Seems my life these days consists of two things: autograph signings and family. When I write I'm either composing the sequel to Passage to Zarahemla, (maybe I should just call it what it is: Escape From Zarahemla) or creating the presentation that I'm giving in October for BMAF (Book of Mormon Archeological Foundation).
I wanted to thank all those who ordered autographed copies of various books and audio books (primarily Sorcerers and Seers) over the past few months. I hope by now that all customers have received their copies--signed and sealed. I've certainly noticed there's a lot of competition now from various stores and venders--internet and otherwise--vying for book sales. So I decided, why not beat them all?
Here's the deal. Beginning Friday Sept 24, everyone who places a new order of $20 or more with http://www.heimerrecords.com or simply by calling me directly at 801-495-0555, will receive a choice of one free Heimerdinger product. Yes, you will have a choice between three or four KNOWN CREATIONS that my publishers have marketed in LDS bookstores. This sale will last through October. I think I'm gonna to leave the identity of such items to your imagination right now, that is, except for those who place orders. If you place the new order online, I will contact you via email or phone to ask which free item you would like included. But why not just call? The website does not sell many of my books yet (because this particular ordering site, in my humble opinion, is kind of rinky-dink, but a wonderful new webmaster named Courtney Wilson is helping to spruce things up).
In case you're wonderfing, this is something that only I can offer. No other retailer can do so. I'm taking full advantage of my position as an author and the products I have on hand that are not available anywhere else (at least in the same capacity). And hey, my family has become quite proficient at packaging orders. It's a great way to bring us all together.
I deeply appreciate the positive feedback that I've received so far on Sorcerers and Seers. I will say again to readers: Resist the urge to skip chapters and read ahead to find out what happens to certain characters or with certain events. Several readers have confessed that doing this undermined some of their enjoyment of the novel. Why did it undermine the experience? Well, because even if a chapter does not necessarily discuss a certain character or certain events, the inter-relationship between what is happening in the various time periods is critical. I wrote the story in the order that I wrote it for a reason. Okay, I'll give you one specific example. Those who have already read the book might appreciate how Jude's situation provides valuable insights for Meagan's situation. That's all I'll say about it. There are other examples I could give. So however difficult the temptation is to resist skipping ahead, I strongly advise that you read the book cover to cover in order.
Lastly, please be careful about posting "spoilers" on places like Facebook or other sites. Let readers consume the plot with the same sense of mystery about what happens next as every other reader. I also strongly advise all fans and readers to join the Chris Heimerdinger Group on Facebook. This is a forum that I moderate along with another fan named Brandon Wilcox. This club allows me to address many of the specific questions that readers have that are too complicated to post here. Readers can also have discussions with each other on various topics. I look forward to hearing from anyone who wishes to talk "Tennis Shoes turkey", but I'd prefer to do so on the Chris Heimerdinger Group page. Thanks again for your fanship and dedication to this adventure series.