Thursday, December 31, 2009

Running my way into a new decade

My last run and the last Fresh Sweat Clap and Howl song for '09. See ya in 2010, treadmill.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

More good things ahead

2009 was a good year for my writing career. Part of me hates to see it end, but all of me knows it's going to. And there's no rule against having back-to-back good years. So I welcome 2010 and expect good things--for me and for you.

fireworks purple

Best to everyone in 2010!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Heart and Soul of Dark Knowledge

New review for Dark Knowledge, and I like it. From The Pen & Muse:
"Pyeatt truly put his heart and soul while writing this and it shows. A non-stop horror filled thriller from start to finish."
Click here to read the full review.

GIFT TIP: Giving a Kindle to someone this year? Why not spend $4.40 more at Amazon and preload Dark Knowledge? Whoever gets the Kindle can use it immediately to leap into paranormal thrills, and you'll show off your excellent taste!
BONUS TIP #1: You can download a sample of Dark Knowledge from Amazon for FREE. You'll still demonstrate your excellent taste, whoever gets the Kindle can still test it immediately by leaping into paranormal thrills, and you pay nothing.
BONUS TIP #2: The gift tip works for other eBook formats too, for $5.50. Still a bargain. CLICK HERE to purchase Dark Knowledge in other electronic formats.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Five Tombstone Review for Dark Knowledge

Yahoo! My first professional review of Dark Knowledge is out, and it's wonderful. It's from the good folks at Bitten by Books, who focus on book reviews for all types of paranormal fiction, urban fantasy and horror (great review site, by the way).

Here's the last part of the review:
It is always a treat to discover a book that is so well written, original and captivating that you are haunted by the characters days, even weeks, after finishing the book. Keith Pyeatt has given us this with Dark Knowledge. The book features a taste of horror, fantasy and heart pounding suspense and makes us realize that maybe, just maybe, good and evil are not always black and white. There could be a gray area where ethical questions abound.

I love the characters in this book. They come alive and jump off the page, and the secondary characters are given just as much attention which gives the book a well rounded feel. I felt as if I became part of this world experiencing the pain, fear and ethical dilemmas facing each person.

I would recommend this to all who love horror and fantasy but also to those who enjoy a thought provoking look at good and evil. Dark Knowledge is guaranteed to satisfy.
Yes! CLICK HERE to read the full review on their site. If you like it, please click on the stars at the bottom to tell Bitten by Books you appreciate their reviews.

And remember, you can try before you buy. Click here to read the first 2 chapters of Dark Knowledge.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

This just in...

And from the "newly published author searching for any and all signs of public interest" department, my novels are #3 and #4 on Book Buzzr's "movers and shakers, mystery & thrillers" page for today (#14 & #15 for all novels!) ==>

Friday, December 11, 2009

And the winners are...

My first Horror with Heart Contest ended Thursday at midnight, and it was fun. I ended up with new subscribers to my newsletter, some news friends, and now I get to give away a copy of Struck and a copy of Dark Knowledge.

To pick winners, I eliminated any repeat entries and made sure all remaining ones were subscribed to my newsletter. I numbered entries in the order they landed in my in-boxes and used this random number generator to pick the winners. And they are:

The winner of a paperback copy of Struck is Louise Dragon.

The winner of an electronic copy of Dark Knowledge is John Orman.

Thanks to everyone who entered and/or helped spread the word about my contest and newsletter. Congratulations to Louise and John. I'll email you with the good news and get your prizes sent off to you right away.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Songs from the treadmill

Today's Fresh Sweat Clap and Howl favorite:

Last day to enter the Ho Ho Horror with Heart Contest

My first contest is winding down. There's still time to enter if you have a mind to, but tonight at midnight (Mountain Time), I'll stop taking entries for the Ho Ho Horror with Heart Contest. Tomorrow I'll make a blog entry announcing the winner of Struck and the winner of Dark Knowledge.

Entry is easy. Subscribe to my newsletter, decide which novel you want to win, and send an email. Or send two emails for a chance to win both novels.

Curious? If you're reading this on my blog, look down at the previous entry to see links where you can preview my novels. Click here to view the latest newsletter and see what a subscription to it leads to. You're always welcome to subscribe (use the gold box near the top right of my blog), but do it today if you want a chance to win one of my novels in my first contest. 

