The Fundamental Question – 100 Days to Forever

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Day 95: Let’s Keep It Simple

Are you a traveler... or a tourist?

It may not be the oldest question in the universe, but as fundamental questions go, it’ll do for that eternal query of all those who globetrot, wanderlust, and roadhit.

So what are you: a traveler or a tourist?

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  • Wed., Sept. 3, Day 96: 5 Days Till Forever the Road
  • Sat., Sept. 6, Day 99: T-Minus-1

100 Days to Forever

On Sept. 8, 2014, Forever the Road, the third Rucksack Universe book, will be released as an e-book and trade paperback worldwide.

During our 100 Days to Forever lead-up, you can follow all the adventure on the blog via the 100 Days to Forever category, on my email list, and at the #100DaysToForever hashtag on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Pinterest.

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It’s Labor Day, so here’s a cute picture of my kid blowing bubbles

bubbletoddler

It’s Labor Day here in the US, so let’s take a break from the usual.

Can you believe this curly-haired 2.5yo munchkin is the same kid who was once a 15-month-old Tokyo Toddler?

Yep. That's him—and still with chub!—at Meiji Temple, Tokyo, Japan, 2013

At Meiji Temple, Tokyo, Japan, 2013

My fellow Yanks, have a great Labor Day.

Everyone else in this big little world, have a fab Monday.


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Signed Paperbacks – 100 Days to Forever

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Day 91: 10 Days Till Forever the Road

Ready for autographing.

Ready for autographing.

Friday Word of the day: PAPERBACKS!

You can now get signed and numbered copies of Forever the Road directly from me, $15.99 + shipping. The Martini of Destiny and Home Sweet Road also available, $8.99 each.

Paperback orders also come with a code for free copies of the e-book edition (both Kindle and ePub).

To order, email writer@anthonystclair.com

From the Book

“I think I told him he had chickens on his ears.”
Forever the Road

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  • Tues., Sept. 2, Day 95: Let’s Keep It Simple
  • Wed., Sept. 3, Day 96: 5 Days Till Forever the Road

100 Days to Forever

On Sept. 8, 2014, Forever the Road, the third Rucksack Universe book, will be released as an e-book and trade paperback worldwide.

During our 100 Days to Forever lead-up, you can follow all the adventure on the blog via the 100 Days to Forever category, on my email list, and at the #100DaysToForever hashtag on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Pinterest.

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Forever So Far, a Recap – 100 Days to Forever

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Day 90: 11 Days till FOREVER THE ROAD

Namaste la vista, baby. Forever the Road

11 is a good number.

Rufus Wainwight has a great song about it: “Woke up this morning, at 11:11. Wasn’t in Portland, and I wasn’t in Heaven.” (Easy to get those confused.)

2011 is the year my son was born.

11 is the number of my fave Doctor.

And from where we started back in May, with 100 days till forever, now there are only 11 days to go until Forever the Road comes out.

Need to catch up on everything we’ve talked about so far? Here you go:

From the Book

“What is the world but a place full of friends you haven’t met yet?”
Forever the Road

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100 Days to Forever

On Sept. 8, 2014, Forever the Road, the third Rucksack Universe book, will be released as an e-book and trade paperback worldwide.

During our 100 Days to Forever lead-up, you can follow all the adventure on the blog via the 100 Days to Forever category, on my email list, and at the #100DaysToForever hashtag on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Pinterest.

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Pre-Launch! – 100 Days to Forever

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Day 87: And Now the Plunge

Forever the Road - Paperback, Kindle, E-book - Anthony St. Clair

Paperback and e-book siblings.

Pssssst. Hey! Come a little closer. Gotta tell ya something. Excuse me while I scope this place out, you know, to make sure this is a private conversation. Okay. Good. Since it’s only you and me here, I wanted to let you in on a little something something.

Forever the Road’s worldwide release is Sept. 8. You know that. I know that. But. Getting books published is a bit of a process. You want to make sure stuff is working right—and that usually means that some of those “available” switches have to be flipped on for a wee while before you’re actually saying much about it.

So right now, here’s the lowdown on where you can pre-order the Forever the Road e-book… and where you can get the e-book and paperback—ssshhhh—now.

