Tuesday, October 28, 2014

New Release - What The Heart Desires - Kelli McCracken

 Kelly McCracken is releasing the fourth book in her Soulmate series today. I dropped by her website and lifted this from her bio...

Kelli McCracken’s love affair with books began long before she could read. She didn’t let anything stop her from creating stories, even as a child.
That same passion still exists within her today. She is an artist by nature, a curator of characters. Kelli McCracken does her best to give each story and character great depth.
“It seems like all I do is write…and listen to Layne. He’s constantly whispering something naughty in my ear, like being dipped in chocolate. Now I want a Kit-Kat. Welcome to my zany life, where #SanityIsOptional, romance is required, and liquor is most definitely quicker. I love talking about my characters. Hope you like hearing about them.”
When she isn’t chasing kids, working on crafts, or sneaking off with a bottle of wine, Kelli spends her time writing.  Of course, it can’t be all work and no play. Once procrastination strikes,  you can usually find her hanging out on Facebook, Pinterest, or Spotify. Be sure to stop by and say hi. She loves chatting with readers. 

If you haven't started the series yet you can pick up book one What The Heart Wants on Amazon for .99cent! I got mine last night and can't wait to read it. If you are not terribly behind on reading like me you can pick up What The Heart Desires right now!


Monday, October 27, 2014

From The Underground Press - Want to see Max's hair come off?

We started the Reader4Life fundraising campaign on CrowdRise two weeks ago and it's been off to a slow start. As announced <HERE> last week, we have everything set up with Blume Pediatric Hematology & Oncology to create a small library and reading space and to provide books for the children and young adults there. We are also providing books for the patients at the Hemby Children's Hospital.


With an ongoing concern for infections and low immune systems, all of the books we provide for the children to use must be new. That means we need to purchase most of the books unless we can get publishers to donate books directly. We cannot accept used books for use by the children, though we can use some older books when we read to the children and there is less concern with older patients as long as the books are in good condition.

Please, any contribution will be greatly appreciated. Even $5.00 can buy a couple of books for the children to take home. Blume sees about thirty patients a day and there are around fifty beds at Hemby. We need a lot of books! You can donate at CrowdRise, or by using the CrowdRise widget on this page, or through PayPal by using the Donate button below.

If you are an author or publisher who can provide books or would like to become more involved with Reader4Life, please contact me! The patients range in age from 0 - 30 years old so anything from Children's to YA to Adult books are welcome and needed. We are planning reading groups with the YA patients, so if you would like to get involved with sponsoring a group that would be awesome!

Thank you for your support!

Keep Reading!



Yes that's me in the video, and yes, if we meet our goal I will cut all my hair off. The goal is $10k by Thanksgiving! Donate, and watch the hair fall to the floor!



Wednesday, October 22, 2014

An Old Flame Rekindled - #amwriting

I reconnected with one of my oldest and dearest friends in the writing community yesterday. Cali MacKay. She's a NYT and USA Today best selling author now, but when we met we were both hanging out on writer's forums honing our craft, critiquing each others work, and dreaming of publishing our first novel. Cali introduced me to Steam Punk and taught me how to write like a girl (important skill for a guy trying to write romance). I helped push her toward the indie community when I started Underground Press Publishing and self-published my first book.

We've kept in touch over the years even as pen names changed (I wrote for awhile under a female pseudonym trying to get published by the big romance houses). As many of you know I haven't written a word since my son was diagnosed with leukemia. My time has been pretty filled up with that. And I've only recently returned to social media. Well Cali found me and reached out.

“Hey, you! How ya doing? What are you working on?”

Same old Cali. Always interested in what others are working on and ready to lend a hand or a pair of eyes. We chatted on facebook for about five minutes and she had me fired up to go write something and publish it! I haven't really thought about writing again. I've said I want to get back into writing “at some point” but I've been busy getting the non-profit started, yada, yada, yada...

“You need to get back to writing. Now!” she told me. And she's right, as usual.

So Maxwell Cynn is back at the keyboard. I have an old manuscript that was almost ready to publish when Joshua fell ill. I'm going through it now and sending it to an editor for final review. Then I'll start some new projects and complete some old projects. As I've said before, I'll also be reading some books and writing some reviews here on the blog. It is time. Thanks, Cali, for firing me up again.

We also have Big News breaking over on the Underground Press Blog. Click over there and check it out!