What to do with a bad review

All authors get bad reviews.  What do you do when you get one?

A.   Go all Anne Rice on the so-called reviewer who dared call into question your literary genius, in the process not only insulting the reviewer’s meager intelligence and no-doubt substandard education, but also intimating that his lineage is less than noble born?

Uh, No.

B.  Adopt the best Dr. Smith from Lost in Space voice you can, curl up into a fetal … Read the rest


Deceived ARC giveaway winners

The Deceived ARC giveaway contest is concluded.  There were nearly 400 entrants.  My sincere thanks to everyone who entered.  I appreciate the enthusiasm a great deal.  I’d give away more ARCs if I had them, but three is all I have.

So, without further ado, the three winners are:

1.  Dookus Maximus

2.  Swsquadleadr327

3.  Sean Smith

Congrats!  I need each of the winners to email me (at paulsvantekemp at yahoo dot com) with their … Read the rest


Riptide cover art and blurb

Starwars.com has posted the cover and blurb for Star Wars: Riptide, my sequel to Star Wars: Crosscurrent.  I hope you like it (I do).  And yes, that is Jaden on the cover.

When a ship full of Sith warriors arrived in Galactic Alliance space, the fight to destroy it accidentally uncovered a deadly menace: a long-hidden group of clones, secretly created as insidious weapons capable of wielding the Force and heedless of the Read the rest


Deceived giveaway continues

The giveaway contest for Star Wars: The Old Republic: Deceived is ongoing.  Just post a comment to this blog entry or this livejournal entry and you’ve entered.  Easy peasy.  There are a bit over 200 entrants so far, but I’m giving away three ARCs, so your odds remain better than Power Ball.  🙂  Please read the entry before you respond, particularly the part about leaving a unique enough name/username so that you’re identifiable.

Note, too, … Read the rest


Deceived giveaway reminder

Folks, please leave your full name or a distinctive username when entering the giveaway contest.  A common first name is not a useful identifier in this context.  If I announce that “John” won, I’m going to have ten entrants email me for their copy.  🙂… Read the rest


Deceived signed ARC giveaway

I have three bound advance reader copies of my forthcoming Star Wars novel, Star Wars: The Old Republic: Deceived. I want to sign them and give them away.

I will pick three recipients at random from all of those who leave a comment to this blog entry, whether at paulskemp.net or at the mirrored entry on my livejournal. Please use your name or a distinct username and enter only once.  You do not need … Read the rest


Azazel Chapters 1-3

Because a couple folks asked via email, here are the first few chapters of Azazel, the supernatural thriller I mentioned in the post below.  I’ve been unable to sell this so far.  It’s gotten many, many praise-filled rejections, and has made it to a few acquisition committee meetings.  But, based on the comments that have come out of those meetings, it seems folks feel it’d be a tough book to categorize and market, and … Read the rest