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Posts tagged “Dark Layer

For Carmody, My Best Friend

So, The Dark Layer is here.  http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/102438

I uploaded the book to Smashwords and it’s available only there. (EDIT: it’s available on B&N and Amazon now as well; see the Books dropdown above for direct links.) I’m working on getting it uploaded to the other places as well to appease everyone’s tastes.

Hopefully lots of people will check it out and enjoy it (including my old frenemy, “Dave Watson”).

Also, because I love money so much, I’m donating all the money from this week’s sales to the ASPCA. Every single cent. So, if you love animals, love reading, both, or neither, buy the book to support a good cause.

Sunday through this Saturday. Every sale. Every cent. Helping the critters.

Please help so they’ll stop airing those damned Sarah McLachlan commercials. I cry on cue every time.

To relieve you of some serious cash, here’s a picture of my beautiful niece with a stray kitten they rescued.


How Stephen King Saved My Life

To know me is to know I’m a Stephen King fan.

It’s no secret that I love the man’s stories. Trying to choose a favorite would be no easier than picking a favorite pet. There are certain books of his that I tend to turn to the most in times of distress but at any given time, I’m reading at least one Stephen King book.

What am I reading right now? Full Dark, No Stars. Again.

Every year in the fall months, I eagerly look forward to the latest King book. This year it’s 11/22/63. From what I hear, it’s another monster like Under the Dome but I don’t care. Personally, I prefer the luxury liner experience of a good, long read, one I can really immerse myself into instead of the typically encouraged 80-100,000 word book. These books dwarf my own “Learning To Fly” collection but I have my own massive stars on the way.

The Dark Layer, my upcoming book, ended around 155,000 words. The writers I know screamed that it’s too long. But whenever I ask readers what they think, they don’t seem to care. “If I don’t like a book,” a friend told me once, “then I’ll put it down and it won’t waste any more of my time. But if I do, then I don’t want it to end. So how is being long a bad thing?”

Anyway, I’m getting off target. King’s the man and I’m one of his biggest fans. At eight years old, my horror book virginity was popped by Christine. Eight is rather young but I’m glad I was young when I started adult books. If I had children, it’s something I would encourage for them as well. But these were more than just books with interesting characters and crazy stories. These books were escape hatches.

My childhood was rocky, and being an only child, I had no one else to talk to about what was going on. Few friends and no family that gave a damn so my books became my refuge. Christine, Cujo, The Dead Zone, The Shining, Pet Sematary, and Firestarter were my friends. Actually they were better than friends because not only did I learn from them but they never broke my toys or told lies about me behind my back. The best part? They were always, always there. No phone calls, no embarrassing admissions, no judgments. Just companionship.

I write ebooks now. Currently, I’m outlining a book called “Rainbow in the Dark” and what I hope to accomplish with this book is the same thing that King’s books did for me. I want to provide companionship to someone else out there that might be going through a tough time. I want to give them advice on how to stay strong through trials and tribulations they may be living, or surviving. Most of all, I want to give them hope. Because it can get better. Will get better.

26 years later and I’m still reading King. Here’s to the next 26.


As Of Late

It’s been a while since I blogged so I thought I’d entertain a few people by giving them the skinny of my latest activities.

The writing is going well! The new book is coming along wonderfully and editing The Dark Layer is also moving along. Dark Layer should be ready by sometime in May but I don’t want to jinx it and give a date. I’m very superstitious.

If you want to know more about The Dark Layer, check out the menu at the above right corner of the screen.

Also, I’m meeting with a Cincinnati Scribbler tomorrow for a (much needed) bullshit session.

On the personal front, my mom is no longer in MVH. She’s been moved to a long-term care facility and has been working on gaining weight and getting her lungs to the point to where she can breathe without a vent. She’s doing very well there. Last weekend when I went to visit, she was able to talk (for the first time since January) and everything out of her mouth was a complaint! That means she’s feeling better.

There are a few other things going on that I’ll be happy to tell everyone about when the time comes!

Looking forward to the Kentucky Writer’s Conference this weekend and seeing my friend, Ricki Schultz!

Take care everyone!

G