Authors’ Cave Grand Launch Festival Blog Train

Authors’ Cave Grand Launch Festival Blog Train


Welcome to the Authors’ Cave Blog Train!

You are cordially invited to attend the Grand Launch Festival Day! Join us for what is sure to be a blast with the Most Enticing Book Trailer Contest winner announcement, scavenger hunts, giveaways, Google social hangouts, and our kick off for the 1st Annual Authors’ Cave Book Awards where you can win $500 cash, a Kindle Fire or Nook, and free promotion of your book for a year at Authors’ Cave!

July 22, 2014

(8am to 11pm EST)

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Back to the train…Get to know the blogger – that’s me!

3 sentences about myself: My name is Joe DeRouen, and I’m the author of the Small Things trilogy. Small Things, the first book in the trilogy, is a top five Amazon best seller. If you enjoy modern fantasy interspersed with horror, check out Small Things and its sequel Threads!

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Elevator Speech: Provide 2 sentences to ‘SELL’ your book(s).

Small Things (Small Things, book 1) Carthage, Illinois, 1975. It’s a hot June morning in a small Midwestern town when fifteen-year-old Shawn Spencer arrives at the church for his best friend Tanner’s funeral. Though his drowning was officially ruled an accident, Tanner’s sister Jenny swears she saw something rise up from the Carthage Lake to pull the struggling teenager beneath the surface.Shawn doesn’t believe in monsters… but he will…

Threads (Small Things, book 2) - History is changing around nineteen-year-old Ben Spencer, and he’s powerless to stop it. His sister has disappeared, his family thinks he’s schizophrenic, and, worse yet, the girl he’s madly in love with won’t give him the time of day. Enter the mysterious Michael, who, years earlier, helped Ben’s parents defeat a powerful sorcerer bent on destroying them and reclaiming a relic stolen from him years before. With Michael’s help, Ben will travel back in time, to 1977, and attempt to set the past straight. But will he undo himself and the woman he loves in the process?

The first three words I would use to describe myself are: Creative, goofy, intelligent

I am currently working on this project: I’m working on several things at once, including a book of short stories that will contain a Small Things novella that takes place between the first two books. Stay tuned!

My favorite thing about Book Review Depot / Authors’ Cave… Making new friends and learning more about the creative process and skills of all these wonderful authors. 

Enough about me…here are 3 more books from Authors’ Cave you might enjoy!

Dark DaysThe WoodmanAnticipation of the Penitent

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Answer to Grand Launch Festival Day Scavenger Hunt Question #3: Train

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My Trip Home

As a lot of you know, I grew up in the “real” Carthage, Illinois, the same small mid-western town where Small Things and Thread were set, albeit (mostly!) without murderous little monsters and other magical beings.

Carthage, IllinoisIt was a blast driving around town with my 12-year-old son pointing out where certain events took place in the novel. “Look, that’s where Tanner drowned at the start of the novel!” “Look, that’s the old house that the old house in Small Things was based on!” “Look, that’s where the Tastee Freez used to be, where Shawn and Jenny had their first date!” “Look, that’s where Sheriff Fred Ruskin built his restaurant in Threads, and that’s where his first wife and child are buried!”

Seeing family and friends was the best part of the trip, of course, but it was super fun visiting Carthage and visiting the locations that inspired the novels!

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#3 in Fantasy, #5 in Horror, 1272 Copies Sold!

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000040_00017]My free day was a success! I “sold” 1,272 free copies of Small Things, and the novel rose to #3 in contemporary fantasy and #5 in horror. I’m thrilled, and really hope everyone who downloaded it for their Kindle likes it and decided to buy Threads, the second book in the Small Things trilogy, for only $3.99!

Thank you for your support!

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Small Things – FREE on the Kindle, one day only, Saturday June 28th, 2014

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000038_00060]For one day only, Saturday, June 28th, 2014, Joe DeRouen’s highly-rated fantasy novel Small Things is FREE for the Kindle. That’s right, absolutely 100% free!

Just follow the link below to grab your FREE Kindle eBook copy, but remember, offer expires Saturday at midnight!

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