Pre-Order the E-book

When you pre-order a book, you’ll receive the book and be charged for it on the day it comes out. So you can order Forever the Road now, and you’ll get it on the release day, Sept. 8. (That’s also the day your card will be charged). You can pre-order Forever the Road’s e-book edition for $4.99 from these fine online stores:

Buy now from the Amazon Kindle Store

Download on iBooks

Buy now from Kobo

Buy from Smashwords

Buy now from Barnes and Noble

Get the E-book and the Paperback… Now (Sssshhhhhh!)

Forever the Road - Box of Paperbacks - AnthonySt. Clair

August is author Christmas! This box o’ books arrived while I was finishing this post.

Grin grin wink wink nudge:

We are still in pre-launch mode, but you can Forever the Road from a couple of places right now.

Including directly from the author! Email me (writer@anthonystclair.com) for details on how to order autographed paperbacks (the first 100 copies will also be numbered).

E-book

Buy this on Selz Start selling on Selz

Paperback ($15.99)

Buy now from Amazon.com

Buy now from CreateSpace

Two Weeks to Go!

Sept. 8 is almost here. Thank you for all your support, kind words, and excitement!

From the Book

“When given a choice, sometimes the best thing to do is take both.”
Forever the Road

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  • Thurs., Aug. 28, Day 90: Forever So Far, a Recap
  • Fri., Aug. 29, Day 91: 10 Days Till Forever the Road

100 Days to Forever

On Sept. 8, 2014, Forever the Road, the third Rucksack Universe book, will be released as an e-book and trade paperback worldwide.

During our 100 Days to Forever lead-up, you can follow all the adventure on the blog via the 100 Days to Forever category, on my email list, and at the #100DaysToForever hashtag on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Pinterest.

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The Winners! – 100 Days to Forever

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Day 84: FOREVER THE ROAD Goodreads Giveaway

Winners! We have winners!

Individually gift-wrapped thank-yous to everyone who entered the Forever the Road Goodreads Giveaway. The giveaway closed Aug. 20. Here are the 5 lucky winners who will each receive a signed and numbered copy of the paperback edition:

Congratulations Goodreads Winners!

I’ll be sending out your books shortly. Enjoy :)

P.S.: Special announcement next week!

From the Book

“Travel came to be part of me. I realized I love it more than being still. Even when it’s hard or scary or uncomfortable, I love the thrill of the road. Travel is an ultimate love. To see the world is to see yourself reflected everywhere you go. Yet it’s also about letting both the world’s light and darkness shine into you, show you things about yourself that you never knew. Above all, I came to see what was inside me: this special, boundless, shining love for the road, for the world. I learned I held it inside like this precious jewel. I held it close and no matter how dirty and dusty I got outside, that jewel, that love, stayed gleaming and pure.”
Forever the Road

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  • Mon., Aug. 25, Day 87: A special announcement
  • Thurs., Aug. 28, Day 90: Forever So Far, a Recap

100 Days to Forever

On Sept. 8, 2014, Forever the Road, the third Rucksack Universe book, will be released as an e-book and trade paperback worldwide.

During our 100 Days to Forever lead-up, you can follow all the adventure on the blog via the 100 Days to Forever category, on my email list, and at the #100DaysToForever hashtag on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Pinterest.

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Last Day for Goodreads Giveaway – 100 Days to Forever

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Day 81: 20 Days Till Forever the Road

Goodreads Giveaway: Win a signed copy of Forever the Road

You could win one of 5 signed copies

As I finish this post, over 1,200 people have entered the Goodreads Giveaway for Forever the Road. Today is the last day for the Giveaway, which closes at midnight, Aug. 20.

If you haven’t already, this is your last chance to get in the running:

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Forever the Road by Anthony St. Clair

Forever the Road

by Anthony St. Clair

Giveaway ends August 20, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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From the Book

“As long as we live, we are not helpless. Overpowered and outmatched, completely. Likely to fail, without a doubt. But against all odds, we are also alive. Life is opportunity. As long as we’re alive, we have a chance.”
Forever the Road

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  • Sat., Aug. 23, Day 85: Goodreads Giveaway Winners
  • Sun., Aug. 24, Day 86: A surprise

100 Days to Forever

On Sept. 8, 2014, Forever the Road, the third Rucksack Universe book, will be released as an e-book and trade paperback worldwide.

