Recently, as of yesterday, I finished reading Stephen King's The Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three. Thought I would post my thoughts about it. So, here it goes! I will make sure to keep it spoiler free as well.
This book was incredible! I was a little worried about the series after reading the first book, as it did not draw me in like I thought it would. The Drawing of the Three drew me in nicely, pun intended, and was gripping to the last page. I didn't read it as fast as I wanted to, with the holiday's getting in the way, but I never wanted to put the book down. Wanting to see what Roland, Eddie, and Odetta/Detta would do next.
The story was very exciting and the characters were interesting, unique, and believable. I found myself rooting for Eddie in the end, having been unsure if I would like him or not. He really grew as a character. Odetta/Detta walker was interesting, to say the least. I expected to want her to die, but now I feel as if she is going to have a huge role to play in the next books.
The Drawing of the Three has me excited to start reading the next book in the series, The Wastelands. I hope I like it just as much, if not more. Have you read The Dark Tower series? Did you love it or hate it? Let me know in the comments below your thoughts on the books and as always, thanks for reading!
With 2017 quickly approaching, I thought I would create an outline for my blog and newsletter. It's my goal to send out a monthly newsletter filled with interesting information about current projects or exclusive content such as extra chapters, short stories, or first looks. Likewise, with my blog, I would like to update it at least once a week.
That being said, I thought I would tell you all the schedule I plan to stick to throughout the new year. For my newsletter, I will be sending one every month with exciting information included. Of course, more than one can be sent if there is enough quality information to share with you all. This week I will be sharing the first chapter of my new novel, Sins of the Mother, book two in the Ethan McCormick series. Don't forget to sign up to read it!
Also, for these blog posts, I would like to do more in the future and share even more interesting content about my writing, research I'm doing, book reviews, information about my personal life, and so much more. I'm also willing to listen to you guys. If you have an idea for something I should blog about please let me know! As for my blog schedule, I will be uploading 1-2 blog posts a week starting next year.
So, that's the schedule I will be sticking to for next year. What do you think? Are you excited for new content? Do you have ideas for future blog ideas? Want to sign up for my newsletter? You should! Let me know what you think in the comments below. Thanks for reading!
Recently, I asked you guys to ask me some questions on Social Media. The twist was they did not have to be book related. I got some pretty interesting questions. Here are the best ones!
Let's start with a book related question. It read, If you could collaborate on a book with anyone who would you choose? This one is tough. There are so many fantastic authors out there that I would be honered to collaborate with. Stephen King is one of my favorite authors, J.K. Rowling has had amazing success, J.R.R. Tolkien created wonderful worlds we still celebrate today, and Arthur Conan Doyle created the best detective of all time. But I think I would have to say Ian Fleming, creator of the James Bond novels. No, not because of my last name but becasue of the character he created (and maybe a little bit because of my last name). Mr. Fleming wrote those novels in the late 1950's and today James Bond is still one of the biggest characters of all time. Mr. Fleming seemed like an interesting individual and would have been a lot of fun to collaborate with. He turned what he thought of as the most boring name in the world and turned it into a house hold name. And his novels are still full of suspense and intrigue to this day. Sure, they've aged, but they have not lost their allure!
Next question, What are your 1-2 top items on your bucket list? Wow, there are so many things I would love to do in this lifetime! Travel the world, see the northern lights, go skydiving. But those are all pretty cliche. The top two things on my list would have to be a bit different. First, I would absolutely love to travel into space. Now, I know this one might not be very realistic but it's still something I think would be awesome. I'm not talking about those planes that give you the feeling of weightlessness either. I'm talking about taking a capsule into orbit and seeing our planet from the darkness of space! I should have grown up to be an astronaut! If commercial space travel is invented in my lifetime you better believe I'm going to do it! As for the other thing, I would love to have a role in a major motion picture. It doesn't need to be a major part but rather an extra, or more specifically a cameo of some kind. I think it would be a lot of fun. I've always loved movies and thought I'd grow up to be an action star one day. Then I decided to write the books instead. If I ever strike up a movie deal I'm going to make sure they let me cameo in it!
Last questions was, If you could only do one action, aside from breathing, what would it be? Why? I love this question! Such a creative one and pretty difficult. Assuming it means I would be unable to move, except for whatever action I chose and breathing, I'd have to say walking. There's a lot of places I want to see and a lot of things I would love to do. It would be impossible if I couldn't even walk! I love to hike, camp, and travel. Those things would be difficult to do without the ability to walk! But does that mean I wouldn't be able to see or hear? Ugh, impossible choice!
I really enjoyed this, I hope you did too! If you did, let me know. Maybe I'll do it again in the future. I would love to see what creative questions you guys come up with. Let me know in the comments if you want another one! Thanks for reading!
