Whispering Willow: Tree Poems anthology available now

Over the past few years I’ve been fortunate enough to be included in several poetry anthologies from editor and publisher Stacy Savage. Each anthology has a different theme, and each publication routes its proceeds to a particular charity or non-profit that aligns with the theme of the collection. Most recently, the call for submissions was based on trees and everything they have to offer. Having grown up, I have several years under my belt of seeing trees, and naturally I had some thoughts. So I wrote them down and had two more poems selected for this latest anthology. Proceeds will go to benefit the Arbor Day Foundation.

If you’ve been waiting tirelessly for my newest poems to be published, the time has come. Now go buy this paperback book so more trees can be planted!

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Literary Listening: Cutter’s Notch Podcast

I’m happy to share that I was recently interviewed by my friend Michael DeCamp, and his wife Nancy, for their Cutter’s Notch Podcast. The episode is live now, so what are you waiting for?? We talk about the Kings of Chaos (of course), zombies, the creative and writing processes, and so much more.

Check out the full episode here, and go ahead and subscribe to the podcast while you’re at it!

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The Kings of Chaos Motorcycle Club Series Book 4 Title and Cover Reveal

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“As the ancient, wise proverb goes: I’m too old for this.” – Will McGee.

What do you do when you want to save somebody who doesn’t want to be saved?  In the case of Will McGee, you just keep trying.  No matter what it takes.  No matter the consequences; Family, career, reputation, livelihood.  The reckoning of Will McGee is upon him.  The sins of his past have come calling, and now it’s time to confront them – while still trying to save those he cares about.  His efforts to bring things full circle just haven’t worked out.  No matter how hard he tries.  And when it all falls apart, you go to war with friends who wear a black and blue patch on their backs.

The next generation has gotten themselves entangled with the Kings of Chaos Motorcycle Club, and Will has one last shot to save them, the club, and his legacy.  Can he pull it off and make it work, or will he run out of road?

Prepare for the epic conclusion to the Kings of Chaos Motorcycle Club Series, but be ready for this one, because there are no fairytale, Hollywood endings in Rough River Falls.

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Literary Listening: Cutters Notch Podcast Multi-Author Interview, Part 2

I was recently fortunate enough to participate in another author fair at the Indianapolis south side staple, Books & Brews South. During that event, Michael DeCamp conducted flash interviews with the other authors in attendance for a special episode of his Cutters Notch podcast.

You can give it a listen here. My segment kicks off the episode, then it just gets better from there!

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Book Review: Rust, Gore, and the Junkyard Zombie

I love a good zombie story. I also enjoy short, easy reads. This title is the perfect combination of those two things.

The story is told from the perspective of multiple characters in the form of journal entries. The characters are all family members that own and operate a junkyard in West Virginia. They all have unique and useful backgrounds, making them a perfect team to survive and find answers for why everything went wrong. The story takes you from the junkyard in West Virginia, to Fort Belvoir outside of Washington D.C., to a third destination that I won’t name to avoid spoiler territory.

While you get a sense of the rural, small town mentality, there is a level of eloquence from the characters that wouldn’t seem typical from that area, and the local dialect is missing from the dialogue.

The story tends to focus on the humanity aspect during a zombie apocalypse, and what people are capable of when push comes to shove. Zombies were present in the background of the story, but rarely provided much threat to the group of heroes. Most of the conflict came between the survivors and how they interacted with one another.

My biggest piece of critical feedback would pertain to formatting issues. There were several odd spacing issues and paragraph breaks, but that’s just nitpicking. In terms of the actual plot, I would have liked to see the zombies serve a more imposing threat. There was also travel over some lengthy distances, and the difficulty that would come along with that could have used more focus to challenge the group as well. The structure is solid, I just would have liked to see some topics and scenes expanded a bit more.

Overall, as mentioned, this was a short, easy read. If you can get past the formatting issues (which are just distracting, but don’t detract from the story itself), this is a fun zompoc that you should certainly check out. The resolution was an interesting one, and was satisfactory to boot. I give it three broken down tanks out of five.

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Literary Listening: Cutters Notch Podcast Multi-Author Interview

Recently, as mentioned previously, I participated in my first author event in over a year. It was a great event, and I was fortunate enough to be interviewed on the Cutters Notch podcast. The host, Michael DeCamp, was one of the organizers for the event, and he did brief interviews with most, if not all, of the attending authors. It was a fun experience and Mike is an excellent host. Give it a listen to learn about several new authors, and if you want to hear me make a fool of myself, my segment begins just before the fifty minute mark.

Happy listening!

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What’s Up(date)?

