Kryptos Now Available

My latest novel Kryptos is now available in ebook format. The paperback will soon follow. Here’s the cover and the gist…

Kryptos

ONE NIGHT WILL CHANGE EVERYTHING

Life as the constable of a quiet vacation island has been good to Marty. Unlike big city cops, he’s managed to avoid the worst of the job.

But when he gets a call about a murder-suicide, he’s sure it will be the worst thing he’s ever seen.

He couldn’t be more wrong.

Something is coming to the island tonight. Something terrible. Something unspeakable.

And it won’t stop until everyone on the planet is dead.

Click here to read a sample. You’ll also find links to purchase at your favorite retailer. Available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Apple iBooks, Scribd, and more.

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Yesterday In Black

Yesterday In Black Cover 100x160Got a new book out…here’s the scoop:

Three years ago Tom Miller lost his entire family to a brutal serial killer. Now drowning in alcohol and haunted by the ghosts of his past, he decides one night to finally end it all.

But when he sees the face of a murdered little girl on the evening news, Tom thinks he might know who the killer is. Desperate to stop the next murder before it happens, Tom mounts his own investigation—and quickly finds himself in over his head.

When the next little girl goes missing, Tom will have to come to terms with his past and face his demons in order to track down a monster. But with time running out and his leads falling short, his chances at finding the killer are quickly diminishing.

Along with a child’s chances for survival.

You can pick it up from your favorite retailer by following the links here.

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The Crossover Gene

The Crossover Gene Cover 100x160My latest novel The Crossover Gene is now available at all major ebook stores (including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and Apple) and in paperback through Amazon. Here’s the gist of it:

Andy Davis is nothing special. A roster of failed relationships. A magnet for dead-end jobs. Untalented and uninspired. Add in a penchant for booze and drugs and he’s headed nowhere fast.

But when two hit men try to kill him in a dark alley, Andy discovers he’s anything but average. In fact, he’s the most important person in the world.

And the parallel world next door.

This was a fun book to write. I originally started it back in 2012, but put it on hold for a couple of years while I worked on other projects. I finished it up last year and released it in October. If you like fast-paced thrillers, parallel universes and an unlikely hero’s journey then this book might just be for you.

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Beyond the Badlands

Beyond the Badlands, the second installment in my Badlands Series, is now available in ebook and paperback. Here’s the blurb:

Who survived The Badlands to make it to the city by the river? Was the city truly a safe haven, or just another dead end teeming with hordes of the infected? What else is in store for those who survived?

In the dramatic second installment of Into the Badlands, the fate of the survivors and the truth about the city by the river is finally revealed. For some the journey has ended, but for those who remain, surviving the end of the world will be only the beginning.

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“Beyond the Badlands” Coming Soon

The followup to my 2011 post-apocalyptic thriller Into the Badlands is undergoing a final proofread as we speak. I expect to get it back next week, after which I’ll fix any errors and then give the thing a final read through.

If all goes well, I’ll publish on or before December 1, 2013. Beyond the Badlands will be published through my LLC, available first as an ebook from all major ebooksellers. A paperback edition will follow.

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What Makes a Poem Good?

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

Anyone who went to school in the United States can probably tell you who wrote this poem and what its name is.  For those of you who need a reminder, it’s called Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening, written by Robert Frost in 1923.

I remember first hearing this poem most likely in junior high school. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t really impressed with it then. I read it, heard the speculations the teacher made as to exactly what was a metaphor for what, and almost forgot about it. Continue reading “What Makes a Poem Good?”

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2009: Year in Review

So 2009 came and went and 2010 is here.  Overall 2009 was a positive year for me.  Thanks to Traci’s decision last year to push herself to try new things I’ve now been exposed to some new people as well.  It’s been nice connecting with people of a similar nature with similar interests again.

Personally I’ve grown quite a bit in 2009.  I learned how to deal with an incredibly difficult person at work and how to better handle stressful situations there.   I was also able to use what I learned and apply it to my personal life as well, reducing my overall frustration level.  This person has now been effectively neutralized and poses very little actual threat anymore.  I also came off a successful project right at the end of 2009 that, combined with my improved skillset, will help to solidify my role and hopefully ensure my longevity.

2009 ended with me in a very different place at work and in my career.  My confidence level has increased dramatically and I’ve produced some work I’m very proud of.  I’m also steadily moving back toward the type of role I’d played at CPI before I left.  I’ve been at my new job for two years now and it pleases me to say that it’s feeling more and more like home.  My career is back on track again and I feel like I can grow where I am.  I’d love to be able to spend some time here; five or six years (or more) would be great. Continue reading “2009: Year in Review”

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No Rest for the Wicked

So just a little background; I started working for my current employer back in December 2007.  Their reporting was a mess, as were some other things, but now we’ve got a brand-new, from scratch data warehouse.  Our internal team worked with an external team to build it out and it transitioned over to us  officially maybe a month or so ago.  Now that we’ve got it, we’re uncovering a few things that need to be fixed or re-engineered.  We expected that; it was a tight deadline and we were already aware of certain areas that would required our attention once the transition occurred. Continue reading “No Rest for the Wicked”

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Lagging Behind

So my stated goal was to update my writing journal at least once per week; I’m finding now-almost a month after-that that might be a little too ambitious.  I’ve been so swamped with work and the kids that I just haven’t had the time or energy to do it.  I have a couple posts I started but then I just ran out of steam half-way through.

I’m responsible for bringing on a new section of our data warehouse and the deadline is fast approaching.  They’re looking at sometime in November and it’s already almost November.  That means I’m scrambling to get this finished and, just like tonight, I’m working some overtime to make that happen.  That’s cutting into my “creative” time.

I’ve also been sick for the past four or five days and had to stay home from work yesterday.  I really felt like shit.  There’s no way I’m going to be able to churn out anything in that state. Continue reading “Lagging Behind”

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