Book Giveaway: Refuge After the Collapse

I have word from the publisher that copies of Refuge have shipped from the printer to the warehouse, so the book should be showing up for sale soon, though the official release date is still posted on Amazon and other sites as September 23.

I should have my author’s copies sometime before then, and I want to announce a giveaway of ten (10) signed copies that I will personally mail out to the winners, who will be chosen from the email entrants to the giveaway once I have books in hand.

To enter for a chance to win a copy in this giveaway, all you have to do is enter your email address and first name in the form below.  If you are selected I’ll contact you by email to get your mailing address.

The sign-up will also add you to my newsletter mailing list, so you will be the first to know about my next books (two projects currently in the works) and other giveaways, previews and occasional recommendations of other books I’ve recently read.  This newsletter list is new and will be my go-to method of keeping readers informed in lieu of social networks like Facebook and Twitter with their ever-changing policies and restrictions.  You’ll only get an occasional newsletter email, certainly less than one a month and most of the time even less, and you can be sure your email address will never be shared and that you can opt out of the list at anytime, including right after this giveaway, if you choose.

If you chose to enter, thanks for your interest in the sequel to The Pulse and good luck!

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Updating to WordPress 3.9.2

I just completed a mandatory update of WordPress to version 3.9.2 as required by my web hosting provider, and so far everything seems to be working fine.  Since there are so many potential things that can go wrong with these updates, the WordPress website has about a gazillion pages of warnings and precautions about backing up files, databases, plug-ins, etc.; enough technical stuff to make you want to throw your hands up and scream.

Since I’m a risk-taker by nature and I’ve rebuilt my website and blogs many times over through the years, I decided that I wasn’t too worried about it if it did crash during the update, so I did the minimum and downloaded an automatic back-up plug-in that would supposedly allow me to restore the site if the worse happened.  Then I just went ahead and pushed the “update” button and held my breath.  A few minutes later, I logged into my dashboard using my other computer, and saw that it had a whole new look and feel, but thankfully, the parts of my site visible to readers did not.  So, as far as I can tell, the update was painless and trouble free.  I haven’t gone through every post and manually checked every link, but the random ones I have checked seemed to still look okay and the links seem to be working.  If you do find anything broken, please shoot me an email to let me know.  This post is also sort of a test to make sure new posts appear as I expect them to.

I’m about to set up some new pages here on the site, and will also be including a opt-in email newsletter to keep readers updated on my next book releases beyond Refuge.  More on that soon.

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Refuge Back Cover Image

I just got word from my publisher that Refuge After the Collapse (Book II of The Pulse Series) has been finalized and sent to the printer. Copies are expected to ship on August 21, and should be available for sale at Amazon and other retailers by the 1st of September.

Here is a look at the back cover:

Note that the price marked on the cover is the publisher’s list and not the actual selling price.  Amazon has it available for pre-order now for $11.26.  That price will likely be lower upon release, and the ebook will be available as well as soon as the print edition is in stock to ship.



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