NEW FICTION: Bourbon & Blondes has arrived!

From the bus stations of Rt. 66 to the smoky, neon-tinged jazz dives of the big cities, these wanton tales of longing introduce us to vixens on the fringe and those shifty men that drove them there.

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Watch: The 'Bourbon & Blondes' Book Trailer

Get your shot glass ready because you're about to enter a retro world of showgirls, drifters, barmaids and thieves.

The eternal question for scribes?

In this new social media landscape, the question becomes: Is blogging dead? It just may be...

Watch: The 'Front Page Palooka' Book Trailer

Read the pulp novella that one reviewer called 'A potboiler in the style of old school writers like Mickey Spillane, Dashiell Hammett or Raymond Chandler...'

Monday, December 8, 2014

HOW I MOVED 700 KINDLE E-BOOKS ON AMAZON IN 3 DAYS


After languishing in KDP purgatory, I decided to run my first free promo on Kindle. The result? I'm happy to report that I was able to get as high as No. 9 on the free chart in the below subset of the Kindle Store.

Kindle Store -> Kindle eBooks -> Mystery, Thriller -> Suspense -> Mystery -> Hard-Boiled -> No. 9

It wasn't as easy as turning on the free Kindle Select promotion, though. That certainly was the first step. What followed was massive exercise in pimping which, for some writers, may be a soul-crushing act (not so much for me). You really have to embrace your inner-huckster (but more on that in a sec).

Importantly, though, my goal was to not spend a lot in promotion and, since it was my first time out of the free gate, I wanted to see the organic power of what a free book could really do.

So ... A few days before the promotion kicked in, I spent the day signing up my book BOURBON  & BLONDES to be on several daily e-mail blasts. You'll be shocked to learn that there are dozens upon dozens of web sites that offer this service for free. That said, you get what you pay for and there ARE paid services (ala BookBub) with robust e-mail lists and a proven track record that writers can easily explore but often they are extremely selective and very very expensive.

I was going to do this on the cheap. My budget was going to be only $21. I would pay BK KNIGHTS (DBS Publishing) to promote my book on their web site and Facebook page as well for as inclusion in their daily newsletter. I found them on the site Fiverr, an online service where users can get all sorts of tasks done ridiculously cheap. After some mild research, they seemed to be very honest and on the up and up.

Once I booked BK Knights, I concentrated on the the freebie sites. They included:

AwesomeGang

Book Goodies

Free Booksy

Book Praiser

Ebook Lister

Indie Book of the Day

Jungle Deals and Steals

Free and Discounted Books

Choosy Bookworm

100 Free Books

Kindle Book Review

Reading Deals

Ebookasaurus

Digital Book Today

The E-Reader Cafe

It's Write Now

Kindle Book Promos

These free sites make no guarantees that your book will be included. Some offer a definite spot on their list for a small fee (usually around $5). I didn't want to pay extra so I took my chances.

That was the first half of this two-pronged approach. The social media onslaught was next as I designed roughly 3 different ads to post each day on several Facebook groups and Google+ Community pages.

FACEBOOK

I'll admit, it can feel icky pimping your own wares by link dumping to your Amazon book page, but most of these Facebook pages are set up for that exact reason. And really, who else will do it for you. That said, my share/post went something along these lines:

DAY 1

☛ CYBER MONDAY FREEBIE ☚ : Snag a FREE copy of 'Bourbon & Blondes' for a limited time. Read the 5★ rated collection that's a boozy mix of old-school pulp, shadowy noir, risky romance and hard-boiled double-crosses. ~ Bottoms up http://amzn.to/12dY5h2

DAY 2

☛ STILL FREE! ☚ : ❝The Cyber Monday deal has been extended. Snag your FREE Kindle copy of 'Bourbon & Blondes.' If your bag is a boozy mix of old-school pulp, shadowy noir, risky romance and hard-boiled double-crosses, be sure to read the 5★ rated collection that splatters onto the page at 90 proof.❞ ~ Bottoms up! http://amzn.to/12dY5h2

and finally, DAY 3:

