Free Nate Banks Books (and other stuff)

Thursday, July 08, 2010 / Bloggified by Jake Bell /

I've really struggled with THE COMIC CON, the 4th book in the Nate Banks series. I painted myself into a few corners plotwise, and had a few scenes that my editor just did not like no matter how loudly I yelled that they were brilliant and deserved a Newberry Medal on their own.

Fortunately, my editor has had the second draft for about a week and in that time I was able to chill out, work on a few other projects I'd been itching to try out, plot out Book 5 of the series, and sleep. The fact that my kids are visiting their grandparents in Florida for two weeks didn't hurt matters either. (Now if only they had taken the three dogs with them, too...) The break has been exactly what I needed. I'd like to say it was like a cool, refreshing dip in a mountain stream after a long day of hiking in the sun and heat, but it was more like getting to the bathroom after a 45 minute drive home from all-you-can-eat Buffalo wing night through heavy traffic on a bumpy road. I have some great ideas for changes I'll make in the third (and let's hope final) draft.

As for the first two books, did you know you can win a copy of both SECRET IDENTITY CRISIS and FREEZER BURNED over at KidsReads.com? That's volume 1 and 2 of the Nate Banks series of which reviewer Tony Isabella said:

"Hey, Hollywood...and I'll speak slowly so you dummies can understand me...Nate Banks could be the next huge kid movie franchise. The books are funny and exciting with positive values. There are a lot of opportunities for action figures both male and female. Check it out!"

How can you pass up that chance?

While I'm at it, let me mention a few other things that I've posted on Twitter, but might as well add here where it's a little more permanent:

1. Have you played the Coldsnap video game over at Scholastic.com? If not, go check it out.

2. Both of Chris Giarrusso's G-MAN books will be coming out in September. The first one already came out, but is being re-released with a new cover that matches the second one a little better. If you like Chris's art on Nate Banks, wait until you see what he does on his own. Plus, I'm in the second book!

3. A month after the G-MAN books, RED ALERT will be out in stores. I really had a blast writing this one and Chris's art on the comic insert is the best stuff I've ever seen him draw. Unfortunately, I can't share it... yet, but I soooo want to.

4. THE COMIC CON is already available for preorder at Amazon and Barnes and Noble... probably other places, too, but those were the only two I found.

5. I promise next blog post won't just be a list of ads like this. Instead, I'll complain about stuff that really doesn't matter in the grand scheme of things. Sound good?

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