That is how long before Noble Courage will be available for download. For just $2.99 you will get the full version of a book almost 500 pages in length! This is very exciting for me since people just don’t understand how Smashwords works. This should be a much more user friendly avenue! 🙂 By mid morning tomorrow, you can be reading the very beginning of my series!
“My boy, do not be so rash as to throw death at everyone. It should be God who takes a life, not another person.” ~ Doctor Love, Noble Courage Chapter 9
Humanity is so quick to steal that which does not belong to them…including life. It is such a gift and yet so many of us make those sad decisions that bring about the ultimate end of another’s life. Yes, I am most fortunate that I do not have to make those choices. Nor could I, I don’t think. Although my writing is riddled with death, it is the taking of imaginary people who come alive upon my pages. However, I’m so glad that it isn’t on my word that young men and women die on foreign soil. But I do recognize that those brave souls fight to protect me…and they don’t even know who I am. It amazes me that such a bond could be forged between people who have never met. Yet the pride I feel becomes all the stronger because one of my own is willing to be one of those who risks his life so that we can continue to live ours. Thank you to our military and thank you to Alex for paying the price I could not.
Aspen now has her own Facebook page to be more interactive with her fans. Visit with her, ask her questions, and learn about some of the thoughts that went into her story. You can catch up with her here: http://www.facebook.com/aspen.darktower
My first book, Noble Courage, has been out in book form since 2006. It wasn’t really the experience I thought it would be, having a publisher, plus they were so small that the books cost a fortune. I have been most frustrated by it all and kind of threw in the towel for a while.
Then, I discovered Smashwords.com. This was an experiment to see if digital copies really sell better. I, myself, have become an ebook junkie of sorts. However, I don’t think that people realize that Smashwords gives you a choice in formats so you can read the book on any device. So, needless to say, unless I put my book on special for free, I had very few downloads.
I read an ebook on marketing your book and one program that was encouraged was the Kindle program. I have unpublished that first book from Smashwords, that’s why you haven’t been able to download it lately, and am just waiting for all other outlets like Nook and Kobo to take me out of their catalogs.
Any day now, I will be able to republish Noble Courage with the Kindle program. It will be available at $2.99 for a book that is physically almost 500 pages. I will let you know if it goes on sale for less than that.
So if you have been looking for this book and can’t get it downloaded, this is why. I will be celebrating having it up on another site and see how this portion of my experiment goes! If you want to learn more about this or any of my books, feel free to visit my site!
If you would like to be represented as a fictional character in my books, you need to let me know on my Friday posts. I want to know your name, a photo of you, why you want to be included in the story, and your favorite part in any of my books. I know, I know, it is hard to choose one single part. But when you think about them, one image has to come to mind. I want to know about that moment.
As fans of my books, I want to do something fun that will give you a very personal attachment to what you read. Placing yourself in the middle of all the action just makes it even more fun. Am I doing this because I can’t think of new characters? Of course not. I have so many in my head, I could never run out of them. But while your character may not be a main character, you will be mentioned or included at some point.
Out of everyone that turns in their entry, one will be chosen each week! If you don’t win, try again. I will announce the winner on the Monday after, giving me the weekend to go through the entries.
“Aspen walked around her room admiring every flower in every vase until she spotted one particular bouquet. She had to stoop to pick it up and it appeared to be the only one without water. She stared at it as a smile touched her face and a tear gathered at the corner of her eye. It was a small gathering of weeds held together by the sash off of a dress. It was a child’s gift and the dearest one to her. It was the kind of gift she would have given as a child being poor but not uncharitable.” ~ Noble Courage, Chapter 8
So while this all happens at a little more melancholy part of the book, my very awesome friend, Burgandy is her name, claims to be my biggest fan and when I had surgery a few months after the release of this book, she took the time to come and see me…and brought me a sweet bouquet of weeds. I will never forget that gesture. Ever. When I think about it, I smile. My work affected someone so much that she would bring the story to life by doing something like that. I miss her calling me asking me what Thorne and Aspen are up to.
Friends are just special people. Keep them close to you always. There are few things better than just being able to call up your friend and talk out your troubles, someone who loves you for you and will always be there. I love my friends, and I love my Burgandy. It is a better world with all of you in it. 🙂
~Father Goodson looked on in astonishment and he could swear upon his good book that God appeared that day to take his lost sheep back into his flock. He witnessed a man changed by the hand of God and the heart of an angel.~
Have you ever witnessed a change in someone you love due to circumstance or tragedy? How did you react? How did they?
So many times we take our precious lives for granted, but there is nothing like the sudden feeling of comfort to make things seem just fine. Like it can only get better from that point. If you are suffering right now and life isn’t going the way you want it to, know that I understand. I am here for you when you might feel that the world has walked away. You are never alone.
“These people here believe in you to help them and I believe in you to spin miracles for them.” ~ Thorne Darktower, Noble Courage Chapter 6
Every day you are a witness to miracles. Love is a very special miracle, as are children, nature, life, and the family unit. Each of us holds the power to make miracles happen for the people we come in contact with on a daily basis. Holding the door for a stranger, a smile at a sad child, a bottle of water for a homeless vet. We all think so much about ourselves and how much we have to do in the day and forget to go out of our way to make a little magic for someone else.
One of the best miracles to bless my life was my little niece. She was born with Down’s Syndrome and she is one of the happiest people in the world. She is now nearing a year and a half in her young life and she lives all the way across the country from me, but one photo of her smile makes me smile. She makes miracles happen for me when I see her, when I think of her, when I remember holding her during a visit. She will never know how special she is to me, she could never understand.
Just like my little niece, we may never understand what one moment of kindness means to someone else. And even knowing that, we should strive to go out of our way to be less self absorbed and more involved in who we see before us, calling silently for help. One small gesture on your part could give that person hope.
I am not an overly religious person and it is not my intention to preach to anyone. It is just my observations in making miracles happen each day that makes me think that the world would be a better place if we all tried just a little harder to care, to have some compassion. Our world suffers greatly from a shortage of love and happiness.
A few weeks back, before I started the blog, Terry Brooks and Patrick Rothfuss sat down together to do an interview for the 35th anniversary of Sword of Shannara.
Terry Brooks is a master, the creator of four fantasy series that have inspired hundreds of authors. The Shannara series is a prime example of world building. Since the first story, this world has evolved from a Tolkien inspired high fantasy into an almost steam punk free for all of magic and politics. The Sword of Shannara was the first book to bring me into fantasy. Not one of. The first. This was the book my mom handed to me to graduate me from Goosebumps and Animorphs. For all those out there who were guided into fantasy by Gandalf the Grey, know what I mean when I say the Druid Allanon was my Gandalf.
“I am a warrior. I fight to keep you safe and now I fight to keep her safe as well. I need nothing more than your graciousness, m’lord. I have no need for land, I am free, you supply me with coin, and I have position. I am happy.” ~ Cappy, Noble Courage Chapter 5
Sometimes we need to take a step back and think of what we are most thankful for in our lives. They may not always be what we want to have, but if our needs are met, we have no grounds to complain. Especially if we aren’t working towards fixing what we don’t like by ourselves. Life is ever changing. Will it matter what material things we posess when we pass away? Probably not. Be thankful for what you have or do something about it so you can be.
I find that I get lost in the sadness of children flying the nest or not having my home be just the way I’d like it to be. However, I love having the rest of my loving family around me, I have my talents, I have a roof over my head, and I have food in my belly. Things could be so much worse. I love what I have.