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Home Sweet Road—the Rucksack Universe’s latest tale of wit, adventure, and beer—is on sale this week! This special e-book price is only available at Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk. On Thursday, the price goes up:

  • Apr. 15-17, $0.99/£0.99
  • Apr. 17-20, $1.99/£1.99

On Apr. 20, the e-book price returns to its usual $2.99/£2.99 (the paperback is its usual price).

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New Creative Penn Guest Post: Fire the Muse and Go to Work

Flickr Creative Commons hard hat area by Jason EppinkThe Creative Penn is a long-running blog, podcast, and resource for authors trying to improve their chops for writing, marketing, publishing, and entrepreneurship. I’ve relied on Joanna Penn’s site for years, including as I planned to leave my job in 2011 to become a full-time writer.

After all the things I’ve learned from The Creative Penn, I wanted to give back to Joanna’s community. She recently gave me the green light to send along a guest post about writing.

The post just went up this morning, and here’s a snippet:

No More Excuses About Writing. Fire The Muse And Go To Work »

“So, you what, sit down and wait for the muse?”

My father-in-law’s question made sense. A master electrician and project manager, he heads up the installation of massive industrial electrical systems. But when he asked me about how I write and work, something clicked.

“No,” I replied. “When you get down to it, my job actually has a lot more in common with yours.”

Go to the full post (see you in the comments!) »

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Beer, Travel & Writing: #StoryDam Author Chat, Apr. 10

E-book giveaway too

Story DamBeer, travel, Home Sweet Road, writing, the Rucksack Universe, and more—I’ll be chatting with authors and the awesome travel blogger Tui Snider from Story Dam Apr. 10, 2014, starting at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT.

We’ll be chatting on Twitter at the #StoryDam hashtag, but you don’t have to have a Twitter account. You can just go to the link and follow along. (If you can’t catch the chat, you can go to the link later and check out what you missed.)

Follow me on Twitter: @anthonystclair

Also follow on Twitter: @storydam and @tuisnider

Another reason you’ll want to tune in… During the chat, we’ll do an e-book giveaway of my latest Rucksack Universe book, Home Sweet Road.

Also check out Tui’s wee interview with me:
I is for Indie Interview & Icons | Tui Snider’s Offbeat & Overlooked Travel »

See you tonight, Apr. 10, 5pm PT / 8 pm ET, for the #StoryDam chat »


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10 Must-Follow Indie Travel Blogs & Globetrotters

Amazing indie travel bloggers, writers, podcasters, and photographers abound nowadays. Not only do these globetrotters come from everywhere and travel anywhere, they take the extra time to share their adventures with those of us at home.

Here are 10 travel bloggers in particular I really enjoy and wanted to share with you.

1. Beth and Randy, Beers And Beans

Cool travel blogs - go to Beers and Beans

Warning: If this site doesn’t leave you open-mouthed and grabbing for your passport, you may be lacking a pulse. Beth and Randy use their site—and their 8-million-follower Pinterest boards—to create “travel experiences”. They don’t just show and tell you the world, they immerse you in their adventures. From amazing places to wonderful food and drink, this site is a compelling argument for a smell-and-taste Internet.

Follow their adventures on Twitter @BeersandBeans and Beers And Beans.com.

2. Jeannie Mark, Nomadic Chick

Cool travel blogs - go to Nomadic Chick

“Putting the gypsy back into travel and life!” Jeannie describes herself as a former corporate cog. In 2010 she broke free and now explores the world as a traveler and writer. She also curates a cool Travel Books section, with a focus on women travel writers.

Follow Jeannie’s adventures on Twitter @nomadicchick and Nomadic Chick.com.

3. Mirra Fine & Daniel Klein, The Perennial Plate

Cool travel blogs - go to The Perennial Plate

I first learned about Mirra and Daniel’s Perennial Plate project through their regular appearances on the wonderful radio show and podcast The Splendid Table. Their online weekly documentary series won a 2013 James Beard Award for their work sharing socially responsible and adventurous eating, and also showing us how our food systems and cultures are increasingly interdependent.

