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The Fifth House is here

My new book, The Fifth House, is out today!

Following closely on the events of The Only City Left, Allin Arcady searches for his lost love. Tyena Branch struggles to scavenge enough food to keep her mother and herself alive. And in the cat city of Pudlington, the uneasy truce between humans and felines is already faltering.

Into this turmoil enters the true power behind Doyle Arcady’s reign... The Fifth House.

DRM-Free everywhere. Free Kindle version with purchase of the softcover. No werebeasts were harmed in the making of this book.

Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Fifth-House-Only-City-Left-ebook/dp/B00VNBZQUE/ Softcover: http://www.amazon.com/Fifth-House-Only-City-Left/dp/1511568291/
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Andy_Goldman_The_Fifth_House?id=L2d3CAAAQBAJ Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/537533 iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-fifth-house/id989048359?l=en&mt=11

Need to catch up? Find the links to Book 1, The Only City Left, at http://atgoldman.com/?page_id=2557

Early Reviews for The Fifth House:

1) Mack Moyer: http://www.mackmoyer.com/?p=118

“It seems like every novel taking place after the fall of human civilization spends chapter upon chapter telling us how things like zombies and laser swords came about. Goldman does none of that. His world is full of talking cats, ghosts, monsters and tiny coils that can turn you into a werebear (or perhaps a squid). It’s just awesome for the sake of being awesome.”

2) Ryan Toxopeus: http://ryantoxorants.blogspot.ca/2015/04/review-fifth-house-by-andy-goldman.html

“The way themes re-emerged from the first book to be bigger and badder than before was excellent. The voices of the two main characters were distinct. I found myself liking Allin's humour more than Tyena's straight shooting attitude, but both were well written.”

3) Galit Balli: http://thereadingbud.com/2015/05/05/book-review-the-fifth-house-arc/

“I had high expectations from this book as I just finished reading the first only a few weeks ago and I am so happy it didn’t fall and this book was such a wonderful read. It was fast paced with lots of action scenes and twists and turns that can make you scream at the book.”
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Good grief, +Andy Goldman! It's like I'm in a time-warp! I think I need to step away from the computer . . . anyhow, a very late congrats to you (I thought that cover looked familiar...) 
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These should all be canon, but especially #3.
Ever wanted to know what was going on with your favorite characters just before Star Wars: The [...]
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Planning on another bike ride today. Then, gasp, maybe some writing. Don't hold your breath. I did some brainstorming this morning so that is good.

Yesterday was used up waiting for a delivery that arrived in the last half-hour of the 4-hr window, naturally. But I used the time to organize Lego, so that's good.

Photo is of super-spy Bigfoot trying to catch on to Wizard Menk's evil plans. Kind of a brick sketch as I try to figure out what I can build with the pieces I have available.
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So hard to win arguments against oneself, and yet we try. Walk postponed until 2pm . Oh yeah, it's gonna happen.
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Here's one I've been looking forward to.
 
It's Here! Help me spread the word!

Rather than give you the usual -- which would be a snippet to make you frost your shorts -- I thought I'd share with you what some of the early readers had to say...

"I did not see the end coming."
"Fast and furious (with just enough slower scenes to let you go to the bathroom before the next!)"
"I hate you so much right now."
"I was totally blown away by the big reveal."
"Fuck you, you evil bastard. Also, well done."
"[The story is] astounding and devastating."
"I feel so much for Xana. There's no one like her in anything you've read."
"I'm drooling."
"Why isn't everyone reading this series??"
"I am totally recommending people buy every single book in this series. I loved it that much."

And some favorite lines from this episode:
"People who use cheat codes all the time don't really like gaming. They like winning. And that's different."

"My team doesn't need saving."

"The nun at my school said I held God like a fiery lover. With passion one day. With rage the next. I knew He was so great, but I couldn't understand why He would do this. Not to me. To my son. Leave him without a mother."

"Boss-woman’s got a clit hard-on for whoever we’re after like I ain’t never seen."

"Who?"
"The nice people duct-taped in the closet."

"[Wink] imagines stuff no well-adjusted adult ever would, even another genius."

"...rained salad and condiments on the street."

"Time is not a vine. It is a bramble. It erupts from the present like tangled string."

"Did you really think that a geek, a dyke, a kid, and a cripple were going to ... what? Save the world?"

The ebook is up pretty much everywhere. The paperback is available on my website and through the CreateSpace store and will be filtering out to other sales channels over the next couple days.

Here is the direct link:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01ETKD9HW/
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Oh man. A local Fire Department program for at-risk youth... sign up to be a Fire Squirt.

I... they... maybe a different name would be good.
Find the Hero in You! See the Fire Squirts story at Inside Look TV: http://insidelooktvllc.com/heroeshappen/?cat=48. This collaborative community project provides “at risk” children between the ages of 10 years and 14 years an experience of a life-time: an opportunity to spend one week with ...
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I had the fire squirts today. Now my bum looks like a Japanese flag.
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Early morning ride today. So... cold. Even with my hood on and the helmet over it, the wind cut through my sweatshirt.

The wind. Coming in at 5 billionety miles per hour from the north, which is the direction I started in. Which meant first gear most of the way out, even on level ground. I had a route to a state park mapped out. 6 miles there. Made it about 4.5 miles before I had to call it quits. Maybe another time.

The ride back was more tranquil. Wind mostly at my back. Third gear (I've only got three) most of the way. I avoided the temptations of the Donut Works, grabbed some weekend cash at the ATM, dropped off our rent check, and made it home as if in a dream. Oh, I may have been daydreaming. Or blacking out. Either way, came through it fine.

