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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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My hometown WDBJ7 TV news station interviewed me

   

Every author needs cheerleaders. One of my greatest cheerleaders is my mom, who lives in my native Roanoke, VA. She now and again contacts local media to tell them why they need to cover her author son. 

Her perseverance just paid off. Thank you, Mom. 

Jean Jadhon from WDBJ7 interviewed me while I was visiting Roanoke earlier this month. It was fun to chat with her, and lots of people have said nice things about the interview. I assume they are talking primarily about Jean. 

Here’s the video and text of the interview:

 Roanoke County native is author of urban fantasy travel series
  
PS: As I write this I am listening to an NPR story about the shooting deaths of 2 WDBJ employees by a former employee. My thoughts go out to everyone affected. This story sounds like it is getting more complex at every update, but no less sad. 


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This truck the character

  
Spotted this fisherman-and-occasional-landscaper’s NASCARish pickup in the parking lot at the Waffle House on Franklin Road in Roanoke, VA. I am SO basing a Rucksack Universe character around this. And I know exactly which one. 


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Soon to be 4

  
This is one of the last times my books will be a trio. Beta Readers and Chief Reader are cranking through Lotus, the fourth Rucksack Universe book. One just finished the book last night, and told me she loved it. 

Now that I’m back from 10 days of family and beach, I am so ready to get back to Lotus and get it ready for you. Roll on Nov. 3!

PS: If you want the current 3 books as a signed paperback bundle, that is still available. As you know, I am numbering and dating the first 100 of each book directly bought from me. There is 1 copy left of FOREVER THE ROAD, and 5 copies left of THE MARTINI OF DESTINY. 


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July 2015 Eugene Craft Beer News

Oregon Beer Growler - July issue

Find the July issue of the Oregon Beer Growler online, all over Oregon, or by subscribing

July is Oregon Craft Beer Month, and amazing beer is flowing at events are underway all over the state.

There’s also lots of news and features in Oregon’s craft beer world. The July 2015 issue of the Oregon Beer Growler shares stories of pioneers and key figures in Oregon’s beer world, from beer writer Fred Eckhardt to the ins and outs of running beer festivals. I’ve also got a few briefs and features in here:

  • Bad Backs But Good Hearts: Volunteers Make Sasquatch a Success, p. 13
  • A Craft Brewery for Junction City, p. 16-17
  • Mancave Launches Bike Delivery, p. 17 & 20
  • Long Game Leads to Year-Round Lager, p. 17

The lager piece, about how Eugene’s Ninkasi Brewing has been building to offering lagers in their flagship, year-round beers, is one I’ve been especially stoked about.

In other news, the Summer 2015 edition of Eugene Magazine is out, and is packed with tips on exploring Oregon this summer, an interesting dream home, paddle-boarding, and a tree-house primer. You can also check out my feature on Agrarian Ales, a farm and brewery near Coburg: “Farm-Fresh From Plate and Pint: Agrarian Ales offers seasonal food and ales.”

Now that you’ve got some reading material, here’s to curling up with a good beer too.


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Summer Beer Picks

Wunderbier Kolsch. Image: Ninkasi Brewing Company

Wunderbier Kolsch. Image: Ninkasi Brewing Company

A cold beer during the hot summer satisfies in ways no wine or cocktail ever could. And here in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, our beery summer has already kicked off with lots of events, such as our recent Eugene Beer Week and Sasquatch Beer Fest, both held during the first week of June.

With summer and all the amazing beers out there, there’s no time to waste.

Here are some of the beers that’ll be keeping me cool:

Heater Allen Pils: In McMinnville in the heart of Oregon wine country, there’s a wee brewery that does something uncommon: brew nothing but craft lager. Lagers take longer to make than ales, so breweries don’t do them as often—if at all. And that makes Heater Allen so wonderful. They focus solely on lagers and refining that craft. Pils is crisp, malty, and refreshing, like the Czech beers it is based on.

Ninkasi Brewing Wünderbier: This kolsch-style beer from Eugene’s largest brewery combines the best of both worlds: fermented like an ale, conditioned like a lager. This golden, German-style beer is a great summer tipple.

Full Sail Session Premium Lager: For starters, I am a sucker for stubby bottles. And this slightly bitter easy, low-alcohol summer sipper is perfect for hot days.

What are you drinking this summer?


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June Fantasy Book Pick: AMERICAN GODS Released 14 Years Ago

Get American Gods at AmazonOne of the USA’s top fantasy books, Neil Gaiman’s American Gods was released 14 years ago in 2001. It’s a tale of mythology, and of a man just trying to get by and redeem himself after being released from prison—and after abruptly becoming a widower.

