Monday, January 23, 2017

Sulan, Episode 3: The Dome by Camile Picott

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Sulan, Episode 3: The Dome
Camille Picott
Publication date: January 15th 2017
Genres: Cyberpunk, Dystopian, Young Adult
After escaping the League, Sulan and her friends are granted entrance into the Dome, a utopian biodome in the wilderness of Alaska. Sulan soon finds herself a pawn in Global Arms’s political maneuvers to secure the national mercenary contract. Forced to put on a public persona that makes her skin crawl, she must charm Vex media moguls to further the cause of Global. Should she fail to embrace her new role as company spokesperson, the consequences will be deadly to everyone she loves.
Meanwhile, the League unleashes a new deadly threat on the United States. When Sulan and her friends stumble on the trail of a League mole within the Dome, they set out to track him down. Will they be safe in their new home, or will they find themselves trapped among enemies?
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EXCERPT:
With nothing but two hundred yards of grass between us and the nearest row of houses, there’s no way we can escape without being seen. At least they won’t catch us with the brining salt. Now we just need to come up with a good excuse for being out here together. In the middle of the night. I wonder if they’d believe we were just stealing chocolate from the kitchen?
Taro turns to me, dark eyes intense. “Do you trust me?” he asks.
“Of course,” I answer without thought.
Before I know what’s happening, one of his arms wraps firmly around my waist. Taro draws me toward him in a rush, his other arm wrapping around my shoulders.
My boot catches on a rock and I stumble into his chest. My cheek hits his sternum, right against his heart. It pounds against my jaw in a rapid rhythm.
Even as my mind fumbles in shocked understanding, Taro places one hand under my chin. He tilts it upward and I find myself looking into his dark eyes. He leans over, his face stopping only an inch from mine.
His eyes draw me in, pinning me in place. My brain goes all fuzzy. His closeness sends strange sensations through my body. My legs feel mushy and my heart beats too fast.
He leans down, coming close, closer. Our noses touch, and my view of his eyes goes blurry.
His lips brush mine. The touch is light, like a delicate bird landing on a branch. A shockwave goes through me. My legs lose what remains of their strength and go rubbery. I throw my arms around his neck to keep myself upright.
He cinches his arms around me. The pressure of his lips on mine increases.
My eyes slide close of their own volition. My mouth develops a mind of its own, moving against Taro’s with equal pressure.
I lose all sense of place. Some distant, vague part of my mind tries to tell me something, but I can’t hear anything over the roaring of blood in my ears. The world narrows to consist of only Taro. His arms wind around me, holding me as if he never intends to let go. The strong muscles of his legs press against mine. My hands marvel at the strong tendons in his neck and the thick, spiky strands of his hair.
And his lips. I drink in the sensation of him. Our kiss deepens, becoming rough. His tongue slides into my mouth. I inhale sharply in surprise, then strengthen my grip around his neck. I kiss him back, my tongue meeting his. A meteor is streaking through my bloodstream. I am on fire. Taro lifts me off the ground, squashing me against him. We kiss each other hard.
He abruptly pulls away, breathing heavily. I blink in confusion, my breath rasping. With deliberate slowness, he sets me on my feet and takes several steps back from me. Even in the darkness, I see his flushed cheeks.
The separation clears some of the fog from my brain. I stare, dumbfounded, at Taro. I look around, trying to recall where we are and what we were doing before the kiss.
“Nice, Hudanus,” calls the rude, cackling voice of Jason Van Deer. “Always knew you had a thing for Brains. Too bad she doesn’t have better taste.”


Author Bio:
Camille Picott is a fifth-generation Chinese American. She writes science fiction and fantasy books with Asian characters and/or Asian settings. Camille grew up reading speculative fiction stories largely devoid of Asian characters and culture. This, coupled with a passion for her heritage, is the reason she strives to bring some aspect of Eastern myth, legend, culture, and ethnicity to all of her writings.

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Daily Ten-Minute Writing Prompt

The rules are simple. Set your timer for ten minutes. Begin to write and include the prompt somewhere in your mini story. The word he or she can be changed to reflect whatever gender you want to use. Optional: Share your writing prompt in the comment section. Write everyday.
Today's prompt is:
Cookies covered the platter.


