Friday, September 26, 2014

When a teen witch guy and a teen Sary meet...

You guys familiar with my protagonist, Tex, from my Tex, the Witch Boy trilogy? How about Julia, a supernatural "Sary" from Meradeth Houston's fine Sary Society series?

If you haven't read their adventures, boy have I got a deal for you. Psst, apparently iBooks have gone crazy, stark-raving nuts. For .99 (a penny less than a buck), you can get the first Tex book, the first Sary book, and two more terrific YA books. Can't go wrong. That's four ebooks for a dollar.

Check out The Prodigies of Young Adult

In the meantime, Tex and Julia decided to meet. Things get uncomfortable. Pull up a chair, get comfy, and eavesdrop as they meet...

Tex: You know, Julia, um, I'm not really used to meeting people of...ah...similar supernatural orientation. I'm a witch. A guy. But, something’s been bugging me since I heard about you, a Sary. Isn’t it kinda hard to like, hide your wings? Is that a problem getting into clothes? Elevators?

Julia: Hi, Tex. Yeah, the wings. Explain to me how you can see them? Normally people can’t--they’re hidden. Maybe it has something to do with your witchy-ness? But, wait, a guy witch--what does that mean exactly?

Tex: Alright, alright. Let's get it out of the way. Yes, I'm a witch. Yes, I'm a guy. And yes, I live in Kansas. Being a dude witch sucks. Really. I mean high school sucks as it is. I inherited my witch-hood, for better or worse. That probably does explain how I can see your wings. Didn’t really know you could hide them from people. That’s kinda cool. Um, what exactly is a Sary?

Julia: Interesting. I haven't met a witch in a really long time. Being a Sary basically means I work as cosmic suicide prevention. Not that I tell many people that. It's not an easy job, but the wings are a perk. Even if I do end up back in high school too much. It's not an easy place to survive, is it?

Tex: Yeah, lots of bullies, stupidity, unfairness. In my school, murder happens a lot, too. Don't ask. Worse than Hell or even Purgatory. Um, is there a Purgatory? Okay, so you're keeping an eye out on people. Makes me kinda' wonder why you do it in the first place. Does the Big Guy in the sky compel you?

Julia: I'm going to plead the fifth on the Purgatory thing. I don't think that's something I get to talk about. As for how and why I have such an amazing job? I chose it. It was either this, or get stuck without a body for eternity. I don't really know if the Big Guy had anything to do with it. It’s not like I’ve met him. Or her. But anyway, what do you do for fun?

Tex: Fun? What's that? I dunno, Julia, I guess I skateboard, hang out with my girlfriend, Olivia, and my buddies. And try and stay alive, if you can call that fun. Harder than you would imagine at Clearwell High. So, okay, what if the person you're looking after is kinda' sucky?

Julia: I hate to admit that that does happen. I try to help them no matter what though, even if I don't exactly enjoy their company. Some people are just jerks. Sometimes I wonder why I don’t look a million years old from all the stress.

Tex: Julia, I kinda' get the feelin’ you must be old, given the nature of your supernaturality. Um, you don't look ancient, like 30 or something, but how old are you? You don't have dentures or anything, right?

Julia: You know, a gentleman never asks a lady's age. But, just suffice it to say that I'm old enough to remember most everything you'll study in your history classes.

Tex: Well, it's been awesome talking to someone a little different. You know, in the "other" world. Or whatever. Stay cool, drink school, stay in milk. And, um, no offense Julia, but I hope I don't meet you soon. It means I'm in trouble.

Julia, laughing: Nice to meet you, Tex. And should I meet you again, I really hope it’s not because I’m assigned to you.

4 YA novels in 1The Prodigies of Young Adult
Quest of the Hart by Mary Waibel...A reverse Sleeping Beauty tale where the princess goes on the quest to save the prince. 

Colors Like Memories by Meradeth Houston...Julia has a secret: she killed the guy she loved. It was an accident—sort of. 

Tex, the Witch Boy
by Stuart R. West...Someone is killing the bullies of Clearwell High...what's your average teenage boy witch to do? 

by Donna McDunn...Emily must accept her gift of clairvoyance and remember her past, when a psychopath returns to kill again.

Friday, September 19, 2014

I think my dog's insane.

And I don't know what to do about it. 

Every day Zak chases a squirrel (the same squirrel?) to the corner of the backyard. Making a fast getaway, the squirrel leaves a trail of nutshells in his wake. However, Zak sits in the corner, staring. Watching. Prepared. For hours. Nothing ever comes of it. But it's wash, rinse and repeat the next morning.

Einstein's definition of insanity is "doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."

My dog needs help. And he scares me. Here. I just snapped a photo of him. Check out the crazy eyes...

See what I mean? You know, he's the same way with the mailman. Every day, Zak scrabbles at the windows, claws at the drapes, takes chunks out of furniture, believing he can get to the mailman bringing bills. I've been more than once attempted to join him. But I digress.

Zak doesn't get results. Ever. Except once when he put his paw through a picture frame. Blood everywhere, Norman Bate's wet dream. Not the results he expected, I'm sure. But it didn't deter him in his dogged pursuit for vengeance.

My wife and I were already told Zak needs to go to the doggy dentist. Now I'm thinking a doggy psychiatrist might be in order as well.

When I psychically linked up to Zak yesterday, asking him what he thought, he brain-blasted back, "What? Are you nuts?"

I'm trapped in this house with Zak, held hostage. No escape, no relief. I haven't been outside in days, too frightened to leave him alone. My life revolves around his innermost feelings and thoughts. 

Maybe I need help, too. Perhaps couples counseling?

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Godland's here! Time to fear! Get used to it!

My suspense horror thriller, Godland comes out today. I'll wait right here for you to go get it. Go on. I'll still be here.

There, that wasn't so hard, was it?

Godland's a pretty intense read and I'm hesitant to say too much about it because the twists and turns are part of the fun. But I have a very strange sense of what's fun. The book  may even prove slightly controversial.

Let me share my favorite comment I received yesterday. It comes from a Vernon Kauffman (even his name's perfect):

"Doesn't sound like God's Land as I know it"

Heh. Love it. No, Vernon, it's probably not like the God's Land as you know it. I love Kansas.

Friday, September 12, 2014

I have no shame!

I've got my pimping hat on this week and don't I look slick?

September 16th. Godland. A dark and twisty and Tina-Turnery thriller.

Here's a look at two of four lead characters:

Preorder at:

Tell 'em I sent you. Order today and you'll get free air!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Visit scenic Godland; a trip you'll never forget.

My new book, Godland, comes out September 16th.

Godland is the heart-warming tale of two elderly people who find love--a chance to begin again--within the walls of the Goodwin Center, a skilled nursing facility. They're brought together through the Cupidesque scheming of an impish male nurse and...and...

Ah, who am I kidding? Forget all that crap.

Here's a peek at what Godland's really all about:

An embittered farmer. A New York corporate raider. Two teenage high school girls. A failed small business owner. Past and present collide, secrets are revealed. These disparate people gather at a desolate Kansas farm for a hellish night not everyone will survive. 

Godland is a dark psychological suspense horror thriller. A Midwestern nightmare. Farm noir.

Twistier, turnier and darker than an over-cooked pretzel, that about sums Godland up. Perfect for Halloween reading. To say any more would be criminal. Um, although I'll probably say a little bit more about it next week.

For those economically-minded readers, you can preorder Godland for a swell discount:


Or MuseItUp Publishing:

Welcome to Godland...pray you get out alive.