Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas!

Like the Queen of England has her yearly Christmas message, I thought I would do the same this year. It has been a year of highs and lows throughout the world. There have been atrocious acts of terrorism, as well as fantastic stories of love, hope, and perseverance. We've heard tales of wonder, and seen visions of utter devastation. We've lost many who were dear to our hearts, and watched as new faces are born. 

As we look forward to the rapidly approaching new year, we each feel a mixture of excitement and trepidation over what is coming. On this special day, I hope that you and your family can celebrate the holiday season with a smile on your lips and tears of joy in your hearts. May you and yours have a very Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Book Review: "Black and Blue" by Ian Rankin

Inspector John Rebus is brash, hard-headed, and utterly unlikeable as a person. This could all explain why John Rebus has been such a successful character for author, Ian Rankin. I've read several of the John Rebus novels, have seen several of the, often times, completely irrelevant BBC Television adaptations, and listened to the BBC Radio adaptations (far better than the television ones). So, I decided to read another novel in the long-running John Rebus series.

Black and Blue (named after a Rolling Stones album) features John Rebus investigating the gruesome murder of an off-duty Scottish oilman. Amidst his investigation, the media spotlight and an internal affairs investigation brings to light potential corruption on the part of Rebus' old partner and mentor over an old case. To top things off, the police of Edinburgh, Aberdeen, and Glasgow are reeling from yet another killing by a serial killer known as Johnny Bible, who is committing copycat crimes of a similar killer from the sixties and seventies named Bible John.

I have mixed feelings about this novel. On the one hand I really enjoyed it, and felt like Rankin had crafted a well-thought out primary plot. The challenge for me was that there were so many sub-plots that sometimes it was hard to keep them all straight. They seemed to distract more than help the flow of the story. One minute Rebus was in Edinburgh. The next he was in Aberdeen, and then suddenly he's off to Glasgow. John Rebus spends what seems like a third of the novel in his car.

An interesting note about Black and Blue is the premise of the original serial killer from the sixties and seventies. I did a little research after reading this novel and found that there actual was a serial killer named Bible John, who terrorized Glasgow in the sixties and seventies. Rankin often does this in his novel, integrating a real life event into the story and grounding his characters more into a Scotland that people can relate to.

Overall, Black and Blue was a good novel, and a strong addition to the John Rebus series, but I don't feel like it was the best. I would still recommend it to anyone who is an Ian Rankin fan, but don't make this a starting place. I'd more recommend trying The Falls.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Book Review: "Atomic Accidents: A History of Nuclear Meltdowns and Disasters" by Jim Mahaffey


I decided to try and tackle something a little out of my comfort zone recently. I picked up a copy of the book, Atomic Accidents: A History of Nuclear Meltdowns and Disasters by Jim Mahaffey. Now, I'm not much of a science guy, at least when it comes to nuclear physics, or physics in general for that matter. So, I wondered if this would end up being a snooze fest for me. But, I decided to give it a try anyway.

The book wasn't a necessarily a disappointment for me. But, it was challenge to get through at certain points. What I really found interesting in this book was the historical perspective on the dark side of nuclear energy - radioactivity. Mahaffey does a decent job of exploring the advances made in nuclear energy by discussing the numerous mistakes made, and what was learned from them. In his book, he takes the reader back to the earliest recorded radioactivity exposures in the late 19th century, the early experiments by Madame Curie and Thomas Edison, and the United States' Manhattan Project during World War II.

Mahaffey doesn't stop there, however, he also makes his way through modern day events such as, Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, and Fukushima. Interspersed among his detailed descriptions of each accident (and there have been far more than I thought), the author provides an analysis of what went wrong, what was learned (and sometimes not learned), and how it helped advance the science of nuclear energy.

One of the things that I like about the book was that Mahaffey doesn't try to convince the reader that nuclear energy is either good or bad. I didn't get the opinion that there was any agenda hidden in the subtext of the book. What I didn't necessarily like, however, was the author's sometimes long discussions on the concepts of nuclear fission itself. There is only so much talk about isotopes, protons, and neutrons that a non-nuclear physicist can take. There were a number of sections where I found myself getting lost because the detail behind nuclear fission was getting far too deep.

All I all, I found the book to be entertaining, and informative. It was amazing to hear about the numerous accidents, and how, more times than not, the cause was human stupidity or carelessness. I found it surprising how nonchalant many scientists were in the early years of nuclear exploration. The early years were particularly interesting, especially when you read about early attempts to sell radioactive water as a cure-all. Some of it was horrifying, but, I must admit, some was kind of funny.