With The Dark Tower books by Stephen King finally being turned into a major motion picture, I thought it was time I dove into them. For years I wanted to read them and finally I am. In the second book, The Drawing of the Three, I came across an interesting easter egg that got my mind racing!
I'll make sure to keep it spoiler free for those of you who haven't read the series and are planning to. A character from a differen't world than The Gunslingers makes a reference to a very popular movie made by Stanley Kubrick. It was crazy because the particular movie he talks about is The Shining. That is, of course, a Stephen King novel!
What's the big deal with this? After all, King makes references to his other work all the time! 11/22/63 mentions Pennywise, The Dead Zone talks about Carrie's high school, and countless others. Well, this is different. Stephen King makes mention of the movie The Shining. This leads me to believe that Stephen King is alive and writing books in his particular universe!
Now, here's where I get a little confused. If Stephen King exists in the universe in which this particular character, Eddie, is from, does that mean Eddie is from our universe? Does that mean all of the other books King has written exists in their own universe? Is there a door in which Roland could step through and meet characters such as Johnny Smith, Carrie White, or even Christine?
And on a different note, from the first book, does that mean the boy Roland befriends is from our universe or King's? It seemed as if the boy comes from Eddies universe, which would be ours as well. When Roland stepped through that door he actually stepped into the real world, our world. The stories of The Shining are just books and movies. But the boy, Jake, is from the universe King created. That means he shares a world with Dale Barbara from Under the Dome and Danny Torrence from the Shining!
I'm sure this has all been talked about before. I'm a little late reading these books but I still found the concept fascinating. What about you? Have you read The Dark Tower books? What do you think about this shared universe concept? I'd love to hear about it! Let me know in the comments below. As always, thanks for reading!
This past weekend I attended my first book signing as a featured author. I thought it would be interesting to tell you how it went and what I might do better next time. Also, if you have experience with book signings, feel free to give me advice in the comments below!
I arrived at Book Swap of Carrollwood just after eleven in the morning. The event started at noon. I wanted to make sure I had enough time to set up and get ready. My books were neatly packed in a box and I had all my business cards and bookmarks in a neat gathering in my bag. Leaving the box and bag under the table, I set up for the event. The other authors there had posters with their names and books on it. I would have done this as well, but I did not have the time before this event.
Before too long, I had my books set up on the table in a pile in front of me. Only about six at a time, though. I had read advice to keep the number of books on the table to a minimum.
Finally, it was noon and everything was ready to go, save for one author who would not arrive until one. The first hour was a little slow, not many people showed up. The lady running the event frequently came out to talk to us and was very nice. She posted several pictures to the store's social media pages and shared them with all of us.
Shortly after one, a few people started to trickle in. One lady in particular stopped by and asked all of us about our books, one at a time. She grabbed several, including mine, and purchased the paperbacks. When she came out of the store, I was able to do my first book signing in an official manner. It was pretty fun, I must say. It's the first time a stranger has asked me to sign anything.
The rest of the day was rather slow. A few people showed up occassionally and browsed the books but most left empty handed. It was too bad for all of us authors that it was as slow as it was, but that's the nature of these events. Sometimes, the traffic just isn't there.
All in all, it was a great experience and I'm glad I did it. I will be doing another in January and hopefully the event is larger. I learned a lot of what to do next time and what to bring.
Another unfortunate thing, I was unable to get copies of my first book, To the Wolves, in time for the event. I had business cards with coupon codes on the back for the paperback but due to the slow event, only ended up giving one out. That being said, I do have quite a few of those business cards left. If you would like one, or rather a picture of one so you can use the promo code, leave a comment below and I will send that to you! It's good for 15% off the paperback.
So that was my first book signing. It wasn't as "exciting" or busy as I would have liked but it was a fun experience either way. I learned a lot and I was able to network with other authors, a few readers, and a really cool bookstore. I will be keeping my eye on that place and jumping on any other opportunities they might have. Let me know in the comments below if you have any advice for my next event. I look forward to hearing from you. As always, thanks for reading!
If you hadn't heard, my wife is pregnant! Ever since we found out, I've been dying to know the gender. It felt like forever went by before it was time to finally tell. I waited as patiently as I could, which wasn't very well.
Finally, we found out the gender yesterday and we immediately went out to build a bear and created something I know my baby will love! As far as the gender reveal, I won't be able to tell you just yet. We will be telling our families this Sunday, so I'll post something on social media about it then. I'm very excited to meet my newborn baby in May!
I'd love to know what your guesses are. Let me know in the comments if you think it's a boy or a girl! I can't wait to share with you the bear we built!
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