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More Free Books!

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As you might recall, last week the anthology Twisted & Sinful Stories was available for free. The first day it was free, it was on fire with the downloads! 42 free downloads in one day. Then the numbers started to decease each day. At about 4:00 on Friday, I noticed that we had given away 95 total books for the week. That was amazing, but I wanted more. As Jeremy and I sat down to do the podcast I decided to up the ante a little bit. I wanted 5 more downloads to 100.

So I made the bold statement that if we hit 100 downloads, I would offer up The Time Traveler’s Journal for free. I’m very protective of my latest book because I think it’s by far the best book I’ve written. But I wanted to push us over the edge. When I went to bed that night, we had only given away 1 more book. So I shrugged it off, said I did what I could.

On Saturday morning I woke up to my surprise, we had hit exactly one hundred freebies. Being a man of my word, The Time Traveler’s Journal is now free until Friday. I don’t expect to hit the kind of numbers we had last week, but it’s all about getting my name out there. So if you are curious about The Time Traveler’s Journal, pick up your free copy this week!

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Today is also an important day for me as a writer. Because today is the day two years ago that I sat down and started writing my first novel Everything Comes Full Circle. My life has gone all sorts of chaotic in the past two years and there’s been very little I could truly depend on. But one of those things have been writing. In a way it has kept me centered and sane. Mostly anyway.

Tomorrow I will be back with an excerpt from Paranormal Contact Vol. 3. Until then… NOVA NOVA NOVA NOVA. Have a good one everybody!

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Word Count Wednesday # 13

Word Count Wednesday

Good Wednesday Evening to you. Hope wherever you are it’s not nearly as rainy and soggy as it is here in New England!

This friendly reminder that you can get Everything Comes Full Circle for free for the rest of the day for your Kindle AND Paranormal Contact Vol. 1 until Sunday. Both books are free so you can never go wrong there!

Okay, enough shilling my books for now. Time for a little progress report. I’m to the point in the book where everything that we have been building towards is about to happen. To me it’s the best part of the book. I hope you will agree with me!

Last week the word count was 29,464. I have been working hard this week to catch up from my week where I didn’t do nearly enough writing due to Mother Nature trapping me in New Jersey. I think I have caught up to where I should be.

And with that I can tell you that the word count for February 2nd, 2016 is…

33,240

Almost 4,000 in a week is a lot for me. But hopefully that number will be higher next week! I’m flowing! There might even be an excerpt coming!

Have a good one everyone!

 

Take A Chance….

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Good Tuesday afternoon readers. Maybe it’s evening depending on where you are. For me it’s 4 in the afternoon.

The reason I’m coming to you today is simple. I have a challenge for you. It’s really easy actually. I want you to take a chance. Take a chance on an independent writer. It doesn’t have to be me. I mean I’m not going to lie, I wish it was me. But it doesn’t have to be me.

It’s great that you have a book shelf full of authors named Rowling and King and Clancy and Grisham and Grafton. All of them are awesome writers.  There is a reason why I just need to type their last names and you know EXACTLY who I’m talking about. But guess what. There was a time they weren’t big name writers. They were just people struggling to make a dream happen.

But their struggles are over. But there are a million of other authors still trying to make that dream happen. So take a chance. You might find an author with a unique voice and even better a unique story. Names like (Jeremy) Croston and (Jack) Crosby and (Morganna) Williams and (Jerry) Klaus and (Michael) Ness. And yes even (Jeff) Trelewicz. Every book you buy from an independent author makes a difference for them. It really is that simple. Even if it’s not anyone on this list, you should help support independent authors.

You just never know, you may actually find your new favorite author. Or at the very least a nice new addition to your library.

Thank you for taking the time to read this. You have been challenged. What you do with that challenge is up to you.

Have a good one everybody!

I’m speechless right now…

Good morning/afternoon/evening readers.

For those of you that don’t really know me as a person, I’m loud. I can be obnoxious at times (Truth be told, who can’t?). I have the mouth of an Italian sailor on shore leave for ten hours. So for me to be at a total loss for words is a rarity. But I am right now. Why?

Here’s why. My business partner Jeremy Croston (ragnorakonice.wordpress.com) was nominated for an award for his book The Cactus Killer recently. His professor from school is part of the team that makes those nominations. In an effort to help me be a better writer, Jeremy showed him Paranormal Contact Volume One. He was impressed by it! Sure, it’s not perfect as someone here recently told me. Nominations had all ready been announced, so my book isn’t truly eligible. But he gave me a special nomination anyway and said “This is to make sure you get a book ready for next year’s contest”. Rest assured Mr. O’Brien I am hard at work. Thank you for the inspiration!

While the name of our company is Two Dudes, Brews and Books there is a third honorary member to our team. His name is Jack Crosby. If you read Paranormal Contact Volume One (and I really hoped that you did!) you know both Jack and Jeremy show up as exaggerated versions of themselves. Well, Jack has released his second book today. It’s called Old War Stories. It’s a sequel to his first book Death Among Us. If you’re fans of books full with demons and sex and violence and sex and violence and sex and a little more violence, you need to be reading his books. They are available right now on Amazon.com.

Official Cover for “Everything Comes Full Circle”

First off let me wish everyone a merry Christmas Eve.

