Monday, March 4, 2013

Tyrean Martinson and Champions, Overcoming Adversity with Nick Wilford, Ninja News, Amazon and Authors, and Boomtown Craze

Champions

My dear friend and awesome fellow follower of Christ, author Tyrean Martinson, is here today to talk about true champions.

Before I begin, I have to say that I am beyond honored to be here at the no-hyper-link-needed Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh’s blog. Wow! Thank you, Alex!

My novel, Champion in the Darkness is set in the world of Aramatir. It’s a world in which only one Champion exists at a time. Each Champion upholds the highest values of faith, strength, loyalty, honor, and sacrifice. There are other legendary Sword Masters, Law-Givers, and Shepherds, but Champions have a special status in the world of Aramatir as the best of the best. Clara, my young MC is ready to be a Sword Master, and she’s dreamed of making legendary status, but Champion? She doesn’t know if she’s ready for that huge task.

In our world, each of us can be a Champion. Many of us have personal Champions: parents, grandparents, coaches, teachers, friends, and others who inspire us. Today I would like to honor one Champion I know in the blogworld: Nick Wilford. Nick is a Champion for his stepson, and has put together a number of giving opportunities to help his stepson get to a specialist college, including the Overcoming Adversity Anthology. If you don’t know Nick, go meet him. He’s a Champion that upholds the highest values and puts them into action.

Who, in your life, is your Champion?

Champion in the Darkness is YA Christian Fantasy, and is the first book in the Champion Trilogy.

Tyrean Martinson lives and writes in the Northwest, encouraged by her loving husband and daughters, and reminded to exercise by her dogs and cat. Champion in the Darkness is the first book in the Champion Trilogy, and she has previously published short stories and poetry.

Champion in the Darkness can be found at these links: Amazon, Nook, Kobo, and Goodreads.

Tyrean Martinson can be found at these links: Blog, Twitter, and Facebook.

Overcoming Adversity – A True Champion

Overcoming Adversity: An Anthology for Andrew edited by Nick Wilford

A collection of seventy moving and uplifting original pieces - real life, flash fiction, and poetry - about battling against the odds and the ultimate triumph of the human spirit. The contributors include Amazon bestselling authors Alex J. Cavanaugh and Kyra Lennon, and the cream of upcoming talent.

The anthology is part of a fundraising effort to send the editor's stepson, Andrew McNaughton, to a specialist college in England. Andrew has cerebral palsy, and is a remarkable young man with a promising future. However, the free further education options offered in his own country of Scotland will not challenge him and allow him to progress. In order to access the education he deserves, Andrew will have to pay exorbitant fees, thus creating a situation of discrimination.

Help us get Andrew to college by buying a book that runs the full gamut of human emotions, ultimately leaving you inspired and glad to be alive. Whatever struggles you are going through, our sincere hope is that this book will help.

Purchase Links: Amazon UK, Amazon US, Smashwords, and Goodreads.

Nick Wilford is a writer and stay-at-home dad. Once a journalist, he now makes use of those rare times when the house is quiet to explore the realms of fiction. When not writing he can usually be found spending time with his family or cleaning something. He has four short stories published in Writer’s Muse magazine. Nick is also co-running a campaign to get a dedicated specialist college built in Scotland.

Ninja News

Lydia Kang is hosting a huge giveaway for her upcoming release. Swag for Control and many other authors’ books are the prizes. Check it out – the giveaway is huge!

Jess is hosting the From the Ashes blogfest on March 8 in celebration of her first book release!

Sharon Bayliss’ novel, The Charge (which won in the 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Competition) is available now!

Not only did Still Moments Magazine select one of Gail’s stories for publication, they used her photograph on the cover. Congratulations, Gail – double score!

The Desert Rocks’ story, The Escape was published in Anything Prose…and Poetry, Too! It’s a collection of works written by thirty-two talented authors. Congratulations, Desert!

And special thanks to MJ Joachim for her wonderful words the other day!

Indie Authors, Free Books, and Amazon

I caught a couple interesting articles regarding changes in Amazon’s Affiliation Program and how they will affect authors trying to promote free books. The first was at To Become A Writer - Bad News if You Use Amazon Select. The second one was at Failure Ahoy! Adventures in Digital Publishing - Amazon is About to Throttle Free Books. Since many of you are indie authors, I thought I would pass this along to you.

A Grand New Age of Boom or Dust?

Boomtown Craze, Book 3 in the Backworlds series is here!

In the far future, humanity settles the stars, bioengineering its descendants to survive in a harsh universe…

From March 4 to March 22, folks can enter to win the following:
1 set of signed Backworlds paperbacks, including The Backworlds, Stopover at the Backworlds’ Edge, and Boomtown Craze. Will only ship to US residents.

