The ever changing Texas weather has finally knocked me for a loop. I’m working from home today, dozing in and out of consciousness, and looking for just about anything to bring me out of this allergy induced coma. I believe I may have found it! A Taste Of Home has received its 42nd Amazon Review! It simply states “Loved it! Can’t wait for the next in the series!” Well, mystery reviewer, I love you and you’re in luck! The next book in the series, Far From Home, is releasing on December 6th, 2018 from Black Rose Writing and will be available from Black Rose, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon! As a matter of fact, you can receive a 10% discount on your purchase from Black Rose Writing if you use discount code PREORDER2018! Thank you for taking the time to review it and I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Reviews are gold to an indie author and you’ve made my day. Why are they so important? First and foremost, it’s feedback. When I write a song and hear a band perform it live, I can look around the room and see how the audience reacts. You don’t have that luxury with writing novels. Second, Amazon will use your book in promotional materials if it gets fifty reviews! I have eight more reviews to go. Now…to climb back under the covers, enduring cold medicine fueled nightmares which will eventually end up on the pages of another novel somewhere down the line…
I love each and every one of my fans. Dreams are teaser trailers to the movies of our lives.
Review # 41 to my beloved novel A Taste Of Home has been published to Amazon! It simply states “Great book. Scary, funny, and sickening. Highly recommend!” This is all I’ve ever wanted a review for this novel to be! I tried to fill it with suspense, humor, and a little bit of grotesque imagery. Mission accomplished. If you’ve never read A Taste Of Home, here is the synopsis:
Toby Liberman is nearing the end of his rope. After a fateful confrontation with his wife’s lover, he is chased into the woods only to be discovered by an unidentifiable creature. He is attacked and rendered unconscious. Upon waking at the scene of a gruesome triple homicide, Toby is arrested as the sole suspect and thrown into a jail cell with a strange man that knows way too much about his predicament. The stranger reveals to Toby that he now possesses the curse of the werewolf. Using his new-found strength to flee his captors, Toby begins to discover that things are not what they seem in the sleepy town of Twin Oaks, TX. Now hunted by law enforcement, as well as the town’s gun toting civilians, Toby seeks vengeance against his false accusers and embarks upon a quest to clear his name once and for all.
The upcoming sequel, Far From Home, will be released on 12.6.18! If you pre-order through the publisher Black Rose Writing, use pre-order code PREORDER2018 to receive a 10% discount!
There comes a time in every relationship (well, at least 99.9% of the time) where the ending is in sight. With me, I’ve been unfortunate enough to experience three divorces during my adult life. The reasons are inconsequential to the story. Cheating. It was a bunch of cheating. My part, their part. Whatever. We’ve all done it. If you say you haven’t, then chances are you do it more, are probably doing it now, and just haven’t got caught. Cheating consists of a lot more than just sex. Intimate conversations and texts with someone other than the person you’re in a committed relationship with is also cheating. So, if you’re that .1% who’s been faithful your entire life, congratulations. Now you’re a liar as well!
My last marriage ended two and a half years ago. We were best friends since our teenage days and stayed together for eleven years. By today’s standards, that’s a long fucking time! I started traveling a lot, she strayed, I strayed, and there you have it. I have no problem confessing my wrongdoings because that’s the kind of person I am. I own up to shit. She, on the other hand, has not returned the confession. It’s no big deal. I wanted to clear my conscience. She’s the one who has to sleep with herself every night. Then again, I could just be some kind of paranoid asshole and she did nothing wrong. Also, there’s a herd of unicorns marching down Main Street. Either way, blah. Life.
I was working my final shift in a haunted house last night and it was going quite well despite how warm and humid North Texas has chosen to be during the month of October. It obviously missed the Autumn memo. This haunted house was 100% a charity gig in order to raise money for less fortunate students when it comes time for graduation and college. Needless to say, it’s for a good cause. That’s the kind of man I’ve become. I like to help people whenever I can. The lady who runs the haunted house came to me saying that my ex wife had just entered. Of course, I had to ask “which one”? She thought I was joking.
She stated that the woman had introduced herself as ‘my ex wife’ and I immediately knew which one was coming through. When she finally reached my room (with best friend and new boyfriend in tow) I refused to break character. I was playing the part of an evil zombie tattoo artist complete with my own dead tattoo client who comes to life midway through my performance. My victim had already asked me ahead of time what my ex wife feared. I replied with ‘nothing’. She’s the great niece of Lon Chaney Jr and was a professional paranormal investigator for over a decade. We owned snakes. All of this information combined told me there was no reason whatsoever for her to be entering a charity haunted house other than to torment me.
