Monday, May 7, 2012

The Inevitable Blog Tour

I guess it is time I come clean and explain all those posting and tweets announcing interviews, reviews and guest blog spots. Well, as it turns out, I’m in the middle of a blog tour. Of course, new to this as I am, I failed to prepare a one place to show all. Well, that ends right now, if not for my benefit, at least to help the next author stumbling into the dark room of online promotion:

It all began on April/27, the day that I also launched my free day with Amazon Kindle Select program.

April/27: I was invited to write a blog post for Chris Redding's blog. I decided to explore about our relationship as authors with our own characters: here's the link:

April/30: W.S. Gager's reporter-with-an-attitude Mitch Malone decided to press his luck and put professional hitman Robert I Prescott in the spot. Now, who would do such a thing on purpose? :-)

May/1: Peg Brantley did a spanking deep-probing interview of me. She even coaxed a photo of my workspace out of me:

May/04: I wrote about Writing Companions on Debbi Mack’s “My Life on the Mid-List blog:

May/07: I wrote about the hated and fearsome promotion that we authors must overcome and do:

May/10: I’m coming straight from Hel:

May/15:  I explore about research at Nancy’s Notes from Florida:

May/23: I will visit the Crime Fiction Collective blog:

June/06: Maryann Miller is putting me in the spot for an interview in her blog:

And some more to come. So come back any time for an update. 


The Promo bit

Today I'm a guest blogger at Murder Must Advertise blog:

Enjoy my take on the promo bits.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Today I'm a guest blogger

Today I'm a guest blogger at Debbi Mack's, I wrote about the books I used for the writing craft:

Hope this helps.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

The Avengers 2012

The long wait is finally over. The initial reviews were nothing short of perfect. This project spanned several individual hero movies to converge into this one over-the-top adventure. Hulk, Iron man, Thor, Captain America, Black Widow and Hawkeye comprise this Avenger initiative to save the planet, or in the words of Nick Fury: to fight the wars we can’t.

The banished Lucky appears on Earth to take possession of a power cube capable of opening a portal for an invasion army. His goal: rule Earth as a starting point to conquer the universe.

Making so many dysfunctional heroes—and their egos—work together is a difficult, even daunting, task all on itself.

This ensemble cast worked a lot better than the original G.I. Joe, of course, the first half of the movie is used fighting among themselves, but that is good character development trait. I mean, they are not the Brady bunch to just get together and form a team out of the thin air.

The advantage of the actors, having played the same roll before, gives them a confidence that transcends the screen. With the exception of Mark Ruffalo and poor Hulk that has gone through three different actors in as many movies. Still, the actor was able to hold his own. The effects of Hulk are also very good.

Is the movie entertaining? Yes, very much so. My wife and kids vowed to buy the DVD as soon as it comes out.

Does it have any negative things? A few, but they do not diminish the overall experience. The only thing that got me thinking was Hulk and the lack of explanation how Bruce Banner manages to control the beast during the final battle whereas it was a disaster the first time.

Still, I could not fail to see the similitude to Sean Connery’s final movie The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. The premise of a group coming together to save the planet is pretty similar.

A free read Short story

The great Short.Store-Me website recently published a short story of mine titled Blind Living.

The story is about a blind guy who goes to extreme measures to secure some much-needed quality time with his girlfriend.

Read it here:

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

New Interview

An spanking deep-probing interview is now online: