Category: Will Peck


I hope everyone is excited for summer – it’s nearly here!

Before Spring has sprung, I’ll be out at my first Elementary School event, talking to 2nd and 3rd graders about what it took to write my two books – and how they can write and sell their very own books. It will be quite a thrill to help foster the creative spirit in these kids.

In honor of this first (of hopefully many more) speaking engagements, Wheeler Street Press – my publisher! – will be reducing the price of the Kindle versions of Dashiell Stone: Best Friends … Forever? and Will Peck SAVES THE WORLD! on Amazon for a full week!

Starting Monday, May 22nd, you can purchase the digital books at a super discount:

Dashiell Stone (normally $2.99) will be offered for only $1.99 – the illustrations by Matthew Wong look really awesome on the Kindle Reader or an iPad.

Will Peck (normally $6.99) will only cost ya $3.99 – about the same price as a monthly issue of a Guardians of the Galaxy or Teen Titans comic book.

If you do take advantage of this special deal, once you’ve read one of my books I would love to hear what you thought. And tell me what you think of this blog – what you like, and what you’d like to see me do here with all of this awesome aquamarine-colored space. You can leave a Comment down below, or Write to me at reevearmstrong@wheelerstreetpress.com.

Until next time … have a Fantastic Summer!!

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Here’s a peek at the very First Chapter from my middle-grade adventure, available later this month from Wheeler Street Press. The cover is by renowned comic book artist Mike DeCarlo. I hope you enjoy it and want to read more …

 

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The worst thing about getting hit in the face is that it hurts.

A lot.

Which is why when I found myself getting pummelled in the gym after sixth period by a guy everyone calls Thor, I couldn’t believe I had actually agreed to the beating. I was no superhero, so what on Earth did I think I was doing letting the biggest freshman at Bedford High use my body as a punching bag?

But let me back up a little here. My name is Will Peck, and I’m fourteen years old. I’m what people like to label a nerd. I prefer the term sentient-being-of-high-intellectual-acuity-with-low-social-popularity, but I’ll be the first to admit that geek, spaz, and nerd roll off the tongue a lot easier. Sports have never loved me, so I made a deal with all the round athletic balls of the world a long time ago that I wouldn’t bother them if they didn’t bother me. Trust me, my life would be much simpler if I was good at any kind of physical activity. Even being able to jog, or play badminton without pulling a major muscle, would place me in higher esteem with everyone in my life.

Especially my dad.

I love my dad, he’s a great guy. But he’s, well, he’s too great a guy. I mean, he’s really good-looking and has muscles on top of muscles. That and he’s got perfect teeth, and this really awesome voice that’s all deep and dramatic, like those voiceover guys in the movie trailers (“In a world!”)—you know the ones. Everyone who meets him instantly likes him and wants him to be their best friend.

I am so not like that. Not only do I like nerdy things, like computer programming, starting the astronomy club, math club, and virtual horticulture club, but I physically fit the profile. My hair is long and shaggy, and I weigh about ninety pounds completely drenched. Which I have been, by the neighborhood kids. Many times.

But I try to stay positive, keep my spirits high and realize that I’ve got my dad’s genes, so maybe someday I’ll shed this scrawny body and turn into a cool guy.

Doubtful, though. Personally, I’m big on the three “L”s: the library, the lab, and the laptop. I’m a voracious reader, mostly of stories that revolve around science, nature, and the discovery of our vast universe. Yes, I’m the one kid in high school who actually reads National Geographic from cover to cover. The photos are amazing, and the maps inside help me imagine traveling to some faraway place some day. Maybe a place where I won’t feel like such an out-of-place freak.

Overall, I guess I’m more like my mom, with her love of science and that thoughtful, quiet way about her. She’s kind of pretty, in a buttoned-down, librarian-y sort of way. I mean, I don’t really think about whether my mom looks hot or not. But my dad is always going on about how lucky he is to have met her, how gorgeous she is, and on and on. So if he thinks she’s beautiful, and he’s the perfect guy, how can it not be true?

Except, I’ve recently learned that not everything that comes out of my dad’s mouth is true. They aren’t lies, exactly. Just truths with the crusts cut off. Not the whole story, if you know what I mean.

It sucked pretty hard, finding out that my dad wasn’t exactly who I thought he was. Who I believed he was. I knew everyone had secrets, including my mom and dad. Some of those secrets—like how and when I was conceived, or the frequency of their daily trips to the bathroom—are okay staying secrets. But this was a big one. I mean, HUGE. When I found out, it was like I was the last one to know. And it hurt. A lot.

Which brings me back to the pummelling I received by the beast called Thor. It started innocently enough. But it ended with me getting a black eye. And with my parents kidnapped by international terrorists. Yeah. It was an interesting few days.

And that was just the beginning.

END OF CHAPTER ONE

 

These are the two “Variant” Covers that can also be purchased (same great book inside, but with different art on the outside) — exclusively from WSP. The 1st one is drawn by David Castro and colored by Ryan Donoghue. The 2nd one is drawn and colored by Paul Loudon. I love all 3 of the covers, it’s really hard to pick a favorite!

 

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It’s mid-December, and I have amazing news to share – my first two books will be published by Wheeler Street Press in January!

To have one book in print and available on Amazon is terrific, but to have TWO books coming out at the beginning of a new year is Tremendous!

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing some stories about the creation and writing process of Dashiell Stone: Best Friends … Forever? and Will Peck SAVES THE WORLD!  I hope you’ll enjoy reading about their journey from the inside of my head to the inside of their very own books.

For now, here’s a little peek at the covers: