Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Ten Reviews and Counting

The First Three Months

(Happy to be writing from the Table of Nalage! Yes, happy! Can't you tell?)

It's hard to believe that Air Born was released three months ago. It seems like only a month. But then, there has been a lot of activity since then. I visited a bunch of book stores in Indianapolis and New York, two very successful Author Events held (Third Place Books, The Neverending Bookshop), multiple blog entries, and now I've started on the outline for Air Storm.

A major milestone has been reached! Air Born received its 10th review on Amazon last week. Though it might be the shortest one to be posted, it is still a goodie.

5.0 out of 5 stars - This is a great book. Suspenseful
By MurseManon December 21, 2016
Format: Paperback
This is a great book. Suspenseful. The author does a great job of giving the background to the characters. I enjoyed it thoroughly!

5.0 out of 5 stars - Don't Miss This One - Really Fun to READ
By Mother Margie on December 3, 2016
Format: Paperback|Verified Purchase
Really fun to read and just the right combination of realism, fantasy, suspense and adventure. Best of all, it was so interesting it got me back into the habit of appreciating the joy of reading before going to bed instead of watching TV and getting wired by the flashing lights and contrasts that can give you nightmares! My only complaint is that it was over before I wanted it to be so now I have to wait for the next episode to see what happens. Thanks, Mr. Trimble - You have a special gift - GOOD JOB!!

Okay, okay! I need to take a deep breath and deflate my head. These are all great, and actually, I'm very grateful for the kind words and support from everyone. I love my Air Born fans.

The Neverending Bookshop Reading

The reading at TNB was a great success. It was slow getting started since the weather was bad, traffic was bad, and it was a little hard to find. 2 pm came and aside from Annie, her husband, and a few of her friends, there was no one else. I waited 10 more minutes, thinking I'll be reading to 4 people this time. Then this beautiful family of 6 came in and took front row. I started 15 minutes later than planned. By the time I got through the first scene and looked up, every seat was full, and people were standing behind the seats. Nine books were signed and sold, and Annie took some extras as well. I highly, highly, recommend you giving this awesome bookshop a visit. And if you want an autographed copy of Air Born, just ask Annie. You can find this wonderful store at Here are a few pictures from the event:

(Thanks for the b&w Instagram touch, Lyrickal & Jhurney.)

(Special thanks to Dakota. Oldest girl in the picture. She has attended several of my readings and wants to be a writer.)

Up Coming Event

For my January event, I'll have a table at the Rustycon convention, Jan 13th to 15th, at the Seattle Airport Mariott. This is my first author's table at a Sci-fi convention. Not sure what to expect, but I'm sure it'll be fun. Click on the link for details.

Writing Progress

Even though I'm tempted to sit around clicking on Amazon stats to see how Air Born is doing, (No, I'm not quitting my day job.) I'm getting focused on being productive and diving into more writing. Air Born is taking on a life of it's own, being out there in the wild, looking for readers. Success depends on who sees it, who reads it, who reviews it, and who has influence enough to take it to the next level. So, in the meantime, the 2nd book in the Air Born series has been rolling around in my head for awhile, and now I'm cranking on the outline for it. The working title for book 2?

Air Storm - Do You Dream of Falling?

I actually heard a squeal from someone when I announced this at one of my readings. And yes, I have a working title for book 3, but no announcement on that until Air Storm is done and in print or you convince me to do tequila shots and squeeze it out of me. (One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, floor!)

Thanks to the 4 day weekend, and some time at a couple amazing coffee shops, I got quite a bit done. The first 4 chapters of Air Storm have been outlined.

I've been getting some repeated questions at the readings and via emails. So, to provide a little enticement:

- Is Dr. Corellis still around? Yes.
- What happened to Jewels? She'll be back.
- What's going to happen to Angela? Sorry, I can't give that one away. ;)

Speaking of Awesome Coffee Shops

A special shout-out for Red Cup Coffee in Mukilteo:

And Walnut Street Coffee in downtown Edmonds:


I was recently interviewed by Annie Douglass about the fantasy environment of Air Born. It was an interesting exercise to go through. You can read it on her site here:

Mailing List

If you want to keep up with some of the more secret stuff, such as recruiting for Air Storm beta readers, having a Air Storm private outline review, or an upcoming coffee clutch writers night, be sure to select the "Subscribe to Emails" on the right and fill out the form. I'll not be selling or giving your email addresses to anyone. Really! It just for me sending notifications and announcements about my writing and events. With my schedule, this will usually only be a max of once or maybe twice a month. (Most likely once every couple months.)

