Don’t Be That Guy – A PSA From AQG. ~ Outside the Margins with Andrew Q Gordon

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For those who read the OTM column daily or semi-daily, how many realize how difficult it is to come up with something interesting to say? I mean if you take away religion, politics, whining about this or that, that cuts out a large chunk of topics. “But…” you say. “It’s only once a month. How hard can it be?” Good question. How about another test? (C’mon, the last one was easy. Do you really think I’m going to play stump the reader?)

First, how many of you want to hear about how many books I’ve sold or didn’t sell?


Second, how many of you want to hear about my col….my latest medical issue?

{Okay so one of you raised your hand, fuggeddaboutit.}

Third, raise your hand if you want me to try to sell you my latest book? (I mean there are promo posts available on PBA for that right?)

{You in the back? Um no, I said sell, not give you. Sorry}

How many of you want to see cute dog pictures (I’m a dog guy, you’ll need to find someone else for the cat stuff, sorry.)

{** Sorry can’t count that high without taking off my socks. **}

Pictures of ‘lil q and her bff?

{Yep, the list keeps growing.}

Gossip? How about that? Wanna hear what happened when a few of your favorite authors had a few too many to drink and said….

{I’ll bet you would, but I’m not that kind of guy. I’ve too many skeletons in my closet to open someone else’s door.}

What? You want to hear about my skeletons? No, that’s totally off limits. (Well unless you pay me and don’t include a money back guarantee.)

You see, the list of topics can be hard to navigate. But I think that y’all like to hear about things that happened in my life, so let’s go there this week.

When I was a young Q, just starting out in the legal world, I went to my first court hearing by myself. It wasn’t anything serious, a minor thing really, so minor it had been set before a District Justice. Now DJ’s didn’t need to be lawyers where I lived at the time. They had to run and get elected. One of them was a painter before he became a judge. Some were lawyers, but most were just local people who knew a guy who broke a few legs for them to get enough votes to win. They’d get ‘trained’ by the state, but really, it wasn’t very extensive and mistakes were often made in their decisions.

Anyway, I digress. My first hearing was in front of a DJ, who’d been there for like – ever. He wasn’t a lawyer, and I don’t think he really liked lawyers all that much. But since I was a young District Attorney, I was okay. I wasn’t really a lawyer, I was a prosecutor. Let’s call him Judge COG (Crusty Old Guy.)

So Judge COG came out of the courtroom in his black robe and scaned the waiting area to see who’s next. The defense attorney from the previous case snuck out and COG spotted me. I musta had that ‘I’m going to save the world’ shine back then and he zeroed in on me. “Are you the new ADA?”

“Yes, Your Honor,” and I told him my name.

He ignored me and kept watching the defense attorney leave. Finally the door shut and he called me over. “You see that guy that just left?”

“Yes, sir that’s John Doe. He’s a defense attorney.”

“Right. He’s the kinda guy who’ll piss on your head and tell you it’s rain. Don’t be that guy.”

“Um… Yes Judge COG. I won’t.”

“Good. Now what do you have today?”

I can’t remember the case I had that day—you’d think I would, it was my first—but I remember the Judge’s name and the defense lawyer. Judge COG was right however. That defense lawyer was the kind of guy who pissed on my head and told me it was rain. But I never forgot that advice.

Why the stroll down memory lane? Someone pissed on my head and told me I’d been out in the rain this week. Maybe they thought I wouldn’t realize it, maybe they thought I wasn’t smart enough to see what had happened, or maybe they didn’t give a shit what I thought, they just wanted to do what they wanted. Typically I’m kinda like this when that happens:

You wanna play games? Say hello to my little friend.

This time I didn’t. After seething a bit, I just let it go. I get tired of tilting windmills sometimes, I didn’t have it in me to call this person out and get into a long back and forth. (I had laryngitis and talking was painful.)

But I’m taking Judge COG’s role and gathering all you newbies unto myself. See that guy? Don’t be that guy. You truly are only as good as your reputation. Guard it well.

And since today is release day, I’ll leave you with a teeny tiny bit of promo:

Book III of Campion of the Gods – Kings of Lore and Legend is out today. But since this is the third book in a true series, you really need to read Books I & II first. To make that even easier than normal, you can get book one, The Last Grand Master for free. Yep, that’s right, DSP Publications is giving away book one free. 

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Book two, The Eye and the Arm, is now just .99 cents. The sale is only until May 1, 2016.



~Andrew Q Gordon


Title: Kings of Lore and Legend
Author: Andrew Q. Gordon
Publisher: DSP Publications
Publication Date: 03/15/2016
Cover Artist: Angsty G
Genre: Fantasy


Dumbarten should have been the end of Farrell’s efforts to find his distant ancestor Kel, but the Six have other plans. Farrell is told to continue his search for answers in Agloth, the temple city to Seritia. Forced by the Goddess to ride across the vast continent of Lourdria, Farrell and his companions learn that Meglar’s reach extends well beyond the borders of Ardus. And Agloth, despite being dedicated to the Goddess of Love, is also home to a millennia-old curse that Farrell must end if he wants to complete his task.

Answers don’t come easily, and Farrell determines he must travel to the Dwarf Kingdom of Colograd to continue his quest. When an ally of Meglar’s threatens Agloth, Farrell cuts short his time in Colograd and rushes back to defend Seritia’s home. The attack seems doomed to fail, but the death of one of his companions distracts Farrell at a critical moment. Battling against his crushing grief, Farrell struggles to save Agloth, his friends, and himself. And even if he survives, he still hasn’t found Kel or his answers.


Kings of Lore and Legend on Goodreads
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Amazon US
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About Andrew Q Gordon

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Andrew Q. Gordon wrote his first story back when yellow legal pads, ball point pens were common and a Smith Corona correctable typewriter was considered high tech. Adapting with technology, he now takes his MacBook somewhere quiet when he wants to write.

He currently lives in the Washington, D.C. area with his partner of twenty years, their young daughter and dog. In addition to dodging some very self-important D.C. ‘insiders’, Andrew uses his commute to catch up on his reading. When not working or writing, he enjoys soccer, high fantasy, baseball and seeing how much coffee he can drink in a day.

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From Wayward Ink Publishing:
A Closed Door

From DSP Publications:
The Last Grand Master: (Champion of the Gods – Book 1)
The Eye and the Arm: (Champion of the Gods – Book 2) 
From Dreamspinner Press:

Self published:
Ashes of Life

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

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3 thoughts on “Don’t Be That Guy – A PSA From AQG. ~ Outside the Margins with Andrew Q Gordon

  1. Maybe you reached that age of wisdom where you choose your battles wisely. Congratulations on your new release. Love this series more than I thought I would because I love the characters.

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