So You Want To Write A Book? Let’s Be Real.

I just released my latest book this past week. Yay. But it could also be my last book. I don’t know if I will write another novel but focus more on short stories and shift to more emphasis on my blog. I really don’t know what direction I will follow next. I am very unpredictable – even to myself.

Writing a book is a lot of work. If you think you can just write a book, have it published and make money from it – think again.

Don’t quit your day job.

For me, writing the first draft is the easiest part of writing a novel. The hardest part is editing and formatting it. It is torture. Slow, mind numbing torture. By the time I have finished the editing and formatting process, the story is very old to me.

As I stated above, this past week I released my latest book. This was my third self-published novel. Yes, I hope you caught that when I wrote SELF published. After finishing my novels, I take a significant amount of time – over a year on my recent novel – attempting to have it published with a traditional publisher. I have a cabinet full of rejection responses from publishers and agents. In fact, now you can’t even query publishers without agent representation. It has been no better with querying agents either. They are so swamped with submissions that you don’t stand a chance if they don’t know you.

Fortunately, there are self-publishing options out there to help writers to get their work published. That is the route I have taken. With my first novel, I naively assumed that if I just put my book out there that people would buy it. Let me give you a dose of reality here – not even your own family will buy your book. Just having it out there on Apple or Amazon or Barnes and Noble is not enough. You really have to go into it with being content that you have published a book. Writer’s hitting it big like this only happens in Hallmark movies.

For my second book, I amped up marketing by sending out promotional items to friends and acquaintances who could promote the book. I even paid for advertising. This resulted in disappointment as well. Aside for one of my favorite radio broadcasters, I have no proof that anyone followed through with promoting my book. When you promote your own book, you have to face the reality that you will be disappointed in the support. I won’t lie. It hurts when that happens but you also learn to manage your expectations. Book promotion is definitely a gamble when you are self-published.

When I finished my manuscript of Lovers Dead Mother, I had a contact who loved it and pitched it to a Hollywood Agent. My contact felt like it would make a good story for a movie. After sending it to the agent, following up a few times, I received no response. Zero. My initial excitement over the idea that a Hollywood agent was going to read my manuscript was soon doused with a cold water of reality.

You have to really love writing to do this. You can’t assume anything. I am getting to the place that I am learning to simply be content with what my writing is. It is nothing more than a hobby. Sure, there will always be a dream that I will “hit it big” but that is less anticipated that it was when I started. You just have to love writing. Period. Nothing more.

I started this writing journey when a sports editor gave me a chance to write my first article. I was hooked. That opportunity opened the door for me. Of course, had I known this earlier in my life, I might have pursued a degree in some type of writing or journalism. Unfortunately life doesn’t always roll out in an expected way. I’m not an expert in writing or grammar. More than likely you will find mistakes or some grammatical errors if you are that anal about stuff like that.

That’s another part of writing a novel. Everybody is an editor. It doesn’t matter how many times you edit your writing I can promise you than someone will find a mistake which violates someone’s rules for writing. That is another dose of reality that will hit you right between the eyes. If you are excited about your book and share it with others, some asshole will find something wrong with it instead of reading the story. Trust me on this. On my second book I decided to ask people to be my test readers. I only wanted them to read the story to make sure it flowed. I specifically stated I only wanted them to read it and not edit the book. You can guess what happened. There was wrong tense here or comma missing there. Except for my wife, I don’t ask for test readers anymore.

The best thing I have done to help me with me edit a book was to install a read aloud app which reads the text to me. You would be amazed how many things you can find to correct when the text is read back to you.

It’s still not easy. Is it rewarding? That’s hard to answer. You can’t really be motivated by rewards because you might not get it in the form of book sales or 5-star reviews. It does feel good when you finally hold a printed copy of your book. It is then that you feel like your book is complete.

Some athletes say they play for the love of the game, as a writer you have to do it for the love of writing. Anything else is gravy.

