Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Get a Piece of My Booty

I made it the cut.

I mentioned a while back that I was entering this year's Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest and in the wee hours of this morn, I got word that out of somewhere in the neighborhood of 10,000 entries I made the top 500. That means I am a quarterfinalist and that a portion of Plundered booty is now available for you to read for free on Amazon.com.

Here is the direct link -- Plundered Booty. Once you land on the correct page their is a link in the upper right hand corner that reads Download for free. Please check it out of you have time. Customers reviews are figured in to the overall judging somehow so please leave one of you have time.

Of course I am stoked as, I know there were lots of talented writers who didn't make the cut. My prize for making it this far is to get a complete book review from the team at Publishers Weekly. that is both exciting and a tad scary, but I have faith in both the story and my ability to write so I believe it will be mostly good.

In not so good news I am scheduled for a root canal at 1 PM today. And of course the new house prep works continues on. Thanks in advance for checking out my booty.

69 comments:

D.A. Riser said...

Congratz on making the cut. I'll flip over to Amazon later to check it out.

Being Beth said...

OMG!!!! Huge congratulations to you!

Sorry about the root canal -- not fun.

Junosmom said...

Way to GO! Congratulations! I am sure you must be floating on cloud nine and the root canal will not even be felt.

(I have had one and it was nothing - just relax your body.)

writtenwyrdd said...

That is wonderful news, Travis. Must make moving just a little bit better to have that bounce in your step.

I'll have to download it later and read it.

David Cranmer said...

Excellent! I'm on my way to check it out...

Corey Schwartz said...

Oh, congrats! That is so exciting.

Deborah Elliott-Upton said...

RE: Plundered Booty. Told ya so!

Lauren said...

That is fabulous! Congrats!!!

Good luck with the root canal. I hope all goes well.

Janet said...

Wow! Big news. Congratulations.

PurpleClover said...

AWESOME!!! I am so excited about Plundered Booty making it!

YAY!

As for the root canal...YIKES. Sorry. :(

Terri Tiffany said...

Whoo hoo! that is awesome news!!!!! Think about it during the root canal!!!

Jenn Jilks said...

That is so exciting, Travis!

I had a radio interview for my book about palliative care. The spot will air between 5:00 - 6:00 A.M. on Ottawa radio. Whatth3h3ll! It's all publicity. I vidcam taped myself and put it on, too.

Hope the health and house improve!

David said...

Congratulations!

What a mixed bag of news. But the Booty news trumps the rest.

Not that a root canal is a good thing at any time, but at least you can be thinking about the novel while you're in the chair. Surely that will help.

Charles Gramlich said...

Wow, that's good news, and quite an accomplishment in and of itself. I hope it helps you through the root canal. Just keep thinking good thoughts about the book. I'll check out the link.

Wonderful news though. THat's very nice

Janna Qualman said...

My, what a nice booty you have. ;)

Congrats! That's fantastic news, and I hope it'll keep you thinking great thoughts through your root canal. Good luck!

Barbara Martin said...

Congratulations on making the cut, Travis. That is very positive news! I'm popping over to Amazon now.

Let us know how many trips to the dentist you need for that root canal. Just curious.

Kristen Painter said...

Make sure they give you the good drugs! Off to Amazon...

Melanie Avila said...

Travis, I can't WAIT to check out your booty! That's so awesome you made it to the next level. I'd be excited just to have the opportunity for the review (although clearly winning would be nice too).

Keep us posted!

Bina said...

Wow! top 500 out of 10,000! Congratulations! That is so awesome!

Lexi said...

Congratulations on your booty! Condolences on your root canal. I'll raise a pint to you this afternoon while I'm in the pub.

Laura K. Curtis said...

Congrats, Travis!! That's fabulous news!!!

Caron Guillo said...

Consider the anesthesia just an early celebration. :) I am so excited for you, Travis. I knew Plundered Booty would make the cut!! No doubt my help on the pitch paved the way ;-).

Mr. Shife said...

Glad to check out your booty, and congrats on the great news. That is freakin' sweet. Way to go Travis, and hopefully that awesome news will help ease some of the pain of the root canal.

preTzel said...

Very nice Booty Trav! I left my review and can't wait for this to get published so I can finish it. :)

Beth said...

Congratulations! Wonderful and inspiring news. I'm going to the link to check it out.
Don't let the root canal spoil the thrill of it all! (Advil, lots of Advil...)

Jess said...

WHOOO HOOO!! Congrats, T!!

Stinks about the teeth though. I personally LIKE root canals. A chance to lay down,listen to music, and not deal with anything else in life.

So proud of you, buddy! Will head over to Amazon to check out the book now!!

maureenpoetryblog said...

travis, this is terrific news. except for the root canal, it seems like things are going well. so happy for you!

pattinase (abbott) said...

Great! I am off to read.

Angie Ledbetter said...

