This is the first chapter of The Reinvention of Man,  the second book in the In Blackness trilogy. The three books together detail the quick rise of a near worldwide wide utopia and how it quickly ended in complete dystopia. This is an introduction to new creatures. Not vampire or zombie, and not quite complete alien. This is the beginning of something new, something more…human.    They have returned, and we’ve offered them…our flesh    Chapter One     Lenny sipped from a cup of coffee at his booth. The Best Little Road House, a diner in… read more

Scribd and Oyster Books are missing out on an opportunity to put one over on In case you don’t know, Scribd and Oyster Books are book subscription services. More than a few media sources are calling them the Netflix for books. Amazon recently jumped on the book subscription service bandwagon and has to be looked at as a major competitor for the incumbent start-ups. Now, just the idea of a Netlix for books that is not run by Amazon makes me drool with delight. But I’m brought back to earth when I see how Scribd and Oyster Books are going about their business of getting… read more

I consider my new book a horror novel but I’ve never considered myself a horror writer. When I think horror I think of old school Clive Barker. I’m thinking Hellraiser, Pinhead. I’m thing Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Leather Face. It’s not the sort of stuff I’m putting to the page. If I think in a slightly different light I can go as far as Evil Dead. You know, Demons and a little hilarity. But I don’t do that either. I read some Stephen King but it’s never been his horror stuff. I’m working with the Gunslinger right now. Good stuff. Wouldn’t call it horror. Under the… read more

If you’re an author, at some point you’ve probably been asked the following question: Where do you get your ideas from? Mere mortals ask this question as if you have a fridge that you store ideas in or maybe a box in a closet somewhere. Then after you tell them an idea you’re working on, they panic. They’re like, you’re planning on killing how many people? You want them to have sex where? They smile and then give you the stink eye. You’re still friends but, as the author, they think you have issues. So let’s briefly discuss the question and the different ways to answer it…. read more

This is the second part of the first chapter from my new novel In Blackness: The Reinvention of Man. It is available on pre-order until Aug 15. That’s when the fun really happens. The woman had a metal syringe in one hand and a gun in the other. She dropped the gun and plunged the syringe into his shoulder. “Shut up or I’ll shoot you dead right here.” The injection made Lenny’s arm feel like it would explode. Stars circled his peripheral and he became so uncontrollably limp that he couldn’t keep his eyes open. At first he purposely kept his eyes shut because it seemed to… read more

The follow up to In Blackness. This is book 2 in the series depicting the alien apocalypseHere’s a nice partial chapter for my new novel In Blackness: The Reinvention of Man. Full novel available in its electronic form beginning August 15th.   Lenny sipped from a cup of coffee at his booth. The Best Little Road House, a diner in Salem, Oregon, was warm, dry and safe. Most of the tables were filled, with only a few waitresses helping serve everyone. All these people eating and ordering food as if nothing was wrong. Like The Visit never happened. He couldn’t begin to forget,… read more

For better or worse, paper books are here to stay, and I’ll tell you why.   Although I love paper books, I tend to not talk them up too much. They’re hard to hold or are too heavy. You know the phrase “I couldn’t put it down”? Well, not if you’re talking about a hardback. Most of the time, the weight of them will make you put them down or risk injury. I find that I like the process of turning actual pages but the simple action of doing so shouldn’t cost me twenty-five or thirty dollars. I like going to a bookstore, new or used, and perusing, discovering, opening up… read more

If you haven’t read The Great Gatsby there are spoilers in this review, just to let you know. I stopped writing reviews about books because I’m an author myself. It didn’t seem like my place to judge another story for the good or otherwise. However, after much complaining and debate about The Great Gatsby I decided to reread it, to update my opinion on the classic. As most people know, The Great Gatsby is the tale of lost love in a time after the First World War. The short novel has a little something to say about status back in those days. East Egg is for the high class, and the… read more

This post is for all you readers out there who don’t necessarily know what it’s like to write a book. So I finish my novel. After you finish a novel, it’s not actually done. You’ve only written to the end. You’ve only completed an eighth of your goal if you’re me. So I write to the end with a bad feeling. I knew the rewrites were going to take a little longer than usual. Three fourths into it my vision for the ending had changed, which meant inconsistencies throughout. I could live with that. Every inconsistency is fixable. No, something else I couldn’t live with,… read more

I’m going to take this time to tell you all about my publishing process. I was inspired by more than one article that came out that talked about the writer’s process. I found those articles insightful. Thought I’d give it a whirl. Okay first off you have to get done writing the darned novel. While writing, I’m receiving feedback from my writers group, of course. Normally I’ll write a general outline and then adjust it as I go. In addition, I go ahead and pop out about 1,000 words a day 4 to 5 days of the week. I do take days off. After the initial draft is done I go back a day… read more