2015 Cape Comic-Con

This past weekend, I attended the tenth anniversary of the Cape Comic-Con in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. I did better in sales this year, which is always good. I also picked up some comics from Helock Comics, as well as two graphic novel collections: Indavo by Nathan Bonner and Mike and the Ninja by Brian Rhoads. Both men are extrememly talented and their work is greatly entertaining.

I GOT TO MEET MISTY BREW!!! When I was twelve, I watched the first “Friday the 13th” film on the KBSI Creature Feature. I remember the hostess telling us that Jason was her ex-boyfriend and he showed up on set. That was in 1986. After the show went off the air, she disappeared until just recently, when she came out with a web-series. Her persona is that of a vampire, which is interesting because SHE DOESN’T SEEM TO HAVE AGED in the last twenty-eight years. Helping at her table was Timexx Seabaugh. He’s seriously one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet.

Of course, I got to see Jamie Hickson and the talented creators behind Helock Comics. I was disappointed to not get to see Andy Borders, who didn’t have a table this year due to his new baby.

Nathan Bonner drew me a commission of the first portrait of Yoshika “Yoshi” Funakoshi. It rocks.

Finally, I got to see the ever faithful members of the Costumers for Christ. I was able to talk with them more this weekend and I really had a heart-to-heart with Scott Bayles.

All in all, a really good weekend. I can’t wait for next year.

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The Second Edition of LILY’S REDEMPTION is Released in Paperback

The first book published under the GCD Publishing banner is still the best seller. Lily’s Redemption, which tackles issues like pornography and forgiveness, is the most overtly evangelical story that I’ve ever written. And the ebooks still sell well, all things considered. Having used the printer’s cover creator, I’ve never really been pleased with the first cover. Now, with the second edition released, it shares the cover with the ebooks, createtd by the always talented Tim Johnson. The price has also been lowered to $8.95 for the paperback. However, for those of you who are going to be at the Cape Comic-Con on 4/18 or 4/19, I’ll have a limited number of copies for only $5.00 each!


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The Creation of Yoshi Funakoshi

I started reading fantasy fiction in 1990, with the first Dragonlance novel, Dragons of Autumn Twilight, which I borrowed from my buddy, Evan. I was surprised to enjoy the book and quickly borrowed the second book, Dragons of Winter Night. I loved the characterization in the books but found myself fascinated by the dynamic of Laurana and Kitiara. Laurana was a noble elf-maiden, in love with Tanis Half-Elven. Kitiara was a warrior woman, dark-hearted and sensual.

Later, when I became fascinated with the “Street Fighter” video game series, Chun Li quickly became my favorite character from that game.

What can I say? I like tough women. When I was in college, I was given an assignment to write an essay about three dates that I’d been on in my life. I was nineteen at that time and had never been on a date before. So, being the creative writer that I am, I wrote an essay about my experiences with Kitiara, Chun Li and my favorite female super hero, the Black Cat. I got an “A” on it.

In high school, I wrote the short story that would eventually grow into Invasion of the Ninja. Yoshi didn’t appear in it. It wasn’t until I began fleshing it out into a longer work, after I’d become interested in a tough warrior woman, that I created Yoshi. At first, she was merely a female clone of Jamie. When I did the first rewrite back in 2000-2002, I decided to try to make her something more. I created the backstory of the clan war and of Yoshi’s rebellious childhood. I created her reason for focusing so strongly on the sword and for being better with it than Jamie or any member of either clan. I created a better character than any I’d tried to write before.

For those of you who were upset by the ending of Book Three, just be sure to check out the next one, coming later this year.

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A few years back, Coscom Entertainment published a unique anthology about super heroes fighting zombies.  The sequel was about super heroes and werewolves.  I read Metahumans vs. Zombies and Metahumans vs. Lycanthropes and reviewed them both on Amazon and on this blog.  I was disappointed when A.P. Fuchs, the editor and publisher of Coscom, retired last year, leaving the series in limbo.  He passed the series over to J.L. MacDonald, creator of Nightcat, to continue through her publishing company, Lion’s Share Press.  I had been playing around with a character who would be tied into my Adventure Chronicles series but would continue beyond its conclusion.  So, adapting her into a super hero, I wrote a story and submitted it.  I find myself in somewhat of a dilemma, now.  I love all of the stories in the book.  And I can’t review it because I’m a contributing author.  Ugh.

But I can discuss the books on here.  So, here are my takes on the stories, in the order of appearance in the anthology:

1. “The Battery” by Sean N. Koury-I’ve gotten to know Sean online and his humor comes through in this story about a cyborg, named Bounty Hunter, who can travel to alternate earths.  My favorite part of this is when Bounty Hunter tells a child that he has been to the dimension where Batman lives and it keeps having cosmic events that rewrite history (alluding to the reboots that DC Comics keeps having).

2.  “Steam” by Steven J. Semones-A very well-written western/super hero story.  Mixed in with alien robots.

