Wednesday, December 17, 2014

It's a Christmas Holiday Promotion!

It's the holiday season everyone!  I hope everyone is ready for the holiday, whether you live in an area where you'll be celebrating a white Christmas or an area that doesn't get any snow, it's time to be festive!

Many of us, myself included, enjoy the holiday season.  Kids opening their presents, running around wildly from too much sugar, snowball fights, building snowmen, and looking at the twinkling lights of houses and trees is all part of the holidays.

It's also a time to reflect on the year.  Like every year, it's had its ups and downs.  For me, this year had quite a bit to look back on and smile about.  I made a decision to move my publishing to Amazon.com, and have had a wonderful experience with them.

I finished the second book in my Tal'Avern fantasy series, and had that published on Amazon.  In August, I had the delightful experience of being able to speak at the Marshfield Public Library in Marshfield, WI. about my passion for writing, and met some wonderful people.

I've connected with several others along the way through my Author Page on Facebook (www.facebook.com/saborgman), on Twitter (@ScottBorgman), and had several mentions on Vision and Verse, an amazing site that focuses on art and authors (www.visionandverse.blogspot.com).

The year would not be complete, however, if I did not do something to show my appreciation for everyone.  As I am fond of saying, I breathe life into each and every character within the stories that I write.  But it is the reader who gives them their souls.

Because of the readers, Tal'Avern has come to life not only within me, but in others.  Currently, I'm working on the third book in the Tal'Avern series.  In light of that, I am running a special holiday promotion on Amazon.com.


Starting at 12am PST on Dec. 20, and going until 12am Dec. 25, both digital books on Amazon.com in the Tal'Avern series (Province of a Thief and Darkness and Dragons) will be on a Countdown Deals.



What does that mean?  Well, for the first 2 1/2 days, both books can be purchased for only $.99 each.  At 12pm PST on Dec. 22, the price will increase to $1.99 per book, and the promotion will end on Dec. 25 with the two digital books returning to their regular price of $2.99.

Here's a quick link to get you where you need to go when it starts!  http://www.amazon.com/Scott-Borgman/e/B00KROBR4W

With that, I wish everyone a wonderful holiday season!  Thank you for your support, and trust me - I'm working on the third book as much as possible... I want to find out what happens too!  (I've already had a few shockers and unexpected twists that even I was surprised at!)


All My Best,

Scott

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Whoops, I better update!

Hey everyone!

I had no idea it's been about 2 months since I last posted a blog!  Where does the time go?  So I need to catch everyone up on things!

First and foremost, the world grew a little dimmer, while the sky grew a little brighter.  My wife's nan, Gwen Howse, passed away recently, so we've had some sadness to cope with.

Though I never had the privilege of meeting her, I know she was a strong, loving, and wonderful person.  I see that in her granddaughter, who I am lucky enough to call my wife.

In honor of her, my latest fantasy book which I am currently writing is dedicated to her.

As for the book itself, work continues on it.  Whether it's going fast or slow depends on one's point of view I suppose.  I'm one day closer to completing it, I know that!  What day that may be, however, still remains a mystery.  At least at this particular point in time.

The story is a continuation in my Tal'Avern series, which some of you may know begins with the first book, Province of a Thief, and follows with Darkness and Dragons, Volume I, taking place immediately following the ending of Darkness.  Some of you may know that there was a time span of roughly two years between Province and Darkness.

Of course, I can't give any spoilers (sorry!), however, this is by far my biggest project to date, larger than Darkness was.  Multiple story lines are taking place as the companions that you have met and travelled along with have been forced apart along different paths.  Some are together, while others are on their own.

I just hit the 50k word count mark last night, which of course means very little since who knows what the end count will be!  More often than not I really don't use word count for any reason, since it really doesn't matter.  A story is done when it's done, whether it takes two thousand words or two hundred thousand words.

I will say that thus far, however, it has been an AMAZING journey.  Some interesting twists, turns, revelations... ahh, I better not say anything else, lest I break my 'no spoilers' rule.

I did post an excerpt from the book on my Facebook Author Page if any of you would like to get a teaser on the new book.  However, please remember that the book is still in the writing stages, and anything could change during the editing stages.

