Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter

A Happy Easter to all my friends and followers.

Looking for Some Fan Input Into the Third Rotter World Novel

I'm getting ready to start the final novel in the Rotter World trilogy, and am looking for reader input in how the series should conclude. So please swing by my author's page on Facebook and provide your opinion. Don't miss your opportunity to influence an author and see a trilogy end the way you want it to. 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A Long Overdue Update

I realized while writing the previous posting that it has been a month since the last time I blogged. I know sometimes life gets in the way, but I'm still going to slap myself in the nose with a rolled up issue of Famous Monsters of Filmland and say, "bad writer."

Yeitso, my next novel, is scheduled for publication in May by Blood Bound Books. It's my homage to the monster movies of the 1950s. Also next month, my short story "From Space It Came," about a giant spider from space, is scheduled for publication in Emby Press' Doomsday anthology. My publishers and I will be running contests and giveaways tied to their release.

I recently finished off several interviews or guest blog postings with various websites, including my interview with Days of the Undead; I'll be linking those here and to Facebook and Twitter as they become available.

Rotter Nation, the sequel to Rotter World, is with Permuted Press now waiting to be reviewed. After some considerable procrastination as a result of lack of creativity (i.e I can't decide exactly how to end the series), I'm about to sit down and crank out the last book in the trilogy. So keep checking my blog, because I'll probably be complaining about writer's block several times over the next few months.

I'm also hoping to hear soon about Hell Gate, my young adult post-apocalyptic novel, that is currently with an agent.

Convention wise, Alison Beightol and I will definitely be attending Spooky Mayhem in May and Spooky Empire in October. I'm looking into attending a few other conventions, and will let you know when/where I'll be appearing.

Other than that, not much new. So I'll get back to writing now, if I'm not preventing the pets from aggravating each other. Ciao.

Interview With Days of the Undead

I recently did a fun interview with Days of the Undead where we discuss zombies, of course. You can check it out here.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Today Is the Anniversary of a Life-Changing Event

Exactly one year ago I was on the road taking a journey that changed my life for the better. I had retired from the Central Intelligence Agency after a (I'd like to think) successful twenty-three year career, packed up my Forester with my four rabbits in special travel cages, and set out on a sixteen-hour drive to Gainesville, Florida to be with Alison Beightol. It was one of the most momentous decisions of my life, and one I do not regret.

For those who don't know the story, Alison is a fellow author of her own vampire trilogy (Blood Betrayal and Blood Beginnings of The Primegenio Tales) who reached out to me four years ago to say how much she loved my first novel, The Vampire Hunters. Over time, we became good friends and colleagues, and Alison provided emotional support during a very difficult period of my life. We began dating in November 2011, got engaged exactly one year later, and were married on Halloween 2013 in the chapel of the Gainesville VA Hospital so Alison's father, who was in the terminal stage of bladder cancer, could give away his beloved daughter.

As I made the long journey from northern Virginia to Florida, I had no idea what would be in store for me, but my hopes were high. Sadly, fate had other plans. It has been a difficult year. The family has suffered numerous health related tragedies and setbacks. The new house flooded one month after we moved in and repairing the damage destroyed our savings because, despite having flood insurance, the insurers refused to pay out on the claim. Plus, on a personal note, three of my four rabbits passed away from old age.

Despite all the negatives, I gained much more from this move than I lost. Alison's family has adopted me as one of their own. Madeline, my stepdaughter, is a lovely young lady who thinks highly of me. Alison's boxers, Walther and Bella, consider me part of the pack (or at least the most useful member since I can open the fridge). And I have become a cat lover.

The writing front had some temporary setbacks as we tried to keep our lives from falling apart, but all that is about to change. Emby Press is re-releasing The Vampire Hunters trilogy throughout the year and, in a few months, will be including my short story "From Space It Came" (a giant spider from space) in an upcoming anthology. In the next few months, Blood Bound Books will be publishing Yeitso, my first foray into the big monster genre and my homage to the monster movies of the 1950s that had such an impact on my life. My sequel to Rotter World is with Permuted Press for publication later this year, and Hell Gate, my first young adult novel, is being reviewed by a literary agent. And I am currently involved in three other writing projects,

But the best part of all is Alison is now a permanent part of my life. She is my best friend, colleague, soon-to-be-coauthor, confidante, lover, wife, and soul mate. And tomorrow marks the anniversary of our moving in together. It was the best decision I ever made.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The Paperback Edition of The Vampire Hunters Is Now Available

Emby Press has released the paperback edition of The Vampire Hunters, which is now available on Amazon for $13.49. You can get a copy here.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Photos from WizardCon in New Orleans

I usually don't post photographs from conventions that I attend as a fan, but in this case I wanted to make an exception. Last weekend, Alison and I took our daughter to WizardCon in Orlando so she could meet her idol -- Matt "The 11th Doctor" Smith. This was a pre-birthday gift, and we're so glad we took Maddy because she had an awesome time.

Over the years I've attended a lot of conventions and met a lot of celebrities, and on most occasions it's been great.  However,every once in a while, you meet someone who turns out to be a jerk. Not so with Matt. This poor guy had been run ragged for hours signing autographs or taking photos with literally thousands of fans. The convention organizers had his events scheduled so tightly that if you got to spend five seconds with Matt, you were lucky. When it was the turn for our group to get their photo taken, the three of us waited in line for almost an hour while hundreds of others ahead of us filed in. It was finally our turn. Maddy walked up to Matt and asked if he would hold her sonic screwdriver. Matt grabbed the screwdriver, flipped it open, hugged her close, and struck his Doctor pose (see below). A second later, the organizers ushered her back into the main hall. Maddy dropped to her knees, gave a double fist pump in the air, and screamed, "YES!!!" Many thanks to Matt Smith for being an awesome human being and making a fan girl's day.

And Alison paid for me to have a photo with Cassandra "Elvira" Peterson.

Maddy with a Dalek.

 Maddy the Time Lord arrives at the convention.

Maddy faces down a Weeping Angel.

Maddy and I with a replica of the Bat Mobile (notice who gets to hold the bomb).

And while Maddy and Alison waited in long lines, I find ways to amuse myself.