August 6th Update!

Hello there!

The Robot Rumble paperback is up on Amazon and it looks so good!

I've been putting in all kinds of crazy hours for book three, Mecha-Mole Mayhem, and I'm about to send it out to my editor later this week. Still no solid release date here, so stay tuned for more information.

My summer goal was to write, write, write.

In the past, I've fallen way short of my goal, but not this year. For any day that I was home (and for a few days while I was on vacation), I was working on writing for at least 3 hours. It was an incredible challenge that proved refreshing: I showed myself that I could really push my creativity and along the way, I came up with several new projects to work on.

I've got a few days left before I head back to being a teacher, so I'm really making sure that my time goes to good use.

Thanks for checking in, talk to you soon.

-Grant

NEW COVER FOR ROBOT RUMBLE COMING SOON!

Order of business #1: IT'S SUMMER BREAK!!!!!!!!! THE SCHOOL YEAR IS DONE!!!!!!

Order of business #2: I'm done with my first re-read of Mecha-Mole Mayhem and tomorrow I'll be starting the first round of edits. Lots of work to be done!

Order of business #3:

After his smash hit of a cover for Tiger Trouble, I asked Baltimore artist Tristan George to come aboard for the rest of the series. He has been a MACHINE and this Robot Rumble cover will be available via Amazon on July 15. Look at that design, people. It has leaping, electric jump kicks, and mysterious gears! WOW!

NEW COVER FOR TIGER TROUBLE!!!(!!!)

Hey there!

I'm back with some very, very cool news! Tiger Trouble recently turned 2 years old and to celebrate,  there is an ALL-NEW cover that I can't stop looking at. Seriously, see for yourself:

OH MAN! HOW AWESOME DOES THAT LOOK?????

This cover was created by Baltimore artist Tristan George and I cannot thank him enough for making this vision into a mind-blowing reality.

You can pick up a copy via this Amazon link.

In other exciting news, I wrapped up the first draft of book 3, Agent Darcy and Ninja Steve in...Mecha-Mole Mayhem! That means I now have all kinds of editing and revising ahead of me. It's the part where I take a really, really flawed draft and start smoothing out all of the issues. Thankfully, I'm a teacher and I have my summer vacation coming up. Time to get to work!

-Grant

SALE!

Hello!

Exciting news!

From now until Monday, February 27th, there's an Agent Darcy and Ninja Steve sale happening.

Book one, Agent Darcy and Ninja Steve in...Tiger Trouble!, is FREE for your Kindle or Kindle App. (That's right, even if you don't have a Kindle, you can still get the Kindle App for your phone or tablet!) As of today, Tiger Trouble has 28 different reviews on Amazon, averaging 4.9 stars. I hope you'll check it out and add a review of your own!

Book two, Agent Darcy and Ninja Steve in...Robot Rumble! is $.99 for your Kindle or Kindle App.

Also, right here on the webstore, you can get the signed limited edition Robot Rumble hardback version on sale for $20 (which includes the cost of shipping.) There are only a handful of these left, so don't miss your chance to get one.

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FOOTNOTES:

-The FIRST EVER Ninja Steve short story is available for your Kindle! Learn all about the ninja holiday of Lumberjacktacular! Find out the difference between pine-cakes and pancakes! Discover what the samurai winter holiday is, too!

-Book 2: Agent Darcy and Ninja Steve in…Robot Rumble is available in a deluxe hardcover edition, exclusively available through this website!

-Book 2: Agent Darcy and Ninja Steve in…Robot Rumble! is now out in paperback and Kindle versions!!!

-Book 1: Agent Darcy and Ninja Steve in...Tiger Trouble! is available on:  Amazon  |  B&N 

-If you enjoyed reading Tiger Trouble!, I’d love it if you could post a quick review on Amazon, Goodreads, or Barnes & Noble

Quick Links:

Goodreads   |   Twitter   |   Facebook   |   Instagram   |   YouTube

New Interview!

WRITING NEWS:

Hello!

Fellow sci-fi/fantasy writer, Autumn M. Birt, recently posted a discussion between the two of us.

I talked about my time as a martial arts instructor, the books I'd want with me if I was stranded on a desert island, and why my parents and my brother are awesome. You can read the interview here.