Thanks again for being a fan and for reading. Please spread the word about Air Born. Available for Kindle and in print online (link is on the right), and orderable from any bookstore.

P.S. After much searching I think I might have finally found an iPad app for doing my blog postings. I guess we'll see how this turns out. If it looks good, do a search in the Apple Store for Blogo. It has a few minor glitches when I tried to get it configured for, but after I figured out the issues it seemed to work fine. Give em a look.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Air Born Events and Reviews


(Air Born Reading/Signing at Third Place Books)

First, I want to say thank you to everyone who attended my first official book reading and signing event at Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park. This was a huge success and a great opportunity to meet many of the Air Born fans and readers. Plus, the Q&A session was very interesting, since I had no idea what anyone was going to ask.

The next reading & signing event will be on December 10th, at 2pm, at The Neverending Bookshop in Bothell, WA. I look forward to seeing you there.


I'm overwhelmed by the fantastic reviews Air Born is receiving. I admit to being very anxious prior to the arrival of the first review on Amazon. But, I'm now very happy to say the average rating on the reviews is 4.8. Not too shabby for my first full length fiction novel.

If you don't mind reading some spoilers, this review on Goodreads by Ines Ninous is amazing. It's very detailed and she confirms the emotions and feelings I was trying to get across in the story and the characters. Plus, she raises the questions everyone else is asking about for the next book. Woot.

The latest review posted to Amazon:

Air Born is real
on November 17, 2016
Air Born captures your youthful imagination by touching on one of the most ancient desires- the desire to fly. It does this in an original and eloquent way while pulling in factual context from the pacific northwest, ancient Egypt, and the software development industry. The story feels real and the words paint a beautiful picture of a world where human flight is possible. Tim has really touched on something with this story and I hope that one day I'll be able to see Air Born, the movie, in theaters.
Wow. Movie deal would be nice! 
This selfie is proof that Air Born has truly gone international. This is Shau Keung from the UK. He heard about my reading event at Third Place Books, ordered the book, and posted this a few days later. I'm looking forward to seeing his review.
Promotions & Marketing
So much is going on, it's hard to keep track of it all. Air Born now has a page on Hometown Reads for Seattle.  

A promotion is starting on Nov. 22nd for Zegin's Infection. The Kindle ebook will be FREE for 5 days only. Yes, I said free! I'm actually surprised at the renewed interest in the Zegin stories since Air Born came out. This will generate some new interest and hopefully will draw some attention to Air Born as well. 

And saving the best for last, the Kindle edition of Air Born will be half price beginning on Nov. 22nd for 7 days only. Aside from being promoted on Amazon, a special promotion will be advertised on - a very popular site for Kindle book readers. They will also be hosting an Author's page for me. 

That's the latest from the exploits of a night writer for now. Thank you again for all your support and comments. I greatly appreciate it. 

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Time for the Long Haul

The Indie Author Post Release Realities

While there are grandiose dreams of what will happen when a struggling author, who has spent years laboring over the correct positioning of words and emotions, first turns his work of art loose into the wild - the expectations are never fulfilled by the realities. No agents or movie producers are sending me emails requesting signed six figure contracts, sales are not jumping through the roof, and bookstores are not buying large amount of stock for their shelves. The reality is, this is usually the norm for independently published books.

I would be lying if I didn't say there was a little bit of a hope that Air Born would strike a tone with someone who was influential and it would become an instant success, I'd be financially stable, and I would now be sitting down at my desk to spend all my time writing the sequel without worrying about how to keep a full time job, take care of my family, continue doing community volunteer work, and find time to write. But, the reality of the life of a independently published novel, is that it takes time, effort, and longevity to find any success.

As the author of my first full length Young Adult, Urban Fantasy novel, I can truly say I have reached my immediate goals for this book. Which are:
  • Release a quality, polished, full length novel.
  • Be officially accepted as a published author by my friends, family, and peers.
  • Give life to the feelings, emotions, and characters of the Air Born story.
  • Receive praise and five star reviews for the finished work.
  • Land a book signing and reading event at one of the most prestigious book stores in the area. 
I can truly say, these goals have been reached.

