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Welcome to my Wordpress page. I'm an independent author under the Two Dudes, Brews & Books label. So far I have four books out ranging from comedy/drama to science fiction. Check out Everything Comes Full Circle, Paranormal Contact Vol. 1 & 2, and The Time Traveler's Journal. I also contributed a story to Twisted & Sinful Stories. My blog serves as an inside look at my books as well as me, the author. There will be updates and comedy, plus some other material as well.

Paranormal Contact Vol. 3 Freebie & More

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Welcome back everyone! Hope you had a good weekend. I just finished watching this week’s episode of Game Of Thrones and damn do I need to catch my breath. Later in the week I will be watching Sharknado 5. And anyone who listened to the old podcasts know how I feel about Nova. Glad to see her back!

Alright, so with voting coming up soon for the Metamorph Summer Indie Awards, what better way to help then to put Paranormal Contact Volume 3 up for free leading up to voting. So you will be able to get it from August 27-31. Of course I’ll let you know as we get closer to voting how you can help me win.

Books for Free August 2017

As many of you know, it’s been a while since I released a book. I’ve been working on my Kids’ Anthology, but writing has kind of stalled on it. So while I’m keeping it on the backburner, starting next week I’m starting work on a brand new book.  It’s not going to about the paranormal at all. It will be more in the vein of “Everything Comes Full Circle” then anything else. So I will probably start up my Word Count Wednesdays as well. So look for some news on that in the upcoming weeks as well.

There’ll be a new Top 5 coming in a day or two as well. I’m open to ideas if you want to float any my way, just reach out!

In the mean time, have a good one everybody!

State Of Sales July 2017

State Of Sales

Good Tuesday morning to you. It’s August 2nd so it’s time for a look back at the sales for July.

The big seller of the week has been the most steady of all my books so far. Sinful & Twisted Stories had the most copies sold for the month.  As it stands now, it’s sold 76 copies since it’s release. It really is a testament to the other three writers that contributed stories to the book. So continued shout outs to Morganna Williams, Jeremy Croston and Jack Crosby. That little book just keeps going!

My first book Everything Comes Full Circle got some sales last month as well. So that’s always unexpected.

I think I’m due for some free book sales so there will be some announcements later in the week on that. I might have another announcement as well 😉

Thank you to anyone who has ever bought a book with my name on it. It really does mean a lot. Have a good one everybody!

 

New Website!

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Good afternoon everybody! Hope you’re having a good weekend. My weekend has been okay, I guess. But I do have some good news to share.

Wicked Good Publishing has a new home website. Right now it’s kind of bare bones, but we’re working on improving it. If there’s something you want to see, let me or Austin know. And we will be more than glad to try to accommodate it!

As of right now it’s just a look at the books that Austin and I have written as well as a quick meet the team page that links to our Amazon biographies. We are certainly going to add more to it.

In the mean time, check it out and let us know what you of the site.

Later this week there will be a State Of Sales update for the month of July as well as a new Top 5.

This week in the CKCCOnline Spotlight is a podcast all about music. Check out the J-Bunny’s Music Hub.  Every week there’s a new musician interview.

Have a good one everybody!

Top 5 (21) (Spoilers ahead)

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Welcome back everyone! There’s so much happening in the world of pop culture that I don’t know what to do! Comicon is getting ready to start in San Diego and D23 is just ending in Anaheim. Today is National Ice Cream Day too. I hope you had some Ice Cream.  I did and I will probably have some more because well it’s ice cream.

But today’s Top 5 is going to be a return to the very first Top 5. We’re talking Game of Thrones just hours ahead of the premiere of Season 7. We’re going to take a look at the Top 5 moments of the series. There’s so many moments that I could easily do a top 100. But I won’t. I will spare you of that! Even limiting it to 5 plus 7 honorary mentions was hard! Keep in mind that as we go forward there will be Spoilers ahead. So don’t read if you haven’t seen the first six seasons!