American Gods remains one of Gaiman’s most popular and acclaimed books. I cannot wait to re-read it to remind myself of how much he has influenced fantasy and my own style.

American Gods at Amazon »


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English-style Real Ale in Oregon

A Visit to Brewers Union Local 180 in Oakridge

Confession: my wife’s birthday was crap. She was sick and it was a rough, rough week. So we made up for it with a really, really good Mother’s Day of hiking in the foothills of the Oregon Cascades, followed by a late lunch and a pint of English-style cask ale at the Brewers Union Local 180 in the wee town of Oakridge, about an hour’s drive southeast of Eugene. (The BUL is also part of the Eugene Ale Trail.)

Founder Ted Sobel learned the craft of cask ale from brewers in England. He brought it back Stateside and decided to set up shop in the downtown of Oakridge, a town once bustling with logging and now known more for mountain biking and outdoor recreation. It’s an unlikely spot for some unlikely beers, and we had a brilliant time.

True cask ale is a wonderful beer experience. I’ll leave it to Britain’s Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) to describe it:

Real ale is a natural product brewed using traditional ingredients and left to mature in the cask (container) from which it is served in the pub through a process called secondary fermentation. It is this process which makes real ale unique amongst beers and develops the wonderful tastes and aromas which processed beers can never provide.

In other words, instead of forced CO2 and a chilled keg, real ale is typically served between 50-55ºF, and the carbonation comes from continuing fermentation in the cask. The beers change over time, and are complex in flavor and aroma, while also smooth and fun to drink.

The BUL is very family-friendly, and is made with traditional view of a pub in mind: it’s a place for the public to gather and be together.

In addition to the regular pool table, there is also a kid-size one. Books and games are everywhere. Live music is common. There are LED lights and bright colors, and wood paneling and dark corners. If this place were near my house, it would be a second home.

We feasted on fish-n-chips, steak-n-chips, and pints of light rye mild and Young Harry Porter—quite possibly my new favorite beer name.

So, for a truly unique Oregon beer experience that hails from across the continent and across the pond to England itself, take any chance you can to get to the Brewers Union Local 180. And if I can’t be there, have a pint for me.


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Birthday Sale! 99¢ Martinis & Win a Book

Happy Birthday to The Martini of Destiny!

The Martini of Destiny

Two years ago this month, The Martini of Destiny came into the world. Since then the original e-book has been joined by a paperback edition, two more books, and a new cover.

Sometimes I can still hardly believe that after so many years of hand-wringing and paralysis by analysis, I published my first book.

$0.99 Martini E-books thru June 30

To celebrate Martini’s second birthday, through June 30 the e-book is only US$0.99 (usually US$2.99) at all your favorite stores, including:

My Selz author store:
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Get it on iBooks

Buy now from the Amazon Kindle Store

Buy now from Kobo

Buy now from Barnes and Noble

And more. Full list here.

Win a Signed Paperback

You could also win one of 3 signed paperbacks. Enter the Goodreads Giveaway:

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Martini of Destiny by Anthony St. Clair

The Martini of Destiny

by Anthony St. Clair

Giveaway ends June 30, 2015.

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at Goodreads.

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Please spread the word about the Rucksack Universe—tell your friends, share it on social media, review one of my books—and thank you for all your support and for reading.


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3 May Eugene Craft Beer Articles

May has been a fun month for craft beer writing! Here are 3 big features about the Eugene, Oregon craft beer scene:


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Jack St. Clair, Inc. (JSI)

This is a recent copywriting and website project I did for my dad’s company, and it’s the newest part of my online portfolio.

JSI 2015

When your business is built on 60 years of excellence, you have that same expectation for your website.

Terry St. Clair, the owner of Jack St. Clair, Inc. (JSI), is also my dad. I grew up around dump trucks and excavators, long deep ditches and the smells of diesel and dirt. When it came time to update the JSI website, I dug into code and copy to give my dad’s business the online presence it deserves.

The JSI site was in need of new content and a new look. I put together fresh copy, current and historical photos, client testimonials, and extensive details on the company’s services for a website with a clear message, powered by a new, responsive template. Now the website clearly communicates to prospects why JSI is the right company for the job.

Website: jackstclairinc.com

Project Dates: 2014–2015

Client Comments

“We had put up a basic website years ago, but it was outdated, needed a redesign, and didn’t have enough content. Anthony provided fresh content and a new template that looks good even on today’s smartphones and tablets. He also worked with us to make sure technical details about the business were correct, while also getting to the heart and history of who we are. I’m so happy with the site, and am glad we have such a stronger online presence now.”
— Kelly Proffit, Vice President


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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

Travel fantasy tales
of wit, adventure & beer

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

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