Times Festival of Reading 11-12-16

Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading

Saturday, 11/12/16, I will be at the Festival with some fellow authors in booth H7. It would be great to see everyone, and I will have some ‘Black Friday-Saturday deals’ to help you prepare for the upcoming season.

In addition to the myriad of books we’ll have at our booth, you’ll be able to see and hear famous authors, poets, and journalists, like Michael Connelly, Peter Meinke, Tim Dorsey, and Lisa Unger, to name just a few.

One presentation not to miss would be Roy Peter Clark’s. He puts on a great show to get across his points on writing. I still remember one he gave eight years ago!

Another special presentation might be Cheryl Hollon’s. A former FWA member who now has a multi-book publishing deal and several mysteries out, she would be a great resource for information on what the industry is like to someone getting their first books out.

I and my fellow authors hope to see you there!



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Undead Party Left off Debate – FREE Download

Undead Party is Rolling in the Grave!

The Undead Party is not going to take this snub lying down. Get a free download of The Undead Candidate – the first episode in the Cord Wheaton Saga – free! Available on Kindle for download on 10/18-20 (Tue-Wed-Thu)

Tired of Clinton or Trump?

Then read about Zach Taylor – the first zombie for president! This is the origin story of the saga, where our hero, St. Petersburg, Florida detective Cord Wheaton encounters a zombie for the first time, and has to convince the department that what he saw was real.

cover of The Undead CandidateThis saga is pre-apocalyptic! Originally written in time for the Obama-Romney debates, it’s even more timely now, with two of the least-liked candidates in history running for president.

Now is the time for a small party upset. Write in Zach Taylor for president! His vice-president is Bat Skitman. It’s time to get Zach Bat Fever!

Why settle? Have you voted yet? Zach is counting on you as a write-in candidate. (After four years you’d think he’d get on the ballot, but his campaign has been undead all this time.)


TUESDAY 10-18, WEDNESDAY 10-19, and THURSDAY 10-20.

Get it in time to read BEFORE the debate, DURING the debate, or AFTER. It doesn’t matter. Once you hear Zach’s platform, you’ll be convinced he’s the right zombie for president. He’s for the harvesting of all expired brains, and for equal treatment for all people, living and undead. Vote for Zach and Bat!

Get the Kindle version here – and read it on your Kindle device, your pc, your phone – and see what the Undead Party can do for you.

[This announcement has been brought to you by the High-minded International Campaign Committee for the Undead Party (HICCUP). It is in no way affiliated with the candidate nor is it coordinating its efforts with him.]

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Zombies, Zombies, Zombies Means Fun, Fun, Fun

Zombies, Zombies, Zombies Means Fun, Fun, Fun

(Until Daddy took her katana away.) Yes, I’m back. Not baaack, just back. And Zombies will be, too! I’m working on episode 19 of The Cord Wheaton Saga. It’s gonna be fun. Filled with zombies, too! Which reminds me to tell you – I’m going to move the stories from the Horror category into maybe the Thriller one as these aren’t really horror stories. They don’t get real gross, for the most part. (Sorry to those who like gross stories.)

I hope to have something ready, not in time for Halloween, unfortunately, but maybe in time for Thanksgiving. So, what I’m thinking of doing is offering free downloads to two timely episodes, episodes 1 and 2 (or at least 1).

The Undead Candidate

Right in time for this presidential election season, which is by far the oddest one I’ve witnessed, is the very first episode in the series: The Undead Candidate. After getting 3 stories published about our hero, St. Petersburg detective Cord Wheaton, I decided to begin the series. (The first two stories written are actually episodes 6 and 7 in the series, and one story did not make it into the series.)

cover of The Undead Candidate zombies story

More zombies more fun means as we near the apocalypse, we’re going to see more zombies. Duh! That’s what zombie stories are for, isn’t it? So that’s what I’m getting ready for the latest episode, as yet untitled.

As always, one of the special things about this series is that it includes REAL PEOPLE! That’s right. I invite those who want to be a part of the story to contact me and let me know what kind of character you want to be. Some opt for being themselves, some opt not. (Or at least, I hope not.)

If you are not an adult, I use your first name only, and make up the character based on your preference (good guy, bad guy). In addition, Mike and Sherry from the Nihonzashi Sword Store and Dojo have graciously granted me permission to use them as they are, and I’ve used them as a resource on getting some technical details right. How incredible that we have our very own real samurai sword store!

Additional shout outs and thank yous to Darren and Missy of The 5K Zombie Run, (My apologies for not being able to make them this year, as they are also expanding to Orlando.), and to Pinellas Park High School, where the books are available from their library (and thanks to the students, some of whom are in the book!)

Stay tuned for updates!

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FREE Download Weekend

Free Download Weekend

For the first time ever, the very first episode of The Cord Wheaton Saga, The Undead Candidate, is a free download! Get it on Kindle here. Just in time for Super Tuesday, and the 5K Zombie Run in Largo on Saturday, 2/27. The free download is available through Monday, 5/29.

I’ll be signing books and offering something special at the run. I hope to see you there.

Here’s the cover of this episode:

The Undead Candidate cover

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