During our 100 Days to Forever lead-up, you can follow all the adventure on the blog via the 100 Days to Forever category, on my email list, and at the #100DaysToForever hashtag on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Pinterest.

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Amazon Pre-Orders, Autographs & New Author Interview – 100 Days to Forever

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Day 80: It’s Getting Real

Pre-Order FOREVER THE ROAD, Kindle Edition

On Aug. 14, 2014, Amazon announced that indie authors now could also use Amazon’s pre-order feature. I immediately set this up for FOREVER THE ROAD, one of the first indie authors to do so.

I broke the Sunday Rule. My wife and I are both self-employed, so it’s easy for us to work pretty much all the time. We have a rule that Sundays are a no-work day for us. It ensures that we have at least one day where the work tasks are left alone and we do other things.

Well, yesterday I broke that rule. Jodie was napping, and Connor was watching Winnie the Pooh. On Saturday I had begun setting up Forever the Road at a new distributor, but hadn’t finished. So on Sunday I took about 15 minutes and worked on it a little more. Guilt-ridden, I also confessed my transgression to Jodie as soon as she woke up. I certainly don’t want to make a habit of breaking the Sunday Rule, but I’m also glad I moved that new setup along.

What can I say? It’s been a busy, busy past few days at Author HQ. There may be less than a month to go before Forever the Road launches on Sept. 8, but there’s more to do than ever. Behind the scenes I’m doing interviews, setting up distribution accounts, and rocking some new opportunities for indie authors. Here’s some of the latest…

You Can Now Pre-Order FOREVER THE ROAD at Amazon’s Kindle Store

Pre-order Forever the Road at Amazon

I’ve waited for (and pestered) Amazon to open up pre-orders to indie authors. So glad to see this finally happen!
And yes, my Kindle’s name is Yakisoba.

On Aug. 14, 2014, Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing announced that indie authors now could also use Amazon’s pre-order feature. Previously open to various publishers and some big-name author/publishers, pre-order is something indie authors like me have requested for a long time. Once word came, I immediately set up pre-orders for Forever the Road, one of the first indie authors to take advantage.

So at long last, Amazon has joined the ranks of booksellers offering e-book pre-orders to all indie authors who want to take advantage (thank you, Amazon!). You can now pre-order the Forever the Road e-book edition at these stores:

Buy now from the Amazon Kindle Store

Download on iBooks

Buy from Smashwords

Buy now from Kobo

Buy now from Barnes and Noble

P.S.: “But what about the paperback?” you ask. We’ll talk about that more tomorrow.

Autographs

Ask Anthony to sign your Rucksack Universe e-books

With Authorgraph, you can ask me to sign your Rucksack Universe e-books!

Now that Forever the Road is on the Kindle Store, I could also add it to my Authorgraph service.

Get a free authograph for Forever the Road with AuthorgraphAuthorgraph lets readers ask authors to sign their e-books. It’s pretty sweet, and I love being able to autograph not only physical copies, but digital books too.

You can now ask me to sign not only FTR, but all Rucksack Universe titles.

Get e-book autographs »

New Author Interview

AF Stewart's Author Interview with Anthony St. Clair

AF Stewart’s Author Interview with me.

And, on Aug. 16-17, 2014, fantasy writer A.F. Stewart posted her author interview with me, and her Book Spotlight on Forever the Road.

Here’s an excerpt from the interview:

Q: Travel is a big part of your narratives, and you’ve had your own travel adventures. How much of what went into your books is from firsthand experience, and how much is from other research?

A: I use my boots-on-the-ground travel experiences to bring depth and verisimilitude to everything I write, while steering clear of the autobiographical. Of course, there are elements of my travels and person in my stories and characters—there’s a reason black coffee and stout beer are two of the four most important drinks in the Rucksack Universe! (Hmm. Suddenly, I’m thirsty.)

Forever the Road is set in India, in the fictional city of Agamuskara, which was founded by the first people to settle in the subcontinent. The city—and its river of the same name—is reminiscent of Varanasi with its dirty-yet-holy river, crowds, fascinating and diverse people, narrow streets, and heat.

