Check out the Trailer for The Harvest, The Last Orphans Book 2

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Like Gone? Try The Last Orphans.


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Getting on the Shelves of Barnes & Noble Stores

Last week I managed to get my book, The Last Orphans, on the shelves of nine out of ten of my local Barnes & Noble stores (San Diego area). The tenth store didn’t have a manager available who could process the order, or I’m certain they would’ve ordered some books too.

My publisher, Clean Teen Publishing, paved the road for me because they work with a reputable distributer who sells books to B&N. When The Last Orphans was published last October, Clean Teen told me that our distributer, Midpoint, had sold a bunch of books to Barnes & Noble. I received a sales sheet that told me which B&N warehouses ordered copies of my book. The closest warehouse to me is in Reno, Nevada, and there are more scattered across the country that distribute to different regions. It was exciting, but unfortunately being in the warehouse doesn’t mean the book ends up in a store straight away. It has to be ordered by the managers of each store, who, I imagine, have a lot of books to choose from.

When I didn’t see any copies in my local B&N stores, I decided to try to do something about it. I ordered ten copies of my novel and asked my awesome publisher for a sales packet I could leave with the store managers. The Last Orphans was an Award-Winning Finalist in the Fiction: Science Fiction category of the 2014 USA Best Book Awards, and I put gold stickers from that competition on each of the copies.

USABestBookAwardsFinalistTLOI set my sights on my favorite local B&N Store, knowing I’d be more comfortable making the first sale in my stomping grounds. I met the manager and told her about my book, explaining I was a local writer and my novel was in the B&N warehouse. She entered the ISBN, and The Last Orphans popped up on her screen. In less than a minute, she’d ordered copies for the store. My mission was complete—my longtime dream of seeing my book in a bookstore realized!


I left the copy of my book and the four page sales brochure, which included all the information about The Last Orphans and The Harvest, The Last Orphans Book 2. Hoping for future sales, I pointed out that Book 2 comes out April 14 and informed her that Barnes and Noble had pre-ordered a grip of copies. She was super friendly and seemed happy to get a free book.

I walked out of that first store with my confidence boosted. The rest of my stops were much the same. They all ordered my book, and some even said they’d put it on the end cap of the aisle to give it the best chance of getting seen. Plus, the store managers said they’d have the employee who liked my genre read the books I left so they could make recommendations to customers.

I managed to get a lot of books on the shelves. Does this mean I’ll make a lot of money? Maybe, maybe not, time will tell. The hardest part of this whole writing journey has been getting my work in front of people, getting the publicity needed to connect with consumers. I’m hoping I sell out in all those stores, but I’m also content that I’m getting the word out there. If it does result in an increase in sales, I’ll be headed to Los Angeles next. I’m betting there are a lot of B&N stores there!

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Kindle Countdown Deal

The Last Orphans will be off the Kindle Unlimited program soon (a program that allows you to read lots of books for one monthly fee, #netflix for books). I know many people are not signed up for Kindle Unlimited, so we’re offering The Last Orphans as a Kindle Countdown Deal for anyone who couldn’t take advantage of KU. 28 hours left to get the best deal, then it goes up incrementally every 30 hours until returning to full price. #kindleunlimited #amazonprime #kindlecountdowndeal #CTP

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149,760 Minutes and counting… The Harvest, The Last Orphans #2

8,985,600 seconds or
or 149,760 minutes
or 2496 hours
or 104 days
or 14 weeks and 6 days until The Harvest, The Last Orphans #2 is released! (I’m not counting or anything, lol). :-) Here’s the GoodReads link:

Haven’t read The Last Orphans? Click the cover pics below to go to and check out the reviews. The Last Orphans is on Kindle Unlimited for a short while longer. Read for free!


Award-Winning Finalist in the Fiction: Science Fiction category of the 2014 USA Best Book Awards–
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InD’tale Magazine–November 2014 Issue: Five Stars and a Crowned Heart!

“…Mr. Harris keeps one on the edge of their seat throughout this apocalyptic young adult story. “The Last Orphans” shows a terrifyingly realistic view of what could happen… …This story is a great start to an excellent series and will have readers begging and pleading for more!”

Heather Mcguire, InD’tale Magazine




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For the reluctant reader on your shopping list…

Love this review The Last Orphans just received! I’ve gotten a lot of feedback from people who feel the same as this reader. If you have a reluctant reader (someone who has trouble finishing books), maybe The Last Orphans is good medicine for them.

Danny rated it 5 of 5 stars (From GoodReads)
“I came across this book by chance while looking up random books on Kindle Unlimited. Although I never heard of the author I was intrigued by the book description and decided to give it a chance. Long story short this is one of the best books I’ve read. When I read I tend to get bored quickly and often times take weeks to finish a book that should only take a few hours to read. In fact the last few books I have read I only made it halfway and stopped reading completely, unable to stay interested to make it through to the end. However, I read this book in one sitting and find myself disappointed that I have to wait until the sequel is out to read more! At least there is another series of his that I can read in the meantime! Fans of Hunger Games, the Gone Series and Maze Runner will love this book. If you are debating picking this book up then I absolutely recommend you do, you will not regret it!”

#KindleUnlimited #AmazonPrime #HungerGames #GoneSeries #MazeRunner #reluctantreader




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Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do–Check :-)

Earned my Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do on Friday, Dec 5, 2014! This is a short video of a brick breaking I did. First time I’ve ever broken one of these bad boys. It was a bit harder than breaking wood. The towel is there to prevent shards from cutting my hand. Invigorating to apply all that my Masters have taught me. Earned my Black Belt through a Chung Do Kwan (Ocean Beach Martial Arts) School, which is one of the original Kwans (schools) of Tae Kwon Do, dating back to the martial art’s origins.


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