I've started a Telegram channel for my Babylon Tales writing. I'll use it kinda like an interactive email newsletter (comments enabled on Broadcast messages). Consider joining us in Telegram!

Update on Sweet Sixteen Killer

Sweet Sixteen Killer is coming along nicely. This week I was able to get through the formatting of the manuscript. I was also able to start the product placements on all the retailers I'll be using, which is the same as we did for Gun last year. I'm also trying doing the paperback at the same time as well, so I've got that in the works too. The only thing really holding me back from publishing right now is having a complete cover. I'm hoping I can snap the last of the images I need within the next week or two. Fingers crossed.

Question: Which would you rather buy/own of Sweet Sixteen Killer (the first in a series of books)? Ebook or paperback?

Let's get together yeah yeah yeah (in Telegram)

I'm trying something new today. I use Telegram messenger a lot, and have come to love it. And I've been thinking about new and exciting ways to market my work. Telegram has a thing called Channels, which work kinda like public Twitter accounts (nix the word count, though).
So I started one.
If you'd like to join, I'd love it, I'll be turning on comments for Broadcast messages (as they're called), so we can interact as well.
Here's my first Broadcast in Telegram:

How is everyone doing?

Just sending out a hello. Checking in. How are y'all doing? 

Sweet Sixteen Killer is getting close to publication

Since 2016 I've been working on my first solo novel. I've done collaborative books with other authors, but I had never been able to write an entire novel on my own. I made a commitment in 2016 to do just that. But not only that, it was the start of a series of novels, so it is something I'll be doing for years. 
As of today, I can proudly share that I am in the final stages of editing and working on a book cover. The final two steps before I publish. 
Here is an image using photography from the photoshoot for the cover. I've been toying around trying to hone in on the fine details before creating the cover.

New contribution to Totally Novel on writing, update on Sweet Sixteen Killer

I've been pretty quiet lately on the blog, sorry about that. I've been laying mostly low, though I did recently begin contributing to a new website for writers and readers called Totally Novel. My first contribution for members of the site is a post I titled 3 things that prevented me from writing a novel. To read the post, sign up for a free trial. Take a look around and if you don't wanna stay, don't renew membership. That said, it's a pretty cool effort being put together by a former Google+ member like myself. As a matter of fact there are several members on the site from the old Google+ days. (Side note: there is a free membership option)
I will be contributing to the Totally Novel blog bi-monthly for now. My next addition will be in August. I'm super excited for the site and I hope you can come join us and become a part of the groups, forums, blog, workshops, and more. 
All that said, I haven't given up here. This is still my primary site and blog. 👊

So much going on, so trapped, Pride month

It's a weird feeling to have so much going on in the world, but to still be in such isolation for the most part. Still wearing masks. Still social distancing. 
I'm in no position to say much or add much to what's going on. But what I do wanna say is that we need to get our act together. And yes, Black Lives Matter. It shouldn't have to be said, but so long as we are the nation we are it has to be said.
Pride month As I've been doing for the past few years now, with each new Pride month I give my website a makeover to help show support as an ally. The first year my website got colorful, and bore a logo and banner with the LGBT rainbow flag. This past year it was the trans flag and colors. This year I've given the site makeover in the colors of the bisexual flag. Along with it comes the new logo and banner as well. It had felt so silly to only show support for one month, so I've been trying to do better all year round. Enjoy the new digs and support bi folks. 


James Cowie and the Case of the Midnight Job (short story and opportunity)

Another victim signed up late last Saturday for the I Will Kill you for $5 project. So, of course, I had to oblige. 
First things first, here is the link to download the files for the story (they're available in epub, mobi, and PDF). Take your pick and take it with you. Or take them all, I'm not watching. 

I don't know the gentleman, James Cowie. Not sure how he heard about or stumbled on the project, but what could I do? Kill 'em. That's what. James requested a crime tale, and to be the protagonist. And as I looked at the above selfie he sent me, I knew I had something to work with. I looked around and zoomed in on the photo. The docks. Boats. An older gent with a white beard, classy. I really had something to work with, I felt. And so my creative juices went to work. 
But enough introductory stuff, let's get to the story! I hope you enjoy, James, and everyone else too.

James Cowie and the Case of the Midnight Job
Former homicide detective, James Cowie, sat down in…