Repetition

The horror novelette Repetition is now available.

Introducing Derrick and Max

This is from the first illustration I did for the first Derrick and Max book. Derrick the Dog was released June, 2013.

My first ArtRage drawing

This was the first original drawing I completed with my Wacom Bamboo tablet and ArtRage, done almost entirely in pencil. Just a little practice drawing, not related to any of the stories I'm working on.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Read an Ebook Week

March 2-8, 2014

Smashwords is kicking off its sixth annual Read an Ebook Week promotion

Read an Ebook Week is an international celebration of ebooks in which thousands of authors, publishers, and retailers feature free and discounted ebooks to help promote the joys of e-reading to the world's readers.

During the promotion, all my ebooks will be free through the Smashwords store.  You can visit my publisher page to see all available works.  Or click the image below to find all available books being offered through the promotion.

 

Read an E-Book Week, March 2-8, 2014

Saturday, March 1, 2014

DtD is a Bestseller!

Provided you take a loose enough definition of the word, that is.  dtd on kobo

I went to Kobo to get links to my books for the library page, and imagine my surprise when I discovered that Derrick the Dog was the #3 bestseller in Kids & Teens, Fiction, Chapter Books, Intermediate.  I immediately clicked through to see if, in fact, there were only three books in that category, but it turns out there are more… quite a few, in fact.  DtD was beating out some heavy hitters, like the Muppets, Cam Jansen, and Judy Moody.  Now that I actually see that on the page, I’m kind of awed.  Wow.  I took a screenshot for posterity’s sake.

Lest you think I’m being snarky or cynical, I genuinely appreciated and got a kick out of this.  It made me laugh.  Hopefully, this won’t be my last bestseller’s list, but Kids & Teens, Fiction, Chapter Books, Intermediate, you’ll always be my first.  Thanks, Kobo, for helping to get our books out into the world and into the hands of readers.  And thanks, of course, to you dear readers for picking up DtD and giving it a chance.

 

Update 03/13/14:

Say What?!  Now, that’s a mighty fine birthday present:

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Thanks again to my awesome readers!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Goodreads Giveaway Results: Derrick the Dog

Wow!  The giveaway is over, and the response was way more than I ever expected.  Thanks to everybody who entered.  The winner is Sharlene M. of AB, Canada.  Congratulations, Sharlene!

 

For the numbers fiends/curious authors, here are the stats for my first ever Goodreads giveaway.  These are all for Derrick the Dog, the subject of this giveaway.  I didn’t pay for any supplemental advertising, just posted about it on social media and my site.

Before:  on 6 shelves, 1 rating, 2 reviews

After:  on 419 shelves, 2 ratings, 2 reviews

I also made a couple of new Goodreads friends along the way.  And I get to learn about shipping to other countries.  All told, I think this was a win, and I’d do it again.

 

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In Remembrance: Brooke Overstreet Hack

The nice thing about being independently published and my own boss is that I can write about damn near anything I want.  Today, I want to write about my friend Brooke.

I met Brooke in Junior High, in Band if I recall correctly, and we were close friends throughout most of Junior High and High School.  She was one of my all-time best friends, in fact.  She bought me Def Leppard's Pyromania for my birthday one year, knowing how much I liked their Hysteria album.  We exchanged homemade Christmas cards most every year.  We spent many hours talking on the phone* and hanging out.  I could almost always make her laugh.  Her smile could light up the room.  Our trip with the band to state wouldn't have been the same without her.

There was a time there near the end of High School when we didn't see eye-to-eye and drifted apart (I think it was a disparity in maturity), but we managed to reconcile before parting ways (I moved out of state after graduation).  And through the years since High School we've kept in touch, mostly through email with a couple of calls along the way (she called me when she lost her first child, and I called her when I found out about her diagnosis).  I had just been thinking about her this week, that I needed to call or email her to let her know I'd reconnected with our JH/HS friend Mike Skinner (the engineer, not the race car driver).  Then, this morning, my wife told me that one of Brooke's sisters posted to Facebook yesterday that Brooke had passed away.