☛ LAST DAY AT FREE! ☚ : ❝Today is the final day to snag your FREE Kindle copy of 'Bourbon & Blondes.' If your bag is a boozy mix of old-school pulp, shadowy noir, risky romance and hard-boiled double-crosses, be sure to read the 5★ rated collection that splatters onto the page at 90 proof.❞ ~ Bottoms up! http://amzn.to/12dY5h2

Scattered throughout each day (for three days), I would share the post on my own Facebook wall as well as in the following Facebook Groups with my designed piece of art and the link, as shown above:

Books,Readers and Authors
Crime, Thriller & Mystery Reader's Cafe
Pulp,Pulp Everywhere, and lots and lots to read.
KindelMojo
Book Place
The Kindle Hub
Amazon Book Clubs
Authors, Reviewers, & Book Lovers
Amazon Kindle GoodReads
The Book Nest
All About Books
Authors Promoting Authors
Book Promotion
E Books Rock
Creative Designers and Writers
Authors and Book Lovers Discussion Group
Film noir
Online Book Publicity Group
Writers who believe in supporting Writers
Indie Author Book Promotion Page
Books, Books and more Books!!!
Passion for Books
Amazon Books, Likes and Rankings
Indie Author Group
Book Promotions
Film Noir
Passion for Books
Awesome Free Kindle Books Here
Reader Writer Reviewer Co-op
Indie Author Book Promotion page

Since my book was heavily inspired by film noir as well as bourbon, it was also shared on the FB page of the Humphrey Bogart Estate, The Jazz Age, Turner Classic Movies, The Bourbon Review, Maker's Mark, Jack Daniels and Evan Williams Whiskey.

Google+

In addition to a public share on my Google Plus profile, the same was shared in the following Google Plus Communities. I still maintain that Google+ is here to stay and will become even more important as Google's algorithm skews more social in nature. Here are the communities:

Google Plus Books Club
Writer's Discussion Group
Book Club
Book Reviewers
Indie Authors and Readers
Writer's Corner
Books that I like
Reading

PINTEREST

I also shared each of my banners on various Pinterest pinboards that I created.

TWITTER

I have two Twitter accounts and tweeted the announcement at various points of the day.

GOODREADS

I set up a rather unsuccessful GoodReads event announcing the price drop of the book.

MAIL CHIMP

I sent an announcement to my rather small subscriber list. If you're an author and do not have a a mailing list set up, DO IT NOW.

REDDIT

I also posted the announcement in a free book subreddit.

LINKED IN

The post was also shared publicly across my Linked In network.

KBOARDS

I also created a message on Kboards announcing the book as free. By the way, the Writer's Cafe area on K Boards is one of the best and informative communities for scribes anywhere online.

RESULTS:

DAY 1: 342
DAY 2: 250
DAY 3: 105


697 in total

Was that good number? Not sure. I'm happy with it. Only time can tell if it was a good campaign. I would say so, however, if even a fraction of those who downloaded B&B returned to review the book, thus helping to boost it the Amazon algorithm. Another bonus would be if I saw an eventual uptick in my other book 'Front Page Palooka.'

So there you have it ... That's how I moved almost 700 books in three days. Lots of work, but hopefully worth it in the long run.

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Monday, December 1, 2014

'BOURBON & BLONDES' FREE FOR CYBER MONDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY


Through Wednesday, Dec. 3, snag a FREE copy of 'Bourbon & Blondes,' the first volume of the Ladies of Liquor series.

Minimalist in approach but long on mood and atmosphere, the first entry in The Ladies of Liquor series is a boozy mix of old-school pulp, shadowy noir and hard-boiled double-crosses.

