Monday, May 25, 2015

A Sort of Memorial Day Story

I posted the following brief true tale to Facebook while toasting the dead, war and otherwise, a couple nights ago. People seemed to respond to the sentiments, and seeing those men and thecrowd responding to them certainly left an impression on me, so I thought I'd post it here.
A Sort of Memorial Day Story
A couple weeks ago I was in the dear old BWI airport awaiting my flight, inbound from Maine. The gate attendant let us know that thirty WWII and Korea vets were coming in on the flight, soon to visit war memorials in DC. Could we please give them a warm welcome? Twenty nine men came off the airplane in wheelchairs, smiling and waving to the vigorous applause we provided throughout the terminal. There was one guy--just one--who walked off under his own steam, a large man leaning on a cane but moving at a rapid clip. He also smiled, but maybe his smile was a little tighter than those of his brothers-in-arms, and he didn't have any patience for waving. I found it impossible not to imagine him barking and waving his cane at the attendants trying to ferry him off the plane-- "Wheelchair? What makes you think I need a goddamn wheelchair, you goddamn idjit?"--as he lurched heavily to his feet. I clapped and cheered for all thirty, but I have to to confess I clapped especially hard for him, and I hope that he is as every bit as cantankerous in real life as he is in the fictional one I imagined for him.
To quote Bill Callahan, "I never served my country"--but I have enormous respect for those who did and do. Thank you.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

A Haunted Book Signing in Connecticut

I will be at the Otis Library in Norwich, Connecticut next Monday the 10th from 6:30-7:30 signing copies of my new ghost story/thriller Break My Heart 1,000 Times, soon to be a major motion picture at fine theaters everywhere. Maybe it will play in less than fine or even disreputable theaters too, who knows. Wouldn't it be cool if it were filmed in Illusion-O, like in the original 13 Ghosts movie? Not the modern one (which I love) with The Torn Prince, The Torso, the Angry Princess (who I also love), and their ten other spectral pals, but the 1960 one by William Castle. Boy, that sure would be swell.

I'll also sign any copies of any of the Generation Dead books you have lying around, too. I suppose I'd sign zombie and ghost books from other authors if you were really insistent about it, just to be polite, although I don't know why you would want me to do that.  It would only embarass us both.

I'm told that books will be provided by Bank Square Books, a very fine bookstore you can visit physically in Mystic, CT or virtually HERE.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Break My Heart 1,000 Times Blog Tour Redux

And here are the last couple stops on the blog tour:

I discuss a few songs I listened to while writing BMH1Kx at Largehearted Boy HERE

I answer still more questions at Once Upon a Twilight HERE

And I rather bravely discuss a few Halloween costumes I have worn and even more bravely provide an eminently mockable photo of one such costume, circa 1986, at Supernatural Snark HERE

Thanks for reading!  It has been fun!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Break My Heart 1,000 Times Blog Tour

Wow, have I been busy!

I tell a true ghost story at Monster Librarian HERE.

I answer some questions at I Am a Reader, Not a Writer HERE.  Plus, there's a giveaway!

I write about writing at Sara's Urban Fantasy Blog HERE. Plus, there's a giveaway!

I answer more questions at Oodles of Books HERE. Plus, there's a giveaway!

I write about true ghost stories at Sophistikatied Reviews HERE. Plus, there's a giveaway!

I answer even more questions at Tynga's Reviews HERE. Plus, there's a giveaway!

I write about some ghost stories I admire at Mundie Moms HERE.

I answer still more questions at The Daily Fig HERE.

And now, I sleep. But stay tuned--there a few stops left on the tour!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Contest and Writing Process

Last chance to win a copy of Break My Heart 1,000 Times on Sara's Urban Fantasy Blog. Click the link and enter! And while you are there you might as well read my post about my writing process.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Soccer Zombies and BMH1kx

I sponsored my son's soccer team, and so was given a section of the promotional shirt to, well, promote. I struggled with what to have my corner of the shirt read; a big ad for Break My Heart 1,000 Times didn't seem conducive to the tough and gritty competitive spirit required for the soccer field, and the tagline I invented for the Gen Dead series, "Some of My Best Friends are Dead" seemed equally inappropriate for a U-14 soccer team.

As you can see (top right) I went with my trusty brand name, with website and titles in a small font.

I was secretly hoping that they would name the team the Griswold Zombies, but no such luck. Maybe next year.

Don't forget: Release day for Break My Heart 1,000 Times is...tomorrow! Buy three or four copies and give to all of your spooky friends to read for Halloween! Or buy the special Bite-Sized edition to drop in unsuspecting trick or treaters' bags!*

* (Disclaimer: the special Bite-Sized editions of BMH1kx exist only in my mind; any edition of BMH1kx may prove harmful if swallowed)

Also, check out this wonderful review from Lost In A Great Book if you are still on the fence: Lost In A Great Book

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Break My Heart Art

I received this beautiful gift yesterday; a print from Stephanie Piro illustrating one of my favorite scenes from Break My Heart 1,000 Times! To see more of Stephanie's work, please go to her website Stephanie also writes book reviews at her site The Militant Recommender and wrote a very kind review of Break My Heart 1,000 Times, which is here: HERE Then she asked me some of the most insightful interview questions I've ever been asked here:HERE. Clearly, we're forming some sort of mutual admiration society. But is that so wrong? There's a lot of hate in the world.

The BMH1kx blog tour begins in a few days. I made some T-shits for the tour, but they are virtual shirts, ghost shirts if you will, and disappear the moment you think about putting them on. Break My Heart 1,000 Times, my scary book, comes out on Tuesday. Buy one before they disappear!