3.  “A Whole Other Animal” by Greg Mitchell-Light Sphere does battle with a robot who has been infected with lycanthropy.  Yes, a robot/werewolf.  It’s an entertaining story.  The big thing was that Light Sphere’s secret identity is Rick Castle.  Due to that being the name of the primary protagonist in my favorite weekly television program, I pictured Light Sphere being played by Nathan Fillion during the duration of the story.

4.  “I Always Wanted a Giant Robot” by Scott Story-This one plays very noir to me, with the whole story being told by the hero, Johnny Saturn, to a friend over drinks.

5.  “Othveria:  Mystery Metal” by T.W. Johnson-We’ve met Melfaxus in Johnson’s Othveria: Crisis.  Here, we get to see his heroic arch-foe, Metaegus.  Uniquely written in the present tense, the story reads like a Japanese monster show.

6.  “The Science of Evil” by Keith Gouveia-The hero, Midnight Angel, is the daughter of Satan and has to fight demons that come through a natural portal from hell that appears in her abdomen.  An interesting premise, although the villain that she fought in this story was a robot that was created by the government to help her.

7. “Eye Robot” by J.L. MacDonald-Truthfully, the story that I was waiting for.  Nightcat has to battle flying robots who are being mistaken for UFOs.

8.  “Duomo Arigatou” by yours truly-The first story that I’ve written about Seigi, a former assassin from the Waruiyatsu ninja clan who has become a Christian and vowed to spend the rest of her life fighting evil.

9.  “The Black Knights of Stonebridge” by Jim Robb-I had wondered how Robb would write a story about his medieval super hero, the Crusader, that would put him up agaist a robot.  Not only did he succeed, but he wrote an amazing story, to boot.

10.  “Robots Attack!” by Frank Dirscherl-The grandfather of indie metahumans in prose fiction, the Wraith, is back and has to fight an android that looks like a friend.

11.  “Razor Wave” by Gina Ranalli-A story about a team of metahumans having to battle a former hero.  A very emotional story..

12.  “Rage Agaist the Retcon” by Lorne Dixon-A WWII hero who has survived all these years (but aged normally). He had the most emotional ending in the Lycanthropes anthology and his story here is just as entertaining.

I truly enjoyed all of the stories in the anthology and strongly recommend the book to anybody who loves super hero fiction.  It’s available in Ebook and Paperback.

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I know that I tend to push the Kindle versions of my books. For those of you who have Nooks, I want to show you some love, too. So, I’m running a little contest. Up for grabs are two Nook copies of Klandestine Maneuvers: Book Two of the Adventure Chronicles. If you haven’t read the first one, not to fear. It’s already free.

Check out the contest below. It runs from 12 AM on 2/10/15 to 12 AM on 2/17/15.

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Love is a Verb

UPDATE: For the record, my relationship with my wife is strong. We love each other and continue to do things to show that love for one another. In no way do I mean anything negative about Vickie in this. She is an amazing wife and I don’t know what I would do without her in my life.

I am divorced. I see that as the single, greatest failure of my life. Not just as a preacher . . . but as a person. It’s taken me a long time to see my own faults in our marriage. I was depressed over the loss of our house in St. Peters and over the death of my father. I was distant from the woman who should have been the most important person in the world to me. I was a terrible father who was impatient with my daughter and did not give her enough affection.

I can see God’s provision through the seven years since we divorced. I am remarried to a Godly woman. Is our marriage perfect? No. But we try. We will have been married for three years on February 24th. The honeymoon phase has gone. The “love feeling” has gone. How do we move forward? We look to Jesus.

Marriage is a view of Christ’s relationship with the Church. As humans, we will disappoint Him. We sin again and again. But He still loves us. Why? Because He CHOOSES to do so. He promises us that He will never leave or forsake us, no matter how much we fail.

We, as spouses, must view our marriages similarly. We will do things to bother each other. We will fail to do all of the laundry, or pick up our socks. We will say the wrong things or get impatien with a spouse who is over-affectionate. We say things to each other that tear each other down. We may have to learn to speak a whole new love language to feel loved by our spouses. But we must continue on. We made a covenant with each other and the Lord that we mustn’t break.

So, before having the affair . . . before simply leaving your spouse to have a short-lived “peace” . . . consider dropping to your knees and begging the God who would never leave you to give you a love for your spouse like the one that He has for you. An active love.

A choice.

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Just a Short Update

I just wanted to drop in and let everyone know that I’m still alive. I’ve been trying to do something marketing related at least once a day for a month. I started on January 18, so that the thirty-one days will be up before my wedding anniversary.

I’m doing a download push for Invasion of the Ninja from February 2 through February 7. Beyond that, the other two volumes will go back to their regular prices. Klandestine Maneuvers will be going to 1.99 and Gateway to Thera will be 2.99. So grab them while you can still get the on the cheap.

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