Unabashed Self-Promotion—A Contest!

Well, after many long years of dreaming, I finally got ‘that’ moment. I walked into a bookstore, and found my own book on the shelf!

Needless to say, it was an awesome experience.

I’ve also seen pictures of it in familiar bookstores from around the country, and I’m beginning to think it’s something that won’t get old.

So, today’s post is a call to action. Please, if you see Edgar’s Worst Sunday for sale in a bookstore near you, take a picture and send it to me here. Let me know where it’s from, and I’ll share it proudly.

Every bit of support is appreciated, and taking photos isn’t the only way you can help. But everyone knows, help does not come cheap, so I’m happy to make this a bit more interesting.

Below is a list of small actions you can take to help Edgar’s Worst Sunday reach as many readers as possible. For anyone willing to take part in any and all—with evidence for the review—you can contact me here to be entered into a draw for a free signed copy of Edgar’s Worst Sunday!

How you can help out:

  • Send in pictures of Edgar’s Worst Sunday in stores—or with your own copy.
  • Share links to my posts about Edgar’s Worst Sunday on social media. Or even better—talk about it in person.
  • If you know a professional reviewer, ask if they’d be willing to do a review—copies can be provided.
  • Better yet, skip the pros and do it yourself—
  • THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT. Every review on Amazon.com makes a big difference—and this one is required for entry into the draw. All other review sites, or shares on Goodreads.com, etc. are also appreciated!

That’s it! Those small tasks could help out immensely, and win you not only a world of gratitude from yours truly, but also enter you into the draw to win your own signed copy. The draw will be held on Dec. 16th—so get those reviews in to win your personalized copy! Want a dedication? You got it. Want a poem, haiku, or ad-lib homily about your endless generosity? Just ask!

Now that Edgar’s Worst Sunday is available everywhere, I’ve been absolutely touched by the excitement and support I have and continue to see. It means a lot.

Thanks to all,

-Brad OH Inc.

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A Huge ‘Thank You’ from Everyone at Brad OH Inc.

Last Sunday, Nov. 4th, I held the official launch party for my novel, ‘Edgar’s Worst Sunday’. At the Tavern on Whyte, I shared laughs and stories with old friends and new, readers and writers, family and locals as we celebrated this incredible moment for myself, and for Brad OH Inc. To everyone that was there, I want to extend my most sincere thanks.

As mentioned, the book is now available on Amazon, at Chapters, and wherever you get your books. I also have a few copies remaining to sell, so if you’re local give me a shout and I can get a copy to you, as well as an autograph if you’d like.

For those of you who have grabbed your copies, if you’d be willing to leave a review on Amazon.ca, Amazon.com, and/ or Goodreads.com, my gratitude would be all the greater. These reviews really help increase the book’s standing, and allows it to become a recommended purchase.

Once more, thanks to everyone who has shown me love and support in this thrilling time. As I said in my speech, I’ve been truly humbled—and if you know me, that really is saying something.

-Brad OH Inc.

‘Edgar’s Worst Sunday’ Launch Party- Today!

Well folks, ‘Edgar’s Worst Sunday’ has been officially released, and is now available everywhere.

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To celebrate this, please remember to join us today at the Tavern on Whyte–where the majority of the book was written–for food, drinks, and conversation, as we celebrate the launch of ‘Edgar’s Worst Sunday’.

 We’ll be gathering at the Tavern on Whyte, starting at 3:00pm today—Sunday, November 4th. Come for the special drink menu, great company, delicious food, and the chance to buy ‘Edgar’s Worst Sunday’ and get it signed by the author (that’s me!).

Please RSVP to this event at the link here, and if you are definitely planning to pick up a copy of ‘Edgar’s Worst Sunday’, please let me know to ensure I will have enough copies available.

I look forward to seeing all my friends there, and celebrating this important chapter of Brad OH Inc.!

Thanks to all,

-Brad OH Inc.

‘Edgar’s Worst Sunday’- Available Now

Today, I’m happy to announce that my new novel, ‘Edgar’s Worst Sunday’, is now officially available for purchase at Amazon.com, Chapters.ca, and anywhere else you get your books!

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In life, Edgar Vincent always maintained one great passion—himself. A semi-successful composer, his rock star lifestyle suited him well, and his narcissistic outlook ensured he was a man with few concerns. Callous comments, thoughtless promiscuity, binge drinking, and excess sufficient to shame Caligula were standard Saturday night fare.

 Sundays for Edgar had always been a painful haze of sickness and regret.

 So, when Edgar finds himself in the cloudy planes of the afterlife on one particularly bleak Sunday morning, he determines that in order to find peace, he must put aside his ever-present hangover and try to figure out how he ever got to this point…and where he’s meant to be going now. But as Edgar makes his way through this surreal spiritual realm, he realizes that facing his death is hardly as difficult as facing himself.

 Heaven, however, presents Edgar with an unending smorgasbord of hedonistic delights, so he’s in no particular hurry to change his self-serving ways. After all, considering he’s already dead, what more could he possibly stand to lose?

Follow the link here, or by clicking the picture above to order your copy now!

-Brad Oates

An Exciting Week for Brad OH Inc.

This is a very exciting week for everyone here at Brad OH Inc. Our debut novel, ‘Edgar’s Worst Sunday’ is releasing this Wednesday, October 31st! That’s right, Halloween—spooky!

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To celebrate this, please remember to join us at the Tavern on Whyte–where the majority of the book was written–for food, drinks, and conversation, as we celebrate the launch of ‘Edgar’s Worst Sunday’.

