Paul Regnier is my kind of writer. He’s a Christian author who infuses his faith into his work without sacrificing story or ever getting preachy. He’s a very funny writer, and his Space Drifters series is equal parts Firefly and Guardians of the Galaxy, which puts them right in my wheelhouse.
I thoroughly enjoyed the first two volumes in the Space Drifters series, and when I found today out there’s a THIRD book in the series that came out almost a year ago, I unfriended him, blocked him, and told him I would never speak to him again.
Yes, I’m kidding.
Paul’s books are fun reads suitable for pre-teens and young adults. (My kids are 9 and 11 and have full permission to read them when they want.) There’s a lot of action and sci-fi violence, but also a lot of humor. His merry band of space travelers argue and fight and come together to save one another like any great family. I love these books, and I look forward to whatever Paul does next.
My old boss Nevan Hooker is one of the most creative people I know. The man pushed me creatively into areas I never dreamed of going as a writer. When he stepped away from the children’s ministry publisher he founded seven years ago, I knew it wouldn’t be long before he was on to something new.
Nevan’s got a new website, where he reviews new books by some of today’s most influential authors. Now admittedly, the books you see on the page might not be what you thought you saw on Amazon.com’s best sellers page, but my guess is you’ll find his reviews for Atomic Hobbits and Francis Chan’s book of photos of people reading his other books in Starbucks will be just as entertaining as the real thing – if not more, in some cases.
So in case you didn’t notice, I stopped blogging almost a year an a half ago. You might notice this if you scroll down and see that my last post was in September of 2017.
I’m gonna give this a try again.
Lots happening in my life these days. Righteous Insanity is about to have a new life in the hands of one of my former students. My 11th wrestling book will be released soon. And recently, my past life as a sci-fi writer crossed over into wrestling with the release of the Bomb Shelter’s first novel.
Louisville’s self-described “geek family reunion” is less than two weeks away. I’ve been hearing about Imaginarium for years, and while other commitments will keep me from attending this year, it’s something I plan to check out in future years.
Imaginarium is the place for fans of sci-fi, fantasy, and other geek-related fandoms to gather, share ideas, and have fun. It’s less a place to go buy and sell books and more a place to hang out with like-minded creative people – although they have added a free admission book market this year as part of the convention featuring some incredible independent authors from around the region including Tony Acree, Lynn Tincher, Stephen Zimmer, Lydia Sherrer, and Atty Eve. I recently got hooked into Atty’s book My Beautiful Suicide, and she’s written two sequels so far. You better believe I’ll be hitting the bookstore if nothing else!
Imaginarium also includes a film festival, and festival favorite “Out of My Mind” will be screening for the second time in less than a month in Louisville. This is a MUST-SEE for writers and aspiring writers who are 18 and over (due to adult content), an incredible horror piece that Cindy Maples created based on my short story, “Drip Drip.”
Indie Author Day is coming up on October 14 at the Louisville Free Public Library. It’s a great opportunity to find a new favorite author, shop for Christmas, and support local artists.
I’ll be on hand with my wrestling books as well as Robot/Girlfriend and Frank Jordan: Evil Snowman, but if pro wrestlers and evil snowmen aren’t to your taste, you’ll find plenty of other incredible writers and genres to choose from.
Indie Author day will be at the South Central branch of the LFPL located at 7300 Jefferson Blvd. from 1 to 3 PM.
My remarkable friend Cindy Maples continues to make headway in the world of independent film. This September, you can catch two of her award-winning shorts at the Louisville International Festival of Film.
Out of My Mind (based on my short story “Drip Drip” in the book Robot/Girlfriend) and Random will both be screening on Friday, September 15 at the Muhammed Ali Center Auditorium. These thrillers are recommended for mature audiences, and both are guaranteed to leave you with chills.
Cindy has always given her fans a thrill with her on-camera work. She’s proving to be an amazing director as well. Congrats to her and the cast and crew of both films for this well-deserved recognition.
Now through Thursday, Cave World is a free download on Amazon Kindle. (It was supposed to have been free all weekend, but something didn’t quite pan out. Live and learn.) Cave World is book one in a series now two books deep about a boy who invents his own science-fi universe and finds himself gifted with the powers of an all-powerful creator when he accidentally travels there.
Three novels will all be available for FREE on Kindle this weekend, starting with the exciting follow up to the Fluffy trilogy, Trish Angel!
Trish Angel saved the world not once, but four times from a fluffy alien menace. She had seen enough carnage for four lifetimes, and after four terrible wars, she took a vow never to kill again. Then one day, her old commanding officer showed up on her doorstep, offering her a seat on a spaceship bound for the stars. It almost seems too good to be true: a chance to get away from Earth and live her life in solitude. But the alien planet has secrets, and Trish finds herself facing the terrible choice to keep her vow – or kick a little more alien butt and save the day.
Incidentally, the Trish Angel novel has one of the coolest book covers I’ve ever designed. The physical paperback looks amazing.
The MayDay Film Festival has become a great tradition in Evansville, Indiana. It’s been a few years since I had a film screened there, but I’m very proud to announce that I had a hand in producing four films screening at the film festival.
Two of the short films are based on short stories from the book Robot/Girlfriend. Cindy Maples’ horror short “Out of My Mind” has been tearing up the film festival scene and will screen in front of her hometown crowd. “I Almost Married a Man from Outer Space,” a short I directed and co-produced with my good friend Giavanna Signorelli, will also be shown at MayDay.
“The Bowling Green Massacre,” a parody inspired by a gaffe made by a certain political figure a few months back, will make its film festival debut at MayDay. Claude D. Miles and I produced this poignant and ridiculous send up of the greatest tragedy that never happened on American soil.
Finally, my friend Giavanna’s short film “Species Survival Plan” will also be shown at MayDay. Gia and I co-write this little sci-fi comedy that captures an alien civilization’s attempt to save mankind by transplanting an unlikely “mating” pair to an intergalactic zoo.