Thursday, December 13, 2018

Launch Party #2 Recap

Joel, Felicity and I had a rockin' good time at the second Launch Party for Volume Four this past Saturday! (Joel and Felicity used their over-21-year-old personas in order to attend.)
Oh, those two people in the picture with me aren't Joel and Felicity, by the way - they're Daniel Downs and Kyle Gilbert of Second Player Score, one of three awesome bands that played at the party. The other two were STAB in the DARK:
and Old Cross:
Big thanks to Matt Danger of No Pants Records for booking the show, Gil's Speakeasy for hosting us, and everyone who came out. It was a lot of fun.
There will be one more post about Volume Four next week, and then that will be it, I swear!

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Spectrum Life Magazine: Volume Four Article

Big thanks to everyone who came out to the family-friendly Volume Four - I love that there's a link for that now - Launch Party at Kazoodles this past Saturday! And don't forget, if you're into loud rock 'n' roll and cold adult beverages, Launch Party #2 (the non-family-friendly one) is taking place this coming Saturday at Gil's Speakeasy in Portland from 7-11pm.
Oh, and just in case you're not hyped up enough about Volume Four yet (despite my having blogged about it for the last six weeks in a row), you should check out this cool interview in the latest issue of Spectrum Life Magazine! In it, I reveal which is my favorite of the four Joel Suzuki books so far (or maybe I just dance around the question), offer a handy little writing tip, tell you where I would go if I could time travel, and lots more. And after you're done reading that, the issue has many other great articles as well!

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Volume Four Is Here!

That's right - Joel Suzuki, Volume Four: Fable of the Fatewave, is now officially launched!
Want to know where you can get your hands on a copy? Well, I am happy to tell you. It's available online from these sources:

Amazon - Paperback Edition
Amazon - Kindle (ebook) Edition
Barnes & Noble - Paperback Edition

You can also ask your favorite brick & mortar bookstore to order it for you. Some fine establishments that already carry the Joel Suzuki series include:

Another Read Through
Barnes & Noble - Eugene, OR
Barnes & Noble - Vancouver, WA
Chaparral Books
Conrad Books
Harbor Books & Gifts
Kazoodles Toy Store
Vintage Books

Speaking of Kazoodles, there will be a Volume Four Launch Party and Book Signing on Saturday, December 1st, from 4-5pm, where you can get your copy signed by me in person! It's free to attend and family-friendly. Kazoodles is located at 13503 SE Mill Plain Blvd, Vancouver WA.

And, as some of you long-time fans know, because Joel and Felicity (and I) are rock musicians we also always do a second Launch Party that is a bit louder and not quite as family-friendly, featuring my band as well as other special guests. This time around, it will be on Saturday, December 8th at Gil's Speakeasy from 7-11pm. It's 21 and over, $7 cover, and includes performances by Old Cross, Stab In The Dark, and, of course, Second Player Score. Gil's Speakeasy is located at 609 1/2 SE Taylor St., Portland OR.

Finally, to help celebrate the launch of Volume Four even more, here is the Exclusive World Premiere of a brand new book trailer for the Joel Suzuki series, created by the awesome Greg Zschomler of Harbor House Writers (who is also a brilliant author himself). Enjoy!
In case you're not already familiar with the Joel Suzuki series, you can catch up by visiting the Joel Suzuki website and/or binge-reading the first three volumes:

Joel Suzuki, Volume One: Secret of the Songshell
Joel Suzuki, Volume Two: Mystery of the Moonfire
Joel Suzuki, Volume Three: Legend of the Loudstone

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Countdown To Volume Four: Special Thanksgiving Edition

This is the final week of the countdown, because next week Joel Suzuki, Volume Four: Fable of the Fatewave will be officially launched into the world!
Since today is Thanksgiving, I want to take a moment to thank everyone who had a hand in bringing Joel and Felicity's latest adventure to life: Karen and John Krejcha of Autism Empowerment, Susan DeFreitas of Indigo Editing, Jill Colbert of Manfish Inc., all the members of the Wavemaker Order, my fellow authors in SCBWI and NIWA, and everyone else who has read and supported the Joel Suzuki series over the years. Oh, and course, my two awesome kids, without whom these books never would have existed in the first place. Gracias. Merci. Mahalo. Arigatou Gozaimashita. Thank you.

