N.D. Wilson Giveaway!

Hey guys,

N.D. Wilson, one of my favorite authors, is doing a giveaway to promote his new book, Outlaws of Time (buy it on Amazon here).  A link to Wilson’s page is also right here.  Here is what he had to say, pasted below:

On April 19, 2016, I am launching OUTLAWS OF TIME: THE LEGEND OF SAM MIRACLE. It’s my first novel in two years, and to commemorate the memmorateness of the occasion, I’m focusing all my book promotion on giveaways!

Anyone who buys OUTLAWS in the first week (no later than April 23) will receive their choice of rewards. Multiple copies earn multiple rewards. I don’t care what format you might purchase or which retailer you might use, just email a receipt to sam@outlawsoftime.com and name your reward.

Over the years, I have heard from thousands of aspiring writers, young and old. And so my first giveaway centers focuses on all of you with interest in the craft.

REWARD (1) N.D. WILSON’S SCHOOL OF FANTASTICAL WORDCRAFT (For Aspiring Writers and Word Pirates)

Send in your receipt and receive links to nine (9!) segments on the craft of writing.

1)The Basics: See it/Say it
2) Plots & Outlines: Story Architecture
3) World Building: Realism and Fantasy
4) Character Building & Writing Dialog
5) Narrative Voice and POV
6) Style, Genre & Markets
7) The Poetry of Description: Word Bones and Rhythms
8) Mastering the Senses: Stories that Stick
9) From Rough to Final: Editing with a Blade

I’m filming these segments now and will begin sending them out free as soon as they’re ready.


Dear Ashtown Fans, I love you. No, really. You have hung in there with me through thick and thin. Even though I still haven’t been given a release date for this finale volume, it is your commitment and passion that keeps me pushing it forward. I’m not even joking. Because the fire burns hot among Ashtown fans, and because I hope you’ll love Sam and Glory in Outlaws of Time as much as you love Cyrus and Antigone Smith, I’m going to do something I have never done before. I’m going to record a reading of the first two chapters of Book IV from the manuscript, and I’m going to send it to you. If you, like thousands of others, would love to clear the cliffhanger at the end of Empire of Bones, this reward is for you. Send your receipt in and claim it.


For those of you who have print copies of my nonfiction, now you can take me with you to the gym. For those of you who have never read my nonfiction, now’s your chance! Send in your receipt and claim both downloads. I will be chatting at you in no time. And as a sidenote, I recorded these late at night, while sipping bourbon alone in the dark, so I really don’t hold anything back.

Cheers and thanks so much for your support!



Hope you all enjoy his new book.  My copy is on the way, and I will review it when I receive it!

With a flashlight under the covers,


The Top Ten List

I think I have 10 favorite books/series.  I don’t know.  I’m not going to pick my ten favorite books just to fill the list.  There might be 7, there might be 13.  I don’t know yet.  The following books are not on the list in any particular order, and I will do more detailed reviews later.

  1. The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling.  Sorry, but this is a no-brainer.  I re-read these every summer, racing my self of previous years to see how many days it takes.
  2. The Ashtown Burials series by N.D. Wilson.  Sounds sinister, but N.D. Wilson is a Christian author, and I assure you his books are anything but dark.  Hard to believe for you HP fans out there (including myself), but I might even like Wilson’s work more than Rowling’s.  Some scenes in the Harry Potter books get a bit monotonous my seventeenth time through, but Wilson’s writing is fresh every time.
  3. The 100 Cupboards series (also) by N.D. Wilson.  These books by Wilson also captivate.  I wish I could reveal more, but I don’t want to ruin anything.  Wilson has a gift for creating believable worlds that I want to live in, and unpredictable plot twists that make me an emotional wreck.  His characters are believable and full of life.
  4.  Leepike Ridge (again) by N.D. Wilson.  Notice a bit of a trend.  I absolutely LOVE N.D. Wilson.  Magnificent story about a boy who gets sucked by a creek under a mountain, treasure-hunters, a step-fiancé, a journey under a mountain, crazy berry, crawdads, an old dog named Argus, and a bed.
  5. The Mysterious Benedict Society series by Trenton Lee Stewart.  These books are perfect. Four children with special talents pass a series of unusual tests and are recruited by a narcoleptic old man to save the world and stop The Emergency.
  6. The Percy Jackson and the Olympians/Heroes of Olympus Series by Rick Riordan.  I knew a bit of Greek mythology before I read these.  But the way Riordan twists myth and modern world into an educational page turner is amazing.  The Percy Jackson books and the Heroes of Olympus books are actually two separate series of 5 books each, but Heroes is a continuation of the other.
  7. The Wingfeather Saga by Andrew Peterson. By another Christian author, 4 great books with an exciting plot and lots of humor, not to mention animals like the fearsome toothy cows, quill-diggles, cave blats, meeps, chorkneys, and toothy hounds.  The story also includes the Fangs of Dang, Peet the sock man, ridgerunners, and the lost jewels of the shining isle of Anniera.
  8. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis.  C.S. Lewis is a great Christian author whose books were what got me hooked on reading.  There are seven, and they focus on a land called Narnia, and though the main characters change from book to book, they are always children.  Must read books for anyone who considers  themselves a reader.

The list ended up totaling only 8, but I am sure that I will think of more later.


With a flashlight under the covers,



P.S. If you need a laugh, check out this superb sample of writing: N.D. Wilson’s bio page.  I dare you to keep a straight face.