My One Year Anniversary and a Giveaway

One year ago today, my debut novel, My Soul to Keep, went live on Amazon and other online book retailers. It’s been a good year and I wanted to celebrate. I’m glad you came! There’s no better way to celebrate than with friends. Help me celebrate my one year anniversary and a giveaway!  One Year Ago On this day (August 21) one year ago (2018), I pushed that publish now button. There’s nothing more disheartening than the push of an electronic button. There’s no sound. There are no balloons or flags or cheering crowd. I’d done very little promotion and had few sales beyond my friends and family. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate every one of those sales. But when the first person who was not a close personal friend posted a five-star review, I was beyond thrilled. There was dancing and laughing and, I’m not ashamed to admit it, tears of joy. They were nothing compared to the watershed when I held the print version  in my hands.  The physical book was the culmination of years of working hard to learn to write stories. Millions of words written and trashed or put away in a drawer. A lot […]

Cover Reveal for Fellowship

I’m delighted to be able to post the cover reveal for Fellowship, my latest book. On Preorder Now: Amazon On sale: July 8, 2019 Artist/Illustrator/Designer: Cover Shot Creations ABOUT FELLOWSHIP The Angel of Death is real. Eighteen-year-old, Ian Hobart couldn’t believe it. Didn’t want to believe it. But his parents and older brother were Taken. And the Cleaners want him and his three younger siblings. They escape and hide in the wilds of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Now his siblings depend on him for their survival. But resources are scarce. The mountains unforgiving. And winter is only weeks away. Ian relies on his best friend’s help… And puts his friend at risk. Will Ian lose the last friend and family he has left? Or can he identify and neutralize their betrayer before the Fellowship’s Cleaners find and neutralize them? Told from two different viewpoints Fellowship is a an action-adventure and a coming-of-age story in a dystopian America. It will be available in all your favorite online bookstores on July 8th. If you like Fellowship you’ll also want to read My Soul to Keep .  ABOUT THE ARTIST Nicole from Cover Shot Creations created the cover. Her website says “enjoy a […]

Do You See a Dystopia in America?

Dystopia is all the rage right now. Nearly every day in America, someone refers to a dystopia. From The Handmaid’s Tale on Hulu to the current administration in America. A dystopian American society seems closer than ever. Discussion usually becomes a lament that “America is turning into a dystopia.” Do you see a dystopia in America? It’s both in the present and the past. We’ll take a look at a few historical examples, but first… What is Dystopia Dystopia is “an imagined world or society in which people lead wretched, dehumanized, fearful lives.” Merriam Webster Dictionary Yevgeny Ivanovich Zamyatin (1884-1937), a Russian novelist, wrote the first dystopian novel, We. Also a playwright and satirist, he was a “chronic dissenter.” Tsarist censors condemned, arrested and tried Zamyatin. He won an acquittal. He wrote a novel, We, in 1921. His manuscript circulated in Russia but he could not publish it there. An English translation was published in the United States in 1924. The original Russian text was published in New York in 1952. The story tells of a “Single State” where workers live in glass houses and have numbers rather than names. According to Goodreads, the novel is “ a resounding cry for individual freedom.”  […]