Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Wednesday's Special Is ... Heroes Die Young!


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Roast Master Jason here turnin' up the Wednesday heat for Todd Hunter and his new book, HEROES DIE YOUNG.

Todd doesn't mess around with his science fact, or his science fiction. He earned a degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Kansas. So yes, he's a rocket scientist. (Sorry, I couldn't resist. I've taken my share of abuse for being a Latin major.) Born and raised in Kansas, it's sometimes hard to believe that he could believe in space travel, let alone that other species exist in the universe. But when it comes to dreams and imagination, the sky's the limit. (Er, well, in this case, I guess the universe is the limit. But how can you be limited by the limitless? Damn, my head is starting to hurt.)

But to heck with hard science. Todd intentionally tosses out most of what he learned while working on tales that people actually enjoy. Usually, those involve some amount of drinking, and delectable predicaments for Aston West, his space pirate protagonist. Let's hitch a ride with him in HEROES DIE YOUNG:

"I’m in," I announced to Jeanie.

"Be careful."

Inside, I broke into a sweat from both the physical exertion and the climate controls aboard the freighter. Rulusians were from an extremely warm and humid jungle planet, and liked to make their ships feel like home. My heavy jacket didn’t help matters. Lines of sweat made their way down my face as I stepped away from the airlock hatch.

I turned my gaze to the entry corridor and saw carnage I wouldn’t soon forget. Rulusian bodies lay on either side of the hallway. Burn marks from energy weapons shone as black patches on a background of dark green skin. The putrid scent of scorched flesh was in the air. I passed an open doorway on my left and looked inside at crew quarters. More Rulusian corpses lay amidst sparks and clouds of smoke.

I lifted my sleeve again. "You’re sure there isn’t anyone on this ship?"

"Affirmative. All scans show nothing but you."

"This damage is too recent for my liking."

"Did the crew abandon ship?"

I grimaced. "Doesn’t look like it."

I continued toward the bridge. Dark blast marks lined the floor and frame around a blown access hatch. Smoke particles lingered in the air, and I detected a faint chemical odor as my eyes watered. I took slow, cautious steps through the opening and became witness to even more carnage. Ten more Rulusians were collapsed against the wall or slumped over consoles, all roasted by weapons fire. I definitely didn’t need to meet up with the people who had done this. I didn’t get into the scavenging business to be a hero. Everyone loves heroes, but heroes have a tendency to die young.

I glanced at displays as I stepped around the short end of an oval-shaped outer wall. All of them flickered with minimal power from backup systems, while I stepped over a pair of corpses. I stopped at a console and attempted to bypass the lockout. The sweat dripped from my face onto the screens and formed little pools that slowly worked up enough courage to slide down the panel. I realized my attempts were useless and walked to an access hatch at the back of the bridge.

"Jeanie, which bays contain contraband?"

"All of them."

A huge smile spanned my face. My dream come true.

Ready to rock the contest?! Let your fingers do the walking on these three questions. And if you'd rather kick back and just chat, do that too!
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1. You're an interstellar developer who has just discovered an untouched jungle planet. Pitch us your plans for a quantum resort!

2. Phasers set to stun, or kill?

3. You're going to be alone in space for a long time. Whose voice do you want your computer to have?

Let's pump this contest up to the speed of light!
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And as a special treat, Chapter 1 will be posted this weekend!

85 comments:

jason evans said...

I'd like to extend a high heat welcome to Todd Hunter and his crackling new book, HEROES DIE YOUNG!

*sniff sniff*

Hey, you smell that??

Alien shrimp on the barbie! Cosmic!

jason evans said...

Oh, and the contest is OPEN!!!

AstonWest said...

And cold Vladirian liquor on tap...what more could you ask for?

Almost brings a tear to my eye...

Almost.

I'll be around all day tomorrow (Wednesday), folks, so be sure to come and hang out.

I'll be checking out your answers to the questions posted up by our gracious host...and am hoping to answer any questions you might have about the book or the author.

In addition to the copy I'm giving away for the regular 3-questions contest, I'll also be giving away a SECOND COPY to one lucky commenter of my choosing. Not that someone will spike the punch with too much Vladirian liquor, but the more memorable you make your posts, the more likely I'm going to remember you come the end of the day... ;-)

Enjoy!

Laurel Johnson said...

