The Buccaneer of Nemaris
Calendar of Events

Phew!  Its tough trying to find a use for this page!  So we'll use it as an update board for the book.
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10/12/16 - Calander Caution:  Event Coming to Twin Cities

While a lot has happened since my last update, sadly, not much else has.  I spent most of the spring completing my program at Hamline.  As useful and challenging this process was, it left time for little else regarding marketing and such.  Therefore, my goal was to get featured at the Twin Cities Book Festival again.  In 2013, it was such a successful day and I got a chance to meet many loyal readers.

This coming Saturday, I'll be among the many local authors and writing groups at the annual event hosted by the Rain Taxi review of books. 

Some of you may have noted my name among a group of editors on a literary journal.  I have been involved with the Runestone Literary Journal, an online undergraduate journal hosted by Hamline University, for most of the spring and also this fall.  As an active member of the fiction board, I have been experiencing the challenge of approving or rejecting entries for the journal.  It is an exciting process, but a slow process.  Most journals waste no time in rejecting authors - something I've discovered in the publishing process. 

At any rate, Runestone Journal as well as the Waterstone Review - Hamline's graduate level print literary journal - will also be at this event.  (They were in the past, too, weird.)  As Runestone's been in existance only a year and a half, I guess they're fairly new to the scene.  (So am I, really.) 

Anyway, if you're in the area and free this weekend, October 15th, We're at the Progressive Center of the Minnesota State Fairgrounds.  Admission and parking is free; come between 10 AM and 4 PM anytime.  There's food, there's fun, there's readings, and books. 

BONUS:  If you come to my booth and say this word -

PIXIE

- You might be entitled to a free poster of one of Gaia's lovely ladies.  Just saying.  (Plus you can get a bookmark or a signed copy, if you're into that.)

So come out to the festival this weekend and say hello!

Otherwise, please continue to follow my regular blog at www.agent505.deviantart.com as well as my other urban fantasy short stories.  I hope I can meet a few of you this coming Saturday.  Keep reading!


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3/5/16 - Successful Launch... A Small Rocket, At Least

Sometimes you plan for fifty, and only ten show.  No matter what you do to get the word out, it's not enough.  The launch party fell on a Friday, and on campus, college students value that Friday night.  Even when there's free cake involved.  But the old adage is still true:  you can lead a college kid to Old Country Buffet, but you can't make him go to the salad bar.

(My hometown was home to the first OCB ever and it closed.  Sad.)

But hey, like all things, you say "oh well" and move on.

We're going to try a few things around here.  I've added a few links that direct you to Goodreads, a site that is the home of bookworms on the web.  Think Facebook meets Books, if that makes sense.  It's what Amazon might be like if they didn't try to sell you something on every turn.  Go to the Links page to check it out.

I am reminded that this effort is an ongoing process.  I'm there, on top of a hill, inside of a ball of plastic, like the ones they have in New Zealand, waiting for someone to push me over the cliff - and when I roll over the edge, I'll gather all kinds of snow, and when I finally stop I'll be a snowman. 
Maybe I'm trying to equate that to some kind of poetic symbolism related to being noticed by the greater writing community.  Maybe I can quote a bunch of famous places and see if their name comes up in a Google search.

Or not, and I'm just babbling.  Anyway.

But hey, the site on Amazon is live for book two. Go check it out.

http://www.amazon.com/Buccaneer-Nemaris-Forests-Friends/dp/1592989101/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1457225656&sr=8-1&keywords=nemaris


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2/18/16  -  Adventure Returns to Gaia

I seem to recall we were talking about how things can happen in a day.  Tomorrow, a lot will happen.  At last, the moment you have all been waiting for, the release of book two will occur.  Soon afterwards, you will be able to find Of Forests and Friends available at your local Amazon (bad joke, I know) or through the Ingram website.  With luck, a few local retailers might also carry it.  Either way, you should seek out Gaia's second adventure.

If you are in the Twin Cities area, come to the launch party!  Here's the link again:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1267362639944413/

Tomorrow will be a long day, so I'll leave you with these parting words.

"When darkness plagues the landscape, the pure of heart shall right the course of Gaia."

Find the fountain.  She is waiting.

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1/29/2016 - Exciting News!

