Welcome to my BLOG where I Blast you with random things from my mind!!! 

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Hello everyone, welcome to my blog... I will be putting all kinds of things here offering you incite to my crazy life and imaginative overthinking brain. I may be dropping a hint or two about book stuff as well, you never know! Keep reading to find out what I may put on here next! 

So here we go my first blog post. What a year we are having so many things going on but despite distraction I have stayed my course. Lately I have been working on back to back Rescue 1 projects and as soon as we can get past covid I will get Storm Vortex on the shelf.

     For those of you reading R1, be patient the story will be taking some major evolutionary turns going forward.  In the next book we will find out a little more about the Dastardly core and its plans for the world. We will me a new character that will eventually have his own series, we will also get closer to knowing who in Chance's circle is a core member. In the second book Storm Vortex we are going to see Sheryl start to find herself  after her life was blown up. 

     Outside of Rescue 1 I have a few one off books in the works and not once but two new hot series coming along. 

        BTW We hope to get going on signings again soon now that the lock downs are coming to an end. I had several public events planned for this year from speaking engagements conferences school visits and signings but for now all are on hold.

  

        That's it for this session, going to go get some writing done have a great day! 

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Good morning to you all, Been working like mad to promote this new site but also working away on several new books. The next book to come out will be the third instalment in the Rescue 1 series "epicenter" and it will defiantly shake up fans. The villain is like the love child of and evil Elon Musk and Howard Hughes. The story picks up right after the cliff hanger ending to Storm Vortex and takes you on another ride into my alternate 1990's Time line. Oh did I let that slip?  Ok cats out of the bag yes going forward my time line will diverge from reality in a major way, a hint can you imagine the world without the internet or smart phones... that's enough for now... 

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Hello and may today bring you many good things. Lots going on around here and many doughnuts being consumed. The plan for now is to bust a hump and get the next two rescue 1 books on the shelf and then take a break to focus on my other books. I am planning to branch out into new genre's including a more serious turn towards mystery but not to fear I have lots of action for you lined up along the way. I have also had some renewed interested in a follow up to my first book Off Course. A few years ago I developed an idea for a sequel "On course" as well as a prequel called "Pandora" and began to write a few chapters but with Rescue 1 taking off I left it lay.. If the numbers continue to climb I might get back to it. Don't forget all my books are connected in some way so stop by the Easter eggs section to find out more.. 

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   Long before the walking dead made Rotting corpses popular,  I was a card carrying member of the zombie film genre.. Mors specifically a George Romero (RIP) fan.. I have even been to The infamous Monroeville mall and several other original filming locations including Evans City where I visited the Museum and the Cemetery. For some time I have had and Idea on my own take to the Dead universe and Have begun development on not one but two new series involving the life challenged and my unique take on them  ... 

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Travel has always been a powerful influence over my writing, a few years ago on a trip to Ireland I was given the idea for the fourth rescue 1 book while standing in the Harlan and Wolf ship yards.. I am hoping with covid winding down that next year we can get back on our globe hopping so I can bring you even more fantastic adventures. Lets face it ya you can see a lot now thanks to the internet but a video walk through is just not the same as the real thing especially when translating it to a book through a writers eye. I feel the same about research, a library is still the best place for a writer to work..

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After much thought I have decided to go on a bold new adventure... As you all know I eat lots of Doughnuts well I would think a person as versed o the subject as I am should be a spokesperson.. This will be awesome but I need you help so email and message your favorite doughnut company today to help me out! 

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I am always doing crazy things in life for the thrill of it perhaps it's time I do some to promote books... Could this be a hint of things to come..

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I must say since I have scaled back on my social media time life has gotten much better.  Many years ago I did the same thing with TV, just too many people pushing one political thing or another, I don't need that toxicity so I turned it off and have been reading ten times more books since. I read on average 60-80 books a year mostly fiction. I do prefer a print book as well and try to read Indie books to support my fellow authors. 

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People ask me about my positivity and my thoughts on managing anxiety in this hectic world. I offer this; Hate is infectious and it's spread every day on the tv and internet, avoid it at all costs. The internet and more specifically social media has become a bad thing for humanity, people get on social media and post things that are faked to make their life look better and they are getting attention, then others see it and think their life is bad because they don't have the same life. Then people feel a false sense of power from the safety of the keyboard and pick fights to overcome insecurities, and short-comings not realizing all they are doing is focusing on others and not on bettering their own life... Forget that! Live life for you and find that best life no matter what it is... 

