The end is in sight!

20 02 2013

For those of you who have been longtime readers of my blog, you know I have been working on my first novel for awhile. Now, I am happy to announce that the finish line is in sight. I finally am nearing the completion. With that in mind, I have started a Facebook author page where I will share more updates as I move ahead. If you haven’t yet, I would love for you to take a look and “like” it so you can keep up to date on my progress.

Some of you have read the first chapters of an early version of the novel. If you have, much of that content remains in what will be the finished product. There have been some additions, some subtractions, some parts rearranged. Along the way, I realized there was too much back story I wanted to include but decided it probably bogged down the action in the story too much. So I have decided to break out parts of the book and create a short story and a novella which will serve as introductions to some of the characters and ideas associated with the main book. I am going to give away the short story to anyone who helps me spread the word about my novel on Pinterest.

I will post one picture a week for the next eight weeks. Each picture is a clue or somehow related to my story. The first picture appears to be a DNA helix. But is there more to it than that? At the end of the eight weeks, everyone who has re-pinned all eight pictures on Pinterest will receive the short story for free as a special thanks for your help. To receive your free short story, please email me a link ( to the board where you re-pinned my posts after the eight weeks are finished. It’s that easy. Please take a look and tell your friends.

So what is my book about? Well I don’t want to give away too much about it because there are lots of twists and turns and mysteries and conspiracies. But I can tell you in a nutshell, it involves genetics, religion, covert agencies, the origins of man and much more. And it is set in a variety of locales, ranging from India to Cuba to Columbus, Ohio and more. It involves a reporter who discovers a centuries-old secret that could shake the foundations of all of the world’s governments and religions. But is it the truth or simply part of a conspiracy? Dark forces try to keep him from uncovering the truth before they can unleash their master plan. But that is just the tip of the iceberg. It is an epic story with a large cast of characters.  The story I am telling is sure to be controversial. But I am not writing it simply to stir up controversy. I am writing it because it is the story that I have been given to tell.

I have not decided yet what publication route I will take once I am finished. I would love to try to get an agent and get it sold to a major publisher. But every author knows that is a one in a million shot. But I am going to give it a shot. What do I have to lose? If that door doesn’t open, I still have the options of self-publishing or trying to find a smaller publisher. Those are decisions I must make soon, but I haven’t quite got that far yet. Whatever route the future may have in store for me, I know that I will have my book done and available for you to read in published form or on your favorite e-reader. The timing will be determined by what publishing decision I make.

Also, I am going to be starting a separate blog dedicated to posts about my writing and my books. I will be sure to share a link once that is up and running. I will continue to post my book reviews and posts on entertainment topics on this blog.

Thanks again to all of you who have liked my Facebook page. And thanks to everyone who has read any version of the stories over the years. I appreciate everyone’s support so much. I look forward to interacting with you as I give more clues about my book and really can’t wait to hear your reactions once you get the finished product in your hands.

About me

profiuleA veteran newspaper journalist, I have spent the last five years working in marketing communications for a major small appliance manufacturer, an HR communications firm and one of the top law firms in Ohio (the latter two I currently work for). My fiance and I also run Addison’s Compass Public Relations, from which we offer writing, marketing and editing services to authors, businesses and individuals. I graduated from Bowling Green State University in 1996 with a degree in journalism and a minor in economics.

Book Review – The Fifth Assassin by Brad Meltzer

15 02 2013

Book Review The Fifth AssassinThe Fifth Assassin

By Brad Meltzer

Grand Central Publishing

Available Now

Four U.S. presidents have been assassinated while in office – Abraham Lincoln, James A. Garfield, William McKinley and John F. Kennedy. What if the four assassins were all linked and working for the same cause?

This is the question Brad Meltzer tackles in The Fifth Assassin, the second book in “The Culper Ring” series. The protagonist of The Fifth Assassin, National archivist Beecher White was introduced in the first book of the series, 2011’s The Inner Circle. The Fifth Assassin picks up right where that book left off, with Beecher on the bad side of the current President of the United States. Beecher knows the president’s deep dark secrets and the POTUS is none too happy about that.

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Book Review – The Blood Gospel by James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell

6 02 2013

bloodgospelThe Blood Gospel

By James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell

Harper Collins

In Stores Now

I’ve been a fan of best-selling author James Rollins for several years now. His Sigma Force series of military thrillers laced with historical mysteries has kept me coming back for more with each new tale. Now, Rollins has teamed up for the first time with best-selling author Rebecca Cantrell. For those of you unfamiliar with Cantrell, she is the award-winning writer of the Hannah Vogel mystery/thriller series.

But that’s not the only change with the new series (The Order of the Sanguines). Instead of another high-tech thriller in the same vein as his Sigma Force books, Rollins and Cantrell have created a thrilling supernatural horror story packed with plenty of high-octane adventure. Read the rest of this entry »

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