Monday, March 4, 2013

Fireworks, Lasers and Starlight on Launching Parties

We got particularly excited about today and dwarves ordered laser lights to go with the fireworks.  With every single light and sparkle there is a wish for Nick's dream to come true and Andrew gets his college studies.

A collection of seventy moving and uplifting original pieces - real life, flash fiction, and poetry - about battling against the odds and the ultimate triumph of the human spirit. The contributors include Amazon bestselling authors Alex J. Cavanaugh and Kyra Lennon, and the cream of upcoming talent.

The anthology is part of a fundraising effort to send the editor's stepson, Andrew McNaughton, to a specialist college in England. Andrew has cerebral palsy, and is a remarkable young man with a promising future. However, the free further education options offered in his own country of Scotland will not challenge him and allow him to progress. In order to access the education he deserves, Andrew will have to pay exorbitant fees, thus creating a situation of discrimination.

Help us get Andrew to college by buying a book that runs the full gamut of human emotions, ultimately leaving you inspired and glad to be alive. Whatever struggles you are going through, our sincere hope is that this book will help.

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Editor Bio: Nick Wilford is a writer and stay-at-home dad. Once a journalist, he now makes use of those rare times when the house is quiet to explore the realms of fiction. When not writing he can usually be found spending time with his family or cleaning something. He has four short stories published in Writer’s Muse magazine. Nick is also co-running a campaign to get a dedicated specialist college built in Scotland. Visit him at Scattergun Scribblings.

Cover design: D.R. Cartwright (DRC) from a concept by Ella Wilson.

Since we had laser and firework lights, it was only matter of a bit of magic to bring starlight too. It was only fitting for the launching of Mary Pax's book.

A Grand New Age of Boom or Dust?

Boomtown Craze, Book 3 in the Backworlds series is here!

In the far future, humanity settles the stars, bioengineering its descendents to survive in a harsh universe.

To secure his future, Craze must propel his world into a more prosperous era. Only days away from the grand opening of his new and improved tavern, he is confronted by a loony Backworlder intent on mucking up his plans. Gaunt and trembling, she claims her spaceship is possessed. She also has a connection to the underworld that shakes loose the dark past of one of Craze’s closest friends. It all threatens to end Craze’s prosperity before it begins.

Meanwhile off world, Captain Talos works desperately to outwit the mercenary Jixes and lure them away from his and Craze’s budding prospects. The mind-control weapon Talos uses against them is wearing thin, and his next move may be his last.

Will Craze and Talos’s efforts bring about a grand new age of boom or damn them to forever struggle in the dust?

Available in ebook at:

Other Outlets can be found at

It will also be available in paperback from Amazon shortly.

M. Pax is a Browncoat and SG fan, she’s also slightly obsessed with Jane Austen. In the summers she docents as a star guide at Pine Mountain Observatory where the other astronomers now believe she has the most extensive collection of moon photos in existence. No fear, there will be more next summer. She lives in stunning Central Oregon with the Husband Unit and two lovely, spoiled cats.
You can also find M. Pax on LinkedINPinterestYouTube, and Wattpad

The best of lucks for Mary Pax. This launching party do have a lot of gifts but Father Dragon was not keen enough to work the HTML codes correctly, so please go to her site and don't miss the giveaways.


  1. You create the best backgrounds for your images! All the best to Andrew and Mary. (:

  2. Wow, I didn't see fireworks coming! You went above and beyond with your launch efforts, Al. Huge thanks. Congrats to Mary - that picture rocks!

  3. Congratulations Nick and Mary!
    And your book release announcements are awesome.

  4. You had me at dwarves. Oh and at Nick's launch party, it's great to share that with you. Congrats to Mary too!

  5. Loved what you did with the photos. :)

    Two great book releases today!!

  6. What a great way to highlight both books.

  7. Congrats to Nick and Mary! I'm rooting for you both! Nick because the money goes to an awesome cause and Mary because she's my CP. :-)

  8. Fireworks AND lasers?? Wow, a great start to the week! Congrats to them both :)

  9. Congrats to Nick and M. Pax! Look at her, riding that comet! :)

  10. Great way to send a kid to college while providing inspiration for others.

    Best wishes to Mary on her latest!

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  11. I love your graphics, Al! Thank you!

    And congrats to Nick. I hope the anthology is a huge hit!

  12. Love the fireworks and lasers. Super awesome!

  13. WOW!!! You really know how to throw a launch party Al! Congrats to Nick, and I know the anthology will be a huge success!

    Best of luck to Mary as well!


  14. Yay for Nick and Mary! Best of luck to them both.

  15. Yay you are lighting up the launches today, Al! Best of luck to all.

  16. Love your images, Al. The one with Nick peeking in is hilarious!

  17. What a wonderful book birthday!! :)

  18. Wow, you did an amazing job!
    Congrats to Nick n' Andrew and Mary!

  19. possessed spaceship? mercenaries? and great names! yay for mary!

    and fireworks for nick & andrew!

  20. Excellent presentation and delivery, Father Dragon. Bravo!

  21. Father Dragon, I bestow upon you the title of......... *drum roll*........
    Party Launcher Extraordinaire!
    You never disappoint when it comes to the finer details!

  22. Congrats to Nick and Mary!! And I love what you did with the pictures too! :D

  23. Nicks an awesome person with a huge heart! And I read the first of Marys series. Need to get caught up with the rest.