The past year has taken it’s toll on my writing. I’ve been idle for quite some time for various reasons, and I don’t like it. I have the inspiration. The thoughts are there. It’s the motivation that’s been MIA. Whether it’s been the demands of my day job, more of a focus on my health and exercise, or just fatigue and exhaustion from chasing two small humans around and the requirements of caring for a growing family, it’s hard to pinpoint exactly where all my energy goes. Now that it seems the Coronavirus pandemic is beginning to wind down, I’m trying to work my way back into writing.

Recently, I participated in my first signing event in over a year. (Thanks a lot COVID.) Getting to meet new readers and sign copies of my books for them was so needed and energizing. I was curious about how I would handle interacting with so many people after the isolation of the past year. To be honest, I was a little worried and hesitant, but it was such a fun event and had a great turnout. I have a couple more tentatively planned for later this summer and fall, and I’m very much looking forward to them.

Currently, I’m helping a couple friends edit their latest novels. First is the latest installment in Christian Scully’s Chronicles of Erika Lorenz series. This one seems to be somewhat of a spin-off, as the main character is Erika’s daughter, Sasha. The story is brutal, and Chris spares his characters no misery. It’ll be a great read once it’s finished, just like his first two books in the series.

After that, I have Christopher Clouser’s latest Marco Flynn mystery novel. I helped review his first book in the series, As the City Burns, and it was incredible. I have high hopes for book two.

After I get that done, I am excited to get back to work on some of my own writing. I have a few ideas for some new upcoming blogs. I would really like to have more in the pipeline for my website, but that well seems to have run mostly dry for the time being. Hopefully as I get back into the swing of things, some good new ideas will come to me.

Lastly, I’m looking forward to getting back to book four in the Kings of Chaos Motorcycle Club series. I was off to a pretty decent start early in the pandemic last year, but then as that drug on, my priorities shifted. Book four is approximately a quarter finished, so hopefully there will be a good setup for me to get up to speed and back into a good rhythm to wrap up that story.

Beyond that, I have plenty of other ideas for my next project(s), I just have to get back into writing before I get too far ahead of myself. And I’m happy to report, that I’m pumped about the possibilities.

Thank you, that is all.

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Book Review: Die by Proxy

Hey there! It’s been awhile, huh? I’m going to blame it on life and leave out the specifics. Now that we have that agreed on, let me share my latest reading conquest with you!

Die by Proxy is the second book in Ben Oneal’s Benjamin Kroh series. The first book was a fun read that left me ready for the sequel. Book two did not disappoint.

FBI Agent Kroh gets called back to his home area when a mysterious vigilante, known only as Mr. Smith, leaves a trail of bodies along Interstate-69 throughout Michigan, Indiana, and Kentucky. Mr. Smith becomes something of a folk hero, as his victims are all discovered to be violent, sexual predators. What Kroh doesn’t know, is that Mr. Smith has a grudge and a personal vendetta against him. Once Kroh and his team become the primary targets, the race is on for Kroh to connect the seemingly non-existent dots to protect himself and his loved ones.

The story is well-crafted, and the clues leave you guessing well into the third act. Like the first book, Die by Proxy is told in first-person from the perspective of Benjamin Kroh, with some chapters being third-person when Kroh isn’t involved. The dialogue can get downright corny at times, but in a fun, light-hearted way.

I have thoroughly enjoyed the Benjamin Kroh series so far, and am looking forward to book three, Die by Vengeance. I give Die by Proxy five severed hands out of five.

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An Absurd Apocalypse Available Now!

Circle City Publishing’s second anthology is now available! This quirky collection features unique perspectives on various scenarios for the end of the world. Scroll down for the link to order this compact, handy guide.

The end of the world has become a romanticized topic thanks to the numerous books, television shows, and movies on the subject. But what about all the times when things don’t go according to plan? Zombies roam the planet. Basic survival necessities become scarce. Behavioral patterns are thrown into chaos. Zombies. The world itself revolts against its oppressors. Survivors are forced to come together, whether they like it or not. And, of course, did we mention zombies?

An Absurd Apocalypse explores all of these ideas, while begging the question – What does happen when the end of the world doesn’t go according to plan? Seven authors contribute their unique ideas to answer that very question. Get ready for some of the unluckiest survivors in uncomfortable conditions.

Worst. Apocalypse. Ever.

Order paperback copies for you and everyone you want in your survival party here.

Ebooks are available here.

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An Absurd Apocalypse Author Feature: Charles Kelley

This marks the last post in our author feature series for the upcoming Absurd Apocalypse anthology. Last, and mostly least, is CCP co-founder Charles Kelley. Kelley has two stories featured in the anthology, focusing on two very different apocalyptic situations.

This article originally appeared on CircleCityPublishing.com.

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