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My blog book tour wraps up today at novelist Carol Buchanan’s site. There, I tell about how I built the protagonist of my novel, Edward Stanton.

Finishing up with Carol, who wrote the beautiful God’s Thunderbolt, is fitting. She’s become one of the best friends I’ve met in this publishing journey, a fellow Montanan and a monumental talent. I give her my thanks for hosting me.

If you cruise over and drop in a comment, you’ll be in the mix for a signed copy of 600 Hours of Edward. Don’t miss out!

If you’d like to check out my previous blog stops, just click the links below:

Day 1: NaNoWriMo and the birth of 600 Hours.

Day 2: Misadventures in self-publishing.

Day 3: Landing a publishing deal.

Day 4: On writing a character with mental illness.

Day 5: Q&A with Jim Thomsen.

Day 6: Writing the West into a story.

It was all great fun, and I met some wonderful people. I’m looking forward to a fresh round of experiences with Book No. 2. Thanks for riding along.

I’m a guest blogger at Kimberly Parker’s For the Sake of Joy site today, where I talk a bit about the development of my main character, Edward Stanton, and offer an excerpt of 600 Hours of Edward.

Here’s a snippet:

I also made another decision, one driven by the desire to write well and write humanely. Edward could not, under any circumstances, become a punch line or a punching bag. Certainly, his compulsions and patterns could — and did — lead to some amusing moments, but they needed to be grounded in Edward’s earnestness and general good nature. Readers can laugh at some of the situations he finds himself in, but I never, ever wanted them to laugh at him.

If you comment on the blog post, you’ll be entered into a drawing for a signed copy of the book.

(I should also note that Gavin Bollard’s excellent Life with Aspergers blog has a short article on the book and links back to Kimberly’s site.)

After today, the blog tour rolls on to three more destinations:

Tuesday: Jim Thomsen will host me for a Q&A.

Wednesday: Cowgirl Dreams author Heidi Thomas will host a guest post from me on using the West as a setting.

Thursday: Carol Buchanan, a Spur Award winner for God’s Thunderbolt: The Vigilantes of Montana, will let me sit down and get into the nuts and bolts of how I wrote from Edward’s point of view.

Books are in the offing every day. Come on along for the ride.

Today marks the end of my three-day stint as a guest blogger at The Blood-Red Pencil. Today’s topic: Landing a publishing contract with Riverbend Publishing, which just released my debut novel, 600 Hours of Edward. Cruise on over and toss in a chance to win a signed copy of the book.

My blog book tour will pick up again Monday and run four more days at the following stops:

Monday, Nov. 2: I’ll have a guest post at For The Sake of Joy, a blog run by writer Kimberly Parker. In it, I’ll discuss the challenges and pitfalls of drawing a main character who suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder and Asperger syndrome. Gavin Bollard’s excellent blog, Life With Aspergers, will link to Kimberly’s site.

Tuesday, Nov. 3: Jim Thomsen will host me for a Q&A. Jim asks deep, penetrating questions — check out the Q&A with Diane Fanning that’s on his site now — so be sure to drop in.

Wednesday, Nov. 4: Cowgirl Dreams author Heidi Thomas will host a guest post from me on using the West as a setting.

Thursday, Nov. 5: Carol Buchanan, a Spur Award winner for God’s Thunderbolt: The Vigilantes of Montana, will let me sit down and get into the nuts and bolts of how I wrote from Edward’s point of view.

Copies of the book will be handed out at each stop, so bookmark the sites now and follow along.

And check back here Sunday — the start of that crazy dash of writing called NaNoWriMo — for a guest post that simultaneously scares me and thrills me. My wife, Angela, will write about the birth of my novel from her perspective. I can’t wait to see what she has to say. Angela, it should be noted, is enormously supportive of my writing but also fiercely protective of her time with me away from the computer. It’s a perpetual balancing act, and one I don’t always perform well. … Anyway, I’ll let her cover this ground. She will pull no punches. She never does.

* — It is, after all, nearly Halloween.

Now that 600 Hours of Edward is available — really, it isseriously — I’m hitting the virtual road to chat about the book, writing, vintage TV, big-hair bands, alchemy, snipe hunting, whatever.

Behold, my schedule:

Day 1 of the blog book tour is in the bag. I was a guest at The Blood-Red Pencil on Wednesday to chat about National Novel Writing Month and 600 Hours‘ genesis in that event last year. (By the way, I’m doing the NaNoWriMo madness again this year. You should, too.)

Today, I’m back at The Blood-Red Pencil, this time talking about my experience initially releasing my novel through CreateSpace. Drop by and mix it up with us in the comments section. Here’s a bonus: A signed copy of 600 Hours will be given away.

Finally, on Friday, I’ll make one last appearance at The Blood Red Pencil to talk about landing a publishing contract with Riverbend Publishing, which gave my novel a new title, a new cover and a new life. And, yes, another signed copy of 600 Hours will be up for grabs.

Also Friday, I’ll appear on Stacey Cochran’s Book Chatter program on USTREAM. The show begins at 9 p.m. Mountain time. We’ll be talking about 600 Hours, publishing at large, writing and anything online viewers steer us toward. To call in, dial up the show at (914) 803-4571 or use the chat box online.

Monday brings the beginning of a new batch of guest blog posts. Join me at the following stops:

Monday, Nov. 2: Kimberly Parker’s For the Sake of Joy blog, where I’ll talk about Edward Stanton, the obsessive-compulsive Aspergian at the center of my novel. Bookmark the blog now and join in the comments and take your shot at winning a signed copy of the book.

