Hello, fellow book lovers,
So, I traveled back to L.A. for the first time since moving to Minnesota. It was a blast to see my friends and spend some time in the warm Cali sun, but all in all, I have to say, I don’t miss the big orange much. All those things other people complained about when I lived there smacked me in the face like never before. Flying in, I could see the carpet of smog hanging over the city. Once on the ground, the traffic was even worse than I remember. Within five minutes of driving around, angry people were honking, glaring, and speeding around other cars. None of that happens here. The ultimate irony, of course, is how many friends who once scoffed when I left said they want to leave L.A. too now. Crime is up. Everything costs a fortune. The taxes are stupid. People are leaving in droves. The center cannot hold, man! It cannot hold!
Now that I’ve returned home to the land of lakes, I’m recharged and ready to put this new book to bed. I’ll be working overtime to get it right and in front of my fellow book fanatics asap.
In the meantime, a lot of people have been asking me for book recommendations. There’s been a flood of new indie writers out there, but many of them are leaping on this runaway train tact where you write and hit publish as quickly as possible. If you notice a failing in quality, this is the reason why. I’m loath to recommend anyone that writes a book in twenty-one days regardless of how quickly they become “successful.” A good story takes a long time to craft and it’s not done until it’s RIGHT. That’s why I continue to love the work of John L. Monk. Some of my oldest readers might have remembered me pimping his Jenkins Cycle series a couple years back. The guy just gets it. Plus, he has the natural talent to compete with any of the traditionally published giants.
HELL’S CHILDREN, which was a modern take on Lord of the Flies. It’s different than my stuff, but oh, so good. I encourage you to check the series out. He just published the second volume in the series, HELL’S ENCORE, and it’s even better than the first.
Both have received excellent reviews and for good reason–they just plain rock.
Check out John’s website here or just click on the book titles and you’ll be whisked away to the magical land of (Ama)’Zon.’
Hope you dig them as much as I do.
(I know you will, but I love talking about hope. As Andy Dufresne said, “hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.”
That’s it for now, faithful readers. Back to the grind. May all your rough reads be short, and all your great reads be long.
And, as always, be good to each other.