Commas Matter

This made me laugh.

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Another Minor Milestone

Although book sales have been somewhat slow this year, I’m happy to report that I’ve reached another minor sales milestone.

As of May 1, 2018, I’ve surpassed the 1,200th mark in all-time books sold.

A heartfelt thank you to anyone who purchased one of my books. I greatly appreciate your support.

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The Importance of Grammar

Just a reminder.  🙂


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Literary Humor

A sign of the times. 🙂

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$0.99 Mystery/Thriller Book Promotion

Looking for a good read? Tired of the same old, same old?

I’m participating in a Mystery/Thriller 0.99 cent eBook promotion with 36 other authors. The sale runs all day April 14th and 15th.

Along with the 36 other discounted eBook offerings, you can purchase a copy of my eBook, The Black & Blue Butterfly Tattoo for only $0.99.

Here’s a chance to pick up some great reads at low prices.

Thank you for supporting independent authors.

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Recognition for One Shot to the Head: A Love Story

I’m happy to announce that my short story, One Shot to the Head: A Love Story was chosen as a Semi-Finalist in the 2018 Royal Palm Literary Awards Competition (Florida Writers Association) – Short Story Category.

Fingers crossed that it makes the finals later this year. 🙂

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A Hypothetical Conversation

“Hey John, I just read your latest book, Tormented Heart and I really loved it.”

“Thank you. I’m so glad you enjoyed it.”

“As a matter of fact, it was so good that I even recommended it to a couple of friends.”

“Wow! That’s really nice of you. Have you considered leaving a short review on Amazon or Goodreads?”

She gives me a shy look and says, “I’m not very good at putting things down in writing. I don’t think I’d do a very good job. Besides, does it really matter to other readers what I think?”

“Well, I care about what you think and I’m sure others will too. As for not feeling comfortable writing a review, remember that you’re not being judged, you’re only giving your honest opinion. One or two simple sentences about why you like or don’t like the book are all you need.”

She laughs and says, “You make it sound so easy, let me think about it.”

“That’s all I ask.”

By-the-way, are you being serious when you say that you want reviewers to be honest with their reviews? Are you saying that you’re okay with negative reviews?”

“Yes.” I reply. “If readers don’t like my book, I would still appreciate them leaving a review and hopefully, leaving a brief explanation of why they didn’t care for the book.”

“It sounds like you’re saying that any review is a good review.”

“In a way, I am. I know that I’m not going to please everyone, but I’d still like to know where I went right or wrong and why.  Obviously, I’d rather have all positive reviews, but overall, just the review in itself is important.”

“I’m not sure I understand?” She says with a look of confusion on her face.

“There are millions of books readers can choose from, so sometimes all it takes is few reviews (good or bad) to help the reader decide whether to give the book a chance. The truth is, a book by an unknown author with no book reviews is less likely to be read by a potential new reader.”

“And all you’re asking for is a chance.”

“Yes, because I truly believe that once you start reading one of my books you’re not going to be able to put it down until you’re done.”

She smiles and says, “Now I know exactly what you mean.”

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Still A Fool and His Money

I’ve decided to re-release an old friend as a standalone novella. There are no changes to the original story, but I’ve rewritten some areas in the story where I thought there was too much ‘tell’ and not enough ‘show’.

I also added a new cover and reduced the price.

If you’ve already read this novella, thank you for doing so. If you haven’t, then I hope you’ll enjoy reading it.

A Fool and His Money – $0.99

Unlucky at love, unemployed and drowning in debt, Thomas O’Connor is a man in need of salvation.

When an unexpected gift arrives from an unknown source, Tom is confused, yet elated about his new-found fortune. His luck continues when he runs into an old flame he hasn’t seen in years and sparks begin to fly.

Strange how a man’s fate can change when he least expects it – one moment he’s miserable and struggling to make ends meet, and the next he’s back on his feet and looking forward to a bright future… or so he thought.

Then Tom’s rediscovered love reveals the shocking skeletons in her past, and he must decide to forgive and forget or turn his back and walk away. If he chooses to stay, he must find a way to live with the violent action required to keep her in his life.

An innocent search on the Internet unveils a problem that could stand between Tom’s good fortune and ultimately, the love of his life.


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Tormented Heart – On Location Part 3

As I mentioned in one of my previous posts, Tormented Heart is the first story I’ve written that is based on real life locations in Northern California.

Over the next week or so I hope to stimulate your interest in reading my eBook by showing you photographs of the locations mentioned in the story.

Tormented Hearts – Amazon $0.99

The final stop in Austin’s journey is Bodega Bay, CA.

Lucas Wharf Restaurant & Bar was one of Valarie & Austin’s favorite dinner spots in Bodega Bay. Great seafood, wonderful selection of wines and scenic views of the Bay.

Austin’s final destination or so he thought (you’ll have to read the story to know what I mean) was Sonoma Coastal State Park. Great hiking trails and breath-taking views of the Pacific Ocean. A popular location to watch the sunset.

To find out what happens at the conclusion of Austin Drummond’s journey you’ll have to buy the eB00k. 🙂

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Literary Humor

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