The Stabby Pen

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How to Be a Successful Writer and Probably Die Anyway

No one usually goes digging through the Bureau of Labor Statistics by accident. Usually, it’s on purpose and for nothing remotely resembling fun. I tried digging around there for how … Continue reading

March 20, 2014 · 5 Comments

Pizza Crust, Demons and Rye: The Alexander Nader Interview

Alexander Nader, like many writers, understands the ritual of manuscript rejection. Form letters from disinterested agents and indifferent publishing houses stuffed his inbox. Sometimes, they’d offer words of encouragement, other … Continue reading

February 13, 2014 · 3 Comments

How the Target Hack Nearly Ruined My Life

Anyone else snowed in out there? It’s a frustrating blanket of fluff around Philadelphia. I shovel the driveway, more snow replaces it, and so on. All the impromptu hard labor … Continue reading

January 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

Bullet, A Demos City Novel, Cover Reveal

Here we are: the cover for the second installment in the Demos City Series as provided by the good people at J Taylor Publishing. What do you think? The scene … Continue reading

January 8, 2014 · 2 Comments

Bullet, a Demos City Novel, Coming June 2014!

“Tonight isn’t for olive branches. It’s more like a storm long coming.” Ominous isn’t it? That’s way I like it around here. I know some of you have been waiting … Continue reading

December 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

Announcing Crossroads a Demos City Novel Giveaway Winners!

Yes the blog tour is at an end and that’s but one thing — I get to give away all this free stuff! I’d like to thank everyone who jumped … Continue reading

December 5, 2013 · Leave a comment

Demos City Series | Shauna Gray’s History Book Part II

Bloodiest Battles of the Revolutionary War The bloodiest battle of the American Revolutionary War was not Saratoga or Lexington and Concord. Certainly, the Battle of Bunker Hill at the war’s … Continue reading

November 21, 2013 · Leave a comment

Demos City Series | Shauna Gray’s History Book Part I

This was a post on an older blog that I resurrected and wanted to share here. I’ll be updating these weekly with new content to give you and other readers … Continue reading

November 15, 2013 · Leave a comment

Reviews: Every Successful Anything Needs them to Survive

Ever buy something online without a positive review or two attached to it? Me neither. If no one is saying anything nice about what I’m looking at — nose hair … Continue reading

November 5, 2013 · Leave a comment

November 4: Crossroads Releases Today!

So it’s finally here — the first novel in the Demos City series, Crossroads, is available everywhere in print and ebook formats. There’s no simple way to describe the journey … Continue reading

November 4, 2013 · Leave a comment



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