Follow their adventures on Twitter @perennialplate and The Perennial Plate.com.

4. Gray Cargill, Solo Friendly

Cool travel blogs - go to Solo Friendly

Long-time solo travel blogger, writer and amateur photographer Gray Cargill loves to talk travel. His adventures and site give others the info and inspiration to truly tackle the world on their own.

Follow Gray’s adventures on Twitter @SoloFriendly and Solo Friendly.com.

5. Dave & Deb, The Planet D

Cool travel blogs - go to The Planet D

Blogging. Photos. Videos. Globetrotting. Through 80 countries on all 7 continents, this travel couple have pretty much done it all, and they have the awards and stories and photos to show for it.

Follow their adventures on Twitter @theplanetd and The Planet D.com.

6. Akila and Patrick, The Road Forks

Cool travel blogs - go to The Road Forks

Does it get better than travel and food? Beautiful photographs and fascinating stories from a couple traveling the world. Beautiful site too.

Follow their adventures on Twitter @theroadforks and The Road Forks.com

7. Jane Meighan, Runaway Jane

Cool travel blogs - go to Runaway Jane

Jane offers practical tips for budget travelers, and she’s been doing solo travel since 2006. Last in South America she’s momentarily been back home in Scotland (woo-hoo Scotland!), but this speaker, blogger and travel industry expert will likely be back on the road soon enough.

Follow Jane’s adventures on Twitter at @runawayjane and Runaway Jane.com.

8. Craig & Linda Martin, Indie Travel Podcast

Cool travel blogs - go to Indie Travel Podcast

These New Zealanders have traveled the world as a couple for quite some time. Their Lonely Planet award-winning travel podcast is mellow, informative, and fun to listen to. They also have a side effect of making me yearn to head to New Zealand.

Follow their adventures on Twitter @indietravel and Indie Travel Podcast.com.

9. Kate McCulley, Adventurous Kate

Cool travel blogs - go to Adventurous Kate

Kate quit her job at age 26 to travel, and it changed her life. Now, she’s devoted to showing women how to travel safely, happily, and more adventurously. She’s also always in the midst of not only cool travels but fascinating projects and ideas.

Follow Kate’s adventures on Twitter @adventurouskate and Adventurous Kate.com.

Also check out her Someone Once Told Me (SOTM) project. She and Mario Cacciottolo are traveling the world to ask people a very important question: “What’s the most memorable thing you’ve ever been told?”

10. Dalene & Pete Heck, Hectic Travels

Cool travel blogs - go to Hecktic Travels

No possessions. No plans. Just travel. This Canadian couple sold everything in 2009 to travel the world. They are also experts in house-sitting and how that can help people travel and fund their trips. Beautiful site.

Follow their adventures on Twitter @HeckticTravels and Hectic Travels.com.


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New Interview: “Indie world travel changed my life”

A Conversation with Anthony St. Clair - You Read It Here First

Many thanks to the great folks at You Read It Here First for our recent chat:

“When it came time to figure out the stories I needed to tell, things began taking shape when I knew the stories would revolve around travel. But when I understood that travel was just a means to an end, that’s when my fiction really started coming together.”

A Conversation with Anthony St. Clair – You Read It Here First »


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New Book! END OF THE ROAD: The world’s greatest traveler settles down. Zombies attack. What happens next will make you cry

Big announcement today! That’s right… Just as sudden and secret as a Beyonce album, I’m announcing the release of the newest Rucksack Universe story—and the last: END OF THE ROAD:

End of the Road

I did the cover myself. Figured I should say so since you probably can’t tell, it’s just so feckin good.

Available everywhere books, e-books, audiobooks, paperbacks, bound vellum, and papyrus scrolls are sold.

Ridley Scott has not yet announced a movie deal (but I’m sure he’ll be in touch once he’s on a coffee break from Wool). After being slapped, How I Met Your Mother’s Carter Bays and Craig Thomas were told they couldn’t have the TV rights until they learn to write an ending worthy of 9 seasons of anticipation.

