Goodreads Giveaway – Ends December 18th

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Enter to win a signed copy of Descriptions of Heaven in this goodreads giveaway.

Of course, there’s also a current Kindle giveaway for twitter users and a crayon coloring contest.

All three contests are being held to celebrate the 1 year publication anniversary of Descriptions of Heaven. This will probably be my last goodreads giveaway due to goodreads’ plans to charge hundreds of dollars to authors who want to give their books away for free. A nominal fee? Sure. Hundreds of dollars? Yeah right; not happening. So hop on over to to the final goodreads giveaway of 2017/ever.

You can find me on goodreads where I frequently list the books I’m reading.
Let me know your 2018 reading plans in the comments!!!

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Kindle Giveaway – Ends Dec. 19th

Kindle Giveaway Ends Dec. 19th

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Enter to win one of three Kindle copies in an Amazon sweepstakes. It takes less than a minute and all you need is a twitter account. Giveaway end Dec. 19, 2017.

ENTER THE AMAZON KINDLE GIVEAWAY

Keep an eye out for an upcoming Goodreads giveaway, and don’t forget about the ongoing coloring contest which runs until Dec. 25th.

BTW, I do have a twitter account. Feel to to follow me.Follow Author Randal Eldon Greene on Twitter

 

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Interview with IndieReader

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IndieReader, a company run by authors and writers for authors and writers, did a great interview with me. They previously did a review of my book you should check out too. It’s a 4+ Star review well worth the read. The interview is linked below.

Check it out here: Randal Eldon Greene, an All About the Book Guest Author Interview.
Randal Eldon Greene's Literary Fiction novel, Descriptions of Heaven published by Harvard Square Editions, is awarded the IndieReader Approved sticker.

About the interviewer: since IndieReader’s launch in 2009, they have reviewed thousands of titles. They offer a variety of publishing services to help promote and improve the quality of independently published titles. As a twice traditionally published author herself, Amy Edelman, founder of IR, knows exactly what it takes for an indie title to not just succeed, but also to stand out from the pack.


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Interview with Dan Bloom

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Cli-fi guru Dan Brown conducted an interview with me for his all things climate fiction portal.

Check it out here: An interview with novelist R.E. Greene, author of the novella ”DESCRIPTIONS OF HEAVEN”

DanBloomAbout the interviewer: Born and raised in Massachusetts, currently in Taiwan, Dan Bloom is a 1971 graduate of Tufts University in Boston where he majored in post-modern European literature. He also attended Oregon State University where he worked on a masters degree in the Speech and Communications Department. Dan worked as a journalist in Alaska for 12 years in the 1970s and 1980s, and later as a newspaper editor and reporter at English-language newspapers in Japan and Taiwan.  He tweets @verywindycities and manages cli-fi.net.
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Blue Cafe – Photos

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On May 18th I did a reading and book signing at Sioux City’s Blue Cafe. The owner, Gia Emory, told me that we packed the house.

0518TenieshaTeniesha Kessler was our featured poet, giving us a variety of poemswild, weird, and wonderful.

One of my best friends in the world, Chris Larson, provided us with some classy piano jazz both before and after the reading portion of the evening.

0518RandalthruFlowersWhile Chris played his tunes for us, I got to sit on stage and sign books.

I read stories, poems, and even a bit of creative non-fiction about my blind little pooch, Missy.

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Of course I read from Descriptions of Heaven too.

Sara, one of my oldest friends going way back to our elementary school days, was awesome enough to drive several hours just to see me read. #FanGirl  😀 0518EmoryStudio
Blue Cafe also houses the music studio of Ron Emory from T.S.O.L. He couldn’t make it to the show, grieving the death of his good friend, Chris Cornell of Soundgarden and Audioslave. I did see Ron earlier in the day and was able to wish him an early “happy birthday.” (Cool fact: we share a May 20th birthday).

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My wife Libby and I having our photo taken after the show.

We were also celebrating my birthday that night. Gia surprised the patrons with free cake I had her make for the occasion. Afterward, some of us went out for drinks at the nearby Diving Elk. My gorgeous wife got herself an old fashion, and I had a couple of tasty dark beers in celebration.