Tuesday, Nov. 3: Jim Thomsen will host a Q&A with me at his blog. It will be an extensive look at the book, the writing life and the weird compulsions that go into it. We’ll give away a signed book there, too. (Are you sensing a theme?)

Wednesday, Nov. 4: Author Heidi Thomas (Cowgirl Dreams) is letting me hang around her corral and talk about using the West (or any other setting) as a character in a novel. (Signed book giveaway still in effect.)

Thursday, Nov. 5: The tour wraps up at the blog of author Carol Buchanan (God’s Thunderbolt: The Vigilantes of Montana). Carol gave 600 Hours a favorable review back in its independently published days, and she did so despite general misgivings about first-person, present-tense point of view and main characters suffering from mental illness. Since I won her over, she’s going to let me explain why I made the storytelling choices I did and how I went about putting them into play. It will be a good discussion for anyone who struggles with point of view and character development. (Also, I’m made to understand that we’ll be giving away a signed book. I’m just sayin’.)

And for those of you in the Billings area, a few signings are on the schedule:

On Saturday, Nov. 7, I’ll be at Borders at 2833 King Ave. West from 2 to 4 p.m. to sign copies of the novel.

On Friday, Dec. 4, I’ll be in front of Thomas Books, 209 29th St. North, from 7 to 9 p.m. during the annual Billings Holiday Parade. Hope to see you there.

And on Saturday, Jan. 2, I’ll be at Barnes and Noble, 530 24th St. West, from 2 to 4 p.m. to help you make good use of those holiday gift cards.

Keep an eye on the events page at my Web site for more appearances and signings as they get lined up.

Thanks to the skills of R.J. Keller, author of the excellent Waiting for Spring, I’m happy to report that 600 Hours of Edward now has a video companion.

Check it out.

In other book-related news, we’re just days away from the start of my blog book tour for 600 Hours. Here’s the itinerary again:

Wednesday, Oct. 28: I’ll be at The Blood-Red Pencil to chat about the novel’s genesis in NaNoWriMo 2008.

Thursday, Oct. 29: Day 2 at The Blood-Red Pencil, where I’ll discuss lessons learned with the independently published version of the novel.

Friday, Oct. 30: Day 3 at The Blood-Red Pencil. On tap: a discussion about landing a contract with Riverbend Publishing, the publisher of 600 Hours of Edward.

Monday, Nov. 2: I’ll have a guest post at For The Sake of Joy, a blog run by writer Kimberly Parker. In it, I’ll discuss the challenges and pitfalls of drawing a main character who suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder and Asperger syndrome. Gavin Bollard’s excellent blog, Life With Aspergers, will link to Kimberly’s site.

Tuesday, Nov. 3: Jim Thomsen will host me for a Q&A. Jim asks deep, penetrating questions — check out the Q&A with Diane Fanning that’s on his site now — so be sure to drop in.

Wednesday, Nov. 4: Cowgirl Dreams author Heidi Thomas will host a guest post from me on using the West as a setting.

Thursday, Nov. 5: Carol Buchanan, a Spur Award winner for God’s Thunderbolt: The Vigilantes of Montana, will let me sit down and get into the nuts and bolts of how I wrote from Edward’s point of view.

Be sure to bookmark these blogs and follow along. A signed copy of 600 Hours of Edward will be given away each day, and I’ll be sticking around to chat with folks who drop in a comment.

As the Nov. 1 release date of 600 Hours of Edward nears (and passes), I’ll be making some guest stops at blogs run by generous people so I can chat about writing and bringing Edward to life. Here is the lineup and the list of topics. Please drop by on the corresponding days and take part in the conversation. There should be lots of good book chatter, and at every stop, I’ll be giving away a signed copy of the book.

Wednesday, Oct. 28: I’ll be at The Blood-Red Pencil to chat about the novel’s genesis in NaNoWriMo 2008. (The 2009 version of the event begins four days later.)

Thursday, Oct. 29: Day 2 at The Blood-Red Pencil, where I’ll discuss lessons learned with the independently published version of the novel.

Friday, Oct. 30: Day 3 at The Blood-Red Pencil. On tap: a discussion about landing a contract with Riverbend Publishing, the publisher of 600 Hours of Edward.

Monday, Nov. 2: I’ll have a guest post at For The Sake of Joy, a blog run by writer Kimberly Parker. In it, I’ll discuss the challenges and pitfalls of drawing a main character who suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder and Asperger syndrome. Gavin Bollard’s excellent blog, Life With Aspergers, will link to Kimberly’s site. Be sure to check out both blogs.

Tuesday, Nov. 3: Jim Thomsen will host me for a Q&A. Jim asks deep, penetrating questions — check out the Q&A with Diane Fanning that’s on his site now — so be sure to drop in.

Wednesday, Nov. 4: Cowgirl Dreams author Heidi Thomas will host a guest post from me on using the West as a setting.

Thursday, Nov. 5: Carol Buchanan, a Spur Award winner for God’s Thunderbolt: The Vigilantes of Montana, will let me sit down and get into the nuts and bolts of how I wrote from Edward’s point of view. I’m looking forward to that.

I hope to “see” you there in the comments sections. At each day’s stop, I’ll be sticking around to chat with folks about the book, about writing, about anything. So save the dates and drop by.*

* — You don’t really have to save the dates, if you don’t want to. Chances are 100 percent that there will be periodic reminders as the dates draw near.

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