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#WhateverWednesday: Hosting a Spot! SALT IN THE WATER Book Release Party

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Well, this is rather exciting.

I was just invited to a host a slot during S. Cushaway’s book release party. This will be my first time ever doing such a thing. Actually, I’m a little nervous! Putting myself in a spotlight is always a little nerve-wracking, but it’s for a good cause. S. Cushaway is another local author from my hometown, and this is her first book!


There are a thousand ways to die in the desert– desperate outlaws, deadly predators, murderous elements, and betrayal. . .

Kaitar Besh, a veteran scout as legendary for his cynicism as his skills, is ordered to brave the deadly Shy’war-Anquai desert one last time. Escorting Leigh Enderi– a greenhorn Enforcer with a reputation as shady as his own–he soon realizes the ghosts of his past have come to haunt more than his nightmares.

When the mission breaks down in the wake of bitter hatred and mistrust, even Kaitar’s fabled skills may not be enough to bring them home again. Stranded in the red wasteland without contact, food, or water, they uncover a betrayal that could bring all they hold dear crumbling to the dust. . . and tear down the wall of lies surrounding them.

This is an unusual subgenre that I just learned about called ‘weird western.’ It’s kind of like a Western adventure, but it’s also a science fiction/fantasy novel. It’s not a subgenre I’ve dabbled in, so now I’m looking forward to reading it as well!

I will be hosting the 8-9pm slot on Thursday, October 27, 2016. Go check out the event to RSVP!

So I had to research what the heck I’m supposed to do for these things so I don’t make an ass of myself. I have an hour slot. I was almost certain it was going to be like an hour of video or radio where I’d have to be constantly interesting for 60 full minutes. My greatest fear with that is that I’ll ask a question and get total silence because no one actually cares.

As it turns out, it’s way easier than I thought. Basically there will be questions, maybe some games, and maybe I’ll even give away my own book, THE BLOOD OF NERYS. Sadly, I have not yet found a cost-effective way to ship internationally, but maybe there is a way to offer the eBook for free? I’ll have to look into it.

And since the invitation, I’ve begun considering what it might be like to have my own release party. I didn’t want to get too fancy with my first book. The world doesn’t quite know who I am yet, so I figured participation would be incredibly low. After writing all of that fan fiction, I’m fairly certain that it will be easier for me to find new readers if I have more than one novel to offer. People like a little variety. My online popularity took off when I had more than a handful of stories, so I’m not going to get antsy until I’ve been doing this awhile.

So when the next book comes out, who knows? Maybe it will be my finest hour!

You’ll definitely be the first to know!

S.K. Balk lives in the frozen wasteland of Northern Michigan. She is the author of the dystopian medical sci-fi THE BLOOD OF NERYS (also available in print).

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