Always Look on the Bright Side of Life

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Having some trouble getting over the midweek hump? I know I am. Here’s a little sing-along to get you through the rest of the day and lift your spirits until the weekend. Sing along, or whistle along, with Eric Idle as he sings our forever favorite, “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.”

C’mon give us a grin! There you go! Enjoy the rest of your week!

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The Kindle Countdown Deal for “Quest” Begins!

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I’m counting down the days until the release of The Wizard’s Gambit, and what better way to do so with a Kindle Countdown Deal! From today until the 17th of October my debut novel, The Quest for the Holy Something or Other, will be on sale for $.99! That’s less than the cost of a cheeseburger at McDonald’s or a small coffee at Starbucks.


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Skip the drive-thru! Get a book instead!

The Quest for the Holy Something or Other is a Pythonesque romp through the Realm of Camelot that is sure to have your sides splitting. The story centers around a young gong farmer named Pig who dreams of the glories of Camelot. Her dreams become reality–or so she thinks–when she becomes Sir Kay’s page. What starts off as a joke soon becomes the adventure of Pig’s life when Merlin sends the knights on a quest for the Holy Gift Box–er–Bread Basket–whatever it is! On their quest, they face many knight-worthy, and some not-so-knight-worthy, foes: an insane pond dweller, several greedy salespeople, and an overzealous cache seeker, all the while fighting against time, mostly each other, and the most infamous villain of all—change. The Quest for the Holy Something or Other is a fresh and funny take on a well-known legend, with engaging characters, some rather good jokes, and something that starts with S, but it isn’t important.


So far, the novel’s received only 4 and 5 star ratings and some rather flattering reviews:

“There is a gentle humour running throughout the book . . .The author hasn’t gone solely for cheap laughs; If you like your comedic fantasy funny, subversive and free of get-out-of-jail-free magic, this is the book to start 2015 with!”

“Kylie Betzner should be congratulated on finding her own voice where she could quite easily have copied another’s. As a debut, this bodes well for the future.”

“Fresh, funny, inventive, irreverent. Well worth a read! It’s an original and comic take on the Arthurian legend, subverting every trope found along the way.”

“This debut by Kylie Betzner is a great first book and should keep you chuckling all the way through.”

Now is your chance to join the quest today! Just follow the link here to the Amazon sales page to get your copy today!

And stay tuned for more updates on the release of my newest title, The Wizard’s Gambit, coming this month!

Are Local Author Events Worth Doing? Reflections from Friday’s Read Local Library Book Fair

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My booth set-up.

On Friday, May 1st, as part of First Friday’s in downtown Kokomo Indiana, the Kokomo Howard County Public Library (KHCPL) hosted a book fair featuring local authors from Howard and neighboring counties. Nearly 30 authors participated on that day, including me and my friend Teri Robison, author of The Secrets of Heavenly. 

I had low expectations going into this event considering the library has hosted similar events in the past with little success. The media coverage was sparse to say the least. My own feature in the Kokomo Tribune had run several months ago, and all of the articles the week of the event focused more on Saturday’s speaker rather than on Friday’s authors. With that in mind, I only brought about 30 books and half of my table decorations.

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Even mom showed up to offer her support!

However, once the event got underway, and once I sold a couple copies of my book, my expectations quickly rose. In less than three hours, I met with over 15 potential new readers and sold about a dozen copies of my book, which is cash in my pocket. Several of those readers recognized me from cosplay conventions. Several others were excited to hear about my book and future projects. It’s safe to say, I’ve made a few new fans who I can’t wait to see again at future events. Not only that, but I had a great time interacting with everyone who stopped by my booth. When the night was over, I was reluctant to pack up and leave.

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Working the buddy system

So, do I think local author events are worthwhile?

Yes!

Not only do they provide opportunities to sell your books, but they are also a great way to meet the local readers, encourage literacy in your community, and practice talking about your book. You’ve got nothing to lose but a couple of bucks and a few hours of your time, which are well spent.


