Wasteland.

I’ve been busy not blogging. It’s something I’m terrible at- worst blogger ever. I get lazy. However, I have an announcement on the writing front- so time to blog!

This August, Luna Station Press is releasing my novella: Wasteland.

kat_wineWhat is Wasteland? It’s your fix between books 2 and 3 in the Wasted Series… it’s a collection of short stories from the minds of other Osiris agents. A mysterious assassin, a manic doctor, a mouthy Catholic School girl, a sly con-woman, a confused kid, a driven socialite… you may be surprised how some of these proficient (and not-so-proficient) killers started out in the world of Osiris… and how their unconventional friendships have unfolded.

You know Frankie’s story… but that’s just skimming the surface.

Wasteland will be available for Kindle and Nook August 2014.

As for book three- it’s progressing nicely and I’ll have some announcements and title release soon!

Get the first two books: www.thewastedseries.com

Cover is not finalized.

 

 

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Dahlias by Virginia Poltrack

Hello! I’m back! After a two month siesta… sorry, I was pushing my second book. BUT- I have something super awesome to show you.

A couple of months back I finally got up the nerve to talk to one of my favorite artists. I know, I shouldn’t be shy- but yay, I started talking to Virginia Poltrack after having followed her for a good while on Dribbble and Twitter. She does beautiful watercolor among her many talents. She posted an owl that got my immediate attention… I love owls. Then I started looking at her other work and I was hooked.

My reason for contacting her was that I wanted an artistic representation of Frankie’s tattoo- the black dahlias on her upper arm. If you follow the Wasted Series, you know Frankie had a bit of an accident in book one- that left her with a scar. Her friend, Gretchen, suggested she get a tattoo to cover it up.

Virginia exceeded my expectations and came up with this amazing piece of work:

dahlias

 

It’s perfect to me- and now I even want it as a tattoo as well (that’s not totally creepy at all). She was also kind enough to send me a few colored versions as well as the original drawing! She’s super friendly, super communicative and she really took my words and made a spot-on design. That’s pure talent. I love her. It also helps that she has the cutest dog that she dresses in tutus.

If you want to check out her work- and you SHOULD… you can see more at www.virginiapoltrack.com/shop/ and be sure to check out her awesome portfolio as well!

virginiapAnd she also does some amazing Star Wars pieces! If you are like me, and want to find unique gifts for people this holiday season… ask Virginia to make you something amazing.

You can follow her on:  TWITTER // DRIBBBLE // LINKEDIN

The Black Dahlias will be available as a print in the future.

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The Characters of Wasted

Tomorrow, Luna Station Press releases my second book in the Wasted Series: Uncontrollably Wasted… or as we lovingly call it, U Wasted. It’s been an amazing journey filled with aggravation, triumph, and all that other bullshit.

In completing this journey, I have called upon a wide variety of people to help me bring the characters to life. In many ways, I didn’t want to distract from the reader’s vision of what these characters looked like- but slowly things began to take shape, I needed promotional material and I found people who were perfectly suited to fit the images in my head- or at least get damn close. Friends, family, and total strangers. I’ve met some really amazing people doing this, and I wanted to give every single one of you a shout out.

First, my three main characters:

Frankie

Alex Myszkowski as Frankie Fairholm

Addi

Jasmin Keith as Addison Fairholm

Kat Fairholm

Maegan Anglin as Kat Fairholm

All three of these girls are awesome. They jumped right in- even more so for Maegan who was just my initial model for everything. She’s a real trooper. Alex was receptive to being this anti-hero despite being one of the sweetest girls I’ve met. Jasmin was one of the first models I’ve sought out on Model Mayhem and turned out to be the perfect Addi. I really lucked out with all these girls.