Here is the link to my Author Page on Facebook:

www.facebook.com/saborgman

If you haven't had a chance to step into the world of Tal'Avern yet, there's no better time to do so!  The cold weather keeps us all indoors for the most part, and what better thing to do than curl up with a book?  Digital copies are available on Amazon.com, and actually now is the PERFECT time to pick them up.  Province and Darkness are only $2.99 now.

If you're looking for something a little different, then grab the Exiled trilogy.  Each of those three books are only $.99 each!  They're a unique blend that mixes modern day, angels, mythology, some fantasy/supernatural and adds a touch of thriller/horror.

http://www.amazon.com/Scott-Borgman/e/B00KROBR4W

So that's where things are at.  Book 3 in the Tal'Avern series is being written (just came off a 10 hour writing session in fact), books 1 and 2 are available on Amazon (digital only, physical copies are on my list of things to do, though!), as are the three books that make up the Exiled trilogy.

With that, I am off!  To write some more, to sleep, to get something to eat, or maybe just to relax and perhaps play a game.  Have a great day everyone, and if I don't blog again before the holidays, have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Christmas, and a Happy New Year!

All My Best,

Scott

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

3-Day Promo Wrap-up

Well the 3-Day Promo where readers could pick up the first book in my Tales of Tal'Avern fantasy series, Province of a Thief, has ended.

I'd like to say thank you to everyone who took advantage and picked up Province for free.  I hope you enjoy your first steps into the world of Tal'Avern.

Province takes place in only a part of the world, and introduces you to characters that I hope you enjoy reading about and following along with as they are thrust into a dark plot that has been planned for long years.

If you missed out on the special promotion, that's okay!  Province is available in digital format on Amazon for only $3.49.  Part of the reason why I chose the digital path is because it allows you, the reader, to pay far less than you would for a physical copy.  I'm a firm believer that digital books are the way to go.  Without adding in printing costs and other factors, it gives you the opportunity to read the same story for much less than if it were in print.

That's not to say I'm opposed to print books!  I'll be the first to say that there's just something about holding a book in your hands that can't be duplicated.  And yes, I am very seriously considering making the books available in print eventually.

Right now, I'm concentrating on working on the 3rd book in the Tal'Avern series.  I'm only about 25k words into it as of this blog, but already I wish I could type at 1000wpm. 

I'm truly excited about where this next part in the series is going, and I hope that those of you who have read/are reading/are going to read Province will continue on with the follow-up, Darkness and Dragons: Volume I.

Of course, I would be remiss if I didn't invite you to let myself and others know what your thoughts are on the books by leaving a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads.

I appreciate every thoughtful review, whatever rating you give the books.  Some of you may love them, some may not.  That is the nature of reading.  But by all means, let us know!

At the end of my books are several links:  My Twitter, my Facebook Author Page, etc.  Don't be shy!  Get in touch with me if you'd like to!  That is why those links are at the end of my books.  I write because I love being a storyteller, but it is my greatest honor and pleasure that you allow me into your lives and give me the opportunity to entertain and delight you.

My readers truly mean a lot to me, and I love hearing from them and connecting with them.  Even if it's just a simple hello, I always take time to respond to my readers.

With that, I shall end this particular blog.  The world of Tal'Avern is in turmoil, and I must get back to it and write down the events so that you can read about them!

Have an amazing day everyone!


All My Best,

Scott

Saturday, September 20, 2014

3 Day Promotion

Hello everyone!

It's been some time since I posted anything.  Life sometimes has that side-effect.  So a quick update - the Library Campaign ended Aug. 31st.  It didn't do nearly as well as I had hoped it would, however I did do a speaking engagement at the library on Aug. 14th which generated some nice donations toward the library, so overall while it all wasn't as successful as I had hoped, it was a success nonetheless.

On to new things.  I've begun working on the third book in the Tales of Tal'Avern series.  Province of a Thief is the first book in the series, and Darkness and Dragons: Volume I follows up.

I mention this because yesterday (Sept. 19th) was my birthday, and so to celebrate I'm giving all of you a gift!  I've begun a special 3 day promotion, which I just checked and it HAS gone active, so from now through Sept. 22 you can pick up the first book in the series, Province of a Thief

FOR *** FREE ***

Note the capital letters which suggest shouting and the asterisks which highlight the word FREE even more.  Because the promotion is only going for 3 days, everyone.  So take advantage!!!

For convenience, here is the link to the US Amazon site:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KR140EO/

UK readers will need to go to the UK Amazon site which is here:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00KR140EO/


And now, if you will all excuse me, the world of Tal'Avern is in turmoil, and so I must return to it and get back to working on the third book in the series!  Have a great day everyone!