Hot dayum and kudos! (May your time in the dental chair fly by. *shudder*)

jjdebenedictis said...

EeeeEEEeeeEEEeee!! Congratulations! That is so awesome; well-done, Travis!

Clare2e said...

So awesome! I'm going to read it, and from my days back in Chicago, I'll vote early and often!!!!

Melissa Marsh said...

UGH on the root canal, but more importantly, CONGRATS on making the cut!

Beans said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!! That's fantastic!! Do you realize that puts you in the top 5% ?!?! Job well done, keeping my fingers crossed but already an amazing accomplishment.

G said...

Congratulations big guy!!!

I will definitely check it out on Amazon in the next day or two.

McKoala said...

That is excellent; I'll read it tonight!

Janie at Sounding Forth said...

Awesome, Travis! Congratulations!!

Gary Corby said...

YAY! Congratulations Travis. It's a validation that what you're doing is great.

Teresa said...

Congratulations Travis!!! Hope your root canal came out all right. I'm off to Amazon to read about your booty.

Reb said...

Wonderful! Going to download now.

Angie said...

OMG that's freaking awesome!! :D Congrats and good luck! [hugz]

Angie

the walking man said...

Well done T...Keep reminding us to go there.

Chris Eldin said...

AWESOME NEWS!!!!

Congratulations!!! Tomorrow, when I'm a bit more awake, I'm going to read it and leave a comment. I know someone from last year who entered (is now published!)

WAY TO GO!!!
:-)

dizzblnd said...

What wonderful news! And just think we all helped you make it there.. does this mean we get part of your booty? Heading over there to read it now. Good luck on making the finals!

Root canals are a piece of cake and you will feel SO much better afterward.

Josephine Damian said...

"The prize for making it this far is to get a complete book review from the team at Publishers Weekly. that is both exciting and a tad scary."

You got the scray part right. Those PW folk are reviewers after my own heart - brutal. But if they love you - oooh, la, la.

Virginia Lady said...

Awesome! Congratulations!

The Weaver of Grass said...

Thanks for visiting my blog - am paying a return visit - I am impressed - congratulations I shall check it out.
Call again when you have time.

laughingwolf said...

grats travis, that's SUPER! :D

Janet said...

They won't let me download it. :o( They keep switching the country to the US and telling me the zip code isn't viable. If it's not available outside the US, why didn't they just say so?

DrillerAA said...

Congratulations my man!!! Job well done. I will have to check out the free read.

Avery DeBow said...

A huge congratulations on making it to the quarterfinals. A very large accomplishment, indeed.

Cloudia said...

So proud of you, TRAVIS!
Now that is very cool & well deserved too. enjoy it. aloha-

Dan Case said...

I read your entry and posted a review on Amazon. I said something like, "someone plucked Carl Hiaasen out of Florida and dropped him in the middle of Oklahoma." Good job Travis! I'm thinking you should make it to the next level for sure.

Phats said...

Travis this awesome, happy for you!!

Brackets are up, thank you for participating :)

Terrie Farley Moran said...

This is the coolest news ever!!

We are so there.

Terrie

Josh said...

thanks man

Erica Orloff said...

WOW, Travis!!!!!!!! That is terrific!
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cher said...

wow! congratulations Travis!! That is absolutely awesome!!
I will definitely check it out and sing your praises!!

Basil Sands said...

Congrats on making the cut. That's pretty good to get through the storm of entries and make into the outer part of the inner sanctum of mighty fortress.

By the way, the more I read, the more I like on your blog.

And you've got a nice following too.

Greetings from ALaska.

Barrie said...

YAY! YAY! YAY! for Booty + amazon. What's a little root canal compared with this!! And what a great story this will all make on Oprah!

Junosmom said...

Well, I did go over and read it! I am wanting more. Some of my first reactions is that I was put off immediately by Junior, offended really by the bet and how it was stated. I almost didn't finish reading but was glad I pushed past it. I do like the "I" character and hope to hear how it continues soon.

Linda McLaughlin said...

Congratulations, Travis, that's fantastic news! Woo hoo!

J. L. Krueger said...

But did you survive the root canal? I hate it when those happen!

Only thing worse than a dentist in my mouth would be a proctologist in my butt!

Still on target for the move, I hope.

B.E. Sanderson said...

Wow, congratulations! Sorry to hear about the root canal, though.

Lois Karlin said...

Way to go! Well deserved. The story's great. I left a review.

angel, jr. said...

Congrats!!

Lana Gramlich said...

Congratulations on this, as well! I'm going to have to pop over for a read/review when I get a chance (still swamped...You know what I mean, I'm sure!)

Crystal Phares said...

Congrats! I'm so happy for you!

ElanaJ said...

I just downloaded yours Travis! I never saw a link on MSFV, so I just stalked you over here. LOL. Will read and review today!

Stacy said...

Congratulations!