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Meet Anthony and get your books signed at upcoming readings, signings, and events! See below for Anthony’s current schedule of events.

Book Anthony for Your Event

Anthony is available for virtual and real-world events including book fairs, workshops, conventions, panel discussions, video chats, and more. Please contact me: with your specific requirements, as I would love to help with your next event.

Bring Anthony’s “Faddah Rucksack’s Roadsong” to You

No, you don’t have to dress like this.

Can’t make it to an event? Bring Anthony to you!

Email Anthony and ask about his Living Room Tour Performance, “Faddah Rucksack’s Roadsong”


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How’s that book coming along?

On Oct. 27, 2014, I started drafting Lotus, the fourth Rucksack Universe book. I finished Act I on Nov. 21—the day before my daughter was born.

After the holidays and time with my wee family, on Jan. 5, 2015, I resumed working on the book.

And today, Mar. 24, 2015, I finished drafting Lotus.

After 76,215 words, I’m going to take a couple of days off. Before I do, it’s time to fire up my favorite end-of-project song… Battle Without Honor or Humanity from Kill Bill. And after that? I’m going to work on other projects for a few weeks, before picking up Lotus for revision. See you at the aftermath. Peace.


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Beyond Guinness: Get Your St. Patrick’s Day on with These Irish Craft Beers

Infographic: The Best Irish Craft Beers of 2015

Too often when we think of Irish beer, we get no further than Guinness. Now, I’m all for a pint of plain, and the dry Irish stouts of Guinness, Murphy’s, and Beamish are among my favorite beers. (They also had nothing whatsoever to do—*wink*—with how I came up with the Rucksack Universe’s Galway Pradesh Stout.)

However, just as in the US, craft beer is on the rise in Ireland. In 2001 there was a handful of craft breweries in Ireland. Today, there are nearly 80. So when it comes to the latest liquid gold from the Emerald Isle, you can indeed look beyond the big breweries for the Irish craft beers you should be drinking in 2015.

In fact, the wonderful folks at HomeBrewWest, Ireland’s largest homebrew supplier, were kind enough to put together a wee beer guide just for you.

The Top Irish Craft Beers You Should Be Drinking In 2015

The Top Irish Craft Beers of 2015 - Infographic from HomeBrewWest

Here’s a copy-and-paste friendly list, with links so you can learn more about these interesting Irish craft breweries:

  1. O’Hara’s Leann Follåin, Carlow Brewing Company
  2. Rascal’s Ginger Porter, Rascal’s Brewing Company
  3. Of Foam and Fury Double IPA, Galway Bay Brewery
  4. Black Boar Imperial Oatmeal Stout, The White Hag
  5. Hairy Goat IPA, Mountain Man Brewery
  6. McGargle’s Knock Knock Ned’s IPA, Rye River Brewing Company
  7. Bru Ri Irish Craft IPA, Bru Brewery
  8. Black IPA, Blacks of Kinsale
  9. The Full Irish IPA, Eight Degrees Brewing
  10. Mescan Westporter Stout, Mescan Brewery
  11. Bristle IPA, Bo Bristle Brewing Company
  12. Scraggy Bay IPA, Kinnegar Brewing Limited

Over to you

In addition to our traditional Guinness, I will be hunting through our fab local bottle shops—The Bier Stein and 16 Tons—for any of these Irish craft beers.

What will you be drinking this St. Patrick’s Day?


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Eugene Craft Beer & Cider Stories, March 2015

Tap handles from Eugene and Springfield craft breweries and brewpubs

Image: Collin Andrew/The Register-Guard

What an exciting time to be a beer lover in the Willamette Valley! There is so much going on, and I’m so happy to have been part of some recent stories:


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Have you read a good e-book lately? It’s Read an E-book Week!

It’s Read an E-book Week 2015!

Enjoy the adventure of an e-book! Read an E-book Week Mar. 1-7, 2015

For the seventh year running, e-book retailer Smashwords is sponsoring Read an E-book Week. Through Saturday, March 7, you can save on lots of great e-books to read.

Read an E-book Week Specials »

Specials range from 25% to FREE, but only during Read an E-book Week.

Because I love e-books and am a fan of anything reading, through Mar. 7 at Smashwords you can get all 3 Rucksack Universe e-books for FREE. That’s right—The Martini of Destiny, Home Sweet Road, and Forever the Road are all available for free, only at Smashwords, through Saturday. (Use the code RW100 at checkout.)

Whether relaxing at home in an armchair, commuting to work, or while bouncing around a bus on a bendy narrow cliffside road in Asia, enjoy curling up with your new e-books!

Read an E-book Week »


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Lunch with an Author, May 21, 2015

The Book NestThe Book Nest is a lovely wee bookstore in Springfield, Oregon. Each week from 12 to 2 p.m., they offer the public an opportunity to have lunch with an area author. Admission is free, but please make a purchase from the lunch venue.

On Thurs., May 21, you can have lunch with a certain Anthony St. Clair, a freelance writer and author of the Rucksack Universe books, a series of travel fantasy novels. (You probably haven’t heard of him, but you never know.)

