“If You Build It, They Will Come”

February 26, 2016

Baseball spring training is right around the corner; the long cold winter is past, and the safe confines of warmer weather and America’s pastime loom on the horizon.

I found it fitting to republish this blog post from a few years back after watching Field of Dreams on tv this morning. This movie hits an emotional trigger every time I watch it; even more after a jaunt to the actual movie set in 2014.

So, enjoy!

Slice of Home, Slice of Life

Twenty-five years ago, an iconic American film came out which touched the lives of millions and made us reflect back on our pasts; the good, the bad, the mistakes that we’ve made…and the possibilities of reconciliation.

The movie was called “Field of Dreams” starring Kevin Costner and James Earl Jones. It tells the story of Ray Kinsella, a struggling Iowa corn farmer who one day hears a voice in his field, and, against everything he’s ever been taught or known, plows his crop up and builds a baseball diamond. And, indeed, after many fruitless months of waiting, “he” (in the form of Shoeless Joe Jackson) did come. And after that, life would never be the same for Mr. Kinsella.

This past weekend, my wife Jeannie and I made the trek to Dyersville, Iowa, and the Field of Dreams.

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There is little fanfare with the site; no admission, no billboards lining…

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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. 🙂

Serving HIM Only

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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!


Revenge Hits the e-shelf!

August 26, 2015

After a few minor course corrections and rewrites, Revenge of the Killer Hay Bales is now on the iTunes Store as an ebook purchase – only $1.99!

Go to this link to find out more or to buy it:

https://itun.es/us/a4LK9.l

Or go buy the original and find out the beginning stages of madness:

https://itun.es/us/x92c9.l

The ending chapter of the trilogy (And it was always meant to be that way) is currently in the writing phase and should be out in the next few months.

Help out a struggling author and spend a few bucks, will ya?

Enjoy!


Starting to Churn ‘Em out…

July 31, 2015

My first two stories went live across the globe on iTunes! I’m very excited to be sharing the news and hope you’ll find it in your hearts to shell over a few bucks and be entertained at the same time. Struggling authors need to eat too, you know.  🙂

Here’s the links to the iTunes store:

For my short story, Attack of the Killer Hay Bales: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/attack-of-the-killer-hay-bales/id1024159575?mt=11

For my novella, Disaster at Havendale: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/disaster-at-havendale/id1024564484?mt=11

There are many more to come! AOTKHB is the first of a trilogy, and Disaster at Havendale will have a sequel as well. I have outlines for eight more novels as well.

Be blessed, my friends!


The Final Countdown…

April 3, 2015

The past two months have been a whirlwind of activity around the Davis household; traveling back and forth to Wisconsin, cleaning, assorting, selling off some excess stuff that we didn’t need, and, besides all of that…packing.

Yes, packing.

As in to MOVE.

You see, God has recently opened up some pretty awesome doors in our lives, and we are stepping through them by faith. It is a daunting challenge, knowing that we are leaving our old lives behind to start a new chapter; and yet, my family is excited beyond measure as we anxiously tick off the days until we pull up roots from northern Missouri and plant them back down in the nourishing soils of south central Wisconsin.

A person might ask, why Wisconsin? It’s REALLY cold!

And to this I answer: our daughter Kelsey is going to college in Fond du Lac (about 30 miles from where we’ll be living); we have some dear friends who live there; the people are uber-friendly; job opportunities are in ABUNDANCE; fishing is super crazy, because the town we are moving to sits on the border of a 6,700 acre lake; the spiritual climate is very attractive…and, above everything else…it’s just time for a change.

In a few short weeks, this chapter in our lives will close, and a blank page will open. We don’t know what the future will hold for us, but we know that a wonderful and exciting adventure awaits us! It is one that will be full of hope, of dreams, of ministry, of growth, and of a refreshing sabbatical time.

And before you ask…yes, we will miss people here in the northern MO area; it has been our home for the past twelve years and we have some awesome memories here with family, friends, and some great church people who have become our family as well. It is hard to leave them, but 7 1/2 hours is but a day trip back to Brookfield, and we will still visit as often as we can!

So, the final countdown has begun, my friends. As the day draws closer, there will be more updates and news, plus plenty of pics once the move happens. Please pray for us as we continue to pack, for our move to be as painless possible, and for safe travel mercies there.

More news to come!  🙂