Earlier today (and by earlier, I mean nine minutes ago) I revealed the Official Cover for Everything Comes Full Circle. I had been tinkering with a few ideas, including one that I thought would actually be the cover. The original idea looked like this: Full Circle - 3

But I decided to see if I can change it up a little bit. So this morning I went into full design mode and this is what I came up:

Official Book Cover - Everything Comes Full Circle

I hope that you will like the new design! Special thanks to my writing partner Jeremy Croston on the formatting for the cover.

The Second Chapter from “Everything Comes Full Circle”

Why the second chapter of the book? Easy. The first chapter doesn’t really feature any of the main characters. The second one introduces us to the dynamic of the group. 

CHAPTER TWO

Steve Potter sat in the chair of their modest kitchen. His wife is the English teacher at the local high school as well as the director of the school plays. He was an assistant manager at home repair store a few towns over from where they live. When the plays come around, he would be her assistant director as well as design the sets with the help of their friend Dustin.

He couldn’t help but smile after hearing the news of the town meeting. He loved helping with the plays, but it was starting to become an issue. He was almost fifty now. His once full head of hair was starting to recede a little. The space they used was the small gym in the back of the high school. Not only did they have to design sets, but Steve and Dustin had to build the stage first. And rigging the lights and the microphones. There was a time last year that Steve contemplating telling his wife that he just couldn’t do it anymore. But tonight’s announcement changes everything.

Steve now knew that he could continue to help out with the plays, at least until his younger daughter was out of high school. She definitely took after her mother with a passion for plays and for acting. Renee was an actress when he met her back in college. Desperate to impress her, he tried his hand at it and failed. But he learned to love the behind the scenes aspects of it.

Renee walked in from down the hallway with a smile on her face. She was in he late 40’s with black hair that she dyed a few times a year. She could easily pass for someone years younger than her. There were wrinkles on her face, mostly from teaching. She loved her students, each of them offering a different challenge. There were some she hoped she would never see again. But among her students, her favorite were the actors in the plays she directed. They had a special relationship. Normally she didn’t hear from students after they graduated from her class, but those that she directed she considered her children. Of course there were ones she liked better than others, but she would never tell them that. The news of tonight definitely raised her spirits. She thought that the motion would be denied and that the arts department would get another blow. She sat down next to Steve and leaned over and gave him a kiss on the cheek. She reached for a piece of paper that was on the table.

“What are you doing?”, Steve asked his wife.

“I am writing Mayor North a thank you note on behalf of the theater department. I know that she didn’t do it for us solely, but I think that if anyone is going to benefit from it the most it’s going to be us. Don’t you agree?”, she responded without looking up from her task at hand.

“No, I completely agree. I know my back will definitely love the idea of not having to build the stage first. Plus just imagine how many more people will get to see the shows. We could barely fit 100 people in the small gym. She didn’t say how many seats would be in this auditorium, but I can guarantee you that it will be more than that”, Steve replied. Renee looked up at him with a smile on her face. “Have you thought about what we should do for our first show in the new auditorium?’

“We just found out like an hour ago? When did you think I had time to make such a decision?,” Renee teased with a poke to his right shoulder.

“But I also know you. I know how your brain works. You start thinking about the next play the second the lead finishes his or her bow on the final performance on the final night. Am I right?”, Steve responded. He had to stop himself from snickering at his unintentional rhyme.

“Normally you would be right. Had I been thinking about next spring’s show? Of course I have. But this changes everything. I know that to open the auditorium now we have to do something big. Something bigger than big. I just don’t know what yet,” she said.

“Together, we will figure it out. We have plenty of time,” Steve replied. Renee nodded her head in agreement. “If you want we can get together with Dustin tomorrow and see if he has any bright ideas. I think between the three of us we can come up with an idea that will blow the roof off of the new auditorium,” he replied with a grin on his face.

“I know that we can. I will talk to him tomorrow and see when he is free”, she said. Renee began writing again in the thank you note. She felt a tear well up in her eye. Steve looked over and saw it. He stood from his chair and wrapped an arm around her shoulder and kissed her cheek. “I can’t believe we are finally getting an auditorium. After all the struggles we had over the years, it’s finally happening.”

“I know. I am so happy for you that it got approved finally.“

I hope that you enjoyed the first chapter and it makes you want to read more!

My Biggest Concern about “Everything Comes Full Circle”

The original intent of the novel was to be 90 pages. That was always my target goal. I had doubts at first that I would have enough material to fit the 90 pages, but now I am proud to announce that due to a late expanded story line 90 pages is a goal that will not only be met, but achieved. Probably not by much, but it will definitely be at least 90 pages. As of this writing I am on page 80 with a lot of story still to be told. As it stands the story is 40,218 words long

Now that length isn’t a concern, I still have one more. Because the original source material is a screenplay, a vast majority of it is dialogue and not actions or descriptions. I hope that will not be a distraction to the reader. It is something I am looking to make some changes to as I go back and edit it. I have lost count of how many times the word “said” as be written. There are some scenes where there are some scenes I have been able to put a little bit of action and movement into, some that is severely lacking.

I am definitely in the home stretch though. I hope that everyone who reads it will like it!