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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

A Quick Summer Update

We are now officially into the summer and while Pennsylvania is getting a lot more rain than normal, it's been a good one so far.

Last Monday night, my wife and I enjoyed our first book club meeting where we discussed Wayback with Pat Webster's friends. We go to church with many of the members and it was a fun night. It was really neat to see how the scenes that had originated in my gray matter over two years ago came alive to those that read the book and to find out what they liked and disliked. It was very energizing.

Reviews are continuing to come out and you'll want to keep your eye on a "big one" coming from Christian Fiction Review over the next few weeks - Wayback will make an appearance there. Good reviews also continue to come in on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The Facebook Fan Site is also continuing to grow at a healthy pace.

I am diligently working on the sequel to Wayback, tentatively called MidCycle. I'm about 80% of the way done with the first draft and I like where it's going so far. Someone once said that a sequel must be similar to the original work to be considered a sequel and different enough so that it really is a different book. That's a challenge.

I will be in Denver on July 12,13 & 14 to attend the International Christian Retail Show, representing STL Book Distribution with Wayback. This is the largest Christian Book Show in the world, so I plan on making the most of it (looking for an agent, looking at different publishing houses, networking and even meeting some of the best Christian Fiction authors).

As more news comes out this summer, I will post it here. Enjoy your summer!



Sunday, June 7, 2009

Book Sightings!

While my book has been available on-line for over a month now, it's finally starting to show up on physical book store shelves around the country. I received an email from a reader in Michigan who found one at Barnes & Noble and I got a note that Master's Mercantile was beginning to carry it. On Saturday, June 6th, we loaded the family into the mini-van and drove over to the local Master's Mercantile and found four copies.

This is the kind of stuff that puts a fire under me to complete the sequel as fast and best as I can. If you find a copy on a shelf and snap a photo send it to me and I'll post it here (sam at - replace at with, well, '@')