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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Over a HALF MILLION Served!

Over a HALF MILLION have visited my blog!  

Who would have thought?

I am usually shy about tooting my own horn.  

Besides, when someone else does it, the sound travels farther.  

Or at least that is what the ghost of Will Rogers tells me:

I am trying to dwell on the positive since I spotted a questionable area on my left temple.  

What with Christmas, it will be two weeks before the surgeon can look at it ... if then.  Sigh.

But enough of that!

Thank you for all of you who have visited these past four years.  

Thank you very much!  

Over that time and through your comments, you have become family.  :-)

A small thought:

Robert Rossman did a fantastic job on HIBBS, THE CUB WITH NO CLUE.  He worked very hard on it. 

And it hasn't gotten much attention.  It makes me feel bad for all his efforts.  

And this winter has been ugly to him.

Did you know that if you buy the kindle book for 99 cents, you can purchase his audio of it for ONLY $1.99?

Francene Lockett likewise did a wonderful job on END OF DAYS.  

Christmas has been grim for her as well.  

If you purchase the Kindle book for $1.99

you can get the regular $24.95 audiobook of it for ONLY $1.99!

That's 11 hours of listening to Francene's stirring narration for under TWO DOLLARS!

It takes 4 HOURS of work for a narrator to make 1 HOUR of audio.  

Francene toiled 44 HOURS for END OF DAYS!

Many of you are creative souls.  

You know what it is to receive feedback.  The numbers of units is one way.  

Francene, Robert, and I will never get rich off one fourth of $2. 

But to see people buy their hard-won audio's will be a great Christmas present for them.

If you have already bought the audiobook, 

write an Amazon review on how their vocal talents touched you.

Don't write AT ALL about my writing in the review.  

This request is for them, for they have become my friends.

Just comment on how their narrations painted an evocative world for you.

It will be a Christmas gift 
that will add warmth to their winter. 

May this Christmas Season bring you only
Happy Surprises!

Dedicated to each and every one of you, my friends:


  1. Congratulations on your visitor count. You have a heart as big as the sky.
    Good luck on that iffy spot on your temple, and here's to Happy Surprises for all.

  2. Hi Roland - first over half a million visitors - incredible .. glad you looked. I hope that questionable area will be in abeyance until January, when you can get an appointment.

    Re audio - I may well get Audible ...but will wait a short while - as I own't use it til I'm organised here .. soon I hope .. then I shall be back to get your books in audio - I can imagine it takes hours to get the books into the best listening mode ..

    With thoughts ... Hilary

  3. Congratulations! That is awesome. And Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  4. Elephant's Child:
    Thanks! May what you wish most for Christmas come true.

    You can even listen to Audible books on your computer or laptop. The world gets more and more interesting. Merriest of Christmases!

    Merry Christmas to you and yours as well! Thanks for feeling good about my silly milestone. :-)

  5. I hope that area will be OK, too bad you have to worry over the holidays. Whatever it is, it is always better to know. Congrats on all these visitors. That is amazing, but no surprise as this is such a wonderful blog.

  6. Thanks, Inger:
    I have found that in life, it is always something. Enjoy what you have while you have it, right? May your Christmas be all you wish it to be!! :-)

  7. Congratulations!! That's a lot of visitors.
    The amount of work that goes into an audio book is staggering.

  8. Alex:
    You have many more visitors in just one year! My Stetson's off to you.

    You're right: my narrators work so hard on their end that I want to have all my friends "see" their finished product! :-)

    Merry Christmas

  9. Over a HALF MILLION! Between you and I, I'm not in the least surprised :)

    And anyway, it serves as a testament to you, Roland. Tis an excellent blog - one of the best!

    I do hope that there is nothing sinister on your temple. I shall keep you in my thoughts.

  10. Quietly he comes into our homes, throws some words around that make us say "Hey, that was awesome". Half a million hits later, we say... Quietly he comes into our homes, throws some words around that make us say "Hey, that was awesome". Half a million hits later, we say...

    All the best, happy holidays... did you ever get a chance to see that email I sent you?

  11. Wendy:
    My numbers I think are due to the largeness of heart of my friends like you! Cross your fingers about that temple area, will you?

    I got a huge laugh from your post of today. And no talk about my tiny thumbs! :-)

    What a nice thing to say. I believe I did find your email lost in the avalanche of holiday emails. You have the Avenger autographs I had, but I am on the lookout for more. Maybe Santa will leave me more to share. Have a great holiday season! Thanks for being my friend,

    1. Hahahahaha! I won't say a word. I promise! :)))