Book: Quentin McFury The Last Defender now available for purchase

Quentin McFury - The Last Defender Cover

Quentin McFury – The Last Defender Cover

I’m so excited to announce that Patrick T. Gorman’s book “Quentin McFury – The Last Defender” is now live on Amazon!

I have been collaboratively working with Patrick these last 6 months, designing the book cover and become a fan. Now it’s your turn. I don’t usually push too many things on my friends, but this is a book that I can get behind. A little sci fi Star Wars adventure, with a little love crush and alien worlds. What more do you want!? Great for kids to read as well.

You can find it here on Amazon:

Paperback: http://www.amazon.com/Quentin-McFury-Defender-Series-Volume/dp/0615891004/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1382380929&sr=8-1&keywords=quentin+mcfury

Kindle Version: http://www.amazon.com/Quentin-McFury-Last-Defender-Series-ebook/dp/B00FY0NMQA/ref=sr_1_fkmr1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1382380961&sr=8-1-fkmr1&keywords=quentin+mcfury

Nook Version: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/quentin-mcfury-the-last-defender-patrick-t-gorman/1117165794?ean=2940148405085

iTunes Version: Search for “Quentin McFury” in iTunes on you iPads, iPods or iPhones!

Congrats to my good friend Patrick. May the downloads be many and the ratings five stars. Now start writing the next book!!

Sneak Peek of Quentin McFury Bookcover

Quentin McFury - The Last Defender Cover

Quentin McFury – The Last Defender Cover

For the past few months, I’ve been secretly designing a book cover for the wonderfully talented Patrick T. Gorman. If you are a Star Wars fan or have been to the Star Wars Celebrations, you probably have heard of the “Star Wars Trilogy in 30 Minutes” or the “Star Wars Saga in 60 minutes.” Patrick is the creative genius behind these wonderful productions. He wrote and directed them. So he’s kind of a big deal in my book.

Star Wars Saga in 60 Minutes Cast

Star Wars Saga in 60 Minutes Cast

I was lucky enough to be introduced “digitally” to Patrick through our crazy mutual friend Nick Simon. (I have never actually met Patrick in person, or even talked to him on the phone! Cray!) But in this digital age of awesomeness we collaboratively created this book cover for his first novel “QUENTIN MCFURY – THE LAST DEFENDER”. And I could not be more pleased!

We started back in May of 2013 and over the course of hundreds of sketches, digital illustrations, type layout, color choices, font choices, synopsis writing and rewriting, we have finally come down the final stretch of artwork!

So here it is in all it’s glory! I can’t wait to get copies for all the readers in my family!

Quentin McFury - The Last Defender

Front and Back cover

SYNOPSIS FOR QUENTIN MCFURY – THE LAST DEFENDER

One September day, everyone disappeared…

Everyone except gawky, geeky Quentin McFury. When he fell asleep in English class, Quentin never thought he’d wake up with drool on his desk and no one else on Earth.

In search of answers, the teen will steal a spaceship, fall for a snarky purple girl, and make friends with a strange robot who denies he’s a robot. Together, they will fight through a universe Quentin never knew existed to rescue his people. But will he find his fellow humans before a group of mysterious pursuers catch him first?

“The best and only way to describe Quentin McFury: He’s sort of like if Douglas Adams and Nick Hornby had a love child and it was up to that kid to save the universe. I fell in love with Quentin as he bumbled his way through the galaxy.  And I’ll be honest, he broke my heart a little along the way.”

— SARAH WATSON, writer for PARENTHOOD and THE MIDDLEMAN

About Patrick T. Gorman

An expat Nebraskan with multiple useless degrees from USC, Patrick T. Gorman has made a name for himself out of letters from the alphabet. A Playwright-in-Residence for the esteemed stage company Festival Theatre USA at the young age of 23, Patrick T. Gorman stormed the Edinburgh Fringe Festival as the writer of three plays that yielded sellout crowds and glowing reviews. Since then, Patrick continues to furiously write screenplays, plays, and anything else that his dainty little hands will scribble out, always moving forward like a chunky bearded shark.

You will be able to purchase Patrick’s book from Amazon in the next few weeks as he finalizes the interior chapters.

UPDATE!!!! It’s now available for PURCHASE!! Congrats to Patrick!!

You can find it here on Amazon:

Paperback: http://www.amazon.com/Quentin-McFury-Defender-Series-Volume/dp/0615891004/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1382380929&sr=8-1&keywords=quentin+mcfury

Kindle Version: http://www.amazon.com/Quentin-McFury-Last-Defender-Series-ebook/dp/B00FY0NMQA/ref=sr_1_fkmr1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1382380961&sr=8-1-fkmr1&keywords=quentin+mcfury

Nook Version: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/quentin-mcfury-the-last-defender-patrick-t-gorman/1117165794?ean=2940148405085

iTunes Version: Search for “Quentin McFury” in iTunes on you iPads, iPods or iPhones!

I can’t wait for you all to fall in love with Quentin, Trinta and Roddy as they make their way across the galaxy! Believe me when I say, you are going to LOVE this book.

Here is my daughter holding the original canvas artwork for Quentin McFury - The Last Defender!

Here is my daughter holding the original canvas artwork for Quentin McFury – The Last Defender!

Survivor Hogwarts

If you are wondering why I’m MIA for the next week or so, it’s because I will be pretending to be a camp counselor and sending 12 young wizards and witches into what I call SURVIVOR HOGWARTS. It is no secret that I’m a huge HP fan and before we hit the very LAST movie of the series, I was begged into creating the EPIC Survivor challenge for my nieces, nephews, cousins and daughters to play while we are on vacation with the theme Harry Potter. (When we go on vacation, it’s not to a hotel somewhere, it’s basically to a cabin in the middle of nowhere, I need them to do something without going crazy!) My ridiculous treasure hunts have been an annual thing for us and even though they are all getting older, everyone seems to be pretty excited for it.