Misplaced Loyalty by Teresa Seals
Rival gangs have the St. Louis streets at war. Friendships formed on the playground are being compromised because of lucrative criminal lifestyles. The game is about to change and crime is the only thing on its side. In the midst of it all Brooklin Jones ultimate goal in life is to obtain riches.
Angel, Brooklin’s younger sister, is oblivious to the misfortunes that surround her family. Dilemmas of street life intensify as the two sisters meet the most miraculous hood figures ever assembled. Signs of trouble are on the rise. Two sisters will learn that there are no shortcuts in the street life. All those involve will realize that loyalty comes with a heavy price. Someone will suffer severe consequences when the loyalty is misplaced.
Available at Amazon

About the author: Teresa Seals is the author of several books and owner of Red Bud Ave Publications, LLC. Seals is an avid reader who wanted to transcend positive messages in the form of entertainment. She found no other way to convey her message other than in the form of writing. Now, when she’s not writing and being a mother spending quality time with family, Seals is teaching Business Education at an area high school in St. Louis, MO. Seals graduated from Harris-Stowe State University with a bachelor’s degree in business and has a Master’s of Education in Secondary Education from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
Follow on Twitter at @TeresaSeals and Facebook.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Scorch Road by Toby Neal and Emily Kimelman

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Scorch Road
Toby Neal and Emily Kimelman
(Scorch Series, #1)
Publication date: January 2017
Genres: Adult, Romance, Thriller
For fans of romance thriller suspense and family romance series, comes a new romantic action adventure!
One of five brothers and a sister, JT Luciano is a widowed environmental biologist with a touch of the Sight who is preparing for an apocalyptic event he knows is coming. Holed up at his military survival camp named the Haven, prepared for his family, JT is ready for whatever might come… except for one woman.
Elizabeth Johnson, virologist and Senator’s daughter, is carrying precious cells for a vaccine against the swiftly-evolving, deadly flu that’s sweeping the nation. Her plane crashes in JT’s potato field—and she must convince him to leave his safe haven and help her get to Washington, DC.
One by one, the structures of society implode in the face of the flu’s devastation as JT and Elizabeth travel a scorching road cross country. Danger brings them together to find one good, true thing in a changing world.
Help Pick The Cover Design for the first book in the new “Scorch Romantic Thriller Series” by bestselling authors Toby Neal and Emily Kimelman!
From Toby & Emily:
We are dying to hear your thoughts! We love both these covers but want to know what YOU think. Which one just screams “Romantic Thriller”?
To show our gratitude for sharing your opinion with us we are offering everyone who votes a free copy of the first book in this smoking hot new series, “Scorch Road.”
We can’t wait to see what you think!


Author Bio:
Kirkus Reviews calls Neal's writing, "persistently riveting. Masterly."
Award-winning, USA Today bestselling social worker turned author Toby Neal grew up on the island of Kaua`i in Hawaii. Neal is a mental health therapist, a career that has informed the depth and complexity of the characters in her stories. Neal's police procedurals, starring multicultural detective Lei Texeira, explore the crimes and issues of Hawaii, and are so popular that they've spawned a licensed fan fiction world on Amazon.
Neal focuses on mystery but also writes romance, YA, and memoir.
Receive one of her books, full-length, award-winning Torch Ginger, by signing up for her email list at http://tobyneal.net/
Author links:
Website / Goodreads / Facebook / Twitter
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Emily Kimelman is the author of eight mysteries in her best selling Sydney Rye Series about a brave female protagonist and her giant dog, Blue. Emily also writes dystopian, paranormal romances under the name E.J. Kimelman. A traveler, mother and all around bad ass chick, Emily is always happy to hear from readers. Connect with her on Twitter @ejkimelman, Facebook, and at her website www.emilykimelman.com. Visit Emily’s website and sign up for her Readers’ Group to receive four FREE ebooks including the first book in her Sydney Rye Series, UNLEASHED. You’ll also get special offers, new release announcements and more.
Author links:
Website / Goodreads / Facebook / Twitter

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Daily Ten-Minute Writing Prompt

The rules are simple. Set your timer for ten minutes. Begin to write and include the prompt somewhere in your mini story. The word he or she can be changed to reflect whatever gender you want to use. Optional: Share your writing prompt in the comment section. Write everyday.
Today's prompt is:
She was the poet in his heart.


