Blog Tour Recap

From October 28 through November 4, I was featured at various blogs for The Crashing of Heaven and Hell. Here’s the recap of all of the stops.

Tome Tender Blog Spot: “The day Dennis Spielman was born, there must have been a generous helping of imagination dished out, because the world he has created can only be related to our reality in a very general way!” This first stop featured a glowing review that made my day when I read it.

Dream Reader: Dream Reader featured the promo post with a brief review. “I found the story to be fantastical yet containing all the typical struggles we all face. The book was slow moving at points and difficult to follow occasionally, yet remained intriguing until the end.”

The Book Tart: The Book Tart and I did an extremely fun interview. Go read it. It’s awesome.

Talk Supe: Talk Supe featured promo content and a guest blog post I wrote about inspiration. There was going to be a review, however, my book ended up on the did not finish pile because of the heavy use of footnotes. (Great feedback I am taking into consideration for future stories.)

Sylv Jenkins: The last stop with Sylv Jenkins featured another guest blog post I wrote, “How to Keep Muses From Killing You.”

Overall, the tour was fun. It would’ve been nice to have some more stops. I received some great feedback and gained a few fans.

Saturday, November 16, 2013 from 3:00pm – 5:00pm I will be at Full Circle Bookstore (1900 NW Expressway, Oklahoma City, OK) for my very first book signing session! Event details here. I’ll be sure to post pictures from the event.

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Book Tour

Tour

I am announcing my blog tour for The Crashing of Heaven and Hell. From October 28 through November 4, I will be featured at various blogs. I’m excited! I will be talking about my stops here as they happen.

I will have an in person book signing at Full Circle Bookstore (1900 NW Expressway, Oklahoma City, OK 73118) on Saturday, November 16 from 3 to 5. It will be part of their new ink event so I will be there with several other writers. This will be my first book signing event. I’m also excited about it. You need to come out there to see me and this will mostly like be my only signing specially for this book. It’s also my first book signing! You should come because it’s my first book signing.

I’m already working on my next novel, Too Close to the Ground, an urban fantasy story. In November, I’m working on the 2014 edition of my date idea book. It’s good to have projects lined up.

I hope you come see in person!

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Horror Movie Night

Just a scary movie night with my selfs.


Deeper Artistic Meaning: There are horrible things in life we witness. Either we cover our eyes, enjoy popcorn, or cause the nightmares.

Behind the Photo: It’s been several months since I’ve done one of my self-shot photos, but I still got the skills. There’s consistent lighting and smooth cuts.

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Dog Park

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“To start things off I’ve been asked to read this brief notice: the city council announces the opening of a new dog park at the corner of Earl and Summerset near the Ralph’s. They would like to remind everyone that dogs are not allowed in the dog park. People are not allowed in the dog park. It is possible you will see hooded figures in the dog park. Do not approach them. Do not approach the dog park. The fence is electrified and highly dangerous. Try not to look at the dog park, and especially do not look for any period of time at the hooded figures. The dog park will not harm you.”
~ Welcome to Night Vale, Episode 1

Or in this case, the opening of the dog park next to The Deli in Norman, OK in Campus Corner.

Goodnight, Norman.

Goodnight.

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Travel Log: Five Little Points, Food Trucks, and Pirates

Last month I went to Atlanta, Georgia to visit family again for my Mom’s Celebrate Life ceremony. I didn’t get to be a tourist too much this trip, but I have a few places I visited I want to share with everyone.


One of the most interesting places I got to visit was Five Little Points. The district has become famous for the alternative culture it brings to Atlanta. It’s a bohemian community known for independent theatre, tattoo shops, and alternative clothing stores. It’s simply artistic and worth visiting if you’re into that scene.


I love how over the past few years, Food Trucks have become “cool.” In Oklahoma City, we have a few monthly events that feature groups of Food Trucks such as H&8th Night Market and Live on the Plaza, but there isn’t a everyday place food trucks gather together. The Atlanta Food Truck Park such a place with an ever changing collection of Food Trucks in the area. There was something for everyone even those eating heathy or vegan. It’s best to check their Facebook page to see if they will be open or not that day and what food trucks will be there.


Lastly, in Duluth, there was an adventurous mini-golf course, Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf. I loved how the whole course had such depth and life to it. My sister and I had fun here.

That’s all I have to share from my Atlanta trip.

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Recommendation: Welcome to Night Vale

I want to preface this recommendation that I haven’t followed any podcasts until now. Welcome to Night Vale was introduced to me as a radio show from the place of Courage the Cowardly Dog. The twice-monthly podcast describes itself as “community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, featuring local weather, news, announcements from the Sheriff’s Secret Police, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers, and cultural events.”

The show is clever, dark, and witty such as this moment from the first podcast:

“Hello listeners. To start things off I’ve been asked to read this brief notice: the city council announces the opening of a new dog park at the corner of Earl and Summerset near the Ralph’s. They would like to remind everyone that dogs are not allowed in the dog park. People are not allowed in the dog park. It is possible you will see hooded figures in the dog park. Do not approach them. Do not approach the dog park. The fence is electrified and highly dangerous. Try not to look at the dog park, and especially do not look for any period of time at the hooded figures. The dog park will not harm you.”

