Guest Post: A Message from Author Seth Harwood

Hey, everybody! I'd like to share some cool stuff concocted by one of my new media author pals, Seth Harwood. Seth's written a guest post that shares some deets about his recent successes, his incredible new (and free) content, and his plans to make a splash in the Amazon Kindle store with his latest ebook release Jack Palms II: This Is Life. Seth and I go way back, and I'm honored to share his great news with you.

Take it away, Seth!

--J.C.

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Hey Beta Clones,

Your boy here, Seth Harwood, dropping a line to let you know I’m back on the podcast scene with a new novel, a new special edition print book of Jack Palms II: This Is Life and a whole series of ebooks springing to life right around the corner.

But first and foremost, let’s get to what’s in it for you: more free crime fiction in the action/thriller genre as I present In Broad Daylight, my first story featuring FBI agent Jess Harding. Here she’s chasing a serial killer of young women across Alaska in a summer of 20-hour days. When she starts to realize that the killer knows as much about her as she does about him, it starts getting messy. Will she find him before he finds her?

I just put up episode six today and you can get them all here with my talk at sethharwood.com or on Podiobooks.com without my big yap. I hope you’ll come on over and give this story a try. If you like thrillers, action movies, police procedurals or stuff by Sigler and Hutch, I think you’ll dig it. Listen as even Nathan Lowell gives it the thumbs up!

Next up I have a Kickstarter project that ends on Saturday at 9am Pacific, Noon eastern. This has been a wonderfully successful way to fund a lot of the projects I have coming up this winter in ebook-land and offers the chance to get special editions of This is Life in hardcover or paperback AND copies of lots more upcoming work. Time is short, so if you want, you must act soon.

And this brings me to my last point: my proposed domination of Amazon’s Kindle bestseller charts. I know, I know, but let’s at least try. This is Life is now available for Kindle at Amazon and B&N’s Nook! Picking one up at $2.99 will really help this podcaster get noticed by more ebook buyers and sell some product! If you want to support and don’t have a Kindle, no problem: you can download a Kindle App here for FREE and buy the book then.

That’s all from me then, clones! Thanks big time to J.C. for letting me post this piece and I hope to see you in your earbuds this fall! In Broad Daylight is waiting!

--Seth

A Special Message from Author Seth Harwood

I rarely let anyone commandeer my website -- or my podcast feed -- but Seth Harwood's got something important to share, and I can't say no to ultra-talented colleagues. I hope you enjoy his audio message, and support the release of Young Junius! --J.C.

THIS BLOG NOW HIJACKED BY YOUR BOY...

What’s up, everybody, it’s your favorite crime caper commentator Seth Harwood aka Your Boy here to take over J.C.’s feed and give out some audio Young Junius lovin’!

This recording comes from an event I did recently at Borderlands Books here in San Francisco with Scott Sigler. That’s right, the FDO himself showed up and read a few lines. I know you’ll enjoy this section!

Click here to download or listen now.

If you’d like to order your own copy of Young Junius the print novel from Tyrus Books, listen to the complete podcast or read it as a free PDF, come on over to my site now. I hope you’ll spread the word about it if you do.

Enjoy and have a happy holiday!

--Seth

Free PDF: "Young Junius" by Seth Harwood

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When asked, I never pass up an opportunity to vociferously champion the work of fellow new media creators -- which is why I'm thrilled and honored to present this free PDF of author Seth Harwood's brilliant thriller, Young Junius. Here's the jacket copy for Young Junius:

