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Kick — The Audiobook

Kick-AUDIOBOOKIt’s been a long time in coming, but it’s finally available: Kick, the audiobook. Narrated by Steve Phelan (a TV actor in L.A.), and written by me (a TV watcher in Virginia). I’ve already gotten some initial feedback on the audiobook in praise of Steve.

Tracy writes, “The narrator, Steve Phelan, was a perfect choice, by the way. I’ll be looking for more narratives by him.”

I think Tracy has great taste, don’t you?



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Book Three of the Jenkins Cycle is available for pre-order on iBooks

A happy bit of news: “Hopper House,” book three of The Jenkins Cycle, is available for pre-order on iBooks.  I didn’t do Amazon (yet) because of their draconian pre-order rules. I may put something up later though, we’ll see.

The book’s official release date is August 15. I’d hoped to get it out in July, but that didn’t give me enough time for professional editing, so I pushed it back.

And so, without further ado, here’s the cover (designed by author and scientist E.E. Giorgi) and a link to the book over on Apple iBooks:



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Permafree — Fogland: House Call on Queasy Street

A minor miracle: Amazon now has “Queasy Street” up for free.  This should help me reach readers who would like to sample my writing before paying full price for “Kick”.

It’s ranked #6 in the free store in one of the categories 🙂


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Writing ebooks has changed a lot since the 80’s

Ahh…I remember it so clearly, back in the 80’s…

I’d just gotten home from school, sat down on my Commodore 64 and brought up Amazon (formerly called “river-in-south-america.com”) to check my sales report: 20 downloads!  Where did they come from?  Back then, we didn’t have any cool sales statistics like KDP does today. You know, with that tiny little map and lightly shaded areas indicating that humans with ebooks had at one time downloaded something.  And Google wasn’t Google back then, it was simply called “a-whole-bunch.com.”  Still, it was all we had, and we were happy to have it.

So anyway, I pulled up A-Whole-Bunch and clicked around with my joystick and guess what? Turns out Michael Jackson, fresh from his Victory Tour, had been Tweeting (Twatting) and Digging (called Dig-Dugging) and Tumbling-Upon (Nudging-Along) all day long, telling people it was awful and not to buy it!  Apparently he’d downloaded a very early, incredibly preliminary version of Kick, which I’d uploaded before it was ready because I heard you could make millions of dollars (hundreds, in 80’s money).  Back then, the working title was “Bop.”  At the time, I  thought it was best not to respond to critics so I ignored Michael Jackson’s attacks.

Maybe a day later, a strange man in a suit showed up at my house and demanded I come out.

“What do you want?” I said.

“I demand that you take “Bop” off of river-in-south-america.com immediately! ” he said.

“And why would I do that?”

“Copyright infringement, you pathetic fool!”

“Who’s copyright am I infringing upon?” I said.

The man laughed mysteriously, adroitly, and emphatically all at the same time, then switched to a maniacal laugh that set my teeth on the edge of my seat, causing my eyes to drop in mesmerizing, ecstatic, anticipatory wonder at him.

“Funny you should ask,” he said. Then he spun around three times, whipped off his glasses and coat, still spinning, and a wind picked up outside and suddenly he was Michael Jackson, hands spread out to his side, yelling, “Hee heeeeeee!

“Wow,” I said.  “You’re Michael Jackson!”

“Shamon,” he said.

“So how am I copyright infringing you?”

“I’m the King of Pop…the name of your book is Bop–it’s too similar.”

“What if I changed it to ‘Beat?'” I said.

“Nice try–my biggest hit was Beat It.”

I thought about it.

“How about Kick?”

He did that kicky move thing he always does and I rolled my eyes.  “Ok, yeah, you got that too.”

“Hey,” he said.  “Why don’t you call it–Hee heeee!

I blinked at him.  “But I thought that was one of your little catchphrase things?”

“No, not ‘Hee heeeee,’ I meant to say–Hee heeeeeee!

Now I was really confused. He’d just said he didn’t mean “Hee heeeee,” and then he’d suggested I use “Hee heeeee.”

“But you just said…”

Hee heeeeee!” he said again.  “Can’t Hee heeeeee! say anything Hee heeeeeeeee! else because Hee heeeeeeeee!”

And suddenly it was clear to me what was going on.

“Come on in, Mike,” I said.

I sat him down, got him a Coke (he flinched when I offered Pepsi), put on his Thriller video, we watched it, it scared him, Heeeeee-cups cured, he said I could call the book “Kick,” and I rushed this blog post to it’s happy/sad/laughed/cried/amazing yet subtle conclusion, with very little editing, and hit “Publish.”

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A new milestone in my Amazon.com Best Sellers Sales Rank – 5700

I’m happy to announce today’s been a good day for “Kick.”  If my rank continues to improve, I’ll post more screen shots (click to enlarge).

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During the night, I broke into the 4k range, then dipped back up into the 5k 🙂

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Kick – promotional sale for .99 cents

The price change is in for Kick, now on sale for .99 cents.  Enjoy!



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“Kick” is now available for the Kindle!

KickIf you could return from death in someone else’s body, what would you do with your time? And if your host was a serial killer and you could do anything you wanted before getting kicked out, would you put a stop to his crimes?

In Kick, we catch up with Dan Jenkins fifteen years into his strange afterlife:

…as an enforcer for the Howlers Motorcycle Club, a violent criminal organization in Memphis spilling mayhem into the lives of innocent people.

…as a deranged killer in the desert racking up a body count one young woman at a time.

…as a twenty-something junkie in Florida, part of a three person team of sociopaths terrorizing a beach community.

Dan will handle each “ride” as he always has–by emptying their bank accounts, going to movies and eating out every night, and helping strangers in need. And before he’s kicked out, he’ll stop his ride from hurting anyone else.

For a dead guy, it’s a pretty good gig.  Or at least it had been, until someone changed the rules.

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