This isn't a book for the faint of heart, or someone who gets easily bored by long, drawn out scientific explanations. But, it was a decent book none the less.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Work in Rectangles when Shoveling Snow

As much as I hate to admit it, the time has come to talk about shoveling snow. Just last month, the city of Buffalo in upstate New York was hammered with several feet of snow. This post may be a bit late for them, but it is still early in the snow shoveling season for it to still be useful.

As I made the rounds on my RSS feeds, I found this interesting article from Popular Mechanics. It is titled, 16 Cardinal Rules for Snow Shoveling. Most of these rules only apply to manual shoveling, and some are just common sense. For instance, Popular Mechanics recommends moving snow the shortest distance possible or don't move snow twice. But. there was one that was interesting. They recommend being more efficient by shoveling in a rectangle. The article says, to clear snow from a rectangle, first shovel a strip clear along the perimeter of the rectangle. Then, moving from the center to the edge, push the snow into the cleared area. Next, lift and throw the snow out of the area. 

Read the whole article here.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Pringles Can Oven

I found an interesting tidbit online the other day. Someone had posted instructions on how to make an oven out of an old Pringles can. In the instructions, they used the Pringles can to cook hot dogs. So, I see two benefits to this. First, I get to eat Pringles, and second I get to eat hot dogs. Both are good things in my book. In the end, you just use the heat of the sun to cook your hot dog. Not bad. If you want to see the full set of directions, click the link below.

Hot Dog Cooker / Solar Oven

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Book Review: "Icebreaker" by John Gardner



Let me started by saying that I have read all of Ian Fleming's novels in the James Bond series. The difference between them and the movies is like night and day. Fleming created a multi-faceted character in James Bond that had depth, emotions, and, most importantly, his own failings. Over the years since Fleming's death, there has been a drive to continue the James Bond saga, sometimes with excellent results. Unfortunately, it is not the case in the novel Icebreaker by John Gardner.

In Icebreaker, Bond is on a deadly assignment undertaken in cohort with a trio of agents from the United States, the Soviet Union, and Israel in the desolate Arctic wastes of Lapland. Their objective? Bring down a fascist terrorist organization that has become enemy number to all four countries involved in the mission. The premise sounded far better than the actual execution. Through the entire book, Bond seems to wander aimlessly, constantly missing vital clues and snares. I felt like Gardner had completely emasculated Bond, turning him into an utter imbecile who has to be led around by the hand through the whole book.

In all of Gardner's Bond books, he brought James Bond out of the fifties, where Fleming had left off, and placed him in the eighties, giving him all the modern conveniences of the time. It is a practice that, until very recently, has been the norm. A modern Bond for a modern time. But, I think that Icebreaker failed as a book because Gardner seems to loose track of who Bond truly is. Somewhere in the process of writing the book, he lost the original character of James Bond, and instead created a concussed dunce in its place.

Now, this is the first Bond novel by Gardner that I have read, so I don't know if this is an ongoing trend with his books. I will be interested in reading another at some point in the future to see if this is an issue with his other Bond novels. Unfortunately, Icebreaker has left me not wanting to rush out and read another of Gardner's books too soon. I still need to get rid of the bad taste that this one left.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Living in a 5-Foot Gap

I saw video pop up on one of my RSS Feeds the other day. An architect in Warsaw decided to take a 5-foot gap between two buildings, and turn it into a small living space. There is only 46 sqaure feet of floorspace in the entire house. I doubt that I could ever actually live there, but it cool to see. Check it out.

http://www.ulive.com/video/narrow-steel-home-fills-gap

Saturday, November 22, 2014

"Serial" - A Podcast Well Worth Listening To

If you haven't heard of Serial, consider this introduction. Serial is a podcast spinoff from WBEZ, the makers of NPR's This American Life. But, unlike that program which focuses on a single theme each episode, each episode of Serial takes you deeper into a single story - in this case, the murder of a high-school senior in Baltimore, Maryland 15 years ago.

In its inaugural season, the podcast is hosted by the journalist Sarah Koenig and follows her as she tries to figure out whether Adnan Syed killed his ex-girlfriend, Hae Min Lee, a crime he is now serving a life sentence for. As Koenig digs through the details of the case, she finds dubious witnesses, ambiguous and sometimes non-existent evidence, and a justice system that seemed to more focused on locking someone up for the crime than getting to the truth.

