Monday, November 30, 2009

Upcoming newsletter/upcoming contest

My next HWH newsletter, the "Ho Ho Horror with Heart Contest" issue, is in the making. I plan to send it out later this week. True to its name, this issue will feature a contest. Prizes will be a paperback copy of Struck and an electronic copy of Dark Knowledge. The contest will be easy to enter (no purchase necessary), but you must be subscribed to my newsletter to win.

I know what you're asking yourself: How the heck do I subscribe to this newsletter?

It's easy. If you're not reading this from my blog, go there ( See that gold box near the top right? Enter your email address and your name. Click "submit," and that's it. A HWH newsletter will land in your inbox about every other month. There's no spam, I don't share your email address, and it's just as easy to be removed from list as it is to get on it. 

Friday, November 27, 2009

A Thankful Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is probably my favorite holiday, because it reminds me how much I have to be thankful for. We celebrate in different ways. Some years we have a private meal. Other years we go across the street or invite neighbors or a close friend over for a small but wonderful dinner. We've joined loving families for dinner and have been made to feel like we were part of that family. This year, we gave thanks and celebrated with a large group of friends.

Here was the setting in Corrales, NM.

Our lovely hostess Eleanor.

The great group devouring a fantastic meal.

After-dinner wind down.

And when we returned home, something I'm always thankful for.
Tripp was ready to snuggle.

A great day from start to finish, and I remain aware of how much I have to be thankful for. Hope everyone enjoyed their holiday as much as we did. For anyone interested, I posted more pictures of our Corrales Thanksgiving in Facebook. Click here to view.

Monday, November 23, 2009

First DARK KNOWLEDGE review on Amazon is a 5 star doozy

Jill Anderson in Pennsylvania gave my recently e-published paranormal thriller its first Amazon review--5 stars and the following comments:
I had the privilege of reading the first chapter of DARK KNOWLEDGE years ago when the author entered it in the first Gather writing contest. At that time, I thought the first chapter one of the best I ever read. Not just in the contest, but best EVER. With DARK KNOWLDEGE now published, I finally got to read the novel in its entirety, and am pleased to discover it more than lived up to the expectations I developed based on that first incredible chapter.

Wesley is a mentally-challenged man whose mother institutionalized and abandoned eight years ago. Bobby--an aide at the institution--has worked closely with Wesley throughout the years, taking him from an uncommunicative, nearly-incapacitated teenager to a loving, special-needs man training for his first job. Proud of Wesley, and pleased with his part in Wesley's development, Bobby is dismayed to learn Wesley's mother has returned. He worries the mother--who left a chilling impression on Bobby when he met her all those years ago--will undo all the good Bobby has done on Wesley's behalf. He becomes even more concerned when Wesley starts having trance-like episodes. Only when Bobby is diagnosed with an inoperable tumor and knows he was somehow healed by Wesley does Bobby begin to understand Wesley's episodes are much more than a trance. He is living in two worlds: his mind world and the physical world. With the return of Wesley's mother, the two worlds begin to collide, and along with Wesley's miraculous gift of healing comes a dark evil that threatens Wesley's existence at the same time it advances his intelligence. Aware for the first time, Wesley must determine if a life with more promise is worth holding onto if it comes packaged with dark knowledge.

A very absorbing novel, I read DARK KNOWLEDGE in two sittings, rooting for Wesley all the way. Being in his world is a bit like stepping inside a macabre rainbow of good and evil with twisting and turning colorful arcs; but there’s joy in taking the leap and meeting this heart-warming, good-soul hero.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

STRUCK wins New Mexico Book Award

I'm thrilled to announce that last night, Struck won the 2009 New Mexico Book Award for Mystery/Suspense Novel. I'm excited and proud and happy and...

Well, if a picture is worth a thousand words...

Yep, that's me, smiling like I have no good sense after receiving the award. My category was sponsored by Anne Hillerman's Word Harvest, and she congratulated me afterward, but I was so wound up, I didn't think to say thank you for sponsoring the mystery/suspense category until seconds after I walked away. Too late then. I'm quite sure I was smiling though (see picture), so at least I came across as friendly, if not gracious and intelligent.

What a great night!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Not a Turkey

One of my favorite writer forums is the Absolute Write Water Cooler, and when I stumbled on this graphic there, I laughed. Now I share.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

eLoving my Kindle

I've only had it a few days, but I already love my Kindle. I'm not surprised. I like reading paperbacks and hardbacks as much as the next guy, but I've never seen why enjoying print books would exclude enjoying eBooks too.

The "tactile experience" is an argument I often hear given as a reason to stick with books printed on paper--the feel of holding a book, turning a page. I like turning pages...sometimes. I've even fluttered them against my skin or near my face. I've run my fingers down a fresh page as I read. My main interest is to read the words on that page, but I understand enjoying the tactile experience.

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Rio Rancho Book & Craft Fair

Appearing together for the first time...

There's a big book and craft fair this Saturday, November 7th, in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. I'll be there from 10 AM to 4 PM selling my paranormal thriller Struck, which is set in Albuquerque, a fictional pueblo, and the Anasazi ruins in Chaco Canyon, New Mexico. Here's a link to Struck's page on my website if you'd like to know more.

I'll also have my Dark Knowledge bookmarks there to give away. Dark Knowledge is my paranormal thriller released in eBook format a couple weeks ago.

Monday, November 02, 2009

Hunkering Down for November

November is here. To me, it's the month that signals the most change. Halloween is over (barely), the costumes are packed away, and my lightning bolt pumpkin is withered and waiting for trash pickup. The leaves have finished turning, and now they lay on the ground, leaving bare branches sticking up into wintry-looking skies. We've "fallen back" and said goodbye to another daylight savings period. The sun is tracking south. Days are short, nights are long. We've entered the half of autumn that's adjacent to winter, and I can definitely feel the temperature change.

Come November, the year suddenly feels mostly used up. I may feel that way more than many because I complete another year of life in November. So why do I still like this month?