End of the Road

The Last Rucksack Universe Story

50 Shades of Brain

Jay’s final trip. The world’s greatest traveler gets a job and ditches his backpack. Zombies attack. What happens next will make you cry.

Jay knew it had to happen someday. After years on the road, someday is today: the day that Jay, the world’s greatest traveler, settles down. He shredded his passport, donated his backpack to a thrift store, and is putting a plastic plant in the cubicle at his new job. All his travels are a distant if embarrassing memory. But that’s okay.

At least, that’s what Jay thinks until Faddah Rucksack turns up—dead. And then undead.

As Rucksack shambles off for a pint of brains, zombies overrun the peaceful little town where Jay wanted to live out his days in sedentary boredom. But zombies are the least of Jay’s problems. Soon angels, werewolves, vampires, dystopian teenagers, witches, wizards, fairies, elementals—all wearing leather pants and swinging mystical swords—turn up for the battle that will determine the end of the world.

Guru Deep Says

“Brains! Brains! Nom-nom-nom.”

The Afterlife Through the Third Eye

Book Details

Trade Paperback

  • 666 pages
  • 5.25″ x 8″ x 2.5″
  • ISBN-13, 123-4-567890-12-3
  • ISBN-10, MMCVLIII

E-book Editions

  • ASIN, BEZOS
  • ISBN-13, 481-5-162342-48-1
  • ISBN-10, 2432615184

What Fans Are Saying

★★★★★ “Screw travel! All this time I hoped there would be a werewolf/vampire love story in the Rucksack Universe. But a werewolf-vampire-zombie love triangle? Well, spoilers!”
— Wublishers Peekly

★★★★★ “You know what I say: it ain’t fantasy if there ain’t quasi-mystical women swinging swords and wearing leather pants. And St. Clair’s new book has so many pants, he could open a bad-ass lady’s boutique.”
— The New Galway Last Call

★★★★★ “An epic tale that has it all. This is the book Tolkien, Pratchett, Gaiman, Whedon, and Moffat wish they had written. You know, if they were zombies.”
— The Fantastic League of Fantasy Fans

Read the book.

Don’t get eaten by zombies.

Happy April Fool!

Real Rucksack Universe Books

The Martini of Destiny Home Sweet Road

Images: Tobias M. Eckrich and Maxwell GS


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Eugene Craft Beer Roundup: Best Stouts, New Ninkasi Brewery

Mar. 20, 2014, Eugene Craft Beer Roundup

Oregon Goes Strong on List of Best Stouts

Image: Thrillist

Image: Thrillist

St. Patrick’s Day have you thirsty for more stout? If you’re like me, you can never get enough of it. But what is out there beyond the world of Guinness?

Luckily, Thrillist made this easy with their list of 11 Definitive Stouts, plus lots of honorable mentions. Wherever you are, odds are you can find a good stout to chase your Guinness on the big day.

Locally and for Oregon, I second their inclusion of Oakshire Overcast Espresso Stout (part of a 6-way tie at #18). Rogue's Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout, from Newport on the Oregon Coast, smacks down #9. The list is packed with other great Oregon beers including…

  • Pelican Tsunami Stout (what is it with the coast and great stout?)
  • Hopworks Survival 7-Grain Stout (Portland)
  • Laurelwood Space Stout (Portland)
  • Deschutes Obsidian Stout (Bend; always welcome at my table)
  • Ninkasi Oatis (Eugene! And now I'm thirsty…)

And more. Check out the full list »

New Ninkasi Brewery

Image: Ninkasi Brewing

Image: Ninkasi Brewing

You may have noticed all the construction around Ninkasi Brewing in the Whit. They’ve been building an expanded brewery to meet their beer production needs for the next 10 years… and everything is going online now. Grain is filling the 160,000-lb.-capacity silo. Systems are being checked. Test brews are getting run.

It is on, Eugene.

Brewing will continue at the original brewery, but the new brewery is, well, it still kinda blows my mind.

The current brewery has a 95–105 barrel capacity. Just the first phase of the new brewery adds a 550-barrel capacity (17,050 gallons) to Ninkasi’s brewing power.

