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A Blog for Readers & Writers Alike Really? Yes, and here's why. As an indie author, I realize readers are the lifeblood of what I do. Recently, I also discovered how much I enjoy connecting with people who enjoy reading, especially when they enjoy reading my books. And while not all readers are also writers many are, so this blog is for both avid readers and writers (and even readers who aspire to become [...]

2018-03-18T15:58:08+00:000 Comments

Debriefing the FreeForm Series Relaunch

The purpose of this blog post is to debrief the relaunch of the FreeForm science fiction thriller series. Let me start with a little background. This project began several months ago during which time I did a lot of prep work including: All new covers for all six books, (Designed by Victor Habbick. Thanks Victor.) New blurbs/book descriptions (written by Maxwell, aka dogpillow. Awesome job Max) A new prequel story entitled Freeform: Crash, Additional editing, and [...]

2019-05-15T14:32:07+00:000 Comments

Opening Scene of Ghost Elephant (Book #3 of the Zak Bates Eco-adventure Series)

Falling through the Rabbit Hole Nia Gaines and her parents had been shopping for hours which felt like days to Nia. And to think how excited she’d been when her dad, Edwardo Gaines, had invited her to come with them on what he’d described as a combination family vacation and business trip. When does the vacation part start, Nia, wondered? So far, she’d been dragged along from one antique store to another. Beijing China has sounded [...]

2019-04-21T21:59:19+00:000 Comments

FreeForm Series – The Relaunch of the Century (At least in my mind)

NOTE: If you've already read this post previously, scroll down for an update on the FreeForm project. To be honest, I wasn’t going to write about my upcoming relaunch project even though it is a massive undertaking that involves six of my previously published books and a new story that’s a prequel to the whole series. But, I told myself, these books aren’t really visionary fiction, and that's the focus of my 100+ Blog Post Game. [...]

2019-04-21T23:06:00+00:000 Comments

Immersion Reading… I Love It & Here’s Why #ReaderLove

...And I think you will too once you give it a try. Not sure what 'Immersion Reading' is? Simple. According to Audible, it's the ability to "read a Kindle eBook and listen to its professionally narrated Audible companion Audiobook – all at the same time. Not only that, but you get the benefit of real-time highlighting." Not only does it increase comprehension and overall retention of content, but it's also FUN! You can really get into [...]

2019-02-24T22:05:00+00:000 Comments

The Big R Game

This is an excerpt from my book, From Spark to Flame: Fanning Your Passion & Ideas into Money-making Magazine Articles that Make a Difference. (Just click the link to pick up your own copy.) If you follow the systematic approach we’ve outlined thus far, it’s just a matter of perseverance and time before you’ll receive a positive response to one of your queries. Of course, along the way, you’ll receive a significant number of rejection letters, [...]

2019-02-15T16:50:06+00:000 Comments

100+ Blog Posts Game (Part 1) – A New Game to Play

I've recently created a new writing game that goes like this: To write 100 or more blog posts in a timely fashion while writing as well as I can as a way to express myself as a visionary author while also sharing my books novels and stories with the world. Let me be honest. This is my experiment in creating marketing and promotion as an expression of my true self. Each post will focus on visionary [...]

2019-02-11T21:53:11+00:000 Comments

CRASH – A Prequel to FreeForm

While I'm in the early stage of writing the rough draft of Crash, a prequel to the FreeForm series, there's still time for your input that will help me finish the story. What would you like to see included? What have you wondered about the main characters, including: Sluneg (the alien), Homlin (the alien in human form and the founder of Biogentrix, Pat Vogt, the BIUFO agent who discovers the alien, and Dr. Allan Pritchard, the [...]

2019-01-21T15:25:19+00:000 Comments

Goldcraft: A Preview of Fantastic Fables of Foster Flat Volume Two

Some ideas pop into my head and pour out all at once. Others marinate in some part of my unconscious for months or even years. That was the case for Goldcraft. I admired the shop for years, well before the idea of writing the first volume of Fantastic Fables of Foster Flat came about.  Outside Goldcraft Inside Goldcraft As you no doubt can tell from the photos, the Goldcraft shop is chocked full of possibilities for [...]

2018-12-20T18:30:50+00:000 Comments

A Swift Family Tradition: Grove Park Gingerbread Competition

My family and I reclaimed a Christmas tradition recently when we visited Grove Park Inn, an incredible hotel (and so much more) in nearby Asheville, NC.  Grove Park is a great place to visit anytime of the year but especially around Christmas time because of the annual Gingerbread competition. Below are some of my favorite entries from this year...and yes, every entrant is made of completely eatable ingredients.  Asheville Skyline from Grove Park Inn What's a [...]

2018-12-20T18:20:58+00:001 Comment

Charm House – My Homage to The Twilight Zone

I grew up watching The Twilight Zone on television and reading many of Ray Bradbury's books that were often a compilation of interconnected short stories. So, I guess it's not that big of a surprise that as an adult I might want to write stories inspired by that amazing show and those books. Thus, Fantastic Fables of Foster Flat was born, first as an anthology of "suspenseful tales with a twist" and soon to be released [...]

2018-12-08T19:24:33+00:000 Comments