I'd like to be the first in line to say that my phaser is always on stun, at least to start. Unless my computer companion voice tells me to set it to kill. Sean Connery is never wrong about the phaser settings so I rely on him just as Aston relies on Jeannie. (I'd like my vladirian liquor straight up please, shaken not stirred, and no ice.) Since I am a firm believer in the prime directive, my plan for the untouched jungle is to leave it exactly as I found it. Any travelers willing to brave the space-time continuum to visit my jungle will have to build their own hut out of monstera leaves, or that planet's equivalent.
My starship is scheduled for a short hop on Wednesday, but I'll check back later to see if you and Jason are in your cups yet.

Charles Gramlich said...

Ah, something right down my line. Nothing like some good space opera, except maybe some sword and planet or sword and sorcery.

Now let's see:

1. The come on: "Welcome to Fantasy Planet. Where any dream can become reality. Where any wish can come true. Nothing can go wrong. Nothing can go wrong....wrong...wrong....

2. Phasers are always set tp "warm" on my fantasy planet so you can keep the hot rum drinks hot.

3. Someone who can do multiple impressions of lots and lots of people.

Lum said...

<1. You're an interstellar developer who has just discovered an untouched jungle planet. Pitch us your plans for a quantum resort!>

Gotta say, it sounds pretty good already. How about organizing some tours and low-key, jungle-y dwellings for adventurous types and eco-tourists? Don't forget to offer trips for science types to come and discover new species. (And I want some of them named after me.)


<2. Phasers set to stun, or kill?>

Stun, duh!!! Do you want to end up on The Rock? It's literally a big rock in space, okay? Folks what done killt other folks end up thar. So set that gun to stun.


<3. You're going to be alone in space for a long time. Whose voice do you want your computer to have?>

My first inclination is to say Sean Connery. Ooo-lah-lah!

McKoala said...

Alan Rickman's voice, puh-leese. Mmmm, silky.

Sorry, were there other questions... nope, too busy listening to Alan Rickman...

Phoenix said...

Welcome, Aston! Erm, Todd. Um, Aston. Todd. Is there really a difference?

Chumplet - Sandra Cormier said...

Hot Toddy, Baby! Howzit goin'?

1. I'd have the tourists roll around in huge hamster eco-balls.

2. To kill, of course. I don't want nobody eatin' my sandwich.

3. Since Sean is taken, I'd love to hear Keanu say 'Whoa' every time there's an error code, and 'Sweet' every time a task is completed.

Good luck with sales!

AstonWest said...

Just heading off to bed, but I'll be back up and running tomorrow morning.

Howdy to everyone who stopped by early!!!

@Laurel: *passes the shaken Vladirian martini. (Don't mind the Roshtu fur...oops)

@charles: Seems to me that Aston finds his way to Fantasy Planet a lot more often than he should.

@lum: Another Sean Connery vote! I'm smelling CAMEO!

Aston got dumped on a prison planet for spitting in some guy's face, so that line gets a little fuzzy... :-)

@mckoala: Close, but he's no Sean Connery...yet.

@Phoenix: The difference gets less and less with every drink of Vladirian liquor...or warm rum...or......

@Chumplet/Sandra: Going great! Sean is still available...but Keanu has a bit more of the sci-fi background.

And for those who don't happen to win a free copy through the contest (and extra giveaway), be sure to check out Amazon and Fictionwise.

And if you're a cheap one like I am, Champagne Books (www.champagnebooks.com) is having a Halloween Havoc sale (for the next couple of days) on both the e-book and print versions of HEROES DIE YOUNG!

So, now it's off to bed...sweet dreams everyone, and we'll catch you all in the morning!

Until then, get a hit of Aston over at my site, under the FREE short stories area:

http://astonwest.com/works_shorts.html

Later, all!

AstonWest said...

Okay, back up and ready to go!

Fire away! (Just watch out for those phasers set to kill)

hollie said...

Hi I hope you have a good day it's a wonderful story that i totally enjoyed and have passed on to my daughter to read

Hugs
Hollie
xxx

Jen (aka OFG) said...

Ahhhhl be back... but until then, for those of you who haven't read 'Heroes Die Young', don't wait to win one: go buy one. It's SO worth it.

AstonWest said...

Thanks for stopping by Hollie and Jen!

