Archive for May, 2010

Yesterday Heather and I were walking the dogs when I spotted our recently disabled friend from a few posts back. That little bird with the funky leg. Remember him?

I know what you’re thinking. We found him on the ground half eaten by ants, right? Wrong. That little guy is still kicking, and still thriving. We saw him flying about twenty feet up and land on a power line almost on top of us. He looked pretty healthy, too. And seems to be getting used to standing on one leg. (Much less wobbling than the last time we saw him.)

And he was singing. Loud. I just kinda stood there for a minute, watching and listening. Amazed at how resilient wild animals can be. Doe we all have that toughness somewhere inside us? Our ancestors probably did, but I’m a wimp. I’d still be on painkillers if that was me.

I’m a little worried that infection might still set in. Does anyone know the likelihood of that? Should I try and catch him, futile as that seems, and take him to the vet? I’m usually a “let nature take its course” kind of guy, but I can’t help but root for this bird.

Tomorrow, when we are walking the dogs, I am going to take my camera with me. Hopefully I can get his picture.

Keep fighting, little guy.

Ellen C. Maze took some copies of 33 A.D. with her to ImagiCon over the weekend and put them on her table so I would at least have a presence there, even if I couldn’t be there myself.

Thanks so much, Ellen! I owe you!

Yup. Doing another one. I must be made of books. :)

Latest Goodreads Giveaway for 33 A.D.

My next Kindle book, SAYING GOODBYE TO THE SUN, should be up and running next week. Keep your fingers crossed. I’ll post more about it as it comes closer.

Stupid Author Tricks

Posted: May 21, 2010 in Uncategorized

It’s OK. You can laugh. I did. :)

I’m wearing this shirt today. I might even make more.

Ninjas in Australia?

Posted: May 20, 2010 in Uncategorized

Now this is cool!

Ninjas Save Med Student From Muggers

I hope if I ever get mugged that some ninjas happen to be close by. Maybe I should ask Jon F. Merz if he knows any Tennessee ninjas…?

As promised, here are the numbers for my upcoming donations to flood relief in Nashville. These numbers are as of May 19, 2010, and date back to March 8, 2010, which is when I first released 33 A.D. as a Kindle book. They reflect the following values:

Print Copies: $1 for each copy sold will be donated to Nashville
EBooks: 50% of total royalties will be donated to Nashville

OK, now that the refresher is done, here are the actual numbers to date:

- Print Copies Sold: 44 – Total Donation: $44

- Kindle Copies Sold: 203 – Total Royalties: $120.05 – Total Donation: $60.03

- Smashwords Copies Sold: 6 – Total Royalties: $12.97 – Total Donation: $6.50

- Nook Copies Sold: Unknown

- iPad Copies Sold: Unknown

- Total Donations To Date: $110.53

Not too shabby. I’d like to send more, though. Over the next few days I’ll be contacting a couple of agencies to figure out which one I want to send the money to. I’m leaning towards the Salvation Army or the Red Cross, but I want to make sure the donation is allotted specifically for Nashville. I will post the agency in this thread as soon as I come to a decision.

Thank you so much to everyone who has purchased a copy, either print or electronic, since March 8. I plan to keep doing this until at least August, and might continue through the rest of the year, depending on response.

I’ll come back to this topic twice a month or so to keep everyone updated on how it’s going.

See Ya!

Saturday night, my wife, daughter, and I returned from dinner to find a little bird on our front porch. It didn’t fly away as we approached, and we knew something was wrong. When we got closer, we noticed the poor thing was soaking wet and one of its legs stuck straight out from its body, completely useless. We wanted to help, but it didn’t want anything to do with us, hopping away as best it could on its one good leg. We didn’t know what to do. It was 10PM on a Saturday night. We decided to let nature take its course, and went inside, figuring the bird probably would not last the night.

Sunday morning, the bird was not on our porch, and we figured one of the neighborhood cats probably got it. Imagine my surprise later that day when I saw it, squawking away, on a power line fifteen or so feet up. Its leg still stuck straight out, and the poor thing must have been in tremendous pain, but that didn’t stop it from carrying on as best it could. It could still fly, and so life goes on.

It reminded me of this quote: “I never saw a wild thing feel sorry for itself. A small bird will drop frozen dead from a bough without ever having felt sorry for itself.” – David Herbert Lawrence

I found this very moving. If that was me, I’d have curled up on the ground and waited for the ambulance to come and shoot me full of drugs while they took care of me. But not that little bird. What I took from that experience is this: it just isn’t in the nature of animals to give up.

Sometimes we can learn a lot from them.