Monday, December 07, 2009

Now easier than ever to sample me

Well, it's a way to sample my novels at least.

I can't help but think this is kinda cool. It's one link that lets you read a couple chapters of Dark Knowledge and Struck, formatted in a pleasant way. And you can read a bit of the story behind them, a bit about me, see covers, see dedications...

CLICK HERE to see what I'm babbling about or use the individual book links below. Let me know in comments if you think it's cool too. Or at least if you find it a good way to look at books.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

HWH Newsletter #4 is Out, HWH Contest #1 has Begun

My first contest began moments ago when I sent out the Ho Ho Horror with Heart Contest Issue of my newsletter. I'm giving away a signed copy of Struck and an electronic copy of Dark Knowledge. AND there's potentially two bonus prize winners.

The contest has begun and will end midnight December 10th. Missed out on my newsletter? CLICK HERE to see the Ho Ho Horror with Heart Contest Issue (posted at Author's Den). Use that little gold box near the top right of my blog to subscribe and you'll be eligible to enter the contest.

To everyone who enters, good luck!

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Dark Knowledge at Flames Rising

Curious about Dark Knowledge? Read Chapter 1 over at the Flames Rising website (

Flames Rising is an online resource for fans of Horror and Dark Fantasy entertainment. The site is loaded with articles, previews, interviews, news, contests, promotions, new releases, games, events,... It's a "must bookmark" site for fans of horror and dark fiction. Check it out. For a link directly to the Chapter 1 preview of Dark Knowledge, CLICK HERE.

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?

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween

Here are a few pictures from my Halloween eve book signing last night. Huge thanks to everyone who came out. Your support provided an incredible lift and made what could have been a tedious four hours into a fun and memorable night. I'm so grateful.

I had such a good time!

Today I'm guest blogging over at the Lyrical Press blog. See why I think Halloween is like reading a good novel and say howdy. Click here to get kicked over to the Lyrical Press Blog.

skeleton kick

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Struck's Halloween Promo

A poster to compliment my lightning bolt pumpkin at tomorrow's Halloween Eve book signing. Nice, huh?

Thanks again Cullan of Fresh Eire Designs. What would I do without you?

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Halloween Eve Book Signing for STRUCK

My pumpkin's ready.

Now I'm ready too. Feels right. This horror author has a Halloween eve book signing AND a lightning bolt pumpkin to help highlight my paranormal thriller Struck.

If you're local to Albuquerque, I hope you'll come by. This is my 2nd book signing ever. The first one was great fun and I sold many books, but I still worry I'm going to end up standing beside a pile of books all alone. So come say boo!

I'll be at the Hastings Book Store in the Monzano Center. That's the SE corner of Juan Tabo and Lomas in Albuquerque.

Friday, October 30th from 4 PM to 8 PM.

I'd love to see you there. And you can see how my lightning bolt pumpkin looks with a flickering light inside (battery version of a candle).

Monday, October 26, 2009

Nerine Dorman, Author of Dark Fiction and Wrangler of Penguins

I met a talented woman during the editing process of Dark Knowledge, my editor, Nerine Dorman.

Nerine lives in Cape Town, South Africa. She edits for various publications and as a freelance editor, she's had short stories and travel articles published, and now she is under contract for two novels, the first of which comes out this year. Nerine's novels are supernatural horror, the darker side of horror.

I'm pleased to have Nerine here on my blog today, where I can ask her a few questions about her upcoming novel, her fiction, and her passions.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Oh the horror! Oh the seduction! Oh the newsletter!

If you missed the Halloween issue of my Horror with Heart Newsletter, the first thing I must ask you is this: Why?

It's easy to subscribe. Just enter your email address and name in the gold box at the top right of my blog ( My newsletters will then arrive in your inbox about every other month. They're short. They're fun. They're informative. There's no spam. And there's always an unsubscribe link if you decide you don't want the next issue. There's just no negative. So if you haven't already, sign up today.

My next question is: Want to see what you missed? A little horror, a little seduction... What more could you ask for?

Okay, so you missed it, and now you're wondering--thanks to me (hehehe)--exactly what it is you missed. Maybe you're even feeling a little anxious about it. That's understandable, but here's what you do to feel better. First, relax. This can be fixed. Take a deep breath. Then...