Hope to see you back around soon!
Aston has a soft spot for the ladies (even if he ends up shot down more often than not...).

laughingwolf said...

welcome todd/aston :D

[thx for the glass of liquor]

1. at MY resorts, YOU become one with the jungle, literally :O lol

2. kill, of course, else it's NO fun at all...

3. any, BUT that of my ex-wife

AstonWest said...

Aston brought along four cargo containers of Vladirian liquor in kegs, so we should be good for the day.

Thanks for stopping by, laughingwolf!

Jeanie tends to act a lot like a wife, even if she's just the ship's computer. She's usually right, and tends to get Aston out of tight spots.

I wonder if wives (or ex-wives) come with upgrade options, though... :-)

jason evans said...

Last night I dreamed that my phasers were set to martini.

I don't know. Weird.

AstonWest said...

Wars would be a lot more enjoyable that way...

ChrisEldin said...

Bwahahaha "phasers set to martini"

This is a fun excerpt! I love the last line of this piece!

And someone else is a rocket scientist, someone famous, in a rock band. I think it's the guitarist in the band "Queen." Read it recently, somewhere, where I also forgot...

So, Aston dude, do you play the electric guitar?

ChrisEldin said...

Yes! It's Brian May of Queen...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian_May

:-)

AstonWest said...

Actually, I play the electric bass...

Freaky!

AstonWest said...

And I personally enjoy it when people say "It doesn't take a rocket scientist..." because then I get to leave the room.

;-)

fairyhedgehog said...

Ooh, science fiction, goodie!

1. You're an interstellar developer who has just discovered an untouched jungle planet. Pitch us your plans for a quantum resort!

Hot and warm running water, clothes optional, marvellous wildlife of all sorts. Just watch those little quantums running around.

2. Phasers set to stun, or kill?

Please! Stun only. No quantums were harmed in the making of the post.

3. You're going to be alone in space for a long time. Whose voice do you want your computer to have?

Holly from Red Dwarf because I don't want to be reminded how much brighter the computer is than I am.

fairyhedgehog said...

Oops! That should read "in the making of this post".

AstonWest said...

Maybe not that post, but several were probably harmed in the making of HEROES DIE YOUNG...I wondered what that stuff was on the bottom of my shoes.

Oops.

Thanks for stopping by, fairyhedgehog!

The Belle in Blue said...

Hey, Flyboy! I'll pass on any of that deadly Vladirian liquor, but I'll take some Romulan coffee if you've smuggled any of that lately.

Tell Jeanie I said "Hey!" (Be sure she's programmed for Deep South Earth dialect first!)

AstonWest said...

Haven't had the money yet to buy that Deep South Earth programming module...requires a jug of moonshine or something. :-)

And I think Paramount bought up all the Romulan coffee in the universe...

But there are plenty of good drinks around. Just steer clear of Jungle Juice. That stuff even knocks Aston off the couch.

Thanks for stopping by, Joyce!

AstonWest said...

I used to have a recipe around for the non-alcoholic version of Vladirian liquor around somewhere. I might need to do some digging in the archives.

AstonWest said...

Hey, that was easy...

smoothseas said...

Vladirian liquor? Anything akin to Grey Goose?

Congratulations on making every word work!!!

AstonWest said...

Not sure if it tastes the same...haven't tried Grey Goose in particular, but just looking at Wiki I'd have to say no. Vladirian liquor comes from the bodily secretions of a small animal, versus from animal life.

Pay no attention to the yellow color...it's really not *that* bodily secretion.

Really.

AstonWest said...

Oh, and thanks for stopping by smoothseas!

jason evans said...

I see there are quite a few stunning people visiting today.

The Louis Armstrong song comes to mind. And I think to myself, what a wonderful world.

I'd probably be a kill phaser guy myself. I've always wondered, what the heck do you do with all the stunned combatants? And what happens if they wake up too fast? They weren't in a good mood to start with.

AstonWest said...

Could be worse...you could find yourself on the wrong end of a disintegrator cannon.

Ending up a pile of ash isn't really at the top of my list for career aspirations.

If a stunned opponent wakes up too fast, you stun them again!

:-)

laughingwolf said...

jeanie has upgrades? perhaps the kind of 'wife' best for aston? :O lol

i prefer the flesh/blood kind, myself ;)

AstonWest said...

So does Aston...usually.

I'm actually working a short story where the difference between flesh/blood and machine becomes less obvious...

Phoenix said...

So, LW, you've tried the alternative to the flesh-and-blood sort?

