Archive for October, 2010

Getting The Word Out

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Now that my book is available as an eBook and in paperback I have been sending out books to parties that would be interested in the story, passing it along to review sites, and posting to forums. They say all journeys begin with a single step and I’m taking those steps.

Clearly marketing is a different animal. But it is an absolute requirement if you want your work noticed. What I need are reviews and hopefully sales in the end. This will only happen if my work sticks out. And there’s the key… making it stick out for others to notice.

I am also offering 5 secure copies of my eBook in pdf format for those who wish to read and review the work (first come, first serve). BUT the reviewer must send me a copy of the review to my email (dodgewinston [at] yahoo.com) and post the review to Amazon, Smashwords, or Barnes and Noble. This helps people make the decision whether or not they want to purchase.

If you are interested in interviewing me for your book review site or any site for that matter then please contact me through the previously mentioned email address above.

>>>For alternative eBook and paperback options please visit my site HERE<<<

Thanks for your patronage!

P.S. On a side note my second book in the Drake Eldorado series, Agenda is going through the editing process now. Can’t wait to release it!!!

Giants Just Won The National League Pennant!

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

The San Francisco Giants just put away the Phillies in the bottom of the 9th with a score of 3 to 2. This is awesome for my home base of the San Francisco Bay Area. Now if we could have only gotten the New York Yankees to win it on their end by taking out the Texas Rangers! DRATS! We could have had a fantastic East Coast versus West Coast world series:)

Guess the Giants will just have to beat the Rangers:) Should be interesting. The Giants have been playing high-pressure games this whole time… down to the wire. But that’s good. Clearly the Giants can perform under pressure.

GO GIANTS!!!

Back From New York

Sunday, October 17th, 2010

We took off for New York City last Wednesday evening to attend a family wedding. The wedding was a family event held on Saturday in beautiful Westchester, NY. To make a long story short… the wedding was a tummy warming event. As for myself the real story was the fact that I have never been to New York or any of the 5 boroughs. And being a city faring kind of fellow I was thrilled to be visiting such a fantastic place.

We were confined to Manhattan (a great place to be “stuck” in) as we only had a couple days to explore. With family in tow and wife dropping bombs of New York knowledge (she’s been to the “Big Apple” plenty of times) we made sure to see as much as possible. But when all was said and done… two measly days was not enough to see much of anything but a couple highlights. Sure we were able to see tons from the top of a double-decker tour bus, walking around, and speak to folks. But come on… there is so much to see and do there. And not just “do” but to experience, taste, touch, and smell. I want more.

We ate out… we rode in plenty of stir crazy taxi cabs (they don’t drive fast, they fly low and well I might add), we visited historical monuments, had fun in museums, drank deep, and fattened up our waist lines. There was standard shopping, window shopping, and site seeing. It was all a big jumble of “let’s get here, do that, eat this, jump in the cab, and go do this.” We didn’t take a break unless to sleep in the hotel. It was a mad dash of short time in the city. It was GREAT!

I/we will go back again. We must. Manhattan is such a fun place to visit. I can’t wait to go back and visit the other 4 boroughs that I missed. In such a whirlwind, one (four) can only do so much. But we did a bunch which left a bunch of “wanting to stay longer” in my head.

New York… New York… I can’t wait to visit you again. The people, the traffic, the architecture, the food. It was awesome. Now I understand why well-traveled New Yorkers claim that San Francisco is a town compared to New York City. The place is massive.

Check out my Flickr account for some pics!

Autographed Paperback Now Available!

Saturday, October 9th, 2010

Autographed paperbacks of DRAKE ELDORADO – DISTORTION are now available for purchase (international orders welcome too!). You can get officially autographed copies only from my site at www.dodgewinston.com or down below by clicking on the “Add to Cart” button. They are $14.95 each which is the standard price for a 5×8 novel without an autograph. And that’s what’s special here… not only has the book been sent out from my hot, big hands but it has also been signed by me too. Want the note/autograph personalized? Let me know as you checkout via PayPal. Sure you can buy my book for a couple bucks less somewhere else but I certainly hope that you will go for the whole enchilada and get a specially signed copy from me, Dodge Winston:)

Even if you decide to purchase from somewhere else I do appreciate it. You’re helping me get my work out there and I’m sharing some horrific tales with you. But if you decide to purchase a signed copy… I really appreciate it. I really really appreciate it!!!






You Can Now Purchase The Paperback Version:)

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

That’s right! Besides the eBook version being available, DISTORTION is now available in paperback at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. So please buy DISTORTION and write a review too.

Please keep in mind that very soon autographed versions of my book/s will be available on my site. My site will be the only place serious readers and fans can acquire an autographed version online:)

Stay tuned and tell a friend!

The Mouse Trap

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

So I flipped the light switch on as I strolled into the kitchen… and a furry, gray body dashed behind the sink. I froze. I didn’t move, knowing full-well that it was a mouse. There is no mistaking a hairy, little body for a bug. But the circumstances were also ripe for the four-legged, germ carrier. I am currently remodeling the kitchen. Tearing out cabinets have left parts of the wall exposed to plumbing and studs. It was inevitable that a rodent would make his way inside. Not a good move my little friend. Oh no no no.

The mouse suddenly jumped up from behind the sink and shot into a hole in the wall. He was so fast I could barely keep up with my sharp eagle eyes. I approached, mainly out of curiosity but also out of the sick joy of stalking small game. Rubbing my hands in anticipation, waiting patiently, he apparently ran into a dead end because he peeked his little head out. Those beady, black eyes scanned the area as his nose worked some form of sniffer magic.

Only if I had my pellet pistol. I could hammer this quick bastard right here, right now. I thought.

I wanted to grab him but I’m not fool enough to grab strange animals of any size with my bare hands. But boy did I want to take a run at him. Then like a flash he blasted from the hole and disappeared behind the sink… again. I dropped like a ninja and opened the cabinet, hoping to see him mulling around, oblivious to my presence. Nothing but broken wall and piping greeted me. He was gone. But I knew he would be back. Once a mouse pays a visit, one can be certain he will be back. That’s what I was betting on.

The next morning I bought some mouse traps. I once learned from a legendary mouse hunter to never use cheese or meat on a trap. You see, mice and rats can grab the food item without springing the trap. They do it all the time to millions of uninformed, rodent wannabe hunters across the globe. This is why peanut butter is the best bait. Peanut butter sticks to the trap, forcing the rodent to lean in (springing the trap) and get a quick lick as the bar comes crashing down on the vermin’s mini-skull. And that’s exactly what happened. The mouse got slammed… big time.

I almost felt sorry for the lifeless fella’ laying on the wood trap with the metal bar mashed into his pea brain. He’s a scavenger scraping out a meager existence off the crumbs of folks going through a rough economy; meaning there’s less to go around today. But I got a family. Sorry, Jerry. Your crumby wants are gonna’ have to take a backseat to the cleanliness of our house:(

Now I need to finish that kitchen!