Sunday, October 18, 2009

I'm ready. Are you?

I've caught the Halloween spirit. Can you tell?

Many thanks to Cullan Hudson of Fresh Eire Designs for turning me into a vampire.

Now I know what you're probably wondering. Am I thanking Cullan for turning my picture into a vampire or did Cullan actually turn me into a vampire? Let me clear that up. No, Cullan did not turn me into a vampire.

Now I know what you're probably wondering. I wrote that Cullan didn't turn me into a vampire, but I didn't actually state I wasn't a vampire. So am I?

That question will be answered well enough in the upcoming issue of my Horror with Heart newsletter, due out tomorrow.

Something else is due out tomorrow. October 19 is the official release date for my paranormal thriller/horror novel Dark Knowledge. It will be available in all forms of e-book for your reader or computer. I'll have purchase links on my website.

Big day for me tomorrow with the release of my second novel. I'm ready. I hope you are too, because Dark Knowledge is ready for you.

Friday, October 09, 2009

"The Paranormal" Talk & My First Book Signing

A big weekend awaits me. Tomorrow, I speak at the Land of Enchantment Romance Authors (LERA) monthly program from 1 - 3 PM. My talk is "The Paranormal." I'll discuss things I've learned while incorporating different paranormal elements into my novels.

For details, check out the LERA Website here. I hope to see you there.

Sunday is the last day of Albuquerque's Balloon Fiesta and my first book signing ever, so once you've seen the balloons take off, come to Albuquerque's Old Town, soak up some atmosphere, and eat a great lunch. Then pop in to Treasure House Books & Gifts and say hey. I'll be there from 1 - 3 PM. It's directly across from the main plaza in Old Town.

For details on Old Town, click here.

Thursday, October 01, 2009

WooHoo! for Struck's Midwest Book Review

Struck received a great, comprehensive review from talented author and Midwest Book Reviewer Aaron Paul Lazar.

The review isn't up on Struck's Amazon page or the Midwest Book Review site yet, but it's already posted in full here: STRUCK: a brilliant paranormal thriller (I must add that I love the title of that article *smile*).

Here are just a couple snippets from the review (that include a couple snippets from the novel):
Against a backdrop of ancient pueblo ruins, slumbering volcanoes that unpredictably awaken, and bizarre disturbances in Chaco Canyon, Pyeatt introduces characters with great depth and a subtle touch of humor... Pyeatt’s writing style is easy to swallow, yet innovative with strong poetic influences.

“It only took a moment until he got the sensation of being folded into a deep mixture of past and present that carried him far away from the kiva, far away from his body. He was cocooned somewhere, safe and warm and dark, yet all around him dozens of individual battles raged. Barry only sensed them, but it was enough to recognize their struggles. Life fought death, winter resisted spring, and chaos tugged at order.”


The story and characters are mesmerizing, but it was actually the writing that made me sit up and take notice:

“Pain pierced his lungs, as if the air he breathed had alchemized into something powdery and rough, toxic and thirsty. The agony spread. He couldn’t stop it. Every cell in his body pulled at the poison, needing it, expecting it to provide oxygen as before.”

See what I mean?

My publisher has included Struck in a Halloween Special, $4.00 off list price. Click here to take advantage of this deal.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Red Room Rising Star

I had a nice surprise when I surfed over to the Red Room Website this morning. My mug stared back at me from the front page. I'm highlighted as the "Red Room Rising Star."

Red Room is a writers showcase site and a place writers and readers mingle. It's a fun place if you like reading or writing. Click here to visit my Red Room page. To go to the main page (maybe I'm still there!), click the Red Room logo.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Redesigned Horror with Heart Website

I have a newly redesigned website, and I love it. The header of this blog is a teaser. If you want to see the new site, CLICK HERE.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

SWW Parris Award and me

Yesterday at the 2009 SouthWest Writer's Awards Banquet, I received "the highest honor bestowed upon a volunteer," The Parris Award. It's given in recognition of a member who has worked hard for the organization, helped other writers, and has a body of published work. It was an honor indeed to receive this award. I'm still smiling.

