Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Recent Press

I've been doing a bunch of press lately, so let's start at the beginning and when we get to the end we'll stop.

First, I did a lengthy interview for the Hello, Sweetie Podcast. You can listen to it here. We covered everything under the sun, including the books and, of course, Star Wars.

Secondly, Andy Wilson over at Huffington Post was kind enough to include God Bless You, Mr. Vonnegut on his list of 5 books and apps you have to try for the Kindle and Nook, saying this of the book:

"Young displays here both his depth as a writer and passion for the art itself--much of which he traces back to Kurt Vonnegut. In a chapter devoted to teachers, Young recounts both experiences in his own public schooling and his feelings for Vonnegut as a passive teacher of sorts. Young also touches on the incredibly personal and political, recounting painful dealings with the US "health care system." There's a little bit of everything in here. And something for everyone. And at $3.99, it's hard to go wrong."

You can pick it up digitally now or pre-order the print copy for it's release next month.

Lastly, I want to leave you with this:


This is me with Terry Burden, discussing MAD Magazine's 5 Dumbest People, Places, and Things of 2011 on my regular guest spot on Park City TV.

Yes. I'm wearing a shirt, tie, and Boba Fett hoodie.There's nothing wrong with flying a geek flag, even on live television.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

New Short Stories and an Xmas wish...

I want to wish everyone who reads this site and my material a Happy Holiday, Christmas, or whatever else you might celebrate.

For those of you who are fortunate enough to be opening an eReader, don't hesitate to pick up stories and books from indy authors like myself.

You can check out the complete list of my books and stories and most are available for all major eReaders.

I've also published a brand new selection short stories today that you can check out:


The Accidental Date contains four short stories:

The Accidental Date, One Last Kiss, The Night Sky, and the Girl With Green Eyes.

They're all on the romantic side of the scale I get with my work, so if that's not your thing, I won't mind if you skip them.

It's available for Kindle, Nook, and on Smashwords.

Either way, I hope your holiday is a great one, filled with friends, family, and plenty of relaxation.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Lost at the Con is Free for 24 Hours

For the next 24 hours, Lost at the Con will be available for free on the digital Kindle format.

You can pick it up here.

If you like it, I can't stress how much it would mean to me for you to rate and review it just about everywhere you can think of and to tell your friends about it.

There is nothing more important to the life of a book or the well-being of an author than word of mouth for their projects. Be sure to spread the word and feel free to take a gander at my other written works.

And if you're still on the fence, here's an interview I did talking about the book on the week of its release:

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Want to get Lost at the Con for Free?

For the next 90 days, Lost at the Con will be part of the Kindle Lending Library, meaning that you can go to Amazon and check Lost at the Con out as though it was from the library. And with their new fund for their library, I'll get paid for you to go read my book for free.

But it gets better. If joining up on Amazon Prime isn't your thing, I'll be giving Lost at the Con away for Kindle this weekend. On Saturday, December 17th, for one day only, you'll be able to get Lost at the Con digitally FOR FREE.

No strings attached.

(Though I'd love it if you reviewed the book and told your friends about it.)

Just visit Amazon this weekend and download the book.

If you're still on the fence, feel free to read what the critics have been saying about it:
Andy Wilson, Huffington Post:

"Young's style is terse and crisp. He writes in a way that compels you to keep flipping pages as you delve deeper and deeper into what is either the strangest of cultures you will ever enjoy or something warm and familiar to all geeks who go to these types of cons...Young writes with a familiarity of this subject in a way that blends the best of gonzo journalism with comic book/pulp sensibilities wrapped with just a tiny bit of a noir vibe -- perhaps that comes from the omniscient first person narrative style. But if I had to compare it to anything else, I'd call it Hell's Angels meets Breakfast of Champions meets Amazing Spiderman."