Syed has always maintained his innocence, and Koenig is still reporting so she says that she doesn't know how the series is going to end. One of the things that is interesting about the series is how it brings attention to the way that memory shifts over time and how facts change when seen in a different light.

Serial is well-produced and well worth listening to. If you're anything like me, you'll be anxious to hear each new episode as soon as it becomes available. The story is compelling, and engrossing to listen to.

If you decide to listen, make sure that you start with episode one. Check out their website -  Serial.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Press the Bridge of Your Nose to Stay Awake

Who has ever sat in a boring meeting and felt like they were going to fall asleep at any second? Or, who has had to pull an all-nighter to get something done for either work or school? Caffeine isn't always available, so it is good to have an alternative plan for those scenarios.

Well, I found this interesting little article over on the website Pick Your Brain. It explains why pressing the bridge of your nose might just do the trick. According to the author, Mike Yapp, you start by "making your index finger into a straight bar, place it on the bridge of tissue and cartilage between your nostrils. Apply pressure upward until you feel a slight discomfort. These nerve endings are particularly sensitive and are a quick way to keep you from nodding off. A few gentle pushes should do it. Beware that sometimes this can also cause you to sneeze – so have a tissue handy."

The article goes on to explain four other ways to keep yourself awake, such as: tugging on your ears, and massaging the muscles under your cheek bones. You can find the whole article here.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Book Review: "The Murder Room" by P.D. James


I've been working my way through the Adam Dalgliesh series for the past two years. And, it is no surprise that I am not done yet since P.D. James has written fourteen novels about the New Scotland Yard detective. I recently finished book number twelve, which is called The Murder Room. In Adam Dalgliesh, James has created a truly complex character with an intricate and compelling backstory that has made this series interesting to work through. Dalgliesh is not only a detective in New Scotland Yard, but also a published poet, a combination that perplexes many who meet him. He essentially deals with death during the day, and writes poetic verse in his spare time. He is an intensely cerebral and private person with a tragic past that includes the loss of his wife and only child, both dying during childbirth.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Sneak Peek at "Beware of Greeks"

As I prepare for the release of my new book, Beware of Greeks, I thought it would be nice to post a sneak peek on my blog. Today's post contains the first chapter to, hopefully, wet your appetite.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Book Review: "Lost in Shangri-La" by Mitchell Zuckoff



I just finished reading Lost in Shangri-La by Mitchell Zuckoff, and I must say that it was a fascinating read. Zuckoff is a former award-winning Boston Globe reporter who recounts the exciting, and true story of an dangerous World War II rescue mission, where a plane crash drops three members of the U.S. military straight in the land that time forgot. With two of the survivors seriously injured, and a third mourning the loss of his twin brother in the same crash, the unlikely trio are stranded deep in the jungle with little food, water, or protection from the potential brutality of the cannibalistic tribes that inhabit the jungle. It's a compelling tale of survival and bravery that makes for an exciting read from beginning to end.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Artwork Reveal - "Beware of Greeks"

As you may know, I am putting the finishing touches on a new book called Beware of Greeks. The new artwork for the cover was finished over the weekend, and now it's time for the big reveal. So, it is my pleasure to now present the artwork for Beware of Greeks.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Artwork Releasing on Wednesday!!

Be sure to check back at my blog on Wednesday, November 5th for the reveal of the artwork for my new book, Beware of Greek. It will be posted at noon.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Absent Without Leave

Ok, I will admit that I have been shirking my duties for a while. I've been AWOL on my blog, and I'm sorry about that. I've been busy, not only with writing, but with my job as well. Over the past couple of months, I've been out to San Francisco, where I delivered three presentations at an IT conference. I recently returned from Barcelona after delivering another three presentations at an IT conference over there. There was also a brief visit to Atlanta (again, work related). As you can see, it has been bit crazy.

Now, for the good news. My new novel is done. Beware of Greeks is the title, and I am very excited about it. The cover artwork is just about finished, and I'll be revealing it on the my blog in the next few days. I'll post the date and time for the artwork reveal this weekend. So, what is the new novel about? Here's a quick teaser.
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When three corpses are found at a construction site in Philadelphia, homicide detective Samantha Ballard is called in to investigate the bizarre deaths. The withered bodies dressed in modern day clothing seem more like a hoax than murder. But, as more mummified corpses begin to appear throughout the city of brotherly love, Samantha must embark on an investigation that takes her beyond the realm of all that she thought was possible.

