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Day 45: What Questions Do You Have About FOREVER THE ROAD and the Rucksack Universe?

The author is ready for your questions.

We are almost to the the halfway point of our 100 Days to Forever!

As we head to being only 50 days away from the release of the third Rucksack Universe book, what do you want to know about Forever the Road and the Rucksack Universe?

Ask your questions in the comments or drop me a line, and I’ll answer your questions in upcoming blog posts.

From the Book

His voice stopped her at the door. “Who were you before?”

Jade looked down at the cracked, somewhat-white pavement. Years and lifetimes coursed through her like blood. She opened the door and said, “Who were you?”

Neither answered.
Forever the Road

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  • Tue., July 15, Day 46: A Forever So Far Recape
  • Sat., July 19, Day 50: Halfway to Forever

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 Jade Agamuskara Bluegold? – 100 Days to Forever

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Day 41: 60 Days Till Forever the Road

In The Martini of Destiny we met Jake Hongkong, and in Home Sweet Road we met Jake Connemara.

Now it’s time to meet our first Jade, a major player in Forever the Road: the more-than-a-bartender Jade Agamuskara Bluegold.

What’s in a name?

Jakes and Jades are the destiny-slinging bartenders who keep decision, destiny, and existence on a preferred course. (Who’s doing the preferring is another matter.)

And in Forever the Road, we meet not only one of the global group of Jades, we meet the one who is regarded as the best of the best:

The only person behind the bar was Jade, and she moved so quickly that Jay could hardly keep his eyes on her. He watched her as best he could, fascinated with how regally and gracefully she moved. No glass slipped from her hands. No miscounted change dropped to the bar. No patron even had to repeat a drink order. And Jade never stopped moving. Her every motion was efficient to the point of ruthless yet elegant as a bird in flight.

Jakes and Jades have full names. In the case of Jakes, their first name and title is Jake, followed by the placename of where they serve—e.g., Jake Hongkong. Jakes serve one place for the duration of their service. Sometimes they’re also referred to by their placename, such as “Connemara, another pint of stout, please.”

Jades are a little different. Like the queens in chess, Jades can be moved around more often, depending on where the need is greatest. Their names are a little different too.

Jade is a title and often used as a first name (though in this case it is also this woman’s original name).

Agamuskara A Jade’s middle name is based on where the Jade currently serves. This can change. In this case, Jade serves in Agamuskara, India. Jades may also be referred to based on where they serve, such as “the Jade of Agamuskara.”

Bluegold is a Jade’s last name, based on the Jade’s eye color. Jade has eyes of blue and gold, so Bluegold it is. Sometimes they are also called by their last name, as in, “Bluegold, thank you for all your years of faithful service.”

We will learn much about Jade… but it’s barely the beginning of all there is to her. While Forever the Road is when we first get introduced to Jade and share some of her journey, this is not actually the first time we’ve encountered her. Not that she’s one to let the past hang on too tightly…

She found no comfort in memory. She didn’t want to remind herself of people who couldn’t remember her. Mementos kept the past important, but the past could not matter to her.

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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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E-book Sale – 100 Days to Forever

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Day 40: 50% off at Smashwords thru 7/31

Quick break from our regularly scheduled programming…

The e-book site Smashwords has a cool sale going throughout the month of July! Get 50% off both The Martini of Destiny and Home Sweet Road:

Home Sweet Road

The Martini of Destiny, Anthony St. Clair, Rucksack Universe #1

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From the Book

“Special price, my friend.”
Forever the Road

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Giveaway ends August 20, 2014.

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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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65 Days Till Forever the Road – 100 Days to Forever

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Day 36: Forever So Far, a Recap

We know what the full cover looks like

Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve gotten to see the full and final cover!

With 65 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

“There’s never a fear, as long as there’s beer, there’s only smiles and glee. Now that you’re here, let’s drink in good cheer. Hey, barkeep! How about a couple for free?”
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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Day 35: Happy Independence Day to Hong Kong, Ireland, India & Scotland! – 100 Days to Forever

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Day 35: I know what you’re saying.

“Um, Anthony… India and Ireland are independent countries, yeah. But Hong Kong is part of China, and Scotland is part of the UK.”

That’s true. In our world.

From the Book

“Indians still raised many a glass to the nameless hero who had arisen after The Blast, united the country as it had never been united before, and dismantled the British Empire in India.”
Forever the Road

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Today, July 4, 2014, is Independence Day in the USA.

I’d like to give a happy birthday shout-out to the country of my birth and home. But I also wanted to raise a toast to some of the other countries of the Rucksack Universe, where independence not only came, but also came in different ways at different times.

The Blast

During the chaos following The Blast, the world changed. Instead of becoming the world as we know it today, the US Civil War didn’t happen. The British Empire fell. And a lot of places under British colonial rule suddenly weren’t, such as Hong Kong, Ireland, India, and Scotland.

Hong Kong

As you may recall from The Martini of Destiny, Hong Kong is an independent city-nation.

Hong Kong is the World’s Greatest City. More renown than New York or Tokyo. More glamorous than Paris. And not on fire and rebuilding like London. Hong Kong built its way up intensively after The Blast. Using its commercial power to throw off British rule, it since has maintained an economic and political power that has helped it stay independent despite…

Oh, sorry. Nearly got spoilery there. Another story for another time.

