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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 »




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.




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!




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




Giveaway Closed, Winners Soon

Thank you to everyone who entered the Home Sweet Road giveaways! The response has more than I could have hoped, and I am so amazed and humbled.

The giveaways are now closed, and I’ll announce winners Mar. 14, 2014.

P.S. Psst, over here. Forever the Road, the first Rucksack Universe novel, is coming out soon. The manuscript is with my copy editor right now, and cover design is underway. You’ll have a chance to win that book too. Stay tuned for the next giveaway!

In the meantime…




New Interview: “Put on your hard hat and get it done”

Podcast interview (stream online)

Podcast interview (stream online)

Recently I had the pleasure of sitting down with Wyatt Christman to talk about writing, travel, getting stuff done, Home Sweet Road, and my story process on Wyatt’s Creative Habits Podcast.

You can listen to the full interview here. Video snippets are coming too.

Why the Rucksack Universe needs to exist…

I want my stories to inspire people to live the world in whatever way that means to them…whatever gets them to the love and the strength and the sheer grit that it takes to do what they feel like they are burning to do and haven’t done yet…I want my stories to entertain but I also want them to help people find that same kind of courage in themselves

On writing…

As the old saying goes ‘done is better than perfect’ and I just wasn’t getting stuff done. Now I can put in that time to plan and think through and feel through the story and the characters…I can draft out that scene in part because I have done so much advanced planning”

Writing has a lot more in common with that sort of project than we actually give it credit for…it is an art it is an amazing art but it’s a craft and you’ve got to get up it doesn’t matter how the day is, you get up, you put on your hardhat and you get it done

Full interview: “Put on your hard hat and get it done” – Anthony St. Clair Travel Fantasy Author on Creative Habits Podcast with Wyatt Christman




The Best Friend Question, Living the World & Travel Fantasy

Judy Goodwin: Author Interview with Anthony St. Clair »

Judy Goodwin interviews author Anthony St. Clair

Author Judy Goodwin likes to interview other authors on her website. She just published an interview with me, her last before going into launch mode for her next book, Journey to Landaran (here’s more about her books, and her Amazon author page).

In the interview we talk about how travel has influenced my fiction, the importance of purpose, my new book Home Sweet Road, and the best friend question. Here’s an excerpt:

“My purpose is simple: I want everyone to enjoy full lives, to live the world in whatever way that means for them. So many people are not happy with where they are and what they’re doing. If my stories help people find within themselves the courage, love, and focus to do what they yearn to do, then every word I’ve written is worthwhile.”

Here’s the full interview »




Available Now: Home Sweet Road

Home Sweet Road - Paperback and Kindle e-book out now

Hello, sexy.

It’s here! The latest Rucksack Universe story, Home Sweet Road, is available now as a novella in e-book and paperback. You can gets yours here… and you can also enter some snazzy giveaways:

Buy now from Amazon.com

Buy now from the Amazon Kindle Store

Buy now from Barnes and Noble

Add to Goodreads

The e-book version is for sale only through Amazon until May, then will be available everywhere.

Updates, global stores and more at the official page »

2 Giveaways Open Now

1. Goodreads fans, now through Mar. 4 you can enter a giveaway for one of 5 autographed and numbered copies of Home Sweet Road:

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Home Sweet Road by Anthony St. Clair

Home Sweet Road

by Anthony St. Clair

Giveaway ends March 04, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

2. Win $25 + Home Sweet Road »

Enter the free book giveaway by Mar. 11, and you could win…

  • One of 5 free autographed and numbered trade paperback copies (retail price, US$8.99)
  • Free e-books for Kindle, Kobo, iPad and other e-readers (.mobi and .epub formats; retail price, US$2.99 each)
  • And… one US$25 Gift Certificate to a bookstore of your choice

So, YES, that’s a FREE book, FREE e-books and a FREE gift certificate.

4 lucky folks somewhere in the world will win signed paperbacks and free e-books, a $15 value.

1 extra-lucky folk somewhere in the world will win a signed paperback, free e-books and the $25 gift certificate. That’s $40 smackers worth of prizey goodness.

