MEJ Updates

November 20, 2021

An excerpt from my Friday the 13th story, Gentleman from the Darkness, won second place in the Flash Fiction category of the 2021 Oklahoma City Writers, Inc.

November 20, 2021

A good day for a book signing at a multi-author event at Full Circle books in Oklahoma City.

November 18, 2021

I have signed a contract for the second of the Detective Henry Ike Pierce series called Shadowed Souls. Release date sometime in summer, 2022.

November 15, 2021

Old friends and good barbecue today in Norman. I appreciate everyone coming.

November 12, 2021

Lisa Dawn from the Wild Rose Press designed the cover for the audiobook. Looks good!

November 11, 2021

Next two bookstore book signings.

November 10, 2021

Meeting with long-time OU and other friends this coming Monday, November 15th. Billy Sims Barbecue in Norman at 11:30. Bring an appetite. 24th & Main in the Normandy Creek Shopping Center.

November 7, 2021

I’ve hired a narrator to produce an audio version of Peculiar Activities. Tom Haire is a Kentuckian, and his audition was exactly how I had hoped for the story to sound. He offers nice characterizations and a variety of voices to bring it to life. I should have the first fifteen-minute review by November 18th with a completion date before Christmas. Can’t wait.

November 6, 2021

Fun day in Duncan, Oklahoma. Thanks to everyone for the support.

November 1, 2021

Thanks to Rebecca Grace for the interview on her blog!

October 30, 2021

Upcoming event in my hometown of Duncan, Oklahoma at the Merchant restaurant.

October 28, 2021

Thanks to Books2Read for the Universal Link: MEJBOOKS

October 21, 2021

Another great night with many friends at Commonplace books in Edmond.

October 17, 2021

The next book signing is 6:30-8:30 p.m. on October 21 at Commonplace books in Edmond. 21 S. Broadway.

October 6, 2021

Great opening night for a book release. I appreciate all who came.

September 24, 2021

Book signing dates so far:

October 21, 2021, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Commonplace Books 21 S. Broadway St., Edmond, OK

November 6, 2021 11:30-1:30. Merchant restaurant next to the Palace Theater on Main Street, Duncan, OK

November 20, 2021, 3-5 p.m. Full Circle Books New Ink Event, 1900 NW Expressway St., Oklahoma City, OK

November 27, 2021, 12-2 p.m. Best of Books 1313 E. Danforth Road, Edmond, OK

September 16, 2021

Paperback is now available to pre-order on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Target, and many other sites. E-books are available on the same plus Apple Books. See the main page for a list of vendors.

September 3-5, 2021

Great writers’ conference Labor Day weekend in Oklahoma City called WriterCon. My second time attending. Easy to become intimidated by all the other writing talent at these conferences. Unfortunately, a minor surgery turned out to be not so minor. I’m watching another virtual conference. William Bernhardt and colleagues do a great job, but I would have much-preferred meeting real people. Maybe next year.

September 1, 2021

E-versions are ready for pre-order on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Coming soon to Apple Books.

August 28, 2021

Many thanks to Karen Guzman and her offer to be on her blog, Write Despite.

August 25, 2021

Received the release date for Peculiar Activities: October 6, 2021!

August 4, 2021

The proofread copy has been reviewed and forwarded back to the publisher. Next comes the final gallery review and approval, then a hard release date.

July 16, 2021

The proofreading process continues. Waiting for final approval and moving on to release date. MEJ July 16 Newsletter (mejbooksllc.com)

June 16, 2021

Off to the proofreaders! Waiting and fingers crossed, so we can move forward with a release date. My original goal was September. Maybe that will happen. Microsoft Word – MEJ June 16 Newsletter (mejbooksllc.com)

May 16, 2021

The initial galley phase of editing has been completed and returned. This presents the format that will be shown in the actual book, and is the last chance to make corrections in the Microsoft Word environment. The next phase is the PDF galley. Microsoft Word – MEJ May 16 Newsletter (mejbooksllc.com)

April 15, 2021

I received the first round of edits for Peculiar Activities earlier this week. Progress! but much more to be done. Please see the MEJ Newsletter page for the April edition. Microsoft Word – MEJ April 15 Newsletter (mejbooksllc.com)