Misplaced Loyalty by Teresa Seals
Rival gangs have the St. Louis streets at war. Friendships formed on the playground are being compromised because of lucrative criminal lifestyles. The game is about to change and crime is the only thing on its side. In the midst of it all Brooklin Jones ultimate goal in life is to obtain riches.
Angel, Brooklin’s younger sister, is oblivious to the misfortunes that surround her family. Dilemmas of street life intensify as the two sisters meet the most miraculous hood figures ever assembled. Signs of trouble are on the rise. Two sisters will learn that there are no shortcuts in the street life. All those involve will realize that loyalty comes with a heavy price. Someone will suffer severe consequences when the loyalty is misplaced.
Available at Amazon

About the author: Teresa Seals is the author of several books and owner of Red Bud Ave Publications, LLC. Seals is an avid reader who wanted to transcend positive messages in the form of entertainment. She found no other way to convey her message other than in the form of writing. Now, when she’s not writing and being a mother spending quality time with family, Seals is teaching Business Education at an area high school in St. Louis, MO. Seals graduated from Harris-Stowe State University with a bachelor’s degree in business and has a Master’s of Education in Secondary Education from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
Follow on Twitter at @TeresaSeals and Facebook.

Misplaced Loyalty by Teresa Seals



Misplaced Loyalty by Teresa Seals
Rival gangs have the St. Louis streets at war. Friendships formed on the playground are being compromised because of lucrative criminal lifestyles. The game is about to change and crime is the only thing on its side. In the midst of it all Brooklin Jones ultimate goal in life is to obtain riches.

Angel, Brooklin’s younger sister, is oblivious to the misfortunes that surround her family. Dilemmas of street life intensify as the two sisters meet the most miraculous hood figures ever assembled. Signs of trouble are on the rise. Two sisters will learn that there are no shortcuts in the street life. All those involve will realize that loyalty comes with a heavy price. Someone will suffer severe consequences when the loyalty is misplaced.
Available at Amazon


About the author: Teresa Seals is the author of several books and owner of Red Bud Ave Publications, LLC. Seals is an avid reader who wanted to transcend positive messages in the form of entertainment. She found no other way to convey her message other than in the form of writing. Now, when she’s not writing and being a mother spending quality time with family, Seals is teaching Business Education at an area high school in St. Louis, MO. Seals graduated from Harris-Stowe State University with a bachelor’s degree in business and has a Master’s of Education in Secondary Education from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
Follow on Twitter at @TeresaSeals and Facebook.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

New Video Vlog - 8 Books you'll want to read

Here's the summary of the last eight books I've posted. Actually I've slipped in the novel Scorched Road because the contest for a free copy ends tomorrow. Enjoy the sneak peak. And if you're looking for the Daily Ten-Minute Writing Prompt, don't despair. Scroll on down to the next post.

Daily Ten-Minute Writing Prompt

The rules are simple. Set your timer for ten minutes. Begin to write and include the prompt somewhere in your mini story. The word he or she can be changed to reflect whatever gender you want to use. Optional: Share your writing prompt in the comment section. Write everyday.
Today's prompt is:
She sat still as a mouse.



The Graying Beard of Philip Marley
Book 1 
By Charles Coon

Philip Marley is an eccentric billionaire but you would never know it. He looks more like a road weary traveler with his shaggy mess of hair and unruly beard. Philip lives in a run-down apartment in NYC and keeps to himself. He's a recluse by choice. It would have stayed that way too if not for unfinished business. The time has come and Philip must embark on a journey to reclaim his soul or have it lost forever.


Book 2 is now available.



About the author:
To deal with the humdrum of living in small town West Virginia, Charles involved himself in the arts. He began writing when he was fourteen and his love for it continues to this day.


