Guest Blog at “The Qwillery”

Hey all–I moved to a new house at the beginning of this month and missed a few items along the way because my world, stuff and brain was in boxes.  I did a guest blog at The Qwillery on June 6th entitled: “Romulus Buckle, Steampunk and the Female Swashbuckler,” and it is one of my favorite blogs so far.  Thank you, Sally and The Qwillery!  Check it out at http://qwillery.blogspot.com/2013/06/guest-blog-by-richard-ellis-preston-jr.html

GOODREADS Romulus Buckle Giveaway

Goodreads is giving away 15 copies of Romulus Buckle and the City of the Founders.  The contest runs from June 14 to June 28, 2013.  http://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/56157-romulus-buckle-the-city-of-the-founders?page=1

TOR.COM Romulus Buckle Sweepstakes

Come one, come all!  TOR.com is running a sweepstakes for five Romulus Buckle and the City of the Founders galleys.  The contest runs from June 11-15th and all you have to do is comment on the post to enter. Free book?  Why not, eh?  http://www.tor.com/blogs/2013/06/romulus-buckle-sweepstakes

Fire in the Hills

The Powerhouse Fire burning in/around the Angeles National Forest just north of our valley.  The picture below was taken yesterday from the top of the parking structure at the Valencia mall.Valencia Powerhouse Fire

Wildfires are a part of life in Southern California, just like tornadoes in Oklahoma City, but it is always freaky to have a convoy of fire trucks lined up on your street.Fire Trucks on my street

The fire vehicles in the above photo were not engaged yet–they had stopped to strategize over a map spread out on a truck hood before heading up into the hills.  It is supposed to be a bad fire season this year.  Stay safe, firefighters–we are proud of you.