In 1987, fourteen-year-old Junius Posey sets out on the cold Cambridge (Mass.) streets to find his brother’s killer in a cluster of low-income housing towers—prime drug-dealing territory. After committing a murder to protect his friend, he finds himself without protection from retribution. His mother gives him fifty dollars and instructions to run, but Junius refuses to live a life in hiding. Instead, shocked by the violence he’s created and determined to see its consequences, he returns to the towers to complete his original mission.
I've read this book, and it's wonderful. But don't take my word for it -- check what these mainstream book critics and influencers have said about Harwood's terrific work:
"Harwood’s cutaway view of a single bloody day in a housing project is an impressive feat . . . Harwood’s empathy runs deeply indeed." -- Booklist (review: Young Junius)
"Searing ... a vicious black comedy of murderous errors. Harwood pulls no punches." -- Publishers Weekly (review: Young Junius)
"I loved the way he drew a canvas and filled it with characters. I'm still afraid of some of them." -- Seth Godin on Seth Harwood's Jack Wakes Up
Want to learn more? Check out the free PDF (linked below), and learn how you can support the print release of Seth Harwood's Young Junius by visiting Seth's website.
--J.C.

Interview: Seth Harwood, Author of "Young Junius"

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Kick back and enjoy J.C.'s interview with crime fiction author Seth Harwood, whose latest and greatest novel-length work, Young Junius, will soon be on sale in a killer limited edition hardcover edition. Learn about the novel, Seth's innovative partnership with publisher Tyrus Books and the unique challenges Seth experienced while writing this terrific book. Most important, pick up YOUR limited edition hardcover copy of Young Junius starting tomorrow, May 5. It's "Cinco de Junius," and you're invited to party!

From Seth's site:

Tyrus Books and I are printing a limited run of numbered, signed special edition copies of YOUNG JUNIUS for you, the die-hard Palms Family fans. This edition will be covered by a special, embossed dust jacket featuring artwork by my boys Jerry Scullion and Bob Ostrom. Inside, there will be a b&w insert with photos of some of the book's locations. A cloth binding, a metallic spine stamp, and more fun features will round out this gorgeous edition. We're looking at a run of less than 1,000 copies total. Once we sell them out, they're gone!

Get your learn on about the book at Seth's website, and be sure to order your copy using the coupon code "HUTCH." This'll save you a few bucks!

And be sure to check out Seth's LIVE May 5 call-in show with the good folks at Podioracket. Visit Podioracket.com for more information!

Dig what you hear in this podcast? Tell a friend! Use the "Share This" feature found at the end of this post!

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"In the Nick of Time" - Free 300+ Page Holiday Sampler of Bestselling Books!

Books make terrific holiday gifts, but finding those perfect books for friends and family is always a challenge. If only we could flip through those books’ pages on our schedule. If only if the bookstore could come to us.
That’s the idea behind this In the Nick of Time! holiday sampler PDF. Inside are excerpts from a dozen new novels and nonfiction books by New York Times bestselling authors, successful entrepreneurs, and wickedly talented storytellers, including:
Laurell K. Hamilton -- Divine Misdemeanors
Seth Godin -- Tribes and an exclusive excerpt of Linchpin, out next year
Joseph Finder -- Vanished
Cory Doctorow -- Makers
Chris Brogan & Julien Smith -- Trust Agents
Robert J. Sawyer -- Wake
Mitch Joel - Six Pixels of Separation
Cherie Priest -- Boneshaker
Tara Hunt -- The Whuffie Factor
Scott Sigler -- The Rookie
Seth Harwood -- Jack Wakes Up
J.C. Hutchins -- 7th Son: Descent
If you spot a great gift opportunity, you can order from online retailers directly from the PDF. You can also print the order form at the end of the document, and present it to your local bookseller. Helpful staff will find what you’re looking for.
From high adventure to savvy business advice, you’ll find something special for the special someones on your holiday list -- including you. You're also welcome to share this free sampler with friends and family. Refer them to this web page to download In the Nick of Time! -- http://JCHutchins.net/hoy .

I'm delighted by this project, which I coordinated -- and am honored to have worked with the amazing authors who participated...

Books make terrific holiday gifts, but finding perfect books for friends and family can be a time-consuming challenge. If only if the bookstore could come to us.