Jack Allyn, a radio DJ who thinks his career is in a downward spiral, has his world rocked by the sudden death of his neighbor and friend under unusual circumstances. As Jack begins to search for answers, he’s finds himself coming face-to-face with creatures straight out of ancient mythology. 

With his life in danger, Jack must join forces with Samantha to save the city from a centuries old evil that has returned to wreak havoc on Philadelphia. But with the odds stacked against them, can Jack and Samantha save the city of brotherly love from a trio of deadly femme fatales with a sinister purpose?
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Check back this weekend for the date and time of the artwork reveal, and be watching for the announcement of the release of Beware of Greeks.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

A Child of the 80s Ponders...

The other day, I was glancing over my old high school yearbook from my senior year, 1988. And seeing all of the 80s hairstyles and clothing caused me to pause and ponder… what the hell were we thinking? The 1980s were interesting years, almost like a transition decade between the disco age of the 1970s and the grunge age that started in the 1990s. The brightly colored clothing was like something out of Joseph and His Technicolor Dream Coat. And I think we caused more damage in the 1980s to the ozone than any other decade simply by the amount of hair spray required to keep our hair high and puffy. The music was radically different too. Gone were the days of the Bee Gees and their disco rhythm to be replaced by the power ballads of bands like Journey and Asia. And, who can forget (no matter how hard we try) the teaming up of Aerosmith with Run DMC with “Walk This Way”.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Updates to the Videos Page

I have updated the Videos page of my blog to include some video that I recently took during some kayak trips. Enjoy!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Kayaking the Susquehanna River

Yesterday, I had the immense pleasure to do something I absolutely love to do. If you have read my bio, you know that I love to kayak. I usually go on trips with the Wilmington Trail Club. Yesterday (7/5/2014), we went out on the Susquehanna River, just below Holtwood Dam. This is one of my favorite paddles. The scenery can be breathtaking, and the paddle, although very strenuous, can be incredibly relaxing. We had an added bonus of perfect weather. For this trip, I tried out a new rigging that I set up on my kayak for my waterproof camera. I put together some highlights in a YouTube video. We spent most of our time among the small islands that are scattered along this section of the river. But, we also paddled up Muddy Creek, which feeds into the Susquehanna. We paddled up Muddy Creek till we reached the rapids. As you will see near the end of the video, we had a great time "surfing" up the Muddy Creek rapids. Check it out.


Saturday, May 24, 2014

Amazon Kindle Countdown for Synchronicity

M Street Publishing is putting my book, Synchronicity, on an Amazon Kindle Countdown. Starting on Sunday, May 25th, the Kindle version of my book will go sale for $.99 for 84 hours. Then the price will go up to $1.99 for another 84 hours. After that, the price returns to its everyday price of $2.99. So, if you haven't had the chance to get a copy, the next 168 hours is a great time to pick it up.

Get you copy now from Amazon.com. Click Here.

Monday, April 21, 2014

"Grudge Match"? More Like "Geriatric Cliche Match"!

To pass the time during my flight to Indianapolis last week, I decided to watch the movie “Grudge Match” starring Sylvester Stallone and Robert DeNiro. The trailers for the movie looked funny, and I thought it would be interesting to see what these two powerhouse talents could do on the screen together.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

A Teenager's First Attempt at Historical Fiction

I was digging through some of my old papers this afternoon when I came across something I thought I would share with my readers. This is probably one of the earliest examples of my very first attempts at creative writing. Oddly enough, it isn’t completely fictional. Let me set the scene for you. 

Friday, March 14, 2014

Vindication! Scientific Evidence Supports Five-Second Rule!

Let’s face it, we’ve all, at some point in our lives, called on the five-second rule to provide some form of justification for picking food up off the floor and consuming it. Now, according to a new study from Aston University across the big pond in lovely Birmingham, England, there is some truth to the Five-Second Rule after all (I say lovely, but in all honesty, I’ve never been there so I’m just guessing).

Anyway, according to this new study, there is apparently validity to the Five-Second Rule. A team of students led by Anthony Hilton, a microbiology professor at the school, studied the transfer of nasty things like E. coli and Staphylococcus aureus from different indoor floor types to various foods. According to the study, each test lasted anywhere from 3 to 30 seconds. The results showed two things:
  • Time is a significant factor in the transfer of bacteria from a floor surface to a piece of food.
  • The type of flooring the food has been dropped on has an effect, with bacteria least likely to transfer from carpeted surfaces and most likely to transfer from laminate or tiled surfaces to moist foods making contact for more than 5 seconds.
According to Professor Hilton, We have found evidence that transfer from indoor flooring surfaces is incredibly poor with carpet actually posing the lowest risk of bacterial transfer onto dropped food.”