Plus: You can get a free Kindle/Nook/Kobo version of Autumn's novel, Born of Water, if you sign up for her email list! I'd say it's written more for a 14+ audience, so if you want to check it out, just keep that in mind. I'm 50% of the way through and it's a really, really fun read!

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FOOTNOTES:

-The FIRST EVER Ninja Steve short story is available for your Kindle! Learn all about the ninja holiday of Lumberjacktacular! Find out the difference between pine-cakes and pancakes! Discover what the samurai winter holiday is, too!

-Book 2: Agent Darcy and Ninja Steve in…Robot Rumble is available in a deluxe hardcover edition, exclusively available through this website!

-Book 2: Agent Darcy and Ninja Steve in…Robot Rumble! is now out in paperback and Kindle versions!!!

-Book 1: Agent Darcy and Ninja Steve in...Tiger Trouble! is available on:  Amazon  |  B&N 

-If you enjoyed reading Tiger Trouble!, I’d love it if you could post a quick review on Amazon, Goodreads, or Barnes & Noble

Quick Links:

Goodreads   |   Twitter   |   Facebook   |   Instagram   |   YouTube

Closing Out 2016

WRITING NEWS:

I've been writing a new short story! It's almost ready to go!

It stars Ninja Steve and it will teach you about a major ninja holiday.

If you'd like to get it (for free!) before the rest of the world can get it on their Kindles, make sure you're signed up for the Ninja Newsletter. You can find a link in the bottom right hand corner!

Don't worry, I haven't forgotten about book three. I'm still piecing it together and getting this first draft into better shape.


READING NEWS:

This past year, most of my attention has been focused on reading graphic novels. There just hasn't been a ton of sci-fi or fantasy or YA that has been able to hold my attention lately. I've got a few more books lined up for early 2017 and I'm hoping they'll get me excited to read again.

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FOOTNOTES:

-Book 2: Agent Darcy and Ninja Steve in…Robot Rumble is available in a deluxe hardcover edition, exclusively available through this website!

-Book 2: Agent Darcy and Ninja Steve in…Robot Rumble! is now out in paperback and Kindle versions!!!

-Book 1: Agent Darcy and Ninja Steve in...Tiger Trouble! is available on:  Amazon  |  B&N 

-If you enjoyed reading Tiger Trouble!, I’d love it if you could post a quick review on Amazon, Goodreads, or Barnes & Noble

Quick Links:

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#SundayFunday: Post-Thanksgiving Update

WRITING NEWS:

Just like last year, I've gone ahead and made Agent Darcy and Ninja Steve a part of the Worldbuilders charity, run by Patrick Rothfuss and his team of do-gooders.

The short of it: Worldbuilders is a charity that partners with Heifer International in order to provide livestock, clean water, and courses on raising livestock for villages across the world that need extra help. They don't just drop off a goat at someone's house and walk away: they teach the families how to care for the animals and how to use them to help make their lives better.

From now until December 7th, all of the profits from the sales of Agent Darcy and Ninja Steve novels will be donated to Worldbuilders. Plus, I've sent 10 bundles of books to be a part of the Worldbuilders lottery. Every $10 gives you a chance to win books, board games, geek apparel, jewelry and all kinds of amazing donations. (The Lottery page is far from complete. They're adding new items nearly every day.)

Also: Mecha-Mole Mayhem's first draft is progressing. Slowly, yes, but still progressing.


READING NEWS:

After hearing an absolutely astounding interview with Darren Shan, I followed his recommendation and ordered a copy of his novel, The Thin Executioner. It'll be arriving in a few days and I can't wait to read it. Just so you know: Darren Shan writes teen fiction that goes into very dark territory, so it's not something that I could recommend to readers of all ages.

Darren Shan penned the Cirque du Freak series, which gets my vote as one of the greatest YA series of all time. It is a 12-novel tale of a boy named Darren whose life is thrown into a downward spiral after crossing paths with a vampire and a venomous spider. There's nothing else like them and I make it a point to read his work out loud to my students every school year.

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FOOTNOTES:

-Book 2: Agent Darcy and Ninja Steve in…Robot Rumble is available in a deluxe hardcover edition, exclusively available through this website!

-Book 2: Agent Darcy and Ninja Steve in…Robot Rumble! is now out in paperback and Kindle versions!!!

