Thursday, October 29, 2015

Book Two Release Date! (And New SPS Music Too)

Book Two of the Spectraland Saga, Mystery of the Moonfire, will be officially released and on sale next week Thursday, November 5, 2015! Much mahalos to all my faithful readers who have been waiting patiently these past three years, throughout all of the status updates that seemed, at times, like they would never end.
To help celebrate the release (in addition to the three launch parties), the Kindle version of Book One, Secret of the Songshell, will be available for only 99 cents for a limited time - just in case, for some bizarre reason, you don't already have a copy. And don't forget, a portion of proceeds from all book sales goes to benefit Autism Empowerment.

To add to the good times, Second Player Score has also just released a pair of singles from our upcoming 2016 album! As you may already be aware from past blog posts, they're titled "Deep" and "Comets" and can be heard on our Reverbnation site. Give 'em a listen!
So mark your calendars: Thursday, November 5th, 2015 - the long-awaited release date for Book Two. Check this space on that day for links to where you can get it!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Book Two Cover Unveiled!

If you're coming here from the Spectraland Saga's Facebook page, then you've probably already seen most of the cover. But here it is in its entirety!
Much thanks goes to graphic artist extraordinaire Purnima Prasad Tronson for her awesome work. The back cover copy reads:

"Things are going pretty well for seventeen-year-old Joel Suzuki. He doesn't have a girlfriend yet, but he does have a band, a record deal, and some really cool memories of saving a faraway place called Spectraland a little over six months ago.

But then his old friend Fireflower shows up at one of Joel's concerts and asks for his assistance. Apparently, things are not going quite as well back in Spectraland as they are on Earth.

Joel agrees to help. But soon after he arrives in Spectraland, the situation takes a turn for the worse: the tropical island's majestic twin moons suddenly burst into flames, and Wavemakers--the people with the power to create magic through music, of which Joel is one--begin to go missing.

Now, Joel must solve the mystery of who is behind these malevolent misdeeds before he falls victim to them as well. Could it be the Silencers, a group of angry individuals who are opposed to the Wavemakers' very existence? Or perhaps another, even more sinister force that no one--including Joel--is expecting..."

Stay tuned to this space for an announcement about the official release date, when you can finally get your hands on a copy of Book Two! (hint: it's before the launch parties)

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Free Books!

Want free books? Then come on down this Saturday to beautiful and historic downtown Hillsboro between 10am-1pm! As part of Hillsboro Arts & Culture Month, our friends at Jacobsen's Books are hosting a reader hunt at the Saturday Market.
How does it work, you ask? Simple - just hang around the fountain at the Civic Center Plaza while reading (or, at least, pretending to read) something, and one of a number of local authors will randomly harass approach you with a choice of receiving either (a) a free autographed copy of their book, or (b) a coupon to be redeemed at Jacobsen's. And, yes, you guessed it, one of those local authors will be yours truly, with free copies of Book One while supplies last. Hope to see you there!

P.S. The Book Two cover reveal is coming soon...

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Book Two Status Update: Launch Party Announcement!

Get your calendars out, because here's the scoop on the three - yes, three - launch parties that I have planned for Book Two!

Launch Party #1 - Kazoodles
We'll kick things off with a kid-friendly event at Kazoodles toy store in Vancouver. Some of you may remember that I did a signing and reading there for Book One back in 2012. Has it really been three years already? Anyway, here are the details:

Saturday, December 5, 2015
13503 SE Mill Plain Blvd B-3
Vancouver, WA 98684
All ages

Launch Party #2 - The TARDIS Room
Next up, we have a 21+ event at The TARDIS Room in Portland. It's a super cool place with great British food and Doctor Who-themed decor. And it really is bigger on the inside! Second Player Score will be performing, along with others to be announced.

Saturday, December 12, 2015
1218 N Killingsworth St.
Portland, OR 97217

Launch Party #3 - Shanahan's Pub & Grill
Finally, to brighten up your January, we'll wrap things up with another 21+ event at Shanahan's Pub & Grill in Vancouver. Second Player Score will be performing once more, along with our friends from Stab In The Dark and a third band to be announced.

Saturday, January 23, 2016
Shanahan's Pub & Grill
209 W McLoughlin Blvd
Vancouver, WA 98660

I know it's still a couple of months away to the first one, so I'll be sending out more reminders and additional details over the coming weeks. Stay tuned!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Stuff That Is Happening

It's that time of year again - the Fall Home & Garden Show is happening this week at the Portland Expo Center! Awesome local authors from the Northwest Independent Writers Association will be on hand, including yours truly (I'll be there Friday evening from 6-8pm, and Saturday from 10am-noon.) So if you're in the area, stop by, hang out, buy some books, get them signed, you know the deal.
Then on Saturday night, Second Player Score will be playing a show at Slim's in Portland, along with Why The Fuss? and Prosody. Show starts at 9pm, and there's no cover. Hope to see you there!
Finally, a Book Two Status Update: I received the line edit back from my editor on Tuesday and am now working on incorporating her feedback, a process that should be done by the end of next week.
The cover art is in process, as is an overhaul of the official Spectraland Saga website. Launch parties (yes, plural) are booked and will be announced soon, so keep watching this space!