Release Day and Contest!

While it may be a cliche, and minimizes the pain women endure, a book release is like giving birth. After months of gestating, it gets released, leaving the author in a state of exhaustion and relief.

That’s simply my long winded way of saying Life in Amber is now available! The paperback is exclusive to Amazon, while the e-book is waiting for you not only at Amazon, but every ebook retailer imaginable, including Apple and Walmart.

You may notice there’s a difference between the two covers of each version, and there’s a reason for that. The e-book cover, for whatever reason kept creating errors when uploading to Amazon. It was rejected 3 times and I finally had to redo the entire thing. I really want to change it to what it should be, but afraid to touch it. Anyway, I still like it, and will probably leave it as is.

That aside, I’m running a contest starting on Monday September 10th, 2018, and closing on Friday September 14th. The task you have is to name the 10 movies that had an impact on me, which I posted on Facebook, and then name the play I wrote, which I talk about on the next episode of The Imaginarium. Post your answer on my FB page and the winner gets an autographed copy of the book! Easy Peasy, right? In case of a tie winner will be chosen at random, through the old fashioned name out of a hat, Good luck!

You can also purchase this and my other books here 

Enter contest here

Link for podcast

And the winner is….

Skeevy McGee, for his winning entry:

Cockinshiner is a Germanic word with no English equivailent. A lesser known subset of the doppelgänger myth, a cockinshiner is the evil double of an individual’s penis. So, when Nicky suspects you might be his cockinshiner, you have just received a major ice burn.

“And but when Nicholas Kane bent down to take the penis of the stranger he did not know into his mouth it was seen and shown that the penis was an exact double of Nick’s own, and Nick’s horror was not to be conceived by the human mind or brain.

Congrats! Send an email to raingodphoenix (at) hotmail dot com with a mailing address to send your book!

Nikita’s whine party – for one

Looks like La Femme Nikita posted his “everyone’s picking on me” article over on Associated Content, where the stringent criteria for publishing, is having an internet connection and a keyboard. Way to go Nikita! Aiming high as always I see. The link to this lulzapalooze is here:

By now, most who read my blog have seen this; but see, unlike Nikita I actually have a life and was out living said life for most of the day.  When I got home from a very enjoyable luncheon date, my first since damon passed last year, I was alerted to LFN’s scrawl. There’s about 5 pages of his incoherent, patently bad writing, with grammar and spelling errors to lower a 3rd world countries educational scores.

But to summarize, he complains about internet trolls and bullies, yet calls someone at midnight while his inbred family listens in. Yup, victims ALWAYS do that, don’t they? He then goes on to talk about how his non fiction book scared everybody in the industry.  What scared them was the piss poor writing, non existent editing, and general whininess of Nikita’s tripe. He claims to have disturbing knowledge of the industry, yet he only comes across as disturbed. He seems to think because he’s a “writer” (much the same way Paris Hilton is an actress, in name alone), that somehow people are jealous. That is perhaps the biggest laugh and the smoking gun that shows NIkita is a hack, with apologies to the hacks.

The astonishing thing is this; as someone who claims to be a writer, he proves his detractor’s right. His Troll piece is so filled with bad spelling, gaps in logic, bad grammar, that no one could ever confuse him with being an author.

so perhaps some good will come out of this after all. La Femme Nikita, you’re giving yourself enough rope, so watch where you step.

BTW: Everyone still has time to enter my contest. Submissions will be accepted until midnight August 24th. Further details are here:


First things first. Head over to TRN and read the cockinshiner entry, here: Then come on back and post your best guess as to what a cockinshiner is, and then using it in your best Nikita style sentence.

Winner will receive my personal copy of Tom Piccirilli’s novel, Frayed. Why Frayed? Well here’s the jacket blurb:

“Are you the one who helped him kill the angel?”

Twenty years of repressed anger and memories. A bitter knot of hatred that binds and divides two friends. The dark secret that fuels and devastates them both.

“He killed it. I only helped him to bury it.”

Eddie’s doing his best to get by, but every day the good fight just gets harder. And now there’s a new burden to shoulder. Gray – his best friend and nemesis in literature, romance, and life – has landed in a bizarre mental hospital, known for its radical treatments, because Gray couldn’t bear the weight of an unspeakable trauma.

The last time they met, Gray almost killed Eddie, but it seems that all is finally forgiven. Tonight, there’s a wild hootenanny up at Gray’s house.

The nuthouse.

And Eddie’s invited.

Winner will be announced on August 25, NIckolaus Pacione Day!

Good luck