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Notes from my Coat-of-Many-Pockets

You didn’t think Ebb was the only one with such a coat, did you?

Jessi, from Maryland, sent in this pick of her pocket-Rinn.

bloo

She sent this message with it: This is Blooregard Q. Kazoo, commonly called Bloo. He just wants to read this pretty book with the similarly majestic kitty on the front of it, OK? But he doesn’t have opposable thumbs. : (

Gibbering Gnome Press has been thrilled with the response to their ebook giveaway for THE MOON COIN. We thought it would take four weeks to get 50 takers. We got 40 in the first week! If the next 10 go before this weekend is out, Gibbering Gnome Press is prepared double the number of ebook versions they’re giving away. That’s right, they’ll give away as many as 100 ebook copies! Also, in addition to the Kindle and Nook versions, there are now a limited number of iTunes iBookstore versions available. So don’t forget to mention that if you want an iBookstore version. Please Share this Post. 🙂

Here’s the original offer:

In an effort to build up our email list, Gibbering Gnome Press is giving away 50 free e-books of The Moon Coin, the first book in the award-winning Moon Realm series, to the first fifty people who join our email list. Please specify if you’d like to receive a Kindle or Nook version in your email.

You will receive your gift link on February 18th.

Details here: https://themoonrealm.com/tmremaillist/

There are some images in this film that come freaky close to the Moon Realm. If you want to see what it looks like to have one world hanging over another, or what a crossover might look like, then check it out! (As you already know, if you’ve read the books, the way gravity works in this film is VERY different than in the Moon Realm.)

http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/independent/upsidedown/

Gibbering Gnome Press just made it a whole lot easier for librarians (public & school) to order MOON REALM novels. For details click HERE. There’s even a handy, printable Order From. So if your local library is lacking in the Moon Realm department, print out a copy of the PDF and take it down to your local library and tell them you’re dying to read the print edition. Which is quite lovely, btw. You can catch a glimpse of it HERE.

If you’re a GoodReads member (What’s GoodReads? Imagine if facebook was filled with readers and authors and all they wanted to do was talk about great books!), and you enjoy middle-grade books (Harry Potter, The Hobbit, Percy Jackson, etc.), or shop for a middle-grader who does, check out the Group Great Middle Grade Reads. And while you’re there, don’t forget to give the Moon Realm books a vote on their Listopia List, which you can get to that list by clicking HERE. 😉

We’re gathering quotes from THE DRAGONDAIN to include on five new Second Looks Books bookmarks. If you have any favs, please shout them out. (We may just use one of them!)

Here are the five quotes we used on last year’s booksmarks. They’re all taken from THE MOON COIN:

“But—” yelped Twizbang, “Greydor will eat us!”

“Some people are just sad when there aren’t talking squirrels.” —Lily Winter

“You won’t find the tales I bear in any books . . . My tales are from the Moon Realm.” —Ebb Autumn

“Odd names: Winter, Autumn—they almost sound as if someone just made them up.” —Dubb

Tavin cupped his hands to his mouth. “Here, dragon-dragon-dragon!” he yelled. Lily stared in amazement. Well, that was bold, she thought, and stupid.

Lastly, for those of you who are wondering, I’m editing third book in the Moon Realm series, The Murk, as fast as I’m able. I’ve been handing off the first few chapters with my primary editor these last few weeks, and she’s been saying nice things about it. And she hasn’t read chapter 3 yet, which was great fun to write. I can’t wait to hear what she thinks of it. I’ll say only one word about it: Faerathil. 😀

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Nine Moons Make a Realm

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Now available in Paperback!

The paperback edition of THE MOON COIN is now on sale at Amazon and Second Looks Books!!!

If you want a copy, and you’re local to Second Looks Books, and it’s easiest for you to drop by the store, then by all means do so. Otherwise, please order it through Amazon. It’ll cost you the same amount, but your purchase will go toward the book’s ranking. If you want it signed and/or inscribed, then click on the “add gift options after you “Proceed to checkout” and entering the info in the window provided. You can also send me a separate email with that info if that’s easier for you.

For a higher quality video, click HERE.

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2012 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards: Gold Medal Winner

Tales, unlike stories, never lie. You see, a tale is an account of things in their due order, often divulged secretly, or as gossip. Would you like to hear one? —Lord Autumn

Uncle Ebb was so good at telling his tales of the Moon Realm that sometimes it sounded like he’d been there himself.

As children, Lily and Jasper listened raptly to his bedtime tales of a place where nine moons swirled around one another, each inhabited by strange and wondrous beings: magical lunamancers; undersea merfolk; wise birds; winged dragons; and Lily’s favorite, the heroic, leonine Rinn.

There was only one rule: don’t tell a soul.

But now, years later, Uncle Ebb is missing. Lily has learned the secret behind the tales, and soon Jasper will too. But there’s one big problem. You see, something terrible has happened in the Moon Realm. . . .

