Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Come See Me at TerrifiCon This Weekend!

If you're in the MA/CT area, I'll be at Mohegan Sun for TerrifiCon all weekend (Aug 18-20) selling books, hosting panels and hanging out!


Matt and I have a table at the show, and we'll be promoting the Secret Identity and Power Chords podcasts. I'll have a limited number of copies of the new edition of my podcasting book Making Ear Candy for sale, as well as some of my Parted Veil horror novels.

I'm also hosting three panels this weekend:

Podcasting 101 (with Matt Herring and I): Friday 3:00-3:45 in Panel Room 1

Behind the Panels: KRAVEN'S LAST HUNT (with Mike Zeck and Bob McLeod): Saturday  2:45-3:30 in panel Room 2



THE PUNISHER Reunion (with Steven Grant, Mike Zeck and John Beatty): Saturday 4:15 to 5:00 in Panel Room 1


Anyone who knows me knows I'm a diehard Spidey and Punisher fan, so these panels will be a blast. And when I'm not hosting panels, I'll be at the table hanging out and chatting with whoever stops by. Hope to see you there!


Monday, August 14, 2017

MAKING EAR CANDY (2nd Edition) is Now Available!


I am very excited to announce that the newly updated edition of my podcasting book Making Ear Candy is now available! You can get the digital version on both Drive Thru Fiction and Amazon, while Drive Thru Fiction has the print version as well.

Get Making Ear Candy on Amazon

Get Making Ear Candy on Drive Thru Fiction

When I originally wrote this book four years ago, my goal was to provide anyone interested in starting a podcast with a simple and inexpensive path to getting their show off the ground. This updated edition includes new tools and resources, as well as a whole new chapter on video. And it features an amazing new cover from my friend and super talented artist Chris Giarrusso. I feel like this new edition is a more complete version of the original book, and I'm very proud of it.

Here's the back cover blurb:

Are you interested in launching your own podcast?

The world of podcasting is more accessible than ever, but when you’re just starting out, the options available in terms of recording, editing and delivering your podcast can be overwhelming.

Making Ear Candy: The Audio Confectioner’s Guide to Podcasting provides a complete list of ingredients you'll need to cook up your own podcast. From choosing your subject matter all the way to getting the word out about your show, this guide is aimed at providing simple answers and helpful advice from a podcaster with eleven years of experience producing podcasts about pop culture, music, writing, design and small business administration. 

If you’re interested in starting your own podcast, Making Ear Candy can help you get your new show off the ground and create your own recipe for success.

Friday, August 11, 2017

A Busy (But Productive) Summer

As I write this, we are almost halfway through August, which is bonkers. My last substantial writing update was at the end of June, and I'm happy to say that I have been very productive in the past month and a half. Without further ado:



Right now, the cover is being finalized for my upcoming novella, Chasing the King in Yellow. It's a sequel to my first novel, Courting the King in Yellow, and it catches up with the cast of that book, who have been in the background during the events of the last two Parted Veil novels. If all goes according to plan, I'll have a cover reveal next week, and the book will be out sometime in September. the symbol above is my version of the Yellow Sign, which features prominently in the book and the series as a whole.

I have finished revising and updating my podcasting book, Making Ear Candy, and I'll be posting about the print and digital versions being available next week. I'm super proud of this book.

Jolene and I are also working on edits for Haunted, the second novel in the Woodsview Murders series. Our goal is to have this one out in time for Halloween, and I think you'll agree it was worth the wait. I am so excited for people to see what Jolene and I have done with the sequel. This series continues to be one long love letter to '80s slasher films. You'll need to bring your baskets, because like the first one, there are so many Easter eggs for horror fans.

Oh! I almost forgot--I wrote a brand new short story, that you will be reading soon for free! Jolene has put together another amazing writer and artist showcase--the Summer of Screams--and my story will be going up sometime in the next week or two. The theme for this showcase is summer camp, and since Friday the 13th is my favorite horror series of all time, you can imagine how excited I was to be a part of this showcase. You can read all of the stories and see some great artwork at jolenehaley.com.


I'll be back next week with more updates!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Come See Me at Plastic City Comic Con This Saturday (7/29)!


This Saturday I'll be in Fitchburg, Massachusetts for the second annual Plastic City Comic Con! The show will be held in the Wallace Civic Center from 10-6. Admission for adults is only $2, and kids 12 and under get in for free!

I'll be there selling books and hanging out with my Secret Identity co-host Matt Herring and a bunch of other writers, artists and more.

You can check out plasticcitycomiccon.com for the full guest list, directions and more info on the show. Hope to see you there!

Our group pic from last year's Plastic City Comic Con

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Winger Just Keeps Getting Better With Age

The last time I saw Winger in concert was fifteen years ago, when they toured in 2002 with Poison, Cinderella and Faster Pussycat. I distinctly remember that show, because even though Poison were the headliners, Winger blew all three other bands off the stage that night. They were amazing live, sounding every bit as good as their studio albums, and bringing an energy that was just infectious.

Fast forward to Saturday night at the Mohegan Sun Wolf Den in Uncasville, CT, where Winger proved they haven't lost a step in the past fifteen years. In fact, they might actually be better.

Winger opened with the uptempo "Midnight Driver of a Love Machine" off the Better Days Comin' album, and they never slowed down. They played a great mix of older and newer songs, as well as my all-time favorite, "Hungry."

Joining Kip Winger, Reb Beach and Rod Morgenstein for the Mohegan Sun show was guitarist Donnie Wayne Smith, who has been filling in for John Roth from time to time since 2014. Paul Taylor wasn't there, so Kip took keyboard duties for the few songs that featured them. I was super impressed with Donnie Wayne Smith, did he nail every song on rhythm and occasional lead, but his backing vocals were right there with Reb Beach's, which if you know Winger, is saying a lot. Kip himself sounded absolutely amazing, and I felt like his range might actually be better than the last time I saw them.
From start to finish, Winger put on a stellar show, and reaffirmed they are one of the best live acts out there today. If you get a chance to see them, take it.

Here's the full setlist from the show:

Midnight Driver of a Love Machine
Easy Come Easy Go
Hungry
Pull Me Under
Down Incognito
Deal With the Devil
Stone Cold Killer
Guitar Solo
Rat Race
Drum Solo
Miles Away
Headed for a Heartbreak
Can't Get Enuff
So Long China
Madalaine
Seventeen

Encore:
Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love (Van Halen cover)