Some awesome things kids have said about Maia and Icarus

1. “I personally thought it was very good because some chapters were funny and some were adventures.”

2. “Why did the princess get so crazy and messed up?”

3. “Do you plan to make this into a huge series?”

4. “There were so many action packed moments going on.”

5. “I think Maia learned something from her journey.”

6. “Your book was actually the best book I ever read.”

7. “Is Icarus alive? Or is he dead?”

8. “I loved how you included the whining princess.”

9. “First of all I loved your book so much but I want to get a few things straight. Number one: Why did you make Icarus always smile?”

10. “Do you even know who Maia’s father is yet?”

11. “The Greek gods really interest me, maybe more because I’m Greek, I don’t know.”

12. “You really wrote a nice book.”

13. “This book overall grabbed my attention because of its emotions and interesting story.”

14. “I see gods.”

15. “I can’t keep calm because I want to read your second book.”

16. “My favorite part was when Maia was with the princess talking about boys because it was funny.”

17. “I am writing a fantasy story at school and Maia & Icarus changed the way I look at fantasy stories in a good way.”

Sometimes “blogging” is the last thing I have on my mind…

Otherwise, I would have posted pictures from my book signing at Book Revue in Huntington back on January 24, 2014…

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I’m still overwhelmed by the outpouring of support I received…

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My friend Erik called it my “George Bailey moment”…

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In that moment, it did indeed feel like a wonderful life…

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And, though shy at first, my niece Maia (my protagonist’s namesake) got into it too…

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All in all, an amazing night…

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With over $900 raised for Room to Read’s Local Language Book Publishing program — over 900 books will be produced in local languages throughout the world!

 

With tremendous gratitude to an incredibly supportive team of people, including Eric, Andie, Michael, Christine, Lisa, Briana & Stephanie, and to Lauren from Book Revue, Shawn from the NYC chapter of Room to Read, and Jason at XO Restaurant…

 

http://www.roomtoread.org

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We could all use some Room to Read

I am thrilled to announce that my book signing/launch for “Maia and Icarus” at Book Revue in Huntington village on Friday, January 24th is going to benefit a truly remarkable charity.

Room to Read is a global organization seeking to transform the lives of millions of children in Asia and Africa by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education. Room to Read works in collaboration with local communities, partner organizations and governments to develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children and to ensure girls have the skills and support needed to complete their secondary education.  Since 2000, Room to Read has impacted the lives of more than seven million children and aims to reach 10 million children by 2015.

You can learn more at http://www.roomtoread.org

All author proceeds from the event will be donated to Room to Read. Guests are also welcome to purchase and donate any of the vast number of great books carried at Book Revue.

You can learn more about the event at http://www.bookrevue.com/JamesPerez.html

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A literary afternoon in DUMBO…

Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Reading and Q&A Event – Saturday, September 21st at Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop – with the Greater New York Independent Publishers Association

 

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I was the last in the group to read… It looks like I was waiting patiently… but I was trying to remember how to pronounce Icarus…

 

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Not sure what inspired this particular neck craning… I may have thought I heard the ice cream man go by…

 

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During the Q & A… I had just referred to Maia as a “female heroine”… I talk good…

 

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Proud to be associated with a brilliant group of people! And a wolf…

Something pretty amazing happened today…

I’ve been a visitor to Book Revue for many years now. For those who haven’t heard of Book Revue, it is located in the heart of the village of Huntington on the north shore of Long Island. It is one of the largest independent bookstores in the United States. Book Revue has played host to authors as diverse as Bill and Hillary Clinton, J.K. Rowling, and Beth Stern (wife of radio legend Howard). Friends of mine have worked (and fallen in love) at Book Revue. In the summer of 2007, shortly before I began writing “Maia and Icarus,” I waited on line at midnight at Book Revue to buy “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.” It is the perfect place to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon. And starting today, Book Revue is carrying “Maia and Icarus.” To risk cliche, it is a dream come true. It was a thrill to see my book listed on Amazon, iTunes, and Barnes & Noble, but this is something altogether different. This feels like flying.

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Promise me you’ll always remember: you’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think – Christopher Robin to Pooh

Giving my book away for free…

seems counterintuitive, but what do I know about book marketing? I mean, really, what do I know about marketing a book? Honestly, it all seems counterintuitive… and confusing… and contradictory. While I would love for thousands of people to enjoy reading “Maia and Icarus,” I have to believe that all of the “tried and true” means of marketing, especially the free ones, all have an expiration date, so to speak, with fans. Am I going to word my tweet or craft my giveaway in such an astonishingly original manner that it is going to take fantasy adventure fandom by storm? I guess anything is possible… so, here is “Maia and Icarus” for free:

http://storycartel.com/books/244/maia-and-icarus/

If you like it, let me know. If you don’t like it, let me know that too… Thanks!

“Never regret thy fall,
O Icarus of the fearless flight
For the greatest tragedy of them all
Is never to feel the burning light.”

― Oscar Wilde

“I realize that this is not the response that you had hoped for…”

I’ve received two proofs of Maia and Icarus from CreateSpace, both with the same defect — the cover is not centered, causing the front cover to bleed onto the spine and the spine to bleed onto the back cover… both times I contacted customer service I was asked to send photographs of the spine that would be forwarded to the Technical Services team… today I received an email that included the title of this post… so, still waiting for the issue to be resolved — I’d like to say “patiently waiting,” but I feel like a kid who keeps opening up the oven hoping the cookies are done… after six years, I am ready for Maia and Icarus to fly…

I think I’ll go see if we have any cookies…

“Maia & Icarus” book trailer 3.0

“Maia & Icarus” book trailer 3.0