Check out more here.

Of course, on another note, I read today that WebMD claims that your kitchen sink may be dirtier than your toilet. So, I think I've just ruled out the Five-Second Rule for anything that falls in the kitchen sink.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Is Someone Cooking Bacon?

I found any interesting little tidbit the other day while flipping through my RSS feeds. Someone had posted a couple of tips about cooking bacon. Now, let me just say up front that I may be a little bias on this topic because I LOVE bacon. Just the aroma of bacon alone can make me drool down the front of my shirt. I especially love the hardwood-smoked thick-sliced bacon. 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Dust Collecting to Pac Man Fever

I started out this morning, as I always do, with my usual thirty minute routine on the TreadClimber in my basement. I popped my earbuds on and set my iPod to play randomly selected songs. As I was burning off calories, imagine my surprise when my iPod decided to play an old song from Buckner and Garcia called Pac Man Fever. Let’s face it, as far as songs go, Pac Man Fever really wasn’t all that good. But, it was a novelty, and quite nostalgic. Now, I never had much chance to play Pac Man in the arcades. Most of my best Pac Man playing was on my old Atari 2600. This got me to thinking about video games in general.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

"The Saint" Returns to Print

I was browsing through Amazon's ebook selection last week, and was thrilled to find that The Saint is returning to print on March 18th. I've been a big fan of The Saint for almost fifteen years, reading what text I could find since the books have been out of print since the late 1980s. Now, I just want to point out that this is not Val Kilmer's interpretation of The Saint that we're talking about. I won't even begin to talk about how much the original Saint was SO unlike Val Kilmer's version. We aren't even really talking about Roger Moore's version either. These are the original books written by Leslie Charteris, and features The Saint in all his original adventurous, outlawish escapades as the "Robin Hood of Modern Crime". 

The new print run will be starting with the second book (an issue with printing rights) and printing all 35 books written by Charteris. If you like the old noir, swashbuckling adventure that comes with literature from the 1930s, 40s, and 50s, you'll love The Saint. If you were a fan of the Val Kilmer movie, you may be in for a shock.

Either way, this series is an awesome read.

I've listed a few of my favorites below.

The Saint in New York
The Saint Overboard
The Saint Meets His Match
The Saint's Getaway

Monday, March 3, 2014

Artwork for New Book Revealed

As I announced last week, the artwork for my next book has been completed. I thought I would take a moment this morning to post it on my blog for the world to see. So, with out further ado, here is the cover artwork for my next book, Die, Share Crop! Die!


You can click on the image to see a larger view. I don't have a release date yet for the new book. There are still a few other items that need to be completed prior to release, but M Street Publishing is hoping to release the book in early April.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Cover Artwork is Done!

Exciting news!  The cover artwork for my next book, Die, Share Crop! Die! is done.  I'll be ordering the proofs for the new book early next week.  Check back here on Monday for the revealing of the cover artwork.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Struggling with a grammatical title thingy! Help!

So, I've come up against a grammatical dilemma with my title.  I was going to call my new book Die Share Crop Die.  But, I am wondering if I need to have some form of punctuation in the title.  Something like Die, Share Crop. Die!  I know this sounds petty to some, but as a writer, I am very concerned about being grammatically correct.  Most book titles don't include punctuation.  But, most titles aren't really an actual sentence.

What do you think?  Should it be...

Die Share Crop Die

Or, should it include punctuation like...

Die, Share Crop.  Die!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Progress On the New Book

I'm one step closer to completing my next book, DIE Share Crop DIE.  I just finished the grammatical editing on the first draft, as well as the first round of rewrites.  I have one new part to write, which I feel will add to the motion of the book, and then I'll begin recruiting my beta readers.  Last night, I took a break from editing to play with a cover idea that I had for the new book.  It is still VERY rough, and far from being the final product, but I thought I would give a sneak preview.