Catching Up:

Posted: May 15, 2010 in Uncategorized

Currently Reading: GREGOR THE OVERLANDER, by Suzanne Collins, and THREE DAYS TO DEAD, by Kelly Meding

On TV Right Now: Fairly Oddparents


Oh, boy! Do I have a lot to go through today. Grab yourself a cup of coffee or a soda, maybe a snack, because you might be sitting there a while. IPod earbuds in? OK, here we go. :)

What, a little overly dramatic? Good! That’s what I was going for. :) Heh heh.

Seriously, I do have some catching up to do, so let’s get started, shall we?

First, I have a couple of interviews posted. Check ‘em out:

Interview at Random Musings

Interview at Dark Wyrm Reads

OK, are you back? Are you suitably impressed? Am I now your favorite person on earth? Whaddaya mean “no?” Dang it. Ok, let’s keep going.

The Kindle edition of 33 A.D. has been in Amazon’s top 100 Vampire books for 5 straight weeks. Cool, huh? I have to admit it sounds a lot more impressive than it actually is. Here are the numbers:

For the month of May, I have sold 79 copies of 33 A.D. for the Kindle. Yep. I’m averaging 5 copies sold per day. That’s all it takes, apparently, to keep the book in the top 100 Vampire books. I’ve sold 33 print copies through Amazon and B&N. 25 by myself. 6 eBook copies through Smashwords, and I don’t know how many through other eBook distributors like B&N Nook, etc. I don’t get those numbers until the royalty statements show up. I know I’ve sold at least one Nook copy through B&, but I don’t know if I’ve sold more.

I would like to note that this is with little to no promotion on my part. It’s not nealy as impressive as the half million or so copies of a NYT Bestseller, but it’s better than I expected. Over 200 people I’ve never met are reading or have read my book. It’s a start, anyway. I’ll take that over a handful of family members any day. And reviews are piling up, too. On Amazon, on Goodreads, even one on Barnes &

There are also a couple of reviews on websites, like Dark Wyrm Reads and The Novel Blog.
And more coming from sites like Bitten By Books (I think?), She Never Slept, and POD People. Plus my favorite review yet. I’ll be sending out more review copies next week, too, so there should be more reviews posted soon.


I just finished the first draft of a non-vampire horror novel, THE GALLOWS TREE. It takes place in a small town in East Tennessee. I still have quite a bit of cleaning up to do, but the story revolves arounf the town being haunted by the spirit of a 13 year old black boy who was lynched there in the late 50’s. I’ll dive in and start the revising/editing at the end of June.

My next eBook, SAYING GOODBYE TO THE SUN, should be available by the end of May on Kindle, Smashwords, and everywhere I can get it up. This is the first novel I ever wrote, and it needed some serious cleaning. It’s much more Paranormal Romance, for those who like that sort of thing, but it still involves the Bachiyr, the Council of Thirteen, and vampires. Seems to be a theme, huh?

I will also be releasing a pulp horror novella title GRUBS. I wrote it for my former publisher, but since I’m not with them anymore I plan to release it myself. It’s about a group of scientists who find a little more than they bargained for in the forests of Northern Maine. It’s fast, icky, kinda silly, and fun. At least I think so. Since it’s so short (around 45K words) I’m going to include all my short stories at the back. That one should be ready for eBook release by the end of June, which, coincidentally, is when I will get to editing and revising THE GALLOWS TREE. Neat how that works, huh?

I have not decided if I will try print publication for either book, though. If so, I’ll probably use CreateSpace this time instead of Lightning Source. They’ve been kind of a pain in the but. Of course, the downside there is the print version will only be available through Amazon. I think. I should probably look into that a little more. But hey, it’s Saturday and I’m feeling lazy.

I’ll be working on the covers for GRUBS and SAYING GOODBYE TO THE SUN over the next week or so. I want to make sure I get them right. For those who know me, I can be pretty obsessive about this sort of thing. The cover is IMPORTANT, it’s a potential reader’s first impression of the book. I want to make sure I get it right. (May I say here that I LOVE LOVE LOVE Photoshop?)

Ok, let’s see…we covered reviews, sales, interviews, and upcoming projects. Was there anything else?

Oh, yeah. A big THANK YOU to everyone who has picked up a copy of 33 A.D. in any format. As some of you may already know, I have decided to donate a portion of the profits to the relief effort in Nashville. I haven’t gotten any royalties yet, but as soon as I do I’ll disclose those amounts and send the check. I will do this with the upcoming releases of GRUBS and SAYING GOODBYE TO THE SUN, also. Every little bit helps, right? So thank you for reading the book, and thank you for helping a city in pain.

That’s really about it for now. Isn’t that enough? :) Have a great weekend, everyone!

See Y’all!

Check out this new review of 33 A.D. over on The Novel Blog. :) It’s actually the second one down, but read the first review, too. The reviewer mentions my book in the Editor’s Notes. ;)

Happy Mother’s Day!

Posted: May 9, 2010 in Uncategorized

Happy Mother’s day to all you moms out there!