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The danger of crowd sourcing and its over use. It can be a good thing when there is a tough problem and it needs solved but then suddenly everyone is solving problems that way, only they stop thinking and just relay on the pack to fix it. That's great until there is nobody left working the problem. My advice fix it yourself and when you can't, try some more and then when you really can't go look for help in a library and when that fails ask a friend and forget the damn internet.. lol 

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Really getting excited about my new "Go Doughnuts with Truman" Adventure. Just worked on that page for a bit and it's really shaping up. My post of Doughnut day Jun 4 will be really funny...

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A group of my super awesome fans just sent a photo of all of them eating doughnuts !! You all ROCK at Wabash IN FSB..... 

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Over at my publisher "Pen it Publications" I jump in and do things like consult at company meetings and speak at conferences on their behalf, but (I know you will find this hard to believe) I am considered the class clown... Because I may have  partaken in a few juvenile antics... Zoom meetings make that very easy... For example: I may have been wearing a plague doctor mask while my good friend Kimberly Hoffman was speaking (at least I hope we are still friends), I may also make a few comedic comments in the chat box... my favorite every time I come on camera to speak I am wearing a different silly hat... If you think that's bad wait till we go back to doing in person conferences and meetings... 

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A few years ago I was a motivational speaker at various events and one of my favorite topics was how to change your mental programing and challenge negative thinking, we are all programed as children to think a certain way by watching our parents. The first 7 years of your life are the most critical. For example if you have a parent that was always saying Life is hard than you will believe that, but there is good news its thinking that can be changed. it takes about six weeks and a little work on your part but you can do it. Listen to your inner voice, identity the negative thinking and then challenge it. Over and over till ya beat it.. So simple anyone can do it... 

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Speaking of challenging negative thinking, did you know by limiting television and social media interaction to less than 6 hours a week you will improve your mental health greatly... give it a try and watch for the positive effects.. 

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We live in a world where it pays to bombard people with toxic information, one of the worst places for this is the politically charged news media. They are constantly trying to get ratings with inflammatory statements and story's, they also all want to be a part of toxic political thinking. They don't actually care about anything but getting ratings and they will do anything to get it so just turn it off and go read a book.. you will see very quickly how life improves...

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People are always asking how I eat so many doughnuts and still stay in shape, well to start I am no athlete but I do actually take care of myself, walks in the woods, and I work hard. I m not a fan of going to the gym but instead I do things like chop firewood by hand despite the fact I have a power log splitter.. I also park way out in the parking lot at the store. and generally don't let the grass grow under my feet.. idle hands makes empty minds and all that ... 

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I am planning to branch off in my writing more going forward, I have a endless set of Ideas for Rescue 1 but plan on taking a break from it after the next two books and would like to work harder on being a mystery writer and even have plans for diving into the world of the undead with not one but two different series on it. I am also working on a anthology series about a writer. I also have eyes on a horror... Speaking of Rescue 1, the next step will be a twisty oceans eleven type story that will span the globe tacking a huge conspiracy theory and taking us deeper into the Core... 

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Wow its been a week and its only Tuesday... This weeks updates will be a little light after loosing internet for a few days. I have been writing away on Epicenter and now getting caught up on net stuff. I finally found a few of the delated scenes that were lost in the pile of thumb drives I have scattered about. As you all know My Alter ego Chance Blackwell and I share many things and a messy desk is one of them. Only in real life its not Brad who is bugged by it but my Wife.

 

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Big news I am Defiantly going forward with one of the two post apocalyptic books I have been talking about and hopefully brining a unique take to the idea of a Zombie Apocolypse even though some say its been done to death.... I am already writing on it and as soon as Epicenter is complete I will pour my heart into it. 

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I want to give a big warm welcome to all the new friends and fans joining us we are really growing. The hit counter is blasting over 1400 hits a day now!! WOW!! Spread the word.. I will do my best as I get time to bring even more fun to this site! 

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 Funny Story from my family history, Many years ago the Beaver Family loaded up and left Europe for The USA... But..... Times were different and  signage was just not as prevalent as it is now.. After landing they settled into this harsh new country and began to carve out a new life. Many years and two generations in, they made an interesting discovery... They were not actually in the United States the Ship had Dropped them off in Nova Scotia Canada... Another Generation would pass before they would finally make it to the US....