Below is the full current schedule for Lunch with an Author, so you can check out lunch with lots of other cool area authors. There’s also directions and contact details if you need more information.

February Lunch with an Author

Thurs., Feb. 5: William Senyard, pastor, lecturer, and author of Fair Forgiveness: Finding the Power to Forgive Where You Least Expect It. https://www.facebook.com/cantforgivecom

Thurs., Feb. 12: Robert Young, teacher, writing consultant, and author of multiple books for young people, including The Magic of A.C. Gilbert and Chomp: A Chewer’s Guide to Gum. http://realwriting.us/home/

Thurs., Feb. 19: Johnny Sundstrom, author of Dawn’s Early Light and For Spacious Skies, historical fiction about the American West.

Fri., Feb. 27: Gina Oschner, Corban College professor and author of award-winning short stories and the novel The Russian Dreambook of Colour and Flight. http://www.ginaochsner.com/

March Lunch with an Author

Thurs., March 5: Dave Imus, award-winning cartographer and masterful creator of state, local, and art maps. https://imusgeographics.com/

Fri., March 13: Theo Czuk, musician, poet, songwriter, and author of the western novel Heartscarred. http://tedczuk.com/

Thurs., March 19: Annette Cone, author of With God … on a Tanzanian Safari, a collection of photography and meditations, and Shelley Houston, author of several works of fiction and owner of Just Dust Publishers. http://justdustpublishers.com/books.html

April Lunch with an Author

Thurs., April 2: Carola Dunn, author of more than fifty works of fiction, including the popular Daisy Dalrymple mysteries. http://caroladunn.weebly.com

Thurs., April 9: Sharon Munson, local poet whose work has appeared in numerous publications and several collections. http://www.oregonpoeticvoices.org/poet/111/

Thurs., April 16: Mary E. Lowd, science fiction author, with more than fifty short stories and two novels in print. http://marylowd.com/

April 23 or 24, time TBA: Birthday party for Shakespeare, featuring Shakespearean monologues by Springfield High School drama students.

Thurs., April 30: Steve Hunt, Vice President for Marketing at Corban University and author of the children’s book Alex and the Airplane and the novel Love and Deception: One Family’s Encounter with Dementia.

May Lunch with an Author

Thurs., May 7: Donna McFarland, author of multiple chapter books for young people, including the Purple Elephant series, the Duck and Friends series, and the Sam and the Dragon series. http://duckandfriends.com/

Thurs., May 14: Judy Cox, popular, award-winning author of numerous children’s books, including The Secret Chicken Society and the Tails of Frederick and Ishbu series. http://www.judycox.net/works.htm

Thurs., May 21: Anthony St. Clair, freelance writer, editor, and author of the Rucksack Universe books, a series of travel fantasy novels. http://www.anthonystclair.com/rucksack-universe

Thurs., May 28: Terri Kelley, former elementary and middle school teacher and author of numerous books for children. http://www.terrikelleybooks.com/

June Lunch with an Author

Thurs., June 4: Terry Glaspey, Harvest House editor and author of the Book Lover’s Guide to Great Reading, Not a Tame Lion: The Spiritual Legacy of C.S. Lewis., and his newest volume, The Prayers of Jane Austen. http://harvesthousepublishers.com/authors/terry-glaspey/

Directions to Indulge! Antiques

From Highway 126, take the Mohawk exit. Pass Bi-mart and Dutch Bros. and turn left at the next light. In the parking lot, turn left then go straight back (away from Mohawk), between the two large buildings. Indulge is on the back side of the building on the left, with the entrance facing 18th Street.

Questions and more info?

Contact Amanda Bird
The Book Nest: Fine books, good reading
At: Indulge! Antiques and Fine Interiors
1461 Mohawk Blvd.
Springfield, OR 97477
541-357-6862

(And remember, schedules are subject to change.)

http://Birdsbooks.wordpress.com/


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Author Panel: Kids, Career & Chaos: How Writers Get Writing Done, May 7, 2015

Mid-Valley Willamette WritersTrying to figure out how to get writing done in the midst of career, family, life, and other priorities?

The Mid-Valley Chapter of Willamette Writers is hosting an author panel on May 7, 2015. I’ll be one of the authors discussing how we balance our life responsibilities while also managing to make time for writing, editing, publishing, and marketing.

Details below. The discussion will be the main part of the agenda for the monthly meeting of the Mid-Valley Chapter, but the evening is open the public as well as members of Willamette Writers. You can also learn more at the chapter website.

Thurs., May 7, 2015
Tsunami Books
2585 Willamette St.
Eugene, OR 97405
Schedule for the Evening
6:30-7:00 p.m., Social Time and Refreshments
7:00-7:15 p.m., News, Upcoming Events and Member Announcements
7:15-8:30 p.m., Speaker
8:30 p.m., Drawing for Free Gift
8:30-9:00 p.m., Questions and Book Signing
Cost: Chapter meetings are free to members of Willamette Writers and full-time college students. Suggested $10 donation for non-members.

See you there!


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2,800 Posts

Wow. I hadn’t even noticed until this morning. But it turns that since 2004, I’ve published 2,800 posts for the 8 readers of this wee blog.

