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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:

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“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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I’m basically a chef

It’s here!  The time has finally come!  After 3 long years and multiple attempts to get it produced, The Man’s Guide to Quick & Simple Meals for the Kitchen-Impaired is released!

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This cookbook is written by a guy that can’t cook (me) for people who can’t cook.  The recipes are very easy and basic to compliment the typical diet of fast food and frozen dinners.  The perfect gift for somebody that’s about to trek out on their own, but might not quite be ready to feed themselves.  40 packed pages of practical help to get those millennials, bachelors, and dads through their next meal.

Click the link above or check out the new Store Page at the top of the site to order a copy for you and everyone you know!

 

 

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So it turns out I’m a poet and didn’t even yada yada yada…

So I learned of a poetry project last month and was intrigued by the concept to say the least.  The idea, aptly named Project 411, was to take contributions from as many poets/writers as possible, and compile a 411 line poem to represent the 411 miles of free-flowing freedom that is the Wabash River, an Indiana geographic icon.  I whipped up my 5 best attempts at poetry and clicked on the submit button.

Well, the final product was released this week and I was excited to see my name listed in the participant’s section!  The finished poem is filled with truly inspiring words, so I strongly encourage you to check it out when you have a few minutes.  Make your guesses in the comments and see if you can single out my efforts!

 

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Extra! Extra! Read all about it!

Big news today.  I have several updates to share with you about upcoming projects and revisiting an old one even!  Recently, a close friend and I have formed a writing partnership to help encourage, motivate, and assist each other.  That partnership has spawned a renewed interest within me about writing.  I have created a writing profile on Facebook to make it easier to keep up with news and updates.  Check that out, as I will probably use that a little more often and leave this site more for my short stories. Continue reading

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Cooking & Booking

Here’s the thing – I’m bad at cooking.  So when I find something I can make, I need to make sure I don’t forget how.  Unfortunately, awhile back I forgot something that I tried once that turned out rather successful.  Since then, I’ve been trying to list all of the recipes/meals I can make.  While I was at it, I figured that there are more than likely a lot of other guys out there who have no idea how to cook for themselves.  If I can do it, then anyone can. 

Cinnamon rolls – Now don’t those look absolutely scrumptious??

So I gathered my recipes and decided to compile them into a collection (a cookbook of sorts) that I will offer through my site once I have a finished product.  So if you know anyone who is graduating from school, about to move out on their own, fears burning the house down every time they turn on the stove, or are just a man in general, then keep them in mind with this rather practical gift idea.  Once this project has been completed, you’ll notice a new page at the top of my site where you can purchase a copy…or two, or three.  So start making your list now!  Be advised that this will not be anything complicated and will only have a handful of recipes that a guy can rely on – short and sweet.

While you’re here, I’ll even let you help me name the project!  Place your vote below and help me decide on a title.

The poll has been closed.

Thank you, that is all.

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Book update: Blogumentary

(Okay, so I may have just made up a word in the title of this post.  If you wanted to write a commentary or documentary on a blog, then what would you call it??)

First, a little background.  In case you’ve missed it, I’ve declared several times that I am starting to write my first book – like here, here, here, and here.  (If you were already aware of that, then thanks for checking back with me!)  I have no clue what to do, how to do it, or where to even start, so I had some meetings with a couple published authors.

I’ve been a little intimidated by the enormity of such a daunting task.  So much so, that I still haven’t completely committed myself to it.  I insist on saying things like, “I’m THINKING about MAYBE TRYING to write a novel.”  I’m basically just running in place, even right now, by simply recapping posts that I’ve already written.

Anyway, once I stated my intentions, I heard from a lot of family and friends that they have had a very similar idea and to let them know how it goes.  With that in mind, when I started to come to the realization that I would finally commit myself to writing a book, I also decided that it might be cool to write about the process itself and track my progress.  Continue reading

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