-Book 1: Agent Darcy and Ninja Steve in...Tiger Trouble! is available on:  Amazon  |  B&N 

-If you enjoyed reading Tiger Trouble!, I’d love it if you could post a quick review on Amazon,Goodreads, or Barnes & Noble

Quick Links:

Goodreads   |   Twitter   |   Facebook   |   Instagram   |   YouTube  |   WattPad

#SundayFunday: #DCAuthorFestival and Book 3 Updates

DC Author Festival Update: Less than one week to go until the DC Author Festival!!!! It's on Saturday, November 5, from 10 AM to 5 PM, held at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library in Washington DC's Chinatown neighborhood. Come on out, see the monuments, say hi to me at my booth, and make it a day full of adventure!

As a reminder, I'll be right here:

 

You guys, I'm so excited for this! I've been brainstorming up some fun ideas for games and giveaways. Initially, I was going to do connect the dot sheets, but it turns out that those aren't as easy to make as I thought they were. So I'm going with the next best thing: coloring book pages!!! I'll also have some free sample chapters of Tiger Trouble so that anyone who wants to read before they buy can do so.

Book 3 Update: Inquisitive minds have been asking me: how's the next Agent Darcy and Ninja Steve book coming along? The truth is that it needed a reboot.

I had written 15,000 words and then realized that the story was...well, it was falling flat. The pacing was off. The characters were too comfortable. I needed to shake things up. Unfortunately, that slowed me down a lot.

I've gotten things back on track during the last two weeks. Now it's looking more like the war novel I meant for it to be.

Oops, did I say war novel? I've said too much...

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FOOTNOTES:

-Book 2: Agent Darcy and Ninja Steve in…Robot Rumble is available in a deluxe hardcover edition, exclusively available through this website!

-Book 2: Agent Darcy and Ninja Steve in…Robot Rumble! is now out in paperback and Kindle versions!!!

-Book 1: Agent Darcy and Ninja Steve in...Tiger Trouble! is available on:  Amazon  |  B&N 

-If you enjoyed reading Tiger Trouble!, I’d love it if you could post a quick review on Amazon,Goodreads, or Barnes & Noble

Quick Links:

Goodreads   |   Twitter   |   Facebook   |   Instagram   |   YouTube  |   WattPad

 

 

#SundayFunday: #DCAuthorFestival Update

Hello, fellow spies, ninjas, and regular humans!

Here's an update on the upcoming DC Author Festival. It's on November 5th (a Saturday) from 10 AM to 5 PM at the MLK Library in DC's Chinatown, right by the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro stop. Or, if you know DC according to food, it's right by Zaytinya, home of my favorite DC Mediterranean dishes.

If you're coming out to say hello, I'm going to be at table D1! You'll be able to get the new Agent Darcy and Ninja Steve bookmarks! Plus, I'm working on some connect-the-dots sheets so that you, too, can bring Agent Darcy and Ninja Steve to life!

Now that you''ll be dying to find me, I can show you the floor plan:

I love that I'm going to be hanging out in a room full of writers and I figured that I'd point out a few other tables that have caught my eye:

-Shout Mouse Press will be my next-door neighbor at C10. I love them already, because their mission statement includes this:

We aim to: 

  • Amplify the voices of the marginalized and under-represented by empowering them to write and publish their stories.
  • Amplify the missions of the nonprofits with whom we partner by creating tangible, marketable products that diversify and innovate their outreach and fundraising.

-An Open Book Foundation will be at C1. They've got an A+ mission statement, as well:

Our mission is to promote literacy among disadvantaged children and teens
in the greater Washington, D.C. area by giving books to students and schools
and providing access to authors and illustrators.

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FOOTNOTES:

-Book 2: Agent Darcy and Ninja Steve in…Robot Rumble is available in a deluxe hardcover edition, exclusively available through this website!

-Book 2: Agent Darcy and Ninja Steve in…Robot Rumble! is now out in paperback and Kindle versions!!!

-Book 1: Agent Darcy and Ninja Steve in...Tiger Trouble! is available on:  Amazon  |  B&N 

-If you enjoyed reading Tiger Trouble!, I’d love it if you could post a quick review on AmazonGoodreads, or Barnes & Noble

Quick Links:

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#SundayFunday: #DCAuthorFestival on Nov. 5

On November 5th, I'm going to be at the DC Author Festival at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. I'll be hanging out from 10 AM to 5 PM with over 60 other DC writers.

