The Dream LIVES!

September 25, 2015

Yes, my friends, it’s true.

After 37 years, my novella, “Disaster at Havendale” (formerly titled “TORNADO!”) will be out in print and ebook form on my birthday, November 9, 2015.

It’s been a long road; many rewrites; many times sitting gathering dust in a closet; many times all but forgotten. Yet, it was always there; a constant reminder of days gone by where the words flowed freely like honey and images sprung up from the ample stores of “fairytale land”.

  
There’ve been many a tense night over the past several weeks wondering if I would be able to get enough votes (retweets) to win. It was a back-and-forth battle between myself and one another entrant as the days chugged along; but in the end, I was able to prevail and the wheels were set in motion for the publishing process.

The contract has been signed, the manuscript delivered, and after many cover design looks, we finally decided upon this one:

 

It gives depth to the scene while providing a sense of dread. Even though the tornado in the book is IMMENSELY larger, this will be more eye-catching on the shelf and in a thumbnail online.

So there you have it. November 9th is the sale date, with the print book priced at $11.99 and the ebook at $4.99. It will be on sale at all outlets including online retailers such as Amazon and iBooks.

Please help this author out and purchase a copy! Thanks!


Are You Friends With Your Spouse?

September 10, 2015

Another wonderful post from my BESTEST friend in the whole world. 🙂

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Are you friends with your spouse?  Are you best friends?  When someone asks you who your best friend is…do you answer with your closest girlfriend or guy friend…or do you answer “My husband/wife.”

Lets first take a look at what the Biblical aspect of a friendship is.

“A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.”

Proverbs 18:24

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Loneliness is everywhere.  Many people feel cut off and alienated from others.  Have you ever been in a crowd but still feeling alone.  It makes people more aware of their isolation when they are in the middle of a huge crowd, if they don’t know anyone there.  We all need friends who will stick close, listen to us when we need an ear, care when we are hurting, and offer help when needed, in good times and in bad.  It…

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My Dream Come True – Wildwood Prize

September 7, 2015

In just about 12 days, I’ll know whether or not my lifelong dream has come to fruition: having my novel, “Disaster at Havendale”, published in print!

Since the age of 16, when the idea came to me (literally) on a dark and stormy night in Brookfield, MO, I have labored; sweated; and shed many a worrisome tear over this novel. It has undergone several rewrites while remaining mostly true to its original storyline, and, of course, as the times and technologies have changed so has the tech in the book. Yet, it is mostly intact, and the same DNA intermingles from then to now in the bloodline.

You know, there’s nothing like the first thing you write; it is like giving birth to a healthy 10-pound baby in all its ripping, gnarling journey out of the womb. Long suffering agony gives way to smiles and joy as the pain recedes into the background, forgotten after a few moments. There is such an awesomeness in that first “child” that you are eager to show it off to everyone, regardless of how immature the grammar or sentence structure or storyline might be. 

By George, it’s YOUR kid, and you love it just the way it is!

That is why this Wildwood Prize competition is so very important to me as a writer; it’s a chance to show the WORLD the gift of writing that I have been blessed with; a chance to share this totally radical story with my family, friends, and loved ones both near and far.

And, it’s an opportunity to get those other works out there: the hay bale trilogy of short stories; the sequel to Disaster at Havendale, and many more. There is a wellspring waiting to bubble over into the ocean of existence called LIFE.

So, please help a struggling author out. If you have Twitter, click here to my story synopsis post and retweet it; if you don’t have Twitter, open the same link and sign up. It only takes a few moments; it’s free; and you’ll be supporting the dream I’ve agonized over for many, many years.

Thanks…I’ll keep you posted!