And now, the video of the week! This is Part 5 - the final part - of The Insider's Scoop, a series of short documentary-style films directed by the talented and brilliant Imani Chapin. In this installment, I travel one year back in time to when Volume Four was just a first draft and the subtitle had not been officially announced yet. I also talk a little about what happens in the story as well as provide some background info on Joel's special power, The Sight. Enjoy!
In case you're not already familiar with the Joel Suzuki series, you can catch up by visiting the Joel Suzuki website and/or binge-reading the first three volumes:

Joel Suzuki, Volume One: Secret of the Songshell
Joel Suzuki, Volume Two: Mystery of the Moonfire
Joel Suzuki, Volume Three: Legend of the Loudstone

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Countdown To Volume Four: Week Four

It's getting close!
This is week four of the countdown to Joel Suzuki, Volume Four: Fable of the Fatewave. As you can see, I have a proof copy in my hands...or, er, hand. It turned out great, so a supply of books have been ordered and everything is getting ready to go live.

If you've been reading the previous few posts, then you know that each week leading up to the launch of Volume Four, I'll be posting a Joel-related video for your viewing pleasure. This week, it's Part 4 (how many times can I say the word "four" today?) of The Insider's Scoop, a series of short documentary-style films directed by the talented and brilliant Imani Chapin. In this particular installment, I talk about Volume Three: Legend of the Loudstone and explain how that book expanded Joel's world. Enjoy!
In case you're not already familiar with the Joel Suzuki series, you can catch up by visiting the Joel Suzuki website and/or binge-reading the first three volumes:

Joel Suzuki, Volume One: Secret of the Songshell
Joel Suzuki, Volume Two: Mystery of the Moonfire
Joel Suzuki, Volume Three: Legend of the Loudstone

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Countdown: Week Three (Plus Bonus Status Update)

Here we are with week three of the countdown to Joel Suzuki, Volume Four: Fable of the Fatewave! If you've read the previous posts, then you know that each week leading up to the launch of Volume Four, I'll be posting a Joel-related video for your viewing pleasure.
In addition, this time around we have a bonus status update!

Writing:
- The first draft of the screenplay adaptation of Joel Suzuki, Volume One: Secret of the Songshell is now up to 111 pages. It's looking like it will probably come in at around 150 pages or so, which amounts to a 2.5-hour movie. Long, I know, but hey, the Sorceror's Stone film was even longer than that (and yes, I'm comparing Joel to good ol' Uncle Harry).

- The first draft of Joel Suzuki, Volume Five is up to 85 pages, so it's about twenty-five to thirty percent complete.

- I'm also working on a new secret project novella, the first draft of which is up to 20 pages (about twenty percent done). It's not directly related to Joel, but, like everything else I do, it's part of the Second Player Shared Universe.

- The romantic comedy that involves baseball, anime, philosophy, and magic that I mentioned in the last status update post is finished. It clocks in at 114 pages, so a bit under two hours in movie time.

- The pilot teleplay that I mentioned in that same status update post is up to 31 pages - a little over halfway there.

Music:
- Second Player Score is in the studio as we speak, cutting tracks for two more songs from our upcoming third album. We also have our basic cover art design finished.

And now, the video! This is Part 3 of the Insider's Scoop, a series of short documentary-style films directed by the talented and brilliant Imani Chapin. In this particular installment, I reveal some of the challenges that went into writing Volume Two: Mystery of the Moonfire, and I tell you how I eventually managed to break through and get it done. Enjoy!
If you're not already familiar with the Joel Suzuki series, you can catch up by visiting the Joel Suzuki website and/or picking up copies of Volumes One through Three at the links below:

Joel Suzuki, Volume One: Secret of the Songshell
Joel Suzuki, Volume Two: Mystery of the Moonfire
Joel Suzuki, Volume Three: Legend of the Loudstone

Thursday, November 1, 2018

The Countdown Continues

Here we are with week two of the countdown to Joel Suzuki, Volume Four: Fable of the Fatewave! If you've read the previous post, then you know that each week, I'll be posting a Joel-related video for your viewing pleasure.

This week, it's Part 2 of The Insider's Scoop, a series of short (this one is under two minutes) documentary-style films directed by the talented and brilliant Imani Chapin. In this particular installment, I talk a little about what went into the making of Volume One: Secret of the Songshell, as well as which particular scene from that book is my favorite. Enjoy!
And don't forget, you can catch up with Volume One and the rest of the series to date by visiting the Joel Suzuki website and/or picking up copies of Volume One through Three at these links: