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Monthly Archives: May 2019

Shocking Reviews!

Okay, I’m guilty of neglect.

I was working on my Author’s Page on Amazon this morning because of some confusion from people trying to order “The Homecoming Tree”. It seems there are entities out there who purchase the book and then sell it second hand and for some reason, when you search for the book, THEIR listing comes above my own!

Anyway, while reviewing my settings I stumbled across the REVIEW page that lists all of the reviews for all of my books. Honestly, I have such a poor self image from my childhood, I have avoided reading the Reviews. I was afraid of what they might say.

But, let me put this as kindly and as humbly as possible, THANK YOU for all of the reviews, both positive and negative. I was truly humbled that anyone would choose to read something that poured out my imagination onto the written page. THANK YOU all!

You can check out the reviews at this link.

I am currently working on two books. First, I hope to finish “The 8th Demon: A Wicked Numinosity” by the fall. Second, I am putting together the first book in my science fiction trilogy, “The Node of God” and hope to have it available by the end of the year.

Also, Mark Sutton and I are working on a book about the lies of culture. And, I am outlining the sequel to “The Homecoming Tree” — “The Homecoming Prayer”.

To order my books please go directly to my Author page at this link. If you would like to order books directly from me as some of the print versions can only be ordered through me, go to this link.

If you are interested in our depression book, go to this link.

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A Message to the “Book” Marketers!

If you are calling me promising me an extended marketing deal for my books, please read this!

If you are someone who wants to be published authors, let me give you a word of advice. 

There’s no such thing as a free lunch! Be careful when companies claiming to be “self publish” companies or “book marketing” companies call you out of the blue. Chances are very good all they want is their money. You see, I’ve been there and I’ve been burned. To the tune of over 50,000 dollars in two different endeavors. One was a “marketing campaign” that secured me over two dozen interviews on blog talk radio. That set me back a cool 25,000 dollars. Guess how many books I sold from that campaign.

48.

That’s it.

The next really bad experience came from a “reputable” self publishing company affiliated with a well known Christian publisher. I was contacted out of the blue and told I would receive “VIP” treatment because I was a traditional published author and that IF, and there is the key word that is so small but carries such a huge burden, IF my books sold X amount of copies I would be offered a contract with the big Christian publishing firm.

So, I forked over 25,000 dollars to put together my book. Part of the deal was to print up 500 copies that could be returned by book stores so book stores would stock my books. Never happened! And, when bookstores contacted me to order books for upcoming book signings at their store, they couldn’t find my books to order them! After two years, the company contacted me and wanted to know if I wanted the printed books or if I would pay to have them destroyed since warehousing them would be too expensive. I got 100 of the books but the rest were destroyed.

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Of Scars and Blankets

I followed the trail of blood from our library across our living room floor. Drops of it had congealed on the carpet in our bedroom leading like bread crumbs to the bathroom. My wife, Sherry, was hunched over her bathroom sink running cold water over her hand. She had cut herself. Again.

Let me pause here and assure you that this was not a deliberate act. Sherry likes sharp scissors. Very sharp. She sharpens them regularly. Why does she like sharp scissors? The better to cut her blankets with. A few years ago, Sherry learned how to make blankets from simple material. Not the intricate quilting most people know about. These blankets were made from two pieces of material with ties around the edge. What made these blankets different from any other involved the process of constructing the blanket. Each tie around the edge is made while saying a prayer for the person for whom the blanket is given.

In time, our library, once the province of my books, was transformed into Sherry’s blanket production center. Over the past few years she has produced dozens and dozens of intricately designed, colorful blankets. Each blanket has a singular colored back piece and a very colorful front piece. And the designs on the front she has chosen to match the intended person’s personality.

When she found there were lots of scrap pieces left over, she developed a way to make smaller blankets as baby burp pads or tiny blankets of dolls. Nothing was wasted.

But, the heart of her endeavors are the prayers and the Bible verses. Sherry developed a laminated card containing the favorite prayers of those who knew the person for whom the blanket was intended. Sherry would ask various friends and relatives for their favorite Bible verses and then place them on a large laminated card attached to the blanket. You see, the blanket was more than just a piece of material. It was a creative act of worship, prayer, Bible reading, and very intentional in every part of its creation.

Today, I am sitting on the balcony of our condominium on the beach at Perdido Key, Florida. Sherry and I are talking about the Bible verses we have just read in our morning Bible readings. What you must understand is how creative is our daughter, Casey. She draws. She paints. She creates constantly. It is her way of working through her epilepsy and its emotional toll on her life.

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