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#MondayBlogs - Robot Rumble Pre-Order, Push-Ups, & The Ataris

WRITING NEWS:

Warning: lots of exclamation points ahead.

The Kindle version of Robot Rumble will be out on Saturday! This will be your first chance to check out the latest novel in the Agent Darcy and Ninja Steve series. It has more spin-kicks, more sneakery, more mystery, and more President Ninja!

I also got the first test-print of the HARDCOVER VERSION OF ROBOT RUMBLE!!!!! The only way to get this version is to pre-order here on my site! Pre-orders for the first batch will end on May 1st, so don't delay!

It looks INCREDIBLE!


READING NEWS:

I've been reading The Sculptor by Scott McCloud. It's a graphic novel, more for a 16+ crowd (just to give fair warning) about a down-on-his-luck artist who makes a deal with Death: he'll be able to make beautiful sculptures for 200 days and then he will die. I'm only 50% through it and it's a heart-wrenching, gut-punching story about how artists struggle and suffer because trying to make it as an artist in this country is so incredibly difficult.


WORKOUT NEWS:

Repeat this circuit 3 times:
1 minute of push-ups
1 minute plank
1 minute mountain climbers
1 minute squats
1 minute cross-body punch w/ 8-10 pound weights (keep weights up like you're guarding your face. Twist body and feet to the right, slowly punch across your body with your left hand. Slowly twist and punch in the other direction)


MUSIC NEWS:

 

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FOOTNOTES:

-Book 2: Agent Darcy and Ninja Steve in…Robot Rumble! will be released on Kindle April 30, 2016. The Kindle version is available for pre-ordering!!!

-Autographed Hardcover Editions of Agent Darcy and Ninja Steve in…Robot Rumble! can be pre-ordered here. Your book will arrive the week of May 16th (or possibly earlier).

-Book 1: Agent Darcy and Ninja Steve in...Tiger Trouble! is available on

Amazon  |  Smashwords  |  B&N  |  Kobo  |  iBooks

-If you enjoyed reading Tiger Trouble!, I’d love it if you could post a quick review on Amazon,Goodreads, or Barnes & Noble

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#MondayBlogs: YouTube Channel, Instagram, New Review!

WRITING NEWS:

I've started recording videos of myself reading Agent Darcy and Ninja Steve in...Tiger Trouble! I'm posting them on youtube, so check them out and go ahead and subscribe to my channel.

My students all know what it's like to hear me reading out loud, so this is nothing new to them. But maybe it's new for you! You can watch and listen to chapter 1, right here:

Also, there's a new review of Agent Darcy and Ninja Steve in...Tiger Trouble! The Book Forums is run by Meagan, who had some amazing things to say about Tiger Trouble!

Here's one of my favorite lines:

"The humor is on point, the adventure is fun, and the world is silly but explained." 

Thank you, Meagan, I'm thrilled that you had a fun time reading. (And something tells me that you'll be receiving a review copy of Robot Rumble! in the near future.)


READING NEWS:

I finished reading Philip Pullman's The Golden Compass (which I learned is actually titled Northern Lights in other markets). I put the book down and thought, "Iorek Byrnison is the greatest bear of all time." Follow me on GoodReads to see more books that I'm reading! (And maybe you'll find a title you didn't know about before!)


WORKOUT NEWS:

10 push-ups (diamond push-ups for an extra challenge if you want)
10 crunches
10 surrenders while holding an 8 lb weight in each hand

Repeat that cycle ten times. The constant motion of getting up on your feet, then lowering yourself to the ground means that you're going to sweat a lot.


MUSIC NEWS:

MISC NEWS:

I (finally) created an instagram account! I'll be taking pictures of the books I'm reading, the places I'm visiting, and anything else I deem fun enough to post.

I'm @GrantGoodmanAuthor

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FOOTNOTES:

-Agent Darcy and Ninja Steve in…Robot Rumble! will be released on April 30, 2016. The Kindle version is now available for pre-ordering!!! Paperback copies will be available for ordering on April 30th, 2016.

-Agent Darcy and Ninja Steve in...Tiger Trouble! is available on

Amazon  |  Smashwords  |  B&N  |Kobo  |  iBooks

-If you enjoyed reading Tiger Trouble!, I’d love it if you could post a quick review on Amazon, Goodreads, or Barnes & Noble

Robot Rumble: Progress Update

Big update, people.

As of today, the very first draft of AGENT DARCY AND NINJA STEVE IN...ROBOT RUMBLE is complete. If you want a sneak peek, click this link to add your email address to the NINJA NEWSLETTER.   I'll be sending out the first chapter on October 1st and that will be the only way to get it!

What's next, you ask?

It means that I now have a few rough weeks--okay, to be real, months--of editing and revision. A first draft is an ugly thing. The major elements are there, but there's all kinds of work to be done. Dots of the plot need to be connected, typos must be found and destroyed, character personalities need to be strengthened, dialogue needs to be cut down, a few loose ends need definitive conclusions. It's, honestly speaking, just as hard as creating the draft itself. I've been known to spend days working on revising a single chapter trying to make it perfect...only to realize that my first attempt was really what I needed all along.

Summer Book Signing!

Hey Readers!

A few days ago, I had the opportunity to do a book talk and signing (and martial arts demonstration) at Comprehensive Survival Arts (CSA) in Owings Mills, Maryland.

I studied martial arts there from when I was 8 to when I was 19, working with Ms. Jennifer Lake. I earned my black belt when I was 17 and became an instructor.

CSA runs an AMAZING summer camp. I can speak from experience: I attended it for 11 years!

It was unbelievably cool to return to my dojo. I even put on my uniform and my black belt. I need to get back to work on my kicks, but I remembered a few cool forms to demonstrate.

Great audience!

Great audience!

A new fan gets a freshly signed book!

A new fan gets a freshly signed book!

Leg sweep!

Leg sweep!

Four black belts in one room! So cool!

Four black belts in one room! So cool!


July 20: Updates!

Hello internet!

July has been an incredibly busy month.

I made the decision to close down my YA blog, November Notebook, in order to bring all of my blog posting here, under one digital roof. I will still be posting articles and videos about the YA world, but they'll be appearing here now!

In terms of ROBOT RUMBLE news, I'm at the 40% mark of the first draft! Writing has been slow these past few weeks, but I'm picking up the pace again and it's time to really punch the keys.