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1st Draft of Beowulf Chronicles 2 is Done!

I just finished it about 15 minutes ago!

It was a long hard day of fighting some early procrastination and fighting to keep my butt in the chair. Then with the help of the Scorpions World Wide Live (the right music is always essential), I hit a groove. I think I listened to it five straight times!

Anyway, with sore butt, back, and arms, I powered my way to the end of the book and I feel good. I wrote a couple of good scenes today and I like its ending. I know I’ve got a lot of work to do yet, but it feels pretty damned good to bring it to an end.

Now I can eat dinner!

Then I need to find my digital recorder so that I can finally transfer that chapter I dictated last April into the book. I might wait ’til tomorrow on that!

Goodreads Giveaway

My Giveaway is live on Goodreads!

Basically, for the next 30 days you can hit the “Enter to Win” button and  you’re in. How easy is that? Then on Jan. 25th, Goodreads randomly selects 30 people to receive a signed copy of my debut novel. You can enter here.

Here’s the most exciting part for me — the giveaway went live at midnight last night and when I checked it at 9 am this morning (yeah, I slept in, sue me, it was the day after Christmas) I already had 48 people entered!! So join them and maybe in 30 days, you can look like this:

My M&M

That’s me holding my first actual physical copy of Murder & Mochas. The first of  you who ordered off Amazon or CreateSpace, already received your books. I know. But you’ve got more pull than the author (as it should be). My book wasn’t scheduled to arrive until tomorrow. BUT, it came early! I unexpectedly got it on Christmas Eve. That was a fun little early present.

So in a month, I’ll be signing 30 of these books to send out to people, you might be one of them, and I hope you’ll be smiling just as big!

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Updated  2/18/14
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Book Signing Video
Books Are in the Mail
1st Book Arrives

Coffee Mugs Are Here!

Lack of Fanfare Is Good

One nice thing about being an Indie writer is the lack of fanfare.

Don’t get me wrong I wouldn’t at all mind a little splash and I did very much enjoy all of the congratulations, fb posts, and texts when I published Murder & Mochas. It was fun. And it was good to hangout with my writer friends last night and talk about it and receive some kudos.

That said, it all seems to be over already and I’m good with that.

You see Sunday evening, the steady stream of congratulations had ebbed and then disappeared around dinner time. My apartment was remarkably quiet and I had a “Now What?” type of feeling.

There wasn’t anything else to do for Murder & Mochas, ebook and print versions were in the can. There were a couple of technical issues pending, but they were in someone else’s queue. So I decided the only thing that really made sense was to have a nice dinner, then get up the next morning and pick back up with Beowulf Chronicles 2 ( BC2).

And that’s exactly what I did. So far this week I’ve added about 3300 words and it is entirely realistic that I will finish it by the end of the year. Yes, Kevin, I know the year ends in thirteen days and I think that’s really achievable. In fact, that’s the official goal now.

Lack of Fanfare Is Good

One nice thing about being an Indie writer is the lack of fanfare.

Don’t get me wrong I wouldn’t at all mind a little splash and I did very much enjoy all of the congratulations, fb posts, and texts when I published Murder & Mochas. It was fun. And it was good to hangout with my writer friends last night and talk about it and receive some kudos.

That said, it all seems to be over already and I’m good with that.

You see Sunday evening, the steady stream of congratulations had ebbed and then disappeared around dinner time. My apartment was remarkably quiet and I had a “Now What?” type of feeling.

There wasn’t anything else to do for Murder & Mochas, ebook and print versions were in the can. There were a couple of technical issues pending, but they were in someone else’s queue. So I decided the only thing that really made sense was to have a nice dinner, then get up the next morning and pick back up with Beowulf Chronicles 2 ( BC2).

And that’s exactly what I did. So far this week I’ve added about 3300 words and it is entirely realistic that I will finish it by the end of the year. Yes, Kevin, I know the year ends in thirteen days and I think that’s really achievable. In fact, that’s the official goal now.

First Reviews Are In

And they’re good!

I love how Liz B characterizes Murder & Mochas as a genre mash-up.

I love genre mash-ups, so this was a really fun read. It’s noir mystery meets Southern gothic meets sci-fi, plus a lot of humor. The main character, Kurt West, is a tough but loveable bounty hunter who also happens to be a hired gun for North Carolina’s alien affairs bureau (the only one in the country, because it’s a state issue and none of DC’s damned business!). The only inter-dimensional portal that allows aliens to come to Earth, on diplomatic missions and tourism trips, happens to open into Chapel Hill, NC. A lot of the humor comes from the setting of all this interplanetary intrigue in a small college town in the American South. The locations in the book are all real, too, and it’s clear the author knows the town and its environs really well.

The story takes place over a few days as Kurt has to solve the murder of an alien diplomat before the murderer can escape off the planet, while also trying to catch a human bounty for his full-time boss and dealing with obstructionist alien diplomats and a whole bunch of colorful “ET” characters (lizard aliens who will tell you anything you want to hear for a mocha and an omelet, for example). There’s also a cool Mos Eisley-esque alien bazaar located in a fourth dimension within Chapel Hill that he frequents when he needs to talk to shady types.

Overall, a really good read, and a cool concept for mystery and sci-fi fans.

Kevin Dawson’s first line cracks me up. I wish I had thought of it.

Kurt West is a new type of gritty hero, flawed and not perfect, a regular guy we can all relate to (he doesn’t get the girl). This book is a fresh take on the whole aliens on earth scenario with multiple genres stirred together for added fun. A tight dead line, sarcastic bounty/alien hunter with a soft side , voluptuous aliens, large caliber firearms, alien technology, carcinogen belching V8 engines, omelet eating lizards, an alien bazaar area that’s like the wild west, and beer; what’s not to like?

It’s an awesome read, I couldn’t put it down until I finished. The only downside was not being able to find a book two…

You can Murder & Mochas  ebook on Amazon and the paper version at CreateSpace.

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Murder & Mochas Is Now For Sale

I couldn’t be more excited!!!! 

A Southern noir sci-fi detective story, Murder & Mochas bounces a sarcastic and gritty detective off aliens and life in a small southern town to produce a fun, page-turning mystery.

Click here for the Kindle edition.

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