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Last night at East Coast midnight, this pre-order e-book showed up on my Kindle.

Forever the Road just downloaded to my Kindle

Do pardon the blurry crappy photo. It was midnight, I had just finished watching Doctor Who with friends, then did a big mess o’ dishes, and you can only do so much when using an iPhone to take a close-up of your Kindle screen, all right?

Oh hell yes.

After years of work and 100 days to forever, my third book, Forever the Road, is available now in e-book and paperback.

Forever the Road - Available now in e-book and paperback

Rucksack Universe #3

You can get Forever the Road wherever books or e-books are sold. Here are a few of those places, and more are coming:

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Buy now from

Get it on iBooks

Buy now from Kobo

Buy from Smashwords

Buy now from Barnes and Noble

What about signed paperbacks, you ask? Email me, or if you see me around town, I always have some books with me. The first 100 copies are also individually numbered, and those are going fast.

The strange trip continues

“What a long, strange trip it’s been,” said The Grateful Dead.

They’re wrong.

What a long, strange trip it’s been, is, and always will be. That’s much more accurate.

Watch this space for news, events, and readings. Thank you so much for being along on this journey. I can’t wait to hear what you think of the book. The strange trip continues, and I hope that for you, it continues with Forever the Road.

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News from the Universe: Book Giveaway, Craft Beer & More

Throughout May I’ve been really focused on finalizing the manuscript for Forever the Road (more on that Saturday, May 31—I’ve got a big announcement). This month I’ve hardly blogged and might as well have been a ghost on social media. I also had a few days where my wife was out of town, so it was just me and the toddler kicking it bachelor style.

Now the end of May is here, and so much is about to begin. Before we get to all that, and before Saturday’s big announcement, first I wanted to catch you up on some little things, including a new Goodreads giveaway, a new author interview, craft beer articles, and more.

Happy Birthday to The Martini of Destiny

The Martini of Destiny turns one year old in June! Here are a few things happening with the first Rucksack Universe book…

Add to GoodreadsBirthday Goodreads Giveaway

To celebrate Martini’s first birthday, starting June 1 you can enter to win one of 5 signed and numbered copies at Goodreads:

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
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

Buy now from Books-A-MillionNow at Books-a-Million

Books-a-Million fans, you can now order the paperback edition at BAM stores. (It probably won’t be on the shelf, but if it is, please send me a photo!)

★★★★ Sweet New Amazon Review

Author Joyce Allen recently left this 4-star review:

In The Martini of Destiny Anthony St. Clair dips into the rich well of myth, adds a splash from the black bottle, and serves up a tale that has destined me to drink it down in nearly a single gulp and to look forward with delight to the next in this series. I suspect I’ll meet up with some of these characters again, and I hope I do. But if I ever find myself in a bar where the bartender is named Jake or Jade, I’m sticking with the Coffee of Perception!

Yeah, that made my day. Actually, that pretty much made my week.

Joyce Allen is the author of The Threads of Earth, Those Who Hold the Threads, and Hannah’s House. Learn more about Joyce and her books at And thank you, Joyce!

The Martini of Destiny is available in e-book and paperback at Amazon and other stores worldwide.

The Creative PennOne of The Creative Penn’s Most-Shared Blog Posts of 2014

Joanna Penn’s The Creative Penn is one of the top websites for authors improving how they write, publish, and market their books. I’ve been a fan of Joanna’s blog and podcast for years. Joanna recently announced she would no longer take guest posts on her blog, but a guest post from me is one of the last ones appearing on the site.

My post, No More Excuses About Writing. Fire The Muse And Go To Work, came out on Apr. 11, 2014. It is one of The Creative Penn’s most-shared posts for 2014.

The post talks about how the notion of muses and inspiration need to be sacked, and that authors have far more success when we accept that writing is a job we get up and do, no matter what.

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

Smashwords Author InterviewNew Smashwords Author Interview

E-book editions of both The Martini of Destiny and Home Sweet Road are available at Smashwords. And, there’s a new author interview with me at Smashwords too.

I write like I travel. I’ve been to about 10 countries, and while I always have some ideas of where I’m going and what I want to see, I also leave myself open to changing course depending on the actual day and route. For me, writing is the same. I need a plan for my stories, and I outline the action, emotions and theme not just for the story, but for every single scene. At the same time, I follow the story where it takes me. The planning helps me surrender to the path.

Check out the interview, and let me know in the comments if there are other questions you’d like to see answered.

Last But Not Least, New Craft Beer Articles

Oregon Beer Growler, May 2014

Fans of Oregon beer and the Oregon Beer Growler, check out these articles in the online or print editions of the May 2014 issue:

  • Celebrations: Eugene Beer Week, Sasquatch Brewfest June 2-8, p. 7
  • Women in Beer: Change is Here and It’s Gaining Momentum, p. 8
  • Women in Beer: Marketers Still Have Much to Learn, p. 8
  • Cask Ales Get Real, p. 18

Eugene craft beer fans, be sure to check out the Register-Guard’s May 2014 print or online edition of Tastings. Local beer’s time to shine is a preview of Eugene Beer Week 2014 and the 2014 Sasquatch Brew Fest.

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

See you Saturday, May 31, for the big announcement!

Less Leather. More Beer. The Invention of BeerPunk – Sword & Laser Podcast

The Invention of BeerPunk — Sword & Laser Podcast #172, Apr. 23, 2014It was so much fun talking with Tom and Veronica on the Sword & Laser Podcast, in which we discuss…

  • being on the forefront of a new genre involving beer and travel…
  • the secret for planning a book with one word…
  • and how urban fantasy needs fewer leather pants and swords, and more beer and backpacks

It’s all on my recent appearance on the Sword & Laser Podcast. Check out the video or audio here »

The Thursday Interview + Home Sweet Road Sale

New Interview »

The Thursday Interview - 10 Questions with Anthony St. Clair

The good folks at The Thursday Interview had 10 questions for me about the Rucksack Universe, travel, writing, love, destiny, and more.

The Thursday Interview: Anthony St. Clair, author of HOME SWEET ROAD »

HOME SWEET ROAD E-book Sale Continues »

Home Sweet RoadIn other news, the HOME SWEET ROAD Kindle e-book sale continues at and

Regularly $2.99, the sale price goes up today. Depending on time where you are, the price will be either $0.99/£0.99, or it will have gone up to $1.99/£1.99.

Get HOME SWEET ROAD on sale today thru Apr. 20:

Buy now from

Buy now from

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 »

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 »

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!

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Oakshire Brewing

Oakshire BrewingNew beers. Expansions. Events. For today’s craft brewery, the beer never stops pouring, and there is always something new to tell customers about. Founded in 2006, Eugene-based Oakshire Brewing had a company blog and maintained presences on Twitter and Facebook. However, the company was entering a new phase of growth, and they wanted to be sure that their online marketing was keeping pace.

I focused first on Oakshire’s social media presences. By increasing social media posting and bringing new content to the company blog, we increased customer engagement and appealed to new customers. Behind the scenes I also worked closely with the brewery’s internal team, developing templates and guidelines that they could use not only to guide operations, but that they could scale up as their business continued to grow and change.

Oakshire continues to be a major player in the Oregon craft beer scene. Combined with their blog and social media presences, they now have a guiding strategy and foundation on which they can continue to find new customers and engage their devoted fans.


Project Dates: 2012

Client Comments

“Anthony laid a foundation that Oakshire could build on for our next phase of website and social media marketing. His recommendations for best practices on Twitter, Facebook and our company blog continue to help us engage our customers and build excitement for our brand.”
— Amanda Pence, Oakshire Brewing


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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