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Sports Interlude: Liveblogging NBA Finals game 5

What can I say? Once in a while I have to try something different. Last night I ended up doing a liveblog of the NBA Finals' last game. Starting midway through the third quarter. Enjoy it.

I'd definitely be interested to know what you thought, so please leave a comment after.

3rd Quarter

6:35 Patty Mills full-on blows by LeBron James. Finishes with layup. James has scored 3 points since 1st Quarter.

Bonus Content: Protein Prologue (Vonnegut World)

In the next few weeks, I'll be dropping bonus content from As Much Protein as an Egg into the feed--both as audio and as free text files. I hope you'll enjoy them.

The hottest news of all is that there's a new Jack Palms short story in the works. I hope to be bringing it to you this spring in audio. Stay tuned!

If you haven't already downloaded As Much Protein as an Egg, you can get it for Kindle only here.

Click here to listen to me reading the book's Prologue, which isn't featured in the Kindle version. It's a special bonus just for you guys!

You can also download the Prologue as a free PDF to read on your devices OR as a Free .mobi file for your Kindle right here. That, or just start reading...

“As much protein as an egg” is an expression used on the front of cereal boxes in the year this book was written. It is the property of the Kashi brand company. This use is not meant to imply any relationship, impropriety or connection to the good people at Kashi. They do make a nice breakfast cereal. {Read MORE}

New Fiction: As Much Protein as an Egg

Hey folks, hey folks!

New fiction is here! I've been working for a while on a project that inhabits both the world of my own fiction (see Tony Vitelli's appearance) and the World of Kurt Vonnegut as part of a collaboration witih Amazon's Kindle Worlds. It a mashup of fan fiction, new stuff and social criticism in the vein on old Vonnegut himself.

The book is called As Much Protein as an Egg, after an homage to KV's Breakfast of Champions as well as my own predilection for Kashi cereal. Yum yum. And for eggs. It's available now for the Kindle as well as readable on virtually device using one of the many Kindle Apps

I hope you'll give it a try. It's fun and funny, even a touch of Sci-Fi. For those of you who like time travel and Vonnegut's work and meta-fiction, or even just love coffee, this one's for you. Give it a shot!

Also, I'll be holding a contest for the first of you to post reviews on the book's Amazon page. That's right, those 5-star bad boys really do help. So, for the first 5 of you to read it and review, I'll send out signed copies of a book that you choose. For the next TEN of you, I'll hold a drawing to send out two signed copies chosen at random. Pretty good odds. So get to it: download, read, enjoy. You might even be able to get your Kindle to read it to you out loud! Let me know.

Here's a quick shout from me about this new by audio (click to listen). And I'll be back soon with a few podcasts of selected sections of the book. Deleted scenes, special content and the like. Stay tuned!

Your boy -- SH 

 

In Broad Daylight - Now in Print!

IN BROAD DAYLIGHT is out today! Listen here for my Short Audio Missive about the new release!

You can get it online from Amazon in Paperback and eBook, as well as signed copies at Borderlands Books (info here). I hope you'll pick up a copy!

There are THREE WAYS you can help me make this a big release:

1) Pick up a copy! Go ahead, for Kindle it's just five bucks!

2) Drop a sweet review of In Broad Daylight on Amazon or Goodreads. Do this only if you've already listened to the podcast or read a preview.

3) Help spread the word on social media! Spread links on Facebook, Goodreads, Twitter, etc. Rock and roll with me! Tell one person or fifty!

What else? Well, I'm holding a contest here all week (at least). Comment below to let me know which main character you'd like to see in the next book I write and/or tell me why YOU deserve a free, autographed copy of In Broad Daylight on your shelf. I'll be picking 3-5 winners soon!

New Editions AND the NEW ADDITION!

That's Willa Evelyn Harwood in the middle.

Lately I've been spending a fair amount of time pondering the difference between the words "edition" and "addition." Today they come into play like never before as Thomas & Mercer publishing releases new editions of both THIS IS LIFE and YOUNG JUNIUS. In no small part this is due to your support! I thank you once again for all your patronage and assistance in making my writing career a reality. I'm super excited about working together and the new opportunities this partnership involves--basically, Thomas & Mercer is a publishing wing of Amazon and they'll be using powers of the mighty sales site to promot and merchandize the book.