Featuring twenty-two stunning full-color illustrations by Carolyn Arcabascio. Volume One of the fantasy adventure series The Moon Realm.

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Copyright © 2011 by Richard Due. All rights reserved. Gibbering Gnome Press,

A Division of Ingenious Inventions Run Amok, Ink® The Moon Realm®

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The Moon Coin T-Shirts!

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I made a modest order to start off. So, if you know in advance that you really, really want one, let me know size and qty. so I can get an idea of whether or not I need to order more. Thank you! I want to see the quality first hand before I price them, but I’m thinking a ballpark figure of $14 (give or take $2).

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Paperback and eBook now available:

Amazon and Second Looks Books.

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Copyright © 2011 by Richard Due. All rights reserved. Gibbering Gnome Press,

A Division of Ingenious Inventions Run Amok, Ink® The Moon Realm®

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Book posters!

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11″ X 17″

For higher detail, click HERE.

$2.00 + $2.50 S&H

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11″ X 17″

For higher detail, click HERE.

$2.00 + $2.50 S&H

Use Paypal:

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The Moon Coin, by Richard Due, is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and the iBookstore for $2.99.

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Copyright © 2011 by Richard Due. All rights reserved.

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Gibbering Gnome Press, A Division of Ingenious Inventions Run Amok, Ink®

The Moon Realm®

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Comments overheard in Second Looks Books, Prince Frederick, Maryland, USA.

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Customer (uttered with absolute seriousness): “I would like a large print dictionary, but in a very small format.”

Me (wearing my Jim Halpert eyes): Really?! [this is likely the thirty-fifth time or so I’ve fielded this one] Would you now?

About half of them respond, “Yes,” and then make hand gestures approximating an impossibly small book.

When I mention Kindles—and I do, now, in these cases—they typically say they don’t want to pay more than two to three dollars.

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Customer: “Where do you keep your metaphysical books?” [helpful bookshop employee sweeps in and shows her to the bookcase] “And, so . . . this is where the Nora Roberts would be?”

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Customer: “Oh, look, these books are all signed.” [pause] “I wonder who signed them?”

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Customer (pointing back and forth from me to the full-size cutout of Legolas): Is that you?

Me: No, that’s the actor Orlando Bloom.

Customer: [No spark of recognition.]

Me: Playing Legolas . . . in the Lord of the Rings movie: The Two Towers.

Customer: [No spark of recognition.]

Me: From the same titled book by J.R.R. Tolkien.

Customer: [No spark of recognition.]

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Customer (woman with twelve-year-old; this was said to me after I didn’t have the book they were looking for in stock): “I see there’s a bookstore 18 miles away from here, do you know where that is?”

Me: “Well, that could be Bowie, Annapolis, Waldorf, or Wildwood. Do you know the bookstore’s name?”

Customer: “No.”

Me: “Do know the general direction you’ll be traveling?”

Customer: “No. I just plug it into the GPS and go.”

Me (because I JUST can’t help myself): “So, you don’t know what direction you traveled to get here?”

Customer: “No.”

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I had a great conversation today with a wonderfully-daft elderly woman, who wanted to get started reading on The Lord of the Rings. We talked about hobbits and dragons and wizards and ents and Legolas, who was standing right next to us the whole time (she was SURE he was a woman). She can’t wait to get started reading. She made my day.

She would never have figured out how to work a Kindle. I’m glad I was here for her.

Oh, dear. Then she grabbed a copy of Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus, and brought to me so I could explain why—according to the book—a woman shouldn’t pursue a man, but instead wait passively for him to pursue her. (She made the best face while reading it.) I told her I thought it depended on the people. She didn’t say, “Damn, right!” aloud, but her look sure did.

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Customer: “Isn’t there a REAL bookstore somewhere around here. I don’t mean like—this!” [motions with hands to encompass my bookstore] “I mean, come on! Really!” Then she asked me why there weren’t bookstores all over the place.

During my explanation, it became clear that she thought books must be a GREAT business opportunity because so many had gone out of business; she didn’t know what an eBook was; and she had never heard of a Kindle. I had to explain what it was several times, and I’m still not sure she got it. She had heard of an iPad, but didn’t know you could read books on it.

Her bookstore litmus test was the presence of a fine selection of books on surfing. I’m not making this up. When I pointed out that not a lot of surfing goes on in Maryland, she said, “What does that matter?”

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Parent: THERE SHOULD BE NO YELLING UNLESS SOMEONE IS ON FIRE!

Child: [firing back immediately] What about if a weasel was robbing the store?

Parent: [long pause, while attempting to stop top of head from blowing off, then . . . with the flickering of a smile] I don’t know . . . is he armed?

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The Moon Coin themed bookmarks!

The Front.

The Back.

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The Moon Coin, by Richard Due, is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and the iBookstore for $2.99.

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Copyright © 2011 by Richard Due. All rights reserved.

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Gibbering Gnome Press, A Division of Ingenious Inventions Run Amok, Ink™

The Moon Realm™

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