Free Borrowed Souls Audio Book

Posted by on May 31, 2014 in Writing | 7 comments

Hey everyone. I’m going to be giving away 20 (TWENTY) copies of my audio book for Borrowed Souls in exchange for honest reviews of the recording. It released a few weeks ago, and I still haven’t received a single review. Interested? I hope so!

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Here’s how it’s going to work: Signup for my newsletter and once you confirm your subscription, you will be given a “Top Secret” code on your confirmation screen. Simply email me that “code” at, and I will reply with the book credit and how to use it. Plus, you get a FREE ebook of your choice, just for subscribing. If you are already a subscriber, just email me with “Been There-Done That” in the body of the email, and I’ll confirm your subscription and shoot out the audio book.

afterlife-medNow, here’s the restrictions: This is offered to the first 10 (TEN) respondents in the US and the first 10 (TEN) respondents in the UK.  Check back here to see if all spots have been filled. I will update the list below as each FREE BOOK is sent out.

Also, if you subscribe before 5:00 p.m. today, you will receive my MAY Newsletter, with a fresh short story. The short story this month is called Afterlife,which is a short “prequel” to Borrowed Souls. Good luck!

Free Audio Books already sent out:

                 US – UK
  1. marquillon – Val
  2. Lesa – none
  3. Karen – none
  4. Diane – none
  5. Susan – none
  6. Lawana – none
  7. Dunmore – none
  8. Judy – none
  9. Kai – none
  10. none – none
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Cover Reveal and Upcoming FREE Audiobooks

Posted by on May 28, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

afterlife-medWell, the title pretty much says it all. I’ve created a new cover for a short story I wrote for an upcoming Anthology. It is “supposed” to be a charity thing that sort of got traction late last year. Now, we’re almost to June, and I think the wheels are falling off the band-wagon.

Regardless of the status of the anthology, I am going to include the story in my May’s newsletter. The story is called Afterlife, and is a short prequel to Borrowed Souls. The story was written as a flash fiction project, so the word count is less than 1,000 words, but just marginally. If you are interested in reading it, be sure to be subscribed to my newsletter before Friday, as that is when I am sending it out.

Also to be included in the May Newsletter will be information about some free Audiobooks that I’ll be giving away soon. I’ve got some credits for Borrowed Souls on Audible, and I’m not quite sure how they’ll be given out, but the details will be forthcoming in the newsletter, and on Facebook & Twitter shortly after.

So, the essence of this post is to be a subscriber! It’s where all the cool kids hang out!

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Goal Setting from an Indie Author

Posted by on May 21, 2014 in Writing | 1 comment

goal_settingI work better with goals in place. I know this, so I am constantly placing expectations upon myself that are sometimes unachievable. Take my goal from last year for instance. In July of 2013, I set a goal for myself to write, edit and publish the first part to Linear Shift by my birthday in September. OK, that was kind of a bad example, because that one was pretty easy. Seriously though, I do have big dreams and big goals. So, here I am setting some pretty big goals for the rest of this year, and into the next. I have much more aggressive goals in line for next year, but I think I’ll save it for a later post.

Here is what I have planned for the remainder of 2014:

  • July 15th – Publish Linear Shift, Part 3 – 30,000 new words
  • September 30th – Publish Linear Shift, Part 4 – 54,000 new words
  • October 21st – Publish Linear Shift Omnibus – 0 new words
  • November 18th – Publish Borrowed Souls #2 – 14,000 new words
  • December 23rd – Publish Kohler’s short story Anthology – 30,000 new words
  • February 10th – Publish “New Series Novel” – 90,000 new words

Now, that all may not sound too impressive, but I do have a day job, and at times, it feels like it is all time consuming. Add to that, Summer is just around the corner, and there’s vacations and family trips, and yada yada. It’s going to be busy, let me tell you. Plus, there are going to be other things that may in fact pop up along the way. There’s talk of another anthology that I am planning on contributing to. It’s a Superhero kind of thing, with a deadline of around September. And who knows what else might grab my attention … SQUIRREL! See what I mean? OH, and the next part of Recoil!

I’d like to touch on a few things on the list above. First, Linear Shift, Part 3 was targeted for a May 31st release. Unfortunately, that had to slide a bit, and as I am in vacation for the latter half of June, the release date for it has been pushed until mid July. I am hoping that I can pick up editing changes upon my return from vacation and still publish in June, but I wanted to be practical with things, unless I got sidetracked somehow.

Second, I think there might be something else in between LS3 and LS4 in late September. I was planning on rolling right into Linear Shift, Part 4 after finishing Part 3, but I think I have a bit of flex time there as well. I might try working on the next Recoil part or begin outlining/planning the “New Series Novel” that’s planned for next year. Either way, my initial goal was to have all parts of Linear Shift published by my one year publishing anniversary on September 19th. On the above schedule, I gave myself a week and a half extension just incase.

The Borrowed Souls part is pretty self explanatory. I’ve actually partially written the next part already, and am forcing myself not to touch it until LS3 is out.