On the other hand, there's an addition that I'm even more proud of: that's my little girl, Willa Evelyn Harwood, who was three weeks old yesterday! (Her birthday is 1/28.) She's gaining weight, healthy as any parent could ask for and seems *very* advanced for her age (not my words)! I'm pretty sure she'll be reading within the month. (Kidding.)

If I may be so bold as to ask you for another favor, please help me to spread the word about This Is LIfe and Young Junius. You've likely bought them before. Now a good review, a Fb "Like" or a word to your friends can do so much! I'll be announcing new giveaways in the days and weeks to come. I look forward to your participation. As always, I'm also happy to sign your copies. Just drop a line and ask me. 

More audio, CrimeWAV stories and dispatches from Palms Nation to come. As always, I'm yer boy.

One Week to New Releases, Palms Baby Addition AND new CrimeWAV now!

First things first: here in the Palms Universe, there is a new addition -- a Palms Baby! Little Willa Evelyn Harwood has arrived. You can see some pics of her and geek out with me here on Facebook. Fatherhood? It's absolutely awesome and amazing. You already knew that? Yeah, I know you did.

Three Book Deal and a Film Option!

Yeah. Wow. So today's news is BIG. And I've had to wait on it for a long time now. Then, last night PubMarketplace dropped the following (in deals/sales):  

Seth Harwood's IN BROAD DAYLIGHT, about a smart, tough FBI Agent as she tracks a serial killer in Alaska, to Andrew Bartlett at Thomas & Mercer, plus the previously-published THIS IS LIFE and YOUNG JUNIUS, by Stacia Decker at the Donald Maass Literary Agency (World).

Film rights to YOUNG JUNIUS, the story of a fourteen-year-old boy avenging his brother's murder in the housing projects of 1980s Boston, optioned by producer Daniel Wolfe, by Brooke Ehrlich of Brooke Ehrlich Artist Management.

What this means is that Thomas & Mercer (Amazon's crime imprint) will publish This Is Life, Young Junius and In Broad Daylight!! These will be available in both print and ebook format. Three books! It's looking like This Is Life and YJ will come this fall, likely October, with IBD to follow in the spring. And...

AND... And we've sold an option on Young Junius for FILM!!! As you'll see in the above video, Daniel Wolfe, an awesome up-and-coming director is definitely the man for this job. He loved the book, wanted the option, got it, and now we'll see where this leads. I've been really impressed with his work thus far, including this awesome video for Time To Dance by the Shoes (warning: NSFW, disturbing and awesome!) starring a famous actor you'll recognize immediately.

The timing here is entirely coincidental, but I also leave tomorrow morning for five weeks of vacation and writing! I'll be in southern France and Western Mass. Couldn't be more excited! Drop a comment and let me hear from ya!

The Tech-Empowered Writer- AWP Panel Resources

At AWP this year, I'm presenting as part of a panel on "The Tech-Empowered Writer: Embrace New Media, Experiment, and Earn" along with awesome writers Christina Katz, Robert Lee Brewer and Jane Friedman. Check them out, really! These three are ones to watch! The panel is on Thursday of the conference (3/1) from 1:30 to 2:45 in Boulevard Room A,B,C, at the Hilton Chicago, 2nd Floor. More info is here: AWP Conference Schedule.

I'll say the names of these three again: Christina Katz, Robert Lee Brewer and Jane Friedman. Outstanding, all! And go here for where I mention Christina's awesome book, The Writer's Workout!

But what I'm really here for is to add more content to the panel presentation so folks can find more links to others I think are doing a great job. I'll be talking about how I raised significant capital for my last two novels This Is Life and Young Junius by doing a highly successful (if I do say so myself) Kickstarter Campaign and a Special Edition Pre-Order event that I ran through PayPal. Both of these really put me in good shape to work with a publisher and to do a lot of the freelancer-comissioning myself! Totally awesome! Of course, none of this would've been possible without the support of my awesome group of fans, the Palms Mommas and Palms Daddies, who I connected with through producing my novels as free, serialized audiobooks (podcasts) that I distributed here and at iTunes. For more on how I did that, see this link and the upcoming online Author Boot Camp class I'll be teaching in April and May. Hurry, just a few spots remain!

