Saturday, August 25, 2012

Contest Time ($50 Amazon Gift Card)

In celebration of the release of A Kingdom's Fall, my second installment in my Epertase trilogy, I am giving away a copy of Tamed along with a $50 Amazon Gift card. That's right 50 smackers. Oh yeah, and Tamed. All you have to do to enter is click on the widget at the bottom of this post and sign up. That's it.

But wait, there's more. For this contest, I am using a service called raffle copter. What that means is I am giving you more chances to enter your name for a greater chance to win. It's completely up to you how many times your name is entered. With raffle copter, you can gain additional entries by completing various tasks. Some of the ways to increase your chances are as simple as following this blog or following me on twitter. Other ways to increase your chances include tweeting this blog page (which you can do once a day for more and more points) or reading Epertase 1 or 2 or both where you could receive a ton of points by posting a review on Goodreads or Amazon or Barnes and Noble or all three. Just follow the simple instructions through the widget.

At the end of Oct., raffle copter will randomly choose a winner which is why the more times your name is entered, the better. Have fun with this contest and I wish you a bunch of luck.

And last but not least, if you manage to complete every task in the contest, Rhemalda has agreed to give you an ebook of your choice from their catalogue of great books.

So, how's that for a fun and worthwhile contest? You don't have to do anything to enter but sign up. And you can increase your chances with as little or as much effort as you want to put into it. What do you say, everyone, help me spread this contest? Share this on your FB page and twitter and give me a little love.

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Launch Party for A Kingdom's Fall

If you live in or around Columbus, Ohio, mark your calendar For Friday evening and come say "hi." I'd love to meet you.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

My Tattoo progression in Pictures

As many of you may already know, I recently went in for my first tattoo. This was a new experience for me and I thought it would be fun to show you the three stages of my particular experience.

Since the design had already been created by the phenomenal Steve Murphy, tattoo artist David Boggins had the stencil ready when I arrived. It was a tad bigger than what I had imagined, though not much. Anyone who knows about tattoos will know that intricate art needs to have a bit of size for the detail to work.

David prepared my back (cleaned and shaved) and then applied the stencil. My wife and I checked it out for size and ultimately decided it was perfect. After cleaning off the stencil and applying it for a second time, we had the positioning right on.

I laid down and David told me the outline was going to hurt the most, though he said the first ten minutes would be the worst. Then he began. I will be completely honest with you--after he dug into my flesh for that first line I wondered how in the hell I was going to withstand another 6-7 hours of what I had just felt.  But, unless I wanted my big tattoo to be a single line, I needed to suck it up. After ten minutes, David asked, "Is it getting any better?"

I answered, "No, it pretty much still sucks."

He was right because a few minutes later I had settled in and the process became somewhat tolerable. David wanted to get the outline finished on the first day and he did, so here is the picture after my initial 2 1/2 hour sitting.

Healing from the outline was pretty unremarkable and within a few days I barely remembered it had been done.

Then came day two about three weeks later. Day two consisted of the shading which we initially hoped would finish the job. David and I both wanted the work to be epic regardless of the time and he gave my tattoo the dedication and love that it needed. Painful love, but love just the same. He quickly reminded me of how much getting tattooed sucked by digging right in. By the second hour mark, I felt pretty good and even commented that I could go all day if needed. But that all changed during the fourth hour. My back was telling me that it had had enough. After almost four hours, David said we probably needed one more sitting and he was done for that day. I wanted to scream, "Thank you," but of course I didn't.

If you are wondering how sore four hours of tattoo shading makes a person, I think you can tell by the following picture. Remember, there had been no red used to this point.

 Here it is after a week.

I made two mistakes going into my third and final session. First, I scheduled it for two weeks later instead of three. The reason two weeks turned out to be a mistake was that my back was still sore when my appointment arrived. The second mistake I made was going to the gym that morning and apparently getting blood flowing to the very area that is going to be assaulted with a needle wasn't a good idea. I struggled a bit during those next two hours, but I made it through.

After a total of 8 1/2 hours I was finished. I couldn't wait to see the final product. Here is a picture from immediately after. I love it. What do you think?

 If you are near Columbus, Ohio and are looking for a tattoo, make sure you check out David Boggins at Body Language. He is a swell guy and a great artist. Like his FB page to see more of his work

Also, don't forget to enter my $50 Amazon gift card contest. Easy to enter, so give it a try. For more details see or just enter below.