That Was The Year That Was ….

2014 ..That Was The Year That Was…

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(Author Photo, I am holding a copy of A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FIENDS)

2014… Arrived like a package in the US Mail. Battered and beaten and ready to take on a whole new year.

2014 … January also saw the release of A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FIENDS, a short story collection with collaboration with Mark McLaughlin, Sandy DeLuca, Sherry Decker, Cindy McCarty and more. Published from the fine folks of Wildside Press.

2014 …. Buried in snow, we shoved out February

2014 …. Cheers for St. Patrick’s Day

2014 …. March was the release month for my third poetry collection book called BRIDE OF THE TWO-HEADED POETRY MONSTER, co-written with Mark McLaughlin and published by Wilder Publication. I am extremely proud of this collection, it contains two of my favorites: “Icarus Dreams” and “William Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits.”

2014 … The snow finally melted. Spring arrived and I did a few book signings at the Book Rack in Davenport, Iowa and Moline, Illinois

Myself (as Jason) and Joan Mauch with LAUGHING IN THE DARK

Myself (as Jason) and Joan Mauch with LAUGHING IN THE DARK

2014 … The green grass started to grow and we blazed into summer, which saw the release of my short story collection LAUGHING IN THE DARK – comedy and terror all in one book

2014 … The 4th of July at the Mississippi Bluesfest Cindy, Roy (my father in-law) and I witness some blistering blues by George Thorogood and The Destroyers

(Photo by Michael McCarty)

2014 … Dog Days of summer barked! Besides barking or playing dead, the band Beach Party Zombies was born. The group consist of myself on guitar and vocals, my wife Cindy on vocals and Greg Smith on guitar and vocals watch for us in 2015

2014 … Summer chilled down into September, which of course, is Labor Day … working for a living and all that.

2014 …. September also saw the release of RUSTY THE ROBOT’S HOLIDAY ADVENTURES co-written with Sherry Decker as an ebook for only a buck The Robot (2)

2014 … Thanksgiving I ate too much turkey

2014 … And December gave me a cold kiss. I received some great Christmas and birthday gift (my birthday is the end of the year, December 31, 2014).

A special kudos goes to Mark McLaughlin for doing all the book covers in 2014: A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FIENDS, BRIDE OF THE TWO-HEADED POETRY MONSTER and LAUGHING IN THE DARK. Besides the great exteriors, he also contributed to the great interiors as well….

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(Author photo, I’d like to thank the Book Racks in Moline and Davenport for my three signings in 2014. Here I am holding a copy of LAUGHING IN THE DARK … maybe I should switch to Decaf)

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(A photo of childhood friend Bonnie Lou, who showed up at my signings in 2014…thanks Bonnie)

I survived the year and look forward to 2015, with more books, jokes and adventures. Thanks for sharing my year with me.

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