Or are you like the little boy who firmly declares he hates hominy when he's never, in fact, tried hominy? ;o)

AstonWest said...

Hominy?

2 or 3 at a time would be fine...but I don't live in Utah...

:-)

And with that, it's time for me to take a little lunch break. I'll be back in a while, so feel free to keep posting comments and I'll answer them all when I return.

Need some more entries for the free books!!!

Sarah Hina said...

Very cool excerpt, Todd! And great roast. :)

1) I'd keep it au naturale.

2) Phasers should bypass stun, and aim for stupefy.

3) Patrick Stewart. So I could hear him say, Make it so, Number One...

L. S. King said...

You...you mean, Heroes Die Young isn't an autobiography by Aston West? Who is this poser "T. M. Hunter"?

1. Welcome to our Verdant Veranza, a lovely little resort nestled in the unspoiled jungle! Emjoy our lush landscape, but our resort host, Mr. Tybo, has requested that no one pick any flowers.

2. A mere "kill"? Vaporize, of course!!

3. Oooh, Alan Rickman, of course! He's even appearing in my upcoming chapter!

@astonwest I believe there's been a story or about upgrades to wives... ;)

And a Raktajino for me, please...

AstonWest said...

Hunter and Aston have this agreement...so far, we haven't been able to get publishers to pay in galactic credits. So, we have to get paid in dollars and spend it here on Earth. What's a space alien supposed to do?

Captain Picard as the bathroom attendant computer...but what happens when you need to go number two?

Great answers so far!

Thanks for stopping by sarah and l.s.!

laughingwolf said...

phoenix: only in my imagination :O lol

todd/aston: can't wait to read it :D

AstonWest said...

If I can get the blasted thing written...assuming you were talking about the short story. :)

jason evans said...

Todd, do you whip up any space/time theories to handle travel over great distances? I liked how the issue of travel was a central theme of Dune, and how collapse of the spice production would result in the sudden fragmentation of galactic culture and the extreme isolation of planets.

Maybe a little like no more oil=a long, long walk from the suburbs.

Dave F. said...

Interesting book. I'll check it out further.
Let's see the questions:

1. You're an interstellar developer who has just discovered an untouched jungle planet. Pitch us your plans for a quantum resort!
It's Shangri'La where no one grows old and everyone lives forever.

2. Phasers set to stun, or kill?
Grill, I've got to go food shopping and I'm hungry. Zap that cow and turn it into a bloody-rare steak. Throw in some mushrooms and onions and let's party!

3. You're going to be alone in space for a long time. Whose voice do you want your computer to have?
Nat King Cole because his voice was so smooth.

AstonWest said...

Actually, my theories generally stick to the smoke-and-mirrors method, but a small glimmer of the "science" behind how ships enter hyperspace (the FTL method in my universe) is offered up in two instances during my latest published short story, "Obedience" (which can be found in Ray Gun Revival, issue 46.

In a nutshell, small field generators attempt to open (and maintain) a rift in space which the ship then enters to reach the alternate "dimensions" (for lack of a better term) of space and time where larger distances can be covered in less time.

...

Anyone still awake?

*spews out some Vladirian liquor and lights it. Poof!

AstonWest said...

Thanks for stopping by, Dave!

Throw in a "never gets sick" and "eat all the junk food they want and never get fat" and I'm SO there...

laughingwolf said...

a short works, but your choice... i'm sure it'll be great :)

AstonWest said...

It's going to be a longer short...it's already up to 3300 words, and we haven't even hit the surprise twist yet. Nor have we gotten to the "oh, crap" moment. If I want it to sell, I'd better keep it under 7500 words, at least.

The story could find itself expanded into a novel some day, but I already have one in-process and another waiting in the wings for the juggernaut that is NaNo.

Such is a writer's life...

AstonWest said...

While I pick up the empty plates, glasses and bottles left behind by our various guests today (in preparation for the after-dinner rush), I figured I should probably take care of some other housekeeping duties.

For those in and around the Calgary area, HEROES DIE YOUNG will be making an appearance at World Fantasy Convention this coming weekend (10/30-11/2).

I already mentioned Champagne Books and their Halloween Havoc sale.

November 4, if you can tear yourself away from election coverage for a few minutes, a brand new short story of mine will be out over at The Writer's Vineyard. Each day during the months of November and December will bring a brand new story from a different author, so be sure to stop by and visit all of the wonderful work on display.

