I have schwag. I thought I had run out, but I was looking through a backpack and I found some in a ziplock bag. I always try to have something on hand to give to fans I meet or if I’m at a book signing. I also tend to include this stuff when mailing paperbacks to people who won them in giveaways.

How does one score some schwag from this author? Well if you’ve already left a review for Corktown on Amazon, you’re golden. Let me know in the comments. If you bought Corktown or are in the process of buying it, you’re almost there. Read it, leave an honest review and let me know. Oh, I’ve got a limited supply and its first come first serve.

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Assassin’s Creed III has occupied much of my time over the last week. This means I’m not writing, which means you’re waiting longer for that book. Blame the game.

I’m a huge fan of the series but I wasn’t excited that the game was leaving the time period of ancient Rome and Turkey and setting the story in the early colonial times. Surprisingly, I like it. It’s interesting. The game play is different, they’ve actually simplified the fighting aspect. No more combo’s to remember. The game automatically delivers them for you. I won’t dwell on this too much because I’m pretty sure most of you aren’t gamers. But if you are, right on. Let me know what you’re playing in the comments.

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In case you forgot, this is National Novel Writing Month. I try to take part every year because it’s a great way for me to pretty much bang out a book. Completing the requires a person write 50,000 words. It’s not about quality, it’s about quantity. You can polish the stuff later.

For a lot of authors, that’s close to completing a rough draft for a novel My books closer to 70,000 words so I’m not done at the end of November but I’m closer than when I was at the beginning. Sometimes I could use a kick in the butt.

Some authors destroy the task and complete the challenge in two weeks. Me? Well I always start strong and get ahead and then because I know I’m ahead, I tend to slack. Next thing I know, I’m halfway through the month and I’ve wasted whatever cushion I had built up. The last half becomes a writing frenzy to get the words down. I still procrastinate, though. Right now I should be writing but I’m not, I’m blogging. I have 34,000 words written for my next Abby Kane novel. Including today, I have five days to finish it. It’s like this every year but somehow I pull it out in the end. I’m hoping for a three-peat. Wish me luck.