What about long term goals?
  •  Break even or better in my book launch expenses.
  • Attract a recognized author to write an awesome introduction for Air Born.
  • Attract an agent who sees that I am truly serious about my writing and I have at least eight more novels in me currently.
  • Slowly increase sales via word-of-mouth and social media. 
  • Get a following of fans who truly appreciate my stories and are chomping at the bit to get the next story. (Which is actually already happening.)
It's good to have goals for the short term, the mid term, and the long term.

The "I'm Dreaming Goals"?

And what are the fantasy dreams of this author?
  • Agent shops the entire Air Born series and lands me a six figure contract.
  • An option for a movie becomes available and I get to consult on the set.
  • One of my best friends gets a small role in the movie. ;) (Yes, Jordan, I was listening.)
  • Due to financial stability, I get to increase the amount of time I spend in community volunteer efforts.
  • The rest of my time I spend writing Air Storm, Air Bound, Eloquence, Love Letters from Mars, Descended, The Facility, Touched (The Novel), The Exploits of a Night Writer, and the continued Saturday Matinee stories of Zegin's Adventures.  
Ambitious? Yes. I can't help it. They're all in my head, written down in Evernote, and ready to be written.

Can You Help?

Are there ways my fans can help? Absolutely! One slightly aging man can't do it all! What can you do?
  • Be a member of my street team! Shoot me an email at timothy trimble at me dot com (no spaces and you know what to do with the dot.)
  • Write a review on,, or anywhere you participate as a book reader.
  • Tell your friends how much you like my writing (only if you do, of course).
  • Tweet, facebook, Pintrest, and socialize my tweets, links, and comments about being a writer and about my stories.
  • Bug me about when the next story is coming out!
  • Follow me on Twitter (@TimothyTrimble), Facebook (AuthorTimothyTrimble) & (IamTimothyTrimble), and Instagram (TimothyTrimble).
  • Did I mention write a review? This is the most important thing you can do. It solidifies to the general public that it's a story worth reading.


My biggest regret is that I didn't start this journey much sooner. I let other things in life get in the way. I don't regret being a performing musician for 11 years and that was an awesome ride! (Thank you WhoWeAre!) But, my true love of creativity is in writing. I have so many stories, so many characters to bring to life, and only so much time. Those of you who have put your trust and confidence in me as a writer - I deeply thank you! To my new found fans - I thank you!

Around the World Air Born?

As seen in past postings, a special edition of Air Born was placed into the Little Library, next to Waterfront Coffee, in Edmonds, Washington. The goal for this book is to travel the world and to let me see those travels via emails and pictures from those who are reading it. The book was gone the very next morning after placing it into the box. Expectations were high! However, since then, there has been no news of the status of this book. Please, if you are reading this, and you have this copy of Air Born, give it life, show us where you are (even if you're only a block away), and share the journey of Air Born.

Fan Pics

This far, I have a few fan pics to share from readers of Air Born. Feel free to email me if you are a reader and would like to share a selfie with the book.

 Maryann at Red Cup Coffee in Mukilteo
 Missy (NY) has it packed for a cruise
 Sharon (NY) My adopted sister.
 The gang from Indianapolis, Edie, Dave, Dale, Glenda, my wife and I.
 The baristas from Starbucks in Edmonds, WA.

 The baristas from Walnut Street Coffee in Edmonds, WA.

Justine - Seattle - Vlogger on Youtube


BTW: Come and see me at Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park on November 12th, at 6:30 pm, for my first official book reading and signing of Air Born.


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Air Born is Launched!

Incredible Week!
What an amazing week it has been! Air Born became available on 12 days ago. Already there have been copies sold, a five star review posted, a reading/signing has been scheduled, and bookstores have been visited.

It's been crazy busy. Remind me not to plan a vacation trip right after a book launch. On top of tracking new sales, and checking for reviews - I've been socializing from Twitter and Facebook.


Most people I speak with are amazed I've been able to do this while working a full time job, taking care of family, other responsibilities, and doing weekly volunteer work in the local community. How? Well, one of these days I'll explain it in detail. In short form, I try to stay focused on the things most important to me. Faith, family, friends, work, and of course, writing. If there's any other time available for something else, it's just icing on the cake. Every now and then I squeeze in some TV time with my wife and friends. I no longer watch F1 racing (my guilty pleasure). I no longer play Eve-Online, which was a major time suck. I did get No Mans Sky and have sunk a few hours into it. But overall, I'm a writer, a "creative". I have to write. It's in my blood and my inner being. It's just something I have to do. So, I figure out how to make the time available to do it. And I'm proof that it can be done.


