A Rave: Because Doug Said To


issued a challenge to write a rave, rather than a rant. Rants, of course, are more fun. But sometimes you do need to turn that off and think about the good things in life. I should be editing an intern-written press release about a lecturer coming to campus, but this will be more fun.

Of course, the first thing I have to rave about is family. Just a couple of weeks ago the wife and I marked the 24th anniversary of the day I finally asked her to “go with” me. We’ve been married 19 years now. In this day and age, that’s something remarkable and I’m very thankful for it. She’s put up with a lot from me, and undoubtedly still has a lot of strange stuff to look forward to.

We have four kids and I couldn’t imagine life without them. Alex will be a teenager next month, which is scary because that’s such a difficult time. Sara is my helper around the house, always ready to lend a hand with the younger kids. Amanda is the 4-year-old angel who wants to be more independent than she’s really ready to be. And Jacob … well, he’s two and acts it. Both Amanda and Jacob are KISS fans, mostly “Rock and Roll All Nite.” It’s so cute to see Jake bounce up and down, pointing to the stereo and asking for “All Night, All Day.”

Let’s see, Doug said to name five books we’ve read and enjoyed this year. Bentley Little’s The Store is what I’m reading now. It’s pretty damn creepy and really makes me stop and think before I make yet another journey to Wal-Mart. Probably my favorite book so far this year would be Kelley Armstrong’s Bitten, something I should have a read earlier. Kelley does an incredible job at characterization and Bitten is just the first book in an on-going series, so I’m sure there’s much more to rave about. Another first-in-a-series book I finally read was Karen E. Taylor’s () Blood Secrets. Good stuff. I look forward to reading more in the series. I re-read Stephen King’s Christine recently. It wasn’t as good as I remember, but still a really fun read. One more … this shouldn’t be so hard, but the first part of the year was devoted to academic reading that was not enjoyable. Well Doug, I only came up with four at the moment. I’m sure I’ll remember more later.

I’m glad I was asked to attend Panda*Monium last month. Not only was it great fun and I met some wonderful people (like artist David Lee Anderson), but it opened some more doors for me, careerwise.

I gotta rave again about having a new agent. I’m still very excited about that and looking forward to where the partnership will go.

Thanks to Scrybe Press for releasing Murdered by Human Wolves and for paying me for it. That was nice. Thanks, too, to Double Dragon Publishing for releasing Seven Days in Benevolence. It was a late release, royalty-only, so there hasn’t been any payment yet. Yeah, yeah, I know the royalty-only argument. Rave. Not rant. Another thanks to Scrybe for the pending release of an expanded version of Call to the Hunt. I’m really looking forward to that one.

I mentioned Kelley Armstrong earlier, but here she is again. Thank you, Kelley. Back in April she had Shara as a selection in her online book discussion forum. That won me some new fans, most notably Cheryl (Hi Cheryl!), who has become a sounding board for the sequel. Kelley also wrote the introduction for the new version of Call to the Hunt, for which I’m very grateful.

This has gone on quite a while and I’ve been interrupted. Time has gotten away. I actually have a book signing in less than an hour, so I’ll let the rave end here and look forward to reading your raves.


0 responses to “A Rave: Because Doug Said To”

  1. Hi Steve,
    May I rave too?
    How could you not become a fan of an author who has such a remarkable talent creating stories and characters, it makes him stand out above the crowd?
    Oh, and I mustn’t forget to mention a real great guy, too.
    Just keep those books coming, and I’ll be one fan among thousands.
    Cheryl

  2. Hi Steve,
    May I rave too?
    How could you not become a fan of an author who has such a remarkable talent creating stories and characters, it makes him stand out above the crowd?
    Oh, and I mustn’t forget to mention a real great guy, too.
    Just keep those books coming, and I’ll be one fan among thousands.
    Cheryl

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