Included in the collection are nearly 50 flash fictions and short stories that splatter onto the page at 90 proof. From the deserted bus stations of Route 66 to the smoky, neon-tinged jazz dives of the big cities, these wanton tales of longing introduce us to desperate vixens on the fringe and those shifty men that drove them there.

Get your shot glass ready because in this retro world, showgirls, drifters, barmaids and thieves have one thing in common -- they're all painted on a seedy canvas drenched in a hearty barrel of Kentucky's finest nectar.

~ Bottoms up...

GET YOUR FREE KINDLE COPY FROM AMAZON



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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

NOIR COMES TO THE SHORE (ASBURY, THAT IS)


Mark your calendars...

This newbie will be doing his very first reading at the New Jersey Noir At The Bar on Dec. 2. And the coolest part? The event is pegged to a bit of Jerrseyana, specifically Bruce Springsteen.

The event will feature some of lit's top noir scribes reading work from the cool new tome 'Trouble in the Heartland.' Featuring stories by Dennis Lehane, James Grady, Hilary Davidson, tales in the book are inspired by the songs of Bruce Springsteen.

In addition to this humble scribe, the hit list of writers scheduled to read includes: Erik Arneson, Jamez Chang, Jen Conley, Thomas Pluck, Chuck Regan, Joe Samuel Starnes, Kieran Shea, Wallace Stroby and Dennis Tafoya.

Door open at 7 p.m. at The Saint in Asbury Park. Readings start at 8 till 10ish, music to follow.


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Monday, November 10, 2014

'BOARDWALK EMPIRE' RECAPS: THE COMPLETE ARCHIVE

Clockwise for top left, Michael Pitt, Stephen Graham, Bobby Cannavale and Steve Buscemi in the historical drama 'Boardwalk Empire.'

THE COMPLETE 'BOARDWALK EMPIRE' RECAP ARCHIVE

I recapped 'Boardwalk Empire' for my newspaper The Star-Ledger (and its web site NJ.com) since the show debuted in 2010. What follows below are links to very single episode.

Series logline: Atlantic County Treasurer Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi) navigates politicos and gangsters in a show set in Atlantic City during the Roarin' 20s and the dawn of Prohibition.

SEASON 1

Episode 1: Pilot

Episode 2: The Ivory Tower

Episode 3: Broadway Limited

Episode 4: Anastasia

Episode 5: Nights in Ballygran

Episode 6: Family Limitation

Episode 7: Home

Episode 8: Hold Me In Paradise

Episode 9: Belle Femme

Episode 10: The Emerald City

Episode 11: Paris Green

Episode 12: 'A Return to Normalcy'


SEASON 2

Episode 1: 21

Episode 2: Ourselves Alone

Episode 3: A Dangerous Maid

Episode 4: What Does The Bee Do?

Episode 5: Gimcrack & Bunkum

Episode 6: The Age of Reason

Episode 7: Peg of Old

Episode 8: Two Boats and a Lifeguard

Episode 9: Battle of the Century

Episode 10: Georgia Peaches

Episode 11: Under God's Power She Flourishes

Episode 12: To the Lost

SEASON 3

Episode 1: Resolution

Episode 2: Spaghetti & Coffee

Episode 3: Bone For Tuna

Episode 4: Blue Bell Boy

Episode 5: You'd Be Surprised

Episode 6: Ging Gang Goolie

Episode 7: Sunday Best

Episode 8: The Pony

Episode 9: The Milkmaid's Lot

Episode 10: A Man, A Plan

Episode 11: Two Imposters

Episode 12: Margate Sands

SEASON 4

Episode 1: New York Sour

Episode 2: Resignation

Episode 3: Acres of Diamonds

Episode 4: All In

Episode 5: Erlkönig

Episode 6: The North Star

Episode 7: William Wilson

Episode 8: The Old Ship of Zion

Episode 9: Marriage and Hunting

Episode 10: White Horse Pike

Episode 11: Havre de Grace

Episode 12: Farewell Daddy Blues

SEASON 5

Episode 1: Golden Days for Boys and Girls

Episode 2: The Good Listener

Episode 3: What Jesus Said

Episode 4: Cuanto

Episode 5: King of Norway

Episode 6: Devil You Know

Episode 7: Friendless Child

Episode 8: Eldorado

EXTRAS

WATCH: Anthony Venutolo on 'Boardwalk Empire'

