Book Review: “True Crime in the Civil War” by Tobin T. Buhk

Every now and then a little book faire thing shows up at work. There’s a guy with a table and a few movable shelves full of books. I usually don’t buy anything because they’re fairly pricey, but this one was only $15 (and I’d seen it a few times before). I’m something of a Civil …

Book Review: “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” by Ian Fleming

This is the third 007 book I’ve read in the past year and at this point I’m not sure if I’m going to read any more. Not that they’re bad, because that’s certainly not the case. Thus far each book has left me turning pages as fast as I could, breathless in a daring escape …

Midweek Update: Post-Holiday Edition

Time for an unexpected midweek post! I know I’d been somewhat neglecting my blog here over the past few weeks, what with Christmas and the New Year. It’s always a busy season seeing family, in-laws, traveling, and just relaxing. Anyway, I had a pretty great holiday seeing said family and getting extra time at home …

Book Review: The Book of Accidents

I got this book for Christmas and finished it in two days, and I gotta say that I’m blown away by the story (not so much the characters, but we’ll get to that). I won’t say much about the plot because this is one that you have to read without knowing anything about it. All …

Writer’s Block

The title says it all. Unfortunately right now I think I’m dealing with some major writer’s block for Creed: Solomon’s Fortune. Especially during this holiday season and all that comes along with that, I just can’t find the proper inspiration to continue the story at the moment. I still have the first book in this …

Book Recommendations!

Recently, I received an email from someone running a new book-themed website called Shepherd, and it’s supposed to act as a place where readers can get book recommendations from authors. After doing my usual vetting of unfamiliar folks claiming to want to advertise my books to make sure it’s not some scam, I decided I …

Weekend Update: Holiday Season!

This time of year is my favorite time of year! You get two major holidays within a month of each other, and that means lots of food, time with family, and time away from work. I had a great time with my family this past week. We ate tons of good food (including some not-so-good …

Happy Thanksgiving!

Just a short note today to acknowledge the holiday. I hope you all have a day full of relaxation and time spent with family planned! I’ll be visiting my family and having dinner with them. We may also watch some football, as is tradition. The Chicago Bears are playing but their star quarterback Justin Fields …

What’s in a Name?

Ask 100 different authors what the most difficult part of writing is and you’ll probably get 100 different answers. Ask me that question, and I’ll tell you: Picking a damn title. I mean, the title is that first big impression; you can’t afford to blow it! It has to entice the reader, but not be …

Critiquing Yourself

One thing I’ve always struggled with when it comes to writing is critiquing my own work. I’ve noticed that I tend to be an extremely harsh critic of the things I write, and that’s led to a few cases of extended writer’s block. Where I don’t write anything for days or even weeks because I’m …

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