This is going to be my first author festival appearance and I'm really, really excited to hang out in a gigantic library, surrounded by readers and writers! Please come by and say hello.

The MLK Library is a few minutes away from the Verizon Center, located super-close to the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro stop.

I'll have signed copies of Tiger Trouble and Robot Rumble with me, along with some fun ninja-related giveaways.

Here's the link to the official site.

In other news, I'm still celebrating the fact that last week Tiger Trouble! hit #1 on the Kindle Free Download charts. Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who recommended the book to their friends, neighbors, and family. It means the world to me.

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FOOTNOTES:

-Book 2: Agent Darcy and Ninja Steve in…Robot Rumble is available in a deluxe hardcover edition, exclusively available through this website!

-Book 2: Agent Darcy and Ninja Steve in…Robot Rumble! is now out in paperback and Kindle versions!!!

-Book 1: Agent Darcy and Ninja Steve in...Tiger Trouble! is available on:  Amazon  |  B&N 

-If you enjoyed reading Tiger Trouble!, I’d love it if you could post a quick review on Amazon,Goodreads, or Barnes & Noble

Quick Links:

Goodreads   |   Twitter   |   Facebook   |   Instagram   |   YouTube  |   WattPad

#SundayFunday: TIGER TROUBLE HITS #1!!! FOR #KINDLE #YALIT

OH MAN! People, thanks to you and your friends, Agent Darcy and Ninja Steve in...Tiger Trouble! has reached #1 on the Free Kindle download charts!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!(!!!!!)

If you want your free copy, you have until 10/10 at 11:59 PM.

Thank you, everyone, for being awesome. I'm still trying to let my brain accept the fact that my little novel is sitting at the top of any chart, anywhere. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

In fact, it's #1 in both the children's spy novels category AND the Fantasy & Magic category!!!!!!!!!!(!)

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!

I'll have some more news later this week about a book sale and signing event, plus an update on an upcoming charity event that's near and dear to my heart.

In the meantime, you have my eternal, everlasting gratitude. Thank you for making one of my far-fetched dreams into a reality.

-Grant

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FOOTNOTES:

-Book 2: Agent Darcy and Ninja Steve in…Robot Rumble is available in a deluxe hardcover edition, exclusively available through this website!

-Book 2: Agent Darcy and Ninja Steve in…Robot Rumble! is now out in paperback and Kindle versions!!!

-Book 1: Agent Darcy and Ninja Steve in...Tiger Trouble! is available on:  Amazon  |  B&N 

-If you enjoyed reading Tiger Trouble!, I’d love it if you could post a quick review on Amazon,Goodreads, or Barnes & Noble

Quick Links:

Goodreads   |   Twitter   |   Facebook   |   Instagram   |   YouTube  |   WattPad

#WW: Clearing Off the Dust

WRITING NEWS:

Hey everyone! Time to clear off the dust here on the blog.

I'll jump right into the news. After more than a year of having my ebooks on indie platforms like Smashwords and Kobo, I decided to switch things up and make the Agent Darcy and Ninja Steve novels exclusively available as Amazon ebooks.

It gives me a ton of extra advertising opportunities, plus the ability to offer discounted prices and small stretches of free giveaways.

So, speaking of: from October 6th until October 10th, the kindle version of Agent Darcy and Ninja Steve in...Tiger Trouble! will be FREE. Completely, absolutely, 100% free.

Also, if you're a part of the Kindle Unlimited program, you get full access to Tiger Trouble AND Robot Rumble!

 

MUSIC:

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FOOTNOTES:

-Book 2: Agent Darcy and Ninja Steve in…Robot Rumble is available in a deluxe hardcover edition, exclusively available through this website!

-Book 2: Agent Darcy and Ninja Steve in…Robot Rumble! is now out in paperback and Kindle versions!!!