'Boardwalk Empire' final season: Forever in the shadow of 'The Sopranos'

As 'Boardwalk Empire' ends, watch our favorite moments and tell us yours



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Friday, August 22, 2014

FINALIZING E-BOOK COVER FOR 'BOURBON & BLONDES'


After crowdsourcing on social media which cover people preferred for my upcoming collection, it will be tough to come down to a final decision... There were TONS of responses. I love aspects of both. If anyone has any thoughts, please feel free to leave them in the comments below.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

COOLEST WRITER APP EVER? HANX WRITER


Writers, rejoice! Here's a cool lil' app, that's currently enjoying the top spot in Apple's iTunes Store.

Self-confessed vintage typewriter collector Ton Hanks (Yes, THAT one) has created the ultimate iPad app that helps you channel your inner-Hemingway or Bukowski by creating the illusion of punching those keys on a vintage typewriter.

Launched Aug. 14, the app,which works even better with a Bluetooth keyboard, features three different models and comes complete with sound effects and that infamous ring at the end of each line of type.

It's currently free. An upgrade is available for all three typewriters, different colors, ribbons, etc.


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Saturday, August 16, 2014

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CHARLES BUKOWSKI!


The namesake of this blog was brash, crass, drank too much, womanized and fought like a scrapper. But when he hit the keys, the writing had a delicate grace and, most times, the result was indeed poetic. We lost him on March 9, 1994 but the writing, legacy and spirit lives on.

Happy birthday, Buk! Pouring some on the floor for you today. For everyone else, enjoy this definitive documentary, 'BORN INTO THIS' a must for any Hank fan.


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Thursday, July 10, 2014

'FRONT PAGE PALOOKA' NOW AVAILABLE EVERYWHERE


I'm excited to announce that my pulp/noir novella 'Front Page Palooka' is finally available in just about every format via most e-book points-of-purchase. In addition to the 500-pound gorilla Amazon, my gritty tale of one writer's journey through the 1954 American boxing landscape can be found at:


If the dead tree edition is more your thing, snag one at Amazon or at Barnes & Noble. As always, if you're gracious enough to buy a copy, please feel free to write an honest review at the point of purchase or on GoodReads (or both).



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Thursday, June 5, 2014

'FRONT PAGE PALOOKA' NOW 99 CENTS FOR A LIMITED TIME


'Venutolo embraces the noir. No, really embraces it. With gusto. If you're gonna do it, do it right. That could be protagonist Nick Moretti's motto as well...'

My New Pulp Award-nominated noir novel 'Front Page Palooka' is now available for 99 cents - that's 99 pennies, people... Feel free to snag a copy at this price for a limited time and, as always, feel free to leave a review.



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Saturday, May 31, 2014

INDIE/SELF-PUBLISHING PODCASTS: WHY YOU SHOULD BE LISTENING TO THESE 9 SHOWS

WRITERS EMPOWERED: Indie publishing podcasts deliver the blueprints for success.

It's official. It's a great time to be a writer. The Kindle and e-reader boom has ushered in a golden age of publishing where - for the first time in recent history - writers realllly hold the cards. No longer are they slaves to the legacy publishing machine because millions of scribes are in complete control of their royalties, marketing and overall quality control of their books.

Prolific indie scribes like Amanda Hocking, Hugh Howey and JA Konrath have given legions of wannabe writers the confidence needed to pursue their dream of being published. Those trailblazers proved that circumventing the Big Five could be done. Throw in Amazon's direct printing subsidiary CreateSpace and the proof is further in the pudding: Never has there been a time where the average Joe can sustain a healthy living as a full-time writer.

