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To receive the #FREE Kindle copy of The China Pandemic you need only sign-up on the right sidebar –> and then send me a note through the Contact me form above, letting me know you’re requesting the FREE copy.

If you’ve already read The China Pandemic, thank you, you can still get a FREE book if you sign up for the newsletter. You may request either Kate’s Redemption or Deception on Durham Road. Both of these are novellas I’ve written for Kindle Worlds. Simply contact me via the link above and let me know in the notes which book you’d like to receive.

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Things I never thought I’d say – My Name is on a Skull

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It’s been a year of new things for me. I never thought I’d write a zombie story. I never thought I’d write a complete series and I never thought I’d find my name on a skull.

There are plenty of months in the year for more firsts but today I get to share this one with you. After writing a mini zombie story in the anthology, Bite-Sized Offerings, for charity the organizers also set up a t-shirt with all the authors who participated in the project with Grunt Style. The proceeds from this will also go to the medical and travel expenses for a little girl with down syndrome who needs heart surgery soon.

It’s a worthy project and you can see my name right above the right eye of the skull not far from my buddy author W. J. Lundy. So if you’re in need of a t-shirt or even a hoodie like the one above and would like to have some of your favorite authors names within the skull motif, go ahead and click the link to Grunt Style and purchase one or three.

It’s all for a good and worthy cause and these days, we depend on one another for the best of deeds.

 

Have a great day!

Book Review – Friction by Sandra Brown

 

I just finished Friction by Sandra Brown and found the novel intriguing.

It’s about a widower who’s trying to regain custody of his little girl from his in-laws when during the court hearing a masked man runs through the courtroom and aims at the judge but kills the court bailiff instead.

Soon the judge and the father, who just happens to be a Texas Ranger during his day job, try to solve the mystery of the masked man.

When I started off reading this novel, I wasn’t really expecting a romance or the tantalizing bits of bedroom drama, though there isn’t too much of it to be a problem. In short, it’s a cute story though I wasn’t sold on a judge compromising her ethics. You have to remember, this is fiction.

Here is Amazon’s description:

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Sandra Brown comes a gripping story of family ties and forbidden attraction.

Crawford Hunt wants his daughter back. Following the death of his wife four years ago, Crawford, a Texas Ranger, fell into a downward spiral that left him relegated to deskwork and with his five-year-old daughter Georgia in the custody of her grandparents. But Crawford has cleaned up his act, met all the court imposed requirements, and now the fate of his family lies with Judge Holly Spencer.

Holly, ambitious and confident, temporarily occupies the bench of her recently deceased mentor. With an election upcoming, she must prove herself worthy of making her judgeship permanent. Every decision is high-stakes. Despite Crawford’s obvious love for his child and his commitment to being an ideal parent, Holly is wary of his checkered past. Her opinion of him is radically changed when a masked gunman barges into the courtroom during the custody hearing. Crawford reacts instinctually, saving Holly from a bullet.

But his heroism soon takes on the taint of recklessness. The cloud over him grows even darker after he uncovers a horrifying truth about the courtroom gunman and realizes that the unknown person behind the shooting remains at large . . .and a threat.

Catching the real culprit becomes a personal fight for Crawford. But pursuing the killer in his customary diehard fashion will jeopardize his chances of gaining custody of his daughter, and further compromise Judge Holly Spencer, who needs protection not only from an assassin, but from Crawford himself and the forbidden attraction between them.

FRICTION will keep you on the edge of your seat with breathtaking plot twists and the unforgettable characters that make Sandra Brown one of the world’s best-loved authors. It is an extraordinary novel about the powerful ties that bind us to the ones we love and the secrets we keep to protect them.

So, if you’re looking for a quick read with a little romance and a nice ending, here you go.

Sandra Brown delivers well-written best-sellers. Check out her website here.

 

The Malefic Nation is Coming! Release Sept. 12th!

It’s finally here! The last book in the Graham’s Resolution series releases this Saturday, September 12th.

I was able to move the date up and as it turns out I will be attending the Southern Preppers Expo this Saturday in Alabama. So come down and meet me if you’re in the Oxford, Alabama area; it’s FREE to attend. I won’t have a physical copy of the paperback at that time but you can download the ebook from Amazon on that day.

It’s a bittersweet completion. I certainly feel accomplished but at the same time I’m leaving characters I’ve come to love. When I set out to write my version of a postapocalyptic adventure, I never thought it would turn out this successful. I didn’t intend to write a series, but I felt once The China Pandemic was complete that there was more to their story and so I found myself writing the rest.