That's Rob Spiegel, SWW President, me, and Larry Greenly, SWW Vice President.

Monday, September 14, 2009

My Dark Knowledge Interview

I had a great experience during the editing process of my upcoming paranormal thriller. I lucked out by getting a talented and fun editor from South Africa, Nerine Dorman, and we teamed up nicely to put a high gloss shine on Dark Knowledge in preparation for its October 19th release.

Neither of us were ready to part ways, so Nerine asked me 6 probing questions about Dark Knowledge, writing, and me. The interview is now up at the Paranormal Writers Blog. This is a great place for paranormal writers to hang out, by the way.

If you're interested, head on over, see if you know me as well as you think you do, and leave me a how-do in the comment trail. I'll how-do you back. CLICK HERE or on the image above to read my interview.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Looking ahead

My paranormal thriller, Dark Knowledge, has been through the edits, the line edits, and today I finished the galley proof edit and sent my baby back to the publisher. Lyrical Press is turning it into a novel now. And when it comes out October 19th, that novel will be wrapped nicely in this.

When good and evil intertwine,
taking one means accepting the other

I've had a long run of busy lately, but once I recover (and for a workaholic like me, that usually takes about half a day), and catch up on some paperwork (day and a half), there's some marketing in my future. 

Marketing Struck has eaten more time each day than I figured, but I'm hoping it won't be long until I can finally return to work on my next novel. 

I've been looking forward to working on this one. I require open space on my calendar to write first draft, writing prima donna that I am, but while I've been unable to write, my strange little brain has continued pondering the new novel. Scenes lurk in my mind, just waiting for me to reach the right point in the novel to write them. I love that. It happens every time I write first draft.

So if I get quiet unexpectedly, you'll know what I'm up to. And I'll be smiling.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

My Interview

I'm interviewed over on the Everyday Blogger's Blog today. Check it out by clicking here.

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Small presses, the talk

I'm speaking at SouthWest Writers (SWW) Saturday on Small Presses. I'll discuss the different types of small presses, how to find appropriate ones for your book, what to look for, what to avoid, and what to expect.

SWW is a great organization, and I'm proud to be serving on the board my fourth year, my third as an officer there. If you're local-ish, interested in small presses, or just want to watch me stammer around and then buy a signed copy of Struck, I hope you'll drop by.

This is the regular Saturday program. Here are the details:
Saturday, September 5th, 10 AM to Noon
New Life Presbyterian Church
5540 Eubank Blvd. NE
Albuquerque, NM
Click here to visit the SWW website

Hope to see you Saturday.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

New Review for STRUCK

Rainbow Reviews weighed in on Struck and gave it 5 stars.

I was very impressed with the pacing of this book. The story draws you in; you don't want to put the book down. The characters are clearly drawn and very individual, the language is clean, the descriptions are so visual that you feel you can see, smell and touch.

If you like a fast-paced thriller with unpredictable twists, and especially if you like the geography of northern New Mexico and Chaco Canyon, you'll love Struck.

To read the full review, click the link below.
Rainbow Review of Struck, by Keith Pyeatt

Monday, August 17, 2009

Two-bit Manchild (and his dog)

Pardon my sweat, but I got off the treadmill grooving to Neil Diamond (doesn't everyone?) and discovered my dog Tripp likes to groove with me. Thought I'd capture it quickly in case it's just a passing mood. Ain't he something?

The music wasn't captured, but Neil Diamond's Two-bit Manchild was playing. Now it's the official first Fresh Sweat Clap and Howl favorite. 

Friday, August 14, 2009

Joylene Nowell Butler on Point of View

Now that I've introduced you to and interviewed Joylene, I thought I'd ask her back to guest blog an article on writing. Joylene chose a subject many writers struggle to learn. I remember vividly Joylene explaining point of view to me when we first met so many years ago. Lightbulbs were going off in my head as I understood things I thought I already knew from studying "how to write" books. So here's my good friend Joylene to set off some more lightbulbs on point of view.