This giveaway closes Mar. 11. Here’s how to enter »




Win $25 + Home Sweet Road

Enter the Giveaway by Mar. 11!

Home Sweet Road

Home Sweet Road is available now in both e-book and trade paperback. Enter the free book giveaway today, and you could win…

  • One of 5 free autographed and numbered trade paperback copies (retail price, US$8.99)
  • Free e-books for Kindle, Kobo, iPad and other e-readers (.mobi and .epub formats; retail price, US$2.99 each)
  • And… one US$25 Gift Certificate to a bookstore of your choice

So, YES, that’s a FREE book, FREE e-books and a FREE gift certificate.

4 lucky folks somewhere in the world will win signed paperbacks and free e-books, a $15 value.

1 extra-lucky folk somewhere in the world will win a signed paperback, free e-books and the $25 gift certificate. That’s $40 smackers worth of prizey goodness.

Do any one of the following 7 things, and you’re in the running to win.

You get one entry per sharey-thingie, so feel free to do as many as you want, as often as you want.

1. Subscribe to my free email list

Click here to subscribe You’ll also get a sneak peek at Home Sweet Road, and I’ll typically email only 1-2 times per month. Sign up here »

2. Follow me on any of these social networks

Click here to follow @anthonystclair on Twitter Follow @anthonystclair on Twitter »

3. Share this on Facebook (copy & paste, or come up with your own)

Home Sweet Road – as falls Ireland, so falls the world. Anthony St. Clair’s latest Rucksack Universe travel fantasy novella is out now in e-book & paperback (Anthony St. Clair, Author & Copywriter) http://anthonystclair.com/homesweetroad

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*As falls Ireland, so falls the world.*

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BONUS! Double your chances of winning

In addition to the giveaway on my website, you can also enter my Goodreads Giveaway for Home Sweet Road! 5 Goodreads members will win signed copies of the trade paperback edition!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Home Sweet Road by Anthony St. Clair

Home Sweet Road

by Anthony St. Clair

Giveaway ends March 11, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

 

Thank You!

Can’t wait to choose the winners!

Obligatory Yadda Yadda: Giveaway open to everyone everywhere. One prize per winner. Void where prohibited. Entries must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. PT, Mar. 11, 2014 (not responsible for entries that get lost, are not transmitted, get eaten by trolls, etc.). Four winners each receive one signed paperback, one .mobi format e-book and one .epub format e-book. One winner receives one signed paperback, one .mobi format e-book, one .epub format e-book, and one gift certificate for US$25 to a bookstore of the winner’s choice. Value of gift certificate: US$25. Value of trade paperback and e-books: US$14.97. Winners will be chosen at random and announced by Mar. 14, 2014. The Goodreads Giveaway operates under separate terms and conditions.




3 Rules in Search of Galway Pradesh Stout

The beery trinity of stouts: Guinness, Murphy's, Beamish.

In our world, there is a beery trinity of stouts: Guinness, Murphy’s, Beamish. But in the Rucksack Universe, there is just one stout to rule them all: Galway Pradesh Stout, or GPS.

It’s a hard life, creating a universe. When your wee world has a beer so rich and vibrant that it’s a character all its own, you have to find out what that beer is like in real life. With my work, homebrewing meets fantasy fiction, and there are 3 rules for searching out one beer in particular.

Second rule first.

Rule #2: Galway Pradesh Stout. It’s nothing at all like Guinness, Murphy’s and Beamish.

In case you didn’t know this already, stout is my favorite beer style for chilly weather (for warm weather, it’s saison. Preferring beers that start with “s” makes it easier to remember after a few pints). For as long as I’ve been building the Rucksack Universe, a key feature has been a beer called Galway Pradesh Stout, or “GPS” for short.

