This is awesome.
Did this guy read my book?
This is awesome.
Did this guy read my book?
The response to my book going to print has been overwhelming and humbling.
I don’t know exact sales numbers, and won’t for some time. But they seem phenomenal so far coming from a basic nobody-newbie author using a few internet forums and word of mouth.
For a cool example, my dad took a copy to read while waiting for his dental appointment and the dentist asked about it. After reading the back cover the guy was so intrigued that he snapped a picture of the front with his phone so he could order a copy after he fixed my old man’s teeth.
Then from the forums, people bought multiple copies for themselves and others. A couple people bought THREE COPIES EACH! Other folks wanted signed copies. Luckily, I’d ordered a stack of books for myself but the day I received them I had to sign and ship them all out the next morning. That’s crazy.
I’m kind of egotistical, but it’s humbling that people would actually want my autograph on something. All I can say in return is that I promise to try and make it big so these will be worth something one day.
And the reviews have already been rolling in. Slowly though, because Amazon is kind of weird… I’ve been told by people that they left a review, only for it to show up a few days later while others show up seemingly immediately. But that aside, it means people are opening my book, getting sucked into the story, and finishing it within a couple days.
Feedback like this is incredible. That was the goal all along, to tell a story that draws folks in, entertains them for hours, and leave them wanting more.
And I have more. The sequel is ready and waiting.
All I need are enough sales to convince the publisher to pick it up.
So buy more copies, send them to your friends and family. If they like dinosaurs and/or cowboys, I promise they’ll like this book because it’s got both. Tell them it’s a mix of John Wayne, Jurassic Park, and John Wick.
If you want a signed copy, shoot me a message using the Contact Page. They are $14 plus $3 for S&H. $17 total. If you want a message written in it, I can do that. If you want me to show off my amazingly lacking but still astonishing art skills, I can draw you a picture in the cover as well. Whatever. So long as you’re happy and you tell your friends about the book and leave an honest review on Amazon and/or Goodreads!
And FB reminded me via Memories, that Oct 5th was two years ago to the date that I posted on FB that I’d written a book. Yeah, it was a rough draft with a rough title, but it still counted. 🙂
How crazy that two years later I’m holding a finished copy in my hand.
Well, I would be holding it, if I had any left over from signing.
Anyways, here’s the link. Buy away!
EDIT – Amazon is now sold out. It looks like they won’t be shipping anymore until Oct 19th. That’s a pretty amazing feat! Thanks for all your support! (Oooh, it does look like Barnes&Noble has some copies still available though on their website!)
I read his Sword of Truth series way back when in the early 2000’s until I caught up to where he was writing then pursued other books. Fast forward over 15 years, and a couple of months ago, I decided to start re-reading them as I’d heard much more had been written. So I started over with the first book, Wizard’s First Rule, and carried on from there. Now I’m on the 7th book, The Pillars of Creation.
Then, this weekend, I heard about his death. Man, what a shame. The guy was an amazing writer, sold something like 25 million books, and did it with a strong touch of Ayn Rand guiding his hand. The philosophical commentary he implemented into his writings was superb, especially about individual freedom.
Ok, yeah it also has a great love story and icky stuff like that. But there’s also some awesome BATTLES and of course, wisdom such as this:
“Cut. Once committed to the fight, cut. Everything else is secondary. Cut. That is your duty, your purpose, your hunger. There is no rule more important, no commitment that overrides that one. Cut. The lines are a portrayal of the dance. Cut from the void, not from bewilderment. Cut the enemy as quickly and directly as possible. Cut with certainty. Cut decisively, resolutely. Cut into his strength. Flow through the gap in his guard. Cut him. Cut him down utterly. Don’t allow him a breath. Crush him. Cut him without mercy to the depths of his spirit. It’s the balance of life: death. It is the dance with death.” – Faith of the Fallen.
I highly recommend reading his books. They are fantastic. (If a bit…. verbose in their descriptions.)
And for fun, here’s a few more great quotes:
“Charity, if you have the means, is a personal choice, but charity which is expected or compelled is simply a polite word for slavery.” – Pillars of Creation.
“Pity for the guilty is treason to the innocent.” – Faith of the Fallen.
“Not everyone is willing to embrace liberty; liberty requires not just effort, but risk. Some people choose to delude themselves and see their chains as protective armor.” – Chainfire.