So, what other writers are doing awesome stuff?

First, I'll start off with Jeff Shelby, who blogs here about how he set up his eBook Thread of Hope on Amazon's Kindle store and planned a release all on his own. And then guess what? Thread of Hope hit #1 on Amazon!! Yes, it did! Slid right past Stieg Larsson and everything! Jeff tells all in this easy to read and understand blog post about how he listed the book, made it free on Amazon to jumpstart sales, then contacted biggie blogs like Pixel of Ink and eReader News Today to let them know when it'd be free. Next up... well, read it all here. How Thread of Hope Hit #1 on Amazon

Second, let me tell you about Neal Pollack, whose piece in the New York Times Book Review here tells about how and why he decided to leave traditional publishing to put out his book Jewball himself. Neal used Kickstarter to build a source of funding and Createspace to publish the book in Print On Demand format. Know what? Both of these are totally easy to do. Read more about Neal in my post at AuthorBootCamp here.

Mur Lafferty, a fellow podcasting author, really rocked the Kickstarter world and broke the mold when she did this wildly successful campaign. Just look at the funding: 969% funded! Wow!

Want more? Check out podcasts by students of my recent Author Boot Camps and how they're connecting with an audience using just their voice, their words, and a little technology! That, plus more info and lessons from J.A. Konrath, Barry Eisler and Paolo Coehlo are at the site AuthorBootCamp.com. If you're interested in learning how to podcast and release your own eBooks, consider joining me for the online installment of Author Boot Camp in April and May. Filling fast!

Review, Reading and Books!!

First, let me just say that I'm currently developing a store page for this site that will enable sales of THIS IS LIFE, Young Junius and others in fresh, signed editions. For its part, THIS IS LIFE will be available in a special edition here that COMBINES the stories of THIS IS LIFE and CZECHMATE. I have these now in hardcover AND paperback! More soon. But if you can't wait and want to order a copy now, email me and we'll work it out!

Speaking of COMBINED versions of TIL and Czechmate, Elizabeth A. White stops the presses at her review site today with a fresh, enthusiastic review of the two books. If you're not ready to be gripped up by the plot after that, I have no idea what'll grip you!

Did I say grip? Yes, if you're in San Francisco and you haven't been swept up in Niners action, then come out to a special reading I'll be doing this Sunday (the 22nd) via the Portuguese Artists Colony! With its 5Pm start, don't worry, you can still catch some of the Giants/Niners. I'll be joined at this event by fellow MA native (and hopefully Patriots fan) Brittany Perham. Ira Marlowe adds music! It all starts at 5:00 at Fivepoints Arthouse. Come one, come all! (See flyer image below!)

PLUS: Do not worry. The K7 call-in episode of In Broad Daylight as well as the Final Q&A episode, hosted by John Mireau, are still coming soon!

Bay Area: Three Readings!

Hope you enjoyed the end of In Broad Daylight and that your New Year is off to a great start. I'll be back soon with more podcasts, but for now I just got back from the Yucatan and am PUMPED for two readings this week and another next Sunday the 22nd -- all in the Bay Area. If you're local, I hope you can make it to one (or more!)  

First up is in Sausalito Thurs night 1/12 at: 

Why There Are Words January 12 “Other Voices: Come Together”

This one's a star-studded lineup that I'm really excited to be a part of. Starts at 7:00.

Then on Friday night at Elbo Room in the Mission is Literary Death Match! Doors at 6:30!

I'm making my return reading at this event and will not go down without a deadly fight! Triad Death Match style! Believe it!

Info and tickets are here: http://www.literarydeathmatch.com/upcoming-events/january-13-2012.html

and on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/events/335957923082317/

If you haven't ever seen a Literary Death Match before, you're in for a rare treat. These are awesome! See a video of what goes on: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Spi05hnOwE

If neither of those float your booty, I'll be at a fine event in the Portuguese Writers Colony on Sunday 1/22 at 5pm in downtown SF.

Info is here: http://portugueseartistscolony.blogspot.com/p/readings.html 

Musical guest is Ira Marlowe. Will be great!

Hope to see you out and around! I'll be selling and signing special paperback editions of THIS IS LIFE/Czechmate [COMBINED] at all events!

 

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