Sunday, October 27, 2013

Arlo and Jake Book 2 is out!!!

Yep, the 'series' actually has two, count 'em, TWO books now! 'Arlo and Jake Galactic Boot Camp' has been released on Amazon! Here's a convenient link: I've published on Barnes and Noble but it's still in 'processing'.

You can read my previous posts on how hard this book was to write and get out the door. Trying to get better with each book takes more time. Go figure! ;-)

I'm really pleased with book two; more characters to mess with, more bad guys to foil, more chances for Jake to put his foot in his mouth.

I hope you enjoy this installment. Now, on to book three!

The adventure continues! 'Arlo and Jake: Galactic Boot Camp'.

Monday, October 21, 2013

It's almost here.... yes!

After a bazillion rewrites, corrections, agonizing over how much to say or how much not to say in this paragraph or that sentence; it's done!

I've uploaded the manuscript and started the publishing process. All I have left is the cover and that will be done this week! Whoo Hooo!

It took months longer than I thought it would. Good grief, how could I have underestimated so badly? See if you can learn from my mistakes:
1. Enthusiasm. I really enjoyed writing this book, it made me feel like I could do anything. I can't. I can do what I can do, I'm not Superman. Nuts.
2. Rigidity. At first I stuck to the outline I created. That was OK up to a point, but it kept me from trying alternatives, new characters, new paths. Once I tossed the idea of using the outline verbatim I had fun again.
3. Professional pride. I just had to make this book better than the last one. I spent way too much time trying to be someone I'm not yet; a professional writer. This book is a step above book one. That's enough. I'll take what I learned here and the next one will be better still.
4. Life. Full time job. Family responsibilities. Friends who want to play cards. Yard work. Car repairs. A whole day on the porch just snoozing. Ahh. Life is more than writing. Sorry you had to hear that but for me, it's true. Life is for living. Writing makes life more meaningful but it's not all there is.

So. Get the cover done. Finish the publishing steps for Nook, Kindle and on Createspace for the paperback copy.

Remember to have fun. I'm going to try.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Check out my interview with Lydia Aswolf on BlogTalkRadio!!!

Well, I didn't totally embarrass myself on my first online BlogTalkRadio interview! Whew! ;-)

I spent an hour with host Lydia Aswolf on 'Lydia's Literary Lowdown with Lydia Aswolf'. Here is a link to her show: , you can check all her interviews.

Lydia is an amazing interviewer. She kept me on track, asking relevant, interesting questions. It was fun to walk her through how I came up with the concept and where it surprised even me.

We talked about my SciFi series 'Arlo and Jake'. I told her the second book, 'Arlo and Jake Galactic Boot Camp' is out this month. I also talked about plans for a total of 10 books in the series.

We also talked about 'Genome', my first, more serious, novel. She loved the concept, how I tied in biotech with the possibility that DNA mutations could allow some people to communicate with the spirit worlds. Not surprisingly since, as you'll see from her website, since Lydia is a Psychic and Medium, as well as a dynamite book reviewer and interviewer!

I was pleasantly surprised that Lydia really enjoyed 'Arlo and Jake Enlist'. She totally got what I am trying to do with the series, so it felt really good to hear that validation.

Please stop by here and check it out!

Lydia is active on twitter at  and has a web site at

I would appreciate you stopping by, listening to the interview and leaving a comment. Then stop back by here and leave a comment too. I'd like to know if you enjoyed the interview and if there is something else I could do on these interviews to let you know more about me and my writing.

Thanks again. My friends and fans ROCK!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

I'm going to be on blogtalkradio!! Whoo Hooo!

Yup. Yours truly, the Tacky Texan, is going to have his first online blog radio talk session with Lydia Aswolf, this Saturday ( 5 Oct 2013 ) at 5 PM Eastern/ 4 PM Central.

Lydia is active on twitter at  and has a web site at There is a link to the 'Radio Show' on the main page. Check it out!

Here's the link to the interview before I forget!

The show is called 'Lydias Literary Lowdown with Lydia Aswolf'. Please mosey over and listen to her current interviews. Here's a link

We're going to talk about my 'Arlo and Jake' series, writing, marketing, ePub and who knows what else. Should be a hoot. That's assuming I can talk without sounding like a complete dork.;-)

Please stop by and listen during the show or hit the link after the show.