“Wrong doing must be punished. If not, it will proliferate until anarchy wears the robes of tolerance and understanding.” – Blood of the Fold.
“If something is wrong, it matters not if a thousand men are for it; you must still oppose it. If something is just, no amount of popular outcry should stay you from your course.” – Naked Empire.
“Laugh all you want. I know my own worth and don’t need to prove it to someone who doesn’t know theirs.” – Faith of the Fallen.
“Culture carries no privilege to exist. Cultures do not have value simply because they are. Some cultures, the world is better off without.” – Soul of the Fire.
“Enemies,’ the wizard said, ‘are the price of honour.” – Debt of Bones.
Rest easy Terry Goodkind. You’ll be missed.
This was the reaction when I told people I wanted to write a book about an outlaw who discovers a lost world entrance in the wild frontier of the Wyoming Territories…. And that there was dinosaurs in it:
This was the reaction when I told people I’d finished the book and people began to read and critique it:
This was how I felt when I finished the publication process:
And this is how I feel today, with the book finally released on Amazon.
So look at this! Here it is in all it’s glory! Woop!
Jedidiah Huckleberry Smith spent his entire life searching for the raider who mutilated him as a child. Finally, giving up on a trail long grown cold, he leaves his outlaw past behind and starts over in a remote town in Wyoming.
One dark night his ranch is attacked by a mysterious and ferocious beast from a world lost to time. Only Jedidiah’s savagery and skills save him.
Now, teaming up with a beautiful but naïve paleontologist, they stand between his adopted town and its destruction by an army of barbaric prehistoric apes and dinosaurs. But Jed’s past has come back to haunt him. The man he searched for is discovered in a position of power, and Jed must choose…
Revenge for his past, or the salvation of strangers.
Either way, bullets will fly, and blood will be spilled.
If you buy it, I’d love you forever if you leave an Amazon or Goodreads review. Even a one sentence that says, “This book doesn’t suck” means a lot and helps sell more books in the future. (How many times have you looked at a book with no or few reviews and passed on it because no one else risked reading it first? I know I have.)
And since the sequel is already completed, well – the more this one sells the more likely the publisher will pick it up. If this one doesn’t sell… no sequel folks. It’s just not worth the investment by the publisher. So I’m holding the sequel hostage. MWhahaha.
Right now the Kindle version is available for either the price of $0 if you have Kindle Unlimited, or $3.99 if you don’t. The Paperback is $13.95. (Sorry, I didn’t pick the price. I was really hoping it’d be under $10.)
Personally, I’m gonna buy about 20 of them. And guess who is getting an autographed copy for Christmas? (My entire extended family!)
And finally, this is how I feel as I try to ignore the awesomeness of this moment and work on the third book in the series:
Gee golly. I’d be embarrassed if the reason I was picked to be someone’s VP was quite literally the color of my skin and the pairing of my chromosomes.
This is like the ultimate in Affirmative Action.
A normal, non-power hungry person, should feel cheapened by this. Insulted, really. As I would if I were given a position due to the whiteness of my skin and my XY chromosomes.
Of course, the left is upholding it as a Big Effin’ Deal. Because ‘First Black Female VP EVAH!’… except she claimed Indian-American status when she entered Congress. But I reckon if you can change genders, you might as well be able to change races.
The Left also suddenly, and conveniently, forget that Kamala believed Biden’s sexual creepiness accusers during the Primary. (“#BelieveAllWomen until it gets in the way of Politics” is a leftist unofficial slogan.) She also accused Biden of being a racist. Which, seems pretty accurate, considering all his race blundering bloopers he keeps giving about how he thinks blacks are all the same and only quantitative of their race if they vote for him.
But, honestly, -I- forgot all about Former Prosecutor Kamala Harris because I thought she was dead after being publicly slain by Hawaiian Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard during the primary debates:
(Nobody can roast a pig better than a Hawaiian)
Of course polling zero percent also makes you forgettable. Good thing she had her skin tone and gender to fall back on.
If you think about it. The Left should be flipping out right now. They literally nominated a ‘Old White Rich Man and a Corrupt Cop’ to be their potential leaders for four years. This is what the psycho lefties have been burning cities down over for the past few months. Way to implement real change guys. lol.
But ya know, if you think feeble minded 78 year old Joe Biden, after 47 years in politics, is suddenly going to make things better – You ain’t too bright.