 

Other returning fan favorites:

Chris Wood (Spark Dawson)

Chris Wood as Spark Dawson

Jeff Yip  as Johnny Yeh

Jeff Yip as Johnny Yeh

Gretchen

Tabitha Sheehan as Gretchen Pierce

Naomi Sandoval (Emma Wake)

Naomi Sandoval as Emma Wake

And while I am waiting to post the rest of the characters on the book’s main site- I do want to give all the people involved a very heartfelt thank you… I was just so grateful to see everyone take to the project- not just to be in front of the camera but also with the staging process. Karla Tobar did amazing work with makeup, and even my sister-in-law, Barb was helping out with models. Jolene helped out in California with the bigger shoot since Candis found me two other male models- the most difficult to cast being Spark Dawson (Chris Wood). But Candis never fails me. Everything ended up working out perfectly and I met some great people in the process.

So thank you to the following awesome people:

Kevin Ryan as Edge Overbeck
Candis Phlegm as Cass Parker
Donielle Aicardi as Odette Dupriez
Matt Swart as Logan Krushinki
Amber Ashton as Dallas Greenfield
Syndey Shafer as Juliette Micheletto
Karla Tobar as Ozomi Rojas

And also, introducing the two youngest members of Osiris (as a pre-launch teaser):
Dante Everett (DeMarko Murphy) and Ethan Chase (Eric Burnside)
This photo shoot was done in Lexington, KY by the talented Perry Wooldridge of JP Photography. They had a lot of fun with it- and I loved the shots!

IMG_8042You can view more photos [ H E R E ]

The second book is almost here… and I’ll be continuing my photo adventures getting all these characters shot… I mean photographed. I will be releasing a character page with more cast in the coming days on thewastedseries.com

If you’re an author wondering about a project like this- don’t worry… I will be doing a series of posts about graphics, characters and all that fun promotional stuff on the Wasted Blog!

 

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The Mark, Tom and Travis Show

Last night I went to a Blink 182 concert. I hadn’t been to one since 2004 but it marked my “fucked if I know how many times I’ve seen them” concert. I was a Warp Tour junkie since ‘95… and Blink is my favorite band. Blink has continued to be my favorite band and I’ve even followed all of their dumbass branch off bands because it kept hope alive… and those bands were pretty awesome too.

blink 182
But they weren’t Blink. They weren’t the Mark, Tom and Travis show. This band reminds me of so many positive things in my life. It reminds me of those friends I had in high school that wanted to be part of the Southern California punk scene (instead of hoodrats in Arizona). It reminded me of my best friend Fiona playing Dammit I don’t know how many times a day. It reminded me of my time in the Navy and falling in love with Enema of the State.

When Take off Your Pants and Jacket dropped in 2001- I used it to bond with my half-sister. To this day, we talk about that summer just listening to that and the Mark, Tom and Travis show. We drive around Phoenix for no good reason just to keep listening to the CD in my ‘95 Honda Civic with a bad paint job. I also remember the last time I saw them before they broke up- in Phoenix with my friend Madelyn and there was a huge dust storm that gave me the biggest headache… then I had to drive us back to Tucson at midnight and take a geology final at 8am. Worth it.

When they broke up, I was sad but it also fascinated me to see how human they really were. They disagreed, they grew apart, they went their separate ways and When Your Heart Stops Beating became one of my favorite songs. They grew even farther apart and I just assumed that was it. Blink’s time had passed.

Then a plane crashed and in some twisted fucked up way fixed everything- and I found myself back at a Blink 182 concert at thirty four years of age at the Cosmopolitan.

I find it a bit comical that they got back together in 2009- which was the year I went through some huge changes- my Saturn Return for you astrological people. My longest running relationship/not great marriage ended and I moved to Vegas to find myself… who the fuck finds themselves in Vegas? I did. I wrote a book, I gave my soul mate a chance, I’ve met amazing people and I have been increasingly happy ever since.

All of that isn’t on Blink- but a lot of it is. They gave me a good outlook on life through their music. They taught me to not takes things too seriously… and that music sure has gotten me through some tough fucking times. I remembered that last night. So thanks, Mark, Tom and Travis… I really do heart you a shit ton.

On and on, reckless abandon
Something’s wrong, this is gonna shock them
Nothing to hold on to
We’ll use this song to lead you on

Oh, and I totally stole the above photo from my friend Hannah who got a better angle.

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