The Royal Magician of Oz Trilogy is a 3 volume tale of magic and wonder that recalls the cherished values of friendship, loyalty and courage. This timeless tale of Oz reminds us of the value of overcoming our deepest fears and conquering the challenges that might otherwise defeat us.

Volume One; Magician of Oz, Volume Two; Shadow Demon of Oz and Volume Three; Family of Oz are now available for your reading enjoyment, as well as The Ozian Adventure of Pickleless & Blu.

The Emerald Slippers of Oz
, featuring an Introduction by Roger S. Baum; great grandson of L. Frank Baum, as well as Tails of Oz are also
available for your reading enjoyment.

The newest adventure in Oz, entitled: Nomes of Oz is now available and fast becoming a best-seller in the Land of Oz.

All are available in both paperback and Kindle.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Act 3: Scene 4: John Garrett: Author of How To Deal With Stupid Clowns!

Once agian, I find myself playing host for a virtual book tour in support of Independant Authors, Self-Published Authors and a host of others. 

Normally, when I host an author for their virtual book tour, I turn my blog over to that author to say what they want, but this time, I wanted try something very unique. I did it once myself and found it enjoyable enough that I thought this author might wanna give it a try.  It was short notice, but that's part of the fun!
I gave John Garret the following challenge:

"Using one of the two attached photos (your choice) as inspiration, write a 100 word short story (100 words exactly, no more no less) involving one or more of your characters from your latest novel."

I'm impressed with his choice of photo and following short piece of fiction. And now, I present John Garret: Author of How To Deal With Stupid Clowns!

You're an average person who's decided to take a relaxing evening walk on the public trail.
It grows darker, the moon shines from behind the clouds.
Emerging from the trees, you see the walkway splits ahead.
Suddenly, you halt. Something's blocking the path.
Something ominous.
It’s a stupid clown!
Too late to retreat back into the trees. You've been spotted, and the clown will now want to talk. You prepare for the agony of a conversation with a stupid clown, but then you spot a possible way out:
The other path runs directly into a pool of quicksand.

Decisions, decisions...

Avoid Stupid Clowns

So there's never a good reason to talk with a stupid clown, especially if there's some handy quicksand nearby.

That's part of the reason I wrote and drew my ebook How to Deal with Stupid Clowns who Don’t know what the Hell they’re talking about!. Sometimes people think they have to put up with a lot of nonsense from the stupid clowns of their daily lives and it's not true at all.

We have options, and I'll show you how to use those options to best effect so you can take back control and peace of mind from these insidious annoyers and time wasters.

I've been battling these guys behind the scenes for years, but now it's time to take the fight into the light!

My Own Story

Just to (re) introduce myself, my name is John Garrett, and I've been drawing and writing comics and other stuff for as long as I can remember.

After doing the web design thing for many years, I moved into the blogging world. There I met all sorts of incredible people who showed me a better way than just driving back and forth to work as a zombified cog day in and day out.

I decided I was going to put my experiences out there into the written AND comic form!

Many people wonder why I do the things I do, to those people I say: Read this comic!

About the Book

And for those wondering more you can check out the 'Stupid Clowns' trailer!

It's the ebook filled with humor, comics and art!
You may not have noticed this, but did you ever catch onto the fact that whenever good normal people are trying to live their lives, have a good time, or just plain get some work done…there’s always some STUPID CLOWN around to ruin things?

Dealing with difficult people is hard enough in life -somebody should write a book on these clowns, or something...

Oh, wait...I DID. Want a taste? Check out a sample chapter here: Stupid Clowns sample chapter!.

So anyway, I hope you can get a good feel for what this book is about, and just let me know in the comments if you have any questions. Also be sure to comment for a chance to win a FREE copy of the ebook!

Enjoy and thanks for reading!

For more info on John Garrett

Wanna know more about the book and how to purchase?

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Return to Author's Alley at Oz-Stravaganza! 2012!!!

It is with immense pride and pleasure that I can officially announce that the Royal Liaison to Princess Ozma: James C. Wallace II (that's me!) will be attending Oz-Stravaganza! 2012 in Chttenango, New York on June 1-3, 2012.

As a charter member of Author's Alley, this will be my 3rd year in attendance and I will be pleased to present my latest Oz book; The Ozian Adventure of Pickless & Blu. In addition, I will be joined by my co-author, Ron Baxley, Jr. and Illustrator; Gwendolyn Tennille Adams as we present our latest collaboration, Whether The Sea Is Boiling Hot and Whether Pigs Have Wings.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Another Munchkin Crosses The Shifting Sands Into Oz!

