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Knife Fight

Katy pointed to a scar on my arm.

Katy: Where’d you get that one?

Me: Knife fight when I was younger.

Katy: (eyes wide) Tell me about it.

Me: I was walking down a dark street, late at night, when a I was attacked. The blade sliced across my arm, but I caught the attacker with a back hand blow and then a smash with my forearm ending the fight.

Katy: (In awe). Wow.

My wife (walked by and saw us looking at the scar and stops): Showing her the scar from when you were playing with the cat?

Katy: (gives me an exasperated almost teenage look)

Me to Katy: It was a dangerous cat.

The Hand of God Audio Book

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You say you don’t have time to read because you are always on the road? Or you don’t read because you don’t see as well as you used to and you refuse to wear peepers to read? Then I have great news:  The Hand of God, the first of the Victor McCain thrillers, is now available in audio book format. Audible members even get a discount. Narrated by John Glouchevitch, The Hand of God is a fast paced thrill ride which will make any trip fly by.

 

Authors to the Rescue

Today I’m a guest of Authors to the Rescue, Twelve Books of Christmas on Facebook. The event helps raise money for Barktown Rescue. I will answer questions on publishing, writing, poker, politics, religion and any and all other topics. I will donate any profits from books sold today to Barktown. Stop by and ask your questions here.

Revenge Book Launch and Dinner

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Today’s the day. I’m hosting a launch party at Karen’s Book Barn in La Grange for Revenge, the latest in the Victor McCain thriller series, from 2-7 pm. And when the signing is over we are headed to Big R and Shannon’s BBQ for a celebratory dinner. Books and BBQ, can’t beat it. I hope to see everyone there!

 

(Dear bad guys, we have a state of the art alarm system and two very large dogs)

Review of Spectre

I’ve been a huge James Bond fan starting in early childhood catching the reruns of Dr. No on TV. The release of a new Bond flick is a major event. Thanks to finishing up writing on Revenge, I put off seeing Spectre, the latest in the franchise, until last night.

Daniel Craig returns as the deadly assassin for MI6, as do Ralph Fiennes as M, Naomie Harris as Moneypenny and Ben Whishaw as Q. There are the requisite  gadgets and femme fatales, including Lea Seydoux and Monica Bellucci, and a new love to hate bad guy in Mr. Hinx played by Dave Bautista nearly unrecognizable from his role in Guardians of the Galaxy. Not to mention Christoph Waltz as the head of the mysterious Spectre. The movie is once again directed by Sam Mendes.

 

The plot revolves around James Bond on a rogue mission, the reasons for doing so and what it means when he discovers a secret organization named Spectre. Long time Bond fans will recognize the name Spectre from the days of Sean Connery and Roger Moore. I’m not going to go into detail on the plot, so no worries on major spoilers. I will, however, give my impression of the movie: meh.

The plot is either too predictable, or Bond makes leaps and connections to move along the plot which are flimsy at best and contrived at worst. The action scenes do receive a high marks, from the opening sequence during the Day of the Dead celebration in Mexico City to a car chase in Rome. But it’s the rest of the movie which left me feeling underwhelmed. I would have loved to have seen Bellucci have a larger role. The movie is beautifully filmed, matching Skyfall in that regard. Craig and Seydoux show good chemistry and Waltz is excellent, as always. What let them down is the screenplay. It didn’t grab me.

All and all, I would give the movie a *** our of *****. Worth the effort, because it’s Bond. Daniel Craig has hinted this might be his last go round as the man with a license to kill. I hope that’s not the case because he has become my favorite 007. Either way, I will be in line opening night the next time Bond graces the big screen.

Revenge Book Launch and Dinner

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The book launch party for Revenge, the next book in the Victor McCain thriller series, will be November 28th from 2-7 p.m. at Karen’s Book Barn in La Grange, Kentucky. Afterwards we will have a celebration dinner at Big R and Shannon’s BBQ, also in La Grange.

Here is the blurb for Revenge:

With the novel release only a few weeks away, there is the blurb:
Victor McCain, God’s bounty hunter, knows how to hunt down the world’s most evil beings and remove them. Permanently. In Revenge, the thrilling follow up to The Speaker, Victor learns what it’s like to be the one targeted for death.

With a $10,000,000 bounty on his head, assassins are finding their way to Louisville to try and collect on the contract of a lifetime, including Black Ice, the world’s top killer. But he is not alone.

An old foe has returned from the dead to seek revenge on Victor by destroying those he holds dear, including a new love. To save her and the others close to him, he must avoid the assassin’s bullet and the efforts of an angry cop intent on putting Victor away for life and unravel a trail of kidnapping, torture and murder.

Donald Trump and Starbucks

Most of you know I do a lot of my writing at Starbucks. With news Donald Trump feels we should boycott the coffee chain over their minimalist holiday cups, I thought it time to speak up.

I’m a Christian. Snowflakes, snowmen and the occasional ornament, don’t symbolize Christ to me, so the fact they are NOT on a cup of coffee does not change the season. If Starbucks truly wanted to marginalize the holiday season, wouldn’t they not change their cups at all? When I saw the red cups, I thought “it’s holiday time”.

It is this type of outrage over absolutely nothing which make it hard to convince those on the fence when it comes to faith. If you want to focus on what matters this holiday season, volunteer at a soup kitchen, start a coat drive to help those who can’t afford to dress their children warmly, call a family friend or relative to check in on them. Concentrate on what the season means, NOT what is or is not on the side of a coffee cup.

Columbus Day Rant

I’m sorry, but I can’t take it anymore. I just read about the‪#‎ColumbusWasAHero‬ hashtag. A hero? First off, he never set foot in the Continental US, but in the Caribbean. Hell, Leif Eriksson beat beat him by almost 500 years.

He didn’t set out to prove the world was round. The Greeks suggested the world was round in 5BC and it was accepted knowledge in Europe at the time he sailed west.

He was a slaver who decimated the local indigenous tribes. His treatment was so brutal the Spanish government had him arrested for his treatment of the local people during his time as Governor of the territory. Mutilation and torture were common practices by Columbus.

Yet we celebrate this man’s life because he “discovered” America, a country that had been “discovered” first by the people already living here. It would be like my former French neighbors walking up to my house and planting the French flag, saying, “We have discovered this land for France.” Silly, right? But yet we have Columbus Day.

End of rant.

Read more of the bio by B. Myint on Biography.com.

Archon 2015 Day III Recap

Another Archon is in the books and I had a fantastic time with Jay Noel, Janet Maria and Hydra authro Stuart Thaman. Sales were down a bit from last year (a common theme from the vendors I spoke with) and we had a small kerfuffle over whether I did or did not order electricity for the event. But it is always great seeing familiar faces and making new friends.  The talented J.J. Sherwood, along with her husband Michael and editor, Alexandra, won the costume contest (like there was every any doubt). The Cosplayers were few on Sunday, but we did have a couple.

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