In fact, in a recent rant post, Konrath unleashed some venom towards the traditional model of publishing:

"If the Big Five think that e-book sales aren't continuing to eat away at paper sales, or that more and more authors are choosing to self-publish, or that Barnes & Noble will be around forever, or that they can relax because the tech revolution is over, they are whistling past the graveyard, and I don't give a shit.

What I do give a shit about is newbies buying into the continued nonsense that finding a publisher is the only way to succeed. The religion parallel applies here as well. There are a bunch of fat cats happy with the status quo, and they keep recruiting the naive, the hopeful, the uneducated, much like missionaries bringing bibles to the third world, getting the savages to kneel at the altar. Savages who wind up no better off (or even worse off) once they convert.

Legacy publishers NEED authors to feel that they're the only way to succeed. Because without authors, the Ponzi scheme of publishing (the few successful writers supporting the entire infrastructure, including authors who aren't successful) collapses. ...

... Let me make this crystal clear: AUTHORS DO NOT NEED PUBLISHERS.

It is 2014. All the forms of distribution open to legacy publishers are open to indies. We can reach as many ebook retail outlets as the biggest legacy publisher, and we can reach them faster and better. We can control our prices. We can control our titles, cover art, and content. We can also get into bookstores... "

That said, there is hard work involved. The modern writer needs to know much more than plot structure, pacing and dialogue. Creating your digital platform, navigating social media, maintaining a mailing list (complete with auto-responders) and becoming your own PR guru that would make Sydney Falco jealous is what's expected these days. It's a lot of heavy lifting.

So where I am going with all this? Last year, I wrote my first novel - a pulp for the FIGHT CARD series and now I'm working on a follow-up of collected flash fiction pieces. Naturally, in doing all this, I wanted to make sure that I had as much knowledge and exposure possible. The more I searched online, the more information I found. There were oodles of scribes doing exactly what I wanted to be doing and it was empowering. And the kicker? They were all (pretty much) following the same basic principles.

I soon turned to searching for podcasts for more information. And man, there were plentyof independent and self-publishing shows that are doing a spectacular job of creating blueprints for millions of writers. I couldn't get enough.

As someone who's listened to all of them, I figured I'd create a handy directory and my overall thoughts. In no particular order, here's a simple rundown of the self-publishing podcasts and why you should be listening.

(Many have asked me how I listen. It's easy. I bookmark ALL of these shows into the STITCHER radio app. Every time a new podcast posts that I subscribe to, it's waiting for me to be streamed in my queue. I'd be lost without it. Of course, these can aso be listened to via desktop as well as certain YouTube channels.)

The list...

1) ROCKING SELF PUBLISHING PODCAST




Host: Simon Whistler

Overall vibe: Hands down, the most professional-sounding and best produced of the bunch, Whistler's approach is wonderfully conversational (he's also a professional audio book narrator) and the longer length of an hour-plus is definitely an advantage - especially if you want something more than the average 30 minute show. Whistler, who interviews a varied selection of different kinds of authors (he skews toward fiction), is coming up on a year of doing these podcasts and boy, they've become a favorite of mine. (Disclosure: I was a guest on Simon's show soon after I discovered it. To this day, it remains a favorite)

Extras:
Simon also has a great writer resource page, detailed show notes and an incredible/extensive how-to video on building an author website (this one is a must for newbies). What's more, Whistler approaches each interview by specialty or subject matter and not rehashing advice from indie publishing and marketing gurus. This is what makes his podcast extremely refreshing.

2) THE SELF-PUBLISHING PODCAST




Hosts: Sean Platt, Johnny B. Truant and David W. Wright

Overall vibe: Make no mistakes, these guys are the rock stars and pre-eminent gurus of the indie publishing world. In fact, they've even written (like must gurus on this list) a bestselling tome on publishing success called "Write. Publish. Repeat" (a must read, btw). Over four-hundred positive reviews on Amazon can't be wrong.