Reviews can make or break a book, and waiting for that first review is very nerve wracking. I breathed a HUGE sigh of relief when the first official review hit Amazon a couple days ago. Here it is:
"I can't wait for the next Born book comes out. I stayed up all night reading this book. Much different than his other writings. I really enjoyed the characters, tho Jewel kind of got lost somewhere...great concept, neat story line, this book leaves many questions that I'm looking forward to getting the answers in the next one. Very well written. It's a story line that can keep going yet never get boring. Thank you Tim for another entertaining story.
I purchased this book even though Mr Trimble and his family are dear friends to my family. Tell your mom hello for me. I hope she is still enjoying her hats. I believe that to purchase his books and review them honestly, is the best way I can support and show appreciation for his writing. Please let me know as soon as the next book comes out." (TY to Monkey) The Link.

And this morning a friend of mine sent me her comments directly:

"I just got back to Japan. Read the whole book on the flight over, and it was riveting. I especially like being able to en-visualize all the locations described being familiar with the PNW. And it was a perfect read while flying through the clouds on my flight home. Wow. Really good read! Looking forward to the next book!

Friday, September 2, 2016

Going to Press!

Air Born is Going to Press!

I am thrilled to announce that Air Born will soon be available via in both ebook and print, and via Createspace. If you're anxious to get a copy just keep watching here or on my Facebook account.

It takes around 6-8 weeks for it to show up in the book store catalogs. You'll be able to order it from your favorite book store around mid-October.

I'll be offering hand autographed editions via this site beginning in October. And, of course, the beta readers and my street team will be receiving free autographed copies in early October as well.

If you here because you can't find it on - I'm sorry. I was going to try and keep it readable there for another few weeks. However, one of the requirements for getting it into Amazon's KDP program, was to make sure it was not available anywhere else in digital form. So, please accept my apologies if you were in the middle of reading.

Thank you again for all your help and support.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Air Born Submitted!

Submitted! Woot!

Hard to believe I've finally hit this milestone! I submitted Air Born to Amazon/CreateSpace this morning. It has been over three years since this adventure began with the writing of "Love Is in the Air", a short story for the Edmonds Write On the Sound Writers Conference. This story has been floating (pardon the pun) around in me ever since I was a kid, and now it's about to take on a life of its own.

I am so thankful for all the support, feedback, comments, and love I've received during this journey. My family, friends, workmates, beta readers, associates, and yes - even strangers on the street, have contributed to the growth of this novel. The 3rd draft has been sitting on since early May and has received 877 reads as of today. I've handed out over 700 wallet cards to strangers, friends, and free little libraries. The beta readers have ranged from 11 years old up to 60's. Early reviews have been 5 stars and everyone says they can't put it down once they start reading. I'm trying not to let my level of excitement project grandiose fantasies of success. But it is satisfying to hear such positive comments from everyone.

Aside from the thrill of getting the book submitted today, I'm ecstatic over the cover art for the book. The artist is Russell Calhoun, a fellow workmate, and illustrative artist. Here's a peek of the cover. (Click on it and you'll get a bigger view with all the details.)

 Air Born Around the World!

I'm going to try something a little different with the official Proof Copy of the book. In this copy, and this copy only, is the following explanation:

I’ve always wanted to travel and see the world. There have been a few trips over the years – England, Singapore, Mexico, and Canada. Currently, I’m still land locked in the U.S. But, through you, the reader of Air Born, I have an opportunity to travel and see the world.

This is my personal “Proof Copy” of Air Born. First one off the press! I’ve placed this in a Little Library in Edmonds, Washington.

Help me make the journey around the world. Here’s how you can help:

1) Read Air Born.
2) Sign it under the Reader Notes.
3) Take a picture or video of you, showing the cover of Air Born, in front of a unique, identifiable, location. (Please keep it PG rated.)
4) Send me the photo/video to:
5) Give the book to someone else who is travelling, would like to read it, and is willing to help in this journey.

I’ll post your picture/video on my writing blog at

I’m not a rich man, but I will send a personally signed copy of Air Born to the submitters with the most popular postings.

Thank you for reading and travelling.

I'll be sure to announce and post the video of launching Air Born into the wild here and on my other social media channels.

What's Next?

It's till a challenge with juggling all that I have going on. Between full time work, volunteer community work, family, and marketing of Air Born, there's not a lot of extra time left. However, I have started on the next Zegin's story. The next two are completely outlined. And, the Air Born fans will be happy to learn I've started the outline for the sequel, "Air Storm".

