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Some People Are Just Lucky

Like I said, some people are just lucky. There is no other way to explain it and I’m one of them. You’ve all heard the cliché, “It’s not what you know, but who you know that counts.” Another one is, ”It’s better to be lucky than smart.” Well, I am very lucky in that I know (via the Internet) Mike Simpson and the fine folks at Second Wind Publishing who are the “who you know that counts” part of the clichés.

churchstepsIn the 3 years since submitted my first novel to Second Wind Publishing, I have signed contracts with them for five books. The latest to be released in a month or so, is Body On the Church Steps. Now really, one just does not expect to find a naked body in front of the church. One might find a nude body in front of a bar, or club maybe, but certainly not in front of the church and certainly not dead. And why was it put there and who put it there? Well that is what the story is all about, and it’s going to  more than the police to solve this mystery.

Final MSS Cover frontThe book before that was Murder Sets Sail, released just last month. There is no mystery here. The reader knows right from the first chapter who the killers are and whom they are planning to kill. The question is can the intended target escape? Of course they can. That’s what an adventure/action novel is all about, isn’t it? This is a fun read. A friend of mine told me he got up to give their infant son his midnight bottle and instead of checking his cell phone he started to read the book. His son finished his bottle and went back to sleep and my friend couldn’t stop reading. Next thing he knew it was time for the 4 AM feeding.

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000035_00023]The Telephone Killer was published December of 2012. In this one the serial killer calls a television station ahead of time with clues as to who he will kill next. Although those clues are correct, they are often misleading.

So there you have 3 novels that have seen “the light of day” so to speak.

prison-bars-2The 4th novel, A Short Futile Life has a tentative release date of December 1 of this year. It is unlike anything I have done before in that it is a near-future political drama. A war hero works to help a man be elected President only to discover that the candidate planned all along to make the Presidency of the United States into a dictatorship. When our hero tries to expose the dictator, he is of course, arrested, brought to trial (a rigged trial), found guilty and executed. No picture of the cover for this one, but maybe something like this.

Finally the 5th novel, Endangered Species, with a tentative release date of March 2015, is a terrorist/adventure novel in which a group of terrorist devises a way to kill all the residence of a major US City. I have no idea what the cover of this book might be, but the team at 2nd Wind will come up with something fabulous.

Did I say I was lucky? Now wait a minute. Lucky has the idea of no reason for one’s good fortune; you know, like “dumb luck.” I think “blessed” is a better word. It implies that there is some force working on your behalf. Maybe that is what George Lucas meant when he had the characters in the Star Wars movies say, “May the Force be with you.” Well, there is certainly a Force with me and it is Mike Simpson and all the team at Second Wind Publishing.

Thank you, Gang, and May the Force be with you!

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Paul’s book The Telephone Killer published by 2nd Wind Publishing is now available on Amazon and from the publisher. Kindle and Nook versions just $4.99. – Soon to be available as an audiobook.

Murder Sets Sail  now available from Second Wind Publishing and on AmazonKindle and Nook versions just $4.99,

Body On the Church Steps coming soon from Second Wind Publishing.

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Starting 2013 Correctly

plate 11 mugStarting the New Year correctly takes some doing.

The three-week Christmas break at Windward Community College is over and I’m behind schedule. That’s OK. That’s my normal state. However, I don’t think I have ever been behind schedule in every area of my life, but this year I am behind in everything. I’m even behind in my sleep. But I digress…

In the mud department I decided to get away from coffee mugs, dinner plates and spaghetti bowls like those above and try something a little more challenging.

G sculp guide 4Being one who needs a road map if I’m going where I’ve never been before I started by make a cardboard guide to help me stay on the clay road so to speak. Since the clay that I extruded was ¾” and my mockup guide was inside the piece I had to make it an 1-1/2” smaller. If you look closely you can see the lines I drew as to where I hoped to place the first lay of clay. The height of this fair maid is 39 inches.

The first day of actually working with the clay I didn’t get very far. In fact I had to do it over because I didn’t like the lay of the bottom of the skirt.

The next time, 2 days later, went very well. In fact it went so well that I let the time get away from me.  To tell the truth it didn’t get away from me, I just ignored it. Worked on the sculpture for 7 hours straight. Went home tired as hell but well pleased with what I accomplished.

Hope sculp 6Well, here’s where I am today. I can see that I’m going to have to do something to soften her face and make it more feminine. I am also going to have to smooth down the whole figure.

I think I’m going to use under glazes and with a crackle finish, but I’m not sure yet. I’ll let you know where we’re going.

In the “paper” department, I got an email today that my murder mystery, “The Telephone Killer” would be out by the end of January. I don’t know why I’m so outrageously blessed, but it is great news for starting the New Year.

Hey, everyone, have an outrageously wonderful New Year!!!

Paul’s book The Telephone Killer published by Second Wind Publishing will be out January 31, 2013.

Please feel free to re blog any of my posts.

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