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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Revisions and Comics

It's been quiet around here. No book reviews for a while until the one I just posted before this post of my buddy Tim's awesome new book. That's because I've been using my reading time to finish and revise my new book.

The last chapter is about 75% written but the last scene needs to be written after I revise a previous chapter. The protagonist's best friend leaves the book too early so I need to go back and write him back in only to leave later in the book. The changing of these events will change the last scene in the book which mirrors the first scene in the book of these two characters talking about the mystery of the missing snowmen.

So I'll be looking for beta readers soon to read the next draft after I've gone through and made it as good as I can make it. If you would like to be a beta reader just drop me a line on social media or send me an email. All that info can be found in the upper right-hand section of this website.

Also I have some very exciting news! I'm working on a comic! A buddy of mine named Zzenya is an amazing artist. I've posted his first shot at our comic down below but if you want to see more of his work check out his Deviantart page.

He's been reading and drawing comics for years but hasn't had much published. I love his art and I've always wanted to work with him so I finally came up with a comic for him to draw. I'm writing it, he's drawing it, and I'll be doing the lettering and publishing. First, it will just be free on the web and will stay there but eventually when we have enough material I'd like to also make it into a physical comic book or graphic novel. Each comic will be a one page one off at first with me attempting to be funny and my buddy Zzenya getting to draw awesome little monsters. The comic is going to be called Invisible Monsters and I'll be sure to tell you all about it when the first page gets published. Just to whet your appetites here is a work in progress of the first panel:

Pretty sweet right?! I'm so excited to publish the first page. Thanks for stopping by!

Scavenger: A.I.: (Sand Divers, Book 2) by Timothy C. Ward
Book Review

This book was kind of like the show 24 in that the plot moves at a breakneck pace during a very short period of time. It felt like the story was always moving and though there were some scenes where you got to slow down and take a breather most of the book felt like action scenes. There were a lot of really cool ones too. My favorite was probably an under the sand knife fight. Yes, you heard me right, and it was amazing! Super tense. I cringed and felt excited and claustrophobic all in that same scene. 

Getting to see where Rush and Star were in this next installment was great too. Their relationship has changed a lot from the first book and there are a whole bunch of new issues brought up between them. I enjoyed watching them work through their struggles throughout the story.

The technology in this book was crazy! And the ways the author had the characters use it was very imaginative and just fricking cool! A few time I remember thinking something like "they just did what with that crazy technology?!"

This was a great sequel. Give it a try. You won't be disappointed.

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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

I'm Back!

My family and I went on an amazing hiking road trip. Need pics for proof? Check out my Instagram page. Thanks to my wife's amazing planning skills we had a blast and saw some amazing things. Gorgeous waterfalls. A beautiful mansion, and a great beach with soft sand.

Now that I'm back I am going to focus on finishing my chapter book titled "The Case of the Missing Snowman (A Barnabas Thackeray Mystery Book 1)." I think it's going to be pretty amazing and I'm really excited about it! I can't wait to finish the first draft and get more of the illustrations done for it. If you missed it I posted my first illustration for the book a few blog posts back but here it is again because why not right? Thanks for stopping by!

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Monday, June 27, 2016

I'm On Vacation! Follow My Travels on Instagram!

My family and I are going for a little road trip this week. We're planning on doing a lot of hiking, hanging out at the beach, and touring a mansion. You can follow our trip via photos I post to my Instagram page. Click on that link or the picture below to go there. See you in a week!

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Conjesero: The Supernatural Serial Killer by Carl Alves
Book Review

This was a great supernatural crime thriller. It had heart, great characters, and was really exciting. I really liked the San Francisco homicide detective Kevin Russel. It was fun spending time with him as he tried to track down the monster Conjesero. It was awesome seeing him investigate the case. I really got a feel for what his life was like as a homicide detective. There were a lot of characters in this book and they all felt real and added a lot to the story. The college student was a great character too. I would have given this book 5 stars if it had been edited a little better. There were just lots of little things here and there like missing words and stuff an editor would have caught. They didn't detract from the story though, it was great. I just kept wanting to turn the pages as the story unfolded and the killings kept piling up. 

There was one part with a lot of fun detective work that I feel could have been made way better if it was swapped to a different time in the story. We get to learn how a serial killer was hunted down and captured but it's all after the fact. We already know he was captured. That took some of the fire out of it and it read as more of a recap of what happened than a fun few scenes where you get to see them making some awesome smart moves to get the guy. Those great scenes should have taken place in real time alongside the character rather than after the fact. It would have been way more exciting to read. They were still great scenes though. Awesome action ending with a sweet chase scene. Also the rest of the book was packed with great action scenes. Trust me there's no lack of intense action in this book. The monster makes sure of that.

The villain in this book is intense. I don't want to spoil anything but let's just say you wouldn't want to come across this character—ever. The things that he did to the characters were very gruesome. The scenes where he killed people were described in detail. If stuff like that bothers you you might want to skim those sections. I have to say however that even though the scenes were gory they didn't seem to be that way just for the sake of shocking the reader. This monster has incredible abilities to maim and kill and he uses all of them to great effect and you as the reader see pretty much all of it happen in real time. It's really intense.

I don't like gore in stories but in this one it just made the monster scarier to me which I thought was an awesome experience as a reader. I think another great thing the writer did was portray characters' reactions to the dead bodies that the villain left behind. This made the antagonist seem even scarier then if you had just watched the horrible actions unfold in the scene only. So the author did a tremendous job of building up the villain in this book. He was an awesome bad guy and had a really cool and interesting back story—so it's not just some creature. It's a monster with a dark past and a history of becoming the killer it is in present time in the story.

Lastly, the author pulled off the ending really well. It was a great conclusion to the story and felt very satisfying to me. The climax was edge of your seat action and the little bits after that left me in a great place as a reader. This was a really fun book.

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