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I’ve written over 30 books and graphic novels for kids over the last decade. I like them all. A lot. I’m always happy when the first printed copies arrive at my door. I get to hold them, put them on my bookshelf, show them to my family, so they know that crazy idea I’ve been talking about for the last year is actually a real “Thing”.

So, I was all prepared for the arrival of the print edition of Ganked: Geeked Out Mysteries #1. Except I wasn’t. I kinda freaked out. And it was cool.

I’ve been bathering on about how much I’ve learned from self-publishing Ganked, after traditionally publishing my other books. You don’t have to search far online to find other authors talking about the benefits to publishing your own work (with the help of many talented people, I might add.)

Anyway, tl;dr version: I got my print copies of Ganked and they are kinda awesome (and I hate using that word.)

Here’s what they looked coming out of the Amazon box:


Click to release the biggersaur !


You see. Awesome, right?

But wait. You gotta check them out on my bookshelf against my other (also awesome) books:


It looks better bigger. You know you want to.

Okay, the back cover. I’ll show you that, since you asked:


What’s it say? Click and you shall see!

The spine? Of course, the spine is very cool too:


That spine ain’t nothing until you click and get a closer look.

Notice the number 1 there? Yep, Ganked is part of a series. Book number 2, currently called Botted is beginning to take shape and I’m aiming for a Spring 2014 launch on that.

Anyway, that’s it from here. A little freak out of joy at my latest published book and a big thanks to the people who helped it happen: Allister Thompson for his sharp-eyed edits and James at humblenations for his design skills.

Now, onto finishing Pixelhead, my next Tech Tales short story. And finishing working out the details on two new series from traditional publishers. More on that in the near future.

In the meantime, all you have to is order a copy of Ganked for that reluctant reading, teenage gamer in your life. Or yourself. You could get one for yourself, too. That always works.

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