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In celebration of the soon-to-be-released first volume of the dragon fantasy anthology "The Dragons' Beads: A Treasury" I am running a Rafflecopter giveaway. This will run from 12 AM September 9, 2013 to 12 AM November 3, 2013. The winners will be contacted after with their claim code to use at Smashwords to obtain their free copy in whichever e-format they need for their reading device.

 Click to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway or view on the THG StarDragon Publishing FB Page.

The book release is November 1st, and the release party will be on November 2nd sometime due to the DJ's (Grease Coakes AKA John Krauss) schedule. The time has yet to be pinned down, but an announcement will be made as to when it will be. For those unable to log into Second Life the url of the music stream will be posted so that they can at least listen to the music too (such as if they are at work and have computer access). The drawing is being done the day after to give party participants time to enter too if they were unaware of the drawing.

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This post isn't about one of my stories. However, this boy did impress me, so I'd like to talk about him a little bit.

A few months ago on Kickstarter, while I was getting the feel of the platform, I came across a young boy that wanted to tell the fictional story of a Polish teenager in World War II. He was wanting to tell it in a comic format, which is what initially grabbed my interest. What intrigued me even more was the prospective author's age...


What got him interested? He visited the Holocaust Museum.

Even though the story of this boy is a fiction, I am looking forward to getting a copy sometime in the next few months (possibly two, as one of my son's friends mentioned interest) and seeing what happens in this tale, as Christoper put in a lot of research. It is good to see child authors pursuing their dreams, and even better to see that someone of that generation was so moved by the museum that they wanted to do something to ensure that the dark place in our history is never forgotten and never repeated.

Let's have a round of applause for Christopher Huh. Best of luck in any future publishing endeavors!

You can hear him pitch his book at his Kickstarter.

It is available for $10.95 on Amazon.

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Well, sort of.  I have been doing tarot readings for this person for a while, helping him decide which way to go.  A few readings into the client/reader relationship he came to me with the issue of his book.  At the time, he was going through another publisher, and getting very frustrated at how long it was taking and the lack of communication.  It turned out that she was avoiding the project, as my readings were indicating likely.

So he left that publisher, taking his project with him.  As I was already his tarot reader, it was a conflict of interest for me to pick up his book, so the focus turned to finding the best route to realizing his publishing dream, and rounding up an artist with the feel he was looking for.  I did read his story over and gave some feedback though.

His project, I am pleased to say, has finally come to fruition.  He has been interviewed for the SL Newser, so if you like, you can
read what he has to say about Ginny Griffin's First Day of School.

You can also check out his book at Lulu
http://www.lulu.com/shop/john-krauss/ginny-grffins-first-day-of-school/paperback/product-20635273.html available now for $12US.

Now, what do I think of the story?

I really enjoyed this story.  The publisher that he was originally working with had said the conflict between Ginny and the Principal was too over the top, but I have seen similar scenarios in real life.  Not quite to that level, but for me it was believable given my experiences and ones I have heard from other former students.  I really enjoyed how Ginny ended up solving the problem, and I felt that the adults initial reactions were very believable, especially for someone coming from small town background and this being a great example of the Way Things Tend To Work in small towns when something is found that just can't be believed.  When I can, I intend to fit getting a copy into my family budget.

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