Sure, there might be some complaints that their show is a tad too laid back, unorganized and lax, but if you can get through the initial chit-chat, they certainly get into the self-publishing weeds and that's where they bring the heat. Their publishing consistency and savvy have made them the go-to source for thousands of wannabe scribes. It works.

Extras:
To show just how ballsy they are after a successful Kickstarter campaign, Platt, Truant and Wright recently got enough funding to let the world watch them conceive, conceptualize, outline, write, edit, polish, perfect, dress, publish and market a book — all in 30 days. Like I said, rock stars.

Tools: The guys provide one of the best resource pages online. Bookmark it because it's a must. 

3) THE PUBLISHING PROFITS PODCAST




Host: Tom Corson-Knowles

Overall vibe: Corson-Knowles is all business. The guy has built a mini empire on teaching people how to make money online as authors and each week he gives us a guest who is successful in book biz. His owns titles include "Secrets of the Six-Figure Author," "The Kindle Publishing Bible," "Facebook For Business Owners," "How To Make Money With Twitter" and "The Kindle Writing Bible."

One tiny gripe: I imagine I would love the show even more if there wasn't a distracting echo that seems more prominent on the podcast on not the vidcast. A decent mic or headset would probably remedy this.

Extras: In addition to his useful podcast, Corson-Knowles is the founder of EbookPublishingSchool.com and has a great blog on timely publishing trends.

4) THE CREATIVE PENN




Host: Joanna Penn

Overall vibe: If there is a grand dame of indie publishing, then Joanna Penn is it. This self-made and taught 'authorpreneur' has an incredible amount to offer and her essential podcast should be regularly bookmarked. Need more proof? Penn, who sports a soothing and dignified British accent to boot, is also a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, voted one of The Guardian UK Top 100 Creative Professionals 2013, and voted one of the Top 10 Blogs for Writers for three years running and named one of the Top 10 Blogs for Self-Publishers in 2012. Impressive.

Extras: Her web site is way more than a mere landing page for her platform. Penn, who also practices what she preaches, shares just about every aspect of her writing journey and offers up a slew of material and resources breaking it down to three comprehensive categories -- writing, publishing and marketing.

5) THE SELL MORE BOOKS SHOW


LISTEN HERE


Hosts: Jim Kukral and Bryan Cohen 

Overall vibe: One of the newest shows on the block is quickly becoming my one of my favorites. This dynamic duo has a great rapport and their zippy format is really a refreshing take on these podcasts. Each week, the pair focuses on different trends in the industry as well as the Top Five publishing stories and break them down one-by-one. For example, this was covered in just one episode:

  • How Bryan hit the top 25 in the Amazon Kindle store
  • How to use a rolling KDP Select Countdown Deal
  • What some authors are using to build their email lists
  • How to create a book bubble and how it could help you
  • The top Kindle ebook reading city in the U.S.
  • Why Jim agrees with J.A. Konrath on the Amazon-Hachette matter
  • What makes indie authorship a good business model
  • How many authors are earning a living through Kindle

Extras: Are there ever. Kukral is a 18-year Internet marketing professional who was named by Dun & Bradstreet as one of “The Most Influential Small Business People on Twitter. Also, he is the founder of AuthorMarketingClub.com, the popular community that provides book marketing tools and training for authors.

Cohen and his website Build Creative Writing Ideas continually helps authors to conquer writer’s block and come up with new projects. He's also the creator of Bookshibition, a company that sets up social media events for authors.


6) THE AUTHOR HANGOUT PODCAST




Host: Shawn Manaher

Overall vibe: From building your author platform to selling more books with e-mail marketing, the shows are well-rounded and highly informative.

Extras: Manaher's site, Book Marketing Tools, is extremely professional but may lack some personalization other sites have. Nonetheless, it's set up as a bonafide author marketing portal with links to the podcasts as well as other useful tips to help the indie author.