Just In Time for Halloween: Lover’s Dead Mother

This week my latest book is being released. Lover’s Dead Mother is a paranormal romance which should make a good read for fans of Halloween and scary stories. “Lover’s Dead Mother” is a paranormal romance novel about Garrett Fisher is a hard-working paralegal for a prestigious law firm in Nashville, Tennessee and he has problems with relationships.  The problem is his mother.  She is clingy, needy and sabotages any relationship he has with a woman.  The problem is…his mother is dead. Garrett’s dead mother ruined his last relationship with Sheldon Lewis, a rising Country Music artist.  Sheldon even writes a song about it and becomes an overnight hit. The more Garrett tries to free himself of his mother’s ghost, the more havoc she brings into his life. She causes some mysterious deaths which directly affect Garrett’s life.  Garrett finds comfort in his feelings for another woman, Alexandra Carrington, the ghost of Carrington Mansion.  There is a war brewing in the spirit realm.  Will Garrett finally break free from his mother’s grip?  Can he finally find true love?

Here is my interview with the author of “Lover’s Dead Mother”:


I just write whatever inspires me. I don’t think you can put me in a category or genre. I have written a medieval romance (Knight of Redemption) and Christian fiction (Passing Toward The Prize) so I’m sure people don’t know what to expect from me. That keeps them guessing which is probably a good thing.


Actually, it all started with a device I have used for writing drafts. It is an Alphasmart NEO which is a keyboard with a small LCD screen. I had wondered what would happen if someone from the spirit world wrote messages on it. I had heard of automatic writing and connected the two and this story evolved from there.


No. I have never see or encountered anything. I think there are explanations for these types of things other than ghosts and what people say about this activity. That’s probably why I could write this book so freely because I don’t believe in them so – to me – it IS fiction.


My mother passed away a few years ago. Sadly, we did not have a relationship and she definitely made my life difficult with her manipulation and interference. I guess you could say she was partly the inspiration for this story. Some people say to not speak ill of the dead but no one said you couldn’t write a fiction novel about it. Seriously though, I think people deal with their estranged relationships in many different ways.


It didn’t take long to write the first draft but it took a long time to get it ready to be released. For me, writing the first draft is the easy part. The hard part is the editing and formatting. It has taken about two years to get it released but some of that was due to allow me time to attempt to find an agent or publisher to publish this book.


It’s a pain. When I first started in writing, you could approach publishers and submit your manuscripts directly to them. Now, you can’t. Most require agented submissions. Querying agents is just as difficult as it was to query publishers. So, after allowing about a year to go the traditional route, I have deferred to self-publishing.


Shortly after I finished writing the book, I had contact with someone that helped me with contacting an agent in Hollywood. I can’t tell you their name but after sending my manuscript, I received no interest and no response about his interest in making it into a movie or anything more. I guess that’s how it can be in Hollywood.


There could be a sequel but I don’t plan on it at this time. I have other projects to work on. It really depends on how well the books does.


My wife said she wouldn’t read it at night before going to bed. She describes it as being scary and gorey. I don’t really think it is gorey but there are some intense scenes in the book. Another said it reminded him of “Psycho”. I don’t know. I have read it so much between editing and formatting that it doesn’t affect me anymore. I just hope the readers will enjoy it.

Links to the book:

ebook/kindle format:

Apple Books

Barnes & Noble

Google Play

Passing Toward The Prize – Revised Edition Available Now

The revised edition of Passing Toward The Prize has been released today. The original book was published in 2017. Today, after some revisions, the book has been re-released. Here are some details about the revised book from the author:


The original book had some sensitive scenes with the two main characters (Colton and Belle) having given into temptation. While this was a very realistic issue for teens, I decided that it may have been too much for readers. I really fought with changing that part of the book because I felt it was a real issue for teens but I decided to change it so that it was assumed that the characters had given in and their struggle to prove their innocence. I am hopeful that making this change might make the book more acceptable to churches and youth groups.


Yes, very much. It is still a story about a preacher’s son trying to live up to the expectations and disappointments of others as well as the struggles with peer pressure, temptation and racial discrimination.


Discrimination of ANY kind is not right and should not be practiced. It is true that my book has the point of view of a white person dealing the discrimination from fellow black students. Again, this is a real issue and regardless if it is white, black, Hispanic or any other group, this storyline works to show what can be accomplished when people come together regardless of their skin color. I still think it is a story worth telling from any point-of-view.