And, if this wasn't enough to keep me busy, I've already started doing some preliminary writing for my next book, tentatively titled The Great Prohibition, as well as outlining an additional idea for a future book that I am for now calling The Sirens of Philadelphia.  If nothing else, I am keeping busy.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Awesome Tool for Writers

Someone asked me the other day how I keep track of my story ideas, plot lines, and research.  If you have ever tried to write anything more than a short story, keeping tabs on how all of that is going can be difficult.  When I wrote my first three books, I worked completely in Pages from the Apple iWork suite.  Although Pages is great for straight writing, it does not work well for outlining plots, gathering research, and etc.  At the time, I had a bad habit of simply writing whatever came to mind, and allowing the story to take shape as I went.  This method works to a certain degree, but what often happens is you add something later in the story that requires you to go back and rewrite large chunks of what you already had written.  When I started writing my third book, Synchronicity, I felt like I needed some additional organization.  There was a lot of research that I had to do, and I was finding it difficult to keep it all organized in a manner that was useful.  The plot lines for the new book were more intricate and less linear than what I had written before, so keeping track of what was going on became a challenge.  So, I went trolling the internet to find something to help me.  

Sunday, February 2, 2014

First Draft is Done!

This afternoon, I'm very excited because I just finished the first draft of my next book, tentatively titled Die Share Crop Die.  The first draft has a total of 51, 608 words, which is the most that I've ever written for a single story.  I still have a couple of months of work to do, with editing and rewriting, but this is a large milestone, which I have been working to reach for several months.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Free Book Weekend starts tomorrow!

It's a FREE BOOK WEEKEND!  Starting Friday, January 31st, M Street Publishing is offering my latest book, Synchronicity, free for all Amazon Kindle users.  For three days, you'll be able to get the Kindle ebook version of Synchronicity absolutely free for your reading enjoyment.  But, you don't have to have a Kindle to take advantage of this offer.  Amazon offers free ebook reader apps for Windows, Mac, iOS, and even Android.  Just download the appropriate app, and then you can start reading Synchronicity.  This offer will end on Sunday, February 2nd.

SYNCHRONICITY

Paul Donnelly was a middle-aged man living in Wilmington, Delaware. Ryan MacDonald was a police constable in the small Scottish village of Kilborn. They were two men who lived completely different lives thousands of miles apart. But, when Paul's dying father gives his son an ancient amulet on his deathbed, the two men's lives become irrevocably intertwined.

When a series of animal mutilations in and around Kilborn escalates into three brutal murders, Ryan MacDonald discards the local folklore about a curse, and struggles to find a rational explanation for the horrible deaths. Meanwhile, Paul Donnelly, who has been plagued with hellish nightmares since his father's death, must set aside his doubts and fears to delve deep into his family's past to discover the secret behind an ancient curse that has haunted his ancestors for centuries.

As each man searches for answers, a horror from the past has risen from Kilborn Loch seeking revenge on the terrified villagers of Kilborn. And, neither Paul nor Ryan has the power to stop it alone.






Synchronicity is published by M Street Publishing.
Copyright 2013 by Michael Bradley.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

"SYNCHRONICITY" released under new imprint, M Street Publishing!

I have some exciting news for the New Year!  My latest book, SYNCHRONICITY, is now being published under the new imprint, M Street Publishing.  What does this mean for those who have already purchased my latest book?  Not much in all honesty.  The book is being released with a slightly revised cover, but the story is the same.  As part of the release under the new imprint, SYNCHRONICITY will be a part of Amazon's Kindle MatchBook program, which means that if you buy the paperback version of SYNCHRONICITY you can get the Kindle version for 50% off.  Also, the new release will start as an ebook exclusive on the Amazon Kindle for 90 days.  That exclusivity will give M Street Publishing the opportunity to run some special promotions, including an upcoming "Free eBook Weekend".  I am very excited about this change.  It has not yet been determined if my previous books will make the move to M Street, but if they do, I will make sure to announce it.  Thanks again to all of my readers for your support.

Available Now on AMAZON!

SYNCHRONICITY
by Michael Bradley

     Paul Donnelly was a middle-aged man living in Wilmington, Delaware. Ryan MacDonald was a police constable in the small Scottish village of Kilborn. They were two men who lived completely different lives thousands of miles apart. But, when Paul's dying father gives his son an ancient amulet on his deathbed, the two men's lives become irrevocably intertwined.
     When a series of animal mutilations in and around Kilborn escalates into three brutal murders, Ryan MacDonald discards the local folklore about a curse, and struggles to find a rational explanation for the horrible deaths. Meanwhile, Paul Donnelly, who has been plagued with hellish nightmares since his father's death, must set aside his doubts and fears to delve deep into his family's past to discover the secret behind an ancient curse that has haunted his ancestors for centuries. 
     As each man searches for answers, a horror from the past has risen from Kilborn Loch seeking revenge on the terrified villagers of Kilborn. And, neither Paul nor Ryan has the power to stop it alone.

Paperback - $7.99
Kindle eBook - $1.99