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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Demon IV: Darkness Rules on Kindle!

We released Demon IV: Darkness Rules on Kindle today. RJ Parker Publishing Inc will release it in Paperback next week. 

Here's another little blurb for Darkness Rules:

Thanks to another Haunt wound, Mike develops yet another power increase, enabling him to make Demon audible. The paranormal dog from another dimension wastes no time annoying everyone he comes into contact with. Teaming with the Haunt Mike changed forever, Mongo George, the duo turns Demon Inc inside out with hilarious results.

The Haunts, idle for weeks after the Demon Inc teens’ assault on their dimension before Halloween, formulate a new tactic. They enlist the aid of earthbound evil spirits to do their bidding in a desperate attempt to conquer the earth’s dimension, and flee the destruction of their own.

Once Mike and Demon discover the plot, it’s all hands on deck at Demon Inc. With the end of the Haunt dimension in their grasp, an amped up Mike Rawlins leads the team into the final confrontation, while dealing with a local gangbanger problem threatening his family.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Preview of Demon IV: Darkness Rules

I finished Demon IV: Darkness Rules last night. It's well over 92K words, and a nonstop action packed, and humor filled chapter with the Demon Inc teens taking on new threats from the Haunt dimension. Here's the cover preview, being finished by my Grandson Colin, and the blurb for the novel. I'm editing it now, and working on Cold Blooded IV: Bloody Shadows which is at 55K words, and on schedule for a late May release.


A break in the Haunt incursions worries the Demon Inc crew. Since invading the Haunt dimension, no sign of the dreaded monsters shows up on their early warning system. Demon also discovers Mike’s been hiding new powers from a Haunt wound suffered during their invasion of the Haunt dimension.

Mike gained strength, and mind control to the point he can make others hear Demon. Hilarity ensues as the sarcastic Demon teams with his paranormal pal, converted Haunt Mongo George, to turn the Demon Inc headquarters and crew inside out.

Danger returns as the teens uncover a Haunt plot with changed tactics. Their dimension, imploding due to Demon Inc’s last assault, forces the monsters into drawing evil spirits on earth into their human dimension takeover.

Demon munches Bad Caspers as the crew calls the evil spirits just as easily as he does Haunts. Teamed with an amped up Mike Rawlins and the Demon Inc teens, the Haunts find out what hell on earth really means.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

A Short Return to the Top for an old Favorite

Although it didn't last long, Hard Case II: The Lure of Hell made it to #1 in Amazon's 'Intelligence and Spies' category. As RJ pointed out to me, it was nice to see it doing so well for the first time in a while, the reason being The Lure of Hell was the first novel that really took off for me. It also introduced the deadliest couple I ever created: Lynn Montoya and Clint Dostiene. The plot was part horror story, part Ultimate Fighting with John Harding's first cage match in Las Vegas, and part quirky romance with Lynn and Clint joining Harding's West Coast 'Murderer's Row'. The deadly duo find and handle three vicious serial killers torturing and murdering young women. The psychopathic trio believed they were the most fearsome monsters ever, until they met Lynn and Clint.  :)  Anyway, The Lure of Hell became RJ Parker Publishing's first 'fiction' best seller, so I took a picture of its moment at the top in a pretty competitive category. In present day writing news, I'll be at 75,000 words in Demon IV: Darkness Rules, and 50,000 words in Cold Blooded IV: Bloody Shadows by the end of today. They will be released at the end of April, and the end of May respectively, as promised.

I pray this Easter Sunday, in celebration of our Lord's resurrection, will be a wonderful day for everyone in these very tense times.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Keyboard Dance

Fiction is not my only escape. When I dive into a repair at my auto repair shop, the thoughts and memories from past decades fade for a few moments. It seems the old cliché ‘idle hands are the Devil’s workshop’ remains true whether holding a tool or working a keyboard. I was asked by one of my auto shop customers, who knows I write novels, whether dictating a novel tempted me to give up the keyboard dance, now that voice recognition software advances make the practice much less a chore. The answer is a resounding NO.

I advanced from writing longhand to writing with a typewriter, to finally a computer keyboard. I also make use of every writing advancement given me in Word having anything to do with editing and formatting. The tools in Word for editing are incredibly powerful for those willing to surmount the sometimes steep learning curve. From the simple necessity for a writer to turn on the paragraph symbols to the more intense find and change feature, the tools are at our fingertips. Stripping the formatting from a complete novel can be done in seconds. I love the software advances.

Writing with the keyboard connects mind, body, and soul. I admit the thought of dictating a novel is abhorrent to me. I need to touch the words in some manner, as much as I need to grip the proper wrench at my shop. Truthfully, although I have an active imagination, I can’t imagine a writer speaking a novel. It would definitely take skill I confess I do not have. I love the keyboard - so much so, I have to paint some of the letters back onto my laptop keyboard even though it’s relatively new.  :)

In experimental writing news, my writing two novels at the same time is still flowing along at a rapid pace. I’m nearing 57K words in Demon IV: Darkness Rules, and 40K words in Cold Blooded IV: Bloody Shadows. So far, it’s still a pleasure hopping back and forth between my two creations. They’re on schedule still for an April and May release respectively. Being with an independent publisher, like RJ ParkerPublishing, Inc allows me the freedom to do anything I want in the realm of writing. Both RJ and I cringe when I fulfill a promise to write another Demon series novel, instead of writing more installments in the much more popular Hard Case and Cold Blooded series offerings. We both know the over 200 hours spent writing Demon IV: Darkness Rules, will probably be mostly a wonderful way for me to commune with one of my favorite canine characters of all time: Demon. So be it. The next dual project on the horizon will be writing Hard Case VI, and Rick Cantelli, P.I. IV. My escape from reality is destined to extend well into the summer months ahead, but always with the much needed keyboard dance.  :)

Hard Case V: Blood and Fear is still fighting to remain number one in Pulp Fiction, clawing its way to the top position on and off for over a month.  :)

Sunday, March 15, 2015

A Good Internet Story

The most amazing Internet story yet connected to my writing happened yesterday morning. A fan on Amazon’s Nick McCarty/Cold Blooded forum asked me if I knew a pilot attached in the late sixties, early seventies to an air wing called the Shrikes when I was stationed aboard the USS Ranger aircraft carrier. He had a very humorous story about his connection to the pilot, and their friendship. The pilot, Lt. JG Bill Shankel, was shot down over North Vietnam in 1973, and the fan wanted to know if I ever heard what happened to him.

I searched through my Ranger cruise book from 69/70, but found no mention of a Shrike Squadron. I didn’t own a cruise book from my 70/71 Ranger deployment. I decided to play Rick Cantelli, P.I. on a search for the P.O.W. pilot, and found him. Lt. JG Bill Shankel is now a surgeon in Needles, Ca. They had all of his contact information on the web page. Below, I’ve included the link to my Nick McCarty/Cold Blooded forum where you can read the post and comments between Denis R. Grant and me at the bottom. I’m not posting this for a pat on the back. I think it’s one of the great things about the Internet when we can have something like this happen. I hope Denis can get in touch with Dr. Shankel, a real American hero who made it back alive from his imprisonment in the ‘Hanoi Hilton’. Then, this Sunday morning, Hard Case V: Blood and Fear, regained the #1 spot in Amazon’s Pulp Fiction for the third time.