Yes, it shows the never ending struggle for a son to gain approval from his father. I did experience this with my own relationship with my father. It was a struggle for us to have a real father-son relationship until the very end. My father passed away in 2018 but he actually read the book during his last days. He never said what he thought of it or if it had any impact on him. I can only hope he read the book to the end.


Right now there is a sequel in the outline stage. It will take on the story of Colton’s daughter Carrington and her struggles with becoming a female football player. She will be much like Esther from the Old Testament story.


Yes, I tried for a year to get this revised version published through a traditional publisher but there were no takers so I decided to go through PublishDrive to review and send this book out again.


Not well I’m afraid. I spent a lot of expense in a promotional campaign and networked with several of my pastor contacts with expectations that they would help me in promoting the book in their churches but that never really happened. It was disappointing but it could have had something to do with the sensitive parts of the book I mentioned earlier. I was also under the naïve impression that simply putting a book on Amazon would be enough. That was a rookie mistake. One highlight I won’t forget is that my friend, Tom Mobley, mentioned the book in one of his radio broadcasts of a high school football game. That was pretty awesome.

With this revised book release I have more realistic expectations and hopefully it will do better but I’m not going to quit my day job.


This is the story of Colton Preston. He is a preacher’s kid who lives with his parents in a small Georgia town. Colton is a rising star on the high school football team. He has friends and a girlfriend there. His world is turned upside down when his father decides to move the family to Savannah, Georgia. Colton must now deal with a new church and new school while missing his girlfriend, Belle. Colton tries to adjust to his new school and new team but faces racial obstacles that challenge him more than his talented arm. If you loved “Facing the Giants” and “Remember the Titans” you will love this story.


The book is currently only available as an ebook but it will soon be available in a print edition.

Here are the places you can download the book for $4.99:

Apple Books

Rakuten kobo


Holy Eye Roller

I have a real bad habit of rolling my eyes when I don’t like something. My facial expressions sometimes betray what I am thinking. Unfortunately, when I hear someone like a celebrity or person of influence quote a Bible verse, I can feel my eyes start to roll. The gag reflex begins.

There are too many times when people invoke a Bible scripture to support their cause or somehow influence the religious crowd with what they are doing or saying. Some even pick up the Bible in front of a church for a photo op. That’s pretty sad. It really irks me when people do that. I can only imagine that God is rolling his eyes when people do this too. It is no wonder that God and the legitimate Christians get a bad rap.

I don’t have a problem with people using Bible references, especially when it is done right. You can’t just grab some random verse and put it out there. There is a lot of consideration that should be done in using the Bible. Don’t just grab something from the book without knowing what it’s really saying.

Context. Context. Context. First you need to have context about the Bible verse or passage. Ask yourself HOW was this verse used and why? You have to read the verses before and after that too.

Consider the historical and cultural background. You need to consider the time period when something was written as well as the culture during that time. Some things can’t literally be applied in the same way. While the Bible CAN relate to us today, you still have to consider the background.

Don’t be so quick to quote an Old Testament passage. You need to balance it with the New Testament. I’m not saying that the Old Testament is not important but that the New Testament changes a lot of the way they served God, especially when Jesus came into the World.

Standing in front of a church holding a Bible or quoting a verse doesn’t make someone an authority nor does it lend credibility to your cause. Some folks let their spiritual emotions override the need to STUDY the Bible. So, yes, my eyes go on a roll when someone Tweets a Bible verse or uses it in some fruitless debate about an issue.

It’s better to LIVE the Bible verse rather than quote it to someone. Christians are bad at spouting religious cliches – even some which aren’t even in the Bible. Sometimes DOING is a whole lot better than saying it. It is no wonder people don’t believe anymore because we are a sad representative of people who are supposed to be the “light of the world”.

Satan is good a quoting scriptures too.

Just a thought.

Let’s do some good today.

Frisbee Golf: Is That A Sport?