 

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I am living proof you should never judge a book by its cover.. As you know I am many things, I am a 3rd Gen Grain farmer, and a entrepreneur. In my past I have also done a few interesting things like being a Top 40 FM DJ, and a corporate executive. Most that know me see me as a down to earth simple country boy. At one of my business's I don't always dress the best and get dirty often I enjoy the work and it pays well and to be honest although I was very good at my job and adept in the office lifestyle I just like being outside more. Now that work also has afforded me a tremendous skill set, from Plumbing,  mechanical, construction and electrical, I do it all myself. That being said, you get dirty in that environment. People are a bit judgmental any more and since some fool thought it was a good idea to weponize the word Education its become worse.. I do love the look on judg'y peoples faces when they find out that I am a published Author who has more degrees than a thermometer--seven in fact with disciplines ranging from Engineering to Business. Even a BS in Political Science. Even more fun when they find out I am a world traveler and a philanthropist.. The lesson here don't be judgmental you just never know who your talking to and collage education is subjective, its not a measure of intelligence  but merely a demonstration that someone when to school it the application of skill that shows character or intelligence. Its simple want to make the world a better place be kind to one another and prop each other up instead of tearing another down to cover any perceived short comings... 

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As a writer I love to create and in the case of my books I have created my own world, My rescue 1 series is actually created in an alternate timeline and set back in the 90"s. I chose the 1990's because I lived IN that time and it hadn't been done  but also we saw some major changes happen. Things like the internet, thus the throw back section to this site for Rescue 1,  but for fun I have decided to tinker with the future, for example what if 911 hadn't happened but Y2K had... A hint perhaps or just subterfuge on my part either way only way to find out the great question of "What if" is to keep reading my books.....

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Happy Birthday America.... 

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Lets talk a little about hate... For years I was a motivational speaker and one of my favorite topics to delve into was hate. Its infectious...very infectious. Social media, the news, all places to find it and be contaminated by it. My advice avoid toxic people at all costs or train your mind not to get suckled into it, but how? Easy, turn off the noise.. The human brain is interesting, it can be conditioned very easily just but repeated bombardment of information. TV and the net do it every day its why everyone is on the brink of fighting. So don't take part in it. Read a older or no political book, meditate, take a walk, talk to friends and create a mental mantra of positivity. Wake up every day and challenge negative thinking, when you hear that inner voice say something negative challenge it for example, when you find your self saying you cant do something, just add the word yet.. Work to tell yourself good and positive things. You can do it! I believe in you! 

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OK I have been a bit slack on doing the blog but in my defense I am just plane busy this time of year.. Volunteer work is at its peak right now (no its not court ordered lol) 

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A turtle is crossing the road when he’s mugged by two snails. When the police show up, they ask him what happened. The shaken turtle replies, “I don’t know. It all happened so fast.”

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I love nostalgia, if you were to tour my office in person you would find it a interesting mix of historical and cozy. I have shelves wit hall the classics on them, I also have samples from my large collection of national Geographic Magazine dating all the way back to 1932, as a young boy I began collecting them and would spend hours exploring the world through them, I would sit around a fire in Africa watching a tribal gathering, or be whooshed to India where I would walk in the crowded markets or go to the bottom of the ocean with Dr. Bob Ballard. All feeding my fertile imagination, later leading to my strong desire to travel the world. Now we have the internet but I still prefer the written world to the technological one. The imagination is an unlimited resources but like the body you cant feed it junk food if you wish it to remain healthy and active... and yes I still prefer a print book... the smell, he feel of the paper in my fingers and my eyes dancing across the words is a wonderful thing.. 

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    I have a little side project I am working on for my family that I hope to have done for Christmas this year. I scored a stack of 8mm films taken by my Namesake Grandfather another great adventure. I plan to move them to digital and then make a private YouTube page sending it to all of the fam on Christmas morning... When I get them converted I will put a few on my Book page to share with all of you..

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I hear so many growing weary in this troubling times but I offer this, every storm will pass and evil can win a battle but never the war.. Have hope and keep your chin up.. #bepositive 

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I miss travel but until we can get back out there I have been reminded there is so much to do and see in my local area, I am a big nut on going to the library for research but also like to sit in the quiet nooks and read. Art is another soothing thing to explore, there are several modest but entertaining museums and gallery's nearby so I have been trying to go as often as possible. I am also happy that the local playhouses are reopening and this fall have already picked out several to attend. Make sure to support your local library and art community, culture is the root of civilization

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I always hear talk about this or that is the root of evil but the truth is that humanity is the root of all evil , because if you want to fins the origin to must look for the starting point. For example we always hear money is the root of all evil, who developed the system of commerce and printed it.. .ding ding ding you guessed it People... The good news is we are also the rood of all goodness, but its up to you to choose the path...so choose wisely...

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