Still not a Dream–Part 2

Always cool to see yourself listed in a major writing magazine for winning an award. A total of forty-four books either won their category or received an honorable mention. More than 2,300 books were entered in the contest. A small sample compared with the hundred’s of thousands of self-published books […]

This Award is NOT a Dream

Pretty cool to see my book listed as one of the 44 award winners in 2017. And yes, I pinched myself! Writer’s Digest Self-published Book Awards *Scroll down to “Genre Fiction to see Castle Danger* Check out all the winners in your favorite genres. I’ll bet you find some hidden […]

Minnesota 2018–Blizzards and Book Clubs

My cousin-in-law, Deb, graciously invited me to meet with her book club last evening to discuss my novel, Castle Danger. As is usual in Minnesota, one must factor weather into travel plans, which leads to most plans being tentative–as in, “I’ll see you at seven, presuming the weather cooperates.” Of course, […]

Humbling Praise at Thanksgiving Time

Written Review of Castle Danger from Writer’s Digest I’ve never been comfortable bragging about my successes, but I’ve been forced to work on tooting my own horn now that I’m a published author and I’m trying to sell books to help Big Brothers Big Sisters. So I’m still reluctant to […]

Books, Beers, and Bragging Rights

A Beer-Tasting Dinner Featuring Castle Danger, the Brewery and Castle Danger, the Book. I was invited to display my books and talk for a few minutes about Castle Danger as part of a Castle Danger Brewery beer-tasting dinner at the Owatonna Country Club for their Oktoberfest celebration on October 27, […]

One of the Few Perks of Being an Author

I get to have some fun Friday night at the Owatonna Country Club’s Oktoberfest. I’ll speak briefly about my novel, Castle Danger, and have copies available for purchase and signing by me. The cool part is that the event will be a five-course dinner with each course featuring a different […]

Indie Author Day Report

Despite cool, rainy weather (which usually encourages indoor activities), attendance was low for my Indie Author Day presentation at the Owatonna Public Library on Saturday, Oct. 14. Nevertheless, our small group had a lively discussion after I talked about the writing and publishing revolution that I’ve watched unfold over the […]

Castle Danger Wins Another Award!

I was surprised and pleased yesterday to receive this email from Karen Krumpak of FW Media, the owners of Writers Digest magazine: Hi Chris, Congratulations! Your book, Castle Danger, was an Honorable Mention in the Genre category for Writer’s Digest’s Self-Published Book Awards. You’ve won promotion at WritersDigest.com and a digital […]

Reminder: Help Me Celebrate Indie Author Day in Southern Minnesota

Especially for my followers in Southeastern Minnesota! I’ve just signed on to make a presentation on Saturday, October 14, at the Owatonna Public Library (a darn cool library for its architecture alone–let alone the great staff and service). The event is the second Indie Author Day, an international celebration of independent authors. Libraries around […]

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