Saturday, April 26, 2014

New 5 Star Rated Review of "Lights, Camera, Worship!"

Format: Paperback
Excellent book. I am a tech guy who works at a big church and I would highly recommend this book. 
It is very easy to read and has tons of useful tips and examples. This book is a great guide for those 
who want to be successful in using technical arts as a ministry and also for those who want to go 
beyond their current skill level.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Now Booking Summer Signings, Readings, Etc.

I'm beginning to put together my summer appearance schedule. I don't intend to do a lot of signings, but I'm open to readings and speaking engagements (or radio shows) which I will book on a first come first served basis. I'm always open to guest blog or podcast. With that said...

The season kicks off with the BOOK LAUNCH PARTY for THE AMISH vs. THE ZOMBIES at Interstellar Overdrive bookstore on June 21. The bookstore is located in Hazel Dell, Wash.

The time and details will be announced soon. I do know that I'll be reading from and signing the new book, as well as my other titles, that day.

I will also be signing at Jacobsen's Books & More in Hillsboro, Ore. on July 26 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

At this time this is all I have booked and a small "tour" is not something I've ruled out if the stops should come together to make that possible in August.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

FREE BOOK from Author Donald Miller on How to Tell a Story

Donald Miller has been writing best-selling books for years and in this free eBook he tells you his little secret. It’s a 7-part story structure he developed based on hundreds of Hollywood movies. It’s easy to learn and easy to use. 

Read the eBook today and become a better storyteller. No hitch. No gimmick. Why are is he giving it away? Because the world is a better place when great people are set free to tell their stories. How to Tell a Story is his gift to you. Enjoy.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Upcoming Book Release; Save the Date

Ideation design mock-up suggesting the
flavor of the proposed cover art.
The official release date for my newest upcoming book, The AMISH vs. The ZOMBIES, will be Saturday, June 21, 2014 at Interstellar Overdrive (a bookstore in Hazel Dell, Wash.). Details (time and program) will be published and advertised in mid-May.

The book is a cross-genre YA coming of age story for older teens (or adults who like speculative fiction about zombies or the Amish). Recommended for ages16 and up (due to graphic content).

Meanwhile I have to finish a redraft and take care of the cover design--which is a LOT of work. Pray for me please! And please stay tuned.

Friday, April 18, 2014

YOU can Help Write the Next Bayou Boys Adventure

I got this great idea from Ridley Pearson, author of the "Kingdom Keepers" series. It worked well for him (but then he sells millions of copies and has as many fans), anyway, I thought I'd give it a try and see what happens.

Here's what Pearson did: "About 200 pages of [his last novel in the series] were 'crowdsourced,' with Pearson’s fans reading serial chapters and outlines once a week for about six months and voting for the next direction in which the novel should move. Pearson would then take the results under consideration while writing the next chapter, which would be posted the following weekend. Several dozen people who wrote fan fiction inspired by Pearson’s novels also had paragraphs they’d written included the new book."

I'm going to do it a bit different, but if you'd like to contribute to the fourth and final "Bayou Boys Adventure" book, titled "Alien Ambush," and you have read the previous books by October 31st, 2014 you may do so. I may include your actual words (or ideas) in the book and, if I do, I will include your name as a contributor in the acknowledgements.

You may contribute at any time and there is no age restriction. By submitting you are agreeing to the use of your contribution in whole or in part without compensation; and understand there is no obligation stated or implied by the author other than as listed above.

The final book will be drafted in November of 2014 and be released in the spring of 2015.

You can get an idea where the story is going by reading the last chapter of "Playhouse Phantom" and the opening lines from the coming title as follows:

Alien Ambush 

(A Bayou Boys Adventure #4)

It’s glorious day when you finally get your driver’s license. Sure, Bart had had his for a couple months now. He was older, so, in reality we both received our right to drive at the same age—sixteen years and four months—though he’d had that ‘freedom behind the wheel’ for four months longer. Now we argued about who would provide the transportation whenever we wanted to go somewhere together. The solution? A road trip where we would share the driving responsibilities.

“So, Dad, it’s like this: Bart and I want to drive ourselves to Gram’s for Thanksgiving. His dad gave him permission to come with us; they aren’t doing anything until Saturday. Their extended family will be coming in late Friday night so they aren’t celebrating until Saturday. And you know Bart, he can easily do two Thanksgivings.”

My dad laughed, “Fo Troo, that boy knows how to put away the groceries.”

“We thought we could, maybe, like, leave on Monday, and do a bit of a road trip on the way. If that’s okay.”

“Are you willing to get ahead in your studies by then?”

“We already are. By two weeks.”

“I’m impressed. Where are you going…besides Gram’s?”

“And Reed wants to come long.”

“Oh, I see! This doesn’t have anything to do with tracking down UFO’s does it?”


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

LCW Gets It's First Review on Amazon (and it's good)

"Lights, Camera, Worship!" does a great job giving an overview of technical arts in a ministry setting. Whether you're in a small church or swimming in the sea of mega-churchdom, the information given will help you more easily navigate through each aspect of your services and enhance the impact you're having on churchgoers. No book like this can include every piece of information necessary to succeed, but Greg does a great job of laying out all of the basics and gives you all the information you'll need to build a solid foundation and move forward. I highly recommend it." ~from a reader review on Amazon (four stars)

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Love/Hate Relationship with Writing? Read This.

10 Famous Writers Who Hated Writing

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Sometimes I hate writing. That's not to say I hate the writing of others, though I occasionally do, and that's not to say I hate my own writing, though I often do, but rather that I sometimes hate the commission of the act of writing. I hate it when I have nothing to say, which is most of the time, or when I think I have stuff to say but the words are clogged at the nib, or when the ink flows freely but lands on the page in impotent smears, or when the words ring like bells but the sentences flop like flagstones in the mud, or when the paragraphs flare but the chapters fizzle...