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Cover reveal: Crossfire

The much-anticipated sequel to Crossroads is nearing completion, so it’s time to start sharing some sneak peeks!  The first three drafts are out-of-the-way, and the graphics have been completed.  I’m waiting for the last round of notes from my proofreaders before shipping the finished manuscript off to the publisher.  While the official release date is still pending, I’m excited to share the synopsis and finished cover art with you, so check it out!

“Once upon a time, in a far away land, there was a knight who tried to save a princess. That’s an example of how this story doesn’t start. This is no fairy tale folks, so if that’s what you’re looking for then you’ll have to keep looking. This is more of a nightmare. My nightmare.”

Will McGee is back! Just when he thought he could take a breath from infiltrating and toppling an outlaw motorcycle club, he realized just how much his tiny hometown of Rough River Falls, Kentucky truly needs him…even if it appears that they don’t want him. The town is imploding as a direct result of his actions against the Kings of Chaos Motorcycle Club, and the impact is starting to rear its ugly head in multiple ways. The lawman’s battles have left him scarred and weary, but he’s never been one to leave things alone. Can he restore order to the chaos he created, or will he get caught in the Crossfire? Grab a helmet, this ride could get a little out of control.

 

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Crossroads Deluxe Photo Tour Hardback Edition available now!

Including all the action-packed fun that you loved from the original release of Crossroads, the Deluxe Photo Tour Hardback Edition (that’s not a mouthful or anything) provides a glimpse into the actual world of Will McGee and the Kings of Chaos Motorcycle Club.  While the story is set off the banks of the Rough River in Central Kentucky, the locations behind the story are actually based off of real locations from my childhood.  Though Rough River Falls doesn’t technically exist as described, I wanted a setting that was placed in a real geographic location with the freedom of creating the environment to best suit the story.  Subconsciously, as the world was created around the Kings of Chaos Motorcycle Club, I realized that the settings that were being described were directly inspired by locations I was familiar with through my adolescence.
So check out the Store page and order your copy of the Deluxe Photo Tour Hardback Edition today and get a real feel for Rough River Falls!

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Crossroads officially available on 8/2/2016

I am ecstatic to officially announce that the release date for my first novel, Crossroads is August 2nd, 2016!  It’s been a long time coming since the original file was first created four years ago!  I never expected this process to be so drawn out, but I also never would have guessed when I started writing this story that I would change jobs, move to another city, get married, and have two kids.  Life happens that way sometimes and I wouldn’t change any of it.  So check back on my Store Page at midnight on 8/2/2016 and be one of the first people to order a copy!  See what some of the early reviews are saying:

Crossroads cover art

“F***ing awesome.  This has movie deal written all over it, even though we all know the movie versions are never as good as the books.  Charles Kelley has bolted on a modern storyline to the timeless soul of the 60s – 70s outlaw biker films.  With characters recognizable to anyone who’s filled their teeth with insect corpses and their butt with saddle sores, this is a fast-paced read that’s the literary equivalent of taming the dragon.” -Andrew Miller, author of If Only the Names Were Changed

“The pace picks up at the right times and it’s all around a great read.  I fell in love with the characters and story overall.  I had to tell myself to stop reading so I could get some sleep.” – Christian Scully, author of The Chronicles of Erika Lorenz series

“Crossroads is a biker-classic that will leave the smell of gasoline and gun smoke in your nostrils.  If you like mayhem and motorcycles, grab a copy of this book!  With a cast of characters you can almost smell, and enough action to keep the pages turning, you can hear the bullets whiz past your head as the story unfolds.  You have to check this one out!” – Adam K. Moore, author of the CompendiumTwenty-Three series

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a sequel to get started!  Thank you, that is all.

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Cover reveal: Crossroads

With all the rounds of proofreading, edits, and rewrites out-of-the-way, my first full-length novel Crossroads is approaching a release date.  Final formatting has been completed, and the manuscript has been submitted to the publisher.  My proof copy has been mailed from the printer, and once I receive it and comb through it to make sure it’s as perfect as I can get it, I will finally be able to announce a release date.  In the mean time, let me brighten your day with an early look at the cover art and a brief synopsis to grab your attention! Continue reading

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Blogumentary: Step 4 – Editing

Here we go again.  I disappeared again and you all thought I had given up didn’t you?  Well it only appeared that way.  Admittedly, I got beyond distracted, plus life threw up some speed bumps along the way.  It happens.  The point here is that I didn’t give up.  Has it taken me 3 times longer than I originally hoped?  Absolutely, but I’m sticking with it and I will finish this thing.  (I’m actually getting really close, believe it or not!)  So there you have it.  Now moving on.

Proofreading, editing, re-writes, beta reading: call it what you will, but it all serves the same purpose. To polish your writing as much as possible so you’re putting out the best product you can.   Continue reading

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Blogumentary: Step 3 – Writing

It’s been while since my last update, and honestly the thought did cross my mind to blow this off, but that wouldn’t be very helpful now would it?  For the 1 of you out there that might read this, trying to figure out if you want to try writing, posting my process could be beneficial.  Regardless, it serves as accountability and motivation for me, so here I am.  Okay, enough rambling.

Since my last update, I have officially started writing my first novel.  Exciting, I know.  I decided on a topic that I’m knowledgable about to make the process a whole lot easier – bikers.  At first, I cranked out a handful of pages out of sheer excitement and so I could honestly say that I had officially started writing.  Then I hit a wall.  I got stuck in one spot for months and didn’t know what to do about it.  I ended one scene but wasn’t sure how to get to the next one.  A writer friend advised me to skip ahead and start writing the next scene, then I could always go back and bridge the gap between the two once my mind was back on track.  That’s all it took.  Continue reading

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Blogumentary: Step 2 – Prewriting

First, let me quickly address the long hiatus.  Without getting into details, I have been overwhelmed with projects and life matters.  It happens.  I haven’t forgotten about, or given up on my writing.  I am still working on projects, even if it is at a snail’s pace.

I should also note that my zombie novel has been placed on the back burner for a while.  The ideas for my first book rapidly turned into a trilogy, and that is something that I am just not quite ready to take on.  In the meantime, I have been working on a non-fiction short story, more fictional short stories, and have been developing another idea for a single, stand-alone novel that I can write for my first book – something that is manageable and not as intimidating as a trilogy.  Let me assure you though, the ideas I have for the zombie trilogy are very solid and I am excited to see how they turn out.  Anyway, without further adieu, let’s get back to the post… Continue reading

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