Showing posts from December, 2014

Thoughts and Ponderings For The Coming Year...

First off, I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year's Eve.  We've gotten through another year, and I hope that whatever you do to celebrate tonight, please be safe.
This past year has been another interesting one, especially with the release of the second novel in my Para-Earth Series.  "The Ship" has gotten a number of 5 star reviews and has been hailed as better its predecessor "The Bridge".  Although both are connected, each novel stands on its own and can be sampled for free at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords.  For those wondering, I've made the first 30 pages of each novel available for sampling (that's right, I don't skimp).
I also created a new blog titled "The Vampyre Blogs - Private Edition" (link:, which serves as a preview of my next venture into the Para-Earth Series.  On this blog you can meet my first vampyre character, who shares many strengths and weakness of the creatures…

Novella Versus Novelette, Is There A Difference?

What's in a name?  A novella or novelette is just a short story that is rather long and falls short of a full-length novel right?  Well according to my research, this is only partly correct.  
Length or word count, is the key to what defines a short story, a novelette, a novella and of course a novel.  I admit I was rather surprised to see that there was a difference between a novella and a novelette.  I always presumed they were just interchangeable terms for the same kind of extremely long short story. 
Why was I even interested in finding out about all this in the first place you may be asking yourself.  Well I'll tell you.  If you hadn't heard already, I decided to do a short story that involved my vampyre character Nathaniel Steward (who will be getting his first full-length novel around October 2015) and several of my characters from my first novel "The Bridge".  I did this because I was hearing from more and more readers about how they'd missed Veroni…

Both my books "The Bridge" and "The Ship" are 1/2 off from now until January 2nd, 2015.  So take advantage and grab some 5-star tales for you new Kindle, Nook, I-Pad, I-Book etc. 
Each novel is only a $1.49 instead of the usual $2.99.  So you can get both books for the price of one.  Enjoy and spread the word to everyone you know.  Book 3 will be coming out in mid-2015, followed by my first vampyre novel in late October.
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I Have A Special Holiday Gift For You All Over On My Other Blog...

I had planned on releasing a special short story on Christmas Day for all my readers.  The original idea had been to make it available for FREE on Smashwords, so everyone could have something to download on their new Nooks, Kindles, I-Pads, etc.  Unfortunately, due to a heavy last minute "cram-everything-into-the-last-few-weeks-of-the-semester" by my professors at the university, I never got to do a cover and several other things that needed to be done to the story before it could go up on Smashwords.
So instead, I've been releasing the story in chapters on my other blog "The Vampyre Blogs - Special Edition".  
What makes this story so special is that it involves not only my vampyre character Nathaniel, but several other familiar faces from my first published novel "The Bridge".  I also set the story sixteen years in the past so as not to conflict with the events that took place in "The Bridge".
I'll continue to release more chapters eac…

Holiday Greetings Continued...

For those who didn't know, today will be the shortest day of the year, as well as the longest night.  It is better known as the Winter Solstice. 
It has also been referred to as Yuletide in some places.
A lot of the more well known customs such as the Yule Log, Wassailing, Mistletoe and the Yule (or Christmas) Tree are directly associated with this time of the year.  The basic idea being to help preserve life by keeping green things alive inside your house so the sun will return after the longest and darkest night.
*I know this is a very simplified explanation, but I only have so much room in this blog.  I hope to go into deeper details next year.*
So to all my Pagan and Wiccan friends I wish you both a... HAPPY SOLSTICE
and a 

Daily Holiday Greetings ...

For the next few days my blog will be dedicated to wishing people, from many different faiths, holiday wishes.  I'll do my best to cover as many as possible, but if I overlook anyone, please let me know.
And now I'd like to kick things off by wishing all my readers who celebrate the miracle of oil and lights...
A Happy and Blessed Hannukkah to you all.

****Still Looking For Gifts For That Horror fan, or Paranormal Lover In Your Life?****

How about one or even two trade paperbacks signed and personalized by the author?

That's right, you can get signed and personalized copies of books one and two in my 5-Star "Para-Earth" series for just $10.00 each, plus $5.00 shipping and handling anywhere in the United States. (For overseas shipping will be more of course, and will depend on the destination).
*I accept Paypal, checks, or money orders*
Just tell me which title(s) you want and if they're to be signed and personalized. (Some people prefer just signed, which is why I ask).
You can contact me by leaving a message below or by e-mailing me at:
Please note:Normal mailing time is 5-9 days, so order soon to get it in time for Christmas. If there's a rush, let me know and the shipping price will be adjusted accordingly.  Also, with the holiday approaching the sooner you order the better, so I can get it to you in time.  Or if you like, I can mail the book(s) fully gift-wrapped to…

Rainy Day Musings About My Books and School...

"Okay, so where do I go next?"
That's the question I've been asking myself a lot during the week-long break I had from my studies at CSUMB.  I managed to finally put the 2nd draft of "The Vampyre Blogs - Coming Home" (the new official title of my 1st vampyre novel) and am currently reading it aloud to my wife Helen.  I'm already seeing areas that definitely need more work and rewriting, but her reactions to most of the scenes have been very positive.  Plus she's also providing me with some feedback on one of the characters who she actually created.  There will be a third and possibly a fourth draft before I unleash anything on my beta-readers.  Luckily I've got time since the book isn't going to be released until next fall at the earliest.
In the meantime I really want to get back to "The Door" which is the third book of mine that will feature Alex, Veronica, Cassie and Julie.  This book will wrap up most of the unanswered questio…


You read correctly. You have only hours left to get one or both of my 5-STAR paranormal/mystery e-books "The Bridge" and "The Ship" for $.99 Cents each. That's 2/3's off the regular price folks. Tomorrow, both books will be going back to their regular price of $2.99. So take advantage of me... I mean... this sale to give yourself or someone you know who'll be getting a Kindle, Nook, Smartphone, Ipad, laptop or a new desktop, something they can enjoy right away. Ghosts (which is appropriate at Christmas), psychics, mystery, love, and heart-pounding excitement await await you all in these two novels. And if you've already gotten copies for yourself, thanks so much for your support. I only ask you please help spread the word to family, friends and everyone you know so they can take advantage of this sale. We've got all the e-book formats, just click on the links below to get the one that will fit you or that special someone who's going to be r…