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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Release the McCracken!

Johnnie McCracken's in a Irish Pub in Marietta Georgia right off the square and about an hour's drive from my home in the wonderful metropolis that is Winder. The have an amazing selection beer and the world's best Irish(ish) food, in my humble opinion. It is also where I meet up with my long time friend, collaborator and horrible punster, Paul Littlhale. He is no small part one of the reasons Dex Territory came into being. Our bartender is Bram, as in Stoker, but that's not his last name. It also appears as if he is more comfortable behind the bar and brewing beer (Bram is brew-master) than he would be slaying vampires. The vampires may relax and beer drinkers may rejoice. The reason I bring this up you ask? None whatsoever. It's a shameless plug for Johnnie McCracken's.

I found myself there today and drank three delicious but very different beer and ate a grill cheese sandwich designed by Bobby Flay. Alton Brown has also been know to visit the pub and has used it in at least one episode of Good Eats. I also believe there is magic to the place. Now Paul and I both hail from Connecticut. That's a bit of a drive from Georgia and one day we happened to be there and we met no less than five others from Connecticut. In fact, the seven of us were the only patrons in the bar at that point. Again, you may ask why bring this up? I don't have an answer for you.

I just happen to like the place. It used to be a fire station and there is much firehouse memorabilia and mementos in the bar and is a cheery testament to some real heroes and lifesavers. The place wouldn't look out of place in New York, or Boston, or any place in Connecticut, which may be why I'm drawn there. the food id outstanding as I may have mentioned and I highly recommend the Irish surf and Turf, which is a grilled banger, tempura fried jumbo shrimp on a heaping of parmesan grits, with pesto and a side sriracha, sublime. It may be the best thing I've ever eaten, except for maybe the Irish Boxty, which is potato pancake filled with lamb, onions, peppers and cheddar, happy goodness. Actually, that might be the best thing ever, except maybe for the Bobby Flay grilled cheese combining tomato, bacon and feta and Irish cheddar, it's gooey and is just to die for.

It's where I go to recharge, step away from work, writing, marketing and share a beer with perfect strangers who become fast friends that you may never see again. I don't even mind the second hand smoke and the smell of frying oil that gives the place it's atmosphere, it's glorious. I'm very glad that it's a haul for me to get there, because I'd be a barfly for sure. Funny thing, I'm not even much of a drinker, but there just something about a really good bar that feels like home. Is there a point to this? Still no, but it was great writing about it.

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Standard Issue Awesome Blog of Awesomeness and Stuff

Taking a short break from writing sequels to pound out a blog. I've hit a groove with my sequel and I really like how the second and third books are looking. While doing this I'm keeping one hand juggling with the marketing of the first book. Sales have dropped off and I'm looking at various venues to sell some books, I've signed up for some writer workshops and some local author events and signings. There's a submission process for all of it. I'll add some events on my feeds as these things materialize. I'm really looking forward to getting out there putting out some artwork and having a little fun with it.

I've been reading a fair bunch lately, been checking out my fellow authors at TWB Press. There's some serious talent over there. It's a small press, but I don't think it's going to kick it up a few notches. Very talented writers and it's still accessible to people breaking into the market. That's really rare. Dex Territory sat on a slush piles before it wound up in Terry's hands. He and I have already talked about sequels. I think it's probably going to take having a couple of titles under my belt for the series to break, but from the feedback I have received, I've yet to find someone who read it and didn't like it. Is it perfect, probably not, but perfection will come. I'm extremely excited about book 2, it a creepy departure from Dex Territory as I take Rick down the spooky side of the street and partner him up with someone mysterious who could be a detriment to his love life. She his equal in a lot of ways and a good foil. I like the relationship and keeping him on the edge of following the path and losing him in the woods.

I like my bad guys in this one. They're not as fun and cuddly as the reaper an Jonathan Ford. These guys are vicious and Rick needs all hands on deck, but most of his hands are vacationing someplace warm for the winter. He enlists some new allies and I get a chance to explore the dynamic of the STF more in this book and how it's changed since book 1 as the world has gotten a little scarier. Book 2 plays a little more like a urban fantasy which is genre I love dearly and book 3 hits more the sci-fi elements of the world. I'm quickly learning I don't necessarily have to play down the same street in these books and this world might even support a romantic comedy, but each will have a mystery at it's core and I hope to make each a wild ride.

Books I've read:

The Berlin Affair - Stephanie Smith - Fun, hot and a great read. Take place before the Fall of the Berlin Wall and the Cold Ware is the backdrop of the love triangle and heated passions.

Revival - Stephen King - I love Stephen King his ability to use descriptive metaphor may be unparalleled. While I can't rank this as his strongest story it's very much a King novel.

Maplecroft- Cherie Priest - I had to reread this one. It's the best book I read in 2014. Lizzy Borden meets Cthulhu. It's creepy and atmospheric and I've been in desperate love with Cherie's work since Boneshaker.

Branches of Time - Luca Rossi - Time travel in an epic fantasy, hell yeah!

Currently reading:

Trigger Warning - Neil Gaiman - C'mon it's Neil Gaiman. Of course I'm reading it.

My Valentine Cowboy - Ashley Adams - Another TWB Press author from the Amore side of the house. A little erotic fiction. Before you snort-laugh, it's damn good. Ashley has an easy fun writing style and if you're not genre hoping in your reading, there's probably little hope in your writing.

What I'm watching:

12 Monkeys - Holy shit talk about a mind bendy trip.

Constantine - Just watched the season finale. Really hope it isn't the series finale. I love this show like no other right now and that include the return of the Walking Dead.

The Walking Dead - you had to see that coming. It just keeps rolling with the awesome.

Justified - We have to know how it ends with two of the most intriguing characters ever put on the tube Dewey Crow and Dickie Bennett... Kidding Raylan Givens and Boyd Crowder. It's sure to be a powder keg in the room full of matches.

Black Sails - Like House of Cards but with a better class of pirate, best opening sequence since Game of Thrones.

The Musketeers on BBC - Just rollicking fun.

Thank you to all my readers. I love you guys and thanks for all the great feedback. Leave me a review on Amazon, Goodreads, Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, or wherever you can. You have no idea how much that helps.

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You can find Dex Territory for every possible device at:
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Amazon.com
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$3.99 for the e-book
$15.62 currently marked for the paperback at B&N and Amazon.