Next on the list is my own Anthology publication. If you are a subscriber of my newsletter, you’ll have read most of what’s going to be in that anthology. I am going to combine the 12 monthly shorts that I include in my newsletter, along with a handful of new stories yet to be written. I am shooting for around 60,000 total word count between existing shorts and new stuff. It should be a fun thing for everyone. I am planning on that one to come out in ebook, print and audiobook all about the same time – just before Christmas.

Finally, I am starting to think about “what’s next”. That is the “New Series Novel” at the tail end of that list above. I am going to work on a full novel this time, (instead of the serialized approach) that will be the first part of a potential trilogy. The specifics have yet to come into focus, but I am day dreaming all the time. I have a book of “story thoughts” that is pretty thick already. I may even have the story basis ready to go and just not know it.

So, there you go. To date, I’ve written around 170,000 words this year, and with the above projections, I will more than double that. On January 1st, I set a goal of writing 825 words per day, every day, which would come in at around 300,000 words for 2014. I’m more than half way there, and should have no problem surpassing that goal.

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Momentous Day

Posted by on Apr 1, 2014 in Writing | 0 comments

Yesterday was quite a monumental day for me. First off, I published my fourth title since starting this crazy journey in September of last year. Silo Saga: Recoil released a day early, and has already moved up to #25 in all Kindle Worlds titles. Secondly, my fourth short story published yesterday in another charity anthology. ‘Alone’ Was written a few years ago, and I dug it out and polished it up for submission in January. It was accepted and now it’s live.

Something else happened yesterday. Last night, I crossed over the 50,000 words written in a month. It was 50,331 to be precise. I’ve done that only once before, and it was back in 2011 when I participated in NaNoWriMo. That year, the writing was scattered and nearly uncomprehensive. This time, I was able to put the writing toward, not one, but two published works in a month, as well as foundation work for Linear Shift, Part 3. I can tell I have grown by leaps and bounds since November of 2011.

Although I feel I am being very prolific with my writing, and I certainly am passionate about everything I am doing, I feel it is all practice for something yet to come. I think my best work lies somewhere beyond where I am at right now. I sometimes wonder what that magical work will be. Even now, as I write through Linear Shift, Part 3, I can feel my mind scanning through the internal file cabinet in my head, looking for the story. I have some ideas what it might be, but I also think I need to run a few more practice stories out before I plunge into the truly epic story ideas I have.

Seeing as today marks the 25% point of the year, I think I will briefly touch base on my writing goals for the year. On January 1st, I set my writing goals for all to see. My first goal was to write and publish 4 books this year. I am halfway to that goal at the 25% mark. In theory, I should be able to double that goal if I keep at my current pace. In a perfect world, I would do just that. But, in the grand scheme of things, I will probably end up with 6 published titles by the end of the year. The next two titles are already set and they will be Linear Shift, Parts 3 and 4. My goal right now is to have Part 3 out by the middle of May, and part 4 out by the end of July. I would like to get Part 4 out sooner, but with a summer vacation right between Part 3’s release and my projected Part 4 release, it’s not going to happen. That will leave me with 5 months to push out two additional titles be December 31st. I have a suspicion that the next part of Borrowed Souls will follow, and then Part 2 of Recoil. And depending on how sales flow on everything,I might throw one of those two up between Linear Shift 3 and Linear Shift 4.

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Silo Saga: Recoil

Posted by on Mar 31, 2014 in Writing | 0 comments

Today marks another milestone for me. My fourth contributed short story published today in the third charity anthology volume AND I uploaded my fourth book to Kindle Worlds at noon. Today’s activities caps off a very active month for me, which started with publishing Borrowed Souls around the 4th of the month. I’ve had my best month moving books, and I can only hope that next month is equal to, if not better than this month! Here’s to hoping.

Now, without any further delay, Here is Silo Saga: Recoil! Available now on Amazon.


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Silo Saga: Recoil Cover Release

Posted by on Mar 16, 2014 in Writing | 0 comments

t3After what seems like forever, I am finally on the homestretch of Silo Saga: Recoil. If you’re not familiar with Silo Saga part, it is a Kindle World, set up in Hugh Howey’s world of Wool. My story takes place after his best selling novel Wool, but before his final book in the series, Dust, takes place.

The current status of the book, is I’m a little more than half way through the rewrite. After that, I ship it to my editor and let her have her way with it. I’ll then get her edits back and wrap things up by April 1st. I was shooting for March 21st, but it just didn’t seem realistic, and I didn’t want to sacrifice quality, just to make an arbitrary deadline.

So, with that all said, I feel comfortable now releasing the book cover! I’m 99% sure this is the final, but I reserve the right to change that is necessary.


BS-smallOn another note, my book Borrowed Souls is still on it’s FREE promotion. It has been running all weekend, and will revert back to it’s regular price at midnight tonight. Be sure to check it out for a good read with no money spent. Free is free, right?

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Borrowed Souls Proof has Arrived!

Posted by on Mar 15, 2014 in Writing | 0 comments

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