Barnes & Noble Book Signing

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I am so excited to be doing my first ever book signing. This is a real milestone for me as an author, and I hope that as many of you local and regional fans as possible make it out.

There are four other area authors, and copies of our books will be for sale (or you can just be a fanboy or fangirl and bring your own for me to sign).

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Location
: Barnes & Noble inside the Southern Hills Mall
4400 Sergeant Road
Sioux City, Iowa
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Event: Randal Eldon Greene will be joining four other Siouxland area authors for a book signing at the Sioux City Barnes & Noble (located inside the Southern Hills Mall). You may bring your own copy of Descriptions of Heaven or buy a copy there. No admission fee or need to RSVP.
Follow the B&N facebook event hereSioux City, Iowa Barnes & Noble Facebook

More live eventsincluding book signings and readingsare coming. Check out the appearances page and mark your calendars.

Green Reads

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Eco-Fiction.com is hosting an excerpt of my novel, Descriptions of Heaven.

One of the themes in Descriptions of Heaven is that of the environment and humanity’s relationship to it. There is a worldwide drought, and the New Bedford Lake, which is the main setting for the novel, is located in an area of the country that still gets rain regularly, though the main character, Robert, makes mentions of recent droughts even there.

Does Descriptions of Heaven focus on the environment? Well, yes. It in fact does. In many ways it is the point, asking us to wonder what is next for our world and how we grieve what we have lost and will lose. If you’ve read the book and missed this message, that’s okay. That’s why we have criticism: eco-criticism and eco-critical theory. Theory and critical reading are what help us to make sense of the books we read. Looking at Descriptions of Heaven through an eco-critical lens will help you see how the environment and ecological concerns express themselves through the story.  Not noticing certain aspects or not reading a book from a particular angle is okay; it simply invites re-reading. And, to be honest, the environmental message is simply one valid way of approaching this short novel.

If it is true that this novel is ecologically-concerned but it’s possible to read this book without realizing it, then it must be asked: Is it a green read? Is it eco-fiction?

Eco-Fiction.com quotes criteria from Jim Dwyer’s book Where the Wild Things Are: A Field Guide to Eco-Fiction that I can only agree with.

  • The nonhuman environment is present not merely as a framing device but as a presence that begins to suggest that human history is implicated in natural history.
  • The human history is not understood to be the only legitimate interest.
  • Human accountability to the environment is part of the text’s ethical orientation.
  • Some sense of the environment as a process rather than as a constant or a given is at least implicit in the text. (1995, 6)

I believe a close reading of Descriptions of Heaven will reveal that it does meet this criteria. If it is subtle in expressing this criteria, that is only because it is intended to be essential to the text, and as an essential thing it is not easily distinguished or abstracted from the rest (though it is possible).

Check out the excerpt from Descriptions of Heaven and the other books on Eco-Fiction.com.

How art has and is finding ways to tell the story of mankind in relation to its environment is essential to our own understanding of our individual selves in relation to the natural world in our own modern era. These green reads are a huge part of that body of art and therefore a huge part of our understanding of us in the world.

Interview with Lynda Dickson

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Supporter of indie authors and head honcho at Books Direct, Lynda Dickson, hosted an interview and excerpt from Descriptions of Heaven.

Check it out here: Interview and Excerpt

lyndadicksonAbout the interviewer: Lynda Dickson runs Books Direct, a website where readers can find out about great new books and giveaways, and where authors can promote their books.

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Kindle Giveaway DEC 24 – DEC 28

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Harvard Square Editions will be doing a Kindle giveaway of Descriptions of Heaven from December 24 through December 28th. Kindle users, please download, read, and review your copy. If you really dig it, buy a paperback for someone you love.

Click here to download your free Kindle copy of Descriptions of Heaven now.

 

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The Joy of a First Book

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I have a new essay up at StoryFinds about the joy of a having a first book published.

The Joy of a First Book: The joy of having a first book published is not like the joy of a first story appearing in print. With that first story, being published was joy and validation itself. Read the whole essay here.

Randal Eldon Greene on StoryFinds