Faddah Rucksack, one of my world’s main characters, says that “The only thing you can expect about India is that it will be itself.” And it’s true. India is a very in-your-face-with-everything-there-is-in-the-world country. It is intense, and pretty much every extreme of humanity and life co-exists there, often side by side.

I also use research to round out my knowledge or check details. However, one of the benefits of writing fiction is I can also make things up to fit the story, while also making the story fit the world. However, if I’m setting a story somewhere, I want to have traveled there too, because there are things you only learn from experience.

Check out A.F. Stewart’s full interview here »

Are You Afraid of the Dark?: Book Spotlight: Forever The Road »

Yeah, it’s been an intense few days.

Yet it still feels like we’re just getting started. Thanks for being along for the ride!

That’s the news—for now—from the Rucksack Universe, where the beer is always fresh, all the locals are friendly, and the food never makes you sick.

From the Book

“It’s my turn to save you. Move your arse. Don’t you dare let me go unavenged.”
Forever the Road

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Last Chance to Win a Book – Goodreads Giveaway Closes Aug. 20

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Forever the Road by Anthony St. Clair

Forever the Road

by Anthony St. Clair

Giveaway ends August 20, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

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  • Tues., Aug. 19, Day 81: 20 Days Till Forever the Road; Goodreads Giveaway Closes Aug. 20
  • Sat., Aug. 23, Day 85: Goodreads Giveaway Winners

100 Days to Forever

On Sept. 8, 2014, Forever the Road, the third Rucksack Universe book, will be released as an e-book and trade paperback worldwide.

During our 100 Days to Forever lead-up, you can follow all the adventure on the blog via the 100 Days to Forever category, on my email list, and at the #100DaysToForever hashtag on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Pinterest.

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Forever So Far, A Recap – 100 Days to Forever

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Day 76: 25 Days Till Forever the Road

On Day 67, we learned about Diana Gabaldon’s new fanboy.

With 25 days left until Forever the Road comes out, here’s a recap of everything we’ve talked about so far. Need to catch up? Here you go:

From the Book

“Have you ever lost someone? Someone close to you? Someone who mattered more than all the world?”
Forever the Road

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Forever the Road by Anthony St. Clair

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A surprise.

100 Days to Forever

On Sept. 8, 2014, Forever the Road, the third Rucksack Universe book, will be released as an e-book and trade paperback worldwide.

During our 100 Days to Forever lead-up, you can follow all the adventure on the blog via the 100 Days to Forever category, on my email list, and at the #100DaysToForever hashtag on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Pinterest.

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Who Is Jay? – 100 Days to Forever

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Day 75: The world’s greatest traveler

Jay. Backpacker. Wanderer. Globetrotter. A little bumbling, a little lost… but always going.

I-learned-to-love-my-solitude_AnthonyStClair_ForevertheRoad

Readers like you first met Jay in Home Sweet Road, but he’s been a friend of mine for a long, long time.

(Not really, folks. I’m a fantasy author. That’s pretty much a blank check excuse for having imaginary friends when you’re no longer 4 years old.)

“Travel wasn’t supposed to be easy.”

Jay travels for his own reasons. He tries over and over to be an ordinary guy on the road, but he keeps winding up in extraordinary situations. He doesn’t like it. He’s rather prone to denial. But in Forever the Road, he won’t be able to deny the crazy circumstances around him anymore.

From the Book

“There’s nothing special about him. He’s the embodiment of average. Average height. Average build. Okay, maybe a little muscle and slenderness from traveling with that pack on his back. The face isn’t bad. Good chin. I like the brown hair.”
Forever the Road

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Goodreads Book Giveaway

Forever the Road by Anthony St. Clair

Forever the Road

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Giveaway ends August 20, 2014.

See the giveaway details
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100 Days to Forever

On Sept. 8, 2014, Forever the Road, the third Rucksack Universe book, will be released as an e-book and trade paperback worldwide.

During our 100 Days to Forever lead-up, you can follow all the adventure on the blog via the 100 Days to Forever category, on my email list, and at the #100DaysToForever hashtag on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Pinterest.

#100DaysToForever
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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.

100 Days to Forever

Travel. Destiny. Beer.

Forever the Road, the third Rucksack Universe book, is available Sept. 8, 2014.
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