Tuesday, June 30, 2009
This giveaway is for Darien's Rise, by Paul McCusker. This time it's a points based giveaway, and I'm not hosting it. Up-and-coming author and current Focus on the Family Product Marketing Manager, B.D. Eastman, is. Follow THIS LINK to his blog for details. Remember that you heard about it here first, as this fact will potentially earn me points! (Cue evil laugh) Let the games begin again!
Monday, June 29, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
Congratulations Earwen! Please e-mail me at yodeling dwarf [at] gmail [dot] com (no spaces) with your full name and mailing address in order to receive your prize.
To everyone else, thanks again. And don't forget that Swords of the Six is still available to buy. I hope to do more things like this in the future, so keep checking in. And, if you are a publisher or author who would like to donate a book to giveaway through The Yodeling Dwarf, let me know!
Friday, June 19, 2009
Great news! Flaming Pen Press has been so kind as to donate a signed copy of Swords of the Six (with a collector’s “Specter” bookmark) to be given away on this blog! A person will be chosen at random to receive the prize. Here’s how to get your name thrown in the hat:
1) Leave a comment on this post. Anonymous comments will not be counted, so be sure to either sign into an account, or click the Name/URL option and type something to identify you by.
2) To double your chances with a second entry, write a post about this giveaway with a link to this blog post. You can post on your blog, or any social networking site (Facebook, Twitter, Shoutlife, etc…). Then be sure to leave another comment here with a link to where you posted. Please note that it must be a separate comment from the original in order to get two bids.
Friday, June 26th, at Noon Pacific time will be the deadline. Shortly thereafter I will announce the winner.
See the post below this one for more information on Swords of the Six. Let the games begin!
UPDATE: WINNER ANNOUNCED IN THE POST ABOVE (OR CLICK HERE)
His black scales shimmering with the blood of a thousand warriors, the dragon Valorian spread his wings and drew back his long neck.
This is the first sentence of Scott Appleton’s debut novel, Swords of the Six—a book filled with dragons, swords, fairies, a host of other imaginative creatures, and endorsements from Wayne Thomas Batson and Bryan Davis to boot. As the above sample implies, Swords of the Six contains a great deal of action. But romance and suspense also find substantial roles within its pages.
General Appearance: This is a book of high quality construction. The cover is very appealing, good paper is used, and the pictures at the beginning of each chapter are beautiful as well. Overall one of the best I’ve held.
The Opening: The prelude was perhaps my least favorite part of the story. I felt somewhat disoriented, though not exceedingly so. But I thoroughly enjoyed the book from the first chapter on.
Characterization: A great cast of lovable characters, unique and clearly defined. The characterization was terrific. One in particular, Specter, I found totally awesome, and hope to read more about him in future books.
The Story: There are actually two story arcs in this book, clearly separated into two parts. The first is a story of six sisters with special powers as they grow up and then embark on a quest to find and bring to justice a traitor. The second is a love story between one of the sisters and a warrior. I enjoyed the first story, and could hardly put the book down through the second story.
Warning: Some serious topics are discussed, and the effects of the battle scenes aren’t glazed over or omitted. So younger readers and parents be warned.
In conclusion, Swords of the Six is a great addition to the fantasy genre and recommended to anyone with at least a favorable disposition toward the genre. I should note that my little sister adored this book, declaring it one of her favorite books ever despite being reluctant to pick favorites in the past. I think it would have reached The Favorite status if she wasn’t a bit young to be into romance.
See the post above this one for a chance to win a copy of this book!
Monday, June 15, 2009
Christian human rights attorney Gao Zhisheng, disappeared February 4, and was last seen being taken away by a dozen police officers. Gao Zhisheng has been repeatedly kidnapped, arrested, imprisoned and tortured by Chinese authorities, because he has defended the persecuted and has been an unyielding voice for justice in the Chinese courts.A Christian brother is in trouble. We need to respond with prayers, and action as well. As James 3:14-16 says, "What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don't show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone? Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing, and you say, 'Good-bye and have a good day; stay warm and eat well'--but then you don't give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do?"
Please go to freegao.com, and sign an online petition for Gao's release, and then send an e-mail to top Chinese government officials. Western pressure has worked in the past and can work now. Gao has been missing for 131 days, and only 93,737 people have signed the petition. We have to do better. Tell people you know, and blog about it.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
The Spruce Goose. Humongous airplane designed and built by Howard Hughes, whom was portrayed by Leonardo Di Caprio in "The Aviatior."
You already saw the Spruce Goose, and this is the spruce-lots of spruces actually. The Spruce Goose was constructed of plywood made from mostly birch and some other woods, including spruce.
"You done me wrong, Ralph. That was my nut, and now you gonna pay."
Beautiful, isn't it? That far rock is called "Frog Rock."
This cart does not, in fact, make a very good getaway vehicle for three distinct reasons. 1) It's freeway merging capabilities are dismal. 2) In off-road situations the lack of suspension results in the loss of a lot of cargo, including Jimmy. 3) That fancy rocket booster on the back is misleading; it's kind of a downer when you propel yourself off a tow truck with the ramp down only to discover that there is no red button in sight.
There was actually a peregrine falcon nested on this cliff with a nest full of hatchlings. But they could only be seen via telescope.
Well garsh, I'll be dadgummed if ole' Bessie don' look glad ter see meh th'smornin!
Tillamook cheese. Lots and lots of Tillamook cheese.
Stay tuned. Something I've wanted to do since starting this blog is in the works. My only clue: "Book Giveaway." (Yeah, that's not real subtle...) I'm not going to say what the title of the book is, though.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
Anyhow, I think the saltwater may be addicting, because I've decided to, God willing, attend the Oregon Christian Writers Summer Coaching Conference on July 27th-30th. It should be a great opportunity to network, meet some agents and editors, get some great tips from pros, and, again God willing, further me on my quest to get The Shepherd in print. I'm definitely looking forward to it. Prayers much appreciated.
And now for the video promised in the title. This is a kind of spoof I made for video production class last semester. Enjoy...
Thanks for all the comments on the post below. I'm glad you all enjoyed it.