Happy 2012!!

Happy-New-Year-2012-Pictures_thumbIt’s New Year’ Eves; and it has been (thankfully) a slow week at work, giving me time to ponder the rather bi-polar year I’ve had in 2011.

Focusing on the good:

I watched my son graduate middle school and start in High School this year.  He’s growing up so quickly, and as I don’t see him or his sister as much as I’d like, so credit goes to my ex-wife for how she’s raised them both.  This year, my daughter made the honor role for the first time; so from a school perspective I couldn’t be prouder of both my children.  

From EVERY perspective I’m proud of them.

My mom and dad are doing well, despite being in their upper 80’s.  In fact my mother and sister spent three weeks in Alaska this year…take THAT ‘old age!’

My siblings and cousins are all in good form.  Sis has been inundated with her business, and my cousin Di started her new venture.  My great editor of a brother turned 51 this year, but still teaches ballroom dancing 10 hours a day.  He looks like he’s in his early thirties—it really isn’t fair.  

And especially my cousin Bette who’s gotten me through a rather rough patch between jobs.  She’s always been there for me.

The family is good…no major crisis’ this year.  And of course my partner, Tina, is perfect in every way.

The “day job” market remains challenging.  Wound down a 5+ year gig and went from part time to the new full time gig I wanted (knew it would be a challenge).  Really enjoying it so far—although my new boss calls my fondness for the job “Stockholm Syndrome.”  Heh.  I have to use that somewhere in my next book.  It was only supposed to run until December, but I’ve been extended through the end of February so the holidays weren’t as depressing as expected.

My first book, The Prodigal’s Foole came out in October and sales have been better than I’ve hoped, taking into account the fact that I’m a new author with a small press.  I’m about a third into the follow up—The Young Practitioner.

Last but not least, the number of new friends I’ve made in the last year—especially in the writer world—has been unbelievable, and very humbling.  The list goes on quite long, but you know who you are.  Facebookers, Tweeters, ReaderCON crazies, talented blokes and brilliant women.  THANK YOU to each and everyone who have supported, advised, critiqued and comforted me in 2011!

So many blessings for 2011 that the low points seem less “points” and more “bumps.”  It’s all how you look at things, right?

2012 is almost upon us, and barring Mayan calendar issues; let’s all make it a great one.  From my family to yours, have a very productive, fun and healthy New Year.


Holiday Schedule

a_christmas_storyI can’t believe it’s December already.  Where did the year go?

The Holidays this year will be spent quietly with my partner.  The kids will be going skiing with their mom, my family will converge at my sisters in DC (Tina and I have to work this year so no trips for us) and at my cousins down south.

I’ll be working on book two of the Arcana Chronicles, already about 20,000 words in as of this writing.

There will be a few holiday-related specials as well.

The Prodigal’s Foole for Kindle has been lowered to just 99 cents for the Christmas season, and I’ll be participating in the Indie Book Club’s holiday blowout this year. Loads of great books dropped to 99 cents and a Kindle give away. So check that out.

The Holiday edition of The Word Count Podcast is in its final week of submissions, (details can be found HERE) and I expect the show to go live for free download on the 18th of December. All past episodes are free as well, so head to my podcast page to find links and show notes.

Pfoxchase is offering up TWO free copies of the paperback version of The Prodigal’s Foole for free via Goodreads. Check out the giveaway and enter to win.

You may not hear from me much for a little while. Shopping, working and writing will dominate my waking hours…so let me wish all the readers of my blog and the many friends I’ve met during this writing journey a wonderful holiday, Merry Christmas and The Happiest of New Years.



Book Promotion with a GIFT!

giftA little book promotion for today (7 December 2011) ONLY!

Pickup a copy of The Prodigal’s Foole for your KINDLE TODAY (7 December 2011 ONLY) and if I sell TEN or more copies, I’ll be sending ONE lucky purchaser a $10 Amazon Gift certificate.

How do you enter this little holiday promotion?

1) Purchase a KINDLE version of The Prodigal’s Foole via AMAZON (The link is: http://www.amazon.com/Prodigals-Foole-Arcana-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B005WKF71U/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1323264075&sr=8-2)

2) Send me a COPY of the receipt to me@rbwood.com

3) That’s it!  on 8 December I’ll announce the winner and e-mail the Gift Certificate to you!

Go.  Buy.  Enter to win.  At the very least you have a fun read in your digital library.




WINNERS for the Magical Mystery Blog tour ANNOUNCED!

winner_isVoting is done and we have our WINNERS as voted on by the readers!


Without further ado, here they are in reverse order:


3rd Place (Winner of the $25 Amazon Gift Certificate): PATTI LARSEN

Read her blog tour entry HERE


2nd Place (Winner of the $50 Amazon Gift Certificate): STEVE UMSTEAD

Read his blog tour entry HERE


1st Place (Winner of the $100 Amazon Gift Certificate): EDEN BAYLEE

 Read her blog tour entry HERE


Congrats to all the winners and thank you for everyone who participated in the tour!