-Book 1: Agent Darcy and Ninja Steve in...Tiger Trouble! is available on:  Amazon  |  B&N 

-If you enjoyed reading Tiger Trouble!, I’d love it if you could post a quick review on Amazon,Goodreads, or Barnes & Noble

Quick Links:

 

Goodreads   |   Twitter   |   Facebook   |   Instagram   |   YouTube  |   WattPad

The Latest #AmWriting Update

WRITING NEWS:

Work continues on book 3: Mecha-Mole Mayhem! Right now, I'm ironing out some plot details and getting some major moments in line. It's something that's happened to me with every novel I've ever written (including the really early ones that no one will ever get to read :-P)


READING NEWS:

I'm continuing on with Brian McClellan's Powdermage trilogy. As fair warning: the first novel has some stuff in it that I'd only recommend for readers 13 and up and the second book is probably more along the lines of 15 and up. That being said, the writing is so smooth and the plot unfolds beautifully. I have writer's envy.

MUSIC NEWS: 

My favorite songwriter is Glen Phillips. His new album will be out in October and the latest song to officially surface is called "Grief and Praise." I've been listening to a live version for months now and it's one of my all-time favorites.

I love the chorus, which goes "Sing loud while you're able, in grief and in praise." That is a wonderful sentiment: that we're only able to sing for so long before we can never sing again. It's a reminder to embrace the good and the bad in life and to enjoy what is probably the greatest art humanity has crafted: music.

 

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FOOTNOTES:

-Book 2: Agent Darcy and Ninja Steve in…Robot Rumble is available in a deluxe hardcover edition, exclusively available through this website!

-Book 2: Agent Darcy and Ninja Steve in…Robot Rumble! is now out in paperback and Kindle versions!!!

-Book 1: Agent Darcy and Ninja Steve in...Tiger Trouble! is available on 

Amazon  |  Smashwords  |  B&N  |  Kobo  |  iBooks

-If you enjoyed reading Tiger Trouble!, I’d love it if you could post a quick review on Amazon,Goodreads, or Barnes & Noble

Quick Links:

Goodreads   |   Twitter   |   Facebook   |   Instagram   |   YouTube  |   WattPad

#WW: #RoughDraft and @ElephantRevival

WRITING NEWS:

Work continues on the initial draft of Agent Darcy and Ninja Steve in...Mecha-Mole Mayhem! I'm just shy of the 10,000 word mark, which puts me at nearly 33% through the draft. I just hit a very cool plot point that I can't wait for you all to get to.

Of course, it's going to be nearly a year before that happens, so hang in there.

 

MUSIC: I just learned about this amazing band from Colorado. They're called Elephant Revival and so far I've picked up three of their albums. Every single one has been fantastic. Give this track a listen. 

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FOOTNOTES:

-Book 2: Agent Darcy and Ninja Steve in…Robot Rumble is available in a deluxe hardcover edition, exclusively available through this website!

-Book 2: Agent Darcy and Ninja Steve in…Robot Rumble! is now out in paperback and Kindle versions!!!

-Book 1: Agent Darcy and Ninja Steve in...Tiger Trouble! is available on 

Amazon  |  Smashwords  |  B&N  |  Kobo  |  iBooks

-If you enjoyed reading Tiger Trouble!, I’d love it if you could post a quick review on Amazon,Goodreads, or Barnes & Noble

Quick Links:

Goodreads   |   Twitter   |   Facebook   |   Instagram   |   YouTube

#FitnessFriday and #Writing Update

#FitnessFriday and #Writing Update

 

WRITING NEWS:

On Wednesday, I did a book reading at Petworth Citizen, as part of 826dc’s Lowercase series. 826dc is a non-profit organization dedicated to teaching creativity to DC students through their after-school programs. Once a month, they invite local authors (and authors passing through the city) to take part in their read-aloud night.

I chose the chapter where Ninja Steve’s class is training with Sensei Raheem in the Field of Tall Purple Grass. There was a lot of laughter from the audience, which means that they were all super-intelligent people, on top of being super good-looking, too!

Here are a few winning shots that my friends took:

 

I’ve also been writing the initial draft of Agent Darcy and Ninja Steve in…Mecha-Mole Mayhem! As with any first draft, it’s a really, really ugly process. Lots of rough work, lots of wrong words, and lots of plot knots to work out.

 

TODAY’S WORKOUT:

10x squat with a leg lift (alternate the leg that you lift when you rise up from the squat)

10x push-ups

10x burpees

20x mountain climbers

Repeat this series 3 to 5 times, depending on how much you want to work your muscles.

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FOOTNOTES:

-Book 2: Agent Darcy and Ninja Steve in…Robot Rumble is available in a deluxe hardcover edition, exclusively available through this website!