Now, I’m ready to move on, sorta. I’m ready to start new projects. I’ve already begun a fresh idea. I hope that you’ll enjoy this series and realize my final goal was to show what I believed the worst catastrophe to our world would result in. I think I did that after all. There will be tremendous heartache and pain and successes coupled with grief along the way.

To me, this is the realistic version. It’s what could happen… Let’s hope it never does.

The China Pandemic is #FREE

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For a limited time, The China Pandemic is #FREE

Here is the description as well as the favorable Kirkus review.

“Powered by adept character development and relentless pacing, this post-apocalyptic novel, the first in a series…makes for a page-turning, end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it reading experience. …readers will find Morgan to be an endearing hero at world’s end.

The beginning of what could be a riveting apocalyptic saga.” -Kirkus Review

Top 100 best seller in Dystopian and Post-Apocalyptic fiction novels. A Prepper thriller fiction TEOTWAWKI favorite.

What the world dreads most has happened- because of a mutated avian bird flu (H5N1) pandemic. It has ravaged the globe to near extinction. Only 2% of the population has survived. A dying mother knows that her young child is among the few immune to the virus. What will she do to ensure his survival before her own coming tragic death?

Meanwhile, Graham has buried his last remaining family member. Following his father’s advice to make it to the family cabin, he meets with triumph and tragedy; learning new rules along the way in his quest for survival. Just when he thinks he’s finally got a handle on this new world, he’s taken by surprise, as he learns he’s not alone. A hidden yet vulnerable community of Preppers are nearby. Will he find the strength to escape these dangers and go on living? And more importantly, will he have the ability to protect those he’s come to trust?

Get The China Pandemic while it’s #FREE

 

2 Giveaways – Wayward Pines Kate’s Redemption & More

I have two new giveaways to promote. The first one is the Wayward Pines Kate’s Redemption novella for Kindle Worlds and the next is the Bite-Sized Offerings which is an anthology of over thirty authors shorts stories, one of which is mine.

Enter below to win one of the five drawings below.

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New Release of Wayward Pines Kate’s Redemption

 

Wayward Pines Kate’s Redemption is finally released and I’m pretty happy with the way this novella turned out.

I hope you enjoy it too. At only $1.99, this short story tells Kate’s story of her integration into Wayward Pines. Did you ever wonder why she was so compliant when Ethan found her?

This novella, Kate’s Redemption, is based on the popular book series Wayward Pines by Blake Crouch with a special agreement through Kindle Worlds.

Kate knew Wayward Pines couldn’t be hell though she had her doubts at weaker moments. If only she could find the truth about the town where everyone knew your name and hid behind simulated smiles that defied the fear in their eyes. The rules were there for a reason. If you violated those rules, the phone would ring with deadly consequences.

At times, Kate believed she deserved this place after the moral crime she committed with Ethan Burke, but this redemption was far more than she could take and it was only a matter of time before her will would break.

Pick it up today for quick weekend read. Kate’s Redemption

New Release – Bite-Sized Offerings Anthology

51uXahS6BdL._SX344_BO1,204,203,200_Bite-Sized Offerings: Tales & Legends of the Zombie Apocalypse is a very special anthology that I’m proud to be a part of.

A few months ago my friend W. J. Lundy alerted me to a group project he was involved in and asked me if I wanted to join. A mutual friend and fan of our work is the adopted mother of two Down syndrome children with extensive medical cost. In fact, one of the two has had multiple heart procedures and needs yet more. So of course I agreed even though I’ve never written a zombie story before. It was agreed by the group to write an anthology involving zombies because the children love the stories.

Between projects, I wrote a quick two thousand word novelette which was the requested length. The stories are appropriate for those twelve and older. In all, we had over thirty authors involved in the project from many different genres. We collaborated over everything from editing, cover art, and formatting. You could say we all pulled together to create this piece and I’m pretty sure there wasn’t even one major argument; a feat known to happen between two authors let alone thirty.

All of the proceeds from the sale of Bite-Sized Offerings go directly towards the extensive medical expenses for this family so that they can focus on living life instead of worry over expenses. So please purchase this book and then share it to as many friends and family as you can far and wide.

I don’t know that I’ll write another zombie story, though I’m so glad I wrote this one. 🙂

 

 

 

 

Book Review of The Einstein Prophecy by Robert Masello

I just finished The Einstein Prophecy and what an adventure it was.

This was not my typical read; even though I partake across many genres. I must admit it started off a little slow and I wasn’t sure where it was going in the beginning. On a side note: I’ve read a lot of stories lately dealing with the same time period. Like All the Light We Cannot See and The Nightingale, The Einstein Prophecy is set during WWII. And. . .  they are all currently on the New York Times Best Sellers List. I’m not certain why, but it seems more than mere coincidence.