I’m completely okay with this because I’m ALSO a freak when it comes to scavenger hunts, crazy relay races and ridiculous puzzles. I have to figure out a way to patent it or something! I usually put on a normal Survivor or Ultimate Scavenger Hunt during our family trips or over a holiday like Easter.  We’ve played Survivor James Bond where everyone was named after Bond characters, Survivor Fraggle Rock although only I got the joke (I’m old) and  the ever popular “The Search for Yam’s Treasure” where all the clues were hidden in songs that the kids had to listen to and decipher the location (IE. “Hey Mr. Postman…” clue was in the mailbox.) The winners got huge chocolate bunnies and the losers got small Cadbury eggs. The photo was hilarious. It was also the hardest game I’ve ever created.

So I’ve been working on and off for the last couple months gathering items and prizes, writing up clues, task and questions, drawing maps, packing up horcruxes and overall going totally overboard on what will be a 6 day overload on everything Harry Potter. It’s going to be great.

When we are back I’ll post photos as well as the tasks and you’ll wish you came with us.

 

 

Storybook Gown of Golden Books

My daughter has a growing collection of Golden Books and I have read quite a few myself but this is jaw dropping on so many levels! I’ve seen recycled paper dresses, but this is ridiculously amazing!

From Ryan Novelline @rnovelline

“Storybook gown constructed entirely out of recycled and discarded children’s Golden Books. The skirt is comprised entirely of the illustrations from the books sewn together with metallic gold thread, and the bodice is made from the books’ foil spines.”

You must visit the site to see the full construction process. I’m floored!

Visit the Site: http://home.comcast.net/~ryannovelline/10.html

What I’m Reading Now

It’s an understatement to say that I “like” reading. If I had to compare my “like” of reading it would go along the lines of “I like reading like you like breathing”. Or April is to Reading like Cats are to Pudding (#stolen inside joke). My childish tendencies would even go so far as to say I read WAY MORE than you which I’m pretty sure is accurate even though I have no clue of your reading habits. (I’m not above bragging on this.)

It hearkens back to my tween days where I would spend hours in my room reading books purchased from the local “Cover to Cover” or borrowed from the school library. In those days before geek was chic, I would read lots of genres: comics, graphic novels, mystery, crappy teen romance, non-fic but my favorite by far was fantasy.   Good guys, bad guys, elves, gods, magic, adventure, swashbuckling and wizards (and this was WAY before Harry Potter mind you). Not that I don’t love HP, it’s just… well it’s over and like all good things that come to an end, it opens doors for new wonderful things to take it’s place.

After Harry Potter, or #AHP, I burned through alot of quick mainstream series just to fill my time but I needed something I could really sink my teeth into.

So let me introduce you to Patrick Rothfuss. I love this crazy bearded Diogenes following man and I don’t even know him. His love for Joss Whedon, Felicia Day, Flight of the Chonchords, Buffy, Dr. Who, Firefly and a million other geeky things make me realize we have a kindred spirit.  Not to mention his blog makes me literally LAUGH OUT LOUD at every turn, I’m sure in person he is a geeky force to be reckoned with and I won’t pretend that I could match wits or improv humor with this man.

(I read his WHOLE blog, all the archives, in 2 days, #crazymuch)

The Name of the Wind

But before I got all fan-girl obsessed with him I read his first two books: The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear.

Now I’m NOT going to post a long winded review or spoilers here. I’m just playing cheerleader to an author I admire and it’s something I rarely do. Kvothe, Bast, Denna, Auri, Elodin, Devi,Tempi; these characters have hooked me completely. The world, politics, University, cultures and songs are ridiculously complex and believable at least to me. And when you get mocked on (spoiler link) Penny Arcade, I totally know you are worth my time.

The Wise Man's Fear

I have four ways I judge a book:

1) Fair: I’ve read the book, it took me awhile, it was meh, I could easily put it down and I probably won’t read it again or heaven forbid, I didn’t finish it I was that unimpressed.

2) Good: I’ve read the book, it took me a few days, I stayed interested, I liked it but I won’t read it again.

3) Best: I’ve read the book, it took me a day, I couldn’t put it down, I learn more about the author hoping they have wrote more than just one, I might tell my mom.

4) Obsessed: I’ve read the book, I couldn’t read it fast enough, I found the author’s website and read it like a crazy person, I want to re-read chapters out loud, I buy the audiobook, paperback, hardcover AND digital iPad copy, I buy another copy just so I can gift it to someone, I spam my facebook friends to read it, I force my mom to read it, I erase my brain, start over and read it all again.

These books are #4 Obsessed. How’s that for a fantasy review?

If you want proof that these are worth your time, go look at the Amazon sales rank or read hundreds of already well qualified reviews or peruse his site at your leisure.  But you are warned, these are the first two books of a trilogy and the last book isn’t out yet and won’t be for a very long time. Long time fans have waited YEARS for the second one and I was lucky enough to not pay attention until now. Also the second book has a few more “adult” moments that even made this mother of two blush.

As a creative, I know the long hours it takes to do something and do it well, so Pat, take all the time you need. I’ll easily wait years for the final book with no whining and complaining. In the meantime make me laugh with your blog and your adventures with Sara and Oot and maybe at a future San Diego Comic Con, if I see you, I’ll be brave enough to give you a high five.