Souls Is Almost Here!

The Souls of the Lash, my new Western thriller with ties to the Grim universe, has been finalized! If you haven’t read any Grim yet, no worries, as Souls is still technically stand alone. However, easter eggs are abound in Souls, so pick up a copy of Grim Ambition (or the whole series!) if you like catching those while reading.

I am ordering copies of Souls as well as some Grim tonight for my table at Madtown Author Daze on May 5th, 2018. Check out their site for more information, and come see me that day to pick up your very own SIGNED copy! Admission is entirely free.

Oh, and you might already know this by now, but I adore character portraits. And yes, I have some VERY awesome art coming your way in the next few days, so stay tuned!

*insert excited squeal here*

Finally, An Update

Hello, all!

I know, I know. It’s been a while since I posted anything, and I’m sorry for that. It’s been a long, rough road lately; 2018 has not been kind to me.

In January, my father passed away unexpectedly, shaking me to my core. He was fine. He had attended my thank you party for Grim helpers just two days before he was rushed to the hospital. At that party, he was chatting everyone up, making people laugh, sipping beer and munching food. You can see him all the way to the right, in the back row, in the image at the top of this post.

He was as healthy as he could have been at his age with his medical ailments. He didn’t have any kind of terminal disease. In fact, all that he had wrong with him were issues in his joints and bones, nothing with organs or his mind or anything like that. Yet, he’s still gone, ripped from my life faster than I could blink. And during this time, I’ve been trying to sort out the emotions that have come with this great loss.

I know many people don’t think too much of therapy, but I found a grief counselor who is not only fantastic, but one who is able to gently reach inside of the walls I’ve built around myself and help me not break them down per se, but understand them. Understand why they’re there. And slowly, slowly, she is going to help me break free from the depression and sorrow I’ve been feeling. Not by pushing them away, though. No. That right there is not healthy. Instead, she’s bringing the feelings out, week by week, in a gradual cascade, and showing me that it’s all right.

It’s all right to feel what I’m feeling. The hurt. The confusion. The anger. It’s all right. If I get upset for no reason and go into a rage, it’s all right. If I start crying in the middle of a bookstore my dad and I frequented, it’s all right. If I can’t go to my parents’ house right now due to the overwhelming absence of my father, it’s all right.

If you’ve dealt with a loss in your life that’s weighing you down, one that you don’t know how to cope with, please know that what you’re feeling is all right. And that getting help going through it is crucial. If you don’t like a specific therapist, go to the next, and the next, until you find one that helps you in ways you haven’t been helped before. One who you’re comfortable crying in front of – because you’ll be doing a lot of that. And that’s all right. It’s a part of the healing process, and to bottle it up is unhealthy. Let it out. Feel it. As long as you’re not hurting anyone else or doing harm to yourself, it’s all right.

Thank you for sticking with me, everyone. My latest book is slowly coming to an end. The Souls of the Lash only needs a few more tweaks, and its ready for a proof copy and, after that, publication. My goal is to have it out for sale in April. But finding inspiration, finding the “zone” in which I need present in my mind to write, has rarely come forth since my father’s death, so I may miss that personal deadline.

But that’s all right, too.

Grim Vengeance Released!

It’s out! It’s out! Grim Vengeance, the FINAL installment of my superhero crime thriller series A Grim Trilogy, has been released! It is for sale on Amazon in paperback and digital formats. You can also, as always, get a signed copy (they don’t come signed on Amazon, sadly) with free shipping on my Grim site here.

Hope you have enjoyed the Grim adventure this  year! They aren’t over, though, as we still need to get the Grim books up on Audible! Check out the latest updates on that progress here.

In addition, stay tuned for my newest book, the Western thriller titled The Souls of the Lash, which is expected to release in early 2018!

The Souls of the Lash Updates!

Well, guys, with all books in A Grim Trilogy released in 2017 – with the final installment, Grim Vengeance, set to release online December 30, 2017 – you may think that’s it. That there isn’t anything else. But you’d think so, so wrong.

The Souls of the Lash, my Western thriller, is undergoing some revisions and major edits. Once that’s complete, betas will read through to ensure everything flows and that the story is still freakin’ awesome (guys, I’m so excited, it’s so freakin’ awesome). Then one final pass with the editor and The Souls of the Lash will be ready.

What does a Wild West thriller have to do with a modern day superhero series such as A Grim Trilogy. Why, they happen at the same time, of course. Just you wait. This is going to be so cool. 🙂

Until then, I’ve had a lot of people ask me what authors and books have inspired my own writing, so I worked with a fellow author and friend to come up with the list of my top ten favorite books.

Back to editing I go! I’ll keep you guys updated on the progress of The Souls of the Lash as well as everything else in this unique universe of mine.

Interview at Creator’s Corner

Hey all! The release of Grim Vengeance, the FINAL novel in my superhero crime thriller series A Grim Trilogy, is coming up fast! It releases Saturday, December 2, 2017 online and at its release party in Madison, WI.

I had a few people ask to do an interview in anticipation of the final book’s release. Check out the one I did for Creator’s Corner! In it, I talk about my writing process, advice for new authors, what’s planned for me after Grim is done, and more! Hope you enjoy, and if you ever have any questions for me about writing or anything else, don’t hesitate to drop me a comment or DM on Twitter. 😀

Grim Vengeance to release December 2, 2017!