Book Launch

Last night was a first – my first ever book launch/book signing event.  Thankfully, Evelyn Nicholas of Sumner’s A Good Book bookstore had some experience/knowledge of this type of event, because I sure didn’t!  I thought I’d be standing around, drinking wine, and telling stories – well, I guess that’s what I wound up doing. But….. it was under controlled circumstances and guided by probing questions from Evelyn and the hordes of fans that arrived (all two of you – just kidding).

I have to say, I was impressed by how many people showed up – from the Dean of one of the colleges I teach at, to the President of the local Transportation Club that I’m a member off, along with a host of friends (mine and my wife’s).

Thanks to all that came out and helped launch Surveyor (and, yes, Clairese, I’ll get back to the keyboard and continue on Trekker).


Support your local bookstore

As a reader, I love going into bookstores. I browse through the Sci-Fi and action section, check out the history stuff, and look for other interesting books (sustainable development, forestry, whatever catches my eye). I usually try to come out with at least one book (or movie – preferably a stooopid movie).

Tonight, Wednesday, Dec. 6th, I’ll be launching the release of Surveyor at a local bookstore – A Good Book in Sumner, WA. If you can make it, great. We start at 7 PM and go to 8:30 PM.  If not, there will be other events, such as book signings, in the future.

If you like to hold a real book in your hand while you read, rather than an e-book, then take a minute to go to your local bookstore and request a copy of Surveyor if it’s not on the shelf.

So far, three real brick and mortar bookstores carry (or will be carrying) Surveyor: A Good Book in Sumner, The Sequel in Enumclaw, and the University Bookstore in Seattle. Please visit the and support a local bookstore/business and an indie author.

Writing, writing, writing – Stuck!

Well, I guess I’m kind of stuck right now. I know where the book Trekker is going, but I’m having difficulty moving it along.  Normally I write very linearly and chronological, but I think I’ll have to take a break and move along to a more forward scene to get it cracking.  We’ll see.

In other news, I just did a quick outline for another series in mind (the third – Corps of Discovery is the first, a timeline where the South successfully secedes is the second – and for the Amazon reviewer that didn’t like the libertarian world building of Surveyor, you’re really gonna hate the that world building). This new series will involve time travel involving a sniper that  goes back to the Revolutionary War.  I think this guy’ll be a historian combat vet instead of a recent geography graduate. Lots to do (and insufficient quantities of temporal matter)

Book Signing

Yes, the first official book release and book signing will take place this Wednesday, December 6th, from 7 to 8:30 PM at A Good Book Bookstore at 1014 Main St., Sumner WA.

I hope some of my loyal readers (all two of you) will be able to make it, meet the author (that would be me), get a book signed, have a glass of wine, and hobnob with all three of my friends (if they show up, that is).


Reviews are interesting things.  As a business person (I invented and sell the Simple Shower), I’m always looking at reviews.  What have I done right or missed? How could I make the experience better? Sometimes (as was pointed out to me during my cop days), I’m my own worst critic.

Well, until now.  It appears somebody didn’t like the political framework that Surveyor is based on, and instead of looking at the story and plot line, based the review on politics.  Um, it’s fiction, dude!  Fiction. That means, it ain’t real.  It’s a story line.  I can understand not liking how the author writes (many out there I can’t stand), or the genre (I can’t stand several – don’t expect to catch me reading a Jane Austin historical romance), or the protagonist, the ending, etc.  But, giving a crap review because you didn’t like the world building (and then using name-calling to emphasize your own point of view)?  Well, c’est la vie.  Your right, your perspective.

If you’re going to review a book, though, reach back into your secondary school days and remember what a review is supposed to be – a summary of the book and what you liked or didn’t like about it.

Here are a couple of good articles on how to write book reviews.

How to Write a Book Review

How to Write a Good Book Review (I really like this one)

And for Amazon specific reviews, here’s a good one: Tips for Writing Amazon Reviews.

Violating these review rules throws you into the chucklehead section of the bleachers.

Black Friday

Another Black Friday has come and gone, and once again I’m amazed at just how silly/crazy people can be just to save a few bucks on items they (or their loved ones) don’t really need.

Rather than invest in material goods, try investing in yourself.  Just sayin’.

The Butler

Last night the spousal unit and I watched the movie The Butler starring Forrest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, and Cuba Gooding, Jr.  Awesome movie that shows how truly nasty people can be to each other, but also how people can work together to overcome evil.  I highly recommend it.