I had the honor of meeting Karl Slover last September at the Chesterton Wizard of Oz Festival during the wrap party Sunday evening. I had arrived early and sat with Rick Ewigleben, Joe Shipbaugh, Walter Krueger and a few others and listened for over 90 minutes as this fine wonderful man told story after story after story, like the Energizer Bunny. He kept going and going and going. Many were funny..., a few were tragic, and all were a priviledge to hear.

Here is Karl with his fellow Munchkin; Margarette Pelligrini and Munchkins-by-Marriage; Myrna Swensen (Karl's right) and Mary Ellen St. Aubin (Karl's left) in a final gathering that will never be repeated.

Farewell Karl and safe journey as you cross the Shifting Sands to join your colleagues and the Royal Historian.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

The Writing Madness Of Nanowrimo and Yellow Brick Road!

It has been a few days since my last posting and I have been knee-deep in the madness of Nanowrimo. I've managed to exceed 19,000 words now and am just about back on-track to complete 50,000 words in November.

It's rare that I meet anyone who understands Nanowrimo and the utter madness of trying to understand why anyone would try to write 50,000 in 30 days. I've encountered only a few souls who get it. For those who do, they understand that with the daily grind of writing comes the satisfaction of getting it right... or at the very least, of getting it somewhere near right.

I've always leaned towards writing at such a furious pace, be it technical or fiction, so completing a challenge of 50,000 words in 30 days is not that much of a stretch for me. I've done it two years in a row now and I fully expect to do it again.

On another odder note, earlier today, my wife and I watched a rather strange movie called "Yellow Brick Road." The title would lead you to believe that it involves Oz in some sort of way. To be truthful, not really. There are references to Oz here and there. For example, the theater that this group of folks wander into has a projectionist who talks about when the theater was running back in 1939 and the original Wizard of Oz film is still in the can near the projector... and a forest trail these people follow is called the yellow brick road, and there does show up a gruesome scarecrow, but that's about it. There are occasional mentions of 'clicking their heels three times' or 'asking the wizard.' Eventually, everyone winds up dead in a most horrific way, so I wasn't particularly thrilled by that. I'm okay with horror flicks, but only when I know it going in, not when it comes out of the blue.

Would I recommend this film to anyone else? Probably not. The ending was unrewarding and disappointing. I expected answers that never came. Bummer!!!

So, tomorrow, I have at it again and go for another chapter and another two to three thousand words towards my final goal of 50,000.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Another Oz Auction Discovery!!!

So today, I took a break from writing to attend a weekly auction that occurs just about a mile down from where I work. Just about every week, I come across something Oz-related, though usually its something from the MGM 1939 Wizard of Oz movie.

To be honest, I'm not a collector of movie-related stuff. I lean more towards anything to do with L. Frank Baum's books of Oz. I also like stuff from any Oz animated films or television shows. It just so happens that tonight, I ran across an Oz item that reminded me of my own childhood.

A look at the artwork reveals some wonderful images that are based on the cartoon show of the late 50's that I used to watch back when I was but a youngling.

And to top it off, it even works!!!! I love the look of the Scarecrow, who seems to be almost as happy as I am at finding this rare gem from my childhood!

Now, this wonderful toy has a new home, right next to my other Oz finds from auctions, Goodwill and yard sales!

Monday, November 7, 2011

The Writing Madness Of Nanowrimo Continues On Unabated!

So, it's been 5 days since I began Nanowrimo and I now stand at over 6000 words total. Looks like I'll have to bring the word count up a bit if I intend to complete the challenge.

My youngest younglin had asked me to try my hand at sci-fi since I'm quite the sci-fi geek. Given that I finished my Oz/Wonderland project and have put my other Oz project to rest for a short time, I thought I might give it a try.

Mind you, I thought I might be quite adept at this sci-fi stuff but I'm finding it a bit of a challenge. Mostly because of my need to get the physics right rather than coming up with a convincing storyline, although I'm finding that a challenge too.

Essentially, my story involves a submersible spacecraft that explores the oceans of Europa (a moon of Jupiter) about a hundred years from now. What will they find???

Anyways, I march, or as the case may be, type on and hope for the best!!!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

The Writing Madness of Nanowrimo!

Several days ago, Nanowrimo began in earnest.

For those of you who may not know, Nanowrimo is a month long competition to write 50,000 words during the month of November. I have participated twice before and successfully completed the challenge both times. Hopefully I can make it three times in a row. Fortunately for me, this kind of writing madness suits my style of writing madness perfectly.
I just completed one novel with my co-author and have just about completed my other writing project about Oz. Now, I've begun writing a third novel for Nanowrimo that has absolutely nothing to do with Oz! This was my son Turner's idea!!!
Wish me luck!!!