March 16, 2021

The process moves forward. I am in the early editing phase of my manuscript. I’m looking forward to seeing comments and moving on to the next step, then hoping for a release in late summer or early fall. Please see the MEJ Newsletter page for the March edition. Microsoft Word – MEJ March 21 Newsletter (mejbooksllc.com)

February 17, 2021

I signed a contract with Wild Rose Press for my manuscript, currently titled Peculiar Activities. Very excited. Please see the MEJ Newsletter page for the February edition. Microsoft Word – MEJ February 21 Newsletter (mejbooksllc.com)

January 28, 2021

I’m looking forward to submitting two entries into the 2021 Oklahoma Writers’ Foundation annual writing contest and conference, May 2021. A great bunch of people and we are crossing fingers that the conference may once again be an in-person affair. (Update: All virtual this year.)

January 25, 2021

It’s hard to say I’m keeping pace with communications if it’s been four months since providing an update. Holidays, weather, and COVID, COVID, COVID.

I’ve made significant improvements to the Peculiar Activities manuscript and I’ve submitted it to a local publisher. More to come later … I hope.

The follow-up novel, Shadowed Souls, is coming along–at least the first draft. Henry Ike Pierce’s adventures continue in Hawaii after Eddie Stone’s destination wedding on Maui.

I’m developing a very rough outline for a prequel to these stories, with an early title of The Macedonian. It is a look at two of the characters’ lives many years before Henry Ike Pierce and friends involve themselves in Prague.

September 30

Finished an edit with Ms. Robyn Conley. Great to work with and she found many overlooked errors. Thank you, Robyn. robynconley.com

August 31, 2020

August 23, 2020

Announcement coming at the end of the month.

February 23, 2020

Two-week class coming up at Francis Tuttle Career Center. Paint the Scene with Words. Each class there has been great.

October 30, 2019

I begin a six-week class tonight at Francis Tuttle Career Center titled Revisions Make Your Fiction Compelling. The instructor is Richard Crum who worked for many years for National Geographic. He has a fantastic C.V., and I am very excited by the opportunity to learn.

October 4, 2019

I attended the Kansas Writers’ Group conference in Wichita. Nice bunch of people. The seminars offered by author Paul Bishop were very instructive.

September 3, 2019

WriterCon 2019 was fantastic. Bill Bernhardt, the Red Sneakers Center, and Write Well Sell Well organized an amazing conference. Draft2Digital‘s sponsorship was outstanding.

August 15, 2019

Very much looking forward to WriterCon 2019 over the Labor Day weekend. A fantastic number of speakers. The conference, site, and app are top-notch. More later.

August 6, 2019

My flash fiction piece, Alone in Warsaw, was selected for publication by Amanda Steel in the U.K. for the autumn issue of Printed Words.

July 8, 2019

The Oklahoma Writers’ Federation, Inc. selected for publication a flash fiction story I submitted several weeks ago. The Report is published three times a year, and in each issue offers two pictures for authors to write a five-hundred-word flash fiction story. I am honored to have my short fiction selected for the Summer 2019 issue.

June 3, 2019

My manuscript for the preliminarily titled Peculiar Activities has been handed off for editing to Ally Robertson (AliciaDean.com), a professional editor and author located in the Oklahoma City area. It is both scary and exciting to have your work reviewed and critiqued, but much easier to receive advice from professionals rather than draw unfavorable reviews on Amazon and other sites.

May 6, 2019

The shock has not worn off. I was chosen as first-place winner in the mystery/suspense category (26) in the annual writing contest sponsored by the Oklahoma Writers’ Federation, Inc. It was exciting to see several friends also win awards. The annual conference in Oklahoma City was May 3-4. The sessions were informative, the conference well organized, and the attendees friendly. It was quite the first-time experience for a wannabe author.

April 2, 2019

Many thanks to Nicki Rycroft for the time and effort in reading and offering many great comments/edits for my manuscript. She is multi-talented and I recommend perusing her web site to see her remarkable paintings.

March 4, 2019

I enjoyed reviewing and offering edits to Carolyn Leonard for her latest, soon-to-be-published Every Ten Years. Fascinating information based on the decennial census from 1790-1950. A great read and this would be an excellent addition to any upper-grade classroom.

February 4, 2019

I’m participating in a class called ‘Joy of Writing’ at Francis Tuttle Technology Center offered by Maria Polson Veres. Great class.


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