Available in ebook at: Amazon, Amazon UK, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords

M. Pax is a Browncoat and SG fan, she’s also slightly obsessed with Jane Austen. In the summers she docents as a star guide at Pine Mountain Observatory where the other astronomers now believe she has the most extensive collection of moon photos in existence. No fear, there will be more next summer. She lives in stunning Central Oregon with the Husband Unit and two lovely, spoiled cats.
Find her: Website, Blog, Twitter, and Goodreads.



Picked up Tyrean’s book? Who is your champion in life? Picking up Nick’s book? See any awesome news? Will the changes with Amazon affect you? Part of the Boomtown Craze? Ready for my review of Jack the Giant Slayer on Wednesday – and the IWSG? Ready for the A to Z Challenge so these posts will be shorter?

170 comments:

  1. I think the Amazon changes are great. It's about time people got back into the habit of PAYING for their books :-)Let the publishers/authors decide who to give free books to. People who will APPRECIATE them, not just download 'just coz it's free'. Somebody shoot me for my opinion, I know sb will :-)

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  2. Yes I'm a big fan of Jess and will take part in the blogfest. Amazon is about Amazon, simple as that. M. Paz series sounds great. Got the free book one this morning and will decide whether to buy others after reading it. Love book 3's cover. Glad Nick launched the anthology and best of luck to Andrew.

    Wow I've never been this high in comments before.

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  3. I agree that Nick is a champion, and I'm so excited about Overcoming Adversity! Congrats to M Pax too!

    Julie

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  4. Awww - all the best to Nick and Andrew and this amazing anthology!! And yay for another fabulously named author - Tyrean as well as M Pax!

    Charlie and Gumtree are my current champions! :-) Take care
    x

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  5. Hi Alex .. Nick has done wonders and I love the cover he was able to conjure up with the major help of two wonderful ladies. I certainly hope a large number of funds are raised for Andrew ...

    Interesting to read Jess' comment and congratulations to all the authors ..

    Cheers Hilary

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  6. Good luck to Nick on his book.

    Yvonne.

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  7. great post, lots of good things happening to people with a story to tell... best of luck to all of them.

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  8. I'm going to check the links to the Amazon changes and see if I need be concerned.

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  9. Congrats to Tyrean. Her book sounds great. And interesting on the Amazon changes. They don't affect me for now.

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  10. Good luck to Nick and the Overcoming Adversity Anthology, I hope it goes well.

    Congrats for Book 3 Mary!

    I have always been a little wary of Amazon, they are a power hungry conglomerate, but unfortunately we need them.

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  11. Wow! Lots of awesome news! :D

    Yes, I have a copy of Nick's book, and I'm spreadin' the word. ;)

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  12. Great folks highlighted today! And best of luck to Andrew! (:

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  13. Thanks Alex! Andrew is my champion. He's a positive force who just soldiers on despite the obstacles.

    Great post from Tyrean and congrats to Mary!

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  14. Wow, so much going on right now. I love the idea of a YA Christian fantasy. LOVE M. Pax's new cover!! I tend to only do free downloads on short works of fiction, but not sure I'll do too much of that in the future. I'm not sure I want to see jack the Giant Slayer, but maybe I'll change my mind after your review.

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  15. I'm so excited about Nick's book!! I am hopeful he meets his goals and have been praying!

    As a side note, it's the first time I've been published and that just makes me jump for joy!

    I understand why Amazon is going the direction they are going but I'm not sure I agree with it because being able to distribute free books to family and friends is a great way to help sample your product.

    To answer Tyrean's question - my champion's are my kids. They rock.

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  16. Elsie, you can easily distribute your books to family and friends without Amazon. If they want mobi files, all you have to do is download it from your publishing page :)

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  17. Great post today - full of exciting things happening to good people. That makes for a good start to my week. ;)

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  18. Great post today - full of exciting things happening to good people. That makes for a good start to my week. ;)

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  19. I'm in favor of Amazon making free go away. I never quite comfortable with it as a marketing strategy. With it off the table then I feel like we can all move forward.

    Looking forward to that review.

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  20. Congrats to everyone on all the book news, including the Anthology! Just read about it on Trisha's blog too.

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  21. I love all the books coming out. It's so fantastic.

    I'm heading over to read those amazon articles. Thanks.

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  22. It's great to meet, Tyrean. So true about each of us having the ability to be a true champion.

    I'm loving the effort put into the adversity anthology. So wonderful!!

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  23. That's interesting Amazon wants to get rid of free books. Good for authors!