WRITERS REBELLION PODCAST

Host: Chris Bell

Overall vibe: The podcast extension to the Indie Author Help Desk is another great show (albeit with the oddest opening) with a longer format. Why great? Because Bell interviews indie authors and not necessarily like-minded publishing gurus - which, for me, is always a better selling point.

Extras: In addition to free self-publishing tutorials, The Indie Author Help Desk offers author services from editing to marketing to platform creation.

8) SELF-PUBLISHING ANSWERS PODCAST


LISTEN HERE


Host: Nick Thacker

Overall vibe: Extremely professional with top-notch sound. Major props to Thacker, who, in a recent podcast, acknowledges the writer's lonely existence and has even broached the topic of writing through depression and the overall blues. We've all been there so it was extremely heartfelt.

Extras: High-quality resources which include a free 20-week online writing course, a page that includes links to what Thacker calls the Power 100 (useful web sites for writers) and tutorials on using Scrivener software. With over 200 articles on self-publishing, Thacker's online writing portal should be bookmarked.

9) SELF-PUBLISHING ROUNDTABLE



Hosts: Wade Finnegan, Carl Sinclair, Trish McCallan, John Ward, David W Wright and the 'weekly' guest

Overall vibe: What started out as an informal Twitter coffee klatch has morphed into a must-listen (or watch) every week. The show has gone through a few tweaks and changes but now remains a solid show that features the best in the biz on a weekly basis.

Extras: While the podcast's platform doesn't offer much in the form of extras, it DOES offer extremely informative blog articles on almost every aspect of indie-publishing. These are not to be missed.

Let me know ... Have I missed any shows? Which are your favorites and why? 

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Saturday, May 17, 2014

'BOURBON & BLONDES' BOOK TEASER

I'm proud to present this snappy teaser for my forthcoming flash fiction collection, 'Bourbon & Blondes.' It's currently in the tweaking/editing stage and I hope to have it out by summer. I'll keep everyone posted.


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Friday, March 14, 2014

'TRUE DETECTIVE' SEASON 2 CAST: WHO WILL BE ON THE HBO DRAMA NEXT?

Rustin and Hart won't be back next season. Who would you like to see?

It's over. HBO's massive watercooler drama "True Detective" was a multi-layered wonder not seen since their other must-watch series "The Wire."

And on Monday morning, I had the distinct pleasure of playing armchair casting agent at my job (GREAT GIG, HUH?) and whip up a list as to who might be perfect next season on the critically-acclaimed drama.

Check out my dream casts and scenarios HERE and be sure to let me know what you think below in the comments.


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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

NEW PULP AWARDS 2014: 'FRONT PAGE PALOOKA' (VOTE NOW)


EXTRA! EXTRA! Tomorrow (at 3 p.m.) is the last day to vote for my debut novella 'Front Page Palooka' for the 2014 installment of the NEW PULP AWARDS.

The noir and hard-boiled tome is nominated in three categories including:

♠ BEST NOVELLA ♠


♣ BEST NEW WRITER ♣


♥ BEST NEW PULP CHARACTER (NICK MORETTI) ♥


Good luck to my fellow FIGHT CARD nominees Terrence McCauley, Carol Anne Olsen Malone, Andrew Salmon and Derrick Ferguson.

To vote on the official ballot, click HERE. Any and all votes will be more than appreciated. Good luck to my fellow nominees.



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Friday, December 27, 2013

I'M THIS WEEK'S GUEST ON THE ROCKING SELF-PUBLISHING PODCAST


LISTEN UP! I'm the guest on this week's Rocking Self-Publishing Podcast which is produced and run by the awesome Simon Whistler. Over the course of an hour or so, we chat about writing a book set in the 1950s, making awesome book trailers and about the FIGHT CARD series in general. You also hear an early audio version of my novella 'Front Page Palooka.'

Check it out HERE.