Rabbit in the Road

New Book Announcement: A Heart of Lavender, the Follow-Up to Rabbit in the Road

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Sean Ross has always just kind of gotten by. Strapping young fella, not a whole lot wrong with him. Not exactly an underachiever, but not much of an overachiever either.

Living in Des Moines, Iowa with his father Franklin and sister, Sean just kind of did what any other fella might have done post high school; he joined the military. What can he say, it buys you a little more time to figure out what the hell you’re going to do with your life, and nobody will say you’re not getting paid.

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Dusk to Dusk; How a Harbinger Was Born

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Hey gang. I know it’s been a while since we’ve come and talked to you guys, and for that we’re sorry. There wasn’t anything in the way of DOING that, except for the very reason that this blog exists: writing.

I know this has been said BEFORE, but this time it’s for real: The Dusk Harbinger is finished. How is this different than times before? Because I have personally put my quality seal of approval on it; it is DONE. What else have I said before? It takes however long it takes to get done and however many words that requires. The very first book in the Twisted World series is “content complete”: there is nothing left to add, all that is left is cleaning, editing, and testing.

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You Like Rabbit in the Road? Okay, Show Me.

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So, Rabbit in the Road. It’s been out for over a year now. Over 25,000 downloads on Amazon, great reviews and many happy customers. Do you think that Rabbit in the Road deserves a bigger audience? If so, then I’d like to ask you to prove it. (more…)

It’s Done

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(the authors, a year ago, still up to their necks in the book)

Some time four years ago, Oliver told me we were going to write a story. He had an ending in mind, a beautiful ending. He had the idea of a couple of fascinating characters in a place like nothing I’d ever experienced.

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Rabbit in the Road Anniversary Freebie Giveaway: The Customer Is Not Always Right, But Is Most Important

You get a Rabbit and you get a Rabbit and WE ALL GET RABBITS! YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAH!*
*Oprah totally did not read this book, does not endorse it, and probably has no clue what it is. But photoshop hilarity is fun.

This weekend is the 1 year anniversary of Rabbit in the Road being released (specifically, October the 14th)! Because of that, I thought it would make good sense for us to come out of our hidey-holes and talk and do some fun stuff!  I decided that the best course of action would be to… give it to you guys for free again all weekend! That’s right, same as before. No catches, no funny stuff. Just go grab it and enjoy it (and by the way, I’ve already seen what it looks like on the Kindle Fire HD; it looks FANTASTIC).

But there’s more! We also decided to drop the price of the paperback PERMANENTLY to $9.99! Wow! (more…)

An Anniversary Missed and Surgery

Hey folks, Mr. Oliver here. It’s been a while, so I thought I would get you caught up to speed.

So it appears that our 1 year anniversary of running this blog was last month. Whoops! Super exciting, but we missed it for a good reason.

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Interpretation

The interesting thing about this image is that many people believe that it spins to the left. Others are adamant that it spins to the right. The truth of the matter is, the image in fact spins both directions. There is not enough information presented to determine beyond a shadow of a doubt that the woman depicted is spinning in one direction. If you simply relax your eyes and imagine that she is spinning in the opposite direction of what you are currently interpreting it, she WILL spin in that direction.

Reader Ted G. wrote in to Danika and I, with an interesting point of view about Rabbit in the Road that I wanted to share with you folks. Ted writes:

“We all agreed that most people read it as Bevie being the victim, only changing at the end of the book. This was the big surprise ending for all of us. It seemed that in that final confrontation, Bevie simply had had enough of her life being upturned all the time and saw a way out.

But, we all agreed that it can be read with Bevie in the roll of villianess from almost the very beginning. It could be argued that it was she using/manipulating Ray. Also her continual callous treatment of her boyfriends is evidence of a less than stellar moral fortitude. She manipulates these men to get what she needs, then abandons them all at the drop of a hat.” (more…)

An Open Letter to the Reader That Hated Rabbit in the Road As Much As The Lord of the Flies

You hated my book? THANK YOU!

Dear Annette M.  from San Francisco,

Thank you for taking the time to read my book on Amazon, Rabbit in the Road

I noticed that after you finished reading my book, you left a one-star review that said the following:

“Haven’t hated a book so much since 30 years ago in high school when they made us read “Lord of the Flies”. Terrible book, bad plot, not logical, and I didn’t care about any of the characters. Blach!”

And after that, when another reader raised questions about your review, you said the following:

“So, if I understand you, my overwhelming feeling after finishing the book to punch the authors, needs more explanation? Because it was a terrible book!”

I’m sorry that you did not enjoy your experience with Rabbit in the Road. Not every product can please every customer, and for that I apologize. I noticed that you said you wished that you could get your time back. It pains me to tell you that unfortunately, I do not believe that Amazon provides refunds on time lost.

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2nd Time Around the Block: Test Reading The Dusk Harbinger

I was test reading books before it was cool. And before internet.

We’re back again. So what have we been up to during our strange absence?

Well, it’s simple. We’ve started test reading again for the next book, The Dusk Harbinger. Only 6 months after Rabbit in the Road came out? THAT’S CRAZY TALK, you might say.

Surprise, I’m a little crazy.

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Customer Service #2: Rabbit in the Road Technical Difficulties

This is a public service announcement. An issue was just reported to me and I want to know if anyone else is experiencing it.

I’m hearing that some copies of Rabbit in the Road are corrupted on their download. Of the two reports that I’ve gotten, one was that the first page of the book repeated 75 times, and the second report is that the book suddenly ends halfway through.

Of the 12,000 units that went out, I have seen 14 units be “refunded”, and I reckon this is that issue manifesting itself.

If you are experiencing bizarre behavior like this, the first thing that pops  into my mind as a solution is to just delete the file itself from your device (do NOT remove it from your account!), and re-download it. So long as you don’t remove it from your account, it SHOULD be perfectly fine and it should re-download CORRECTLY. I’ve personally checked the integrity of the file myself just now, going through it line by line and there’s nothing weird going on there. It appears to be an isolated event (It seems to be happening to 0.11% of the downloads), so I’m pretty certain that this is an issue on Amazon’s end.

Please share this with your friends and what not, and definitely have them use this post to let me know if they experienced any similar issues.

I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: I am in the business of customer service. I care, WE CARE, and if you’re not happy, WE’RE NOT HAPPY. 

~Oliver

P.S. Thanks for the tip, Bill!