Watch This Space

For a while, I’ve been trying to decide what to do with this blog. I can’t simply use it for book promotion. That’s what everyone else already does, generally to a low degrees of success. At the same time, I can’t leave it empty while waiting for the next big announcement to come along either. This has gotten me really thinking and I took a look around other blogs (not just authors) to figure out how I can use my own blog best.

First, the page needs more work. I keep saying this, but it remains true. Right now it’s nice and simple, but also a bit generic. The few people that actually visit are no doubt unimpressed and happy to move on to more flashy pages. I don’t blame them, I’m the same way. The problem with that is I lack the resources to make this page shine, or, I thought I did, until I remembered that I have a degree in graphics arts and, time permitting, can create my own artwork. On top of that I already have artwork I can show off, some of which has taken me years to create. I am going to start posting it, as well as go into discussions about other things not related to Azureden or my books, which includes my modeling hobby. Don’t roll your eyes just yet. I’ve put a lot of work into this hobby and what’s come out of it has been nothing short of impressive for all but the most jaded of fellow hobbyists, and I will be happy to share it with you all. I will also discuss my current ‘place’ within the hobby as well as my past experiences and even some things about when I worked for one of the companies. I hope it will be enlightening. For now, if you are into modeling or miniature wargaming, feel free to friend me on FB as I always enjoy discussing it with other enthusiasts.

Second, I would like to “grow” the world of the Azurden series and my other works to help foster interest in the series as a whole, and the entirety of the lore it represents. Therefore I’m going to post things about my universe, where I got the inspiration, and why certain characters are who they are, hopefully with some artwork. In time I hope this encompasses a HUGE literary universe akin to Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, or Game of Thrones, but only time will tell. Until then, I hope you at least enjoy the tidbits about my story and how such elements came to be. Also, in case you’re wondering, there will be no plot reveals, sorry.

Finally, in order for this all to work I will need to schedule how I update this blog. This is something I have been putting off as I don’t like to be tied down to social media outlets, but if it represents something I enjoy and can be involved with, then it shouldn’t be a problem to update at least once a week. Right now, I’m toying with the idea of doing Azurden and other works one day a week, while doing my hobbies and interests on another day of the week. Which days, I haven’t decided yet, but I’m thinking Monday and Thursday respectively. If this turns out to be too much, or if I’m eating through material too quickly, I may cut it back to Wednesday only, as was my original intention. Until then, expect this site to get some new things added once I can manage it. Also, you can expect announcements and shout outs to keep coming as normal, or I should say, as sporadically as they happen. (which I hope will be more often). Stay well everyone. Change is coming.

Sincerely,

Allan B. Anderson

Author Interview by Michael R. Baker

For those wishing to know more about me and my writing process, an acquaintance of mine, Michael Baker, has recently returned from his vacation and has just posted an interview he conducted with me on his blog Thousandscarsblog. Feel free to head over and check it out. While there, also feel free to check out his own fictional works, other author interviews, and gaming related articles.

A long overdue update

*Blows dust off website*

*Coughs*

Well… *cough*. Well here we are. The last time I updated this site, the Broncos won the Super Bowl. Not to say I’ve been idle in that time, just that there wasn’t a lot to talk about.  “What do you mean?” I hear you ask. “Actors have died! Trump is president!” Well, yes, that is all true. However this site is about my writing and my writing career. I try to keep politics and news limited only to Facebook, and then only to my personal, more private account. That being said, there ARE a lot of writing things to talk about. So, let’s get started.

The first thing I’ll mention is I’m switching computers. No, not just buying a new one, I’m going from Windows to Apple. My old Lenovo IdeaPad wasn’t compatible with Windows 10, and when Microsoft forced the update down my throat, it essentially ruined it beyond sensible use. The automatic updates, which I couldn’t turn off, made things even worse, to the point I decided to step away from Microsoft altogether and get an Apple MacBook Pro for my next laptop. It lacks some of the things I like, such as a DVD player, but is backward compatible enough to use most of my old hardware. Needless to say, the switch has caused some compatibility issues with my publishers, but hopefully that will be fixed in short order.

