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Brooke Shaffer

Author, Ski Patroller, and Pasta-Eater Extraordinaire

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Famous Coups, Part 4: England

The last (or second to last, possibly) coup that we're going to cover, is the infamous Gunpowder Plot.  Not familiar with it?  Well, is this familiar to you?

Remember, remember, the 5th of November
The Gunpowder Treason and Plot;
I know of no reason why Gunpowder Treason
Should ever be forgo…

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Pre-Orders and Announcements

Good news, all, pre-orders for Stopwatch are now available!  Yay!  You can order them from Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

And for those of you who have been paying some semblance of attention, you may have guessed that there may be more awesome things coming down the pipe.  More than just books …

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Updates and Busyness and Pre-Orders and Merch

So, this is a list of things that are going on or that I am currently working on, in no particular order.

  • Stopwatch is due out June 7.  Yes, I know, the pre-orders are a tad late.  That's my fault, but stuff was going on and life got in the way, as it usually does.  With any luck, pre-orders s…

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Famous Coups, Part 3: Ancient Israel

Time to go back, way, waaaaay back, to what may be the oldest verifiable coup in history, from the Israelites.

The account is briefly recorded in 1 Kings, Chapter 16.

Elah Reigns in Israel

In the twenty-sixth year of Asa king of Judah, Elah the son of Baasha began to reign over Israel in…

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Famous Coups, Part 2: Serbia

Continuing the series on famous coups in history, let's look at one which may have actually contributed to the start of World War I.

Serbia gained its independence from the Ottoman Empire in the Serbian Revolution, beginning in 1804 with bloody clashes that would last more than a decade until a c…

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Famous Coups, Part 1: Madagascar

Seeing how the big issue at the end up Windup and throughout Stopwatch is going to be the coup and overthrow of the Hands, I thought it would be interesting to look at a few real life coups.  This week's episode is, fittingly enough, Madagascar.  And we will begin with the 2001 elections.

I…

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Ellis Island When?

SPOILERS AHEAD: PROCEED WITH CAUTION

So, in reading Windup, if you are any kind of history buff or just a Google guru, you will know that Ellis Island did not open until 1892. Walter arrived in America decades before, yet he still tells Tommen that he came through Ellis Island.

Some might poin…

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Books! Research! Surgeries! Merch! Excitement?

The next few months are going to be ridiculously crazy. Well, they will be for me. For all I know, you're going to spend the next few months sitting on the couch watching Netflix and eating bag after bag of potato chips. So, here's just a little bit of what's up:

  1. Stopwatch is in its final stag…

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Bookstore Now Live!

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, step right up to the grand opening of the Bookstore!  That's right, the Bookstore is now live and can be viewed here.

The nice thing about it is that if you see something you like, you can buy it right away.  If you're not a big fan of Amazon or just like to…

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New Year, New Stuff

So, if you go browsing through the Library, or even just check out the Home page, you may notice something a little different.  If you're lazy and don't want to go browsing in the middle of a post and so interrupt your reading, I'll just tell you.  If you go into Library -> The Timekeeper Chronicles…

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December Author Next Door

A few of you know this, but in November I was interviewed for the National Writers' Series Author Next Door column.  As of this morning (December 1), the article/interview is live.

National Writers Series December Author Next Door

For the lazy, I'll include the transcript here, as well as a f…

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Posts From...Somewhere in the Graveyard, I Suppose

Holy shnikies, it's been a while since I've posted.  It kind of makes me feel bad because I've read that good authors should stay engaged with their audience and provide regular, relevant, thoughtful mediums, be it blog posts, videos, newsletters, and so on.  The pitfalls of being an introvert, I su…

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More Fun in the Amazon!

So, I've gotten reports from multiple people who ordered through Amazon that your ship dates have been pushed back from reasonable dates like March 20th and such all the way to the end of April or even into May.

1. I am aware of it.

Once is a fluke, three or more times is something serious.  I…

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Fun Facts About Deserts and Jungles

You might be thinking, "Huh?  But Charleston is in the mountains!"  Well, my little observant reader, that is very true.  However, the majority of Tick Tock does not occur in Charleston, but in a desert and a jungle.  In order to get you excited and a little more acquainted with the conditions, …

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All the updates!

*crawls out of hiding*

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and all that other stuff.  I was busy hiding in a hole trying to survive, but I'm back now.  All is well.

Okay, updates.  Good things are happening.

First, the paperback edition of "Time to Kill" is only days away from being avail…

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10 Fun Facts About: Charleston, West Virginia

  1. The first capitol building was built in 1885, but burned down in 1921.  It was rebuilt, but burned down again in 1927.
  2. During the first fire, ammunition on the first floor was set off, causing people to flee in terror.  Two men also stole a fire truck, but were later apprehended by the police.…

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10 Fun Facts About: The Appalachians

Because they really are important to Tommen, and the story at large.  So here are ten fun facts about the Appalachian Mountains.

  1. The mountains are named for the Apalachees, a Native American tribe in the region
  2. Mount Mitchell in North Carolina is the highest peak, at 6,684 ft
  3. It is also t…

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Book Signing at Horizon

If anyone is going to be hanging out around downtown Traverse City on October 14, from about 4pm-6pm, come by Horizon Bookstore to say hi and get your book signed. Don't have a book, well you can buy one at the signing or from any number of other outlets.

Problems and Solutions (Answers Anyway)

So, I've been getting reports that some Amazon pre-orders are self-canceling.  I looked into it and now I have an answer.  Amazon is dumb and apparently doesn't make a distinction between pre-order and out of stock (talking about the print book only, as far as I know, all digital pre-orders are stil…

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Pre-Order Now!

Pre-orders are now available!  Go here for the full details.  Or you can look it up on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or your favorite ebook vendor or local bookstore.

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