We’ll be gathering at the Tavern on Whyte, starting at 3:00pm on Sunday, November 4th. Come for the special drink menu, great company, delicious food, and the chance to buy ‘Edgar’s Worst Sunday’ and get it signed by the author (that’s me!).

Please RSVP to this event at the link here, and if you are definitely planning to pick up a copy of ‘Edgar’s Worst Sunday’, please let me know to ensure I will have enough copies available.

I look forward to seeing all my friends there, and celebrating this important chapter of Brad OH Inc.!

Thanks to all,

-Brad OH Inc.

‘Edgar’s Worst Sunday’- Launch Party

Today, I’m thrilled to announce the upcoming Launch Party for my new novel, ‘Edgar’s Worst Sunday’. Join us at the Tavern on Whyte–where the majority of the book was written–for food, drinks, and conversation, as we celebrate the launch of ‘Edgar’s Worst Sunday’.

We’ll be gathering at the Tavern on Whyte, starting at 3:00pm on Sunday, November 4th. Come for the special drink menu, great company, delicious food, and the chance to buy ‘Edgar’s Worst Sunday’ and get it signed by the author (that’s me!).

Please RSVP to this event at the link here, and if you are definitely planning to pick up a copy of ‘Edgar’s Worst Sunday’, please let me know to ensure I will have enough copies available.

I look forward to seeing all my friends there, and celebrating this important chapter of Brad OH Inc.!

Thanks to all,

-Brad OH Inc.

Between the Shelves Release Party and Interview with Author Mark Parsons

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Today, we’re happy to announce the upcoming release party for the Brad OH Inc. and Hal J. Friesen edited anthology ‘Between the Shelves: A Tribute to Libraries by Edmonton Writers’. The event will be held from 7-9pm on May 6th, in the Centennial room of the Stanly Milner Library in Edmonton. So come on down, meet the author’s, pick up a copy of ‘Between the Shelves’, and maybe even get it signed!

BetweenTheShelvesCoverTo celebrate this upcoming event, we have an interview with Mark Parsons, whose story ‘Bakster’s Proposition’ appears in the ‘Between the Shelves: A Tribute to Libraries by Edmonton Writers’, which you can now purchase here in either Kindle ($2.99) or Paperback ($12.50) copies. All proceeds are to be donated to the Edmonton Public Library System.

This interview was conducted by Hal J. Friesen in anticipation of the anthology’s release:

Mark Parsons has been curled up in coffee shop corners, scratching furiously in his notebook since 2004. He has several projects on the go, including Fire & Flesh (Fantasy), The Silent Dark Pentalogy (Science Fiction), and Brothers (Non-Fiction). “Bakster’s Proposition” is his first short story.

  1. This is your first short story. Compared to the epics you’ve been working on, how did you find working in a shorter medium?

MP: I actually found working in a shorter medium to be a lot harder than my larger work. I wanted to tell much more ‘story’ before and after the bookends of the finished project. I’m used to being able to waste whole chapters to immerse the reader the events leading up to more critical events in the story. I found with the shorter medium, I had to cut a lot of content in order to make the story flow properly.

  1. Is Bakster’s proposition based on something you dream of doing one day?

MP: Partly. John and Kelly are both based on a blend of myself and my partner Nicola. We dream of moving to a small town some day and we’ve both wanted to start a business for a long time. If we had the money, we would certain be running a small café right now.

  1. The resistance to literature in your story seems like it may have come from a personal experience. Can you describe one or two instances where you experienced such resistance, and how they affected you?

MP: The townsfolk are a caricature of stereotypical ‘Albertan’ culture. What I represent in the story as a resistance to literature, is more broadly a resistance to Liberal Culture. We live in a society that would rather pay for a jail than a school. Ideas and creativity are the future, and yet we collectively vote for a government that would see children, at the peak of their creative curiosity, educationally shoe-horned into “real work”. They are told that they can be whatever they want when they grow up – but it better be practical.

I know grown men who do not read. If it’s not a blueprint, they won’t even pick it up. How is a society made of followers supposed to adapt and diversify during economic turmoil?

  1. Who has inspired you as a writer?

MP: I HATED writing as a child. 100 words? I would rather give myself a haircut with a sand-blaster! I didn’t know it at the time, but my very first influence was Sigmund Brower. I met him in the early 1990’s, and even though I held my ground on non-writing, he said something to me that day that I still remember: “I was just like you.”

Those words stewed inside me until 2004 when a scene popped into my head while I was on a walk. I ran home to write it down, and the predominate character was the start of Of Fire & Flesh, my longest running work-in-progress.

Shortly after meeting my partner Nicola, she bought me “The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron. Working through this book, as well as the amazing support of my partner have allowed my ideas to flow a little more freely. I’m very thankful and lucky.

  1. When do you expect your next project to be finished? Can you tell us a little about it?

MP: Bill Watterson famously said, “Most of us discover where we are heading when we arrive.” I add a little bit to one story, then move to another, then create an entry for a writing contest, then an article for local publications, then back to my stories. I’d like to say “maybe 2016” but I don’t want to be called a liar.

Of Fire & Flesh is a Fantasy story that centers around a coupe gone wrong that leads to a power struggle with a mysterious evil. The Silent Dark Pentalogy is a secret Sci Fi project. Brothers is based on a true story of a Fraternity President and his struggle to turn the place around.

Mark Parson’s story “Bakster’s Proposition” is featured in ‘Between the Shelves’, which you can purchase now on Amazon.

Finally, don’t forget to come by and visit the authors of ‘Between the Shelves‘ from 7-9pm on May 6th, in the Centennial room of the Stanly Milner Library in Edmonton!

-Brad OH Inc.