Next, The Dark Dozen‘s contract has been extended, so if you haven’t gotten a copy yet, now’s your chance to buy a book, and save a life. It contains one of the first published works featuring my protagonist Tibbold E. Reily. I have planned for more short stories and even whole novels surrounding this character, so get a jump on your friends and be “in the know” about his exploits should he ever became a mainstream icon. Bragging rights are sometimes the best rights.

Finally, The Last Chronicle of Azureden: A Deal in the Darkness is slated for release next week! Though I’m excited, I’m not about to rest on my laurels of actually having a full novel out on the market. Work on book two is already underway, and given the exceptional treatment by Ellysian Press, I will do my best to make it something they will want to continue publishing. Maer Willson and Jen Ryan have done a phenomenal job on editing and proofing so that everything has come together in an excellent package. If you have the time, click on the link in my Links page and check out the publisher’s website. They have many excellent books sure to appease almost any narrative appetite. A photo of the cover and a brief blurb are already on my Books page, so if you want to see it, go there and check it out (along with my other works)

Remember to follow in order to stay posted for more news leading up to the final release. Print versions should be out one week after the e-versions hit the market.

Sincerely,

Allan B. Anderson

 

Congratulations Denver Broncos

Well, Super Bowl 50 is over, and I’m certain my relatives in Denver are throwing quite the party today. Congratulations also to Peyton Manning on a Super Bowl victory in what is likely to be his final season. Way to end it on a high note 🙂

Now, for those of you visiting this site, I have quite the treat for you today. A few weeks ago I got the go ahead to post a small piece of Tibbold’s origin story right here on this site. So, if you purchased The Dark Dozen and are curious about the protagonist of my story, A Tale of Two Queens and a Frozen Heart, then pop on over to Tibbold Sightings and get a taste of my writing style and of Tibbold’s past. Just so you know, the small story posted doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface, but hopefully it will begin to peak your interest.

A quick update on a Sunday Afternoon

Hope everyone’s Christmas preparations are going well, my family will not celebrate a large Christmas this year as we believe the holiday is more about family and togetherness than any amount of gifts (Hasn’t stopped me from picking up some though)

For those who have purchased a copy of the “The Dark Dozen” I want to say thank you. Al Scarbourough certainly appreciates it and all of us authors do as well. For those still wishing to purchase the book, I will leave the Amazon link here: The Dark Dozen on Amazon. Currently, it is set at $4.99 for Kindle and $11.99 for paperback. Also, feel free to let me know if you like the story I wrote. I always appreciate feedback.

As for myself, I am hoping Elysium Press and I can enter the editing phase of my breakout novel shortly, until then though I will be working on another story, likely also featuring Tibbold. If you don’t know who that is feel free to click the link up at the top.

Updates to the site:

None yet, though I am well aware I need a better site name that also reflects the domain name, not to mention some pictures. Problem is there are a lot of “Foxs’ Dens” Foxs’ Retreats” and generally a great deal of “Foxs’ who possess any kind of dwelling whatsoever.” I want to stand out, but I also want to stay true to the roots of certain things. I will come up with something, I’m sure, until then feel free to leave a comment with a suggestion if you feel the urge 🙂

Sincerely,

Allan B. Anderson

Altoine Scarborough and the Dark Dozen

As I go through and fix up this site while visiting family and prepping for the stressful holiday season now upon us, I realize I really need to get some pictures in here. That will have to come later however, as right now I would like to tell you about the effort to help save Altoine Scarborough.

Though I do not know Altoine Scarborough personally, he is a dear friend to many authors, including my publisher, Maer Wilson of Ellysian Press, and is need of serious heart surgery. Due to his astronomical co-pay of $120,000, which he cannot pay, I and eleven other authors have donated stories for the anthology The Dark Dozen, soon to be released in the hopes of raising enough money to save his life.

Altoine

I have included a link below if you wish to find out more information and, perhaps, make a donation. Even if you are not in a charitable mood, The Dark Dozen contains many well written stories sure to make simply buying the book worthwhile, not to mention the added benefit of knowing you will have helped save a life. 🙂

Information on Altoine Scarborough: http://maerwilson.com/how-my-chihuahua-almost-killed-al/

For direct donations: Al’s GoFundMe Link