Monday, December 24, 2012

Simon Claus has come to town! (wait...Santa Bloom? No, that's not right, either...) Okay, Simon Bloom Book 3. Ho ho ho. Got it?


'Twas the holiday season
and all 'cross the Earth,
people were readin'
and filling with mirth.

'Cause Simon Bloom 3
was finally here,
in book-types called "e"
to bring all good cheer!

And that, oh readers, is why a good Narrator should never write in rhyming stanzas. Or at least this Narrator. But I am rather too excited to restrain myself. You see, it is holiday time here in the United States. I've been sitting -- bathrobe-clad and tea-sipping -- watching the rest of the people of the world go about their exciting lives while I waited, waited, waited for my 3rd Chronicle of the adventures of Simon Bloom to be available for others to read.

Now it has. Finally. Michael Reisman, about whom I am currently chronicling (while waiting for someone more interesting to come along), has at last put it out into the world for those who want to read my glorious Narrating. It is, as that splendid cover above indicates, called Simon Bloom: The Order of Chaos, and it is ready for you - yes, YOU - to purchase!

You can get it via Amazon:

or via Barnes and Noble:

 or you could simply click through Michael's website,

As you no doubt know, the Amazon ebook is readable on Kindle devices and the Barnes and Noble version is readable on Nook devices...but perhaps you're wondering, what if I don't have a Kindle or Nook?

Well, you can download a free Kindle reader program or Nook reader program for your PC or Mac, OR you can download the free Kindle or Nook app for your iPad, iPhone, Android phone, or Android tablet. ALSO, the Barnes and Noble version is readable on any other device that can read epub-format ebooks.

Since Simon Bloom 3 is coming out in the midst of the holiday season, that Reisman fellow has chosen to ask only $3.99 for it, though he will probably raise the price somewhat at some point early in the new year...

I suppose, since I'm chronicling Michael Reisman, I should include a direct message from him:

"Thank you SO much for reading and for being SO patient for Book 3! But I Do have a favor to ask of you, oh loyal Simon Bloom readers. If you Do read Order of Chaos and you Do like it, please, Please, PLEASE tell your friends, your neighbors, your teachers, your librarians, passing space aliens...basically, anyone you think might like Simon Bloom.
Please review it on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, or anywhere else you think it will help, and please blog about it (if you blog). In short, please do whatever you can to help me spread the word about Simon Bloom's adventures!
(But, of course, if you DON'T like the Order of Chaos, then I'm perfectly content for you not to review it, heh heh...)"

My, what a cheeky fellow, but I must agree with this Reisman man (or, for short, let's call him ReisMan): any word of mouth that can alert others to this Chronicle would be much appreciated by me as well!

Michael made the ebook non-DRM so it would be more available for all, including -- he hopes -- for librarians to be able to carry the book. But he (and I) implore you to Please not make illegal copies/ post the book online. I think everyone should get to enjoy Simon Bloom's escapades but I (and ReisMan, I suppose) worked very hard on it, and the sales from it are the only way he gets paid. 

(There are no plans for a print or audiobook version in the near future, but I will personally let you know if that changes. That's what good Narrators are for, after all!)

I am, as you've no doubt noticed, the most modest Narrator around, but I do believe this is the finest of the Simon Bloom Chronicles. And, not to reveal too much, but I think you'll be pleased by my role in the tale. Yes, Narrating is an amazing enough adventure in of itself, but - in the grand tradition of Arthur Dent himself - me and my bathrobe get to have some excitement, too.

What do I mean? Well, what sort of Narrator would I be to insert spoilers? Go on, go read the book and see for yourself. 

Happy Holidays to all, and to all a Bloom night!!!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Coming soon, Soon, SOON! (Yes, Book 3.)

This is your Narrator here, and I'm as pleased as one can be while wearing a bathrobe in the summertime. I've been watching Michael Reisman for some time now and, quite frankly, I was getting rather frustrated waiting for a certain thing that starts with the letter 's' and rhymes with teaful (which isn't technically a word but, as all tea-drinkers would agree, should be)(let's be honest, how many words out there Really rhyme with sequel?)(I suppose Flangelo would suggest 'beakful', but for those not of the avian persuasion, teaful will have to do).

I'm happy to say that progress has been made: the  release of the 3rd Chronicle of Simon Bloom and his friends is now in sight! There is still much for that ol' Reisman fellow to do (including various adjustments, inputs, reformatting, and a fair amount of napping...he's quite good at that last one). Nevertheless, all major obstacles and issues have now been cleared up. It is officially, as someone less proper than me might say, 'gonna happen'!

I can't give you a date Yet, but I can tell you it will be released as an e-book. Michael hopes it will be within the next month or so, though he cannot be sure. To give you something, however, here is what the e-book's cover will look like:

As your Narrator, I feel I must apologize for your having to wait. There are still some potential (minor) delays, so he and I both hope you can be a bit more patient. I can assure you, however, that the book will be available - as the title of this post implies - as soon as possible.

More information will be posted as it is known. (And, if you'd like, please spread the word!)

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Better Late Than...Okay, Fine, Late is Bad.

Greetings from the long-absent Narrator...yes, I'm afraid I've been remiss in my Narrating duties for quite some time. I mostly blame Michael Reisman. He's not been terribly interesting, lately. Oh, sure, he's done school and library visits, and gone to conferences, and done a lot of work, and eaten, and fed his tropical fish (he now has several), and a lot of other mundane activities. But honestly, has he really shaken the universe of late? Not in my book. (no pun intended...)

Well. Perhaps that will change soon. As you presumably know, I also chronicle the life of Simon Bloom (who has a lot more universe-shaking under his belt than ol' Reisman). And, as you also presumably know, only two of Simon Bloom's chronicles have been available for public reading. The third one, entitled The Order of Chaos, has been in a Limbo of sorts.

In fact, that very same Michael Reisman made a video about it over a year ago. Perhaps you've seen it:

The video's not terribly exciting, I'm afraid, though that octopus is certainly photogenic. 

Since that video (and before it, of course), there has been quite a lot of waiting on this Reisman fellow's part, which of course meant a lot of waiting on my part. (A lot of tea, pizza, and those little goldfish crackers were consumed.) I have also watched Michael work on other books, as well as some movie and television material, but I have nothing exciting to report on that right now. At least not yet. (The goldfish crackers, however, were cheddar flavored...and delicious!)

Michael is certainly sorry for the delay, but he does expect to have an update on when you...yes, You...can get your eyes on my 3rd Simon Bloom chronicle (which, I might add, is considerably more exciting than this mini-chronicle about Michael)(I promise!).

Please be patient...Michael hopes to know more in the next month or two. In the meanwhile,might I suggest that you engage in some of his favorite pastimes, such as reading, napping, and juggling. But not all at once! (Trust me, that would not go well.)

Thank you for stopping by, and do check in soon for updates...