Shock, Awe and a Call to Arms: A Writing Update

This is me as a duck in a hatThere are a few moments in my life I have been truly shocked.

Hearing my son cry for the first time (even though I was anticipating it) shocked me. Meeting my wife definitely turned my head. Getting into grad school at USC was a nice surprise… But this was a new one for me as an author.

This week Madison Street Publishing, the publisher of A JANE AUSTEN DAYDREAM, did a two-day free eBook promotion of that new book and… The numbers were extraordinary!

People from all over the world in just 48 hours jumped to grab my novel, bringing the total to… 7392.


Over 7000 people have found my book and may begin it; not all may finish it, of course, but the possibility is there. If these were sale numbers those two days could have dropped my book on lists I have only dreamed about approaching.

Whatever the case, print or eBook, free or purchase, these last two days moved me closer down the path of a dream I have had since I was a child.

So to those who downloaded the book, or told a friend, or shared a Tweet…

Thank you!

Now comes the next step, the awkward one for me, the call to arms… If you downloaded A JANE AUSTEN DAYDREAM, and enjoyed it, would you consider helping to make more readers discover it? Help me and my publisher to continue to build a movement around the novel?

Here are some initial and very easy ideas…

  • Telling a friend
  • Choosing it for your book club
  • Writing a review or a blog post about it (and if you do, please tell me for I might share it on this site or tweet it)
  • Purchasing a print copy, for yourself or as a gift
  • Suggesting it to your local library
  • Tweeting about it, sharing it on Facebook, or recommending it on GoodReads

And you might have ideas of your own, better ideas than mine. Whatever the case, I am asking for help to make the next big step in my dream a reality.

Mystery Science Theater 3000Yes, the goal is for the book to grow and grow and find more readers along the way, and I hope you will join me in this task. Better yet, think of it like Mystery Science Theater  3000 when they would say “Join us” in that funny and creepy way.  Be part of this. I would love for this novel to become a true literary success story for the ages.

Join us!

For those, upon finishing JANE, who are interested in reading more of my work, I have decreased the price on the eBook of my other new novel  MAXIMILIAN STANDFORTH AND THE CASE OF THE DANGEROUS DARE!

While the print version (which I highly recommend since I originally envisioned the book in that format) is still only around 10 dollars, the new eBook price on Amazon is just $1.99 (here) and I will continue to have it at that low price for the month of July!

Yes, just a $1.99 for this experimental, genre-breaking novel. You can read an excerpt and learn more about the work via my page for the book here.  If there is one thing I can guarantee, it is a very unique work and will surprise you.

I’ve been blogging for over a year and a half now, almost 500 unique posts have been posted on this site, ranging from topics like parenting to movies to music to books, and for the first time… the very first time… I’m at a loss of what more to say.

You readers have finally done the impossible.

I am now speechless.

I hope you all enjoy A JANE AUSTEN DAYDREAM!

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