Monthly Archives: September 2017

Book Review #2 “The Tatterdemon” by: Steve Vernon

A good review is like a surprise gift. Always welcome. Thanks to Nova Scotia writer and bookseller, Peter Foote, for this fine review.

27 Questions, Answered By Me

Okay, so I’m a little rusty on chain letters – but I got hit with one of those questionnaires going around on the internet. My wife sent it my way and I decided what the heck, I’m going to give it a go.

So – without further ado – here are 27 questions, answered by me.


1. Who are you named after? – Dunno.

2. Last time you cried? – I still miss my younger brother Dan. Fuck cancer, dammit.

3. Soda or Water? – Root beer.

4. What’s your favorite pizza? – Donair pizza.

5. Favorite flower? – Anything perennial.

6. Do you still have your tonsils? – Nope.

7. Would you bungee jump? – Nope.

8. Did you go to college? – The funny thing is, I worked in the Art College and I actually attended THREE different universities and I still don’t have a degree. I guess that I am just a really slow learner.

9. Untie your shoes when taking them off? – God put shoes on your feet just so you could kick them off.

10. Roller coasters? – I don’t care to roll my coasters, but I do like to frisbee them about whenever I get the chance.

11. Favorite ice cream? – yes please.

12. Favorite thing to do? Binge Watch movies or TV series with my wife. Or just binge watch my wife. She’s really easy on my eyes, unless she is punching them.

13. Shorts or jeans? – Cargo shorts. I rock them whenever I get the chance.

14. What are you listening to right now? – The whispering sound of an unmowed lawn.

15. Favorite colors? – Hawaiian shirt colors!

16. Tattoos? – I thought about them when I was younger, but I have always been too cheap to get one. Or too broke. Or both.

17. Color of hair? – Mostly shaggy. Often unwashed. What DO people see in me?

18. Color of eyes? – Is bloodshot a color?

19. Favorite thing to eat ? – I’ll have a hamburger please.

20. Scary or happy endings? – I love a good happy-ever-after romance, like in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

21. Android or iPhone? – You mean like Data, or the Terminator?

22. Favorite car? – I’m holding out for a jet pack.

23. Favorite holiday? – Christmas, hands down! I love Christmas!

24. Beer or wine? – Beer, please. Wine gives me heartburn.

25. Night owl or morning person? – I am a morning cat.

26. Favorite day of the week? – Any day that is off!

27. Do you have a nickname? – If I tell you I have to kill you.

yours in storytelling,

Steve Vernon

Don’t Go in the Woods (1981)

Okay, so that recipe at the end sounds dangerous.


I remember the days of the neighborhood Mom and Pop video rental store fondly. Our little subdivision in Little Rock had a little store called Shows 2 Go. It was tucked into a small space in a strip mall, next to an insurance agency and, if my memory isn’t letting me down, a jazzercise studio. From what I gather from listening to other old farts wistfully recall those days of VHS glory, Shows 2 Go was a pretty typical place. Popcorn and candy were sold at the counter. The walls were plastered with movie posters. Cardboard promotional items were positioned here and there. (One little digression: the owners were generous with these posters and other items—I still have a cardboard hockey mask used to promote Friday the 13th Part VII.) Also typical was the movie selection on hand. While you could get the latest Hollywood product, there was…

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Back From Canada, and Back Up Your Files

Everybody ought to visit Nova Scotia at least once in their lifetime.

My visit has lasted over forty years, so far…

Sonora Taylor

I returned from my vacation yesterday. I’m ready to get back to the grind, but I still find myself thinking of all the places we visited in Halifax and Prince Edward Island. The views were beautiful in both sun and rain. I loved the red sand beaches, green cliffs, lighthouses, and wildflower fields (yes, I’ll post pictures).

I also had a small adventure that reminded me of a credo I oft repeat, and will do so here: back up your files. Even if you’re not a writer, back them up, and back them up in multiple places. If you write in a journal, make photo copies. If you type your stories, save them to various firmware, and also the cloud if you can. Back them up every which way, because you never know when one of the pieces holding your stories could be lost.

I emphasize this point because my…

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Writing process: How to write a novel fast

Crissi Langwell

Crissi vineyardAs I gear up for the release of Hope at the Crossroads (Oct. 24!), I thought I’d take a moment to share about my writing process. I always love reading how other authors crank out their novels, don’t you?

First, I fully admit that I’m not writing any books at the moment. My focus is on college and the Hope series book #2 release, so my main writing is journaling and class essays. However, writing is definitely on the horizon. NaNoWriMo is just around the corner (see more info at the end of this post), and I’m getting ready to start outlining my book project for that month.

In the meantime, here’s a look at what my writing process is like:

Before I’ve even started writing the novel, I have an outline to the story already in front of me, something that lays out every single chapter in as much…

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One Day Freebie Special on Amazon!


Hey folks – I’ve got a one-day freebie special for my ghost story CAT CALL today. Grab a copy on me.

It’s a short and enjoyable (I hope) read.
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Canada –


AND, I also ought to mention that my Kindle Scout winning novel KELPIE DREAMS is available throughout the month of September for the bargain price of 99 cents.


LASTLY, why don’t you do me a favor and give a listen to my brand new chain gang audiobook, The Forever Long Road of Olan Walker and let me know what you think of the narrator.

Just swing on over to the listing and hit the button that says PLAY AUDIO SAMPLE. There’s only a minute to listen to but I think you might like what you hear.

If you want to buy the audiobook, it is only $3.95 for the whole audiobook or you can grab it for FREE when you sign for a 30 day free trial membership to Audible!


Hey, it’s Saturday – get out there and have some fun!

Yours in storytelling,

Steve Vernon

My Kindle Scout Publishing Journey – Day 1 – What is Kindle Scout?

Kindle Scout has helped me get an awful lot of copies of my book, KELPIE DREAMS, sold so far. I’m hoping to sell a few more copies this month. KELPIE DREAMS is available for a mere 99 cents all September long at

In the meantime, why don’t you give this BC writer a chance and check out her Kindle Scout campaign. Nominate her book for a chance to win a free copy from Kindle Scout!

Kathrin Lake's Site

So what is Kindle Scout exactly and how are you, me and the proverbial lamppost supposed to use it to publish our books? Well I am going to show you in real time because my Kindle Scout Campaign was just approved to start, GULP, today!


But you may want to read this as well.

Kindle Scout is for fiction writers to possibly get a publishing contract with Amazon Publishing for ebook and audible book rights only (guidelines link here). You retain the print rights to your book. Since my book, The Happy Hammock, is based on my life and real estate foibles in Mexico, but it is fictionalized, it counts in the general literature and fiction category and a few other genres like romantic comedy as well.

In essence…

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