Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Launching My Goodreads Page

Woo Hoo! I’ve now go my own author’s page on Goodreads where readers can list themselves as a fan or add my upcoming book to their “want to read list.” Although my book doesn’t come out for at least another year, you can still check out where Between Two Fires will live here on Goodreads.

The funny thing is, I’ve updated my book and profile pages on Goodreads, but I wasn’t the one who actually created the account. When I asked my agent and publishers they said they hadn’t created the account either. So a big thank you to the mysterious person who added my book and author page to Goodreads. Much appreciatedJ

So check it out and let me know if you like my new page, thanks!

Monday, September 8, 2014

2 Book Deal and Publishers Weekly!!!!

Today, I can officially share the big news! I’ve just inked a two-book deal with Thomas Dunne Books (an imprint of St. Martin’s Press and Macmillan). That’s right, I’m going to be a genuine, bona fide published author with a big New York Publishing House. Sweet!

I’m currently working with the head editor at Thomas Dunne Books on my historical novel Between Two Fires. My agent also let me know that Publishers Weekly mentioned me and the new book deal here (see bottom of the Publishers Weekly page). Needless to say, there will be lots of work ahead, but for today I’m just soaking up the celebration. Yes, that's a picture of me enjoying some celebratory absinthe...because that's what writers do, right? ;) 

A huge thank you to my agent, to Thomas Dunne Books, and to all my awesome friends, family, and fellow writers who have inspired and supported me. Thank you!

On another note, I’m also participating in the #LifeisGood tribute to Tina Downey today. I’ll repost my sunflower pic on Twitter in memoriam. May all be well with you and yours today.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Very Inspiring and Versatile Blogger Awards

Big thanks to Elizabeth Varadan and Kristin Smith for nominating me for the Very Inspiring and Versatile Blogger Awards! I’ve combined my answers for both awards below and have nominated some of my awesome fellow bloggers. Thanks again!

Very Inspiring Blogger Award and Versatile Blogger Award (List 7 Random Facts About Yourself)

1.       I love gardening (especially growing things I can eat).
2.       I try to read 3-4 books per week (and always carry a book with me).
3.       My dad and I enjoy sailing on San Francisco Bay (when I have the chance to join him).
4.       My aunt first took me backpacking in Europe when I was 15, and I’ve been an avid traveler ever since.
5.       London Bound was my first published short story in college, based on my firsthand experiences during the 2005 London Bombings.
6.       At age 3, I wanted to be a Ghostbuster (and have never entirely given up on the dream). ;)
7.       My wife and son are the two best reasons why I wake up each morning to another awesome day!

Now go checkout some of these other terrific bloggers/writers!

Nominees for Very Inspiring Blogger Award: Rachna’s Scriptorium and Milo’s In Medias Res.

Nominees for Versatile Blogger Award: Alex J. Cavanaugh and Lynda’s W.I.P.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Newest Short Story Published Today!!!

Checkout my newest publication on Every Day Fiction, my short story entitled Disturbance at Apartment 408. Let me know if you like it! Any stars or comments you could leave on Every Day Fiction’s website would be most appreciated.

In other news, things are going very well with my novel Between Two Fires, but I can’t talk too much about it just yet. My agent has been shopping around my manuscript with various publishing houses, and things have been going quite well. Hopefully, I can tell you more about it in another week or two.

Keep your fingers crossed! Thanks!

Friday, August 22, 2014

2Cellos Friday

Happy Friday, everyone! I’ve been posting my eclectic musical moods each Friday, and have been pleasantly surprised by how many of you share my tastes. Here’s one of my favorites by the Croatian duo, 2 Cellos, who became an instant sensation a few years back with this familiar hit. Enjoy and happy weekend! 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Purple Sunflowers

Mother Nature is full of surprises. I’m big on growing my garden from seed year after year, and each summer the bees mix things up a little differently. Six years ago I planted mammoth, white seed sunflowers. Two years ago, the bees mixed it with something and the seeds turned black. This year those same seeds now come up purple and have a nice floral fragrance. Go figure.

But I enjoy the curveballs Nature throws me, and each year it makes my garden a little more unique. I have purple sunflowers, red corn, and some pretty tasty tomatoes. I should have more pumpkins, but the gofers have been unforgiving this season.

What types of plants to you like to grow in your garden? Do you enjoy harvesting your own fresh food? Or perhaps you enjoy herbs and flowers? How do you enjoy summer in your backyard?  

Friday, August 8, 2014

Welsh Folk Song

Happy Friday, everyone! This Welsh folk song has been in my head lately, probably because I’m working on the sequel to my Medieval Welsh novel, Between Two Fires. You can certainly look up the translated lyrics to this song, but it’s amazing how a piece of music can touch you even if you don’t know the words. It seems that the most essential human emotions transcend language.

Close your eyes when you listen to this song, it brings it to life. Happy weekend!