Well I didn't announce the winner of the April Fool's Illusion contest because, as you can all see, there wasn't one. Nobody participated. Regardless of a chance to win a free copy of the book, nobody wanted to play. Yes, in order for the winner to receive a free print copy (along with accessories such as the bookmarks and poster) I would have needed his/her mailing address. However, I do understand that in this age of identity theft and computer hacking that many of us have a concern about sending out personal information even for things such as a contest prize. So we'll just let it go. But because you're all a good lot, I'll make it up to you in another the way. I'll probably make free digital copies of the book available for a limited time; that seems to work well with everybody when it comes to new book releases. And that's safe because it's done through Amazon who I plan to sell copies of my book through.
I've been working hard on the book cover all week. As I've said before, I'm still a new comer to graphic design software and so I'm learning as I go. A lot of it's trial and error, but then that's almost art in all forms and mediums, isn't it? But the big day of the launch is getting closer and closer; it will be here before you know it. It will have to be here soon because I plan to sell copies at WesterCon 66, the science fiction fantasy convention for the West coast, that occurs during the 4th of July weekend here in Sacramento. Yes, the big West coast con hits my home town of Sacramento this year, and we Sacramento sci fi/fantasy fans and artists alike are very proud for the state capital to host this annual event this year!
If you haven't done so yet, check out The Fool's Illusion Facebook page, where you can also get updates about the book and be sure to Like it so your Facebook wall will receive updates.
Some more Sacramento area sci fi/fantasy news: next Saturday, 4 May, is Sacramento's first Star Wars mini celebration, May the Fourth Be With You. It will be held in West Sacramento from 4 PM to 9 PM, at the West Sacramento Community Center. It will feature costumed characters, Star Wars memorabilia vendors, award-winning fan films, and much more. It's going to be far out of this world! For more details, please visit Toy Fusion collectables' ad about the event.
I'll have more news about The Fool's Illusion and other sci fi/fantasy events next time. So . . .
Until next time . . .
--Steven Rose, Jr.