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Jan 13

Off and Running in 2013

Hi folks,

I hope everyone had a great Christmas and Holiday Season. Ours was fantastic and Laurie and I would like to wish you and your family a fantastic 2013! (Stella is giving us the two paws up sign so she wants to add her best wishes as well.)

I thought I’d use this post to do a quick recap on 2012 and give you some idea about what I’m currently working on and when you can expect to see a new book.

Right out of the box just after New Year’s, I got an email from Indieviews, a blog that features indie writers. They are, to say the least, a collection of troubled individuals but we both had a lot of fun with the interview. I’m still assessing the potential career damage but I think I’ll survive it. The link below will take you to the entire interview but I’ve included a few of the questions and my answers to give you a taste of what you can expect. (Be warned, like I said, they are definitely playing with less than a full deck.)

http://indieview.weebly.com/the-indieviews.html

6. Is it true that you took part in an “Occupy McDonald’s” event, and not even the organizers could get you out of there (after nine days)?

Again? Aren’t you people ever going to let this one go? I was young and still an advocate for important causes. We were simply trying to get our point across that the McRib sandwich should be a permanent menu item and not relegated to part-time status and a mere pawn in recycled marketing campaigns. It’s the McRib for God sakes! Don’t get me started…anyway, the occupation ended peacefully on Day 10 after somebody showed me a You Tube video on how Chicken McNuggets are made. It was at that point that I got my ass out of there.

<We’ll find you a support group, B.>

7. Have you lost the Aussie accent yet?

Sadly, I lost it two years ago in a tragic accident at the Tuvan National Throat Singing Competition. Long story that involves an electrical short and an overzealous Yak…but I digress. The accent recently surfaced on EBay and I’m in the process of hunting down the bastard who’s trying to capitalize on my misfortune.

If this is what I have to look forward to, it’s going to be a long year!

2012 Recap

Last year finished on a high note as all four of my books ended up doing very well on several Goodreads lists. And I’d like to thank all of you who took the time to vote. I really appreciate all your help and support.

All four of my books ended up in the Top 10 in the Best Indie Books of 2012 list out of close to 900 books so obviously I’m very pleased by that.

Divorce Hotel cover thumbnail with text

Divorce Hotel continues to be very popular and I’m starting to think about doing a sequel. (I’m beginning to think that you’re never going to stop bugging me about doing it so I might as well just write the friggin thing.) I’m still playing around with various ideas and ways to keep it fresh and not repeat myself but, right now, I’m thinking about perhaps using a Christmas homecoming as the basis…you’ll be the first to hear when I finally decide what to do.

As far as Goodreads goes, Divorce Hotel landed out several Best of 2012 lists.

Here’s a sample:

* Best Books of 2012 – Top 100
* Best Indie Books of 2012 – #4
* Books That Made Me Laugh Out Loud – Top 10
* Best Unknown Books That Must Be Known – Top 25

I just got this review of Divorce Hotel the other day from Robert Carter, an author I have enormous respect for. I thought I’d pass it along.

I just finished reading Divorce Hotel and it is an excellent read! My wife got pissed with me because I was reading late at night in bed and couldn’t stop laughing. The plot is beautifully constructed and I loved the way the author introduced the characters, and grew their storylines. A satisfying comedy, with a great dramatic shape. Robert Carter – Author of Sheer Purgatory…and a host of others.

By the way, I highly recommend Robert’s books. Thanks again for the 5 star review, Robert. So glad you enjoyed it!

The Damaged Po$$e series also did very well this year. Here’s a sample of where American Midnight, Sneaker World, and Summerman landed on various lists:

American Midnight Cover thumb 10-12-2012

sneaker world cover new 4-28-2012 copy

Summerman new cover 6-10-2012 copy

* Best New Series of 2012

American Midnight – The Damaged Po$$e – #3

* Best Indie Books of 2012

American Midnight Top 10
Sneaker WorldTop 10
SummermanTop 10

* Books That Made Me Laugh Out Loud

American Midnight – Top 10
Sneaker World – Top 10
Summerman – Top 10

* Best Unknown Books That Must Be Known

American Midnight Top 50
Sneaker WorldTop 50
SummermanTop 50

Looking Ahead to 2013

I’m currently working on two new books that will be launched this year. The first is Larrikin Gene, #2 in the Damaged Po$$e series. (Yes, I know some of you are scratching your head and saying “But #3 (Sneaker World) and #4 (Summerman) are already out…can’t you count?”) Larrikin is pretty much done but I’m still not completely happy with it so I continue to do some tweaking. It won’t be long and going back to the second book after you’ve already read the others won’t hurt your understanding or disrupt the flow of the series.

Larrikin Cover 12-30-2012 small copy

Larrikin Gene features Gene, and deals with how he ends up joining Doc and the rest of the Po$$e. Set in Vegas and Australia, it’s a funny take on nature vs nurture as Gene, a con artist teams up with his father, a recovering criminal himself, on a land scam that gets a bit of control to say the least.

Here’s a few definitions that will give you feel for what’s going on along with a quote from Merlin.

(You just knew that he’d have something to say about it.)

Larrikin
Australian – A boisterous, often badly behaved young man with an apparent disregard for convention.

Gene
A portion of a DNA molecule that serves as the basic unit of heredity.

