Many advancements have been made on the special project since I last updated you all. We have a title for our podcast and a host as well. We are calling it [The] Writers' Block.
What do you think of it? Let me know! For me and my co-host, Shawn, it's got multiple meanings. It's our block of time as writers to talk about favorite books and writing habits. It's also a show that can help writers get passed their writer's block with the original content and creativity we will bring to the show. It's a podcast for readers and writers alike.
Check out the page and go ahead and follow us. We don't have any content up just yet but I promise we will in the coming weeks. Go here to check it out. Anyone who follows the show before the first episode airs will be entered into a drawing for an Amazon gift card. Please give us a follow and good luck!
In the comments below, let me know your thoughts on our podcast and if you have any suggestions. We'd love to hear from you! And give my co-host a follow on Instagram @shawnsalzmann. We will have social media pages for the site shortly!
Those of you on my newsletter may have already read this news. I made a vague post on social media the other day explaining I was working on a special project and would update in a couple days. Now, I would like to share that information with you!
A writer buddy of mine and I have developed plans for a............wait for it...........podcast! That's right. Soon, you'll be able to tune in weekly and hear me and my friend talk. About what you ask? Well, it's still in the planning stages so I can't reveal just yet. However, I can tell you it will be about books, reading, and writing and will be entertaining. If you're into books you'll love this podcast. I'll update everyone as the details come. Until then, let me know in the comments below what you think about this. Are you excited? Will you listen to our podcast? Let me know! I'd love to hear from you.
For those subscribed to my newsletter, you've already seen the cover for my upcoming Ethan McCormick novel, Sins of the Mother. I've received some pretty good feedback and I'm confident the rest of you will love the cover as well.
That being said, the original plan was release the cover on April 1st. However, I'm getting excited and want to share it with you now! So, if you would like me to post it early leave a comment below and let me know if I should. If I get enough responses, I'll post it on my blog in the next few days! Thanks for reading!
As I've mentioned before, I'm currently reading The Dark Tower series by Stephen King for the first time. It's a fantastic series and I'm really finding myself drawn into the world of the Gunslinger and company. At the moment, I am reading The Dark Tower IV, Wizard and Glass. There are minor spoilers ahead so read at your own risk.
After our heroes get off their ride through Mid-World with Blaine the Mono (who is a pain and that's the truth) they find themselves in Kansas, our world. Except, it's not really our world. Instead, they have found themselves in our world ravaged by a plague that has wiped out much of humanity. A plague nick named Captain Trips. This is exciting! It means our ka-tet has entered the world of The Stand!
Of course, I haven't finished reading the book yet so I can't be sure of anything but as of right now I'm excited! This means Stu, Randall Flagg, the Trashcan Man, and others are all in the same world right now. Will we get a cross-over with Roland and company with the others? Unlikely. But it's still cool to think the characters in this series are in the same world as one of my all time favorite books. It makes me wonder, what other easter eggs are there in these books? How many other references are there to his other works? I'm going to read on to find out.
If you haven't read Stephen King's Dark Tower series, you really should. I'm loving it so far. Trust me, you will too! As always, thanks for reading!
It wasn't too long ago I was contacted by a man named Sam. He came to me with tears in his eyes. Sam had started to suspect, as a lot of the clients I deal with do, that his wife was having an affair. Naturally, I took the case.
Gathering up whatever useful information about the man's wife I could, like her schedule, I waited for night to fall. That night Sam was leaving for the weekend on business and he suspected she would have her boyfriend over. At first, I parked my car down the street and watched the house. Minutes turned to hours before anything really happened.
I watched as the next door neighbor walked out of his front door and straight to Sam's. One knock and Sam's wife, let's call her Daisy, answered the door. From my angle, I could see she was wearing a robe and probably nothing else. Before I could snap a picture, she had pulled him inside.
It was obvious Daisy was having an affair now, but my problem was the proof. Walking up to the window would be too suspicious and I didn't see any good vantage points from the street. I had to get that shot.
Exiting my car with camera in hand, I walked down the street. Desperately, I wanted to find any sort of spot to snap a photo or two and run. There had to be something. On the second story a light switched on. I could only assume it was the bedroom. There would be no chances after this.
Looking behind me, I noticed the house directly across the street was for sale. I hoped it would provide a better vantage point. First I tried the front door but found it locked. Craning my neck all around, I was satisfied I was alone. Fishing my lock pick from my right shoe, I went to work on the knob. Within a minute I was in.