It's on me for failing to keep tabs here.  Did I say it'd be last fall when book two was released?  Well, as you know, life gets in the way of things.  A lot can happen in a year.  Even more can happen in a day.  My nephews and nieces are growing up, and the fellow in the mirror has more grey hairs than humanly possible.  But hey, we're all blessed for being able to still see anything in that mirror.

As I write this update, I can say with confidence that Book Two is a real thing and exists, somewhere, in the world.  Specifically, the book warehouse.  (Yes, it is a real place.  I'll tell you about it sometime.)  So book two is officially a reality and you're all invited to explore the adventure of Janna and Amaryn.

On that note, I announce the launch of the book officially on February 19th.  
I could write all kinds of reasons why you should go, why you should come to frosty Minnesota and enjoy the winter carnival, and of course encourage you to come have a piece of cake if nothing else.  Instead, I'm just going to cop out and do a little copy-paste action. 

Find out about the launch party here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1267362639944413/

I've always had fairly low expectations when it comes to my book events.  Sadly, the Bloomington fair has came to an end and won't be happening ever again, but I always thought that if I sold one book that a particular event would be a success.  If I even as much as gave away a bookmark, that'd be awesome.  Of course, the bookmarks cost money.  The book costs money.  Promoting the book costs money.  Everything, it seems, costs money. 

That said, there is much more to life than money.  And in the chaos of the world that seems to revolve around that almighty dollar, we all need to relax a little.  If we can find a place like Gaia to go to, and maybe make a friend or two, that's gotta be worth a few bucks.  So if you're in the area February 19th, come on by and immerse yourself in an adventure for awhile.

If not, hey, the book'll probably find its way onto Amazon.  Or a local library.

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Did I mention the book is out?  Aren't you excited?  I'm excited!  Let's do this!

As always, feel free to check out my regular blog!www.agent505.deviantart.com
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8/26/2015 - August Update

Weird, time to update the site again because something exciting has happened.  So much for that six month goal.  Well, still better than last time.

First off, look for an update on the Excerpts page.  I've uploaded the opening to book two.  Maybe it'll give you an idea what to expect?  I hope so.

Speaking of which, book two is on schedule to come out this fall.  Yes, this year, like soon, within the next few months, before the holiday season.
Crazy, huh?

As of tonight, the proofreading phase is done and the nitty-gritty painstaking work of editing and re-editing is complete.  I mean, it only took eight months, minus the time it took to go through four writing classes this spring.  If I haven't said so before, writing classes may not be the most painful classes to take, but they sure wear you out.  Especially that urge to keep writing.  Why is that?  No idea.  But from one writer to you, I guess the best way to say it is that anything worth doing takes a great deal of work.  Movies take a long time to make, too, but the good news is that those screenwriters that come up with the idea have a staff of a few thousand to go and make the movie; I've got me and maybe the cat, if she's nearby.  Though I'll admit she hasn't done much for ground breaking ideas, she has at least kept me company.

Though I may not have impressed some of my teachers from last term - let's be honest, my drafts aren't impressive and might even be borderline offensive - I am pleased to say that book two will be even better and a much richer read than the first book.  It's a darker story, to be true, but that could be said of all enduring adventures.  Odysseus had to go all the way to hell before he could go home, and the Dread Pirate Roberts escorted Princess Buttercup through the dark and dangerous Fire Swamp before losing six years of his life to finally rescue her from the dark clutches of Prince Humperdinck.  The way to a better place is always through a dark tunnel, or over a treacherous hill, or a deadly sea.  You can't get there from here otherwise.  Or maybe you can fly.

At any rate, we're one step closer to seeing Of Forests and Friends in print.  And that's certainly a good day, if not a good feeling.  Seeing the first book in print was wonderful.  And seeing book two will be even better.

Also, it should be mentioned that my usual blog on Deviantart will continue to be in use.  It remains the place where most of my reading audience lurks on the internet, and continues to be both a strong source of inspiration and a canvas for my bizarre fictional ideas. 

Keep on reading and I'll look for your comments where I can find them.  Enjoy that summertime fun while it lasts!




Just a reminder, here's the book to look for at your next visit to Amazon or Barnes & Noble.






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s always, feel free to visit my regular blog at www.agent505.deviantart.com and drop me a line.  Or if you'd like a signed copy, contact me at any time at buccaneer@earthlink.net

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