Monday, August 11, 2014

20 Days Left

A month ago I began my Library Campaign with high hopes.  In that month, those hopes have begun to sour.  True, there is still 20 days left - the campaign runs through August, but if the next twenty days are indicative of the past month, it will end with disappointment.

The whole focus behind the campaign from the very beginning has been to donate a healthy portion of digital book profits to a local area library (50%) that needs close to $2mil in order to begin construction on a new building that is needed in order to meet the changing times and technology.

From the very first day, I had hopes that the campaign would be a success.  I was sure that the support would be there.  I posted about it on my Facebook Author page, my personal Facebook page, and took to Twitter, where most of my focus was aimed, since Twitter has the potential to reach an unbelievable amount of people.

The catch with Twitter is that people have to respond.  They have to retweet in order to help spread the word.  Such a simple thing to do, nothing to lose and so much to gain for the library.

But the hard truth is that as simple as it is, only a few people have stepped forward and supported with retweets.  One person more than anyone else.  One.  Among how many?

'Why retweet?  There's nothing in it for me.' 'I don't have the time.'  'Someone else will do it.'  'I'm not interested.'  This is the general feeling I've gotten from the Twitter community.  And if I sound harsh, it's because I guess I had high expectations.

I thought others would feel as strongly about helping a community, doing something worthwhile.  I've been disappointed, and feel like there's more selfishness than selflessness in the world.  Part of the reason for the campaign was not just to help the library, but to turn heads and show the world that with all the bad that goes on, we are still capable of doing something great - together.

The pyramids weren't built by a handful of people.  Neither was the Great Wall of China.  These are extraordinary examples of what we can accomplish together.  Each person doing a small, seemingly insignificant part of the greater picture, but each one as important as the next person.

We are surrounded day in and day out by negativity, yet every day there are sparks of kindness throughout the world that are done.  And though these small acts of kindness are rarely seen by the masses, they are remembered forever by those that were affected by them.

Buildings are built every day, but for the most part they are funded by a company, or perhaps a small group.  That's why I had such high hopes for this campaign.  It went against the grain.  The funds would come not from a company or a small group of people, but by the masses that pulled together, each doing a small part.  Together, those small parts would add up to something extraordinary.  A single building that not only was funded by a mass of people, which in itself is an amazing accomplishment, but a building that would be a place for generations of children and adults to come to - to study, to read, to learn... to grow.

And maybe a part of this campaign could be looked at as a social experiment as well.  An experiment in humanity.  Do we exist for ourselves, concerned only with what we can get?  Or when an opportunity passes our way, do we seize the moment and do something that will benefits others?  The answer to that as I write this, is the former.

But we still have time.  Time to make a difference.  Time to do something extraordinary.  In all honesty, last month I thought that together we could hit that mark, that seemingly impossible amount of money needed yet for the library.  Do I think so now?  That would take a miracle, like winning the lottery.  It's possible, but sadly, I don't think practical.  It would take millions of people who truly care about making a difference as much as I do.

Is that harsh?  No.  It's hard truth.  We're all so used to the negativity that bombards us every day, that when something good and decent and worthwhile comes along, we're blinded to it for the most part.  Or we don't care, because there's nothing in it for us.

So, we have 20 days left.  20 days where we can still make a difference.  The opportunity is slipping through our fingers, but it's not quite out of reach.  We can still make a difference.  But it takes effort.  It takes people caring enough to take a few seconds to retweet, and pass the message on to their followers, who can pass it on to their followers, and so on.

And obviously, the retweets are not what increases that donation amount, but the digital book sales.  But the retweets gets the message out there.  It gets it to those who will choose to help do their own small part, either with their own retweet or perhaps picking up one or more of the digital books.

So we have 20 days.  If you want to help with a retweet, please follow me on Twitter @ScotttBorgman and retweet any of my tweets that deal with the library campaign or link to my blog.  If you choose to help increase that donation amount, all of my digital books are available on Amazon (5 in all, ranging from $2.99 - $3.99.)

How this campaign ends, ultimately, is up to each one of us.  The opportunity to do something extraordinary is there, but it's fading fast.  Seize it, or let it slip away?  Let it slip away, and it will be forgotten in a matter of days.  Seize it, and what was done will be long remembered.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Update on the Library Campaign

Hello, everyone!

