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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, […]

A Look Back at 2016-the Debut of Castle Danger

In a year when the Chicago Cubs FINALLY won the World Series and Donald Trump won the Presidency, perhaps the next least likely thing to happen is the publishing of Castle Danger. That accomplishment is perhaps one of the greater achievements in my life. Woo hoo! (pardon the small indulgence). […]

Correcting an Error of Omission

Just a quick note to say that the Book Club Discussion Questions for Castle Danger I thought I had posted here months ago are now available. Click on this link to check them out. Feel free to copy, paste, or print out for anyone to use.

Two Ways to Give Back in Appreciation of a Good Read

Give Back Once Sales of Castle Danger have been about what I expected. I’ve sold enough books to be nearing my original break-even point, but it hasn’t become a New York Times Bestseller and made me internationally famous in literary circles. I’m typical of most novelists. We write for the […]

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