Galway Pradesh Stout is a dry Irish-style stout. Its history and recipe are older than Guinness. Actually, GPS is damn near older than Ireland itself, but that’s another story for another time. For now let us turn to the sacred words of the Beer Judge Certification Program, 2008 BJCP Style Guidelines, Category 13 — Stout, 13A. Dry Stout. And thus it was spake… (spaken? Whatever. Said…)

Aroma: Coffee-like roasted barley and roasted malt aromas are prominent; may have slight chocolate, cocoa and/or grainy secondary notes. Esters medium-low to none. No diacetyl. Hop aroma low to none.

Appearance: Jet black to deep brown with garnet highlights in color. Can be opaque (if not, it should be clear). A thick, creamy, long-lasting, tan- to brown-colored head is characteristic.

Flavor: Moderate roasted, grainy sharpness, optionally with light to moderate acidic sourness, and medium to high hop bitterness. Dry, coffee-like finish from roasted grains. May have a bittersweet or unsweetened chocolate character in the palate, lasting into the finish. Balancing factors may include some creaminess, medium-low to no fruitiness, and medium to no hop flavor. No diacetyl.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light to medium-full body, with a creamy character. Low to moderate carbonation. For the high hop bitterness and significant proportion of dark grains present, this beer is remarkably smooth. The perception of body can be affected by the overall gravity with smaller beers being lighter in body. May have a light astringency from the roasted grains, although harshness is undesirable.

This is pretty much a description of beers like Guinness, Murphy’s and Beamish, which are the beery trinity of examples of the style.

Guinness is one of the world’s most iconic beers, and my travels in Ireland certainly left me with many fond memories of Guinness and its brethren. However, for my world, and as both an author and a homebrewer, I wanted to create my own beers.

So I came up with GPS. It ties in with some other things about my world and characters, and it is absolutely-tootly nothing at all like Guinness, Murphy’s and Beamish.

Which brings us to the first rule.

Rule #1: Authors lie.

Rule #1: The Doctor Lies

Rule #1: The Doctor lies, and so do I.

If you’re a Doctor Who fan, you’re probably familiar with River Song’s important reminder from The Big Bang finale of reboot season 5 (thanks to Planet Claire for the quotation):

Rory: How could he have moved? He was dead. Doctor! Doctor!
Amy: But he was dead.
River: Who told you that?
Amy: He did.
River: Rule one: the Doctor lies.

Yup. The Doctor lies. And authors lie too. Probably even more than a 900-year-old time lord.

So I’ll say it again—and this time I mean it, I really really, timey wimey mean it—GPS is nothing at all like Guinness, Murphy’s and Beamish.

Rule #3: A beer described must be created.

GPS figures in all of my current Rucksack Universe stories, and it will feature in every story to come. (Think of it as a tasty drinkable version of the Death of Discworld. They both look best in black, only GPS doesn’t swing a scythe or SPEAK IN CAPITAL LETTERS. Plus, while Death helps you move on when you die, GPS helps you move on through life.)

The Death of Discworld, dark as a pint of GPS, but not quite as fun. Though to be fair, GPS doesn't have a horse named Binky.

The Death of Discworld, dark as a pint of GPS, but not quite as fun. Though to be fair, GPS doesn’t have a horse named Binky. Heya there Death, what’s that yer drinkin’?

Whether Ireland, Oregon or Australia, I’ve drunk many a stout in many a place. Each stout has contributed its own ideas for what GPS ultimately is like as a world-class iconic beer. After so much, ahem, field research, I’m also now working on my own rendering and recipe of Galway Pradesh Stout.

GPS will share many of the characteristics of the BJCP style guidelines noted above. I want it be a rich yet drinkable beer, the sort of think you could quaff by the pint all evening, and barely notice until you got up to pee.

Five gallons of my first attempt at a GPS homebrew—we’ll call it GPS, Mark I—were bottle conditioned a while back under a towel in my kitchen. The flavors are rich and roasted, with slight sour tangs to temper the bitterness.

I’m excited for this beer. It’s a true taste of my fiction.

Will it be all the way yet? Nah, not yet. Just like the world and characters of the Rucksack Universe itself, GPS is evolving.

But it’s a good start.

Images: anthony_thebest31 Keeping Calm in the TARDIS tumblr.com, Stuart B.




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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