To give you a sneak peek of my story on the 4th, Aston meets Santa Claus...hee hee.

And of course, you can always follow all of my stories and other happenings over at AstonWest.com

You folks are making it a tough choice for these TWO FREE COPIES, but I will be making my selections this evening, so be sure to check back and see if you've won.

And of course, I'll be here to answer your questions and general banter through the evening.

Shona Snowden said...

While I pick up the empty plates, glasses and bottles left behind by our various guests today

Hang on a minute, that's what The Dishwasher is for. Where is he? Under the table? Again? That Vladirian liqor is strong stuff.

Laurel Johnson said...

I'm back. That vladirian liquor martini you mixed for me last night had quite a kick. Sean and I got lost somewhere deep in the Rulusian system and had a hell of a time evading their warships.
But all is well. Did not have to take my phaser out of stun or face disintegrater cannons. I really dread those.
Glad to see lots of people stopped by. This is a really neat place to visit!!

AstonWest said...

Some people just can't hold their liquor, Shona...a painful truth, wherever you might be in the universe.

I agree, Laurel, this is a fun place to stop in and kick your feet up. I've been trying to make it even more so today by being interactive. Not sure if all authors are that way, but I love a good time.

ChrisEldin said...

You're drunk and cleaning up after everyone. That's all that matters around here...
;-)

AstonWest said...

It takes a while (usually) for Aston to get drunk...he's had far too much practice.

peggy said...

my puter crashed and I finally made it online...some one call me a medic or a bartender! oui vay!
what a day!

AstonWest said...

Glad you could make it, peggy!

Depending on how many folks we have available to finish off the Vladirian liquor, we might have to call both the bartender AND the medic...

laughingwolf said...

ah yes, the infamous nanowrimo... still have a day to decide if i'll attempt it this year ;) lol

some ladies on here have two-three wip, so if THEY can... :O

lemme know when/where i can read it?

AstonWest said...

2-3 WIPs for multiple ladies?
I didn't realize this place was so kinky...

:-)

I hang out frequently at the Absolute Write Water Cooler, so will probably have some stuff posted in their NaNo room at some point during the month.

peggy said...

hey guys, since I can not access anthing from yesterday..what were the questions anyway. voices? stun or kill and what else..Mommy!
voices, give me a mans voice..deep and gruf so I can tell him where to get off
Stun or kill.. let me c..stun him, might need a hostage later on.
Oh Oh, I remember..a planet thignie. okay. just discovered jungle or something. well, first off, get me a hummer, so I can travel allterrain in this place.

My oh my theres just so much to read! You all have done great with the answers.
By the way, Hi...nice to meet you!

hey send the batender over here, I'm getting a headache trying to catch up...or is that ketshup "_

AstonWest said...

Are you sure you didn't already find the bartender, peggy? ;-)

Lynne said...

I have to say hi to you..I know its hard to write in any enviroment. So with that out and said.. Your an awsome guy overall I already tell you that on myspace. But I do have to ask something thats been naggin at me. How did you come up with your overall idea for this book?
Bunnyfoofoo76

peggy said...

I wish! Man, do you know what it's like to call HP support and get a guy in India who is trying to help you? Then charge you 49 bucks cause they know they can fix your puter then 5 hours later say..You know your puter is 4 yrs old, its old..You need a new one.. OLD 4 yrs? ahhhh. No, send me some of that stuff over here. I need a bartender. I dug out this old puter and what cha know..here I am. I could've saved 50 bucks. I hate being blonde. Oh, but I do so love your excerpt. Sci fi and me, luv it!

AstonWest said...

No problem, lynne (bunnyfoofoo :-D ). I always like answering questions about my writing.

HEROES DIE YOUNG came about as a result of a dream I'd had, in which the main character was trapped on a ship which was being destroyed all around him.

When I woke from that dream, I wrote down the details I remembered, and then I began asking myself questions.

Why was he on the ship?

Why was the ship there?

Why was the ship being destroyed?

With the answers to those came even more questions and more points to the plot...like the mysterious stowaway (which you'll see this weekend with the full chapter 1 excerpt).

And I had to take that dream and expand it out into a full story...

Obviously, there are some differences and breaks from the original dream when it was placed into the final manuscript (for example, there was no mysterious stowaway in the dream), but overall, that's how HEROES DIE YOUNG came to be.