Pictures include the freeway on one side of me, hills on the other. I tried to take a picture of a black cow who was jogging alongside  the road, but my cold hands were too slow so all I got was a picture of cow butt.
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An excellent journey.
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I'm going to keep exercise posts in a collection so you can opt out if you'd like (I admit to doing the same...).

Today's ride was fun if killer. I took the long way around to go up the hills to the nearby community college. There's a shorter, much more steep route that I'm not ready for yet.

Once I got to the college, I thought the perimeter route would be flat for some reason. Ah no. Every turn brought a new climb. Still, very scenic surroundings even if I was causing noise pollution with my wheezing.

On the way back, I stopped to help a guy chase down his runaway pooch. When I got ahead of it and circled back around, I thought it would run back to him, but instead it ran right up to me and I was able to pick it up and hand it over. Bonus calories burned for dog chasing.

Ride started at 93 feet, was down to 21 feet at the lowest point, and 306 at the highest. You can see that jagged middle peak is the college's perimeter road. Note to self: not flat.

I included a pained post-ride selfie for your horror.
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I've found that the more scenic something seems from a car, the more brutal it is when under one's own power. 
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Free fantasy book from a good author. Give it a download!
 
Last day to pick up TIME AND TITHE for free on Kindle.

Only months after her victory over Oberon and Titania, everything Lydia thought she'd accomplished is unraveling: Faerie is falling into decay, the Fae are restless, and Taylor—the baby sister she sacrificed everything for—has grown up without her.

When Taylor tumbles out of the ordinary world and into Faerie, she discovers that Aeon, her imaginary childhood friend, is all too real. He is a powerful Fae, trapped in a maze of vengeance, memory, and madness. His unleashed power threatens to free Oberon and Titania and reignite the war Lydia had ended.

The sisters, now nearly strangers to one another, must figure out how to keep Aeon from destroying Faerie and safeguard the mortal world, all without sacrificing the Fae who was once friend to them both.

The long-awaited sequel to THE BETWEEN, TIME AND TITHE also can be read as a stand-alone story of the world of the Fae.

Even if fantasy isn't your thing, would you help a writer out and download it anyway? The more downloads a free book gets, the better visibility it has for new readers to discover it. And, hey, you might even like it! ;)

http://www.amazon.com/Time-Tithe-Changelings-Choice-Book-ebook/dp/B00STRSQ1G
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I wanted to do nothing more than lay on the couch in the dark today, so I forced myself onto a bike instead.

It's always nice once I'm riding, especially because the side streets and back roads around here are idyllic, with green hills and forests towering behind the homes. I avoided most major streets and traffic lights and just rode wherever I felt like going, with a couple of checks of my phone to see that I was only a couple of blocks away from streets I usually drive on, even though it felt completely different to take these parallel, more relaxed paths.

This time I managed all the hills without walking, even that bastard last hill back to my house.
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That's what is inspiring to me. You get up and do the necessary even though it's a huge struggle to get started.
Are you struggling with the writing, too? I haven't wanted to bug you about it, but I figure once every couple months is ok, right? ;`)
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I go to check on the girls and re-tuck them in.

D1 is sideways on the bed, so I scoot her up to the pillow and she wakes up and says, "I must have been daydreaming. In the middle of the night. But that doesn't make any sense." I laughed and told her to go back to sleep.
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My kids made up their own rules for Kerplunk, using a d6 from Gooey Louie. Instead of starting with all the plastic sticks in play, you build up from nothing, trying to stop the other person from being able to drop their marbles into their zone. It was actually fun.
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She's well on her way Andy.
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This is a fun series and I'm looking forward to book 3.
 
I'm giving away ebooks today and tomorrow (April 22 & 23)

Mirrors & Mist, Book II of The Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy

Can the runaway orphan Jetsam save his beloved mentor from certain death, or will he once again be left homeless and alone with a bounty on his head?

"High adventure, dimensional scenes, sounds, smells and inner turmoil, it's all here, all riveting, all addictive and an epic fantasy that will engage anyone with an eye for great storytelling." -- Tome Tender Book Blog

Because Mirrors & Mist is Book II of The Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy, the first book, Crimson & Cream, is also free on Smashwords with this coupon code: HB78A.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00UPC2OO8
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/212895
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My first novel, The Only City Left, is on Amazon. In this post-apocalyptic science-fantasy, the Earth has become a planet-sized city, and it's falling apart. Allin Arcady must survive long enough to see the Sun rise on the Roof of the World, but he's lost in the depths of the city, and a horror from his past is hot on his heels.

I am a dad, husband, and writer. I like science-fiction and fantasy in most formats, including books, movies, TV, comic books, RPGs, and webcomics.

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Good food, reasonable prices, friendly staff. Love the salsa. This is our go-to Mexican food restaurant.
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Friendly staff and good donuts and croissants.
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The sandwiches were excellent, which you would expect. Dessert, not so much. We had black-and-white cookies and carrot cake, neither of which was up to par. The waitress reported that they recently started making the cookies in-house, which is too bad because they don't know how to do it well. Service was okay. The wait staff was nice but there were a lot of "we ran out of that," and "we can't substitute this." If you go in knowing that it's their show, not yours, you won't risk disappointment. I would return for the sandwiches alone.
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Kind of pricey for the amount of food you get and the food was just okay.
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This is a laid-back environment with some great breakfast food, especially the foot-wide pancakes. They only take cash but there is an ATM inside if you need it. The staff is very casual, but they're on top of refills and whatnot.
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