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May 1, 2016

When I arrived home from my Nepal trip, there were several packages waiting for me. One was a full carton of finished paperbacks of my new novel Leaving Blythe River, due to be released on May 24th. Another was a set of five MP3 audiobooks.

Now, you know my policy on audiobooks. I like to give them to my local library, but for some reason they still only loan out CD sets. Maybe that will change eventually. Meanwhile I listen to one, archive one. Five audiobooks are at least three too many.

Which means three of these babies are up for grabs.

Here is my usual plea to (please, please, PLEASE) read the following simple instructions. Otherwise I always have several people I can't enter, because they didn't leave an email address and I wouldn't be able to contact them if they won. This only take a minute. Trust me.

Leave a comment below to be entered. Please DO leave your email address in the comment form (even though it will say it's optional). I promise I won't use it for any other purpose but to notify you if you win. Please DON'T leave your email address in the body of your comment unless you want everybody to see it. (It will seem there is no place for your name and email. But when you hit "Post Comment," you'll see those fields come up.)

 And if you're reading this on Goodreads, please click through and leave your comment on my original blog. Otherwise I worry I'll forget you when the time comes to draw names.

I'll leave this open for a week to ten days. Good luck!

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Published on May 01, 2016 09:16 • 8 views

April 29, 2016

Mount Everest (left) at sunrise. Ama Dablam is on the right. Lhotse is hidden by clouds.

Mount Everest (left) at sunrise. Ama Dablam is on the right. Lhotse is hidden by clouds.

I actually got home from my big trekking vacation to Nepal on Monday night. But I had a lot of catching up to do, and I landed home with a lousy chest cold. (I hated to break my amazing streak--it had been over eight years since I'd been sick!)

I still haven't quite navigated the time change. Case in point, last night I fell asleep at 7:30 p.m., woke up at half past midnight, and never got back to sleep. Finally at 4:00 a.m. or so I gave up, got up, plowed through my backlog of email and posted the rest of the photos.

So here they are, for any of you who are interested: This is the link to my photo site. The first twelve albums are from this trip. I hope you enjoy viewing them half as much I enjoyed taking them!

And, by the way, there's no place like home.

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Published on April 29, 2016 08:43 • 9 views

April 11, 2016

Which I guess is something like gone fishin' but on dry land and with a "g."

I leave today for a life-list, bucket-list trip to trek in the lower Himalayas of Nepal. Do watch for photos when I get back near the end of the month, as there will likely be two or three (THOUSAND!).

If you came to the site to send me email, please be patient. I'll still answer, but lag time applies.

This is something I felt it was important to do while I was still young enough and fit enough to gain altitude at altitude. I'll be going up to about 13,000 feet. Which by Himalayan standards is not much. But no doubt I will feel it. Maybe I'll be able to hike like this for many years to come, but I have learned not to take such things for granted.

Much more trip info when I return. And when I get back it will be less than a month to the launch of Leaving Blythe River! Woo hoo!

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Published on April 11, 2016 07:26 • 65 views

April 2, 2016

As you may have noticed, my books have been getting great placement in the Kindle Daily Deal and Kindle Monthly Deal system. And I love that, because it not only brings new readers to the work, but provides deep discounts for my long-time, faithful readers. You deserve it, and I understand that many of you have to buy books on a budget.

So... all this month, April, Worthy will be a Kindle Monthly Deal at only $1.99!

If you haven't read it, here's your chance. If you have, maybe you know people who like a good book bargain.

Happy reading!

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Published on April 02, 2016 08:00 • 61 views

March 23, 2016

A couple of years ago my friend Anne R. Allen, a fellow author and publishing industry blogger, collaborated with me on a book for writers. It's not so much a book about how to write. We figured the market was saturated with those. No, this is more about how to get where you're going in this tough industry, and how to survive the challenge with relative good cheer.

That, we figured, needed addressing.

It's called How to be a Writer in the E-Age: A Self-Help Guide. And until March 27th the Kindle edition is on sale for only 99 cents. I think you will agree when you read it--it's a whole lot of useful advice for under a dollar. In the UK, the Kindle edition is on sale until the 29th.

Anne is the award-winning voice behind Anne R. Allen's Blog, and has a new book blog called Anne R. Allen's Books. This week she celebrated the price deal on How to be a Writer by reprinting an interview we did together about her blog and her work. (And other interesting and useful topics such as dealing with internet bullies and trolls, and the pressures of social media.) Stop by her book blog and check it out.

And I guess in this case I should say... happy writing!

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Published on March 23, 2016 06:00 • 48 views

March 8, 2016

My new publisher, Lake Union, has done an amazing job of matching me up with the right readers. And by that I mean people who want to read the hopeful, character-driven stories I want to write.

It started with When I Found You, and I would venture a guess that a huge number of those reading this blog post found me through that book. Then there was Walk Me Home, Take Me With You, The Language of Hoofbeats, Worthy, Ask Him Why.

Yesterday the UPS guy brought me this amazing commemoration of the fact that you have now purchased and read more than a million of these combined titles.

What can I say except "Thank you"? When I say I couldn't have done with without you, I could not mean it more literally.

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Published on March 08, 2016 07:50 • 63 views

February 15, 2016

For the rest of this month, and until the 12th of March, the paperback edition of When I Found You is on sale for only $6.99 in the U.S. marketplace.

It's part of Amazon's Physical Book Deal, which includes select books at up to 50% off.

If you haven't read it, or would like to add it to your library, now is a great time. And I'm sure I don't need to remind you that books make wonderful gifts. (Of course not!)

Happy reading!

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Published on February 15, 2016 16:52 • 43 views

February 13, 2016

If so, I have a free book for you.

Leave a comment if you do, or know of someone who does. We'll see how this turns out!

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Published on February 13, 2016 14:36 • 20 views

February 1, 2016

Just a quick post to let you know that When I Found You and Walk Me Home are off their monthly deals... and The Language of Hoofbeats is on!

Hoofbeats is a Kindle Monthly Deal for February at only $1.99. So if you missed this one, now is a great time to catch up.

Please pass it on, and happy reading! 

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Published on February 01, 2016 10:19 • 59 views

January 25, 2016

I've been waiting patiently (okay, not really--impatiently) for the 26th of January and the release of Der Klang der Pferdehufe in Germany. Literally translated, it means "The Sound of Horse's Hooves" and it's the German translation of The Language of Hoofbeats.

Now I know you might be thinking, "But it's only the 25th." But by late afternoon Pacific Time on the 25th here in the US, it's the 26th in Germany. And the ebook should be dropping onto Kindles even as we speak.

For those of you who don't know, German readers have really stepped up and embraced these books, and they are doing very well on, especially in Kindle. As of this writing, I have three books in the German Kindle Top 100: Ich Bliebe Hier, which has been in the Top 100 for 382 days, Als Ich Dich Fand, which has been in the Top 100 for 308 days, and Wir Kommen Mit, more recently released, at 44 days.

If you're one of my German readers, I hope you enjoy the new one, and I hope to hear from you. Thanks for making these books such a success!

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Published on January 25, 2016 16:39 • 34 views