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I’m Speaking on a Panel – TONIGHT (3/19) 7pm EST!!!


Hi All,

Sorry for the late notice!

I’m speaking on a panel at Full Sail University as a part of its Hall of Fame week. The panel is all about self-publishing: the ins and outs, the whys and wherefores, the do and the do nots.

The panel will be streaming live on YouTube and is instantly archived so if you can’t tune in tonight, I hope you will catch up with me soon after.

Beside kicking the science, I’ll be debuting a new sport coat, so please join tonight at 7pm EST right here:



Blogger Book Fair: Special Guest Sharon Bayliss

July BBF button copyWelcome to the Blogger Book Fair! All week I will be featuring a diverse group of bloggers and authors, but I also recommend heading over to the event’s website, Blogger Book Fair, because there are a lot of other blogs and websites participating, and there are all kinds of freebies and great books to discover.

In addition to a week of guest blogs, I have marked down the Kindle version of my novel, Leather to the Corinthians, to only .99 for the week! Click here to get it.

Today’s post features an interview with Sharon Bayliss, author of The Charge, a unique, fast-paced new adult alternate history set in a world where Texas never joined the United States and instead is ruled by a superhuman royal family.

So let’s meet Sharon!

1. If you were a cereal box mascot, which one would you be?

Count Chocula.

My childhood favorite! I like where this is going….

2. What’s the worst thing you did when you were a kid?

I tricked my brother into thinking he would go down the drain with the bath water, so he was terrified to take a bath.

Appropriately cruel.

3. You have 24 hours to live. Now what?

I’d throw my laptop and iPhone off a bridge and spend the day with my family. I’d probably also eat an entire birthday cake.

Cake makes everything better.

4. Your house is haunted by the ghost of a dead celebrity. Tell us about it.

I don’t care about the celebrity status of my ghost. I’m looking for one that likes to clean.

Good idea. I may need to train my celebrity ghost.

5. Tell me a fantastic lie.

I’m a horrible liar.

The beauty of this lies in its simplicity.

6. You’re a cannibal (just go with it). What’s your favorite recipe?

Probably the most horrifying interview question I’ve ever been asked. 🙂 If I was a zombie a la Warm Bodies, I’d love eating the brains to experience the victim’s memories.

So maybe just a little salt and pepper.

7. I just pushed you to the ground and took your lunch money. What are you going to do about it?

I’d probably kick, hit, and/or bite you. I can be pretty violent when provoked.

It’s on like Donkey Kong.

8. Have you ever spent the night in jail? Any regrets?

Fortunately, no. I’ve done things I’m not proud of, but I don’t have any specific regrets. I think I’ve travelled this path for a reason.

Hence, the whole writing thing.

9. You can tune a piano, but you can’t tune a fish. Discuss.

Yes, but pianos smell better and don’t flop around as much.

Worthy of consideration.

10. What’s the oldest can or package in your pantry? Why haven’t you eaten it already?

Probably canned soup. I haven’t eaten it because i don’t really like canned soup. I don’t know why I have it in the first place.

Maybe there was a sale on it.

11. Race cars and old magazines. Chewing gum and a ball of twine. Bananas and Heavy metal. Which do you choose and why?

Race cars and old magazines. Who wouldn’t want a race car? I don’t like the clutter of old magazines, but I’ve been known to snatch them from my husband and parents just so I can recycle them when they’re not looking. It would be so gratifying to recycle all those old magazines and rid the world of them forever!

We’re two for two on Race Cars!

Screen Shot 2013-07-23 at 4.00.28 PMAbout Sharon:

Sharon Bayliss is a native of Austin, Texas and works her day job in the field of social work.

When she’s not writing, she enjoys living in her “happily-ever-after” with her husband and two young sons. She can be found eating Tex-Mex on patios, wearing flip-flops, and playing in the mud (which she calls gardening).

Learn even more about Sharon on her website. Click here!

About The Charge:

When the King of the Texas Empire kidnaps Warren’s brother, Warren embarks into a still Wild West to save him. On his journey, he makes a discovery that changes his life forever–he and his brother are long-lost members of the Texas royal family and the King wants them both dead.

He gets help from an activist Texan named Lena, who’s itching to take on the King and happens to be a beautiful firecracker Warren can’t stay away from. Convincing her he’s not one of the bad guys becomes harder when a mysterious energy stirs in his body, turning his brain into a hive of emotions and memories–not all his own.

A legacy of violence is not all he inherited from the brutal Kings of Texas. The myth that the royal family possesses supernatural powers may not be myth at all.

Gone are the days when choosing a major was a big deal. Now Warren must save his brother and choose whether or not to be King, follow a King, or die before he can retire his fake ID.

The Charge Cover copyYou can find The Charge on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, & Kobo. And if you’re in central Texas, you can also find it at The Book Spot in Round Rock and Book People in Austin. Locals can also check out The Charge Scavenger Hunt for a chance to win prizes!

Add The Charge to your Goodreads TBR list this week and you may win a copy! During the week of 7/29 I’ll be gifting up to 30 Amazon Kindle copies of The Charge to people who add The Charge to their Goodreads TBR list during the Blogger Book Fair.

There are Great Stories, and There are GREAT Stories.

It’s been quite a week. I just spent the last several days at an educator’s conference, where I had the opportunity to present on the use of interactive mapping tools in a classroom environment. Although it was a fantastic experience, it did disrupt my usual schedule somewhat. I want my blogging family to know that I was still keeping up with all of their posts, but I pretty much just had to lurk.

However, I couldn’t let the week escape me without posting. So I saved me a good one.

Tomorrow my wife and I are celebrating our fourth wedding anniversary. We had a roller coaster courtship, almost eloped, and got married at sea — where there can be no backing out, unless you feel like dealing with sharks and other things with sharp teeth. My wife and I, not much has been standard issue in our time together, and that’s how we like it.

We decided to get married before I actually proposed, so when the time came I knew that I would have to be creative. There would be no going down to the beach, sitting on the pier and slowly setting her up. She was already a lock, and more than likely I could have done nothing and probably still would have stolen the prize.

But you should know me better by now. That’s not how I roll.

Being a writer, I did the writer thing and wrote her a story — with the proposal at the end. If you’re going to have a punch line, make it a big one. I lied to her and told her it was a competition entry — would she please proofread it? Then I waited for the awesomeness.

Was it the greatest piece of writing I have ever crafted? Hell to the yeah it was. I’m freaking happily married. And now this story, only seen by a select handful, is available to the reading public. Cue marching band! It features bad weather, a post office, and a mysterious package!

The fine folks over at The Write Place at the Write Time (a great online lit-mag), accepted the story for their — amazing coincidence — fourth anniversary issue, which just hit the virtual stands on the 22nd. I’d love it if you cruised over there and checked it out. Here’s the link, you have to scroll down a bit past halfway to get to the story, as it’s a Web 1.0 kind of site.

Also, for all of my writer friends out there — I took second place in the last issue’s writing competition. My prize was that I earn the right to create the prompt for this issue’s writer’s challenge. I invite you to submit an entry, there are a number of fantastic writers on the site, and you will be in very good company indeed.