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  24. What a fantastic anthology and cause!

    Congratulations to all with new releases!

    Thanks for sharing the posts on Amazon's changes. They do like to change things up there from time to time.

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  25. So much news today! I also read about Amazon's changes on another blog ... They certainly don't like to keep things the same for too long! Congratulations to all the great ninjas mentioned here today :-)

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  26. The Overcoming Adversity Anthology is on my to-buy list for my next Amazon purchase. I tend to buy a chunk of books at a time, read through them, and buy another chunk. It's about that time again!

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  27. What a great post by Tyrean! And I didn't realize Nick's book was already available, heading over to get a copy now. Congrats to Mary, already seeing her everywhere today. :)

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  28. Jessica, that makes sense to me. I won't shoot you.

    Sheena-kay, you got up early.

    Natalie, they don't affect me, but I'm sure they will affect a lot of other authors.

    Nick, happy to help spread the word!

    Ciara, it was a fun movie.

    Elsie, that's very cool - congratulations to you.

    Sheri, it's everywhere today.

    Elizabeth, they keep everyone on their toes.

    AJ, Nick will be excited to hear that.

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  29. Great post by Tyrean and a huge congrats to Nick!
    I never liked the exclusiveness of Amazon Select anyway and I'm not surprised they've gone this route.
    Yay For Mary and Boomtown Craze!
    Ready for IWSG!

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  30. So many heroes I've met, it's difficult to name one. Besides you already know my favorite.

    My best to Nick and M.Pax, and of course Tyrean.

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  31. Congratulations all around!

    And I have to say I'm kind of glad Amazon is throttling the free books. I hate seeing authors give away their work for free. I'd rather see an author selling a book for .99 cents than see it as a free giveaway.

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  32. Some amazing info, books and authors mentioned today.

    Best of luck to Nick for the work he's doing.

    Yes sir, I want to hear what you have to say about Jack.

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  33. Great to see Nick and Tyrean's books out. All the best to Nick with the sales-- what a fantastic reason for a book.

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  34. I'm off to visit Lydia's blog.

    My husband is my champion.

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  35. I think Amazon is doing the right thing with the changes. There were just too many free books and no reason for readers to buy. However, I do find free works if you a sequel. In any case, I don't feel hindered by this because I can still set the first book to .99 cents which is close enough to free. Kindle select has still been an advantage to me because I get a lot of borrows and I'm paid for them.

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  36. My champion in life is my mother :)

    I am going to visit Lydia's blog!!

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  37. Overcoming Adversity - lots of inspiration there. I will for sure grab a copy.

    And Yea! for M. Pax!!!!!!

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  38. Very interesting news today!

    Love the anthology book idea. How wonderful that you're included!

    Is it March already?

    Crap.

    HMG

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  39. My husband is my champion.

    I agree with Jessica. The Amazon changes are good.

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  40. Champion looks great! My husband is my champion.

    Congrats to Gail, Lydia, and M. Pax.

    Thanks so much for mentioning Jess!

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  41. Nick, being a stay at home parent is the most rewarding job anyone could ever have. I have so many champions. I live around awesome people.

    Great bunch of news, Alex.

    T

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  42. That's so cool that M.Pax is a star guide. I'm envious! And I've got half my a-z post written...

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  43. Best of luck to Nick and Andrew.

    My champion is my dad, for the way he always took care of my mom.

    I'm off to see what Amazon is up to now.

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  44. I agree with Tyrean that Nick is a champion. Thanks for sharing that Amazon article. Congrats to the writers mentioned who are all making waves. Good stuff!

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  45. Empty Nest Insider - Nick's work and heart make him shine. Glad you agree that he's a Champion.

    Old Kitty - Thanks! Charlie and Gumtree are fun champions!

    Hilary - Thanks!

    Jeremy - Thanks!

    Natalie - Thank you.

    Elise - Thanks!

    Nick - Andrew's positive energy makes him an awesome Champion!

    Ciara - Glad you like the idea of YA Christian Fantasy!

    Elsie - Congratulations! Kids make great Champions - glad your kids are yours!

    Elizabeth - Thanks!

    Rachel - Thanks!

    Julie - glad you liked my post. Thank you!

    Laura - Glad you enjoyed it. Thanks!

    Al - There are many heroes to choose from - which is one of the amazing parts of our world. Your favorite is awesome!

    LG - Thanks!

    Julie - Thanks!

    Theresa - Husbands are great Champions. I know that my husband is one of my champions.