He began writing poetry and short stories that captured his world view and understanding of it. At the age of sixteen he was offered the opportunity to have a book of his poems published but declined. His refusal was based in privacy and the desire to let art just be art. When he attended college a professor asked him if he wanted to write for a magazine and so he did. He wrote America the Sow, a poem about the disregard for want due to overabundance. It was an Orwellian Animal Farm play on the waste not want not theme. In 2005, at the urging of a friend he wrote the short story Land of Milk and Honey. This was the moment he knew he wanted to write. So, he read for the next five years. When he looks back at that time he thinks it was his education in literature.

He loves the bizarre and crazy tales. The odd imaginative takes on social themes are some of his favorite musing points. He writes with his imagination on full bore. In his mind, nothing is off limits when it comes to writing. There is no line to be drawn as all is fair in writing.

Follow on Twitter and Facebook. More information on this author at his website.

Friday, January 20, 2017

The Benevolent Terrorist by Danny Wynn



The Benevolent Terrorist is a thinking person’s adventure story, in the vein of various novels by Graham Greene, Robert Stone, and Patricia Highsmith. It tells the tale of a troubled young American named Jack who’s been wandering the world for extended periods on an increasingly desperate quest for excitement and adventure. Jack is traveling with a likable and beautiful Australian woman, who’s quickly getting fed up with him. In Athens, they meet a mysterious loner, an ex-Army guy who recently finished working construction in Tunisia. The unlikely trio travels to a Greek island where a romantic triangle develops. Jack’s deep desire to escape boredom and his theory of benevolent terrorism – ¬fighting terrorists with terror – lead the two men on a dark and violent adventure. The novel explores with intelligence a number of the disturbing aspects of life and artfully straddles the boundary between commercial and literary ¬fiction.
“A fantastic, existentialist thriller with visceral charm...offers a trio of vivid character studies while ¬filling [the narrative] with sinister tension...sharp, philosophical, and occasionally surreal prose.”— Kirkus Reviews



About the Author

The Benevolent Terrorist is my third novel of publishable quality. Before turning full-time to writing, I worked at CBS Records (later Sony Music) for many years and traveled extensively, rising to the level of Executive Vice President. I’ve lived in New York City, Los Angeles, and London, and now make my home in the West Village with my wife and two children. My second favorite place in the world (after the West Village) is the island of Mallorca, Spain, which I have visited more than thirty times (and is where one of my earlier novels, Man From the Sky, is set). My writing has received numerous starred reviews and garnered very favorable criticism such as, “an enjoyable tale of lost souls colliding in the most unlikely of places,” “conjuring shades of Steinbeck,” “the prose is subtle but vivid, intellectually engaged but never arid, as the author provides readers with a flurry of snapshots that gradually coalesce into a picture of tarnished longings,” and “well written, thought provoking…,stands in a class all by itself.”

Find this author at dannywynn.net and  Facebook

Daily Ten-Minute Writing Prompt

The rules are simple. Set your timer for ten minutes. Begin to write and include the prompt somewhere in your mini story. The word he or she can be changed to reflect whatever gender you want to use. Optional: Share your writing prompt in the comment section. Write everyday.
Today's prompt is:
He sang.



The Graying Beard of Philip Marley
Book 1 
By Charles Coon

Philip Marley is an eccentric billionaire but you would never know it. He looks more like a road weary traveler with his shaggy mess of hair and unruly beard. Philip lives in a run-down apartment in NYC and keeps to himself. He's a recluse by choice. It would have stayed that way too if not for unfinished business. The time has come and Philip must embark on a journey to reclaim his soul or have it lost forever.


Book 2 is now available.



About the author:
To deal with the humdrum of living in small town West Virginia, Charles involved himself in the arts. He began writing when he was fourteen and his love for it continues to this day.


He began writing poetry and short stories that captured his world view and understanding of it. At the age of sixteen he was offered the opportunity to have a book of his poems published but declined. His refusal was based in privacy and the desire to let art just be art. When he attended college a professor asked him if he wanted to write for a magazine and so he did. He wrote America the Sow, a poem about the disregard for want due to overabundance. It was an Orwellian Animal Farm play on the waste not want not theme. In 2005, at the urging of a friend he wrote the short story Land of Milk and Honey. This was the moment he knew he wanted to write. So, he read for the next five years. When he looks back at that time he thinks it was his education in literature.

