On Saturday, May 7th, I was sitting around (eh-hem, I mean doing research) watching television, when I decided to give a shout out to a fellow Twitter-mate that Kristen Lamb had recently introduced me to. Imagine my surprise when he responded that he was at the Pirates premiere in California and would tweet more after the movie.
Questions started circling in my head: Pirates premiere? In California? The Pirates of the Caribbean premiere? Pirates, as in Captain Jack Sparrow and Johnny Depp?
The answer to all of those questions was – YES!
Who in the world had Kristen just introduced me too? Don’t get me wrong, I knew the name James Rollins, but was @jamesrollins the James Rollins? The James Rollins New York Times bestselling author??
Did I think that I had been chatting with a NYT bestselling author the past few weeks? No, I didn’t. Had I actually been chatting to a NYT bestselling author on Twitter? Yes, I had!
For those who may not know, James Rollins is indeed a New York Times bestselling author. He’s written over sixteen books as James Rollins, and seven under the pen name James Clemons. His works span several genres including action-adventure, thriller, suspense, mystery, and fantasy. For all you Indiana Jones fans, James wrote the novelization of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull in 2008.
We could celebrate James for any of his many accomplishments. For one, he’s a licensed veterinarian. We could also celebrate James for any one of his literary series, like his Jake Ransom series for children and adults; his many individual works such as Subterranean or Ice Hunt; his short stories, including his most recent release: The Skeleton Key; his The Banned and the Banished series; but, today we’re celebrating James for his SIGMA Force series.
The first novel in the SIGMA series, Sandstorm, was released in June, 2004. The SIGMA Force is a fictional division inside the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and consists of highly trained and skilled operatives as well as expert scientists whose primary focus is fighting terrorism and protecting sensitive and confidential information.
The SIGMA series also includes Map of Bones (May, 2005), Black Order (June, 2006), The Judas Strain (July, 2007), The Last Oracle (June, 2008), and The Doomsday Key (June, 2009).
Guess what? It’s June, 2011. Do you know what that means? It’s time for a new SIGMA Force novel!
The Devil Colony, book number seven in the SIGMA series, releases this Tuesday, June 21st.
Join us, Tuesday, at the world premier launch party of The Devil Colony! Find us gathering for twenty-four hours on Twitter in the hashtag #DevilColony. This gathering may be online, but make no mistake – this will be a HUGE cyber-party.
What’s the party’s theme? You guessed it – Devil!
Dress up for a costume party, or dress up for a fancy New York or Los Angeles book release party. Wear devil costumes, eat deviled eggs or deviled ham, and take pictures! Not in the costume mood? Put on that sexy cocktail dress and high heels or your Mad Men suit, and take pictures! Post all of your pictures on twitter in the #DevilColony hashtag. Why?
James will stop by periodically to say “Hi” to all of his friends, family, and fans. Why else?
James will also select his favorite pictures from our cyber-party and post them on his site’s Wall of Fame. Why else?
The best pictures will win a big mystery prize!
Camera shy? That’s okay! Join us anyway. Tuesday’s #DevilColony hashtag will be the social event of the Twitter-verse. Come, have fun and hang out!
Do all the writers out there need added incentive? This is James Rollins, the NYT bestselling author. What if other agents, editors, and bestselling authors stop by? Do you really want to miss that opportunity?
All success aside, James Rollins is an everyday guy. He’s funny, smart, compassionate (he’s a veterinarian for goodness sake), and most importantly, he’s my friend.
Have you read any of James’ books? Will you join us Tuesday at our cyber-party? Have you ever pinched yourself when you realized you were talking to one of your favorite authors via social media? Leave a comment and share; I’d love to hear from you!