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Nope, Forts isn’t gong to be made into a movie anytime soon. Sure, it would be nice, but it isn’t very likely.

Damn Hollywood fatcats!

With the help of a little extra time though, google images, and my handy photoshop skills, I put together a poster anyway.

I’d pay seven bucks for that.



That’s right, it’s contest time again!

The release of Forts: Liars and Thieves is only four or so months away, and I’m going to give you a chance to win it for free.

Yep, you won’t have to spend a dime. I’ll sign it, I’ll package it up, and I’ll send it to you for nothing at all. Maybe I’ll slip in a crisp five dollar bill just for the heck of it. (Though I make no promises about that.)

Why only five dollars?

Because I’m cheap you silly goose.

So how can you get your hands on a copy of the world (if the world was much, much smaller and filled with mostly nerds) has been anxiously waiting for?

Well, let me tell you.

All you have to do is head on over to Amazon.com and leave a review for Forts: Fathers and Sons.

Too lazy to search for it? Need a link? Simply click the little linky link bel…


That’s right, as of this morning there are not one, not two, not three or even four, but forty-two pages of “Forts: Fathers and Sons” available for you to read online!

Get this…

It’s totally free!

Don’t say I never gave you anything.

Why not click the link below and take a look? What have you got to lose? Nothing.

Or did you already forget that I said it was free?

Damn you and your short memory.



FORTS SAMPLE CHAPTER - Slaughter of the Innocents

Because I’m a nice guy I’ve decided to toss another sample chapter your way. If you haven’t yet purchased book one, what exactly are you waiting for?

Get your butt in gear.

Don’t make me tell you again, or else I might just have to tell you a third time – in a far sterner tone.

You don’t want that and neither do I.

The pale-skinned children from the hundredth world brought with them an infectious feeling of possibility that permeated the streets of Tipoloo. It slid under every doorway, through every crack, into every home, and filled the city’s inhabitants with a wonderful, warm feeling to which they were not accustomed. This was an odd feeling, a new feeling, a beautifully strange feeling that some of the younger children, those who had been born insi…


Well, book one is officially available everywhere. Book two is written, being edited, and the chapter illustrations are done.

So what am I missing?

Yep, a cover.

I did one a while back, but honestly it didn’t quite sit right. The characters didn’t work for me, and honestly it didn’t capture the absolutely bonkers, surprise the poop out of you, and leave you shaking your head in disbelief nature of of the second book.

So I’ve started over.

I like this new version. I like it a lot in fact. Granted, it’s still in the early stages, but I think it’ll capture the intensity of book two much better. Things get much darker, much crazier, and much more unpredictable. I need the to make sure the cover reflects that.

If you haven’t yet ordered a copy of R…


Well, the book is out. If you haven’t yet ordered yourself a copy there are a LOT of buying options available.

Amazon UK is carrying it now, and it can be gotten through independent bookstores everywhere, with more to come.


Some people that have already gotten their hands on the copy started sending me pictures of themselves with the book. Granted, it’s a little unexpected, but I’m digging it!

Below is a picture sent to me by my pal Erik.

Cool pose, no?

Yes it is.

So cool in fact that I used it for reference when sketching up a chapter illustration for book 2 (which is hopefully due by the end of the year).

Will Erik be flattered? A little weirded out maybe? Call his lawyer and see if he has a case? All of the above along with an glass or war…


It seems as if those that ordered the book immediately after its release are just now getting their hands on it?

How do I know this exactly?

Is it because of the psychic abilities I never speak of for fear the government will lock me up, carefully slice open my brain and perform all sorts of unspeakable experiments on me?

Of course not stupid. That doesn’t even make any sense. I should smack you for even suggesting such a thing.

It’s actually because they started sending me pictures!

I’m not entirely sure how or why this started, but I like it, and I’m appreciative of each and everyone that shells out a little cash for something I’ve written.

I just hope you like it – because there aren’t any refunds.




So it seems the book is a wee bit late in getting where it’s supposed to get – which admittedly sucks.

However we’re going to take this lemon and make ourselves a little lemonade!

Sound good? Of course it sounds good.

The delay give you yet another chance to get something free.

What I want you to do is keep an eye on – http://www.barnesandnoble.com/

You know, go there every few hours search for me, or the the title, or whatever and the minute the book pops up copy and paste the link then drop it in an email and send it to me at – novakillustration@yahoo.com

The first email I get with a valid link not only gets the book for free, but gets it autographed as well.

If that’s not some sugary, tangy, delicious lemonade I don’t know what is.

If you’…


Well, the contest for not only a free but autographed copy of “Forts: Fathers and Sons” has officially concluded, and a winner chosen.

First off, let me just offer up a HUGE amount of thanks to everyone that entered.
The submissions were good – maybe too good. Scratch that, they were far too good. In fact, they were so good that picking one became quite impossible.

The decision making progress made “Sophie’s Choice” seem about as difficult as trying to figure out where to eat dinner by comparison.

I kid you not.

Some of you opted to go the sympathy route…

“…because I am a poor elementary teacher who may be jobless and can’t afford to buy books! “

This is undeniably a quality approach. At the same time however it banks on the fact that behind my gruff exterior I’m really just an ol’ …

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