He loves the bizarre and crazy tales. The odd imaginative takes on social themes are some of his favorite musing points. He writes with his imagination on full bore. In his mind, nothing is off limits when it comes to writing. There is no line to be drawn as all is fair in writing.

Follow on Twitter and Facebook. More information on this author at his website.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Sekkol by Lara Larue

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Sekkol
Lara Larue
(Galaxy Alien Warriors, #2)
Publication date: January 18th 2017
Genres: Adult, Romance, Science Fiction
She’s a captive. He wants her to be a queen. Will his passion be enough to change her mind?
Keira wishes she could return home. After being kidnapped from Earth by aliens, she’s fiercely determined to make it back to her planet. The absolute last thing she needs is a love interest. What Keira wants is an ally…
Sekkol is heir to the throne of Jupiter. As a highly-trained alien warrior, he’s probably the last creature in the universe who should help Keira. But when he lays eyes on her, he knows: she is his mate, and he’ll do anything to protect her.
As Keira warms to Sekkol’s presence, she wonders if her own feelings will keep her from returning home. Sekkol remains patient, protecting Keira from his own mating urges… until she’s ready to let him in.
Sekkol is the standalone second book in a series of sexy sci-fi alien romance novels. If you like feisty heroines, intense action, and sexy romance, then you’ll love Lara LaRue’s Galaxy Alien Warriors series.

Author Bio:
Lara LaRue is a romance author who lives in New York City. She loves writing sizzling, sexy stories.
To learn more about Lara LaRue and her collection of romance novels, visit her at www.laralarue.com.

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Daily Ten-Minute Writing Prompt

The rules are simple. Set your timer for ten minutes. Begin to write and include the prompt somewhere in your mini story. The word he or she can be changed to reflect whatever gender you want to use. Optional: Share your writing prompt in the comment section. Write everyday.
Today's prompt is:
The tear in the skin ripped wider.



The Graying Beard of Philip Marley
Book 1 
By Charles Coon

Philip Marley is an eccentric billionaire but you would never know it. He looks more like a road weary traveler with his shaggy mess of hair and unruly beard. Philip lives in a run-down apartment in NYC and keeps to himself. He's a recluse by choice. It would have stayed that way too if not for unfinished business. The time has come and Philip must embark on a journey to reclaim his soul or have it lost forever.


Book 2 is now available.



About the author:
To deal with the humdrum of living in small town West Virginia, Charles involved himself in the arts. He began writing when he was fourteen and his love for it continues to this day.


He began writing poetry and short stories that captured his world view and understanding of it. At the age of sixteen he was offered the opportunity to have a book of his poems published but declined. His refusal was based in privacy and the desire to let art just be art. When he attended college a professor asked him if he wanted to write for a magazine and so he did. He wrote America the Sow, a poem about the disregard for want due to overabundance. It was an Orwellian Animal Farm play on the waste not want not theme. In 2005, at the urging of a friend he wrote the short story Land of Milk and Honey. This was the moment he knew he wanted to write. So, he read for the next five years. When he looks back at that time he thinks it was his education in literature.

He loves the bizarre and crazy tales. The odd imaginative takes on social themes are some of his favorite musing points. He writes with his imagination on full bore. In his mind, nothing is off limits when it comes to writing. There is no line to be drawn as all is fair in writing.

Follow on Twitter and Facebook. More information on this author at his website.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Daily Ten-Minute Writing Prompt

The rules are simple. Set your timer for ten minutes. Begin to write and include the prompt somewhere in your mini story. The word he or she can be changed to reflect whatever gender you want to use. Optional: Share your writing prompt in the comment section. Write everyday.
Today's prompt is:
It doesn't matter why it's gone.



The Graying Beard of Philip Marley
Book 1 
By Charles Coon

Philip Marley is an eccentric billionaire but you would never know it. He looks more like a road weary traveler with his shaggy mess of hair and unruly beard. Philip lives in a run-down apartment in NYC and keeps to himself. He's a recluse by choice. It would have stayed that way too if not for unfinished business. The time has come and Philip must embark on a journey to reclaim his soul or have it lost forever.


Book 2 is now available.