Ireland

From Home Sweet Road we know of the Awen of Ireland, a protector. The Awen is not all-powerful; she could not prevent the British takeover of Ireland. Under British rule, the Irish suffered greatly.

In the aftermath of The Blast, a hero rose in Ireland who did far more than protect the island nation. The hero set Ireland free, far earlier than the twentieth century. Instead of years of warfare, a nearly bloodless revolution unified Ireland and cast off British rule.

Ireland is different in many ways from what we know in our world, and we’ll be exploring those differences in future stories…

India

As we’ll learn in Forever the Road, India had a similar experience to Ireland. A nameless hero arose, and with little bloodshed threw off colonial rule. The British, far from their decimated homeland, offered virtually no resistance and were treated with mercy and forgiveness by the new Indian government.

Scotland

This one is pretty dear to my heart. I lived in Edinburgh for about a year, and will always love Scotland greatly.

So I can’t help but love that in the Rucksack Universe, Scotland also gained independence after The Blast. Scotland is its own country, not that that’s ever simple. And being another country where worlds seem to meld and collide, well…

Oh, there I go nearly getting spoilery again.

I better stop now. Happy Independence Day, USA!

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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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Announcing a Goodreads Giveaway – 100 Days to Forever

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Day 31: 70 Days Till Forever the Road

We know what the full cover looks like

Enter the new Goodreads Giveaway for your chance to win a free signed paperback of FOREVER THE ROAD!

That’s right. With 70 days left until Forever the Road comes out on Sept. 8, you could now win a free signed paperback!

Enter the Goodreads Giveaway for your chance to win:

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

“You aren’t a god. You’re far more.”
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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Where to Pre-Order – 100 Days to Forever

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Day 30: Pre-Order Now at Select Stores

We’ve come a long way on our journey to forever! Behind the scenes, I’m getting things ready to go for the Sept. 8 release of Forever the Road. BUT… the e-book edition is now available for pre-order at select stores for US$5.99. When you pre-order, your copy will be sent to you (and you’ll be charged) the day the book is released.

Pre-order Forever the Road at these stores:

Get it on iBooks

Buy now from Kobo

Buy from Smashwords

Buy now from Barnes and Noble

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You can also download a free sample of the book here.

From the Book

“Some countries focus on the mind, the voice, or the appetite. But India is a country o’ the heart. It’s beautiful and bewildering. As long as I’ve been in and out o’ the place, I’ve yet to understand it. Indians aren’t perfect. They’re no better, no worse than anyone else. But they lead with their hearts. You can tell at a glance. The movies. The dreams. The look in the eye o’ people as they walk down the street. And I can tell it about you too. You’ve got years o’ travel on you and hardship from before you ever put on a pack. You’re armored in all the thick skin, old scars, and dusty layers that entails. But beneath all that, you’ve got heart.”
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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A Free Taste of Forever – 100 Days to Forever

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Day 26: 75 Days Till Forever the Road

Download a free sample of Forever the Road

Download a free sample of Forever the Road!

Ready for a taste of forever? Below is the beginning of Forever the Road. You can now get a taste of the third Rucksack Universe book: the first 3 scenes are available in a free PDF.

Get your free sample »

“It could be a mirror eclipse,” Rucksack said to Jade. Her hand jerked. The pint glass banged against the tap, sending the black Galway Pradesh Stout foaming and sloshing. She set it down so the beer could settle before resuming the seven-minute pour that made for a perfect pint of GPS.

“But there hasn’t been a mirror eclipse since The Blast,” she replied. “And that was nearly two hundred years ago.”

Rucksack looked up from the newspaper and ran his gloved left hand over his bald brown head. A dark sadness flickered over his eyes, as brown and black as earth and trees. “Well, in two month’s time, there may be.”
Forever the Road

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  • Sun., June 29, Day 30: Where to Pre-Order Forever the Road
  • Mon., June 30, Day 31: 70 Days Till Forever the Road… Announcement!

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 Full, Final & Fully Revealed Cover – 100 Days to Forever

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Day 25: Cover Reveal 4 of 4

Forever the Road - Final Cover! Cover Reveal 4 of 4

This is it! The full, final, fully revealed cover of Forever the Road!

What’s next? A Goodreads Giveaway, samples from the first parts of the book, and a whole lot more.

It’s been an amazing 25 days. Thank you for all your support!

From the Book

“Imagine all else you could be. Dream beyond who you were.”
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.

#100DaysToForever



80 Days Till Forever the Road – 100 Days to Forever

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Day 21: Forever So Far

Forever the Road Cover Reveal - 3 of 4

On Day 16 we saw the third and nearly final cover reveal.

With 80 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:

P.S.

The Martini of Destiny, the first Rucksack Universe book, celebrates its first birthday this month with a Goodreads Giveaway, thru June 30:

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Martini of Destiny by Anthony St. Clair

The Martini of Destiny

by Anthony St. Clair

Giveaway ends July 01, 2014.

See the giveaway details
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From the Book

“The world tolerates a lot, but a moment like this was always in the works. The place for it happened to be here. The time for it happened to be now. And it wound up being up to me.”
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.

#100DaysToForever



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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