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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Bring Hiram Grange to a Library Near You

For the last year or so, I've pimped my work every now and then, especially my first ever piece of solo work, Hiram Grange & The Chosen One, Book Four of Shroud Publishing's Hiram Grange Chronicles.  A bunch of new folks have followed this blog recently, it seems, so here's a recap of the The Hiram Grange Chronicles, my title, and a blurb or two about it:

The Hiram Grange Chronicles:

The scandalous misadventures of scurrilous boozer and malcontent, Hiram Grange - though afflicted with a laundry list of dysfunctions, addictions and odd predilections, Hiram Grange stands toe to toe (and sometimes toe to tentacle) with the black-hearted denizens of the Abyss and dispenses justice with the help of his antiquated Webley revolver and Pritchard bayonet.

A five-part series. Cover and illustrations by Malcolm McClinton, and original relief prints by Danny Evarts. 

Hiram Grange & The Chosen One:

Hiram Grange doesn’t believe in fate. He makes his own destiny. That’s a good thing, because Queen Mab of Faerie has foreseen the destruction of the world, and as usual … it’s all Hiram’s fault. He must choose: kill an innocent girl and save the universe … or rescue her and watch all else burn. Just another day on the job for Hiram Grange.

"HIRAM GRANGE & THE CHOSEN ONE moves fast, fun, and furious...I couldn't put it down!  If you've always thirsted for James Bond to have a serving of'll eat this one up!"

- John Everson, Bram Stoker Award Winning Author of COVENANT

"Brilliantly paced and with very few moments for the reader to stop and catch their breath, Hiram Grange and the Chosen One is an adrenaline drenched jaunt through the realms of horror, fantasy and dark humor. Violence and gore abound, presented expertly by Lucia in a way that not only shows his raw talent, but the ruggedness of Hiram’s character as well."

Apex Publications

So, I've been pretty happy with how things have gone with Hiram - he was fun to write, people seem to enjoy what I did with him, and it got some good reviews.  Plus, I now have something that's mine alone to bring with me to Cons, something that at least proves I don't suck.  

But, I have been tapering off my pimping of Hiram.  Not because I'm in any way ashamed of what I've written, but I do want to move on and concentrate on other things, and not beat a dead horse.  It's been reviewed in a bunch of places, I've done some interviews, ran a blog tour on it, done a Goodreads Giveaway, (which I may do again next year, regardless), and had a local signing or two.   And, if a random review pops up, I'll be sure to share it here.  But, I'd like to move on.

Except for one thing.

In the fall, a pleasant surprise - I learned several friends and family were able to order Hiram Grange & The Chosen One through their local libraries.  I thought about blogging something along those lines, but at the time the Blog Tour was running full swing, and I didn't want to overdo it.  But now, as summer begins, I thought this might be a nice last push/pimping of Hiram Grange & The Chosen One, to be ordered through your local library.

Now, I won't make any money on this deal, and Shroud will only break even, because of their library/school discounts.  So why do it?  Because how many authors did I first encounter in a library, authors I now adore and ended up following?  Would be cool to collect a few readers that way.  Plus, while a lot of huge college universities and big city libraries are digitizing into ebook collections only, your basic moderate-sized/small town library still does the paper thing.

Plus, most libraries purchase their books through a variety of public, state and federal funding, and have budgets allotted for member requests.  In some of the better funded libraries, they offer that as part of their service to the public: to order and stock requested titles. SO, here's what you do:

1. first, you must be a member of your local library.  If you aren't, usually - almost always - membership is free. SO JOIN UP!

2. second, almost every library has a request system, either online at their website, or in person.  They'll need the following info:

Hiram Grange & The Chosen One, by Kevin Lucia
  • Paperback: 178 pages
  • Publisher: Shroud Publishing, LLC (May 22, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098272750X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982727508
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.6 inches 
3. That should be about it.  If the library near you has the funds and can, they'll order it for their collection.  And remember, your reason should be because "you'd like to read it as a library selection" or something along those lines.

4. What would be even more awesome?  Ask your library to order the whole series:

Hiram Grange & The Village of the Damned,  by Jake Burrows
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Shroud Publishing LLC (November 23, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981989454
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981989457
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
Hiram Grange & The Twelve Little Hitlers, by Scott Christian Carr
  • Paperback: 142 pages
  • Publisher: Shroud Publishing LLC (December 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981989462
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981989464
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.4 inches
Hiram Grange & The Digital Eucharist, by Rob Davies
  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Shroud Publishing, LLC (April 22, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981989497
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981989495
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.9 x 0.4 inches 
Hiram Grange & The Nymphs of Krakow, by Richard Wright
  • Paperback: 110 pages
  • Publisher: Shroud Publishing, LLC (July 24, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982727518
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982727515
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.4 inches
 And that's it.

So please.  Go forth.   Bring Hiram Grange to a library near you! 

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