Friday, October 21, 2016

Great Time at San Luis Obispo Books Signing!!!

I had a great time this last weekend at my books signing at the Barnes and Noble in San Luis Obispo! We had a pretty decent rainstorm to contend with, but still got a nice turnout of familiar and new faces. Students from Cal Poly came by and a bunch of my former professors stopped in. Needless to say, it was like reliving a bit of my past while presenting my book.

The staff at the Barnes and Noble in SLO were great, some of them even buying my book and asking for an autographed copy. It means a lot to me because my wife and I have so many fond memories of this particular Barnes and Noble. To see my book on the shelf there feels like a real milestone.

The book tour marches on, with a bunch of Bay Area stops coming up in a few weeks. Green Apple Books in San Francisco and my former high school will be part of the November leg of my journey. All lots of fun stuff to look forward to!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Book Signing This Weekend!

I'll be at the downtown Barnes & Noble in sunny San Luis Obispo this weekend reading from Between Two Fires and signing books! The event starts at 2pm this Saturday (Oct.15). If you're in the area, stop on by!

SLO is where I went to college, and my wife and I have a lot of fond memories of the town. A bunch of my former professors and fellow students will be in attendance, so I'm definitely looking forward to the reunion too. I've spent many hours of my youth and young adulthood in this Barnes & Noble store, so it's sort of a homecoming for me as well.

The book tour for Between Two Fires is going strong, with great turnout throughout the state, especially in the Bay Area and Sacramento. I can't wait to share my novel with my friends in SLO this weekend. Wish me luck!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Wine & Book Pairings

Ok, I'm taking a break from all my serious book promo stuff just to be me today. I've had this odd idea in my head about wine and book pairings - You know, like why not put good wine and good books together? We do it with cheese, right? The below list may seem like unusual pairings, but I've found that they work well for me.

Anyhow, here's some of my half-baked ideas so least for red wines...

1. Cabernet Sauvignon lets you bring out the angst with Grapes of Wrath, For Whom the Bell Tolls, and The Hunger Games.

2. Chianti will allow you to savor romance and intrigue with the Alexandrian Quartet, Shakespeare, Arthurian, and even The Godfather.

3. Zinfandel for adventure with books like Treasure Island and anything by George R. R. Martin.

4. Pinot Noir for the more esoteric, and also what I like to call "dark wine mysteries," like anything by Agatha Christie or Ian Fleming or even The Great Gatsby.

5. Malbec works best with "for fun" reads like the Harry Potter series or Dune.

Anyhow, it's a work in progress, but I figured I'd share my wine and book pairing thoughts. Which wine and book pairings work best for you?

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Last Chance Giveaway!

Last chance to snag a free copy of my novel, Between Two Fires, as part of my publisher's Goodreads and The Reading Room giveaways! Enter for a chance to win today!

Also, just for fun, I had to share one of my favorite John Oliver clips. The whole segment rocks, but you can also just check it out about 2 minutes will not be disappointed. Enjoy!

Friday, September 23, 2016

Mega Giveaway from My Publisher Today!

St. Martin's Press is doubling down on giveaways this week by running not one, but two simultaneous giveaway contests for my new novel Between Two Fires! You can sign up for the chance to win a copy at Goodreads and/or The Reading Room. They're giving away a good amount of copies this round, so sign up today!

Also, I've been getting pings and emails from folks across the country when they've purchased my book, and it's been exhilarating to say the least. So far I've confirmed that my novel has sold in at least 33 different states of the union (including Washington D.C.). I'm sooo thrilled and humbled by the outpouring of support and interest in Between Two Fires, and I can't wait to see how many more customers in the remaining states end up sporting a copy of my debut novel in the days to come!


Friday, September 16, 2016

Crystal's Big Cover Reveal!!!

TIMELESS (#3 Maiden of Time) by Crystal Collier #CoverReveal

Book Title: TIMELESS (Maiden of Time #3)
Author: Crystal Collier
Genre: YA Paranormal Historical
Release Date: November 1, 2016


In 1771, Alexia had everything: the man of her dreams, reconciliation with her father, even a child on the way. But she was never meant to stay. It broke her heart, but Alexia heeded destiny and traveled five hundred years back to stop the Soulless from becoming.

In the thirteenth century, the Holy Roman Church has ordered the Knights Templar to exterminate the Passionate, her bloodline. As Alexia fights this new threat—along with an unfathomable evil and her own heart—the Soulless genesis nears. But none of her hard-won battles may matter if she dies in childbirth before completing her mission.

Can Alexia escape her own clock?

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Crystal Collier is an eclectic author who pens clean fantasy/sci-fi, historical, and romance stories with the occasional touch of humor, horror, or inspiration. She practices her brother-induced ninja skills while teaching children or madly typing about fantastic and impossible creatures. She has lived from coast to coast and now calls Florida home with her creative husband, four littles, and “friend” (a.k.a. the zombie locked in her closet). Secretly, she dreams of world domination and a bottomless supply of cheese. You can find her on her Blog, FacebookGoodreads, or follow her on Twitter.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Getting Good Reviews

I'm happy to report that I'm getting some good reviews on Amazon. Before going more into that, I also want to mention that I'm over at Tyrean Martinson's blog today. Stop on by :)

People have been leaving some great reviews of Between Two Fires on both Goodreads and Amazon! Of course, I can always use more reviews, so I've you've read a copy of my novel, I'd super appreciate you leaving a review. Good or bad, high or low, I always appreciate an honest review. Thanks!