It's been about 2 weeks since I started the Library Campaign.  For those of you who don't know what that is, please check my blog on July 13th, titled 'Special Announcement' for all the info on that.

The campaign has started out slow - slower than I had hoped, but it is going until the end of August, so there's still time to really heat things up.

You can follow along and keep updated on how it's doing yourself by going to my Facebook Author page here:  www.facebook.com/saborgman.  Don't forget to give it a 'like' while you're there so you can check on the status easily!

My cover image on the page has the current amount that will be donated.  I do change the cover image when the amount increases.  Also, I altered the cover image slightly the other day, adding in the amount that the library needs, which is $1.9m.



Now, I know the amount they need is high.  That's why this campaign is SO important to me.  It's why I'm pushing so hard to get word out about this campaign to as many people as possible.

In all honesty, I want us to hit their needed goal. I know it's a difficult goal, but I don't believe it's an impossible one. It will take a lot of effort, but together, we can reach that star - no matter how high up in the sky it appears to be, we can reach it - together.

Some of you may be thinking 'I'm only one person.  One person won't make a difference.'  Imagine though, if one person thinks that, another one does - perhaps hundreds or thousands of others.  Those single drops of rain add up very quickly. 

The same idea applies to Twitter.  A single retweet on Twitter could echo out to thousands of others, ten of thousands... perhaps millions.

I also wanted to let you know that when this campaign is over, when it's all said and done, when it's time to hand that check over to the library, it will be you that is getting recognized for the effort, not me.

It has always been my intention from the moment this campaign began that I would not be taking any of the credit for whatever amount ends up being donated.  The credit doesn't belong to me.  It belongs to everyone who has helped this campaign with their shares on Facebook, their retweets on Twitter, and of course, the digital book purchases which increase the donation amount.

We have just under a month left in the campaign.  We have a lot of work to do in order to reach that goal.  But I know it can be done.

As Kaly says at the end of The Exiled: Infinity: "I have faith in you."

So take a moment to follow me on Twitter @ScottBorgman and help spread the word with retweets.  Give my Author page on Facebook a 'like' and share my posts.  And please, head over to your country's Amazon (different countries have different Amazon sites) and pick up a copy of one or more of my digital novels.  Just type 'Scott Borgman' in the search field and click on my Amazon Author page, which can get you to each novel's page easily.

You may enjoy them, you may not - but the donation amount will increase with those purchases regardless.  That's what this is all about.

If you don't own a Kindle, there are a lot of apps out there that allow you to read the novels on other devices such as iPhones, iPads, even personal computers/laptops.

Thank you, everyone.  I can't tell you how much this campaign means to me, and I honestly appreciate your support.  I think this campaign can really show what's truly important.  While governments spend money building bombs - we're building libraries.

All My Best,
Scott



Saturday, July 26, 2014

A Birthday Message

I'd like to take this opportunity to wish a Happy Birthday to someone very close to my heart, my youngest son, Cameron James Borgman.



Cameron James Borgman
7/26/07 - 10/18/10

Almost four years ago, Cami received his angel wings.  He would have been 7 today.  And though I and my family miss him more than anything, we are grateful for the short time that we had him in our lives.

Cami taught me that life is so precious, and so often we take even that simple miracle for granted.  We often define our lives by what we can get, but our lives are enriched and made extraordinary by what we can give back, what we can do for others.

It is for that reason that I feel so strongly about the Library Campaign I am running.  But it is not only my campaign.  It is all of ours - yours and mine.  Your shares on Facebook, your retweets on Twitter, and of course your purchases of my books on Amazon all help this campaign.

I know Cami is proud of me for following my childhood dream to be an author.  And I am proud of him - and of each and every one of you who chooses to help such an important campaign with your shares, retweets, and your purchases.

Life isn't about what we can get, how big our homes are, how fancy our cars, or how much we make.  It's about making a difference in the lives of others.  It took the loss of someone very close to my heart to see that.  That is why I want this campaign to succeed.  The new library will make a real difference in the lives of countless people, which means we will make a difference in the lives of countless people.  And that is something we can all be proud of.

Please take a moment to read my Special Announcement blog (July 13, 2014), and help support such an important cause.  Thank you, everyone.  I am truly proud of each and every one of you.


All My Best,
Scott A. Borgman