    Optimistic - Mothers are wonderful Champions! My mom is one of my Champions too. :-)

    Diane and Kmckendry - Glad that your husbands are your champions! My husband is one of my champions too! :-)

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  46. Congrats to Nick, Jess, Sharon, Gail, Desert and Nick! My champion is my wife and son who always push me to make the world a better place for them. MPax is awesome, so I know she's keep getting bigger. You can't stop the signal!

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  47. Nicely done Tyrean-I could use a hero right about now! lol I mean champion~
    I'd say my Mom, too! She is faced a lot of adversity, in her life! Your book sounds amazing!

    Hope Nick books touches many ;D and helps Andrew find his way! Nick must be one of Andrew's champions!

    I love Mary's photo-so cute! Oh, her new book-sounds fab, too~

    Great post today, Captain!

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  48. I didn't know this my friend, informative post. Big Hugs xo P.S. did you get your entry in for my new giveaway, I believe you know someone who would love the prizes :-)

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  49. Congrats to all! Have a great week!

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  50. Champion in the Dark looks pretty good. I'll definitely check it out. And thanks for the Amazon article. Hopping over now to read them! Happy Monday! :D

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  51. LG, so much work goes into a book!

    Faraway, you don't know Jack... Sorry, couldn't resist!

    Heather, it is March!

    Kathy, happy to mention Jess' blogfest!

    Maurice, no one can stop the signal!

    Katherine, I didn't!

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  52. Holy Talking Cats! TMI

    I'll pick Sharon Bayliss to highlight since I partner with her at UnicornBell, our critique site for writers.

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  53. Yes, I find it interesting in the Darkness Champion.

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  54. Teresa - That's great that you have so many awesome Champions!

    LD - Yay for Dads! I'm so glad you mentioned yours as your Champion!

    Charles - Thanks for the well wishes!

    JL - glad you agree about Nick!

    Maurice - Your wife and son sound like great Champions!

    Ella - I hope you have a champion show up today and make your day brighter! I'm glad your mom is your Champion and that she's overcome adversity!

    Carol - Thanks!

    Liesel - Thank you! Hope you like it!

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  55. A lot going on as usual, thanks for posting those articles about Amazon- I'll be sharing. Have a great Monday!

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  56. I don't think your posts are all that long. :-)

    Ready and then some for IWSG.

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  57. Lots going on
    As some good causes surely dawn
    Thanks for the news on amazon too
    Figures they keep trying to screw one up the gazoo

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  58. Leovi - glad your interested in Champion!

    Misha - Alex's posts aren't that long and I'm ready for IWSG too!

    Pat - nice rhyme!

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  59. It's great to see Tyrean here! Wishing her all the best with her book. Thanks, Alex, for all the info! :)

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  60. This is a rocking post. Alex. I've been blessed with many human champions who are mere mortals. I think you and I share the other one.

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  61. Karen - Thank you!

    Donna - Thanks! Human champions are huge blessings, and Jesus is the best Champion! :)

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  62. Thanks for all the news, Alex! Hope you have a great day!

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  63. Maybe I'm interpreting it wrong, but it doesn't look like free books are being axed. Just not promoted by affiliate sites. Which is fine by me. As for the whole free thing, I'm fine with it. We put our ebooks up for free every once in a while, which helps get some more readers and afterwards, always drives sales up even higher. Everyone wins.

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  64. Got Nick's book, what a great guy! Lots of awesome news as always. The Hubs and I plan to go watch Jack the Giant Slayer. Cheerio!

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  65. I am looking forward to your A-Z posts ~ definitely ~ because I am curious what actually goes on in your life. Not your imagination, but your life. Your thoughts. Your mind. You. But reading this blog is like reading the Blogland Newspaper, so I will miss that, too. April will be Strange.

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  66. My comment didn't go through. Take 2.

    Congratulations to everyone!

    Nick, love the hopeful cover and sending a hug as a stay-at-home dad.

    Thanks for all the info, Alex!

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  67. Tyrean's book sounds interesting. Going to have to pick it up!

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  68. I just added "Overcoming Adversity" to my Kindle, and I wish Nick and his family well.

    The M Pax series sounds awesome. Gonna check it out too...and then there are all the rest of your announcements, Alex. I could spend the whole day here.

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  69. Lots of great news! Congrats to Tyrean and M. Pax and best wishes to Nick and his cause. I'll be sure to check them all out!

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  70. So cool what Nick is doing for his son. Honored to be a part of it.

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  71. Hildie - Nick is a great guy!

    Isis - Thanks!

    Randi lee - Yay! Wow! Thank you!

    Patricia - Alex has all the news!

    Jamie - Thanks!

    Kelley - agreed!