Hopefully that answered your question...let me know if there are other things you'd like to know.

Thanks for stopping by!!!

AstonWest said...

I've never really had an issue with computers, Peggy, but trying to get my mortgage payments straight with someone who doesn't speak English is always a pain.

Dave F. said...

I gave up on Windows machines and Vista when I retired. Work had a dozen or so computer people as staff and I could get free advice and fixes. Now I use a Macbook Pro.

AstonWest said...

I used to have an Apple back in middle and high school (at home), but made the change to Windows and have never looked back.

To each their own...

Dave F. said...

...In a nutshell, small field generators attempt to open (and maintain) a rift in space...

Writers get so involved in grand sci-fi explanations of drives. Personally, I'd rather have a button that says "Push" ...
Over-Technicality is one of the ways that many a sci-fi waste lots of words. Not that we haven't committed that sin, all of us.

BTW - since I caught your latest comment, I might still be using Windows if Vista didn't demand I buy all new software. As much as the Macbook costs, it was cheaper for me than a Vista Windows with what I wanted in software.

AstonWest said...

Not to worry, Dave, my lengthy explanation was reserved just for that blog comment...because writers should know how their stuff works, even if the readers have no idea. :-)

In Obedience itself, all of that was merely alluded to.

laughingwolf said...

be surprised at what goes on here, behind the scenes :O lol

as for aw, heard of it but have yet to stick my cold nose in there ;)

just talked with a dear friend, she'd forgotten about nano, now is in a panic... told her she has 2 days to get ready ...muahahahaha

AstonWest said...

Yikes...it took me weeks to get my character profiles and plotting done...can't imagine getting it all together in two days.

Shona Snowden said...

Let me make it clear that I am not one of the two or three WIP ladies.

No NaNoWriMo for me. Life is hard enough already!

AstonWest said...

NaNo is just giving me an excuse to write a novel not related to my usual work...

Dave F. said...

Two or three WIP? Why Not.
Sometimes Ideas need to ripen. Other times, the scrap has to rot away.

AstonWest said...
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AstonWest said...

And it's always good to have something waiting in the wings, in case you stall out on whatever you're working on at the moment.

jason evans said...

Any last entries for the contest? Get them in before 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time, U.S.!

AstonWest said...

Guess that means I'd better start figuring out who I'm going to pick for the free copies... :-D

jason evans said...

Okay! The contest is now closed! Thank you everyone for the great day and to Todd for being a wonderful roastee!!

Who won? Drumroll please....

AstonWest said...

First off, thanks to Jason and the whole Book Roast crew for having me here! It was great fun!!!

Now, what everyone has been waiting for: the winners!

It was really tough to judge all of these excellent entries...

Sarah Hina is our main winner of a print copy for her contest entry. I'm a sucker for Captain Picard, what can I say?

Dave K. is our winner of a print copy for the commenter of my choice.

I think you can catch my e-mail from my Blogger profile. I just need to know where to send your books and whether you want them signed and personalized both (or just signed).

And because we had such great entries, and because I'm a sucker for giving away free stuff (even if it probably torques my publisher off to no end ;-P ), I have a pair of e-books to give away to two lucky runners-up on the contest entries.

L. S. King for not letting boundaries stand in the way, and going straight for the 'vaporize' setting...

And finally, Laughing Wolf for great laughs in regards to the ex-wife response (and subsequent de-rail).

Just send me an e-mail and I'll get you your copies.

Thanks again to everyone for stopping by! It's been a blast!

Sarah Hina said...

Thank you, Todd! What a great surprise!!

You were a really great roast-ee. And I can't wait to receive that copy of your book!

Good luck with all of your future projects, too. :)

fairyhedgehog said...

Well done to all those winners! And thanks, Todd, for making it so much fun.

ChrisEldin said...

Thanks for spending time with us, Aston!!!

And many thanks to everyone who dropped by to read his most awesome excerpt!!
:-)

laughingwolf said...

grats to the wie... uh, winners! ;) lol

and todd/aston, thank you so much, really appreciated :D

i'll send you the email asap....

AstonWest said...

Oh, and it was Dave F. who won (not Dave K. as I mentioned in the post last night)...sorry for the typo. I know a Dave K from somewhere else...oops!

:-)

Thanks everyone for the great time, and congratulations to the winners!