I was driving through a park recently and passed – what I thought was a golf course – but when I looked more closely at one of the holes, I noticed strange contraption where the cup should have been. I noticed it was for a sport called “Disc Golf”. I had heard of this before but I had never seen a REAL disc golf course.

Yes, Frisbee – or Disc – Golf is a sport and it is a refreshing variation of the traditional form of golf.

Disc Golf isn’t a recently discovered sport. It was actually invented in the 1900s when the first recorded game was played in Bladworth, Saskatchewan in Canada. It was never organized into a sport until the 1970s.

Instead of using golf clubs, players throw a disc at a target on a course with 9 or 18 holes. Players complete a hole by throwing a disc from a tee area toward a target, throwing again from where the previous throw landed, until the target is reached. Usually, the number of throws a player uses to reach each target are tallied (often in relation to par), and players seek to complete each hole in the lowest number of total throws. The “hole” is a strange contraption. Baskets are constructed with a central pole holding a basket under an assembly of hanging chains. When a disc hits the chains, it is often, but not always, deflected into the basket. To complete a hole with a basket target, the disc must enter the target above the top of the tray and below the bottom of the chain support, and come to rest supported by the target.

Believe it or not, there are actually over 6,000 disc golf courses in the United States. The best course in the world is Jarva Discgolf Park in Kista, Sweden. Maple Hill in Leicester, Massachusetts has the top U.S. course. Disc golf is the 4th fastest growing sport in United States. There has been a rapid increase in installed permanent courses with an average of more than 400 new courses added each year between 2007 and 2017. The game is played in about 40 countries and, as of 2019, there are 53,366 active members of the PDGA worldwide.

The top men’s player is Paul McBeth from Huntington Beach, California. He has 126 wins and has made over $400,000 in career earnings. Paige Pierce from Plano, Texas is the top women’s player. She has won 128 events and earned over $218,000. Both are members of the Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA).

Paul McBetch is the top men’s player
Paige Pierce is the top women’s player

After the coronavirus pandemic caused a two-month hiatus that canceled or postponed 645 events, 36 eager competitors flocked to a golf course in West Point, Utah, this past week for the official return of PDGA-sanctioned play.

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Are eSports A Pandemic Alternative?

A month ago the COVID-19 pandemic caused professional sports leagues to push the pause button or cancel their seasons. Even as politicians talk about the possibility of re-opening the country, there will be a bit of paranoia about gathering in crowds when we come back out to play.

In our world of social distancing, eSports has gained increased attention.

What are eSports?

These are basically video games which are organized in some league or tournament format. The most common video games associated with esports are multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA), first-person shooter (FPS), fighting, card games, battle royales, and real-time strategy (RTS). Popular esport franchises include League of Legends, Dota, Counter-Strike, Overwatch, Super Smash Bros., and StarCraft, among many others. Tournaments such as the League of Legends World Championship, Dota 2’s International, the fighting game-specific Evolution Championship Series (EVO) and Intel Extreme Masters are among the most popular in esports. Many other competitions use a series of league play with sponsored teams, such as the Overwatch League.

Even some high school athletic associations are sanctioning eSports as a sport. Georgia, which is one of five states to officially recognize eSports, recently crowned its state champions. With on-campus classes and sports being cancelled, eSports have emerged as the only safe competition for high schools right now.

Even the Nashville Predators have laced up their virtual skates as they are streaming their first round playoff series with the Vegas Golden Knights. The series is currently tied at 1-1.

Could this be the pandemic-proof sport of the future?

Although not technically in the category of eSports, the Professional Rapid Online Chess League is an online sport with teams from around the world.

Verizon reported that US domestic peak-hour usage was up 75% in the first week of quarantine – but gaming as a spectator sport is also through the roof. Twitch: Livestream Multiplayer Games & Esports, one the world’s biggest streaming platforms for gamers, is estimated to have grown its audience by up to a third in March alone which attributes the increase to gamers being confined to their homes.

The Simulation Football League (SFL) has had their games televised on Stadium and other cable channels. The SFL features 20 teams from around the world competing in online stadiums. The Alaska Storm recently won their third straight title as the league finished its 12th season.

