Saturday, April 28, 2012

Find me on the Independent Author Index

Hey! I'm now a part of the Independent Author Index and TASK FORCE: GAEA's page is listed on the Fiction page.

Here's the static link.

Thank you, Joey Pinkney and Faydra D. Fields.

Friday, April 27, 2012

5 Minutes, 5 Questions with me, by Joey Pinkney

My interview with Joey Pinkney, Your Favorite Book Reviewer's Favorite Book Reviewer... Period, is here.

Joey writes and maintains JoeyPinkney.com to feature book reviews and author interviews. Check out his site when you have a chance!

"My mark of success is being published and read. Right now, that’s happening."

Thanks, Joey. Here's the video trailer.

Monday, April 23, 2012

My Students Rock

One of my students, Steven, the eager young man that he is, took it upon himself to create a commercial for the novel. He conscripted his classmate, Gabriela, to be the spokesperson. It was a very sweet gesture, and something I didn't ask them to do.

Here it is:


Sunday, April 22, 2012

TASK FORCE: GAEA is FREE Today!

This promotion has ended.

Go to this link: TASK FORCE: GAEA

Click Add to Cart. You do have to sign up for Smashwords—it's free (no gimmicks, I promise).

Enter the coupon code: DW68Y

Click Checkout.

There you go! Enjoy your copy of TASK FORCE: GAEA! Thank you for your support.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Article in The Laker today in Land O' Lakes, FL

If you're in the Land O' Lakes/Lutz area, an article about me and the novel is on page 12 in The Lakerabove the fold, too—and I'm on the front page.

In the Wesley Chapel edition, it is on page 11.

Check it out!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

The Latest News!

On Sunday, April 22—Earth Day—TASK FORCE: GAEA will be free from midnight April 22 to 11:59 p.m. Make sure to get your free copy at Smashwords!
 
Also, on Sunday, April 22 (Earth Day!), I will be guest-posting on Indie Author News, and tonight, TASK FORCE: GAEA will be featured there, posted at 6 p.m. EST.

TASK FORCE: GAEA now appears in the "Kindle Under 5" category at Independent Author Network.

My interview with Stacy Eaton, author of My Blood Runs Blue, will be posted on May 21, 2012.

An interview with Joey Pinkney will appear on his site soon! I just sent him the information.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Get TASK FORCE: GAEA for free on Earth Day, April 22.

From 12:00 a.m. April 22 to 11:59 p.m., TASK FORCE: GAEA will be FREE on Smashwords to those who have e-readers in honor of Earth Day.

Earth Day, on April 22, celebrates the day founded by Gaylord Nelson, a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, who wanted to fight for a cleaner environment on our planet. Started in 1970, this movement gave birth to the Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts. It has also left a legacy of care and welfare for our planet.

TASK FORCE: GAEA, as its name implies, is a novel about an organization formed to protect the earth—Gaea to the ancient Greeks—from the ravages of metaphysical threats, namely monsters and creatures from Hades, but also from gods and primordial beings. Whether from pollution or chimerae, the earth needs to be protected!

WHY WILL THIS ONLY BE FREE ON SMASHWORDS?

Smashwords sells literature for Kindle, Nook, and other e-readers, so no paper; since TASK FORCE: GAEA on Amazon and Barnes & Noble is an on-demand paperback, people only generate paper copies when they purchase through those sites. For one 24 hour period, the novel will be available FREE as an ebook.

A coupon will be made available HERE at midnight April 22, 2012 (start checking here around 11:59 p.m. on April 21!).

Let's celebrate Earth Day in style by reading about a U. N.-sanctioned task force whose sole purpose is to protect the EARTH.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

My To-Read List of Fantasy Novels

Thanks to my friends who responded to a Facebook post recommending some fantasy novels, I now have a (long) list of books to read. I encourage feedback or insights into the works, but no spoilers. These books are listed in the order they were given to me, not in the order I would read them:

  • David Eddings, The Belgariad
  • Terry Brooks, Magic Kingdom for Sale — SOLD!
  • Kristen Britain, The Green Rider Series
  • Terry Pratchett, The Discworld
  • Anne Bishop, Black Jewels Series
  • Sharon Shinn, Twelve Houses
  • Lois McMaster Bujold, The Curse of Chalion
  • Lev Grossman, The Magicians
  • Brandon Sanderson, The Mistborn Series
  • L.E. Modesitt, Jr., The Imager Portfolio
  • Steven Erickson, Gardens of the Moon
  • Marla Mason, Dead Reign
  • R.A. Salvatore (no titles offered, but I'll go to Amazon and take a peek)
  • Patty Briggs (no titles offered...)
  • Robin Hobb (no titles offered...)
  • Brian Jacques, The Redwall Series
  • Laini Taylor, Daughter of Smoke and Bone
  • John Scalzi, Fuzzy Nation
  • Suzie Louis, Archie the Royal Hot Water Bottle
  • Marion Zimmer Bradley, Darkover Series
  • Patricia McKillip,The Forgotten Beasts of Eld and The Riddlemaster Trilogy
  • Jim Butcher, The Dresden File
Any others?




Monday, April 9, 2012

Wanna win a Kindle for $2.99?

$2.99 is certainly worth the chance of getting Kindle. Don't you think?

The Top Selling author on bibliocracy.com will be awarded one (1) Kindle eReader, and the minimum number of eBooks that I need to sell to be eligible to win one is 50 eBooks.

I will be raffling off the Kindle to someone who purchases TASK FORCE: GAEA through the Bibliocracy site. All you would need to do is email me your name and email address to tchrofengl@gmail.com, and if I win the Kindle, you would be entered to win.

The ONLY catch: you’d have to purchase the book through the Bibliocracy site.

The contest closes September 1, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. The winning author author would be awarded the Kindle by September 7, 2012.

Good luck!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Just what are the other Task Forces?


Task Force: Gaea is a branch of the United Nations Task Force, and the only division to handle metaphysical (i.e. mythological) phenomena. Other branchessome of which are in the first novel and some of which will be seen in the sequel(s)—handle a myriad of other milieu. Here is the current departmental list:

  • Alpha: Natural Disasters
  • Beta: Infectious Diseases
  • Gamma: Hunger/Famine Relief
  • Delta: Military Insurrections
  • Epsilon: Civil Engineering
  • Zeta: Extraterrestrial
  • Eta: Endangered Species
  • Theta: Drug Enforcement
  • Iota: Sustainable/Nuclear Energy
  • Kappa: International Security
  • Lambda: Criminal Law Enforcement
  • Mu: Oceanographic Safety
  • Nu: Forestry
  • Xi: Geological concerns
  • Omicron: International Court
  • Pi: Global Warming/Climate Change
  • Rho: Middle East
  • Sigma: Energy Crises
  • Tau: Hate Crimes
  • Upsilon: Corporate Concerns
  • Phi: Racism
  • Chi: AIDS/HIV
  • Psi: Medical emergencies
  • Omega: Human Rights

Sunday, April 1, 2012

To Cuba, and Beyond!

TFG in Jibacoa, Matanzas, Cuba.
Here is my friend, Jacques, who is from Canada, poolside in Cuba, with Task Force: Gaea on his chair.

How awesome is that... from one country to another, and neither one is the United States.

:)
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