Launch Party Thanks

My launch party for Dare Me was this past Friday, and it was awesome. Not only because it was at a bar, during happy hour, and not only because the turnout was wonderful. It was an excellent event because of the vibe created.

I’ve done a fair amount of signings/events, and it’s near-to-impossible to feel anything more than a bookish flair when you’re in a library or bookstore. But at McGreivery’s, surrounded by Halloween decorations, people burning off steam on a Friday afternoon, and a genuine interest in my work, I felt more than happy to be perched in my corner, taking it all in.

Writing is a solitary act. It’s 5:15 AM as I write this. My house is quiet and the sun isn’t up, but I’ve been awake for close to an hour, clacking at my keyboard. And this is my job morning after morning, including summers.

So when I am afforded the opportunity to go out and meet with people who enjoy what I’ve created, especially in an environment that it less stuffy and more “shot-friendly”, it’s difficult not to be appreciative. All those hours alone so that I can get together with people and say, “Damn, we did this,” are worth it.

Because, yes, I did. But so did you. Because I’m not here without your support. So I offer my sincerest THANKS! I fully intend to keep up my end of this relationship, and I know you’ll do the same.

Read Dare Me, love it, and then share with people how you feel. Offer some of that vibe. Do it in the real world or virtually, but let them know about this party they can get in on.

Because as the saying goes, the more the merrier.


I Dare You to Help Me

Last September through December was filled with signings and interviews and a release party for Tap Out. The signings were as expected, for the most part–at the library and at book stores. But also with the addition of my favorite, the signing at McGrievey’s.

Thematically, the release party at Legion Training Center was ideal. Signing copies of Tap Out in an MMA cage? Yeah, that works.

But this upcoming September, Dare Me will be released, and I want to make sure that I find the right venues to connect with people for whom Dare Me is an ideal fit. Therefore, I’m looking for suggestions.

Below is the premise of my novel, compliments of my editor. Please read and think about who would want to read this novel, what venues I should contact, and what you’d like to see for the release party.

I planned all of the events for Tap Out and realize I most likely missed something, because I had no outside input. I’d rather not do that again. So drop a suggestion, regardless of whether you’re from the area or beyond. I’ll gladly give you credit for the idea and a signed copy of the novel once it is available.

And now, thinking caps on:

When Ben Candido and his friends, Ricky and John, decide to post a YouTube video of themselves surfing on top of a car, they finally feel like the somebodies they are meant to be instead of the social nobodies that they are.

Overnight, the video becomes the talk of the school, and the boys are sure that their self-appointed senior year of dares will live in infamy. Every dare brings an increased risk of bodily harm, but Ben cannot deny the thrill and sense of swagger that come with it. The stakes become even more complex when a mysterious donor bankrolls their dares in exchange for a cut in the online revenue the videos generate. But at what point do the risk and the reward come at too high of a price?

Seriously, shoot me a suggestion in the comments, via the “Contact” form, on Facebook or Twitter. I appreciate any help.

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