The best friend got right up into my face and said nothing. It appeared as though there were tears in her eyes. I used to love that girl to pieces and it was the first time we’d seen each other in almost three years. The boyfriend attempted to give me his best Neanderthal blank stare but I don’t speak caveman and I’m not very good at interpreting stick paintings which explain the art of the hunt. The ex wife pretended nothing was going on and stated (as loudly as possible) “This is officially the scariest room of the whole damn house”. Congratulations. You made your cameo. Be gone. In hindsight, you and your party just donated $39 dollars to a college scholarship for a kid who wouldn’t be attending college without the generosity of the Rotarians. All that just so she could inadvertently introduce me to her new boyfriend. Please, grow up.
I hold no ill will toward my ex whatsoever. We both did things that ended the marriage and ruined the friendship. I don’t miss my wife but I’m heartbroken about losing my best friend. Unfortunately, when you combine the two, there is no way to salvage the one. I have confessed, apologized, and hoped with all my might that doing so would allow her some type of closure. I see that it worked. She has moved on into another relationship. I have as well but it took me eight different trial and error minor relationships in the past two years to get to this one. I’m finally in love with someone again after thinking this type of feeling would be impossible between now and death. Some of us get it right the first time. Not me. Since I’d humbled myself enough, laying all my cards on the table and destroying all secrets, I’d hoped it would all become a part of my past. I was wrong. It was almost as though she could sense my recent shift in energy and had to come see it for herself.
It pains me to know that she can’t seem to move on. How much longer does she have to introduce herself to complete strangers as ‘my ex wife’? At exactly what point will she begin to meet people as herself again? Not once have I assumed the identity of ‘her ex husband’ because I’m too egotistical to be anyone other than myself. I love who I am and where I’m going. What does it take to remove yourself from the past and begin to live YOUR life? Positive light to you and yours. Just be YOU. Always.
The month of November is going to be a bit of a break for me! Yes!!! That’s a good thing because October handed my ass to me and December appears as though it will spank me like the bad boy I am. So…it’s not all bad. Here is a list of all the C. Derick Miller goodness taking place during the month of the great turkey slaughter!
11.4.18 – Texas Justice: Brandon Woodruff
2pm Movie Screening – Hampton Inn – Rockwall, TX
The reason I haven’t been vocal lately is because I’m caught up with researching and writing an expose’ on this dear individual right here! I won’t go into detail because Google is easy and free. However, I will be attending another work-in-progress screening with the director of the film. The public is invited and, if you live near Rockwall, TX, this might be a place you want to be. I encourage everyone to see this film. It will make you scared to be a citizen in modern times.
11.6.18 – A Taste Of Home Interview
Karen’s Killer Book Bench http://www.karendocter.com/
The great Karen Docter is going to take a crack at my latest novel A Taste Of Home! Even though it was released back in August, it will be the first time her audience gets exposure! She recently did the same with Diary Of A Gonzo Ghost Hunter and I appreciate her efforts in the difficult task of giving Indie Authors a chance to shine! Please check out her site and books!
11.17.18 – HC Writer’s League
5pm – Texan Theater – Greenville, TX
If you’re a writer or aspiring writer and you live in the Greenville, TX area, we’d love to see you! Authors, poets, and songwriters are all welcome! I’ve been so busy that I haven’t been able to give this organization the love it deserves. I will try harder. I promise.
Unknown Date – Greenville Life Magazine
The Rockwall, Tx based band 3 Blocks Away will be my feature article in the Fall issue of Greenville Life Magazine. I had a chance to see these young musicians not too long ago and they melted my face off. I hope my article will do them justice but I highly doubt it! They were amazing and you won’t want to miss this issue!!!
So, there you have it! October was a busy month and I’m looking forward to a minimal November! Lots of cool stuff happening before Christmas so stay tuned for that info. If you absolutely can’t wait, feel free to check out my upcoming calendar to say a little prayer for me. I’m not the world’s biggest fan of the holidays. Long yet typical story. – Peace
What’s coming after ‘Far From Home’?
Extinguished – Releasing in 2019
Angel Burns is a young fire fighter with a shrouded history. During a routine night at work, she accidentally stumbles upon a demonic ceremony that brings her memories out of hiding…as well as her repressed supernatural powers. Angel soon learns that her life was intended for something greater than extinguishing fires for mortals as she dives deeper into the demonic underworld. Now on the payroll of the Vatican, Angel embarks upon an epic quest to protect the Gutenberg Bibles from the clutches of evil. If successful, she will secure peace for generations to come. If she fails, the power of the ancient books will be unleashed to possess the most powerful figure on the face of the planet!