**I suppose I should make a quick statement here, for legality reasons. I did not trespass on private property nor do I admit to breaking into any building or home in the Miami area. Some parts of this story may or may not be fictionalized.**
That should do it. Carrying on, I went upstairs and found the bedroom facing the street. Staring at the bedroom window across the street, I noticed the curtains were open enough to see in. However, the bed was off to the left and not visible from the window.
Luckily, for my client, I did not give up there. Using my camera, I zoomed in on the bedroom window and noticed something glimmer along the far wall. Through my viewfinder, I saw a mirror with two nude bodies twisting and turning on the bed. Snapping a few pictures, I had clear proof his wife was having an affair, with the neighbor no less.
A couple days later, I decided to meet Sam at a local diner early in the morning. He was there before me and looked utterly distraught. Making that long walk from the door to the table, with the manila envelope in my hand, was heartbreaking. I didn't want to give this man the bad news, but that's my job. He took it about as well as you'd expect. Tears ran down his face in the middle of the diner. I looked around to make sure his scene wasn't attracting attention. When he calmed down, he pulled a wad of money from his pocket and stuffed it in my hands. I said something I hoped would make him feel better, knowing it wouldn't, and headed out of the diner and on with my day. I think I'm getting better at the bad news.
Alright, I literally just finished this book and had to hop on here and review it right away. I absolutely loved The Waste Land by Stephen King, the third book in The Dark Tower series. Admittedly, it took me longer to read than it should, but that's OK. I was able to relish in the story and the amazing characters that King brought to the pages.
First, we have Eddie and Susannah back as integral characters that aren't just there to question the gunslinger at every turn. By the end of the book, they are becoming heroes in their own right. The chemistry between these two characters is amazing and believable. It's been a fun journey watching their relationship bloom.
Of course, Roland becomes more relatable and human. In the first book, Roland came off as an arrogant jerk and I could have cared less about him. A main character who would easily sacrifice an innocent life to further his seemingly unobtainable mission seemed terrible. But now, Roland has learned, has grown from his experiences and seems to have established friendships with these other characters. It makes me root for Roland and want him to win.
A beloved character comes back and it's amazing having them in this book. I won't mention who it is as to avoid spoilers. But I loved it.
Last we have Blaine and he is a pain. That's the truth. Blaine is probably the most terrifying adversary the ka-tet come across in this book. He can't simply be beaten with a gun or a fist. It's fun to see how these characters react to him. Especially heroes known as gunslingers. They must use their wits instead of just fists.
When it comes to the ending, I expected a cliff hanger as there are more books in the series. What I could not have predicted, however, was how effective of a cliff hanger King would leave. I want to grab the next book and start reading this very minute!
All in all, this book was great. It moved slow at some points, but that's OK. Still an amazing read that has me excited for the next. I want to learn more about this world and the tower. On a side note, I believe the monster's from Stephen King's The Mist to be the same as the creatures briefly seen in this novel.
If you're reading the Dark Tower series and haven't made it to this book yet, hurry up! You will love it!
Recently, I discovered a podcast called The No Sleep podcast thanks to author Roxie Prince. It's an amazing podcast that takes stories from a site called Reddit, I'm sure you've heard of it. There's a sub-Reddit there called No Sleep where people post tales of horror. It's a lot of fun to listen to said podcast as well as read these stories.
I'm delighted to tell you, I have submitted a story to No Sleep's Reddit page. It was a fun little story that I hope people will enjoy. If you want to read it head here: https://redd.it/5xciss. It's called Never Look it in the Eyes. While you're there hit the little up arrow in the top left corner to upvote. This will show you liked it! Leave a comment and let me know what you thought!
If you want to check out the No Sleep Podcast go here: www.thenosleeppodcast.com/ I really recommend that you do. It's great!
Also, check out Roxie Prince's website and social media pages. She's a fantastic author. You can find her information here: www.roxieprince.com/
Thanks for reading everyone!
Have you ever read a book you loved so much you read again? And you know you'll read it again and again? I've had a few of those, actually, but I thought I'd take a minute to talk about one of my favorites.
I would have to say the Lord of the Rings books. Everything from The Hobbit to The Return of the King. Now, I know what you're thinking. That's cheating! That's four books! You're technically right. But I am OK with this.
I started reading The Hobbit when I was a young kid and loved it. Then I started to read The Fellowship of the Ring before the movie came out. I power read through all three of those books so I could be ahead of the movies before they came out. I enjoyed every second of them and still remember the scenes clear as day.
Recently, I reread the entire series and I'm sure it won't be the last time. What book have you read over and over and sill love it?
Evan Bond, author of To the Wolves and Death Can Wait, is a thriller/suspense author. When not writing, he can be found hiking or camping in the beautiful state of Florida.