With sports fans suffering withdrawals due to the pandemic, eSports have an opportunity to capitalize on the current void. It’s difficult to be a spectator of a video game instead of playing it but eSports could use this opportunity to evolve the sport.

Why Has God Allowed COVID-19?

If there is one question people ask during times of crisis or suffering, it is why does a loving God allow suffering?

This is a time that the world is dealing with a pandemic. People are sick and dying from the Coronavirus. So what’s the deal with God in all of this?

I can assure you that God was not surprised by this. It is also entirely possible that He caused this to happen. Many Christians would disagree with me but if you read the Bible you will see many times when God brought disease upon His people to either punish his people for their disobedience or to defend his people from their enemies.

Is it really true that a loving God would bring sickness and disease on people? It’s sometimes hard to imagine our loving and merciful God displaying such wrath and anger toward people. But God’s punishments always have the goal of repentance and restoration.

God said to Solomon: “When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” Could this be what is happening right now? Personally, I don’t understand how this would help God’s public relations with people who don’t believe in Him already. God has His reasons and is not compelled to share them with us.

So am I saying that God intentionally brought this virus upon the world right now? Well, I obviously can’t speak for God – no one can – but I want to dispel the idea that God wouldn’t allow this.

The truth is that we live in a fallen world that is imperfect. Since the fall, God has allowed mankind to have the freedom to make their own decisions and choices. Sometimes we make wrong decisions and have to suffer the consequences as a result of our choices. This affects nature as well.

Is the Coronavirus a sign of the end times? Maybe. This isn’t the Tribulation period as prophesied in the Book of Revelation but it could be an indicator that we are getting closer to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. The Bible predicts that we are like. a woman experiencing birth pains. The pains get closer together as she gets closer to birthing a child. Matthew 24:7-8 describes our current status:

“Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and pestilence and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains.”

I’m not being a downer about God but I think we should be realistic about God. It’s totally okay to pray and trust God in these times but we should also take precautions to protect ourselves. This is when our faith is put to the test.

Famous NFL Quarterbacks Who Finished Careers in Different Uniforms

I am glad that Tom Brady has finally signed with another team and the hype is over. This week one of the greatest quarterbacks in the history of the National Football League (NFL) ended his 20-year tenure with the New England Patriots to sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Now the Buccaneers are obvious favorites to win the Super Bowl right? Not so fast my friends. I got to thinking about other quarterbacks who changed teams late in their careers.

Johnny Unitas was a legend with the Baltimore Colts from 1956-1972. He led the Colts to three NFL championships and one Super Bowl title. I don’t think anyone can imagine Unitas In any other uniform but in 1973, Unitas played his last season with the San Diego Chargers. He played only five games and threw for three touchdowns and seven interceptions.

Joe Namath is another legend who finished his career with another team. After playing for the New York Jets from 1965-1976, Namath was traded to the Los Angeles Rams where he played his final season in 1977. He was benched after throwing four interceptions in a Monday Night game against the Chicago Bears and retired at the end of the season.

Joe Montana was instrumental in the San Francisco 49ers’ dynasty. He wore the uniform from 1979-1992. During his tenure with the 49ers, he led the team to four Super Bowl titles. In 1993, he was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs. Montana had success in his final two seasons playing in 25 games and four playoff games.

Peyton Manning is perhaps one of the most memorable success stories of a quarterback who finished his career with another team. After playing 14 seasons with the Indianapolis Colts from 1998-2011 and a Super Bowl title, Manning signed with the Denver Broncos as a free agent in 2012. He played his final four seasons with the Broncos and led them to a Super Bowl championship in his final season.

Personally, I think Brady should have finished his career in a Patriots’ uniform but he has said that he still has something to prove. After winning six Super Bowls, I’m not sure he needs to prove anything to anyone. It would be sad to see him end with a finish like Unitas and Namath.

Faith vs. Coronavirus

I will warn you before you read this blog post that this isn’t your typical Christian response.

Over the past couple of weeks, our lives have been changed by the spread of the Coronavirus. After initial denial, the Government is now scrambling to deal with the crisis. The public is panicking and stores are being emptied of essential items.

There is no sense of confidence right now. I don’t think any of us have seen something like this before.

