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I'm off to spend the next several days getting my home ready for a refinancing appraisal -- and if you've followed how busy I've been, you know why it will take several days.

Meanwhile, I'm officially announcing what many of you already know: In May, 2012, Whiskey Creek Press will release Storm Chaser Shorts, a collection of short stories featuring the characters from Storm Chaser. The 14,000 word work features 10 stories, and will be available as an e-book only -- so save space on your e-readers/phones/computers/whatever the heck else someone comes up with between now and then! Here's the blurb that sealed the deal for me:

Just like the weather, a person’s story changes all the time. Sometime it’s a romance, sometimes a comedy, and when things go badly it can be a fine line between action-adventure and tragedy.

Storm Chaser Shorts follows two converging stories. One involves the family and friends of Indiana State Trooper Chance Hamlin, who struggles to defend his hometown of Hurricane and his family from all manner of threats – whether they want him to or not. The other follows disaster photographer Allie Craine and those pulled into the wake of her passing, as she’s tailed by the shadowy and disaster prone Luther Magee.

Seven stories are set before, and three after, the events of
Storm Chaser. Like the weather – and life – the tales are diverse, ranging from humor and adventure to what may be downright mystical.

After all, life with a Storm Chaser is as diverse as the weather.

Storm Chaser
is still available through amazon.com, amazon.com.uk, fictionwise.com, whiskeycreekpress.com, and markrhunter.com., and in print on my website, at the Albion New Era and Churubusco News newspaper offices, and at The Bookmark in Fort Wayne.  Here's a new review I just stumbled across:

And I found the video Emily made for the book here:

Yes, I Googled myself. Don't mock me!  As of today, Storm Chaser is still listed as #5 on the Whiskey Creek Press top 10 list.


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Aug. 25th, 2011 09:30 am (UTC)
Nothing wrong with Googling yourself :) You can also set up Google to alert you if anyone mentions you, or your work. Apparently agents andf publishers (and prospective employers) will google you when considering applications to them, so it makes sense to check that what they end up seeing is what you want them to see! ;)
Aug. 25th, 2011 10:03 am (UTC)
Actually, that's exactly what I did -- set up Google alerts. Without that I wouldn't have known about the latest review, and wouldn't have known Storm Chaser was up on fictionwise. You'd think someone would tell me these things!
Aug. 25th, 2011 02:58 pm (UTC)
cool. and congrats and I want to see that book trailer the moment I have a minute to myself
Aug. 26th, 2011 06:00 pm (UTC)
Oh, we're waiting until we have time to ourselves, are we? Well, then we'll never see anything!
Aug. 26th, 2011 07:26 pm (UTC)
hmm okay when I no longer have work to do...oh, right. Okay i went now. i liked it a lot. I was wondering about how these are done in my blog about 2 weekends ago
Aug. 27th, 2011 01:38 pm (UTC)
I figured it would be difficult, but -- although Emily made it seem easy -- there was a lot about doing it that I hadn't considered. For instance, you couldn't just use any images or music for a trailer: You have to make sure you can use it legally. Some of the photos I took, while she found others and the music under that creative commons type thing. If I could have just stolen anything I wanted, the video would have looked different and gotten me into a lot of trouble!
Aug. 27th, 2011 02:25 pm (UTC)
yeah that's why I'm not hugely fond of this new marketing push. All those considerations and the unkindness of a lot of people seeing them and whining but it uses text (what I have the cash to hire a ton of actors?) and stock footage.

At least you could take your own photos.
Aug. 29th, 2011 04:06 pm (UTC)
Emily and I are both fairly decent photographers, so that part's not a problem. Honestly, I don't know if it does much good anyway -- readers are looking for something to read, not watch.
Aug. 30th, 2011 01:44 am (UTC)
Honestly, I don't know if it does much good anyway -- readers are looking for something to read, not watch.

this is what I wonder about. When I posted about book trailers half of the list didn't even know they existed and most couldn't careless that they did. I'm just not sure they are that successful as a marketing tool (then again I wonder that about twitter and facebook too)
Aug. 30th, 2011 05:33 am (UTC)
I don't know if *any* of the online things I do bring me much in the way of sales, especially FB and Twitter. Obviously people I've met on the web have bought "Storm Chaser", but most of them I already met here before the book came out. In the end, nobody really knows which promotional ideas work and which don't.
Aug. 31st, 2011 02:24 am (UTC)
yes I suppose that is true. at least twitter is free and easy
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Aug. 26th, 2011 03:26 pm (UTC)
I don't care if ya'll google each other so long as I get to see the vids..
Aug. 26th, 2011 06:01 pm (UTC)
google yourself
Sounds dirty, doesn't it?
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