Monday, October 12, 2015

Check out my new place!

After months of hard work by the talented Shawn Sampson, as well as endless and tireless effort from my friend Caroline Harmon, the new web site is up and running!

So, take a little time today if you have it to spare and pop over to and tour the new digs. Sure, there is still a little work to do, but it is now open for the public to come in and see. If you have some ideas, feel free to drop me a note and let me know what you would like to see. There will be a newsletter soon as well as a regular video message from me that will start soon.

So, I won't keep you any longer. Please make yourself comfy as you explore the new digs.

One final note, I have a lot of unclaimed Audio book gifts. If you want yours, I hope you will accept it soon, I know things can come up, especially in today;s busy world, but I do hope that you will claim your gift soon.

Friday, October 9, 2015

I really need your help.

Okay, I am gonna do some begging here. Ready?


Please what? you might (or might not) wonder. I have entered a short vampire story in a contest. I need a hundred votes to even have a chance. Currently I have 12. So, if you have a friend or two you could hit up for me...that would be HUGE for me. It is as simple as clicking the link below:

Then, just click on the little heart to cast your vote. If everybody who clicks on this blog does that and has ONE friend do the same, then I have a shot at hitting my number that will put me in the running for this contest. In the process, you get a chance to read a little story that will only take a few minutes and hopefully entertain you. It may not seem like much, but being able to lay claim to any sort of an award can boost a writer's resume. 

So, can I get a little love?

There, just like the story, I am keeping this short. Remember...I need your vote. I can't explain how much I appreciate your help, just know that I thank you and appreciate it VERY much.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Can we talk?

Seriously. How would you like to have my undivided attention for ten minutes. (Ask my wife...that is a feat that is next to impossible.) I will even have my pups on hand if you want to say hi to them. Seriously, that is probably way cooler than talking to me.

Even about if we got to talk on Halloween!? Of course you have to have Skype or Google+ and your own web cam, and be over 21. If you fit those few requirements, then all you have to do is reply in the comments section below or on Wastebook. Or, if you want bonus points, email me at with "CAN WE TALK!" in the subject line.

The winner will chosen by random drawing on October 25 and announced here on the 26th. You will have me for 10 minutes on Halloween where you can ask me questions about any of my books, have me read a sample from DEAD: End Book 12 of the DEAD series talk to my African Grey, my Newfie or the two Border Collies. Plus, you will get a video tour of my office and the place I do all my work. It's YOUR 10 minutes, spend it how you want. 

(Doggy pictures posted by request.)

Monday, October 5, 2015

Review: Darth Vader and Friends

Darth Vader and Friends Darth Vader and Friends by Jeffrey Brown
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Okay, this was a gift for my birthday and I have to say, I chuckled more than once. It is fun, cute, and something that most STAR WARS fans will appreciate. It has a Star Wars-meets-Far Side feel at times. Over all, it is something I enjoy peeking it from time to time when I want to smile.

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Stop saying their names!

First, this might be a touchy subject, so feel free to tune out. I seldom like to discuss current events and such here. And I REALLY stay away from politics and religion. If I shared mine, it would automatically alienate everybody who was on a different plain of that realm's existence. Besides, do you really care who I would vote for or what my spiritual beliefs are? And if so...WHY?

As many of you might know, there was a horrible shooting in my state. Some lunatic walked in to Umpqua Community College and killed a bunch of people. He also hurt many others. The families dealing with that loss of a loved one are dealing with a tragedy that few can understand.

It has become a story that we see far too often. There will be noting here about gun control. My issue is with the horrible people who commit these acts. I also don;t want or care to talk about "mental" issues. Plenty of people struggle with issues, they don't all go on shooting sprees. I believe that some of these people actually decide to jump off that ledge for the fame and notoriety. That whole deal about "bad attention being better than none" comes to mind.

I want to commend the sheriff who has been dealing with this issue and must speak with the media. He had made it his policy not to speak the killer's name. I find that to be a wonderful thing. Too bad the media does not follow suit. They parade the name around and help fertilize the next sick mind with their crap under the excuse of "reporting the news" when  (and I am totally serious here) they finish talking with the sheriff and make a comment how he had made this policy of not giving this killer what he wants (attention) by refusing to use his name...then they refer to the killer BY NAME!

Seriously. STOP! Quit giving these people their dying wish. Stop letting them have their post-mortem moment of glory and fame. Focus on the victims, commemorate the fallen and the heroes who responded or did something amazing to save others. But WHY must the media give so much attention to the killer.

Even more interesting of a topic for you to bat around with friends; perhaps discuss why the next phase is up-ending the lives of the killer's family and seeing who (and for what reason) a heaping pile of blame can be thrown at since it is obviously somebody's fault this person turned into a nutjob. Oh, and while you discuss that, perhaps dig into why the media is now on "witch hunt" mode against this Sheriff John Hanlin. Oh yeah, since many people have applauded his actions, the media has thought it in their best interest to try and dig up dirt on this man. is time we start holding the so-called journalists accountable for their actions. Stop editorializing and just report the damn news.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Review: A Murderer's Heart

A Murderer's Heart A Murderer's Heart by Julie Elizabeth Powell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I am always astounded at how a writer can create the smoke and mirrors needed to offer up a good mystery. I spent the entire time changing my mind as to who the killer would be...and naturally I was wrong in the end.

This is such a fun story to spend an afternoon with and whittle away a few hours. I suggest a cup of your favorite warm beverage and a couch. If it is raining outside, so much the better.

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Friday, October 2, 2015

Say goodbye. I am leaving this place.

I hope that got your attention. If you are a regular follower of this blog, then you need to know that I have been in the process of having an honest-to-goodness web page built. It seemed like the right thing to do. I will have a newsletter and all sorts of cool stuff. And yes, I will be once again trying to gift somebody with a script for Night of the Living Dead signed by John Russo and George Romero (I did not come anywhere close to that goal of 50 free audio books given away and claimed that I tried on my birthday, so maybe when I have my newsletter sign up, things will go better with this being brand new and all.).

Coming in about 10 will be able to go to for all the news, release dates, and freebies. Also, that is where you will be able to sign up for my newsletter where you will get opportunities that you won't find anyplace else. Signed stuff, merchandise, and even a "Happy Birthday" personal phone call.