Last Sunday was supposedly a National Day of Prayer. I don’t have anything against prayer but I wonder about how effective this is against a worldwide pandemic. I heard some people on the radio talking about how the sermon of a televangelist who preached a “beautiful” sermon about how we should choose faith over fear.

That sounds good doesn’t it? But how realistic is that? I don’t mean to be critical but having lived a Pentecostal upbringing, I am very familiar with religious hype and pie-in-the-sky claims about what God can do. I have heard numerous preachers make claims about faith and work up the emotions of crowds yet in reality they offer cute catch phrases that people latch onto.

Choosing faith over fear is one of those often used catch phrases.

Let me assure you that choosing faith over fear isn’t going to guarantee that you or your family won’t catch the Coronavirus. Some preachers will make you believe that if you “trust in Jesus” and if you “have enough faith” that you won’t get sick.

Don’t fall for those snake oil promises. Instead, choose faith but understand that you may still get sick or face hardship. Having faith in God doesn’t mean you will won’t be affected. Actually, it may open you up more. The Book of Job is a good example of that. Having faith doesn’t mean you won’t face some serious problems and trials. Having faith means you trust in God regardless of what happens to you. It isn’t a heavenly insurance policy against the Coronavirus.

Listen, I have heard all the cute religious cliches and pep rallies about faith. I’m just telling you as one who has experienced this. Troubles will affect you whether you have faith or not. Having faith doesn’t protect you but faith is the strength you have during adversity. Don’t let anyone skew the meaning of faith for you.

I have faith but I’m still washing my hands and taking all the precautions to protect against catching the virus. Faith doesn’t mean to ignore common sense.

Look, I believe in God and I’m not against prayer or faith. I have faith but I am also prepared to have faith even if I get sick. Yes, I am choosing faith over fear but I’m still going to wash my hands.

The World Has Gone Viral

This is a strange time we are living in. With the rampant spread of the COVID19 (Coronavirus), events and activities are shutting down at a rapid pace in order to stop the spread of this potentially deadly virus. As of this morning, there are 1,215 reported cases in the United States and 36 deaths. I put the emphasis on “reported” cases because the numbers are probably higher than that.

The National Basketball Association (NBA), National Hockey League (NHL), Major League Soccer (MLS) and Major League Baseball (MLB) have suspended their seasons while the NCAA Men’s and Women’s basketball tournaments have been cancelled due to this virus “March Madness”.

Most of us have not seen anything like this before. It is very bizarre.

No sports.

Some would say it is an overreaction but I think it is a good idea that sports have decided to take a break and take a cautious approach during this time.

So what’s going to happen with sports? I’m not sure anyone knows for sure. If it is a short break, like two weeks, the leagues will probably either pick up where they left off and make up the games later or end the season as it stands and start with the postseason.

Some companies are preparing to have their employees telework from their homes. I think that’s a good idea because many times colds and viruses are spread at the office. People will force themselves to go to work when they are sick. This is not a good time to even get the sniffles because people will automatically assume that you have the coronavirus. Of course, with the lack of testing how would we know for sure?

Even the Disney parks are closing. Now, you know it’s serious if they are closing.

It’s a crazy time right now.

I heard someone say today “It’s just a dang flu”. That’s the reaction from people who have not been affected. I’m sure if they or their family member had it they would have a different attitude. Hey, even the flu isn’t something to be taken lightly either. None of us really knows how this dangerous virus will affect us until we actually get it.

I am tired of people making this a political issue. It’s not a Republican or Democrat virus. Let’s just stop this nonsense please.

Are we overreacting? Wouldn’t it be better to overreact than wish we had done something?

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there have now been 125,048 confirmed cases with 4,613 deaths. In the past 24 hours, French Polynesia, Turkey and Honduras have reported their first cases of the virus.

Nobody takes it serious until they are affected by it.

We should take every precaution we can to protect ourselves. This isn’t funny and it shouldn’t be taken lightly. I know people are buying up all the hand sanitizers and toilet paper which seems a bit extreme but the important thing is to avoid large crowds and wash our hands properly.

Good luck and stay healthy.