Saturday, April 27, 2013

Latest on "Fool's Illusion" and Sacramento Sci Fi/Fantasy Events

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.

Monday, April 8, 2013

April "Fool's Illusion" Sweepstakes Extended Deadline

Because of the lack of entries in The April Fool's Illusion Sweepstakes, yours truly is extending the entry deadline to 11:59 p.m., Sunday 14th April 2013 Pacific Standard Time. So now you have almost a whole week more to get your best April Fool's story in the comments box below for a chance to win a Fool's Illusion collector's set! That's a free print copy of my upcoming book, two fully coloured book marks, and a fully coloured poster. Who doesn't like free stuff? Take advantage of this chance to win these items. One of you may even end up being the first to own a copy of my new book! So you may be able to say to your friends, family and the later generations that you were the first in history (besides the author, of course) to own a copy of The Fool's Illusion! Wouldn't that be just so out'a sight? For contest rules and other details, please see last week's post. The date for announcing the winner will be any time between Tuesday the 16th and Saturday the 20th of April.

Come on! Bring on some fool's laughs with those April Fool's stories! If you're shy about posting, maybe I'll post one of my best April Fool's pranks just to help you get started (although I disqualify for the prize, of course).

Until next time . . .

--Steven Rose, Jr.

Monday, April 1, 2013

The April "Fool's Illusion" Sweepstakes

Joker's Wild
Photo Credit: SSGT Roach Photographer/Wikimedia Commons

It's April Fool's Day, and there's no better time to hold a giveaway for my upcoming book, The Fool's Illusion! Read on to find out how you can win a free Fool's Illusion collector's set which will consist of two full colour Fool's Illusion book marks, one full colour poster of The Fool's Illusion book cover, and, best of all, one print copy of The Fool's Illusion short story collection itself signed by the author himself!

Qualifications, Rules, Conditions and Deadline
To participate post a one to two paragraph story of your best, funniest or weirdest April Fool's prank either played on you or that you played on somebody else. You are asked to post text only; no images please. One story per participant only. Please post your stories in the comments box below. You do not need to provide your full or real name, but please do not post as "Anonymous" since it may cause problems in identifying the winner. Deadline to post is 11:59 PM, Friday 5 April 2013 Pacific Standard Time. The contest is restricted to continental U.S. users for reasons of budgetary constraints on shipping and handling of the prize. However, users outside the continental U.S. may post April Fool's prank stories for fun but they will not be considered as potential winners. Family/relatives of contest sponsor (yours truly) are disqualified from participating due to potential favouritism issues. However, as with users outside the continental U.S., they may post stories for fun but will not be considered pontential winners. Contest sponsor has the right to remove any entry he deems unsafe or that infringes on other people's rights.

Procedure for Selecting Winning Entry
One winner will be selected based on the story that the contest sponsor likes best. The winner will be announced by 11:59 PM, Monday 8 April 2013 PST here at the Far Out Fantastic Site. When announced, winner will be given three (3) days to respond and provide his/her email address and postal mailing address at the email contact they will be provided with. Winner's email and postal mailing addresses will be used for purpose of delivering the prize only (to be delivered either by U.S. Postal Service or UPS); they will not be shared with anybody, including any third party sites. If the winner does not respond within the time frame stated above or it is discovered that the winner did not play by the above mentioned rules and/or conditions, an alternative winner will be selected and the prize will go to the alternative winner instead. The alternative winning entry will be based on the story the contest sponsor selects as second best.

This contest and its prize are for real; no fooling!

May the best entry win.

Until next week . . .

--Steven Rose, Jr.