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You Do Judge a Book by its Cover

Posted by on May 8, 2017 in Blog | 3 comments

You Do Judge a Book by its Cover

There simply is no substitute for a great book cover. Unfortunately, developing one is easier said than done. I have, in fact, had several artists propose covers for my upcoming novel, BRAT and the Kids of Warriors. But I simply didn’t think any of them got at what I was looking for. Now, I’m honored to tell you, I have just retained what has to be one of the truly exceptional design teams. First, I had the great good fortune to meet Greg Samata. Over the last couple decades, he designed the annual reports for over four hundred of the...

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BRAT Advance Reading Copy gets delivered

Posted by on Apr 28, 2017 in Blog | 11 comments

BRAT Advance Reading Copy gets delivered

This writing a book is a rather consuming journey. But I’m excited to say, I just sent out the Advance Reading Copies of Brat: Kids of Warrior, my first in a series of adventure/spy novels about a bunch of military brats. The first book takes place in post-World War II Germany. The term Advance Reading Copy refers to a book which is pretty much finished, but, as in my case, may not yet be finalized, proofread, or have the official book cover. This early printing of the book is sent to influencers in hopes of getting both their...

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The Gift of Grit

Posted by on Jul 7, 2016 in Blog | 47 comments

The Gift of Grit

  Orleans, France, 1961. In an old farmhouse, an eleven-year-old Army brat hunkered down on his bed so the lamplight would fall across the cover of his book. He studied it a long time before making himself open to page one. He was starved for entertainment and desperate to read the story. His family didn’t have a TV, but even if they had, French television was only on a few hours a day, and the shows weren’t meant for kids. He did like one show on the Armed Forces Radio Network, but “The Shadow” was only half an hour. Sure, he made...

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The Chicagoland Brat Club is established

Posted by on May 17, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

The Chicagoland Brat Club is established

At the begining of May, 2016 the Chicagoland Brat Club is established. This is the Chicagoland “hometown” for military brats, and missionary, TCK (Third Culture Kid) educator and corporate brats (overseas or not) with shared experiences. We are an official Brats Without Borders “Brats Club.” We’ll post gatherings in the Chicagoland area, share pictures and talk about issues unique to the BRAT lifestyle. If you’d a military brat that lives in the Chicago area and want to join please go...

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