That’s the idea behind this In the Nick of Time! holiday sampler PDF. Inside are excerpts from a dozen new novels and nonfiction books by these New York Times bestselling authors, successful entrepreneurs, and wickedly talented storytellers:

DOWNLOAD THE IN THE NICK OF TIME! HOLIDAY SAMPLER

Spot a great gift opportunity? Order from online retailers directly from the PDF, or print the order form at the end of the document and present it to your local bookseller. Helpful staff will find what you’re looking for.

From high adventure to savvy business advice, you’ll find something special for the special someones on your holiday list -- including you. You're also welcome to share this free sampler with friends and family.

Click here to download the In The Nick of Time! holiday sampler -- and have the happiest of holidays!

"Personal Effects: Dark Art" Video Trailer #11 - The SUPERVLURB

Behold, the SUPERVLURB, an epic video blurb endorsement of Personal Effects: Dark Art featuring a dozen of the most influential creators in the podcast fiction community. All have read the novel. All have something to say. If you're a superfan of podcast fiction, you're gonna love the SUPERVLURB.

uchly thanks go out to these incredible, generous storytellers. Without their years of support for my work, I dare say Personal Effects: Dark Art would never have happened to me. They are all ultracreative people, and worthy of your time and attention. Visit their sites. Listen to their work. You won't be disappointed.

  • Philippa Ballantine Author of: Chasing the Bard, Digital Magic, Weather Child
  • Scott Sigler New York Times bestselling author of: Infected, Contagious, Ancestor
  • Seth Harwood Author of: Jack Wakes Up, Jack Palms 2 & 3, Young Junius
  • Mark Yoshimoto Nemcoff Author of: Number One with a Bullet, Shadow Falls, Diary of a Madman
  • Christiana Ellis Author of: Nina Kimberly the Merciless, Space Casey
  • Matt Wallace Parsec Award-winning author of The Next Fix, The Failed Cities Monologues
  • James Melzer Author of: The Zombie Chronicles - Escape
  • Stephen Eley Editor of Escape Pod, and publisher of the horror fiction podcast Pseudopod
  • Mark Jeffrey Author of: The Pocket and the Pendant, The Two Travelers
  • Mur Lafferty
  • Author of: Playing for Keeps, the Heaven series, co-founder of Pseudopod
  • Phil Rossi Author of: Crescent, Tales from the Vault, Eden
  • Matthew Wayne Selznick Author of: Brave Men Run, Hazy Days and Cloudy Nights

As always, co-producer/editor Michael Bekemeyer gets a big salute for his editing skills. Find the first 10 trailers here.

Personal Effects: Dark Art is available in bookstores TODAY. Purchase a copy at your favorite store, or order a copy online.

--J.C.

HEY, EVERYBODY #005

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It's more killer content for your earbuds! In this episode, J.C. chats with Seth Harwood, author of the freshly-released Jack Wakes Up crime novel. It's in bookstores everywhere! Snag a copy! J.C. also mentions a new contest, teases Personal Effects: Sword of Blood ... and an upcoming cross-promotion with an A-list website that'll rock your socks.

Links mentioned in the show:

The anthem for Hey, Everybody! is "Chip Away" by Jane's Addition, distributed freely via BitTorrent and the Nine Inch Nails/Jane's Addiction tour site, Ninja2009.com.

Like what you hear? Please leave a comment, and tell a friend about the show, and about Personal Effects: Dark Art!

Free PDF: Chapters 1-3 of JACK WAKES UP, book in stores today

Buy Seth Harwood's "Jack Wakes Up" today!

Seth Harwood, the first crime fiction podiobook novelist, is one bad mamma-jamma. Last year, he snagged a print deal with an indie publisher for his supremely cool Jack Wakes Up, the first in his compelling Jack Palms novel series. (Listen to my 2008 interview with him here.) This year, that same novel is available from Three Rivers Press, a division of very mainstream Random House. Seth has hit The Show, people. The big leagues. This is a coup, and is a testament to Harwood's talents, and the power of his fans. The book is in bookstores everywhere TODAY ... and to celebrate this awesome event, Seth is releasing the first three chapters of Jack Wakes Up as a free PDF download. I'm releasing it here at JCHutchins.net to support the cause, and am happily encouraging you to purchase a copy.