All morning, I've felt like I've been kicked in the gut.  My wife told me Brooke had dropped off Facebook about a year ago; I spend so little time on Facebook that I hadn't noticed.  Although it had been awhile since we'd spoken, I like to think that if we had things left unsaid, that they were few.  We were forthcoming about how much we respected and admired each other.  I loved Brooke, not in a romantic sense, but as I love family and my dearest friends.  I think she knew that.  She was always compassionate, encouraging, and generally sunny and upbeat, even when her worsening condition confined her to a wheelchair.  She made you feel better about yourself and about life.

Brooke was a fine artist in her own right.  She played guitar and flute.  She was a good writer and had a fine, informative website, which sadly appears to no longer be accessible, although her blog is still up.  I think she would have made a grand author.  She was certainly smart enough to have.  I don't know if she drew or painted, but I wouldn't be surprised if she did and was skilled at that, also.  She seemed to excel at everything she tried her hand at.

I'm not sure how she died, and I'm not sure that I want to know.  I like to think that she died peacefully, with few regrets and nothing left unsaid, surrounded by her loved ones, that she got to hold their hands and say goodbye.  I also like to think that she's in Heaven now being reunited with loved ones who went on before, some missed and some she'd never met but who had gotten to watch her grow up from afar and are finally getting to embrace her in their arms.  I hope that she's holding the child she lost and that she says hello to my grandparents and my and Miranda's unborn daughter, who I never got to meet or hold (but I hope to some day).

At only 39, she was taken much too early, leaving behind her parents, her 2 sisters, her brother, her husband, and her 2 boys.  Yet, she accomplished a lot in her life.  She was a daughter, a sister, a friend, an artist, a wife, a mother, and a home-schooler.  I hope the warm memories her family has of her will help to ease some of their grief.  I also hope they might enjoy these old pictures that I dug out of a photo album.  They were taken of Brooke in 1988 from our time in the Video Club.  She made the friendship bracelet for me (they were big in the late 80's) around 1989 or 1990, as best as I can remember.

I shall miss my friend.





*One funny memory there:  the phone would routinely disconnect us, usually within a minute or so of the connection being made.  It only happened to us when we were talking to each other, all other calls to and from our respective households would not have that problem.  One time her dad got on the phone after I called back, irate and wanting to know why I'd hung up or why I kept hanging up, something like that, and I had to explain what frequently happened.  I'm not sure if he believed me.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Goodreads Giveaway: Derrick the Dog

Just in time for Christmas, I’m giving away an autographed copy of Derrick the Dog over on Goodreads.  Click the link below to enter!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Derrick the Dog by B.D. Crowell

Derrick the Dog

by B.D. Crowell

Giveaway ends December 12, 2013.

See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

Enter to win

Friday, September 6, 2013

Derrick and Max News

Hey folks,

I thought I’d share some news about Derrick and Max, in no particular order.

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  • Derrick the Dog is free today on the Amazon Kindle store.  It’s coming off KDP Select toward the end of the month.  There’s one more chance after this one to pick it up for free on the 13th, so if you miss today’s freebie, mark your calendar.  It’s already been downloaded well over 100 times and has gotten some good reviews.  If you read it and enjoy it, I’d love for you to leave a review, too.
  • I’ve added Derrick the Dog to Kindle MatchBook.  So if you’ve purchased the paper copy, you’ll be able to download the digital copy for free once Amazon rolls out the program. 
  • I finally got around to completing the first coloring page for Derrick and Max.  It’s been posted to the kids site.  I’m working on another which I plan to release later this month, also on the kids site.
  • I’ve been hard at work when I can snatch the time on the 2nd Derrick and Max book, Derrick and Max go to the Beach.  The story’s written and edited, and I’ve more or less completed the first 2 drawings.  I’ll get them posted up on the kids site when I’m a little farther along.
  • I’m planning a couple of giveaways for Derrick the Dog on goodreads when we get closer to the holidays (assuming I survive another Fall as the Popcorn Kernel for our Cub Scout Pack).  I’ll make an announcement when I get everything arranged.