Onwards to 3,000!


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Baby St. Clair, Author Fair & A Freshened Up Martini

Welcome to Baby St. Clair

Yeah, I’ve been pretty quiet the last couple weeks. Here’s why:

baby

Aster Madigan St. Clair was born Nov. 22. She and Mama are doing great, and big brother Connor is adapting well to having a wee sister.

As for me, I am straining my grinning muscles and babywearing her every chance I get, including when working. So far Aster isn’t very fond of the sound of my fingers on the keyboard, but I’m sure she’ll get used to it in time. Maybe even find it soothing. Here’s a recent shot of me wearing Aster:

dad

Asters are a type of flower, but there’s more to our daughter’s name than that. “Aster” derives from the Latin and Greek word for stars. I like to think about the interconnectedness there: there are no flowers without stars.

Between Aster, the holidays, and continuing work on Lotus, December will be a lighter month for me ’round these parts. I hope you have wonderful holidays. I’m going to go snuggle my kids some more now.

See You at the Authors & Artists Fair This Saturday

Authors Artists Fair 2014

Looking for your next great read, or some gifts for the holidays? Meet me, dozens of other Oregon authors, and 12 Oregon artists during the 15th Annual 2014 Authors & Artists Fair, hosted by the Lane Library League as a benefit for the countywide Summer Reading Program.

The event is held in the glass-roofed Atrium at the Lane County Fairgrounds, next door to the popular Holiday Market in downtown Eugene. Parking is easy.

FREE admission, suggested $1-5 donation.

Signed and numbered copies of all 3 books currently in the Rucksack Universe series will be available: The Martini of Destiny, Home Sweet Road, and the newest, released in September, Forever the Road. I’ll also be offering my special 3-book Universe Bundle for $28.99, $5 off the combined cover prices.

A portion of the proceeds of all sales goes to benefit the non-profit Lane Library League.

See you Saturday!

Freshening Up Martini

When I released The Martini of Destiny in 2013, I thought the cover was pretty cool. My designer did a sweet job. But over time, as we worked on more books together we came up with a more cohesive and evocative look for the Rucksack Universe books.

In short, it was time to freshen up my Martini. So here it is! All editions of The Martini of Destiny are now available with a new cover:
New cover for The Martini of Destiny

Get it now at your favorite online or real-world bookstore. Or snag it from a certain author—signed copies are available only from me, and just in time for the holidays!

(If you want the original cover edition, limited copies are still available. Contact me to get one before they run out.)

Happy Holidays to you and yours, and may every book you read be amazing!


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Teaser Tuesday: What is the secret?

pelletstove

You know what sucks? When it’s 20ºF on a Sunday evening—and your heat goes kaput.

We heat our home with a pellet stove. It’s awesome and pumps out a lot of heat. That is, until it makes clunky noises and stops working. Also sucky? When your service guys are so swamped they can’t even get back to you till Tuesday morning—and that’s after playing the “my wife is about to go into labor” card.

But they rang first thing this morning, and it turned out the problem at hand was one I could actually fix. After a couple hours, a lost wingnut, some sawdust vacuuming, attempts not to swear with the toddler in the room, and realigning a chain that had come off its gears, we have fire again!

All that to say, even with cold hands, a busted stove, and a wife soon not to be pregnant, I’m still cranking along on Lotus, the fourth Rucksack Universe travel fantasy book. As I write this post, I am one scene away from the end of Act I! So far I’ve written 20,851 words, or about 80 pages. Here’s a wee teasery snippet from the past week’s rough drafts:

“Now, Feckniss,” said Blanders, “what is your assessment of this morning’s chatter?”

Feckniss began outlining his analysis. Together they conferred on the likely fallout from the announcement, and various ways the company could respond.

At ten minutes to ten, Blanders nodded. “We’re ready,” he said. “But Feckniss, you must remember something crucial. This is the end. But it’s only the beginning.”

“Of what?”

“Of everything. Of nothing.” Blanders smiled. “Guru knows.”

“Is that the secret, sir?”

Blanders shook his head.

“What is the secret?”

With a smile, Blanders leaned forward until his mouth was next to Feckniss’s ear. “It’s simple, my dear boy.” Feckniss felt the smile grow wider. “The secret is that there is no secret.”

Feckniss tried to understand or think of a reply. Blanders rose and stepped out of the cubicle. “I’ll come back after the announcement, and then we’ll debrief.” Alone, Feckniss tried to think of what his manager meant. He thought and thought, and almost had it, but then the clock struck ten. On the radio, in the office, all over the world, the voice of Guru Deep began to speak.

Lotus is the codename for the fourth Rucksack Universe travel fantasy book, coming 2015. Join the adventure with the first 3 books, available now »


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Hi.

Anthony St. Clair - Travel Fantasy Author / Craft Beer Writer / Business Copywriter

Author and copywriter Anthony St. Clair has specialized in online content since 2000, blogged since 2004 and is the author of the Rucksack Universe travel fantasy series.

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Rucksack Universe

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Forever the Road by Anthony St. Clair, a Rucksack Universe Fantasy Novel - learn more and buy now

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