New Skin

Last Friday, my seven-year-old son was hospitalized with a serious skin infection known as Scalded Skin Syndrome (SSS). It's a rare kind of staph infection that causes the skin to be red and tender, and eventually to blister and pop. This disease mainly affects children, many of whom end up in hospital burn units. Before we … Continue reading New Skin

The Dreaded Red Pen – A Publishing Update

I haven't posted in a few months, but I wanted to update those of you who are following my publishing journey. I said back in July that I planned to self-publish Stoker's Mill, my first novel. Since then, however, I've really felt God leading me to publish my second novel, Subversive. Subversive is the first book … Continue reading The Dreaded Red Pen – A Publishing Update

God Knocked Me Off My High Horse: My Long (and Rocky) Publishing Journey

When I finished my first novel in 2012, I sent the manuscript to a professional editor who also coordinated a yearly writer's conference that I planned on attending. After she completed her initial read-through of the book, she emailed me back and said, "Wow! You’ve kept me up turning pages (well, scrolling through pages on my … Continue reading God Knocked Me Off My High Horse: My Long (and Rocky) Publishing Journey

BOOK REVIEW: THE CHAIN BY ADRIAN MCKINTY

Title: THE CHAIN Author: ADRIAN MCKINTY Genre: Thriller / Suspense Publication Date: July 9, 2019 by Mulholland Books The Premise: A young girl, Kylie, is kidnapped while waiting for her school bus. Her mother, Rachel, receives a phone call soon afterwards. The kidnappers are parents whose own child has been kidnapped and is currently being … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: THE CHAIN BY ADRIAN MCKINTY

Book Review: The Escape Room by Megan Goldin

Something wonderful just happened in my life. I discovered that I could receive ARC's (Advance Reading Copy) of books PRIOR to their publication. Sometimes months in advance! The best part . . . they're completely FREE! If I'm interested in reading a particular book, I send a request to the publisher, and if I'm selected, … Continue reading Book Review: The Escape Room by Megan Goldin

Jesus Loves Me, This I Know . . .

Guest Blog by Joseph Mott, Pastor of Foundations Bible Church in Freeburg, Pennsylvania. I love the story of “Jesus Loves Me”. It is one of my favorites. Anna and Susan Warner lived in a Revolutionary Era home in disrepair due to the economic struggles of the day. It was right across the Hudson river from West … Continue reading Jesus Loves Me, This I Know . . .

My 10 Favorite Reads (Fiction)

Yes. It was hard to pick only ten books. How did I choose? Well, I almost never read a book more than once because life is too short. There are so many awesome authors/books out there that it's silly to waste time reading anything more than once. However, the stories listed below are unique in … Continue reading My 10 Favorite Reads (Fiction)

My Thoughts Upon (FINALLY) Finishing the Bible . . .

Last week, I finished reading the Bible for the first time. The whole thing. Every chapter. Despite being a Christian for most of my life, I never read it all the way through. In fact, there was a time when I would flip through the pages of the Old Testament, scan the passages, and think, … Continue reading My Thoughts Upon (FINALLY) Finishing the Bible . . .

Bobby the Crayfish

A little background on this story: A few years ago, Ben's teacher requested that some of the kids in his class try to catch a crayfish at home and bring it to school. They wanted to feed and observe a few crayfish as a science project for that marking period. Since Ben takes all assignments … Continue reading Bobby the Crayfish

The Personal Side of Writing

I found an excerpt today from a manuscript I wrote fourteen years ago. It was my first attempt at a novel . . . and I failed miserably. Originally, I had envisioned this book being a Dean Koontz-esque small-town alien invasion story. Not at all cliche, right? Well, not suprisingly, I never finished the book. … Continue reading The Personal Side of Writing