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  72. My Champion is my husband. If you knew him, he might just be your champion too!

    Kudos to Nick and best of luck with your important cause!

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  73. You know the most outstanding authors, Alex. Tyrean's book sounds awesome. I'm going to check out Nick's book, and I can't wait to hear what you thought of Jack and his bean stalk. As for Amazon, they and I have never been close, so I'm not really affected by what's happening over there. I probably should, but frankly, my dear, I don't give a hoot. They have one of my novels priced at over one hundred dollars and say there's nothing they can do about it because its a second-hand seller.

    Champions, yes, I have a few. But I'm not allowed to mention my sons online. They're shy. They're also worried that mum might embarrass them. Go figure.

    Excellent post today, Alex. Not unlike all your posts!

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  74. I had heard the thing about Amazon and free books the other day but still need to check it out. Thanks for the link!

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  75. Huntress, I know!! Working on that.

    Misha, must be because the sections are bite-sized.

    Brandon and Bryan, that's how I interpreted it - just fewer places to list free books.

    Hildie, it was a fun movie!

    Robin, you probably won't find that out through my Challenge posts! You'll see.

    Patricia, just so much happening.

    Joylene, wow! That's one expensive book.

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  76. Wonderful guesting with Tyrean. Congrats to her, Nick, M. Pax, and everyone mentioned in the Ninja News Network! :)

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  77. I experimented with free books but found people were not buying any of my books, hoping I would give them away free. Ouch.

    So many new books coming out this month! All look great. :-)

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  78. Way to go for Overcoming Adversity! I've got my post up too:)

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  79. Got my copy of Nick's book, boy do I need it today!

    Congrat's all, such wonderful news for so many deserving folks!

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  80. Lots of great books and news. Have a great week, Alex!

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  81. Great guest post by Tyrean-
    And I totally agree Nick is a real life Champion.

    Congrats to all those mentioned in Alex's Ninja Army today.

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  82. Yay for Tyrean! It's always awesome to see fellow bloggers releasing books. And yay for the Overcoming Adversity anthology! Nick is so awesome for putting it all together :) Also I started writing my A-Z posts. I guess that means I should sign up :)

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  83. Joylene - Thanks!!! Yay for your Champion sons!

    David - Thanks! Glad you liked it!

    Roland - Thanks!

    Yolanda - Thanks!

    Clariss - Thank you!

    Jaybird - Thanks! Glad you liked it!

    JA - Thank you!

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  84. I'm so happy about Nick's book. The cover looks great!

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  85. I can't wait to read your review of Jack. I went and really liked it. I would have to say my champion in life right now is President Obama. He's really doing a lot of things to promote equality and affordable healthcare.

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  86. Tyrean I can't wait to read your book!

    I hope Nick sells a million copies.

    And major thanks, Alex! You and your clones are awesome :D

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  87. I really loved the way you tied the champion theme into Nick's book! Well done!!

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  88. Congratulations to Tyrean, M Pax, and everyone who has books out! I love the idea of authors helping Nick and Andrew. What a beautiful cause.

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  89. Awesome news, and I REALLLLY want to watch Jack the Giant Slayer. It looks SO AWESOME.

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  90. Aw, that is the cutest picture of Mary! Thanks for the link to Nick's book. I wish him the best of luck with this venture, it's a beautiful idea from every angle, and what a cool tie-in with Tyrean's book. Well done, everyone.

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  91. So much uplifting news. Thanks, Alex, and for the info on Amazon.

    xoRobyn

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  92. Thanks for spreading the word about The Charge!! :)

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  93. Inspiring post! That's great you and Kyra contributed to Nick's anthology. Seems that Amazon is always up to sumpin.

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  94. Fantastic post by Tyrean, and a wonderful tribute to Nick. He truly is a real live champion. Congrats to everyone on their releases! Big Monday today.

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  95. Hi Alex,
    Yet another bundle of news for the week, Great books, I read the notification of Nick;s announcement for write-ups for the book for his step son;s education, so soon its out and nice to hear about it thru these pages. Best Wishes to Andrew and his future studies,
    and many more to visit this week
    Thanks again for sharing
    Phil @ Philipscom
    An ambassador to A to Z Challenge @ Tina's Life is Good
    And My Bio-blog

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  96. The Whisk giving away one your books is quite cool!

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  97. I don't think Amazon is targeting indie authors. They're trying to keep from paying people to give stuff away from their site, which makes sense. Basically, what they're saying is "make some money for us (by promoting books that cost money) or we're gonna quit paying you." I can't really argue with that, especially since a lot of these sites are taking money -from- authors to promote their free books -and- getting paid by Amazon to give those books away. That's just wrong any way you look at it.

