2 Weeks to Launch Party + INTERVIEW!

Only 2 more weeks to the Launch Party on Sunday, March 29. Make sure to get your tickets! The party is going to be epic and fantastic, with at least 75 people already confirmed to attend, readings, dance performances and more.

And now for something else super cool: I was interviewed about Gateways by the Spectatorial, the University of Toronto’s publication on fantasy and speculative fiction. Check it out here.

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Gateways Needs Your Vote!

Gateways is a finalist in the BookBzz Prize Writer Contest, and it needs your vote to win!

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The finalists were picked by a panel of judges, but the winners are chosen by public vote. Won’t you please help me out by voting here! And please share this post with your friends and contacts – let’s build some overwhelming support!

Still want more information about the novel? You can read the first six chapters free, check out reviews (average 4.7 stars out of 5 on Goodreads), and see some of my other musings on the book too.

Launch Party + Contest Finalist

Gateways, the new novel by Brian Gottheil, is launching in print! There’s going to be a fantastic launch party in Toronto on Sunday, March 29, 2015. If you’re in the area, be sure to get your ticket because you won’t want to miss it. We’re featuring:

*Readings, signings and general shenanigans by the author

*Performances by Toronto’s premier 1920s, 30s and 40s dance company, That Swing!

*Your free e-book copy of Gateways is included with your ticket (read reviews here and here)

*Be the first to get the print version of Gateways, at discounted prices

*Finger foods

*Cash bar

*Dancing with DJ Gabrielle Kern, coming all the way from Montreal!

Click here for full details about time and location, and for tickets.

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… And in other news, Gateways has just been named a finalist in the Bookbzz.com Prize Writer Competition! That is a great honour and very exciting. The winners will be decided by public voting throughout the month of February, and announced on March 5. As soon as I find out where and how to vote, I will post that information here. Please vote for me!

Reviews! Reviews! Reviews!

Three, count ’em, three new reviews of Gateways were posted on Goodreads this week and all of them were positive. Check them out here!

Know Your Name

I’ve been posting a lot recently about cool stuff I’m doing, but I’ve been a bit lax about posting cool stuff that other people are doing.

On Tuesday my friend James and his band metheusBound released their new CD and holy crap, you need to check it out.

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I finally had a chance today to listen to the album from start to finish and it’s great. They manage to have a style that feels distinctively theirs while still playing a wide variety of songs and sounds.

The highlight is “Know Your Name,” the song whose lyric “complacency is not inevitable” gives the album its title. I’ve heard James play the song live multiple times now, normally alone on an acoustic guitar. He’s a consummate performer and very funny, and he usually gets audience participation, all of which means that even though it’s a serious song — about people who feel trapped by the challenges life throws at them — hearing it is kind of a lighthearted experience.

Which is why, even though I’ve known the song for years, hearing the recorded version was a whole new experience. And “experience” is the right word for it: this is a song that grabs you and immerses you. Just adding a bass line and a few other chosen notes turns the song darker, more immediate and gripping. Which also means that the contrast to the hopeful part at the end is all the more striking. This is what I find amazing about music. I can write something powerful, but you still need to read and process it. A handful of notes, if they’re the right ones, can skip the brain entirely* and go straight to the emotions.

So thanks, James. I not only Know Your Name now, I also Know Your Lyrics because I’ve been Listening to Your Song on Repeat.

Anyway, the album is well worth getting, and you can find it here.

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*I know this is not scientifically true and that the brain still needs to process the neurological signals from the vibration of the eardrum. Let’s not get technical here. You know what I meant.

A Literal Page-Turner

When I first published Gateways in e-book format only, one of my cousins complained. “I really want to read your book,” she wrote, “but I spend so much of my days reading a screen.” She went on to say, rather cleverly, that she was certain my novel would be a page-turner but she hoped it would be “literally” a page-turner.

Well, to her and to all other fans of print books, I am finally moving ahead with creating the print version of Gateways and I spent some time this morning converting the book into the correct formatting to be printed. I don’t have a timeline yet on publication of the print version but I’m hoping to have it out early in the new year.

In the meantime, check out the last day of the Gateways blog tour … and consider picking up a copy of the e-book version!

Gateways Goes on Tour!

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This week, Gateways takes a blog tour! 13 blogs are going to be featuring the novel, some including guest posts and interviews by yours truly. Make sure you check it out, I am very excited. And please support these wonderful bloggers with your traffic.

Monday:

3 Partners in Shopping

MJ Schiller – with Guest Post written by me

Tuesday:

Finding Fantastical Books

Authors’ Cafe – with an Interview! Where I publicly tell the story about biking into the Atlantic Ocean!

Wednesday:

Romance Me

Paranormal Dimensions

Thursday:

Christine’s Words – with a Guest Post written by me

Lora Lee

Friday:

What Readers Want – with a Guest Post written by me

Paranormal Realms

Jolana Malkston

Saturday:

The Realm of Fantasy and Fiction – with a Guest Post written by me

Margot Hoornstra

Just Entered the Bookbzz Prize Writer Competition …

… wish me luck! And while you’re at it, enter your own books too!

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Who is Brian as a Writer?

I’ve just done a Smashwords interview. It’s just answering pre-selected questions but it was a lot of fun, and for anybody who’s wondered what it’s actually like to write a novel, some of the questions will tell you quite a bit about my style and process. Check it out here!

It’s Release Day!

Today is the big day! Get your copy of Gateways and start reading!