CHOOSING POV by Joylene Nowell Butler

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Joylene Nowell Butler Interview

I met Joylene Nowell Butler, author of DEAD WITNESS, in an online critique group back in 1997. We've remained close friends ever since, even though we've never met face to face. Ain't the Internet great? I mentioned in yesterday's blog post that she's been the first to critique all of my novels. That first novel critique, my very first time to be critiqued,

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Joylene Nowell Butler - Dead Witness

Joylene Nowell Butler is a great friend and the author of DEAD WITNESS, a "must read" thriller I recommend to anyone who likes suspense novels and thrillers. I'll interview Joylene this week, and she'll guest blog here. For now, a little about her.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Tuesday's Tip for Writers #8 - This 'n "That"

It's been a while since my last Tuesday's Tip for Writers, but here I am with a little time on my hands, and it's Tuesday. Today's tips are a somewhat random list of things to look for when editing. Actually, these will be more random to you than to me. These are things I recently worked on when editing Dark Knowledge.

1. Do you really need that that that you've got there? In general, if you can remove a that without making the sentence unclear, do it.

2. Are you dash-happy? Love the semicolon? Writers sometimes fall into patterns. Look at your manuscript. Notice an abundance of any of these symbols?
-- ; ! ...

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

DARK KNOWLEDGE, the bookmark

You loved DARK KNOWLEDGE, the cover (I hope). Now I present you with...

DARK KNOWLEDGE, the bookmark.

** One free with every autographed copy of STRUCK purchased through my website. Click image for larger version.

Friday, July 24, 2009


My paranormal, psychological thriller DARK KNOWLEDGE is still three months away from publication, but the good folks over at Lyrical Press shared the cover with me. I love it. LOVE IT! Here it is.

Here's a short summary of DARK KNOWLEDGE:
When good and evil intertwine, taking one means accepting the other. A mentally challenged man can't resist a gift of knowledge, but it comes with a dark destiny. Now he must fight to survive, piece together his heritage, and weigh the value of his soul against the fate of mankind.

And here's the release date: October 19, 2009. It'll be here before you know it.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Discounts, discounts everywhere

My publisher has STRUCK (and all other books) at a deep discount right now. This is a conference special made available to online shoppers in advance. Great book deals, great shipping rates, and a great way to support a small press. CLICK HERE to see the STRUCK price, but shop around and pick up other great deals.

Amazon has kept STRUCK at a good discount so far. The deal changes from time to time, but if you're an Amazon shopper, here's the Amazon link.

For my Candian friends, STRUCK was 28% off the last time I checked, selling at CDN $16.85 at

And Barnes & Noble has it at a nice discount too. Check it B&N here.

How's that for options? And if you need any more encouragement to buy a copy, just see for yourself how riveting STRUCK is.

Thanks to my multi-talented friend Judy Avila for this cartoon. I love it.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

STRUCK Review, Echo Magazine

[STRUCK] is a highly original novel that defies description as one particular genre, including paranormal events, gay romance, science fiction, coming of age, Native American customs and spirituality, with extreme psychological twists. The characterizations are realistic and well-written, and the story draws in the reader with outstanding suspense and plot development.

--Bob Lind, Echo Magazine

Monday, July 06, 2009

I have such nice friends

My good friends Jon and Jayson posted this photo on Facebook. It's the first official report of a copy of STRUCK being delivered anywhere. The best part: They started reading and love it so far.

I have such nice friends.

And I'm so excited to finally be read.

This actually caps off a highly memorable day of friends emailing, calling, and even sending cards of congratulation. A close friend had us over to dinner tonight. Others are meeting in joyful support this weekend.

I have such nice friends!

Thursday, June 04, 2009

THE day has arrived

Me holding STRUCK, my first novel published. I was unwashed, unshaven, and tired and sweaty from having just finished a run, but that's the moment the books arrived and the moment I wanted to capture. Glad I did.

I still have to wait until July 10th before copies go on sale, but at least now I have something to hold on to until then.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Mesa Verde & Aztec Ruins

As you'll see once you buy and read my paranormal thriller STRUCK (available July 10th *hint, hint*), pueblo ruins fascinate me. Much of STRUCK is set among the pueblo ruins in Chaco Canyon. This week, we ventured further north in the Four Corners area to see the Mesa Verde and Aztec ruins in SW Colorado. The same ancestral puebloans we learned about at Chaco Canyon also built and lived in these ruins. Here are a few pictures from our trip.

Mike, our trusted tour guide and great friend.