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  98. I'm not really sure if what Amazon is doing is good or bad, but I'd feel a lot better if they had some sort of competition. Having the world market to themselves can't be a good thing.

    mood

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  99. I am constantly baffled at how you keep track of everything. I love nick's book and cause. I think that was a great idea.

    And I got a wiff today about Amazon and some wonkiness... will blog about it tomorrow, because I'm not thinking it looks very good.

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  100. JA, yes, you need to sign up!

    Mary, you're welcome.

    SC, it was a lot of fun.

    Sharon, you're welcome!

    Fran, I saw that!!! Yes, very cool.

    Andrew, good point.

    Hart, if it involves Amazon, it's usually wonky.

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  101. Definitely ready for your Jack the... review and will try and hop on for IWSG on wed!

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  102. 99 comments - Alex, how do you do anything but blog? Yes, ready for ISWG and I didn't know about the Overcoming Adversity thing, but went and bought the book. What a wonderful project.
    Karen

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  103. Whoa! So much good news today! I'mon the Boomtown Craze-y train today, as well. And oh, the IWSG is this Wednesday...already? Wow, better get started.

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  104. Loads of great books out there again. Congrats to all. Yes I'm ready for IWSG on Wednesday.

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  105. Where to start is the question. Guess I should start by reading the articles on Amazon. Another change or two to accommodate.

    Loved Mary's pic with her star-gazing equipment! Have to get busy and read, review her work. I'm so behind.

    Congrats to Nick for his collection of stories.

    And here's to Tyrean for being a Champion.

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  106. My champion is definitely my mom. Raised four kids (alone) to be happy successful adults.

    Looking forward to your thoughts on Jack.

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  107. Yay for Tyrean and Nick! Like I do at the start of every month, I've got my finger hovering over that IWSG link list: should I join, should I not? Idk.

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  108. Yay for such wonderful projects!

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  109. Totally, I'm ready for your Jack the Giant Slayer review! I don't plan on seeing it in theatres, so can't wait for it on Wednesday!

    And definitely ready for IWSG. So insecure about co-hosting the A to Z challenge next month, so that's what I'll share on Wednesday. Love the IWSG group - so supportive and encouraging! :)

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  110. Love the picture of Mary - that is classic :)

    So great to see Nick's anthology for Andrew being promoted so well today :)

    My champion: Jesus first. Then Maj. Dick Winters (C.O. of Easy Compnay, "Band of Brothers") and if I had to pick a writer, it would be Stephen E. Ambrose.

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  111. I most definitely need to get Tyrean's book. Sounds awesome! I've been wanting to see an adventure with a Christian slant.

    And Mary's book too, sounds awesome. (I have GOT to read faster!!)

    It only took me blog visits to figure out Mary was hugging a telescope! I'm observant.

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  112. I bought "Overcoming Adversity" from Smashwords. It sounds like a great book. Who is my Champion? I can't think of anyone but Jesus.

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  113. Can't wait for that review. Always ready for IWSG.

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  114. There are so many great champions in our lives and in this world who never get or take the credit they're due. Thanks for the reminder :)

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  115. So much news around the blogs! I love the cover for Overcoming Adversity! Congrats to Mary!

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  116. Excited about the anthology being out. Just got my copy. Now I've got to pick up some of these other books! Off to Amazon I go!

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  117. Three great books to check out, but of course I'll be buying Nick's today (congrats on making his anthology, Alex).

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  118. My goodness, so much news! Congrats to Tyrean, Nick, Lydia, Jess, Sharon and M.Pax on their new (or upcoming) releases. Congrats to Gail for the story publication and the great cover pic! Yay!
    I'm looking forward to the IWSG hop on Weds. :-)

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  119. M Pax - Thanks! I can't wait to read yours too!

    Johanna - Thank you! Nick just went easily with the Champion theme because he is one.

    Angela - Thanks!

    Nickie - Nick just is a Champion so it fit!

    Jennifer - Thank you!

    Christine - Thanks! Nick just is a Champion . . . so it just fit.

    Suzanne - Thanks!

    C.Lee - aww, thank you!

    Scribbles - Your mom sounds like a super champion!

    Ilima - Thanks! Join IWSG - it's awesome!

    lbdiamond - Thanks!

    Mark - Jesus is my #1 Champion too!

    Elizabeth - thank you!

    Belle -Jesus is the best Champion!

    Jemi - I agree. There are so many amazing Champions around us, and they often go unrecognized.

    Lexa - Thanks! I'm looking forward to IWSG too!

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  120. Karen, I'm also working and watching a movie while I blog!