(Back to the story). It’s about a US soldier who is an art professor by education and he ends up in the quest to reclaim fine art that Hitler has stolen or art that’s hidden away in an attempt to keep Hitler from stealing them. Unfortunately, some of these artifacts are boobytrapped and our protagonist becomes injured. He returns to his university job when an uber important artifact is delivered to him for study.

That’s when things start to go a little crazy and our hero just happens to be boarding across the street from none other than Einstein himself. Obviously this is historical fiction and though Robert Masello takes liberty with history and real characters, he does so with talented flair.

Though there were some odd fantasy moments in the story, I liked the novel. It was a treat to get to know Einstein in real life and our hero played his part well. Amazon described the novel this way,

As war rages in 1944, young army lieutenant Lucas Athan recovers a sarcophagus excavated from an Egyptian tomb. Shipped to Princeton University for study, the box contains mysteries that only Lucas, aided by brilliant archaeologist Simone Rashid, can unlock.

These mysteries may, in fact, defy—or fulfill—the dire prophecies of Albert Einstein himself.

Struggling to decipher the sarcophagus’s strange contents, Lucas and Simone unwittingly release forces for both good and unmitigated evil. The fate of the world hangs not only on Professor Einstein’s secret research but also on Lucas’s ability to defeat an unholy adversary more powerful than anything he ever imagined.

From the mind of bestselling author and award-winning journalist Robert Masello comes a thrilling, page-turning adventure where modern science and primordial supernatural powers collide.

This was, I believe, the first time I’ve read a Robert Masello novel.  Which is crazy because he’s published traditionally many titles through Simeon and Schuster, Penguin, and Random House. Though The Einstein Prophecy is his latest release, his last two most popular novels were:  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Both of which were highly acclaimed.

So for a change of pace read The Einstein Prophecy, it’s a quick read and you’ll enjoy Einstein’s character; I did. 

I Make Bread

 

image imageI’m a self confessed diet bouncer. What I mean by that is, I go from months of eating vegetarian and then switch to Paleo for a few weeks, basically meaning carb free and bring on the meat, then I go back to vegetarian because I love bread and animals; it’s a vicious cycle of guilt I tell you. I’m currently in the Paleo window, but I’m cheating with this bread recipe…and ice cream…

You might ask…How do you have the time to make bread? Where’s that next novel?

I hear you…I’m not cheating my readers. This is the easiest, most labor free bread recipe ever and it’s fantastic and I must eat occasionally.

I found this recipe on a blog a while back by Mavis Butterfield, One Hundred Dollars a Month. She’s a hoot, check her out. Here is the link to her original recipe.

Basically, after dinner/supper is cleaned up in the evening, you mix together the following ingredients in a glass bowl with a tight fitting lid like the one pictured above or this one:

Mix reasonably well with a fork until all the ingredients are combined into a lumpy dough. Then cover with the lid and leave it on the counter overnight. 12-18 hours. I know, crazy right?

No Knead Dutch Oven Crusty Bread

 

  • 3 cups white flour
  • 1 teaspoons of active or rapid rise yeast
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 1/2 cups of warm water

The first time I made this is cam out perfect. The secon time, I used a different metal bowl with an ill fitting lid and I think that was why it nearly rolled off the counter. For some reason, it didn’t rise nearly as well.

The next day…after you’ve written yourself silly, heat your oven to 450 degrees and pull out your Dutch oven with a lid. I used this one

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But you can use a round one or a rustic cast iron one like this
Put the Dutch oven into the oven with the lid on. Now set the timer for 30 minutes. You want it to get good and hot. (Please be careful not to burn yourself.)

Then rip off a good size piece of parchment paper, 15 inches or so and lay it on the counter. Now, stir down the dough in the bowl and lay it in the center of the parchment paper forming a round loaf. Don’t roll it out or anything, I just stir it with a wooden spoon and dump it onto the paper. Let the dough rest on the paper while the pot is heating up.

when the timer goes off, obviously use pot holders, and lift off the Dutch oven lid and then use the corners of the parchment to lift the dough and place the whole thing into the pot. Replace the hot lid and let the bread cook in the oven for 30 minutes. Remove the lid from the pot and let it brown for another 15 minutes.

Then remove from the oven and pull out the loaf. Let it cool for at least 10 minutes before you attempt to slice it open and spread butter over each slice. It’s crunch and chewy just like a homemade loaf should be and it’s easy. Just remember to mix the simple ingredients the night before and voila, warm bread with dinner and toast for breakfast the next day.

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