Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Backstage with the crew of Five Finger Death Punch

I received a call from my friend, Bruce. Bruce is the FOH mixer for Five Finger Death Punch and one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet. He offered to get me backstage at the 5FDP show with Shinedown and Sixx AM at the Peoria Civic Center. How could I say no?

Before soundcheck.

I met Chet Haun. Chet is the amazing guitar tech for 5FDP. And, I'm not just saying that because he thought the Swaim guitar I built was awesome...

The highlight was catching up with Bruce, and reminiscing about all the jamming and guitar repair we used to do.

Just two guitar-playing kids from a small town in Illinois.

As a fan, it's easy to take a show like that for granted, but the crew puts in a staggering amount of work. Utmost respect, guys!

Every person I met, from artists to crew, treated me like family, and I can't thank them enough. It was just what I needed.

Now, on to finishing the new StrikeForce novel, The Lotus Blossom!

Monday, October 10, 2016

Nearing the end of the new StrikeForce novel

The new StrikeForce novel, The Lotus Blossom, is nearing the end. In writing terms, that means the work is just beginning. Rewrites, edits, more rewrites, more edits, etc... Please grant me the coffee I need to complete this project!

I've already started taking notes for the next Sam Harlan novel. It will be set in Chicago, and Henry Hastings will be a big player as Sam finally meets one of the Ancients.

I'm also working on a dozen different shorts. One is a Sam Harlan based short as told by Jack Harlan, circa 1951. Another is a StrikeForce novel set in the 1920's and features Montgomery Barth, the President's man.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Friday, September 9, 2016

52K into the new StrikeForce novel

The new StrikeForce, tentatively titled The Lotus Blossom, is at 52k. I'm hoping I'll have it finished by the end of September.

Come What May has a new review at FangFreakingTastic. You can read it here: https://fangfreakintasticreviews.com

I'm currently watching a TV show called Powers, from the PlayStation network. Sharlto Copely is amazing!

I'm eagerly awaiting the start of the new season of Longmire on Netflix. Plus, Luke Cage is going to drop at the end of the month! How cool is that?

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Progress on the new StrikeForce novel

I'm one-third of the way through the new Project StrikeForce novel. It's a shame that such wonderful weather keeps calling my name.

I'm also reading a fantastic book that I highly recommend called The Pentagon's Brain: An Uncensored History of DARPA, America's Top-Secret Military Research Agency.
MyBookCave is giving away books for signing up, and Come What May is one of the free ebooks! If you've ever wanted a content-rated Bookbub-like service, MyBookCave is just what you've been looking for!

In other news, Kai Wong won the custom bookmark from artist M. Kilian. Congratulations!

I hope everyone is having a great summer!

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Booksigning at Barnes & Noble August 28th 1pm-4pm Bloomington, IL

I'll be signing books at Barnes & Noble in Bloomington, IL. Stop by if you can. I'd love to see you!

Monday, June 13, 2016

Had a great time at my book signing in my hometown of Bement, Illinois. I even had my Dad there to help!

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Are the Sam Harlan books Christian novels?

When I wrote Come What May, I was in love with the criminally underappreciated movie, Near Dark. I also wanted to see if I could write an Elmore Leonard-inspired genre novel. I wanted to write a story set in the Midwest. All that is true, but I had two other things I wanted to accomplish. I wanted to write a story about the worst thing I could imagine, and I wanted to explore my feelings about Christianity.

When Sam Fisher’s wife is murdered and his daughter abducted, it was the worst thing I could imagine. I wondered what a normal man would do if presented with something extraordinary, like a world with vampires. How far would a man go? What would he do to get his daughter back? And, what if it involved a family member?

I have mixed feeling about Christianity. I wasn’t baptized until I was in my thirties, and I try to believe, but I’ve never really been strong in my faith. I have questions about God, about His plans for us, or whether He even exists. I wanted to explore those things in Come What May. Why does He allow bad things to happen to good people and good things to happen to bad people?

I’ve read a lot on the subject but Come What May was my way of working out some of the answers for myself. It’s not a Christian book, per se, and I’m still a little uncomfortable when people ask me about the Roman Catholic elements in the book.

If Come What May was about God allowing bad things to happen to good people, Hard Times was about whether a simple man could make peace with God. Sam doesn’t have a clue about fighting vampires, but he tries. His act of free will costs the lives of those he tried to save.

In Damned Cold, Sam finally starts to understand what God’s love truly means. He learns about free will and its price. Sister Callie’s faith remains unshaken throughout the books, but Sam is finally learning about his place in the world and what he’ll do to protect the one person left he cares for.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Damned Cold

The new Sam Harlan novel, Damned Cold, is with the proofreader.