“Where do I stand on the question of nature versus nurture? Well, I have a science background so I understand the powerful impact that genetics have on shaping a person’s intelligent, choices, and motivations. But, on the other hand, when I fuck up, it’s always easier just to blame my parents.”
Merlin

Boomer Planet Cover small 12-31-2012 copy

Inside the Mellifluous Mind of Boomer Planet is a standalone novel about a radio talk show host, Boomer Planet, who broadcasts his show from inside his house in Austin. He ends up being kidnapped by what I call the Gang That Can’t Walk and Chew Gum at the Same Time. During the kidnapping, the police surround the house which prevents the kidnappers from making their escape with Boomer and the rest of his staff. While the kidnappers try to figure a way out of the mess they have created, Boomer continues to broadcast his show during his captivity. It’s a very funny take on celebrity, intergenerational relationships, and what is truly important in life. I’m having a ball writing this one and I think you’re going to enjoy it. I’m shooting for a summer launch.

Here’s a short snippet from Chapter One:

Boomer glanced through the window and shook his head. On the other side of the soundproof booth, his producer held up three fingers and tapped her watch. As the caller’s ramble continued, Boomer popped four Advil and washed them down with orange juice. Swathed in leather, he leaned back and waited.

For the Advil to kick in.

For a chance to get a word in.

For the cretinous chatterbox on the other end of the line to run out of gas.

“And still the government does nothin’ about it…nothin’, nada, zip, bupkus. Boomer…they don’t do nothin’. You know what I’m talking about, Boomer?”

Boomer leaned forward and dropped both elbows on the desk. “You’re saying the government doesn’t do anything about it.”

“I knew you’d understand, Boomer.”

Boomer rubbed his forehead. “Jimmy, I hate to say this. But I don’t have a clue what you’re talking about.”

“Whaddya mean?”

“Just what I said. I gotta tell ya, Jimmy…” Boomer’s lips brushed the microphone and whispered, “you lost me at hello.”

Boomer beamed at the silent laughter coming from inside the control booth and downed the rest of his orange juice.

“Let me see if I’ve got this straight, Jimmy. Everybody on your block, including your wife, has had their brains and bodies taken over by a secret government project.”

“No, by aliens.”

“Oh, I see. Aliens you say.”

“But the government is in on it. It’s a conspiracy. That’s why they ain’t sayin’, or doin nothin’ about it.”

“Just your block?”

“Yeah. But I’m keeping a close eye on one of the guys at 7-11.”

“Good idea. I hear they always go for the convenience stores first. There’s something about those 99 cent hotdogs that drives them wild.”

“Yeah, I think heard that too. But they’re just getting started. Pretty soon it’ll be the whole town.”

“Any idea why aliens would be so interested in Omaha?”

“Beef and corn.”

“Beef and corn?”

“Yeah, food…and fuel for their spaceships.”

“Hotdogs, steak and corn on the cob. You better tell Homeland Security to be on high alert the 4th of July.

“That’s good advice, Boomer.”

“It’s what I do, Jimmy. Say, how’s the wife handling all this?”

“What does she know? She’s a damn alien.”

Boomer glanced through the glass. Maria smiled but shook her head no. But the smile never left her face. Eventually she nodded and touched her thumb and index finger together, her signal to proceed, but go easy. Boomer nodded and returned to the microphone.

“Since I’ve got you on the line, Jimmy, I just gotta ask…what’s it like?”

“What’s what like?”

“Sex with an alien.”

“Huh?”

“Well, you gotta admit, Jimmy, you’re in a pretty unique position. Not many people ever get an opportunity to…be intimate with an alien. And we all have a ton of questions about aliens. Are the parts all the same? Do they make a lot of noise? Do they, like me, immediately fall asleep afterwards? There’s probably a book deal, maybe even a movie in it.”

“Ya think?”

“Sure. Say, who do you see playing you? I’m seeing Charlize Theron as the alien. Your wife, that is. But I can’t quite get a handle on who should play you. What do you think?”

Boomer waited.

“Gee, I don’t know, Boomer. That’s a tough one. Maybe Wilford Brimley?”

*****

Be well, my friends. I’ll be in touch soon.

Bernie

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  1. Toots

    Cheers to a New Year filled with health, humor & more great reading!

    1. B.R. Snow

      Thanks, Toots. Your ongoing support and feedback is much appreciated as always.

      Be well.

      1. Toots

        No one deserves the good juju more than you Mr. Snow! Your creative mind never ceases to amuse, delight & amaze me :}

  2. Karen

    I was smiling all the way through Boomer Planet’s snippet and can hardly wait. I know I will be LOL!!

    Genius!

    Happy New Year to you, Laurie and Stella:)

  3. B.R. Snow

    Lord David,

    You are a true gem but I could really do without the competition. You’re simply too funny. And if other visitors here aren’t familiar with Lord David’s work, check out his site. You’ll find some great takes on British society. I’m currently reading one of his Diaries and find myself with a permanent smile, punctuated by frequent laughter.

    Be well, my friend.

  4. B.R. Snow

    Thanks so much, Karen. I’m hoping to finish Boomer Planet in time for a summer launch. But first I need to finish the final edit on Larrikin Gene #2 in the Damaged Po$$e series. I hope to launch it sometime in March.

    I hope your new year is off to a great start.

    Be well.

  5. Mita

    I was recommended your book by another author on Goodreads but I cannot find your book on Kobo. I tried searching but the search on Kobo is less than useless. so if you have a link to Kobo or Smashwords, please share with me.

    1. B.R. Snow

      Hi Mita,

      I’ve been exclusive to Amazon but am currently exploring other options includng Kobo. I’m assuming you don’t have a Kindle, but if you do, please let me know.

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by.

      Bernie

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