Water Signs on Kindle for $2.99

WaterSigns2.jpgBetter late than never, my 2008 novel Water Signs is now available on Kindle for $2.99. It’s been an interesting journey, navigating through this brave new media marketing world over the past six years. Although I haven’t actively promoted the book in a very long time, I recently realized that 1.) My network of contacts, friends and clients has dramatically increased thanks to platforms like Facebook and Twitter, providing a large new base of potential readers, and 2.) Now that I’ve completed two ghostwritten books and have a handle on social media projects for clients, I can make the time to (finally) finish Sea To Shining Sea.

One of the many benefits of being an independently published author is that you can never really penetrate your market; therefore, there are endless opportunities to reach new readers. And what better way to pave the way to sequel success than to have my audience fall in love with (or in many cases, all over again) Water Signs just before the sequel’s release?

If you would like to download Water Signs to your Kindle for $2.99, click here. For insights into the book’s various themes, literary techniques and characters, click here.

Thank you to everyone who supports my writing — I appreciate you! :)

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Love Liberty & Lip Gloss with Glamour Model Abigail Rich

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Glamour Model, Actress, and Playboy Bunny Abigail Rich.

Ladies, are you ready to be inspired by a real-life story of triumph over the odds? Then tune in to Love Liberty & Lip Gloss on Thursday, October 30 at 7 p.m. Eastern when we welcome Glamour Model and Playboy Bunny Abigail Rich to talk about her life and career.

Although Abigail began her professional career as a paramedic right out of high school and quickly moved up to flight medic, the devastating crash of the air ambulance helicopter she’d been working on resulted in critical, life-threatening injuries from which Abigail’s medical team did not expect her to recover. Doctors even told her family she would not survive.

But Abigail had other ideas. After undergoing three surgeries featuring 400 stitches, over 200 staples, and a steel plate, she proved them wrong when she walked out of the hospital. Little did she know that this tragic event would ultimately lead to a new, exciting career as a Glamour Model, Actress, and Playboy Bunny.

Abigail Rich has an inspiring story to share.
Abigail Rich has an inspiring story to share.

I can tell you from my interactions with her on twitter that Abigail is also a very sweet, humble, friendly, and down-to-earth young woman. It’s easy to see that her outer beauty is matched by an equally beautiful inner character. I can’t wait to chat with her on the air!

During the live show, we welcome your calls and comments at (347) 945-7246 and your participation in the live chat. To listen online, click on this link to Love Liberty & Lip Gloss with Glamour Model Abigail Rich. Or if you prefer to listen by phone just dial into the show at (347) 945-7246.

Pour yourself your favorite beverage, kick off your shoes and join us for Love Liberty & Lip Gloss with Glamour Model Abigail Rich!

 

 

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My Week on Writestream

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First, I wish I could figure out what’s causing the annoying static just about every time I broadcast. I’ve tried calling in on my iPhone and via Skype, and neither offers a clear connection. Tomorrow, we’re supposed to be getting a new faster internet service, so I am hoping that solves the issue.

Anyway, tonight Lisa and I hosted the fabulous Kristie Kennedy on Love Liberty & Lip Gloss, where we focused on more girly, fun things like skincare, hair care, make-up, and fashion. If you missed it, click below to listen.

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This past Tuesday, I welcomed Diane Student and Denise Moormeier of History Goes Bump, a new SPOOKtacular blog and podcast that combines history with the paranormal. I had a blast talking haunted cars, houses, hotels and other places, along with urban legends like Bloody Mary and famous American writers like Edgar Allan Poe.

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In other news, my latest post on American Journal examines the so-called Palin Brawl and CNN reporter Carol Costello’s giddy excitement over audio of a traumatized Bristol Palin’s report of the incident to police. To say I’m thoroughly disgusted by what passes for journalism these days would be an understatement. What a vile, sick culture we’re living in.

Professionally speaking, I’ve just send a proposal off to a potential client for a new ghostwriting project and await his decision. If we can come to an agreement, this will be a project I can definitely throw myself into! If you’re the praying kind, I’d sure appreciate them.

