Here is the ebook cover for the soon to be released Victor McCain short story, Nightmare. I apologize in advance to Mimi Flaherty, who once jumped up in the middle of the isle and screamed at the top of her lungs when I nudged the popcorn bucket with my foot at Showcase Cinemas and said, “Mouse.” She didn’t think the joke was all that funny. The cover design is by the always brilliant, Karri Klawiter.
I grew up on a rural route outside of La Grange, Kentucky. These are a few stories from those days.
One afternoon, when I was around 15 years old, I volunteered to make dinner for the family. My mother had a really hard day in her shop and I wanted to make life easier on her. I got out one of her cookbooks, looked up a recipe for roast beef with sides, made note of what I needed and made the trip to the grocery store.
I made the meal, destroying the kitchen in the process, set the table and served dinner. How did I do? My mother, two brothers and I, ended up eating fast food. When I put the remains of the meal down for the dogs, they sniffed the food and walked away, leaving their plates untouched.
My father, however, ate two helpings of every thing and complimented me on my cooking.
I told you that story to tell you this one:
Tonight my wife made one of those ready to go pasta dishes. My wife and twin girls ate very little of their pasta, disliking the dish completely. I, on the other hand, ate two helpings.
They say at some point we become our parents. It seems I have arrived.
It was announced earlier today that Marvel and Director Spike Lee have cast Will Smith as Spider-Man in the next installment of the venerable series entitled “Spider-Man: Return to Innocence.” The movie also star Dakota Fanning as Parker’s love interest, John Stamos, Macaulay Culkin and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as new villain “Dirty Mike”.
In further Return to Innocence news it has been learned Academy Award nominated screenwriter, Sylvester Stallone, has been tapped to write the screenplay. When asked about the rumor, Stallone replied, “No comment” but was overheard at a Taco Bell telling a clerk the inside story. Marvel and director Spike Lee want Stallone to bring the Rocky magic to Return to Innocence, with the iconic web crawler cast in the under dog roll to Johnson. Stallone said, “They want a “Rocky I” or “Rocky II” kind of vibe for the new Spider-Man movie, but have asked in no way that I give the script a “Rocky IV” or “Rocky IV” kind of treatment but would settle for it being like “Rocky III.”
Stallone went on to say he planned to make Fanning’s character an under cover Russian spy who is a member of SPECTRE, leaving the door open for a Spider-Man / James Bond crossover, with Stallone himself taking over for Daniel Craig when he decides to give up his Walther PPK.
Tracking and killing demons is all part of the job for the Hand of God, Victor McCain, God’s bounty hunter. In this fast paced sequel to The Hand of God and The Watchers, Victor learns facing his inner demons may be deadlier than the real ones.
Turning to the bottle to drown out the memories of a lost love, he begins to take risks which could get him killed. One night, drunk and alone in a bar in Tennessee, he’s ambushed by members of the Church of the Light Reclaimed. He would have died in the attack, if not for a beautiful stranger named Elizabeth.
Later he learns the attack was orchestrated by an old nemesis, Preston Deveraux, and Cyrus Tyler, the new Speaker of the House of Representatives. Victor must lean on the alluring Elizabeth to find the truth behind their plans-only she has secrets of her own which could doom them both.
When yet another player shows up on the scene hunting Elizabeth, Victor must find a way to convince the two of them to work together to help him stop Tyler from reaching his ultimate goal: to throw the world into chaos and war.
Ebook coming soon!
Didn’t get a chance to hear my interview on the Star Chamber Show on Blog Talk Radio? No problem. They archived the show. You can find it here.
The Star Chamber Show on Blog Talk Radio cranks back up tonight and I am honored to be the first guest of the season. Hosted by Seventh Star Press publisher Stephen Zimmer, you can count on the evening being a blast. Topics to be discussed will be my upcoming novel, The Speaker, the other two books in the Victor McCain series, the latest news from Hydra Publications and how I’m not really Eric Beebe. Plus anything else which percolates through the mind of the talented Mr. Zimmer. The show starts at 9 p.m. EST and you can call in and ask questions by dialing (619) 639-4616.