Welcome to Night Vale is wonderfully written and narrated show that gets my recommendation.

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Unbound Updated

Lessa’s Unbound Dilemmas at the Library has been updated universally. The Kindle, Nook, iBookstore versions are all the same version with formatting fixes and updated parts. The story is now a single short story with multiple paths for $0.99. Unbound is an interactive urban fantasy adventure that follows librarian, Lessa, in a typical night of closing the library. As usual, the characters have come unbound from their books to roam the library at night. But this time one of the characters wants to be free of the library and will do anything to guarantee his freedom.

I plan to take the Unbound concept and flesh it out into a non-interactive novel in the future.

On another note, the price on Uncovering Oklahoma’s 2013 Date Idea Book has been cut since we are getting close to the end of the year. Work has been underway for the 2014 edition. I’ve been gathering information and taking pictures.

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Uncovering Oklahoma: Ludivine


Today I published a video interview on the Oklahoma City restaurant, Ludivine, for Uncovering Oklahoma. This is the first video this year for my travel site. For this one, I did something new where I edited the video to feature five key points about the place. I’m proud of how the video turned out.

Ludivine is a farm-to-table, open kitchen restaurant in Oklahoma City’s Midtown district. Offering a daily changing menu that is guided by what is available from local farms and ranches in a modern environment, Ludivine features food not seen at common restaurants. They are ideal for nice dates and showing out-of-towners Oklahoma isn’t all fried food and gravy.

In my video interview, Co-Owner / Chef, Russ Johnson, shares five facts about Ludivine. Russ has been cooking most of his life, starting professionally at age 16. While he grew up in Oklahoma City and has moved around, Russ came back starting out doing private chef work. He later met up with Jonathon Stranger, working him on One Table, a reservation only place with only one table. They had wanted to flesh out One Table as more of an full restaurant, which became Ludivine.

Watch the video and be sure to visit Ludivine for delicious food and tasty drinks.

Ludivine will be listed in Uncovering Oklahoma’s 2014 Date Idea, which work is already under way.

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Free Promotion Results: The Crashing of Heaven and Hell

On Monday, August 20, 2013, I ran a free promotion for my sci-fi/fantasy novel, The Crashing of Heaven and Hell, allowing people to download the novel for free for the Kindle.

In total, The Crashing of Heaven and Hell was downloaded 96 times! Thank you! In the evening, it managed to reach #97 in the free Sci-fi section and #2,370 overall. To those that got it, I hope you enjoy it and recommend it to people. If you missed the promotion, those that have a prime membership and an actual Kindle can check it out for free (and I do get some money for this way).

Stick around as I have more great things to share.

My sci-fi/fantasy novel, The Crashing of Heaven and Hell, is currently free today for the Kindle. Enjoy this free gift for those visiting today. If you enjoyed the book, leave a review on Amazon or Goodreads and tell your friends about it.

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Released: The Crashing of Heaven and Hell

I am incredibly excited to announce the release of my first novel, The Crashing of Heaven and Hell. It’s a quick and adventurous read into this colorful and imaginative world where there are aliens, monsters, and mystical creatures and everyone is cool with it. To compare it, it’s like a cross between American Gods and The Hitchers Guide to the Galaxy. You can buy the book in Paperback via Amazon, Hardback via Lulu, and as an exclusive eBook for Kindle. If you don’t own a physical Kindle, there are Kindle reading apps for the iPhone and Android. If you do own a kindle and an Amazon Prime membership, the ebook is available to borrow for free. Go buy your copy and like the book on Facebook. I’ll post announcements if the book goes on sale or when I’ll be doing book signings.

Now that all of that information has been said, I’m going to share a bit of the book’s development history. The story started out as a short story, which I first started writing back on October 19, 2006 (according to when I created the Word document). The story was inspired by the song, “Something of an End” by My Brightest Diamond. I discovered this band and song when I was listening to NRP back in college. I was really hooked on it. The lyrics about heaven and hell crashing down created this powerful picture to me and so I wrote a rather literal story, while the song was more symbolical, about Heaven and Hell crashing down on the planet. I created this Spotify playlist of the songs that helped inspire the novel.

Over time, the short story grew into a novel, going through several major rewrites along the way. Each revision had its own story, motivation, and sparks of ideas. The first few versions, the narrator was all over the place and disorganized. Based on feedback, the story straightened out and on the final versions, became deep with fleshed out characters and motivations.

I am so proud of the book. To finally release it, it feels natural. I was disappointed in myself it took me this long after high school to release a novel. I didn’t go to my ten-year high school reunion because I wasn’t as accomplished as I thought I would be after high school. Reality is hard, but I grew so much in that time and if I would’ve released anything earlier, it would not have been great. It’s best to give projects time to mature instead of releasing them when they’re raw.

The book is dedicated to My Brightest Diamond. Thank you.

I hope you enjoy the book and tell all of your friends about it. I will be doing my best now to spread the word while working on my next big project. I love creating things. Please help spread the word about the time Heaven and Hell came crashing down.

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