Friday, February 21, 2014

No excuses

Today I saw a video of a guy who lost 140 pounds in 10 months. (It's on You tube if you want to watch it, but you might want to bring some tissues). He had bad knees, a bad back, and walked with the help of 2 canes. Doctors said he would never walk unaided again. One yoga instructor believed in him and through sheer guts and determination he started trying yoga, falling down and getting back up. Now he's walking and running!

We have no excuses, gang. Whether it's losing weight (I'm trying to lose 10 pounds) or writing that novel or going back to school, there is simply no excuses. If Helen Keller can graduate college without being able to see or hear, if Seaworld can teach a fish to shoot a basketball, what's your excuse? What is mine?

Fear? Usually. Fear of failure.

This man in the video failed. He fell and fell and fell and he got back up. Maybe he was at that point where he had nothing to lose even if he failed. Sometimes you get to that point.

My first big fork in the road moment in my life was when I joined the Army. I did it for a lot of reasons but the main one was to prove to myself that I had the guts to do it, to endure the rigors and come out the other side. I was the last one anyone would have expected to join. Certainly not my family. I was scared as hell when I shipped out and I knew it wouldn't be easy. But I did it.

Writing? How many years of trying, failing? It took a challenge from my daughter to put those few words on paper that would eventually be Survivor's Affair.

When I turned 40 I didn't like myself and I knew I had to make some changes. I got contact lenses and started working out. Another challenge and another good decision. Now I have to drop 10 lbs and although I've never had to seriously diet before, I know I will overcome.

So (and I say this out of love, believe me), shut up and start working. You have no excuses, the time for that is gone. There is only the goal before you. How are you going to get there?

Good luck.


P.S. Always eager to hear from you and COLD DISH is out, don't forget. Spread the word!

Friday, February 7, 2014

COLD DISH is here!

COLD DISH HAS ARRIVED. Pro Se announced the release of COLD DISH on their website and through press releases last night.
Here is the AMAZON link:

With his home in ruins, his lover in a coma, and his best friend missing, John Logan finds himself injured, alone, and fighting to protect an innocent witness while he works to uncover the truth behind the bombing that has shaken his world. His search will uncover an old familiar killer, a man whose money and power seems endless. It will take all of Logan’s skill and determination to survive. For how does someone who has nothing fight a man who has everything?

You can find other links to Smashwords and get more information on Pro Se's website at

Saturday, February 1, 2014

A personal note of thanks

As I announced last week, I have a new publisher. Pro Se Productions will be handling the John Logan series beginning with COLD DISH and will also handle some of my upcoming projects I think. Tommy Hancock and the rest of the Pro Se team have been fantastic in welcoming me and I look forward to many years with them.

But I cannot let such a moment pass without a few words of thanks to Kent Holloway and Seven Realms Publishing. I first met Kent in a writer's group that we were both a part of and I got to know him pretty well. When he founded Seven Realms I was the first author he called. He'd read some of my first John Logan snippets in what would eventually morph into Survivor's Affair and he wanted to publish me. It took almost another year of work to get the manuscript down and wow, I learned more in that year about writing than I'd ever had before. I learned how the publishing business works, how fickle and cruel it can be, and I learned the thrill of holding that first published novel in my hand.

Kent saw this raw manuscript and he knew it could be great and his vision, both of Logan and Seven Realms, made both successful. He took a chance on me and I am forever grateful.

Kent called me and said that he was taking Seven Realms into a new direction, that he had hated to break it to me, but his own circumstances dictated it and he felt it was the best move for the company. After hearing him, I admit I had to agree. The novels he's looking into are not really stuff that I write about and Logan would be very out of place among the new titles. Kent worked diligently to get my name out and get me a new publisher.

I am forever indebted to him for his faith in me and I treasure our friendship both professional and private. My time at Seven Realms is gone but Pro Se has taken on the challenge and I am thankful. Logan, Teri, and Killian will continue to thrive in Coral Bay.

As we get ready to launch COLD DISH, I have finished the first draft of a new Logan novel. I am so grateful to you, my readers, for your support over the past five years. Peace and love to you.