Until the next blog post, you can still keep up with my progress at:
Twitter @TimothyTrimble

Keep on reading and writing.


Friday, May 20, 2016

Announcing "Air Born - Do You Dream of Flying"

Some "Air Born" Background

Well, you may or may not have heard that I finally wrapped up the writing, editing, and formatting of Air Born. Whew. What a project. I poured so much effort, emotion, and passion into this story. I wanted to make sure it would touch the inner being of those who read it.

Based on the feedback I've received from the beta readers (who have so kindly suffered with me through the 1st draft), I think I hit the mark with this one.

You see, it's not just a story. Ever since I was a kid, I would have these amazing dreams of flying. Not just in the sky, soaring among the clouds, but in my house. I would slowly drift through the hallways, into the living room, and the kitchen. I could push off a wall and change my direction, roll my body around in all directions, or just hover still in one spot.

Eventually, I turned this into a short story, for the Edmonds Write On the Sound Writer's Conference. That was almost three years ago. I felt really good about the story. It didn't win anything and there wasn't even a mention of it. Well, with over 300 well established writers, the competition was tough. But, as always, I was excited to share this story with my friends and family. Everyone who read it told me that I "HAD" to turn it into a full novel. Even my editor of the Zegin's Abduction story told me to stop working on Zegin's and get cracking on this one. Wow. Being as tenacious as I am, I had to wrap up Zegin's Abduction and get the Zegin's Aventures in Epsilon book into print first. One thing at a time, right? But, in the lulls of waiting for cover art and print copy for ZA, I had time to start on the outline. It flowed out of me easily. I did major research on ancient Egyptian culture and rulers. I dove into lessons on particle physics. Google Maps became my friend as I scoped out locations around the PNW - especially the University of Washington campus.

Once ZA was in print and out the door. I did a very minor push of marketing for it and then dove into a frenzy of writing whenever I had the chance. I gave up computer gaming. (Sorry, Eve-Online.) Every now and then Minecraft would get a small piece of me. I quit watching football, except for the Superbowl. My only guilty pleasure was Formula One Racing. Even then, I felt bad about the time I was wasting, and not spending it writing. (Keep going Valtteri! You'll soon be standing on the 1st podium!)

My beta readers, and my supportive wife, kept me going. I received amazing feedback about the story and corrections about things I had missed. One friend of mine didn't do email much. So, I actually printed out a chapter for her when it was complete. Little did I know she was holding off on reading it until it was done. But, her husband, who had no interest in Young Adult Urban Fantasy, would get the print out from me when she was not able to meet with me. He started reading it and became hooked. He would ask me when the next chapter would be done. He ended up reading the entire draft before his wife, and gave me very nice praise about the story.

After the first draft, I did a complete re-read, and edit. Whew! What a lot of work that turned into. Well worth it however. I caught some things that the betas didn't. Then I knew I needed to have another set of editing eyes on it. Unfortunately Azy was busy (my ZA editor). The name of one of my old WhoWeAre band mates came up and I threw it his directly. (My most profound thanks to Mark Hammer.) He amazed me at his editing skill in catching the things I though were solid. Especially with some of the action scenes.

Important note to those of you who are self publishing your stories: Always, always, always - did I say Always? Always, use an editor for your work. I've lost track of the number of books I've bought from Amazon for Kindle and quickly deleted after the first chapter or two. Really! There's a lot of poor writing out there and it gives the indie writers a bad name. Do your absolute BEST to deliver a quality story with good writing. Yes, it takes time. Yes, it may cost you some money. It's well worth the effort. That goes for Cover Art as well. Spend the $$, and get it done right. Okay, I digress. (Steps off of soapbox.)

How About Some Music?
A great idea I had while writing, or at least I thought it was a great idea, was to put a QR Code at the top of each chapter which would direct the reader to a YouTube video, or a Spotify link, for playing a song that sets the tone and mood for the upcoming chapter. I even started to build the web redirection from this site to send the reader to the song. I hit a wall with that one. Everyone I spoke with said it was an awesome idea. However, it turns out, any use of someone's music in a commercial interest, is going to take issue with your use of their music. Even if it's a link to their music. I thought about the possibility of doing it anyway. But, the though of getting sued by some ambitious lawyer is not something I would want to deal with.

That being said, there's nothing wrong with me building a Spotify list for the book. So, if you're interested in listening to the music I personally recommend for introducing each chapter, feel free to give it a listen here: