Wednesday, August 29, 2018

The Foresight Chronicles


I've pulled Annabelle's novels from Amazon.
The reason?

Let's just say something big is coming.

Fore now, the series is called THE FORESIGHT CHRONICLES.

Same story, bigger reach.

Watch this space!

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

A Year of the Monkeys!

I'm a member of the Infinite Monkeys genre chapter of the League of Utah Writers. I love it! There are many talented writers in our group, including some incredible published authors.

Last year they announced that they were going to do an anthology featuring members of our chapter. We each had the opportunity to write a short story for it. We could submit and just like anywhere else, if we worked hard enough, our stories could be in the anthology. Amazing editors looked over our work, seasoned authors mentored those of us whom were accepted. More edits and work and now, the cover above shows you the prize of our labors!

August 24th was the book launch party!

Pictured: Me with Craig Kingsman

A Year of the Monkeys is available where books are sold online...

Get it! It's amazing! You won't regret it!

The League of Utah Writers 2018 Quills Conference!!!!

I had an amazing time at the Quills conference this year! It's one of the highlights of my year. Linda and I love to volunteer every year and it's such a blast to help out. We get a overwhelming feeling of doing good and get to see our friends.

Another blessing is that we get to attend some wonderful panels from some brilliant editors and authors. Some of my favorite classes this year was on Heroes, Henchmen and Sidekicks by Angie Hodapp, Building Your Self-Publishing Team by Callie Stoker, #Author Twitter by Alex Harrow,  and Creating Believable Villains by Maria V Snyder.

A couple other things happened to me. Earth shattering awesomeness. More on that later!

Friday, September 29, 2017

What about your writing, Annabelle and her world?

Ok so 2016 was quite a year. That’s an understatement! 2017 has been incredible with blessings popping up all over the place! With such huge changes going on in my life, my writing has taken a back seat.

I have never given up the passion however and yes I have been dabbling with Book Three. At the 2016 Salt Lake Comic Con I made a few connections and a potential opportunity but things are not in a place where I can speak right now.

Suffice to say, YES I am still writing. I’m working on Annabelle’s adventures, writing other things I’m not at liberty to say, and marching ever forward to a hopeful future.

More details to follow!



Ok so I have neglected this blog due to life. But WOW do I have a reason!

On August 18th of 2017, this year, I married someone very special to me. She is loving, kind, fun, serious, silly, spiritual, geeky, inspired, creative, smart, passionate, respectful, intelligent and insightful.

Linda Kelly Swenson and I met online via a Latter-Day Saint Facebook page November of 2016. We instantly connected on multiple levels. Unfortunately I was a moron and rejected her offhand. After some self-discovery we reconnected and couldn’t stop.

We had our first date in March (an all-day date where we discovered just how perfect we were for each other). After lots of cross-state visits (she lived in Idaho while I live in Utah), we finally got married in our local church, surrounded by friends and family.

Expect more new to follow!

Saturday, August 06, 2016

Life Laments (long, just written for me)

Don't worry guys. I'm still working on Annabelle's stories whenever I can.

Right now however I just need to put my thoughts down. I'm just going to write free flowing, without edits, just to get it out there.

I'm the sort who needs to vent. I usually do it by speaking to certain friends or family but sometimes it just doesn't feel right. All I know is I just have to throw up my feelings so I can hear them and help turn off the self-doubt and recriminations that flow regularly in my mind.

There are things I should put down here first.
1. I care too much about others. Their feelings, their judgments, and so on.
2. I believe without a shadow of a doubt that God is real and he talks to us with a peaceful voice that speaks to us when we're full of doubt and frustration and fear. We may not always be able to listen but their are many ways, such as prayer, meditation, scripture study, church attendance and most of all, shutting off your own head, which we can hear him.
3. I long for love. I am very grateful for the appreciation and love I get from friends and family. But I'm talking about that special someone whom I, too, can love with all my heart.
4.Sometimes we make choices that we think are right at the time but we have mislead ourselves.

Thanks to some choices I made twenty-seven years ago, I began a relationship based on one thing: a need to feel loved and appreciated. She was running from her mother and needed a support. Together we became an "us" and twenty-five years ago we were married.

But did I truly "love" her? Who knows anymore. I know the only thing about her that attracted me was her humor. I know this lack of attraction to her personality flaws (flaws in my mind and in the mind of those who knew us) grew into dissatisfaction and resentment.

I figured it was just me. I mean sure, her destructive patterns hurt us and our four children over the years but after every fight we'd patch it up and move on. We'd repeat over and over but my dad served my mother year after year with nothing but pain and hurt returned to him. At least my spouse gave me love, appreciation and respect. Well, sometimes.

But the toxicity of the marriage took it's toll. I still long to find love with someone who can love me without abusing me. Without ultimatums or absences or causing me to have to excuse toxic behavior to everyone we come in contact with.

The fights got harder and my affection died. Celebratory events such as anniversaries, Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, all became a necessary chore. How could I celebrate someone who would verbally and mentally hurt others? Who would constantly refuse to endure and would rather share self pity?

I spoke with my wife. We fought. Nothing new as the fights had increased at that point. I realized something. What I thought was love for my wife in the beginning of our relationship was only a need to find love. And while our years together have given us many wonderful memories, along with them all was her toxic behavior.

I asked her to leave and move in with her family since mine live out of state and three of the kids preferred me. They needed the house and my job was in this state so we couldn't just run to California. My wife left with my eldest daughter whom still doesn't see things the way I have explained them here.

They've been gone for over two months and now my three other kids (ages 20, 18, 16) and I finally have peace and fulfillment in almost everything. Well, the kids have it in everything. I'm still missing that which I have longed for for a very long time: the kind of love without strings or baggage. Just a mutual respect and appreciation for one another.

I feel lonely in a crowd. Meanwhile my wife takes turns pleading for what was never real, and harassing me with anger and hate. All the while slipping in various sneaky agendas to get what she wants.

The divorce will take at least three months. I have a great lawyer and it might go well, but I still get at least eight emails a day from my soon-to-be-ex. They tear me down or ask for things I know would hurt myself and the other kids if I give in.

I need, for once, to be loved.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

God bless Brother Norby

One of my dear, favorite teachers from my high school years, seminary teacher Brother Richard Norby, was hurt in the Brussels Belgium terrorist attack last night.  My heart and prayers go with him.

Sunday, November 01, 2015

And the winner is...

Laura Thomas! You win a copy of Dark Birth! I need your email so we can converse. Laura? Can you see this?

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Welcome to the 6th Annual Spooktacular Giveaway Hop!

Once more it's time for the Spooktacular Giveaway Hop! Can you believe it's actually that time again?

Yup it is!

This year I'm giving you a second chance to win the first book in the Night Children series.
One lucky person who posts in the comments will get NIGHT CHILDREN: DARK BIRTH for free. 

Here's what it's about...

Annabelle and Roland’s lives changed forever after they died. Annabelle is terrified of facing Dominic, the master vampire who killed their parents. She’d rather get a stake to the heart than fight him but a confrontation is inevitable. Roland is thirsty for the battle, longing for revenge. They train to survive Dominic and waves of his loyal werewolves, vampires, sasquatches and dark witches.

As if their new undead lives weren't complicated enough, they must rescue a real witch from the Salem Witch Trials and dodge lethal attacks from a cruel monster hunter.

They have a short season to master their new abilities, including transforming into bats and mesmerizing others, before Dominic and his dark warriors launch their final, devastating attack. 

Sounds great? Well then comment below!

And don't forget to check out these many mighty hoppers too!