It's a terrific read. But don't take my word for it. New York Times bestselling crime thriller novelist Michael Connelly hailed Jack Wakes Up as a "fast, smooth ride on a highway not found on any map." If you read Connelly like I do, you know that's high praise indeed.

Order your copy of Jack Wakes Up today, and help Seth Harwood become a rising star in the mainstream crime fiction genre. You won't be disappointed. And watch for a new interview with Seth later this week, in the next episode of my "Hey Everybody!" podcast!

--J.C.

HEY, EVERYBODY #002

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Behold, a new episode of J.C.'s new podcast "Hey, Everybody!" This week, your humble host motormouths his way through some killer announcements and endorsements. First up is J.C.'s thoughts on David Moody's Hater, a new horror thriller novel released by Thomas Dunne Books, a division of St. Martin's Press, J.C.'s publisher. Compelling, grisly and downright spooky, Hater comes highly recommended.

As a special "try before you buy" bonus, you'll get to hear an excerpt of the novel, narrated by Mark Yoshimoto Nemcoff! Learn more about Hater at David Moody's website.

J.C. yammers on about some other great news, including:

The anthem for Hey, Everybody! is "Chip Away" by Jane's Addition, distributed freely via BitTorrent and the Nine Inch Nails/Jane's Addiction tour site, Ninja2009.com.

Like what you hear? Please leave a comment, and tell a friend about the show, and about Personal Effects: Dark Art!

Do it for the Sigler

This month, we're all Scott Sigler fans ... and we must show the world we're a force to be reckoned with. It's time for a second major sales push for Scott's novel, INFECTED. If you want to see books like 7th Son receive the promotion and attention (and sales) they deserve when published, then you must get behind Scott and his work, and support him now.

Help us make this happen. Purchase a copy of INFECTED today. By showing the world that a "new media author" can successfully hit the big-time, you'll help create a paradigm shift in the way mainstream publishing views podcasting and social media promotion. This is mission-critical for the success of novels facing 2009 release, like 7th Son. The industry is watching Scott, and me, and YOU ... and the only way we'll impress them is to get Scott on The New York Times bestseller list.

Do your part. Support new media authors like Scott. Buy INFECTED today.

MemeMission #1: Evangelize Sigler & Harwood

Welcome to your first MemeMission, JCH.net readers! "MemeMissions" are designed to jazz you up about cool things cooking in the social media space, and help the creators behind them. As all MemeMissions will be, this inaugural task is easy-peasy, painless and will evangelize a worthy cause.

Your mission, which you must accept: Blast two sites with goodwill for authors Scott Sigler and Seth Harwood. Both were featured in an excellent San Francisco Chronicle article about podcast noveling, and your actions today will raise mainstream awareness in the brilliant work they're doing.

Visit the SF Chronicle story, "Take My Book. It's Free." Spare a moment to read Chris Cadelago's authoritative piece, and then add a comment to the story. Sign-up is required, but speedy. By commenting on this article, the story will rise in popularity on the site. The more visible the story is, the more uninitiated readers will see it ... which helps spread the Sigler/Harwood message. Go there now and comment!

When you're done, also "digg" the story, found at Digg.com. This double-whammy will help these trailblazing writers find new a new audience and sell more books ... and for an author, that's about as cool as it gets.

Leave a comment when you've accomplished this MemeMission! Publicly show your support for these great creators!

--J.C.

UltraCreatives Interview #6: Seth Harwood

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This week, crime noir author Seth Harwood joins host J.C. Hutchins for an in-depth, energetic UltraCreatives interview about his debut novel Jack Wakes Up, and its upcoming print release.

Seth chats about his writing career, how he came to love the crime fiction genre, how his profession as an English teacher influences his writing (and vice versa), and more. It's a fun, forthcoming interview by one of the biggest names in podcast fiction. There's plenty to learn here for aspiring writers and fans of great, gritty fiction.

Find Seth Harwood on the 'net:

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