How has your week been so far? No matter what, keep in mind tomorrow is Friday and Mercury Retrograde ends this coming Saturday!

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Writestream Tuesday: Speculative Fiction with S. Evan Townsend

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Lisa and I were delighted when S. Evan Townsend’s new show, The Speculative Fiction Cantina, made its debut on the Writestream Radio Network on October 7. Who is S. Evan Townsend?

S. Evan Townsend has been called “America’s Unique Speculative Fiction Voice” and writes novels that cause thrills and rapid page-turning.  After spending four years in the U.S. Army in the Military Intelligence branch, he returned to civilian life and college to earn a B.S. in Forest Resources from the University of Washington. In his spare time he enjoys reading, driving (sometimes on a racetrack), meeting people, and talking with friends.  He is in a 12-step program for Starbucks addiction. Evan lives in central Washington State with his wife and has three grown sons.  He enjoys science fiction, fantasy, history, politics, cars, and travel.  He currently has five published fantasy and science fiction novels.

During the live show I’ll chat with the author about his background, books, and plans for The Speculative Fiction Cantina. What is speculative fiction? We’ll discover the answer to this question and countless others during the interview. You can listen live by clicking on this link to Writestream Tuesday with S. Evan Townsend at 1 p.m. Eastern on October 28 or by dialing (347) 945-7246. Got your own question for Evan? Hit “1” on your keypad to get into the queue, or join the conversation in the live chat room.

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Then in the second hour, stay tuned for the Right Wing Riot with the Luminaries of Liberty – Scary Smart, Ms. Always Right, and The Prince of Whitebread. Will they read Pajama Boy a Halloween horror story instead of a fairy tale? Listen to the show on Tuesday to find out!

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Remembering Edgar Allan Poe

Poe has always been one of my all-time favorite writers ever since studying his work in A.P. English class in high school. The master of the short story and the psychological thriller, his tragic life underscores the intensity of emotion present in his tales of sorrow, horror, and melancholy. One of his favorite themes was the death of a beautiful woman, as exemplified by his haunting poem, Annabel Lee:

I was a child and she was a child,
   In this kingdom by the sea,
But we loved with a love that was more than love—
   I and my Annabel Lee—
With a love that the wingèd seraphs of Heaven
   Coveted her and me.

And this was the reason that, long ago,

   In this kingdom by the sea,
A wind blew out of a cloud, chilling
   My beautiful Annabel Lee;
So that her highborn kinsmen came
   And bore her away from me,
To shut her up in a sepulchre
   In this kingdom by the sea.
The angels, not half so happy in Heaven,
   Went envying her and me—
Yes!—that was the reason (as all men know,
   In this kingdom by the sea)
That the wind came out of the cloud by night,
   Chilling and killing my Annabel Lee.

Although it’s hard to choose a favorite among Poe’s many writings, The Masque of the Red Death left quite an impression for a variety of reasons, enhanced by Basil Rathbone’s haunting narration, which I first heard in sophomore English class:

History Goes Bump hosts Diane and Denise recently paid tribute to Poe during one of their excellent podcasts:

It’s too bad Poe’s brilliance and prolific writings did not translate into the experience of a materially comfortable life, although his legacy lives on. According to Poe Museum.org, he has influenced many who have achieved the success that eluded Poe himself while on earth — including Alfred Hitchcock and Stephen King.

Do you write like Poe? Find out here.

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Cocoa Beach Scenes

Took some time out yesterday to hang out with another writer-friend in beautiful Cocoa Beach, where we also brainstormed ideas and learned more about each other’s specialties for the purpose of networking and generating more clients.

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The weather has been absolutely magnificent and I’m glad we took some time to walk on the beach. It was a welcome respite from the depressing, horrifying ebola news cycle. Daily prayer, hard work, and nature breaks continue to keep me calm, focused, and resolute.

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When you take in views like these, it’s hard to be angry. Yes, I’m still informed. Yes, I’m still outraged. I’m simply stating that it’s nice to take a mental vacation from it every so often. Actually, it’s not just nice, it’s necessary for my sanity.

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Thank you God, for beautiful Florida beaches!

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