Forbidden Knowledge (working title) Update:

I know that it’s been about a week or so since I’ve blogged, but I’ve been so engrossed in the writing process that I haven’t had much time for anything else.

I’m still using Forbidden Knowledge as a working title, as nothing better has jumped out at me yet. My wife keeps telling me to let it come naturally and eventually if a better title is to come it will. The problem with that is that I’m really impatient. To me, in my opinion, a solid title is a lot easier to get behind and write material for than for a title which seems to be in a state of flux.

Even though I am writing as much as humanly possible, and the story is beginning to take shape and flow, it still feels like something is missing because my title isn’t as solid as I would like it to be. My fear is that the title is finally going to pop out at me, and if/when it does is going to cause me to change whole chapters. If it does, it does. I go where the story takes me.

So for those of you that have been posting and messaging and emailing me to post more excerpts, I’m not ignoring you. I have listened and more will be coming soon. I promise. I just haven’t posted because I’ve been letting the story take me to where it’s needed to.

Needless to say the book is coming along well. So well in fact, that I have pushed my own release date up and will be publishing a year early in the summer of 2014 instead of 2015. That should make some of you that are waiting very happy. Anyway, that is the update for now. Look here for more updates and excerpts from the weeks progress. Thanks for following!


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On passion…

As writers we are artists. Through our art, we see. Through our eyes, we tell a story. Through our story, we act. Through our acting, we touch. Through our touch, we perform. Through our performances, we live. 

                                                                               – Thomas Spicer

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Forbidden Knowledge (working title) Excerpt – Warehouse Break-In

Logan quickly perused the files in the darkness of the musty office, the mini-LED flashlight hanging from his mouth. Satisfied that he had found what he was looking for, he tucked the file hurriedly in his waistband and proceeded for the office door. The warehouse was still dark and eerily silent. A good sign. He carefully closed the office door with a light click that sounded like thunder in his ears. Still convinced that he was alone, he turned off the flashlight and crept cautiously over to the side door picking his way carefully through the blackness.

  A roof entrance was awesome, he thought to himself as he reached the door, but now he needed a quick escape. It didn’t matter if he set off an alarm now because he would be gone before anyone could figure out what happened. He smiled, rather pleased with himself at how easy this had been as he turned the deadbolt to unlock the door. He proceeded to turn the grimy handle just as the warehouse lights came on in full brightness.

  Logan froze in his tracks, hung his head and breathed a sigh. “Fuck!” He rolled his eyes as he swore under his breath. “I knew this was too easy.” He turned his head as he slowly righted himself to face two security guards. They stared at him for a moment trying to weigh the situation, as did he. Neither of them looked like they had called for backup yet so Logan tried to think fast. Maybe he could talk his way out of this.

  Logan flashed a smile at the guards.

  “Um….maintenance”, he said sheepishly in an effort to buy time as he raised his hands in surrender. “I got a call, the lock was…”

  “Fuck you asshole!”, the taller of the two guards at about Logan’s height yelled out, cutting him off. “We know you’re not maintanance you fucking thief. Why don’t you just shut the fuck up, put your hands on your fucking head, and get on the goddamn ground!” He took a couple of plaintive steps forward brandishing handcuffs to show he meant business. “Hauser”, he called out over his shoulder to his shorter counterpart, “Call this in quick, before this fucknut tries something, and keep him covered.”

  “Okay, okay, holy shit!” Logan exclaimed as he slowly put his hands on his head. “Do you kiss your mother with that mouth?”

  “Careful Owens”, Hauser called after him.

  “I got this Hauser”, he said as he pulled the nightstick off of the clip on his belt. He gestured at Logan. “You wanna talk about my mother scumbag, fuck you!” He raised the club and brought the full weight of it down across the back of his knees. Logan winced at the pain, falling to his knees, but he managed to accomplish his true goal, bringing them in close enough to know for certain that they had no firearms.

  Logan was a lot of things, but he wasn’t one to hurt (at least not permanently) or kill innocent people. These guards were just doing their job, what their skills and training, or lack thereof taught them, but he still couldn’t go to jail. Now that he felt the situation was fully assessed, he could proceed to escape.

  “Ok, Owens, it’s called in. Backup is on the way. ETA is ten minutes”.

  He had to act fast.

  “You hear that asshole?” Owens whispered in Logan’s ear as he proceeded to cuff his hands behind his back. “You’re totally fucked. I wonder how long a pretty boy like you will last in The Hoag? Every night getting fucked in the…”, he paused as his hand brushed across Logan’s back. “Well, well, well, what do we have here?”, he mused as he pulled the file from Logan’s waistband. “At least we now know what you stole and have the evidence, you piece of shit.”

  Logan hung his head and let out a resigned sigh. Why did thing always have to get more complicated when they were going so well?


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On writing….

Now that Forbidden Knowledge (working title) is in full swing, I wanted to take a moment to talk about writing. You might be saying, “This is your first novel, what do you know? ” Well, the truth is that I don’t know much if anything.

Why then am I writing this blog? Because practicality being a George McFly, I can tell you that for years I gave up on writing because I was afraid. Afraid to fail. Afraid of rejection. I didn’t feel  that I have or could ever have what it takes to stand up with the big boys (and girls).

The truth is, that all that remains to be seen. Yes, Forbidden Knowledge (working title) will be my first novel, but the love of my life, my wife, Teresa Federici, a published author herself finally dragged me kicking and screaming back into the world of writing and now I can’t stop. It’s almost like a destiny. So I guess what I’m trying to say here to anyone else out there that may be struggling to write their first book, poem, song,  whatever,  you can do whatever you want in this life as long as you put your mind to it and DREAM BIG!

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Forbidden Knowledge (working title) Teaser

What would happen if everything that was ever hinted at, whispered in the darkness and written by H.P. Lovecraft were true? After a startling revelation treasure hunter for hire Logan Dupree and company find themselves in a race against time to thwart an egocentric billionaire from loosing the Elder Ones on humanity. Will they find the Idol that is the key to unleashing these horrors in time or will the greatest of all evils destroy the world?

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