Here are some ways to make the most out of any author event:

  • Bring lots of books. Better to have too many than not enough.
  • Hand out bookmarks and business cards with your websites.
  • Showcase your blog or social media site as part of the display.
  • Decorate your table with bright colors and fun items.
  • Include one conversation piece as part of your display.
  • Include a sign-up sheet for your newsletter.
  • Bring change in a money box.
  • Dress to impress.
  • Arrive early and stay late.
  • Smile and engage your audience.
  • Talk about your book.
  • Share your sense of humor.
  • Mark your prices lower than Amazon so readers get a deal.
  • Direct them to Amazon reviews while you chat.
  • Did I say smile?
  • Bring a buddy. Work the buddy system.

Anyway, I hope you find that advice helpful. Most of those tips were shared to me by Author M. T. McGuire, who I greatly admire. She’s the one who told me about the “conversation piece,” which by the way, really works! Mine is a stuffed rabbit from Monty Python. Fans of the movie hurried to my booth to play with the rabbit and learn more about my book.

And of course, thanks again to everyone who showed their support on Friday! Happy Monday!

The Search for the Ultimate Cache Scavenger Hunt: Item #3

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Hello everyone, and welcome back to the 75th Annual Hunger Games–dang it! I mean, welcome back to the third week of the Ultimate Cache Scavenger Hunt! Yay! So, grab your coconuts. Round up your gang. It’s time to continue the search for the Ultimate Cache!

For a refresher on rules and prizes click here.

Time for item #3–or rather, question #3:

Besides reading and writing, what is the author’s new favorite activity?

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Need a hint?

Need a hint? It was inspired by her love of fantasy movies such as the LOTR and Hobbit trilogies.

Remember, the information containing the answer will be marked with a black knight piece just like the image to the right.

Please keep in mind I’m only hiding one clue per week, which gives you approximately seven days to find it and answer the question. But even after the piece is removed, you could still find the answer on your own. It just won’t be as easy without the hint.

Wondering what the chess piece is all about? You’ll have to read the book to find out.

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Available now!

You can preorder the Kindle edition today at Amazon. The book will be available to read on January 30th. ($2.99 for Kindle edition and free to Kindle Unlimited members).

Can’t wait for the release? Don’t prefer eBooks? That’s cool. You can order a paperback copy at 5% discount only on Amazon. (Lowest price at $11.37).

Want the book for free? Be one of the first 5 participants to complete the scavenger hunt! Winners earn Amazon gift cards and/or free copies of my book!

Happy hunting! And may the odds be ever in your favor!

The Search for the Ultimate Cache Scavenger Hunt: Item #2

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Hello everyone, and welcome back to the 75th Annual Hunger Games–woops, not again! I mean, welcome back to the second week of the Ultimate Cache Scavenger Hunt! Whoo hoo! So, grab your coconuts. Round up your gang. It’s time to continue the search for the Ultimate Cache!

For a refresher on rules and prizes click here.

Time for item #2–or rather, question #2:

If I could cast anyone to play my favorite character, Sir Kay, who would it be?

Knight Peice

Need a hint?

Need a hint? The actor wouldn’t take the role because Sir Kay doesn’t die.

Remember, the information containing the answer will be marked with a black knight piece just like the image to the right.

Please keep in mind I’m only hiding one clue per week, which gives you approximately seven days to find it and answer the question. But even after the piece is removed, you could still find the answer on your own. It just won’t be as easy without the hint.

Wondering what the chess piece is all about? You’ll have to read the book to find out.

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Join the quest today!

You can preorder the Kindle edition today at Amazon. The book will be available to read on January 30th. ($2.99 for Kindle edition and free to Kindle Unlimited members).

Can’t wait for the release? Don’t prefer eBooks? That’s cool. You can order a paperback copy at 5% discount only on Amazon. (Lowest price at $11.37).

Want the book for free? Be one of the first 5 participants to complete the scavenger hunt! Winners earn Amazon gift cards and/or free copies of my book!

Happy hunting! And may the odds be ever in your favor!