    Jenn, your mom was amazing then!

    Ilima, come on!

    Livia, you'll be fine!

    Mark, Amen!

    Belle, that is awesome!

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  121. Champions are rare in lands other than Aramatir too. I'm fortunate to have known a few.

    Picked up my copy of "Overcoming Adversity: An Anthology for Andrew" today.

    And a big congrats to all the others! As usual, so much information!

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  122. I don't mind if Amazon gets rid of free books. Then authors won't have to make their books only available through Kindle. I prefer my Kobo app over my Kindle app on my iPod Touch. It's not like I download free books very often. And when I do, I never get around to reading them.

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  123. Jeff - I'm thankful to have known a few too!

    Stina - it's interesting because I haven't ever offered anything for free (yet) so it doesn't feel like it affects me much, except for as a reader.

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  124. Okay, barely awake and yet, even at this unearthly hour, I shall grace you with one of my highly collectable comments. And to help keep me awake, I'm listening to "Digimortal".

    I think you may realise that a book such as "Overcoming Adversity" and the cause behind it, is clear demonstration of humanity at its best and most profound.

    Although I think you posts are too long, I do understand it's because you want to bring awareness of so many. And I shall not make any mention of the alphabet challenge :)

    Be well,

    Gary

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  125. Downloaded my copy of Nick's book early this morning! :)

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  126. Got Nick's book and will be on it as my next read. It will be kind of weird reading my own stuff in there. Good cause.

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  127. I love the idea behind Overcoming Adversity.

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  128. Thanks for the links about the posts on Amazon's big news. Will be interesting to see what they have to say...been reading other thoughts and posts since the announcement. Of course I'm looking forward to A-Z and not for shorter post, but because it should be fun to see what everyone comes up with! :)

    Congrats to Nick and best to Andrew.

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  129. I have been hearing the buzz around about the changes with Amazon. And I read about Nick's new book and you being a contributor to it over at Ella's blog. Congrats to him and you as well.

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  130. Fascinating wonderful news here about authors their stories. By gum, theres tons of thrilling reads here to choose from. I'll have to pop over to Amazon.

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  131. I can't wait to get nick's book!! Squealing....
    Congrats to mary and everyone for making the world a reading place!!

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  132. Stina, and I prefer the iBookstore.

    Gary, you rock! And yes, too long. Working on that.

    Chuck, good point!

    Thanks, Wanda.

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  133. What a great post-- thanks, Tyrean and Alex. Champions are so amazing, and I've been hearing about Nick's book all over the place!

    Right now, my favorite champion is my friend Chad Morris, who is being a champion for his daughter who had a brain tumor. His book releases tomorrow, and I love seeing the online writing community become Chad's champion by spreading the word about his book when he can't!

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  134. I agree, I don't understand writing a book and then giving it away free. Not being a writer, I feel if I were, I would want to make a buck or two from my book as well as get it out there. Of course if there are sequels,readers will often buy them so you get some reward for your work.

    Doesn't Britain have free education any more? Or is it because its a specialist school?

    JO ON FOOD, MY TRAVELS AND A SCENT OF CHOCOLATE

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  135. Insert sarcastic and witty comment here. (They all can't be winners).

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  136. Congratulations to Tyrean, Nick, Desert, Gail, Jess, Sharon, and M. Pax! It's a great week for books. :D

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  137. I love Mary's new cover! And she sure is cranking them out. Amazon continues to change the game, and we as authors have to continue to adapt. Also congrats to Nick for getting his anthology out.

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  138. Looking forward to seeing what you think of Jack! I'm in two minds about it so it'll be good to see what you think before I part with my cash :)

    Jamie @ Mithril Wisdom

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  139. I bought Nick's book today and was pleased to do so. Currently, I'm hoping to score a free copy of yours from The Whisk:)

    My champions were my mum and my gran.

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  140. Boomtown Craze sounds interesting. I did not take long to find out that it is the third book in a series.

    I wish I would have more time for reading ...

    I look forward to read your thoughts about Jack the Giant Slayer.

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  141. Shallee, I read about Chad! Very sad, but great so many are helping.

    Jo, there is no specialist college in Scotland for Andrew, so they have to send him to England, and it costs a lot of money.

    Jamie, one of your minds will probably enjoy it!

    Anne, good luck!

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  142. Nick is a true champion. My champions are my parents and my Spiritual Master. My blog champion is you ofcourse :)

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  143. always late to the party...thats me. but super early for work!

    yays for tyrean! nick! Mary! Lydia!
    Gail!! & Jess!

    and i didnt know Sharon won! woot!

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  144. Yes, M. Pax is a wonderful writer.