Honorary Mentions: Viserys Death,  Hodor’s Death, The Trial of Tyrion, Jon Snow’s death and subsequent revival, The Kingslayer loses a hand, Jamie gives Bran a push (out a window), Arya Gets her Revenge on Walder Frey

5. Danerys is Fireproof. It’s really happened twice in the series. Both moments were huge.  It shows how tough she will be in a fight to go with her spirit.

4. Tyrion Slaps Joffrey, many times. I know a lot of people would have loved to slap him. But it was Tyrion who got to do it. Joffrey was giving orders to the soldiers, but Joffrey thought he knew better. He tried to pull rank as King, but Tyrion would have none of it! Several slaps later and Joffrey finally backed off his uncle. This scene is more of a guilty pleasure than one that more impacted the course of events.

3, Battle Of The Bastards – This was a perfect example of what happens when a large scale war breaks out. We had seen large fights before, but there was something even more personal about it. It looked like Jon Snow was defeated but an unexpected save was made by Littlefinger to change the balance of the fight. Sansa ultimately got her revenge in the end.

2. Red Wedding. This was a moment that I should have seen coming, I didn’t. The slaughter of almost all the wedding guests was one thing, but killing Catelyn, Rob, Talisa and their unborn baby in such gory fashion was just so crazy. I would stop going to weddings in Westoros if I were any of them

1- Ned’s Death. Without a doubt the most shocking moment in the entire series. I remember sitting at home watching the end of season 1 thinking “There is no way they could kill the main character after 9 episodes. Turns out they can. One could even say that this one moment started the true Game of Thrones.

This week’s CKCCOnline Spotlight goes to Heather Quinn Cosplay. She’s an old friend of mine and one hell of a cosplayer. Some of her favorite cosplay characters are Ariel,  Wonder Woman and Quorra from Tron.  Check her out!

Alright, time to sit back and get ready for Game Of Thrones season 7. And remember! Be mindful of those that don’t get to watch it live! Be Spoiler free when discussing it online!

Excerpt Time!

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Welcome back everyone! Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend so far. Summer is truly in full effect!

As you might have seen in my last blog, Paranormal Contact Vol. 3 is up for a Summer Indie Book Award through Metamorph Publishing. It’s now officially in the Paranormal Category. I mean, Of course it is :). There’s a lot of competition in the category. So my hats off to all the other authors. Good luck. In the mean time, if you’d like to pick up a copy of Paranormal Contact Vol. 3 you can at Amazon. It’s available in both paperback and e-kindle versions.

Still working on my Children’s Anthology. Here’s a scene from that book. I hope you will like it!

Willie and Kayleen huddled in the corner of their hut. There was a huge smile on Willie’s face.

“You have to show me where they were!” he said loudly. Kayleen immediately covered his mouth with her hand. Almost playfully he tugged on her shirt. Willie couldn’t control his excitement.

“Keep your voice down, Willie. And no I don’t. I shouldn’t have even told you about them.” Kayleen uncovered his mouth just as quickly

“Tell me again? Tell me what you saw?” Willie asked. His eyes were beaming with joy as he spoke. Kayleen repeated the story. She told him of watching two dragons soaring into the sky, climbing higher and higher. With each word she said, Willie just looked like he was ready to burst. When she was done, he started jumping up and down. “Will you take me to where you saw them?”

“I don’t think I should,” she replied. And just like that the excitement in Willie disappeared. He slumped forward against the wall. “Willie!”

He pouted at her. “It’s not fair! You got to see them. I didn’t!” Quickly Willie folded his arms across his chest. Kayleen felt her heart melt.

“I… there’s no way for me to guarantee that we would see them. They were near that mountain we saw, flying high in the sky. If they’re not out like I saw them, then you won’t get to see them like I did,” Kayleen responded. She could tell that her words were having absolutely no effect on Willie. There was sadness in his eyes now. It hurt Kayleen to see. She thought for a moment. “Fine, Willie. We will try. When we are allowed to go out, we will go there. But I don’t want you to be disappointed if we don’t see anything.”

