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Monday, December 26, 2011

Nightmare After Christmas

For those of you who found a shiny new Kindle under your Christmas tree and are hankerin' to fill it up with content, you might like to know the ebook version of EVE HALLOWS AND THE BOOK OF SHRIEKS is available for FREE until December 30th.  My little gift to you.

If you miss out, no worries, you can still read it for free with your Prime membership until March 6, 2012.

If you prefer the feel of paper between your fingers, Barnes & Noble is currently offering the print version at the lowest price I've seen so far ($9.35).

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Enter for a chance to win a copy of EVE HALLOWS AND THE BOOK OF SHRIEKS. Contest expires January 01, 2012.

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Eve Hallows and the Book of Shrieks by Robert Gray

Eve Hallows and the Book of Shrieks

by Robert Gray

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Monday, December 12, 2011

The Five Best Books of 2011

In honor of my favorite book this year, I give you THE FIVE BEST BOOKS OF 2011.

5. ROBOPOCALYPSE by Daniel H. Wilson 

In the near future, at a moment no one will notice, all the dazzling technology that runs our world will unite and turn against us. Taking on the persona of a shy human boy, a childlike but massively powerful artificial intelligence known as Archosassumes control over the global network of machines that regulate everything from transportation to utilities, defense and communication. In the months leading up to this, sporadic glitches are noticed by a handful of unconnected humans – a single mother disconcerted by her daughter’s menacing “smart” toys, a lonely Japanese bachelor who is victimized by his domestic robot companion, an isolated U.S. soldier who witnesses a ‘pacification unit’ go haywire – but most are unaware of the growing rebellion until it is too late.

When the Robot War ignites -- at a moment known later as Zero Hour -- humankind will be both decimated and, possibly, for the first time in history, united. Robopocalypse is a brilliantly conceived action-filled epic, a terrifying story with heart-stopping implications for the real technology all around us…and an entertaining and engaging thriller unlike anything else written in years.

4. FLASHBACK by Dan Simmons 

The United States is near total collapse. But 87% of the population doesn't care: they're addicted to flashback, a drug that allows its users to re-experience the best moments of their lives. After ex-detective Nick Bottom's wife died in a car accident, he went under the flash to be with her; he's lost his job, his teenage son, and his livelihood as a result.

Nick may be a lost soul but he's still a good cop, so he is hired to investigate the murder of a top governmental advisor's son. This flashback-addict becomes the one man who may be able to change the course of an entire nation turning away from the future to live in the past.

A provocative novel set in a future that seems scarily possible, FLASHBACK proves why Dan Simmons is one of our most exciting and versatile writers.

3. 11/22/63 by Stephen King 

Jake Epping is a thirty-five-year-old high school English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine, who makes extra money teaching adults in the GED program. He receives an essay from one of the students—a gruesome, harrowing first person story about the night 50 years ago when Harry Dunning’s father came home and killed his mother, his sister, and his brother with a hammer. Harry escaped with a smashed leg, as evidenced by his crooked walk.

Not much later, Jake’s friend Al, who runs the local diner, divulges a secret: his storeroom is a portal to 1958. He enlists Jake on an insane—and insanely possible—mission to try to prevent the Kennedy assassination. So begins Jake’s new life as George Amberson and his new world of Elvis and JFK, of big American cars and sock hops, of a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and a beautiful high school librarian named Sadie Dunhill, who becomes the love of Jake’s life—a life that transgresses all the normal rules of time.

2. THE SILENT LAND by Graham Joyce 

In the French Pyrenees, a young married couple is buried under a flash avalanche while skiing. Miraculously, Jake and Zoe dig their way out from under the snow—only to discover the world they knew has been overtaken by an eerie and absolute silence. Their hotel is devoid of another living soul. Cell phones and land lines are cut off. An evacuation as sudden and thorough as this leaves Jake and Zoe to face a terrifying situation alone. They are trapped by the storm, completely isolated, with another catastrophic avalanche threatening to bury them alive . . . again. And as the couple begin to witness unset­tling events neither one can ignore, they are forced to con­front a frightening truth about the silent land they now inhabit.

1.  THE FIVE by Robert McCammon 

The Five tells the story of an eponymous rock band struggling to survive on the margins of the music business. As they move through the American Southwest on what might be their final tour together, the band members come to the attention of a damaged Iraq war veteran, and their lives are changed forever.

The narrative that follows is a riveting account of violence, terror, and pursuit set against a credible, immensely detailed rock and roll backdrop. It is also a moving meditation on loyalty and friendship, on the nature and importance of families those we are born into and those we create for ourselves and on the redemptive power of the creative spirit. Written with wit, elegance, and passionate conviction, The Five lays claim to new imaginative territory, and reaffirms McCammon's position as one of the finest, most unpredictable storytellers of our time.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

KDP Select

If you're not familiar with Amazon's new KDP Select option for authors, you can get yer learn on here: Amazon's KDP Select.  While the terms are not entirely favorable--for instance, I don't like the exclusivity clause--I've decided to give it a try with  EVE HALLOWS AND THE BOOK OF SHRIEKS.

What does this mean for Kindle owners?

If you're a Prime Member, enjoy yourself a free copy of EVE HALLOWS AND THE BOOK OF SHRIEKS.  Merry Christmas.  If you're not a Prime Member, you can purchase a copy for $2.99.

What does this mean for non-Kindle owners?  

At least for the time being--until March 6, 2012 to be exact--I am not able to distribute the ebook to any other reading device.  This includes nook, iPhone/Pad/Pod, Sony readers, Kobo, and whatever else is out there.  After March 6, Amazon's contract expires, which means you'll slowly see EVE HALLOWS AND THE BOOK OF SHRIEKS reappear in various other e-formats.  I'll keep you posted on this blog and over at Eve's website.

In the meantime, there's always the dead tree version--Print Edition ($12.99)--which looks much better under a Christmas Tree anyway.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Books N Stuff 2

EVE HALLOWS AND THE BOOK OF SHRIEKS is now available at Books N Stuff 2, located at the Old Lumberyard Shops in Milford, PA.  You don't have to buy my book, of course, but stop on by and support your local bookstore.  They have a great selection of new and used books, as well as games, a computer area with complimentary wi-fi, and some really comfy couches.

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