About the author:
To deal with the humdrum of living in small town West Virginia, Charles involved himself in the arts. He began writing when he was fourteen and his love for it continues to this day.


He began writing poetry and short stories that captured his world view and understanding of it. At the age of sixteen he was offered the opportunity to have a book of his poems published but declined. His refusal was based in privacy and the desire to let art just be art. When he attended college a professor asked him if he wanted to write for a magazine and so he did. He wrote America the Sow, a poem about the disregard for want due to overabundance. It was an Orwellian Animal Farm play on the waste not want not theme. In 2005, at the urging of a friend he wrote the short story Land of Milk and Honey. This was the moment he knew he wanted to write. So, he read for the next five years. When he looks back at that time he thinks it was his education in literature.

He loves the bizarre and crazy tales. The odd imaginative takes on social themes are some of his favorite musing points. He writes with his imagination on full bore. In his mind, nothing is off limits when it comes to writing. There is no line to be drawn as all is fair in writing.

Follow on Twitter and Facebook. More information on this author at his website.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Sonora and the Eye of the Titans T.S. Hall

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Sonora and the Eye of the Titans
T.S. Hall
Publication date: January 14th 2017
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
The King is dead, and the capital city of Titanis has fallen. The world of Sonora is at war, and the only hope against the onslaught of the Titan army lies with the last royal decedent of Zeus, who is being covertly sheltered on Earth in the secluded mountain town of Sandy, Oregon.
Allora is a shy, intelligent sixteen-year-old, trying to get through the gauntlet of high school while coming to terms with her otherworldly origins. After getting into a fight at soccer tryouts, Allora’s emotions boil over, and her hands suddenly burst into flames. She has harnessed the power of hadrons at the highest level, but at extreme cost. The magical outburst projects an energy signature that is detected by a group of assassins tasked with killing Sonoran rebels.
To survive, Allora, Katie, Dax, and Tanner must find a powerful ancient artifact known as the Eye of the Titans. With the help of a guardian known as Sasquatch, they will have to fight off creatures, solve complex riddles, and navigate magical caverns, all while enduring advanced calculus, jealous girlfriends, and prom.

Author Bio:
I'm a writer, skier, and wanderer. I grew up in Portland, Oregon, but currently live in the beautiful mountain resort town of Sun Valley, Idaho. I love history, mythology, and the fantastical interpretations that have been incorporated in my debut young adult urban fantasy series called Sonora.



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Daily Ten-Minute Writing Prompt

The rules are simple. Set your timer for ten minutes. Begin to write and include the prompt somewhere in your mini story. The word he or she can be changed to reflect whatever gender you want to use. Optional: Share your writing prompt in the comment section. Write everyday.
Today's prompt is:
The fire blazed.



The Graying Beard of Philip Marley
Book 1 
By Charles Coon

Philip Marley is an eccentric billionaire but you would never know it. He looks more like a road weary traveler with his shaggy mess of hair and unruly beard. Philip lives in a run-down apartment in NYC and keeps to himself. He's a recluse by choice. It would have stayed that way too if not for unfinished business. The time has come and Philip must embark on a journey to reclaim his soul or have it lost forever.


Book 2 is now available.



About the author:
To deal with the humdrum of living in small town West Virginia, Charles involved himself in the arts. He began writing when he was fourteen and his love for it continues to this day.


He began writing poetry and short stories that captured his world view and understanding of it. At the age of sixteen he was offered the opportunity to have a book of his poems published but declined. His refusal was based in privacy and the desire to let art just be art. When he attended college a professor asked him if he wanted to write for a magazine and so he did. He wrote America the Sow, a poem about the disregard for want due to overabundance. It was an Orwellian Animal Farm play on the waste not want not theme. In 2005, at the urging of a friend he wrote the short story Land of Milk and Honey. This was the moment he knew he wanted to write. So, he read for the next five years. When he looks back at that time he thinks it was his education in literature.

He loves the bizarre and crazy tales. The odd imaginative takes on social themes are some of his favorite musing points. He writes with his imagination on full bore. In his mind, nothing is off limits when it comes to writing. There is no line to be drawn as all is fair in writing.

Follow on Twitter and Facebook. More information on this author at his website.