There’ll be more about this in the April edition of the Oregon Beer Growler, stay tuned!


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Beerpunk, Travel, Fantasy & More: Sword & Laser Hangout

Yup, this happened.

Beerpunk, travel tips, fantasy, making fantasy and travel work together… and more. Here’s Tom and Veronica from The Sword and Laser talking with me about the Rucksack Universe, Home Sweet Road, travel, and Forever the Road. (If you subscribe to the podcast, I believe this will also go out on there sometime in the next few weeks.)

Sword and LaserIt was so fun talking with Tom and Veronica. Also, wow. Their readers and fans ask great questions.

Thank you to Tom, Veronica, and the Sword and Laser community. If you’ve got other questions or want to talk, hit me up in the comments, contact me, or find me on Twitter @anthonystclair.


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Sword & Laser Author Interview, Wed. Mar. 19, 2014

[UPDATE: This interview originally was going to be Mar. 18, but had to be rescheduled for Wed., Mar. 19, 4pm PT.]

Sword and LaserIf you aren’t familiar with it already, The Sword & Laser is a wonderful online book group for science fiction and fantasy readers. The hosts, Tom Merritt and Veronica Belmont, lead online discussions, have monthly book picks, and run a really fun podcast and video show.

And I’m hanging out with them on Wed., Mar. 19, 2014, at 4 p.m. PT.

Join us online for our video hangout! Tom, Veronica, and I will talk Home Sweet Road, indie travel, my creative process, the Rucksack Universe, and more. Here are some of the links where you can catch the interview:

You can also ask questions for me here »

If you can’t catch the show live, I’ll be posting the final hangout later this week. Plus, you can also catch the interview anytime from the Sword & Laser’s YouTube channel.

See you on the Sword & Laser!


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Giveaway Winners

The wait is over! Thank you to everyone who entered and shared both giveaways for Home Sweet Road. One was through my website and social media, and the other was through Goodreads.

70 people were entered into the giveaway through my site. Namaste and thank you!

The Goodreads giveaway got 1,452 entries—more than The Martini of Destiny giveaway. And according to Goodreads, an average of 825 people enter a giveaway. So we blew that away.

As you may recall…

  • 5 Goodreads winners each receive a signed/numbered paperback of Home Sweet Road
  • 4 folks on social media each win a signed/numbered paperback and free e-books
  • 1 grand prize winner wins a signed/numbered paperback, free e-books, and a $25 gift certificate to the bookstore of his or her choice

It’s time to announce the winners!

Goodreads Winners

  1. Margarida Pires, Portugal
  2. Niki Stallings, USA
  3. Sonia Fogt, Poland
  4. Nur Lailatur Rahmah, Indonesia
  5. Lily Paton, USA

Social Media Winners

  1. Jorge “Jay” Ortiz, +Jorge Ortiz on Google+
  2. Tui Snider, www.tuisnider.com, @TuiSnider on Twitter
  3. Damyanti G, Amlokiblogs, @damyantig on Twitter
  4. Larry Waight, www.huffingtonpost.com/larry-waight, @larrywaight on Twitter

And the Grand Prize Winner Is…

Johanna Harness (via Facebook). Get to know Johanna and her work at www.johannaharness.com »

Congratulations to Johanna and to all the other winners!

I’ve been in touch with the winners and will have your prizes out to you soon.

Again, to everyone who participated, thank you so much for being part of this and for showing your support. It is both encouraging and humbling, and I can’t wait to get more books out there for your armchair traveling and on-the-road enjoyment.

What Now?

This giveaway is closed but another opens soon. My first Rucksack Universe novel, Forever the Road, comes out later this year in both e-book and paperback.

For updates and to find out when giveaways open for that book…

Home Sweet Road is available in e-book and paperback from Amazon, Barnes & Noble (paperback only for now) and more stores all over the world. Other e-book editions coming to Kobo, iBooks, and more in May. Check out Home Sweet Road »

The Martini of Destiny is out now in e-book and paperback »

Forever the Road, the first Rucksack Universe novel, comes out later this year.

Image: Anne Roberts


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