I’ll Be Chatting on Facebook

Hi – I’ll be participating in author Roberta Trahan’s FaceBook Book Release Party (3:00 pm-9:15 pm PT) this evening at 8:45 pm PT. Her new fantasy novel The Keys to the Realms (Book two in her The Dream Stewards series) is coming out to day so she has a lot of authors dropping in and discussing anything and everything. I’ll also be running a Giveaway for signed copies of my books. Hope to see you there!


The FaceBook event link is below:


Goodreads Giveaway: Two Signed Copies of “Romulus Buckle & the City of the Founders”

Hi all! I’m raffling off two signed paperback copies of Romulus Buckle & the City of the Founders, the first book in The Chronicles of the Pneumatic Zeppelin steampunk adventure series from 47North.

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Romulus Buckle & the City of the Founders by Richard Ellis Preston Jr.

Romulus Buckle & the City of the Founders

by Richard Ellis Preston Jr.

Giveaway ends May 06, 2014.

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Meatball Writing Surgery

When you turn around and try to rewrite and finish a 730 page manuscript which you have been working on intermittently for ten years–it is a feat of will. I am a changed writer now–hopefully a better one–and I see the world differently than I did in any of the previous stages of writing the book. The book is the first part of a trilogy and it can’t end up being more than 400 pages long, preferably 350. So I wade in with a chainsaw because this is meatball surgery, triage, to start. Pick the parts with the will to live and cut, cut, cut away the rest. Amputate and relocate the living organs, sew the body back up again and hope the remaining flesh might recover and flourish. After that, I have to make it readable. But she won’t die on the table. Her heart is unbearably strong. And I believe in her.

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