August 2014 Update

Wow!  Hard to believe the summer is nearly over!  Here at the Overby house we’ve enjoyed cooler temperatures but little rain. Today as I write this, it appears we may get a few drops before the weekend’s over.

The Mummy’s Tomb walked away with a silver medal in the 2014 Florida Authors and Publishers Association Book Awards in the Children’s Fiction category. I’m astounded!  This is the first competition I’ve ever entered, and to soar so high in my first outing is both humbling and validating.  I can now truly call myself an award-winning author.  I want to thank writer, illustrator, publisher and fellow Dawsonian Mark Wayne Adams for giving me a heads-up for the awards and pushing me to enter.  Mark is a fantastic voice for independent writing and publishing, and I expect more great things from him.  If you’ve not picked up a copy of The Mummy’s Tomb and your 9 to 12-year-old is looking for an adventurous read before school resumes, head over to Amazon right now.

The YA anthology Light in the Darkness that includes my short story “Touch” was released on August 11, and all the contributors were part of a great online launch party hosted by Amber Garza of Lady Amber’s Reviews.  I’d personally like to thank author Tabitha Short for inviting me to be a part of this project and S.K. Whiteside and Ivy Media & Press for providing editing, formatting, and production.  I also want to give a shout-out to Airicka Phoenix for the wonderful cover design and my fellow authors who contributed their hard work for this worthy cause.  I was able to read some of the other stories in the book, and let me tell you, they are all worth a read.  And don’t forget, your purchase is a donation to the Literacy for Incarcerated Teens project.  Great fiction and the joy of helping others at the same time – what more could you ask?

In the meantime, work is progressing on my short story contribution to a horror anthology called Rocking Tales of Terror that we hope to have out by Halloween.  A lot of the writers working on this one are really in their element, and if the stories are anywhere near the quality of work in Light in the Darkness you’ll be in for a real spooky treat.  I’m excited to read everyone’s work, and I just know I’ll have to sleep with the lights on a night or two.

Thanks to everyone for the well-wishes for Granddaughter’s birth. She is certainly growing and changing every day.  My wife and I had to privilege to go visit recently and though it was a long drive, it was certainly worth it.  Grandchildren are the best!  I’ll happily continue to provide updates and granddad stories until you kindly tell me to stop. 🙂

That’s it for this month.  If you enjoy reading my work (or that of any other author), please leave a review on Amazon or a star rating on Goodreads.  Those things sell books, and selling books gives writers the incentive to provide you with more stories and a wealth of entertainment.  Happy reading!

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