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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

REVIVAL Finds a Home & a St. Paddy's Day Podcast

Aloha, and happy St. Patrick's Day!

DONALD BRASWELL
My first book -- a memoir of an opera singer who lost his voice and found his calling -- has a home!

REVIVAL: The Donald Braswell Story will be published Nov. 3, 2015 by Pen-L Publishing, based out of Fayetteville, AR.

This has been a six-year journey, and my -- I have no agent -- only goal was to find a publisher who believes in the power of Donald's story as much as I do.

More information to follow, but it's going to be a very interesting journey over the next eight months. I hope you'll join me for the ride.

In other fun news, authors, Carrie Butler and E.J. Wesley of NA Alley, invited me to be their guest today for a very special St. Patrick's Day Alleycast #7 podcast.

If you've always wondered how a young Oirishman named me found himself working as a cowboy at "EuroMisery," or how I found my way to the good ol' US of A, click the play button below.

At the beginning,there's lot of fun stuff with Carrie and E.J. (who releases a lot,) and I begin yapping at about minute marker 22.)


During the terribly serious* discussion, I share much of my long and winding writing journey and explain why you should never kiss the Blarney Stone. [*No leprechauns were harmed in the making of this interview.]

Want more information on REVIVAL, including a unique Launch Day surprise? Sign up for the Koopmans Khronicles via the prompt up at the top. Trust me, you won't be spammed.

To be shure, to be shure, I'm wishing you and yours a very happy Paddy's Day... and don't forget to do your exercises!







33 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

And a big congratulations to you!!! November will be a big month and you bet we'll help spread the news.
Will come back to the podcast. I'm sure it's a riot.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Mark - congratulations for getting Donald's story out there - it sounds incredible ... so pleased he has found his home .. and that you're helping in that regard.

Your story is amazing .. so many stops along the way - but fun to read and hear about .. cheers Hilary

Elise Fallson said...

CONGRATULATIONS! Wonderful news! I'll listen to the podcast when I get home. Hope your body is not going into cold shock, St. Patrick's Day in the East coast with a 20 point drop in temperature is going to take a while to get used to.... Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Lisa said...

Can't wait to listen to the podcast! Congratulations on your contract and getting your story published! You deserve this, and so does Donald...

Richard Hughes said...

Congratulations, Mark. It's good news. Can't wait for it to be published.

E.J. Wesley said...

Had so much fun recording this my friend! Also couldn't be more thrilled for your pending publication. Definitely well-deserved and a truly inspiring story.

quietspirit said...

Mark: Congratulations on your book having a home.I rejoice with you about this wonderful news.

Morgan said...

Yusssssss!!!!!!!! *fireworks*

Annnnnd listening to the podcast now… FREAKING out… I love your voice!!!!!

:) :) :)

David P. King said...

You did it! Congratulations, sir. This book has had a long time coming. Super thrilled for you, and listen to you! On the podcasts like a boss. :)

Michael Di Gesu said...

ALRIGHT, BUDDY.... You finished!!!!! AWESOME! Thanks for telling me... lol

ALL the best and CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!

dolorah said...

Awesome news Mark. Congrats. Happy St Paddy's Day to ya.

Elephant's Child said...

Huge Congratulations.
And how nice to learn that my yoga has a name...

Carrie Butler said...

Congratulations, my friend! Couldn't have happened to a nicer person. :)

Jo said...

How wonderful you have a publisher and a date Mark. And I still don't think you sound very Irish.

Lisa said...

So more than cool to hear your voice, and love learning so much more about you and your writing. And don't you hate when they throw stuff at you that's more for tourist trivia than real life stuff when it comes to Ireland and being Irish?!!! Ha Ha!

Al Diaz said...

Congratulations, my friend! So happy for you. And I did take a moment from raiding villages and school stuff to hear the podcast. It was great to hear your voice. :)) Dwarves are very happy too. They send you their best.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Congratulations on your book and the podcast!

DL Hammons said...

That is dynamite news!! Congrats. For some reason my laptop won't play the podcast, so I'll try it again on my home computer! :)

Lara Schiffbauer said...

Yay, Mark! That is the best news I've heard today! I'm so happy for you! Keep me in mind for when you need some help getting the word out!

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Super, Mark. So happy for you. Can't wait to hear more.

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Congrats Mark, so glad for you. Happy belated St. Paddy's day.

Misha Gericke said...

Heya! Been ages since I last stopped by, and now I stop by in time to read such great news! Congrats!

Let me know if you need a blog tour stop. :-)

LD Masterson said...

That's fantastic news. Congratulations! Happy dance time!

Angela Brown said...

YAY!! Congratulations on finding a home for this story :-)

Ella said...

Woohoo, Koop! I am happy for you~ Yes, I was doing downward Blarney stone yoga-been illing!

I am really excited for you~

Julie Flanders said...

Just read about your book deal at Alex's place, Mark. Congratulations!! Wonderful news. :)

Mary Aalgaard said...

Great interview. I listened to most of it. I liked what they were saying about the gender equality in publishing. Let's break that glass ceiling! Wear your protective eye wear and bring a broom! Were we hearing your kiddos in the background? Congrats on your book. I'll be in line for a copy!
And, good luck on the move!
Play off the Page

Heather M. Gardner said...

Congratulations and best of luck!
Heather

Suzi said...

That is so very awesome! Congratulations!!!

Toinette Thomas said...

Congratulations and best wishes.

Rachel Schieffelbein said...

Mark!! Congratulations!! That's so exciting! I'm so happy for you! :)

Nicole said...

Yessss!! Mark, that's amazing! I'm so glad you found a home for it. I really enjoyed reading your earlier drafts, and I'm excited lots of other folks will get to as well. :)

Ara Grigorian said...

HOW DID I MISS THIS???? Congrats, Mark! Fantastic news! Hard work, patience and perseverance... that's the name of the game!

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