New Stories

I’m getting around to releasing some new stuff…here’s a peek at a couple I’m excited about. Soon to be released.

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The Instrument – Free on Amazon now

This story is free on Amazon through the weekend -

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Book Gift Guide

If you have a friend or relative who loves reading and and is tough to buy for at Christmas…this may save you.

The Book Gift Guide is really cool – it takes one book and recommends another based on that preference. If you liked X, you’ll probably like Y. I was happy to have While I’m Still Myself chosen for a slot in the guide alongside a ton of other really great recommendations.

If you’re buying for a book lover this Christmas, check out the Book Gift Guide.

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New Release – “The Instrument”

Just wanted to let you know about a new project being released in series – first on Amazon only, then all eBook stores, and once all parts have been released a print edition will be available as well.

It’s called The Instrument, and here’s the synopsis:

Unsure of what he wants for his future, a teenage boy asks God to use him “…for somethin’ great. Somethin’ that matters and that matters to you.”
What follows are harrowing situations that test the boy to the highest degree – tests that show him what it is to truly be an instrument of God.

If you haven’t yet read electronically, maybe this a good chance to give it a shot. Kindle has a great app for your phone and laptop. If you absolutely refuse, there will be a print edition available down the road.

Part three of this project will be released next week, with each part to follow on a weekly basis. I hope you try it, and I hope you enjoy it.

Instrument I Cover

 

 

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Faulkner

(Photo/Wixon Collection)

(Photo/Wixon Collection)

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Villains

Do you know your classic literary villains?

http://www.csmonitor.com/Books/2013/0829/Do-you-know-your-classic-literary-villains/Wuthering-Heights-by-Emily-Bronte

 

 

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Letters to Newtown

Over forty letters are traveling from Weatherford, Texas to Newtown, Connecticut thanks to the 4th grade class at Juan Seguin Elementary.

Thank you to the teachers who partnered with me on this, and to the students who took the time to reach out to those hurting.

Words don’t always help, but sometimes they do.

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Nicknames (and Happy Birthday, Son)

Nicknames are kind of a thing in my family. Everybody has a nickname, and it’s the only name you go by unless you’re being introduced or things have gotten really serious. My grandfather, in particular, has given every one of his grandchildren a nickname, and it goes through a multitude of versions as time goes on. It occurred to me this morning that I’ve carried on this tradition.

So, in honor of my son’s second birthday, I am sharing all of the nicknames that Jeremy Corbin Lane has taken on during his first two years of life.

Bea Butter (read Bee-uh Butter, given by his sister who had trouble saying “baby brother”)

Bea Bub

Bea Bub Bub

Bea Beebs

Bea Beep Beep

Sonny

Sonny Boy

Sonny Bea

Sonny Bea Bub

Sonny Bea Bub Bub

Son Beebs

Corb

Corbinini (Italian flair)

Corbinita (when his sisters make him wear girly stuff)

JC Lane (when he’s in trouble)

I count 14 nicknames. If the math holds true,  he should have roughly 70 nicknames by the time he’s 10.

Happy Birthday, Son. Daddy loves you.

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Rat Science

I’m not sure how far to trust science experiments performed on rats, but are parents, not politicians, in a better position to impact this country? Yeah, probably.

Check this out.

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Last One For A While

I feel like I’ve been talking about this book forever. You probably do too.

The book was written in spurts over about eight months, and changed very little even when it went into editing. One story was changed from first person to third, and an element was added to tie all of the stories together. The things I wrote about were all close to true – some dangerously close, and others buried so deep in fiction that even the people involved would ask, “Is that what I think it is?”

It’s been interesting to learn about the book industry – especially right now as so many things are changing – and I’m proud to see how many people have enjoyed the stories. I made some mistakes in the process, but got really lucky on some things, too (like finding my ridiculously good editor, Ashley Luckett). Cool things are still happening (I know of a couple of college professors adopting the book for their class), but I just feel like most of it is behind me now. I admire the people that write every day, throw most of it away, and keep writing every day. I am not one of those people. The stories were ready to be told and needed to be told all at the same time…like the scrapbook of a period of my life and where I came from. There’s more writing in me, I just have no idea when more stories will be ready. Time will tell.

One last thing…the Audiobook. This might be the thing I’m most proud of. Thanks to the great work of Timmy Coufal, this is an Audiobook that doesn’t feel like a normal Audiobook. It’s unique. I really, really like it.

How to get it:

1) Download the free Audible app

2) Search ‘Author’, then my name

3) Listen and enjoy

By the way, if you’ve never used Audible before, you get your first book for free. No strings attached. I hope you’ll give it a try, and I hope you enjoy it. I hope you leave a review. I hope you tell your friends.

Thank You:

  • To my wife, for her unwavering support
  • To my children, for being so excited to tell people about the book
  • To Ashley Luckett, for being a genius
  • To Timmy Coufal, for being a genius
  • To the large number of reviewers who took the time to read and review my book
  • To everyone who spent their hard earned money to buy a copy, and to those that will in the future

Here’s to good things, and a second book one of these days.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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