-Book 2: Agent Darcy and Ninja Steve in…Robot Rumble! is now out in paperback and Kindle versions!!!

-Book 1: Agent Darcy and Ninja Steve in...Tiger Trouble! is available on 

Amazon  |  Smashwords  |  B&N  |  Kobo  |  iBooks

-If you enjoyed reading Tiger Trouble!, I’d love it if you could post a quick review on Amazon,Goodreads, or Barnes & Noble

Quick Links:

Goodreads   |   Twitter   |   Facebook   |   Instagram   |   YouTube

 

 

#SundayFunday: Tiger Trouble is now a #FREEbook for #ya readers via #Smashwords!

Smashwords, purveyor of excellent e-books from all walks of life, is now running its summer sale.

From now until the end of the month, you can download a copy of Agent Darcy and Ninja Steve in...Tiger Trouble! at no cost.

Just follow this link and take note of the coupon code on the right-hand side of the page, down below where the usual $.99 price is displayed.

Spread the word! Download a copy for you dog! Or cat! Or grandma!

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FOOTNOTES:

-Book 2: Agent Darcy and Ninja Steve in…Robot Rumble is available in a deluxe hardcover edition, exclusively available through this website!

-Book 2: Agent Darcy and Ninja Steve in…Robot Rumble! is now out in paperback and Kindle versions!!!

-Book 1: Agent Darcy and Ninja Steve in...Tiger Trouble! is available on

Amazon  |  Smashwords  |  B&N  |  Kobo  |  iBooks

-If you enjoyed reading Tiger Trouble!, I’d love it if you could post a quick review on Amazon,Goodreads, or Barnes & Noble

Quick Links:

Goodreads   |   Twitter   |   Facebook   |   Instagram   |   YouTube

The Importance of #Poetry, #LinManuelMiranda, #Love

This is the most important piece of poetry to be written in 2016. We live in a world where showing emotion is often seen as weakness. That is so far from the truth. Watching this is a reminder of the depth of our feelings, the power of poetry, and the way we need to spend our time on Earth making other people happy, because life is too short to spend making others suffer.

I teach many students who are beginning to struggle with their identities. Some of them will wind up being a part of the LGBT community and I hope that they find love and support from their families and their country when they need it.

What happened in Orlando tore a hole in my heart and I could not find a way to talk about it. But this video has helped a ton:

My wife’s the reason anything gets done.
She nudges me towards promise by degrees.
She is a perfect symphony of one.
Our son is her most beautiful reprise.
We chase the melodies that seem to find us
Until they’re finished songs and start to play.
When senseless acts of tragedy remind us
That nothing here is promised, not one day
This show is proof that history remembers
We live through times when hate and fear seem stronger
We rise and fall and light from dying embers,
Remembrances that hope and love last longer.
And love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love, cannot be killed or swept aside.
I sing Vanessa’s symphony, Eliza tells her story.
Now fill the world with music, love, and pride.

#SundayFunday: Long Time, No Blog

Hi! Wrapping up the school year has been keeping me busy and blog time has been sparse. Things will pick back up later this week, once SUMMER BREAK STARTS!!!!!!!!!! YES!

Summer reading is a thing. It's totally a thing. And over on The Serial Reader blog, Scila has just compiled her list of recommended summer reading novels.

Sitting at the top of the list is AGENT DARCY AND NINJA STEVE IN...TIGER TROUBLE!

I couldn't believe it! What an awesome surprise!

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FOOTNOTES:

-Book 2: Agent Darcy and Ninja Steve in…Robot Rumble is available in a deluxe hardcover edition, exclusively available through this website!

-Book 2: Agent Darcy and Ninja Steve in…Robot Rumble! is now out in paperback and Kindle versions!!!

-Book 1: Agent Darcy and Ninja Steve in...Tiger Trouble! is available on

Amazon  |  Smashwords  |  B&N  |  Kobo  |  iBooks

-If you enjoyed reading Tiger Trouble!, I’d love it if you could post a quick review on Amazon,Goodreads, or Barnes & Noble

Quick Links:

Goodreads   |   Twitter   |   Facebook   |   Instagram   |   YouTube

#MondayBlogs: #MemorialDay Thanks, #WattPad Update

MEMORIAL DAY NEWS:

I originally wrote this piece a few years ago. Today seemed like a good time to share it again.

