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New Features- Castle Danger Extras

  Just made available to all website visitors! Check out the Castle Danger Extras page.These are features originally offered only to email newsletter subscribers. To receive future exclusive perks, be sure to sign up for my more-or-less monthly letter. Use the signup form on the left side of any page of […]

Contest Entry and General Updates for Castle Danger

Contests I decided to enter Castle Danger in a few book award contests on the off-chance I might actually win a (supposedly) coveted prize. I just got word that my book is being “Featured” on the AmericanBookFest.com website for 5 months. Not an award as such, just a nice little […]

Happy News, Exciting News, and Notes

This is What Motivates Me the Most to Write (the Happy News) Exciting News I’ll be attending the University of Wisconsin Writers’ Institute (UWWI) conference in Madison, WI next month. That in itself is not earthshaking, although it’s a great conference for writers. This will be the seventh consecutive year […]

Book Clubs and Authors

Book Clubs–a New Experience I had the great pleasure of meeting with and speaking with my first book club the other day and it was fantastic. A friend invited me and I agreed to come and talk and answer questions about Castle Danger. We also enjoyed some adult beverages and […]

Reviews, Re-Boots, Reaching New Readers

The Importance of Reviews for Today’s Authors Back in the days before the Internet, eBooks, and burgeoning social media, book reviews weren’t terribly important in the marketing scheme for most authors. The supply of books was relatively small, most authors were promoted by a major publisher, and publications like the […]

Talking the Talk and Walking the Walk

Most of you know that I am a volunteer Big Brother and a huge supporter of the program. I’ve been matched with two Little Brothers during almost all that time. I took about a year off after my first match ended after more than 11 years (Zach “graduated” from the […]

The Best Books I Read in 2016

(Crossposted from a Neo-Renaissance Writer) THE FINALISTS Dark Places  by Gillian Flynn Gillian Flynn is a seriously talented writer, if only for the fact she can write totally unlikable protagonists and still compel you to finish the book. I applaud her decision to feature atypical female protagonists who aren’t pure, […]

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