Monthly Archives: October 2008

The Sojourns In Nature Photo Blog

My brother-in-law Robert, photographer extraordinaire, has started a photo blog and I must say that the photos are pretty terrific. He does not post often but when he does, it’s definitely worth it so you might want to syndicate it.

Here’s what he says about himself accomplishment-wise:

My photographic journey started in September 2004, with the acquisition of a Canon EOS 20D digital SLR camera, a number of quality Canon lenses, and other photographic equipment. Despite being a late bloomer, I’ve won numerous photography contests and prizes in a very short time behind the lens. My images have been published in Yankee Magazine, Nature’s Best Magazine, National Wildlife Magazine and others. My photographs are available for licensing via Oxford Scientific and Visuals Unlimited (my stock agencies) – type “servranckx” in the search box.

The Sojourns In Nature Photo Blog

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Cover for Meter Destiny

Here it is, finally, and I must say it looks great. Meter Destiny, the third Jack Meter Case file, will be out in the next few days.

Having saved the universe twice in less than a year, Jack Meter is looking forward to moving into his new downtown apartment and settling back into routine. Instead, he is hurled into his weirdest case yet: one of the Three Fates from Greek mythology has been kidnapped. Although the claim stretches his credulity to the breaking point, he soon must wade through a series of riddles and lies that threaten the life of his closest friends. Along the way, despite his attempts at staying aloof, he acquires a new neighbor, a quirky housekeeper and a mysterious cat.
As the case becomes more complex Jack is embroiled in a world of deities, daemons and djinn, and he must use all his wit, humour and courage to free his friends and save the world…yet again.

You can learn more about Jack’s new adventure by going to the Meter Destiny page on Jack Meter Case Files website.

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Meter Destiny Cover

Here it is, finally, and I must say it looks great. Meter Destiny, the third Jack Meter Case file, will be out in the next few days.

Having saved the universe twice in less than a year, Jack Meter is looking forward to moving into his new downtown apartment and settling back into routine. Instead, he is hurled into his weirdest case yet: one of the Three Fates from Greek mythology has been kidnapped. Although the claim stretches his credulity to the breaking point, he soon must wade through a series of riddles and lies that threaten the life of his closest friends. Along the way, despite his attempts at staying aloof, he acquires a new neighbor, a quirky housekeeper and a mysterious cat.
As the case becomes more complex Jack is embroiled in a world of deities, daemons and djinn, and he must use all his wit, humour and courage to free his friends and save the world…yet again.

You can learn more about Jack’s new adventure by going to the Meter Destiny page on Jack Meter Case Files website.

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Galley for Meter Destiny — There is hope…

Last Friday I went through the galley for the third Jack Meter Case File, Meter Destiny and it was pretty fine so I’m crossing my fingers very tightly that the book will be ready for WFC in Calgary at the end of the month. Time is flying, though, and my hopes are dwindling.

I’ve found the delays in the publishing schedule very frustrating since it’s extremely difficult to do any kind of advanced marketing, contest, or whatever. I’ll be talking to my publisher today about some kind of two for one deal… we’ll see how that goes.

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When you can’t afford paper books…

…but you have to own them, ebooks has always been the solution for me. Libraries are great, and so are used bookstores, but sometimes I want brand-new. Thing is, I can’t afford them. Well, I can afford a few, but for the same amount of money I can buy several ebooks instead of one hardcover.

Fictionwise has a cute marketing gimmick right now, using last week’s market crash:

eBook Bailout Plan Saves the World??

Last week the stock markets had tanked 20% and the world was spiraling down into certain depression. Not content to leave the fate of the planet in the politician’s hands, last Thursday Fictionwise launched our eBook Bailout Plan: 50% Micropay Rebates on every single title in our store when paying by credit or PayPal. And guess what? On Monday the Dow Jones Average spiked 936 points, the largest gain in history, and world markets responded in kind!

Coincidence? That is for history to judge. To be on the safe side, we have extended our eBook Bailout Plan only through Thursday, October 16, or until we give away $700 billion in rebates, whichever comes first. So don’t wait! We’ve done our part: come load up your shopping cart and buy today!

So if you’ve never tried reading an ebook, now’s the time to try one. You don’t have to read an ebook on your computer, you know. You can read them on your Blackberry, your Palm Pilot/Phone, your iPhone, and any semi-dedicated reader that uses a wonderful new technology, eink.

And while you’re curious and decide to try it, I’ll be crass and recommend one of my books. You can find them all at Fictionwise.com and eReader.com.

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