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Friday, September 21, 2012

Stephen King's Birthday and What It Means to Siri

Today's Stephen King's birthday, and to celebrate I'm reading the latest issue of Cemetery Dance, which features Neil Gaiman's visit to SK's Florida home.  The article's floating around cyberspace, too, and most of it can be found on Neil Gaiman's blog.

I also spent the morning downloading iOS 6 to my phone. (I know, I know, I live a life of mystery and adventure.)  Of course, I had to play with the updated Siri, which, I should add, is a major improvement over the last version.

Curious, I wondered what Siri thought of Stephen King.

First I asked, Who is Stephen King?  Siri's response:

Damn.  The man's 65, a famous writer ... and a baseball player?  I would've suspected he'd play for Boston, but then again, what do I know?  Just to be sure I had the right King, though, I asked a more specific question:  Give me a list of books by Stephen King.  

Hmm, seems Mr. King forgot to leave me his phone number.  No problem.  I figured since Siri is now a movie buff, I'd ask it to give me a list of movies involving Stephen King.  Yes! I got some answers--well, a few at least.  For some reason, I'd thought there'd be more.

Finally, I asked Siri when Stephen King's birthday was, and it gave me a list of contacts to choose from, which, to protect the innocent, I shall not post.

Alas, Siri didn't seem to know Stephen King, and, in fact, isn't much of a book lover at all.  Hopefully it  won't dampen King's birthday any. I suspect it won't.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Print Version of Eve Hallows and the Book of Shadows now available

Eve Hallows and the Book of Shadows
The print version of EVE HALLOWS AND THE BOOK OF SHADOWS is now available on Amazon.  You can pick up a copy here: http://www.amazon.com/Eve-Hallows-Book-Shadows-Volume/dp/1478378069/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1348152423&sr=8-1&keywords=eve+hallows+book+of+shadows

  • Product Details
  • Paperback: 274 pages
  • ISBN-10: 1478378069
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478378068
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Ages: 9+
  • Price: $12.99

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

First Review of Book of Shadows

I'll try not to post every review I receive, because you and I both know it gets boring (well, for you anyway) after a while.  But the first few reviews are particularly special to me—assuming it's not some troll trying to verbally bash my head in.

I suppose it's natural to want to let your baby out in the world and have people ooh and ahh over it.  And, yeah, I'm a proud pappa with this book.

So rather than drone on, here's the first of hopefully many reviews— a 5-starer, I might add— from Lili Lost in a Book:

This book was perfectly horrible! Horrible meaning amazingly awesome, of course. Eve's world once again sucked me in and would not let go until this part of Eve's story was finished!

I love Eve's family! They are just so close-knit and all around awesome! And I was also glad to see new monsters...like the new URNS agent. That was just wow! Funny too...

You can read the rest of it here.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Eve Hallows and the Book of Shadows Is Out Today ... Mostly

Yup, you read that correctly, EVE HALLOWS AND THE BOOK OF SHADOWS (Book #2 in The Nightmare Series) is available today ... at least the ebook version is.  So far I've seen it up at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  The Kobo version is coming soon, as well. And for you print fans, you should be able to purchase the book sometime next week.

For those of you not familiar with the series, you should stop reading this now and get yourself  a copy of  EVE HALLOWS AND THE BOOK OF SHRIEKS.  Because SHADOWS continues Eve's adventures, and, really, reading a series out of order is silly.


Ever since encountering The Source and its minions on Halloween, Eve Hallows has found life surprisingly quiet … not to mention adorably boring! So when Dad receives a Ouija message that she must return to Gravesville, Eve couldn't be happier—at least until she discovers the Director of URNS, also known as the Grim Reaper, has a special job for Eve … one that will lead her to New York City and to the true identity of The Source. 

With The Book of Shrieks offering zero help and a new URNS agent driving the school boys—and Eve!—crazy, Eve's beginning to realize this whole saving-the-world nonsense isn't what it's cracked up to be. 

All this and she still has to find The Book of Shadows....

And here's some of the early buzz:

Anonymous Reader 1:  Wow, you finally finished the book.  Now you can finish fixing the back deck like you promised me last year!

Anonymous Reader 2: You're a grown man writing for children!  When are you gonna get a real job?  

Anonymous Reader 3: How many times do I have to tell you? I'm not reading the book until you buy me an iPhone.

New York Times: Mr. Green, per our guidelines we will NOT be reviewing your book.  If you continue to contact us we will be forced to pursue legal action.

I_AM_NOT_ROBERT_GRAY:  A masterpiece!  This may be the best story ever written.  It's as if Neil Gaiman, J.K. Rowling, and Stephen King wrote the book together, and then called upon Shakespeare's ghost for line edits.

Now, if that doesn't put a fire under your buns, I don't know what will.

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