Memorial Day is traditionally about honoring the soldiers who have lost their lives in service.  Thankfully, I don't have any personal stories of friends going off to war and coming home in a coffin.  Instead, I'd like to say a few words for the people in my life who have served in the armed forces.

Today is a day for my grandfather, Sam.  He picked up and moved from Maryland to Washington state when the military put him in charge of training pilots for World War II.  Week after week, he'd work with recruits, many of whom would be shot down in the Pacific a few days later.  He learned to love military food, probably because as a man who grew up in the Depression, any food was good food (even creamed chipped beef and Spam).  When the war was finally over, he went into teaching and eventually got his master's degree with a thesis on science-fiction literature for young adults.  He found a way to leave his strict military self behind and, from the stories I have heard, was regarded as one of the kindest teachers of all time.  Today is a day for honoring my memories of him, which were cut short by cancer.

Today is a day for my childhood friend, Christopher.  Our families used to get together to carve pumpkins on Halloween and around Christmas time, they'd invite us over for a "traditional" Chinese food dinner.  He put in for three tours of Iraq.  I don't know how many sleepless nights he spent in the desert or how often he had to wonder about IEDs on the road when he departed from his base.  His service is something I have never thanked him for, face to face.

Today is a day for my former co-workers, Haroot and Mike.  Haroot served as an Army Ranger, a man whose physical training experiences in Ranger School are beyond exhausting just to hear about.  He never speaks of his missions, but after reading up on the Rangers, I know he must have been in many situations that can barely be described with the word "nightmarish."  Mike served in Vietnam.  When he was still teaching, he gave a presentation at school every year, talking to his students about the realities of war.  Every year, he recounted the sights he witnessed and the fact that he knows what it feels like to take a human life.

Enjoy your day, have something with ketchup on it, watch some fireworks and if there's someone you know who put their life on the line for your freedom, let them know you appreciate their sacrifices.

 

WRITING NEWS:

I'm still learning the ropes over on WattPad!

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FOOTNOTES:

-Book 2: Agent Darcy and Ninja Steve in…Robot Rumble is available in a deluxe hardcover edition, exclusively available through this website!

-Book 2: Agent Darcy and Ninja Steve in…Robot Rumble! is now out in paperback and Kindle versions!!!

-Book 1: Agent Darcy and Ninja Steve in...Tiger Trouble! is available on

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-If you enjoyed reading Tiger Trouble!, I’d love it if you could post a quick review on Amazon,Goodreads, or Barnes & Noble

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#FridayBlogs - I'm on #WattPad, #Panda Video, #AmReading Michael Vey

WRITING NEWS:

I finally got everything set up on WattPad, people!

If you don't know what WattPad is, here's a breakdown: it's an online community of writers who are sharing their stories with each other. The site is so easy to navigate and there are THOUSANDS of stories on there, ranging from sci-fi to fantasy to fanfiction to...well, everything. One of my Creative Writing Club students let me know about WattPad waaaaaaaaay back in September and I have only just now started to make use of it.

To my younger readers: please make sure you have your parents' permission before aimlessly browsing around on WattPad. Not everything there is geared for a teen audience.


READING NEWS:

I read the first Michael Vey novel last week and had a great time. It's an action-adventure novel about a boy with lightning powers and a disability. Except, instead of being the son of Poseidon like that other boy with lightning powers and a disability, Michael Vey's powers come from somewhere else. It was a fun read with good intensity and a core cast of characters who are going to work really well together in the future novels, I'm sure.

MISCELLANY;

I love this video of baby pandas being absolute jerks to this zookeeper.



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FOOTNOTES:

-Book 2: Agent Darcy and Ninja Steve in…Robot Rumble is available in a deluxe hardcover edition, exclusively available through this website!

-Book 2: Agent Darcy and Ninja Steve in…Robot Rumble! is now out in paperback and Kindle versions!!!

-Book 1: Agent Darcy and Ninja Steve in...Tiger Trouble! is available on

Amazon  |  Smashwords  |  B&N  |  Kobo  |  iBooks

-If you enjoyed reading Tiger Trouble!, I’d love it if you could post a quick review on Amazon,Goodreads, or Barnes & Noble

Quick Links:

Goodreads  |  Twitter  |  Facebook  |  Instagram  |  YouTube   |  WattPad