Suddenly the big smile re-appeared on Willie’s face. His cheeks were hurting from smiling so big. He let go of her shirt and started jumping up and down in excitement. “Thank you, thank you thank you,” Willie repeated.

It was a few hours later than Willie and Kayleen were allowed to leave their village for a little while. Willie could hardly contain his excitement as he left his hut. He took off running. Kayleen called after him to slow down. His feet ran so far it almost appeared that they never touched the ground. Kayleen struggled to catch up to him.

It was only at the edge of the forest that she caught him. Willie was frozen. His eyes once again glued to the top of the majestic mountains. Kayleen looked to the clouds, where she had last seen the dragons flying. She saw nothing moving this time. Her eyes moved to her brother. His body was trembling.

“I told you there was a chance that you wouldn’t see them,” she said. Kayleen knelt down so she was at the same level as her brother. He refused to look at her though. His eyes squinted as he searched the skies for any movement he could see.

Dark clouds were starting to gather near the mountain. Kayleen looked down at Willie. His bottom lip quivered. Willie looked up at the clouds. “I guess we should go back before it starts raining.” He turned around and dropped his head to the ground. His small foot kicked a small rock that was near him. Kayleen draped her arm around his shoulder.

She turned around as well. They took two steps back to the village when suddenly they both heard a high pitch sound behind them. They each turned around as quickly as they could. As they did they both saw a dragon flying in the sky across the field.

The look changed just as quickly on Willie’s face. He screamed out in excitement.

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Don’t forget to check out the CKCCOnline website. Bunch of good guys and girls there. I think I will do a CKCCOnline Spotlight every week to introduce you to what we have going on over there! So Today’s spotlight will be The Jersey Rain Podcast. You don’t have to be a famous celeb to have lived an interesting life. That’s the whole point of the podcast.  Normal people telling stories about their lives. I was lucky enough to be interviewed for the podcast as well as providing intros and outros for the podcast. Check out the Jersey Rain Podcast hosted by Mr. Chris O’Mealy

Holy Moley!

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Good evening everyone. Do I have some news for you? Are you sitting down? Luckily for me, I was sitting down when I got the news.

Metamorph Publishing is a small press publishing company that was founded by independent author Markie Madden. She understands the struggles of being an independent author because she is one! Well, to help out those authors she has created a yearly award contest for indy writers. There are many different categories and a lot of great authors have been nominated this year.

One of those authors is me! Paranormal Contact Vol. 3 has been nominated and I’m beyond words! Voting will begin in a few weeks, so if you are interested in helping me out, check back here in a little bit and I will share how you can do that!

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Have a good one everybody!

State Of Sales June 2017

State Of Sales

Welcome back everyone! It’s time to take a look at sales for the month of June. I hadn’t done a free sale in a while so I wanted to take the opportunity to get my name out there and boy did I?

Everything Comes Full Circle was free for a few days. It does not look like that book has found an audience. I guess I understand that. It’s a niche audience reading books about both reunions and theater. Only two people grabbed a free copy of it. But…. one person wound up paying for it. So that’s always good as well.

Paranormal Contact Vol. 1 was free as well. The numbers certainly didn’t disappoint for that one though. Day One saw 88 free copies get picked up. Day Two saw 39 more people get their copy. Day Three saw 4 more copies. So all in all, the numbers for Paranormal Contact Vol. 1 saw an increase of 131. To put that in perspective, it was the second most free books I had given away for one book in one sales period. The only higher number was 192 copies of Time Traveler’s Journal back in December of last month.

Being a part of the CKCCOnline has definitely paid off as I have a fancy new logo for our State Of Sales blogs. Next week I will be post a new scene from the book I’m working on and a Top 5 next weekend as well. So be on the look out for that.

In the mean time feel free to drop me a line if you want! Have a good and safe Fourth of July. Don’t pull a Jason Pierre-Paul. Keep all your digits