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  145. Again, a lot of news over here. Yay for Nick's anthology and Sharon Bayliss' The Charge. I need to check out M Pax's books, as well. The free book thing is an interesting change, as well. Lots of blogs these days feature the free books. Such a web.

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  146. So many of my favorite authors and bloggers featured in this post. From Nick, to TDR, to Tyrean--just great folks.

    The Zon is about making $$$ for the Zon. Indies will have to be creative--as they've always had to be--and learn how to make the new system work for them.

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  147. Klahanie, Overcoming Adversity is definitely a demonstration of humanity at its best!

    DL - Great!

    Chuck - It is a great cause!

    Tonja - me too!

    Shalee - Thank you! Chad Morris sounds like an incredible Champion - I'm going to have to go find out more about him and his book!

    Carrie - Thanks!

    Anne - It's wonderful that your Champions are your mum and your gram!

    Rachna - You have some great Champions!

    Tara - Thanks!

    EJ - Wow! Thanks!

    Alex - I'm looking forward to hearing about Jack the Giant Slayer too, and I'm definitely ready for IWSG!

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  148. The Overcoming Adversity book sounds great. And we certainly need more champions in our world. I always think of the good work that teachers do in the world. They help shape kids and teens, and adults too, and encourage them to be all they can be. Mostly teachers get paid way too little for what they do. Huzzah to all of the awesome teachers!

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  149. I love that picture of Mary. :)

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  150. Hi Alex,

    Congratulations! You were voted into first place for both your Paying Forward Awards categories.

    Please head over to my blog to see how you can claim your prizes. Incidentally, it's the same way as last month. :-)

    Misha

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  151. I think it's so neat what Nick is doing. He's such a strength! And Tyrean is awesome. What a wonderful post!

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  152. Go Nick! I need to go get my copy now. :)

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  153. Rachna, thanks!

    EJ, and I'm sure they will.

    Catherine, indeed they don't make enough.

    Thanks, Misha!!

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  154. Congrats to Tyrean .... It looks like an amazing read.

    Purchased Nick's book this morning, it couldn't be for a better cause.

    YAY, for Mary... ANOTHER BOOK! I can't keep up with her these days.

    CONGRATS on Misha's pay it forward ALEX!!!!! I was selected too, for most awesome writing style by an unpublished author. I feel the heat in my face rising from the honor.

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  155. Catherine - Huzzah to Champion teachers!

    Morgan - Thank you!

    Michael - Thanks! :)

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  156. A great bunch of people highlighted in this post!
    Best wishes to Nick and Andrew.

    YIPPEEEEEEEEEEEEE! (MY PIECE IS IN THE ANTHOLOGY)
    Okay, I couldn't resist that...

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  157. Wow! So many books being born! Coolness! :)

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  158. I wouldn't worry too much. I think Amazon is getting afraid of the Indie takeover. The world is destined to change no matter who tries to thwart its efforts.

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  159. I'm thinking I might be commenter #501 today. Lots of great releases and authors. Nick sounds like a real life hero!

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  160. michelle - Thanks! And I know how you feel! :)

    PK - So many new books! :)

    Nancy - I agree. and interestingly enough, I've discovered a bond between Indie authors and Independent booksellers.

    Brinda - Nick is definitely a real life hero!

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  161. Congrats to Tyrean and Nick! I'm so excited to see the anthology getting coverage - it's a great cause.

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  162. I bought Nick's book.

    Yay on all this fantastic book news.

    I'll check out the links about the free books.

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  163. Congratulations to all these writers with books out!

    I love the picture of the horse.

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  164. Thanks Alex for the shout-out!

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  165. Wow, I have not been here all week and I am so sorry about that. I've been a very bad friend. :(

    Nick's anthology is amazing and inspiring. I am so proud and honored to be a part of it all.

    Tyrean's books sounds wonderful as well. We all need champions like that in our lives.

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  166. Thanks for the mention Alex. I can't wait to see the book. They're having the launch party in Colorado so if anyone is from Colorado they should go and have fun!

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  167. Hi Alex,
    Thanks for commenting on my post for ther upcoming A to Z in April challenge. But I suspect that you may have had trouble finding my post for IWSG. I'm new, and it is my first post. But I got several interesting comments so I am determined to keep coming back every month.

    Please don't remove my name.
    Take a look at my post:
    AnnasAdornments for Insecure Writers March 6th

    Best wishes,
    Anna Nordeman
    of Anna's Adornments

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  168. Free books are nice, but the authors certainly deserve to be paid.

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  169. Thank you, Alex. I guess I live with my head in the sand.

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