodes. It almost (and this may seem cruel) felt like a fan’s version of Doctor Who, not truly capturing the spirit and energy of the show.

It was Doctor Who, it just didn’t feel like Doctor Who.

Oh, who knows? Maybe I am just bitter since Matt Smith is off the show and he was in many ways my Doctor. In a few episodes I might be singing a different tune (and I have no problem admitting when I am wrong).

You know, whatever happens, even if I get so out of it that I walk away from the show for a few seasons, it doesn’t mean I stop being a Doctor Who fan. I will still rewatch the seasons I love. For example, I still consider myself a Star Trek fan, even though I didn’t watch a single episode of Enterprise (did you hear that theme song?) and I thought the last film contradicted a lot of Star Trek norms (like, for example, remember when it was a big deal when Voyager could land on a planet? I guess the Enterprise could do that decades earlier.).

Let’s move on to more pleasant stuff than my possible science-fiction nerd disappointment. Here are five things for September. Continue reading

Blog Tour Day 2: A JANE AUSTEN DAYDREAM on I’d So Rather Be Reading

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Today is the second day of the blog tour for A JANE AUSTEN DAYDREAM!

A JANE AUSTEN DAYDREAM is being spotlighted on the site I’d So Rather Be Reading. You can check it out here. In the entry you can read a summary, quotes and reviews of my novel.

Yesterday, A JANE AUSTEN DAYDREAM had a great new review on Bookish. AND You can also enter to win an eBook copy of the book! You can find the day one activities here. Check it out!

Published by Madison Street Publishing, 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).

Blog Tour Day 1: “Top-Notch” Review and Giveaway at Bookish for A JANE AUSTEN DAYDREAM

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Today is the first day of the blog tour for A JANE AUSTEN DAYDREAM! 

On bookish.com there are quotes, a book review and even a giveaway for my novel. Here is an excerpt from the very flattering review:

The author brilliantly re-imagines the life of our beloved Jane Austen, weaving in facts, names, dates partly just fiction but some real based on the facts we know of Miss Austen’s short life. He even tucks in quite a few quotes/book references, as to keep us on our toes.

Firstly, the quality of his writing is top-notch. From the opening sentence to the last word, I was captivated.  I felt the author knew where he wanted to take the story and did so in an authoritative as well as engaging way.

Secondly, Scott Southard is an expert at writing in such a fashion as to induce feelings of hate, love, joy, sadness, and righteous fury. I wept, I laughed , I talked back at the characters making foolish decisions, I even rallied against those standing in the way of Jane’s happiness.

You can read the rest of the review here. Also, on that same page, one luck reader can win an eBook copy of A JANE AUSTEN DAYDREAM.  Check it out!

Published by Madison Street Publishing, 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).