Amy Ratcliffe, Geeks With Curves:
"Young's hard-hitting style pulled me into the story immediately. The dialogue and story move in a direct and snappy tone. No time and words are wasted but nothing is rushed or bland...This book has appeal for both geeks and new initiates like Cobb. From the geek perspective, it's fun because you have the inside knowledge and you get to feel a little superior to Cobb. You'll recognize the setting, but you'll still be surprised by where events lead. I recommend checking it out."

Brett Schenker, Graphic Policy:

"The book’s concept is great, only bettered by it’s execution...The book is solid. It’s entertaining, funny, eye opening (if you’ve never been to a convention), over the top (but realistic) and most of all it has heart. You care about Cobb towards the end, and while it’s not some amazing transformation like an After School Special, he shows enough growth that you’re cheering for him by the end. If you like gonzo journalism, politics or conventions, really if you like a good read, this is a definite buy and read."

[insertgeekhere]:

"Young’s writing is direct and keeps a quick pace. The book is funny and smart and thought provoking. That is why it is the perfect book for geeks and non-geeks alike. So follow Cobb on his wild ride and enter now!" 
Kate McIlvane, The Girl Who Was Plugged iN:
"Have you ever stayed up late reading a book, only to dream about the book, wake up early and properly slack off so you can finish it? THAT is a 7/8 Sleepless Hours book. Or in book terms: Lost at the Con by Bryan Young. In short, one of the funniest books I've read... If you have ever been to ComicCon or Dragon*Con, you need to read this romp of a book, just for the geekster eggs."

Carrie Clevenger, Mindspeak:
"A fun ride, even for non-geeks. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a book to have you laughing out loud for real. Bryan Young is a very skilled writer with wonderful character development skills, a bonus in my book. I look forward to his future releases."

And please, don't forget to visit the new shop.

A Book Signing (Featuring Me and Tracy Hickman)

Saturday is a big day for a number of reasons. One of the biggest, though, is that I'll be at a book signing with Tracy Hickman, signing copies of Man Against the Future and Lost at the Con.

Here's the information from the press release:

SALT LAKE CITY, UT -- Eborn Books at Valley Fair Mall will be hosting a signing of science fiction authors on December 17th, just in time for the holiday season.  
Headlining the event will be New York Times Bestselling author Tracy Hickman Hickman is a bestselling fantasy novelist and has worked extensively in the Dragon Lance universe.
Other authors signing include Mills Crenshaw, author of “The Christmas of ’45”, and Bryan Young, author of “Lost at the Con” and “Man Against the Future”. Crenshaw is a local radio personality. Young is the editor-in-chief of Big Shiny Robot!, the writer behind Salt Lake City Weekly’s regular geek column, and a contributor to The Huffington Post. 
There is no better gift than a signed and personalized book from a local author and no better time to get it than at a signing as big and monumental as this. Eborn Books is located inside Valley Fair Mall in West Valley City. Authors will be signing books from 2:00 pm until 4:00 pm.
Valley Fair Mall is located at 3601 South 2700 West, West Valley City, Utah.


I hope to see you there!

Thursday, December 01, 2011

God Bless You, Mr. Vonnegut


As some of you may know, I'm a huge fan of Kurt Vonnegut. Disciple might be a better word than fan. His body of work might have influenced more than anyone else (including George Lucas).

Over the years I've been collecting short stories, letters, and essays published elsewhere that have been directly about or inspired by Kurt Vonnegut.

I've finally put together a book's worth of material and it is now available to you.

It includes:

Kurt Vonnegut is in Heaven Now - essay
To Be Me - short story
A Good Case for Universal Healthcare - essay
The Train From Hell to Heaven - short story
Tony Snow's White House Press Briefing 9/1/2007 - news satire
George Bush's Farewell Address - news satire
Late Term Abortion - short story
A Simple Country Murder - short story
All Life's a Game - short story
Forlorn - short story
God Bless You, Mr. Vonnegut - essay

It also contains various letters and other connecting material.

You can buy it digitally right now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or other eReaders.

The print copies will be out in the next month or so and are available for pre-order below. All copies bought through my site will be signed and personalized.



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